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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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Fun With Canvas!

I've learned that I looooove making canvases! My cousin got married over Memorial Day weekend, and I created this for her guest sign-in. I used a template for make the flourishes, and then diluted some Aleene's Tacky Craft Glue with water and used a fine paintbrush to fill in the flourishes. I sprinkled Zing! embossing powder on them and then heat set. The initials were free handed. I added in some buttons tied with twine (my cousin makes awesome button jewelry), some Thickers and Tiny Type letters, and a few Tim Holtz keys. I intended for her to replace the sign in information with a photo when she's ready. I was so happy to be able to make her something for her special day, and she loved it!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

A Sad Announcement :(

I am sharing sad news today: Twisted Sketches is closing. You can find our final sketch here. The twist is "thanks;" any how, any way. While I am sad that my journey with Twisted Sketches is ending, I adore how this layout turned out. I wanted a photo of both girls with their Easter baskets, but the baby wouldn't sit still (big surprise--she rarely does!). My big girl tried to help, and "hug Sissie!" was our last-ditch attempt...I'll take it! The wood grain paper (Studio Calico) was so fun with all the wood floor in my photo, and I love the collage tag from Crate Paper. The chipboard, stickers, and borders are all Crate Paper, too, and the letter stickers are Making Memories. The heart doily is misted with a light pink (Shimmerz). I would like to thank Anam from Twisted Sketches for allowing me to be part of her awesome team over the last year; I've learned and grown so much, and I've loved every minute of it!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Twisted Sketch #156

A new sketch is live on the Twisted Sketches blog! You can find it here. This week's twist is "graduate;" any way, any how! Here is my take on it: After we moved and Ellie had her own room, we decided it was time for her to graduate into a big girl bed. :) She always calls it her "big girl bed," never just a bed. I misted the background with Shimmerz in Lime in da Coconut, and used some odds & ends from Crate Paper (cardstock stickers) and American Crafts (Thickers). The paper was a scrap, and the rub on is Basic Grey. This was made with a sketch from Let's Capture These Sketches, and you can see that here. The sketch fit the moody photo of my almost-nine-year-old, and I had lots of fun with mists (Shimmerz), ink (Studio G), stamps (ditto and Clear Snap), and rub-ons (Basic Grey) to create a grunge-y, tween-y background.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Twisted Sketches #154

This week's Twisted Sketch is live on the TS blog. I really like this sketch--so many fun ways to use it! The twist is "cloth;" any way, any how! I made a whole house full of curtains in March and April. It was quite a project, and I'm glad to be done with it (for now, anyway). It was honestly easier than I had expected, and I can totally see myself replacing them here and there. I had fun with this layout; it's pretty much all bits and pieces from my scrap file with a masked background (love the faint mask on top of the bold striped pp!) and a few Crate Paper stickers and layered elements to round it all out. :)