Monday, October 31, 2011

Thank You Card

This thank you card is intended for Warren's great aunt who we had the pleasure of visiting over the summer (yes, I'm slow to get my thank you's out... I'm trying).

Products used:  Patterned papers:  My Mind's Eye, Making Memories (blue dots);  Flowers:  Making Memories;   Rub on words:  Pebbles Inc;  Card base:  Doodlebug Designs

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Jennifer!!!!!

A Halloween themed birthday card for my dear friend Jennifer who
loves the holiday she was born just before. ;)

Products used:  Papers: jillibean soup (kraft paisley), SEI;  Letters: Making Memories (glitter);  Sketch: Pagemaps

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Making Grandma Laugh

While Grandma Hunt was visiting for Tobin's birthday, Tobin was determined to make her laugh none stop.  He would just look her in the eyes and giggle until she joined.

Products used - Patterned papers and stickers: Simple Stories;  Letters: Authentique, Creative Memories, Making Memories;  Cardstock: Bazzill

This layout was made for the Simple Stories product challenge taking place at Sketch Support this month.  Please visit both sites to see more product and inspiration!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cricut Classes!

These classes are a long time coming, but I am finally prepared to offer Cricut Classes!!

First off, these classes will be local to the South Bay area of Northern California.

I have two levels available:
  • Beginner - for those who haven't gotten started with their new machine yet
  • Intermediate (1) - for those who want to explore more of the functionality available on their machine

Each class will be hands on featuring a few key functions on the Cricut.  Each student will create a layout to take home and there will be flexibility to theme your layout with unique titles and decorative elements.  Future classes will explore more functions on the Cricut machines and how to use the Gypsy.

I am currently trying to partner with a local scrapbooking store.  To be kept in the loop for future scheduling/locations for classes please email me at

Thank you!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Tobin's first tooth!  It was next to impossible to get a photograph of his first tooth.  Every time I tried, he stuck his tongue out, covering the tooth.  These are far from the best photos, but you have to roll with what you've got.  When I have more time to master Gimp or Photoshop, I will do my best to clean up the larger photo and update this layout with it.

Products used:  Patterned papers, letters, journaling block:  Making Memories;  Stickers:  Jolee's

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Just in Time for the Celebration

We had two grandmas in town for Tobin's birthday celebration.  Unfortunately, Tobin had a cold and we had to reschedule his party with friends.  But we had a wonderful time together with the family.  These are our group photos out by the pretty hydrangeas in our neighborhood.

Products used:  Patterned papers:  American Crafts, SEI (dots);  Letters:  Making Memories, Prima

Hand cut embellishments:  The embellishment on the left page was created from a white circle and trees cut out from the patterned paper on the right page.  I added interest by lining the edge of the white circle with dots from a brown marker.

I created the journaling block by layering papers with rounded corners.

Mismatched paper:  This page incorporates a new idea I've been meaning to try.  I added subtle interest to the page by incorporating two different colors in the background.  The left page has a darker shade of blue than the right page.  I brought the two shades together by adding a darker blue journaling block on the right.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Tobin's First Travel

I can't believe how small Tobin is in these photos!  It's been such a wonderful 16 months with him in our lives.  Here is Tobin on our first adventure out of state.  We flew all the way to NJ, just him and I, to attend my sorority sister Steph's wedding.  We stayed with my Aunt Renee's family and my parents came down from NH to visit.  At the end of our stay, more family traveled up from MD, all to meet the newest addition to the family.

Products used:    Patterned papers:  Basic Grey (grid), October Afternoon (dots);  Journaling blocks:  Colorbok, Little Yellow Bicycle;  Letters: Making Memories;  Sketch: Sketch Support

I hand cut the banners on this page.  Starting with rectangles, I marked where the points should come together with a ruler and cut a triangle out of the bottom with scissors.  I used a piercing tool to poke holes between the banner pieces and hand stitched.

The scalloped strips are made using my corners rounder.  The guide comes off and you can use the corner rounder to make scalloped edges.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Friends in Los Angeles

Last fall, I had to pleasure of taking Tobin down to LA to visit my sorority sisters.

Products used: Patterned papers:  SEI (flowers), BoBunny, October Afternoon (blue swirls), Bazzill Swiss dots;  Chipboard accents: Basic Grey;  Letters:  Making Memories, Prima;  Sketch:  Pagemaps

Friday, October 21, 2011

No, Thank You


Oh, our silly baby bear.  He keeps tasty food on his booster seat tray, but the yucky food is evicted to the grown up table.

Products used:  Patterned paper: TPC Studio;  Rubons: Colorbok;  Journaling block: Making Memories;  Broccoli:  hand cut by me;  Tools:  Cricut Calligraphy cartridge (title);  Page protectors:  We R Memory Keepers

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Meeting My Aunties

Last fall, Tobin was introduced to my sorority sisters Chih Mae and Eileen.

Products used: Papers: Studio Calico (honeycomb), Chatterbox (pink), Pebbles Inc (flowers), SEI (stripes), DCWV (background);  Embellishments: Basic Grey (branch), My Mind's Eye, K&Company (journaling block);  Letters: Prima;  Tools: Cricut Lyrical Letters cartridge;  Sketch: Pagemaps

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Our Little Reindeer

I love how quickly I can throw together these divided album refill pages!

