February 22, 2010


On Saturday, I had such a fun day.  I had my Holiday Club in the morning and it such a great group of ladies and we had so much fun!  There was lots of laughing, lots of prizes and even a great challenge for the Christmas in July Class.  Don't worry I'll have more details about that later and you will all get to see the creations and vote on your favorites! 

Then in the afternoon I was a presenter at the All Day Crop in Upper Hammonds Plains where I got to meet another group of great ladies and teach them how to do some quick and easy layouts with their scrapbook pages.  I promised them to post all the instructions on-line so for the next few days I'll be featuring these layouts and how simple it is to recreate them.

Today's  double page layout is called 8's in the Gutter and is created with a base of 2- 12 x 12 pieces of Paper, 2- 8-1/2 x 11 pieces of card stock and then another piece of 12 x 12 that is cut in 6 - 4 x 6" mats for your photos.

Here's a sketch of the design that I whipped up on My Digital Studio:

8's in the Gutter-001 You can see the designer 12 x 12 in the background, the red 8-1/2 x 11 piece in the gutter and then the 3 photo mats that measure 4 x 6. 

The facing page will just be the mirror image of this design as seen in the next picture, below.

It's very easy to change the looks of these layouts by rotating the whole page to get different layouts.

Another simple way to alter the look is to change up your 4 x 6 photo mats in both orientation and position.

8's in the Gutter-002










Here is a scrapbook layout that I did of this very simple layout to show you how easy it is to then add your embellishments, titles and a bit of journaling.

Christmas Day 

Here are the step by step directions for this layout:

  • Choose 2 matching or co-ordinating designer papers and lay them side by side.
  • Choose 2 - 8-1/2" x 11" pieces of card stock in a nice contrasting color to the original pages and adhere them in the gutters of both pages.
  • Choose another color of 12 x 12" card stock that will contrast with the other colors and cut in in half at 6".  You now have 2 pieces of 12 x 6" of card stock.
  • Stack these pieces together and line them up in your cutter with the long side against the top of the cutter and the left hand edge aligned with 12" mark on the cutter's guide.  Cut the two pieces together at 8" and 4".  You now have 6 photo mats measuring 4 x 6".  Arrange these on your layout as desired and adhere.
  • Crop your photos and add them to the photo mats.
  • Add embellishments, journaling and titles to complete your pages.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow to learn how to do the 5/7 Split Layout.

Don't forget to leave a comment on this post so you can get a chance to win a free registration to the Spring Soiree 2010 on-line class!

January 20, 2010


I was digging through some of my retired products today and came across the Crew Kid Simply Scrappin' Kit.  Again to make a project for Andrea Walford's online class,  I decided to use these bright and fun supplies.




All the supplies except for the leaves, the Green Bead Duo, and the Mistletoe Ribbon came from the kit.  To sponge the edges of the papers and the half of a top note die cut I used Going Grey Classic ink.  Other than cutting and punching all the design was made up of the pretty stickers in the kit.  Looks very spring I think which means my sub-conscious is probably longing for it!  LOL 

September 17, 2009


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For today's project I have completed a scrapbook page using My Digital Studio.  It only took me about 15 minutes to complete the entire page,  it's just so easy to use!

Sunny Day Album-001

Here are the items I used from the program:

The Sunny Day Scrapbook Kit which included all the borders, embellishments and papers.  It's just a simple matter of clicking and pasting  each of the embellishments and borders that you see on the page.  The program allows you to place things exactly where you want them.

The other item I used was the Great Moments Stamp Set, one of the many sets included in the program.   I made the title and the kisses and hugs at the bottom of the page.  Too cute!!!

Of course the picture is compliments of my gorgeous grand-daughter Madison.

Don't forget that I will be demonstrating this fantastic new program at my October Open House.  Be sure to book your reservation for this free demo today!  Space is limited so don't delay.


July 30, 2009


Well gals I did it again!  You know how I love making things out of the Simply Scrappin Kits!  Well this time I chose the Sunny Day Kit and it has my favorite .....BIRDS!!  Try not to groan.

So another project that we did at last Saturday's downline meeting was to create a Bird House and 4 matching cards.  Well I did it up only this time with different products, different card designs and colors.  This kit has gorgeous colors with a color palette of Tempting Turquoise, Pink Passion, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie.


You can view all 12 cards here.

Everything was created using the Sunny Day Kit and the matching stamp set Good Friend.

Here are the contents of the kitL


Aren't the colors gorgeous!  Of course the little bird stickers are just too cute!

Here is the matching Stamp Set "Good Friend".

Good friend 

If you would like to join me for this class be sure to register by emailing me or calling me.  Details for the class are on my Calendar of Events page.  You can also purchase the Kit to complete at home with or without the Stamp Set. 

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July 16, 2009


I simply adore our beautiful Simply Scrappin' kits and this year's Christmas Jingle is no exception.  Yesterday I designer 15 cards using the  materials from this gorgeous Christmas Kit.  I know this is not technically scrapbooking but since I did use a Simply Scrappin Kit I thought I'd bend a little!!!


