Tuesday, December 23, 2008


I got this layout done while Hailey had a friend over yesterday... she is loving Cmas break because all of her friends that are usually at school are home and able to come over and play as soon as she wakes up! And pretty much play all the way through till dinner time! The photos on the layout are not all the great, but considering they are from a disposable underwater camera... they will do the job of showing my little tadpole swimming underwater, with her eyes open!

PP: "Amy Butler" K & Co. Stack from Joanns (loving the funky patterns in this stack!)
CS: CTMH Bubblegum & Colonial White
Embellies: CTMH Dimensional Elements Simple Lowercase Alpha (covered in the pp), misc ribbon, machine sewing (along the strip of pink pp), handcut waterdroplet shapes, MM paint: Spotlight White & Sky Blue
Sketch: actually, me :o)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Spring Break 2008

It makes me so happy to be working on pictures from Spring Break this year, when we got to spend the whole day with our friends! Our three families have since relocated across the country, which makes this layout all the more special to have such great memories with them! We went to the UF Natural History Museum, followed by lunch at an infamous local pizza place "Satchel's", then we went to the farm for feeding time, and a park to play, and finally rounded out our day with Waffle Cone Wednesday at TCBY! It was a whirlwind day that couldn't have been any more perfect!

PP: My Minds Eye Confetti Collection: Party "Love" Stripes & Party "Birthday Girl" Dots & Die-Cut Flowers, Other: 11.5" Die-Cut Scalloped Paper (came pre-cut)
CS: CTMH Keylime, Breeze, Pink Carnation
Quickutz: Blossom Grand, Journal Grand
Ribbon: miscellaneous

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Last of Cmas 2007!

Just in the "Nick" of time for this years Cmas pics! Ha Ha, get it nick, as in Jolly Ole St. Nick! :o) Anywhoo, It took me long enough to get around to this last page, but I am now officially done with those, and I only have a handful of other 2007 layouts to do! WooHoo!!! And I am currently downloading my pics from last nights events... decorating the tree that is taller that we can reach! I can't wait to get started on the 2008 holiday festivities!!!

On my last post, Theresa asked how I do the scallops on my paper, most of the time I used the EK Corner Rounder... there is a great tutorial on Scrapbook.com, but I also took a few pis the last time I did it and am working on formating those so I can show you too. I also use the QK 12" scallop border sometimes and when I am at Moms house, I totally cheat and use her AccuCut machine on the chipboard and all! Its awesome! So, here is the layout... don't worry granny, the date and journaling are on the other side of the layout! ;o)

Amazingly enough I still have some of this My Minds Eye paper left over still (I only started with about 6 sheets and have done (3) two-pagers... which translates into, a few of my Cmas cards this year will be made out of this paper.

PP: My Minds Eye
CS: CTMH Cranberry & Baby Pink
Embellies: ribbon from the ever-growing stash

Thursday, November 20, 2008

T'was the night before Christmas

My last 2007 cmas layout! I will be back later with the second page... and all the details!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Christmas 2007

I think i have just one more layout for Cmas 2007, I feel so accomplished! I think I have mentioned before that i really don't like to scrapbook cmas layouts, so it makes me even more excited that my cmas albums are almost caught up... and more importantly move on to more current (and fun) layouts! ;o)

Using up some more of the MMI papers I picked up at Whim-So-Doodle last time I was in St. Pete with Mom. The title on the first page uses all CTMH Dimensional Elements Monograms, painted, inked, and embellied.

I decided to give the Grungeboard another try, (i still like chipboard better) it painted up nicely, but I am still having issues with adhering it! I don't usually have the patience to use liquid adhesive but I think that is going to be the only solution :op

Friday, November 14, 2008

Finally, the second page...

I am sitting at home in my clean house (yeah!) just finished the second page to last weeks layout, totally looking forward to scrapping with some new cropping buddies tonight!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Naughty or Nice?

This is the other layout that I started at Saturday's crop, still working on the second side but wanted share anyways. Based off a semi-recent PageMaps sketch, I love the scattered strips of pp and how the inking really sets off the edge of each paper. I couldn't resist using up some of my velvet ric-rac I picked up at Scrapbook Market before they closed :o(

I got to use quite a few of my Quickutz on this one too: Lemonade SM, Maddie Anne Classic, and my Nesting Ovals (I have been using these way more than I thought!).

