Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Don't you just love it when you see little ones smiling? When our daughter sent these photos of our grandson I knew I had to scrap them....oh actually I scrap every photo of him, lol. Anyways back to the layout.

For this layout I used the Bo Bunny "Bella Rosa" paper collection. I used the red side of the Amore paper from this collection for my background paper which I distressed and inked. For the torn corners I used the Aryia and Rustic paper from this paper collection for the top corner and for the bottom corner I used the Amore and Rustic paper and of course I distressed and inked them. I then cut out one of tags from the Elegant paper which I used to add Liam's name and what month the photos were taken. I distressed and inked this tag also. I popped up the two photos with cardboard. I had a peach color flower from my stash that I cut in half and tucked the two pieces under the bottom papers. I added a couple of other flowers from my stash below the photos. I added my wooden Memories title and added the little pocket watch that I added a twine bow to, and then added my butterfly and called it done. I was quite happy at how the layout turned out. What do you think?

Sunday, November 27, 2016


Well I was pleasantly surprised this evening when I went onto the Swirlydoos Facebook page and found out that I got "Layout of the Week" for my "Baby Boy" layout.
 Thank you so much Swirlydoos!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Baby Boy

I cant believe in another week and a half this little guy is going to be a year old and these photos just make him look like such a grown up little boy! Still on my use papers from my stash regime I came across these papers from We R Memory Keepers "Winter Frost" collection and thought they'd be great for this layout. I also used a sketch from Kelly Holifield:
Although it shows as a Halloween type sketch you can use it for any type of layout. A sketch just gives you a starting point for your design; I pretty much stuck to the sketch other than the spider and web. Here's how  my layout turned out.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Boys

Well I've been digging through my paper stash trying to use up older papers before buying new papers. I've been pretty good so far in not buying new, she says giving herself a pat on the back, lol. The papers used in this layout was a scrap kit I bought about 7 or 8 years ago. Yea, I know I'm a pack rat, never throw anything out. These were perfect for this photo of my husband and our newest Grandson Liam. I guess not that new anymore since he will be turning one years old on December 2nd. Wow that went by so fast.

I used a green cardstock that matched the green in the papers almost perfectly. I matted the photo with a green cardstock just a bit darker than the background paper. I took the lighter blue paper and cut it approximately 3" x 12" and laid it out as shown in the photo. I cut three more pieces of the patterned paper and laid them out as shown in the photo. I added a doily as shown and also a couple of tags which were included in this kit. I added a Prima vine and my title "The Boys". I also tore the background cardstock and rolled it back, added a small orange piece of cardstock behind the tear and added a small rose bud that I made.  I distressed all of my papers and inked them. Here's the finished layout.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Another layout & a couple of cards.

Well I've been digging through my paper stash and scraps trying to use things up that I've had for ages. For my layout I picked this die cut from Websters Pages. I backed it with some coordinating green cardstock. I distressed and inked both papers. I dug around in my paper scraps to find these other papers which I distressed and inked. I seem to be into banners on my layouts lately, I really like how they look on the layouts. I popped the photos up with cardboard and I used a Prima vine which I ran down the right side of the larger photo. I also printed out a pair of flip flops that I drew in my Paint Shop Pro program and cut them out and popped them up with foam dots.

When I was downloading these photos from my phone I was looking at the small photo and thinking why does it look like Liam has a Mohawk. I looked at the actual photo and realized that it's actually a person way in the background behind them, lol
. If I had noticed that earlier I could have photo shopped that person out of the photo. I'll probably do that and replace the photos.
 So still trying to use up more paper scraps I made these three cards. These papers are from a kit I bought way back in2010, most of the papers in this kit were quite pretty but the others, to me, were kind of blah looking so I really had to force myself to use them.  Nothing super fancy but I liked the way they turned out considering I didn't like the papers, lol. So here they are:

I'd love to hear your comments on my projects!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Halloween Duck

Another Halloween layout of our grandson in his duck costume. This was actually taken in September when our daughter had first picked this costume up. I think on Halloween day Liam had three costumes that he wore. I used some of the same papers I used in my previous Halloween layout of Liam. These are from Making Memories "Spellbound" paper collection as well as the embellishments. 

