Monday, November 25, 2013

Updated Craft Room Photos!

I finally managed to take some photos of my room while it was all cleaned up this weekend. Head on over to the "My Scrap Room" tab and take a look!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Beach Layout

Today I decided that the best way to end my creative block is to just sit down with a piece of white card stock and start sticking things down. I chose the Fancy Pants Trendsetter line for most of the papers and embellishments. I also used some Silhouette cuts and watercolor paints and Thickers for the title.
Please excuse the poorly lit iPhone-ography. I am rarely home when there is good natural light around to photograph my projects.

I love this photo of my daughter at the beach with her go-to peace sign and duck lips pose.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Cheer Frames

I picked up these cute little frames at the Dollar Store to put in some goody bags for my daughters cheer squad. Of corse they weren't our team colors so I am having to do a little adjusting. The megaphones were originally red and I needed them to be yellow. I painted the pom poms a more royal blue and added some glitter. I still need to add some lettering to the megaphone. I'm not certain yet what. Maybe the year or team name and each girls name.  Decisions, decisions.  Gotta get them finished up this week for their last game next Monday.
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013


I started this layout with white card stock and my watercolor paints. I created an hombre effect from the center out. I also added some black spatter with the watercolors. I am loving the watercolor look right now.

I have this milkglass bowl on my desk that hold all the little leftover bits that are left after a project. I grabbed my bowl and started digging for embellishments for the page. I love red with turquoise so I pulled out anything I could find that was red. I used some Thickers to spell out "Sweet" and added a little journaling and called it complete.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Christmas Class Project

I stopped by and picked up the supplies for my November 16th class for Scrapbooker's Emporium yesterday and all I can say is CUTE!!! The Heidi Swapp Memory Files are awesome and all of the embellishments are so fun! I got started on the front cover adding in some gold Heidi Swapp Colorshine Mist which is beautiful.

Stay tuned to for more class info and how to sign up. Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Right Now

My life right now is consumed by a craft room update, cheerleading and softball and an overwhelming urge to create something, anything but then not knowing what it is...frustrating. I browse through amazing creations online and I can feel the creativity flowing in my head but then I can't seem to actually create anything. I am hoping that the new arrangement in my craft room will inspire me to get back into the process. What are you working on right now???

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Vacation Jar

I completed my vacation memory jar. I used some sand from the beach along with a few of my beach finds and our family beach photo. The jar is from Walmart. I love to have things around that remind me of the fun times we have together as a family. Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, August 18, 2013


Well the White Book Project is complete and I had a great time with all the paints and inks putting it together. I have to say this may be my most favorite class project yet!

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Friday, August 16, 2013


The White Book Project is coming together nicely. Worked on some Silhouette cuts for the cover and inside pages tonight. More to come...


Good afternoon! I made a lot of progress last night on the White Book Project.  Things arent looking so white any more!  I have incorporated a ton of paint techniques into the book which translates to lots of ways to get crafty and create a mess.  Creativity is messy!!  I love this new chicken wire wafer die I picked up at Scrapbooker's Emporium.  I utilized the inner hexagons as well as the chicken wire in the book.  I also plan on cutting it from stencil material so I can use it as a stencil in my art journaling. 

Some of the paint techniques we will use during this class are watercolors, misting, stenciling and dripping.  We will also be using some Distress Inks on some of the page elements and some heat embossing for a resist technique.  The end result is a beautiful 6x12 book titled "Life in Color".  Call or stop by the store for more information or to sign up.  Hope to see you there!!!


Thursday, August 15, 2013

White Book Project

I have gathered all the supplies for the White Book Project for my September 21st class at Scrapbooker's Emporium. It's going to be a bit messy and tons of FUN!!!! Stay tuned for more info!!!!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Happy 4th

Hoping everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July. Loving the new Rhonna Design App!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Yard Stick Love!

I have been searching for some much needed Project Life organization for my desk.  I am a visual scrapbooker.  If I can see it I am more likely to use it than if it is stored in a drawer or cabinet.  I have been searching my usual flea markets and thrift stores because I love vintage things and just couldn't find anything that fit the bill.  I had seen some trays and such made out of vintage yardsticks on Pinterest and came up with a plan in my mind of what I wanted.  Next I just had to break the news to my husband!  I sketched out what I had in mind and handed it to him along with a pile of Wal-Mart yardsticks.  After giving me a few strange glances he knew resistance would be futile and we headed to the shop.  After many, many, many cuts on the chop saw and lots of wood glue and clamps my little organizer was complete and I was happy.  I added cubbies for the 4x6 and 3x4 cards as well as a long narrow cubby for all of my favorite washi tapes.  There are also small cubbies all along the front edge for all types of small embellishments.  I added some washi along the bottom of the yardstick to cover the Wal-Mart logos.

