Sunday, October 31, 2010

Design Team Call


Better Living Through Scrapbooking is looking for two new designers to join our design team!
What we’re looking for:
  • - A 6-month commitment.
  • - 1 project per challenge, which will equal 4 projects per month (designers will receive challenges before the general public in order to help them manage their creative time).
  • - Help with challenge ideas and prompts.
  • - Help with spreading the word about on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and everywhere else the cool kids hang out.
What you can expect:
  • - Occasional goodies from our monthly sponsors.
  • - Monthly design team giveaways.
  • - Your work featured on the BetterScrap website and Facebook page, as well as our sponsor sites, including Plaid and Discount Cardstock!
  • - Lots of love and support from the BetterScrap community.
  • - The warm & fuzzy feeling that goes with knowing you’ve helped spark someone’s creativity.
How you can apply:
Send an email to with the following:
  • - Pictures/Scans of five (5) projects that you feel show your style and who you are as a scrapbooker and paper crafter.  Please include at least three (3) layouts of any size, and two additional projects such as cards, mini albums, or altered art projects.
  • - Tell us who you are in 140 characters or less (as if you were “tweeting”!)
  • - Tell us how you think you can benefit the Better Living Through Scrapbooking team and how you will help promote the site (in as many characters as you want!)
Deadline for entries is November 15th, 2010. We will announce the new team members shortly thereafter.  Until then, tell all your friends!  :)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thoughts for Thursday

Hi everybody! I hope this post finds you doing well. I came across a few new things this week and I have already given them a try, so I wanted to share them with you.

If you follow Creations with Christina you may have seen this tutorial she posted last Thursday for the Matchbook Tag Holder. I gave it a try on a mini album I just finished (which you will see Nov 7th) and it was actually really easy and super cute.  Here is a sneak peek..

Yesterday I watched a video on Jennifer McGuire's  blog, Holiday Thinking Inking Week 4. I was totally inspired! When I went into my craft room to work on some upcoming DT projects I was hitting a mental road block. Everything I was trying just was NOT pleasing to my eye. Then a light bulb went off and decided to give Jennifer's idea a try. WOW oh WOW do I LOVE how this turned out. The whole layout is better than I could have EVER imagined. I went a little outside of the box for myself of this one, using things that I normally wouldn't think to grab, but I am in love! Is that a bad thing to say about your own work? I hope not because I LOVE IT, sure hope you do too or boy am I gonna feel stupid..LOL
You'll get to see that layout on Monday.

I hope you are all having a great week!!

Monday, October 25, 2010


My family and I don't really "do" Halloween. Oh sure, the kids dressed up when they were younger and we did carve pumpkins but we never decorated the house and never tried to scare the kids when they came to the door.  This year will be my sons last year to trick or treat (something about kids bigger than me standing at my door with a pillowcase turns me off, a quirk I inherited from my dad for sure.) and we don't have any plans to carve a pumpkin. I do hand out candy and I do like seeing the little ones come to my door, but I am just not a big fan of the holiday. Sorry if I have disappointed some of you :(

Anyway, the challenge at ScrapTiffany this week is Halloween......big huge sputter and gasp...what was I to do? I made a pumpkin card, that's what I did. I used all card stock (no Halloween paper in my stash) and my handy dandy Doodlecharms Cricut Cartridge.

I just love how this little guy/gal turned out. I hand cut the grass and the leaves are some old stickers I had in my stash. The green one was actually a really bright green, but I colored it with my copics to make it match. The cute sentiment stamp was a gift from my friend Beth, thanks girlie!

Why don't you brew up your own Halloween creation and send it in to ScrapTiffany and play along with me. You can email it to
Be sure to see what the other ladies on the DT did for Halloween, you can see it right HERE.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

What's on your Bucket List?

I'm working on a project this weekend, which you will see soon, that deals with my Bucket List. I have never sat down and written out a bucket list before, but there have always been things that I have said "before I die I want to.....". Sitting down today to write them out really made me start thinking about what is important to me. I made a list of 25 things for my  bucket list. I'm sure it will change over time, but I hope to start crossing some things off my list, SOON!

Here is my list which was not written in order of importance.

1. Go to Italy
2. Learn to speak Italian
3. Learn sign language
4. Skydive
5. See the Grand Canyon
6. See my house appreciate in value and sell it
7. Rescue as many dogs as I can
8. See my fathers' grave
9. Meet my grandchildren
10. Live as God wants me to
11. Get published in a magazine
12. Be paid to craft
13. Build my dream log home
14. Be debt free
15. See Andrea Bocelli in concert
16. Accept myself the way I am
17. No carpet in my house
18. Have goats and chickens
19. Ride a roller coaster & not be afraid
20. See Mt. Rushmore
21. Be GREAT at something
22. Take photography lessons
23. Learn more about American History
24. Go to church with Rick
25. Pray every day

Do you have a Bucket List?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A New Stamp Set by Artful Delight

Artful Delight has released a new stamp set!

