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Thursday, April 21, 2011


In this layout I tried to include some of what I know about my grandfather.  Mother always told me that he sang like an angel, so I included musical notes in two places. The first notes appear as matting behind his picture and the other notes appear in the masking that I did behind the journaling.  In all of the pictures that I’ve seen of him, he was quite the “Sharp Dressed Man”, so the patterned paper with the houndstooth design and the vintage pocket watches signify the care he gave to his physical appearance.  The Victorian Era, in which he was born and the Edwardian Era, in which he came to manhood definitely colored his preference for a perfect appearance.

Texture, dimension and mixed media were a must artistically for this layout.  To create texture, I made a metal relief strip using Ten Seconds Studio’s thin metal sheets and embossing tools and added Prima flowers. The title was created using chipboard letters that I first painted red, then sponged a smattering of black after the first layer was dry. The wet-folded frame around the picture was first spritzed with a glimmery paint for a bit of shimmer to draw attention to the photo.  I always use this wet-folding technique when creating a heritage scrapbook page. To me, it represents a window to the past and adds dimension to the canvas. In addition, I used canvas to create part of the title. After printing the canvas I trimmed it, frayed the edges and inked it in black. 


Advantus/ Tim Holtz Ideaology Masks:  Borderline and Concert
Advantus/Tim Holtz Ideology Grungeboard Elements-
Graphic 45’s “A Proper Gentleman” collection patterned paper
Making Memories Acrylic Paint, Black and Red
Maya Road- Jonathan Mini Alphabet Chipboard Set

Prima- Artistry Flowers Collection- Flower Mini Tin- Mums
Ranger- 8.5 x 11” Sticky-Back Canvas, Claudine Hellmuth
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Candy Apple Red and Graphite
Ten Second Studio Embossing Tools, Thin Metal Sheets for Dry
        Embossing and Paper Stump Number 8 Large

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011


The Maya Road chipboard albums are so precious, and the Accordion Album is no exception. This Design Team project for The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, Texas was delightfully fun to do. 

The theme, Friendship Through the Years, is based on some of the friendships of my daughter, Elizabeth, from her toddler and childhood days through her senior year in high school. 

The process for creating this little  4" x 6" book is: 

1. Remove all jump rings from book and save. 

2. Trace the album page onto patterned paper. Cut out 12. 

3. Using an acid free glue stick, adhere the paper to both sides of each album page. Press together firmly. Allow time for drying.

4. Using sanding tools, sand around all edges of each page. 

5. Using white acrylic paint, apply paint to the edges of each page. Allow time for drying.

6. Sand off some of the paint to achieve a distressed look. 

7. Using pen, draw stitches around edges of each page. 

8. Using punching tool, punch holes.

9. Apply photos and embelish the book.  Reassemble, using jump rings. 

10. Fill the little plastic tube with goodies that work well with the album. Keep theme and colors in mind. Glue the lid on and tie it to the top of the album with ribbon. Voila! 

Maya Road Supplies used: 
  • Accordion Album
  • Craft Square Envelopes
  • Leaf Pins
  • Gingham Blossoms
  • Trinket Beads Hanging Chandelier
  • Decorative Scroll Chipboard Set
  • Trinket Pins (Crystals, Hearts, Stars)
  • Small Organza Roses (brown, white, pink)
  • Alterable Vintage Lace Bloom
  • Vintage Alterable Trinkets (large)

This is one of my favorite pictures of our son, Lee and daughter, Elizabeth. There were many days when they were little that I didn't think the teasing and fussing would ever end. I don't know when it happened, but  I'm happy to report  that somewhere along the way they became best of friends!

Other Supplies used:

Bo Bunny Vicki B. Collection patterned paper
Inkessentials (white)
Fiskars Laugh With Me Quotes
Martha Stewart Luster Glass Microbeads      
May Arts Ribbons
Prima Fairytale Roses, Orchid
Prima Madrigal Blossom Collection Fabric Flower Collection (White Librett)
Ranger Adirondack Earthtones Pigment Ink 
     Pad (Lettuce)
Ranger Glossy Accents
StayzOn Ink (black)
Zig Writer (brown) 

On the back of the banner are pictures of Elizabeth's high school days and some of the friends she made at that time in her life.  In this photo you can see some of the fun things that I put inside the little tube. They inclued four little china teacups shreds of paper, Maya road and Prima Fairytale Roses,  tiny blue hairclips and pretty little pink bows.....so very girly, just like Liz!!! 

