One Young Man’s Journey, A Layout Using 49 Market

Missing Dad these days. I’ve been working on a project with my mother’s side of the family and while going through the old photos I find Dad over and over again.  Some of my favorite photos are that of dad before he knew me.  I decided to try and scrapbook these photos more.

On this layout, I wanted to use the photo of Dad on the bus but I wanted him to be center without other bus riders.  I used my design and embellishments to make that happen.

Go Explore The World

49 Market's Tattered Garden
Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Stamp Theories, Tiny Attacher, Metal tag "Electrical", Diecut Adventure Words, Die-Cut Globe, metal stars
Stencils, Paint splatters, odd number laying around

I used my die cut words "The" "World" to cover the person who was closer and had a better photo.  Dad sure looked happy.

It was fun Tim has the Idea-ology tag "Electrical."  At one point my dad worked on electrical equipment and lines while in the USAF.

The stamp he…

Pour Painted Clay Pots

I have been busy creating in the yard this past month.  Some things are still in process but I thought I would share my redecorated fence.

I have a fence in the middle of the kid's play area.  In the beginning, we, the grands and DIL, painted flowers and we added hand prints.  It was wearing out so I decided to let some of the grands plant flowers ON the fence.

At first, I just painted the clay pots.  I started out with gesso because clay pots are absorbent.  Then I used regular acrylic paint.  It is what I had and it is expensive to buy new all the time.

I grab a stencil or two and added a design to each of them except one.  The best stencil is the vinyl stencils.  They form and adhere to the pots wonderfully.  The butterflies are by Darcie, but make your own on your electric die cutter.

Here are the of the pots I worked on.

This is the Darcie stencil.  It worked wonderfully. 

I applied one coat of gesso and two coats of acrylic paint.

 I used a "regular" stencil and…

Beach Theme Doesn't Mean Beach Theme! Mixed Media Scapbooking

Beach and Garden collections themes together, a non-beach photo...a wedding...let your imagination roll outside what you see to what you imagine.  Keep your scrapbooking/creating fresh by mixing up themes and colors.  I remember the day you could hardly find matching theme paper unless it was a birthday or something like that.  Now everything seems to be "themed."  That is great...but I dare you to mix it up, keep it fresh, love the journey.  

I love the greys of 49 Market Tattered Garden and I love the blues of Graphic 45's Sun Kissed collections.  Blue Fern Studio's "Mommy's Boy" plus a beautiful photo of my daughter and her son stirred in a pot of mixed media gets this creation. 

Mommy's Boy

49 Market Tattered Garden
Graphic 45's Sun Kissed
Blue Fern Studio's "Mommy's Boy"
Stampendous Cutting Dies and Stamps Sailboats
TCW Mini Fence Frame stencil
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pumice Stone and Distress Oxide Black Soot, ch…

Scrapbook Mixed Media Page with 49 Market

A quick post to let you know I am around.  It has been busy so creating a blog post is not easy when you are a good kinda tired in the evenings.  Creating at my house never ends.  Here is an awesome page using 49 Market's Tattered Garden.


49 Market Tattered Garden
Tim Holtz Stamp Theories, Distress Ink Spun Sugar, Stamp and Stencil Watercolor Butterfly Set, Distress embossing powder,
Prima flowers
Ranger Archival Ink
Blue Fern Studio Organic Coins

"Dream" is a rub-on that I did not know was a rub-on.  I've had this for the longest and I thought it was a word on a thick acetate.  I guess it caught my attention at the last minute and I discovered it's rub-on properties.  LOL

I love Blue Fern Studio's chipboard.  It holds up to all type of mixed media and heat!

A bit of Tim Holtz encouragement for my little dancer.

I love the greys and pink along with the encouraging stamps.  Of course, my favorite element is that beautiful granddaughter.  I had to…

Mixed Media Layout

After DD 2017 I was ready to get mixed media with it.  Here is my creation.

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea collection
Tim Holtz watercolor-stamps & STencil set - Butterfly. Hearts, Wonder, Distress Ink Spun Sugar and Broken Glass,
Ranger Archival Ink
Prima Flowers, tile
7gypsies Architextures Findings angel wing stickers and chicken wire
Jenni Bowlin Whimsy Silhouette stamp
Martha Stewart micro beads gold

Layered my paper

Collaged flowers, butterflies wings and adhered with ScraPerfect glue (awesome of fabric elements).

Then I collaged the other set of flowers.
Ran the string around everything.
With gloss medium, I added the beads.  I wish I would have gone lighter on the beads but I was out of practice and went a bit too heavy.  Oh, well next time.

  I love 7gypies' Architextures Findings.  Find at Michael's Arts and Crafts.

I love my new Jenni Bowlin stamp.  Thank you, Beth!

I love this newest release from Tim Holtz and Stamp…

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

The winner of My Favorite Things via is Lynn.

Lynn Murphy7:29 AM What a pretty page. And the 2 stories are awesome. Love that lamp post and lil deer. Too sweet.
Lynn send me your addy via email at and I'll get it out to you as quickly as possible.
Thanks, everyone for hanging in there and stepping with me as I completed my December Daily.  I hope you found some fun techniques that inspired you.

I'm on Spring Break this week so no posts until next week.
Inspired To Created/Encouraged To Try

Story Within A Story AND Giveaway

Story Within A Story
Each year I add another "story" to my December Daily.  I have added Christmas songs, the Christmas story, vintage postcards that people wrote to their families at Christmas (so much fun), tags with Christmas symbols, and a few more.  This year I added Christmas traditions of 25 different countries.  I had to pick and choose countries and traditions due to limited space.

I used Becky Higgins Instax Mini page protectors.  I cut one side off and used the side with the holes for the rings.  You can find them at

I created my inserts with Photoshop Elements.  (Can't live without it!)

 Clip Art came from Google searches.

Stories about traditions are from all over.  Most of my books serve as a glimpse into our daily life in December, but I also use it to share/educate about important things of this world, other people, and a bit of creativity.

Each Day:  Instead of using paper/wood/chipboard/, etc. numbers for each day of the December Daily I u…