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After and Before

I have shared several photos in the past of my Aunt and Uncle.  When I was young ... somewhere around 2 years old...I lived with my mother's brother and his wife.  My Aunt Texie Mae and Uncle Max. 

I visited my Aunt and Uncle when I was in Florida.  They asked me if I remember anything about that time.  That was more than 50 years ago and I can't remember why I walked from one room to the next at times!

Somehow I remember.  The couch and it's position in the room, where the door was, the bedroom where I slept, the train that ran at night right outside my bedroom, and Siamese cats.  I remember how much I loved them from that day forward.

I haven't had my photo taken with Uncle Max and Aunt Texie Mae in forever so I thought this time I would ask.  I'm glad I did. 

Let's Break It Down
Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman paper collection
Tim Holtz alpha,
Ranger Paint Dabbers, Picket Fence
Prima Wood Tea Thyme wood buttons
Fiskars / Jenni Bowlin banner squeeze punch


Back To School

Look closely.  I didn't post the same layout twice although it seems like I did.  I created Little's and her sister's back to school layouts almost identical.  At first you would think that was easier.  Nope, not at all. 

Little's First Day Back In School
This is Little's second year in school.  This is not a daycare, but a school.  Full curriculum that is created for the age group.  Classes are not large but just right to fit the age.  It is a wonderful school and so happy Little and her sister are able to attend.

Little loves her class because all her friends from last year moved up with her in her class.  She calls one of the little girls "her Joye."  Sweet, loving girl.
Little's Sister's First Day of School
We were not sure how LS would do in school.  She has the best teacher and has adjusted well in just a week and a half.  I walked past her room yesterday and sneaked a peek.  There she was, this 9 month old, sitting in her own chair at the t…

A Young Man's Adventure in 1956 - Vintage Layout

My dad had so many adventures when he was young.  He came from a large tenant farmer family.  He left home at 15 and joined the United States Air Force when he as barely 18 (rumors were he was 17).  So his adventures began.  Dad loved photography so I have an abundance of documentation.  The best documented was his first oversea assignment in 1956--Okinawa.  

Graphic 45's Bird Song was the best paper collection for this particular layout.  My local scrapbook store only had three sheets left and two were the same sheet.  So this was a challenge.
Let's Break It Down
Graphic 45 Bird Song, Steampunk Debutante, and Old Curiosity Shoppe
Inspiration "Love Birds" by Tarr Orr
Blue Fern Studio gate
American Crafts flower ribbon, crochet ribbon
Jenni Bowlin Studio round letters
Webster's Pages pink letters
Hat Pin

I was able to solve the problem of having only 3 sheets of paper for this layout by mixing in several other Graphic 45 paper collections.  The colors are p…

Let's Get Witchy With Elmer's®

Did I mention in my last post I'm ready to get started with the whole holiday season?  Elmer's® invited me to share this fun project with you.  This is a great project for you and your children to create for a Halloween party or just a fun time at home.  I love crafty family time.  Each child can get creative designing their own personalized hat to pin on the witch.

Pin The Hat On The Witch

Supplies Needed (2) Elmer's® Foam Board™, White, 20" x 30" x 1/2"Elmer's® CraftBond™ Extra Strength Glue StickElmer's® CraftBond™ Paper Craft Glue GelElmer's® Painters® Opaque Paint Marker, blackX-ACTO® #1 Craft Knife* with extra blades12" x 12" scrapbook paper, each: Green print, purple print and various papers for hats (one hat for each child) (2) 42 x 28 mm oval wiggle eyes Black paper crimps for hair 6 1/2" length of rick rack, color to coordinate with hat paper, one length per hat Plastic spider Push Pins Sci…

My Halloween Hero

Ghouls, Goblins, and Witches, Oh My!  For toddlers some of these costumes can be frightening.  Boo at the Zoo was without the most scarey costumes.  I only created one page last year so since I've been seeing a lot of Halloween layouts I decided to get a few more pages completed.

Everyone needs a Halloween Hero when things are scarey or your just too tired to walk.  Daddy was Little's hero.  