We loved, loved, loved this reindeer suit for Tobin.  We also had the bear suit and we miss them so much since he outgrew them.

Products used:  Patterned paper:  Bazzill Swiss dots, My Mind's Eye (blue dots);  Letters:  Prima (brown), ki memories;  Tools:  Cricut Create a Critter cartridge (reindeer);  Page protector:  We R Memory Keepers

On a side note, I didn't have my Cricut when I needed to cut the circles so they are based off a plate, glass, and vase from the kitchen cabinet.  Haha.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Tobin's first time at Gymboree!  Thankfully Grandma was there to take photos of us playing.  Tobin was on the verge of crawling and I think the other kids helped motivate him.

Products used:  Papers: DCWV, Bazzill Swiss Dot, Creative Imaginiations (monkey), Chatterbox (brown shimmery);  Letters: Prima;  Sketch: Pagemaps

Monday, October 17, 2011


Here is another quick layout created with the We R Memory Keepers divided page protectors.  I am using these to help get caught up on scrapbooking without losing the fun of themed, patterned papers and the joy of putting pages together.

These are photos of little Tobin in January.  Just hanging out in our play area eating his pegs.  =P

Products used:  Patterned papers: SEI (brown stripes), Echo Park (cars), Making Memories (dots);  Calendar block: Simple Stories;  Numbers:  Prima;  Page protector: We R Memory Keepers

Sunday, October 16, 2011

On Cloud Nine

Here are photos from my cousin Aleshia's baby shower this spring in Sacramento.  Her sister hosted us in their new house.  There are no big bump photos since the shower was hosted a little early.  Aleshia and her husband live in Japan and would only be visiting us in the states one time before little Lilah is born!

Products used:  Papers: Creative Memories (background), Bo Bunny (pink dots), My Mind's Eye (clouds);  Embellishments: Making Memories (journaling blocks),  Heidi Grace (rubons);  Tools:  Cricut Lyrical Letters cartridge (baby shower and stork), Ashlyn's Alphabet (title);  Sketch: Sketch Support

This layout was designed using a sketch from Sketch Support.  Go on over there to see more projects made from the same sketch and stay for the new sketches posted weekly!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

My First Mother's Day

Pictures of my first Mother's Day.  We went to the nursery as a family to pick out plants for our garden.  We got tomato plants, an avocado tree, cucumbers, and a pink hydrangea plant.  Then we brought the jumper outside for Tobin to watch while we planted it all.

Products used:  Patterned papers: The Paper Studio (swirls), Little Yellow Bicycle (tree);  Embellishments:  Making Memories, K&Company;  Letters: Making Memories (glitter), Prima

Friday, October 14, 2011

Family of Three

I must keep and scrapbook all super cute baby announcements that come my way.  =)

Here is sweet baby Haley.  She's 7 months old now and her and Tobin will be having some play dates in the future!

Products used:  Papers: BoBunny, Making Memorie's (stripes);  Accents: K&Company (journaling blocks), Heidi Grace;  Letters: Making Memories (glitter), Prima, American Crafts

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Reunion in Rehoboth

Finally, a recent layout!  =)

Here are my sorority sisters in Rehoboth, DE this August for a reunion.  We stayed in one sister's father's condo right next to the outlets.  We shopped, dined, swam, and generally caught up on the year's events.

Products used:  Patterned papers:  Making Memories (floral), Reminisce (pink flamingo), SEI (shells), pink paislee (waves);  Buttons & chipboard accents: American Crafts;  Embellishments: pink paislee, K&Company, Making Memories;  Letters:  Making Memories, American Crafts Thickers;  Sketch: Pagemaps

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Baby Gift

A coworker of Warren's is expecting a baby girl very soon and we wanted to give their family a gift.  Here is the card and package decoration that I made.

Products used:  Papers:  scraps;  Tools: Cricut Create a Critter cartridge (sheep), Sugar and Spice (carriage)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Snug as a Bug

When Tobin was little.... well, littler.... I would carry him on walks on the Moby wrap.  Here we are last fall ready for an adventure.

Products used:  Paper: SEI (brown), DCWV;  Embellishments: Prima, Colorbok (rubons);  Letters: K&Company;  Sketch: Pagemaps

Monday, October 10, 2011


My new catching up plan is to utilize these album refills to get some layouts done quickly.  Since the openings are mostly 4x6, I don't need to print my photos in varying sizes and I can focus on only filling a smaller area with journaling and a title.

We were making pizzas for dinner and started the dough in our bread machine.  Tobin was fascinated watching the stirring action.

Here I used the We R Memory Keepers album refills with 3 4x6 vertical openings and a 6x12 horizontal opening.  I take more vertical photos than horizontal so this design was a good match for my style.

Products used:  Papers: Studio Calico (honeycomb), SEI (stripes), Canvas Corp (recipe card);  Journaling blocks:  K&Company, Little Yellow Bicycle (circle);  Stickers:  Making Memories;  Letters:  sassafras

Saturday, October 8, 2011

A Time to Celebrate

Congratulations to my cousin Anthony on his college graduation last spring!

Products used: Paper: BoBunny, jillibean soup (numbers); Ribbon: K&Company Smash tape; Tools: Cricut Reminisce cartridge from Creative Memories