Wednesday, May 22, 2013

How they Changed...

The undertaking of making my sister and to be brother in law a mini album is one that has had me asking myself on several occasions "just how drunk were you when you decided to do this."
Now anyone who knows me personally knows that I do not drink, well to the excess that I would make stupid drunk decisions. 

I decided to make this album as a reminder of how it all started for the days when it is tough or when you can't remember why you are in this game called marriage.

My sister is a Disney girl through and through, so it is only fitting that I made sure to include this photo of her dressed as Minnie Mouse. I have a new obsession with wood veneer pieces, except to see them a lot in the coming layouts. I also love my Kiwi Lane Templates, the large tag made a perfect background for this picture.

I got out my trusty Silhouette Cameo for this page and cut this banner that said Paris. I wanted to keep this layout as simple as possible as the picture itself really needed to be to focus. I did a little fussy cutting for the journaling area from a We'R'Memory keepers albums made easy pad.

Thanks for stopping by, make sure you come back to look at future pages in this album. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Scrapbook Steals Guest Designer & Giveaway

As I am sure all of you know, I am in LOVE with Scrapbook Steals. I mean who doesn't love getting great products for a great price to feed the scrapping habit. Well I was asked to be a guest designer for the weekly sketch from them and I was floored. I mean I just think of myself as a sub-par scrapper, nothing fancy just well basic stuff. I am still trying to figure out who I am with my scrapping style.

So there I was about two months ago, surfing Facebook like we all do and I get a message (I never get messages), thinking its probably spam I open it being skeptical. Much to my surprise it was the designer for Scrapbook Steals, after a brief moment of "I really hope she meant to send this to me" I replied "YES!!"  As I waited {impatiently} I just knew she had the wrong person but she didn't and I was all set to be the May guest designer.

Fast Forward a month and a half, I have been given my collection to work with Graphic 45 Curiosity Shoppe. Again panic sets in, I am not a dark collection kind of girl but knew this would just push my boundaries and I would rock it.

So I stared at this collection for a week, went to a NSD crop and stared at it. I just decided to start cutting different pieces into different sizes and I would mat my photos and go from there. I mean I had NO rhyme or reason to anything. I was just trying to do the best I could with the collection to display it and show the great patterns it had.

Well that is what I came up with and I had to walk away from it for a weekend before I really liked it. I added some much needed bright colors to the balloon and the title. I love the fussy cutting I did with the paisley paper and think over all it came out great.

SOOOO in order to celebrate my step forward in the Scrapping world, I am giving away the below page kit that is put together at my Local Scrapbook Store (Scrapbook Generation). This is valued at $30 containing paper and sketches to complete 6 two page layouts with the Simple Stories Documented papers. In order to be entered you need to 1. Be a follower of my blog  2. Leave a comment below of your favorite travel destination 3. Share this post with your friends.

If I hit 30 followers, I will grab something out of my stash as a second prize. All drawings done with Ends Sunday May 19th at Midnight

Thank you for stopping by, make sure you head over and check out Scrapbook Steals ( and Scrapbook Generation ( for some great supplies and kits.

Thursday, May 2, 2013


The Mojo Mama herself was dishing out recipe challenges the other day and I asked for one of my own.
I was to use grey/green colors, buttons, washi, 5 photos and a banner of some kind. I pulled out my new Simple Stories Vintage Bliss which was perfect for these photos I have had laying around for years. My oldest is now a month from being 12 and I am just now getting these old first day of school photos. I added just three buttons and two lines of washi to this paper, it was already perfect the way it was.
I look forward to more challenges to come from the Mojo Mama, Kristy Lee. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Kiwi Lane Design Doodles

I have been trying to play along with a few companies sketch challenges. This one is from Kiwi Lane Designs, they do a weekly doodle and you have a chance to win $25 to their on line store. 
2013 week 17 was the perfect doodle to showcase pictures from my first ever 5k, The Color Run. 

