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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.


Spring Fling!

April 27, 2014

in Creating, Spring Fling

It was another awesome event at Creating Lasting Memories.  Gotta love these teachers who were such good sports about wearing the bunny ears! I think they secretly liked them.

First up, Chris, getting fitted for her ears by her sister Kathy. Her card featured Viva Decor 3D shimmery stamp paint and a set of clear stamps by Penny Black.


chris card

This next card was designed by Cathy. It features a wooden stamp by Northwoods. Those bunnies look good enough to eat!


cathy card

The third card we made also used the Penny Black clear stamp set. This one was designed by Jill.


jill card

Carole’s card was a fun birthday zoo card with an accordion fold.


carole card

Candice had us making art boards again.  I LOVE them!


candice card

Loye made a card with a unique fold using the Memory Box dahlia die.


loye card

Tricia had us all making tags using the new Tim Holtz framework dies (one of my favorite products from CHA 2014).


trisha tag

And last but not least is this fun card by Sonja.  This technique is a great way to use up your scraps.  Watch for Sonja to repeat this card at a Wednesday Make n Take in May.


sonja card

It was fun to see all the different cards that were created from this one idea:

group 3

A big thank you to all my super talented teachers!

And here are some photos of everyone just having fun.

group 1

group 2

It was a great day.  So glad you could all come and play!



This week’s Design Team project is a double sliding box by Cheryl Stapleton. This box is great for holding candy or something larger as it measures about 5″x3″.  Here’s the box closed:

april blog tb 1

And when you pull on the ribbon to the right you get this:

april blog tb 2

So you can make this too and here is the supply list:

1 1/2″ square punch

white  cardstock

patterned paper (Authentique “Abroad” collection used in the sample)

embellishments from the collection

Color Box Chestnut Roan ink pad

Ribbon to match

Plastic grocery bag


1 piece 2 3/4″  4″ patterned card stock (tag)

1 piece 2 7/8″ x 5″ white card stock (slider frame)

1 piece 6 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ pattern card stock (box)

1 piece 5″ x 8 1/2″ pattterned card stock (box cover)


Punch a portion of each end of the frame using the square punch if you have one. Should like like this:

april blog tb 3

Cut a 1″ x 9″ strip of plastic grocery bag. Wrap around the frame and adhere to itself cutting off excess. Do not adhere to card stock. It should slide freely.

Score the box on the 8 1/2″ side at 1 , 2, 6 1/2, and 7 1/2 and on the 6 3/4″ side at 1, 2, 4 3/4, & 5 3/4.

Crease all score lines, cut out the three outer squares on each corner, and cut tabs. Should look like this:

april blog tb 4

Fold box together and apply adhesive to assemble box.

Add a small piece of coordinating patterned paper to each end of box base if desired.

Punch hole at one end of box, add ribbon for the pull tab

Add desired sticker/sentiment to tag, trim edges, punch hole, add ribbon

Slider frame: apply a strip of adhesive on plastic strip close to the edge.

Stick box to plastic on frame. Make sure the box pull is on the other side.

Flip the box over and adhere tag (sticker/sentiments face down)

Score the box over on the 8 1/2″ side at 1, 4, 5, & 8

Crease score lines, apply adhesive to the tabbed edge and adhere.

Slide cover over box and tag

Embellish box as desired.

Here are a couple of cards Cheryl made using the same paper line:

april blog z

april blog zz

Thanks for looking!



Chicken Wire!

March 21, 2014

in Design Team, MaryRuth

What a creative use of a 12×12 piece of chicken wire! Check out this fabulous work of art by Design Team member MaryRuth Willard:

March blog

Here are her instructions for making this G45 Typography chicken wire tag board wall hanging

Supplies: (You can find these items at Creating Lasting Memories!)

G45 Typography 8×8 paper pad

G45 classic keys and keyholes

Petaloo Textured Blossoms

Vintage Patina Ink-Agate

Candi Dots

Stickles Glitter Glue

Basic Grey Wooden Buttons

Mini-clothes pins

Glossy Accents

Assorted ribbons, jute, twine, inks and punches, brads,etc.

Paper Accents 1/2 inch 12×12″ chicken wire panel.

Tim Holtz Facets

Basic adhesives and tools


Weave chosen ribbon in and out around edge of chicken wire panel. Knot small strips of ribbon randomly around edges to keep ribbon in place. Tie 3 long strips of ribbon from top left corner to hang down. Dry brush Patina Ink on 2 keys and 1 keyhole and tie to ribbons. Add 2 rhinestones to keyhole.

Cover 3″ diameter chipboard circle with text paper. (Ink edges of project pieces if desired). Punch and adhere swirl punch where shown. Adhere Candi Dot by swirl. Cut and curl 2 narrow paper strips. Adhere to circle where shown. Adhere 2 blossoms. Adhere Tim Holtz rectangular Facet over chosen quote. Trim and adhere to circle where shown. Add rhinestones and Stickles as desired.

Make assorted tags, cards, mini-books as desired. Use lots of embellishments and enjoy creating! Attach with mini-clothes pins.

March blog 1

March blog 2

March blog 3

March blog 4

Make a braided jute rope for hanging tag panel. Attach to top of panel and hang up for all to enjoy!

Love all those little details. So much fun to combine rhinestones, jute and wire with those pictures of elegant women. You can see this project hanging up in the store. Stop by and take a look.