I hope this inspires you to look for solutions in places you wouldnt normally find them!  Thanks for stopping by!!


Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Summer has arrived and my family and I are enjoying the warm weather outdoors with a canoe/kayaking trip this past weekend.  The weather and water were perfect and we had a great time.  We are looking forward to weekends on our boat at the lake and our end of summer trip to the beach.  Lots of memories to put into my Project Life binder!!! 

I just finished up with my classes at Scrapbooker's Emporium which will resume in the fall.  I am dreaming up a "White Book" project which I think will be lots of fun.  If you like to play and get messy then this class will be for you!!!

I will try to get some photos of my new Project Life weeks up by the end of the week!

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Bo Bunny Design Team Mini

Today I am sharing my latest design team project for Scrapbooker's Emporium using the Bo Bunny Mamarazzi kit. I chose a base of tabbed chipboard pieces and bound it with rings. There are plenty of beautiful papers and stickers included in the kit and I had a lot of supplies left over to use on other projects.  I also used a stamp set from Technique Tuesday along with some of my favorite Studio Calico Wood Veneer shapes.  I stamped the images with Staz On onto transparency film. I find that its easier than stamping onto multiple layers so that the image is clear and not broken by the different papers. 

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Embossed Vellum

Today I want to share a tutorial on how I made my own gold dot embossed vellum.  I started out with a 12x12 sheet of plain vellum, a dabber bottle of Stampendous embossing ink and some gold embossing powder. 

You will also need a heat gun.    The dabber top is round so its perfect for making polka dots with no stencil required. 
Dab the embossing ink randomly or in a pattern onto the vellum not getting so far ahead that the dabs dry before you apply the embossing powder.
Continue until you have covered the entire sheet and the end result is a beautiful page of gold embossed dots.
Hope you enjoy making your own embossed vellum.  You can also use the dabber with stencils to create designs.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Mason Jar Mini

Today I am sharing my current lss Design Team project in progress. Another mason jar chipboard mini using the Lilly Bee Sweet Shoppe kit and chipboard pieces from Scrapbookers Emporium. You can find all the items to make your own mini at

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

PL Week 2

Sorry for the bad photo but wanted to she my 95% complete week 2 layout. I still need to add the "week 2" title but I want them all to be the same for the entire year and I haven't figured out just how I want them so I have left it off for now. This week I used some Elle's Studio stuff along with my "love" mask card I created with Glimmer Mist. I also used some Simple Stories Vintage Bliss papers. I will add some better photos later but this late at night iPhone pics are all I am up for.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Paper Secrets Sketch Challenge

This month I decided to participate in the Paper Secrets Sketch Challenge with a twist.  The twist being to use wood somewhere on the layout.  Here is the sketch:
Here is my take on the sketch using lots of washi, SC wood veneers, OA label, Thickers and Snap! alphas.  Also used some TT stamps with Quick Quotes Powder Puff ink.
I started out with white cardstock and used some watered down green paint to make the paint splats.  The banners are hand cut for several papers from my stash.
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Monday, April 29, 2013


Head on over to Elle's Studio and check out one of my projects featured on the Elle's Studio blog


Sunday, April 28, 2013


So I've been giving my scrap room a thorough cleaning.  I have went through bowls and bowls of scraps and embellishments that I have sitting everywhere.  I have this bad habit of collecting up all the little bits and pieces thinking I will use them later and the result is little bowls and dishes that I pick up at flea markets sitting all over my craft room overflowing with stuff.  I have whittled it down from 6-7 to 3-4.  Progress!!!
Whats the point of all this you ask?  Surely you dont care that I cleaned my craft room!  The point is I when you clean you come across stuff you dont even remember you have!!!  I found this little set of masks that I am pretty sure were the Ditto brand from M's.  They are not in the packaging any more but I am almost certain that is the brand.
The little LOVE one reminded me of that Amy Tangerine paper that has LOVE printed all over it.  It's my favorite of the bunch so I thought I would play around with it and see what I could create.  I grabbed a couple of Glimmer Mists and went to work.
Used it first as a mask on a couple of 3x4 cards I cut from white cardstock.  I always hate to waste the mist that ends up on top of the mask but of course when I tried turning it over to stamp it then it was reversed.  I like the effect so I sprayed it on the reverse side and stamped it the correct way and the result was pretty cute.  Then I experimented with tracing the letters with a black pen.  Also very cute!  Next to apply this to an actual project.
I began with a 12x12 sheet of white cardstock and figured about where I wanted to place the photo and the mask.  I removed the photo and sprayed with the turqoise mist.  Next I used the stamp technique just above the masked one.  Rule of odd numbers tells me I need three but I wanted a different color so I grabbed my new Amy Tangerine Remarks Life alphas and added a pink LOVE.  Next I added strips of colorful washi to mat the photo and a few strips in the top left corner.  I outlined all the words, photo and around the entire page with my black pen. 
 I added some Studio Calico heart veneers and some journaling and there you have it!
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Friday, April 26, 2013

Week 1

So I am done with Week 1 - 2013!!!!  This week crossed from December to January so the calendar stamp that I had planned on using for each week isnt going to work out so well.  Looks like an Amy Tangerine Calendar stamp is on my list of things to buy.

