Going Costal

Recently I had the opportunity to spend 10 days in Oregon.  My dear friend Mooney had been giving me grief for 6 months that my last visit wasn’t long enough.  (Never mind that it was a visit she wasn’t even expecting!)  So I planned a visit that covered her birthday, her daughter’s birthday, and her almost daughter-in-law’s bridal shower.  She had to put up with me sleeping in the living room for TEN DAYS!  (It was supposed to be 12, but… Delta wasn’t cooperating.)

On the 1st Monday I was there she took off work and we headed to the Coast.  Turned out to be one of the few really good days we got, so it was a fortuitous pick.  We were SUPPOSED to go on Saturday.  But no.  I couldn’t get a flight out until the middle of the night, and even then I could only fly to Portland, not Eugene!  (Thanks Steff for the use of your sofa!)

Here are two LOs I’ve done using (some of) the Cost Photos:

Going Costal

Hybrid page.
PP – BasicGrey
Journal – Katie Periet
Stamp – Tim Holtz, BoBunny
Ink – Versafine, Tim Holtz
Clouds – Crafters Workshop
Fiber Paste
Burlap – Little Yellow Bicycle
Font – BasicGrey
Banner – Spellbinders
Pen – Zagg

Oregon Tide Pools

Digital Template – Pam Callaghan
Digital papers – One Little Bird


I Can’t Believe I Didn’t Post This!

Wow… Talk about behind the times!  I knew I’d been bad about keeping my blog updated, but this is beyond the pale!

What’s every scrapper’s secret dream?  (Well, some people are more overt than others.  It was my secret dream.)  To get published, of course!  Even me.  Except… I had never done anything about it.  I’d never sent anything in to anywhere for submission.  Not once.  Kind of hard to get published if you’re not submitting!

Well, in June 2012, I saw that Creating Keepsakes had a call out for “New Beginnings” for the January/February 2013 issue.  I’d recently finished a LO of my nephew’s hospital photos.  What’s a newer beginning than a baby’s birth?!?  And, this is where my neglect of my blog comes in handy…. I hadn’t got around to publishing it here yet!  So, since I’d not yet shown it off, I could submit it.  So I did.

Two weeks later, I got an email saying it had been accepted for publication.

I remember the moment vividly.  I was in my sister’s Jeep at the Petrol Station.  She was pumping petrol, and I pulled out my phone to check emails.  I saw an email from CK and didn’t even think about my LO.  (I’ve been a moderator for their ClubCK — sadly it’s closing in 2 weeks 😥 — for 3 years, now, so getting emails from them isn’t all that unusual for me.)  I opened it up and had to read it twice before my brain processed it.  Seriously.  I thought, “What?  No, wait… WHAT?!?”  THEN I squealed.  And jumped out of the car to tell my sister.  After all, it’s HER SON that was going to be famous!  (Oh, and had to get her to sign all sorts of permissions for his image to be published.)

Here’s a screen shot from the published version (Copyright Creating Keepsakes Magazine 2012)

Wait, me?  Published?

My darling nephew’s first baby photos. My first published LO.

So, that’s one thing off my bucket list, I guess.  It’s nearly a year since I submitted that LO, and I still can’t believe it.  It’s just weird.

Me! Published! *shock*

Mother’s Day Blog Hop

Hey everyone! Welcome to the Mother’s Day Blog Hop for 2012.  You should have arrived here from Jennifer D’s ScrapDrawer.  If not, please jump to Amanda’s blog to get started.

Mother’s Day is always a tough thing for me to figure out what to do about.  It’s not a birthday or Christmas, which are the main gift giving holidays in our family, but it’s still a time I want to do something for.  I do love and appreciate my mother, after all.  So, I figured the best thing I could do was a scrapbook page for the book I’ve made her.  It’s just something that I add to on occasion, no specific theme, so it wouldn’t matter if it didn’t “fit” the rest of the book, and I didn’t have to do a huge project to show my mom I love her.

