Thursday, December 28, 2017

Dugout Club

Sketches in Thyme has another great sketch challenge this week!  It's not too late to scrap a few more precious memories this year and enter to win a prize at the same time!  My layout, based on the sketch, features pictures from a day spent at an amazing Dodger game.  We were blessed to be able to watch the game in a suite and it was so cool! 

Here's the sketch this week.  Isn't it great?

I hope you can join over at Sketches at Thyme one more time this year! Happy Scrapping!


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

December Daily Day 19 and 20

December 19th highlights my daughter's love for hot cocoa and the Christmas story.  You can see how happy she is in this picture.

December 20th shows off our Christmas card wreath.  The photo at the bottom shows a Christmas card from our dear friends in Nevada.  We have been friends for a very long time and visit them throughout the year.  We I went to scrapbook with Stacy in November, she challenged me to create this December Daily album.  It's going to be such a great keepsake when it's done.  Thank you for the inspiration, Stacy!

Have a lovely day,


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

December Daily day 17 and 18

December Day 17 is all about creating Christmas cards.  Some years I create cards for family members and some years the kids make them.  This year my daughter had fun inking and coloring cards. Love it!

Day 18 is all about another family tradition, Katie the elf.  Katie loves to move all over the house when the kids are sleeping.  Sometimes she brings treats like donuts in the morning.

Hope you have a lovely day.


Friday, December 22, 2017

December Daily Day 15 and 16

We make a lot of cookies in December.  My daughter jumps at the chance to throw a batch in.  Of course, sugar cookies need a few red and green sprinkles on them! I used a small frame to pop the picture of the cookies off the page. The ornaments were stickers.

On the 2nd page of I used mostly stickers and an acetate border over the picture.  I met one of my besties at the mall and I thought it would be funny to take a picture in front of the Santa photo area.  If you look closely at the picture, you'll see a family posing behind us.  We had a good laugh at that.  I also added a few sequins for a little sparkle.

Have a lovely day!


Thursday, December 21, 2017

December Daily Day 13 and 14

December Day Day 13th is a tribute to the specialty drinks at Starbucks during the holidays.  My favorite is a Creme Brûlée Latte.  The background was created from an actual Starbucks cup.  My girlfriend, Stacy, gave me the idea to include it on the page.

On the 14th day of December, I got together with most of the girls in my book club for a holiday party.  It's such a great group of women and I am lucky to know them.  Quite a few of them I met when my now teenage son was in Kindergarten.  I added an acetate border to the photo on the right.

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

December Daily Day 12

On the 12th day of December, we took the kids to their favorite restaurant for dinner.  For the first page, I used gold die cuts, glittering numbers, and a cute little frame from Graphic 45. On the second page, the beautifully sequined X and O are stickers, while the gold snowflake is a die cut. 

One of the unexpected perks of doing a December Daily album is that the kids readily smile when I take pictures of them now.  My son doesn't particularly like to be photographed, but when I say it's for "December Daily," he sighs and puts a smile on his face.  Love that he does it for me.  It's so sweet.

 Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, December 18, 2017

December Daily Day 11

Good morning, friends.  Today's December Daily is all about Christmas wishes.  On the left side of the page, I added a fun banner from Pink Paisley and altered a die cut ornament with a bow and epoxy circles.  I added the number 11 to the banner.  The journaling tag is my Christmas wish for my children.

On the right hand side, I took a picture of the kids in a santa hat in front of our tree and added what they wanted most for Christmas.  I just love these pictures of them, such cuties!

Have a wonderful day.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

December Daily Page 10

I had fun making a Christmas tree with extremely sparkly tape for my December Daily.  My husband and I went to the Jack London Square in Oakland on our way to the airport on December 10th.  What a beautiful place that was, with lots of cool restaurants and boats to look at.  There was also a HUGE Christmas tree in the square.  It was a great way to end our romantic getaway.  Best Christmas present ever!

Have a fabulous day wherever you are at.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

December Daily Page 9

I needed a few pages for the 9th of December.  We had the honor of eating at French Laundry that night, something we have been wanting to do for many years.  Every single course was so amazing, so delicious, that I wanted to include quite a few of the pictures I had taken that day.  I also wanted to include a picture of the menu for the day. It was everything we could have hoped it would be and I can't rave about the food and service enough.

Thanks for stopping by.  


