Scrapbooking Global Blog Hop


I’ve joined up with a group of demonstrators from around the world to give you some Scrapbooking Inspiration using Stampin’ Up! products.  You can follow through the hop by clicking on the next button below or on the list of names if you get lost along the way.   Hopefully everything will go along smoothly.  Now on to my page.


We got together for a family reunion earlier this summer – it’s Greg’s mothers side of the family.  Whenever we have had the family reunion we always get all of the kids together and line them up in age order.  Over the years they have changed so much and this year we were missing a few too.  While I titled it COUSINS this group are actually the kids of all the first cousins and siblings – so some are first cousins to each other and some are second cousins to each other.  Since I don’t really know my cousins I love being in Greg’s family where they are all so close and I’m glad that my children have cousins and extended family that they get to spend time with.

For this page I used the Color Theory Suite in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog.  I used one of the large cards from the Color Theory Memories & More card pack and I cut it in half and attached it to the back of my photo on the top and bottom.

I used the Colorful Seasons stamp set to stamp leaves on the Old Olive background page.  I used the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies to cut leaves from the Color Theory Designer Paper Stack.  The title letters are also cut from the same paper stack using the Large Letters Framelits Dies.

To finish my page I added Glitter Enamel Dots and some of the Dapper Denim Baker’s Twine. It’s a pretty simple traditional 12×12 page and I think I’ll pair it with a pocket page and more photos from the kids playing games at the reunion.

Hop on along to Jenny Hall by clicking the NEXT button – or click along in the link list below.


Blog Hop Participant List:

  1. Sharon Dalton
  2. Megan Lenske
  3. Peta Stephen
  4. Lisa Henderson
  5. Pam Poli
  6. Courtenay Heuston
  7. Jessica Brigden
  8. Karie Beglau
  9. Simone Meye
  10. Lisa Gibson
  11. Michelle Veller
  12. Cheryl Algie
  13. Beth Rush
  14. Josie Dean
  15. Kelly Leese
  16. Stesha Bloodhart
  17. Virginia Porta
  18. Kerstin Klar
  19. Joanne Hodge
  20. Christine Alward
  21. Monika Lenkeit Davis
  22. Jenny Hall
  23. Lou Kitzelman

Thanks for visiting.



Swirly Bird has lots of possibilities

The new Swirly Bird stamp set in the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog has lots of possibilities.  You’ll be able to use it for a variety of occasions all year long.  I had the privilege of making display samples using the stamp set for the OnStage Live event in Salt Lake City.  I shared all my ideas by color because that was our “assignment” and how the display boards were organized for the event.  Today I just wanted to share one post showing the variety of ways I used this one stamp set.






My samples used only the stamp set and I was very excited to see that there was a coordinating set of Thinlits – called Swirly Scribbles!  With the two together you can create such a wide variety of projects.

Thanks for visiting today.


Howl-o-ween Treat Scrapbook Layout

Are you gearing up for Halloween?  My boys are grown now so I don’t have anyone to dress up in a costume – except perhaps my dogs.  But they would not like that at all.  I’ll have to go on the search for some old Halloween photos that I haven’t scrapped yet and add them to this fun scrapbook layout.  I was a vendor at a scrapbook crop earlier this month and designed this layout as a mini-class for the croppers.  All my seats were full!

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I used the Howl-o-ween  Treat stamp set and the coordinating Boo to You Framelits.  I also used the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper, the Spider Web Doilies and Black Glimmer Paper.   A couple of little details that I included –

  • The BOO! and the Witches Hat are both cut from the Black Glimmer Paper
  • The eyes on the owl are punched from the Star print designer paper – same as the strip used on the page.
  • I used the Very Vanilla Thick Baker’s Twine – took a piece and untwisted the 3 main strands.  Then I used one on the little Pumpkin Bucket Handle and the other two around the witches hat.

A layout all ready to add fun photos from Halloween – if not from this year then from a previous year.

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Thanks for visiting today!  Don’t forget about the STAMP SALE!  It’s only this week Oct. 19 – Oct 23.  All stamps are 15% OFF.



Your’e Turning 8 Project Life page

Back in May as I was preparing for my Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat I wanted to make a Project Life page using pieces of the Hooray It’s Your Day Card Kit from the Occasions catalog.  About the same time was a challenge from the PLxSU Trio Challenge Facebook Group to focus on the cards and create a PL card (or cards).  It was the perfect challenge for what I was trying to do.  I used the pieces, parts, techniques, and layouts from the card kit to create the PL cards that I used in my page.