So, without further explanation, here’s my page:

That’s my mom!  And, yes… she’s holding me.  I’m about 3 months old, I think.  Anyway… it was a sweet photo, so I tried to keep the rest of it simple.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!  I love you!

If you’re following along the hop, be sure to leave a comment on every blog.  Amanda is pulling a random winner from her blog, and from one of the other blogs.  And, of course, I have a giveaway, too.  Leave a comment here for a chance to win.  Become a follower (there’s an email follow button down on the side bar, if you scroll a bit) or tell me that you already are for a 2nd chance.  Link to my blog from yours, or your FB page, or pin something from here to Pinterest, for a 3rd chance.  Do that before 11.59 pm Saturday 12 May, for your chance.  I’ll announce the winner on Sunday, 13 May (Mother’s Day).

On to your next stop: Andrea Joy’s Blog.

Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy Birthday to me!  To celibrate, this year, I’ve flown off to warm (Yeay!) Phoenix, AZ for a fantastic Scrap Retreat.  It’s an amazing house, and so many wonderful friends to share my birthday with.

To celebrate, I’ve got a fantastic giveaway.  You know how popular the hexagon shapes are?  Well, the other day I found some Octogon Nestabilities at Jo-Anne’s.  They were on clearance, so I bought two sets.  One for me, and one for one of my fantastic blog readers.  Happy Birthday to me!

To enter, leave a message here.  Post a link from my blog to yours (or your FB or Pinterest….) and let me know (2nd Chance).   Become a follower (email button down in the corner, or if you’re a WordPress user, there’s a follow me button, too.) of the blog (3rd Chance).  I’ll post the winner when I get home on Monday!

My Secret Obsession

I work primarily in 12×12.  Gives me lots of room to add loads of photos and journaling, and use those awesome embellies that I’m always hording…. But this past year, I’ve had to admit to myself, I secretly love mini-albums.  I think it has something to do with the affection I feel for all things tiny.  It’s kind of addicting working on those tiny little pages. Not only do they go fast, but in addition, a little bang goes a long way!  So you use one little embellie, and all the sudden, you’ve got this amazing page.  It’s so satisfying.  And, I have absolutely NO desire to work on mini-albums in Digi Format.  But seriously, I did at least 5 mini albums last year!  I only started really scrapping again in September, after I got home from England, and quit my PhD!  (Of course, the PhD was the primary reason I hadn’t done more than 3 pages in the past year, but that’s besides the point.)  So, between September and November (because I didn’t get ANYTHING done during the Holidays) I did 5 mini-albums, of at least 10 pages each.  And I’ve got a stack of horded chipboard mini albums under my desk.  Guess what I’m itching to work on?

Do you have a secret obsession?

Scrap Resolution

Ok, every year I start out with great intentions. I want to do loads of projects and especially layouts. But then…. Something always happens, and I don’t meet my goal. Or even come close. So this year, I’m changing my goals. I want to do 5 projects/month. That can be scrapping, sewing, knitting, house painting…. Whatever. And that includes projects like reorganizing my office our bedroom. Anything that’s not routine house work is counted.

What about you? What are your scrap/craft goals for 2012?


Here’s one for my Book of Me.  It doesn’t have a lot (or really, any!) of journaling.  Instead, it just gives you a look at me when I was 30.  Most people spend a ton of time scrapping their kids, or their family.  I don’t have any children (or husband, or SO or anything!) of my own, so I have a lot more photos of me.  Sort of a funny thing, huh?  Those who have family to inherit their albums, never scrap themselves.  Me, who doesn’t have anyone, I scrap me all the time!  I therefore issue a challenge to each of you…. make sure you scrap at least ONE page per year that’s just about you.  How cool would it be to put a boo together that follows your progression through the years?  It’s more of a long haul project, but, wouldn’t it be awesome?  Hmmm… I think I’m going to see if I can’t come up with one for me.

Me at 30

Materials used:

  • PP – BG Wassail and Marrakesh
  • Chipboard – BG Marrakesh
  • Brads – BG
  • Thread – Gutermann
  • Font – MetropolisNF