Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year's Intentions

I love how Ali Edwards promotes the idea of "intentions" vs. "resolutions." For some reason, resolutions tend to intimidate me a bit more... I have that fear of failure and all, ya know? ;)

I loved the numbered list die cut paper in the December kit, and thought it was perfect for my list of intentions for 2009!

(That picture of me in the layout was taken by the great Katie B!)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Have a wonderful.......

I just want to wish all of you a very Happy Holiday! This year has been amazing and I really appreciate all of your support! I hope there are many kits for the future. This is a fun way to scrapbook. I hope you have a safe week and spend some wonderful moments with your families!
God Bless.....

P.S. I made this card with the round paper. I just cut a portion of it to place on the card, the tulle for the top and the fabulous MM Falala glitter letters!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Claudine Hellmuth Tutorial

This would be really cute to make with this month's Scripts kit!

Click here

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sweet True Love

This kit has some vintage items in it! I really enjoyed playing with them! Gretchen found us some old music sheets and graciously gave them to me to use for this kit! When I was in Tennessee at my Mom's house, I found these post cards. They are replicas of old snowman postcards! They are all different, so, you will get one that is unique to your kit! I also found some railroad car tickets. So many sweet elements to add to your page!

We were at Connor's Dad's house for Thanksgiving last week and there were some old pictures floating around. I got my hands on them and couldn't believe my fortune! They were of Grandmother Farmer, she is 98! Several of them were of her and Grandaddy Bill! They were the cutest couple! Most were taken in the 40's, he was in the war. I can't wait to use more of them on layouts. There are some great stories that need to be told! Their love was so sweet. She would send him pictures and write notes on the back, reminding him of what they were doing and of their memories! is a scrapbookers dream! She was so funny looking at them and telling us they were supposed to be private, but grinning the entire time! Treasure.......truly a treasure!

I thought this postcard was a great indication of their playfulness! I have pictures of her in a grass skirt and a bikini! I'll try and get those on a layout, soon! So fun and happy!

Quick & Easy Gifts

You may have seen me do these before; they are such a quick & easy way to make a personalized gift for someone!

I just use the small $1 photo albums and take out the cardboard covers inside, and make my own.

We gave these to my kids' mother's day out teachers today, and they just loved them!

(I added the '08 stickers from my stash.)

You can tell I used roughly the same design on all three to make it easy on making them.

I learned how to make this little Christmas tree out of a scalloped circle punch from a video on youtube. You can see it here: [Video Tutorial]

I am totally addicted. I love 'em!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

More Dec. Kit fun

And now a break from our regularly scheduled Christmas themed layouts.

The colors in this month's kit were perfect for a layout about the fun we had at Jim Davenports!  To make the letters pop, I traced around them with a black pen.  That really helps them stand out from a busy background.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Countin' it down!

I got this kit out to the designer's earlier this month and I actually had some time to work on it, too! I loved it! I love Christmas and love to create this time of year. It is so inspiring! I was in Atlanta this weekend and told my husband we needed to go into PotteryBarn kids/Teen just for inspiration. He laughed at me. After about 5 minutes, he actually said I was right, HE was inspired! It might have had something to do with the guitars. He has been rocking out to Guitar Hero on the Wii. I mean, he is addicted. He plays it during commercials, as soon as he gets home from work, after he puts the kids to's hilarious!

So, I created this countdown to Christmas for my kiddos. I had this wood picture frame at the beach. I thought it would work great for a countdown, it has two openings and it is about 2 inches thick. So, it stands on it's own or it will hang on the wall. I toyed with the idea of putting something special for us to do each day in the bottom opening, but.......too much pressure! I found this adorable picture of John Connor with his first visit to Santa and love the way it reminds me of what Christmas is through a child's eyes! He's so innocent. Not caring about the materialistic side of this holiday. Just the magic! I love the magic!

The bird is in the journal tags from Jenni Bowlin. They are in the add-on kit. Some Prima flowers for the wing and I added some of the Queen and Co. pearls. Those things are fabulous! I think I used every one of them on something!

