Showing posts from May, 2017


Memorial Day

A time of remembrance.

I choose to remember all those who gave their life that I might enjoy my freedoms I often take for granted.

My family has proudly served this country.  I am proud of each one of them.

Uncle Max (living)

Uncle Dewitt (died in Vietnam leaving behind a wife and 4 children)

Uncle Herbert


One I am most proud of ...
One I watched sacrifice often
Taught me love of country
Gave me the experience of knowing the world
Motivates me to participate in my country

My Father, TSgt Otis C. Perkins, aka Chuck 1935-2000
(Quick snapshot of a layout I created back in 2003.  Scrappers...note the paper... extremely thin, but beautiful... and the use of vellum and overlays...big stuff at the beginning of my scrapbooking.  I realized I did not use a ruler....LOL...the patch is the last one Dad received.)
Dad served the world over and distinguished himself during the Cold War and Vietnam War.  He told me after the Freedom of Information Act came into effect and was gra…

It Just Makes Me Happy!

I don't think I have ever worked with a paper collection that I could say "it makes me happy."  I love many papers but Bo Bunny's Faith collection just puts a skip in your step and a flutter in your heart.  Really!

Here is another layout in my Super Heroes series.  Read the story here:  "Be The Light...."

I love creating my own elements from the paper collection.  The flowers, butterflies, clouds are all from the Faith Collection.
The frame is from Technique Tuesday.  I used Tim Holtz's Oxide to color my frame yellow.  I love the brilliant but soft look of the Oxides.  I added a little touch by sewing a few stitches on each side using the different colors of the paper.
The flowers are from Prima Flowers.  I found these at Tuesday Mornings...a discount store that carries some of the most beautiful merchandise.  I found these flowers from Prima for $1.99.  The colors and style are perfect for this collection.

My title is Tim Holtz's Alpha Ti…

My Beautiful Flower with Kaisercraft Hanami Garden

I looked it up ... Hanami.  Hanami literally means "flower viewing."  It is associated with the cherry blossom festival in Japan.  In this case it is referring to my "beautiful" granddaughter growing and becoming one of our beautiful and talented flowers in our garden.

I had a relaxing time with a lot of fussy cutting, creating a tag and little bits here and there.  It was a marvelous time creating...


Few Highlights
I used an old mask for the backdrop of the layout.  I purchased quite a few during the trend of "masks." I never really got the hang of it so now I use them as elements to my layouts.
I fussy cut the Hanami Garden flowers.  If you want to look into how someone designed a piece of paper art, try cutting out the piece with all it's details.  These beautiful flowers are incredibly detailed and have a light airy in feel.
The foundation of the tag is a canvas that I added Tim Holz Distress Stain.  The stamp (meaning love) is from Fiskar…

Ahoy Mateys! Favorite Photo Technique

It's spring, but summer activities are beginning.  Some of my family has made it to beach already.   This is a scrapbook layout of my granddaughter last year at the beach.  The clouds were dark and the wind high but that made for some beautiful photos.

I used Basic Grey's Adrift collection I purchased at their last warehouse sale.  I miss their paper lines but your should see their fabrics.
I think the most distinct feature is the photo.  I cropped the photo twice.  Printed all three pieces.  Cut them and left a white boarder around it.  I had to cross my eyes a couple of times but I was able to creativity place the photos to make "one" photo.

Other products I used are...
 Sizzix seahorse die, and added Stickles (glitter glue but better)
Tim Holtz hot air balloon stamp, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Idea-ology "kiss" (with Rangers paint dabbers, Picket Fence, worked into the letters),  gumdrops and "rope" ribbon
Inkadinkado sand castle stamp,

Answering the Challenge From Paper Issues!

Paper Issues, an online store and community via Facebook, "issues" different challenges throughout each month.  Lisa Swift posted this month's sketch on her blog "Remember the Good Times."  I told her I would give it a shot.

So I twisted it and flipped it until I think I got just the right view of the sketch to create my layout.