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

December Daily Day Eight

For my December Daily today, I added a pocket page so that I could keep my journaling card, hotel key card, and the menu of the restaurant we ate at that night. I slit a hole into the plastic sheet where the pocket opens.  On the right, you can see how beautifully lit up Napa is at night during December.

Have a lovely day.


December Daily Page Six and Seven

December Daily page six was all about the kids being home from school because of the fires in Southern California.  While we weren't in danger, the air quality was poor.  My husband made us all my daughter's favorite breakfast, a breakfast burrito filled with eggs, sausage, bacon, and pico de gallo.  Sounds amazing, doesn't it?  

Day seven shows some of our family's Christmas decorations. My daughter drew the hilarious Santa on her large whiteboard, while I made the ornament wreath this year with Dollar Store ornaments. I made one for my sister for her birthday present and liked it so much I made one for us, too.

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!


Thursday, December 7, 2017

December Daily Day 4 and 5

Good morning, scrapbook friends. Today I have my fourth and fifth December Daily pages to share with you(journaling card on left covered for privacy). Day four was the start of my son's Mountain Bike Team practices, while my husband and daughter played a fierce game of ping pong on our dining table.

The "He looks like a Pink Nightmare" card references the movie, "A Christmas Story".  Day five is all about the Christmas movies we like to watch every year.

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

December Daily Day 3

December is moving right along!  Where does all the time go?  Today's December Daily is all about our Christmas tree.  We love pulling out old and new ornaments and talking about when and where they came from.

Have a wonderful day!


Monday, December 4, 2017

December Daily Day Two

One the second day of December, we had friends over.  It was so lovely to see the kids playing happily together, while the adults chatting happily away.  I'm enjoying how quickly my December Daily scrapbook is coming together.  I'm new to pocket pages and the 6x8" album size, but I have to admit they are perfect for a mini album.

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek!


December Daily Day 1

December is such a fun month for our family and it starts with an advent calendar, so that is what I focused on the first day of my December Daily album. Usually just the kids get one, but this year I made one for my husband, as well.   It's fun seeing how excited they are to open them every day.

Hope your December is off to a great start! Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, December 1, 2017

December Daily Album 2017 Inspiration page

Hello, crafters.  This is the first year that I am going to create a December Daily album.  The idea is that you scrapbook a page or two every day during the month of December, in order to capture all your family's tradition and holiday fun.  To make this a little less daunting, I am going to use a 6x8" Simple Stories S@ap album which also uses pocket pages.  December is, after all, extremely busy.

Here is the first page of my December Daily album.  I created it on Word by adding a picture to my document, changing the photo to black and white, and then printing it with my intro on vellum paper. I love how it turned out.  The vellum lays against patterned paper with snowflakes, which adds a little more dimension to the page.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely day!


Thursday, November 30, 2017


Hello, friends.  Today I am scrapbooking a picture of my son graduating from 8th grade.  

This was a great day, not only because it represented a step towards adulthood, but also because he willing put on a collared shirt and tie!  Doesn't he look just like his dad?  I love seeing his face in this picture.  Right now he is participating in "No Shave November".  I guess that is a thing in high school.  He practically has a beard!  That makes me think...I should take a picture for a scrapbook page.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Meet Me by Nikki Beach

It's time for another scrapbooking challenge over at Sketches In Thyme.  I decided to use photos of my favorite place, Nikki Beach.  Nikki Beach is a beautiful seaside place on the french island, St. Barthelemy.  With the warm ocean steps away, delicious food, a wide selection of champagne, and a great deejay, what more could you ask for?  

I just love that this week's sketch challenge included multiple pictures.  Anytime I can add three or more photos to a page is a fun challenge for me.  Here's the original sketch:

Don't forget to link up your pages at Sketches in Thyme, so that you are entered to win a prize!
Happy Scrapping!


Friday, November 17, 2017

This is as good as it gets.

Good morning, friends.  Today I have a layout featuring my two darling children standing in front of our Christmas tree last year.  Although we often like to travel during the holidays, we decided to stay home last year.  It was such a really wonderful time and allowed us to spend lots of quality time together and focus on one another.  Just looking at this photo of them makes me feel so happy :)  This  year I am going to try to record all the fun by doing a December Daily mini album.  (Thank you Stacy for encouraging me to make one.)  

The card on the left reads, "Dear Santa, I don't need anything. I already have an amazing family and beautiful life."  I am so very blessed. Life IS beautiful!