Leeanne at Artful Delight was kind enough to send me her stamp set, Sunny Days, to create a few projects with. This is a cute whimsical stamp set that has lots of possibilities. Just check out what her other guest designers came up with using this stamp. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by it's versatility!

Here is what I came up with using the Sunny Days stamp set.

This is a photo of Marleigh getting her hands dirty with her first birthday cake!
I love how this 12x12 layout turned out. The Happy Birthday sentiment and that adorable cupcake were just perfect for this project.

When I think of cute and whimsical the Create a Critter Cricut cartridge comes to mind. I used the  cloud stamp  embossed in white and the sentiment stamp with the cute little sun from Create a Critter.

I just love this little ladybug in the grass. I thought she would be perfect in red and black. I stamped her and then embossed in black. This cute card opens up to reveal a gift card for someone special.

Head on over to Artful Delight and check out this great set for yourself! 

Monday, October 18, 2010

Pennants & Banners

Pennants & Banners, that is the challenge over at ScrapTiffany this week.

I picked up some adorable bottlecaps a few months back and I knew I just had to use them for this challenge. I decided to scrap a photo from last Christmas (in an effort to get last Christmas done before this Christmas gets here!).

Carson and Matt
Christmas Morning 2009

I just loved the non-traditional colors and patterns of this christmas line by 3 Bugs in a Rug. I had a lot of fun accenting the patterns on the paper with my white gel pen and some stickles.

You can find these bottlecaps at The Stamp Doctor right HERE. The caps come in several different colors for you to choose from!

Head on over to ScrapTiffany and see what the other designers created using Pennants & and Banners.
You can enter  by emailing your project to

Interested in what I used?
Here's the list:

Cardstock - from my stash
DP - 3 Bugs in a Rug Holiday collection
Stickles - Icicle
Letters - 3 Bugs in a Rug Chaos & Confusion
Bottlecaps - The Stamp Doctor (silver)
Snowflakes - from my stash
White Gel Pen - Uni-ball Signo Broad

Friday, October 15, 2010

Papercraft Star is having a Design Team Call

Papercraft Star Weekly Challenge Blog Design Team Call

Papercraft Star, an exciting and unique papercrafting challenge blog is looking for talented, motivated, responsible designers who have time to commit to design layouts, cards and projects weekly with both their products and sponsor products when assigned. We welcome all applicants 18 years of age or older, who live in the United States. We are sorry we are unable to accept international applicants at this time due to mailing costs of sponsor supplies however, please apply if you are interested in Guest Designer Positions!

We are putting together a team of:

1. Enthusiastic, creative people that love papercrafting, and are able to do weekly assignments such as layouts, projects and cards with their products and sponsor products when assigned, based on the weekly challenge.

2. Applicants must be able to commit to a 6-month term, beginning December 1, 2010 May 31, 2011.

3. Applicants must have a personal blog and be able to provide excellent photographs of their projects.

4. They must familiarize themselves with the Papercraft Star Design Team Guidelines and be prepared to follow those guidelines.

5. If selected, Designers must submit one project per week, create tutorials as assigned (approximately ever 6 – 8 weeks), be an active participant of the Papercraft Star message boards and actively promote Papercraft Star via their social networks or galleries (if applicable)

6. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and live in the United States. International applicants will be consider for Guest Designer positions so we encourage you to apply.

In return, you will receive:

1. An exciting way to promote your designs and increase your blog following through a professionally presented challenge blog.

2. An opportunity to be part of an exciting and unique professionally administered challenge blog that continues to be inspirational and different.

3. Sponsor products when provided.

To apply please send the following to (please use “Design Team Call” as your subject) and include:

1. Full name, address, phone number and email address.

2. Three papercraft projects that represent both your style and your best work.

3. Complete Challenge 23 as listed on the Challenge Page at Papercraft Star (see below for details).

4. A link to your personal blog, a link to your YouTube channel (if applicable), and links to your online galleries (if applicable).

5. Design teams, if any, that you work on now or have worked on in the past.

6. Read the Design Team Guidelines posted under the Creative Team tab (scroll past all the Designer photographs) and determine if you are willing to comply with the guidelines.

7. Write a short paragraph about yourself telling us why you think you'll be a good fit for the Papercraft Star Design Team. Please also let us know that you read the Design Team Guidelines.

Additionally you must do the following:

1. Become a follower of Papercraft Star (if you are not already).

2. Sign up on the Papercraft Star Message Board

3. Complete and email with your application Challenge 23 - (this will be your first Design Team reveal if selected for the Team). The challenge: To Create a Holiday Gift Tag using Cardstock, Patterned Paper, Stamp and/or Die Cut (Cricut or Other), Ribbon or Twine, Gems or Pearls.

