Friday, October 17, 2008

Christmas Extras

This is from 2006, our last Christmas in Broken Bow, OK.  The Grandma, Grandpa and Clayton came at the last minute and brought Laura and her children.  They were our extra people and they brought extra presents.  Courtney was the first asleep and got an extra present from Santa for that.    The layout is simple, but I like it.

A KOSY Christmas

This uses Stella Ruby from Basic Grey...not a Christmas paper but the colors were perfect.  I also used Glimmer Mist on the title blocks, and the flowers were glittered by rubbing them in the remnant of the glimmer mist on my splat mat.  If you look closely, you'll see that the journaling goes around the outer edges.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Winter Wonderland

This layout was pretty simple so the photo could really be the star of the page.  I used my cricut (Accent Essentials) to cut out the snowflakes and the title (Storybook, welded with Design Studio).  This photo really speaks to me.  I've had it printed out for a few months but just didn't know what to do with it, it's so beautiful.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Yet another Scrap Room kit.  I had a lot of fun with rub ons on this page.  Even the flower petals on the journaling box were the leftovers from the large flower on the tag.  I also used some stamps.  The letters are a CTMH alphabet.  It was amazing how outlining the letters with white after stamping them reallllly made the title pop.  I colored in some of the flowers with colored pencils.  Loved that!  This was one of those pages I just kept adding details to (like the white outline around the circle) until it finally felt complete.

Princess or All Star

Courtney is such a girl.  She loves pink, will wear a dress instead of pants any day of the week and just loves anything girly.  I wanted to make this page to remind her that there a lots of things she has done and she can do anything she puts her mind too.

This page was my first using brackets, paper clips, and pins.  The circle was leftover from my Sleepover page and I challenged myself to use it on this page.

Who I Am

This page is more for the sake of art than anything.  Maybe I'll use it for a title page.  Maybe I'll just leave it as is.  The title was a rub on.  The paper I made when I was playing with my Whispers stamp pads.  I also used liquid glass on a couple of the squares for textural interest.  And if I can ever include prima flowers on a page I will!

Butaman and Whataman

Ben and Ryan already love playing superheroes, so when the chance came up for them to pose as brand new superheroes Ryan came up with...they jumped at the chance.  So, with no further ado, here they are: Butaman and Whataman!

I used a monthly kit from the Scrap Room.  On the journaling boxes and photos I also used the CTMH distressing tool.

I'm not sure I love how the "Introducing" sign ended up, but it is what it is.  It is a very thick black chipboard.  I used stickles for the writing and the dots and outline and it needed something else so I colored around the letters with my white Uniball signo pen.  My favorite white pen! (Thanks Stacy!)

12 Legs

My Uncle was a mountain man.  He loved indian crafts and was even adopted by the Oglala Lakota tribe.  When he died, he had a very unique casket that he helped design.  I tried to keep the colors simple on this to match the photos and let the colors show through.

This was my first time using magic mesh.  It really is easy to use!

This was also my first time using grunge board.  Love it!  The stamping helped to fill in some dead space on the pages...I went a little crazy.  Tip: when I stamped around the clear quote sticker, I covered the sticker with a post it note to keep the ink off.


Now that school has started, I finally finished my page layout with the Bunco mesh that I made with the cricut software.

I hated to cover up too much of the mesh so I opted to smush all the photos on the second page. It is pretty simple, but it does the job.

The colors were hard to choose.  I was going to use just brown, red, and white papers...but it looked too cowboy.  I ended up choosing a turquoise textured background paper.  As always I sanded the edges of the big really just finishes the edges without extra paper to mat them.  The dice are hexagons I punched out and drew on the details.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

I love this girl's style!

I just found this girl's blog (she is a design team member at Feeling Scrappy)  Here is her slideshow of scrapbook pages:

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Inspiration can come from anywhere!

On our trip to Las Vegas, Kyle and I tried sushi for the first time.   Mark found out we had never tried it and insisted on treating us to the best sushi place in Las Vegas.  We started out very simple, and then moved on to the more complicated sushi.  This one was called New York girl in Las Vegas.
So why is this on my scrap blog, you may ask?  My sister, true to form, made the observation that those orange fish eggs were just the right size and color for microbeads!  (She's vegetarian so she had to find some way to enjoy the food we were eating in front of her...) 

Monday, August 11, 2008

April Fool!

Our friend has his birthday on April 1st and we made him a dinner fit for a fool.  Love ya, Gordon!

(By the way, with any of the photos on my blogs, if you click on the photo, it will let you see the pic larger.)

These pages use a monthly kit from the Scrap Room .  I cased the way they used the paper cutting the scalloped edge and framing the journaling with the squares.  The buttons on the scalloped edge really are a nice touch.  The pic in the lower left hand corner is on pop dots and helps emphasize that he is the fool in question.  I also used a CTMH paper distresser on the journaling box and inked with cat's eye chalk ink--one of my must have tools!

Eggs a la goldenrod

Last Easter, Kyle took these pictures at Mom's house of the process of making my favorite Easter breakfast.  As I say in the journaling, Easter and this recipe go hand in hand.  This food is best at Easter (because of the colors that seep through the egg shells) and my day isn't complete until I eat this food.

I used my Stamped cricut cartridge for the title.  The paper and arrow and blue swirl are My Minds Eye from another Scrap Room kit. The flowers are primas, a love of mine. I used a Glaze pen to get a slightly embossed look to my hand drawn arrows from the ingredient names to their photo. The egg carton picture is popped off the page for emphasis.  I do this a lot lately--times sure have changed from my days as a Creative Memories consulatant.  My style has done a 180!

Cricut fun

I finally got a chance to play with my new Cricut software Design Studio.  It lets me weld letters together and combine images from all of my different cartridges to make a new image.  I had a lot of fun playing and made this Bunco mesh.  Now I have to figure out how to use this in a scrapbook page...but it was a lot of fun making it!

These are the cartridges I used to make it:

Saturday, July 5, 2008

I'm famous!

OK, not really, but I did get a free stamp set for an idea I submitted to Inque Boutique.  They filmed a webisode featuring my idea and my card.  Here's the link (it's the one called "Pink is Better"):

(Unfortunately, I can't get the video to work on my mac, but I watched it on my PC.)  

And in case you are interested, here is link for the stamp set I chose:

Monday, June 30, 2008

Annual family page

Doing these year in review pages has been so nice.  It helps take away the stress of "getting caught up."  This time I used CTMH stamps to make the background images around the edges of the paper.  I didn't use much product, but I feel like I still got a nice result.                                                                    
Close up of the left hand side:

Close up of the right hand side:

The Princess and the Cave Man

Those kids just make me laugh.  When we left them in Utah to go home to prepare for our move to Santa Fe, Grandma was willing to do anything to entertain them.  Ben got out of the bath one day and with the towel wrapped around him, he felt like a cave man and asked for a costume.  Not wanting Courtney to feel left out, Grandma let her design a costume too.  After studying the kids' sketches, these are the costumes she came up with.  

I used CTMH stamps for the titles and assorted stamps for the border on the large photo.  It was an interesting process making that border.  I stamped in clear to get a monochromatic look and then it looked kinda blah, so I colored it in with colored pencils.  It made quite a difference! 

Welcome to my scrap site

Debbie asked me to share pictures of what I have done, so I am hoping to add photos of my projects here.  Blogger is being a little bit wonky right now.  I'll try to add some pics soon!