PL-page-1For the title I used one of the cards that had the embossed pattern on it – I spritzed the ink – Daffodil Delight and Wild Wasabi.  Because our cards are only 5-1/4″ long it was a bit too short for my 4×6 pocket so I added an extra piece of Daffodil Delight card stock and put some of the washi tape from the kit over the seam.  Here is a closer look:

pl-page-4For the second card – the one on the left side I used the stencil (or mask whatever you might want to call it) to get the “sunshine” background.  The rest was all from the kit and was exactly like the card.  Here is a closer look:

pl-page-3I love using those masks and can’t wait to get the new ones from the new catalog.  And if you want more balloons we have the balloon framelits that you can use to cut more of those.  I used the little file folder card and cut a piece for one pocket – it will end up with some journaling on it and the rest of the card was used on the last pocket along with all the little word window pieces and the clip.  Here is another look:

pl-page-2I had fun with the Project Life Layout – it’s my mini me – my niece at her birthday party.

Thanks for visiting today!


MDS Blog Hop

MDS Blog Hop

Look at me – I’m a guest on the MDS Blog Hop!!  Twice a month a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators join together to share their passion for digital designing with My Digital Studio.  And my friend Cindy asked me to join them for the month of November!  How cool is that?  I’m so excited!  These ladies are all very talented and have amazing digital projects.  So come hop along and see what everyone has created.  The theme for this week is PROJECT LIFE by MDS.  Everyone will share different ways that they have combined My Digital Studio and Project Life.


If you follow my blog or even my Facebook Page you’ll know that at the end of the summer Greg and I took a trip to Alaska.  It was a wonderful trip and we were gone for almost 2 weeks!  I took well over 1000 photos!  And I wanted to create a My Digital Studio photobook that would showcase our trip and all the photos.  I love the simplicity of Project Life and wanted to use the concept in my book.  I’ve played around with a few different things and think I finally found what I wanted.

Alaska 2014-007This page is from the first morning of our trip.  We arrived the evening before in Fairbanks and checked in to our hotel and met our tour guide.  I’m going to go back and make a page for our travel day.  My plan is to stay heavy on the photos and add journaling and other details on pages that precede each days photos.  It may change as I go along but this is my current plan.

The photo book template that I used is an older one that came out before Project Life by Stampin’ Up! started but it has all the feel of Project Life and made a good base for starting – even though I removed all the elements and changed all the boxes to be photo boxes – I even did a bit of resizing for this page.  Its called – The Best Year Photobook Template.  I did use some words from the Everyday Adventure Project Life Digital Kit.  I will be using more from that kit throughout my book.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to hop through and see the amazing things that everyone else has done with this weeks theme.  Next in line is Amber – click on the NEXT button below to hop over to her blog.  Also make sure to come back for the next hop which will be on November 20th.  I get to hop along for that one too!  Thank you ladies for letting me join you!

1487274_10201501101681785_1819447505219309930_nCindy and I also host a monthly MDS Virtual Digi Crop on Facebook – we have a group that you can join if you would like to participate along with us.  Our next date is November 11 – that’s next week.

Have fun on the MDS Blog Hop!!


My Digital Studio Virtual Digi Crop

Did you know that once a month I have a My Digital Studio Virtual Digi Crop on Facebook?  My friend Cindy and I host a virtual crop on our Facebook Group – MDS Virtual Digi Crop.  If you’d like to join the group leave me a comment here so I know to approve you.

Last night was our Virtual Crop for August and Cindy and I each had a challenge for the group.  Everyone has until tonight to make their creations and then add them to the photo album for everyone to see.  Then we choose a Pick of the Crop and you get a fun little badge to display on your own blog or Facebook page.

For last night my challenge was to create a planner – either a monthly or weekly planner.  I created both.  My weekly planner look like this –

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I printed out my page and filled it in for this week.  I have a some changes I’m going to make and I’ll print a new one for next week.  I just use regular paper and keep it on my desk.  I’m planning to write my shopping list on the back for dinner each night.  I’m trying to do a better job planning out the meals for the week – I haven’t done that in many years.  We were just all so busy going in all different directions.  Now that Ryan is going off to college it will all be different.

And Cindy had us do a sketch challenge using one digital kit.  Here is my creation for her challenge.

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Thanks for stopping by today.


Lots of Stars!

Lots of Stars!

Here is another Make&Take project from the Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat.  This one was designed by Cindy and uses an e-cutter to cut the stars out of the Designer Paper and also the words

.  We created both a card and a 12×12 scrapbook page using the same basic layout and the same elements.



The gold sequins add a little sprinkle of gold throughout each project.