I am one of those scrappers who just grabs paper and embellishments that appeal to me, there is never any rhyme or reason to it. 

I wanted to use bright cheerful colors for this because if you have ever run a Color filled 5K it's all about the bright cheerful stuff. It was the best experience for my first official 5K. The Kiwi Lane templates make for quick and easy layering and scrapping in general. Make sure you check out their blog every Monday for new inspiration.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Paper Bakery Week Two Sketch

Another great sketch from The Paper Bakery, it was perfect for this "remade" picture of my husband and I at the Arch.
Make sure you check out the new bi-weekly sketches at
I broke out the new Simple Stories collection, Vintage Bliss and it was amazing for this picture. I also used a Fancy Pants collection for the embellishments. I was unsure about this layout at first but this came out great.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Amber 9 & 10, Amazing Amber!!

Can't believe another 10 week series has come to end. This series had some great sketches. I  had so much fun with these sketches. This layout features a really old picture of Andru and Chuck enjoying some tice cram on a hot summer day while waiting for Caleb to finish his group meeting. Check out the sketch here.
With this layout I am done with mine and the kids Daycation to Kansas City, I used the sketch from Scrapbook Steals which you can find here.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Amber 6

This weeks sketch was bittersweet, the weekly sketch person lady decided she was going to go in a different direction. I take a few liberties with the sketch but you can still see the inspiration. Check out the sketch here

I don't know about you but I love free prints, if someone wants to give me a free print I will gladly make it worth while. I received a free 8x10 from walgreens and did a collage of the pictures from the Arch trip. I did all the pictures of us climbing to the top. I used my silhouette to cut out a frame, it took me three tries but I really like how it came out and it will allow me to do this in the future instead of having to use just a few pictures at a time.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Amber 7

A new sketcher is at Scrapbook steals, but she is not exactly new. I am very excited to see what other sketches she comes up with in the future. This weeks sketch was so fun, which can be found at this link.
Caleb has been asking to go to the St. Louis Arch since the first time he came to Missouri to visit us when he was about 4 years old. When I told him we were going to the Arch, he was so excited. He seriously couldn't get the smile off his face it was the perfect day. I got this perfect picture of him at the top with the sign that tells how high up you are. I used Simple Stories new Urban Traveler line for this layout and its just the perfect collection for our trip.


Monday, April 15, 2013

Amber 8

Another fun sketch from scrapbook steals, they had a guest designer again this week. I just loved the sketch and it worked perfect for this picture of my guys.  you can see the sketch by following the link below.  

I have decided that I am not going to get hung up on colors or genders of papers anymore, this has made my scrapping so much easier. I just pick out paper that is speaking to me and then throw it all together. I know some people like to match their photos with the paper but I just can't seem to get anything done that way. This is one of my layouts I made using my new method, and it came together in about 20 minutes. The colors are so fun and they really capture the wonderful smiles my guys have me in this picture. 

Thanks for stopping by, be sure to come back and check out my upcoming fun.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Amber 5a & 5b

This week there was 2 sketches due to a guest sketcher over at Scrapbook steals. I just had to use both of them because they worked perfect for these pictures. You can always check out the weekly sketch here is the link


This is a few more pictures from our quick day trip to St. Louis. We were not exactly dressed for the weather when we got to the Arch. But I did manage to get a few pictures of the boys with the arch in the background. Due to the weather we couldn't find anyone to take a picture of all of us.

These photos are from our wedding almost 5 years ago. My husband and his best man had a blast taking crazy photos before the wedding. I was up stairs getting ready and freaking out, true to fashion they were down stairs having a blast. I just love these pictures and had to showcase them together.  The second sketch was perfect for them.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Paper Bakery Sketch

My friend Katrina is now part of a design team for The Paper Bakery, who makes awesome Flair. Flair are just small little "buttons" that may fun saying or pictures on them. The Paper Bakery just started a bi-weekly sketch. I had a blast with this sketch, it was perfect for some instagram pictures I printed of my youngest son and his chalk hands. 
I used October Afternoon's Woodland Park collection, I have given up on the "gender" type papers and just use whatever paper speaks to me.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Top of the Arch

