Preserving Memories while Getting Ink on my Hands

Love Fresh Air

This is a photo of DD from the riverbank near her grandparent’s ranch in South Dakota. I love the look on her face and the way the wind was playing with her hair.

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This project was completed for the November challenge at More than Words Scrapbook Challenge. 


In a world where there is so much technology – I cherish the times we as a family spend together outdoors. There is a beauty and peacefulness in nature that I want my children to recognize.

Here are a few close-ups:

The flowers are hand-made using Heartfelt Creations Sun-kissed fleur stamp and matching die.

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The background image was cut out with my Cricut and embossed with several layer of embossing powders which added thickness and texture.

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This is one of my favorite photos of my daughter. I love the look on her face as she watched the waves wash up on shore.

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The title is a wood piece that was covered in the embossing powders to make them match the background cardstock image behind the main cluster.

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The smaller flowers also came from Heartfelt Creations and were hand-shaped.Love Fresh Air_6

Thank you for looking!


Super Girl – CSI Detective =)

I can now announce that I am a detective at the CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration challenge blog =) The colors, elements, and journaling prompts the challenges provide inspire amazing pages – and its always fun to see how everyone interprets the clues differently and comes up with such beautifully different projects!

These photos are from DD’s 4th birthday party (and her brother’s 1st birthday party). It was a Super Girl/Super Man themed party and my mom made her dress. She was running around like crazy that day and hard to stop long enough to get a photo – so these were all I was able to get. Wanted to document the dress though as my mom makes her birthday outfit every year.

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The challenge goes through the end of June! Head over to the CSI Challenge Blog to check to out and play along.


Thanks for stopping by!


Love Never Rusts

When we visit my husband’s family’s ranch – the memories and photos I get are awesome! There is a beauty to the landscapes, old barns, equipment and the freedom that comes through in all of the memories. These photos were taken of my children, husband and father-in-law when they were running off to go check on cows.


This project was inspired by the awesome Words and Paintery challenge. This is also an application for the Words and Paintery design team. There is so much inspiration and talent on this blog and if you like mixed media scrapping – head over and check it out!


I love scrapping photos of my son because it gives me a chance for grungy scrapping with gears and metals and leave the flowers behind. It was hard at first (my first scrappy muse is a girly girl so flowers and pinks and purples reign supreme!).

Here are some close ups.

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An old pair of jeans made a perfect background behind the photos on this layout. I added some doodled black lines around the green diamond to mimic the doodles on the background paper. I haven’t run out for the Finnabair rust paints yet (crazy right?) But magical powders in copper and chocolate brown layered with oxide broken china and cracked pistachio make a pretty good rusty look.

The photos begged to be cut into circles which I liked against the diamond shape of the background paper. Some gears (chipboard and metal) and some cheesecloth and string finished out the grungy look.

Thank you for looking!

Air Show – CSI

On a rainy Saturday it’s nice to scrap bright sunshiny summer photos =) These photos are from the Oshkosh, WI fly-in and air show from 2015. It’s a great day to walk around and see airplanes and meet people from all over the country….and world!

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This page was inspired by the May challenge at CSI: Color. Stories, Inspiration. The bright sunshiny colors and elements were so fun to play with. Here is the challenge!


The blues, yellow, and gray were so fun to play with – especially on a cloudy, rainy day.

SCHEME: All colors represented

EVIDENCE: Stripes, Airplanes, Flowers, Word Phrase Stickers

TESTIMONY: I journaled about our summer tradition for our family of going to the Oshkosh fly in and air show.

Here are some close ups of my project:

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Thank you for looking!! Hope you play in the CSI Challenges.

Mom – Because of You

Here at Mother’s Day weekend – I sit and think about what it means to be a mom. The late nights, the hugs, kisses, cuddles, cut knees. And I wouldn’t give up a single minute – good or bad. But being a mom is about being more than a mom. I need my kids to be a mom, my husband who helps me every minute, my parents who gave me a great childhood. This page celebrates being a mom – and the people who make me “mom.”


This page was inspired by the May challenge at More than Words.


The challenge tag to make your page bloom was an easy one! Yummy fussy cut Graphic 45 paper from the Precious Memories collection and pink and blue (to represent both kiddos). Here are some close-ups!