Have a great day!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Give Thanks

One of my favorite things to do in Fall, is to attend Scrap Society's Give Thanks crop with the Scrapbook Divas.  We have a blast chatting, playing games, and of course, scrapbooking.  I just love the turkey leg headbands that we all wore that day.  One of my besties, Stacy, got one for everyone.  So funny! This layout is of last year's crop.  You can see the schedule of events on the right side of the layout.  The turkey dinner was amazing! The little tag at the bottom of the layout was a make-and-take that we created that day.

Now that last year's layout is done I need to get to work on this year's photos.  They make include wearing a turkey costume...LOL. Hope you all are having a lovely day!


Saturday, October 28, 2017

This is What's for Dinner

Good morning, crafty friends.  It's that time again for some scrapbooking inspiration from Sketches in Thyme.

I was inspired by all the Autumn colors I'm seeing everywhere.  I love this photo where my kids are their friends are all packed around the island eating burgers.

Use one of this month's Sketches in Thyme sketches and post it to one of your social media pages and you could win this gorgeous Autumn Orchard paper pack from Photoplay.

And here is this week's new sketch.  (You can enter all the sketches posted during the month to increase your chances of winning.)

 Hope you are having a lovely day!


Thursday, September 28, 2017


Hello crafters! It's time for a new sketch challenge over at Sketches in Thyme.  For September's sketch I used a photo that my sister took using Snapchat.  I'm not usually a huge fan of social media, but I sure enjoyed the fun effects she made using the app in this picture.  I used lots of beautiful gold accents to go along with the photo.

Here is the beautiful, original sketch from Sketches in Thyme.

If you love to scrapbook, please join us!  Upload your page to our website and you could win a Halloween goodie bag.

Have a wonderful day!



Monday, August 21, 2017

Sing me a song of the sea

It's time for another great sketch challenge over at Sketches in Thyme!  Did you know they have new sketches every week?  This month, if you play along, you'll have a chance to win this fabulous set of stamps from Close to My Heart.

Here is this week's sketch made by Shawn Lahr:

For my take on her sketch, I used photos from our trip last month to St. Barts.  This was the gorgeous view from our villa.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope you will play along with us!


Friday, July 21, 2017

Greetings From Orlando Florida

It's time for another awesome sketch challenge from Sketches In Thyme!  I used this month's sketch to make a layout of a trip we took to Orlando with friends.  Here are all the kids hamming it up by the  lazy river.  They were having so much fun!

I did faux stitching around the white clouds and inked up my paper and embellishments in turquoise to add a little more color to the background.  It's that camera embellishment adorable?  It's huge!

Here is the original sketch.  Give it a try and enter it to win a gift certificate to the The Scraproom!  I love The Scraproom and get two of their monthly kits.  

Hope you are having a great week!



Sunday, July 9, 2017

Aloha Summer

Hello crafters,

This summer is just flying by!  I can't believe it's already July.  It's been so beautiful here and we are definitely taking of advantage of the nice weather.  Today I have a layout featuring my daughter last summer, enjoying the waves in Malibu.  We love spending time there with friends and family.  

This collection is Bobunny's Make a Splash collection.  I just love the cut little penguins in it.  The page came together very quickly. 

Have a great week!



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Spring is in the Air

Good morning, friends.  Today I have a beautiful sketch from Sketches in Thyme to share with you.

I used the sketch to scrap a picture of my lovely daughter.  I just love her smile in this picture.  This was taken right after she got her braces on.  She was so happy to get them on.  I think it made her feel like a big kid.  

Make sure to try the Sketches In Thyme sketch challenges this month.  You could win a Just Imagine Crafts Kreaxions Circle Cutter and surprise bonus gift.

Have a great day!


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Hello Friends

This rainbow of a scrapbook page was inspired by Scrapbook & Cards Magazine.  I absolutely love the colors and it was a great way to use up leftover washi tape and ribbon.  I also added a few flowers and bling to it.

I love the memory behind the picture.  The day was the first day of school, last September.  My friends and I met for coffee immediately after dropping off our kids to their various schools.  I am so glad I have this picture to scrapbook, as I will mostly likely not be able to attend this year, due to working.  But there are always other events and get togethers, so it's all good.  It's ironic that I finally scrapped the picture and posted it with only three days left in the school year.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Remember This

Hello crafters,

Today I have a quick and easy layout I created of my husband and daughter.  The pictures are of when my husband came back from a business trip.  Even though he had only been gone a few days, you can see how happy our daughter was to see him.  It was such a sweet moment.