My Halloween Hero

Let's Break It Down
Authentique Paper Collection
Technique Tuesday Tile
Graphic 45 ghosts
Ranger stickles
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Vintage Photo
American Crafts Thickers

I can feel the Holidays in the air.  My Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas are coming any day now.  My Distress Glitter came in yesterday and I bought all Christmas colors.  I'm getting 12 Days of Home for the Holidays blog event ready.  You can see I'm excited for the holidays.  Have you started any holiday projects...maybe cards?  Well, ahead of time, Happy Holidays!

Have a Crafty Day

Papa! -- July Graphic 45 Challenge

This photo is of Ali's first time meeting her great grandfather.  The first day Ali was checking everyone out.  On day two she was having fun.  On the first day Maw Maw got to hold her first.  On day two Papa was waiting at the door to hold Ali.  Ali commanded the best of all audience. 

Let's Break It Down
Graphic 45 July sketch and tutorial
Graphic 45 Place in Time paper collection
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo, clock, numbers
Ribbon May Arts
Prima, feathers from a flower
American Crafts Thickers
Ranger Glossy Accents

For this layout challenge I tried to follow the instruction in the tutorial.  Pretty simple if you read everything and pay attention.  I saw "apply ... " which to me meant apply Glossy Accents on the star.  I did and it was way too thick, so I used the edge of a piece of cardboard to take off the pile of Glossy Accents leaving enough to create that shine.  I could have saved my glue for later if I had read "apply embossing ink....&qu…

Junkin' + Scrapbooking = Perfect Match!

Connie Mercer from Crafty Goodies blog is hosting another "Gone Junkin' Friday."  Connie is the queen of junkin' whereas I just dabble in the fun.  I've seen Connie turn some plain, would-not-think-to-use pieces into real art, storage, decor.  Just a visit to her blog will inspire and encourage your junkin' enthusiasm.

Back in 1977 my husband's first job was at Clinton Mills ... in Alabama ... being just newly married I decided to work there as well.  Jim was the head of the supply department and my first position was a weaver.  I was on the then new Sulzer looms, but the mill still operated the old looms like you see in old movies and museums.  The old looms ran with shuttles.  In the center would be a cotton thread spindle.
The action of the loom sent the shuttle with the thread back and forth the width of the loom to create fabric.  There were several serious dangers about this loom, one when it would shoot off the track it could hit someone and caus…

Peach Tea, Anyone?

I wait all year for the annual 4th of July Peach Festival just so I can have a glass of peach tea and I'm not the only one.  Several people told me it was the best part of the festival.  They need to market their tea.

This was Little's first trip to the Peach Festival so my goal was to let her have her first sip of peach tea from my glass so I only purchased one.  She wanted to hold it BUT she wouldn't give it back to me!  She did not come up for air until that whole glass was empty.  It was so cute that the local tv station filmed it and aired it that night.  Needless to say, I purchased another and kept it hidden while we walked.  Next year we'll go peach tea for everyone. 

Let's Break It Down
Kaisercraft paper collection
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Mini Paper Rosettes die,
Fiskars Jenni Bowlin Banner squeeze punch
Rusty Pickle for the banner pieces and border strip at the bottom
K&Co "My Country" strip
WeRMemory Keepers twine
Clip …

Pretty As A Picture

I love this photo of Little exploring one of Mommy's vintage cameras.  I have a feeling that Little is going to be a photographer like her mom.  She loves to take my iPhone or my camera to take pictures.  It might be of my toes, but she still likes to take photos. 

Let's Breat It Down
Bo Bunny- paper collection and rub-ons
Blue Fern Studio- chipboard banner
Tim Holtz- Filmstrip Ribbon, Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Tiny Fastener, letters, paper piercer, flower
Ranger- Paint Dabbers Picket Fence, Archival Ink Coffee, Glossy Accents
Fiskars- filmstrip stamp
EK Success- border punch
Other:  glitter
Layout inspiration from KarenW of

Instead of leaving my chipboard raw, (which I love to do) I decided to jazz it up a bit with glitter. After the glittered dried I removed the glitter from covering the delicate lacy areas with my paper piercer.
I've gotten away from using rub-ons so much.  In this case it was fun to utilize the matching rub-ons to add more…

"Giggi" with Authentique and Blue Fern Studio ??Gluing Ribbon??

