Sunday, August 31, 2008

Time Flies...

Doesn't it though?

My dear friend Tina stopped by yesterday and showed me this beautiful creation. I had to take pictures and do a special blog post on it, as it inspired me on so many levels. Tina's daughter Chelsea left for college a few weeks ago, and Tina mentioned how cathartic making this book was for her. And it got me thinking. I'm pretty good at documenting day-to-day stuff. But seldom do I stop and take an over-view of one person through the years.

Here is Tina's mini, made with the on that comes in the September Work in Progress Project kit. I absolutely love the way she made the pages interactive...She started off with a current photo of her daughter and included a list of her favorite childhood things...
Then she moved onto baby pictures...
She then included an accordion fold out inside to add a bunch of wallet sized pics...

She trimmed some of the pages down to create interest and edged them with decorative scissors...
And she cut some of the pages down and adhered them to companion pages to create pockets in the mini...
She made pocket pages and cut the opening on a diagonal to hide the journaling...
She found a creative way to tuck in more photos here and there too. Love how this pocket page opens from the side and is tabbed...

Thanks for the inspo, Tina!!

And as a side note, congrats on making the COVER of the Holiday Issue of Scrapbook Trends with that amazing ATC Carousel!! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy. And you know the best part? She was solicited by the editor directly--it was not a project she submitted. How cool is that?

Be sure to check out the WIP September Gallery for more fun ideas. I posted the gallery a bit early due to the holiday and all. There are a few of the Project Kits and Add-ons still available on the website--and sneaks of the October Kits will start popping up next week as well. Check out all the DT creations--they did a bang up job with this month's kits!!

And a special HUGE thanks to Emily for the awesome new blog look!! Love what you did with it girlie!!

Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend everyone!!

Saturday, August 30, 2008


we all know how important journaling is to tell our stories.
and i, myself am totally in love with everything the industry
has to offer these days that helps us with our journaling.
Journaling spots, rub ons, stamps. You name it --its out there.
My personal favorite is journaling spots-- they are just so much fun.
I have not one but TWO baskets on my desk full of journaling spots,
tags, papers. They are a much on just about every layout. I love layering
them. They can also be used as an embellishment. They are so very versatile.
Whats your favorite journaling product? do tell. here are a few examples
of what i like to do with them:

Friday, August 29, 2008


So today I thought we could talk about, not the candy kind! I'm talking about the little tools and items you keep close and handy to get your projects done. Those inexpensive, hopefully not taken for granted time saving items that never leave your desk.

Here are my favorite cannot live without tools:

A. Drafting brush - dusts away eraser grit, lint, fibers without leaving fingerprints or smudges.

B. White prismacolor pencil - perfect for marking temporary lines on dark papers

C. Fiskars Soft Grip Scissors - the spring does all the work for me (love these so much)

D. Soft White Click Eraser - the perfect eraser, gets into tight spots, never marks up my paper

E. QuickStick by Quickutz - a poker pickerupper and gem applier (you need this. serious.)

F. Basic Grey Rubon Tool - makes rubons go on like butta

G. American Craft 05 Precision Pen - my favorite journaling pen

H. 18" Metal Ruler - stretches across my entire layout, lines up w/ grid so I get straight lines

I. 22" Black Mat - i will not scrap without it and it's mighty grid power

J. Adhesive Pickup - rubs away adhesive, great for Xyron X to remove excess around shapes

K. Dotto - put some on the back of every layout to hold paper straight to the grid

L. Adjustable Triangle - lets me make sure that items are all at the same angle or perpendicular

What are your go to guys? Got any favorites? Share them and link them if you can.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Your signature

Hey everyone, Amy here. I wanted to talk a bit about your 'scrapping signature'. Do you have something that you seem to include on every single LO or project? Something that you tend to have to add in order for your project to feel completed? For me, it's machine stitching. I just don't feel like I've finished a project without some sort of stitching on there.

If you look around, you will see many scrappers that have a 'scrapping signature', so to speak. Here are a few of my favs:

I love Stephanine Howell's bow addiction which is totally her scrapping signature.

