Friday, November 13, 2015


My latest layout was created for the CSI design team and uses the inspiration word, "sweet". I am not a perfect person, but I have been called "sweet" by many people. In my journaling, I wrote some of the other adjectives people have used frequently to describe me in the past....well, at least the ones they have said to my face.

Our sponsors this month at CSI are:

Carolina Ghelfi Scrapbooking Creative EmbellishmentsScrap Matrix, and our cherished permanent sponsor is Flying Unicorn. Big thanks to all of our sponsors! 

Adding a background that is textured gives depth to a layout. You can see that here. First, I do a little stamping around the area that will hold the photo and embellishments. Next, comes the modeling paste and stencil to add a  pattern to my texture. Last, I sprinkle a little embossing powder and heat it. 

Layering adds dimension, so you can find that in most of my scrapbooking. It takes more time, but is well worth the effort. 

These layers of paper have been distressed slightly before painting a little gesso around the edges. 

Doesn't the embossing add a lovely touch to the background and chipboard? 


Blue Fern Studios paper, chipboard and stamp
Frantic Stamper die
May Arts lace
Petaloo flowers
Prima flower, stencil, spray
Stampendous embossing powders

Below, you can see the journaling that I created to be placed in a pocket on the back of the layout. It reads:

     Many adjectives have been used to describe me. I'm sure there are a few more, but I will not write them here:

         sweet                        stubborn
         funny                        persistent
         creative                     friendly
         generous                   positive
         patient                       happy
         practical                    kind
         silly                           sensitive  

Thanks, to everyone who stops by and especially to everyone who leaves a comment. 

Friday, November 6, 2015

An Autumn Story

Hello Scrappy friends! I've been happy to get back to my favorite past time with this layout that explains what has been occupying my time lately.
This is the layout that I created to remember a small family party that my husband and I hosted in October. We had so much fun with our two grown up kids and their dates for this lovely fall evening. The weather was perfect, and everyone had fun.

Over at CSI we have a brand new challenge tonight. Be sure to follow the link and see what it's all about! 

We have four sponsors this month at CSI. 
They are Arty Annie, Charm's Creations, Denim Tampons (Denim Stamps, in English), and Flutterby Designs. Our cherished permanent sponsor is Flying Unicorn. Big thanks to all of our sponsors! 

Here, you can see a new technique that I tried. I used a stamp to stamp a pattern on the gnarly tree, then embossed it. After that, I painted it with gesso and painted it. There are a lot of masks I could have used but if you don't have a mask that gives you the look you want, but you have a stamp you like....just add a few more steps and you get the look you want! 

Texture, texture, TEXTURE! Gotta love it! 

For the falling leaves, I used one of my punches in a maple leaf shape and opened an old dictionary to pages that had "Halloween words" such as "haunting", "creeping", "monstrous". Then I used inks to get the color I wanted. 


Basic Grey paper
Blue Fern Studios paper, stamp, chip board
Core'dinations paper
EK Success punch
May Arts lace
Me and My Big Ideas paper

Petaloo berries and leaves
Prima ink pads
Ranger/Tim Holtz gears
Stampendous Frantage embossing powders
The Crafter's Workshop stencil
From my stash: old dictionary

The journaling is written in the form of a "To Do List" for the party we hosted. It reads:
October Party 

To Do List
  • plan party 
  • invite guests 
  • make wreaths
  • paint pumpkins
  • set out Halloween decor
  • plant containers 
  • clean house
  • cook, cook, cook
  • greet guests
  • have fun! 
Thanks for taking a peek at my latest layout! 
Until next time.....

Sunday, October 11, 2015


Greetings, blog friends! Today, I'm sharing a layout that I created for the CSI design team. If you have never competed in one of their challenges, you may want to hop on over and check out how it works.

I'll give you the short course here, to save you a little time. In the challenge all you need to do is create a scrapbook page that 1) uses all five colors found in the scheme 2) includes at least three choices from the evidence list and 3) has at least one of the testimony choices for your journaling. When you are finished, photograph your page and upload it to the CSI gallery. If you are not already a member please join before trying to upload your photo. The most important things to remember are to follow the scheme, evidence and testimony, share the inspiration with us and 
have fun! There it is in a nutshell. 
Be sure to stop by the CSI website to see our sponsors this month. There are eight sponsors and more prizes to win than I have ever seen! So, hop on over to CSI and check it out! You won't be sorry.

Back to my layout now. Techniques used are painting, embossing, 3-D work, distressing stamping, stenciling and fussy cutting. So much fun!


Blue Fern Studios paper, chipboard, stamps
Frantic Stamper leaf die
Liquitex modeling paste
Pelaloo flowers
Prima spray paint
Ranger/Tim Holtz crackle paint
Stampendous embossing supplies
StayzOn ink

My journaling for this piece is hand written on a tag. It reads, "The best part of being a mom is knowing that your children have grown up emotionally well, physically strong and with a value system that will get them through the trials of life. I find great delight in knowing that Lee has all of the above."

Until next time, blog friends! 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Adore You

Hello, blog readers! I have a layout to share with you today.  It was created for the CSI design team and the subject is something that brings me much joy throughout my day.  The birds that visit outside my kitchen window bring joy and happiness to me every day. I enjoy watching them as they take the seeds that I leave for them. These photos were taken on a wintry, snow-filled day this year. The birds in the photos are a male and female cardinal, a chickadee, blue jay and a woodpecker. 

