My Girls Layout

Hi everyone,

As promised, I hope to be writing more on my blog and sharing with you layouts and cards that I have created.  Today I want to show you a layout I made of my daughters, husband and I. Since I like to use 3D embellishments and handmade flowers I display my layouts in shadow boxes throughout my home.  I arrange my frames in groups of three on the wall with other home decor along the sides here and there.  Every couple of months or so I like to change the layouts in the frames to more recent ones that I create.

For the chipboard embellishment I used black enamel acrylic paint and after it was dry I sprayed it with shimmer mist, Perfect Pearl.  I really loved how it came out.  I also used the mists on the doilies and the flowers.

Here's a list of products I used:

Papers: Engraver, Prima and Far & Away, Teresa Collins
Distress Ink: Ranger Walnut Stain
Paint: Folkart, Plaid
Perfect Pearl Mists: Ranger, Perfect Pearl, Heirloom Gold, Forever Red
Flower Punch: EK Success Retro Flower
Chipboard embellishment: Dusty Attic
Eyelets: Making Memories
Metal Flower: Prima
Gem Swirls: Prima
Flowers and wooden leaves: Prima
Doilies: Walmart

I hope you like my layout and please leave a comment.  Have a great day!

Until next time,


Quick Hello

Hi bloggers,

CHA is over but did you have a chance to check out all the great products from your favorite companies?  There are so many things that I have added to my wish list...that I can't wait for it to get to my scrapbook store so that I can start creating!

Here are some of my favorite picks:

Teresa Collins -

Daily Stories, Hello My Name Is... and Save the Date. All three collections have beautiful papers and embellishments and Basically Essential is a must have, love the stencils!!

My Mind's Eye 

Now & Then, very fun and cherry collection and Lost & Found Record It, love it to make Valentine projects and cards.

Simple Stories 

DIY, love all the pockets, tags and envelopes you can decorate any which way you want with their small embellishments! The Homespun collections is great for a mini album of time spent with family : ) It makes me feel happy!


What can I say, love all their new flowers...and the Stationer's Desk is a beautiful collection, love it! Cartographer is also a great collection.  I also love all the embellishments from Ingvild Bolme.

Tim Holtz

Where to start!! I'm drooling over the mini distress inks, the layering stencils and the Sizzix Frameworks!! I must have them, that is all I'm saying.

Graphic 45

Botanical Tea and By The Sea are both such a lovely collection!

Fancy Pants

Love their Artist Edition brag books and wooden phrases.

Pink Paislee

Switchboard is a great collection for a teen mini album, very chic!!

These are some of my wish list products.  There are so many great companies out there with fantastic products that I can't possibly name them all but you can check out YouTube videos of CHA 2014. I enjoyed looking through the videos and seeing how the companies decorated their booths with layouts and home decor.

That's all for today, hope you have a great one,

Until next time,



Hello bloggers.

CHA has officially started!  I truly wish I was there right now to see up close all those great products each company has designed this year and to see those awesome booths with all the great inspiration that showcase using their new products.  We have all seen sneak peaks from them throughout his past week on their blogs. Truly awesome collections!!  The best thing about the sneak peaks is that you have a chance of winning them before they are up for sale in the scrapbook stores, hooray!  So hurry, make a comment on each blog for a chance to win some of their fab products.

Here are some links to the companies that are giving away their new collections:
Be sure to check out their blogs for posts from CHA and chances to win their products.

Until next time,


Happy New Year 2014


I want to wish everyone a very happy and healthy new year 2014!!  Hoping this new year brings us many blessing, great memories and new friendships along the way.  I'm grateful for all the past experiences this past year has given me, it has made me stronger.  I'm also grateful for reconnecting with old friends which I hope will be in my life for many years to come.  Ring in this new year enjoying it with family, friends, great food and drinks.  May it come to each of us filled with blessing and prosperity!!

Until next time,


Keepsake Box and Mini Album

Hello all,

Wow, have I been busy getting together all my photos for my albums.  Thanks to Kathy's contest from Paper Phenomenon I have forced myself to finish making her wonderful tutorials, print my photos and display them inside the mini albums. Well, I wouldn't say forced because I enjoy making Kathy's album so much I practically have at least 11 albums done plus over 6 that I have given as gifts lol.