Because the paper I used for the page was very busy, I kept my embellishments at a minimum and let the photos do the talking.  I layered a few balloons in the left corner using foam adhesive tape.  I also tuck two small doilies behind the photos.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Saturday, May 27, 2017

So Loved

Good morning, crafters.  Today I have a card kit to share with you.  It's called 'So Loved Valentine Card Kit' by Photoplay.

This was such a fun and easy kit to put together, and there were even some leftover paper and stickers  once it was done.  These would be great for valentines day, but I plan to use them throughout the year.  

Hope you are having a great day.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Hello Love

Good morning, scrapbookers!  It's time for another fabulous sketch challenge at Sketches in Thyme.  I used this week's sketch to scrap a couple of pictures of my darling husband. 

I love how the red washi tape is transparent and shows the black hearts of the background paper.  The picture of him on a balcony was at the Beverly Hilton, a gorgeous and famous hotel in Beverly Hills.  We were lucky enough to stay there one night, while my dad watched the kids.

Here is the sketch for this challenge created by Brenda Ragsdale.  I just loved it.

If you enter this layout challenge, you can win a $30 gift card to Creative Embellishments. Link up your projects here.

Have a fabulous day!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

School Fun

I can't believe another year of school is coming to a close.  I think it's bittersweet, but the kids are so excited for summer to start; we always have so much fun.  Today's layout is of my daughter's first day of school last September.   

My daughter (on the left) was so excited to have one of her bffs in her class.  What a smile!  

Thanks for stopping by today.  Enjoy your day!


Monday, May 15, 2017

Sparkle and Shine

Happy Monday, crafting friends!  Today I am sharing a couple of cards that I created for the Sparkle and Shine class going on at Online Card Classes.  This class is all about glitter, sparkle, and shine.  So needless to say, my house is covered in glitter (much to the dismay of my teenage son). 

These first two birthday cards were created with heat embossing.  The flame of the candles and words were embossed with a gold glitter embossing powder.  The body of the candles were heat embossed five times with regular embossing powder.  This created a smooth, thick, enamel feel to them.  

The sparkle created on my next card was created with Bo Bonny Glimmer Paste and a stencil.  The Glimmer Paste is great because it dries very, very quickly and is nice and thick.

Hope these cards inspired you to create a little sparkle and shine in your projects.  

Have a lovely day!



Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thinking of You card set

Good morning, crafters.  Today I have a set of thinking of you cards to share with you.  These cards are another take on the cards I created last month.  I liked how they turned out so much that I thought I'd make a few more with different papers and sentiment.  You can see the original set here.  

Thinking of you cards are great for encouragement cards, birthday cards, everyday cards, or even Mother's Day cards.  And if you are going to make one, you might as well make three. Right?

Have a great day!


Friday, May 5, 2017


It's almost time for National Scrapbook Day!!  Tomorrow's the big day and I'm hoping to get some crafting time in.  There are always lots of fun challenges and websites to visit and I can't wait to participant in some.  In the meantime, here is a very bright layout I created at a Scrap Society Crop.  The theme was electric neon daisy, so it was a very colorful and fun crop.

The best part of the crop was our group (Design Divas) wearing tie dye shirts with light up tutus and flower headbands.  How often can you do that and blend into a crowd?  LOL.  Good times.  

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful weekend and Happy National Scrapbook Day!



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Get Well Soon

Good morning, crafters.  Today I am sharing some cards for people who are feeling poorly.  When people aren't feeling great, a handmade card can really bring a smile to their face. 

For the sentiment on my card, I tore a small strip of vellum, stamped "Get well soon" on it with Staz-On Ink.  This works so well with stamping on glossy surfaces.  Once the ink dried (just take a few seconds) I wrapped the vellum strip around the pretty, floral, background paper and glued it to the back.  Next, I stamped some floral stamps onto small white squares and matted them with turquoise paper. I glued the squares across the top of the cards, as you can see in the picture above. Lastly, I glued down the entire background with stamped images attached to the turquoise card base.

And if you are going to make one card, you might as well make a few more of the same card.  You can always alter the sentiment and type of images for each card, too.

Have a great day!  Thanks for stopping by!