Thankful: Thanksgiving 1969

This is a scrapbook page using one photo and patterned paper from Bella Blvd.

This is a photo from our family Thanksgiving celebration in 1969. My parents hosted the dinner, and we were joined by my father’s parents (left side of the table) and my mother’s aunt and uncle (right side). You can just see the yarn bow on the top of my little head at the bottom of this shot. It’s so hard to believe, as I look at this gathering, that Mom and I are the only ones still around.

I hope all my American friends have had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration this year.

Product/technique notes

I really liked a recent layout by Veera Saarivuo on the Paper Camellia blog, so I lifted her design idea for the angled strips for my page. This whole page required only one piece of patterned paper because I chose to use a borders sheet from the Thankful collection by Bella Blvd. I cut the title on my Silhouette and die cut the leaves with an ancient die from Cuttlebug.


Kewl is a one-photo scrapbook page created using Crate Paper patterns.

Matt and I met a friend at the Fredericksburg Oktoberfest this year, and although I took lots of fun photos of our day there, I liked this one the best. Just two guys looking kewl.

Product/technique notes

The background paper I used is from KI Memories, and the rest of the patterns are from a Crate Paper Boys Rule 6×6 paper pad.


Styling is a two-photo scrapbook page using papers from My Mind's Eye

While I was staying with Mom to help out after her knee-replacement surgery this summer, I washed and styled her hair (in a different way than she usually does it). She seemed to enjoy being pampered, and we really liked how her ‘do turned out.

Another little life moment captured.

Product/technique notes

I was inspired by the Paper Camellia November sketch and the Paper Issues mood board below. I used patterned papers from My Mind’s Eye Paper Cottage Collection and frames from We R Memory Keepers Indian Summer collection. It might be hard to tell in the photo, but I adhered gold sequins to the center of every doily in the patterned paper.
Paper Camellia November 2015 sketch

PI Color Casts mood board for crop

Everything still turns to gold: DT layout for Stuck?! Sketches

Everything still turns to gold is a one-photo scrapbook page designed using the November 15, 2015 sketch from Stuck Sketches.

Today Stuck?! Sketches launches our second challenge of the new month. The sketch is beautiful, and the prizes from 7 Dots Studio and Freckled Fawn are great. Why not play along with us?

Stuck Sketches November 15 2015 sketch

For this challenge we are partnering up with Scrap it with a Song, and they have chosen Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin as their inspiration song. You can find out all the details about how to play along with their challenge over on their blog.

I had another listen to Stairway to Heaven so that I could decide how to use its inspiration on a layout. And when I got to the line “Everything still turns to gold” it made me think of autumn leaves. So I pulled out this photo I took two years ago on a trip to see the fall colors up in Lost Maples State Natural Area in Texas. Isn’t that spider web glorious against the colors of the turning leaves?

Product/technique notes

The background paper on my layout is from American Crafts. I loved it for this page because it imitates the structure of a cobweb. The rest of the patterns are from a BasicGrey Indian Summer 6×6 pad. The die cuts are from Crate Paper, and the Feels like fall fabric sticker is from My Little Bicycle. The circle built of leaves is a cut file from the Silhouette store, and I designed and cut the title on the Silhouette as well.

Our own dear boy

Our own dear boy is a one-photo scrapbook page using papers from the BasicGrey Hipster collection.

We lost our wonderful Toby to cancer in June 2014, and I have been wanting to do a tribute page about him ever since. But it’s difficult to scrap some pages until you’re ready. So I waited.

I was recently shuffling through some photos that I had printed to scrap, and when I came across this one of Toby before he was sick I wanted to scrap it. So Toby finally has his tribute page.

He was such a loving, gentle good friend. We miss him every day.

Product/technique notes

I used papers from the BasicGrey Hipster collection and diecuts and other embellishments from Crate Paper, Jillibean Soup, K&Co and The Paper Studio.