Sunday Scrappies

I am trying so hard to give myself Sunday's off.  It's something I desperately need physcially… emotionally… spiritually… creatively… and it's really the one afternoon a week I can scrapbook.  This makes three Sunday's straight that I've had creative time, and it feels so good.

First, 3 more layouts using that awesome Studio Calico goodness:

She is Crafty 

I've ended up using those photos from our Valentine's shoot a whole lot, but they're perfect for more moment/personality type layouts.  The title pocket holds photos of more of Hanna's projects that she made in her online class.

She is Crafty Detail

Love those K and Co flowers.  And look – I even used a stamp!  I tend to be rather stamp challenged =)

Another one using those Valentine's photos.  Again, though, it was just perfect for capturing some thoughts about this past year (and I typed the journaling directly on the photo before sending it to the printer).  Still not 100% sure how I feel about the red brads, but I've changed them out half a dozen times and they're the ones I'm happiest with.

Soar Detail 
Again, all from the Studio Calico kit with the exception of the butterflies.

  Totally 7 
Yep – more from that same shoot and the Studio Calico kit (plus a few random stickers).  And the colors don't look so wonky in real life – I've got to focus on getting better photos of my layouts since we can't find drivers to update my ancient scanner to Windows 7.

Totally 7 Detail 

So totally happy with the way this one turned out!  One of those capturing the personality type layouts.

And a two pager using some October Afternoon of Hanna's birthday party:

Craft Party

Hello, white space!  Simple, fun, and I'm kind of obsessed with those funky, handcut, distressed flowers right now.  I'm also really happy with the "bones" of the layout (based on a Pagemaps sketch).  It's one I can certainly see myself using over and over.

Craft Party Detail 
10 layouts in the last 3 weeks – that's more than I got done in all of 2009!  The only issue is that I now have several hundred layouts to get into albums.  Remember when I took them all out of the post-bound albums last year?  That project has been a little bit…er…a whole lot stalled.  I've got to get working on it again soon!

Scrappy Loves

So…I've got about a half dozen "serious" blog posts I've been meaning to write, but for now…more scrappy loves:

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The newish This to That adhesives from American crafts.  I have the dots and the strips, and am loving them both.  The dots remind me of Hermafix before EK Success bought them out years ago and ruined them.

Another new love: Scrapbook & Cards Today.  I let all of my magazine subscriptions go about a year ago.  I'm just not finding them inspiring enough to rationalize the money spent on them.  It seems like there's more inspiration in online galleries…so I'm totally loving a magazine that you can get in print, but also online (as well as their entire back catalog).  They also have a rather fab blog that I'm enjoying.  It's nice to sit down when I have a few minutes to peruse and find something new.

They also feature lots of the scrappers I find most inspiring…this layout is based on a Kelly Goree layout from their Winter '09 issue:


I used some of the goodies I ordered from Studio Calico (which made putting a layout together just as easy as I'd hoped it would).   And I have no idea why all the photos are so different in shade in the photo.  I'm not too great at photographing layouts – I've always used my scanner, but haven't been able to find drivers to run it with Windows 7.

A few details:

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Wonky flowers, ric rac, glittery brads, scalloped edges….yep, it's a big love!

Another layout I'm liking and didn't photograph too well:

We Swim

 I *think* the general layout for this one is from another issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today, but I didn't jot the name of the designer.  Bad! 

Love it, though, and will definitely be using this design over and over – perfect for things like swimming that I tend to have hundreds of pictures of and that we do over and over and over.

And look:

We Swim Detail 
a little paper piecing =)

One more layout, though I'm not really feeling this one:

Frozen Critters

Too, too busy.  I debated starting over, but you know what?  It's done and the memory is recorded.  I'm good with it.  I'm reminded again, though, that I just don't scrapbook a lot of our cooler weather memories.  Our albums tend to be filled with more outdoor, summery ones.

Whew…two weeks in a row of scrapping some of our own photos!  This could get to be a habit =)


From the Studio…May 11, 2010

Another week of busy creating.  I am at that time of year that I need to start stockpiling for my month-long trip to stay with family in California, but I'm just not there yet.  Last year, I listed lots of individual piecings while I was traveling and that worked quite well so I think I'll do that again this year (plus I'll have time on the train to chalk and ink!).

