Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sweet Baby Boy

On March 12, 2012, Steve became a grandfather. His son became a daddy to Liam Allen James Barron. By default, that makes me a step-grandmother at the ripe old age of 37. Although I'm still not sure what this little cherub will end up calling me, I'm sure that whatever it is will be perfect!

This layout features the Pemberly paper pack. Although I wasn't too crazy about it at first, I have now created two projects using this paper and I am falling in love with it very quickly! The layout in the directions used pink accents, but I changed it to brown and navy. The main focus of this project was to learn how to layer stickease, and to make them go across two pages. We also added journaling to stickease and added metal accents to the journaling block.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my layouts over the past few days. I am heading to New Jersey tomorrow and will finally get to see my layouts in person on Saturday. I will have more pictures to share soon! I can't wait to post the gifts I made for my dear friends, Crystal and Stephanie. (I couldn't post them here just yet because they both follow my blog posts!) I can't wait to see what they think of their gifts!!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Leadershare 2011 Layout

Last year, my second upline, Kathy Markloff, hosted a CTMH event in King of Prussia. Several my team members and friends traveled to support Kathy with this event. It was a wonderful time of business classes and creative projects. We all had such a wonderful time! I'm sure it had something to do with the people who were there with me ;o)

This layout features the Stella paper pack and canvas shape complements. We learned how to add different types of stitching to this page. We also practiced layering and resizing shapes on the page. I added a few extra elements to the pictures that weren't in the directions. I love the stitched flowers and thought they looked neat on the dark pictures.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Graduation Layout

This my beautiful niece, Erika, on her college graduation day! She graduated from Susquehanna University last May on a gorgeous spring afternoon. I was so happy to be able to scrap this important day in her life.

This layout features the Cruisin' paper pack. Although it is a travel themed pack, I think it works perfectly for graduation day layouts! On this project, we learned how to add cross stitching to a layout and to layer items behind other items. The alphabet border was created with individual letter stickers and the title tool. Then we 'sent the letters' to the back in order to make them go behind the photo and journaling blog. I did change the colors from the original directions to make them match the photos a bit better. I love how it all came together!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Veteran's Day Layout

This second layout was a lot of fun to create. Earlier this school year, our students and staff organized a Veteran's Day Celebration. The 5th graders served as hosts and were able to invite family members and friends who have served in the military. The response to this program was overwhelming! The gymnasium was standing room only and we had over 100 veterans show up to be honored. The students did a wonderful job singing, reciting poems, and sharing stories. This is a tradition that I hope continues for a very long time!

This layout features the Superhero paper pack. In this project, we learned how to make the argyle paper pattern on the bottom of the page using rotated squares and stitching. Although it was a bit time consuming, I absolutely love the finished product.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

I'm baaaack!!!

Okay...I know...I've done it again...I disappeared from the blogging world. But, I promise I am back and I also promise that I am going to try better to post more regularly (again)! I have lots more to share, and I have lots more that I'm working on...stay tuned...

Today starts the beginning of a 5 part post. I am scheduled to attend a CTMH event next weekend in New Jersey. One of the benefits of attending this event was that each attendee received 5 free Studio J layouts. I am a huge fan of Studio J digital scrapping. If you haven't tried it yet, or if you want to learn more about Studio J, email me at for more information or for a demonstration.

We learned many different techniques during the process of creating these 5 layouts. Over the next few days, I am going to share each of these projects with you. I hope you enjoy these layouts as much as I enjoyed creating them.

This first layout was completed using the Dreamin' paper pack. The photo on the bottom of the right layout was split between six photo wells. (You can click on the image to get a closer look!) I've always wanted to try that, so I was excited to learn this technique with this layout. I think the overall effect is stunning! We also learned to add stitching to a page. I love the look of stitching on paper crafts, so this is a great feature to add to any layout. These photos are from my mom's minister's last day preaching at their church. I am planning to frame it and give it to him to add to a scrapbook I made for him when he left. Enjoy :o)