Sunday, April 29, 2012

Haul: April 21, 2012

For girl's weekend we did more shopping than scrapping - as is usually the case.  We went to a benefit yard sale, Jo Anns, and Michaels.

Layouts - A Look Back - A Baby is Born

(Entry originally posted 02 Feb 2012)

Day two of sharing a past layouts.  Today, I'm going to share four - mostly because they were all created in the same style and around the same time.  I made pages to document the birth of four of my kids:  MTP, GEP, MNP, and SMP.  These pages make me shudder - but in the wanting to see where I started, it's necessary to share these.  I do so today to get them posted and get it over with.

 Pages created:  September 2009

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Scrapbook Page and Process Video: Happy Birthday

Another layout from one of Stew's birthday celebrations.  This time, he's blowing out the candles on his cake with WTK's help.  WTK made the cake - it's shaped like a train.  From the looks on their faces, they were very successful.

Lots of DCWV paper on this one, some glittery stickers, a button and some candle embellishments I picked up at the LLS's going out of business sale and I called this one done.

Below is the process video.  Again, this one sat for awhile before I figured out how to finish it.  Maybe I should start planning these things or something.  We'll see.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Scrapbook Page and Process Video: Merry Christmas

This layout was made to document our Christmas celebration with Mom and Dad on January 8th, 2012.  As everyone knows, Christmas 2011 is one Stew and I will not forget and not for anything we want to remember.  There were no Christmas celebrations in December for us, so we played catch up having Christmas with our family. 

Journaling reads:  Another delayed Christmas celebration.  Dad couldn't wait to celebrate Christmas - he kept asking when would Stew be ready.  January 8th turned out to be the day.  Mom brought stuffed peppers.  Late, but still great.

I have to say if it wasn't for the Burlap and Buttercups monthly kit I had on hand, I wouldn't have been motivated to scrap this at all.  There's no way I feel like pulling all of those Christmas things out, but the kit gave me a good launching point.  I love the trees and the word believe is one of my favorite of the holiday season.  Though, it is positioned next to a picture of Santa - I take the word believe in a more spiritual way around the holidays.

If interested in watching the process video for this layout - you can find that below.  The layout is not complete when the video ends.  It looked very plain to me.  That's when it became inevitable that I pull out the Christmas embellishment box.  I added the border dimensional sticker of ornaments at the top and called it done.  The embellishment sticker came from Walmart.  As time goes on and I make it a habit of posting information about my layouts, I'll pay more attention to the manufacturer of all of the supplies.

Two Peas In A Bucket Haul, 19 Apr 2012

More shopping....

Layout Rewind - Spooky Halloween

We start the posting of historical layouts with one of the earliest layouts I ever created.  Everyone knows the story of how I started scrapbooking.  Well, not long after I began, Stew and I went to a gaming convention, TCEP, and there is always a room set up there to do crafts.  I dragged all of my newly acquired scrapbooking supplies with me and made some pages.  This one I'm sharing today is from Halloween 1997.  I'm happy to say that my scrapbooking has come a long way since then and this isn't even the worst of the pages and while I will get the urge to redo these pages occasionally, I won't.  It's good to see how far I've come.

I hope you enjoy this look back as I also share more current pages.  I don't know how many pages I've created in the past that I need to share - but eventually, I'll get caught up.  LOL.

(Page Created: September 2009)

Process Video: Surf Fishing

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Process Video: Ocean Play

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Process Video: Goblin Goodies

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Date of Photos:  October 28, 2006
Date Layout Created:  March 26, 2012

Supplies used:

Fancy Pants, Oct 31, Spooks
Fancy Pants, Oct 31, Night
DCWV, Ghosts and Goblins (Background, Journal Cards)

American Crafts Ultimate Gel Pen
Letter Stickers:
Pink Paislee Phantom

Rhinestones: Kaiser Scrapbook, orange
Velvet Mini Blossoms: Petaloo, Pumpkin
Leaf Ribbon: Scraps of Darkness Kit club


(Most supplies from the Scraps of Darkness Kit club)

Two Peas In A Bucket Haul, 31 Mar 2012

I love shopping at Two Peas in a Bucket.  Free shipping and a loyalty discount.  Just wish they wouldn't sell out of all my favorite things so fast.

