Sunday, December 29, 2013

Season's greetings

I am sneaking an entry in for one more challenge this 2013.  I created this Christmas LO from my 2012 photos.  I haven't even finished scrapping my 2012 photos and it is time to develop my 2013 Christmas photos!

I used the December 15th sketch from Stuck Sketches.  They are partnering up with Red Carpet Studio to include a Christmas tree on my LO so I get 2 entered for this one LO.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful New Year!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Behind the Lense

Here is a LO that I created with a photo of myself.  It is not too often that I take photos of myself.  It is for the Challenge Yourself blog.  It was to use of photo of yourself and give 3 random facts about yourself.  So here is what I created.

I used the photo I got from school this past Fall.  I also used the big flower and some wooden embellishments that I won from the Challenge Yourself website.  So go ahead and check out this challenge.  You have until January 5th.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Happy Birthday

I can never have enough birthday cards so that is what I made for the Scrapbook Circle sketch challenge.  I used paper from the December kit.

I loved this reindeer card that was in the kit. It reminds me of my dad and many of my male relatives.  So it will be a perfect birthday card for someone.  It will probably go to my son for his 18th birthday.  he loves hunting and has yet to shoot a deer.

Sneak Peak at Stick it Down

Here is a LO I made for Stick it Down to give a little peak of what is to come on their challenge blog.

Here is the double page sketch that I had to work with.
There is also a single page LO and a card sketch that some of the ladies used.
To see a little of what is to come head on over to Stick it Down to take a sneak peek for your self. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Kitchen Keepsake Extras

Here are some LOs that I created from the 2013 challenges from Kitchen Keepsake.
For the March 2013, this LO had to include a cake.  The photos are from my in-laws 50th anniversary.
This next LO is of my dad from last December.  This is for the June 2013 "Father's Day"  to scrap you man.  I loved this photo of him reading the church bulletin.  I was taking photos of everyone at my mom's birthday party, last year.

The last LO for today is of my mom with the grandkids on her 73rd birthday in December 2012.  It also includes the above small photo of my dad. 
I create scrapbooks for both of my children and I often scrap photos differently for their scrapbooks.  Thanks for stopping in to see my creations.  Stop by again to see what else I whip up before this challenge ends.

Friday, December 6, 2013


Love it what there is at any birthday party.  In this photo my nieces take to climbing up the forbidden stairs, after eating dinner for grandma's 73rd birthday. 

This LO was created from the December 1st sketch at Stuck Sketches.   I layered my paper after I scrunched it up a bit to give it some extra texture.  I also used bows for the challenge at Kitchen Keepsake.  These are 2 of my go to blogs for inspiration and challenges.  If you are interested in either of these challenge head on over to their blogs for all the information.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

New DT for Stick it Down

I am so excited to announce that I will be on the DT for Stick it Down, a new scrap booking blog!!!  It is a multi-challenge blog.  I will be creating double page layouts from their sketches.  These will be posted on the fourth Tuesdays of the month.  So my first reveal will be Tuesday, January 28th.
Each Tuesday a new challenge will be posted.  There will be single page LOs, double page LOs, cards, and if there is a fourth Tuesday in a month it will be Anything goes.

There will be a random draw for a monthly prize.  We will also be offering the chance to be a guest designer in future challenges.  So if you are looking for a new place to find inspiration stop on over to Stick it Down and see what we have we have to offer.

Thursday, November 21, 2013


I used some of the same photos of my in-laws, that I took with their film camera, to make another layout.  I used the November 15th sketch from Stuck Sketches and thought how cool it was to use 2 similar photos on the same LO.   

I think my mother-in-law was trying to hide behind her husband and in the photo in the back she is not really looking the camera.  Usually I would just throw that second photo away, but I decided it was perfect to use fro this sketch.  This LO also was a way for me to use up some of my stash and scraps.  I used some orange rub-ons that I have had from a kit and just hadn't used.  The papers were mostly stash.  The wood paper was the last piece of paper that I found to complete the challenge for Scrap Our Stash challenge #9.
So I was able to enter 2 challenges.  thanks Stuck Sketches for teaming up with Scrap Our Stash this month

Here's another DT call

Are you interested in designing:  single page layouts, double page layouts, project life, or cards?

