A Sunday in March


I asked Mom if there was any special reason that Dad took this photo of us in March 1969. She told me that it was a Sunday, we had just come home from church and Daddy wanted to capture a shot of his sweet girls. She added, “I also remember that it was too chilly that day for me not to be wearing a sweater!”

Product/technique notes

I created this layout with patterned papers and embellishments from Chickaniddy Crafts’ “Twirly Girl” collection and this sketch from Stuck?! Sketches:

Danger zone


I wanted to do a page about how important it is to me that Matt and I share a similar sense of humor, but how do you sum up a couple’s humor in photos? Why not include a photo from a show we get a lot of laughs out of!

Archer is a bawdy cartoon about an international spy agency where the employees’ best efforts are geared toward undermining and betraying one another. It’s shocking and hilarious (but certainly not for family viewing). It’s just one of many styles of humor that we enjoy, but I thought it would work well for my page because the artwork from the show is so well drawn (and Archer is very good looking). ;-) The title of my layout is Danger Zone because it’s the favorite song of the main character and a frequent joke on the show.

My journaling reads: “Finding a partner with a compatible sense of humor is so important. Life isn’t always easy, and being able to laugh together is essential.”

Product/technique notes

The top of this page is layered with strips of patterned paper to from a sort of awning effect. I cut the title out of the background cardstock and then backed it with a striped yellow pattern so it would show through. The mustache is a cut file from the Silhouette store.

Snow fun


I came across another photo of my brother and me playing in the snow—this one is from January 1971. It appears I was Phil’s sled dog.

Product/technique notes

I really liked the new Let’s Get Sketchy sketch below and enjoyed using it with this photo. The papers came from Carta Bella’s “Winter Fun” collection. I created the title and cut it and all the vellum snowflakes with my Silhouette Cameo, then topped them with sequins. I hand sewed the blanket stitch along the edges of the two corners.

That’s how I roll


My brother was born 13.5 months after I was. So I was still “taking walks” by stroller when Grandma and Grandpa traveled from California to Ohio in January 1968 to be with us for his arrival.

Sadly, I don’t remember this moment. ;-)

Product/technique notes

I used this nice sketch from Stuck?! Sketches and papers from Crate Paper’s “Close Knit” and “DIY Shop” collections. I designed the title and cut it on the Silhouette Cameo. I also like to add a bit of hand stitching to cozy vintage layouts like this.
StuckSketches 01 February 2015

Come in & warm up


Although we hit 69 degrees today in Austin, Texas, and I actually saw redbud trees starting to bloom, I didn’t grow up with such days in February! The winters of my childhood in northeast Ohio were cold and snowy, just as I think most kids would have it, if they had the choice. At least I liked it. In fact, I wouldn’t mind a few days of beautiful snow and blue skies now. But I probably can’t expect those any time soon, so I’ll just scrap photos of a time when I had them and be thankful that I did.

Product/technique notes

All the Authentique “Cozy” products I used to create this layout came from the Back Porch Memories February kit (thank you to BPM for allowing me to be a part of their design team through March), and I followed this Rochelle Spears sketch.
Back Porch Memories sketch by Rochelle Spears