Friday, May 28, 2010

Those Eyes

It's only Friday, but for us the long Memorial Day weekend has already started.  Our local school district decided to close my girls' schools today to save a few bucks.  That's fine with me!  I got to sleep in this morning, and now I get to spend some extra time with my sweet girlies.

Here's a layout I created with the FUN and vibrant "Hello Sunshine" line from Lily Bee:

I added some Shimmerz Spritz to the cardstock and Prima flower.

A lot of people have asked me how I  make the crocheted borders like you see on the layouts in some of my earlier posts.  I'm not the best person to give crocheting lessons because I learned how to crochet years ago,  but I never learned the names of all the different stitches.  Thankfully the VERY crafty and  talented Lolly Chops has come to the rescue with an awesome video tutorial on crocheted borders.  Lolly also has a fantastic blog, so be sure and check it out! 

Have a wonderful long weekend!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A "Lovely" Day

The first time I saw Lily Bee's new "Lovely" paper collection my heart went pitter pat.  The color combo and the patterns are just gorgeous!   I love every single piece in this line, and they all work so well together.  Here's a layout I made featuring my little princess:

She's getting close to the age when princesses aren't "cool" anymore (I know because my older daughter reached that stage last year), so I wanted to capture the little princess inside of her before it's too late.  Here's a close-up of the journaling:

I hope you have a LOVELY day!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday!  I hope all you mothers had a nice Mother's Day!  I had a great day myself.  We had a lovely brunch with my mom, stepfather, dad and stepmom (yep, we're all one big happy family!).  And I got lots of wonderful snuggles and kisses and homemade goodies from my darling little girls.  For Mother's Day my hubby wanted to buy me the new camera lens I've had my eye on for a while now, but I wasn't sure if the cost is really justified.  Well, it doesn't matter at this point, because the freezer portion of our old refrigerator is on its last leg, so we have to go buy a new fridge today.  Fun, huh?  Since we have to make this big purchase, I decided to hold off on the lens for the while.  That means that my photos won't look any sharper, but at least I won't have to eat mushy ice cream anymore.  And as a girl who NEEDS her bowl of Dreyer's Grand Light ice cream every single night, mushy ice cream just wasn't workin' for me.  

I have a little share for the day.  I've really been into crocheting on my layouts again lately.  Here's one I made with all Prima goodies:

The wording says:  "My Wish for you is that you have as much joy in your life as you have brought to mine."    Here's a little close-up.  I curled back the paper and stuck some tulle and other netted fabric behind there.  I lined the curled-back paper with lots of Prima flowers:
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great week!

Thursday, May 6, 2010


My intended little scrapping break hasn't quite started yet. I got an idea for a page last night and I wanted to jump right in and begin working on it.  I'm hoping to finish it up tonight or tomorrow night. Maybe I can start my little scrapping break this weekend.

In any event, here's a layout I created with Prima's April BAP:

The journaling says: When I was a little girl, I was happy and playful just like you.  But somewhere along my path to adulthood, I lost a little part of that fun-loving little girl inside of me.  You have brought out that joyful, playful side of me again.  Thank you for that, my sweet Rebecca.

Now go take that playful little child inside of YOU and have some fun today or tonight!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


This is another layout that I made for Scrapbooking m.m. (the March/April issue). I used almost all Prima goodies:

I've been really into crocheting on my pages again lately, and this time I used some pretty teal yarn. I used Shimmerz to create the rainbow of color on the background:
I have a small stash of vintage rhinestones buttons and broaches, and I save them for special pages. I really need to find a good (and cheap!) source for more of these treasures. Here's a close up:
Things are quiet for me right now in terms of my DT and other scrapbooking assignments, so I'm going to do something I haven't done in a very long time . . . I going to take a little break from scrapping for the rest of the week and weekend.  I think it will be just what I need to recharge my creative batteries!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Free Spirit -- Scrapbooking m.m.

Earlier this year I was honored when the editor of Scrapbooking m.m., a beautiful Swedish publication, contacted me and asked me to do a few assignments for the magazine.  Here is one of my layouts that was just published in the March/April 2010 issue.  I created it for an article about symmetry and balance on your scrapbook pages.  I used Webster's Pages papers and a sprinkling of Prima goodies, and I added some crocheting for good measure:

I was even more honored when I got my copy of the magazine and saw what good company I was in . . . some of my favorite scrappers were in there too!!  If you can get your hands on a copy of this magazine, you  should definitely take a peek because there's SO much inspiration in this magazine (even if you don't speak Swedish!).

On another note, we're having a fun NSD crop party at A Million Memories this weekend. Even though I just stepped down from the AMM Design Team (last month was my last month), I'm still going to be actively involved with the site. . . 'cause I just love all my peeps over there!!  In fact, I'm hosting a sketch challenge for the crop this weekend. Come join the fun here: AMM NSD crop.