A few new listings for this week:

Boy World Final

Out of this World – I always love space themed layouts, and this one is no exception.   I've got plans for a girlier version of this one later in the week.

Cherry Final

You are the Cherry on Top! – Love this one, but it sure didn't want to have it's picture taken.  Each of the cherries is hand-chalked and I think that whipped cream looks good enough to eat!

Disney Day Final

Our Perfect Disney Day – I get lots of requests for Disney layouts, and I love how this one turned out.  The colors and swirls are perfect!

Say Cheese Final

 Say Cheese – mice on layouts?  Totally cute.  Mice anywhere else?  Not so much!  Perfect for those cute extra cheesy smiles.

Wild Boy Final
Wild About You! –  Love this one, probably because the monsters have a bit of a Muppet feel to me.  Like the Out of this World layout above, I have a girl version of this one ready to list in a few days.

I've got another 7 layouts planned for this week – and I'm crossing my fingers I can get them all done!

Patterns are by Treasure Box Designs and Myscrapchick.  

From the Studio…

A new week, a few new listings for my eBay friends!

Flip FLop Final 
Flip Flop Season – so technically, living in Florida makes it flip flop season all year long…but I know other parts of the country are finally getting to join in some of the warm weather.

Matter of heart 
A Matter of Heart! – some of my most treasured keepsakes are the sweet scribbles of my kids when they were younger, and even at ages 8 and 12 I still get gifts of their heartfelt artistry on at least a weekly basis.

Love Blooms Final 
Love Blooms Here – I just adore this layout!  So sweet, so wide open for just about any family or little girl photos you can think of.

Nut Final 
The Nut Doesn't Fall Too Far From the Tree – I love this layout.  It reminds me of silly family traits and jokes, and I think the squirrels are darling.  And it wasn't until I took it outside to photograph it that I realized I had flipped one of the background pages before I adhered the piecings and photo mattes.  I wanted to cry – there was absolutely no way I could fix it, and I don't have enough of the papers to completely redo it.  So…it's listed at a slightly lower price and hopefully it will find a home.

I also have a few borders listed that will be closing Thursday evening.  I love these borders – the base generally measures about 2.75 to 3.25 inches tall and fits perfectly across a two page layout.  All you really have to add is cardstock and photos!

Border Family Final 
Family Matters – my favorite border this week.  Green and purple are two of my favorite colors to put together, and I love the bears on this one.

Border Hoot Final 
What A Hoot – I also love owls, and these chubby little guys crack me up!  Perfect for those funny face photos we all seem to have stacks of.

Border Bee Final 
Cute as Can Bee! – I thnk the title pretty much says it all.  Bright and bold, perfect for spring or summer photos.

I have a few other listings this week, and will be adding more as the week goes by. 

Side note: I wish I could take credit for the darling critters on these layouts, but the patterns are by Treasure Box Designs and Myscrapchick.  Aren't they darling!  I use their patterns, cut them out on cardstock, ink, chalk, put them together and add details.  

The Simple Woman’s Daybook – beginning of May

Outside my window…it's going to be hot again.  I'm not ready for 90's and humidity yet!

I am thinking…about trying to find some more time to scrapbook

I am hearing…it's quiet.  Too quiet. 

I am thankful for…the last month of school, God's grace, His continued provision, that our trip to visit family is less than two months away.

I am praying for…a mortgage modification, which would go so far towards relieving my stress.  For answers to the writing issues Caleb's having.  For a quiet month before the craziness of June.

Toward a healthier me….I'm officially down 25 pounds since the day after Thanksgiving.  It hasn't been easy or fast, but it's going down.  Still another 40 to go before I'm back to where I was when I got sick last Spring.   I was thrilled to try on my favorite skirt from last spring on Sunday morning and find that it actually fit again!

Inspiring me this week…this quote:

Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity.  Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.  Marcus Tullius Cicero

So much to think about in those few words.

From the learning rooms…history will be done this week.  Caleb is cruising through multiplication and Hanna is nearly done with her math book.  Yesterday, school took about an hour.  I need to find a little something extra to add in.