About 10 years ago myself and my husbands family went to St. Louis for a family fun day. We went to the top of the Arch and took a picture in front of the sign. Last month I planned a family fun day so that my kids could have the fun memory of the Arch. We were able to get a family photo in front of the sign at the top of the arch also. 
I have been loving the subway art that has been doing around lately, I asked my facebook family for words that would describe family and this is what they came up with. I loved the history in the making and how it went perfect with the picture. Our family is a mixed family but we all love each other just the same.
Thanks for stopping by and make sure to come back, I have lots more projects to share.

Monday, April 8, 2013

St. Louis Instagram Fun!

When I found out that Walgreens was not printing instagram photos I was in heaven. I have several pictures that I only have on my phone because I am not the best at carrying my point and shoot camera around. I have these cool photos of the family in the car on our way to St. Louis for a day trip and then the photo of us all at the top of the Arch.

I was recently given permission to get a Silhouette Cameo and the background was the first cut I made. My husband (god love him) said he liked this page but was thinking it should have more to it. I just wanted to play with the cool back ground, plus the pictures totally speak for themselves.

The kids had a blast and even though I had massive anxiety the whole time, I had a great time also. Anything to make memories with the family.
Thanks for stopping by, make sure to check back for some other awesome projects I've made recently with my Silhouette.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Kiwi Lane April Blog Hop and Amber 4

Welcome to the Kiwi Lane April Blog Hop, you should have arrived from JEN COLLINS blog, if not make sure you head back to the Kiwi Lane Blog and hit them all.

When I was asked by Kristy to be part of the blog hop I was beyond excited, getting to showcase the use of my favorite scrapbooking supply who wouldn't enjoy doing that. Make sure you check out Kiwi Lanes online shop as some of the templates in this hop are on sale right now.

I personally use the Kiwi Lane Designer Templates on every single one of my layouts, they make scrapbooking so quick and easy.

For this hop I was given the Tiny shapes templates, which are perfect for those small regular shapes you just can't ever seems to make on your own.

I started with some scraps of paper (we all have those laying around) and used the 5T & 2T templates to have the different sizes of the same shape. Then I just laid them down randomly on my page, over lapping a few, putting some at a different angle. It all worked out to really show off the shape but also my paper as well.
Arrow are a hot thing right now, for this layout I used the 1T template to create an "arrow"  I also used a tiny tag for the journaling card. The templates added just the right shape to this layout.  I used the sketch from Scrapbook steals for this sketch,

Make sure you leave a comment here and on all the blog posts as a random winner from ONE of the 10 blogs (including the Kiwi Lane blog), will be given a $25 gift certificate to the Kiwi Lane Shop.

Here is the blog hop lineup .

4. Jen Collins
6. Staci Jones
7. Stephanie Umpleby
8. Stephanie Dang
10. Charissa Miller

Monday, March 18, 2013

Amber 3, when 3... became 1

I have finally started scrapping my wedding pictures from almost 5 yars ago. I used the weekly sketch from Scrapbook steals to bring these two very special pictures together. You can check the sketch out here

I wanted to use papers that I normally wouldn't because teh softer tones don't always go with pictures of rowdy boys. Carta Bella papers went perfect with these pictures. My husand and I knew we wanted to involve his son in our ceremony because I was marrying him just as much as his dad that day.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Amber 2, APA June Babies, Mama Meet Up

I have been very blessed in my life, not with material things but the little things that matter most. When I was pregnant with Andru, I found an on line forum, American Pregnancy Association. It split up expecting mothers into groups by the month you were due, I was due in June. We all shared experiences and could talk about whatever it was amazing. I have been lucky enough to meet five of our June moms and babies in person.

