January 2016 tag

January 2, 2016

in Miscellaneous

january 2016 tag

Feeling really on top of things to have already made my version of Tim’s January 2016 tag. Since I’m planning on doing some traveling later this year, the compass was a good image choice for me. So fun to revisit some old techniques (chalkboard and industrious metal).

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6 Things at 6 Months

September 16, 2015

in Miscellaneous

It’s been awhile since I posted here. Working has definitely put a crimp in my free time.

I have been busy with a number of artful things. And I thought I’d share a layout I completed lately.

6 things layout

6 Things at 6 Months was super fun to do, since I used some Tim Holtz Distress products and you all know how much I enjoy all things distress.

I started by selecting 6 photos of Eva at 6 months. Then I colored 6 tags to match those photos using these Distress paints:


It was the usual technique – squeeze some paint on the craft sheet, mist with a little water, then drag the tag through. Dry and add some Distress ink with an applicator. In this case I used the same color of ink as I had used paint except for the spun sugar and the fired brick; I used a little antique linen distress stain on those to give it a bit of brown goodness. And while you have the inks out, go ahead and color some linen ribbon to match so you will be all ready when you go to add the tags to your background.

Next step was to work on the background papers. Using 12×12 white, I grabbed Distress markers in the same 6 colors as the tags and wrote “6 months” in large script, repeating as I went across the 2 pages and just writing until I got to the bottom. In other words, I filled up the pages. Then I misted them with water so the ink would “react.” So cool. Love this look:


Here’s how it looked with the tags on the background before I added photos:

IMG_4441Finally I added photos and typed up some journaling for each photo. Love all these stories about Eva at 6 months. Most of the writing came from the monthly post that Allison had written.

6 things layout closeup

Putting this together at 14 months, it truly is wonderful to think about some of those details. And I know I would have forgotten a lot of them if  they had not been recorded at the time. And consider that multiplied by years. How much would I remember by the time Eva is 14 years old?


So enjoy the artistic process AND tell your stories!




Here is my version of Tim’s tag for July.  Just about exactly like his, only I was out of star charms so I found one in my stash from Vintaj Brass.

July TH tag

And here is some news for those who haven’t heard yet.  I’m working at Peddler’s Pack in Beaverton, OR.  I didn’t go in there looking for a job.  I WAS enjoying being retired. But when Joyce offered me a position, I thought it would be fun to be teaching classes again. And I miss being with like-minded paper crafters. So if you’re ever up my way, stop by and say, “Hi.”  I work Monday, Wednesday and Saturday for now. And I’ll be teaching this tag in a class August 3rd.

I just finished up Ali Edwards’ TYPE class. I so enjoyed her inspiration and teaching. Here was my Type as Art layout:

Type as artThe Type “Art” was the gigantic Copic colored pumpkin. I added Fall words to the pumpkin sections. Of course the best part of this layout is the photos of Eva.

I hope you are all finding time to take some classes and to tell your stories.



If you are like me and have a lot of alphabets in chipboard and sticker form or stamps or even rub-ons then you would enjoy the Ali Edwards class I have been taking.  Taking classes, for me, really gets me scrapbooking again and telling some of those longer stories.

I think the registration for the class is closed at this point (we are in week 7) but I know she plans to offer it again. Another class she is offering is Hello Story.  This one is totally self-paced and man did I love it when I took it a couple years back through Big Picture Classes.

Here is the latest layout I made for TYPE:

type week 7 fruit loopAs you can see, it is all about the photos and the story. Simple, classic, love it!

Here is a fun layout of my precious granddaughter, Eva Joy, at 5 months:

type week 6 play


So fun to do using all those different alphabets. Love the way some of them go off the page. It was kind of like putting together a jig-saw puzzle. Not as easy as it looks, perhaps. But I like how it came out.

You may notice that the above layout is 8.5 x 11. One of the things I am doing this year is mixing up my layout sizes in one album.  I’m really liking how this looks and frees me up to be more creative. In addition to 12 x 12 and 8.5 x 11 I’ve also got some 6 x 12. These are great for adding a few extra photos and a little more story.

