Layout: Happy Halloween

A couple of weeks ago, I bought My Mind’s Eye “Happy Haunting” collection. I’m usually quite picky when it comes to holiday-themed scrapbooking papers/embellishments, but when I saw this collection, I knew I had to have it! The papers are amazing, and the embellishments are unique and fun.

Here’s my first layout I used with the MME’s collection. Its a photo of me, my husband and our friends back in 2008.

Happy Halloween - 2008

I just LOVE the glittered paper and elments. Very very fun!


Layout is based on a sketch over at – mid-week mojo challenge #3

Citrine Sketch 3

And, over at ACOT, the Supply List challenge for this month is use any 5 items out of a pre-determined list. I chose to use something orange; a glittered element; ribbon; a Halloween element; and the date.

This layout is also for my mom’s album I am working on for her.

Thanks for stopping by!

Layout: A Summer Pool Party

Sketch-N-Scrap has a new sketch and I felt it was perfect with some summer doggie pool pictures paired with the die cut challenge over at ACOT.

Here’s the sketch:


And here is my layout:

A Summer Pool Party

Little Bit is cooling off his feet (he’s not too fond of the water) and Ruby likes to ‘bite’ the water. LOL. I struggled getting these photos scrapped because I didn’t want all my doggie summer pics to look the same. Sketch-N-Scrap sketch #41 helped me in the design, and ACOT’s Die Cut Challenge helped me tie it all together. The challenge was to use 3 summer-related die cuts, including the word “Summer” somewhere’s. With receiving a Cricut Expression 2 for Christmas just last year, I do not have very many cartridges. I came across “H2O”, and when I saw there was a pool die cut, I knew I had to have it! I was able to get it digitally thru the CCR. I also used the cartridge to cut out the sun. The butterflies are from the Paper Pups cartridge; and the title is using “Opposites Attract” cartridge.

At first I thought it was done, but decided to use a small paw print stamp to stamp across the white band of the die cut pool, and added little Twinkle Drops from Queen & Co. I think that all helped tie the layout together.

Thanks for looking! 🙂



Scrap Weekend!

Friday and Saturday was Scrap Weekend for me and my friends. Since July 2009, me and five other scrappy friends try to get together at least 3-4 times a year to hang out and scrap! We always have so much fun. We play games – usually scrap related, as well as offer fun goodie bags – sometimes they are bags filled with paper, other times its baskets with some really cute stuff in them. Candy is usually involve too. Everyone can come and go as they pleased. Some spend the night, some don’t. Its all cool.

This time, it was Amanda and Misty’s turn to come up with games and goodie bags. With us getting together for as long as we have been, we have managed to never repeat a game or a goodie bag idea. Thank you Pinterest! We each received this really cute picture holder (see the clothespin wheel below).  A jar with chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers (hello – Smores’!), and a paint swatch, that when fanned out completely, shows off the entire colors. And last but not least, a container (with a lid). We can use it as a table trashcan, or for storage.

DSCN1489 color wheel


Games included “What’s in the bag?” – where they had 10 scrap items in plastic bags, and put inside totes. We could not put our hand inside the bag, only feel around. Its harder than you think! Especially when the item is ribbon or paper flowers!

A challenge that they chose to host was to use 2 random items that were given to us, and a magazine for inspiration. Find a layout you’d love to scraplift, or find a sketch, and then use the two items you were given. I have not done mine yet as I was given tulle and ribbon. The ribbon part is easy, the tulle – not so much. I know I kept some from my wedding 6 years ago, but I just can’t find it. But the challenge wasn’t timed and some of the girls had to leave later Friday night, so they knew that everyone might not get a chance to work on it.

I managed to get FIVE whole layouts done. That’s usually the average number of layouts I do. All but one are doggie-related. 🙂 And all five are based on sketches and/or challenges found at A Cherry On Top and Nuts About Sketches. I will be getting those layouts uploaded very soon to share!

Layout: We’re Having a Party

Sketch-N-Scrap has a new sketch this month and it worked really well for a birthday layout. Here is the sketch I used:


And here’s my layout, featuring my step-son celebrating his 2nd birthday

We're Having a Party

I also did this layout for the 4X4 Challenge at ACOT. 4X4 means you only use two double sided papers and only 4 embellishments, with alphas and misting/inking is free. The hostess gives you a wonderful explaination. But alot of people might wonder, how do you use BOTH sides of pattern paper? The answer – you must plan your layout carefully, and then cut out a piece without much notice. When I was working on this layout, I chose to use My Mind’s Eye “Hip Hooray” collection. When doing the 4X4 Challenge, I like to use papers/embellishments from a kit, to make it a little easier.

For this layout, I used Hip-Hooray Boy “Surprise” paper as the background. And I cut out a small rectangle at the bottom:


Then, I flipped the rectangle over to reveal the blue background, and put it right back:


I flipped the sheet over and taped the rectangle to hold it in place:


And if you count my embellishments separately, you’ll count 4 die cuts and 2 strips of washi tape, making the total 6. But I’m supposed to only use 4? How did I do it? Well, if one embellishment is touching another one – like the yellow washi tape under the “Put On Your Party Hat” die cut; or the yellow washi tape under the Party Hat die cut – you count those as ONE. Makes you really think about how to use your supplies and get the most out of the challenge.

And last but not least, my title. I was going thru my birthday stash and just couldn’t find anything that I liked. I decided to check out the CCR – Cricut Craft Room – to see what the freebies were for the week. And lo and behold, they had a birthday cartridge! “Something to Celebrate” is availalbe for free this week only. I love checking out the free carts each week. It allows a newbie – like me – to try out a cartridge before I buy it.