Scrapping My Little Man :)

I took some time a few weeks ago to create a few layouts of my little man. I will keep this post short and sweet, just wanted to share the pics. I used all Echo Park papers on these. They are my favorite line to scrap with for Weston. The first layout was done based on a sketch by Ashley Horton.
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I hope you all have a great weekend and a Happy Easter!

Guest Designer!

Good morning everyone! I was invited by my very talented friend Ashley as Guest Designer for her monthly Sketch It Out challenge over at Club CK. Ashley creates some really fun sketches and I always enjoy her challenges with the twist every month. This was the sketch that she sent me to work with:


And this was my take on the sketch:


Supplies used: Patterned paper, stickers, alphas, journaling card-Echo Park; Ink: Ranger; Tag: The Paper Studio; twine-unknown; Washi Tape: SEI; Tape: 7 Gypsies; Pen: American Crafts

Here is Ashley’s layout:



As you can see, a sketch can be interpreted in completely different ways! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Challenge Layout Catch Up!

How do y’all like my new blog design? I’ve been hard at work giving the page a little makeover!

I know I am not the only mom out there who is excited that school has resumed, right? 🙂 With all of the kids (but one) back in school I have been on a scrappy roll lately! I just wanted to do a quick post to show a few layouts that were done for a couple of Issue Challenges over at Club CK. I’ve been busy keeping up with those, as well as getting ahead on my DT work for Frosted Designs and Challenge Me Happy. I am looking forward to beginning my new terms with these great challenge blogs. Here is some of my latest work that I can show right now:

Issue Challenge–to use mini envelopes:

Supplies used-Patterned paper: Little Yellow Bicycle, Punch: Recollections, Pen: American Crafts


Issue Challenge-use outlining at least twice in your layout. This layout is a scraplift of a layout by Dina Wakley called “Glimpse” from Somerset Memories. It’s not an exact scraplift, but I like to give credit where it’s due! I love her work!


Supplies used-Cardstock: DCWV, Paint: Ranger, Stencil: Unknown & Studio Calico, Spray Mist: ARTC, Dylusions, Punch: EK Success, Recollections, Pen: American Crafts, Washi Tape: SEI, Stamps: Studio G


Supplies used-Patterned paper-Studio Calico, Crate Paper, Brads-The Paper Studio, Letters: American Crafts, Punch: Fiskars, Creative Memories, Frame: Heidi Swapp, Pen: American Crafts

And finally September’s Sketch It Out Challenge entry. I love Ashley’s sketches. Check out her blog and look at her adorable layouts. Here is my layout for her sketch:

Supplies used-Patterned paper and flags: Heidi Swapp, Pen: American Crafts, Punch: Fiskars, Letters: American Crafts, Cardstock: DCWV

Stay tuned next week for my Frosted Designs Team 1 reveal for the new term!
Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Gettin’ my scrap on :)

Got a few layouts to share today now that we are back from vacation. I finally think I have figured out how to consistently squeeze out some time for scrapping and other projects…I just quit going to bed a reasonable hour!
This first layout was for Erika’s Issue Challenge at Club CK last week. We had to use a monogram. I also had fun using my new Studio Calico hexagon mask, some mists, and fun Echo Park papers to complete this Easter layout. I also busted out some ancient chipboard from my stash and it matched perfectly!

Next up is one that I just did for fun. I had been wanting to scrap these photos for a while and I recently bought this beautiful new Carta Bella paper (a line I’ve never used before, but love)

This layout was done for my friend Ashley Horton’s Sketch it Out Challenge also at Club CK. I love Ashley’s sketches and I think this one is one of my favorites. As soon as I saw it I knew exactly which photo I wanted to use. This one came together super quick using some of my This and That by Echo Park and the cool little “Adore” folder from Heidi Swapp.

And last but not least, my favorite…it’s a layout for Weston documenting his very first vacation. It’s a hybrid layout that I did using multiple photos and lots of journaling. I used some really old curly paper clips and some baker’s twine to form the border around the layout. I submitted this one for this weeks’ Issue Challenge, which was to use paper clips. I recently bought a ton of new product, so I’m trying to incorporate a lot of old stash with the new stuff to help use it up.

I hope you all enjoy your weekend!!

An update on me and a few layouts in the midst of chaos….

Hi everyone! It’s been forever since I’ve had time to get scrappy. Lots going on here…it started with the end of the year stuff with Natalie and Macie—finishing up school, track meets, doctor appointments, camps, summer basketball league, dental appointments…you name it and I’ve done it. Sophie’s new school does not offer a summer program so she’s been at home with me all summer and that’s been interesting (ok, sort of stressful, I love her but she’s a bit of a high maintenance diva). A lot of times it’s hard to squeeze in any creative time when you are chasing 5 kids around (ok, mostly just 4 right now—even though Ashley is 20 now she’s still considered my kid 🙂 )She had the privilege of going to Brazil with the Study Abroad program through Texas A&M (where she goes to school) and had some exciting experiences. We’re hoping to work on a journal together documenting her time there. If we’re lucky, maybe she will let me share some of it with you guys here 🙂 Weston is crawling and so I am literally chasing him all over the place!

