Partly Sunny

Layout time!  This I did from the Studio Calico Partly Sunny kit.

This was one of my favorie pictures from vacation.  Probably because I want to eat everything in it!  Anyway, first try at a big picture on a layout.  Pretty fun, so I may try it again soon.

It's finally cooling down here in DC (high 80s). Happy Tuesday!


Giveaway Winners!

... and the winners are:


Thanks so much for playing along!! :)  Send me your info at and I will get those boxes of goodies out to you!


The Domino Magazine Files!

TGIT!!!  Please, Please, Please don't forget to put a comment down for the giveaways, if you're interested.  

Also, thank you to everyone who listed favorite blogs.  Its been so great looking at all of them.  There are so many talented people out there!

Random for today, but I'm so excited.  The Domino Magazine Files! 

I used to love Domino magazine.  When it went out of print, I was bummed.  I hoarded all the copies I had!  Anyway, found this on Flickr and wanted to share!

It's almost the weekend!!!

As Promised...the Giveaways!!

Thanks everyone for playing along.  Here are the details: my giveaway pile includes lily bee, studio calico, making memories, my minds eye, jenni bowlin, sassafras, october afternoon, etc. it includes lots of letter stickers, thickers, rubs-ons, chipboards, ribbons, etc.

On Friday, I will pick 2 lucky winners who will get flat rate boxes of supplies.  Shipping is on me.  (No international winners, please...shipping is too expensive - sorry!).  If you're interested, leave me a comment with your favorite scrap or craft blog that you like to follow and I will draw two winners!

I also include some "scraps" of paper.  Things that are big enough that I would use, so I hope that doesn't offend anybody. :)

Off to use some more of this months kit!

Paper Art Inspiration

Happy Monday!

Some Monday afternoon inspiration in the form of beautiful paper art.  How awesome are these?

Yulia Brodskaya 
She also has a very cool website that I found: here. Incredible!

Check out his entire flickr stream, its awesome.

Yeah, I may be obsessed with these things for a while.  :)

Thank you all for playing along with me so that I can give away some awesome, but unused scrap supplies to fellow paper lovers.  We're almost at giveaway time and I'm really excited and hope that these supplies get used and posted on these new blogs that I'm following!

I have LOVED looking at your blogs (those that show them)- they're AWESOME.  I've started putting them in my feed to follow.  So fun!  Totally unexpected benefit of this giveaway.  

The move is starting to creep up on me.  Moving always stresses me out.  You would think as an Army Wife that I would have this licked, but alas... NO.  Unlike most military wives, I am SO NOT a pro at this.  :)  I'm having nightmares about mattress boxes and bubble wrap.  What's wrong with me!?

Hubby is up in NYC today trying to find us a place to live.  Fingers crossed that we find a happy little shoebox for us and our not-so-little puppy! 

Hope you're all having a great start to your week!


Cookies the size of my face!!!

Who doesn't love cookies the size of their face!? 

I am using my Studio Calico kit from this month. I'm doing it.  All of the patterned papers are from this months kit.  I also used a bunch of pearls that I had.

I'm having a hard time trying to figure out where (if at all) I should journal on this page.  Any suggestions?

Getting ready for our first of several moving Yard Sales this weekend! 

Making some progress going through my scrap cabinet to get ready for the giveaway.

Happy Friday everyone!!!


It's almost time.  Thanks to everyone for playing along! :)

Graphic Layout

I found this map right after we found out that we were moving.  I know there is no picture, but I really loved the colors, so I wanted to use it for a layout. 

For now, I just wanted something that would serve as a memory of the announcement!

I used foam dots to give the map some 3D appeal. 

I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out and really happy that I got to use some of the new Studio Calico kit!  :)

Thanks for looking! :)


Its moving time, which means its time for me to get real about what is actually moving.
What is not moving is a bunch of scrap supplies that I have been hoarding during my "scrapless time" (see below description of scrap-fail).  

I haven't taken a total inventory yet, but once I get 50 followers, I will post details.

Spread the word to anybody who could use a few free supplies! :)

Puppy Love

I absolutely love my puppy and I love this picture of him with the toilet paper.  

Grabbed it and ran out of the bathroom to have a little sit-and-chew.   

He loves toilet paper and paper towels.

I ran out of the letter "s" so I made a letter out of the jewel things.  It actually looks pretty good in person, but for some reason I couldn't get a good photo of it.

Inspiration: Patterned Paper

I have read posts by some scrappers who find their inspiration in the products.  

I've tried that, but sometimes I have a hard time because I don't feel like the products match the pictures I want to scrap.

Finally, I found a piece of patterned paper that inspired me to scrap differently.  Paper first. Picture second. Yeah! :)

Studio Calico's February kit came with THIS patterned paper from their Homefront line:

With my husband in the Army, we move a lot.  We've called so many places "home" and every new home comes with a new floor plan.  Seriously, every time we move a floor plan is one of the first things I try and get my hands on.

Our current house is on post, which is a first, but we're lucky because its nice.  The layout downstairs, however, is a little challenging.  At least for me.  There's one room that is sort of like a "great room."  It was empty for the LONGEST time.  My husband called it the bowling alley because it was long and empty. 

With some persistent flea market shopping, I finally got it set up in a way that I like.  So, I took a picture of my bowling alley turned dining room/reading room and scrapped it on this paper.

Not exactly the way I hoped it would turn out, but I'm pretty happy I got the bowling alley on paper!

Scrap Fail

Okay, I've almost had a total scrap fail.  

I have nearly 4 beautiful Studio Calico kits sitting in my house and haven't barely touched one of them.

Life has simply got in the way. Big life. Serious life.

But then, life laughs at me and reminds me that I should enjoy this little hobby.  

The little things that are happy, like pictures and beautiful patterned paper.

So, I thought I would put up a layout I did a couple months ago on the Studio Calico community gallery for some inspiration.  I got some wonderful feedback.  Seriously, it was like you all knew that was the boost I needed.  (How did you know?)

.... And then This! Layout of the week!?  Seriously!?  I'm so flattered, I almost fell off the couch!  Then, instead of congratulating me, my husband sternly told me to start cutting and pasting. 

  :)  Thank you to all of you lovely and talented scrappers out there!  You made my month!!

I did this layout using Studio Calico's Joyland which is still available.  

The pictures I took as part of Project 365 and involved a self-timer, a big field, my husband and me running back and forth like an idiot.  THANK GOD Nobody was around. :)

New Layouts!

Two other layouts that I did. 

Once I did them, I decided that they didn't have enough dimension.  I'm not sure how to fix that, but there it is... suggestions welcome!

Both of these were done using parts of the Studio Calico Kits I was trying some new things out.  Some things worked, some things didn't. :)
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