Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Don't Stop Believing

Twisted Sketches is up and ready for you to play along! Another awesome sketch (as always!) and the twist this week is STOP! So many ways to interpret that! I had this picture of my DS that was waiting for the perfect opportunity, and this was it! He was just recently diagnosed with ADHD and has had a tough year. But, he is overcoming many obstacles and we are so proud of him! Not the least of which is his grades. He has gone from failing most of his classes to getting all A's and B's! I can't wait to see what his future holds! (excuse the bragging from a proud mom! LOL!) "Don't Stop Believing in Yourself"
papers are "Twig" from Little Yellow Bicycle
Be sure to play along with us!

School Days!

YAY! School is almost out here! I LOVE summer! No homework, sleep in late, go to the pool! LOVE IT!! I hope you play along with us at The Paper Variety! You can scrap this years school portrait or maybe you have an old one laying around, like I did! This is my brother and sister circa 1966 all ready for their first day of school! Don't you just love their shiny, innocent little faces?!!
I used a sketch from October Afternoon and pretty much all the supplies are from October Afternoon as well!
If you create a project by next Tuesday you could win....

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Fresh Faces Design Team Call

My life is pretty awesome. I am a stay at home mom to 3 amazing boys with a husband who loves me despite all my quirks! What else could I ask for? Would a spot on the Echo Park Design Team be too much to ask for? I don't have to be bribed to tell you I LOVE ECHO PARK! "For the Record" is by far my favorite line (by anyone!) ever. During my stint as Guest Designer over at Back Porch Memories I received a kit chock full of "For the Record"~EXCITING! You may have seen some of these layouts before, but Echo Park always bears repeating!
This page is undoubtedly one of my very favorites. First of all these papers are soooo perfect for vintage or black and white photos, and second this is my very favorite picture of my mom and sister. For this layout I used  the "Borders" paper to create the strips on the side and then sewed along the edge of the strips to add a little extra "homeyness".  Next, I layered a couple punched strips under that adorable picture. I love border punches and use them on any and every layout I possibly can, they always seem to add that extra oomph! I don't often get to use flowers on my pages, so when I do get the chance I like to really "do-it-up"! I made the rose using my cricut, (you can find a tutorial for it here) and then added German Glass Glitter to some of the edges. The blue scalloped circle at the top of the layout, was cut out of the packaging from some stickers I had laying around. I always keep the packaging from different items for this purpose! In addition to the pieced flower I also "fussy cut" some roses from the "Tablecloth" paper. The hot air balloon and lables are ofcourse from the Elements sticker sheet.

Ahhhh, young love, there is just nothing better! This layout depicts my mom and dad before they were married, they were sooo cute! And soooo in  love (married 53 years!!)! I'm thankful to have had them as a model for a happy marriage! On this layout I mostly used the  Elements sticker sheet. That 12X12 sheet of stickers from Echo Park has soooo many little details on it, I challenge you to use them all! Some strips of luscious paper, a little misting, ball fringe and a simple but elegant layout is done!

Sometimes it's the simple things that make the most impact I think. I don't make a lot of cards. But I love this one! It's so simple, but just perfect in my opinion! This paper from Echo Park (Tablecloth) adds just enough of a feminine touch, and of course ball fringe adds a whimsical feel. I am in love with this typewriter, so vintage, so graphic! I actually learned how to type on a typewriter very similar to this one! (boy does that show my age! LOL!)
Well, there you have just a few of my very favorite Echo Park projects. I hope you have been inspired by something here. I believe inspiration is everywhere, you just have to open your eyes and heart to it!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ride baby Ride!

Another fantastic sketch from Twisted Sketches is ready for you to play with! I hope you had a wonderful National Scrapbooking Day and got lots of scrapping done! Jump over to the blog to see the sketch and for even more inspiration!
My oldest son on his new moped! Journalling reads: "You worked so hard to save the money to buy this moped. We are so proud of you! Can't wait to see what you accomplish next!" Using up all I can from my stash!

School Photos

Here's a quick one I did with the sketch at Sketchy Thursdays.

I loved this sketch! To incorporate the "circle" elements on the left side of the sketch I used some chipboard letters as a mask and misted over them onto graph paper. It was as visible as I wanted it to be, so I traced around each letter with a brown pen to. I used several different companies on this layout, basically I've been trying to use up my stash whenever possible! Supply List:  Blue background~not sure of company. Strips on the side~Crate Paper. "School" letters~October Afternoon. "photos" letters~Scenic Route. Small sticker letters~Karen Foster. Chipboard pieces~DCWV.

Movie Night

Hmmm interesting, don't you think? The Paper Variety has the most creative challenges! This week was Teacher Appreciation Week at my sons school. I put together a little night on the town for my 3rd Graders very appreciated teacher.
Twizzlers, Junior Mints, microwave popcorn and Gift Card for our local movie theater! She deserves a night out!
Check out the blog for more inspiration and play along. You could win a prize from....
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Sunday, May 8, 2011


WOW!! Twisted Sketches has hit 100! Celebrate with us! Leave a comment on the BLOG and you could win a $25 gift certificate to your favorite store! The theme this week is CELEBRATE! I did a layout celebrating me and my hubby!
Happy Mothers Day to all you mommys out there! Especially mine!!!