Monday, November 9, 2009

Layouts from the Beach and the Swamp

The photos of this spread don't do these layouts justice. I love the patterened paper, which came from the Tahiti Beach stack from DCWV. The glittery chipboard letters were a steal for only $1 per pack at Big Lots. Photos taken at Hunting Island, SC with my Canon XSI.
On the layout spread below, I chose to go with a simple cardstock design, using minimal embellishments (stickers). I wanted the focus to be on the photos, which were taken with my Olympus point and shoot at Phinezy Swamp in Augusta, GA.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

A daring layout

New layout share! Here's a simple one.

The border on the side (with circles) was cut from my Silhouette SD and placed on top of a strip of patterened paper. The journaling on the red card reads: "I will dare to just do what I just what I am..And dance whenever I want to. Quote by Beverly Williams." The photo was taken with my Canon XSi at Enterprise Mills in Augusta. Don't you love Matthew's pose? Actually, he wasn't posing, he was just reaching back to scratch his head...and I just went with it. Know what I love about this layout? I love all the WHITE! Who would've thunk it?

Monday, November 2, 2009

ZOO Layouts

Yes, I have completely neglected this blog. Sorry is all I can say. Hopefully a couple of new layouts will help make up for it! Check out these cool zoo layouts! I LOVE the patterened paper, which came from a Diecuts With a View Stack called "Safari Chic." Let me know what you think!
Both pages hold pictures taken at Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia. Photos taken with my Canon 55-250 mm lens (camera...Canon xsi).

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tater Tot Crop

Just wanted to post something real quick...since I know I'm so behind in my blogging. In August, our monthly crop had a theme. It was called the Tater Tot Crop--idea courtesy of Key Lime Crops--and of course, everything was potato related. FUN STUFF! We had a baked potato bar for dinner, along with some drinks and desserts. We had potato trivia and a potato contest. Every time a scrapbooker finished a page, a body part was added to Mr. Potato Head. Whoever finished him won door prizes for the entire table. Below are some photos from the night.
Winners: Melissa Best and Lauri McLaughlin finished together!

Monday, September 14, 2009


I've got some more pages done to share. My scrapbooking time seems to come less and less frequently, but I'll take what I can get. Right?
Below are the pages I started and have finished since the last crop.

One thing you'll notice on these is a lack of journaling. When I don't want it on the front, I'll frequently hand write my journaling on a piece of paper and stick it to the back. That way, it's still there, but just not in view for everyone.

A couple of things I like about this layout above: The 3 photos on the top are actually just two photos. There was a photo of both boys together, and I cut it in half so they'd be facing each other from their respective layout sides. I also used a cropped photo for my title "River Blast."

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

More New Layouts

Here are some new layouts I've done over the past week. This first one is my favorite, mainly because I don't get to do little girl layouts often, and partly because it was so cheap to make. The paper was from the Target Dollar Spot, and the ribbon was from Dollar Tree. The Thickers were on clearance somewhere. I used my treading water punch from Fiskers for the scalloped border. Barely visible in the photo is a clear acrylic flower from Alphabet Soup (found on clearance at Tuesday Morning).

This next layout is a two-pager. I was trying to use some stuff from a My Mind's Eye, 29th Street Market line, kit that I got last week. This is one of those layouts I may redo in the future because I feel like the colors are blah and a little on the boring side. The photos are ones I took back in July when my sis-in-law brought my nieces and nephew to stay for a week. We had a great time.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Tickled Pink

I am tickled pink about something new I learned to do today. I am taking a free class on-line, and I'm using Photoshop 7 (which a friend gave me). Just check out what I did using this software! I don't know how to do anything else with it, but I know I will learn eventually. SO fun! Here's a photo with a frame and word art. So cute, huh? More to come in the days ahead!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Two new layouts

I must say, I love scrapbooking in my newly organized space. Today, I finished two layouts that I had started back in May (yes, May!), and I completed a project that I will show you soon. (Can't show you the project today, as it is a gift, and I don't want the recipient to see it here first!)
I am loving this first layout. I got the idea from someone on the Internet, and I have searched like crazy to try and find it again, but no luck. If I figure it out, I'll edit and post here. I did the words and flourish with my Graphically Speaking cartridge.

