You Shine! Layout

Hi friends,

I am finally managing to post a scrapbook layout.  On Monday I hurt my hip terribly.  I tried to post on Tuesday and Wednesday but our internet wouldn’t connect with my computer.  Today I win!  😀

An awesome layout for an awesome guy!

I saw a layout with a similar idea on Pinterest.  It was with hearts and was different in some ways but it gave me the idea for this layout.

First I punched a circle with the biggest circle punch that I have on a piece of cardstock.  Then I punched a circle around a blown up picture of Tim skating with the second biggest circle punch that I have.  I adhered it to a piece of flashy green cardstock and then adhered it behind the circle in the cardstock.  I started a circle around the picture with tiny gold enamel dots.  I then went to a larger size enamel dots that were black and gold.  The next step were with stars.  I continually adhered bigger and bigger ones.  Finally I ended up with the awesome bling stars.  After the biggest star I continued around the circle with the words “You SHINE!!”.

In the bottom left corner of the page I put a small picture of the same picture (I had adhered it to the flashy green cardstock, too) so that a lot more of the skate park was shown.

I added the date with stickers in the bottom right corner and a camera sticker in the top right corner.

A really fun layout!

Thanks for visiting today!

God bless!


Industrial Scrapbooking Using Metal Tape and Embossing Tools

Hi friends,

This is an exciting post for me.  This is how I made the beginning layouts for my son’s senior year scrapbook.  I had seen a video that was similar in some ways and had been thinking of making these layouts for several months.  I was waiting to go to KS so that my friend, Terri, and I could do these awesome layouts together.  Below is the video of us making one of the layouts and the pictures of the layouts.  Please watch the video and take a look at the awesome pictures below.

Tim’s announcement page.

Such awesome layouts!

Thanks for stopping by!  God bless you and yours!

Shirtless Matthew


Another cute layout has been completed.  This boy is photogenic!  🙂  I am an unbiased grandma – ha ha!

My cute dude!

This decorative piece of paper was from a Carnival Cruise line packet.  I didn’t want it to say carnival and I didn’t want it to show a fancy drink that was on the page by the palm tree.

The first thing that I did was to trim around the chair and the palm tree leaf where I new that I wanted it to hang over the mat that I was going to put Matthew’s pics on.  I used my X-acto knife.  I matted Matthew’s pics and then put them on the decorative paper. I adhered the part of the chair that I had trimmed around and the leaf that I had cut around to the mat.   I added a border strip on the mat, too. I used another smaller palm tree sticker and a monkey sticker to cover up the fancy drink.  I added a pair of sunglasses on top of the chair and then I also added a little starfish sticker to the bottom right corner.

A cute page was born!

God  bless!

See you tomorrow (I hope).

Matthew – Of Course

Hi friends,

Hope you are having an awesome Friday and have a wonderful weekend ahead.  I have another amazing layout for Matthew’s overdue album.  (Don’t you love all the adjectives that I am using?)

This is my summertime sweetie!

This is a lot like yesterday’s layout.  I plan for them to be next to each other in the album.  I cut out the center of the frames with the X-acto knive (just like yesterday).  I adhered the photos by putting a thin layer of adhesive around the edges of the fronts of the photos.  I then adhered them to the page (making sure they were where I wanted them before pushing them down.  I added cute word stickers to the top of each frame.  I put a decorative card on the bottom left side of the page.  The only other thing that I did was add the month and year on the top right corner of the page with alpha/numeric stickers.  It is really important to add dates and ages throughout albums.  We always think that we will remember things but our brains can only hold so much information.  🙂

More tomorrow!

God bless!

Abby’s Birthday! (and Matthew)

Hello my favorite crafters,

Today is more traditional scrapping on Matthew’s album.  It is a good day!

Abby’s birthday pictures with her bro.

Today I used a page from the scrapbook album that I bought for Matthew.  Instead of covering up the photo frames on the page.  I cut out the center of them using an X-acto knife.  Using that knife is a skill that you get better at with practice.  It definitely looks easier than it is.  After cutting out the middle of the frames I put adhesive all around the edges of the front of the pictures.  I made sure they were in just the correct position before adhering them to the paper.

To finish up the page I added a PL card with to the top left corner of the paper and put alpha stickers that say “Abby’s” and a sticker that says “day”.  I also put three large dot stickers below it (to bring together the page since the cake has dots on it).  I also added a cake sticker.  It is supposed to look like a cake with fondant icing (it smelled REALLY bad).  I put yellow dots on the cake.  I added candles to the top and a sticker that says “fun” to the top layer of the cake.  Last but not least I put a big sticker with the number 7 on it since it was Abby’s 7th birthday.

Fun layout for fun kids!

God bless!

A Terri Page

Hi friends,

My buddy, Terri, always has fun scrapbook pages.  She sent me a picture of a recent one that she did.  She used some of her Christmas cards to make it an awesome layout.

A fun way to use Christmas cards.

Terri used a punch to create the page and to make it go quicker than if she fussy cut it.  This is her daughter in the picture and her family.  It is a great picture.  Framing the picture with some of the paper that the hexagons were made from really pull the page together.  I love the little elves and then the “joy” hexagons.

Thanks Terri!  Another great layout!

God bless!