The overall brightness and striking lines of Kelly Purkey help me spot her LO's a mile away.

I love the playfulness of Lisa Truesdell's work.

So what is your signature??? I actually challenged myself to find a different signature to incorporate into my designs for this months fabulous kit. See if you can figure out what my signature was this time, and challenge yourself to step away from your usual and try something a little different.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Two super quick back to school crafts...

I made this for my daughter's teacher in less than 10 minutes...I simply took this:
and added this:
and a tag with some ribbon and a apple die cute. Done! Cute hand sanitizer to keep on her desk.

I also wanted to share these fun crafts my daughter created herself. I got the plain white bracelets from Cord (they're made by Creative Imaginations in their Creative Cafe line). She added KI softies to create this one:
...and epoxy dots on this beauty...
Why not give them a try!

Enjoy your Wednesday!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Back to school

It's back to school time here!
and I have mixed feelings about this whole back to school season.  A part of me is glad that our lives will soon be on more of a schedule.  But with sending a daughter off to college the other part of me is sad.  I can't even express how much I miss her already and she's only been there a few weeks...

School time is also a time that I loved because of making treats and favors for the kids throughout the school year.   Although with Zach entering high school this year, I don't think he wants mom showing up with treat bags anymore, but those college kids don't mind at all!

So since this weekend I knew we were going up to see Chelsea and Ben at college I wanted to take something up for them besides the usual necessities they ask for.   Chelsea loves granola and fiber one bars and Ben loves sweets.  I made a treat basket for Chelsea using the papers from my September kit and a treat box for Ben using the papers and box from the September project kit.

Monday, August 25, 2008


Do you collect anything? Well, besides scrapbooking supplies, that is! LOL!
I didn't realize I had a collection of anything else until I started looking around my scrap room. About a year ago I picked up this white milkglass candy dish at a charming little boutique/consignment shop near my house. It was totally on a whim. Just because I loved the scallops and shape of it.
Without realizing it, I started picking up more & more pieces of it to hold odds-and-ends around my office. A collection was born! :D I don't know if any of it is valuable, and I don't really care, it makes me happy and that is what counts.

Do you have any collections? Why not scrap a page about them?

Happy Monday!


Sunday, August 24, 2008

Two new favorites...

Last week at the Photography workshop, my dear friend Kris brought these two recipes, and I had to photograph them so I could share with you all. She happens to be the kinda gal that likes cooking as much as I like scrapbooking...
1 pkg. devil’s food chocolate cake mix (Duncan Hines)
2 tsp. hot water
¼ tsp. salt
1 jar (7 oz) marshmallow crème
½ c. shortening
1/3 c. confectioners’ sugar
½ tsp. vanilla
1 c. (6 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
¾ c. heavy whipping cream
Bake cupcakes to package directions, using muffin paper-lined cups. For filling, in small bowl, combine water and salt until dissolved. Cool.
In a small mixing bowl, beat the marshmallow crème, shortening, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla on high heat until light and fl uffy; add the salt mixture.
Insert a small pastry tip and fill with cream filling through the top of each cooled cupcake.
In a saucepan, melt chocolate chips with cream. Cool. Dip cupcake tops into frosting; chill for 20 minutes or until set. Store in refrigerator.
Makes 2 dozen
1 lb. ground beef
1 pkg. taco seasoning
1 bottle Catalina salad dressing
1 pkg. cheese flavor Doritos
1 head lettuce, shredded
2 c. cheddar cheese, shredded
Brown the meat; drain. Add taco seasoning. Mix together all ingredients.
Give them a try!