Then you may want to head over to Stick It Down to see what they are planning to do.  They are starting up a new design team.

You will be required to submit one project per month, and to comment on all submissions to your challenge.  The term will run from Jan - June 2014.
You may want to be part of their DT or just check them out after the new year to see what their challenges are.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

DT Call ends today.......but you can still win a prize!

Head over to Challenge YOUrself scrapbooking blog.

This is an open call for our very first design team!  Please take a moment to read up what we're all about in the tab above.

DT call requirements:

→ Term commitment from Dec 1st, 2013 - May 31st, 2014
→ Keep an active blog and update with the new challenge on reveal day with a link back to the Challenge YOUrself blog.
→ You will be required to submit one layout a month and to comment on all submissions to the challenge.  Reveal day will be on the 7th of each month.
→ No design team experience necessary.  Everyone is welcome to apply.

How do you apply:

Send an email to with the following information:
→ Your name and blog address
→ A short bio that will be used on our blog if chosen
→ 3 samples of your work

We are accepting applications until November 20th, 2013.  New members will be informed by November 21th, 2013.  First reveal is scheduled for December 7th, 2013.

We would love if you shared this with your scrappy friends!

Want a chance to win some FREE stuff?
All you have to do is follow us and share this post on your blog and/or Facebook for a change to win!
 Leave us a comment telling us what you did!

Giveaway is open until November 30th at midnight.  Winner will be announced December 1st.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Scrapbook Circle Inspiration

I created 2 LOs today for the Scrapbook Circle Challenges. 
The first is for the November sketch.  It has photos of my hubby and kids and one of  hubby's parents.  It was taken last November when we visited them for the holiday.  It seems that my father-in-law wants to take our photo when we have our coats on and are ready to go out the door to go home.  This time he wanted to also use up the film-------yes film-----------and so gave me the camera to take a photo of him and my mother-in-law.

The second photo is from my son's 16th birthday.  It includes my daughter who helped make the cake.  This Lo is fro the November stickers challenge.  I used most of my stickers on the right hand side of my LO all lined up.  Then I added a few more on the left.
I used my November Scrapbook Circle kit to create both of these LOs.  To see their kits and challenges click here.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Not again

My daughter doesn't want her photo taken lately, and so I think I take it more anyway!  Here she is when we went to the Canadian War Museum.  Since she wouldn't pose for me I just took her photo as she was. This LO was created from October 1st sketch at Stuck Sketches.
I enjoyed using some different paper and this cool clock that I cut out of some patterned paper.  I also used my sewing machine alone the edge where the zig zap paper strips are.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Family room in the 70s

This 70s room was set up at the Canadian War Museum.  My daughter thought it was just so lame.  My husband and I enjoyed the flashback from our childhood.  I used the ribbon to add some texture to the page.  I used my punch to cut the circles out of some patterned paper that I had.   
This sketch is from Stuck Sketches?! from September 15th.  To see this sketch head over to Stuck Sketches to see all the details for this sketch challenge.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sketch 363 from Scrapbook Challenges

Hello, and thanks for stopping by.  I have a new LO that I created of my son bungee jumping last fall.  It was his first time and he enjoyed it.  I was able to use 3 different photos to show a little of his time jumping up and down.  For this LO I simply used white cardstock for the background and then added some fancy lace paper for a border at the top, some washi tape, some paper flags that came in a kit with buttons and lastly the ribbon across my photos.

To see this sketch go to Scrapbook Challenges for all the details of how to enter their challenge.  Then get outside and enjoy the nice weather that we have this fall.

Sunday, September 22, 2013


In the photos below my son poses with some of the display at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Canada.  This is the second time we visited this museum.  He was younger than and he now has a different appreciation of all that is on display there.  I used the September 1st sketch from Stuck Sketches.
I used mostly scraps to create this LO.  While looking for some paper to cut the circle out of I found this shiny piece of silver paper that I had already cut a circle out of.  I decided to use this instead of an actual circle.  Then I added some other paper scraps, some wood embellishments, a title, and it was done.

