Scrapping with Straight Pins

I’ve had a set of decorative straight pins for several months but I have never scrapped with them.  I get an email every day from a website called Peachy Cheap.  They have a daily special.  I have ordered from them a few times.  Last week they had 5 packages of decorative straight pins.  They were a very good price and I couldn’t resist.  Once they arrived I had to finally start using the pins on my layouts.

Love the pics of my kids and love the look of the pins.

Love the pics of my kids and love the look of the pins.

I wrapped yarn around a sticker that I had mounted onto decorative paper.  I ran a dot runner across the back of the decorative paper to have the yarn stay put.  I then wove the straight pins into the yarn.  I added a little bit of adhesive to the backside of the head of each pin (just to make sure they stayed put).  Love, love love!

God bless you on this fine fall day!

Birthdays Galore!

Today is my oldest grandson’s 8th birthday.  My children and grandchildren are such wonderful gifts from above!  You want the best for them and your heart soars when things are going their way and it hurts when things aren’t.  As a parent and grandparent you also learn to pray like you’ve never prayed before.  God is good.

This week was also my youngest son’s 15th birthday.  He is such a good kid.  I can’t wait to see what life has in store for him.

Tim with 15 candles.

Tim with 15 candles.

Tim in Batman PJs from one of his grandparents.

Tim in Batman PJs from one of his grandparents.

Diego finding a comfy place to bask in the sun.  Yes, we have a lot of boxes to unpack still.

Diego finding a comfy place to bask in the sun. Yes, we have a lot of boxes to unpack still.

Our week involved a lot of unpacking, school, and work BUT we did have a few moments to celebrate the lives of those we love.

Take the time to celebrate your loved ones – even if it isn’t their birthdays.

God bless!

 

 

 

 

Quilting a Page

I wanted to make this layout for quite sometime.  What I needed to make it was a triangle punch.  It was not a triangle where you cut a square in half.  It was a pendant triangle.  I could have made it by cutting squares and finding the middle of the square and cutting towards the outside edge, twice.  But I decided to buy the punch.  Pendants are really popular right now so I know it will get used a lot.

Several times I had my coupon in hand and went to different craft stores.  No luck.  No punch.  I even went to the expensive craft stores where they don’t have coupons.  No luck.  No punch.  Finally I found them on Amazon Prime.  I have a Kindle so I buy my books off of Amazon.  Amazon Prime does have a yearly membership fee but they also have free shipping.  So worth it.  Finally, stamp in hand I made this layout.  Keep in mind that this isn’t quite what I envisioned because I am just starting to get my scrapbook room set up.  For instance, no clue where my magnetic ruler is.  It would have been really handy with this project.  I eyeballed the whole page.  Don’t judge me!  LOL

So, this is a great layout to get rid of scraps.  I punched a bunch of triangles out of scraps.  I then started adhering them to the background paper in order.  If I ran out of a particular triangle, I found another piece of scrap paper and punched several out.  I then adhered it on the page, replacing the triangle scraps that I ran out of.  There were several places where triangles were hanging off the page.  After I completed the page I turned the paper over and trimmed the edges.  At the top there was a strip of white paper left.  I put a strip of decorative paper over it and used it to write my title on.

My page before I trimmed the edges.

My page before I trimmed the edges.

I then matted the photos that I wanted to scrap and adhered them to the page.  Lots of fun!  Can’t wait to get my room set up!

Easter traditions.  There are a lot more.  Going to church, sunrise service....They have changed over the years.

Easter traditions. There are a lot more. Going to church, sunrise service….They have changed over the years.

Hope your fall day is lovely!

God bless!

 

Thanks for the Great Idea!

When I was in KS this summer I took a picture of a cute and practical page idea that my friend, Terri, used.  It allowed her to put a lot more pictures on the page.

Terri's page with a lot of pictures on it.

Terri’s page with a lot of pictures on it.

Flipping through the "extra" pictures on Terri's layout.

Flipping through the “extra” pictures on Terri’s layout.

Terri and her hubby went on a LONG ride on their motorcycle.  They took a lot of pictures along the way.  Terri used photo sleeves to put her pics in.  She covered the top with a ribbon and then attached everything with brads.  A fun idea to have a lot of pictures on one page.  Thanks, Ter.

Hope you got to go out and enjoy the great USA this summer.

God bless!

 

 

One More Day of Corking

Today I have one more idea to add spunk to cork embellishments.  You can add brads and eyelets to cork embellishments.  I just used brads today.

Julie being sweet!  What a cutie!

Julie being sweet! What a cutie!

I trimmed one of the pictures because it had empty space and it was covering a sweet arm.  I matted both pictures and then adhered them.  I added the cork stickers and added a couple of brads to each  I then wrote name, date taken, and age to the mats.

So cute!

Hope your day is awesome!

God bless!

 

And Yet Again…..Cork

Hi friends,

I have a few more days of corky (lol) ideas.  Today I inked the front of the cork and then I inked the edges with black ink.  Changing the color of the cork really gave the cork stickers a lot of texture.  I thought this texture really came through on cork stickers where I used the lighter color of pink.

