I am a mother. I am a wife. I am a sister, a daughter, an aunt, a cousin.
I am a scrapbooker.
I have always been artistic, it just took me a while to find my outlet. I sew, needlepoint, and draw. I also enjoy cooking and baking. I have dabbled in scrapbooking since high school by adding memorabilia to my pictures, but something was still missing.
I found modern scrapbooking after our first daughter was born and I have not looked back. I really do hope that someday, my children look at my scrapbooks and really get who I am and how much I love them. Within the last few years, I've been introduced to mixed media and well, the world will never be the same.
My husband of 12 years and I have two sweet little girls, aged 9 and 3. They are funny, sassy, sometimes naughty, silly, gorgeous, loving, bright, often cheerful, diva-esque little princesses, and they are the lights of my life. I am lucky to be married to my best friend; I swear, I love him more every day. In real life, I am a portrait and wedding photographer, but my true loves are all at home. :)
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Halloween time!

This is my oldest daughter, Evie, carving pumpkins with Daddy and I a couple of years ago. She was so cute, and we had such a good time :)

You can find this super cute Bingo card set here at The Cutting Cafe. Regina has created some SUPER CUTE Halloween and fall themed printable stamps and cutting files. Head over and check them out!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Let's Celebrate With the Flamingo!

October brings the second anniversary of Flamingo Scraps! Keep an eye on their blog and find them on Facebook to see some fantastic prizes, contests and giveaways! The layout below was created using the Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante line, purchased from FS, of course. They have a wonderful Vintage/Steampunk Grab Bag chock full of old and new lace, metal parts, trims, and more. The lace and metal watch parts on my page came from the grab bag. It's kind of hard to see, but I misted Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist around a square mask in the center of my page.

October also brings my turn as the Guest Design Team! I'm so excited. Fellow DT'r Diana and I were introduced on the blog on October 1. Diana will be guest blogging on Tuesdays and I will be posting photography and Photoshop tips on Thursdays.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

New Cutting Cafe Layout!

For this design, I used two new templates fromThe Cutting Cafe; "That's what little girls are made of" and the "circle scallop set." I printed them on patterned paper, hand cut, and then mounted using foam tape.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Guest DT!

i'm so excited to announce that I'll be joining flamingo scraps' guest design team for the month of october!
you can check out the official announcement here, and their awesome ebay store here. i'm truly honored to be asked to participate, and i'm really looking forward to the ride!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Summery Fun!

I used an image from the Birthday Fun printable stamp set from The Cutting Cafe. I colored it in using Photoshop, and also added three more candles...since it's my big girl's seventh birthday!

I used the Summer Fun background stamp set from The Cutting Cafe. I printed the outline design onto a sheet of patterned paper to use in my background. I love how this turned out, so summery!

Monday, July 26, 2010

it's been a while...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

My first Cutting Cafe projects!

I made this birthday card for my mom. The scalloped circle with sentiment is a printable stamp from The Cutting Cafe, the Birthday Fun set. Super simple--I just printed it out on the cardstock I wanted to use and hand cut it out! I sewed along the borders of each block of pp and then decided it needed a bit more. Since my hands weren't going to stitch any more, I doodled the border. :)

This layout was made for a challenge on scrapbook.com. It had to be a two page layout featuring something sweet with a primarily chocolate color scheme. The Cutting Cafe's Birthday Fun set was again the perfect match. I re-colored the scalloped circle to white and then resized the cupcake and cut it out. I used Stickles to put a border on the circle and to "color" in the cupcake. I love how it turned out! (This design is based on a layout in Scrapbook Trends magazine).

Monday, July 5, 2010

agc weekly photos

watermelon :)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Exciting News!

I've been asked to join the design team at The Cutting Cafe! I'm really excited about working with Regina's fantastic cutting files and printable stamps, and also with the other talented ladies of the design team.
To celebrate the occasion, there is a 2 for 1 sale: for every set you purchase, you can choose one of equal or lesser value for free!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

more layouts!

i can hardly believe that our wedding was 10 years ago! husband said "classic" when i found the picture, and i thought it was perfect for the layout! he says it's because i had a classic gown and the photo is in b/w, but i think he's referring to my champagne bottle (i couldn't find my glass!) and the hiking up of my skirt (i was really hot, that's a lot of tulle!!) this is a pretty simple layout; i cut three of the flowers out of the bo bunny paper and then layered them with pop dots :)

evie's fourth birthday. i think it's pretty straightforward, just strips of some cool pp (they have shiny embossing).