From the kitchen…this week's meal plan can be seen here, but I'm feeling very bored with our meals lately.  I need to spend a little time searching out some new recipes.

I am wearing…navy blue t-shirt and khaki shorts. 

I am creating… new scrapbook listings for eBay and starting on my summer lists.  We'll be heading to California for part of June and much of July, and there's so much to do!

I am going… to the UMw Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show on Saturday as the guest of a very dear lady.  I'm a little bit excited about it =)

I am reading…still reading Dangerous Wonder by Mike Yaconelli and my One Year Bible.  I also pulled out Into Thin Air like I have this time every year since I bought it in 1997 (I think).  Tom keeps asking if I think the ending will change =P

Toward a lifelong education… working on a post about soy products and why we don't eat them (unless they're traditionally fermented).  It's been quite a bit more work than I anticipated!

On keeping home…for some reason, we've got an extra twin mattress that has made it's way into the living room and taken up residence there for the last few days.  It's kind of driving me nuts, but the kids have been playing on it like crazy and I'm hesitant to remove anything that encourages play without fighting!

One of my favorite things…new scrappy supplies.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  middle school youth tonight, church on Wednesday, the gym once or twice, the Spring Luncheon on Saturday and Mother's Day on Sunday. 

Here is picture for thought I am sharing…


Caleb and one of his Sunday School teachers for the past two years, Mr. Chuck.  Mr. Chuck and his wife, Miss Kate, are pretty humble about it but they've made an incredible impact on the life of this little boy.  It's one that will have an eternal impact and I am so very grateful for them.

Have a blessed week!

Read more Daybooks here, where they are graciously hosted by Peggy each week.

I did it, I did it, I did it…yeah!

I did it, I did it, I did it…yeah!, she said in her very best Dora the Horror voice.

It's been a long time since I scrapbooked.

Which sounds fairly ridiculous considering I work on something every day…piecings, layouts, borders…but those are for clients.

I think it's been pretty close to a year since I scrapbooked any memories of my own.

My children have actually been complaining about it.

About two weeks ago, I started editing some photos, printing out sketches and making plans.  I'd hoped to spend all day Saturday scrapping, but that didn't happen.  I did end up having a bit of free time yesterday afternoon and I took advantage of it!

Here's what I got done:

Rainy Day

My favorite of the afternoon, although it photographed a bit odd.  And totally not where I'd planned to go with it – it was supposed to be a 2 pager,with a few more photos.  I like this better.

And I love, love, love the October Afternoon stuff, but especially the new Thrift Shop line.  I just ordered one piece of each paper, but I'm thinking I'm going to have to save up a bit for another order!

Just a little blurry detail shot:

Rainy Day Details

Another favorite, this one using Doodlebug:

That 70's Girl

The colors are a little off in the photograph, but how fun is that paper!   And the newish Jack & Jill stickers…I'm in love.  I will most definitely be needing more!

Another detail – stitching, Prima flowers – so cute =)

That 70's Girl Detail

And my least favorite of the afternoon…although I do still like it quite a bit, I wanted to go a different direction and didn't have the supplies I needed.  

Easter Crutches

October Afternoon's Go Fly a Kite line…gorgeous.  With Scenic Route gone, I think they're going to be my new go-to line.  My original vision for this was to machine stitch some brown lines on the green polka dot paper and tie the buttons on top (which makes perfect sense in my head).  I couldn't find any green thread, though, so this is okay.   If  I can find my brown embroidery floss, I think I'll tie the buttons off with that and I think that might make me a little happier.

I've got photos and sketches for another dozen layouts – now to find some more time to play! 

A few of my favorite things…

It's been a while since I shared some of the things I'm loving right now…

  • Is anyone else watching Justified on FX?  Tom and I are completely obsessed.  He started watching it because Timothy Olyphant was in Deadwood, one of his other favorites (he's also from Modesto – go figure!).  I started watching it because it's based on an Elmore Leonard short story and I was intrigued.  Now, we're completely hooked and the show just gets better each week.
  • My new old iced tea pitcher.  I shared this photo on my Sunday gratitude this week.  I found it at the Hen's Nest while killing some time last week and it reminded me so much of Gram that I just had to have it.  It's sort of a rosy pink and it's been continuoulsly in use since I brought it home.  It makes me happy.


