Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Beauty and the Beast

Here's another layout I did for the Paper Secrets website. It was for the February Sketch Challenge. I got a little carried away with the black paint. I was going for a creepy vine effect, but I'm not sure it worked. Oh well. I love experimenting with paint, even when it doesn't quite work.

Here's the sketch:

And here's my LO:

Monday, February 20, 2012

Dinner at the Mandarin

We took Dad to the Mandarin when he visited in 2010. When he returned in 2011, he insisted on going again. For this layout, I tried out my new border punch. I might've gotten a little carried away with it. I also included some Chinese coins that my kids collected from the Mandarin years ago for Chinese New Year, and our fortunes.

Scrap Your Ass Off - Week 3

Here's the sketch:

And here's my layout. I used ribbon, buttons, bling (black rhinestones that didn't show up very well in the picture), photo corners, and stitching.

Wedding Day

I scrapped my parents' wedding day for the Paper Secrets vintage challenge. I know they aren't together anymore, and hope they don't mind. But I still enjoy looking back on these pictures. For the vintage requirements, I used lace, pearls, flowers, butterflies, buttons, and a timepiece.

Be Happy

Here's another beautiful picture of my niece. She's so photogenic! This is my first use of Webster's pages, I think. I love the paper, but I'm never sure what to do with it.

Cute Little Girl

I did a color challenge over at Paper Secrets that said to use black, white, red, and pink in a layout. Here's my adorable niece, Isabella. I was debating whether to make it a "pretty" layout, but in the end decided to have some fun with it.

Scrap Your Ass Off - Week 2

Here's the sketch:

And here's my layout. I scrapped this beautiful picture of my grandparents.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Scrap Your Ass Off - Week 1

I've joined the Scrap Your Ass Off challenge over at Paper Secrets. The way it works is that you complete a challenge each week to move on to the next round, and whoever is left at the end wins.

The first challenge is based on the following sketch, but I also had to use 4 of 8 products listed (I chose brads, flowers, buttons, and ribbon), and one of three techniques (I chose stamping). Here's the sketch:

And here's my take on it. I scrapped our family trip to the EX a couple years ago.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


These beautiful people are my in-laws, and they will have been together 50 years at the end of the year. I can only hope to be married to their amazing son for that long.


These special people make me so happy every day that they are in my life. Here's a candid moment (okay, maybe not so candid) taken on a family hike during a camping trip.

Special Moments

Some of my favorite childhood memories revolve around my Dad and I doing volksmarches in Germany. This picture was taken during one of those walks. It brings back so many memories!


Here are the official Grade 8 graduation pictures of my babies. I can't believe we're halfway through grade 9 already. They'll be driving before I know it. Yikes!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Stitch in Time

My Dad sent me a whole bunch of retro and vintage pictures from when I was a baby, and even from when he was a baby! Perfect scrapbook material! Here's one of my sister and I when we were no more than 3 or 4 years old. I thought for sure somebody had made these overalls for us. Who on earth would BUY them? But I was wrong.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Christmas Memories

A lot happened over the holidays. Maddy attended her first Winter Semi-formal dance, we had Family Christmas at the end of November before my in-laws left for Florida, and we enjoyed a peaceful Christmas at home.


Every year I write a Family letter and enclosed it with the Christmas cards. I blurred it out for privacy.

Remembrance Day

Okay, I know this one's a little late. Here's my darling son all decked out in his Air Cadets uniform. Doesn't he look handsome? It was such a cold day, but he understood the importance of it and behaved accordingly, even after his limbs froze.