Catching Up With a 14 Year Old

One of the many projects on my winter to-do list was to play catch up with photos I took last summer of my then, 13 year old grandson. Well, he turned 14 this past winter so before I was willing to admit he’s another year older, I put these pages together:

Just look at all those fun embellishments!

I used this kit from Scrapbook Generation to get these layouts done in no time flat. The kit came with directions, color photos of the finished layouts, and a sketch to keep for future use.

Now ….. Go tell your story!


Turning Sixty

My kids threw a surprise party for my 60th birthday last summer. Yep, the big six-oh! I can’t say I’m loving that number, but I sure am counting myself as one blessed woman to have such a loving, thoughtful family.

Here are the layouts:

I used Close to My Heart papers and a cutting guide from Tina Lovell to document this wonderful afternoon. There’s one more layout in this cutting guide, but I’m saving that one for another occasion.

You can find Tina’s cutting guides here.

The Celebrate paper collection retired on February 29th but it’s likely there’s a consultant who has some inventory available for sale. Contact me if you’d like some referrals.


Month in Review: January – February 2020

I’m spending some of my winter days in Florida this year and have focused my storytelling more on everyday life, rather than life events. Since everything is new to me here, it’s easy to snap photos most days, choose my favorites, and create a layout at the end of each month.

Here’s what I did for January and February:

When I started putting this layout together, I learned, with great disappointment that the paper crafting supply chain in SW Florida is nearly non-existent. What a bummer. But I used what I had on hand and got the job done … it’s all about the storytelling you know!

This is the sketch I used. I found it on Pinterest and it was listed as having come from Big Picture. I just flipped this sketch to create the right side of the layout.

By the time I did this layout, my new Expressions Air 2 had arrived so I had more creative options available to me … thank goodness!

I used a journaling technique referred to as “telling the story by the numbers”. Using 20 photos left me little room for storytelling. I simply numbered each photo, then used a coordinating list to summarize my February life!

So there you have it … two months of everyday life. Nothing fancy or frivolous. Just getting the story told!

My Story

The Tale of Two Craft Rooms

I’m so fortunate to have a job that allows me to work from home most of the time. That’s made it possible for me to spend some of my time Down-South over the last three months. Lucky me! One slight obstacle though … how can I continue to play with paper without access to the abundance of tools and supplies I have at my fingertips in my Up-North craft room?

Up-North Crafty Haven

Well, I think I have the hang of it, or at least I’m coming close. Here’s how I started creating my new Down-South craft space:

  • I moved most duplicate or extra supplies I had to my Down-South space. This included things like a trimmer, scissors, adhesives, ruler, markers, my old Cricut Expressions and cartridges, and storage containers.
  • As for paper, I moved theme specific paper packs and made sure I packed coordinating card stock with each one.
  • I planned my projects and packed paper and supplies specific to that task
  • I’ve made good use of kits and cutting guides, along with sketches from Pinterest and Page Maps.
  • I’m taking a couple of online classes this year: Stacy Julian’s 20 in 20, and SCT 356. Both keep me inspired and help plan my next projects!
  • I’m dabbling in digital again with Project Life, Photo Shop Elements, and Forever Artisan.
Down-South Craft Spaces

My Down-South craft spaces consist of the dining room table, my office desk, and a corner for supply storage. I’m trying to keep it easy and simple by determining my basic needs and planning projects ahead of time:

  • I sold my Cricut Expressions and replaced it with an Air 2. I just couldn’t go back to all the manual configuring that goes into using the old Expression. I’ve been spoiled for way too long!
  • I miss ink soooo much! I purchased a few ink pads and will be going through my stamp collection Up-North next week and decide which sets fit my Down-South needs best.
  • My traveling Cuttlebug, a few embossing folders, and some dies will be coming back with me next week.
  • After several disappointing visits to the local Michael’s and JoAnn’s, I was left with no choice but to place online orders for my favorite embellishments: twine, shimmer trim, gems, burlap ribbon, and sequins. I’m just so spoiled by the quality brands I’ve loved for years!
  • And then there’s photo printing … As much as I’ve tried to keep an open mind about using the local Walgreen’s for my photo printing, I just don’t love the results. So, I’ll be bringing my compact Epson photo printer back with me next week as well. There’s just nothing like having total control of your print quality.

All in all, the challenge of creating with limited supplies Down-South has been good for me. I’ve created with what I have on hand, and I’ll admit, its been fun! I look at my scrapbook pages and think “Huh. Not my best work.” But you know what? I’ve been telling my stories and finishing long overdue projects. And that’s what counts!

Besides, the view is awesome …


2019 Review: A Wedding

Weddings are such a big event in any family. Last year, my nephew married his long time love in a picture perfect ceremony that put a smile on everyone’s face. As with most weddings, there were lots of photos taken. While it’s nice to think about scrapbooking all the photos, for me, it’s just not practical. I had to utilize my best photo sorting skills to choose the photos that told the story from my perspective. Not to say I’ll never use any of the others … you never know what fun projects are my future!

The “Celebrate Today” pocket card is a Flip Flap that opens to reveal more photos
This is the Flip Flap in the open position

Supplies Used: Close To My Heart

Layouts designed by: Tina Lovell

Here’s to best of family times …. Have a wonderful day!