Saturday, December 31, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

BasicGrey Creative Share

for this month's assignment we were asked to create a layout based on this Canvas Art found in the BasicGrey store.  I love how we all took something different from the piece to create our layouts. You can find them on the BasicGrey blog

here is my layout.  We always take a photo of Madison's backpack on the First Day of School.  I love this retro design and the teal goes perfectly with the canvas.

[Hello Lucious Starter Pack]  

[Hello Lucious Patterns] 

[Hello Lucious Flourishes]

[Hello Lucious Element]

[Lauderdale Patterns]

Thursday, November 10, 2011

BasicGrey and some Dare Flair . .

Recently I participated in one of the challenges that  The Digi Dares post on a weekly basis.  I was added to the Creative Team in July of this year.   We were challenged to create a layout using a Mondrian Painting as our design composition.

In addition to a Mondrian design composition your layout should also include -
1.  1 circle photo in a square or 3 circle photos arranged in a rectangle.  You may use additional photos any way you like.
2.  One of your photo must be black and white.
3.  Journaling in one of the squares or rectangles.
4.  Your journaling text must use a sans serif font
5.  Your title text must use a serif font, but you can mix and match fonts and alphas.

and here is my Layout:

Basic Grey – Vagabond Collection
Loreta Labarca – Blowing Breeze heart sentiment;
Erica Zane – Happy Snapper circle frame;
Creations by Rachael B – S8erboy Papers;
Katie Pertiet – hinges, word strips collageables, newpaper collageables, captured sentiment stamp;
Fonts: (Title) Serif Narrow (Journaling) Steelfish

Friday, November 4, 2011

Digital Scrapbooking Day Blog Hop Freebie

Welcome to the Design House Digital Decorators blog hop! A couple of weeks ago I was honored to have been selected to be a Decorator at Design House Digital.  Now I get to create using some fabulous kits with the talented designers at DHD and be with such a great group of ladies who created pages for you as well on an everyday basis! 

For this blog hop, the Decorators have made a quick page (in both 12x12 and 8.5x11 sizes… no discrimination here!) from the DHD Designers’ Digital Scrapbooking Day kit. So, hop around to all the blogs, collect the goodies along the way, and you’ll have some fabulous pages! Perfect to add into your own albums, or for a theme book of its’ own.

Here is the full kit:

Here’s my contribution:

Here is a list of the other participating Decorators, and a link to their blogs:

 Start here for Janell Nugent, Jennifer Valencia, Liz Jutila, and Missy Backues'

Saturday, September 17, 2011

you are perfect to me

Digi Dare #244 

Adjectives = Descriptive words. One of my son’s teachers gave us an assignment at back-to-school night to write down a list of words that describe our child. The first 3 or 4 were easy to come up with, but it got more and more difficult as I sat there trying to think of things. But it was fun to really think about my son and think about all the different words that could describe him, good and bad.
This week I want you choose a person you are close to and come up with at least TEN adjectives that describe them! Be sure to think of words to describe the good and the bad. 
Dare Flair:
  • Use at least one photo of your chosen person – make it black & white!
  • Use at least 10 different adjectives, some good and some bad!
  • Arrange the adjectives so that they are somehow scattered around the photo(s) of your person on at least three sides.
  • Use a different font or piece of wordart for each word.
  • Think of a color that reminds you of this person and make that the dominant color on your layout.
 and here is my layout:

Remember – be sure to submit a link to your layout here  in the comments by 10 pm EST next Thursday, September 22nd!

Friday, September 16, 2011

A love affair with BasicGrey

anyone who knows me from my paper scrapping days know that I have a bit of an addiction with BasicGrey.....I bought every single paper they released, and alphabets - I have plenty.  As I made the transition over to digital, I started to sell, donate or give to family many of my paper supplies, but one of the few things I could not get rid of was my BasicGrey.  It still sits in my paper rack, just begging me to use it.  I still do, creating a few cards or mini albums occasionally, but digital is really my creative outlet.  Naturally when BasicGrey started releasing digital kits I knew I could get myself in trouble with my credit card, but started picking up a few kits anyway and incorporating them into my designs.

The new BasicGrey Blog was introduced by Melanie with the announcement of a BasicGrey design team opportunity.    I sent in my application and waited (like many of you).  Well today, the wait is finally over.  I am a member of the BasicGrey Digital Design Team, and I am thrilled!!  I can't wait to share with you all of my creations.

here is a layout I did as part of my application....

Credits:  BasicGrey digital collections: Hang 10 Patterned paper, Vagabond Patterned paper, Perhaps Element, Phresh & Phunky Flourishes, Skate Shoppe Elements, Sweetpea Alyssa Notes.   Designer Digitals: Katie Pertiet vintage frame. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Back to school

not so long ago.....
he started kindergarten....
last week he started his junior year in high school
where does time go?