CS: CTMH Blush, Garden Green, Heavenly Blue, Colonial White
PP: My Mind's Eye Be Merry Collection
QK: Lemonade SM, Maddie Anne Classic, Nesting Ovals
Ink: CTMH Chocolate Distressing Inks
Embellies: CTMH Just Blooms & Leaves, Craft Buttons

I will be back later to share the other side... ;o)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

My first Tally Crop!

So excited!!! Yesterday I actually got to go to a crop... my first since moving to Tallahassee! Met a very nice lady that I think will quickly become my new cropping buddy and friend ;o) Yeah Me! I only got this layout done and another started, but we did so much chatting that it didn't matter ;o) My hubby actually told me I was giddy when I got home (after 6 hrs of scrapping!) and I told him it was because I finally scrapbooked with humans instead of online or on the phone. Too funny!

Anywhoo, this layout is from Halloween 2007, using a PageMaps for the left side and my own to match for the right. We went to a Community Party as Cinderella, her Fairy Godmother (me), her pet rabbit (aunt amy), and just as Hailey dressed him... "a crazy man" (daddy)!

PP: CTMH Notebook
CS: CTMH Baby Pink & Heavenly Blue for Matts, Colonial White & Bamboo for journaling strips
Embellies: CTMH Baby Pink & Heavenly Blue My Accents & Ribbon, American Crafts
Quickutz: Journal Grand

Friday, November 7, 2008

Sand & Surf

For some reason, I never got around to posting this layout last week... but here it is from Inspired Blueprints #1 Sketch. Can't remember who the pp is from, but the big "&" sign and "{brackets}" are Tim Holtz Grungeboard (which I really did NOT like working with!), Quickutz Moxie Classic, everything else is CTMH. Just a fun and quick layout finishing up my Cruise Album, the first pic lifts up to reveal more beautiful landscapes of the sand and surf of Mexico! Again, using the CTMH 6-pocket page protectors cut down, folded under, and attached using CTMH Bigger Brads.

Oh, and my favorite part was making my own scalloped paper using my old trusty Fiskars Shape Cutter and the Oval Template (which has the large scallop around the outer edge)... just happened to align perfectly with the polka dots of the pp! (FYI: The Circle template has a smaller scalloped edge, too!)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

So close to complete

Many of you have seen my home in various stages of construction and/or demolition, well we are so close to complete and have put our home up for rent... email me if you are in the market for a home in Gainesville, FL.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

We, or should I say I, spent yesterday evening carving our pumpkins. I really don't think Miss H enjoys this tradtion as much as i do... can you tell by the look on her face!? I got all goopey and carved both of our pumpkins, with her supervision of course ;o)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Snokeling on the Reef

Couldn't find a good pp for this one, so I made my own using CTMH stamps and inks. I used different little rings from C1232 Groovy Celebration, B1229 Solo E, and D1264 Angel Whispers. Inks and Cardstock are Cranberry, Honey, Breeze, and Ocean. The first page uses Inspired Blueprints Sketch #2 and page 2 I made up to go with it.

The title area uses Quickutz Abigail, CTMH brackets from the Dimensional Elements Simple Lowercase, CTMH Cranberry Bigger Brads, a hand-cut sunshine, and a Signo white pen for the accents. The scalloped edges I made using my EK corner rounder by taking off the cutting guide. This layout was fun to do despite the cold weather today!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Happy Fall Y'All!

We had a very fun, but exhausting, day... just us girls! We found two of the most perfect pumpkins at the pumpkin patch (even got a few good photos), played at Michaels, ate lunch at Chick-fil-a, finally found some fun tights for H's witch costume at Target, and discovered that Office Depot in Tally does not carry any scrapbooking stuff... which really bums me out since I have a store credit there and wanted to get some refills for my trimmer (guess I will have to stock up next time I am in Gville!) We did pick up some flash card games for 2nd grade test-prep sight-words... which really surprised me to find out Miss H already knew 71 of the 96 words rights out of the box! I didn't know she could even sound out that many words, much less the sight-words! And she's only 4! Okay, I will admit it now, I really need to get this kid in classes of some sort!

The two pumkins in the front crack me up because they had warts all over them, Miss H kept saying they were moldy! There were also a number of RED pumpkins! It was sooo cool seeing all the different ones! Now I am off to try and get some scrapping done!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Tallahassee Moms Like Me

So, shortly after moving to Tallahassee, I found this great website for local events, info, chat, and bulletin boards. I finally got around to making a group on the site to share ideas and info, and to help coordinate crop nights. If you are a tallahasse mom (or dad) that likes to scrapbook, stamp, or craft feel free to visit our group, join in, and come to one of our crop nights!


