Sunday, December 30, 2012

FTS Dec Sketch & SYAO 48

Here is my SYAO 48 .. I really liked this sketch and I loved the banners on the original sketch as well, BUT I wanted to use up these papers and the swap kit that was made to go with it. So I improvised :). I did use a wire paperclip, paint (on a circle stamp that I stamped on the white paper very hard to see) I also painted the  medalallion that says 22 with a yellow paint. I used stamped stitches, and a paint pen to do white stitches, I used my paper crimper to make the pennants corrugated, I also used a Tim Holtz light purple ink (forgot the color name right now) to ink/distress all the white cs, and stamp the mini banner on the journal box. I inked/distressed all the pennants as well and the medallion in the middle. 

 So in short used : wire, medallion, paint, Tim Holtz distress ink, corrugated paper, distressing, stamping and stitching! 

This is a layout made for FTS yahoo group as the Dec Sketch Challenge. The pic is blurry and words are backwards because I took it using the video camera on the new computer :D! 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Week 13 at FTS yahoo group

... just a day after Christmas and we are back to challenges :) !! The first page of this double layout is for week 13 at FTS yahoo group. I used faux stitching, border punch, ribbon, 3+ flowers, glitter (stickles), chipboard bubbles, and alpha stickers! 

and of course a page of the same pics for mom's album :)! 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Merry Christmas from my family to YOURS!

A night at the Glow event at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens on our first snowy week !

 And another family pic of us at Columbus Zoo for their annual Winter Lights! 
These both might be new traditions for us! 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! 


And so the dilemma is over :) !  I had thought quite a bit about how I would tackle this or not .. and leaned a lot toward the not. Until someone brought up the idea of photo copying, which is free at my work!  So onward we go to week 48 in this challenge! 

I do like how this came out and I originally thought to make it for my scrapbook album, but I'm not sure that's where it will end up. I might just add it to my little guy's albums instead :).

For this challenge I did a stamped stitch around my 12x8 picture and I distressed my journalling ticket. I also used numbers, 5 washi tapes, chevron paper, paint, tag & ticket and twine.

Merry Christmas to all! And good luck to all those that are still in it! 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Few pages, challenges etc ..

Well the week of vacation went to quick again as always :). I did get a few pages done and some will actually be fore challenges on different sites etc. I also used many kits or items received in swaps/pifs again which I love using! Here they are! 

This was a page kit I made for my yahoo group Page Kits Plus .. a page for mom's album :)! 

I made an extra kit and used it for Tyler's page in his album!

This was a page kit swap from IASST, and I LOVE the poem .. "What is a Boy?". Such a perfect poem for these pics of Tyler. If you can't zoom in and read it let me know I'll send it to you! Oh and this will also work for a challenge on ACOT - Fashion Findings Challenge using school girl type designs or embellies. I used the plaid printed paper. 

This was a page kit made for me on my yahoo group Page Kits Plus by Donna Clark! Thank U Donna for all the fun kits I've received from you :)! 

This is a page of misc papers and pics of my youth almost 40 years ago! Thank U Mick for the very cute Easter paper piecing! 

Too cute ain't it? ;)

These were pics of Memorial Day parade 5-27-2012. As you can see not many pics of the parade but just of my little guy enjoying the day! This page was for Tyler's album ...

and this page was for mom's album, it was also for a sketch challenge on ACOT! 

Last but not least my SYAO46 challenge, it was using the same sketch as ACOT, which was funny as I didn't know that until I finished the previous challenge. BUT I really loved the sketch so I changed it up a little and did it again and loved how it came out. This is my DD's 6th birthday from 16 years ago :)! 
For the challenge I used stamping, distressing of the cardstock, 2 of the number 6's, 10 photos, twine and a ruler washi tape. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

2 challenges complete!

This first layout was for a sketch challenge on I really liked the sketch and I'm sure I'll use it again! 
These photo's were taken during a 2012 Summer Family Photo Shoot :). 

