Preserving Memories while Getting Ink on my Hands

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.

Happiness is Like a Butterfly – More than Words

This is a photo that was taken of DD at the pumpkin farm in October 2014. She was 2.5 years old – and there was something so wise and grown up about her pose and expression. The remains of my January Scraps of Darkness kit was staring at me on my craft desk and HAD to be used! Paired with the March challenge at More than Words – Beautiful and Butterflies – I had a plan.


The Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook collection is so fun to play with. I loved the rich red and gold tones with the fall colors and theme of the photo. The March theme at More than Words inspired using butterflies and beautiful.



I love using butterflies on projects – so that part was easy. For the fall theme the large monarch was the perfect touch. Beautiful is my daughter. Not only is she very pretty, but her spirit and inquisitiveness is beautiful as well.

Here are some close ups!

Thank you for looking!



We love to go to a local apple orchard in the fall that lets you pick your own apples. They have a petting zoo, corn maze and playground for the kids too – so it is always a fun and full day. This day in August was very warm and sunny and DD loved this baby goat. She would only give her food to this goat and he started following her around the fence. She was 2.5 years old.


I loved the bright colors in her shirt – and the Prairie Chic Bo Bunny collection seemed to fit in with the petting zoo theme. The colors and words at the February challenge at Words and Paintery were inspiration as well.


To me – the saying illustrates watching your children grow. The art of childhood is getting to see the illusion of the world again through their eyes. Sometimes as adults we avoid situations because they might be messy, or take awhile, or one hundred other reasons. Children are impulsive and go after what will make them happy. The world is an awesome place when you see it through the eyes of a child =)

Here are some close ups!

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Cute Together


Photo perfect moments aren’t always planned……and this is one of those moments. DD and DH were sitting together at McDonald’s and my mom and I were playing with my son – who was a few months old when this photo was taken. When I looked up – I saw the two of them both on phones in almost the same position. Made me smile!


This layout was inspired by the February challenge at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration.


The colors are so beautiful in this challenge!!

SCHEME: all colors are represented – although the pink and red are the main colors used in this layout. The white, gray and green are accents.

EVIDENCE: People Icons, Triangles/Flags, Enamel Cuts, Die Cuts (flowers and leaves)

The picture frames were in my scrap bucket and I love the way they turned out on the page with the flags overlapping them. The chicken wire pattern on the green paper drove me to use my chicken wire stencil with some modeling paste, adding texture and white to the page.

Here are some close ups!

Thank you for looking and stop by CSI for some inspiration!


Find Yourself

There are some pictures that you take that you don’t realize how special the picture is until you’re scrolling through them later. This picture was taken of DD and her Grandpa in July of 2014. They were standing in the middle of one of his wheat fields and I just love everything about it. There is a beauty, quiet and peace that we discover when we go every summer to visit my husband’s parents and their ranch – very different from our life 30 minutes from Milwaukee and two hours from Chicago.


I dug out my embossing folders to add some texture to all the different green colored paper in the background. I don’t often use them – and I am wondering why? They add so much interest and are so easy to use!

This layout was inspired by the January challenge at Scrap Africa. The challenge is different every month – sketches, mood board, color challenge….so check it out every month. There is something for everyone!


Here are some close-ups to my page!

Ever since I received NUVO drops in one of my Scraps of Darkness kits – I have been obsessed with them. I now have them in almost every color. They are so handy and self-level themselves anywhere you put them, making perfectly sized enamel dots wherever you want them!

To make the cat tails/wheat stalks I tried out my new Prill beads. Love the way the beads mimic the look of the wheat heads and the variation you get in the bead color and sizing.

Thank you so much for looking!

Barbie House

When I was growing up – I was obsessed with Barbies. I had totes of them and would sit for hours doing their hair and changing their clothes. I had one Ken doll for every 75 Barbie dolls (he must have LOVED that ratio). So when I had a little girl I dreamed of the day when she too would love Barbies. So for the Christmas of 2014 when she was almost 3, she got her first Barbie Doll house.


This layout was inspired by the January challenge at More than Words. Celebrate and Bling are the prompts for the challenge. The celebration here is two fold – Christmas and the excitement of DD getting her first Barbie toys. Bling – well that is foil papers, glitter titles, glitter touches on the papers, and pearls.


I forget somehow how awesome my Cricut Explore is. I found the Barbie title and the outline of the Barbie head online and uploaded it into my Cricut…..voila I had perfect diecuts to add to my layout!

I hand stitched around the Barbie head to add some more interest to the page. I dusted off my stickles and added glitter to the Barbie title, the flowers and to the background paper. I had some left over foil flower paper from Prima and I cut out those flowers and used them as embellishments. The watercolor sketchy look reminded me of Barbie.

Here are some closeups of the page:


Carousels always seem so beautiful to me. Even older ones where the paint is chipped – there is still a beauty in them with the fancy animals and the colors. And my children LOVE them as well. There is a fantasy element to carousels.


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The colors were so soft and elegant. It reminded me of the elegance of those carousel horses. The photo is of DD and her Grandpa. My daughter is independent and gives everything a try – whether she is scared or not. I hope this doesn’t change – as it will provide her opportunities in life if she can push through the fear of change and the unknown.

Here are some close ups!

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