Monday, September 2, 2013

Scrapbook Generation September Blog Hop - Hello Summer

Welcome to the SG Blog Hop for September, if this is your first stop, you might like to start at the Scrapbook Generation blog and then hop through each link.

Another Scrapbook Generation blog hop is here! 

This layout is of my daughter and her best friend enjoying a day at the park by our house.  I used mostly The Pier line by Crate Paper. This is such a beautiful line of papers, it makes me wish that I would have taken more summer photos so that I could use more of it!

I am so not ready for summer to be over, but I do like that my kids are back in school and our life is scheduled again.  I complain a lot, but I actually enjoy being busy with all the kids activities, especially when I have large chunks of time to myself when I can get everything I need done during the day.  Hopefully soon I can get myself caught up enough that I can get some scrap therapy in!

For this layout I used sketch number 12 from the Scrapbook Generation sketch book One on One.  I am loving this sketchbook right now.  The sketches are all for layouts with only one photo. This is generally how I scrap, so it is working out great for me.  There are also full color photos of a layout done with each sketch.  I think the photos make it so much easier to decide which sketch I want to use and what paper line will work well.

You can find the SG sketches in their books and as downloads in the SG store, and there is a free one every month in case you wanted to try it out.

Next on the hop is Allie -, leave a comment on each blog and one lucky commenter will receive a free sketch bundle of their choice from the store. The winner will be draw on September 9th, so you have one week to leave a comment.

In case you get lost at any point, here is the list all the blogs
Scrapbook Generation blog -

I can't wait to hop to all the other links listed here myself! 
Enjoy the hop and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Scrapbook Generation Blog Hop

Welcome to the SG Blog Hop for June, if this is your first stop, you might like to start at the Scrapbook Generation blog and then hop through each link. Here is the list in case you get lost

Scrapbook Generation blog -
Ruth -
Alisha -
Michelle -
Manda -
Sheree -
Nicole -
Tammy -
Steffanie -
C├ęcil -
Stephanie -
Nicole -
Brenda -
Kelley -
Lindsey -
Wanda -
Mandi -
Laureen -
Corrina -
Cicily -
Michele -
Tessa -
Sherri -
Devra -
Tina -
Deborah -

Each blog will share a project using one of the SG sketches as a starting point. You can find the sketches in their books and downloads in the SG store, and there is a free one every month in case you wanted to try it out.

Here is my project


I used the November Free Sketch and the Simple Stories Awesome line.  I absolutely adore this collection.  So perfect for my little guy and his personality.
I almost completely forgot about the blog hop.  I signed up for it, then had a very, very full weekend.  I remembered when I checked my email at about 8:30 Sunday night.  So I printed out a sketch and got to work! 
I don't think that I have ever completed a layout this quickly.  It took longer to stick on all the pop dots than it did to compose the layout.   Thanks to the Scrapbook Generation sketch and Simple Stories this layout was...well, Simple. (corny, I know)
Next on the hop is Sherri -, leave a comment on each blog and one lucky commenter will receive a free sketch bundle of their choice from the store. The winner will be draw on June 10th, so you have one week to leave a comment.
Thanks for stopping by and have fun hopping!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Hakuna Matata

I'm back with another NSD layout!  I created this one for a challenge over at Disney Scrappers.

The challenge was called a sketch and a song.  The sketch was this one by the amazingly talented Susan Stringfellow.

My layout is my little Marissa with Timon in Disneyworld.  She loved getting all the characters autographs.  In order to preserve them I typically scan them and them print them right out onto an element on my layout.

This was so much fun and really got my creative juices flowing.   I don't know why I don't use sketches more often!

I am hoping to get more challenges done before the May 12 deadline.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Grandpa's Treehouse

I don't know what it is about Grandpa's treehouse. Maybe that is doesn't have railings and feels a little dangerous, maybe that it is in an actual tree.  I don't know, but it definately attracts my boy.  We have a skyfort at home, but it just isn't the same.  He can't wait to climb up into grandpa's treehouse.

I created this layout using mostly Woodland Park from October Afternoon.  I used the February sketch from Scrapbook Generation shown here

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

What I've been up to...

Hello everyone! (If there is anyone still there!)

I know it has been a long time since I posted.  I have still been scrapping and have a backlog of layouts to post.  The truth is, I have just been to busy (read: lazy) to post on my blog.  Life has been flying by me.  My kids are growing up and need to be run to ump-teen different sports at all hours of the day and I have actually been working out religiously and lost some weight. yay me!  So anyway, enough apologies, on with the layouts.

Here are a couple I just posted to some NSD Challenges

Life is Better at the Beach

I absolutely love this Uncharted Waters line by Glitz.  When I saw it I knew I had to have it! These photos were taken from our New Year's vacation to Great Exuma in the Bahams.  It was a beautiful island, as you can see!
 Fly and Soar

I used mostly October afternoon on this layout.  The Balloons and Sun are stamps and inks from Close to My Heart.

Thanks for checking out my blog, I promise to try to post a little more often :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Canyon's First Day

Today was Canyon's first day of first grade. His allergies were so bad this morning that all of the pictures but this one his eyes were almost closed.