To see this sketch and others click here.  Go ahead and give it a try.  You can even enter it on their site and possibly win a prize.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Diefunbunker ---Sketch 362 at Scrapbook Challenges

The latest sketch at Scrapbook Challenges is out.  It is here.


 I used my photo from our trip to Ottawa.  We visited Diefunbunker, a Cold War Museum, about 10 minutes from Ottawa.  It was originally built between 1959-61 to house Canadian leaders during a nuclear attack. Everything in the building is of that era--desks, nurses station, phone etc. It was a very cool museum for me in that it brought back memories of what things looked like when I was little (for me that was the 60s and 70s).

I used some of my double sided paper to create the squares for my LO.  I knew the colors would go together.  I sewed around my page and added a few circles.  I then added some ribbon to give my page some dimension. 
If you would like to give this sketch a try click here to get all the information.  Stop over to SBC to see the added challenges with this sketch.  They are to use washi tape or make this into a double page spread.
Thanks for stopping by and having a look at what I have been creating!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Summer is over .............what have I accomplished?

Plenty of scrapbook pages, that is what I accomplished this summer.  I created over 65 LOs.  Being a librarian at an elementary school gives me my summers off to do as I choose.  Mostly I chose to spend time working in my scrap room.  I did read over 15 books, sent time with my friends and family, and watched more tv than I should have.  Many of my LOs can be seen at my Scrapbook Challenges gallery.  I am on the DT there and we had lots of challenges this summer.
Their most recent challenge is Sketch 360 and a color challenge.
I created my LO of my daughter, who has not wanted her photo taken lately.  I have been taking it anyway!  So here she is with her hands over her face.
To see this challenge, get all the details, and join us at Scrapbook Challenges go here.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Summer scrapping

I have created a lot of LOs this summer.  These 2 are for challenges at Stuck Sketches.

The first is from the July 1 sketch.  It is my daughter from a museum trip in July 2012.  She did not want her photo taken, but was not given a choice by me.

This second LO is my daughter with some of her classmates at her award ceremony in June 2012.  She reached the NY state standard to read 25 book sin one school year.

My goal is to do an average of 1 per day so I can get caught up with my photos.  I am working on summer 2012 photos.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

SBC Pinterst Picks

Do you belong to Pinterest?  Do you spend many hours looking all the posts? 
I created a challenge at Scrapbook Challenges give you some ideas of how to put Pinteerst and scrapbooking together.  Find a picture that you  like on Pinterest and then use it as your inspiration to create a LO or card.
I liked this poster of the car because of all the yellow in it with just the pop of white.

yellow car+small

I used it as my  inspiration to create this LO of my mom and niece at the Fair last year.  This is part of our summer trip that we do every summer.  It is a day to Celebrate the farming community where we live.  This photo was taken in the FFA barn where youth display their creations and projects that they  worked on during the year.  They fill a sandbox with kernels of corn for the kids to play in.
With all the yellow of the corn I thought I’d try to make a LO with mostly yellow, like the car poster.  Since blue was the next predominant color in my photo I used blue for my pop color in my LO.  I looked through my paper and embellishments and found things that were yellow.  I then used one small piece of blue paper and the letters in blue.

So go ahead and find a picture you like on Pinterest and then use whatever inspires you from it to create your own LO.
Head on over to the SBC Blog to find out all the details to enter for the monthly prize draw.  All entries must be posted by 11:59 PST on July 31st to be eligible for the monthly prize draw.
I hope to see you over at Scrapbook Challenges.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Stuck Sketches

My school library is all packed up and summer vacation is here!!  Now I have lots of time to work on my scrapbook pages. 

I have been working on my Spring Break photos from 2012 when we went to Florida.  I am just about done.  The following LOs were based on the Stuck Sketches for June.

The first Lo has photos from the day we went to the beach.  My son took photos of us reading and hanging out.

