Aug 27, 2010

Monkey See Monkey Do

For this layout I used Cosmo Cricket's Joy Ride Collection and some scraps from my collection. I really like how the arrows bounce your eyes around the layout kind like watching my niece at the park that day!

Aug 26, 2010

Stinkin' Cute

I know, isn't that phot priceless! That's my niece and my furr-baby on a road trip we took. My niece LOVES Angus and would not let him go even when she fell asleep. He didn't seem to protest too much though. What a good boy!

I wanted this layout to mainly focus on the photo so printed a larger version and then kept everything pretty low-key. The paper and chipboard elements I used are from Cosmo Crickets Joy Ride Collection.

Aug 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Canada

Canada Day was the first time I had the chance to play with the fireworks setting on my camera. Fireworks are definitely something that is not each to capture especially when you have to hold the camera perfectly still! I did manage to get a couple of decent shots so it wasn't a total waste. Next time I will bring a tripod!

Aug 24, 2010

Cool New Product

My friend Susan got me hooked on this new product (at least new to me) called Liquid Applique from Close To My Heart.Why am I addicted you ask? It's simple really. It is so much fun to play with and you can make some really cool effects with it. First you trace or fill in a shape in with the Liquid Applique, then you heat it from underneath with a heat gun until it puffs up. It only comes in white but I have already used it for clouds, marshmellows, and snowflakes. In fact I am already on my second tube :) Here's some layouts where I used it and if you get a chance to play with it I highly recommend it!

Aug 15, 2010


We went to watch a friend of our compete in a skydiving competition and I tell you, those guys either really brave or really crazy ... not too sure?!  The sun that day was shining so brightly which made for some amazing photos, so I wanted to include the sun on my layout.  So I took some yellow cardstock and cut out the shape I wanted.  I thought it looked a little flat so I ran it through my CuttleBug and then inked it a bit.  I really like how it give it some dimension.

Aug 14, 2010

Crash Course

I love the look on my Husband's face in the far left photo.  That is what his "what did I get myself into" look.  I definitely had to include that photo on this page!  The Crash part of the title was created using an old set of chipboard letters I had kicking around.  Originally they were bright orange, which of course did not work with my layout, so I got out some green acrylic paint and gave them a couple of good coats.  Once I got the coverage I wanted, I covered them  with Glossy Accents to give it that shiny enamel look and added the little star before it dried.  Works perfectly with my layout now.  Goes to show that if it doesn't work, paint it!

Aug 13, 2010

Point of No Return

This layout really crams a lot of photos onto it.  I have become a fan of using the collage look recently because of that reason.

Aug 12, 2010


Once again I used the photo strip idea which allowed me to put several photos on one layout.  I also used two blown up photos because I absolutely loved them.  The large photo on the right has the journalling right on the photo.  To achieve this I simply printed the journalling on to a transparency and then cut the transparency to fit the entire photo.  I could of done this with photoshop prior to printing but I didn't think of it - journalling most of the time is an after thought for me.  The 100% Utah is a reference to my husband's favorite movie - Point Break.

Aug 11, 2010

Safe & Sound

I love the huge title on this layout.  I think it really emphasizes my happiness that my huband made it safe and sound on the ground after his first skydiving experience.  I also really like the strip of photos on the top left, giving the play by play of his landing.

Aug 10, 2010

Don't Live Down To Expectations

I love this title so much and I thought it was a perfect match for this photo I took. The photo was one I took just after my husband opened the mail to find a very sizable scholarship check he had been awarded for maintaining his high GPA while working on his Masters degree. I am so proud of him!

Aug 9, 2010

Card Catalog

I recently discovered that I am horrible for remembering birthdays. It's usually a couple of days before the person' birthday when I remember, which means I have little or no time to make them a card. I like my cards to be very personalized and hence they take a little bit of time to do. So I recently decided to start a card catalog where I can create peoples cards in advance, month by month, and then when their birthday sneaks up on me I am ready. So far I have completed all the cards for January to June 2011. I am hoping to complete the rest of the year in the next couple of weeks. It goes so much fast when I do them in bulk that is for sure! I guess it's because I have all my tools already out :) Here's a couple of the cards I complete last week.

Aug 6, 2010

My Tech Guy

For those of you that know Steve ... to say he likes technology is a huge understatement! It's part of who he is and I think it's great he has something that interests him (even if it might get costly at times, hey it's not like Scrapbooking is cheap). Because it's so much a part of what defines him I thought our scrapbook needed a layout about it. It was a lot of fun to make this one because I got to use my new CuttleBug to create all the little gears!

The Paper used on this layout is from Bella Blvds Super Stud Collection.

Aug 5, 2010

Happy 40 Minus 10

This is a birthday card I made for my Baby Brother who just turned 30! I can't believe it! My how time flies. When I had my 30th birthday, I decided to call it my 20 + 10 Birthday ... it just sounded better. Anyways, my brother being the little twerp that he is, changed my cake to say 40 - 10. So I thought it was appropriate to throw it back at him on his 30th.

And here is a shot of the inside of the card.

I made it like a pop-up card where the balloons kind of stand up when you open the card. I bet you are asking yourself, how'd she do that?! It was simple really. First you create the card by folding a piece of cardstock (9.5" x 5.5") in half. Then take each side of the fold and fold it back about a half inch above the first fold. Now if you look at your card from the side it should look like a W. Now take some adhesive and glue the bottom of your W together. Now you have the base of your card which should look like a normally card except that it has a little flap on the inside fold. The next step is to take a piece of acetate and cut it into strips of varying length that will fit inside the card. On the end of each strip you will glue a die cut balloon and then using a marker or in my version I used stickles, draw a string down the acetate strip. Once you have all your balloons attached to strips you can now glue the bottom of each strip behind the inside fold of your card. Tada! you now have the flipping balloons! Now decorate the card as you wish and put a strip of paper or ribbon on the front of your inside fold to make it pretty and you are done.