Anyhoo…I’ve realized that I just can’t do it all, as much as I’d like to, and so I really backed off the scrapping challenges and stuff and have been working on an art journal project that I’m hoping to submit for publication and working on my house. When we first bought this house, it was an investment property that we were going to just rehab and resell. In a funny turn of events, I actually fell in love with the place (usually not a danger in our line of work–I’m sort of picky LOL) and we decided to keep this one for ourselves and move in. Suddenly white walls and wall to wall tile were not good enough. We really rushed to move in, so I hadn’t really decorated or even finish unpacking all of the boxes even though it’s been 10 months. I’ve been redecorating the twin’s room, our master bedroom and bath, the dining room, the laundry room, and the living room. It’s been a blast turning this house into our home and I’m really happy with what I’ve done so far. I plan on sharing some pics when things are done.

Now onto my scrappy bits 🙂 This first layout is for my friend Ashley Horton’s July Sketch It Out Challenge. I am a big fan of Ashley’s sketches and layouts, and was really inspired by her sketch this month. I dug into one of my past kits from Scarlet Lime for the goodies, I believe most of the paper is American Crafts. I also used some rub ons and a stitch stamp that I found and had never used, as well as a mask and mist (part of the “twist” in the challenge) I am also submitting this layout for the *thinking through design* blog’s “thought” on grounding. I used the dark color strip as a way to ground the picture of Sophie against the white background with the misting. Here I feel like the mask/mist combo also helps ground the layout in general by appearing in both corners and tying the entire layout together. Here is my layout:

This next layout is for this week’s sketch challenge over at Let’s Get Sketchy. I never do anything diagonal, so I thought it would be fun to try this one out. Here’s my layout using some Simple Stories paper that I got as a gift from Ashley Horton when Weston was born.

I hope everyone is well, and that I am able to find some more time in the next few weeks to share some more of my projects. I’ve missed all of my wonderful scrappy friends!

Scrap Challenges and the return of my scrapping mojo? :)

Hi everyone! Well, after a scrapping drought I think I finally have been able to get back into scrapping mode over the past weekend. With all of the stress going on with all of the kids, it really is relaxing for me to have time to let myself be creative (even with Weston pooping and eating every hour–or so it seems, and Sophie crawling all over the back of my chair and cutting up scraps of paper and “reorganizing” my brad stash under my feet). So…this post you will be seeing a lot of pics of the kids for spring. Every year my father in law hosts a big Easter party at their ranch and it’s the perfect setting to take spring pics of the kids. This first layout is of all of my “ducks” and it was done based off of a sketch by my friend and talented scrapper, Ashley Horton. She is hosting a Sketch It Out challenge at Club CK every month.

Next up is a layout I did using a sketch from Creative Scrappers. I was going to link it up, but I’m not totally thrilled with how it came out. I may re-work this one later one.

The next layout was done for two challenges. One is for ScrapFit Workout #66, which is to use the color combination of cherry, mint, and sand. I really love how this layout turned out. I also used the sketch this week from Let’s Get Sketchy. I’ve played along a couple of times with them and I really loved this sketch.

OK, last up for this ridiculously long post (sorry), is my layout using a sketch by Diana for her Blogiversary. I had the privilege of designing with Diana at Sketchy Thursdays before they shut down earlier this year. Every now and then she is still putting sketches out there and of course I couldn’t resist.

Well that’s it for layouts for today 🙂 Stay tuned though, I have a few (I think) awesome layouts I’ve done for Frosted Designs that will be coming up in the next few weeks, as well as my card I submitted for Frosted Designs and the Mother’s Day Blog Hop the first weekend of May. Enjoy your day!!!

Challenge Layouts :)

This has been a challenging week in more ways than one, but I was able to squeeze in a couple of layouts by working a little bit at a time. The first one is for the new sketch site Let’s Get Sketchy. I used my new Authentique Genuine paper pack to show off Weston and Opa hanging out at Chuck E. Cheese.



The next layout is for Erika’s Issue Challenge over at Club CK. The challenge was to scrap a special friendship. Sophie and Shelby have been best friends since they first met 2 years ago at Mother’s Day Out. I got a lot of the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan collection in my February Scarlet Lime kit so I used that on this layout.



The last page I did is for Ashley’s Sketch it Out Challenge at Club CK. We had to use her sketch, and as an added twist we had to use chevron, woodgrain, or hexagons. I used chevron and woodgrain. This page documents Weston’s first smile 🙂


Thanks for looking and enjoy your weekend!! TGIF!!