Saturday, April 12, 2014

Card Organizer

Earth Day is almost here (April 22nd) and there is a challenge at Paper Crafter's Corner to create something, anything, with a paper based product that is languishing in my stash (the unloved paper used for the cover and back of book), or use something that will be thrown away because it cannot be recycled (the book itself).  There were other options, but I found this book in our trash right after my Mom cleaned out some left over items from my Father's passing.  It is a great size for a long desired project... a card organizer.  I am always missing birthdays and special occasions because time slips away.  I don't have a smart phone, so I like the idea of an old fashioned reminder when a card should be mailed. 
Although I didn't film the process, I will tell you how I covered this book so you will have a head start if you want to try something similar.  After I sanded the book, I used Mod Podge to adhere the patterned papers.  I applied two coats to the book itself, letting them dry in between, and one coat to the paper, letting it dry.  Then a final coat to both and adhering.  My experience is this will create a very strong hold, no matter how rough I get when handling the book.  I stamped a background stamp of brickwork for added dimension and the finished the binding edge with suede.  This I adhered with PVA glue (a strong book binding glue).  I finished the edges with a washi tape that is also glued with Mod Podge.

Inside front cover.  I want to finish the inside of the back cover is the same way but need to wait for a new Nat'l Geographic to find smiles that will work.
 There were 3 bonus entries for this challenge by using a country other than my own, using peace in some way, and including instructions.  I was not able to photograph my work in progress so I only have two additional entries for the smiles I found from India, Asia, and Japan, along with a map of Canada.  I used peace as part of my thoughts on why I wanted this book.

I hope everyone takes a few minutes to think of what you can commit to this year to create a better world in some little way (or a big way if you can) for Earth Day.

1. Create something, anything, with a previously-used or long-languishing paper-based item from your stash, or something that is begging to be repurposed - no buying anything new! - See more at:
1. Create something, anything, with a previously-used or long-languishing paper-based item from your stash, or something that is begging to be repurposed - no buying anything new! - See more at:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dream Big!

In January, my friend Cheryl (former Lead Fiskateer) challenged crafters to "Dream Big"!  She suggested that we create some kind of journal or book that we can put our thoughts, ideas, pictures from magazines, or anything we wanted to include - to lead us to our big dream.  I loved the idea because I was just gearing up  to make something of our back yard.  It's a central space between our back porch and Mom's front porch, that is ugly, dusty, and down right disgusting.  Cheryl's challenge seemed the perfect way to get my ideas into one place so I could have a blue print of sorts to work with.  I've been saving "how to" articles, and pictures, etc. and thought I would share the beginning of my book with you.  

This may seem like a little dream to many, but I've waited so long to start, it really is a BIG DREAM.

The best part is I have already started.  We have a simple gazebo, I laid some pavers in front of the french doors to my studio and I've started a few plants and pots, including a lime tree.

As you can see, the pages are not finished, but are designed to keep my notes.  I started with a smash book that was partly done from a garage sale.

 What are your Big Dreams?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

100% Country

This is one of those layouts where I think the picture says it all.  DH and I in our early years together (early 80's) and the boys are my nephews who are now adults.  Names are on the back, otherwise, no journaling - just a fun layout.

Monday, March 31, 2014


One last layout for Scrap Our Stash Birthday Celebration.  This one is the first challenge, a layout with at least 3 layers.  When Mom and I went to our weekend scrapping retreat a few weeks ago, I took my tablet just so I could see the 3rd and 4th challenges when they posted.  I figured I could at least get that done.  After all, I had a whole weekend.  NOT!  I did get this one done but completely forgot to post it.

Brandy (Mom and Dad's Dog) was very special.  She had character and personality that kept us smiling or laughing all the time.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

One Chance to Get It Right

Before digital cameras, we usually posed for pictures because the cost of film and developing was expensive and we only took one picture, often at a restaurant during a celebration of some sort.

I love this picture from the mid 80's and it shows what it was like to take one picture with film and hope you get it right.  Scrap Our Stash Birthday Celebration is coming to an end and I created this layout for one last challenge:  #5 - Banners
Thanks again SOS for a fun month of challenges.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Underwater Adventure

Needless to say, living on a sailboat in warm waters (Mexico) offered many 'Underwater Adventures', but one place stood out above all the rest.  It wasn't the warm water of Mexico, rather the cold and brilliant colors, and size on life, in the NW.  These pictures were taken at Tod Inlet, on a point between Angler's Anchorage Marina and Tod Inlet (an anchorage for visitors to the Buchart Gardens) on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.  They don't depict the colors too well (due to the depth I was at where colors fade with the sunlight), but the splendor of the dive is still radiant!

and the March sketch was perfect for my underwater pictures.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Circle Journal - Beginnings

I just added my pages to a Circle Journal that is all about our personal beginnings.  Who we are, where we were born, what was happening in our life early on, etc.  It was fun and I decided to base my pages on Portland Oregon, where I was born and raised.

There are two base pages with my memories of Portland and Oregon on the left page, and my memories of my childhood inside the little book on the right page.  The center pages graduate with Summer, the turn and see Fall on the left and Winter on the right, then the back is Spring, because Portland has four very different and definite seasons.  (That's a mini birth certificate from JoLee's on the 'Sandy' book.
For the Scrap Our Stash - Stash A Thon, Birthday Challenge #8 - Texture, I used Dimensional Paste to add texture to the snow.  Thanks for another fun challenge SOS.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Christmas is On It's Way!

OK, so I'm planning ahead a little.  I love doing a Christmas card or two every month and the Scor Pal Blog's March Challenge - "More Than One Score" Scor-Pal Challenge #2 - Christmas In March and Use Your Dies is helping me keep it going.  I had fun with my second Pop Up Box Card.

The challenge requires at least two scores, and I used my Scor Buddy to score all the fold lines.  The challenge also requires using a die cut and I had big ideas in my head that just would not transfer to the overall design, so I used my die cuts to cut the 2.5" green squares that decorate the inside flaps.  The papers, including the fussy cut words and flowers, are from Recollections Winter Wonderland Collection.

Monday, March 17, 2014

A Father's Love

A Father's Love
I'm still having fun with the challenges at SOS Birthday Bash.  This layout is all about using mist or spray of some kind.  I used Ranger Adirondack Color Wash Spray Ink that I still have from when I first started with mixed media (early 2000's). 

While I was growing up, our local weekly newspaper featured Business Men and Women.  I nominated Dad and they chose to publish his story for Father's Day.  It was quite an honor.  I used elements from a set of matching paper and embellishments called "A Father's Love".  I cut stars on my Cricut to use as stencils.  It was fun, fast, and a great walk down memory lane.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Layered Frame - So Much Fun!

 A friend had these two wonderful pictures spanning three generations at the same location.  In the top picture, my friend is the little girl and in the bottom picture, she is the Grandmother.  I was able to put some color back into the original picture and had fun using this 3 layer frame to bring it to life.  
If you look closely to the right side of the frame, you can see how the layers work.  I used pop dots to support the elements, but did not peel off the protective paper so the elements can be removed and put flat in a scrapbook.
Scrap Our Stash is having a Birthday Celebration and I am showing this in #3, Anything that Sparkles.  I used Stickles to add a touch of bling to the bunny, clouds, and flower in the upper right corner.