This layout was for a sketch challenge on Friends That Scrap Yahoo group, week 12. There are 7 of us still in it to win it! I think this will go a loooooooong time though as much of us are die hard scrappers and love challenges! 

I used bling, brads, tags, tickets, distressing, misting and tearing.  Again loved the sketch and will most likely use it again! 

Saturday, December 8, 2012


Here is my syao 45! I was a little worried about this one but on our road trip today my dh stopped and let me pick up a heat/embossing gun so I could safely do the embossing that the challenge required. I also used 7 + pattern papers, rub ons, 3 hand made flowers and alpha stickers. I dry embossed the blue title box, and heat embossed 3 of the pattern papers on this first page here with a starburst stamp and black powder. I really liked this sketch a lot, I made the blocks larger which allowed me to complete two pages of my dd's friends senior photo's! 

here is the complete layout :).

before I run away to a cabin in the woods with my family I had to complete a building the snowman page kit... I still have one more to finish up but I'm so happy with the results of this one that I wanted to share it now! Thanks for stopping in!

Here i

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Pagemaps Sketch Challenge offered up this sketch challenge this month and I really liked it for some of my  baby pics I have yet to scrap of my little guy! So here is my take on it ... 

Sorry for the blurry pic .. but it was a late night shot and an early morning post! Thanks for looking! 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sick Day ...

So today I called off work .. yup I NEVER do that! BUT I did .. Dr. said I have strep and not too keen on sharing that bug with work people :)! BUT I did feel better today then yesterday so I spent much of it sorting/organizing/filling albums! GO me! All of my families albums are now caught up and in order (at least with the pics I've scrapped - still have plenty to go). Usually when I do layouts I stack them on a shelf in my closet and they sit there till I get a good stack (100 or so) then I sort them and put them in albums. WELL I had lots more than 100 in that stack and many of my albums had pages tucked in where they were supposed to be, but not actually in page protectors. Not something I usually do, so today I fixed all that! After all that was said and done, and it took most of the day with many Tyler breaks, I scrapped a little. Now I'm up to 400 pages for the year and over 1400 pics. WHOOHOO !! I'm really excited about that. All my scrapping today was done using premade kits from swaps I was in the last year or two. So thank you ladies for helping me fill my books and make my pages look awesome!

Here they are ...

swap pieces made by me for a toddler page kit swap on IASST

again swap pieces made by those from IASST, I made the deco squares for this swap, this will also fulfill my handmade requirement for an ACOT challenge :)

these were leftovers from a swap also done on IASST, but no real swap pieces on this page .. just leftover everything :) 

premade page kit made on swapsthatwork yahoo group owned by Lisa L. .. so happy to finally find pics for this page :) 

swap pieces were from IASST again and I made the journal box on this swap 

swap pieces from IASST and I made the journal box again, this will satisfy the 12  paper challenge on ACOT

and last but not least, a paper piecing from IASST and leftover papers and embellies from the swap as well 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Week 11 @ FTS & ACOT 26 & SYAO 44


I had some time this evening to catch up on some challenges and here they are .. syao 44 was a stretch for me with the stamping, stenciling and splattering as the technique! FTS was a very fun 2 page sketch I will definitely use again. My last challenge for ACOT was definitely modified to suit my needs but I love how the page turned out and I used up some swap pieces and old papers that have sat way too long! All in all a great night of scrapping! with 4 pages complete!

my SYAO 44 - I used 7 + pattern papers, twine, a tag & a ticket, metal button and charm, I stamped swirls, used my chevron stencil with purple ink and spattered orange paint on my layout. I have to say I was really unsure of this sketch but I loved the final results. 

Just a close up of my techniques! 

Page one to FTS wk 11 sketch challenge .. loved the whacky colors of the different papers I used. Thank you much to my Secret Santa who gave me a star border punch which I used and LOVE and some fun photo mats! 

and here is FTS wk 11 sketch challenge in which I used 5+ pattern papers, ribbon, bling, and stamping. 

