Sunday, February 18, 2018

A Little Sip Of Summer

This line from Simple Stories Summer Days was the perfect collection for these photos!  The AXO girls were enjoying sipping on some flavored shaved ice taking a much needed break.  I loved fussy cutting out the cloud, sunglasses and the little sip of summer and popping them up to add a little dimension on the layout.  I used part of a piece with the "notebook" lines and a punched the edges then stamped the date right on it and of course I have to get a little inky with the edges......perfect little way to not forget when this enjoyment of Summer happened.

I used strip of paper to created banners coming out from under one of the photos, again incorporating my notebook punch action along the bottom and adding a fun little camera flair.

Now the finished layout is complete and ready to be placed in the scrapbook!!  1 down and only what feels like hundreds more to go of this girls college life!

Supplies Used:
Xyron - Mega runner
Ranger Ink - Disstress Ink (walnut stain) & Sienna

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you have a creative day and get your fingers inky!


Sunday, February 11, 2018

FTK - Dance Marathon 23

Well since it's a snowy Sunday here in the Midwest why not get some scrap therapy in right!  I am working on my daughters college album and came across the photos from dance marathon last year.  If your not sure what dance marathon is....well these college kids collect donations to give to The Children's Hospital at The University of Iowa.  It means a lot to those families who spend days, weeks, and months there.  The University Of Iowa students dance, stay awake and don't sit for 24 hours....yes 24 hours non stop!!  Last year they raised an amazing amount of money all FTK (for the kids)!  The exact total was $2,572,130.23  Crazy right.....but when these amazing young adults put their mind to something there is no stopping them!!

As a parent of one of these dancers....I of course stalked social media saving photos down, and watched the live stream with tears of pride!  I created this layout for Ariel to always remember one of the best things from her college years!

I love to use letter stickers on my layouts, however sometimes they are just not that sticky.  One way to make sure they don't fall off is to run them through my Xyron machines.  You can see in this photo below I ran them through my Xyron 1.5.  After running them through I just give them a little rub on the back of the adhesive strip and those bad boys are not coming off of the layout.  

Here is my finished layout.  Not only will she remember this night because she doing it all FTK, but she enjoyed some time with her Alpha Chi Omega sisters as well!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  You can see the supplies used to create this layout below.

Supplies Used
Xyron 1.5 , mega runner
Echo Park Paper
Pink Paislee - blue letter stickers
American Crafts - orange letter thickers
Doddle Bug Designs - Sprinkles
Ranger Ink - Distress Ink

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Etsy Up and Running

Hello everyone, I have begun to get my Etsy back up and going.  I have a couple things listed and will be adding more over the next few days.  You can see a few photos below of the creations uploaded now.

Stop by and grab them before they are gone!!  Click HERE to check out my shop!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Greek Week

Hey there everyone, I have a layout to share with you that I created using the Safari Adventure Collection from Graphic 45.  This collection was a perfect fit for these "wild" photos!!  I printed out the photos in black and white to let the color in the flowers pop off the page.

Below is the completed layout.  My daughter and her sisters were teamed up with a frat for this competition.  I used Little Yellow Bicycle letters (green) to write the sorority and the frat names on the photos.

You can see the title Greek Week in this close up.  I placed the title around one of the photos.  Using the Thickers I then outlined them for a bit of a different look.

I simply love the cut apart papers in EVERY Graphic 45 collection.....and of course the tags you can cut out as well.  The tags add such a great embellishment to any layout, simply add a Xyron foam pop square and its perfect!!

Of course you can't not fussy cut a Graphic 45 line, these flowers were just screaming to be cut and pop dotted up on the page with the tiger!

Thanks for stopping by to check out this wild layout and of course a big shout out to the Real.Strong.Women of Alpha Chi Omega, and their dance partners from Sig Ep & Phi Psi for rockin' this dance!!