Here’s to classes and more layouts and telling our stories!









Blues layouts

May 19, 2015

in Scrapbooking

I did end up creating a few layouts at Scrapbook Expo with all those photos that needed various shades of elusive blue paper.

Blues - July 4

First up was these photos from a Fourth of July swim party. That number pattern paper actually matched pretty well.  The embellishments were from an old We R collection and the vintage blue didn’t appear to match but worked because the blue-gray tone was picked up in some of the shadows in the pool, the skyline (smog??) and the stripes on the chaise lounge cushions.

Blues = Labor Day

This layout was where I used the only sheet of matching patterned paper I could find and cut it in strips so I’d have some for both pages. Even though the light blue and dark blue backgrounds (solid) didn’t really match the pool, it somehow works. And I thought the dot paper cut into circles made some fun looking beach balls and added even more colors of blue. It is almost like all the different blues blend together to match the water in the pool.

Blues - come away with me

This was definitely my favorite of the three layouts. Here I used spray ink to make those lovely little hearts.  I actually made them ahead of time because I wasn’t sure how much table space I would have at the Expo. Plus I wanted to stitch them down the middle and there would not be a sewing machine available. I used several colors of distress ink on the top torn edge. Here is a good tip – when you can’t match the photos with any pattern paper you have, make your own using white paper and sprays and ink pads. By spraying lightly there was a nice blue/white effect that worked well with the soft clouds in the sky and the blue and white balloons.



My version of Tim’s May 2015 tag.  Mine is pretty similar except instead of rolling those flowers I painted the new Heirloom Roses from his Ideology line using Aged Mahogany, Fired brick and Barn Door distress paints.

may tag


The Blues

April 21, 2015

in Scrapbooking

no paper

I laughed when I saw this quote. I saved it to my desktop.

Little did I know that in a few short days it would be my life.

I was trying to put together layouts for an upcoming scrapbook weekend in Puyallup, WA, at Scrapbook Expo. And it seemed every layout needed blue paper and none of the blue paper I had was the right color of blue. And I have a lot more than 20 sheets of blue. More like 20 x 20 sheets of blue. Two of the layouts were pool parties. It seems the color of my parent’s pool is unique. Then there was the layout with the balloons. Blue sky. Simple enough. Not for me. I needed two sheets the same color and I only had one. So I compromised and tried some creative options. I could see sprays in my future. I put together the layout kits and moved on.

When I got my Snapfish order in the mail with more photos I thought, “Surely Christmas photos will not be hard to match.” Wrong! Again, everyone was wearing blue! Who would have thought blue would be my nemesis? I really like the color blue. Maybe there’s a reason they call it “the blues.”

Stay tuned for the layouts I will be making using mismatched blue papers….



March tag

March 22, 2015

in Tom Holtz 12 Tags

Are you following along with Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2015? Here is my version for March:

March tag

Love the colors in this tag.  There’s nothing that makes more unique, never-to-be-repeated backgrounds than distress paint. Embossing texture paste through a stencil was a fun technique. I didn’t have the butterfly stamped image so I used the feather. It’s not quite as open and airy but I still think it came out pretty nice. And certainly fits the “found objects” theme. I love finding feathers.


Here is my latest art journal creation. Right now I am just copying the work of others, primarily Vicky Papaioannou. She does these great step by step videos on You Tube and she is very generous to share all her tips and techniques. Just google her name and you can easily view these yourself.

home heart

I find the process so satisfying. Once I feel confident with the techniques I am going try some of my own designs.



12 Tags of Christmas

September 2, 2014

in Uncategorized


It was  fast-paced and totally fun making the 12 Tags of Christmas with these ladies.  We made 4 tags a day for 3 days. The last tag was a house with the Tim Holtz lantern. It actually lights up. How cute will that be hanging up at Christmas time? Thanks ladies for a great Stay ‘n Play Art Retreat.