I played around with my papers until I got an idea of the design I wanted then I distressed and inked all of my papers and glued them all down. I added my embellishments and flowers. The bottle cap with the pumpkin is one that I made by punching out the pumpkin from one of the papers and then adding it to a flattened bottle cap and then adding a clear 1" epoxy circle on top. I added my title and there it is. Here's my finished layout.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

There is only one you

My layout for this photo of our grandson was fairly simple with the layers and banners. I used the Heartfelt "Under the Sea" paper collection. I did distress all my papers for this layout but I didn't ink them. I fussy cut one of the flowers from the paper collection which I popped up with foam dots and laid in the bottom left corner. I added flowers from my stash and called it done. Here's the finished layout.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Walking Dead

Here's another Halloween layout I did, this is my grandson (no not Liam this time, lol) showing off his makeup talents. His favorite show is the "Walking Dead", I think he's hoping to get a job in their makeup department. He's getting pretty good at this stuff.

For my background paper I used the Echo Park "Chillingsworth Manor" paper. I backed my photo's with some green card stock. I distressed and inked the background paper. The other papers I've used are from Tim Holtz "Laboratory" paper collection. I tore the papers into strips which I inked and glued down some horizontal and some vertical. I then took some white lace I had and colored it with green distress ink and laid that down across the page just below the paper strips. 

I then took some black Gelato across the top of the page and then sprayed with water and used my finger to spread it out. I took some of my Lindy's stamp gang ink in "Bells of Ireland" green and "Pineapple Paradise" yellow and sprayed them in different areas of the background paper as shown in the photo. I added cheese cloth to the layout behind the photos. I added my spider webs that I cut out on my Cricut machine. I added cardboard to the photos to pop them up, then added a few flowers from my stash, did my title and called it done. I'd love to hear your comments on this layout. Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Little Pumpkin

I hope everyone is having a great day today! I just wanted to do a quick post to show off my first Halloween layout. Of course it is another layout of our grandson Liam, I'm sure everyone is getting sick of seeing him by now, lol. Liam's to young for trick or treating but that doesn't mean his Mama isn't going to dress him up in his pumpkin jammies, lol. So here's the layout, I'd love to hear what you think of  it!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Making of a layout

When I'm posting my layouts and cards here on my blog I usually do try and give a "sort of" explanation as to how I did the layout. Today I decided to actually give a step by step on how I made this layout. So here goes!

The first thing to do is to decide what photo you're scrapping (duh, lol) and pick out your background paper. For this layout I'm using the Bo Bunny "Madeleine" paper collection. I distressed all sides of the background paper with my Prima distress tool as well as inking the edges with Tim Holtz "Vintage Photo" distress ink. I also made a small tear on the right side of the background paper which I inked and rolled back. I took a small piece of pink paper from my stash and glued that to the back of this tear as shown in the photo.
You can pick out some coordinating papers now and cut to size as shown in the photo below (click on the photo to see a larger size). Distress and ink all of your edges. Please note the sizes are in inches.

Now you can glue the layers down as shown in the photo below. A little tip (that someone shared with me long ago) is when you are using your tape runner, glue or whatever you use, is to not put your glue/tape right to the edges of your paper put them further towards the middle of your paper. That way when your adding your embellishments you can lift the edges to tuck things under the paper edges.
Now all you have to do is add your photo and pick out your embellishments to finish the layout off. For my photo I added some card board to the back of the photo to pop it up. I added a tiny rose to the tear on the right side. Added my flower clusters and a couple of ephemera tags. I added a small wooden clock from Prima and inked it on the edges and tucked it under the photo. I also fussy cut out one of the bird cages from the "Madeleine" papers and popped it up with foam dots. To finish the layout off I added my wooden "Family" title that I painted to match up with the papers. I really hope you found this step by step helpful and I'd love to hear your comments. If you try out this layout leave me a link to your layout so I can check it out! Here's my finished layout. TFL!