I used this weeks Scrapbook steals sketch, which can be found HERE for this page. I have had these photos of Andru and Mason since June 2011, they were just under two years old. When they were moving to Mississippi from Montana, my little town was a rest stop for the night and we were able to meet up for a morning play date. The kids had a blast jumping on the bed.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Our History in the Making

This picture is of my husband and I from 2003. We were just 19/20 years old and I think this was taken just a few months after we started dating. It is amazing to look back at the pictures and see how much we have grown and how our lives have changed.

I scrapped off the sketch with this layout, I came up with the idea all my own and just ran with it. I just LOVE Echo Parks Sweet Day. I am not one to use just one collection but this page I did with the exception of two elements.  The soft tones of this collection really took on the newness of the relationship and give it a nice feel. I cut two journal cards that are tucked behind the photo and photo mat from the Large Tag set from Kiwi Lane. The Scallops on each row of paper was hand cut by using Kiwi Lane mini scallop template.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Then he turned 9 way 2 soon

My oldest is currently 11 years old and quickly apporaching 12. I am trying to catch up on all his older pictures and hope to one day be scrapping current photos only. These are the pictures of his 9th birthday at the grand parents house. I once again used Kiwi Lane templetes for this, it gives just the right amount of motion. I stitched the number "nine" using Charissa Miller's Kiwi Lane Blog post, for Whats called Tip Time Tuesday. I love the look the multi colored stitching and the all over stitching. I got the new American Crafts AT calander stamp and let me tell you that was a hard thing to make work but the fact you can make any monthly calendar from any year.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Dirty Thirty

You only turn 30 once, but in our family you normally get to celebrate a few times over.  This was one of Chucks few times this year. I love the expression on his face when he pretended to blow the candles out again so I could get a picture. I just wanted to document the big day he didn't think would come. Loving the older sketches that I have had put toge her for some time they are really helping me get pictures scrapped fast.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Happy 6th Birthday

I am desperately trying to get caught up on old pictures of my oldest son who is not 11 years old. Here are some pictures of one of his many 6th birthday parties.  As part of my local scrapbook stores birthday celebration they turn their monthly super saver session into birthday themed. I have had this one laying around since November 2011, and just worked wonderful for these pictures of my son turning 6 years old.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Amber 1, Two Peas

Another week another sketch, this week starts a whole new gem series. You can see the sketch and find all the details on the scrapbook steals blog (HERE). I say this every time but I am in love with the Kiwi lane templates. I used several on this layout to get the right size strips and for the tags. I just loved these photos of my son and niece playing together from two years ago when we went to visit. I have a fun time mixing different collections and using papers that don't really go together because the unique look always makes me smile.

Kiwi Lane Templates used: Photo 3x3, 3 1/2 x 3 1/2; Photo mat 4 1/2 x 6 1/2; Strip Set 3 in, 1/2 in; and Tags 1, 1T

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Pile of leaves..

This layout is the other page kit from the same Scrapbook Generation Super Saver kit from August 2012. In the front yard of rental house there is a huge tree. This was the first year we have been here when the leaves fell off. Andru had a blast playing in the small pile I made for him. He kicked and threw those leaves for a good 30 minutes. I think it is something every kid needs to experience and he did have a grand time doing it.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Branson Balloon Fest 2012

I have had this kit sitting around from Scrapbook Generation since August of last year. I just loved the kit when it came out and knew eventually I would have some photos to go along with it.  My family and I went to the 2nd Annual Balloons over Branson Creek this year. I was able to get these amazing shots of the balloons in the morning and of my two wonderful sons with the balloon right behind them.

Friday, February 22, 2013

and then I loved again...

Nothing beats finally finishing pictures that were taken almost 4 years ago. I have been trying to pick the right papers for these photos for a while. Everything just seemed to come together so easily when I used the floral paper from Echo Parks Sweet Day.

Thank you for stopping by, hope to see you around again.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Joyously Jade/ Jade 10

Another series has come to a close and with this layout I am Joyously Jade. You can find out all about Scrapbook steals and their weekly sketches, plus the sketch this is modeled after HERE.