Last but not least acot 26 challenge complete! Not quite what original sketch looked like but I like how it turned out :)! 

thanks for stopping by .. 22 days and counting !?!?!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Week 10 Challenge @ FTS!

Here is my week 10 challenge for Friends That Scrap yahoo group. First page is the sketch challenge and the second page was a happy extra! I used stamping as my technique, rubons, buttons and bling for my embellies! I really like this sketch and I Loved the paper so much that I used it all up on my next layout. 

These were pics of my daughter and I 7 years ago. Wow where did those years go? 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

SYAO 43 & FTS Week 9

First of all HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I am having a wonderfully warm and enjoyable thanksgiving day with my family. Since they are currently napping or visiting other family I was able to quickly do my SYAO for this week. So now I have plenty of time to do some shopping the rest of the weekend!
Anywho ... for the challenge products I used  bling flourishes, both tags & tickets, 15 plus buttons and brads, 7 + pattern papers. For the technique I used 5 different border punches on most of my pattern papers :). It was a bit of a challenge since I really didn't want the layout to look to busy, but I do like how it came out. Thanks Paper Secrets for helping me complete another layout for the books!

These next two layouts were pretty much duplicate layouts for my son and my albums. I followed the sketch for our yahoo group challenge on Friends That Scrap. Thanks again for another fun challenge Alicia! 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

SYAO42 & WK 8 # FTS

This first layout was for a sketch - challenge on Friends that Scrap, week 8 for us gals! I used 5+ brads, flowers, ribbon and faux stitching. AND best of all it turned into a two page layout! Love when that happens! 

Week 42 of SYAO - I love the 2 page sketches ! This one was much fun to try, especially since the only paint that I have that hasn't dried up was brown. Sooo I found me some dirty boy pics to scrap and did some fun brown paint splats to make it look like mud on my layout! I actually did all the techniques - sanding, tearing, distressing and used border punches. For my products I used 7+ pattern papers, 15 + brads and staples, polka dot pattern papers and my spattered paint! Thanks for stopping in and taking a look :)! 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

FTS - Nov. Sketch & SYAO 41

Tonight I had some time to play before dh went to work. So I scrapped some fun and very recent pics. When does that ever happen?? Not often for me ;)! 
Anyway, here is November Sketch Challenge for Friends that Scrap yahoo group. I loved it so much I made a similar page for my book ;). It also led to a 2nd page that finished off the event. 

SYAO 41 complete! I really wanted to keep up with the current pics so I chose a nice B&W of my dd and ds taken this last summer. I used 15+ staples&brads, 7+ pattern papers, handmade flowers, pleated ribbon, shape punches and I inked/distressed all pattern papers. Thanks for stopping in! 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

SYAO 40! Woohoo!

One more week, and it's already week 40! That means Christmas is right around the corner and life again will get a little hectic! UGH!! haha ... but for now Week 40 @ Paper Secrets SYAO challenge was made using : machine stitching, 11 staples, 8 + pattern papers, doodling around the large photo on the left and hand made pennants! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Syao 39

posting quick before Sandy hits us :)

here is my week syao 39 - I used machine stitching, 7+ pattern papers, 10+ brads, a piece of cork and a flower made from a coffee filter :) TFL! God Bless all those in Sandy's path ...

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


In the nick of time ... 

my SYAO week 38! I didn't much care for the sketch Couldn't get past the circle and scallops. SO I used squares and smaller circles instead lol. But really once I got the pics pulled the sketch/layout went together quickly. I really liked the technique, it's one I always want to do but never do! Dry embossed and sanded cooerdinations card stock. Easy to do really just takes a little time. So that is my brown circle up there. Then I also used 5+ pattern papers, 3 + washi tapes, 10 + brads, and different types and shapes of alphas for my title. On to week 39! 
 Oh and this is what took up most of my week and weekend. Not just the cake but the whole cleaning/cooking/baking and decorating for my 3 yo's bday party! He loves his race cars so I made him a race car track and cut his name on the cricut and added them to my duct tape flags! It came out pretty cute for a quickie cake and it was quite delicious if I do say so myself!