It's A Boy's Life

I found a wonderful little boy's themed paper kit in a yard sale.  For about .25, yes twenty-five cents, the kit contained about 6 sheets of double-sided paper from Imaginisce, Ranger's Stickles, Cosmos Cricket sticker letters, and matching chipboard elements.  I think that was a fair price.  LOL  It is unreal what I can find sometimes.

The paper wasn't the latest and greatest, but it was cute and I wanted a chance to use it in my grandson's first, only him, scrapbook.  Here is the title page.


The Story
My grandson and I were walking back from dropping off his sisters at cheer camp when he started noticing his shadow.  I took several photos.  When I looked at this one he reminded me of Peter Pan.  My grandson is only 2 and this looks like he is 5 or 6.  Shadow of things to come.
Imaginisce paper collection
Tim Holtz die cut clock, Distress Ink vintage photo, Oxide Ink peeled paint and vintage photo
Finnabair clear gesso
DecoArt stencil Short Circuit

Happy Birthday!

Yep, another year has rolled around and I am excited about what a new year will hold for me. 

A Cute List I Found....
What is your favorite color?   darker colors, although brights can be fun.
What is your favorite toy?  my computer
What is your favorite fruit?  apples
What is your favorite tv show or movie?  Lost Ship 
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  Salad 
What is your favorite snack?  Olives
What is your favorite animal?  Dog
What is your favorite song?  Great Is His Faithfulness
What is your favorite book?  Little Women / Heidi
What is your favorite thing to do outside?  Garden
What is your favorite drink?  COFFEE
 What is your favorite holiday?  4th of July
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  Skip
What do you want for dinner on your birthday?  Lobster
What do you want to be when you grow up?  A great grandmother
Name one thing you do really well?   Crafts and teach children
What is your favorite time of day? 3:00 am
Describe your favorite hobby.  Paper craf…

Julie Nutting Is Helping Me With Christmas "Cards."

Overcoming Fear
I love to discover creative cardmakers.  I follow many awesome crafters who predominately create cards.  I love their work and the end results.  Those who know me know I don't "do" cards.  I'm not good at it, don't enjoy it, and I always have a fear of putting in so much work the receiver will throw it away.  Yikes!  All this to say I think I have it figured out, at least for this Christmas, how to overcome that fear and have a little fun.

I am starting a new side of my crafty creativity with Julie Nutting doll stamps.  I have seen the most wonderful paper doll creativity.  You should check out Julie Nutting doll stamps Facebook Page.  Inspiration is over the top.

Sooooo, with all that inspiration I have decided to put my doll stamps to work.  Not on a card but on tags.  I enjoy tags.  Most days I'm not half bad at it and I've observed some save their tags, even displaying them.  So no matter what happens after they leave my hands I'm …

67 Years

On a recent visit to see my mom and dad-in-law Mom told me that her and Dad will be married 67 years this month.  Can you imagine being married for 67 years to the same man?  Oh, my goodness.  I hope I am able to be honored to do the same.

Here is my layout honoring their celebration.

6ity Seven Years
The Story
Rosie E. Lewis full of love and in God and faith in Dad.
K.B. Lewis full of love and faith for each other.

Theirs was not an easy life.  They raised their family on a southern farm.  No electronic games, iPhones, calculators, 3 TV stations.  Their entertainment was their family gatherings with their children or with their extended family.  Good fish fries or peanut boils.  Eating, clothing, and bills being paid depended on the farm...getting up at dawn, feeding the cows, hogs, and goats.  Starting the tractor and taking care of their crops.  Fence mending, caring for the livestock, working on the house or the tractor/truck.  Putting up peas, butter beans, squash, o…

tea? Anyone ... Graphic 45 Hallowe’en in Wonderland

Is it too early for Halloween?  Is it too late to share dance recital layouts?  This might be a perfect meet in the middle page.

After watching my granddaughter in the most incredible dance recital, Alice in Wonderland, a light came on as I remembered I have some of the Graphic 45's Hallowe'en in Wonderland collection in my Halloween boxes.

As it often is, it was bits and pieces.  Before my interest in mixed media I would have been dishearten.  Now that I play with mixed media it is easier to create fun pages with those same pieces.

tea?  Anyone

Graphic 45 Hallowe'en in Wonderland
Bazzil cardstock
Finnabair Art Basic / Prima Gesso Clear
Tim Holtz Woodgrain and Clockwork stencil,  clock face and hands idea-ology, chitchat, Tiny Attacher, Distress Oxide Wilted Violet and Peeled Paint, Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Key
Prima flowers and pearls
Petaloo flowers
Brea Reese texture sand
Bo Bunny chipboard clock
TCW stencil...words
Stampin' Up! Geometric stamp
Fussy cu…

Discovery: The Best Part Of Crafting. Two Fun Discoveries.

One is a find, the other a silly discovery.

Great back-to-school find, but you have to hurry to get this one.  I found several small composition books at the Dollar Tree store.  The front of the composition book is a stencil.  So for one dollar you get a composition book and a fun stencil.
They had four different designs when I was there.   Here is a quick sample using molding paste, Tim Holt's Distress Spray Stain peacock and  Oxide Distress Ink Wild Violet.  (I didn't use the entire stencil, just a piece.)
The stencil is made of plastic so it's durable. It is a bit thicker than a lot of stencils so you are able to create more texture, it is great for inks as well, and they have some funky designs.  For a dollar it is a great buy.
You can leave the stencil on the book and use it, which is what I did.  Or take it off and create mixed media, scrapbooking, or digital style book cover. 

I have several Ranger Non-Stick Craft Mats.  First thing I learned about the craf…

hAppiness Vintage Dad and Bo Bunny, Mixed Media

Being new to mixed media on a scrapbook page I am always looking for ways to enhance my layout with paints, pastes, tips and tricks.  I'm a little closer today.  I am not comfortable yet but I am having fun.

Photo of my Dad in 1958.
This is a photo taken of my Dad in 1958 while in Olsen, Japan.  To me my dad was the most handsome man I could image with a soft spirit.
Bo Bunny Country Garden (this is an older collection from Bo Bunny that I purchased a friend's yard sale...but isn't it just as awesome today?)
Finnabair/Prima Patina Effect Paste collection
Prima flowers
Tim Holtz  Elementary Flashcards, compass idea-ology, Tiny Attacher, tags, diamond stamps and mixed media thinlit, Distress Ink vintage photo and walnut stain, stars, gumdrops, roses, happiness stamp and other stamps (how would I create without Tim?  LOL)
Blue Fern Studios leftover letters from a set of chipboard that I saved.
Fiskars "TIME" stamp, written phrase stamp (top right) from "…