Try something new


I love sketches, right? They offer great inspiration when you need that extra little push. A few weeks ago, I was totally inspired by a sketch over at the Studio Calico blog and I created this page based on that sketch.

It was a big leap for me:

1) I used the sketch that week AND uploaded my layout to the challenge gallery (and won! by the way :))

2) I incorporated digital elements onto my page. This is somewhat new for me – I’ve been using some digital elements in my project life pages – but using them on a traditional layout was new.

3) SEWING!!! My dear friend Amy A taught me how to sew on pages the weekend before I made this page – and it was my first attempt at sewing on a page. I LOVE IT and am totally addicted. I’ve always drooled over pages with stitched elements but was afraid to try it. I’m not a seamstress! I don’t really know how to sew – and that held me back. But – NO LONGER! I now need to find space in my craft room to set up my machine permanently!

Here’s the rest of the page:

BeYoutiful 2BeYoutiful3Supplies: Studio Calico: sketch, Cuppa Printables by Hello Forever, fabric butterflies, Mister Hueys, stamps from Cutting Edge class. Paper 3-D elements, buttons by Bo Bunny (LOVE this line!)

Hope this inspires you to try something new! Sewing…digital elements…entering a challenge…get out there and get crafty!


My Sweet Girl

Here’s a layout I worked on (my first traditional one of the year!!) using some Heidi Swapp goodness. Loved this teal cheetah paper. I made the hexagon background in Illustrator and pulled it into the Cameo software and cut it out. I used some of the cutouts on the reverse side to fill in some of the gaps. I added some of the Studio Calico hexagon wood veneers. I used some various Close to My Heart sentiment stamps to add some detail.

mysweetgirlI am traveling for work this week so Project Life is on hold for a week. I am awaiting my March Studio Calico kit – I’m bummed it didn’t show up prior to me heading out – I’ll have to wait another whole week to see it — BOO! But, it will be a great little treat for me when I get home. Have a great week, everybody!


With the high-80 degree heat already this year, I thought if fitting to finally scrap this awesome photo of Emily jumping off the diving board last summer. She’s a fish. Has loved the water since she was a baby. But we’ve been trying for YEARS to get her to jump off the diving board. She always said “Next year….maybe.” Well, last year, at 8 years old — she finally conquered her fear and took the plunge. She, of course, loved it — just like we told her she would! It was a great moment. The picture could be better — it was snapped on my phone, but the moment is what counts.

My Silly Girl

We go to Huber’s every Fall — and this year Mike snapped these pictures of me and Emily while we were enjoying a treat of apple cider slushies. I hadn’t scrapped the photos because I was waiting to find just the right papers. Lucky me, Little Yellow Bicycle came out with an awesome line, Paradise that fit the bill. LOOOOVEE these papers !

Thanks for stopping by.

Little Yellow Bicycle goodness 🙂

A few of our favorite things

It’s Purim! And, tonight, before we went to the Purim Service at Temple, Emily went through her costume bin in the basement. She used to be the dress-up queen — EVERY night she’d dress up and play. She’s outgrown most of that these days, and I have a little heart sigh when I think about those as days gone by. So, I’m pulling up this layout I made a while ago — with some papers I loved from a kit from Cut the Crop.

This particular day, Emily put on the costume she hadn’t worn in about a year — and we went outside on the first warm day of Spring — and had a ball! She played the role of Snow White over and over. She also let me take her picture — something else she usually didn’t let me do. It is still one of my most-favorite red letter days. We had such a great time, and I snapped some of my most-favorite pictures of her!



A little valentine love. This was a super hot day (it was Louisville in the summer, duh.) and we went to see the Bats play (local baseball). Had a great night, despite the heat. Emily had on this old floppy hat and just kept “disappearing” under the hat. It reminded me of “peek a boo” which she is a little old to be playing….but we had a good time, anyway. Everything on this layout is stamped — all stamps are from Close to My Heart. Paper, I believe is Fancy Pants Designs and cardstock is Bazzill. I scrap-lifted the layout from a reallllly old CTMH catalog.

The Reason I Scrap

Sometimes it’s good to remember WHY I love to scrapbook. Little snippets of life get recorded for us to look back on and enjoy. It’s not all about happiness and laughter and joy. Sometimes we talk about the tough stuff, too. This year, I have two crafty goals:
1) To scrap more about me. My life, my memories. There aren’t very many pictures of me (I was the third child after all), but I have some. And I am going to take the challenge and see if I can devote some of my scrappy time to me.

2) To try my hand at mixed media. I’d like to branch out a bit and PLAY more. Scrapping tells a story. And art does too, but it’s more universal. Not many people outside my inner circle really care about seeing my pages. But, I’d like to try to connect to more people through my art. And, I think playing around with mixed media may just be they key!

So check back by and see what I’m working on.  A third, and somewhat unofficial goal is to post a bit more frequently on my blog…:) We’ll see how that goes!