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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Monday, September 30, 2013

Trick or Treat!

Good morning!  It's my turn up on the Flamingo Scraps blog today!
I'm so excited!! It's fall again! Cooler temperatures, bonfires, pumpkin patches, cider, hot cocoa, colorful leaves, and, best of all...it's almost Halloween!

Flamingo Scraps is carrying the new Basic Grey Persimmon collection, and the fun fall colors and Halloween embellishments inspired me to finally scrap my girls' Trick or Treat photos from two years ago. I went for a simple layout with a fun banner and a cluster based on a journal spot.

The banner was made from 1/2" strips cut from several different Persimmon patterned papers, from the 6x6 Paper Pad, which I cut into triangles. I played with a few different layouts before I decided on the triple-tier banner. I doodled around the edges of each triangle, added a doodled line, and then a few Prima Wood Icons.

Finally, I put a journal spot down from the Basic Grey Persimmon Die Cuts and Transparencies pack and added a banner from the same package and a couple of Basic Grey Persimmon Mixed Brads.

Thanks for looking, and I can't wait to see your fall and Halloween themed projects!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Simple Sketches #4

Sketch 4 is live on the Simple Sketches blog today!  Go check it out, and see the rest of the design team's interpretations.  I have to admit that I love seeing how different people work with the same basic building blocks.
Here's my take on it:

I flipped the sketch on its side because it suited the photos I wanted to use better.  I wanted a Fourth of July layout, but not over the top, red white and blue til you go cross-eyed, so I used more subtle shades and non-traditional patterns.  A little bit of Heidi Swapp Colorshine in Sweet Cherry gives the white cardstock some interest and makes the scalloped circles, cut on my Silhouette Cameo, a big pop.  I finished it off with a glittery, white star border piece and a kraft journal spot.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Little Star Sweeper

I'm very excited to post my first Flamingo Scraps Design Team project!
When my warehouse box arrived, these Pink Paislee Portfolio papers and embellishments begged me to use them to scrap this photo I had just received of my cousin's new baby boy.

The soft ivories and blue, with touches of mustard, really worked with this gorgeous black and white photo.

I started out by laying down some texture using light modelling paste and a Heidi Swapp mask. While that dried, I fussy cut some elements from the Portfolio papers. I knew I wanted to go with lots of layers and a few banners, and I really loved the play of zig zags and stripes in the papers. I love how the light modelling paste is only semi-opaque when used in a thin layer. It adds such amazing texture without feeling thick and heavy. I also used some of the new Cosmo Cricket Glitter Sheets in my layering here. They are self-adhesive, very easy to cut, VERY glittery, and there is no fallout from the glitter (yay for not having glitter all over my desk!).

I used one of the Pink Paislee Artisan Elements Borders with a little ink on top of some of my fussy cutting. I layered in a little washi tape from my stash, a Pink Paislee tag from my warehouse box (did I mention that not only can you get a combination box, but also a paper box or embellishment box?) The chipboard and wooden stars came from the box and from my stash.

Last (but not least!), I had to come up with a title. Something about this photo made me think of the lullabye from "Lady and the Tramp." I think it was the stars I was adding left and right. Anyway, "Little Star Sweeper" sounded just right, and I hand-wrote "la la lu" above. My final touch was a piece of twine with a bow around the photo.
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Simple Sketches #2!

Good morning!
It's my first official morning on the Simple Sketches blog. I'm part of Design Team B, and the new sketch has gone live!  Use this bare bones sketch to make a layout, like I did, or even a greeting card or canvas.  There's nothing like a Simple Sketch to get your creative juices flowing.  :)

Without further ado...
I took some liberties with this sketch.  Don't worry, that's what you're supposed to do!  I wanted to use these photos of my oldest (her aunt put a colored strip in her hair when she got it cut last June and boy, did she think she was cool!).  They were larger photos so I just tweaked the photo placement.  I really raided my stash for this, too--do you remember those paper lace sheets that KI Memories introduced way back when?  I bet I've had them ten years!  I have a huge stack that I've been hoarding.  The embossed cardstock is (I think!) American Crafts, from the Dear Lizzy line, the letters are old Basic Grey (I still love those and wish BG still made them), the bit of trim is Prima, and the flowers and striped pp strip were from my stash.  I used some Heidi Swapp Color Shine on the background, and added a stitched element with the Bazzill stitching guides.

Enjoy, I can't wait to see what you create!  If you create something from this sketch, post a link in my comments.  I'll randomly draw a winner and send out a small RAK of ancient (but still cool!) things from my stash, like those I've created with here.