  • Scrappy Loves…It's been nearly a year since I last scrapbooked any of our own photos and I've got such a need right now to scrap. is having a printing sale until the end of the month -I've already placed one order, and I'm frantically editing and cropping to get another placed before the 30th.  I'm editing with a stack of Becky Fleck's Page Maps on my lap,  matching photos to sketches and making a master list.  I also placed a tiny order of the Fly A Kite line from October Afternoon to help me get inspired.  If everything arrives when it should, I'm hoping to spend Saturday scrapping!
  • More scrappy loves…I've also been a bit obsessed with Studio Calico for the last few months.  It seems like so many of my favorite scrappy bloggers are on their design team, and I've been drooling over their layouts.  I placed a teensy order this morning, but I'd really love to get a subscription.   I know I'm very much a scrapbooker who is inspired by new product and new photos.  That little monthly boost of inspiration a monthly kit offers would be lovely.
  • I know I've mentioned That Mitchell and Webb Look on here before, but BBCAmerica is running a new season and I think it's their funniest ever.  Like most British comedy, it's not for everyone but I love it.  Mr. Darcy the freestyle disco champ and the post-event game show…brilliant!  And of course, our favorite Sir Digby Chicken Caeser is back =)
  • New music…I think Tom and Hanna found Poema a month or so ago on a hardcore website Tom frequents (although they are most definitely not a hardcore group).  Hanna immediately fell in love with them.  Sort of acoustic-indie, they're truly lovely.   Reminds me a bit of the Blank Daisies.
  • Walking…I've been walking for the last 3 weeks, at least six days a week.  I'd love to get back up to about an hour a day, but my schedule simply won't allow it right now.  I started out with 15 minutes and am up to about 30, and feeling better every single day.  I loaded some of my favorite worship music onto my MP3 player, and have already started craving the peace and focus it brings me each morning.
  • I*heart* Steig Larsson…I picked up The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo to read on the plane when I went to California last month and devoured it.  Came home and snagged The Girl Who Played With Fire and devoured it too.  Hopped on Amazon to order The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest and realized it doesn't come out until the end of May…and that the author passed away shortly after completing the series.  I just about cried!  It's been a long, long time since I've become this obsessed with a series of books.  They're not the fastest paced, but they are some of the best crafted reads I've ever enjoyed.  I think I've got enough Swag Bucks to pre-order the new one =)

Time to get this morning going…what are you loving right now? 

From the studio…

In August, I'll celebrate my fifth year of creating and selling my layouts on eBay…crazy! 

I think in that time, I've created over one thousand layouts to list.

Can I say crazy again or is it too soon?

I'm going to try to start posting the layouts here each week for my own record and to show them off a bit.  I have several year's worth on the computer, but not all of them. 

These will all be closing Thursday afternoon and evening, and can be seen in more detail on eBay by clicking here.

 Beach Babes Final

Beach Babes – love this one!  That pink/orange/red/yellow color combo is one of my favorites for summer layouts.

Clownin' FInal
Can I make a confession?  I'm terrified of clowns!  There is nothing funny or silly or amusing about them…but this layout?  I like it.  My goal in creating layouts has always been to design layouts that are cute, but aren't so cute or involved that they steal the focus from the photos and memories.  I think this layout meets that goal.

Family Matters Final

Love this one.  That Basic Grey paper, the black and white gingham, the cute bears…I love creating sort of general family focused layouts like this one.

Makin a Splash FInal

How much do I live this one? 

Ummm…. a lot =)

I was so excited to find a collection of KI Classics at Michael's last week.  KI has been a longtime love of mine when it comes to scrapbook supplies and these older lines are wonderful.  Perfect for setting off an underwater scene.

What A Catch Final
Fishing…with all the time Tom and Caleb have spent fishing the last few weeks, this one was a given.  Love this one – again, it's simple and cute and won't overwhelm your photos.  

Side note: I wish I could take credit for the darling critters on these layouts, but the patterns are by Treasure Box Designs.  Aren't they darling!  I cut them out on cardstock, ink, chalk, put them together and add details.   I think they're about as cute as can be!