My second layout is pretty simple, creating the title from another of my favorite products, American Crafts Thickers. (Sorry...the photo of the layout is less than stellar.)

Having done two layouts today, I feel like I'm back in my groove. Hope to show you more soon.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

I'm back!

I told my husband today that my scrapbook room looks so good after my major re-organization and de-cluttering, that I just have to take some pictures. Haven't seen this much floor space in months. LOL! I do have to confess. I'm not completely finished. I still have to go through all of my crap, I mean, SCRAPS. They need filing, and I have to put away some pictures. But overall...I'm happy. Now I can scrapbook more efficiently, because I know where everything is. Let me show you.

This is my cardstock above, sorted by color. Underneath it is my patterned paper, also sorted by color (not pictured). Next are my two vertical stacks of Themed patterned paper and cardstock that came in coordinating sets (like Coordinations' color core cardstock). My themed paper is divided with 12 x 12 pieces of chipboard topped with little index tabs that I punched out then labeled with each theme. In my other cubes below, I have patterned paper sorted by company, generally ones that have come in stacks (like Diecuts with a View). I also have some paper that was neither a theme nor one dominant color, so I sorted those by stripes, circles/dots, plaids, etc....Yes, it looks like I have a ton of paper. And I do, but I purged and have a box full to give away as well.

Here are my embellishments, which are organized like my theme and by color.

I bought clear 12 x 12 pocket holders (not sure what they're really called) that snap or close with string wrapped around buttons. If an embellishment didn't fit a theme, it was organized by color.
The themes are as follows:
Animal, baseball, birthday, Easter/Spring, Fall, Family, Floral, food/kitchen, friends, kids (boy and girl lumped together since I don't have that many girl papers), love/Valentines, nature/outdoors, patriotic, misc. quotes/inspirational, pool/lake/beach, summer/winter, school, travel.
My colored embellishments, including chipboard, loose ribbon, stickers, etc... are placed in plastic containers by Iris. They snap closed and slide in the unit like drawers, so if I want to take them somewhere, I can just slide out the color drawer of my choice. I have the colors of the rainbow (with pink and purple together), along with brown/beige, black, white, and metallic. I also have one smaller box with embellishments that are multi-colored.
Below is most of my ribbon on rolls. I LOVE ribbon. In the drawers below it are my foam letter stamps and my vellums and transparencies.

Finally, here is a shot of my desk, which is supposed to be my workspace, though I usually end up in the floor.

I have my most used supplies right at my fingertips. Below my desk are my most used punches, my Cricut supplies, and other tools. I plan to scrapbook some soon, so I can test drive this system. I'll let you know how it goes!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Two cool things to show you

I just love this license plate that I bought for the front of my car. Only problem is, ever since I had my front bumper replaced after the collision with Bambi last February, I have no holes drilled for the screws where the plate will go. I'll have to get Ed on that!
Check out this baby! I used my Silhouette SD to cut a stencil out of vinyl adhesive. Then I used etching cream to put the name of Matthew's fish on its bowl. How cool is that? Turned out great for my first try.
Hope to show you some actual new scrapbooked layouts soon.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Way Behind!

I am slowly trying to get caught up on everything so I can get some serious scrapbooking done. I am itching to get to it since my sweetheart got me this for Mother's Day. It's a Silhouette SD. It connects to my computer and cuts so many cool things, including any true type font on my PC. As soon as I get a page done with something I've cut using the Silhouette, I'll post it here. Have a great Memorial Day!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

Check out what the guy in the brown truck brought me yesterday!

Just Dreamy" Mega Scrapbook Kit--(40) 12 X 12 Double-Sided Patterned Cardstock Paper--(19) Large 4"-5" Die-Cut Shapes--(19) Small 2"-3" Die-Cut Shapes--(19) 3X4 Die-Cit Journaling Cards--(19) 3X3 Printed Transparency Die-Cut Shapes--(19) 3X4 Title Cards--(10) 3X6 Quotation Titles--(10) 4X6 Die-Cut Photo Frames--(10) 3X6 Accessory Die-Cut Cards--(7) 4X6 Printed Transparency Photo Frames.