Saturday, August 23, 2008


my question for you all today is...what inspires you?
not just "what inspires your art?" but "what inspires your life?"
i find myself taking inspiration from so many things.
whether it's a magazine ad, a quote from a book, a song, a picture...the list can go on and on.
i feel i'm often inspired to not only create better and more meaningful art, but to also live a more meaningful life.
that is the best inspiration.
a while back, i made this 6 x 6 envelope mini for a challenge blog.
i found myself bogged down with magazine pictures that i tear out, quotes written on post-it notes, and just random little tid-bits.
so, i made a home to house all my inspiration.
i made each envelope represent a different category.
the first one is random inspiration.

the second one is for decor (obviously).
i like to tear pictures out of magazines, and keep them in this envelope for the future, when i'm decorating a room.

the third is for fashion.
i love fashion.
most of the time, i cannot afford the beautiful fashion that i so love, so i stick the picture in my envelope and try to find a cheaper version of the shirt/shoes/jewelry/or whatever it is that i'm so into.

the last one is for life.
this is where i throw random quotes, scriptures, song lyrics...anything that inspires me to be a better woman/wife/mom/friend...
this is my favorite folder.

i love this mini cause it's so minimal on the outside, but chocked full of goodness on the inside.
so, again, what inspires you?
i challenge you to keep it all together in some really comes in handy to have it all in one place!
have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 21, 2008


This lovely creation was made by my dear friend, Jen Bueck. She made it for a gal who was headed off to college this week and she wanted it to share with the WIP bloggers. Too stinkin' cute, isn't it? I'm totally ripping this idea off for my daughter's new tween bedroom...

Thanks for all the nice comments on the Blog Birthday! The feeling is mutual my friends! The winner of a WIP Project kit for September is:

(Okay, I picked THREE...)

jeana said...

Ohhhh Friday Is my birthday .. what a great present that would be!!.. HAPPY BIRTHDAY WIP!



Happy Blog Birthday!! I stop by on a daily basis to check out the scoop. Thanks for hosting such an inspirational place to visit!


Amy Jacobs said...

Happy Birthday WIP blog! You don't look a single day older ;)

Please email your addresses to me at and I'll get your kits out to you!

Congrats to you all!!

Now, in case you missed out on your chance to win a free kit this time, there is still one more chance! Simply sign up for my online class and I'll draw a name from the entire list of class participants on Sunday night! Class begins Monday--and I hope to see you there!

Happy Friday everyone!

Green Scrapbooking? Say what?

Hi everyone!! And Happy Birthday WIP Blog!!Don't forget to leave a comment in Trish's post right below this one so that you can be included in the drawing! She picks a winner at midnight tonight and the winner receives a September kit!! YAY!

Ok, green scrapbooking. Yeah, I know. How can we be green when we scrapbook and constantly, new supplies all the time? Well, it's actually easier than you thought!

A few companies are actually starting to produce green scrapbooking supplies. Piggy Tales is one of them, and I hear more are on their way to providing greener options in their lines. But you can do it yourself everyday just by being creative!

How, you ask?

I'll talk more about green scrapbooking in the next couple of months, but the easiest option by far is to send a handmade card instead of buying one. Last New Year's Eve, I pledged to make every card that I send from now on, and so far so good (and yes, I'm doing Christmas cards too).
I made this one over the weekend using some white cardstock and a pop up tag from the WIP August project kit (which would also be great for hidden journaling on a layout, by the way). Here's a couple more that I've made using the WIP August Kits:
And a few that I've made this year with scraps from my stash:
They don't take long to make, and they don't have to be that detailed either. The object is to make what you can buy. Use those supplies, especially those scraps, that you already have.

You can even take it a step further by recycling an envelope that you have at home. Junk mail is filled with return envelopes that can be altered with a little mailing label to hide the return address...or put those unrecyclable return envelopes with the thin plastic sheet over the return address window to good use (a tip I learned recently from a friend of mine...hi Amy SKP!)

Trust me...your friends and family will appreciate a handmade card so much more than a purchased one. I know I do!

Happy Card Making!

ETA: I see in the comments section that Paper Trunk also scraps green. If you guys know of any more, please share them!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Happy Birthday, Bloggers!

In celebration of the blog's first birthday tomorrow, I'm giddy with delight!! Post a comment in today's blog and I'll pick a winner at midnight tomorrow for a lovely Work in Progress Kit!! Woo Hoo!

I can't believe this blog is a year old already. Thanks for stopping by!

Have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Simple and Delicious!!