The second is from the day we went on the bus tour to the Everglades.  This photo was taken at the end of the day when everyone was a bit tired.  I used gesso on the background paper and then added some color to it with my spray inks while it was still partly wet.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

June Shape Challenge at SBC

The theme for this month at Scrapbook Challenges is Heritage & Genealogy. 
It makes me think of all the ways we celebrate in my family.  We don’t go out to eat at restaurants often so when we do it is a way for our family to spend time together.  One of my husband’s favorite restaurants to eat at is Denny’s.  There aren’t any around where we live so it is not too often we get to go to one (the closest one is at least 2 hours away).  When we were on our spring vacation last year there was a retro Denny’s in the nearby town that we visited.  We traveled past it several times on the way to the beach and other day trips. It was on a 2 lane highway and we were usually on the opposite side of the highway.  We were able to go there for lunch, once we figured out how to get to the other side of this 2 lane highway.  This is the LO that I made from that day.

My challenge to you is to use rectangular and square shapes on your page.  You can use long rectangle strips like I did and then rip them to make some shorter strips.  See how many you can use.  Try to not to have round corners on your page.  I did use a small wooden bird which has a round belly, so go ahead and use 1 thing that is round.  I can’t wait to see what you create!
To join the fun go to Scrapbook Challenges to get the rest of the details.
All entries must be posted by 11:59 PST to be eligible for the monthly prize draw.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Winter Estates of Edison and Ford

Here is a photo of my daughter from our Florida vacation in April 2012.  We went to the Winter Estates of Edison and Ford in Fort Myers.  This Lo was done  for the May 1st sketch from Stuck Sketches.  I was able to use up some of my scraps from another LO I did from this vacation so this page will go well with my other page.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


For many summers my kids have gone to the VBS (Vaction Bible School) at the nearby Prosestant Church.  Most of our kids from our Catholic church go to this VBS.  They host the week and now we Catholics go and help out.  For the past several years it has been my "job" to lead the Bible acting part of the morning.  In this photo you can see the giant whale we made for Jonah and the whale story.  We made it from plastic with a fan attached to one end where the tail would be.  In this photo it is my daughter, her cousin, and her friend who helped me make it.
This Lo was inspired by the April 1st sketch from Stuck Sketches.

Friday, April 12, 2013

World Trade Center

I just found this photo from New York City where they are rebuilding where they World trade Center was.  We went there on vaction in July 2011.  I hadn't used this photo on a scrapbook page yet, so here it is.  I used the April 1st sketch from Creative Scrappers to create.  I had an old kit that had several circle emebllishemnts so I was able to use these on my LO. 

Thanks for looking and if you go to New York City you may be able to see the completed World Trade Center.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Sketch 339 at Scrapbook Challenges

It is Monday and time for a new sketch at Scrapbook Challenges with sketch 339. 

Here is my LO.  It is my father-in-law from Christmas 2011 opening his gift card.
Come over and  join in the Challenge by uploading your LO to the Rafflecopter at SBC

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Scrapbook Challenges: The Everyday

During the month of April we are scraping things that we do everyday at Scrapbook Challenges. My challenge to you is to create a LO of something that you do often and to use the word TODAY in your title.
We have snow every winter where I live and building a snowman is something that we build every year. When my kids were little I was the one to do most of the work. Now that my kids are older they build the snowman in their own way. Last winter my son used a bucket to mold the snow and built this snowman using several bucketfulls.

You may live where the snow has just gone away or where you are getting ready for snow to begin. Or maybe you never have any snow, if so lucky you!

Get your thinking caps on, look through your photos, or take a new one, and show me something that you or a family member does often. It might be for a particular season, holiday or event.
Make sure to upload your creation to the Gallery for all of us to see and link it to the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win the April prize package!

Don’t forget in order to be eligible for this month prize package all layouts and projects must be uploaded by 11:59 pm PST on the last day of the month.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Grandma for Sketch 338 at SBC

At Scrapbook Challanges sketch 338 was posted today. You can see it below:

I used a photo of my mother-in-law from christmas to create my LO based on this sketch.  It shows her looking at the calendar of photos from the previous year of my kids.  My in-laws enjoy looking at this all year long. 

If you want to join in on this challenge head on over to SBC to see th details.  youcan then upload your LO to the rafflecopter to win a win.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

SBC Rundown + Giveaway

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

SBC Digi to Paper Challenge

 If you are a paper scrapper this is the Challenge for you.

We are celebrating our Relationships this month at Scrapbook Challenges.

