Sunday, 12 March 2017

12th March - Half

Today's challenge is
Patterned Paper Half; Today we want you to use patterned paper on half your layout, the rest is up to you!


I wanted to keep this moment with my flowers so I took this photo. For this layout I used half flower paper but I cut the half paper in half then put them above and under the LOVE die cut. I used watercolor to make the LOVE word show clearly then I Zantangle it. It's so fun and liberate life pressure. Now I welcome you to play along with us! 

I used some old and new, Citrus Twist goodies and two patterned paper halves to bring this one, of my daughter and her pet bunny, to life. 

I love the contrast of patterned paper against white! I have added a large floral cut file (Silhouette Design store) so it flows. I have used Oh My Heart collection by Pink Paislee (Paige Taylor Evans). I look forward to seeing what you all create!

I immediately had the idea to create some texture and create a lot of contrast by creating the bottom section of my layout with some fun fringe strips. While I love the look of white space, I struggle with it, so this helped me to fill up my page with color and "stuff". 

I really love the look of a half patterned paper layout.  The flow is so balanced and I'm all about that when it comes to scrapbooking and in life too.  It's a design that never goes out of style and the possibilities are endless!

I took a little creative liberty with the challenge for this layout. The GeoGlobe is 8x8 filled with patterned paper. I reached for some older BoBunny lines . . . MammaRazzi2 and Et. Cetera. Every parent should have a photo of their child playing in mud puddles!!! This photo of my son's bruised legs and white socks is one of my favorite photos of his childhood.

You have until 9th April to enter both the challenges in March. Please link them up to the side bar. We would love to see your layouts with a patterned paper half on!
Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, 2 March 2017

October's Winner and Favourites

Catch up time again for our winner and favourites from October.

Our winner is.... Beatriz with this beautiful layout.
Congratulations on winning Beatriz, please email me at to become our guest designer for a month.

Our favourites are....

Thank you to everyone who joined in, we love seeing your layouts!

Sunday, 26 February 2017

26th February - You

Today's Challenge is ....

Youcreate a layout about you, anyway you want to, its up to you, as long as it's about you!

Here are the DTs take on it...

I bought flowers for my little brother for his wedding a few days ago. I love these flowers very much so I took a few photos with them as I wanted to catch this moment! It's me!

My brother-in-law took this photo of me for my Designer of the Month feature in the April 2012 issue of CARDS Magazine.  It was such a high-point for me, and I'm thrilled to finally have my feelings about it on paper.

I really am not a fan of scrapping me so being challenged to do so is great so I actually end up in some albums. I have used the lovely new Echo Park collection Just Be YOU! Thank you for stopping by and we can't see what you create!

I took this selfie as we entered the great state of Texas back in July 2014 when we relocated from WA state to TX. Ironically, just after I s this elected this photo for the challenge, we found out that we will be moving from Texas to Kentucky in early April. I can only hope that our new adventure in KY will be as wonderful as TX has been for us. 

As a scrapbooker isn't it a fact that we are always behind the camera lens and rarely in a photo?  And it's even more rare that we scrapbook about ourselves?  With that being said, I sure hope you all take advantage of this challenge and finally scrap about yourself!  One known fact about myself is... I love being Grammie and I'll take every chance I can get to show it off!

I'm guessing you are like the rest of us and don't like to scrap about yourself. It's probably rare you are even in the photo. Try going back in time to a younger version of you. This is me, twenty years ago feeding a baby wallaby. This is actually one of my favorite pictures of me.

Guest Designer Tone
The photo is of me and my hubby with new helmets in 2007.

I hope all these lovely layouts have inspired you to scrap about yourself, we would love to see your layouts. You have until 12th March.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

12th February - Sketch

Morning, friends!  We've got our first February challenge, for you all, this morning.  Anna has cooked up a playful sketch, based upon Vivian's take on last month's Mood Board Challenge, for you all.

Here's how the Design Team was inspired...

We would like to introduce a new member to the design team, Hannah Zheng.  I think her layouts will be a great asset to the team.  Here's her first DT layout...

I love this sketch!  To represent Valentine's this month I used a photo of my husband and I, we were celebrating our wedding anniversary so on this layout I used lots hearts to represent it.

Loved this sketch for its layers and embellishment clusters! I have used Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams collection which is so pretty. We do hope you will play along and we look forward to seeing all your creations!

I loved this sketch! I used a Felicity Jane kit to create this page of my daughter, Skylar and myself enjoying our first TX Summer by the pool.

Creating with a sketch is so fun and such a great starting point.  I've had these little bags laying around in my scrappy stash forever!  I felt this was a great opportunity to use them up.  

Since the sketch was based on one of my previous layouts, I found it easy to do!! I have already used "Dear Santa, Define Good" on another layout. So this time I used "Define Naughty". Goes with the photo pretty well too!!

The photo is of my two boys while they are fishing.....Daniel waits for the fish to bits.....Summer 2007.  I have used stencil and different colors with Distress Ink.
You have until Sunday, March 12, 2017, to link up your takes in the right-hand column.  We can't wait to see what you all cook up!  Have fun!  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful work week!

