10th grade begins

10th grade begins is a scrapbook page that features a 1982 of me and my brother on the first day of 10th grade and uses papers from the My Mind's Eye Market Street collection.

High school is such a big deal. It’s a huge transition for all of us. Everything about it is new–the bus route, the building, the teachers, the classes. It’s nerve wracking and exciting and the beginning of the next big thing.

My bro and I started 10th grade at Willoughby South High School on August 31, 1982. We look ready for anything, don’t we? 😉

Product/technique notes

I followed this Let’s Get Sketchy color combo and sketch for this page and supplies from the My Mind’s Eye Market Street 6×6 paper pad:
Let's Get Sketchy August 2015 sketch

Let's Get Sketchy color challenge

You are awesome

This is a clean and simple one-photo design using the ombre effect.

This is a photo of our sweetheart, Liam, at three months of age. How about that bold stare? He still has those amazing baby blue eyes.

Product/technique notes

I created this layout to participate in a monochromatic/ombre challenge at A Cherry on Top, in which they required the use of only one color (other than black and white) in at least three shades. No other colors (except in your photos) was allowed. That is not as easy as it may sound! I found my papers in 6×6 paper pads by American Crafts, BasicGrey and My Mind’s Eye. I created the title with a free cut file that I offered on my blog a few weeks ago. Here it is again, in case you missed it.

The Constant Scrapper Awesome Titles freebie

Thankful for such happy days together

This is a one-page, one-photo scrapbook page using My Mind's Eye products.

This photos is from a really happy time. It was Easter in 1992, and I was living back at home with Mom and Dad in Willoughby and working as a conference planner at ASM International. Spenser was just over a year old and was a pure joy in our lives. Although Phil was living in Pennsylvania, he had come home to spend Easter with us. So things were pretty great.

This photo reminds me to be thankful for happy days.

Product/technique notes

I created this layout using products from the My Mind’s Eye Now & Then > Ginger collection.

First Communion 1975

This 2-page, 8-photo scrapbook layout documents my First Communion in 1975.

Phil and I made our First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 3, 1975—40 years ago today!

I remember so much about that special day. My mom made my beautiful dress. Fr. Francis Curran, our pastor at Immaculate Conception Church in Willoughby, celebrated the Mass. And I was so happy that all our relatives came for our big day.

Product/technique notes

I used patterned papers from the My Mind’s Eye “stella & rose » gertie” collection and cut a title with my Silhouette. With all the patterns plus eight photos, I decided to keep this design simple.

Wine bottle tag tutorial


We have some Christmas parties to attend this weekend, so I thought I would try my hand at making some wine tags to adorn the bottles we took along. Here’s a tutorial based on what I learned while creating mine.


  1. Cut base paper (I used cardstock, but it would look quite nice with patterned paper as well) to 3 x 10 inches.
  2. Score base paper at 3 inches.
  3. Cut patterned paper to 2.75 x 9.75 inches.
  4. Don’t score the patterned paper yet; you want to wait until it’s lined up properly on the base paper so you know exactly where it needs to be folded. But I do recommend scoring a second time so that your project folds crisply. I’ll tell you when.
  5. Notch the bottom of the patterned paper into a banner shape.
  6. Lay the patterned paper on the base paper and cut the matching notch into the base paper.
  7. Flip the base paper over and find the center of the 3-inch section by lightly drawing an X from corner to corner. This will ensure that you punch your bottle neck opening in the right spot.
  8. At this point, because I use adhesive that isn’t hard to pull up, I adhered the two papers together so that I could punch them at the same time. Then I used a 1.25-inch circle punch to create the bottle neck opening.
  9. Carefully pull up the patterned paper from the base paper and line up a 1.5-inch circle punch around the original hole to create the double ring effect. Glue the two papers back together.
  10. Now put the project back on your scoring board and score again at 3 inches.
  11. Have fun embellishing your wine tags!

Closeup shot of the left tag


Closeup shot of the right tag

Product/technique notes

I created both of these tags using past years’ My Mind’s Eye Christmas collections—”Festive” on the left tag and “Be Merry” on the right one. I loved how they turned out! And I’m entering them in the MME December challenge to make small gifts/stocking stuffers.