Make sure to tell your story.

As the Mom and a Scrapbooker I’m the one who’s telling my family’s story.

I’m also usually the one taking all the pictures.  Sometimes I’m even in the pictures.

As a scrapbooker, one of the things I’ve never done before was to do a layout on “ME”.

I know it feels a little vain, but, it’s important.  (Don’t you think?)

Hopefully one day, my kids or grandkids might enjoy reading a little bit about me.

Isn’t that why we do it?  To tell our “story”.

My 10 Things Layout

Last month on my blog I did a post on “10 things you may or may not know about me.”

I used that post as the starting point for this layout.

I like to use things in ways other than how their supposed to be used.

For this layout I used one of the scalloped shapes from the Send it Clear card kit from Clear Scraps.

Once I glued the scrapbook paper to the clear scallop, I edged around it with a gold paint pen.

I love how it’s a subtle enhancement for my page.  I glued a small medallion onto the tip of the scallop.

The paper is from the “Americana” collection from Pebbles Inc.

I also used Tim Holtz’ “Chit Chat” stickers to emphasize certain words in my story.

It’s simple and it’s me!

Catching the Sun with Alcohol Inks

Suncatcher with Alcohol Ink

Now that schools out and everyone’s looking for new things to do.

How about making a Sun Catcher with the kids?

  • I started out with a 4″ clear acrylic circle from Clear Scraps.
  • After removing the thin protective film off both sides of the circle,I drew a simple picture on the circle using a black paint pen.  You could also use a black permanent marker.
  • Next, turn the circle over and on the reverse side of the circle color the image with Alcohol Inks.  You can’t tell by this picture, but for added detail, I edged the circle with a Silver paint pen.

This is something even the younger kids can enjoy.  (I recommend ages 3-100)

This project was created for and sponsored by Clear Scraps.

Cherish Family 1936

I recently ran across this old Family Reunion picture from 1936.

Cherish Family 1936 layout

Because there is over 100 relatives in the picture, I wanted to highlight where my Grandparents are.

Cherish Family 1936 layout tools

I used one of the frames from the “Clear Mixers“.

After removing one side of the protective covering, I painted the edges with Antique Linen Distress

Paint.  I glued a small piece of scrapbook paper under the painted side and trimmed it with an exact-o

knife.  I gently sanded the edges with a sanding block and distressed it slightly with Vintage Photo

Distress Ink before removing the second protective coating.

Cherish Family Layout 1936 close up

My grandfather is the one with the x and my grandmother is sitting to his left holding my Uncle Bill.

I used the Chamberry Collection from Adorn it and a scalloped circle punch and a old border punch

from Marvy Uchida.

This project was created for and sponsored by Clear Scraps.

New Class: By The Sea Mini Album

By the Sea Album

Here’s my new class for May that I’m teaching at The Paper Forest in Washington, IL.                      You can sign up for the class by calling the store at 309-745-3440.  I’d love it if you joined us.

By the Sea Mini Album Class:
Saturday, May 24th
10:30-1:00 p.m.
Create a Fun travel themed chipboard book using an album kit from Clear Scraps and paper & embellishments from Graphic 45’s “By the Sea” collection! This class is intermediate skill level and requires use of craft knives, paints and other items.
Please bring: exact-o knife, sanding block, paintbrush (ex. 1/2″ flat), scissors, tape runner, Crop-a-dile (optional) all other materials will be provided.
Cost:  $35.00
By the Sea Album close up

Beach Rules

Beach Rules 2

Planning a Beach Vacation this year?

If so, here are a few rules you may want to consider.

Beach Rules close up

I love it when you can use an item for multiple purposes.

Like the “All Mixed Up” chipboard album from Clear Scraps.

The chipboard album comes with six different overlapping pages.

I used the fifth page in the album to create my “Beach Rules” wall hanging.

By the Sea Album

To create the “Travel” album, I used the remaining 5 chipboard pages.

I painted three of the pages with acrylic paint the others are covered with papers from

Graphic 45’s “By the Sea” Collection.

I'm dreaming of a beach vacation 2

I’m not sure it’s in the cards for me this year.  But a girl can dream, can’t she.

This project was created for and sponsored by Clear Scraps.


I love the 12″ flower stencil from Clear Scraps and I was hooked the very first time I used it.

I have a very limited amount of mists and sprays but I some how ended up making a very fun mess.   “I was a misting fool.”

When I first got the 12″ flower stencil I knew I wanted to experiment with white backgrounds. (something I’m not too comfortable with) My “Serenity” layout is made using the flower stencil on white card stock and misted with October Afternoon’s Lemon Drop Sprinklers. I love how the stencil makes a soft, dramatic statement on the page. I wanted to keep the layout simple and added simple elements such as the daisy made with a punch from Marvy Uchida.

Serenity Layout for Clear Scraps

Serenity, my sweet little niece wearing the dress I gave her on her 2nd birthday.

Misted 2

Here are some of the pages I misted.

Clear Scraps Misted Card Have a wonderful day 3-26-14

This card was made using gold Smooch Spritz from Clearsnap.  So simple, so quick!

Misted Canvas

I even misted a canvas.  A work in progress.

Love this Stencil!!!

Have a Creative Day,


This project was created for and sponsored by Clear Scraps.