Sunday, January 31, 2010

Cowgirl Up Page!

It's the last day of January; time to see how you are doing with your goal that you set! My goal is 200 pages this year, which means that I have to do 16.66 pages a month. For the month of January I did....(drumroll).....29! That means I'm ahead! WOO HOO! (I'm sure that it won't stay that way, but at least I started out strong!) If you did not set yourself a goal, it's not too late!

Here is a page that I did a few weeks ago. It is my daughter and niece working with Amanda's horse, Penny. I used paper from Creative Imaginations and CM. I also used hemp for the rope. I didn't have a journaling box that I thought would work, so I made one! I just used cardstock and then matted it. The title is cut from Old West.

The border on the page is cut from a sheet like below. I just cut the strip that I wanted for the border and then I have the rest of the page to use else where!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Pink & Black Card

I went to a Stampin' Up 4 for $5 class last week and we made this card. I'm not a big fan of pink and black, but I think that this is one of the prettiest cards we have made at those classes! I just LOVE this card! (Keep in mind, all I did was put it together and stamp it. I had nothing to do with the designing of it!) All products are SU!

Thanks card

I made this card last night (tried to post it, but internet was being ugly!) for a very nice man who lives in Alabama that found my daughter's driver's license at the Memphis Airport and returned it to her this week! She was VERY glad not to have to pay for another one!
This is one of those cards that I had the idea in my head, but I could not get it to work on the card. I haven't used buttons very much and this is the first time I have used this twine on a card. This was as close to my idea as I could get! All the paper came from my scraps box. The stamp and ink are SU.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Scrap Your Stash!

This is phrase is frequently used in the crafting world; especially on the message boards. Basically, it means use what you have. The other day, as I was planning this page, I thought "you know, I can cut this title with my Cricut, but I have some sticker letters that are the perfect color!" So, I used them! In the past, sticker letters were the only thing we had to use for titles, so like many of you, I have TONS! So, get yours out and use them every once in a while!

It is pouring rain here today, so I thought this bright and colorful page would be good for today's post! The background paper is DCWV. The raspberry paper, sticker letters, and journaling box are all CM.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Color Challenge

I made this card for the Tuesday Color Challenge over at Paper Crafting Mania. Y'all should join in! The more the merrier! I just got my Don Juan cartridge that I bought using my points! Yay! I couldn't wait to use it! The sentiment is Don Juan, the brown and pink paper are SU and the ink in SU, the yellow paper is CM and the stamp is CTMH! The brad is K & Co.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Valentine's Page

I am back to posting pages again! This is a page that I made for Valentine's 2007. I adapted an idea that I saw in a magazine. I used the Gypsy and Storybook to cut the scalloped piece. I also used a two-sided piece of paper for the reds. I cut the center out of the sheet and put it on top of the scalloped rectangle. This is a good way to save paper and make your pages less bulky! The red paper is Bo Bunny. Be Mine was cut with the Pooh font using CM paper. The journaling box is also CM.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Color Challenge

Here is the card that made for the color challenge on Paper Crafting Mania. The colors were red, black, and one pattern paper. I made this card for a friend of Amanda's that is away at college. Amanda said that she had a really bad week, so we are trying to cheer her up! The solid paper is CM, the pattern paper is Reminisce. The stamp and ink is SU.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Card Sketch Wednesday

Here's my attempt at the Wednesday Card Sketch over on Paper Crafting Mania. The paper was given to me by my friend Sharon. The printed paper is The Paper Studio. The stamp and ink are SU.

I could not get this card to photograph well. Not sure if it is the colors of the paper or the user of the camera!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Layout Design Challenge

Here is a two page layout that I did for the layout design challenge over on Paper Crafting Mania. These pages look a lot better in person! Maybe my lighting is the problem. I used my picture of Amanda's birthday cake as the title for this page. The yellow paper and pink journaling box are CM and the patterned paper is Creative Imaginations. The pink ribbon came from my local scrapbook store.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Cricut card

I know that I have just been posting layouts recently, but I haven't made any cards lately. I went back through some of my pictures and found this card that I made back in the fall for my daughter. This card was made with the Graphically Speaking cartridge for the Cricut. All I did was add the background paper and the ribbon. The paper is all CM and the ribbon is American Crafts.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Remembering the ones we've lost

This is another one of those pages that can be very difficult to do, but really needs to be done. I have done several of these types of pages over the years and they can very simple, like the one I posted today, or more involved. When my FIL passed away, he was buried in a cemetery on a mountain top in Casper, Wyoming. They still used the lariats to lower the casket into the ground. I took pictures of all of that and scrapbooked it. It isn't something that you get to see every day. I also did a page for my son about my Aunt Melba. She died before he turned 1 and I wanted him to get to know her and how special she was. (This page was very difficult! It took longer because I had to keep wiping the tears away so that they wouldn't get the page wet!) I've also done one for our dog that we had for 15 years. You can include pictures, obituaries, favorite memories, whatever you want to remember your loved one with. There is no right or wrong to these types of pages.