This is a photo my dad took of me!  Yes, I am calling myself in my layout "gorgeous."  At that age I certainly was gorgeous but I didn't know it.  Isn't that the way it always is?

Here is the sketch as I used it:
My foundation is Julie Nutting's French Flea Market.  I tried a bit of mixed media by using a crunched up plastic bag (or part of one) and dipped into my ink and tapped it around the page.  Nope, didn't like it, but I will practice it again and learn more about it.  I did ink Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edge of the paper.

You can see my Tim Holtz idea-oligy chit-chat pieces I used for journal…

The Perfect Storm with Bo Bunny's Juliet

My layout did not start this way, but my granddaughter's face inspired me and I had a lot of fun.  Ali's hair, Juliet's paper for a background and a lot of fun playing with inks and paints...I call this the perfect storm.

I'm going to try to hit the highlights.  It you have any questions feel free to leave a comment or email me at

The photo was taken by her mother on a smart phone.  What a perfect moment to capture!

While I was working on another layout idea I had accidentally adhered something to the background paper.  I panicked and reached for the cleaner.  I spritzed before I realized I had picked up was the wrong cleaner.  That is where the orange-ish color on the left side came from.  Cool effect.

Frame from Technique Tuesday.  Covered in gesso and painted with Tim Holtz Distress Paint, tarnished brass.  I used my Glossy Accents with ScraPerfects No Clog Writing Cap to get the tiny lines I needed to add Martha Stewar…

Magical Vacation

I am back from a wonderful vacation to Disney World.  I met princesses, had dinner in the castle with Cinderella and even met the BIG MOUSE!  More importantly, I was able to share this incredible magic with my family.  It was the most amazing time seeing the faces of my grandkids as they discovered the Wonderful World of Disney.
FYI:  the "little dude" ran to meet Mickey and hugged him over and over again.  It was one of those "welling-up-inside-brought-to-tears-moment."

I have several non-Disney layouts to share.  I ran out of time to get them up on the blog.  I'll be back on schedule Thursday. I didn't want you to think I stayed at Disney World.  Do you think that's an option?   LOL

Create Memories / Pass Them On

"heart" Learning Curve with Mixed Media

My sweet heart.  Little is growing up fast.  I love this dress and when I saw her in it my heart went a-flutter.  When I saw the photo I remembered I had this fabulous paper by Bo Bunny called Juliet that would make a perfect layout for her.

I am always learning or trying to learn new techniques I see around the net.  The cloudy look around the flowers is one.  I really like layering but adding a little paint as one of the layers is pretty cool.
I had an interesting learning curve on my chipboard flowers from Blue Fern Studio.   This I don't blame on the was all my boo-boo.

I painted gesso on the chipboard.
Painted with Tim Holtz's Worn Lipstick ink.  Tap the pad on the craft mat and spritz with water to make the paint.  NOPE the thin colors soaked into the chipboard.
I went back over it again.  NOPE it faded into the chipboard again.
Frustrated, I used Ken's Oliver's Color Burst  Alizarin Crimson.  Yes....then NOPE.  It soaked into the chipboard again.
SO I g…

Putting the Tray Together / ScraPerfect Winner

I want to thank everyone here, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for all the phenomenal comments and encouragement.  This was a creation of love.  My 6 year old granddaughter saw this, looked and looked and finally looked up at me and said "Mimi you are really good at this.  No, really, Mimi this is good."  LOL  I love it most from her.

Bit's and Pieces of How It Came Together.
The tray, Melissa & Doug paper doll tray, is the identical color as Bo Bunny's Penny Emporium paper.   I didn't have to cover the whole tray but rather accent the front of the tray to frame out each box.

The background of the largest area is created with Bo Bunny's Emporium Woodworks.  The tray was wider that 12" so I just used the flower side of the paper.  It adds an interesting feature to the centerpiece.

Julie Nutting's paper doll stamps are a lot of fun.  The grandgirls enjoyed making paper dolls with Julie's stamp.  I decided to make a paper doll or i…