December 31, 2008

Chipboard Mini-Album

I hope everyone's holidays have been very happy! It was wonderful to spend time with our families! Now that I am home from all of the traveling, I will be getting back to spending time with my scrap stash.

Most of the gifts we gave this year were store-bought, but I did manage to make this cute mini-album for my husband's sister! I am hoping that she will find it useful for some photos of her almost three year old daughter.

It's a 6x6 chipboard album made from raw chipboard sheets cut down to size. All of the papers and butterfly embellishments are from the K&Company Sparkly Sweet collection which is just perfect for photos of a little girl. There is machine stitching throughout the album and I added several flowers, rhinestones, stamped flourishes, and Stickles to bling it up!

I rounded the corners and used my new Bind-It-All machine to put the album together. I think it turned out pretty cute!

Pages 1 and 2:

Pages 3 and 4:

Pages 5 and 6:

Pages 7 and 8:

Pages 9 and 10:

Those tags that are tucked into the pocket on page 10 pull out for additional photos or journaling!

November 22, 2008

A Couple Cards

Here are a couple of cards I made today for some Guest Creative Team projects for Scrapbook Doodle.

Thanks for looking!

November 15, 2008

{ Spa Day }

Here's my third Guest CT project for Scrapbook Doodle using the November kit.

Have I mentioned that I love this kit?! The colors have been perfect for some photos that I have been wanting to scrap.

I did a lot of inking on this one which I think adds so much to the overall look of the layout. I'm also really happy with the look of the black and silver bling :)

Well I have made 3 layouts with this kit already but I still have some more product left, so check back for more projects!

November 8, 2008

{ Take Time To Smile }

Here's my second layout as the Guest Creative Team member this month for Scrapbook Doodle using the fabulous November kit!

It is so nice to get some personal pages done! Check back next week for my third project :)

November 3, 2008

{ Enjoy }

Here's my first page as the November Guest Creative Team member for Scrapbook Doodle using the fabulous November kit!

I added a bit of zig zag stitching here and there as well as some doodling around the edges of the page to tie it all together.

This page is also my take on Sketch #4 from Rough Draft!

The journaling reads, "We had such a great time on our honeymoon in Negril, Jamaica! July 2005".

This kit is a lot of fun to work with! You can get one here. I will be creating a few more projects this month with the kit so be sure to check back!

October 29, 2008

Scrapbook Doodle Guest Creative Team!!!

I am so excited to share this news!

I have been selected as the Guest Creative Team member for Scrapbook Doodle for the month of November!!!

I sure didn't expect to be chosen amongst all of the talented ladies who submitted amazing entries for this call. I am truly honored.

As Guest Creative Team member, I get to enjoy a generous discount to the Scrapbook Doodle Shoppe for the entire month, and I have also been provided with the Scrapbook Doodle November monthly kit! Here are a couple pictures of this fabulous kit:

(photos property of Scrapbook Doodle)

The papers and ribbons are from a new line by Fancy Pants called The Daily Grind. The Primas, buttons, AC Thickers, and Doodlebug alphas that are included in the kit coordinate perfectly. There is even coordinating Bazzill cardstock in there!

I will be sure to post pictures of the projects that I create during November with the goodies in this yummy kit!

October 19, 2008

Love my { cool dude }

I made this page of my husband for one of the Friday Night Friends challenges at Scrapbook Doodle in which we were to think cool thoughts and make a project in that theme.

This is also my take on Sketch #1 at the Rough Draft blog.

Thanks for looking!

October 4, 2008

*Special Order* Scrapbook Page

I had the pleasure of creating this layout of Gwen Christina at the request of my sister-in-law, Lisa. This beautiful little girl belongs to Lisa's dear friend, Molly.

I thought this gorgeous new paper by Black Market Paper Society was a perfect compliment to the sepia toned photo. This is truly my favorite color combination!

The painted chipboard flourishes, the layered Prima flowers, the foam alphas, the fancy brad, and the layered butterfly embellishment add such a nice amount of dimension.

I hope she likes it :)

September 24, 2008

Love those { dimples }

This fun page features my dear husband and his adorable dimples :) I created this using a sketch on the Rough Draft blog.

The journaling reads, "One of the things that I just love about you is that adorable dimple that you get on your cheek whenever you smile".

