Monday, January 28, 2013

Scrapbook Retreat

This past weekend I attended a scrapbook retreat with my scrap buddy Carol.  I met some entertaining ladies and hope to return soon.  The most entertaining part was the scrap room catching on fire.   Well... no flames just smoke causing the fire department and the new crew to arrive.  This was a first!   Thankfully... we caught the smoke on time and no flames and damage occured.

Now... what did I get done.  I completed 30 swaps for IASST.  They look great... I did some new techniques since I had the time.  I also put together 5 page kits from Outonalimbscrapbooking.  

It was a fun time.... didn't get any challenges done but I am happy with my work.  Perhaps I can get some done this weekend at the house.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Work, work and more work

I knew this would happen... my fun of scrapbooking as been over taken by work.  I haven't attempted to do anything all week.  BUT that is changing!

I am packing up my stuff and heading to my first weekend retreat of the year.  I have high hopes for this event.  I need to finish all my swaps due in February and March.   I want to start my big 12X12 layout swap due in April.  I also have printed several blog challenges to complete.  Finally, I have page kits from outonalimb to use as well.

Let's hope when I return on Sunday I will have scrapbooking to report about :)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Weekend Projects

I am finally feeling better and stuck inside due to all the rain so what better way to waste time then to scrapbook.  My mom joined me this weekend so that is always a special time.

Saturday I complete two layouts for challenges on Colorful Creations.

Sunday I wanted to challenge myself again so I looked at the blogs I am following.  I noticed a great challenge on Cut it Up.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  For Christmas, my husband got me a year long membership to The Treasure Box.  These are detailed kits out of my comfort zone within a variety of themes.  To prove that he got them: he had also ordered three months without me knowing.  So to complete the challenge: I used my new page kit from The Treasure Box which featured a die cut (scarecrows).   I am a lucky girl!  Now let's hope I can work faster: it took over two hours :)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


I took another day off of work (so not like me) because I just cannot find the energy to fight this illness off.  But... I am determined to return to work tomorrow!  So what better way to practice if I can handle it then to create two layout for challenges.  

So... the first layout contains pictures from when mom and I went to Hell Michigan.  It was an interesting place and offered some different photo opportunities.  This layout is using a sketch from Creative Scrappers.  I did not include a title because I added a journal box at the bottom.  The flames are from the Going Places cricut with stickles to make them glow.
The second layout is a sketch on the IASST blog. It is the seventh one on there.  This layout uses some swap pieces I got from IASST as well.  This layout will be entered into the Say Anything Challenge at Red Carpet Studio.

Now hopefully I can beat this illness and return to work.  I am not use to having all this free time to scrap!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Pneumonia is not how I thought I would start the new year... but guess I was not thinking the same way as my body. 

I have tried for two days to complete a simple layout for a challenge at Let's Scrap and today in between napping, coughing, and drinking water: I FINALLY got it done.  Not my best work but finished. 

We were the only ones from the scout troop who showed up so it was not as much fun as we thought.  However, once the movie started (Tangled) it turned into a nice family evening. 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Last day of fun

I have a feeling that today is my last day of fun for a bit... tomorrow it is back to teaching which means scrap time is limited.  I do have a weekend crop coming the end of the month so lets hope I get somethings done then.

First layout today was a simple layout from the IASST blog  It is the 6th sketch featured.  I used pattern paper for the Natural Botannical paper stack by The Paper Studio then scraps.  The photo frames are cut out using Mickey &Friends Cricut cartiage.  Buttons are from Stampin'Up.

The second layout was a sketch from  Practical Scrappers .   I used bazzill cardstock, my circle punch from Creative Memories, my new Fiskars circle border, and a piece of boy scout pattern paper.  The stickers are left overs from a Basic Gray class I take.  I added another row so I could get in all the photos I had. 

I also continue to find more blogs to follow leading to more challenges to participate in.  Today I joined Let's Scrap  As of now, I  want to participate in count your pages for the year.  (I think I can do 250!)  I also joined the scrap your stash. 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Day of Challenges

I just cannot seem to get enough of all the challenges I have found within the blogs I am following. Today I was lucky enough to have some time to complete some. The first one is for ScrapFit is all about stars. I used an outstanding swap from my friends at IASST and completed the layout using photos from the Flag Placement.

The second one I did was for Colorful Creations Wacky Wednesday. I was required to use a sketch and certain colors. This one is from my trip this summer.

The final challenge I was able to complete today was for Sketch~N~Scrap Layout 24. I had to do some twisting and turning but I see the sketch within my layout.

Friday, January 4, 2013

I have completed my first challenge since I have found the world of blogs. (Does that make sense?) Anyways.. the sketch is the 13th one posted with the iasst year challenge. The layout will also meet the requirements for the jan challenge on counterfeitkitchallenge. three pattern papers; mine are from the Miss Elizabeth's Christmas Shoppers. three embellishments: ribbon, brads, and candi from the rainforest collection. Finally my three word title of Christmas Morning Magic written on the tag in the upper right corner. I am PROUD of myself! Now I just have to figure out how to link my layout to their blog page. As of the next morning: I think it has been linked to thier page.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

1/52 IASST challenge

So... during the New Year's Crop Liana challenged us to complete 52 layouts based on the sketches she posted on the blog before the next New Years crop. 

I have finished the first one (this is sketch number 10).
Now next time I will work on loading the original sketch as well...  Just one step at a time!

IASST New Years Crop

I just finished an outstanding 4 day online scrapbook challenge with IASST and I just cannot stop thinking about layouts.  Therefore: I have spent the day looking at more online.  Then it hits me... why not create a blog about scrapbooking.   Really I must be nuts and not sure how in the world I am going to fit this in as well but hey.... it is worth a try. 

So... today I say I will try to update my blog on what I am doing in the scrapbooking world at least twice a month.