Preserving Memories while Getting Ink on my Hands

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!

With Sugar on Top

As my DD is getting older she LOVES to help bake and cook. Her love started early…..she loves to pull her chair up to the counter and help me add spices and mix things up. This is one of the first times she helped me bake – making sugar cookies and peanut butter hershey kiss drops last Christmas. This year we traded the store bought sugar cookie dough for homemade gingerbread!


This was inspired by the CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration challenge #220. Such a great challenge site – mixing a color challenge with journaling and design elements.


SCHEME: All colors represented

EVIDENCE: Stripes, Snowflakes, Flowers and leaves, Sprinkle Something (large glitter flakes like sugar)

TESTIMONY: On the back of the page: You were such a big helper with making Christmas cookies. At daycare there is a cookie exchange every year and you wanted to make sure that your cookies were home made. When we bought the cookie cutters – you didn’t want the Christmas cookie cutters, we got the fairy tale ones and an airplane for daddy. Your favorite part was decorating the cookies with icing and sprinkles. We got white icing and food coloring. You mixed up the dye to make icing in different colors. You were so proud of them when they were done! And they tasted delicious.

Popcorn & Baseball

We live states away from DH’s parents so we take whatever excuse possible to have fun together. When DH’s cousin got married – we all got to meet in Minneapolis for a weekend. Which of course meant a Minnesota Twins game was on the agenda. DD loved getting to watch the game with her Grandma and Grandpa – especially while eating popcorn.


This layout was inspired by the mood board challenge at Scrap Africa. The mood board challenge is full of beautiful red inspiration!


The background paper reminded me of the horizontal lines that are on the cake. The color red and flowers were all over the layout and the black accent came in from the bridesmaid dresses in the bottom image and chocolate covered strawberries.

All the images reminded me of festive occasions where people gather and enjoy family which was the reason we were together to take the photo that is featured in the layout.

Here are some close-ups!

I love the way the hand stitching turned out….mimics the stitching found on the baseball. The red flowers are Heartfelt Creations poppies (a definite guilty pleasure…my Heartfelt Creations flower stamps and dies). The background was completed with some splatters of red and black mists and then some stamping with Staz-On with some grungy alphabet stamps to match the background paper. The diamonds came from the die cut……they reminded me of the baseball diamond so I kept them and scattered them around the page.

Thank you for looking!

Christmas Traditions 2014

The holidays are a wonderful time for traditions – especially now that my DH and I have children. Growing up – we always went to my grandparent’s house to decorate their Christmas tree. They have the old style lights where you screw the light bulbs into the light sockets. You always had to make sure that there weren’t two matching colors next to one another =)

Now many years later – we still decorate the tree and screw in the light bulbs. And now I get to bring my kiddos and they get to make their memories as well! This photo was from Christmas 2014. DD is posing with one of my cousins who is a few years older than DD (my mom is one of the oldest of six kids).

Here is my layout!


I received inspiration for my layout from two amazing challenge blogs.

The November challenge at Words & Paintery provided such BEAUTIFUL colors!! I wasn’t thinking a Christmas layout until I pulled the picture and papers and it turned into the above. For me – the quote and the song reminded me of the craziness of normal life – family, work, commitments, disagreements – but then the holidays come and for those 6 weeks (between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve) there seems to be a feeling of newness and happiness.


The December challenge for More Than Words asked for traditions and handmade. The photo is of a long-standing family tradition that I now get to bring my children to. The handmade was almost all the embellishments. The large ornament in the background was a cricut cut – the flowers were made by me – and the holly leaves were cut with my big shot from chipboard and then painted and embossed.


Here are some closeups!


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