This page that I am posting today, is a friend that we knew from church. He was only 32 years old. I made a clear pocket out of a portrait sleeve to put his funeral program and a very nice write up that the youth minister did on him into. This way the articles could be taken out and read. I made the pocket clear so that you could see his picture. I used the Gypsy Font and welded my title together and shadowed it. I used StoryBook to cut the accents for the sides of the pocket to keep them sealed. I added the journaling box to tell how we knew Juan and why he was important to us. The paper and portrait sleeve are all CM.

This page just happens to work for a layout challenge over on the Paper Crafting Mania message board. This is a new board with several great ladies, you should check it out and join in the challenges!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Good and The Bad

As scrapbookers we tend to scrap the good times and leave the bad stuff out of our albums. However, some of the bad times really shape our lives. If you have a child or family member battling say cancer. That battle can easily take years out of your child's life. Those times need to be documented becuase they are a big part of your child's life. The pictures may be hard to look at and some may be down right ugly, but don't be afraid to add those to your albums. This is a page that I did documenting Travis' run in with the wall. Needless to say, the wall won!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Happy Birthday to me!

While today is my birthday and ice cream is my favorite food group, this is actually a card that I gave to my neighbor for her birthday on Sunday. I made this at a Stampin' Up class this past summer. Everything on the card is SU.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Color Challenge Layout

I did the Tuesday Color Challenge over on FCTSC this week. I had done this layout the week before and thought that the blue, red, and white would be good colors to use! I used Winter Woodland to cut the title with Co'ordinations whitewash cardstock then I embossed it using the Snowflakes Cuttlebug folder, then I sanded it so you could see the blue through the white. The background is Bazzill Dotted Swiss paper and the red is cranberry from CM. The snowman is from Doodlecharms. And no, this was not last week, these pictures are from 2007!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Brrr...It's cold outside!

It is really cold here today! The high was 25 with windchills in the teens, so I thought this page would be appropriate! These pictures are from an ice storm we had in 2007. I cut the Brrrr out of clear vellum with the Winter Woodlands cartridge. I then used sparkling embossing powder on it and heat embossed the entire word to make it sparkle. I hope you can see that in these pictures! The paper is CM.

Here is a close up of the title.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Preprinted pages

I'll be the first to admit that preprinted pages are something that I don't always like, but when they work, they are wonderful! This paper is preprinted with the borders; I just added the title, pictures and journaling box. This paper is Creative Memories, but there are lots of others. If you have never used one, you should try it just to see if you'll like it! This CM pack is two sided and the other side of this is just patterned paper, that way if you don't like the preprinted side, you have another option!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Card Sketch

It is my week to do the card challenge over at FCTSC. I also did the color challenge this week, so I jsut combined the two! The printed paper is My Mind's Eye, the solid is SU, and the stamp and ink are CTMH. The scalloped border punch is also SU.

Monday, January 4, 2010


At least once a year I try to include a page(s) in my album that include one of our favorite recipes. I take pictures of us making it and include the recipe on the page. Since both of my grandmothers have passed away, I realize now that some of the "traditional" foods that we had every Christmas while I was growing up, did not have a recipe. It is important to make sure that those recipes are written down somewhere! This is a page of us making my Nenny Johnson's Million Dollar Fudge. I don't think anyone had made it in about 10-15 years when we tried this!

I really need to learn how to take better pictures of my work. I've tried laying it on a table, propping it up, if anyone has any tips for me, I'd appreciate it!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Birthday Card

I did get 13 scrapbook pages done this weekend, but I have not downloaded the pictures. Today is my SIL's birthday, so I thought I'd share this card with you in honor of her birthday, but this isn't the card that I sent her! This is another one of the Stampin' Up sneak preview cards! The stamp set is one that you can get for FREE! (I've already got my order in!) Everything used on this card was SU.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

As we begin our day today most of us will set some type of resolution. I really consider mine to be more of a goal. Last year my goal (actually, it was Shelly's but I copied!) was to do 10 scrapbook pages a month. Thanks to Amanda graduating from high school and me trying to get her high schools album(s) done; I did 192 pages! (Not all in her albums.) This year my goal is to do 200 pages! This will be a little more difficult; last year there was a scrapbook store in Midlothian that we cropped at every other Friday; sadly, that store has closed, so I will have to find some place to crop. But, I am starting the year off right! Today and tomorrow, Shelly and I are going to crop at my house! Wish me luck on my goal and leave me a comment and tell me your goal. We can motivate each other!