I had a really hard time with this layout because I do not take very many vertical photos. I had to improvise with a horizontal photo and I don't think it came out all that bad. I tried to use my new Kiwi Lane template with the polka dot ghost. I mixed and matched several collections for this, Echo Park, Simple Stories, MME, why not it all goes some what.

Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Jade 4 & Page 4 of 46

Here I am slowly making my way through all the pictures I "stole" off facebook of my sister and her fiance. If you've looked around my blog you will know I am working on a HUGE mini album for them. I used another sketch from for inspiration, you can see it HERE.
My sister and her lovely fiance, live in Florida so they are able to go to Disney World a lot!! They have so many pictures in front of Cinderellas Castle. It was fun looking through them all and picking out the ones I wanted but also seeing them grow up with each other over the years. I am so happy to be able to make this for them and will have a hard time keeping it until December when they get married. 

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again.  

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Jade 9 and PGCB Twine Challenge

Here is yet another weeks sketch complete. As always I used a sketch from to create this wonderful layout of my hunny and I. You can check out the sketch HERE. This weeks sketch featured a Sunburst, which I have managed to stay away from up until now because I am so intimidated by them. I used a 6x12 piece of paper as a template by cutting it down into the strips and then tracing them onto the paper I wanted to use.
I got a new paper organizers yesterday, so I went through all my paper and seperated it by Manufacturer ( I may have a slight MME problem). I can across some older lines and they seemed to work wonderful for this layout. I used MME Quite Contrary, Breaking free, and Echo Park's Country Drive. Staying true to form I also used a Kiwi Lane template, Nature 5T, which added just the right element for my page.

I also used some twine on my seams for the sunburst, which is part of the challenge over at The Paper Girls Challenge blog. They do a bi-weekly challenge and are currently celebrating One Year with some great giveaways. Make sure you check out all the lovely ladies and creations HERE.

Thanks for stopping by, Hope to see you around again.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Page 3 of 46

I just had to break into my new scrap goodies. When I saw the MME Lost and Found Paris 6x6 pad and the Kiwi Lane Nature 2T (butterfly) I instantly knew what picture I was going to scrap. I am working on this huge project for my sister and the pages are starting to come together. Hope you enjoy this layout as much as I enjoyed putting it together.
Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Winter Swap Box

I am part of an online crafting group and every so often we do a scrapbook swap box. It is completely secret and you send a list to the host then she passes them out to everyone. I am not ashamed to say I always hope that a Canadian gets me, I love the chocolate from up there. You can think its the same all you want but it isn't!! 
My lovely swap buddy Kristin, did a wonderful job on my box. I am currently obsessed with Kiwi Lane templates, the ease of use and the way your layouts come together is just amazing. I was actually trying to figure out which sets I was going to get with my refund today and here one shows up in my box. I just love everything in here. I have been looking at Echo Parks new Photo Freedom line since the came out but didn't realize what all it came with, its a whole line and special page protectors to put them together.

I simply can not wait to dive into all of these wonderful products and create. My son has already tried to steal my jumbo Mint KitKat bar.

Thank you again Kristin, you did a wonderful job!!

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to come back to see what I make with my new stuff.

Jade 3

It has been a lovely here in Springfield, and the kids are getting along so well. I took avantage of the not so common occurance and am trying to get caught up on my past due Jade sketches. You can find out all about Scrapbook Steals and their weekly sketches HERE.  I have had these photos of Chuck and Andru playing games at Chuck E. Cheese since June but couldn't find a good way to show the photos without them over powering on a one page layout. I had been looking at the Jade 3 sketch for a few weeks and just stumbled across these photos. After cutting down the smaller pictures I started to regret my decision but when I matted them onto the red paper, it all came together. I am never one to go with just one kind of paper or even pattern, I like to be WILD like that. It always looks good in the end. 

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you around again.  

