It was my turn to share a Savvy Saturday Video on the Spellbinders blog yesterday. I usually don’t scrapbook, so this weeks theme “Grand Layouts” was a bit nerve racking for me. I hope you have time to check out the page and let me know what you think.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs and smiles

Julie Buhler wrote today’s great tutorial on SCS. I had to put my own spin on it an use one of the blank Accent & Element tins Stampin’ Up! demonstrators could order a little while go.

My first challenge was to cut the clear envelopes down to fit the tin. The inside of it only measures 5 1/4″ x 4 3/4″. I cut the envelopes down to 4 1/4″. Then cut the top layer down 1″, to create another flap like backing. I taped the envelopes together with snail adhesive.


Next I created the “page holder” by cutting Designer paper from the Ski Slope Designer paper to a 4 1/2″ x 6 1/4″ and scored it at 1″.

I folded over the flap and used the retired large corner rounder from Stampin’ Up! to round all four corners. 

Before adding the jumbo eyelets, I cut a 1″ x 4 1/2″ piece of  Whisper White cardstock, punched it with the Scallop Edge Punch and taped it behind my Designer Paper flap. I used Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets to hold the flaps down and tied Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon.

My pages measure 3 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ and are cut from Baja Breeze cardstock. I wheeled the Scandinavian wheel on both sides with Baja Breeze. The horizontal layer of Ski Slope Designer paper measures 3″ x 3 3/4″. Again, it is placed on both sides 1/4″ above the bottom of the page. Chocolate Chip Tafetta Ribbon was tied around the pages. The knot is facing the top of the page.


I cut scallop rectangles out of Chocolate Chip cardstock with Rectangle Nestabilities.

For the front of the page they were layered with 2 1/4″ x 2 7/8″ pieces of Riding Hood Red cardstock.

I will add new wallet size pictures there (as soon as I take them. First we all need serious hair cuts! Appointments are made. The pictures in here right now are old ones to make the pages look finished). These layers are attached vertically to the front.

On the back of the page I attached the rectangles horizontally. They hold a 2 1/4″ x 2 7/8″ Whisper White layer that was stamped with one of the stamps from Scandinavian Season in Baja Breeze (stamped off once) and paper pierced.

I will add little embellishments on the bottom right over the ribbon. I have finished one page to make a sample. I will order the new felt snowflakes and might add some of those. The back page will hold little written messages from the kids to their grandparents.

HINT! If you are planning on making on of these tins, you might not want to add ribbon or thick embellishments on the pages. I started out making five pages, but the tin will only close with thee….good thing I have only three kids. LOL


To finish off the inside I cut a Ski Slope designer paper piece down to 4 7/8″ x 5 1/2″ and rounded the corners.

I taped a 1/2″ strip of chocolate Ski Slope designer paper on the bottom and rounded those corners.

Next I cut a 1 3/4″ x 4 7/8″ striped piece of the same designer paper pack, taped a strip of White Whisper cardstock punched with the Scallop Edge punch on top and added Sticky Strip to the bottom and the sides of the strip.

I taped the strip down, lining it up with the chocolate strip to create a pocket. It will hold a gift card to P.F. Changs. (Subway card is only in there to show off the pocket better.) The booklet with my kids pictures and a gift card to the restaurant will be my In-Laws Christmas present. What could be better then pictures of grandchildren and delicous food as a gift?

White Taffeta Ribbon was tied around the designer paper layers and the entire piece was adhered with Sticky Strip to the inside of the lid of the tin.


For the tin front I cut another 4 7/8″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Ski Slope Designer paper, rounded the corners and sanded the edges.

The striped designer paper measures 1 3/4″ x 4 7/8″ and is adhered to a 3/8″ wider piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock.

The bottom of the Chocolate strip was punched with the Scallop Edge Punch (yes, I know I use it a lot. I LOVE it!). 5/8″ wide Chocolate grosgrain ribbon was wrapped around all layers. Everything was taped down with Sticky Strip.

I stamped the label from Winter Post in Chocolate Chip three times; once on Whisper White, once on Kiwi Kiss and once on Ski Slope DP. I cut and layered them into one label, attached it with dimensionals to an wide Oval Punchout out of Whisper White cardstock and taped everything under the ribbon.

Sorry today’s post is so long.  Have a wonderful day! I have to go grocery shopping (boooo). Hugs and smiles

Sorry for not posting yesterday! I hosted a stamp camp yesterday. Friday night I prepped and Saturday morning until 2 p.m. was stamp camp. I had fun stamping with the three girls that came. I stamped all my extras so I would have some thank you cards to send out. After the camp I hang out in the backyard and read.