Submission deadline is November 5, 2010 we will announce our Design Team members on November 14, 2011.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Better Living Through Scrapbooking as invited me to be a part of their design team!! I am so excited to be a part of this fabulous group!

Better Living Through Scrapbooking offers weekly scrapbook challenges, scrapbook layout ideas, scrapbook page ideas, and scrapbook journaling ideas that help inspire you to scrap outside the box.

I am very happy to share my first Better Living Through Scrapbooking layout with you, but first...

“About Me Challenge”
Create a scrapbook page layout about yourself.
Choose at least 2 of the following:
1. Include at least one photograph of you (and only you).
2. Journal about yourself (i.e., your quirks, something you would like to change, your hopes, disappointments, etc.)
3. Use a traditional office supply on your layout.
4. Use foam adhesives or “pop-dots” to give elements on your page dimension.
5. Use an old book or magazine page as part of your layout.”

Deadline to enter October Challenge #2 (and all other October challenges) is midnight EST October 31st, 2010.

For my layout I chose to do all 5 elements of the challenge. This layout was a lot of fun, however finding a picture with just me in it was a challenge! Making the title out of letters cut from a magazine was something I had never considered doing before, but I love the result and it couldn't have been easier. I have a feeling that will be something you might see from me again in the future. I also really enjoy having my own handwriting on the journaling spots. I think it is important to leave samples of it behind for my family, present and future, something that I hope my family will treasure forever.

Supplies used:

Card stock - Bazzill
D.P. - Basic Grey Kioshi collection and Sassafras Pocket full of Rosies collection
Cricut - Accent Essentials
Buttons - Stampin Up Brights collection
Title letters - cut from magazine
Divider tab - Avery
Dymo Letra Tag Label Maker
1" Circle Punch
Generic index cards for journaling
ATG gun
Dimensional adhesive - Stampin Up

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I have something to tell you!

But, it will have to wait until tomorrow  :)

For today I'll share a photo with you.

Miss. K and Marleigh

Monday, October 11, 2010

Scenery Photos

The challenge this week with Tiffany at ScrapTiffany is to scrap your scenery photos. Now this is something that I am bad about doing. I usually don't do layouts of just scenery photos.

After looking through my stacks and stacks of photos yet to be put on a page, I decide to use a few photos from our Harley trip last year. We rode through Yellowstone National Park and stopped to see Old Faithful. Lucky for us we were there in time to see it go amazing it was!!

I used this sketch from Liz Qualman at My Little Sketch Book as inspiration for the layout of my page.

Here is what I did with my scenery photos and this sketch.

Be sure to see what the other designers did with their scenery photos, I hope that you will join us this week at ScrapTiffany!

Interested in what I used?
Here's the list:
DP - Scenic Route Ashville collection
Buttons - Stampin Up, subtles
Letters - Chip Chatter Hip by Pressed Petals
Distress Ink - Weathered Wood
Border Punch - EK

Friday, October 8, 2010

Papercraft Star Challenge 16

This week at PCS the challenge is a great simple sketch that could be used for either a card or a scrapbook page. I chose to turn it into an 8x8 page on little Marleigh's album. Here is the sketch,

Here is the 8x8 page I made using the sketch,

There is also a great prize to be won this week at PCS...check this out!

This week's sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps. Bugaboo Stamps offers unique digi stamps that are sure to make you smile. Our Designers had the honor of working with Bugaboo Stamps for this week's sketch challenge and as you'll see, they had a lot of fun creating unique and beautiful projects with Bugaboo's fabulous stamps! 

The winner of the People's Choice Award this week will receive 7 free digi stamps from Bugaboo Stamps as well so they can create their own fun projects!

Visit the Bugaboo Stamps online store orblog today!

You have until Noon Eastern time to get you project linked up for this great challenge.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Sketch Challenge at ScrapTiffany

This week we have a sketch challenge at ScrapTiffany. Sketch challenges are probably one of my favorite types of challenges...well, probably THE favorite. Here is the sketch that Tiffany gave us this week,

Here is the layout that I came up with,

I used the August kit from Little Red Scrapbook to make this layout. I threw in a few of my coffee filter flowers and some pink pearls to make a butterfly. It seems like yesterday that these photos were taken of our girls. This was Spring Break of their 8th grade year taken in front of the High School that Carson would be attending. Hard to believe that High School has come and gone and both Carson and Rachael are in college now!

I hope you decide to play along with us at ScrapTiffany this week!

Thanks for stopping by my little piece of the world!

Interested in what I used?
Here's the list:

All papers and letters are from the August Little Red Scrapbook Kit
(DP Sassafras Indie Girl, Letters Thickers fabric Salutations)
Coffee filter flowers and leaves
Pearls - Reflections
Cricut Cart - Accent Essentials