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Opal 10

Trying to get caught up on some older sketches from when I was out of the mode of scrapping. We all go thru periods of not wanting to do much of anything and I had one of those for about 4 months. I was behind about 30 sketches and have managed to get caught up on a bunch of them. For this one in particular, I have a huge love hate relationship with. I worked on it for three days, tracing, cutting, inking and then laying it all out to make sure I liked it. By the time I had glued it all down, I hated the layout and I just left it on my desk for another day and came back to it. I added the little house and spider web because it needed something.

I used Tag 6 and Spook Lane from Kiwi Lane Designs for this layout. I just love the versatility of the templates. You can use them to make a million and one things and not always what they are set out to do. Okay as you can tell I REALLY REALLY LOVE them. Using Spook Lane I traced it into a chevron shape and I like how that came out.

Thanks for stopping by and please come back to see more.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Birthday Card Swap

I participated in my first ever card swap and it was a birthday card theme. I am always running behind when birthdays come around so I decided to make a "non" traditional card a belated card. I am still very new at card making so this was a challenge to me from the start. I went with a belated birthday card using my Create a Critter cartridge and Kiwi Lane Designs Spook Alley 1 A/B. I hope they are sufficient for the swap and everyone gets great use out of them.  I took a few pictures of the steps along the way, I did cheat by using premade bases but that was the only way I could make sure they had envelopes that would fit the card inside.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you around again.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Jade 8

Another day another layout.. I drew my inspiration from the weekly Scrapbook Steals sketch which can be seen HERE. As I have said before I am working on a huge project for my sister, it was suppose to be a surprise but I have a hard time witth that and well I have been posting them to my blog. Im not entirely sure she doesn't look at my blog. Oh well it is still really fun to put together. For this layout and all the others I really want the pictures to speak for themselves so I am going for minimal extras.  I have to say it again if I haven't said it before I LOVE Kiwi Lane templates. I used Spook Alley to make my triangles by only tracing the point of 1A. The soft tones of the picture are a perfect match for the pink and dark colors of the triangles went with the shirt colors.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you come back again. 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Jade 7

Jade 7 and the first layout for the large project I am doing for my sister and future brother in law.  I took sketch from Scrapbook steals weekly sketch challenge (see it HERE) and used it a jumping off point for this layout. I only used a few of the elements because its really hard to make a 12x12 into a 6x6. I really loved this picture of them from around 2007. This is the first of many for their awesome pictures.
Thanks for stopping by and make sure to keep coming back to see the mini album come to life.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Step one complete!!

Well here it is, in all its glory 43 chipboard pieces covered by hand cut beautiful paper. I must say my hand was cramped for a week after doing this and I am pretty sure I have a permanent indentation in my finger from holding my craft knife. I have a love/hate relationship with my craft kinfe. I am doing this huge project for a very special person in my life. Now I just have to start assembling the pictures and embellishments and figure out how I am going to make it become a book. I have a small hole punched at the top that I plan on using for the binding but not sure how it is going to work after all.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come back. I will be posting more pictures as this project progresses.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


I must say it is so much easier when you have the sketches printed off compaired to trying to go off a small picture on my iphone.  Here is another intruptation of a sketch that can be found on Scrapbook steals (here) I have so many picutres laying around and sometimes I start to assemble a layout even before I have the picture picked out. This was one of those layouts, I love how this just came together so fast and then fit this picture.

Well thanks for stopping by and hope to see you around again soon.

Papers used: Bo Bunny - to the moon
MME Nostalgia
MME On the Bright side
Random Echo Park cloud paper.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Jade 2 and PGCB challenge #23

I am trying to get caught up on sketches and pictures all at the same time. I have printed off about 35 sketches and am slowly making my way through them.

Here is my take on Jade 2 from Scrapbook steals, you can see the original post here. I also incorporated the challenge from The Paper Girls Challenge blog (see their challenges here)

I recently cut all my hair off for Locks of Love, this layout highlights my super long braid that I sent off to be made into a wig for someone who is battling a disease that would take their hair away. I must say I was really nervous going into get my hair cut, but I am enjoying the end result.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you come back again.