This morning I made this page. I used this weekend’s sketch as a starting point for the layout.


The picture was taking during the third grade violin concert.

Rebecca was soooo excited and proud.

The scrapbook page is a 6″ x 6″ piece of Basic Gray cardstock.

I cut down the picture to 4″ x 4 3/4″ and layered if first on a 1/4″ bigger piece of Purely Pomegranate (I thought that would work well with her lip color), then on a 1/2″ bigger piece of Basic black.

My 1 1/8″ x 6″ white strip was stamped with the Fresh Cuts background in Basic Gray, sponged around the edges and first layered on a 1/4″ bigger piece of Basic Black, then on a 3/8″ bigger piece of Purely Pomegranate. The bottom edge of the Pomegranate cardstock was scalloped with the corner rounder.

The sentiment is from the stamp set Taking Care of Business. It was stamped in Pomegranate and punched out with the 1 1/4″ circle punch. That was layered on a  1 3/8″ black circle and scalloped Basic Gray circle. The flower is from the Flower Fusion tin and has a Fire Circle Rhinestone brad in it’s center.

The day on the left hand side is from Fundamental Phrases (part of the birthday greeting). It was stamped in Gray on white cardstock and punched out with the Window Word punch. A 1/4″ black circle with another Fire Circle Rhinestone brad finish it off.

I journaled on the bottom with a 03 black Micron Pen.

Personal Note:

Today the kids and I will watch Indiana Jones. I am not that excited to go, but they can’t wait. Maybe I will be pleasantly surprised just like with the Narnia movie last week! LOVED that one.

Have a great Sunday! Hugs and smiles

I like using my sketch challenges as layouts for my scrapbook pages when I can. I did that for this weeks Scrapbook Sunday share.


I love this picture of Rick and Rebecca!

I took it on our trip to the Smoky’s.  As you can see the trees were still bare and it was foggy.

That didn’t matter because we had Rick home for a little while.

I pulled the colors from the gray day and Rebecca’s jacket.

The page base is a 6″ x 6″ piece of Basic Gray. The top was stamped with the background stamp from Fresh Cuts in Basic gray. I stamped additional branches from that set in gray over the background and sponged the edges.

I cut the photo down to 3″ x 6″ and taped it to the bottom of the page. Over it a 1″ strip of Berry Bliss Designer paper was adhered. The top edge was paper pierced and a piece of polka dotted Sherbert Ribbon was layered over the bottom edge.

For the circular layer I stamped  a Day to Remember from Sweet Celebrations in second generation Basic Gray and once in full strength of Purely Pomegranate ink. I cut out the gray layer with my round Nestabilities, the Pomegranate layer with the 1 1/4″ circle punch. I taped both layers together and stamped the branch from Fresh Cuts in second generation Pretty in Pink ink. The little journaling I did was done with a 03. black Micron Pen. Both layers were adhered to a bigger Basic Gray Scallop circle, cut again with round Nestabilities.

I stamped the flower from Fresh Cuts in Purely Pomegranate on Whisper White cardstock and cut it out. It was adhered with dimensionals to my circular layers and a pink rhinestone brad (Fire collection) was added in it’s center. Last I taped the circular layers down with dimensionals.


I made this 6″ x 6″ page with the weekend sketch 46.

The card base is sponged Old Olive cardstock.

The right hand side was stamped with the solid leaf from Wonderful You. Speckles were added with the Color Spritz tool and Olive and Black markers.

I cut the photo down to 3 1/2″ x 6″ and layered it on a slightly bigger piece of Basic Grey cardstock. Three Pewter Jumbo Eyelets were added to the top right of the photo.

The title are rubons from the Cherished Memories Rubon pack.


I made a 8 1/2″ x 11″ scrapbook page this weekend so I could use the Weekend sketch as a layout.

The page base is a sheet of Chocolate Chip cardstock. Layered over it are a 4 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ piece of Brocade Background Designer paper and a 3 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ piece of Spring Silhouette Designer Paper. Chocolate Satin Ribbon was tied around the layers.

I layered my 5″  x 7″ photo first on a 1/2″ bigger piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock, then on a 6″ x 8″ piece of Always Artichoke. A dotted white gel pen border was added to the Chocolate layer and the Artichoke layer was paper pierced.

The two ovals were cut with the largest of the Nestabilities templates. Celebrate and good times are from the stamp set Celebrate Everything. They were stamped in Chocolate Chip on Whisper White cardstock. I paper pierced underneath celebrate and added journaling with my Artichoke marker around it.

I want to wish every Mother out there a Happy Mother’s Day! I hope your day is filled with lots of love, hugs and kisses!