Saturday, September 10, 2011

something fun

I first saw these on Pinterest , I pinned them and ran out and bought the supplies.  That was a couple of months ago, but today I decided to take the time to make them.  : )  next time I will find a foam board that isn't so thick - they were a little hard to cut!

1. First I created individual photos using the polaroid frame download (scroll to the bottem of this post)

2. Then I printed them out on 4x6 photo paper
3. Then I cut to foam board 4x6 and used my Xyron to adhere the photo to the foam board.  I then used my exacto knife to cut the individual photos out. I placed a 1" square magnet on the back of each one.

4. Are these not the cutest!  thanks to ambrosiagirl for the inspiration.  I will be making more of these for family and friends.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Digi Dare #242

this week's dare is brought to you by Tracy!  ready.set.go

And now on to my dare – childhood toys:
I was on vacation last week and one of the major projects we tackled was our kids’ playroom – getting it all sorted, organized, and repainted (including some fun chalkboard paint panels). As I looked at the mess of toys strewn across the floor, I found myself remembering some of my favorite childhood toys.
My challenge for you this week is to create a page that is centered around one of YOUR favorite childhood toys. What is it that made it special? Who gave it to you? Was it something you were longing for, or a big surprise?
Dare Flair:
- Include at least one photo. Although it would be fantastic if you happen to have a photo of you with your toy, stock photography is fine!
- Since this layout is meant to celebrate childhood, choose at least two bright colors and make those the main colors in your layout (along with neutrals such as black, white or kraft).
- You absolutely must journal on your page! Tell us about that toy and your relationship to it. Give us at least five sentences of journaling, please!
- Use at least one interesting border or edge on your page – scallops, reverse scallops, a torn or jagged edge, a cutout design – be creative!
- Use at least two fonts in your title. One should be significantly larger than the other – think of your title as a piece of word art.

you can see more Creative Team samples on the  blog

here's my layout: 

I will add that I did get her off Ebay this weekend...and am so excited.  She was a steal at only $23.75, mint in box.!  I can't wait to have her back

Friday, August 26, 2011

Shutterfly - Team Share websites...

how cool is this?

Shutterfly Team Share websites

if that player looks familiar, yes it is Hayden.... : )

Friday, August 19, 2011

Digi Dare No 241

this week's Dare is brought to you by Nicole....

The Breakfast Rush
Project 365. A Week in the Life. There are so many great ideas out there to motivate and inspire us to get “real life” onto our pages! Most of the time, I hear about these things after they’ve already started and I end up feeling guilty because I know I’m missing out on something I’d love to scrap along with. I just don’t have the time! But who says I have to follow these things perfectly?! Lately I’ve been trying not to be such a darn perfectionist. Why am I stopping myself from scrapping because I can’t perfectly follow a plan?! Oh, my silly brain…
Well, this week I hope you’ll join me in scrapping about a little piece of our lives! I’ve always thought it would be fun to make a page about what meal times are like in our house. It would be fun to look back at a page like that in ten years and see how much has changed. I’m sure my table will be very different then–I’ll have two teenagers and two pre-teens!
So, that’s your super simple challenge this week: Scrap about The Breakfast Rush! What’s breakfast time like in your house? Is it crazy and busy? Or relaxing? Or do you skip breakfast? What would you like your mornings to look like if you could change things? There are all sorts of angles to approach this topic from!
Dare Flair:
- You must have at least one photo! If you have kids, capture them in the act of devouring breakfast. If you plan to make a page about yourself, take a picture of your favorite breakfast food (don’t worry–you don’t have to take a picture of yourself before you’ve had any coffee! Although, that would be a great thing to capture, too!). Give it some thought–what kind of picture will best suit what you want to write about on your page?
- Convert your photo to Black & White. If you use more than one photo, then only one photo has to be B&W (unless you’d like for all the photos to be B&W because it fits).
- Journaling is also a must! We love embellishments. They are so much fun! But remember–if you don’t journal, you are simply embellishing a photo… nothing more. Don’t forget to record the memories!
- I’d like you to play with patterned papers for this challenge! Try to work at least six patterned papers into your design.
- Add some sort of “handwriting” to your page–either a handwriting font or a piece of handwritten word art.
Gold Stars:
- I’d like to encourage you to go beyond this one challenge and also scrap a page all about lunch time and dinner time as well! It’s certainly not required. But I think you’d enjoy it! Then you’ll have yourself a nice little set of “Real Life” pages… sort of like a time capsule to look back on as the years go by…

here is my layout for the challenge

Deca Designs – Remember You Digital kit, That’s Me templates (altered); Aja Abney Designs – Gotcha Family; Anna Aspnes – 12×12 Artist Edges; Katie Pertiet – Ledger grids, stitched sun, tabbed dates. Fonts: Honey Script & 2 Peas Old Type (Title) and CK Mini (journaling)
Now it’s your turn to make a page!

