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.
Thanks for stopping by!

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!
Thanks for stopping by!!

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 work...at 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.

Thanks for stopping by!


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.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Sweet Memories

The Park Bench Design team project for Scrapbooker's Emporium is ready for delivery. Thought I would share so that you can see one of the many things that can be made with this kit. I had tons of supplies left over to use on other projects.

Stay tuned to scrapbookersemporium.blogspot.com to find out when this kit will be available for purchase on Etsy. Thanks for stopping by!!


Amazing Together

Today I'm sharing another layout I did while on retreat in March. This one features my older daughter and her BF and the same This and That collection from Echo Park. I used a few brads from my stash and SC Potty People(love those!) and a die cut heart. These two are...so cute together! Thanks for stopping by!!!!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Photo Challenge: Sun Flare

I carried my camera with me yesterday when we took the boat out on the lake fishing and managed to capture a few shots with sun flare and sparkle which are two things on the list of photo challenges. We had fun fishing. I caught one crappie and my hubby caught three bass. Fish for dinner!!!


I stopped by M's today to browse around and saw this Recollections spiral bound book that has the Amy Tangerine papers in it. It has pocket and die cut pages and is so cute! I have decided to put all the girls Instagram photos that I snag inside. I know I don't need another project but I'm a sucker for notebooks!!

Saturday, April 20, 2013


Today I am sharing one of the 12x12 layouts I made while at the scrapbook retreat in March. This layout features a picture of my younger daughter and some papers and embellishments from the Echo Park This and That line. I used the wood grain paper for the background and added some elements from the sticker sheet. I also used some Studio Calico wood veneers, some papers from the Dear Lizzy Neopolitan collection and some white Mr. Huey's color mist. Add in a doiley, bakers twine, Studio G brad, mini tag and washi from my stash and the layout is complete. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Photo Challenge!

The recent upgrades in cell phone photo resolution has significantly diminished my use of my SLR camera. It used to be a rare occasion when I left my house without it but now, thanks to iPhone technology, I can take pretty good photos with my phone and don't have to lug around a big camera. Even though it's more convenient I find myself missing my chunky little sidekick so...I am embarking on a photo challenge. I have pinned a few challenge lists on Pinterest and I have my camera battery charging. I'm probably not going to tie myself to a challenge per day or anything like that but hopefully I can get back into using my beloved Canon SLR again. Stay tuned...photos coming soon!!!!

Sent from my iPhone

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Park Bench

This week I received my next kit for the Scrapbooker's Emporium Design Team and it's packed with awesome goodies including the Fancy Pants Park Bench collection. I love the aquas, yellows and grays in this collection and I am ready to create. Check back later to see what I come up with!!!

Saturday, April 13, 2013


Today I am sharing a project I put together for my boss who is leaving us. I used a 11x14 $5 Walmart frame and painted it out in cream and then distressed it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I removed the glass and covered the backing with some paper from my stash. I made "clotheslines" from twine and hung all the items from tiny clothespins. I had the staff sign the empty frame in the bottom right corner before we gave it to her.

Thanks for stopping by! ~A

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Flea Market Make-Over

My $2.00 flea market find is transformed into cute stamp storage with the help of some Simple Stories embellishments.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Jar Mini

Almost time for Mother's Day and my project for Scrapbooker's Emporium features mason jar chipboard pieces and the new Vintage Bliss from Simple Stories.  I still have to decide on the lettering for the title on the little label sticker, but other than that this little jar mini is FINISHED!
The papers in this line are super cute and the sticker sheet is packed with awesome images that are versitile enough to be used on lots of different projects.
I cut out these cute polaroid frames from one of the 12x12 sheets of patterned paper and embellished it with stickers from the 12x12 sticker sheet.
I will be teaching this class at Scrapbooker's Emporium on May 4, 2013.  Hope to see you there.  Thanks for stopping by!!
Amanda Fincher



Sunday, April 7, 2013


My beautiful baby girl went to her first prom this year. Hard to believe she is old enough to go. They grow up so quick!

Thursday, April 4, 2013


Look what was waiting in my mailbox when I finally got home after hauling my girls from place to place...New Elle's Studio goodies. Can't wait to add these to a PL spread!