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Amy!

If you know my little sister, she is turning 22 today October 18th! This makes me feel really old that my little sis is in her 20's, but anywhoo! I just wanted to say I love you and Happy Birthday Sweetheart! You are such an awesome sister, aunt, and friend! We hope you have a great weekend, try not to party too much! ;o) Hopefully we will see you soon!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Stingray City

Woohoo #2 for the night, probably my last so I can actually get some sleep and rest my poor knee! Maybe I shouldn't have started exercising until my knee was completely better, uugh! This one uses Basic Grey Romani PP's, some CTMH Cranberry CS and ribbon, and my new Quickutz Metro Classic and Skinni Mini (love it!), and the arrows. Again, thanks granny ;o) See, I am already putting them to use! A simple but fun one! Journaling and date are under the flap on the right side.

First WooHoo of Friday!

I am officially done with 2006!!!! I completed my goal I set for myself a couple weeks ago and it feels sooo good! And I ended on a really fun layout... Girly Girl Christmas! And I got to play with my new Abigail Grand! LOVING IT! And to think I was on the fence about this font! I also used Maddie Anne (one of my all time fav fonts!) And I used up some scraps of Basic Grey and CS! Yeah! Do you think I can say AND just one more time?! ;o)

Quicuktz Sale

Okay, here is what they still have at Ruban Rouge, since i seem to be the QK source of info for many ;o) and those are the sale prices. If you do not live nearby, they will ship for $8.99. I believe the sale runs through Sunday, checkout their blog for details.

Spotlight CC Grand $32.50
MaryJane CC Grand $35.00
Abigail Grand $50.00
Finale Grand $50.00
Tangerine Classic $30.00
Katie Classic $50.00
Marisa Classic $50.00
Studio Classic
Lucy Classic $17.50
Metro Classic $37.50
Zoe Mini $25.00
Abigail Classic $42.50
Calvin Mini $37.50

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Merry Christmas to Me!

A picture is so worth a thousand words for all you Quickutz addicts out there!?! Need I say more?! Ruban Rouge in Palm Harbor, FL is having a 75% off sale! TOTALLY UNHEARD OF SALE! On all their in-stock Quickutz fonts and shapes (except the september releases)! Call the store now before they are gone! They charged me $8.99 shipping, but I had my package in just two days! Dont worry hubby, this is my Christmas present from Granny! I cannot thank you enough Granny, but you must stop shopping now... although i know you secretly wanted these too ;o) I love you!

Granny's Kitchen

Not a recent scrap...just one I forgot to photo ;o) I love these pics of when Hailey got her beloved kitchen from Granny that Cmas!

QK: Katie Classic, REV Tabs
PP: Basic Grey
CS: CTMH Baby Pink, Cranberry, Olive

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


This was H's first dance class with Grandma! The colors really didn't photo well, looks much better in person! All supplies I picked up at my LSS closing sale, including the nesting hearts!

QK: Nesting Hearts
CS: CTMH Baby Pink, Blush, Plum Mist
Embellies: CTMH Dimensional Elements Monograms
Ribbon and Ribbons I picked up at Scrapbook Market on a recent visit.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Forever Family

This is one of those layouts that I started completely lost on what to do! Then I just started cutting and painting and voila! Paper pieces were literally flying as I tossed them over my shoulder! ;o)

QK: Spicy Chicken Grand, Lemonade Skinni Mini CC, Nesting Ovals
CS: CTMH Cranberry, Garden Green, White Daisy
Ribbon: CTMH Cranberry, Garden Green, White Daisy Grosgrain
Embellies: CTMH Just Blooms, Bigger Brads, Craft Buttons

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Go Fish

This layout went together in less than 30 minutes!!! But, it took me another hour to labor over the journaling, kind of an important one to me! ;o) And the paper was a total fluke, picked it up awhile back at another store closing sale for 20 cents!
Both sides are different PageMaps sketches.
PP: Scenic Route Brighton Snowdrift
CS: CTMH Tulip & Baby Pink
Quickutz: Classic Bright font, rev tabs, and my new 12" scallop border die ( using my new 12" plate for the revolution, thanks Granny!!! I am loving it!)
Embellies: CTMH Baby Pink and White Grosgrain Ribbon and Buttons, Heavenly Blue buttons, and Cranberry ink around the edges.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Busy organizing today...

my new (to me) scrapbook cabinet. ;o)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Christmas 2006

What do ya'll think of the new way I have been photographing my layouts? I kinda like it, but when I look back, my eye get less distracted away from the layout when there isn't any backdrop? I don't know!