Supplies Used:
Graphic 45 - Safari Adventure
Xyron - Adhesive & foam squares
Ranger Ink - Walnut Stain Distress Ink
American Craft - Thickers
Bazzill - Cardstock
Little Yellow Bicycle - letters


Sunday, October 30, 2016


Well I've been busy creating lots of layouts catching up on my daughters first year of college.  I'm going to share a couple pages of A Chi O bidday from last year. 

I loved hearing everything that was going on from my daughter for a couple weeks leading up to her finding out exactly who her new sisters were going to be.  Seeing all of the photos that were shared made me smile.....she now has a huge family away from home.....some very real.strong.women!!

Once it was revealed as to which house so was now a member of, off they went on a bus to meet everyone.  From the photos that were shared it had to be an amazing moment.  Laughing, hugging, happy tears and of course bonding.....and a ton of pics!!  

Here a few of the girls gather sharing that amazing moment together.

a few close ups of the details.

Of course what is a homecoming without a little party and balloons.

The girls have learned how to throw what you know AXO style!

I can't wait to watch all of her new sisters grow over the next couple years, and for her to experience the life long bond they will share!!

Supplies Used:
Simple Stories - Life In Color
Xyron - Adhesive
October Afternoon - Letter stickers
Ranger - Walnut Stain distress ink
Jillibean Soup - Letter stickers
American Craft - Thickers

Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you have a creative day!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Oh What Fun It Is 2 Be AXO

So after cleaning my craft area I was eager to get back to crafting (of course football was on in my scraproom while crafting)!!  I don't have any local stores to shop at to get the newest paper, so I went through my stash of goodies and found the perfect Christmas line for the photos I wanted to scrap.  Since I'm playing catch up on photos I of course start with Christmas!!  Digging through my stash I come across Simple Stories Cozy Christmas collection....complete with all the did I not touch this before now?

Let's talk title.....I love the pages you can cut apart and found the perfect saying (well almost perfect) I of course had to add a sticker and some rub-ons to make it just right! The red and green in this line are pretty perfect for the Alpha Chi Omega colors of my daughter sorority.  Last year I made my daughter, her big, and great grand big ornaments......and of course I already have the ones for this year in the works!!!

Here is the finished layout.

I started by matting the photos and moving papers around to see which ones I liked best.  Ink for me is a MUST so I grabbed my Ranger Distress Ink (walnut stain) and inked the edges! I used my favorite adhesive Xyron, and the foam pop dots that I have hoarded for a while to pop up the banner and heart below.

I have to put the year on it otherwise I will forget :)

Here is another close up of my fun title work and you can see I added a few of the dots around the layout as well.

Can I just tell you it felt amazing to be creating again!!!  

Supplies Used:
Simple Stories - Cozy Christmas
Xyron - Mega Runner & foam squares
Ranger - Distress Ink (walnut stain)

Thanks for stopping by and I'm looking forward to sharing many more creations yet this year!


Sunday, September 18, 2016

It's been awhile!!

Wow I can't believe how long it has been since I have blogged, uploaded any projects or even scrapbooked!!  A lot has changed since my last post.  I guess the biggest thing is our daughter is starting her second year of college!!  I don't even know where the first year of college went......I have the photos to prove that it happened, but wow that was fast!  I haven't really scrapbooked since but have decided it's time to get back to it.  

So off I went to my scrapbook room to start to clean and organize.  I went through all of my Petaloo stash first....I mean who doesn't love Petaloo!!!!  Looks like I have plenty to get started with.

The stamps and some things to alter area is still a work in progress!!

Well I guess i'm set for adhesive for a while!

And yes one can never have to much twine!!

So now that I have this newly cleaned space i'm really wanting to dive in and start creating......I mean I do have an entire year of college photos to get working on.  I may post some of the last projects that I created over a year ago because those have not been posted.....but i'm excited to get working on new projects.  I think it might be time to do a little online shopping since there are not any stores here locally anymore!