In the picture below, I first stamped the envelope using a Studio G cling mounted stamp, embossed it, then inked it with Ranger Adirondack (Lettuce). Last, I used StayzOn Ink (black) and "Laugh With Me Quotes" by Fiskars to stamp the word, "Laugh".

In the upper left corner of the page above is a small pink butterfly.  This little chipboard by Maya Road was fun and easy to do. First, I inked it bright pink, then coated it with Ranger's Glossy Accents and let it dry. Last, I added some little lime green pearls down the center for fun. 

To finish this little album, I used Maya Road Trinket Beads for a glamorous, girly look! 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Bride

This LO was a JOY to create....even though I was a little bit intimidated by the importance of the portrait. Techniques ussed: machine stitched all four pages, wet distressed and inked around all four. Cut, folded distressed and painted the area for the frame. Added pearls to the Prima lace. popped up the bird cage and the flowers in the lower left corner. Crackle painted the title, the scrap FX piece and the frame around thephoto. Punched several strips of leaves from gold paper in my stash. 

Gee, it doesn't seem like it's been 37 years (In May)! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Little Engine That Could

On this LO I used some bright colors so I could work the antique scrap into the LO (see the little boy on the rocking horse). I have found that the Victorian Era was anything but dull....especially when it comes to colors, as is evidenced by this piece of scrap. I let the paper, the scrap and the picture lead me in my embellishments and mood. The pp is called "Playtimes Past Collection" by Graphic 45, and has graphics of antique trains on one side of the pp and the quote, "I Think I Can" on the other side. It is from the child's book, "The Little Engine That Could". You can see the little trains around the border of the paper. The sheet music for "Jack and Jill" is also from the Playtimes Past Collection. The title is done in Office Word, using the font, "1942 Report". The antique-looking red ric-rac, the large flower (by Prima) and the antique milk bottle cap are from my LSS, The Crafty Scrapper, in Waxahachie, Texas. For the little engine and the vines, I used the Heritage Cricut Cartridge. Also used in this LO was brown Colorbox ink. Got a lot of distressing done on this one, as well as some stitching by hand and on my machine. As I usually do with my heritage LO's I wet distressed the frame around the picture and folded it back. The little ticket is by Crafty Secrets, and The little tricycle is a Grand Adhesion (Hopscotch) by K & Company. The other two flowers are cut from a burlap bag that used to contain rice that is from India....we ate the rice....LOL 

The portrait is of my father when he was about 3 or 4 years old. 

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

In this LO I chalked aroound a replica of an old postcard that a friend of mine sent me. The chalking made it  look even older than it already looked. Also, distressed pp, crackle painted the corrugated cardboard, inked the title, flowers and clock face. Also crackle painted the little flourishes. Used an old dictionary page, punched it and placed it under the brown upholstry trim. Couldn't resist the pp by K & Co because of the turn of the century hats.

The people in the photo are my grandmother (far left), and her brothers and sisters. Also seen in the photo are two neighbors who were good friends. The photo was taken circa 1903 and everyone was smiling....that's pretty rare for that era......what will those young people think of next?!!!!!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Look at You Now

The portrait is of my mother at seventeen.

On this LO, I distressed, stitched, and rolled the paper by K& Co. Also punched and painted the gold butterflies, and added their little antenae. Used Prima Debutantes Collection as well as Prima gold leaves and Glitter Spray. Also used Petaloo flowers and added the little mint green pearls. For the title I printed out the lyrics of the song, then used Maya Road's "Noah" chipboard letters....painted with Hot Cinnamon Radiant Rain color concentrate by Creative Imaginations. Next, I made the letters glossy with Glossy Accents by Ranger. Also, there is a piece of antique scrap from my maternal grandmother's collection in the lower right corner.