I usually don't do many black & whites, but once the layout was ready for the pics the layout no longer looked good with the color pics... it screamed for b&w's! Surprisingly, I had good ink in my photo printer so I could get the pics on here before I forgot what this layout was for! Just a few snapshots of Cmas 2006! I am trying sooo hard to get caught up to at least 2007 before the 2008 holidays strike!

PP: Prima Romantica Collection
CS: CTMH Textured Black & Olive
Quickutz: Paige Mini
Other: CTMH Black Ribbon Rounds

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Curious Christmas

PP: Prima Romantica Collection
CS: CTMH Vineyard Berry & Olive
Quickutz: Stardust Grand, Flower
Embellishments: CTMH Craft Buttons (Clear & NEI)
Other: RicRac I picked up on my travels ;o)

Home is where the heart Is

I am trying a new way to photo my layouts to see if they come out a little truer color, we'll see! This is one of a few quick scrapbook layouts to try and get caught up on all those dreaded Christmas layouts! ;o)

PP: Prima Romantica Collection
CS: CTMH Tulip & Barn Red
Quickutz: Flourish
Embellisments: CTMH Just Blooms Leaves, Dimensional Elements Solo H,O,M,E.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Hunting Easter

One last layout for the night, probably the last one for awhile! I really need to get back to life as usual! ;o) I took a break from catching up on old layouts and did a quick one from this year to keep my creativity fresh! This one was actually really quick, less than an hour including Quickutz, journaling, looking up the date and all! (For me that is record time!) And really the glittery paper didn't need any more embellishment than that!

PP: Best Creation Inc. (Egg Stripes and Green Bunny)
CS: CTMH Bubblegum & Textured White Daisy
Quickutz: 12" Scallop Border, Bright Classic Font
Ribbon: CTMH NEI and Blush Ribbon Rounds

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Finally done with 2005!

Oooh, I am so excited...this is my last layout for 2005. I have a thing about birthday and christmas layouts, I really don't like doing them! My mom is just the opposite, she could do them all day long. I have tried to talk her into doing all my birthday and cmas layouts, but she won't go for it ;o)

I went through a couple of months back and printed contact sheets of all my pictures to date at that point, then planned and printed all that I thought I might want to scrapbook. Well, I actually scrapbooked everything that I printed for 2005! All I have left for 2006 is Christmas! Of course, that will probably end up being more than one layout, but that is still really cool!

This layout was sooo much fun to do. I got it all sketched out last night and then this morning I quickly cut all the paper... the slooow part was doing all those Quickutz hearts! It looks so cool though because I used different depth pop dots so there are so many layers. I even figured out a way to pop up those hollow hearts. I punched out the Quickutz stamping foam using the same die and that way the foam and the die were the exact same size. I really like the way it turned out!

PP: BoBunny Holiday Cheer: Swirly Whirly, Plaid, Gumdrops
CS: CTMH Cranberry, Crystal Blue, Textured White Daisy
Quickutz: Chocolate Mini 4x8 Font, Hearts: QRS0003, QRS0047, A-RS0001, A-SS0001, A-RS0010, Stamping Foam

I just realized that these pictures posted weird! This layout does not have a blue tint to it! I really need to work on those manual color adjustments! ;o)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Family 2005

This layout really did not want to photo well, so I had to shoot on manual with no flash and manually adjust stuff...needless to say it is all weird and obviously looks a ton better in person! I think this is one of the two of my last stray layouts that I had for 2005 and that is it! 2005 is completely done! Then all I have left for 2006 is Christmas! And I really feel like I have been keeping up otherwise. Especially with all this time I am getting at Grannys to sneak away and scrap!

This is some paper I picked up yesterday at The Scrapbook Shoppe. It is from an up & coming Kaiser Crafts, from Australia. This is really nice cardstock thickness, double-sided patterned paper, and there were multiple designs in this line. Granny picked this one out for me, good job Granny! I used that little trick on this layout of twisting my spiral clips to look like vines. Kinda cool and fun little accent.

PP: Kaiser Scrapbook's Deck the Halls: Mistletoe, Ivy, Holly
CS: CTMH New England Ivy
Embellisments: CTMH Just Blooms, Leaves, Buttons, Spiral Clips, Dimensional Elements Monograms. And more machine stitching!
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