Sunday, 29 January 2017

29th Jan - Inspired by a Song

Today's challenge is ...
Inspired by a Song. Create a layout inspired by a Song, its up to you which one, it could be the song title or the lyrics that you like and inspires you.

I chose Alison Krauss' Baby Mine and paired it with these darling photos of my littlest just sleeping during his first few months of life, as well as Citrus Twist's gorgeous January "Jameson" Scrapbook Kit.

As a mother of teenagers The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars immediately came to mind!!!!!!! I typed some of the lyrics from the song on the journal card. I wanted to create a 'cool' teenage boy layout to tie my theme together. I can't wait to see what you create.

I took a backwards approach to this challenge- nothing popped out to me aside from wanting to use the world Wild so I did a quick google search and came out with Wild & Free by Ziggy Marley. Wild & free perfectly captures the spirit of my daughter, Skylar. The JustNick cut file was a perfect addition for this page.

I love all genres of music and it's a big part of my life actually.  I'm consistently listening to music is some shape, way or form.  So I love this challenge!  The song I chose, which was tough for me, is... You Make Loving Fun, by Fleetwood Mac.  What a classic!  It's the perfect choice for my layout of my newly engaged son and his beautiful wife to be.

Hello!! For my song I chose Madonna's 'This used to be my Playground'. I have such fond memories of the playgrounds in Germany. After many days on the road and sight-seeing, we were tired and just wanted something "normal" to do. So we found a local blog that discussed the playgrounds in the area of Berlin. We found this rock-climbing gem! Seriously, we don't have this kind of thing in the U.S. It was a fabulous two hours of play!

You have until 12th February to upload your layouts from January's challenges to the side bar.
Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

15th Jan - Mood Board

Today Jinny has picked this lovely mood board to inspire you.

Here is what the design team came up with...

Poised Taupe, the gray color near right center of the graphic above, is Sherwin Williams' Color of the Year; so, I thought it would be fun to start 2017 off on trend.  Plus, this palette had me at hello and made me think of the colors of my son's old baseball team.  I couldn't resist tying in a little bit of denim, and the cut file I chose for the background was inspired by the graphic design in the bottom right corner.

This mood board is just gorgeous but instead of going with a modern theme I decided to go shabby chic. I have used a wood grain heart cut file and layered my layout with fussy cut flowers and butterflies. I look forward to your entries.

The bottom left photo is what captivated me most on this mood board. The grey, yellow, white and touch of blue along with the linear design were the inspiration for my layout. I added some texture by cutting some fringe and and popping some of the flowers with foam. 

I always seem to struggle when it comes to a colored mood board.  And I think it's because of a trapped feeling, not being able to choose whatever you'd like.  So this type of challenge is good for me.  Thank goodness I came across this collection I had stashed away "For The Record 2" by Echo Park.  The colors are perfect!

The Woodland collection by Pretty Little Studios was perfect for this mood board.  I chose a simple and clean sketch, added a few touches of stitching and voila!

We hope that has inspired you to get creating, if so please link up your layouts to the side bar, you have until 12th February to join in, for a chance to become our guest designer for a month.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 1 January 2017

1st January 2017 - Review of the Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! I hope 2017 is a good year for you all!

Welcome to our first challenge of 2017!

Today we challenge you to ...
 Review the Year - instead of looking forward to the new year ahead, I want you to look back at the year you have just had! It could be a review of the whole year, something special that happened or your favourite thing about the year, or maybe it's one you would rather forget! it's up to you!

I may not want to forget everything about 2016, but it truly was a difficult year for my family and I.  The downs far outweighed the ups; and at times, I found it nearly impossible to keep my head above water.  No one ever said life was easy, but I truly am reaching for that life preserver as we move into 2017.  That's what I've chosen to document, using lots of yummy goodies from past and present Citrus Twist kits, for today's challenge.

2016 was a year of challenges for our family but a highlight was a trip to Italy, my husband and I celebrating 15 years of marriage and his 60th birthday. A very special time for us, child free!!!

2016 brought with it the good, the bad, and the ugly. We had a lot of change, a lot of emotional hardships, and several major medical hurdles for our daughter, Ashlyn. I opted to create a layout about one of the only major medical events we had some control over, Ashlyn's spinal fusion surgery. We have been sitting on this surgery for several years, in fact she was supposed to have it in December of 2015, but minutes before she was scheduled to go back to the OR, it was cancelled. We have been carrying the weight of this for a long time and it had essentially put many things on hold as we awaited the go-ahead to attempt the surgery again. Thankfully it is behind us now, although she still has months of recovery ahead of her.
2016 was a good year for us!  I am truly blessed with a loving and growing family.  For my "Review of the Year" layout I wanted to show off my children and document an important highlight in each of their lives.  Like I said, it's been a good year and I'm hoping for the same in 2017.  Happy New Year to all!

After two years of planning and saving, we got to go on our big trip to Germany in 2016. I have many pictures that contribute to the story, but this one says it all as my husband and son are looking out over the Alps.

How was the last year for you? We hope you see you joining in with us. Please link up your finished layouts to the side bar under 'January's Challenges'.
Happy Scrapping!