In our family we have a tradition that the kids open their presents from my husband and I on Christmas Eve. We want to spread out the gift giving and as my husband says "the man in the big red suit can't give all the good gifts"

I want you to think of some traditon or something special that you do with your family--be it kids, parents, husband, wife, brother, sister, grandparents, or whomever may be special to you.

Then use the below digital LO that Nanette created as your sketch inspiration.

I have used a photo of my son showing off his confederate flag belt buckle on Christmas Eve.

I look forward to see what you create.

In order to be eligible for this month’s prize package, all links must be submitted to the Rafflecopter entry system by 11:59 pm PST on the last day of the month.  Go here and submit your creation.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wendy is the winner for SBC Blog Hop

Congrats to Wendy!  She created a LO using something other than paper and she became a follower of my Blog.  Here is her LO.
She used a piece of netting that came off the ham packaging behind my photos.  Please send me your address so I can mail your RAKk to you! 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Sara's Birthday Blog Hop

Here is my daughter and her good friend on Twins Day at school last year.  They have the same shirt and both wore it.  I was suprised to find this photo on my desk one day at school.  A thoughtful person had taken it and printed it for me.  I used this big photo for Blog Hop at One Day at a Time.  Sara is celebrating her birthday with a Blog Hop.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Thanks for dropping in for the Blog Hop
You should be coming form  Nanette (
If you arrived here by accident and want to join us go to the beinning of the Blog Hop here.  This will give you all the info about the Blog Hop and tell all about the cool prizes you could win!

This is the sketch that the Sketch Crew had to work with:

And here is my LO.  It is my son's feet at the Sanibel Island Beach on the gulf coast of Florida.  I used this piece of weaved mat on my LO. to add some texture.  I thought it looked like a towel.

My challenge to you is to create a LO using something that is not paper as part of your background for a loyout or a card and to become a follower of my blog.
I will be giving out my own RAK to one random person that does both.
You have until Monday, February 10th at 11:59 PM EST to complete this challenge and upload to this forum challenge thread here.

I am looking forward to see what you crafty ladies come up with!

Now onward with the Blog Hop.  Your next stop is to Jowilna

In case you get lost along the way you can go back to the begining of the SBC Blog Hop at:

Here is a look at the PRIZES: 

Prizes:Hop On Prize - This is for one person who complete a layout a based on the sketch and links up in the hop on area of the forum.

New Member Prize - Given to one randomly selected new member who joins the site over the course of the weekend.

Instagram Tag & Win - A small prize given out to one follower and an additional IG user they tag.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sisters............from Scrapbook Challenges

   Here is another challenge from Scrapbook Challenges.  It is from Nanette.  It is a Diecut, shape challenge.  The challenge is:  use hearts on your layout or card.  It can be digital or traditional, whatever you like best.

Here is my LO with hearts on it. 

It is my 2 sisters and I from December 2011.  Join in on this challenge by going to Scrapbook Challenges.


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Scrapbook Challenges: My Wildcard Challenge

January is a time for New Beginnings.
You may want to have a new style or new look for your New Beginning. I always want a new wardrobe to go along with a new beginning. I used to sew a lot and make many of my clothes. Those days are long gone, now I go to the store for my new wardrobe. I still do a little sewing now and then but when I got serious about scrapbooking I moved my scrap stuff into my sewingroom/walk-in closet. Now when I want to do a little sewing I go out on my porch where my big sewing machine is set up and ready to go.

My Wildcard Challenge is to Use Something from the Sewing Room. If you don't have a sewing room maybe you have a sewing box.

Things you can use may be:  sewing on your page by machine or hand, buttons, fabris, ribbon, felt, lace, ric rak, yarn, straight pins, safety pins, zippers, tape measure. Anything goes!

Here is mine LO

I used ribbon, buttons, a piece of sewing tape that had my son's name on it to label his clothes for camp. I used my sewing machine to sew around my big green patterened paper and my ribbon.

Please add your LO to the gallery at Scrapbook Challenges and then post it to this here to be entered into the challenge.  I can't wait to see what you come up with!

In order to be eligible for this month prize package all layouts and projects must be uploaded by 11:59 pm PST on January 31st.