Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Welcome 2019! New Year's Resolutions???

It's a new year, a clean slate; a time when many of us make New Year's resolutions. Do YOU make resolutions?

I usually don't make resolutions, but in the past couple of years I've had several life changes -- "retired" (actually, I just quit) a job I didn't love; my husband and I, both lifelong Illinois natives, sold our home and moved 1,100 miles away to southern Colorado, taking my mother with us; found out my "aches and pains" actually are the result of rheumatoid arthritis; adjusted to some physical limitations and underwent hip replacement surgery and therapy to improve movement.

The past year especially has been filled both with positive and negative situations as I've adjusted to my new reality, so I'm making a few resolutions to infuse some positive energy into my daily life. To chronicle my resolutions (and hopefully to motivate myself to keep them) I created this journal spread:




I'm working with a 6 x 8-inch binder and pocket pages; my goal is to complete a 2-page spread for each week in 2019. It's in conjunction with Scrapbook & Cards today's SCT Delivered year-long Inside the Pocket monthly class.

I also enrolled in SCT's year-long monthly scrapbook layout sketch class, with a single and a double-page sketch each month. This my interpretation of the double-page sketch:

I used the fabulous Simple Vintage Christmas collection by Simple Stories and photos from our grandchildren.

The single-page layout uses just one page of the double-page sketch. I changed mine up a bit by using one large photo of my two-year-old granddaughter on her "princess photo shoot":

I used the Vintage Girl collection and Tiny Prints from Photoplay.

I'm pleased to be continuing on the Sketches in Thyme and Creative Inspiration teams for 2019. This was my January layout (sketch by Shawn Lahr):

Prima's "Santa Baby" collection was perfect for these photos, again featuring the 2-year-old granddaughter.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Christmas is almost here!

The December issue of Creative Inspiration online magazine is LIVE now on the Creatve Inspiration blog! Please visit and check out the fantastic work from scrapbookers and crafters from all over the world.

As usual, our 11 grandchildren (and their parents) provide me with a steady stream of photos for scrapbook layouts. For today's Sketches in Thyme layout, I featured granddaughter Isla, 9 months old, meeting Santa for the first time:

Isla was polite but unimpressed, even though this was a grand Santa with his jeweled hat, vest, and belt! Most of the papers and embellishments are from Simple Stories' Simply Vintage Christmas collection.

Isla 's parents were the stars of a layout for the Creative Inspiration forum. I took the photos back in December 2012 when our son Jeff brought his girlfriend, Erica, home for the first time. It was apparent to all of us that Erica was destined to be a part of our family! 

I used pastel chalks over a layer of gesso to color the background. The baby in the photo is another grandson, Hamish, now 6.

Do you make and send handmade Christmas cards? Usually I do, but rheumatoid arthritis has limited my activities a bit. Instead, everyone is getting a gift card with a handmade gift card holder. Shopping was easy this year!!!

In the final two weeks of 2018, I've indulged in two new scrapbook paper collections -- Simple Stories Simply Vintage Christmas (lucky me -- I won a drawing and had a gift card for $20, which paid all but the tax) and Prima's Santa Baby collection. Hopefully the family will keep those precious photos coming my way.

Thanks for looking; have a great day!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Catching up....

Hello, scrappy friends! I''m sorry that my blog has been a bit neglected for the past couple of months. There were some health issues that needed attention, thus limiting my computer time. It's nice to get back to crating and posting!

The November week 3 sketch, #349, is up on the Sketches in Thyme blog. This week's sketch was designed by the talented Shawn Lahr.  This is the sketch:

This is my take:

My oldest daughter and her husband recently took their two-year-old daughter to a nearby orchard to buy mums for their yard. Little Charleigh likes flowers and was happy to assist. I used Prima's Amber Moon collection; the patterned paper colors were perfect with the photos. 

Sketches in Thyme has a new sketch each week -- a total of four each month -- with a prize drawing at the end of each month. Be sure to upload your completed layouts to the page for a chance at the prize!

This was my layout for the October sketch at sketches in Thyme; this is granddaughter Isla with her proud parents at her christening:

And this was my layout for September. My oldest daughter has two boys, ages 17 and 13, and a 2-year-old daughter. The boys love their sister, and she adores them. She also loves football and attending her brothers' games. Her name is Charleigh, but her brothers have nicknamed her "Chuck" . Hence the title:

Thanks for looking; have a great day!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Daddy's girl and our rockabilly boy

Hello! Today I have a couple of layouts featuring my two youngest grandchildren. The first is a layout I created for the Sketches in Thyme sketch blog,  using Sketch #333.  This year marked baby Isla and daddy Jeff's first Father's Day together, and mommy Erica bought them matching shirts:

I kept my layout simple, following the sketch pretty faithfully, so that sweet photo would shine!

This was another layout created  for Sketches in Thyme using sketch #337. This time, it stars little cousin Theodore (Teddy) in his new rockabilly duds. Mommy and Daddy are huge rockabilly fans and were thrilled to find clothes to fit their new little guy.

I changed the original sketch a bit so I could show the photos of Teddy a bit larger, since he's so cute! This one lent itself to the use of a lot of patterns and colors, which made this Grandma very happy.

Sketches in Thyme features a new original sketch each Monday on the blog. Participants have the entire month to create a layout from any of the month's sketches (or ALL of them!) and link them to the blog for a chance to win a prize.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Sketches in Thyme #337

Have you checked out this month's Sketches in Thyme sketches? This week's sketch #337, was designed by Shawn Lahr and is great for getting more photos onto your layout. This is the sketch:

I loved working with this sketch! My youngest daughter had posted photos of my youngest grandchild, Theodore ("Teddy") in his new rockabilly attire including rolled-up jeans, band t-shirt and "Chucks" sneakers. This is my layout:

 I changed a few elements around to better accommodate the photos:

Isn't he adorable?? (I'm kind of biased) I used the Lil' Dude collection feom Simple Stories because of all the bright colors and patterns:

Here are a few more layouts from earlier in the month:

Grandson Hamish discovered archery at a camp in Wisconsin. It's probably the first time he has concentrated on one activity for a whole hour:

I cwated this layout for the Creative Inspiration design twam.

 This was one of my favoritws this month! I used a sketch from PageMaps and the July kit from Citrua Twist Kits:

Thanks for looking! Have a wonderful day

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Creative Inspirations magazine is online!

The August issue of Creative Inspiration online magazine is up on the blog:

I'm pleased to be included among the talented scrap artists and card makers from around the world. Please check it out and tell us what you think!

Due to life's various little ups and downs, I've fallen behind in posting to my blog. I'm not going to post everything I've made for the past month, but here are a couple:

This layout was a design team project created for Creative Inspirations, using a sketch by Bev Code and and a variety of products from my stash:

This card also was a Creative Inspiration design team project. Here's the sketch:

and here's my card. I used Prima's Amber Moon:

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Monday, July 16, 2018

A layout for a first Father's Day

It's the third week of the month, and we have a new sketch on the Sketches in Thyme blog. Today my take on sketch #333 is featured:

Brenshevia Baker created this week's fabulous sketch, which you can see on the blog. I followed the sketch pretty closely because I loved the simplicity of the design and the "wow" factor of featuring one great photo. The subjects in my layout are my son and his new daughter, who was born February 18. Father's Day was extra special for him this year because it was his first one as a father. His wife bought adorable matching shirts for Daddy and Baby. 

Sketches in Thyme features a new sketch each week, and each day you will find a layout created by a design team member on the blog. If you create your own layout based on the sketch and upload it to the blog by the end of the month, you will be entered in the prize drawing,

Thank you for stopping by; have a fabulous day!