Friday, January 19, 2018


Paper background by Reminisce and Gorjuss stamped girls
I buy the stamps meant for card makers...I am not a card maker, I am a scrapbooker. I LOVE the way these two stamps by Gorjuss fit this project. I am also so happy that I can color match the stamps to match whatever I am working on.

Thanks Pinterest for the grammar lesson

Friday, January 12, 2018

Update from Last week

or as I like to call it...Frozen Friday Minus 32, YIKES
After going through some 18 boxes it hit me that maybe the photos were in an album...It has been years since I have put photos in a dedicated album without scrapbooking them first. So lesson learned and quite a lot of organizing of photos has been accomplished in the finding.
I used the logo in the cut off strip to make the tiny sign.
This is the only tittle. I am scrapbooking for myself, so my rules say that not all pages need a clever title.
Close-up of the journaling. It reads;
'Some Grandmas wear army boots, Dartanian's Drives a Lawn Tractor'
Then his name and age in the other  flower.  I was able to put the year on the bottom of the left hand LO using existing numbers and pop dotting the add ins. I snipped some of the numbers previously cut out into his name on the bottom of the right hand page. I did highlight with a yellow marker to pop it a bit.
and just know you want to try this

Friday, January 5, 2018


Feeling very nostalgic about Bo Bunny lately. I had discovered these unusual papers by them {Zip-A-Dee-Doodle} and knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. I snipped the center numbers out of each page.
Next I fussy cut each number individually. They will be inked around the edges then pop dotted over a matching number around the layout.
I got this far...then went in search of the photos that I want for this double page LO. I thought 20 minutes to find. Well 2 hours later, I packed it in for the day. The next day, I searched ALL day, still not luck.
So now I am in the middle of a major overhaul on the photo files. As you can see by the existing boxes, I do have a system that works for me most of the time.
I do an immediate once over when I get a new batch printed. Dates, groupings, events. I have labeled box files for all the major holiday's. All Easter, All Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Road Trips and Vacations. I group all the kids birthday and school photos into 'child name' then separated by age or grade. {they will usually fit in one box} so if I am searching events, all the kids are in that box under that event.
 I am sorry to say, I still have stacks and packs of  photos. Most are labeled with sticky noted bits, dates, names, ideas for journaling.  Things like that. But alas the photos I need NOW are elusive. I have run amok with the random photo many, no particular order, it is just sit down with a random box and search....sigh... I will get the layout completed when I find the photos.
In the mean time,
How do you organize your photos?
Because I am not is some serious help by people way more organized than me. Warning, they talk about tossing some out...GASP...

Friday, December 29, 2017

Halloween at Christmas

I managed just one craft this year.
I purchased these ornaments as blanks. Then used Copic markers to draw the 'Jack and Sally' faces. My girls love 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' and were trilled with the new ornaments. NOTE: I did try with a general marker, but the ink just didn't show up solid enough.
Maybe the shoes for birthday's!
Thanks Pinterest for this

Friday, December 15, 2017

Winter Pocket Letter II

Now that I have some elements done, I have backed the cards with a sturdy card stock. Then I cut them carefully apart on the pencil lines. As you can see this immediately gives a different perspective. I can now see which cards will need some more details added in. I can do this with graphics, words, stamps, paint, really whatever I feel will suit the look I am after.
This is before I put it in the sleeve. It is okay, but not done yet.

This is the final letter, I added a 3-D 'WINTER' banner to the top, tag to the side and ribbons along the punched edge. NOTE: to send this in an envelope, I will undo the knots as they add unnecessary bulk. The recipient can tie them when she gets it. Also I will be stuffing the back with notes and goodies once I know who my swap out partner is.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Pocket Letter Inspiration

Where do You draw your ideas and inspiration from?
Like most Scrapbookers, I am always on the look out for a spark to launch into the next project. This 'blueprint' started with the idea, that I would scrapbook a series of photos I have snapped on my phone recently.
 I am one of those people without skills that will run to every window or deck around the house to get a photo of the moon. The full moon calls to me. I will pull over on the side of the road to try to capture its essence too. I never got them into a printer from my phone. I really did have every intention of doing a layout. However, this is what happened.
A trip to pinterest for the multiple mood board ideas.
I LOVE Pocket letters, I love the way they go together, the way they look, everything about them! The moon photo had so many layers of blue that I was searching for to launch from. This is a pocket letter beginnings post. The theme for this swap I am hosting at 'Paper Traders mail Art Group' is 'Winter'.
For the background I chose a paper placemat that suited the color pallet I needed. It doesn't matter that I am winter themed, but using a flower background. I cut it to work as a solid piece for the beginnings basically 8-1/2" x 10-1/2". You can see that I gridded it off into ATC size sections. This will help to position some of the elements before I cut them apart into individual cards.
Next I added some stamping and embossing for the background. Also gathered and made different elements that will be on the final work.
I used a crafters workshop 'aspen' template to get the tree outlines. Along with the cut off pieces from the placemat. The colors will match perfectly.  Then I fussy cut them and added inks for a more real looking treeline.
Check back next Friday to see how the end project came together!
See more of my pocket letters photos and tips HERE HERE HERE
Thanks Pinterest and Pinners!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Poppy and Branch 2017

Two of my favourite little people at Comicon this year. I didn't get to see them, but the Mom generously shares her photos with the Grandmother scrapper!
I used these cut outs from a package of Pillsbury cookie mix to embellish!