This kit features the palette of Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Real Red and Old Olive and includes 2 sheets each of these colors in 12 x 12 Textured cardstock, 6 sheets of double-sided designer paper and 6 sheets of die cut cardstock stickers.  Love the colors and love the designs.

View the kit online 

Of course I will be featuring this kit in a Stamp-a-Stack class where we will be completing 15 cards using all the materials form this beautiful kit and more in the embellishments. 

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July 02, 2009


Today I want to give you some quick steps to create the Bubble Background Technique.  This creates a wonderful look for your scrapbook pages. 

  • In a shallow container,  mix one part water with two parts of dishwashing liquid.  Add drops of classic ink refills untill you get the desired color you want. 
  • Place the end of a drinking straw in the water and blow until the water is covered with layers of bubbles.  For more bubbles add more dishwashing liquid.
  • Press a piece of cardstock on the top of the bubbles until they pop. This will leave remants of the bubble and the color on your cardstock.  Let dry.

Tip: You can also try this technique by substituting food coloring for dye inks.

Bubble Paper 1 

As you can see it makes a great background for your Scrapbooking pages or your other paper craft projects.

June 18, 2009


Today I want to help you save some money on your scrapbook pages.  Who says you need the latest and greatest for embellishments.  Your house is full of economical but great ideas.  Here are a few pointers for you:

  • Use a bobby pin to clip things to your pages.  Because they are metal you can color them with alcohol inks or pigment inks.  Don't forget to emboss and heat set the pigment ink with clear embossing powder or iridescent ice for some added bling
  • Use a make up brush or sponge to chalk some areas on your pages
  • Looking for a great buckle for ribbon?  Try using the tab off of a soda pop can.  Sand it and then cover it with embossable ink and the embossing powder of your choice.  For a really smooth finish repeat the process several times.
  • Paper clips can also be transformed using solvent inks.  Create the color that best suits your layout and clip away!  Great little gadgets for tying some ribbon through too.
  • Are you a sewer?  Then use bits of fabric remnants to create flowers and all kinds of fun accents.  Don't forget that you can run fabric through the Big Shot using Bigz dies and get some stupendous accents.
  • Raid your button drawer and you will find all kinds of unique embellishments.
  • What a metal accent? Run some aluminum foil through your Big Shot and get some great results.
  • Create background pages using shaving cream, gyprock tape, acrylic paints and anything you can think of. 
  • Weave some ribbon to create some great accents for borders on your pages
  • Get out your stapler and Sharpie Pens.  Try coloring a whole line of staples with a Sharpie Marker and then use the staples to fasten ribbons and other accents to your pages
  • Have you got lots of old paint samples hidden away?  Those cards make great accents on pages

Try some of these tips and send me a picture of  your finsihed ideas.  Look around, your house is full of ideas to sue on your scrapbook pages and cards.

Here's a great link to a tutorial for making projects with Paper Clips.


June 11, 2009


Double Page Layout 

Today's post is a double layout where I used 16 pictures.  The beauty of printing your own pictures is you can crop them to be any size you want.  This layout includes 12 pictures which measure 2"x 2", 3 pics measuring 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" and one 5 x 7 picture.  The products I used for this layout included the following:

Cardstock : Broacade Blue, Tres Jolie

Paper: Karen Foster

Die Cut Stickers: Karen Foster

Overlay for Journaling: Making Memories - Chloe's Closet

You can see that the 2 x 2 picutres make great borders and are so great for telling a story.

Here's page 1 close up:

Page 1-1 

Page 2

Page 2-1 

For the journaling I used an acetate overlay that had the blue leaves and butterflies.  I typed the words on a recipe card in the same color blue on my computer.  Here's a close up:


For the title I simply used a piece of the Karen Foster paper and a title from the Karen Foster Adhesive Die Cuts.


June 04, 2009


Today I want to show you a very quick and easy way to create your own scrapbook pages with beautiful backgrounds in just minutes.

Blue Violet 

This is the first sample and all I used was a Whisper White sheet of cardstock, a brayer and the Kaleidacolor Ink Pad, Blue Frost.  To create this look open your ink pad and leaving the inks separated, ink up your brayer really well.  Place it on the right side of your page and roll it back and forth until you get great coverage.  Now rotate the paper 90 degrees and repeat the process 3 times.  Be careful when re-inking your brayer that you align it the same way on the ink pad to avoid bleeding of the colors.  What you end up with is a very soft background that automatically looks color blocked.  Think how easy it will be to arrange a lay out on this!

Here's the same technique done with the Cotton Candy Kaleidacolor Ink Pad.

Cotton Candy 

Here is my finished page, which is my daughter Jocelyn and her fiancee Andrew all ready for a friend's wedding.  I used stickers from the Love Sparkles Simply Scrappin' Kit.

Andrew & Jocelyn Page

May 28, 2009


This post is for all those who love flowers and love to garden.  My son-in-law Colin helped me to create many flower gardens last summer and these are few of the spring flowers that are now in full bloom.  I love the bright colors and the different beds.  Flowers make beautiful scrapbook pages, so if you have never tried photographing your favorite flowers, why not try it?

The page includes rub-ons and some faux stitching.  The color palette is Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, and Baja Breeze.

Spring Flowers Page

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