Tuesday, July 24, 2012


For those "one little worders" out there, here's my word for the year:  grow.  I am not participating in the class, however I have taken time to interact with my word to help identify and focus on specific areas in my life that I want to see change.  I need to grow.

I started with four 4" square canvases that I picked up at Michaels.  I used papers and cardstock stickers from Echo Park's This & That line.  I love greens and earthy tones so these papers caught my eye.  And yes, grow sounds green to me.  :)  

Of course I used Distress ink on all the edges of my papers and elements.  I die cut the flourishes and used some Pebbles candy dots to play them up.  The cardstock sticker sheet included the negative frames and I thought they looked great with the yellow striped background and Pink Paislee Cocoa Cushie alphas.  I used bits and pieces from my stash to finish out each canvas.  You'll also notice some tiny alphas on each canvas that spell out areas that I want to grow in:  faith, relationships, confidence and love.  This word has helped me focus in on what kinds of things are important and what activities, events, commitments that I don't need to focus my attention on.  

The beautiful beaded tree on the "g" panel was made by my friend Sasha.  I had told her about my word and the fact that when I saw the word in my head, I immediately picture a tree.  Not only do I see the branches and leaves but I also see how deep the roots go as I grow.  She really listened as I talked about wanting to grow and the next time I saw her, she had created this incredible tree from wire, and green faceted beads.  This looks so much more amazing in person and it really captures the idea both of what you see in my growth--greenery, what you don't--the roots.  

Mini canvases are so much fun to work on.  You can use lots of scraps and bitsy pieces to complete them.  Give one a try!


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

future scrapbooker

My adorable granddaughter, once again.  Last Christmas I was cutting felt pieces on my Sizzix while I was playing sick-baby day care center.  Dinara is very observant and she watched me turn the handle and when I stopped and turned my back she crawled on over and started turning the handle like a pro.  I snapped a couple of pics of her knowing they'd land on a layout at some point..

I used My Mind's Eye papers here, layered in some Bella Blvd washi tape and played with some hand-cut hexagons.  Otherwise I kept it real simple to showcase D.  I plan to encourage her to become a scrapper in her future.  :)


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

the prettiest flower

I just completed this layout featuring my granddaughter Eden on our day out to the Philadelphia Flower Show, in March of this year.  Without realizing, her mother had sent her in a colorful dress that stood out beautifully in all the tropical greenery of the Hawaiian themed show.

I had the My Mind's Eye Lime twist paper from last summer.  I've been hoarding it actually, as I love the pinks, violets and greens in the paper.  I made good use of the double sided paper and used a scrap of pink to mat the photo.  The alphas are October Afternoon, another fave.  The bling flower is ZVA and the butterflies and brads were leftovers from other projects.

I have tons more pics from the day, I just need to decide--a couple more layouts or a mini-album.  Hmmm....


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

my prayer for you

My baby girl moved half-way across the country last December.  Her birthday, June 15th, was a time of reflection for me.  I miss her like crazy.  She is fiercely independent and calls when she can, but it isn't enough for me.  Did I mention that I miss her?  I created this layout using a photo she posted after she moved and cut her hair.  New city, new look?

I used Teresa Collins Fabrications patterned papers, chipboards, and brads, Bazill solid purple card stock, Want 2 Scrap bling, and distress ink and glassine envie from Tim Holtz Ranger and idea'ology lines.  I ran the envelope through my Sizzix with a Cuttlebug swiss dot folder for texture and created the dimensional flowers using several layers of punched papers fastened together with a brad and then crumpled for texture.  The tag in the envelope holds my prayers for my daughter.