Process Video: Silly Kid, 01 Apr 2012

Originally posted 01 Apr 2012

If you'd like to watch me make this layout from start to finish, you can find that in the video here:

Supplies Used:

Date of Photos:  March 18, 2012
Date Layout Created:  March 24, 2012

Supplies used:

Lily Bee Designs, Hello Sunshine, (Red Polka Dot)
My Mind's Eye, Lime Twist, Out of the Blue, Family (Blue Stripe)
My Mind's Eye, Lime Twist, Out of the Blue, Remember (Diamond Paper)
My Mind's Eye, Lime Twist, Fly a Kite, Spring (Green dots)

Recollections, Label Me Tough (Watch Me Go)

Color Box Fluid Chalk - Blue Iris

Fiskars Scallop Sentiment

Letter Stickers
Basic Grey - Oxford

Buttons: Basic Grey, Oxford
Red White Blue Die Cut, Circle Die Cuts, Love you Die Cut - Basic Grey Pieces, Lauderdale
"This is Typical": Bella Blvd, Family Dynamix, Alpha and Bits
Brads: Basic Grey, Oxford
100% Kid: K&Company, Rowdy Boy, Adhesive Chipboard
Red Label: October Afternoon, Seaside Label Stickers
What a day for a daydream: October Afternoon

Tombo Mono Multi Permanent

Michael's Haul, 24 Mar 2012

Lots of punches purchased.

(Entry originally posted on 24 Mar 2012)

Tuesday Morning Haul, 24 Mar 2012

(Entry originally posted on 24 Mar 2012)

Just found the Tuesday Morning - super excited!!

Craft Room Tour, 24 Mar 2012

I posted my first video to you tube on 24 Mar 2012.  It's a tour of my craft room.

Enjoy!  (I so thought about the PSA warning before Tosh.0 when I wrote that - LOL.)

(Update, 27 Apr 2012:   The room no longer looks like this.  An updated video will be coming shortly.  As soon as I get all of the things I tore apart organized.)

I'm pleased to make your acquiantance

Hi there,

However you come to be at my little creative outlet on the web, I'm glad you're here.  For awhile I have been posting my crafting projects with my personal blog.  Wanting to separate those things a bit, I'm moving all of my crafty posts to this new blog.  I'm just moving in but soon I'll be uploading new projects as well as reloading the old ones that were posted on the other blog.  If you're interested, you can visit my other blog at:

I share the daily activities of our day, recipes, movie and book reviews and anything else I feel like sharing at the moment.

As for my crafting blog, I thought I might start with some introduction.  This is where I try to say something witty, something insightful, tell you something about me in as little words as possible. Well, from this very first post you'll find that I'm quite the chatty type.

So, a little about me, at least the crafty side of me...

I started scrapbooking quite by accident. In fact, for a long time, I didn't understand what the big deal about scrapbooking was. My sister in laws scrapbooked and it seemed as though they enjoyed it and I did my best to be supportive of their creative outlets by buying them supplies and things for birthdays and Christmas. I showed interest by always wanting to look at the things that they had created, but I did not think that scrapbooking would ever be something I would do. HA! Little did I know.

During the summer of 2009, I had the idea that I would start to keep journals for all of my nieces and nephews (there are a total of 12 now, soon to be 13!). I would share with them stories about our times together in hopes that when they are older, they would like to hear about their antics when they were little. I bought composition books and some colored pens and I was on my way, writing down little anecdotes as the little ones grew. One day, as I was looking at the blank covers on those composition books, I thought what a good idea it would be to decorate them.

I pulled out all of the crafting supplies that I had and I started to decorate the outside of these journals. I wanted them to be personalized to the children whose stories they contained. I went to the craft store and bought alphabet stickers and other types of stickers to make them that way. As I sat creating all of these covers, I realized something. I was truly enjoying myself.

I have never categorized myself as a creative person. What I create can't possibly compete with some of the other artists that are found on the web sharing their creative endeavors, but for me, this is a hobby that I have started and stuck with - something I hadn't done before. I like nothing better now than to be sitting at my desk covered in glitter, bits of paper flying everywhere, glue bonding my fingers together. I have to say I never thought I'd ever get here, but I'm sure glad I have.

I've acquired a whole new vocabulary and I've learned so many new things. I am constantly on or and on youtube watching for the latest supplies and techniques.

My skills have grown quite considerably since I started this journey - as you will see. In the next few weeks, I will be uploading all of my older projects and my new ones, as well. Once that's done, I'm hoping to start creating things on a weekly basis to share.

I can't promise any new techniques - but who knows?
I can't promise any swoon worthy cards or layouts - but who knows?

What I've found as I've read blogs and message boards and watched youtube videos is that even though our skill levels are different and our tastes are different and our styles are different, we are connected through this wonderful hobby.

I hope that you'll enjoy my creations and I hope that you'll comment and leave me your blog address as well. I'd love to see what all of you are creating.