Monday, May 30, 2011

Pirate Party

My youngest turned 3 at the beginning of May. As you can see, it was a pirate party. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to find these Karen Foster pirate stickers and papers at A Walk Down Memory Lane. It made scrapping a page about the party a fast and easy thing!

Overall this is a pretty simple layout, but I think it works well. I really like the twine stitching over the corners. It makes the photos feel extra pirate-y to me.

I make the cake every year. I'm no decorator, but I like to bake, and it's fun to see what we can come up with.

We also made treasure chests that we filled with candy to give to the kids at the party (Our family's not huge, so there are only 5 including my kids). You can find the complete directions and bigger pictures of them on my blog here.

And, just a reminder that you don't always have to go with what a title sticker says. The sticker here originally said, "A pirate's LIFE for me". I used alpha stickers to change it to "A pirate's PARTY for me". Not a perfect match, but I like it anyways.

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Last May we had to put our beloved basset to sleep. I missed having a dog, so not too long after, I talked my wonderful, amazing, sweet husband into letting us get a puppy (those are just a few of the compliments I used to convince him we needed another dog). We got him right after the 4th of July last year. These pictures were taken just a week or 2 after we brought him home. I kept saying, "I have to scrap a few pictures of Uther." Well, almost a year later here's my layout:

Thanks to Bella Blvd.'s Tail Waggers and Cat Naps line, I was finally inspired to document our fun, adorable, troble maker of a puppy. I also used some stickers from Bella Blvd's Sunny Happy Skies that complimented the photos.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Day 2

When Baby Saurus by Little Yellow Bicycle came into A Walk Down Memory Lane, I knew I had to have it right away. The line is the perfect combination of just the right colors with just the right patterns.

If you want to see more Baby Saurus, you can check out another layout I made here and one more here.

Monday, May 23, 2011

I've been meaning to...

I've had the idea for this layout bouncing around in my brain for months. I've been meaning to make it, but other things just keep cropping up. I think I bought those blue and white star Puffies 3 months ago, and I've been meaning to do a layout like this ever since. This layout was really easy and fun to put together. I also think it would be cute with any of the other Puffies designs (cupcakes, flowers, hearts, farm animals...etc.). You could also do the same layout out of colored paper to change it up a bit.
A quick P.S. If anyone has some good tips for photographing layouts that have a lot of white on them, please feel free to share them with me. For some reason I really struggle to photograph white layouts true to color. Thanks!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Getting Lots Done with Sketch Support

I have a lot of crafts on my "to do" list right now, so I decided to spend the week tackling a few of them. I created 3 projects from sketches from the Sketch Support blog. If you haven't checked out Sketch Support, it's worth a look. There are lots of great sketches, and lots of creative projects base off of those sketches. I've mentioned my love for the Sketches for Scrapbooking books before, and the Sketch Support blog is an extension of those books.

This first project is based off of a Sketch Support 1-page sketch.

I picked up Jubilee by The Girls' Paperie at A Walk Down Memory Lane back at the end of April. I've been dying to use it. So glad I finally made the time! Those little flag stick pins are ridiculously fun, and I'm kind of in love with the pearl brads, too. I only started scrapbooking a few years ago, so it was a lot of fun to pull photos from my wedding (almost 7 years ago) and scrap them!

The next layout is from a Sketch Support 2-page sketch:

I've played around a little with Jillibean Soup's Spotted Owl Soup, but not nearly enough, so I decided to dive into my stash for this birthday boy layout.

Last but not least are a set of mini cards from a Sketch Support add-on sketch:

More Jillibean Soup Paper here, but this time it's Blossom Soup and Pasta Fagioli. I'm most in love with the cherries on these cards. The circle cherries are made from twine that I wound and glued down on top of a 3/4" circle. The puff ball cherries were also hand made from twine.

I've got lots more to share with you over the next week...see you Monday!

Thursday, May 19, 2011


It's been way too long since I've played along with a sketch challenge from My Mind's Eye. I started my layout this afternoon, so I'm just happy I got it done in time to photograph it in the daylight. Here's the sketch:

Here's my take:
I slid the whole sketch over to the left about 4 inches, but besides that I stayed pretty true to it. I used what might just be my favorite MME line ever; Stella and Rose (in fact I love it so much that you'll be able to see an entire mini album I created from it in an upcoming Northridge Media publication!!!). That's all I've got for tonight, but I do have a stack of layouts to share with you over the next week or so, so don't be a stranger.

