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And so it begins…

14 Jul

My first official wedding day layout!  Like I mentioned on facebook:  WEDDING PHOTOS = the scrapbooking Olympics I’ve been training 8 years for!

*sidenote: did anyone hear about the knitting group that dubbed their annual get-together as the Knitting Olympics or something and the real Olympics people got mad and said it was disgraceful/mocking????  Did I read that whole thing incorrectly?  What is the world coming to?  Maybe they’ll come after me since I jokingly compared scrapbooking to their beloved institution.  Good riddance!)*

Like I mentioned last post, I fully embraced the clustered embellishment.  Surely my “less is more”-style mom will not adapt to this technique anytime soon, but she will definitely not be surprised.  *Hi, Mom!*

This layout sort-of found me by way of the quote at the bottom.  I thought I would not know where to start with my first huge fresh stack of wedding photos, but as I was flipping thru quotes I came across that one.  I have always loved it, it is the true representation of our relationship style (if thats even a thing…), and the photo is a literal translation.  For me, it doesn’t get any better!

My Minds Eye, Fancy Pants Design, Crate Paper, Stampin’ Up! (Amy, did you see it!  …n/m the sloppy 2-layered stamping…), Authentique, Echo Park, Maya Road, Bella Blvd, Pink Paislee, American Crafts, Lily Bee Studios.

I won’t even tell you how long this took me.  But I finally found photos “fancy enough” for super-glittery MME paper!

MORE to come.



Why I don’t purge…

14 Jul

This beachy layout is a PERFECT example of why I don’t purge.  Clearly, I should not be adding to the stash as much as I do, but I told myself I needed to use more of what I have and that is exactly what I’ve done.  I’ve been reading about other people’s strategies/supply organization and a lot of them are saying the secret is to purge regularly.  Good for them.  I get stressed out when I don’t have options (it doesn’t matter to me if the options are still in the bag or from 5 years ago…sometimes those two go hand in hand at my house, but thats another story).  This is the same reason I don’t pay attention to the idea of being “caught up”.  Ack!  If I’m caught up, that means I can’t sit down and sift thru my photos and choose what I want to work on.  I can’t make myself scrap just anything, I have to be excited about it, or its going to turn out like crap and I won’t like it anyway.  Thats just what I’ve learned about myself…  Enough ranting, here is the layout.  🙂

The only “new” supplies I used on this are found in the twine (Doodlebug: Ladybug) and the little summer definition stamp at the bottom from Dear Lizzy.  I was most proud of the Florida stickers.  It was a little tear-off sheet that I probably bought at the beginning of my scrapbook adventure and I never used them…BECAUSE THEY’RE UGLY.  Its the Florida sticker and the little pink conch shell.  I believe there was also an alligator on the sheet with the flag or something.  Obviously I thought they were worth it at the time.  I don’t know why, because the “retro” stuff didn’t come out until sort of recently… Either way, they found the perfect home on this minty paper!  I love everything about this project.  I’m not intentionally tooting my own horn (who proclaims publicly they like their own stuff??) but I’ve been loving the collage-y look and I never knew how to do it.  I’m dipping my toe in the water…

See next post to witness my complete cannonball-style jump into the collage-y look.


Scrapping the Oldies but Goodies…

21 Apr

I came across a few layouts a couple weeks ago when I finally decided to put layouts into albums (5 years worth to be exact based on the dates on the pages).  They are awesome old photos that I have gotten around to copying.  All of the photos from my childhood are stuck in albums (quite literally) and almost none of them have been made into digital copies.  The few that I do have, I scrapped right away and here are two of my favorites:

Please, somebody!  Guess what decade I was born in!  (Hint: it wasn’t the 70’s and it wasn’t the 90’s…)

I love this photo for its obvious awesome wardrobe, but also its “awkward family photo” qualities.  Dad and I look like total dorks!  I asked mom about this and she stated matter-of-factly, “Well, I’m guessing that none of them looked perfect, so I chose the one where at least I looked good.”  Way to go, mom.  😉

There is another layout using a photo from the same session aptly titled:  a Hairy Situation, in honor of Dad’s over-abundance of facial hair.  Ha!

Here is a 90’s special:

This layout brings back such fond memories!  (Or maybe not-so-fond.)  This was the RV that our extended-family all took turns borrowing for camping trips.  There was ALWAYS something wrong with this thing!  The best might have been when the horn got stuck on the highway.  I don’t know what was wrong with it in this particular photo, but I do remember sitting in the parking lot, reading books while my sister rode her bike.  Oh well, it was better than tent-camping!

I have to go to Mom’s to round up some kid-pics for a wedding project, so maybe I’ll have some more retro-scrapbooking material.  🙂


Bucket List: Vellum Photos

21 Apr

I printed many, I have used few.  I went a little crazy, gathered all of the random vellum sheets I could find, and printed my most recent favorites on the trusty little HP Photosmart.  This is the first completed project:

“I Pincess!”

My niece-in-law (if thats a term?) does this funny thing where she closes her eyes whenever a camera is present.  She’s happy to have her picture taken though, this is just what she thinks she is supposed to do when someone says “say cheese”.  Its princess minus the “r” because thats what toddler Hope yells every time there is prettiness, Disney princesses, jewelry, or dresses in sight.  The whole “vellum photo” thing didn’t work exactly as planned on this project.  It softens the photo, makes it a little more muted, but I still want it to scream “I’m vellum!  You can see through me!!!”  Mission:  Not Accomplished.  And in case you were wondering, that is glitter-infused vellum, it is not dirty.