As you can see on my title card where I am planning on using the calendar stamp there is no way to include the previous month and since most of the time the last week of each month spills over into the new month this stamp is not going to all.
As far as supplies for this week, I used a lot from the Fancy Pants Trendsetter line.  The navy, teal and pink are a great color combination.  I used my Slice and the Noel card to cut the letters and number.  I typed out the weekly happenings with my typewriter and the enamel dots are by MME.  The calendar stamp is from the Snap! line by Simple Stories.
I am a big Patriots fan and get very excited when my team does well.  This was a big win over the Texans and put them in a great spot for the playoffs.  I used a simple 4x6 grid card for the background and a couple strips of washi along with a sticker from the Trendsetter line popped up on a foam dot.
For the 3x4 cards the quote  nd the "Today" cards are from a Mambi set from M's.  The middle cards are cut from some of the Trendsetter patterned papers.  I used some Amy Tangerine Thickers to spell out "Movie" under our ticket stubs and one of the Trendsetter stickers on the photo of my oldest daughter doing one of her famous self-pics with her phone.  I stuck the sticker on top of the page protector since it was bigger than the 3x4 card.
I printed this photo from an iPhone screen shot and backed it on solid cardstock.  I used some washi and a sticker from the Trendsetter line and a little machine stitching.  This week I used all hand-journaling since the spaces were kind of akward to reach with my typewriter.
The last card is of the kids bowling.  I'm glad they take pics of each other when they are out or these memories would never make it into the PL album.  The photos are backed with more patterned paper from the Trendsetter line and I added some washi with machine stitching and some foam Thickers.

Hope you enjoyed Week 1 of my 2013 Project Life album.  Thanks for stopping by!!


You at 15

This layout started with white card stock and 4 iPhone pics I snagged from my daughters phone. Kids kill me with all the pictures of themselves but they make for great PL and layout material.

I misted the background with Glimmer Mist and added some leftovers from my Simple Stories Vintage Bliss mini album project.

I also used some Elle's Studio pieces and a hand cut Polaroid frame. Throw in some washi from my stash and another layout is complete.

I have started on Week 1 for 2013 in my PL book and will hopefully share a completed week in the next couple days. Its supposed to be rainy here so maybe i will get some time in my craft room instead of at the district softball tournament.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Project Life Share

Today I am sharing week 19 from my 2012 PL album.  Yes, I am behind.  No, I am not THAT far behind.  I just flipped through and chose a layout to share.  I am planning on skipping ahead to 2013 and working on that and begin sharing from week 1 of 2013.
 I didn't take me long into PL that I realized that it is really hard for me to fill two pages up with one week of activities so I let myself off the hook and started doing one week in one page.  This week we had Regional softball tournament, a graduation and two birthdays.
For my week card I used some chipboard letters and numbers that were bare and colored them with an ink pad.  The patterened paper is by Authentique and the washi is some Smash Book washi.  I added the dates with my date stamp and the same ink used to color the chipboard.

I like to incorporate iphone screen shots and movie posters for the movies that we watch.  My typewriter and office labels are some of my favorite journaling elements.  The heart brad is from Studio G and the wood veneer is Studio Calico.  Its from the snowflake set but it looks like a doiley to me.  More Smash washi and some Authentique tiny type alpha stickers.

The last card is a lot of journaling about my daughter and her BF's birthday lunch at Tamolly's.  More typewriter journaling and Studio Calico veneers.  The background paper is Authentique also.  We had the staff sing the birthday song and they wore the giant sombrero.  Even though it wasnt her birthday, Brooke had to wear the sombrero, too.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you enjoyed my PL spread.  Wish me luck on getting caught up!!


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

U & Me

Another 12x12 layout featuring my younger daughter and one of her good friends. I used some of the Elle's Studio goodies I got a couple weeks ago and some papers from my stash.

Scrapbooker's Emporium: Vintage Bliss For Mother's Day!

Scrapbooker's Emporium: Vintage Bliss For Mother's Day!: We now have Amanda's  VINTAGE BLISS JAR MINI ALBUM on display at the store and are now taking reservations for the class on  MAY 4.  Call or come by the store to sign up.