Showing posts from June, 2013

Celebrating "The" Dad, a Scrapbook Layout

Too often I when I think Father's Day I think of my own dad.  But my husband is the most steadfast and loving dad to four wonderful, outstanding, beautiful children and a good Father-In-Law to three.

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Bo Bunny Mama-razzi (first) paper collection
Blue Fern scalloped circle and gears
Photo Negatives
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Chitchat stickers
Wendy Vecchi Art Parts Stars
Webster's Pages Storytellers
Little Yellow Bicycle brads

Do you see the progression of hair styles in these photos?  LOL
When I went through a lot of older photos I saved all the negatives that either didn't have anything on them or just a few photos that I didn't really need (you know the stop sign you thought was funny at the time...).  Now I try to incorporate them in my layouts.  I like the way these worked into the design. 

Have a Crafty Day!

My Hero and Cool Tip Wednesday

From the time I can remember seeing his face until the last time I saw him, my dad has always been my hero.  Father's Day is a day of celebration for me of the greatest father.  Although I miss my dad more as each Father's Day passes, I celebrate his life as my dad and my hero.

This layout was created for the Graphic 45's June challenge on Facebook.  Anytime you talk about doing a guy style layout my dad first comes to mind.  He was a very handsome man and a shutterbug to boot.  Not only did he serve this country (USA) bravely, but he was the "coolest" dad on the "block."  I remember once at a basketball game ... I was sitting in the bleachers.  Dad walked through the gym door and one the students behind me said, "Now he's good looking!"  I laughed so hard.  Dad did too years later when I told him.

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Graphic 45 Transatlantique paper collection
Blue Fern Studio gears and arrow

Tattered Angels front from Glimmer Glass A…

My Dad and Graphic 45

I have seen and used many different paper collections for men, but I have never used a more dynamic paper collection than Graphic 45's A Proper Gentleman

I had a lot of fun creating this layout of me and my Dad...well in this photo it was probably Dada.  The memories of my dad are heart warming.  A flood of memories came back was I reminiscing while making this layout.  Sometimes we forget the little things, but while creating this layout I had a flash of my daddy's small, goofy smile he had when he being funny or trying to get one over on us kids.  What a fun memory.

This layout is of Daddy and me when we lived in Texas.

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Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman's paper collection
Graphic 45 vintage buttons
K&Co. title
Tim Hotz's Idea-ology Verbiages
Blue Fern chipboard

Lots of detail cutting and reminding myself to keep it simple.  (Love you, Daddy!)

Easy Canvas Prints Winner
The winner of the Easy Canvas Prints is Kathy Kruszewski.  Congratulation…

Introducing The Newest Scrapbooker On The Scene

I introduce to you the next generation of scrapbookers, memory keepers, and all around artist...

LITTLE, my granddaughter!
For Little's vacation I created and packed up a scrapbooking kit.  It was for those early morning times when everyone was getting ready for the day.  I had no idea just how creative she was.  
Little created the page and I added photos from her vacation.
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American Crafts cardstock
Little Yellow Bicycle flower sticker
Pink Paislee "T"
EK Success Tinkerbell
K&Co. Butterfly
Karen Foster Dragon
Epoxy Dot ... ?
Scotch Tape
Colored Pencils
I want to point out the creative use of her tape as she scalloped it in the shape of a rainbow.

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American Crafts cardstock
Glitz Designs Pink circle
Chatterbox letters
Pink Paislee ampersand
Washi Tape ??
Basic Grey pink and green scroll embellishment
Little Yellow Bicycle scalloped circle with words
Colored Pencils
EK Success Tinkerbell
Her design is wonderful as she uses…

Incredible Project ... Baby Shower Crafts

This past weekend my daughter hosted a baby shower for one of her oldest friends.  Of course she had to have a wonderfully made diaper cake.  My daughter believes this is the most beautiful of all the diaper cakes I've made.  Well, it wasn't just me, my daughter and I collaborated on this cake.

I have several views and hope you enjoy.

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3 Packs of size 1 diapers
Small and Large Rubber Bands
Burlap Ribbon and white Ribbon from Hobby Lobby
Glue Dots Adhesives, Permanent 
2 Pringle Cans
Diaper Pins
Wilton Cake Skirt
Cake Stand
Chop Sticks
WeRMemory Keepers Pink Twine 
Fiskars Jemmi Bowlin's Scalloped Banner Squeeze Punch Large
2 Chop Sticks
5 or 6 small gifts for the outside
2 or 3 gifts for the inside

There are many video on YouTube that explain how to put together the base.  When I started making Diaper Cakes I watched about ten videos.  But I'm slow.  LOL  I've always used bottles in the center of the cake but we wanted to add an extra sur…

A Scrapbook Layout for a Fabulous Dad!

