Posted in crafting, Life, memory, Scrapbooking, Uncategorized

My Very First Layout, Ever.

Some time back in 2002- about 13 years ago, my Dad, whom I had just reconnected with sent me a huge box of scrapbooking supplies, I believe it was for my birthday. I was turning the big 3-2.  Up until that point I had always wanted to document my life but was younger, had young kids, this was pre internet blogs and groups and I had no direction. His gift gave me that direction.

Flash forward to 2016 –  My Dad is a good friend of mine, and a close confidant.  I am so happy that I met him at the age of 30, and he has embraced my family, expressed his regret of not being there for me sooner, and life fathershas moved on.  Also…because of him, I am a certifiable craft junkie. I have pages of layouts I’ve made, I’ve made albums for people as gifts, I have piles of printed out photos and old albums full of photos waiting to be scrapped. I have a legacy to leave to my kids (whether they are interested now or not, haha!)

Appropriately enough, this is my very first ever layout. And is perfect for Father’s day! I made this after a hunting trip my husband and kids took together. This page shows how awesome of a dad my husband is to my kids. Who knew that a box of (was it Creative Memories??) stuff sent so many years ago would lead to what I have today. It also shows how artistical (this is now a  word, people…say it with me “artistical”) I have become.

The earlier layouts may seem less skilled, less extravagant, but they are just as important.  I hope anyone reading this takes that with them.  Every memory matters.

Happy Father’s Day to all of the awesome, amazing dads out there!  

Posted in crafting, Embellishments, Scrapbooking, silhouette

#TBT. Reason No.40 Why I Love My Silhouette Cameo

Why??  Well, because you can make gifts on the fly!  (I’m a poet and didn’t know it!!)


Why not buy a few flower svg files from the Silhouette Design Store and alter them by making them different sizes. You can cut the files into pretty patterned paper; and use brads, beads, glitter, buttons and stickles for the centers.

Grab a cheap foam wreath at the dollar store and use that glue gun.

Joila!  A gift for mom!

Posted in crafting, Embellishments, ranger, Scrapbooking, Uncategorized

Blending my Ranger Distress Ink

Shhhhhhhh don’t tell my hubby.  I’ve been on a little spending spree.  I have developed a love for these Ranger Distress Inks!  I also caught an amazing sale through and got them for virtually half off (so I ordered LOTS…every girl needs LOTS of distress markers.)


I decided for my first project I would dabble with some watercolor paper.  I took a flower stamp I picked up at Michael’s last year and I embossed flowers all over the paper with glittery white embossing powder.

Then it was time to play with the markers.  I  colored and colored and painted and distressed and drew flowers, and scratched my head, and colored and colored some more and this is what I came up with:


What do you think???  Not bad for just messing around.  Tell me, do you think people would be interested in which markers I used?  Would YOU BE?  🙂

I love my crafting addiction.  Some people go to the bar after a long day at work to unwind.  I pull out my paper,  Just sayin!

Posted in crafting, Embellishments, Scrapbooking, silhouette

DIY Stencils!!



I may be showing you something that’s already been done 1,000 times on the YouTube. But, for me it’s new!

For those of you wondering if you should purchase a Silhouette Cameo, I have one good reason… You can make your own stencils!

I found acetate at my local craft store, 20 –  12 x 12 sheets for a dollar. They had weird designs on them, but I didn’t care. They cut the same.

I bought 40 sheets, and I’ve been cutting them on my Silhouette and turning them into my own homemade stencils.  This is the one I did tonight. A Silhouette is well worth the money.

Using some Recollections Pigment Spray Inks I bought at Michael’s, I made this in a matter of minutes!


If you’ve been sitting on the fence about buying one, hop off and have some fun like I am!