Kathy's contest is running until today so if you are participating you must hurry.  You can check out the rules for the contest at Paper Phenomenon.

Once again I have another finished album I want to share with you guys.  I have chosen Kathy's tutorial called "Keepsake Box and Mini Album".  For this album I have placed photos of family get-together and snap-shot moments that I wanted to remember.  It also has photos that my family has emailed me since I live far from them and they know I want to be caught up in their every day lives.  I truly love this album...it was suppose to be given as a gift but I kept it...shhh don't tell anyone lol.  This album has at least 140 photos believe it or not!

The following are some photos of my album.

Here is my YouTube video.

I hope you enjoyed my video, thank you for watching.  Be sure to check out all the other participants at Kathy's blog Paper Phenomenon.  They all have great talent and ideas that can inspire you to create. Wishing everyone good luck,

Until next time,


Carry-On Travel Mini Album


I'm back to post another mini album for Kathy's contest that I did using Kathy Orta's tutorials from Paper Phenomenon.  I had lots of photos from all our site seeing expeditions throughout Puerto Rico and I chose the Carry-On Travel mini album tutorial to showcase them.  I loved the small flaps and pockets that this tutorial has and knew right away that all my wallet size photos, which I love to print out, would fit perfectly in it.  I showed pictures of our adventures through two caves here in Puerto Rico and the others were of our trip to a lighthouse in Rincon and of our walks by the shore in Aguadilla and Aguada.

The rules for the contest are in my previous post and you can also read them at Kathy's web site Paper Phenomenon.

Here are some photos of the mini album.

Here's my YouTube video.

Thank you for watching my video, I hope you enjoyed it and please vote for me.  Please leave a comment on my blog.

Until next time,


Win Big!!!!

Hello everyone,

I'm so excited to share with you some great news!  Kathy Orta from Paper Phenomenon is having a contest. The prize is 3 months membership to her kit club.  I have finally done my very first YouTube video : /  so be sure to check it out and vote for me please.  I chose Kathy's tutorial "Enjoy the Journey" to showcase my photos of a trip my daughters and I took last summer to New York.  We had a great time visiting with my family and site seeing all around the city and enjoyed such great food.  I hope you enjoy the video as much as I loved creating this album..

Here are some photos of my Enjoy The Journey album.

The following are the instructions and rules to enter the contest:

How to enter the Win Big! Kit Club Membership contest?

Post a completed Paper Phenomenon Project. You must post a picture and video of the project to your blog and use the Linkz system below to complete the entry. If you do not have a blog, follow instruction below.
Any Paper Phenomenon project will be accepted. Multiple submissions are also accepted.
To be eligible to win the following is required:
All points below are required to enter the contest. Submissions omitting any of the below will be disqualified and deleted from the voting process
  • Your project must be complete with photographs showing the memory keeping aspect of the project. updated 10/18/2013:  I think I need to elaborate, if you are submitting a mini album for the contest, your album MUST be complete with photographs.
  • Your blog post must contain the following:
  • List the name of the Paper Phenomenon Tutorial you used to create the project.
  • Post a photograph of your project. Post a Link to the YouTube video showing the project. You do not have to speak in the video. You may use music if you prefer.
  • Title your You Tube video: Phenomenon Win Big, Kit Club Membership Contest
Then Linkup your post in the Inlinkz system below
No Blog, No problem!  In the InLinkz system below:
  • Title your You Tube video: Phenomenon Win Big, Kit Club Membership Contest
  • Enter the URL of the video (from You Tube)
  • Link-up a picture of the completed project
  • In the Name/Description box, enter the name/title of the tutorial you used to create the project
    How will the winner be picked?
The winner will be picked by our fellow crafters. Vote for your favorite project. The project with the most votes wins the contest. You will each get 3 votes- so use them wisely. You may use all your votes for your own project.
Contest will end 12/22/2013, 12PM CT and voting will begin. Voting will end 12/31/2013 at 12PM CT.   You have plenty of time to enter. Happy Crafting and Good Luck to everyone!!!
Winner will be announced on January 1, 2014
In the event of a tie, I will pick the winner.
Enter the contest and Win Big!  Win one free membership to the Paper PhenomenonKit Club Jan-Mar 2014

I hope you enjoyed my take on Kathy's tutorial "Enjoy The Journey", don't forget to vote.  I wish everyone the best of luck.

Until next time,