I used this weekend’s sketch for my  scrapbook page.

The page base is a 6″ x 6″ piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock.

The designer paper from Always Artichoke Prints and Fall Flowers Pack were cut in 2 1/2″ x 2 7/8″ and 3 1/4″ x 2 7/8″ pieces and taped to the card base. The (long neglected) Argyle stamp from All in a Row was stamped in Chocolate Chip over all designer Paper edges.

I cut the photo down to  3 1/2″ x 5″ and layered it first on a 1/4″ bigger piece of Chocolate Chip, then Bashful Blue cardstock. The title is from Many Happy Returns and is stamped in Chocolate Chip on a 1 1/4″ Whisper White circle. That circle was layered first on a 1 3/8″ Chocolate Chip circle, then on a bashful blue scallop circle.

For my journaling I rounded one edge of a 7/8″ x 2 1/4″ strip of Whisper White with my 1″ circle punch. I added journaling with my Chocolate Chip marker and added two Pewter brads on the left hand side.

I know my scrapbook pages are very simple. But with only having a 6″ square space to work with, it’s hard to add a lot of stuff. I like the focus of my pages to be the photos I am scraping, not all the cool stuff I used to make it.

Click on More if you want to see how I cut up my Many Happy Return stamp set, or if you need a visual on how to use a circle punch to round an edge of a cardstock strip.

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I love this picture of Rick. He is such a goofy man. So much fun to hang out with.

I have pictures with him posing like that ever since we started dating.

Since living in Florida his hair color is turning into salt and pepper, which he loves by the way.

I kept the page super simple and used the sketch from this weekend as layout.

The 6″ x 6″ page base is Always Artichoke cardstock. The 2 1/4″ x 6″ paper is from the Blue Bayou Prints Designer Paper pack. I ran Soft Sky double stitched ribbon along the edge of the designer paper.

I cut the photo down to 3 1/2″ x 5″ and layered it on a 1/8″ bigger piece of Basic Black cardstock. I added a double photo corner on the top right with three black brads in it.

The photo was attached with dimensionals. I journaled around the three right sides with my 08black micron pen.


Here is a super simple 6″ x 6″ page that I made  last night.

I held a stamp camp yesterday morning and working on other stuff during the day. I almost forgot my Scrapbook Sunday page.

It is very simple and has no stamping besides the word Joy from Fundamental phrases.

I love this picture and didn’t want to distract from it.  I still can’t believe Rebecca and Lucas went into the water last month. Crazy kids!!!

The page base is a 6″ x 6″ piece of Textured white cardstock. I love the feel of it.  The Chipboard piece is from the On Board Lots of Letters pack. I adhered Certainly Celery Prints designer paper on the top, cut around it, sanded it and cut the J out from the back with my hobby blade. I sanded the edges around the J with my Basic Grey Precision File set. It comes in handy for chipboard pieces like this. I paper pierced around the edges and used my Always Artichoke Marker around the edges of the chipboard.

Rick is coming home tonight! We are so excited! Cookies are in the oven, roast on the stove….life is good!  


I love this shot of Rebecca and one of the kids from the neighborhood playing with chalk. I need to remember to shoot images at a crooked angle. I took it on one of our first real warm days last month. Rebecca and I had been to The Children’s Place the weekend before and she couldn’t wait to wear one of her new dresses.

As soon as I saw the Sweet Celebrations stamp set in the catalog, I knew I HAD TO have it! This is the first time I have used it.

The page base is a 6″ x 6″ piece of Bashful Blue cardstock stamped with White craft ink and the Polka Dot background. I used the this weekend’s sketch challenge for my layout. I wanted to keep all the focus on the picture and the sketch was perfect for that.

I cut the photo down to 4 1/4″ x 5″ and layered it first on a slightly bigger piece of Basic Black cardstock, then on a 4 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece of textured Wild Wasabi. On the bottom right I added a double photo corner punched out of Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black cardstock, topped with five silver brads.

I stamped the Day to Remember circle three times. I stamped it once on Pumpkin Pie and punched it out with the Scallop circle punch. I stamped it on Wild Wasabi and punched that out with the 1 3/8″ circle punch and last it was stamped on Bashful Blue and punched out with a 3/4″ circle punch.

Next I stamped the flower from Sweet Celebrations in Bashful Blue on Whisper White cardstock, cut it out and layered it into the center of all my circle punchouts. I topped it off with a black brad. I attached the scallop with dimensionals to the page.

One of the sentiments from Stem Sayings was stamped with Versamark under the flower. I used it as a guide for my paper piercing. Faux Stitches were added with the white gel pen. I used the Faux Stitched line as a guideline for my journaling.

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