Supplies used: Magnolia papers & overlays by My Mind’s Eye, Close to My Heart flowers, Making Memories Shimmer Alpha stickers, American Crafts Glitter Brads, and unknown journaling paper.  Sketch from My Sketch World.

The June Challenge over at Scrap Our Stash is “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”.  You can interpret this however you want, in part or full.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do for this challenge, or at least the pictures I planned to use.  The BLUE dress is OLD and BORROWED for my beautiful NEW baby.  Let me tell you, I just love it when things work out like I envision them!  I wanted a soft, elegant feel to my layout with these photos.  I found the perfect paper to match her dress and everything else just fell into place after that.  I used some NEW paper (an unopened pack anyway!) and combined that with some OLD embellishments in my stash.

Layout with flaps closed (=Christmas theme).  The green papers are in the side flip flaps:

Layout with flap on each side open (=Birthday layout):

Supplies used: My Mind’s Eye Just Dreamy short stack with glitter papers, unknown star gems, birthday rub-ons by Royal & Langnickel Brush, Sticko Tile’s Play mosaic stickers, Close to My Heart Color Ready Alphabet – Hodge Podge, Provo Craft Stand-outs quilled stickers, and Close to My Heart flip flaps.

Scrap Our Stash Monthly Challenge: Do a Birthday Project

Layout Challenge: #124 & 125 of 210 (due to the amount of time and effort involved in this layout and the extended flaps, I am giving myself credit for 2 layouts!)

2009 was quite the winter with more than normal days home from school due to the weather.  The weather also made it difficult for our family to get together for the holidays and birthdays.  So when the time came it was one big party!

For this layout I knew what I wanted to do but it involved a lot of thinking and planning to actually get it done.  These new Flip Flaps from Close to My Heart come in a variety pack of different sizes (these are the two larger ones) and allowed me to expand my layout and add many more photos.  First, I chose papers that I could use as both a Christmas and Birthday themed page.  Next I laid out the pages and protectors I planned to use.  This allowed me to arrange the photos on my spread.  This was the hardest part.  I didn’t do much for paper layering because of the planning involved so the rest of the assembly was just pictures and embellishments.  On the birthday section, I cut out one of the stars from the pattern paper so it would overlap my photo and become an embellishment for my page, then added star gems to the centers.

Supplies used: My Mind’s Eye Just Dreamy paper, Button Ups by Sticko, Prima Clearly Fun Shapes, unknown rubon letters, brads, and rhinestones.

Layout Challenge: #90 of 210.

These pictures are from many years ago.  With the colors of the Pooh costume I wanted to use something besides the traditional Halloween colors.  I pulled this stack out of my stash and remembered how much I loved it.  I used Sketch #32 by Helen Croft from Scrap A Little which is part of the November Challenge over at Scrap Our Stash.  Be sure to check them out!!

Gee, this might turn into a mini series of decorating your scrapbooking tools and more!  It all started when I finally got around to decorating these jars.

Products used: MM organizer, CTMH Tickled Pink papers, CTMH Sparkles, Kaiser rhinestones, Prima Say it in Style Crystals, Petaloo flowers, and Mod Podge.

Products used: MM organizer, My Mind’s Eye papers, unknown flowers, Heidi Swapp chipboard letters, MM paint, unknown ribbon, Dress It Up Glitter Dots, K & Company Grand Adhesions butterflies, and Mod Podge.

Products used: MM organizer, GCD Studios papers, DCWV Glitter stack papers, Cosmo Cricket chipboard letters, Michael’s rhinestones, Darice rhinestones, MM paint, unknown ribbon, and Mod Podge.

Embellish is defined as: to make beautiful, decorate.  This is exactly what I have been doing with all my scrapbook organizers and tools lately.  It makes my scrapbook room even more enjoyable and inspiring.  These Making Memories desk organizers come in a plain white.  They are nice as is but I have enjoyed making them my own.  I bought one from Crop Chocolate and had trouble finding more after that.  I thought I found a good deal on my additional ones and was disappointed.  I learned that even though they advertise with the same picture and they are both MM, I should have bought the ones that were $40 and not $20.  The first one I got is actually wood, solid, and heavy.  The other ones I thought I found at a decent price are cheap cardboard/chipboard-like.  They are very like-weight and will definitely not last as long.  Christine wasn’t very happy with me that she had to trade with me so I could have the nice one 🙂 but I made it up to her by decorating them.  Now if Michael’s ever gets my set of drawers in again I will show you some other things I have done.  Have a great day!


Products used: My Mind’s Eye Bohemia Transfer Title, Stampin’ Up! grosgrain ribbon, Say It In Crystals by Prima, Deja Views Die-cut paper, background paper unknown, and quote from unknown book.

This was a very different layout for me inspired by Scrap Sketch #187.  I like the variety that it will add to the pages in my scrapbook.