May 21, 2014

Scrapbook Generation's CREATE Magazine

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Are you familiar with Scrapbook Generation's CREATE magazine? It is a free monthly digital magazine which focuses on sketches. Each month they feature a manufacturer's design team and this month's issue featured Simple Stories. I have both a layout and a tag included in this month's issue and thought I'd share them with you today.


If you look at the original sketch, you'll see that I simplified the design quite a bit. I wanted to keep most of the elements the same, but still wanted the finished layout to reflect my own personal style. That can be tricky sometimes when using sketches made by others. And yeah, I'm going to insert a plug for my workshop here, I will be covering this topic in class because I think it is one of the biggest questions that scrapbookers have when using sketches.

Here is the tag I created:


The little watering can on the tag above is from the chipboard stickers from Homespun. I used the title pieces from that set on a layout, but probably would not have ever used this watering can on one. And honestly, isn't that true for a lot of embellishments? You like parts, but not all, of a package of brads or chipboard, or whatever. Tags and cards are a great way to use up those little bits and pieces of embellishments that you might not use on a layout. A simple gift can be made very special with the addition of a handmade tag or card, and in my experience people really do seem to appreciate something handmade.

You can see the original sketches that inspired these projects along with lots of other inspiration from both the Scrapbook Generation team and Simple Stories in this month's issue. Again, it is available for free to view either online or you can download a PDF.

Thanks for stopping by!

May 16, 2014

quite the week

So just the other day I was hoping for gray skies and gloom. This past week brought us quite the opposite in the form of high temperatures along with some of the worst fires San Diego County has seen, at least so early in the year.

If you follow the news at all then you know about the brush fires burning here in the county. We have friends who had to evacuate their homes (and have since been allowed back). We also have friends who are firefighters. They are working nonstop to protect lives, homes, and property.

In the midst of all this, life goes on. It seems like it shouldn't, but it does. It takes an effort, something intentional, to stop and pray. If you can, please take a moment now to say a prayer for all those affected by these events.

Thank you, friends.

May 8, 2014

Sketch Solutions Sneak Peeks and a Giveaway!!


It's just two weeks until the beginning of my workshop, Sketch Solutions, and I thought it might be fun to share a few sneak peeks of some of the layouts I created. 


Just a very few. I created several new layouts for the lessons and am in the process of making more for the class blog. Lots of new layouts! Which I hope will make for a fun and inspiring workshop. 


For the 28 days of the workshop, you'll get a new sketch every other day, accompanied by two layouts and a useful lesson in creative adaptation. With this foundation, you'll learn why and how to harness the power of sketches to truly simplify your scrapbooking process. This interactive online workshop includes 14 main sketches, 14 bonus sketches, and a free copy of my eBook, Stretch Your Sketches.


A sketch provides a solid foundation for a scrapbook page layout, so you can create a well-balanced design in less time—every time. With that piece of the puzzle covered, you can let your creativity soar in the areas of color, photo selection, product combinations, techniques, and journaling.


And now the exciting news, I have two free spots to give away to Sketch Solutions! To enter, leave a comment telling me what you'd like to learn most about using sketches. Comments will remain open until Monday May 19th at 11:59 pm PST. Please be sure to leave your email address so that I can contact you if you win! I will select two winners at random and they will be contacted with instructions on how to register for class. 

Good luck!!

May 7, 2014

May Gray & June Gloom

The month had only just begun, but already my husband was complaining about the lack of clouds. Well, he got his wish yesterday, and might again today too. I've written a little before about the weather effect known around here as May Gray - June Gloom. Last year we got just 17 days of gray. "Not enough!" my husband declared. We'll have to wait and see what this year has in store for us. But so far, if the last two days are any indication, it looks like it will be a good one for those of us who actually enjoy a cloudy day every now and again.

Something else I've written about here is how we've had to adapt and find a new balance after little Sam joined our family. Well, Sam is two and I think if I am honest the new balance basically means I don't have a lot of time or energy to devote to this space. I want to write and share, but at the end of the day I really just want to snuggle with and talk to my husband. So there you have it.

Presently, this week in particular is quite full. Gabe will make his First Holy Communion this Saturday, and my mom is in town for that very special occasion. So we've been very busy preparing. But now she's here and I have all of Gabe's clothes ready for his big day, I think we can settle down and enjoy our time together.

Speaking of baby Sam, I hear him waking, which my cue to say goodbye. Until next time...

May 2, 2014

Learn the Secrets of Your Favorite Memory Keepers


I shared last year that I had the privilege of contributing to the second volume of Everyday Storytellers. A group of over 64 scrapbookers contributed to both volume one and two, and it was an amazing experience to be one of them. Starting today, in celebration of National Scrapbooking Day, you have the opportunity to save buy both books and save 40%!

The Everyday Storyteller idea books are perfect for scrapbookers who:
  • Have always wanted to know how their favorite scrapbookers create
  • Miss curling up with some hot cocoa and a creative magazine
  • Crave feeling inspired and fired-up about memory keeping

Each Everyday Storyteller idea book contains over 80 pages of a great variety of topics and are filled with practical advice for scrapbookers. They are organized according to the phases of memory keeping and the books offer simple ways to improve your entire scrapbooking process. The print bundles are in limited supply so get yours this weekend!

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