Saturday, January 15, 2011

My Favorite Winter Layouts created in 2010

Our winter trip to Philly provided me with lots of creative inspiration and the photos to go along with it...many of which became the subject of scrapbook layouts last year. LOL, I am still scrapping the stack of photos now, playing catch up, It is hard to get motivated to scrap winter photos in the summer in Florida. Hope you enjoy and get some inspiration from these.

Cousins Warm Up

I really loved the Happy Meter stamp that I purchased one day in the dollar bin.
I knew it was just perfect for this layout of cousins Kai and Lauren, who despite
the weather and not seeing one another that often, warmed up to winter fun.
Tip: Have a favorite paper that has large dots? Try cutting around them
to create a fun paper edge on your next scrapbook page.

My Snow Dan

One very fun technique to try out on this layout is using a versamarker
and embossing powder to create snowy chipboard layers. I also
had fun cutting snowflakes from paper and felt, layering them with a brad.
Have multiple photos of the same subject? Try angling on your layout
with one long frame as I did here. I used fun metal corners from Karen 
Foster Design to highlight the close up photo of my husband, Dan.

Snow Beautiful

This was created in a hotel room at CHA last year with limited tools and supplies on hand.
I created the title by hand by tearing paper and coloring the edge of the snowball with a pencil. 
I hand drew the letters and cut them out. I also created the torn paper flower embellishments.
This was the definition of creativity on the fly!

Oh Snow Cute, Kai

This is a double page layout I created using the colors in Kylie's outfit
as the basis for my layout. I loved working with the velvety papers
and sticking to high contrast colors and using neutral grey with 
punches of red as the accent color. The title on this continues across
the 2 page spread. I added journaling in my own handwriting.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Mygrafico 2nd Anniversary Sale - Save 25% on the entire shop!

Check out the sensational new sets on, and stock up on your favorite digit artwork by me!
For a direct link to my shop, click here. You can click on my Picasa Gallery to view images of all of my current releases. There is a link to each set under each photo. Happy shopping!

Project 365/Day 13 - Monogram Notecards

Since creating my digital Mod Monograms 1 set, I wanted to make a project for myself...some personal notecards. From the moment I bought DCWV’s the Natural Stack, I have fell in love with the papers and have used them on several card creations. I chose two of the foil papers in this 8" x 8" stack paired with brown and beige solid cardstock from the Paper Co. to created elegant hybrid notecards. I created 4 matching ones and one alternate version. I colored the initial C in brown to coordinate with my notecard paper stock and left the monogram frame in black.

I matted it in brown and raised up the layer using U-cut-it double sided foam from Glue Arts.

You can purchase this digi frame set on
So if you are at a creative road block, make something for yourself today. I did and am so glad to be at the receiving end of one of my creative projects.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Project 365- Day 12/Wintertime Snow Layout

With the brisk winter we have had...a record cold December for Florida residents, I decided to scrap some photos from last winter’s trip to Philly where the girls, us and Bella got to enjoy the snow.

Wintertime Snow Layout - Day 12 Challenge

Supplies from these manufacturers:
Echo Park Paper Co., Scenic Route, The Paper Co., Glue Arts,
Fiskars, Cosmo Cricket, Maya Road, Prima & Recollections.

I really love this Echo Partk Wintertime Collection by Bella Road. I used many elements to create this fun layout of Ashley with Bella. But since Bella had on her pink winter coat, I selectively chose the papers and paired with a pink (Tinted Dawn) CS background from The Paper Co.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Project 365/ Day 11 - Sweetness Digi Collection

You saw my sketches, my project from a couple days ago. Well, today’s challenge was to scan, perfect and put together the set to post in my shop on I hope you are ready to start creating some cute Valentines. This Sweetness Collection set has some fun images to get you started! I know they will be used in some of my upcoming Project 365 challenge projects.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Project 365/Day 10 - Snowman Container

Have you ever shopped the after Christmas or pre-Christmas sales on holiday items and purchased items with the intention of using them next year or thinking to yourself, “Wow, I can use that on a future project!”
Well, that has happened to me...yup, a lot in fact. But I have to say, that I do really do use my bargain finds.

This time, I got to use one of my purchases right away. From the first moment that I looked at the Wintertime Collection by Bella Road from Echo Park Paper Co., I knew it would be absolutely perfect to pair up with my recently purchased snowman ornament. So for my first January Design Team project for Glue Arts I transformed this shaker box into a whimsical snowman container.

In light of the snowy weather blanketing the nation, I thought it was a very appropriate choice. The fringe on the base was created easily using my new fringe scissors from Martha Stewart that I snagged on sale at JoAnns. For instructions on this crafty winter project, check out Glue Arts blog for a post with a complete supply list and instructions. My challenge to you today is to transform an old or newly purchased ornament into something fun!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Project 365/Day 9 -A Photo Shoot and Gallery of Images

Sometimes you choose projects; sometimes they choose you! 
Sunday was one of those days where my daughter and her best friends gave me my assignment...
a request to take some candids of them goofing around at the beach. It was fun and creative.
We took almost 200 photos. I have them in an album on my facebook page. 
Along with some cool posed group photos, I also took some individual pictures of the girls.

Below is my favorite photo of my daughter Kai posing my the ocean.
When I shared it on my facebook page, a friend who lives in Hawaii informed 
me that my daughter’s nickname (Kai) in Hawaiian means ocean. How fitting!!! 
I will definitely be creating a scrapbook page from this one!

The start of another week of Project 365 creativity...woohoo!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Project 365/Day 8 - A Retirement Card

Day 8 was a late night project and it felt good to pull out some of my old stamps and get creating. This is a card for my uncle Stan who just recently retired. I wanted to be sure to get him in the frame of mind of retirement being relaxing. The title of this card is “Let the Relaxation Begin”.

Natural Hemp
Metal Circle Paper Fastener
Stamps: © Stampin’ Up!®
Cardstock: School Days Numbers
Double Sided CS (TPC Studio)
Glue Glider™ Pro with high tac adhesive
Markers, Classic Inks, Stampin’ Sponge and
Blender Pens (Stampin’ Up!)
Brown CS Scrap for mat (Bo Bunny Olivia collection)
Blue CS (The Paper Co.)
Antique Mini Brads (Recollections)

Project 365/Day 7 - Sketches for New Digital Stamps

I love how in living life creatively, my projects include all the creative things I love to do — design, illustration, photography, stamping, paper crafts, etc. Day seven’s project was working on some sketches for new digital stamps. With Valentine’s approaching, I worked on some fun new hand lettered verses and images that I hope to soon add to my shop on This is a sneak preview!

Project 365/Day 6 - the 30 second Love Note

I created this project to include in my daughter’s lunch box when she was in need of a little love and support. I had less than a minute to spare, so I snagged up some paper scraps, cut and layered them and added a 3 dimensional sticker on 6’s project completed in less than 30 seconds. It uses only 4 supplies: Solid Cardstock from The Paper Co., Textured CS from Core’dinations, 3D sticker from Marcella K (Target Stores) and Glue Arts the Glue Glider Pro with high tac adhesive.

So if you don’t feel you can do a Project 365 challenge, think small 
and try creating things that only take a minute or less.