Monday, December 18, 2017


This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following design.  I'm a little late posting this to my blog.  Between finalizing the semester at my job and preparing for Christmas, I've been a bit swamped.  But as I've always said, scrapbooking is my therapy.  Playing with papers and pictures feeds my soul, and I definitely enjoyed my time creating this project.  I decided to go Christmas with this layout by featuring pictures of one of my daughter's favorite holiday traditions; The Elf on the Shelf named "Holly Jolly."  Throughout the years, Holly Jolly has found herself in a wee bit of mischief.  She's plopped herself down in a poinsettia, taken a joy ride in a Monster High car, toilet papered the Christmas tree, wrapped herself with sport's tape to the Christmas light in the foyer, and built a snowman out of marshmallows on the kitchen table.  (I once caught her online shopping!)  In summary, we've had so much fun watching my daughter be in awe of the Elf on the Shelf.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of paper from the Simple Stories "Oh What Fun!" collection.  

Monday, December 11, 2017


This is my latest project for Use Your Stuff using the following sketch from my former design team 2 Broke Girls Challenges.  This week's theme is "Christmas is Coming."  I have always wanted to use this baby picture of my daughter, and I thought this project would be perfect to showcase this portrait.  On my daughter's first Christmas, she was teething.  She had her two incisors and her two bottom teeth, but her two front teeth were no where to be found.  She would smile this big toothy, vampire grin, and I was just smitten with her cuteness.  So I decided to use the lyrics of the Christmas song, "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth" as the title.  In addition, I used a variety of papers from Doodlebug Design's "Here Comes Santa Claus" collection to pull this project together.

Friday, December 1, 2017


This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch.  One of the greatest road trips my family and I ever took was to "A Christmas Story" House in Cleveland, Ohio.  We love Ralphie and quote this movie throughout the year.  So I decided that for this sketch, I would feature some of my favorite pictures from the trip.  To pull the project together, I used a variety of papers from Carta Bella's "A Very Merry Christmas" line.

Monday, November 27, 2017


This is my latest project for Use Your Stash.  This week's challenge involved using heat embossing along with gold.  I must admit...I don't heat emboss.  I love the look of embossed projects, but it's not something I typically do.  So I decided to modify the requirements to fit my needs.  I recently found this picture of my Grandparents before my Grandpa deployed to England during WWII.  I absolutely love this picture; #relationshipgoals.  During a recent trek through Michaels, I found the white arabesque lantern embossed paper that I used as the background along with the gold flecked diamond paper.  I started layering papers including a scrap piece of flowered paper from Simple Stories "Beautiful" collection. Then I found a white flower with gold flecks and the vintage letters with gold trim.  VOILA!  My own version of a heat embossed with gold project that used items in my stash.  To pull this project together, I used a sketch from my former design team, 2 Broke Girls, as inspiration.

Sunday, November 26, 2017


There is nothing scarier than putting yourself out there.  My family has learned this lesson on more than one occasion this year.  I have always admired my daughters for their ability to try out for different competitive sports.  Sometimes it works out for them, this year it did not for my oldest daughter.  I've told my girls on multiple occasions that they are the strongest, bravest people I know for being willing to put their abilities on the line. In the spirit of my children, I decided to put myself out there again in the scrapbook world.  My former design team "The Memory Nest" is currently on a hiatus, and I knew I would miss being part of this community.  Each DT has their own personality, and The Memory Nest always pushed my creative skills to the limit.  So I decided to put my name and abilities out there again and see if I could possibly join another design team.  CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration is currently holding a DT call, & this was my submission using the following guidelines.  Since the colors required for the layout and theme indicated "fall," I decided to feature some of my favorite fall pictures I took of my brave girls at Niagara Falls, NY a few years ago.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Carta Bella's "Autumn Collection" line.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


This is my latest project for Sketches in Thyme using the following sketch.  This is going live right before one of my favorite days of the year...Black Friday!  I will admit, I'm one of the people who helps stimulate the economy on Thanksgiving night.  Perhaps it's because my husband is a firefighter/paramedic.  Holidays are special, but my girls and I have grown accustomed to making the most of days when he is gone.  So my oldest and I have started the tradition of standing in line at Target to be one of the first ones in the door for the Black Friday sales.  Is there anything we want in particular?  Not really.  We just enjoy the excitement and time together.  To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from PhotoPlay's "Mad 4 Plaid Christmas Collection" and Carta Bella's "Christmas Delivery"

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


This is my latest project for Let's Scrap using the following sketch. Being the seasonal scrapbooker that I am, I decided to say good-bye to my favorite patterned paper season by featuring pictures of my girls this past Halloween.  I have absolutely adored all the papers in the Pebbles, Inc. line this year. While I followed the sketch, rather than use all the pictures the layout called for, I decided to focus more on the papers and the embellishments.