Thursday, July 30, 2009


I'm off this morning to Creating Keepsakes convention in Valley Forge, PA. I'll be assisting Grace in teaching her Flower Soft card classes and manning the vendor table in the Friday night crop. When I'm not working I'll be shopping, checking out the new products, and taking some classes myself. I can't wait to grab some of the Basic Grey June Bug line, and maybe some more Lemonade. I'll be back Sunday with some new ideas and inspiration.
I'm also looking forward to seeing all the new stuff coming out of CHA that is in Orlando this weekend. Basic Grey has some holiday lines that look good.
As I throw my toothbrush into my suitcase I can't help but think how things came together yesterday to aid me in getting on the road. I found my camera, a distressing tool I tore apart my scrap room for, and running out to pick up my granddaughter from tennis camp at the last minute saved me time and money in the long run. I give God the glory for orchestrating my life to His pleasure.

Friday, July 24, 2009

These two layouts feature my husband's cousins once removed and twice removed (I think that's the right relationship, his cousin's son and his cousin's grandson). Not that the exact relationship matters. It's Kai and his son Marcus visiting from New York before Marcus heads off to Norway to be with his Besta's (grandparents) for a holiday and Kai moves to Jordan for his job.

The first layout of Kai and Marcus is very simple, Amy Butler paper, kraft colored card stock, cream colored card stock and scalloped circles from kraft stock and a magazine. The rub on is from Basic Grey and buttons from a jar. I wanted to keep it simple since the next page is pretty busy. They will sit side-by-side in my scrapbook.

The right side is Kai and me, both sporting our hairless heads. More Amy Butler paper. I cut some paper in somewhat triangular shaped strips, curled the edges and stapled them together, overlapping, then onto the page to make a mat for the photo. I cut corrugated cardboard with my Sizzex and peeled off the top layer. I then added some paint. Flowers are also from a Sizzex die, peeled and painted, then layered with flowers from my stash. I painted a border around the entire page and made some painted swipes in which I wrote my journaling.


Friday, July 17, 2009

class samples

Some sample layouts for SDU, featuring Eden's preschool graduation.

First up is the use of four colors (quadratic) using the color wheel as the guide. It also features the use of punches to create the flower embellishments. Papers used are from Basic Grey's Phoebe line and Bazzill solids. The graduated flower punch is Marvy Uchida and brads from my stash.

The second set uses analogous colors from the color wheel. I started with the teal from the background paper(Me & My Big Ideas if I recall correctly) and the solid papers are Bazzill. Peace, love and an attitude of gratitude were computer generated and printed onto Bazzill and cut to create the title, which was also the theme of their graduation. Miscellaneous flowers and a Thicker chipboard hand pointing to Eden signing which I recolored with alcohol ink.

Third, the left side is a monotone layout using blues. I stamped one blue paper with ink a shade darker to create some interest. Again, Bazzill papers, Maya Road journal spot and My Little Yellow Bicycle stickers to embellish. Stamp--Club Scrap, ink, Stampin' Up!. The page next to it uses three colors, three butterflies, three photos, three felt ribbon pieces. Yes, the design tool of using threes. It is actually a pocket page. The program from the graduation is tucked in behind, not really a part of the page but kept as a memory. The patterned paper is Black Market, solid is Bazzill. I forget where I got the felt rick-rack. The felt butterflies are from Oriental Trading. I used an Inksentials white pen to write the journaling, "I thank AKWD for all the great hugs." -Eden Edwardson Oh yeah, I remember now. I didn't have quite enough rick-rack to go across the page three times so it is pieced. Why waste good rick-rack behind photos?

Last is triadic--at least on the right side it is. I set up the color wheel picking the orangy color from the My Little Yellow Bicycle Zinnia line. I then added the purple and green. I used the Slice to cut the letters and Sizzex dies to cut the scalloped circles. I used one of the circles to journal on. On the left is a matching page using more Zinnia paper. The lacy photo mat is actually a journal spot from the line and the chipboard backer with ribbon for Eden's name is really a coaster I cut down and rounded corners on. I happened to notice they were the same colors and voila, an embellishment was born!

Saturday, July 4, 2009


I've been working on lots of layouts for the SDU classes I hope will get going this fall as well as for Stacie and Gracie's and my own personal "Amazing Journey" scrapbook which is tracking some of my treatment over the seven months. Hopefully my son is fixing my computer so I can get some photos posted soon. I'm thankful for the loaner lap-top but I don't want to clutter it with my photos. Check back soon for some new project photos.