…clearing her mind…


Yes, it’s May, but I wanted to share this journal spread.

At the start of the new year, I chose my word for the year: Clear
I need and want to clear up my life.


Clear and organize my scrap supplies so I can work

Clear my body of the junk that’s holding it back


Clear out excess social media stuff so I can focus and not be overwhelmed

Clear out and use my art stuff


Maintain a schedule of keeping paperwork from piling up, which leads to me procrastinating dealing with it.

Clear my life so I can enjoy it.


Choosing a word for the year is pretty new for me.  I’ve done resolutions in the past, but last year was the first year I chose a word for the year.  This year my word is “clear”.  I want to clear up my life, in most ways.


Clear up paperwork and keep a system of managing it so it doesn’t overwhelm me.  Clear my body and get healthier (and hopefully lose some excess weight that I lost and gained back).


I also wanted to clear up my art stash.  Not get rid of anything exactly, but more organize it, that way I’m not constantly searching for stuff and can actually craft.  Paperwork extends to e-mail and stuff, too.  I don’t have to keep everything forever.


So I had to do a spread in my little moleskine, which still doesn’t have a cover yet, but I’ll get to it.


…going shopping…

…for kid’s clothes…in this case, mine.


So this is for ScrapFriends Yummy Scrap #20.  Traditional Christmas colors, but I went for a non-holiday theme.

The background paper is Amy Tangerine, as are some of the paper layers (black chevron, green dot), and some of the die-cuts (the hanger and clothespin).  I used a spinner and gear from Tim Holtz, We R Memory Keepers White Out papers (the pale red), and DCWV Rock Star and Tattered Time pack (dark green, peeking out by “TREASURE HUNT”, and the “gear” layer above that).

For the background, I did some green paint drips, and borrowed a technique from another lovely scrapper, Riikka Kovasin, with using leftover letters stickers and gesso on your background.  For me, I used blue letters stickers and painted over them with green paint.  The  I added some borders of ribbon and stickers, as well as a piece of cardboard that I tore the top layer off to reveal the wavy part underneath, then painted it white.


You may also see the homemade texture paste that I put through a Heidi Swapp honeycomb stencil, as well as gray watercolor crayon that I blended with a baby wipe for some extra texture.

The red chipboard tab and green “SNAPSHOTS” tags were colored with paint before I adhered the embellishments.  There some other chipboard from the same st, and a few more buttons.


I had been experimenting with different mediums and shades of green on a large paper doily.  After some figuring, I cut some of it into strips, and placed them down, with 7Gypsies paper tape in between.  Then I took my journaling blocks and “anchored” them with black pen outlining, which I used on the rest of my layout as well.  I also used two stamps from a Studio G set, “TO DO” and the arrow you see here.


That’s a vellum frame from a prize won from a previous challenge.  The title I made from some alpha tiles I’ve had forever, with the o’s (unplanned) covered in altered patterned paper and letter stickers from a newer sticker sheet.  Some other stickers for “TO” and a Tim Holtz metal numeral “4” to finish off the title.


And for the finishing touch, I used my Amy Tangerine roller stamp to random stamp on-the-go with the date in different spots.

As you can see, I really built up the background layers and paper layers.  Some of it unplanned, but I like how it turned out.

Thanks for looking!

Happy scrapping!

…pretty busy…

So I’ve been busy working on a project for dear hubby for a gaming/fantasy convention we’ll be a vendor at later this month.  I also finished a layout that was actually for a couple challenges, but I didn’t finish in time 😦  I’m still going to post it here for you guys:)

So this layout was based on a couple old challenges.  One challenge was to use the color combination of red, brown and black (this was also during February).  Another was to use your punches.  Well, I only have one punch.  The main problem for me is storage.  I’d love to have a Cricut, but no space 😦

Anyway, here’s my layout: “Die Hard Love”






Supplies:Patterned paper – BasicGrey, DCWV Tattered Time & Rock Star; Stamps – Studio G (arrow, zigzag lines), Amy Tangerine Photo Op Roller Date stamp; Stickers – Pebbles, Inc.(love, together) and other;  Acrylic paint in red, black, brown; Chipboard – Paper Crush (tag, stars), other (die); Fabric tape – 7Gypsies; rub-on alphas; Avery tag; Ink – Tim Holtz Distress Ink Rusty Hinge, Studio G – black pigment ink;  Punch – Fiskars Postage Stamp Border Punch

As for the project for my hubby, Charles, I’ve made a display piece to advertise his books.  I’ve got one done, one in process.  Here’s the one for Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero

Arcon marketing

I attempted a gesso texture technique that didn’t work as well as I hoped.  So, from the same UK magazine, I tried a different technique with tissue paper.  Basically, you glue objects to your base (cardstock, grayboard, etc.).  You then glue tissue paper over everything, gently pushing the tissue down around the objects.  Then you paint to your heart’s content.

Questions and comments welcome!

Happy scrapping!

…revealing a new layout…

…it’s challenge time!  I mentioned in an earlier post that I really don’t like pink and this month is the love month, and while I’m not against the holiday, or at least the sentiment, pink tends to be everywhere this month.  Red I don’t mind as much, but I can’t really do pink. So I was very excited to see this color scheme on the ILS blog for February.  And this Creative Scrappers sketch #246 provided the layout.  I flipped the sketch around to fit my photos better, and made this to cheer up a single friend of mine, who has hated the past few Valentine’s Days.

Strangers, Friends, Family:

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My husband and our friend were matched up as college roommates.  Even though my husband is from LI and our friend is from the Bronx, they didn’t even know the other existed.  What started as a nervous 2-hour phone call developed into a close friendship that is still strong to this day.


Supplies include:

Kraft and black cardstock

DCWV Paper Stack Tattered Time and Asian

Simple Stories Destinations “journey” sticker, “Noteworthy” and large journaling die-cuts

Letter stickers “Strangers, Friends”

Metal cut-out letters “Family”

Marvy Uchida Stamp Markers Plum

Brads, brown and tan photo corners, large paper clip

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Rusty Hinge

Studio G Asian lettering stamp

Studio G black and brown pigment ink

Border stamp dots double row

Corrogated cardboard


Happy scrapping!

…revisiting a previous topic…

…the question of redoing a layout that you might not like or certain situations have changed.

So I asked your opinion on redoing a layout.  I “improved” a layout I did for my younger sister’s graduation from college.  The original layout pictures are missing, but I remember what I did, and what I was trying to do.  Didn’t quite work.

So I saved two of the pictures (just got rid of one featuring her at-the-time-fiancee-now-ex-husband) and started almost from scratch.

Here’s the new and improved…and while you don’t know what the original look like, I’d still like your opinion on the new and improved lo…



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A little background: my sister graduated from UCF.  Their school colors are black and gold and their mascot is the knight, as in UCF Knights.  I tried to stick to those colors as much as possible, adding in tan, white, or yellow when necessary.

Supplies include:

Once Upon a Time paper pack – knight paper

Pink Paislee Honey Bee patterned paper

K&Co. chipboard letters

Large chipboard letter: “R” in title

Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type letter stickers: “new”, “2007” “REASONS TO SMILE”

Bling: rhinestone swirl, yellow gem flower centers

Simple Stories Destinations: ticket and “GRAD” alpha stickers

Avery: journaling tag

Flower: various patterned papers and die-cut from a card I received

Buttons, black acrylic paint, dimensional adhesive, copper glitter glue

Tsukineko Gold pigment ink

7Gypsies fabric tape

So what do you think? Questions? Comments?

Happy scrapping!