Thursday, September 23, 2010


I've been keeping a secret the past several days...


I came across this awesome website, Coordinates Collections ,
a few weeks back. Since they were having a design team call, I decided to stick around. What a great kit club!

Each month, there are two kits to choose from, along with embellishment add ons. There is oodles of inspiration, like sketches, videos, contests and tutorials.
And there's lots more good things coming soon.

I was thrilled when Jamie emailed me and asked me to join her team.

I hope you'll stop by the forum, where I'll be the Forum Coordinator.
Be on the lookout on the blog, where I'll be posting a tutorial every month.

Have a great day!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Playing Catch Up

So much for my blog plans the past week.
My road of life took me on a few detours.
Mostly busy stuff with the family, but all things that needed my attention.

Then I pulled my back out at work this week, trying to put panties on a plus sized patient who was still pretty numb from her spinal. I am sore and stiff and have learned that 800mg of Motrin makes me fall asleep!

Ah well, what can I say?

I have some scrappy projects to share:

First up is my first DT work for Best Creation,Inc. This is the Autumn Splendor line which is absolutely gorgeous:

I glimmer misted some aida cloth from my cross stiching days. If you pull a few threads from the edges, it creates a cool fringe. Then I stitched a quick border with DMC floss and beads. I was happy with the texture it added to the page.

Here's a sneak peak of my next layout with the Trick or Treat line:

Til next time...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Two Page Tuesday

When I started out scrapping, I always made 2 page layouts.

As my style evolved, I fell in love with single pagers and consciously tried to copy the layouts I saw in magazines.
I learned principles of page design and techniques to add pizzazz to my layouts.
Single page layouts were all I made.
Two page spreads were viewed as challenges on the message boards I frequented.

Fast forward seven years.

I began teaching an occasional class at my LSS, New England Scrapbook Co.
The customers there are mostly a two page creators.
This has challenged me to relearn how to scrap 12 x 24 while retaining my style.

The result?

I've become infatuated once again with double page spreads. These days, I'm on a mission to inspire others to give it a try.
Let's face it, we all have a LOT of pictures to scrap.
And you can fit more in the bigger space.

Here's a look at a couple of my 2 pagers:

I'll be posting more 2 pagers next Tuesday!

Monday, September 6, 2010

How Much is Too Much Monday

Happy Labor Day!

I worked this weekend, so it was no big holiday for me. It's okay, though, because holiday pay is SUH-weet! Mike and I celebrated our 15 year wedding anniversary on Friday. We had a date planned for lunch, but Bren was sick and needed to go to the doctor.

I can't believe summer is over. My older kids are back in school and my little guy starts Kindergarten in the morning. We did a lot of fun things, but there were still more I wish we could have fit in, like more days swimming at the lake, or going to a drive in movie.

Did you know the challenge blog, How Much is Too Much? posts a new challenge each Monday ?

This week's challenge is to pick a shape and use it 10 times on your layout and to use the name of your shape in your title. Here is mine:

So I cheated a bit on my title - I figured a heart symbolizes love, so I went with that. The clear letters are Bo Bunny acrylic that I outlined with a marker.

I really enjoy mixing new product with old. The paper doily is by Martha Stewart. I love how the felt Dear Lizzy embellishment looks layered on top.

Here's a couple of layouts from recent challenge that I hadn't blogged yet:

Well, it's off to sleep for me - I've been awake for almost 29 hours! Gotta be well rested for Tommy's big day tomorrow.