My sister in a jumper that my mom sewed.  My mom was an excellent seamstress.

My sister in a jumper that my mom sewed. My mom was an excellent seamstress.

I am using pictures of my layout that I took with my camera.  We have the computer at our new home and the printer/scanner at the old apartment.  Hopefully in the next few days everything will be in one place.

What a cutie!  Cute layout, too!

Hope your day is wonderful!  Be a blessing!

God bless!

Busy Week!

Hi friends,

This has been another busy week.  The scrapbook room is just now STARTing to be set up.  The house looks messier than when the week started but a lot of boxes have been unpacked.  Also, we’ve gotten two quotes for having the lower level of our house painted, Terminex has came to protect our home from pests (including termites), the cable/internet man has came, and I took Tim to a new doctor (very pleased with our first visit).

A fun part of the week was we had more friends visit.  Our CA friends left Saturday morning.  Our FL friends arrived Saturday afternoon!  We went to a restaurant called The Pirates’ House in Savannah.  Yummy, fun, and history all in one!

Brad trying to be a pirate in the gift store at The Pirates' House.

Brad trying to be a pirate in the gift store at The Pirates’ House.

Tim and one of our friends from FL.

Tim and one of our friends from FL.

 

Tim is making new friends at school and in the neighborhood.  He has been skateboarding every night.  His shoes show the wear and tear.  😉

One of Tim's shoe showing the wear and tear from skateboarding so much.  We got these just before school started.  As a pirate would say - AARRGGHH!

One of Tim’s shoe showing the wear and tear from skateboarding so much. We got these just before school started. As a pirate would say – AARRGGHH!

That is our week in a little more than a nutshell.  Hope yours was fantastic!

God bless!

 

More Cork

Another cork idea:  Sew around the edges of the cork shapes.  They are pretty thin so be careful pulling the thread through or it will tear the holes out.  You don’t need to pre punch the cork.  The needle goes easily through.

I mounted the sewed cork shape with pop dots.

Julie's dance recital.

Julie’s dance recital.

For this page I mounted the picture on decorative paper.  I had to trim the picture because there was damage.  I then adhered it to the background paper.  I trimmed down a birthday card that my wonderful friend, Bonnie, made me.  I then sewed the butterfly shape and adhered it with pop dots.  Finally I had butterfly canvas stickers.  I outlined it with pink ink and then journaled on it and attached it.  Fun bright page!

God bless!

Cork!

A new fad in scrapbooking (and cardmaking) is including cork embellishments.  I found a few cork stickers on sale and decided to show you a few ways to use them over the next day or two.  The way I am using the cork today is to use it as a place to put my layout title.

I created the page to flow with the page that I made yesterday.  I included some of the similar decorative papers and the mat and pictures in the same places.  Up above the pictures I centered the cork sticker.  I then fussy cut the title and adhered it to the cork.  Finally, I put a plain sticker centered down on the bottom of the page and wrote the year the picture was taken.

Christmas with Brad, me, Ben, Jake, and my sister-in-law, Gerri.

Christmas with Brad, me, Ben, Jake, and my sister-in-law, Gerri.

How many more shopping days until Christmas?  Kinda scary thinking about!

Have a wonderful day!  God bless!

Using Up Scraps (and blinging up the mat)

Today I am taking a break from my mini album and scrapping a few pictures from my thousands of pictures that my mom and dad took over the years.  Will I ever finish scrapping them?  I can safely say – NO!  NEVER!  But I enjoy looking at them and thinking back to the day they were taken.  It is a reminder to cherish those times because life changes.

I started with a plain piece of cardstock.  It is the color of cardboard.  I wanted a very plain piece because I knew I was going to use a lot of different papers to bling up the layout.  First I matted the two pictures on the page.  I cut the pictures down as much as I could but if I cut them any further it would have taken away people.  That is the reason the mat only shows on the top and bottom.  I went ahead and adhered the pictures to the mat.  I then made some banners.  Instead of displaying the banners how I normally do I put them underneath the mat.  The one with the camera paper I ran on both the top and bottom of the mat.  The other three I ran just on the top or bottom.

My wonderful family.  I saw a lot of them a few weeks ago at my nieces wedding.  It was great.

My wonderful family. I saw a lot of them a few weeks ago at my nieces wedding. It was great.

After adhering the banners to the back of the mat I adhered the whole thing to the cardstock.  I then fussy cut a title from a group of them I received when I bought the magazine “Scrap 365”.  (I love that magazine.  I’ve only bought it 2-3 times because it is pretty pricey.  It is from the UK.)  I adhered the title, added three brads (I love the camera brad), and inked the edges of the cardstock.  The pictures are pretty dark but I really love them.  (Especially the group portrait on the right).

Hope you enjoyed the Christmas page.  I guess it is time to start getting ready for the season.  I’ve been thinking about sending out Thanksgiving cards this year instead of Christmas cards since we have moved and have a new address.  Mulling it over….

God bless you, friends!