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.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Hello Mr. Turtle

For this layout I used the Bella Blvd Fall Day collection. Love all these papers. Most of the accents are from a K and Co line called Actopus to Zelephant.

Canyon is and always has been a climber. He loved all the animal statues all over Busch Gardens, and he especially loved that he could climb all over them without getting in trouble.

I finally used some of these leaf pins that I have been coveting.

Gosh, I miss that curly hair. It was so cute, especially in the Florida humidity.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Everything Is Satisfactual

This layout is a scraplift of the talented Susan Stringfellow. I love her stuff! I even used the same papers! Splash Mountain is one of our favorite rides at Disney. The middle pic is all 4 of us on the raft on our last trip in November. The bottom picture is Marissa and JT on the drop from her first trip in March of 2003.

I got a raindrop on it when I was taking a picture, darn, I hope it dries.

I just had to use the bluebird on the page also. He's in the song, you know....

Mr. Bluebirds on my shoulder
It's the truth,
It's actual,
Everything is Satisfactual.
Zip-a-dee-doh-hda, Zip-a-dee-a,
Wonderful feeling,
Wonderful day.

This is Brer Fox, Brer Rabbit and Brer Bear from the story and the ride.

Susan had a great idea on taking the font for the word "satisfactual" from the sign at the end of the ride. I loved it and copied her idea.
I also took the autographs of the Characters and shrunk them down and printed them on this log I cut with my Cricut. I was hoping that it would look like they were carved into the log.

More to come....

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Water bottle hickeys and toilet paper rolls.

I honestly can't leave this kid alone for 5 seconds! Yesterday he somehow managed to get enough suction on a water bottle on his bottom lip to give himself a hickey. This picture is from day 2 of the water bottle hickey. Hopefully it fades before he has to go back to school on Friday. I've never even heard of this happening, but you can see it on his face, plain as day just below his bottom lip. Perfectly round.

I also noticed this morning that every roll of toilet paper in my house is missing the cardboard tube in the center. (I will spare you the picture of a toilet paper roll) We keep the extra toilet paper in Canyon's bathroom. He has a big empty cupboard under his sink. The carboard tubes are gone out of those as well. E.V.E.R.Y. O.N.E.
I have no idea what he has done with these tubes. I can't find them and he isn't talking.
Oh, a boy is a joy!

First day of school

I can't believe how much Marissa has changed in the last year. I desperately miss the sweet little girl that she used to be but I am enjoying watching her blossom into a beautiful teenager.

My little buddy is a kindergartner this year. No tears from Mom this year, he actually had a longer school day last year when he was in preschool. Next year, when he goes all day I will definitely be bringing Kleenex when I take him to school on the first day.

I am taking a Pink Paislee class in a couple weeks at Archiver's in Minneapolis. I bought this specific shirt to match the layout that we will be doing in the class. I actually got to the store, and then remembered that I wanted it to match. Luckily Kendra has the internet on her cell phone and could send me a picture of the layout!!

Typical Canyon style.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Out For Publication

Maybe its good for me to take a scrapbooking hiatus! I get to use an "Out for publication" banner for the first time ever!

Here is a link to the original post . I will post a link to the pub as soon as it is up!
If this is going to be a regular occurrence for me, maybe I will have to scrap an "out for publication" banner of my very own! :P

Monday, August 16, 2010


Check out who won the sketch challenge over at the Paper Poppy blog.

Yea me!

Now, off to build some railings :P

Monday, August 2, 2010

What I've been up to

I haven't been scrapbooking lately, I haven't been anything lately, except working on this deck!

When we bought this house we loved that it had all these wonderful decks. We knew the decks weren't in the best shape, but we would soon find out, under all that snow, they were actually in terrible shape.

The house actually has over 2600 sq feet of deck, we could never afford to pay someone to replace them. Last summer we began the adventure on our own. We were only about 400 square feet into the project before we ran out of motivation, so this summer we decided to hit it hard. We actually have about 1700 square feet finished except for railings, light poles and stain. Woo Hoo! Maybe someday soon I will actually have a life again, although I won't have any money to live it. (haha)

This is standing out the deck door looking down. Please ignore all the junk, and those unbelievably ugly valances that I pulled out of my grate room and just threw out there.
If you were to turn to the right instead you would find the miles of unfinished deck, so we won't go that way!
If you goes left it goes around a corner...
to this. JT is quite proud of those stairs, as he should be, they look beautiful, still missing bottom step.
This is the second level of deck, you can see a little step up in the picture. If you were to go to your right you would see another set of stairs to the upper level. It isn't done, so no picture.

To the left is this shed and a little walkway of deck to another deck that is 23x14. I should have gone over there and taken a picture as there is a huge pine tree growing thru the center that we framed around, I guess I was being lazy.

And here is my beautiful railing that we put together last night. I just love it! The tall pole will have a light on it when it is finished. We have lights every couple of 8 ft sections.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out the pictures of our summer project. Hopefully before to long we will be done!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Mike Wiezowski

Can you believe it? I posted!

I haven't been scrapping much lately at all. I've been cleaning and cleaning out! The clutter in my house has been threatening to smother me and I had to get rid of it. I am still working on it. My closet is next. I still have clothes from high school in there! There is no way that I will ever get back into them, I don't know why I have waited so long!

I used a sketch for this layout. This one is from Paper Poppy Kit Co.

I used one of my all-time favorite lines, October Afternoon Night Light. The stickers are EK.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

My kids wanted to make Father's Day cards yesterday, so I let them loose on my scraps and my cricut. Here is what they came up with.



inside of card

Aren't they sweet?!
Happy Father's Day!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010


I am missing school already.
I couldn't wait for summer, I was actually counting down. Thinking about lazy days with my kids at home, running thru the sprinkler and trips to the pool made me smile.
Canyon has been out of school for a couple weeks, Marissa 3 days and they are driving me crazy! Fight, fight fight, that and making huge messes is all that goes on around here! What day exactly does school start again??

Who would have thought that these 2 lines of paper would work together? Not me, not until I saw it done over on The Scrapbook Diaries.

Thanks for stopping by!