I added this pic just because it has my favorite Santa in it! I can remember pulling him out every year when I was little. He is such a pretty Santa! My Mom gave him to me when I got my own house. It really is one of my favorite gifts. I probably need to tell her that. I don't know if I ever have!

Monday, December 8, 2008

For unto us....

I made vintage inspired flowers by cutting a long strip of paper, accordian folding it, and then twisting it into a circle. I topped off the area I attached it together with a small circle of paper and some of the elegant green pearls.

I added black tulle to the top, because I used up the other tulle in the kit already! I loved layering the wings, stamped image, pearls, and MM glitter letters.
This strip of Hambly I folded and coaxed to look more textured... there are a lot of little glue dots holding that sucker on!
I ran out of a few letters since I had used them on another project, but I just cut out the negative space and filled it up with the glitter glue.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

pictures of the kit and add on...

Ha! Sorry about the It post. Who knows where that was going. I know I meant to insert the pictures of the kit and the add ons! So, how about I do that now? Don't forget to scroll down after looking at these pictures. Virginia made the cutest cone decoration with the kit. I want one!! This kit is a mix of whimsy, glitter, vintage and so many fun extra embellishments. I hope you love it as much as I did!Supplement 1
Supplement 2 Glitter glue! Have you ever used this? I love it! I usually use it on my Christmas cards. I will desaturate my picture so that it looks hand-tinted. Print on paper and then add this glitter to the highlighted spots. For instance, you can put it on a santa hat on the furry parts. Or, you can add it to an ornament or something christmasy! The glitter is all that shows up and it adds so much to your card or layout!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Christmas Cone Decor

Okay, so I can finally show y'all what I made this weekend with the beautiful December kit!

I started by using the turquoise Scenic Route paper and rolling it into a cone, and then I cut the white doily in half and adhered it on. The backside of the cone isn't too pretty- I left all the ends fairly raw back there, because I knew no one would see it. If you are making one that you know people will see the back side, I might wrap the doily all the way around and layer it.

I also cut a strip off of the Scenic Route paper that has the green polka dots on it- tore the bottom edge and then adhered it on the top. Red gorgeous trim goes on top of that. Then embellish with tulle and other little bits! I filled mine with seasonal greenery from my Grams' yard (including sage & thyme- it smells so good!), but you could also fill it with little goodies, Christmas ornaments, gifts, etc. This would look really cute hanging on a doorknob too!


Monday, December 1, 2008

December Kit Sneak Peek!

I made the most fun little decoration for my house...

but you guys have to wait a few more days to see the whole thing.



Wednesday, November 26, 2008

First Thanksgiving

I finally scrapped these pics of Em's First Thanksgiving... I (of course) cannot believe that just three years ago she was this little chubby baby.

I used an October Pagemap sketch for the basic design on here... I love using a sketch when I feel stuck in a rut with my own ideas!
I just loved that I could make my own pile of leaves under the die cut tree. :)
I didn't need the word "Life" on the stamp from the kit, so I just inked half of the stamp and stamped it above and below the title.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

A Layout with some Geese in it

My husband made so much fun of this layout.  He said the pic of Virge and me was too dorky.  Its just how we are.  I layered the bird cage transparency over the piece of Basic Grey.  I can't take total credit for this.  It just happened to be ordered that way in my kit.  Anyway, I liked the color scheme and went with it.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thankful Candles and Pumpkin

I wanted to make some Thanksgiving gifts for my kids' Mother's Day Out teachers and their Sunday School teachers, so I used this month's kit to decorate some yummy pumpkin spice candles and make a little paper pumpkin.