I didn’t have a chipboard title that said “Mom” but I did find one that said “Moments.” A simple snip of the scissors and I had “Mom.” Acrylic paint and embossing powder decorated the chipboard. A background cut of flowers on my Cricut was glued to the background and covered in gesso. Watercolors and splatters covered the background and then some stamping on top.

Then paper clusters, fussy cut flowers and some beautiful Prima flowers. Then glitter and art stones added a little more fun. The beautiful lilies are from Melissa Frances.

Thank you for looking!

A Brother is a Gift

Brother 1_editA few weeks after my son was born, the flu was running its way through daycare. I decided to keep my daughter home with me and DS and we decided to play with the camera. My daughter wanted to pose with her brother and have me take pictures. I am so glad we did it, because the photos turned out so cute. Now 2 years later they still love each other and DS thinks his big sister is his hero.

This project was inspired by the April main challenge at More than Words. It was such a bold challenge – with black and white plus one.


For me, the dream is being the mom to these two and seeing the two of them love each other so much. I always tell them, especially when they get sassy with one another, that they should always be nice to one another because they belong to each other. They will always be family and will always be there for one another.

Here are some closeups!


I was recently at a scrapbook and stamping show and they had silver and gold gilding flakes. OMG!! Are the addictive and fun. They make a mess – but it was fun to draw your own design and shapes with fine line glue and then adhere the flakes. Once the glue dried the excess flakes are removed and voila, beautiful sparkly silver gilding design on your paper.

Thank you all for looking!

Life is all About – CSI #227

Nothing is better in my scrappy life than when my Scraps of Darkness kit coincides with the CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration challenge. AND in this instance – it allowed me to scrap one of my last photos from 2014 (Yes – I am WAAAY behind and that is ok).

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The beautiful inspiration challenge at CSI provided all the yummy fall leaf colors.


Here is how I solved the case file.

SCHEME: All colors represented

EVIDENCE: Circular elements (used the feather stencil to make a circular “wreath” and the tan raffia follows this element), Animals (fawn, bird), flowers, wood (wooden birds)

TESTIMONY: On the back = When I look into your blue eyes, there is a hunger to learn and to get the most out of life. You are curious and don’t stop trying until the task is finished. I hope this fire doesn’t leave you as you get older and you hang on to it. And it is so true – as I try to teach you about life – you teach me more and more what is actually important.

Here are a few closeups!

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Thank you for looking!


The March Make it Challenge at Prima is so pretty with it’s pinks, peaches, greens and blues. This photo from July of 2015 of DD in front of a sign at her grandparent’s ranch looked so pretty with the color scheme.


The mood board and product picks inspiration for the March challenge at Prima were:


I loved the bluish gray hues and the pinky peach tones. The photo of the door way gave me the strong, vertical design of the page and the lace. The layers of flowers on the cake reminded me of the fading floral stencil.

Here are some close-ups!


The Prima yummies used on this page were:

12×12 Paper, Delight Collection, Doilie – 950767; 12×12 Paper, Delight Collection, Discover – 950750; Color Bloom, Frost – 582890; 6×6 stencil, Fading Floral – 579968; Modeling Paste – 961350; Water Soluble Oil Pastels – 814328; 6×6 Paper Pad, Nature Garden – 950194; Flowers, Cherish, Troika – 566869; Flowers, Debutante, Lucca – 580742; Leaf Dies, Forest Leaves – 584092; Acrylic Stamp, Checkered – 960865

Flying High – CSI 225

The summer is always so much fun. We live in the midwest and try to cram as much outside fun into May-October since we spend November-April inside. DH LOVES airplanes and wants to sure his love with out kids. These photos are from the OshKosh, WI fly-in and air show in 2015.

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This layout was completed for the March Challenge at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration #225.


SCHEME: All colors are represented.

EVIDENCE: Stars, Clouds, Stitching, Things That Fly, Circles

TESTIMONY: Handwritten journaling on my background and wrote about the adventure of bringing the kids to the airshow and their daddy sharing his love of flying with them.

Here are a few close ups to the page!

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Thank you for looking.

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