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!


Project Life – I think I’m gonna like it here

So, I’ve been wanting to start Project Life since JUNE of 2012. I went to order kits on Amazon – and they were out of stock for, like, ever. When my Clementine kit finally got here, work got super busy and I haven’t had a chance to play at all. But I’ve been thinking about it. And stalking the web for inspiration. And, I signed up for the Day by Day class over at Studio Calico. And I got a Cameo for Hanukkah. And, and, and…

It’s a big shift for me – I’ve been a “traditional” scrapbooker for 15 years. I ran out of fizzle for it a few years back but still did it. Last year, I stalked Christy Tomlinson and had so much fun taking many of her online mixed media classes. I learned so much and grew as an artist…it was a year well spent. But it was spent making canvases and home decor; I didn’t get much scrapping in. And I realized I missed it. I love documenting the fun, crazy, special things we do as a family.

So, here’ my title page – I had SO MUCH FUN playing and creating this page. What I think I’m going to LOVE about it is:

1) I can document all of us,  not just Emily — which is typically what I scrapped “traditionally”

2) I get to be as creative as I want in these tiny little spaces

3) While the commitment to document weekly is big (and a little nerve-racking), the commitment to actually scrapbook is less — I’ll get a whole week done on a spread, versus 1 event per page or per spread. So, I will be able to “keep up” with it

4) The flexibility – if I want to add in a whole page for 1 event – I can – I love all the different-sized page protectors

5) I will be able to blend my graphic design skills with it — now this is something I’ve resisted for a LONG time – I’ve been so adamantly opposed to digital scrapbooking because I spend all day at work in front of a computer “playing” in inDesign and Illustrator…the last thing I wanted to do in my play time was get back on the computer. But I HAVE TO TELL YOU — it was so FUN using the printables from the Studio Calico Day by Day kit – it got my head spinning with all the possibilities

Overall, I am super energized to work on this project. Here’s the layout for the title page. I used the Studio Calico Day By Day printables, stamp set, wood heart and cuts for the cameo, Close to My Heart stamps and inks, PL Clementine Kit, my Silhouette Cameo, Basic Grey patterned paper, stickers from My Minds Eye and the Tiny Stapler from Tim Holtz.


Stop back by and watch my progress. I plan to upload my pictures of the previous week to Costco and scrap on Sundays. I’ll be posting about a week behind at that rate, but that’s the plan…

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 🙂

Basically Bare

Hey all! Happy Friday.

I was reading my latest edition of Creating Keepsakes and on page 40, I found the cutest little accessories from Basically Bare. I hopped online to find out where I could get my little hands on them — and found out they were having a design team call. I thought, “Why not?” My order came in just one week ago today, and I loved every single piece! I’ve spent every spare moment in my craft room working on these projects. Take a look! (Click on the images for a larger view)

Love Canvas

I made this for my mom, who lives entirely too far away. We had an awesome day about a year and a half ago making homemade apple cider at her friends’ home. It was a great day – and Emily had such an awesome time making the cider – she loved every step of the process. I snapped this one photo of Em and mom together and wish I had taken more. I don’t have nearly enough of the two of them together.

A local craft store, Dee’s, had a canvas hanging on their walls covered in burlap. I knew I wanted to scraplift that idea — but I also knew I wanted to add pictures (which they didn’t have on theirs.) I absolutely love the way this turned out. I masked the letters LOVE and painted the canvas hearts with some Claudine Helmuth paints and then stamped swirls with Tim Holtz Distress inks. I also used the doors from the houses set to make a few of the small banners.

I covered the sun in paper and added a chipboard button. I left the clouds plain — because I think they look really cute just the way they are.

Sailboat Canvases

Right from the start, I knew I wanted to make a sailboat out of the banner. On the sail, I used my gelattos, when the paint dried, I outlined it with my Micron. For the boat, I cut the shape out of one of the corrugated hearts and painted that as well. I made one fish from the leaves from the flower set and I painted it with my gelattos. The felt fish I stamped with ink. On the third canvas, I used one of each of the three shapes and materials from the banners. For the straight-edged triangle I cut off the scallops – I didn’t want it to look too much like the sail. I used Angel Mist on the white felt banner.

Cupcake Gift Card Box

A while ago, I saved this little Laughing Cow cheese box — figuring someday I’d have the need to alter it into something. I thought it would be cute to put a little mini-album inside. However, when I got the Basically Bare cupcakes (HOW CUTE ARE THEY???) and my sister-in-laws birthday loomed in sight, I was inspired to turn it into a gift card holder. All of the relatives pooled their money together to buy her gift cards at her favorite restaurants and movie theaters. I made the box and inside “pages” and that’s what we gave her for her birthday. She loved it! I always look at packaging now before I recycle it — because you can create SUCH cute things out of what would be waste. Love it!

Heart Canvas

I’ve seen similar canvases on Pinterest — and when I was ordering my Basically Bare (from, by the way!), I bought a few different packages of hearts because I wanted to try it out. I knew I wanted to use each material — canvas, felt, chipboard, and corrugated paper in two ways. That gave me 8 spots, and clearly the canvas would have 9 holes. So, I bought the houses and turned it into a canvas about our “home” — the W for Waterman, 1999 for the year we got married, etc. I love the overall effect.

I can’t tell you which surface I liked best! On the canvas I used rub-ons which I loved because the beauty of the canvas was left in tact. I also used my gelattos on the other canvas — and LOVED the painterly effect once I blended the blue and green with a bit of water. I think this was my favorite technique with the canvas (I used the gelattos on the sailboat sail, too)

I also really like the distressed look of the corrugated paper, as I used it on the “W” heart. I painted it with acrylic paint, stamped the W and outlined it with my Pitt Artist brush pen, then I ripped back some of the surface to show that awesome corrugated texture.

The felt really likes to be spritzed! I used a stencil on this heart.

Altered Starbucks Box and Bottles

This is an oldie-but-goodie way to present a little gift for a teacher, hostess or a good friend in need of a pick me up. I used the flowers here in conjunction with a random Basic Grey felt flower on the front of this case. I love how perfect they look together. I used the large felt flower with a chipboard one on top of it. And, a smaller chipboard flower covered with paper. Buttons added to all really pulled the Basically Bare flowers together with the Basic Grey one.

Owl Notepad Box

Here’s a quick one I made with the owls — I used the canvas leaves from the flower set — they are the same size and shape of the wings, and I really liked using all the different textures on this one owl. I have about 6 more projects I want to make with this owl — he’s just so stinkin’ cute — but I ran out of time!!

Home is Where the Heart Is banner

I had originally thought I’d use these homes as a standing-up mini-album. But, once I started playing with them, I decided to turn it into a banner. I doodled all around everything — and had so much fun putting this together. This is an old Close to My Heart paper packet that I LOVE — and it looks so cute with the houses — so warm and cozy. Love it!

Thanks so much for stopping by!