Saturday, August 31, 2013

I Challenge You...

Is it truly September already?! The children are going back to school, sports are starting up, church groups and Bible studies are ramping up, community clubs are planning their first meetings, and all this means less time for play, less time for conversation, and less time to pause and just enjoy the moments.

The other day my twins missed the bus and I woke up for work late. Translation...frantic, hectic, and crazy. In all the craziness I kissed my son Colin good-bye and his cheeks were so soft and sweet. While driving from the twins school to work I paused in the silence of my car and reflected on that small simple kiss. I reflected on the moment and remembered other moments snuggling with my children and their soft cheeks. (I  love baby cheeks). I realized how crazy things are going to become and how crazy they are normally around my house. I miss my babies being small. My oldest baby now stand 5'10"!!! I snuggle his chest :( 

That's when I decided what to do for the Swirly Girl Challenge over at for September. I challenge you to close your eyes for just 10 minutes during the hustle and bustle...and just breathe. Think on a quiet moment...a moment of calm...and moment of happiness...and now...scrap it.

I found this picture my DH took of me snuggling and napping with my darling Aubrey Sue when she was just a couple of months old. 

The papers, chippies, bling, and MOST of the flowers are Prima. They were purchased when I attended my class with Anna Dabrowska through Swirlydoos last Spring.

 Here is a close up of the cluster. Where did I get that adorable bumble bee? Check back here on September 5th to find out ;)

I just love these birds and the Ingvald Bolme resin pieces are to die for. 

So rise to my challenge...close your eyes...and just focus on something enjoyable before all the craziness begins for the fall.  


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Fussy Cut Layouts

Fussy cut layouts are all the rage in scrapbooking today...and I for one love them. 

Here just a few fussy cut layouts that I have done:

Here's a step by step video how to create a fussy cut layout:

And here are some detail pics:

I love the way the cheese cloth turned out. I colored that with Lindy's Flat Fabio.

Here you can see all the different layers:

Here's a closeup of the background that I made in this video

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Mixed Media Layouts

It's Saturday which means another video from  Today I'm posting about mixed media layouts. I love mixed media layouts. Some of my most favoritist inspiration in the whole widi-est world are Finnibair and Solange Marques. If you have time, you should definitely scope them out.

Today I'm going to share a few mixed media layouts of my own. Remember with mixed media there is no right or wrong. Start with your biggest layers and get smaller and you layer more on top. As long as you keep this in mind you can do anything you want. 

This is one that I made using the June 2012 swirlydoos kit for the July 2013 SGC over at

and some details


and here's another one of my favorite mixed media layouts (no close ups of this one):

Today my video over at the Swirlydoos channel shows how to make a mixed media layout similar to the Dr layout at the top of my blog. Go ahead...give it a try yourself and come upload your creation at

Happy Scrapping

Monday, August 5, 2013

Swirlydoos Presents

Swirlydoos presents

Passion Berry

Welcome to Swirlydoos' August Kit Reveal Blog Hop Block Party!! 

If you came here from Angelica's blog, then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there. We have some amazing projects for you to see today !! Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! Check out Swirlydoos on Facebook and Like Us!!!

There is so much PINK in this kit!! I love it! The peacocks and dimensional paint, and swirls...this kit is amazing!!!

This month's tech kit is a 3 piece acrylic wall hanging! I love working with acrylic. You can see step by step how I created this wall hanging, including all my dimensional stamping, on our youtube video.

Here is my FAVORITE page with this kit!

Isn't Rae just beautiful?

This is the page for Anatomy of a layout over at this month. You can make this entire page with JUST the main kit! You can see step by step Here. 

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Wednesday 8/7 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Thursday 8/8. In order to qualify to win here is what you need to do:

1: Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment on each. This way we know you were there. Become a follower if you're not already. Take your time. There are REALLY beautiful things to see along the way.

2: Before you leave each blog, look for the “special” words and write it down.Once you have visited all the blogs and collected all the special words, they will create a sentence.

3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had, tell us the sentence that was created with all of the special words you collected. Can't wait to hear from you.

My special words are : out the

The party continues over at Lisa's blog. Have fun!

Here is the order and blog addresses:

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