Be sure to stop by the CSI website to see our sponsors this month. There are eight sponsors and more prizes to win than I have ever seen! So, hop on over to CSI and check it out! 

You can see the texture added to the background here. I used modeling paste and a stencil as part of my background. Then, I spritzed it with a little color to achieve the look I wanted. 

In the background you can see some of the embossing I did. I like to add little sprinkles of embossing powder throughout the background of a layout to add more interset and texture. 
Here is my journaling on a tag that I made for this layout. It reads:

   "I adore the birds who come to feed outside my kitchen window. They are a constant reminder of the difference in my life today versus ten years ago. While teaching school, I never had time for such pleasures, as I was always in a rush to get my teaching responsibilities completed. Now, I don't have nearly the demands on my time that I did then, and can enjoy nature's beauty in exchange for only a cupful of seeds a day."

See you next time! 

Monday, September 28, 2015


Hi scrapbook friends! Today, I'm sharing with you a layout that I did for CSI. I love how the creativity seems to flow when working on one of their challenges and feel that I have done some of my best work for CSI! If you are looking for inspiration in your scrapbooking, come by and try your hand at one of our challenges.

The subject of the layout is a trip that my husband and I took to a  small, almost unforgotten town in Texas. A few days before Valentine's Day he read an article in the paper highlighting a small candy company there. They made all of their candy by hand and it seemed like the perfect day trip for Valentine's.

Our generous sponsors at CSI this month are:

Now, back to the layout....

When my husband and I were on another weekend trip recently, I ran across beautiful metal frames and fell in love with them. I was happy to find a stamp in my stash that was the perfect size and subject for this lovely frame! 

Here, you can see the distressing work done on the chipboard,  embossing and cheese cloth that give this piece an airy feel. 

Techniques used for this layout include inking, stenciling/texturing, painting, paper tearing, 3-D work, stamping, embossing and distressing. 


Blue Fern Studios paper, stamps and chipboard Fancy Pants Designs stampMaya Road mist
May Arts lace
Petaloo flowers
Ranger paint
Sizzix metal frame
Stampendous embossing products

From my stash, cheese cloth, sealing wax, ribbon

My journaling reads:

     "My sweetheart is a romantic. He always has been and I love that characteristic of his. For my birthday, Mother's Dan and our anniversary, he always comes home with exquisite flowers! After two years of courtship and forty one years of marriage, he has not changed.
     In February, Hack read an article in the newspaper about a fledgling candy store in a sleepy little town that time seemed to have forgotten, Calvert, Texas. They make their candy by hand and he thought that a day trip to get some chocolate would be a perfect idea for a Valentine's Day outing.
          We had so much fun getting away from the busy metropolitan area where we live. Not only did we go to the candy store, but we visited gift shops and antique stores. Most of all, we had a fun day together. What a sweetheart my hubby is!"

Thanks for taking a peek. See you next time! 

Saturday, September 12, 2015


Hello, my scrappy friends! I'm sharing with you a layout I created for my lifelong friend, Eric and for the CSI design team. The story is about a the journey that a book made over a fifty year period.

You can see for yourself if I met the criteria. Below the challenge you can see our sponsors. 

Back to the layout now...

It may be a little obvious that I have become totally hooked on 3-D scrapbooking. No, I have no idea what could have given you your first clue! 

Other techniques include stamping, fussy cutting, inking, masking, painting and paper tearing

For this piece I decided to place the journaling on the back of the layout. I went to "Curious as a Cat" for a prompt and chose, "Tell about a memorable journey." It reads...

The Journey

There was not a time when I did not know Eric. Our parents were close friends when I was born and I always looked up to Eric who was four years old when I came into the world.  He was a kind boy to put up with a little girl my age. We both grew up, went away to college, and married our respective sweethearts. He came back home to be a landscape architect and I came home to be an elementary teacher.

As a teacher I had many books for the children to read. It was called my classroom library and consisted of books that I earned from book clubs, books from bookstores and donated books.
While cleaning up my classroom one afternoon I picked up a book titled, "Tall Tales of America". I had not seen it before and didn't know where it came from. It was well worn, and was not a library book. I was surprised to open the cover and see Eric’s full name written in a child's writing. What a surprise! It had been twenty years since my friend had been an elementary school student. Little did I know that I had been inserted into a JOURNEY that would last more than fifty years.

Through the years, that book followed me from one grade to another, through numerous years of staying home to raise my own children, through different schools and then back to teaching. It had been read by children and read to children. Year after year passed and I eventually retired, taking all of the books from my collection of class library books. I planned to return Eric's book to him, but retirement was surprisingly busy. I soon forgot about my plans for the cherished book stored in a drawer.  During late December of 2014 Eric passed away. The book had to be returned to the family and I knew that Eric's grandchildren were the perfect ages to appreciate the tales of Babe the Blue Ox, Paul Bunyan, Davy Crockett and Pecos Bill. Eric’s entombment ceremony seemed to be the perfect time to get the book back to his family.

Now, the book is at Betty and Eric’s home and their grandchildren can read the book whenever they spend time with their grandmother. They can all enjoy the stories that their grandfather had read when he was their age


Blue Fern Studios paper, stamp and chipboard
Liquitex modeling paste

Petaloo flowers
Prima stencil
Stampendous embossing materials
Stayzon ink

Thanks for going along on this journey with me. See you next time!