Tuesday, May 31, 2011


I am obsessed with butterflies!!  They are my go to--when I think a lo needs a little something a butterfly is sure to fix it!  LOL

For this lo, I set out knowing I wanted to showcase the butterflies using punches and misting (my favorite technique at the moment--I know I was late to jump on the bandwagon, but I am here now!).  I also knew that I wanted to make my ribbon "curl" which I did by holding it in place and carefully sewing the ribbon (had to make sure I didn't accidently sew my finger to the lo). 

I actually quite liked the results--I think it really showcases my progression as a scrapbooker.  I REALLY did not start scrapping until the summer of last year and when I look back through my albums I get a big sense of pride at how far I have come. 

Happy scrapping!!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Pigtails and Sand

For me, I often get lost in the quest for the "perfect" picture and forget the little everyday moments that are so much more important than rather or not everyone's smiling, the light is great, the background looks good.....so I am trying to take more photos that capture  life just as it is.

This next lo is such an example.  This picture is of my daughter playing in the sand.  She's not looking at me, in fact, she is looking at some birds :-)  But what I love about this photo is that she is sitting crisscrossed in the sand, with her little pigtails, and she is squinting her eyes in just a way that she reminds me of my husband.

Have a great day!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Missouri Spring

A few weeks ago I was reading through my fave blogs and I came across a sketch challenge at October Afternoon that I thought would work perfectly for all the pics I wanted to scrap from a recent visit to my parents.

I love going to Missouri to see my parents.  I always take lots of pictures, trying to document everything--even if it's only a minor detail.  Like seriously, who takes pictures of asparagus on vacation??  LOL. I approached my journaling with the same purpose--small details that only myself and my parents would probably understand, but I wanted to get them down so that I would always remember them.  TFL

Have a great day--I sure am! 

P.S. Reading fabulous book!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Make a Wish

For this lo I used my Studio Calico kits from April.
I am addicted to patterned paper, but sometimes I have to tell myself to stop and add some sort of cardstock to give the eye a place to rest:-)  So, that's where the little block of journaling on some kraft came in! 

I was able to use some of the new washi tape from Hambly Studios for this one.  I have to say it is so much fun to just rip off a piece of fun colorful tape and just slap it on!  (Okay, maybe I just didn't "slap" it on). 

Be back soon, have several projects ready to share :-)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Little Miss Sunshine

I had so much fun this past weekend scrapping for NSD.  I spent lots of time online looking at my favorite sites and picking out challenges to do.  I completed a total of four layouts with two more in progress! 

This layout I did for the Sketch challenge over at Studio Calico.  The sketch I chose is based off of a layout by Stephanie Howell.

I think I went a little crazy with the patterned paper on this one, but I love this line from Pebbles!!  This is the second recent lo I have done using a blank tag and I am really liking them--have put them on "must buy" list (What isn't on this list??).  The papers and the black alphas are from my March Paper Posies kit--I always seem to blend my kits with stuff from my own stash because I just can't help myself :-). 

What I really like most about this one though, are the pictures.  They just seem to capture her attitude and happiness along with her adorable little teeth! 

Sunday, May 08, 2011

She Loves to Read

I am always reading to Maleia, so it just melts my heart into a little puddle when I catch her "reading."  Seriously, she babbles on and on as she flips through the pages, often pointing at different parts of the pictures as she goes.  So this weekend when I saw that one of the challenges for NSD at TwoPeas was to scraplift a Garden Girl I thought of a lo by Lisa Truesdell that I really liked (okay, I like all of her work). The lo is titled "Storytime" and I thought it would be the perfect time to document Maleia's own story.   

I pretty much stuck to Lisa's design.  I did increase the lo to a 12x12 and I also added two more pics.  Almost everything is Sassafrass with a little bit of Webster's page thrown in.  I really loved how I worked with three different lines from Sass and they all worked so well together. 

This has been a really great weekend scrapwise!  Have already finished 3 layouts for various challenges :-)