I baked cheesecakes yesterday and thought "Why not share the recipe?". I have been using this particular recipe for over 15 years and know it by heart. It's extremely delicious, but oh so simple to make.


1&1/2 pounds Cream Cheese
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
Dash of vanilla or other essence

Pre-made Graham Cracker crust
1 package digestive biscuits or graham crackers.
1/4 cup butter
Pie dish

Fresh fruit - I like to use strawberries and kiwi, sliced thinly and alternated around the top.


To make crust:

Crush the digestive biscuits into fine crumbs. Melt butter and mix into crumbs until all crumbs are moistened. Pour crumbs into pie dish and using the back of a spoon press mixture onto base and sides of dish to form the pie crust shape. Place dish in refrigerator for a few hours. I try to do this bit ahead of time, but since I always forget, I just place the dish into the freezer while making the filling!

To make filling:

Allow cream cheese and eggs to come to room temperature. In mixer combine cream cheese, sugar and eggs. Mix until smooth and creamy, adding in a dash of vanilla essence.

Pour filling into crust and bake in a moderate oven for about 35 minutes or until filling is firm to the touch. Allow cheesecake to cool in oven to avoid getting cracks in the top.

Once cool, add fruit topping and chill for several hours or overnight in refrigerator.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Since I've been making this out of my head for so long, some of my descriptions may not be very precise.

ETA: A digestive biscuit is a type of cookie or biscuit in British parlance made with coarse wheat flour, ground wholemeal, a light amount of sugar, and a rising agent such as baking soda, along with oil, salt, and sometimes milk as well. The result is a slightly savory cookie with a crumbly texture and a simple flavor which some people find quite appealing. Graham crackers are very similar to digestives and can be substituted in the recipe.


Monday, August 18, 2008

Photograpy Tips...

Had a wonderful time with a great group of enthusiastic ladies at the Photography workshop yesterday. Special thanks to those in attendance and to the most wonderful teacher ever, Jen Bueck (and her ink-refilling husband, Robert.)

I wanted to share a little tip on the blog today about adjusting the ISO setting on your DLSR cameras. As you can see, it can make a big difference in your results.

Here is a photo using an ISO speed of 100 on a sunny day:
Here is the same photo with the speed set at 200:
The same photo at speed 400:
And at 800:
And finally at the highest speed, 1600:
Learning how to set and adjust your camera varies, depending on the make and model of your camera. I would refer you to your camera manual if you were interested in learning how to "play" with yours. The objective is to use the lowest setting possible to get the clearest shot. The higher up you go, the grainier the picture becomes.

While we're on the topic of photography, I'd also like to mention a few of my favorite sites for tips and such...

For equipment overall: and I also recommend as well...

For tips: Karen Russell, Candice Stringham and The Online Photographer .

For inspiration: Karen Russell and Tara Whitney both just speak to me.

My dear online friend Gina Marrow is incredibly talented and has a website here. If you live anywhere near Hudson, Wisconsin, you should totally look into booking a session with her--I would love to have her do a photo shoot of my family for me someday. She is a great scrapper and approaches her photography from a storytelling perspective, and I love that.

I just finished up an online class that I would love to recommend with Candice Stringham here, and I would recommend it for those of you who are looking to brush up on your skills. I am also interested in taking Love Your Camera here in late September as well...

I'd love to know about your favorite sites/blogs for photography if you'd like to share! Please remember to add the links for others if you are able too...I am a student of this art form and love hearing from you regarding your favorites!

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, August 17, 2008


do you have a favorite one?
something you have been wanting to
try--but it intimidates you?
something you do on almost every single layout?
tell us what your favorite technique is.
tell us something you would like to try.
myself, i used to be a HUGE inker.
nothing was safe from the inkpad.
but then i finally started handsticthing,
i resisted it for so long, im a lazy scrapper
and handstitching is so time consuming.
but it looks awesome when you are done,
i tend to do it while watching tv--then it
seems to go by quickly. if you are stuck on
a page, try pulling out the needle and thread
you will be amazed at what a few little stitches
can do for your design! here are a few i have done!