Congratulations card: Grab life by the beans


Not every card we send needs to be sweet, right? This one has just a little attitude.

I’ll admit that I don’t make enough cards to send to people I love. I plan to make and mail them, but I usually wait too long and then the moment passes. But not this time!

My brother just went through the frustrating process of searching for a new job. Happily, he was offered and accepted a new position that he started today, and I couldn’t be happier for or prouder of him. New beginnings are so wonderful…

Product/technique notes

I used a few stamps from the “Cyber cafe” set from Paper Smooches, colored the coffee cup with Copic markers and embellished with paper from Little Yellow Bicycle.

10 things I love about you


We lost my mother-in-law on this date in 2007 and miss her every day.

On September 11, 2007, my mother-in-law lost her fight with ALS. As a tribute to her I’ve created this page that features a photo of her in July of that year and a list of 10 things I loved about her:

  1. Her fierce dedication to those she loved
  2. Her love of animals
  3. Her easy-going nature
  4. Her love of laughter
  5. Her joy in being a teacher
  6. Her strength
  7. Her pride in her children and grandchildren
  8. Her talkativeness
  9. Her persistence
  10. How readily she accepted me into her family

We miss and love you, Sandra.

Product/technique notes

I created this layout using the Stuck Sketches anniversary celebration sketch and products from Little Yellow Bicycle’s “Just Because” collection.
September 1st sketch at Stuck Sketches

Easy as pie


My mom is so cute in this photo!

Mom and Dad married in June 1965, and not long after that Dad left his teaching job for a position as an investigator with the government. This new job required some pretty extensive training, so Mom and Dad had to live for a time in New Jersey while he attended classes. This photo was taken in their New Jersey apartment in July 1966. Mom was about five months pregnant with me. On this day she decided to bake her new husband a pie for the first time. How wonderful that they snapped a photo of it!

Mom says that she remembers the pumpkin pie filling was really good, but the crust left a lot to be desired. :-)

Product/technique notes

I used the following PageMaps sketch as my inspiration and hand stitched the circles. Hand stitching always feels right on a layout about something else hand-made, don’t you think? The patterned papers are from Little Yellow Bicycle’s “Feels Like Home” collection. I designed and cut the title with the Silhouette Cameo.
a March 2014 sketch from PageMaps

Dotted swiss


Little me posing in one of the many beautiful dresses Mom sewed for me, September 1971

I just loved wearing the beautiful dresses Mom made for me over the years. She sewed me a new dress for the first day of just about every year I was in grade school. She made my gorgeous First Communion and Confirmation dresses. She even made me dresses to wear in my piano recitals. It was such a caring thing to do and always made me feel quite special.

When I found this photo of myself from September 1971 the first words that popped into my mind were “dotted swiss.” That’s because I remember loving this aqua dress that Mom made me not only because it was pretty but also because I loved the name of the material. When Mom told me it was called dotted swiss fabric because of the raised dots, I just loved the name. Dotted swiss. Dotted swiss. I think I rolled those words over on my tongue a good number of times, as I still do when I like a word or phrase.

Product/technique notes

I created my page using a combination of products from Little Yellow Bicycle’s “Poppy” and “Just Because” collections. I designed and cut my title on the Silhouette Cameo and then embossed it to make it resemble dotted swiss fabric.

You’re gonna find yourself somewhere, somehow


This song made me think of how traveling at a certain age can really help you find yourself.

The seventh sketch challenge, which I’m proud to have designed, has been posted at the SCRAP & MUSIC challenge blog! Head over to the site to grab the sketch and play along. This seventh sketch came with the song “Put your records on” by Corinne Bailey Rae.

Scrap & Music sketch #7

My layout

In case you can’t read it easily, the journaling on my layout reads:
Traveling as a young adult has well-documented benefits, and the summer I spent in NYC is my evidence. My 1988 American Society of Magazine Editors internship gave me the chance not only to travel unescorted, but also to work in my chosen profession. The friends I made and lessons I learned really did help me “find” myself.

I had to figure out how to get around in, work in and overall survive in the big city. I had to face any fears I had about being alone in huge crowds. I had to figure out how to turn the small stipend we received through the internship into enough for food, subway/cab fare and weekend entertainment (the way I did it was to walk almost everywhere rather than spend it on subways and cabs and to eat very sparingly because weekend entertainment was so important!). The other 50 or so students who were in that internship program with me were also a big part of why it was such a wonderful experience.

That summer truly was instrumental in my development as a young adult. It would be quite difficult to put words to what it meant to me, actually. I am so thankful to my parents for encouraging me in doing it because I know it had to be hard for them not to worry constantly about the dangers that traditionally worry parents about their traveling children. But they knew how good it would be for me, and I’m eternally grateful to them for supporting it.

Product/technique notes

The bulk of the patterned papers I used on this layout are from the Little Yellow Bicycle “The escape” collection, with a little Dear Lizzy “Lucky charm” and an even older Jillibean Soup thrown in,too. I designed and cut my title using the Silhouette Cameo.

The challenge

The challenges on this blog involve following the sketch and using a title on your layout with a line from the provided music. Below I’ve included the video as well as the lyrics for this song:

“Put your records on” by Corinne Bailey Rae
Three little birds, sat on my window
And they told me I don’t need to worry.
Summer came like cinnamon ,so sweet,
Little girls double-dutch on the concrete.

Maybe sometimes,
We’ve got it wrong, but it’s all right.
The more things seem to change,
the more they stay the same.
Oh, don’t you hesitate.

Girl, put your records on,
tell me your favorite song.
You go ahead, let your hair down.
Sapphire and faded jeans,
I hope you get your dreams.
Just go ahead, let your hair down.
You’re gonna find yourself some where,some how.

Blue as the sky,
sunburnt and lonely.
Sipping tea in the bar by the road side.
(just relax, just relax)
Don’t you let those other boys fool you.
Gotta love that afro hairdo.

Maybe sometimes,
we feel afraid, but it’s alright.
The more you stay the same,
the more they seem to change.
Don’t you think it’s strange?

Girl, put your records on,
tell me your favorite song.
You go ahead, let your hair down.
Sapphire and faded jeans,
I hope you get your dreams.
Just go ahead, let your hair down.
You’re gonna find yourself somewhere, somehow.

Just more than I could take,
pity for pity’s sake.
Some nights kept me awake,
I thought that I was stronger.
When you gonna realize,
that you don’t even have to try any longer?
Do what you want to.

Girl, put your records on,
tell me your favorite song.
You go ahead, let your hair down.(go let your hair down)
Sapphire and faded jeans,
I hope you get your dreams.(hope get your dreams)
Just go ahead, let your hair down. (Baby, let your hair down)

Oh, You’re gonna find yourself somewhere, somehow.