Saturday, September 17, 2011

Using my Sept. Scraptastic Kit and Sketch #2 by Heather Landry. Some pictures of Kyle in Matty from 1989. These pages are meant to be companions in the book.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Le Pew

A page I did using a sketch by Heather J. Landry. The patterned paper is 2 sheets My Mind's Eye using different sides of the design.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Using my Sew Easy with twine and papers from the June Surf's Up Scraptastic Kit.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The photo is altered by adding Staz On White in for a border. The mat is torn and colored with Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Marmalade.

I did this page using a sketch by Heather J. Landry, you can find it at the Scraptastic Kit blog.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

I did this page as a challenge to myself to use the very juvenile looking Fancy Pants papers for an adult page. The paper and mbellies are from the June Scraptastic Kit using a sketch from

Monday, March 14, 2011

I like to take "out take" photos and use them for cards for family. This card has a picture of my brother in law, Terry. The first time I saw it, I thought it looked like he was giving directions to the veggie cart guy. They were in Eseli, Nicaragua and Terry does not speak Spanish well enough even if he knew the area well enough to give directions. After the trip, last January, Terry dislocated his Achilles tendon and had to have surgery. The card is a "had to been there" moment but it was well received by all who know the inside joke.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

This page was done using a lot of different settings with my Cricut. For details go to The paper is Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety. Three Fiskars border punches were used on the right side. One edge of each photo was done with a Martha Stewart punch. I-Kandee chalk, the Earth Tone set was used to color in the yellows. The clip is from an old Provo Craft African set.

The journaling: Juanita, Kyle’s neighbor, is shucking dried corn. It was grown and harvested on the small farm where she and her husband, Miguel, live. The kernels can be taken to a mill with an electric grinder although it is commonly done by hand. The meal is made into tortillas which are served at every meal. Nica women can turn out a stack of perfectly round tortillas in less time than it takes to walk to the dairy case and get to the cash register in a U.S. grocery store.

Juanita is a sweetheart, a great cook and makes excellent tortillas. She is amazing at making do with what is on hand. She and Miguel raised five children and now are the primary care-givers to two of their grandchildren.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Hi, it's Marlene here. For my project, with inspiration from Donna, I completed an altered object using my Cricut Expression. I bought a plain mailbox at the hardware store. I cut Cricut vinyl using From My Kitchen for the numbers. The oval is from George set on silhouette mode and was superimposed over the numbers with Design Studio. I used the weld option with DS so I could work with the total project as one piece. The numbers on the flag side of the box are slightly smaller to make room to swing the flag up or down. I sized the stencil for the door even smaller to fit.

The negative cut was used to create a stencil and all areas of the box that I didn't want to paint were covered. Several coats of white paint were sprayed over the stencil (the exposed parts of the mailbox were all that was painted). I bought Krylon glow in the dark paint which was sprayed for the final coats. The numbers are reflective and glow which is perfect for a rural mailbox with a house number. Now I'm ready to receive some scrappy goodies!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

This page was a lot of fun, lots of steps. I've always loved this picture of my son. He and dog get so rough, especially when she still had a lot of puppy in her.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Daddy's Bridge

I love making lay outs that incorporate a lot of techinques. For this one I used a Fiskars Slim Line punch for the notebook paper edge, a ribbon punch and a Martha Stewart checkerboard under the cars. Under the "pull" on the cardboard box is a button to push for the audio. I do not have the tech savy to load the clip. It is my son explaining what his dad does at the bridge. Maybe some day I soon I will figure it out.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

McMillan, OK

I have done another heritage page with old photos from my dad. The photos required a lot of explanation so I expanded to a two page layout, then broke the journaling into columns to make it easier to read. I used Plantain Schoolbook for the title and Nifty Fifties for the embellishments. The papers are from Cosmo Cricket - Circa 1932 collection. The second from bottom background paper was torn all the way around, inked with a Tim Holtz Black Soot distress ink pad then lightly sprayed with water which blurs the edges. While still damp I turned up the edges to form a frame for the photos. I love doing this type of page and trying out different techniques.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I recently received these pictures of my father that were taken while he was serving in the Navy on Okinawa. I had a lot of fun with the page. I used Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 collection for the papers and chipboard. The "chits" are from the time frame, U.S. military personnel used it as currency.

My pages usually use copies of pictures but in this case they are originals. They are better off surrounded by all acid free products than stuffed in the suitcase where they've been for 65 years.

The outside edges are all inked. The "graph" paper was inked generously on both side with Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Black Soot. Then the edges were lightly sprayed with water and curled slightly.

I made the partial wing and propeller by using a silver iron on metallic sheet. The pieces were cut with a Cricut using George then I used black alcohol ink to cover the silver. I left the high points with very little color for the effect of the blades being raised in the middle. Mini Monograms with the circle option make up Circa.

One of the edges was border punched one using a new E.K. Success Slim Edger that looks like plaid and