By the way, isn't this paper super cute?! I got it from my friend Jane's store, The Scrapbooking Factory!

August 30, 2008

My Little Scrap Space - Part 2

Remember these plastic storage bins that I picked up at the dollar store?

Today I lined them up on my dining room table with the goal of organizing my embellishments by color. I started with my favorite embellishments: Prima flowers and ribbons.

It was not a shock to me that I needed TWO bins for my PINK ones *smile*

Well I underestimated how many of these bins I was going to need. I used 9 of the 10 that I had bought just for flowers and ribbons, so I am going to have to go get a bunch more for the rest of my embellishments.

Not a lot of exciting progress on my scrap space, I know, but I am happy about being a step closer to having my stuff more organized! :)

August 23, 2008

My Little (Unorganized) Scrap Space

My friend Dee Dee has been talking about her dream scrap room on her blog, which has motivated me to post about my own scrap space here on my blog.

Someday, I will live in a house that has a fabulous room dedicated entirely to my crafting. Have you seen some of those amazing rooms?? Try doing a google search for scrap room, or for scrapbook room, and prepare to acquire some major scrapbook room envy! Someday... :)

In the meantime, my scrap space is the corner of our little dining room. I do all of my scrapping at the dining room table.

I have been storing most of my stuff in and around a china cabinet in there. The cabinet is one of those ready-to-assemble pieces. It's made by Martha Stewart and I found it at Kmart about a year ago for around $200-$250. It took me a couple hours to put it together but it was worth it.

When the cabinet is actually organized, it does look rather cute with flowers and ribbons and other fun things showing through its glass doors on the shelves. Sadly, it is not organized and cute right now.

I am currently working on reorganizing this cabinet so that I can actually see what all I have in there. I have cute baskets on the upper shelves that I use for storing my ribbon, my flowers, my stamps, my adhesives, my chipboard letters, my dies, my tools and so forth.

But inside the bottom half of the cabinet, behind the doors, is an unorganized mess of various embellishments inside various storage containers. What ends up happening is that I don't know what I have in there so I end up not using any of it! That needs to change...

So I bought a bunch of these plastic storage containers at the dollar store for $1 a piece and thought I would try sorting embellishments by color, and then stacking the containers on the shelves inside the bottom part of the cabinet.

My thinking is that I can then pull out the container that has the color that I'm working with, and find coordinating stuff to use. Do you think that's a good idea?? I would love any suggestions!!!

I also have two of these Iris Scrapbook Carts from and another cart on the way.

When on sale, they are a good deal. I think I paid about $50 a piece for them. Each cart comes with 6 removable snap top cases. I do not use the little wheels on the bottom of the carts, but instead I stack the carts on top of one another. Here are my two carts stacked up:

I have found this to be a great way for me to store my paper and cardstock. As soon as my third cart arrives, I am going to reorganize all of my paper and cardstock by color. I think that will make it so much easier to find what I want to find.

Oh, I temporarily have all of my Prima flowers in one of those carts. As part of my reorganization, I took all of them out of their various glass and plastic bottles, jars, and cans, and put them into these bins by color. I will be moving them though to those smaller clear storage containers soon.

Let's consider this post to be the "before" post. Someday, I will have a fabulous scrap room with beautiful coordinating furniture and decor. When that time comes, I will be sure to take lots of pictures and write the "after" post :)

I would love to see what your scrap space looks like, so leave a comment with a link if you would like to share!

June 16, 2008

Honorable Mention

Okay I just had to make a quick post about something I am proud of! Back in May I decided to brave it up and enter the Earth Day photo contest over on the Piggy Tales blog. I submitted this photo that I took at Grand Teton National Park.

Today I found out that the photo was selected as an honorable mention, and the photo is on their blog! That was the first time I ever entered a scrapbooking-related contest so I feel really good.

Thanks for sharing in my excitement!

April 1, 2008

Exciting News!

Today I was invited into the Pocket Full of Papers design group!! PFOP is a group of talented scrapbook designers who offer their artwork on eBay and Etsy. I am thrilled to have been invited and I am looking forward to getting to know all of my new group members!

February 13, 2008

Welcome to My Blog!

For my first post I would like to give a GREAT BIG THANKS to my sister-in-law Cristie for designing my banner! Cristie is not only an extremely talented artist, but she is also the one who introduced me to scrapbooking :) Thank you, Cristie!