This is the first time he will be in school all day. I know it's pathetic, but I miss the little guy already. Its weird that he won't be here all day. The 2 1/2 hours of Kindergarten seemed like a break, 6 1/2 seems like f-o-r-e-v-e-r.

I have big plans on what I will get done during these long days, but we will see what happens :p

Wish I could go hang out at the scrapbook store with my buddies :(

Monday, August 29, 2011

First day of High School

Whoa! I have a kid in High School! Where did the time go? She can't believe that she STILL has to have first day of school pictures taken.

After a summer full of activities I am looking forward of not having to drive kids around between the hours of 8:30 and 2:30 every day! I also will not miss driving to and from the high school 4+ times a day, although I am sure I will be doing it again next summer. I don't expect to see much of Marissa this school year at all. With all the sports and activities she is involved in sometimes I am suprised the kid finds time to sleep.

Canyon's first day is tomorrow. I still get one day to cuddle with my little guy before he is off to Big Kid School.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

12 days of Christmas

Love this!! Make sure you listen all the way thru. My favorite part is about 2 minutes in.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


I used the My Mind's Eye Holly Jolly line for this layout. It was inspired by the layout of the same name by Amber Packer on the My Mind's Eye design team.

I actually added a couple rows of red stitching along the edge of that notebook punch after I took the picture. I didn't want to retake pictures, so just imagine it there. :)

In the original picture Ivy was wearing bright orange and Canyon blue. I changed the color of their clothes in Photoshop, as I am looking at it I wish I had muted down that snowy background behind Santa's head.

For some reason I didn't get the chipboard for this line, so I had to make do. I used lots of Glossy accents and glitter. The candy canes are cut from one of the pieces of paper, then pop-dotted, glossified and glittered.

I love the little tickets from the die-cut sheet. I wish I had a whole roll of these.

I added some glossy to the Holly and the leaves also.

If you like this line, you could win it! The Playground is doing a raffle with proceeds benefiting the Cornerstone Rescue Mission. Check it out HERE.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest is one of Marissa's favorite rides in the parks. Unfortunately, it is also one of the longest lines in the parks and one of the only rides Canyon isn't tall enough to go on.

I love this Pink Paislee line. So much color!

The layout and prayer flag (canvas banner) idea came from Susan Stringfellow, my scrapbooking idol!
Prayer Flags can be found strung all over this part of Animal Kingdom and on the mountain itself. They are inspired by Himalayan prayer flags that are said to send thought and prayers to the wind.
I cut rectangles out of pattered paper, inked the edges of them, then I used just a tiny bit of adhesive in the middle and stuck them on canvas. I cut out around them larger than I would need and frayed the ends, leaving more canvas on top to make room for the holes. Then I used the sewing machine and stitched around the edges. I used some paper to block of the canvas and stamped them using just the edges of some of my stamps. (Thinking back, I should have done this before I stitched them to the canvas!) I punched holes in the tops, strung them using some hemp and pop dotted them off the page.

These are some of the fast pass tickets from Expedition Everest. I found them in my bin of Disney memorabilia. They are actually from a different trip than the pictures. The date on them is December 2006 the pictures are from November 2009, but oh well, they worked!
Sorry the picture is blurry, but it is COLD outside and I really don't want to go out and take a new picture.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my blog!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Canyon's First Flight

This is another photo that I have been waiting to scrap until I found just the right layout and papers. I took a lot of inspiration from this one by Susan Stringfellow.

There is some serious shadow going on in that title, sorry about that.

I love the writing on the ticket behind the title. I just wish I had come up with it!

I actually found his ticket from that flight, can you believe it? Sometimes being a pack rat pays off! I just had to get one of the envelopes from the mini album on this page.

Awww, doesn't he look sweet?
Kendra's sewing machine did this amazing stitch. I love it!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Cherish these moments - Sylvan Lake

This is one of the layouts I finished at the retreat I went to over 10-10-10. This is an older Crate paper line that I have had sitting around for awhile. I love these pictures of my kids at Sylvan.

I used Kendra's amazing sewing machine for all the stitching. Wow! I have some serious sewing machine envy going on.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Popsicle Pirate

Another layout from last weekends retreat. I didn't like this layout at all while I was creating it. As soon as I started adding embellishments it all started to come together and I like how it turned out.

How cute is the little easel that I picked up at Ikea for 99 cents?! I propped it up on my deck railing (ahh, I love my new deck) for the picture.

I got quite a bit done (for me) at the scrapbook retreat I went to this weekend, so I have more layouts to share later on this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

About a month ago I got an email from Jami Peterson, the editor in chief at Magazine. She had come across one of my layouts on Two Peas and asked if I would like to submit it for publication. Of course I would!
Here is a link to the layout and article. Pumpkin Patch

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Rough and Tough

I went to a retreat this weekend and finally got some scrapping done!

This is the Bella Blvd Man of the House line. So cute! I also threw on some stickers from a sticker sheet that was given to me in my retreat pack, thanks Lynn!

Here is a close up so you can see the sneer that Canyon was giving me.

I am happy to be scrapping again, although we still have lots of house projects to get done in the next month, including a new roof! I signed up for another retreat next weekend and am planning on another the beginning of November, hopefully they will keep me going.
I have also just started teaching scrapbooking classes at Michaels in Rapid City. If you are interested, shoot me an email and I will get you the info.