You’ll shoot your eye out


Does this photo make you think of Ralphie from “A Christmas Story” (1983)?

Yeah, me too.

Ralphie: I want an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle!
Mrs. Parker: No, you’ll shoot your eye out.

This photo was taken on Christmas morning circa 1971. My husband, at about the age of four, is the one gloriously outfitted in his new cowboy gear from Santa Claus. I really don’t have a clue what his younger brother, Nate, is doing. LOL!

I dare ya not to hear this title in the sing-song voices of the characters from the movie. I double-DOG-dare ya.

Product/technique notes

I followed the Creative Scrappers sketch below for this page because I really liked the idea that my patterned paper areas would look a lot like presents. The papers are from Pink Paislee’s “Snow Village” 6×6 pad. The colors and vintage feel of this line matched so well with that photo! And the puffy stickers are from SEI. I designed the title and cut it on the Cameo, and the pine branches are part of a Silhouette cut file.
Creative Scrappers 283

Anaheim picnic


My baby bro often seemed to be crying at photo time when he was a wee one.

My mom grew up in California, and her family continued to live there when she moved east for college (and then marriage and the rest of her life!). In the summer of 1968, when I would have been about 20 months and Phil 6 months, Mom took us to visit her family. In addition to introducing us to her family, she also made the trip to be in her brother’s wedding and to attend her tenth high school reunion.

On the back of this photo she wrote “Picnic in Anaheim, July 1968″ and then the names of the family members. From left to right around the table: my Aunt Barbara, my mom’s Aunt Tilli, her son Loren, me (at the top of the photo in the sun hat), baby Phil being held by Uncle Terry (Mom’s brother, married to Barb) and the knees of Uncle Vic (married to Tilli).

Product/technique notes

I adjusted the size of elements in this 8.5 x 11-inch PageMaps sketch from November 2013 so it would work at 12 x 12. The majority of the patterned papers are from BasicGrey’s “pb&j” 6×6 pad. I created and cut the title on the Silhouette Cameo and sprinkled some buttons and sequins around to form a visual triangle.
November 2013 PageMaps sketch on which I based my layout

The measure of a man


My layout won the grand prize in the PageMaps 8th anniversary celebration!

I created this layout about my dad back in May because I wanted to submit it to a sketch contest. But I decided that I would wait to share it here on Father’s Day because it’s meant to symbolize what a great man I think my father was.

My dad taught me by example what men ought to strive to be: intelligent, humble, kind, funny, loving, respectful, helpful and always learning. He was a wonderful and involved father to Phil and me, a gentle and loving husband to Mom, a kind boss at work and very involved in our church. I’m quite sure that without knowing it I have always measured other men against his example.

Because of the topic, creating this page was a joy for me. And then I WON the contest with it!

Becky Fleck spent May celebrating the 8th anniversary of her popular sketch blog, PageMaps. The month of giveaways and special content ended with a sketch contest. The rules were just to choose any of her sketches from 2013-14 and submit a new layout based on it, and you were only allowed to submit one entry.

Knowing how popular Becky’s sketches are, I thought it likely that this contest would have many entries. Add to that the fact that the prize was a $150 gift card to A Cherry On Top! So I spent a few days on this layout because I knew the competition would be stiff. But we all know you cannot win if you do not play.

Product/technique notes

I chose to use the sketch below from PageMaps’ May 2014 release. My background paper is from We R Memory Keepers’ “Happy Campers,” and the rest of the patterns are from the My Mind’s Eye “Lime Twist” 6×6 pad. I added lots of hand stitching and a title designed and cut on my Silhouette Cameo.
PageMaps sketch I used

Note: I’m submitting this to the Paper Issues “Woodn’t you know, it’s fall” link party.

Bobcat mom squared


Mom came to OU for Mom's Weekend all four years that Phil and I attended there, and we had a fabulous time each year.

Going to Ohio University at the same time as Phil was perfect for me, but it made things awfully nice for Mom and Dad, too. They knew we were there for each other, and they could visit us at the same time. Here Mom is attending her first of four OU Mom’s Weekends in May 1986.

Product/technique notes

I followed this sketch from the Creative Scrappers Birthday Bash and used papers from My Mind’s Eye’s 6×6 “Quilting Bee” paper pad along with some punches. Then I topped it with a title created on my Cameo, hand stitched a zig-zag up near the photo and added a few tiny staples.
Crreative Scrappers sketch I followed



Does anyone know what type of car that is behind me?

This photo of me in our driveway is from March 1969. I don’t really know that there’s anything special to say about it; it’s just me in a cute little skirt and sweater with a barrette in my hair. And get a look at that car! Does anyone know what make/model it is?

Product/technique notes

I used Creative Scrappers sketch #266 for this page. The papers are from Crate Paper “DIY Shop,” Fancy Pants “Happy-Go-Lucky” and BasicGrey “What’s Up?” collections, and the word is spelled out in really old alphas from BasicGrey. I cut the view master shapes using my Cameo.
Creative Scrappers sketch #266