I have but one son-in-law and he is a fabulous dad.  How could I not help but to do another Easter layout featuring him and Little's sister. 

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Graphic 45 Secret Garden paper collection
Graphic 45 June inspired project

Blue Fern Studios chipboard.  What a beautifully detailed piece.  It's perfect for a Secret Garden.

Tags, made from Graphic 45 paper, chipboard piece, and American Crafts cardstock.

I traced one of Graphic 45's chipboard tags onto a piece of Secret Garden paper, stamped and added the bow.

At Halloween I purchased two of each of the chipboard elements from Graphic 45. So I used a couple of tag pieces to create this element.  The bottom layer I adhered brown cardstock, sanded and inked around the edges.  I did the same with the top layer using a scrap piece of Secret Garden.  I added a bow (I think May Arts Ribbon) and key from Tim Holtz's idea-ology line. 

Vintage lace from my mother.  Actually, this is a piece from a much wider croc…

Graphic 45 and Blue Fern Studios...Perfect Harmony!

Many of you know I'm hooked on Graphic 45's paper collection.  Well, since discovering Blue Fern Studios, they make chipboard, I believe we have a perfect match.

This is my Ali this past Easter.  This Meme says, "Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful!"

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Graphic 45 Place in Time
Graphic 45's Project of the Month

Blue Fern Studios, the butterflies

Patter Cross, eyelet ribbon
Prima/Donna Downy, banner
Prima, flowers

I've said it before it is so worth it to subscribe to G45's emails.  I love the layout projects and they also send card and altered art projects.

Blue Fern Studios is incredible with their delicate designs.  I am so hooked.  You are going to see a lot of their chipboard this summer and beyond. 

... is still happening.  Check out my blog post HERE to get 3 chances to win an 8 X 10 Canvas with free shipping from Easy Canvas Prints.  You have until Monday.  FYI:  I have to tell you the quality is great and when you submit you…

Your Art Work & Photos on Easy Canvas Prints--Giveaway!

As promised here is a great opportunity for a fun giveaway.  I own an Easy Canvas Prints of my granddaughter, Little.  I have had it over a year and not a fade mark on it.  Easy Print Canvas is a company that with great care and detail adds your photos to a strong quality canvas. 

Right now, I'm working on Easy Canvas Prints for each of my grandchildren.  I would love as my next project to take photos of my layouts, of my children, and have it put on an Easy Canvas Prints.  You can order standard size, but you have the opportunity to make it a custom size. 

These are my experiences while ordering my Easy Canvas Prints. 
Easy to follow instructions.I got to review Previews and Proofs before ordering.Lots of options concerning the canvas size, wrap, and special They virtually show you the size of the canvas you choose in relationship to a couch...LOLAn indicator tells you if the quality of your photo will work at the size you chose.You can load from Facebook and Instagram as well as …

More On the Scraproom Make Over

How about a few more photos of the renovated scrap/craft/oasis room.  You might catch a glimpse of that wonderful new oak floor as well.

This is my daughter's desk from when she was a young girl...Little's Mommy.  It has been in the storage shed for many years.  I decided to use it to create my own sewing desk.  The clutter behind it is my college student's "home for the summer" stuff.  I need to continue to try to get the yellow out of it but for now this is where we are with it.

This is the sole survivor of a fire in my mom and dad's storage shed.  The chairs and table were purchased when I was around 7 or 8 in Bangor, Maine.  It is very much part of my memories growing up.

This is the only sewing machine I've ever owned and I could not ask for better.  This was purchased by my mom before I was born.  I learned to sew on this machine.  I can still thread it with my eyes closed!

A new arrangement to bring more freshness to the room.  I also organized th…

I Can Dance. Oops, That's Scrapbook!

I have some of the most marvelous photos of my grandchildren.  I think I'll be scrapping forever!  For me it is like reliving memories of the most beautiful grandchildren.  Creating a layout is like dancing lightly on air.

Here is a photo of Little with her friend at an Easter Egg hunt.  When these too get together the cuteness meter can't hold it all.

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Graphic 45's Secret Garden.  One of my favorite books and with the most incredible artist/designer.  This is a layout loosely based on a sketch by Graphic 45.  You can sign up for their emails and I generally get a layout project sheet and card project sheet every month.  I've received tutorials as well.  I love it.  Right in my inbox. 

Hand cutting is one of the most relaxing activities for me.  The lower left corner is all hand cut, even to the tiniest flower.

The crochet border was made by my mom.  Every few years she makes up some fun crochet pieces for me to use.  Hey,'s that ti…