Thursday, March 27, 2008

Baby Page Scrapbook Page Redo

This was a sad scrapbook page. It was actually two matching pages but I tore one apart
before I remembered to take a picture. The only thing I liked about the old one was the heart border. I guess I used the oval and circle cutters too much back in these days. I paid enough for the set so I thought I had better use it. So it was somewhat of a challenge to incorporate the oval and circle-cut photos.


I used Anna Griffin and Bazzill paper on these. I used my clear labels for journaling on the computer and the Aphrodite die cuts for the titles. These were easy but I liked the way the turned out.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Dedicated to God Scrapbook Layout Redo


This layout has so much white space the pictures look lost on the page. The hardest thing about this redo is the oval were already cut in the photos. I guess I went crazy using the Creative Memories cutting system when I first bought it.


This paper is Basic Grey Skate Shoppe. I inked all the edges and cut some of the patterns from the paisley paper. The chipboard arrow is also Basic Grey. The alphabet is Cuttlebug Curls and Swirls. The jewels are from Hobby Lobby.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Back to Scrapbooking


This week I started redoing some layouts from one of my sons baby album. I did this album when I first started scrapbooking. The lady who led the crops I went to liked minimal embellishments so that is what she taught. Since then I have gradually added embellishments and more paper until I am happy with my style. Now when I look at those first layouts I am sad that I wasted so much time and paper on these stark layouts. For the next few weeks I will share my redos.


Today is the birth of my second son. The BEFORE layout used Creative memories paper and stickers with no background paper. The updated layout uses Rusty Pickle printed vellum, Anna Griffin and Bazzill paper. The clear flowers are from Making Memories. I bought a Cosmo Cricket paper pack on eBay and the seller sent a huge sample baggie full of cute embellishments as a thank you gift. Needless to say I will watch for her other auctions. Her user ID is scrappin_penguin. The buttons I used were also included in the freebies. The ribbon charm is also by Making Memories.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Bronzite Necklace and Bracelet Set

The first time I saw a bronzite necklace I had to have some. It is really beautiful. It has metallic flecks in a deep brown stone. I made a set for my mother for a special occasion and then I had to have one myself. This set has 3 sizes of bronzite round beads, sterling bali beads and findings and vintage dark topaz AB crystals. The best price I found for bronzite was from one of my favorite eBay sellers - gigasuperdeal. He has a lot of Buy It Now items so you don't have to wait for the auction to end.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Lampwork and Crystal Necklace Set

The set today is made with sterling silver. I love to use sterling silver. It is ashamed that the price has more than doubled in the last few years. The back of this necklace was made with wire-wrapped links. The bracelet dangles are also wire wrapped. The larger blue beads are handmade lampwork beads purchased at the Grapevine bead show. The brown beads are vintage glass, crystal and cathedral beads. Also used were some silver bali beads and dark sapphire Swarovsli crystals. I made this a year or so age and I am thinking is reworking the front of the necklace. I want to change the bead caps. That is one of the great things about beading. If you get tired of something or the styles change you can just cut the necklace up and reuse the beads.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

White Mother of Pearl Necklace Set

Yesterday I was saying that I found a bead shop in Marble Falls. This necklace pendant was bought there. This goes great with summer outfits. White mother of pearl beads and shell pendant is complemented by vintage glass beads and vintage crystal rondelle beads in a pale beige/champagne color. I use gold-filled spacers, findings and clasps in most of my gold jewelry. Gold-filled components wear better than plated. Gold filled is an actual layer of gold-pressure bonded to another metal. Gold filled is not to be confused with gold plating as filled literally has 100% more gold than gold plating.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Citrine and Pearl Necklace Set

Today's set is made from citrine nuggets and rondelles. It also has golden freshwater pearls and topaz Swarovski crystals along with gold-filled findings. The citrine nuggets came from The rondelles and ear wires are from The pearls were bought in the May Grapevine, Texas bead show. Ayla's Originals usually has a booth there and have amazing quality freshwater pearls. I usually try to stay monochromatic when I bead. I like clean lines and contemporary designs. I have been beading for about 5-6 years now. It is another addiction like scrapbooking, sewing and card making :-) Every time we take a vacation I have to find a scrapbook store or bead shop. They even have a great bead shop in Marble Falls, Texas! This was an easy set to make. There is only some minor wire-wrapping for the earrings and bracelet dangle.

Tiger's Eye Necklace Set

This is a double strand necklace made with tiger's eye, gold-filled and vintage glass beads. It also has a vintage clasp. The tiger's eye came from a really great bead seller on eBay - gigasuperdeal. I also bought the vintage beads on eBay in a lot. The necklace may have been from the '20s. It was really unusual. My favorite necklaces include vintage beads.