Matthew Attends (3) Vacation Bible Schools (VBS)

Hi traditional scrappers and Matthew fans,

Today, and the next handful of days at least, I am going to be trying to finish up Matthew’s album.  Why the rush?  I want to get going on Tim’s album(s).  I would like them to be done before graduation.  But….considering Project Life and real life – that may not happen.  After I finish last years PL I might stop until after his graduation or until I get his albums done.  I need a best buddy who loves to scrapbook in my neck of the woods to help me in my time of need.  😉

I remember before Ben’s graduation my mom and sister came one night and helped me scrap so that his albums would be finished.  I am so glad to have that memory since they are both with Jesus now.

So….here is Matthew at VBS this summer.  He actually went to 3 of them (Abby 4) because our church didn’t have VBS and (we were in the local high school at that time) we found all the Vacation Bible Schools in the area that would take four year olds.  Abby went to another one because she had went to it the previous year and loved it.  Matthew was too young for that program.

Matthew had a wonderful time (except he didn’t enjoy the singing part).

I found this beachy paper (very thin) that I used as my background paper.  I trimmed pictures and matted them and trimmed around the matting.  I figured out where I wanted the pictures and adhered them (except the one under the sun).  I wanted all the sun rays to show so I trimmed the rays with an x-acto knife.  It’s blade was dull so it wasn’t a real clean cut but it still looks awesome.  Of course I found new blades after finishing the layout.  I adhered the last picture to the page and the rays to the picture.  I then adhered his name tag (got to save the ephemera) to the page and wrote about the experience on the bottom of the tag with a slick writer.  I had two different kinds of letter stickers that were orange and about the same size to put the letters “vbs” on the page.    I think it turned out awesome!

Can’t wait to scrap more tomorrow!

God bless!

Alligator Time

Hi guys!

Every time that friends come down I have to take them to the Savannah Wildlife Refuge and get my alligator fix.  It is a free activity that is really awesome.  To make this layout  stand out with a subtle “trick” I used a texture plate that looks like leather (like alligator skin).

The texture plate, stylus, and mat that I was working on.

The texture plate, stylus, and mat that I was working on.

Using texture plates does require quite a bit of hand work.  My hand does get pretty tired.  Since I was using the texture on the picture mats only about 1/2″ of the paper would be showing all the way around.  Since it is so tiring I just created texture on the outer edges and not on the part that the picture would be covering.  To use these you just lay the paper over the plate and rub the stylus over the paper.

Finished layout.

Finished layout.

Besides adding texture to the mats this page was very easy.  I layered and attached the matted photos.  I then added two stickers and a sticker journaling tag.  To finish the page I wrote on the tag.

Hope you are having a wonderful June!

God bless!


Wrapping Up a Layout

Hi guys!

I actually squeezed in a layout (the real kind of good ol’ traditional scrapbooking).  I wanted to add something different and I looked through some ideas that I had torn out of old magazines.  Here is what I did.

The beginning of a cute layout.

The beginning of a cute layout.

I punched a circle out of white cardstock and then punched another smaller circle in the center of that.  I made three of the “almost circles”.

Wrapping the "almost" circles.

Wrapping the “almost” circles.

I then added a little bit of adhesive to one complete side of the “almost” circles and then I started wrapping ribbon around – all the way around.  After I was through wrapping I attached the end to the back of the “almost circle” with quick dry adhesive.  I did this three times with three different types of ribbon.  The one shown (most flexible) did the best.

One of the "almost" circles completed.

One of the “almost” circles completed.

All three completed.

All three completed.

I then put the layout together.

Newborn, Lily, with all of her info included on the page.

Newborn, Lily, with all of her info included on the page.

I started with a premade page and used the area for the picture as the mat for Lily’s picture.  I then cut out a piece of scrap paper and attached it  to the left side of the layout.  Finally, I attached all the circles with quick dry adhesive.  I gave them plenty of time to dry.  I added Lily’s info into the circles after drying time was complete.  In the first circle I put the day she was born.  In the second circle I put the time she was born.   In the third circle I put her weight and measurements.  I used a piece of measuring tape ribbon (it almost had the feel of a real measuring tape) for that third circle.  The only thing time consuming about this layout was the “almost circles”.  Really cute and not difficult.

God bless!


Zipping Along

Hi friends,

I am on a scrapbook high right now.  I just finished an awesome layout.

Tim - skateboarding.

Tim – skateboarding.

I really love this layout!  I knew I wanted a chunky zipper and I knew that it was for a 12″x12″ album.  I couldn’t find one at Walmart so I settled for the next size smaller.  I adhered it to yellow cardstock (didn’t work so well) and then I turned the paper over and punched holes where I  wanted to hand stitch the zipper on.  It wasn’t real neat but I think the hand stitching added a lot to the layout.  I’m not going to lie – it wasn’t easy to push the needle through the zipper and the cardstock.  I don’t think I could have done it without punching the holes  beforehand.

The back side of the hand sewn on zipper.

The back side of the hand sewn on zipper.

I wrapped both ends of the zipper onto the back of the page and sewed them down with the first/last stitches.

After the zipper was attached to the yellow cardstock I matted the photos and attached them to the cardstock.  I then added the title using two different alpha stickers.  I thought both of them showed a lot of movement.  I then added a skateboard sticker that I have had for years.  I attached the whole piece of cardstock with everything on it to a decorative piece of cardstock with a lot of arrows all over it.

I am just so thrilled with how this page turned out.  When I go to KS in about three weeks, my friend Terri is going to have a zipper page, and we are going to create one or two together while making a You Tube video.  I will eventually attach that video to this post.  I will probably make another post that shows all the new zipper pages , too.

Well, that is it for now!  Have a fabulous Wednesday and God bless!