These candles take about 15 minutes (if even that!) to make. I just cut a strip that wraps around the candle, tied a strip of fabric around it, and adhered on the velvet leaves, handcut paper leaves, and a mini-tag embellished with a flourish from the Making Memories glitter alpha stickers.
I used a pumpkin tutorial by my friend Greta (found here) to make this mini pumpkin out of paper. I changed the dimensions to 6" strips and I used about 17 strips. It was super easy.
I loved how the shimmer on the cardstock really adds a special touch to the pumpkin, and the little wine tag was perfect for this gift! I hand cut leaves and added "veins" in them with the glitter glue. Fun stuff! I can't wait to give these little gifts to their teachers!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

This is my niece in NY. Sigh... I so wish I was there right now.
Aren't those velvet leaves to die for?

Just a Little Layout with the November Kit : )

I love all the glittery goodness in the November kit!  Glitter paper, actual glitter fun!  I also LOVE the shimmery copper cardstock I used for the base of this layout.  I got "Tagged" last week on my blog and had to write 6 random things about myself.  So, I printed the post out and included it in the layout.  The brown sparkle paper behind the first picture is actually a little pouch that holds the journaling.  Sneaky, aren't I?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Blog Contest and Giveaway!

Blog Contest & Giveaway!

This is gonna be fun.....and easy!
Follow the few simple rules, and you can be entered to win a November Scripts Kit and the Supplement!
1. Check out the Scripts Blog HERE
2. Post a link on your blog about the giveaway contest we are having!
3. Add the Scripts link and logo on your sidebar
4. Come back to the Scripts Blog and let us know that you've done it, and you will be automatically entered!

BONUS: If you have friends that play too, and in the comments on the Scripts Blog, they tell us that they found out about it from YOUR blog, you will both get an additional entry!

Good Luck, and happy blogging!

**Contest Ends November 20th!

November Scripts Kit

The change of seasons is so beautiful! We found some gorgeous fall papers for this kit. I'm sure we all have pictures of the beautiful changing leaves. I hope you all still have some! We do here in the south, but I know they go quickly up north! I think we are having an unseasonably cold Fall. Lately it has been in the 60s and we're not used to that! We usually don't get really cool weather until December and sometimes January!! I hope you enjoy the pictures of this gorgeous kit. Keep watching for the designers to put up their layouts and projects. Virginia already whipped out that cute photo album. I know they all are working on the kit and will be posting periodically!

We added this fun swirl glitter glue. It is a 1.7 oz. bottle of brown and gold glitter glue! It has a pointed tip, so the glue comes out just where you want it! I can't wait to play with it and see what the other girls come up with! I will get the picture of the supplement together tomorrow! It has been a BUSY day today!

Monday, November 10, 2008

November Memory Album

Ooooh this month's kit is a GOOD one!

I busted it out tonight to make this mini photo album.

I removed the inside covers from a basic plastic photo album, and then cut new insides for the cover out of some of the patterned paper in the kit.

Then the embellishing commenced! Everything on the actual paper is protected by the clear plastic album cover...

I finished it off by using the stretchy ribbon band to hold the album shut, and then tied on a little tag with some fiber.

Monday, November 3, 2008

The End of an Era

These papers were great from my Harry Potter book 7 release pics... I've had them sitting here since last summer to scrap, and now they're finally recorded!

I made the flower by cutting the petals up and making a more dimensional flower; I added felt, brads, and a ribbon leaf.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Knock........We have Good Candy!

I always wanted to go to the houses with the "good candy" when I was a trick-or-treater, so I try to pride myself in having "good candy" at our house!

I usually do Reese's Cups, or M&M's and one year........I went all out, and did Krispy Kreme! No joke! It was a good year!

So, I thought this little door sign would be a great reminder of how much fun we can have with this silly little holiday!

And, heck, if you want to, bring your kiddos by.......I will have Good Candy!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Halloween Mini

I am obsessed with these messy little mini books. I used most of the supplies from the Oct scripts kit and the Accucut to create this little book that is ready for this year's Halloween pics! I used my Crop-a-dile and some Bind-It-All wire to make the binding. Also, I took "bites" out of the edges of the pages with a scalloped punch. I'll post some updated pics of the album when I get pictures of my little gouhls .