When I get some pages done with it, I'll post them here.

Here's hoping you have a WONDERFUL, creative, fun-filled, friend-filled, Happy National Scrapbook Day!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Two More Layouts

Yeah, I know. Orignal title. are two more older layouts to share while I work on organizing my scrapbook room. I am going to try something I read today..." Don't keep it if it's not useful, beautiful, or joyful. " We'll see how it goes.

I may have shared this first one before, but it's one of my favorites because of the subject and the colors. :) Makes me smile!

I did this second about two years ago. My baby will be 7 in just over a week! Time really does fly!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Two layouts

Since I haven't had much time (or haven't used it wisely) to do anything new, I thought I'd just share a couple of layouts I did a while ago. I love this first one not only because of the precious photo, but also because of the texture on the layout. The journaling is a copy of the lyrics from Steven Curtis Chapman's song, "Fingerprints of God."

Although the photos on this are old (Jonathan hasn't done Cub Scouts in ages), the layout isn't. This is a go to design when you are in a creative rut. Just tear some paper, baby!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

More Scrapbooking Deals

Just wanted to let you know that some Tuesday Morning locations have awesome packs of American Crafts patterned paper, specifically (at least at the Augusta location), the Celebration line for a GREAT price.

Also, you HAVE to check out this site if you've never seen it. I first ran across it when Ali Edwards mentioned it on her blog. It's called Peachy Cheap, and they have once a day deals on scrapbooking stuff. Today's special is a collection of cute products by Cosmo Cricut for just $5.99 + S&H.

A couple of weeks ago, I got 8 packs of American Crafts Thickers for just 20 bucks (including shipping). Go see it! NOW!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

I'm still Here...

and still alive! Sorry for the lag in posting. We had a tornado come through Friday night, the 10th. Just got our Internet back up. Cleaning up and catching up while carrying on with daily life and baseball season, but I hope to post something creative soon! Read more about the tornado HERE.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Please Vote for me!

I have been an admirer of this for quite a while, but now I have entered a contest to win one. If you have stumbled across my blog or if you occasionally follow it, please go and vote for me HERE. Vote for Entry #60. THANK YOU!
Edited: Thank you to all who voted for me. Here's a link to the winners. I did get a consulation THANKS a bunch!

Friday, April 3, 2009

A couple of layout shares

Here are a couple of more layouts I 've wanted to share. The first one I finished at last week's crop, (except for a missing question mark), and the other was a gift to me.
Although not perfectly designed, I like this layout because I pulled out my stamping supplies (the owls, inks, and journaling box). The photo of the "photo," however, turned out a little dark....sorry.
This next layout was done by Celeste Guerrero, Crystal Rodriguez, and Mary Catherine Young.....and I just love it! It is sooooo meaningful. I'm thinking of framing it and hanging it in my scrapbook room. It was a thank you gift for organizing the church crops. Wasn't that sweet? I love the colors and the dry embossing on this layout. And the picture of me turned out pretty good! Thanks, Crystal.
Makes me want to do more scrapbook pages as gifts!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

March "Green Crop"

Had a great time night last night! There were 13 of us at the March "Green" crop. We wore green, got a handout with tips on scrapbooking green, brought green food (celery sticks with pimento apples with caramel, green grapes, brownies with cute green sprinkles, watermelon, chips with artichoke dip and guacamole, green tea, get the idea!), and had lots of fun.
I always give away door prizes at the crops, but if you did one of the special projects, you got an extra door prize ticket placed in the cup. One of the fun projects we did was bring an old, unwanted item of clothing to the crop. We then were to reuse some portion of it on a scrapbook layout. How's that for recycling! Cool, huh? I'll never look at old clothes the same again.
Celeste and Mary Catherine did an amazing job, don't ya think?
Here are some other snapshots from the night...lots of GREEN! (Some of the photos aren't the best quality, but the lighting in this room is not the best for photo taking!)
Thank you ladies for showing up and making it a fun night! You are the best!