The good news is that some of this is extremely old product-I’m using stuff!!!

Better luck next time…



bucket list: Mixing Patterns

20 Mar

I’m not going to lie, I feel like I wimped out on this one so I might tackle this again.  When I say “mixing patterns”, I really mean “MIXING PATTERNS”.  I’m talking about bold, colorful, crazy patterns where, for a fleeting moment, you’re not really sure if they go together, but you think, “someone put them together, so it must work, right?”  And the more you look at it, you realize you really love what they did.  Let me show you some beautiful examples I’ve collected:

“Girl Time” by Nicole Samuels

“I am so blessed” by Melissa Mann

this layout by Nayda Rocha

this gem of a card by Maureen

both of these cards made by Teri

Now, I know there are “rules” to make this technique more doable and pleasing to the eye, but I haven’t taken the time to try it before today.  Here are both of my very own examples:

This is a mix of October Afternoon, Cosmo Cricket, Dear Lizzy, and Lawn Fawn.  I call it “Shabby Chic on the Farm” style.  <–totally pulled that out of my you-know-where.

The card was just so I could dip my toe in the water.  I’ve learned that the reason I like cards is that the pressure is off.  You send it to someone, and chances are, they throw it away.  (Perfectly fine by me, as long as they appreciated the sentiment.)  With a layout, the pressure is on to make it something awesome because chances are its not going away unless you lose it.  (This is a silly idea that I’m trying to leave behind…I think I need therapy.)  I did sort of “cheat” and use coordinating papers from the same line, but I also added a napkin.  A napkin, people.  (<–using my “garbage”)

This uses mostly Heidi Swapp’s new collection “Sugar Chic” but also some Dear Lizzy.  Another side note: I actually used one of the awesome make-n-takes I’ve collected from Archivers!  The fun little flip-book that houses the pictures is what I made in-store last week.  It happened to be perfect because I included the photos in order of my birthday candles being blown out (by me and my uber-adorable cousins).

Happy Belated Birthday to me!  And yay for using my stuff that usually just sits around looking pretty!!!


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An October…er, July Afternoon

12 Dec

I love these candids of my future in-laws and their grandkids.  We strolled to the park near their home and of course I brought my camera, hoping to get fun shots of the kids.  I couldn’t help running ahead to snap these.  In an attempt to preserve the innocence of these photos, I tried to keep it simple.  I mostly succeeded, but you know me and my October Afternoon…

October Afternoon Sidewalks collection.

I’m dreaming of warmer weather I guess!!!



9 Dec

Since I have hundreds of engagement photos, and they’re not exactly “themed” I’ve decided to take my favorite ones and use them for more introspective layouts and trying out new product.  So far, its been a really fun project.
This layout in particular started with Lawn Fawn’s “Critters in the Forest” and took off from there.  The tree stamp reminded me of this photo I had and that led me to this hokey/lovey layout.  🙂  I tend to be a little embarassed by any sort of PDA (and yes I do consider this PDA lol).

photo by Rachel Buckley of

Border punch-Martha Stewart, heart punch-EK Success, patterned paper-October Afternoon, Cosmo Cricket, stamps-Lawn Fawn “Critters in the Forest”, twine-the Twinery


Warning: Tear-Jerker Alert!

20 Nov

This is one of those layouts I put off for a long time for fear I would “screw it up”.  Well I finally decided to tackle it and I’m very happy with how it turned out.  I took  a few tips from Shimelle (again) and made it a two-page spread, with an 8.5×11 inch page in the middle of it to house an important document.  🙂

The backstory:  I was hanging around at my mom’s one day and she hauled out a soft cover book that someone published highlighting some history from the small community my family and I grew up in.  In that book is a photo of my dear grandpa (who passed away about 6 years ago) at a young age (maybe 7??).  When my mom got a copy of the book, she took it to my Grandpa and asked him to “sign it because he was going to be famous someday”.  I didn’t know about this until she got it out and I was completely overwhelmed to be holding something that he touched and decided to snap a ton of photos.  Here is what I ended up with:

Here is the middle with my photocopy of the page:

And of course I couldn’t waste any real estate, so I used the back to add more photos:

We miss you Brumpy!  🙂


Engagement Session Pt. I

20 Nov

Ahh!!!!  I’m so excited to print some engagement pictures!  They look even more amazing “in the flesh”.  Thanks again Rachel!!!  I love her work and she’s fun to boot.  Yay!

I would normally never go for any of these colors together, but I wanted to participate in Two Peas’ challenges this weekend.  I love how it turned out!  I went completely “Nichol Magourik” on it with all the stamping.  That seems to be the easiest way to do the color challenges since you can make any of your stamps work if you have the right ink.


Twine-the Twinery, patterned paper-Die Cuts With a View, butterfly punch-Martha Stewart Crafts, gems-Little Yellow Bicycle, label punch-EK Success, “a picture is worth…” stamp-Lawn Fawn “Say Cheese Too”, leaf stamps-Lawn Fawn, lace border stamp-My Mind’s Eye, blue inks-Colorbox Chalk Ink, yellow ink-Distress Inks “Wild Honey”

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Shakes and Vintage and Flowers, Oh My!

19 Nov

I’m still working on my roadtrip layouts-this one was another perfect opportunity to use some October Afternoon.  It ended up being literal a literal translation of the product but who cares?  It was perfect for my photos.

By the way, I finally got my Twinery sampler pack in the mail!!!  The blue twine on this layout is “Denim”.

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