Let me start by saying thank you for all the great comments on Wednesday's post.  They were helpful and sometimes funny.  Best of all it was confirming that all of us have those days where it's just not happening.  Thanks.

The trip to Florida included a stay at my mom's house.  It was no surprise that she was itching to hold her sweet great-granddaughter, Ali for the first time.  Mom and I talked about her knowing her great-grandmother and here it is she is holding her great-granddaughter.  There are a lot of hardworking, strong, artistic, brilliant genes that Ali. has to live into to.

Let's Break It Down
Authentique paper collection
Blue Fern Studio chipboard
Fiskars Scalloped Daisy border punch, negative and positive
7 Gypsies journaling cards, detailed cut out the butterflies
Prima rhinestones
Tim Holtz  Enameled Tags, Distressed Inks, Vintage Photo
Creating Keepsake rub-on alpha
Basic Grey rub-on Wholly Cow!
Mama's Boutique ... hand crochet lace
Other:  an…

A Scrapbook Layout Mistake....What Would You Do?

"The best laid plans of mice and men." or in this case scrapbooker.  I made so many mistakes with this layout.  I did not estimate the amount of hexagons on the page correctly.  I didn't like the original plan of embellishments above the photo.  I tore the background paper several times.  I did not measure the proper cutouts for the hexagons.  It was crazy!

So how do you fix mistakes?  Some of it you just live with.  Some of it you hide and at times it throws off the balance of the page.  Misjudge something, adjust the design.  How do YOU fix or hide your mistakes?

Rock-a-bye:  I seized an opportunity of a special moment with mom and daughter sleeping to take a photo for Ali's baby book as well as her scrapbook.

Let's Break It Down
Graphic 45 Little Darlings and Baby to Bride
Fiskars Hexagon Squeeze Punch, Large and Micro Tip Scissors
K&Co letters
Webster's Pages smaller letters
Little Yellow Bicycle pins and button
Mom's Lace Shop
Bag O' Buttons

Future Heritage Layout

Last week I took a trip to see my mom and in-laws.  Along with me was my daughter-in-law and little Alison.  It was a birthday surprise for Mom Lewis (Maw Maw).  It was wonderful when we arrived at their house unannounced.  I told her we had a birthday surprise and about that time Nessa and Ali knocked on the door.  The surprise for Maw Maw and Papa was priceless.  This was the first time Maw Maw and Papa had met their great-granddaughter.  It was a wonderful time. (More layouts to come.)

This layout will be treasured not only by our family as well as Alison.  It is the most precious heritage photo although the event was current it stops time for one special moment.

Let's Break It Down
Graphic 45's Secret Garden paper collection
Blue Fern Studio chipboard
Prima crochet buttons and resin flowers
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Vintage Photo and Alphabet
Fiskars Micro-Tip Scissors
Other: tear ruler, lace/ribbon,

Have I said it before?  Graphic 45 and Blue Fern Studio are two of my top f…

Outside The Box, A Scrapbook Layout

Bright colors, clip art, and multiple photos is totally outside my normal style.  When I sat down to scrapbook these photos of my granddaughter Ali all the colors just popped out of the photo crying for some color and fun.

Ali joined her cousin at Little Gym for Friendship Day.  You would think she had been born to swing on the rings, tumble and roll, walk the balance beam (of course with help), climb the stairs, etc.  I was amazed and proud of my little grand-girl.

Let's Break It Down
Core-dinations paper
Basic Grey paper (striped  paper)
Little Yellow Bicycle Wood Shapes
American Crafts Thickers
Vintaj stars
Making Memories tiny alpha
WeRMemory Keepers Bakers Twine
Fiskars corner rounder squeeze punch
Other: lace frame, clip art, photo corners, paper tear ruler

The layout is pretty straight forward.  A couple of things to notice is a bit of creativity I had to come up with because I ran out of letters for the title.  I had no "a" for the word "Star."  Since t…