Sunday, May 15, 2011


I'm looking forward to spending time outside with my husband and boys over Memorial Day weekend. If it's warm enough, we might even break out the tent and some s'mores and go camping in the back yard. I thought it would be fun to make a little Memorial Day decor that can also be played with, because, let's face it, they're going to play with what I make whether they're supposed to or not. This is even a craft you can make with your kids, it's so fun and fast. Here's what you'll need to make your own, fully functional, pinwheels:

1 - 6" x 6" piece of paper per pinwheel (I used My Mind's Eye Breaking Free)
1 Craft Glue Dot® per pinwheel
1 wood dowel per pinwheel
1 large eyelet per pinwheel
1 large brad per pinwheel
drill with a small drill bit

Score 2 lines diagonally (corner to corner) across your paper. If you don't have a scoring tool, just fold your paper in half (to form a triangle), unfold, and fold again the other direction.

Cut along each score line towards the center of the square. Don't cut all the way to the center, stop about 1" from the center.

Place a Craft Glue Dot® in the center of your square. Fold every other corner to the center, overlapping it slightly and attaching it to the Craft Glue Dot®.

Set a large eyelet in the center of your pinwheel.

Take your wooden dowel (you can buy these at the hardware store, but chop sticks or wooden shiskabob sticks work just as well) and drill a small hole through it about 1" from the top.

Take your brad and place it through the eyelet in the center of your pinwheel and through the hole in your wooden dowel. You can leave the legs of the brad sticking straight out, or you can flatten them to the back of your stick. Now you have a pinwheel that will spin in the breeze!

I made 3 pinwheels and planted them in jar that I filled with 1/2 marbles. They'll make a pretty decoration, but the kids can easily pull them out to play with.

I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots® Design Team.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Welcome Flag

My husband brought me this plant from the local greenhouse, just because he thought I'd like it. He was right, I love it and it looks great outside my front door. I decided it needed a little something, so I made the flag for it from one of Fancy Pant's Chipboard Banners and Pink Paislee's Hometown Summer. The "Welcome" letters are from The Girls' Paperie, and the ribbon is from May Arts.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Over the weekend my youngest turned 3. When I asked him what he wanted for his party theme, he immediately said, "Pirate!" I decided it would be fun to make small treasure chests to put candy and chocolate gold coins (so excited when I found chocolate gold coins!) in as party favors for the kids.

I picked out some paper from My Mind's Eye's Stella and Rose line that has a great wood grain pattern on one side (outside of the chest), and a fun polka dot pattern on the other side (inside of the chest). I have a Silhouette, so I started by cutting the Treasure Chest Box Template with my Silhouette.

I believe there's something similar that would work for the Cricut on the Life's A Party Shape Cartridge. You can also find templates you can print out on-line if you enter "pirate treasure chest template" into a search engine.

Once you cut and score the boxes, use Mini Glue Dots® along the edges to put your boxes together. Fill the boxes with candy or small prizes, and you're all set for your pirate party!

*I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots® Design Team.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Mustache fun with Glue Dots

If you're looking to partake in some silliness on a rainy day with your kids this summer, fake mustaches are a fun way to go. All you need are some Glue Dots®, felt, and scissors.

Start by finding and printing out a mustache template (or draw them yourself if you can draw, I can't so I got mine from Silhouette).

Attach your template to some felt with Removable Glue Dots® and cut out. Remove the template and Glue Dots® to reveal your mustaches.
Use Craft Glue Dots® to attach the mustache to your face. Proceed with the giggles. Don't forget to take some photos. When you're done all you have to do is peel gently to remove.

*I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots® Design Team.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Featured Manufacturers

It's May, which hopefully means more time outdoors AND 2 new featured manufacturers at A Walk Down Memory Lane. For the month of May you can enjoy Fancy Pants and Fiskars for 25% off.

Today I have 2 layouts featuring Fancy Pants:

Mullet Bay
Paper: Fancy Pants It’s the Little Things (Headed South, Pecking Order, Honeysuckle)
Stamps: My Favorite Things Polka Dot Greetings
Accessories: Tim Holtz Tissue Tape, Fancy Pants It’s the Little Things Chipboard Stickers, Jenni Bowlin Stick Pin, Webster’s Pages Flat Backed Scalloped Buttons, Jillibean Soup Mini Kraft Alphas Brown

Pool Fun
Paper: Fancy Pants Beach Bum (6 x 6 paper pad)
Accessories: American Crafts Day in the Sun Heat Wave Flair, The Girl's Paperie Tinsel & Twig Sticker Book