I made a watermark yesterday with photoshop elements 5. It was so easy. The more I use photoshop elements the more I like it.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Mother-of-Pearl Necklace

This is a necklace set I made to go with a winter white sweater I wore to a Christmas party. I used natural mother of pearl, gold-filled beads, vintage crystal beads, vintage spacers and clasp. I love vintage crystals and glass beads. Like many things that are vintage the craftmanship is amazing. I bought the mother of pearl beads at Friendze's. It went out of business a few months ago but you can get most any stone on eBay for a good price. There is a great beads show every year in Grapevine, Texas in May that has good deals and every store imaginable. Admission is free. You can go to for more info.

Christmas Scrapbook Layout

With this set of layouts I am all caught up with Christmas. I can't decide what to go to next in scrapbooking so I may take a small break and do some jewelry and cards. I am making my son's girlfriend a necklace using freshwater pearls and jonquil Swarovski crystals for Easter. My other jewelry project is a bracelet for my friend Lesa for her Bday. I gave her a necklace and earring set using Starshine Swarovski crystals and black onyx for Christmas. She told me she wanted a matching bracelet for her Bday. I also need to get back to making card for the Encourager Conference at my church.

Our pastor, John Meador, is carving a cross this year on Easter Sunday. It is a great inspiring service. If you are looking for somewhere to visit on Easter morning and live in the DFW area, come on by. You can visit the FBCE website at for more information.

Back to scrapbooking! I used Basic Grey again (surprise:-) from the Fruitcake collection. The text is printed on clear labels and the paper edges are inked with brown and some black ink. The Solid paper is from the The Blush collection and Scralet Letter. The red had some pink distressing on it so I inked over it with dark brown. It really covered the pink and looked like it was brown in the first place. I am going to experiment with inking the solids more to see if I can make them coordinate with some prints I have.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Garden Scrapbook Layout

In this layout the flowers are so bright and busy I just used solid paper muted prints. The prints are Basic Grey Pheobe and O'Scrap dotted paper. I used my Sizzix Aphrodite Alphabet for the large letters. I just inked the very edge of the journaling for each photo so it has a cleaner look than usual. The sad thing about these pictures is that it got so cold the flowers died so I am going to have to replant more vigorous plants next time.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Another Christmas Layout

This layout was made with Basic Grey Fruitcake and red Karen Foster paper I bought from a website that has great bargains called It was 25 cents a sheet! I inked all the papers since I am hooked on that at the moment and added some brad embellishments by making memories. I also used my new die from Sizzix in my Cuttlebug and made photo corners. The circles were cut using a mini circle punch from Creative Memories.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

My First Digital Scrapbook Layout

My son Daniel and his friends Morgan and Matthew memorize scriptures for Bible Drill at our church. Sunday was the church Bible drill and they all got a score that was high enough to go to the Association drill at the end of March. I wanted to send some pics to Morgan and Matthew's mom so I decided to use my new PhotoShop Elements (PSE) that I got today along with some free kit papers and elements that my friend Kristi let me use. It only took a few minutes after I figured out that you have to click on the "move" icon in the top left corner to be able to resize your photo by dragging. I am glad I could find paper that looks good with the bright shirts the boys have.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Lots of Buttons Scrapbook Layout

This Layout was done with Anna Griffin and Bazzill paper. The buttons are from my sewing stash. I sewed each one on the layout by hand while I was talking to my friend Kristi. That makes it easier. The computer journaling was done with a free harrison font and I inked the beige paper to make it look older. The red paper was cut with scalloping scissors. When I took this photo I had just gotten a 5 megapixel camera and I thought the picture were great. Now that I have my Fuji camera that is 7, I think, I look back and wish I could retake the older photos. I have a little bit of a perfectionist problem:-)

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Another Christmas Scrapbook Layout


Here is another Before and After scrapbook layout. I liked the before OK but I just knew it could look more like my style.

Anyway, I hated throwing away the Anna Griffin and Bazzill paper but I did not have enough to fix it with this paper. This is last time I worked on Christmas layouts and I never got to journaling. I liked the way the pictures popped but I wanted the elements to blend better.


So, back to Basic Grey Dasher collection but I still used Bazzill for the solid. This is the first layout I machine stiched. I didn't want to use my good machine so I used my old one. It skipped a lot so I need to get a second hand machine to just sew paper. I love the effect.

I inked all the patterned papers and used my Cuttlebug for the titles and photo turns. I used a Stampin Up punch to make the scalloped edge and some ribbon by American Crafts. I tried using my Cuttlebug to make felt flowers for another layout and it worked great. I will post them later in the week so check back.