Archives for June 2011

My first guest blog post!

Hello, and welcome to my visitors who have come from Live. Teach. Create. I am very excited to be the guest blogger today on Jennifer’s site and so happy to have you here!

If you have arrived here some way other than from Live. Teach. Create., I hope you’ll check out my tutorial there. Here’s a sneak peek:

As a gift to you for coming to my site today I’ve also created a FREEBIE to go with the tutorial. It’s a template to use if you want to create your own crocheted circle on a page. You can download the PDF below. It’s based on my manual trial-and-error version and is designed to save you lots of time. I do hope you find it useful.

Crochet-on-the-page instructions and hole punch template – The Constant Scrapper

I would love to hear your comments—let me know what you think of the tutorial. And I would so love to have you come back and link up any projects you make using this idea.

Happy crafting! :-)

Snoopy came first

I love, love, love using vintage photos from my mom’s attic. The precious ones on this layout are from the late 1960s, when I was a tiny baby and my brother was still baking in Mom’s oven. 😉 They highlight my parents’ relationship with Snoopy, the beagle they adopted before starting to have us kids. You can tell with certainty that they were ready to be parents, can’t you? I mean, just look at how my dad has him swaddled in two of the photos. Darling much?


Mom and Dad had a darling beagle named Snoopy before they started having children. Can you tell they were ready to be parents?

I created this layout based on this sketch that I found at the Sketch Support site.


You can get this sketch at the Sketch Support site.

Here’s to Pat

I’m sorry I’ve been absent lately, but I do have a good reason. I have been putting a good deal of crafty and blog-writing time into my first ever guest blog spot! I’m very excited to be appearing as a guest blogger this Wednesday on Live. Teach. Create. I’ve created a tutorial that I hope you’ll check out and use on a future layout.

Don’t worry; I’ll remind you again on Wednesday. :-)

In the meantime, I’ll share a layout I did a while back about my husband’s stepfather, Pat. He came into Matt’s life when he was about 12 and did a lot to make his life more stable. Though Pat had never been married or a father before, he stepped into a family of five small children who were not happy about having him around and won them over one-by-one. Unfortunately, Pat’s and Sandie’s marriage ended after ten years, but Pat did leave his mark on the family.

I used some rather psychedelic paper for this layout, but I thought it worked well with both the style of the older photo on the left and the colors in the later photo on the right.

So, here’s to Pat.


This layout is in honor of my husband's stepfather, Pat.

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow

Twisted Sketches has revealed its latest sketch, #107, and the twist is “time.” Be sure to head over to the site to grab the sketch, then create something and link it up! :)

Here’s my Design Team layout inspired by the sketch…


Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day.

And now a little background on this layout. When Phil and I started our sophomore year in high school in 1983 we decided to try out for the play and both were granted roles. The play was Charles Dickens’ “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.” It’s a great story, full of villainy and heroism and redemption.

While my role as Miss Ninetta Crummles, The “Infant Phenomenon,” (from Wikipedia: Mr. and Mrs. Crummles’ daughter. She is a very prominent member of the Crummles troupe, and a dancing part is written for her in every performance, even if there is no place for it. She is supposedly ten years old, but is actually closer to eighteen, having been kept on a steady diet of gin to keep her looking young.) was only a small one, I had the first lines of the play. I skipped onto stage and quoted Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day.”

Phil and I had such a great experience that year in the play. The months of after-school rehearsals led to great friendships and wonderful memories. And, in the end, our rendition of Nicholas Nickleby was brilliant!

Here’s a peek at the week’s sketch. I hope you’ll play along.


Here's a peek at the sketch from

Raindrops keep falling on my head

Mom has always told me that “my song” was Raindrops keep falling on my head because when I was little I got excited every time it played on the radio. I don’t have any photos of me grooving to the strains of BJ Thomas from back then, so I chose these two shots of me at about the right age for the topic. Even now when I hear that song I get a little giddy! I’m very pleased to have this memory scrapped. :-)

I’m entering this layout into My Mind’s Eye blog challenge #24, which means I had to base it on their provided sketch, follow the theme of “lyrics” and make sure that at least 80% of the products I used on my page are from their company.

Enjoy your Father’s Day celebrations today!


Raindrops keep falling on my head was my favorite song when I was a little girl.


This is the layout from the My Mind's Eye blog that I used for my layout.