this was done for a challenge to scrap your take on the song "livin' the life" we were to scrap a question, statement or interjection about the life we're living. it made me think about where i am, and realize that i'm happy to be here. times may be hard, but i have a wonderful husband (who is still my best friend after 15 years together) and two great kids!

the challenge here was to scrap an imperfect photo and boy, did i have one. my poor husband is extremely camera challenged (he can handle our point and shoot alright, but is so lost when i hand him my slr) and only took 3 photos of me with our new baby in the hospital, and all three of them, he focused on the background rather than us. it makes me rather sad; i have photos of all of our friends and family that visited us, photos galore of daddy and big sister, and very little of me. :(

and i leave you with extreme cuteness:

Sunday, June 20, 2010


For Anything Goes Challenge on scrapbook.com, week three photos:

my choice: teeny pink toes :)

outdoors: Evie's rock soup

movement: Evie "rollerskating"...look at those ballet hands!

hero: in honor of Father's Day, my husband and the daddy of my girls: a real hero every day

cross: Evie's artwork. Love that her Jesus on the cross is smiling. I asked her why and she said because he was so happy to make the sacrifice for everyone else, even though it hurt, because he loves us so much. She's so sweet. And so smart, too.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Ellie @ 2 months

ellie belly at 2 months :) my sweet little baby girl!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

so far, my favorite photo of the bean and one of my favorite lifts ever; thanks for the inspiration melissa w :)

this was done for a challenge on scrapbook.com; since the internet has become so prevalent in our lives, we were challenged to create a layout featuring an online site we frequent. i based this on a pagemap from june. i used two facebook apps to tally the most-used words in my status updates and then to choose the statuses i found the most amusing or to be milestones, or a few that i felt just captured my life. i think the snapshot this provides of the last year of my life is pretty neat.

this is a little outside my normal style, but i like how it turned out. this was also for a scraplift challenge on scraplift.com
the large star chipboard is covered in a mix of pearl ex & glossy accents and gold stickles. it's from magistical memories; i bought some of their chip and LOVE it!

this is the closest i can come to a masculine layout ;)

one of my best friends got married in new orleans a few years ago and i'm still working on the wedding layouts :)

my daughter and a couple of friends entertaining themselves at hobby lobby while their moms scrap-shopped. we may have set up the first shot...

i made my own mist; equal parts mod podge and water. i used pearl ex and adirondack inks for the color, and used a piece of chip (magistical memories again) for the mask. and seriously...who DOESN'T love a little baby booty??

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Evie's recital

who: Evie, the ballerina

what: spring dance recital (Evie's class)

when: Friday, June 4 at 7 pm

where: on the big stage!

why: to dance!

(June AGC weekly photo challenge)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Holy blog candy Batman!

Check out this birthday blog candy giveaway!

The rose border is a piece of Prima's Sew Cute stitched mulberry paper; I hand cut out the bordered edge. The piece under the photo is another corner of the paper.

Isn't she a cute little bean? This heart tree is chipboard from Magistical Memories; I love their chip! It's thin and flexible and the cuts are so elaborate and clean! I dry brushed it with some pink paint and then used a Photo Stain Distress Ink pad to brush across in the opposite direction for some contrast.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

a bit of baby love

I've been busy scrapping my Ellie belly :)

This uses the February 2010 Commit2Paper kit, which you can find here. I love these Little Yellow Bicycle papers and embellishments. This is based on a PageMaps sketch. I love a naked baby!

This is mostly all Prima; I added some Bazzill chipboard, Tsukineko ink and a piece of vintage lace from my stash (I inherited a couple of boxes full of vintage trims from my husband's grandmother when she gave up her sewing supplies!) I attached the lace with a few cross stitches. The chipboard was painted with luminous pigment powder mixed with Diamond Glaze, on top of a coat of acrylic paint. All her little parts are so sweet :)

This is the Crate Paper Katlin collection and another PageMaps sketch. I love Thickers in general, but these puffy glitter Thickers are beyond fabulous! At 10 days old, I was already amazed at how many expressions my little bean has.

I love Bazzill dotted swiss cardstock! The papers here are from a Sandylion Disney Princess paper pack; the flowers were cut from a sheet of patterned paper. Evie loves being a big sister so far and wants to hold Ellie all the time. She got the biggest kick out of taking these photos :)

Friday, April 16, 2010

Prima's April Pick!

Check out Prima's pick for April--such a cute collection! I can really see these used for layouts with my new baby girl :)

Link to Prima's blog

Saturday, March 27, 2010

I'd like to introduce our new addition, Eleanor Leigh. She was born Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 6:55am, weighing 6 pounds, 13.8 ounces & was 20 inches long.

Birth Day:

Her Announcement:

Our Family:

Big Sister Evie loves our new baby: