Saturday, March 17, 2018


Happy St. Patricks Day everyone! I hope you are having a fun day. I tried to find a very green layout but this topiary page was the best I could do :)  Last year I decided to try to finish scrapping my 2002 Disney Vacation so you will be seeing alot of old photos scrapped from that trip. This one is a couple of the beautiful topiaries from MGM Studios. I used the Summer Lovin Collection by Carta Bella Paper. Its got the best summer colors.
I punched a bunch of confetti and glued it to the edge of my journaling spot. I think confetti is very theme park. I cut out the big flowers from patterned papers, layered them and added glitter.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Just Fly

This is a quick one because I forgot to post earlier. This layout is my example for Sketch #180 from Sketch Savvy HERE. I used Crate Paper Gather collection and I can not remember who the ticket paper was from but cutting out the tickets was just what I needed. I wanted to use a huge title in a fun font - which I also don't remember :)

And then a couple of weeks ago I decided to scrap the photos of me to finish this layout. I used some Gather collection to tie it together and added some Carousel collection. The yellow and turquoise bunting are stickers over a pink vellum bunting that I just punched with a scalloped edge and fringe cut.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Beautiful Imagination

This layout is one of my fave views at Epcot, I just love the look of the Imagination Pavillion and I love Figment. I papers mostly from DCWV's Sweet and Sassy stack because the colors are so fun and there are tiny bits of gold foil in the patterns. The triangle print got my attention right away for these photos. I fussy cut some flowers from a paper from another collection.
For Figment, I found an image online and then printed him onto photo paper and cut him out as an embellishment.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

paper embellishment organization

About a year ago I decided that I never use my die cuts, ephemera, chipboard, etc... because out of sight really is out of mind. I do have my embellishment stand and I still have ALOT of embellishments there but I pulled out any ephemera packs and anything like that where it could be organized by color. After a year I am very happy with the way it is working out so I thought I would share. And if I have already shared this somewhere, sorry...I have a terrible memory. LOL!
This is three sectional boxes organized by color and I was confused by flowers that are usually multi colors so they go their own spot.    I love these because they have lids and close to stack and to take to a crop.

and this one is the divided container that some of you might have from IKEA. It fits in the Raskog carts that everyone has. There is no top so spilling this would be bad, LOL, but its the only way you can divide up all of the larger 3 - 4" paper embellishments and journaling blocks.  I also have lots of script word titles in here.

Monkeying around

Today I am going to share 2 layouts. The first one is Monkeying Around with photos from our 2014 trip to DisneyWorld using the super Toy Story looking Toy Box collection by Carta Bella. I will admit that I struggled with these bold patterned papers. I so wish all collections had some light neutrals to tone down that strong papers. I used a background that looks like a word search from another collection and I added a light woodgrain paper. The monkey embellishments are chipboard and sticker, but how perfect are they with my photos!

I am noticing that posting these layouts that I did a year ago is fun for me too, I had forgotten how great that collection is. I need to do some more pages.
This next layout is from  our 07 trip. These are the last photos I took as we were leaving our beautiful resort. The guys were exhausted but I am never ready to leave no matter how tired I am. I am trying to use more and more of my older stash and for this one I used papers from a couple of different paper stacks from Recollections I think. I struggle with scenes printed on 12x12 as a background but the palm paper cut as a strip worked perfectly for my page.
I have pulled most of my die cut, chipboard, and ephemera elements and organized them by color so that when I do a page like this I can just dig thru the colors I am using for something like the chipboard words at the top or the hearts at the bottom.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Launch in 3..2..1

Good Morning. I actually remembered to post this morning so I would say I am off to a good start :)
As I said before I haven't taken close ups of most of the layouts that I have finished in the past year because I didn't share them here and I don't remember all of the details but I will do my best to tell you what I can.
For this page about Space Mountain, I used DisneyScrappers Sketch #4 during our INSD week crop and Echo Park's super cute Space Academy collection. I added journaling with my We R Memory Keepers typewriter. I love having multiple colors of ribbon for it but its kind of a pain swapping them out over and over. I seriously need to do that more though.  One tip though, you cant really put layered papers thru the typewriter so mark off where you plan to journal in pencil before attaching anything to your background.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

I'm Back!

Hello out there! I haven't posted in almost a year and I am not sure if anyone is even going to see this after being gone so long. But a couple of people in my family have mentioned that they check my blog and my mom shows friends because of photos, which I suspect doesn't look too great since I haven't shared any pages.  LOL!
Here is the thing, I have been just scrapping Disney pages mostly and so I have been sharing my layouts over at our DISNEY SCRAPPERS site. Well recently I have done a few non disney again as well. I thought since International Scrapbook Day/week is coming up in May, I would set a goal of posting all my layouts here between now and then. It appears that if I post a layout or 2 every couple of days I can catch up.

Since I rarely do 2 page layouts I thought I would start with this one that I did last may. I used Basic Grey Hillside. If you are like me and you don't do well with 2 page layouts, think about using the same papers and embellishments to create two seperate layouts and then just put them together and they will at least coordinate. I kind of did that with this one. I made sure I had a strip along both tops and one strip in the center and the rest is all kind of individual.
I have to add that while I haven't been sharing on my blog. I have not taken close up photos very often of the details but if you click on the images, some will be shown larger.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Gilded Grey

One of my favorite stacks from DCWV is the Gilded Grey Stack. Its very monochromatic really but it solves alot of scrappy problems for me. 2 of the hardest things for me to scrap at disney parks are anything StarWars and also Rock n Roller Coaster. The black, white, grey thing is a struggle but with this stack you get alot of great designs, good shades of grey and neutrals and that pop of gold. Here are 2 pages I just did using this stack.

This one is Star Tours and I was using indoor and outdoor photos, but the hardest part is my son's very orange shirt. I used the Gilded Grey stack and also a red orange paper from one of the other stacks in my stash and it was just that extra pop.

This page is a makeover of an old page from my 2002 album. For some reason I had 12x12 for 90% of that album and then there were some 8.5 x 11" so those have to be remade in the other size. This is Rock n Roller Coaster so again its mostly the Gilded grey and I added a pop of red.

for a little extra depth I added grey watercoloring in some of the background shapes.The title is a Silhouette store design.

Monday, May 15, 2017

INSD Week Faves

I know I haven't posted in awhile. I have been super busy getting ready for all of the challenges at Disney Scrappers for the online InterNational Scrapbook Day Week long crop. Hows that for a title! We had a fantastic time scrapping and the gallery is full of amazing layouts from lots of members. If you would like to take a peek, check out the Gallery HERE. 

I would like to show you a few of the layouts that I finished as examples or participating in the challenges.

This first one is my favorite because it turned out perfectly. I used a collection of papers that I got at michaels called Paradise Crush and that paper actually had a bit of Stitch blue which is very rare. I cut palm fronds and Plumeria flowers using my silhouette. The plumeria is a Silhouette cut file.

This next layout uses an exclusive cut file created for Disney Scrappers members. It was just fun

This one is another fun one with a confetti pocket and using DCWV Watercolor Ombre stack paper for the background and the other papers are actually from an older DCWV Holiday Whimsy stack, I think it was called.

One of the challenges was to watercolor on the background and I had so much fun doing that on this page!!! I did actually use watercolor paper so it warped less. *ducky momo is a character on Phineas and Ferb and I just wanted a photo with him. LOL!

Another challenge was stamping so I did a little stamping and watercoloring on this one.

and another tropical one for a challenge with Wings

This is another watercolor page and also a backstory challenge. Its a remake of a page that was originally 8.5x11 but that trip was scrapped 12x12 except for like 10 pages that now need to be rescrapped. I just love it because the boys were so little in '02.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Were off to see the wizard...

We love the Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios and since it may be replaced I wanted to do a page about my favorite part, the Wizard of Oz scene. I used this gorgeous New DCWV Simple Joy stack because the mint and teal reminded me of the Emerald City. I also found 2 really nice Oz stickers to add.

I used my typewriter to type the words of the song around the perimeter of the layout.

Hakuna Matata

This is a page that I did for a challenge at Disney Scrappers and I used the New DCWV Flower Shop Stack. The photos are from 05 and I really didn't know if I would find nice papers that would go with flowers and have this type of purple and yellow, but this new collection was just ideal.

Here is a little close up so you can see how pretty the little gold foil accents are.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Aloha! feeling tropical

Well, many of you may have winter weather but we are on our way to summer in houston. 80s today. Anyway I got some new DCWV stacks of paper and I put some of them together for a tropical page because when you see papers with gold foil pineapples and palm trees, you have to use them!

These photos are from the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Hawaii booth and if you have been then I am sorry but you will now start craving that darn kalua pork slider. I used the fruit and pineapple papers from the DCWV Joie de Vivre stack, the background and gold foiled palm are from the Beach House Stack, and the other patterned papers and love banner piece are from the Flower Shop Stack. These are very different stacks but pieces of them work perfectly for my layout.

since I know you cant see the beautiful foiled accents I took this photo sort of sideways to show how cool they really are. Oh and by the way I use Ball brand Herb cutting scissors as fringe scissors, they sort of twist as they cut and I love the look. That's the slider that makes me drool.

and for the title, I cut a thick script title out of white cardstock using my silhouette, then punched holes and stitched it with floss. I love the way it turned out. Super easy, just takes a little time and the title has to be thick enough to hold up to the stitching.


If you have celebration photos there are two great DCWV stacks that you need to have. One is a  stack called Confetti and it came out a couple of seasons ago. It has some nice party papers, tags and blocks to cut out, gold foil accents on the patterned papers or vellum papers and envelopes that punch out, as well as a little surprise in the back of the stack where they have included confetti. The second stack is a brand new one called Joie de Vivre stack and it also has gold accents and super fun papers!

Today I am sharing a layout that I made for my sister. She has two sweet older dogs and one is very ill. For their birthdays a couple of weeks ago she got them very special doggie cakes to celebrate and posted the photos on Facebook. Of course I nabbed those photos so I could make a page because they are too stinkin' cute!

The background paper is from the DCWV White Embossed Stack. The patterned papers are from the Joie de Vivre Stack and the tissue confetti, vellum envelope with confetti, and cake tag are all from the Confetti Stack. I machine stitched the tissue confetti and it puckered, turns out I kind of like that look so I used it even though its not perfect.  ....just look at that cotton candy paper!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

CSI: Color Stories Inspiration is Five! Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary to CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration! I had so much fun with their challenges during my time on the team and when I was asked to play along for one of the anniversary month challenges, I was not going to say no! I haven't scrapped in awhile so I have to say that everything was a challenge, but I love the colors and inspiration

Click HERE to see the challenge and all of the layout examples from amazing present and past designers.

and here is my layout

I used a fun background paper from DCWV that has sparkles in it and then cut a giant snowflake from white cardstock with my silhouette. The vellum under the photo is there so that I could use my pretty typewriter to journal on the edge of it. :)

The inspiration I used were snowflakes, stars, pearls, something fuzzy, and glitter

Then I drew some tiny dots and stars and splattered with gold mist

Friday, January 13, 2017

In Canada with DCWV Christmas Plaids

Happy 2017! I am sorry that I haven't shared any layouts in quite awhile. I hope to have more time for some scrapping soon. I know everyone has lots of holiday photos that need to be scrapped so I am sharing a layout using the gorgeous DCWV Christmas Plaid Stack and the background from one of my fave stacks, the Embossed White Stack. 

here is a closer look at the left side. The cardinals are cut from the paper that has the labels and tags. 

The gold accents in the Christmas Plaid stack are not overwhelming and just exactly what you need for a little something special.

When we were in Epcot, we bought candy in most of the countries to bring home and share with the boys on Christmas Morning so I included the little candy box on my layout.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

I love Disney Parades!

Well the thing is that even though we LOVE watching and taking photos of the day or night time parades at Disney parks, we don't usually love scrapping them. There are so many photos and when you know it will take 10 pages, and you don't really feel like working on a 2 pager.... you just skip it and go to an easier photo. Lately I have been scrapping some of my parade photos and they are really fun.  You get to add texture and sparkles, flags and banners.

This is my page example for the November Sketch and cut file at Disney Scrappers:

  I used the Pink Paislee Fancy Free stack of papers and the dotty paper totally makes me think of a parade. I drew some sparkles and added tiny rhinestones.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving -NEW DCWV Autumn Leaves Stack

Today I finished a layout using the New Autumn Leaves stack from DCWV. I really don't get the fall weather here but I do love fall colors and I decorate for Thanksgiving. I just love the papers in this stack because they have very pretty rose gold foil accents. Unfortunately it is a real struggle to take a photos of the foiling and it tends to look black in photos unless you lay the layout on an angle. So I am going to show you the angle shot first.

For my background I used a feather design paper from the DCWV White Embossed Stack. Also I have cut a wreath of fall leaves from a Rose Gold paper using my Silhouette. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

"Why, Mom?" - DCWV Halloween Night

Happy Halloween a bit early! If you like the sparkly pretty halloween decor and candy colors, check out the NEW DCWV Halloween Night Stack. It's one you need to go see in person really because it has copper foiling in some of the paper designs and it doesn't photograph all that well but its so pretty! Since I can't make the boys dress up cute, I had to give it a go with Savvy.....

You can see how he felt about giving a mouse a ride, and Figaro thought he was nuts! LOL! Savvy is a very good sport. I hope you can see the bits of copper foil detailing. The kitty is a journaling block which just made it so perfect. Here is a close up so you can see the copper paper under the photos a bit better.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Catitude! Background stitching part 2

I wanted to share another example of hand stitching on a background. This idea would be awesome with stars, circles, triangles, mickey icons....or any shape of punch you have.

  I began by hand cutting a heart from a scrap of paper but using a punched shape would be great. I traced around the heart with a pencil on my background. I was at a crop so I put the background paper on one of the firm cushion chairs so that I could puncture the holes.
Next I used Kreinik threads to stitch the hearts in colors that would coordinate with the papers I chose for my layout.