Be sure to leave a comment here on the The Digi Dare blog with a link to your layout by 10 p.m. EST on Thursday, August 25th for your chance to win some fabulous digital goodies!

Happy scrapping!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Senior Photos

We are doing some senior photos again this year and just finished up a mini session with Abby and her horses (and a few with Tag as well).  Still working on some edits, but we will be sharing soon.

The photo of Victoria below is still one of my favorite senior photos ever....I can't wait for fall : )

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Hockey Mom - Digi Dare No 238

My first official layout as a member of The Digi Dares Team .  I hope you will play along.

I love this photo that my husband captured of Hayden on the ice during game...I had no idea until recently that you can see me behind the glass taking in all the action.  How cool is that?

Friday, July 15, 2011

New Blinkie!

do you see that new blinkie over there  > > > >

yep that's me - I am now a Darer - part of the Team for The Digi Dares..looking forward to this challenge!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

bathroom redo

I have been so inspired by all the beautiful designs at that I had to do something this weekend.  I decided to paint and redecorate the kids bathroom.  It all started with a shower curtain I just picked up at Bed, Bath & Beyond and went from there.  I love how it turned out.

I can't wait to do more projects!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Hayden!

16 already! how the heck did that happen!

we love you forever.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Scrap Therapy . . . .

I am scrapping this week with Lauren Reid .  She is running a new series on her blog called Therapy Scraps.

I hope you will participate, and share or not share, but tell the story.

When I started this layout about Madison's birth experience I wasn't sure what direction I was going to go.  I wondered about what my friends and family might think about my journaling.  Then I shared it with my sweet husband and got a hug, a nod and complete agreement with what I said.  It felt good to get some of this out - what has been bottled up for safe keeping within myself for many years.  If it changes the way you think about me, that is okay.  I didn't do this for you. I did it for me.

Anna Aspnes - Artist Edge, script tease time no. 2 brushes
Katie Pertiet - square Date Spots no. 1, bradded photo frames no. 1
Scrap Originals - Welcome Home Girl (elements and papers)
Jo Hanna - For Lovin Me (heart)
Kristen Rice - Red Wine (glitter dots)

Fonts - LD Cotton Candy (title) and Ariel (journaling)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Suzanne said...
Both are such cute projects, I love the mini album, what a great gift idea.
Suzanne, you were one of the winners of the Two Peas $10 GC!!!....please contact me with your email address:

yay! congrats : )

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Two Peas Digital Creative Team Blog Hop

Welcome to our Blog Hop - members of the Two Peas in a bucket Digital Creative Team decided to get together and put on a blog hop.  We are showing you some fabulous Valentine's Day project and layout ideas...

Leave a comment here and at each of the blogs listed, by Sunday night, and two winners of $10.00 gift certificates will be randomly drawn....

The first project is a love notes mint tin album created using Chrissy W's new templates you can find here.

I also used products by Vinnie Pearce, Lauren Reid, Anna Aspnes and Karla Dudley.  Hayden will be giving this to his girl Abby on Valentine's Day - I also asked him to add some personal notes as well.

The second project I wanted to share is a layout  that I created  using Angie Kovacs new release "mini stickers alphabet" - I know I will be using these over and over again. I also used one of her new templates "This and That" and Betsy Tuma's gorgeous paper pack "terms of endearment".  You can find the products used here at two peas in a bucket

I never need an excuse to buy Madison clothes or PJ's - a girl needs to look fabulous on special days.

Thank you for visiting our Two Peas DCT Blog Hop! Please leave a comment for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to Two Peas In a Bucket! Comments will be open until Sunday, February 13th. We'll draw two random winners from all comments on each Creative Team Members blog.

*One comment per blog, please. Post to as many blogs as you like.

Now head on over to the other blogs:




Mary Jo 

Monday, February 7, 2011

Digital Creative Team layout share

or catch up if you will.   I have been so busy creating over the past couple of weeks that I haven't had  much time to update my blog.

I am really hoping to update more regularly and do a little renovating over the next week!

As a member of the Digital Creative Team at two peas in a bucket I am responsible for showcasing new digital kits each week - I commit to as many projects as I think I can.   Because there has been so much digital goodness released lately I find myself wanting to create with everything.  Not so bad, except that I find little things like house cleaning, grocery shopping and then actually taking the time to make the memories always seem to take a back seat to creating and being with my family.  Because of that I am going to try and limit myself each week and try and do a bit a scrapping just for me.

In the meantime, enjoy!!  Here is a direct link to my gallery at two peas - you can click on each layout in my two peas gallery,  for more information and designer credits. 

Happy Monday!