Little Bird

This portrait is of my mother when she was two years old. Her mother made the beautiful little red dress. The "Little Bird" title is a reference to a story about Mother that I've heard all my life. When she was two, her babysitter (Lucy) took her and her baby brother out for a walk. Eberta got away from Lucy and ran for blocks.....all the way to her grandparent's home. Lucy had no idea where she was going, but Eberta did! She miraculously got there safe and sound.

Look at this gorgeous piece of antique victorian scrap from my grandmother's collection. The angel is so lovely and it symbolizes that God is always looking out for us.

In this LO I did some machine stitching around the edges, inking and distressing. The little red frame around the picture was made by cutting, wet distressing, inking and folding. I used my latest Cricut cartridge, Serenade. The pp is Classic K by K & Company. The title work includes "Noah" chipboard letters by Maya Road, which I painted with Hot Cinnamon Radiant Rain color concentrate by Creative Imaginations. Next, I made the letters glossy with Glossy Accents by Ranger. Used ZVA Pearl flourish, which has a bit of a champagne tint....love that for heritage LOs! I used a mixture of Prima and Flora Doodle flowers. Used a tiny bit of pink netting from my stash to add a little texture and ariness. The little heart pin is by Maya Road. The beautiful velvet ribbon is from my LSS. The little journaling label is called Life Stories Accessory Sheet 2 by My Mind's Eye.

1210 Welch

1210 Welch was the address of my maternal grandparents in Houston, Texas. These photographs were taken during the late 1920's, and I cherish them. Granny's attire is definitely era appropriate and when I found the little hand scripted china piece in an antique store I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. "To every bird, her nest is beautiful," it says.  How perfect for a heritage layout about a woman and her home.  Granny was a scrapbooker long before I was born and she had an extensive collection of Victorian scrap. She used many of these pieces in her own scrapbooks, but she left a box of scrap that she never used, and that is where I found this little bird from her collection. Scrap heaven!

The patterned paper is by 7 Gypsies, and is called "Conservatory Collection", the lace flower is by Prima....who else?!!! The feather at the bottom of the LO is from Little Yellow Bicycle's "Twig Collection" and the title, "1210 Welch" is from Graphic 45.  For this layout, I did some distressing, inking, tearing and cut work.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Trip to Fayetteville

This fun mini album by Graphic 45, called a  "Policy Envelope Album" was created for The Crafty Scrapper Design Team, and turned into a cherished project. My mother, husband, cousin Ken and his wife took the trip to Fayetteville, Texas, where Ken's and my grandmother and her family lived from before the Civil War until a little after the turn of the century. This album chronicles our journey of discovery for Ken and his wife.

These two pages show familiar scenes in Fayetteville and portraits of my great great grandfather and great grandmother. They immigrated here from Germany and Prussia in 1847 and made a good life for themselves and their family through hard work and determination.

 This is the home of Hugo and Lina Zapp in 2011. It is on the register of Texas Historic Places.

The Zapp Building  is where Hugo Zapp ran his mercantile business. It also has a Texas Historic Marker!
The small  Lutheran Church is where my family worsiped and the cemetery where several of my ancestors are burried. The stained glass windows inside the church are beautiful.

I love this page showing a friend of my mother's who lives in this small community. She is the town historian and has always been eager to share her information with us. Miss Schultz has answered many questions about our own family and the history of Fayetteville.

This page includes photos of my great great grandparents. C.T. Zapp was the son of Hugo and Lina. In the portrait on the left you can see them and their childdren before the turn of the century. My grandmother was not yet born. In the photo on the right, the children are all grown, and my grandmother is in the center, sitting on the front porch rail.

These are pictures of Ken, Mother and me standing on the back porch of the Zapp Building. The wonderful thing about this little album is that it is meant to be used interactively.  Inside each pocket I placed family history, a family tree,  maps and other interesting information. In the last pocket I placet the story about the three of us on this porch.

This is the back cover. This album is on display at The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, Texas. 

Hippity Hoppity Easter's On Its Way

This is the other half of the two page LO that I did of my DH and myself as children at Easter.

Techniques used were distressing, punching, hand cutting and machine stitching. For the title I painted the Maya Road letters, then used Ranger Glossy Accents to glue on the Martha Stewart Glass Microbeads and painted them with Stickles Platinum to achieve the color I wanted.