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Welcome to our Blog! This is going to be so much fun! This blog is not limited to just one type of craft. While our favorite is scrapbooking (layouts and cards), we venture into altering items, painting, decopage art, and much much more. We're always up for trying something new and for making our mark on the world. Hope you enjoy our projects and are able to draw lots of inspiration and make your own mark!

Friday, March 25, 2011

What I've been doing this week...

Just some various pages I've been working on this week. I have a wall of framed scrapbook pages that I rotate out periodically. I do believe some of these will be featured on "The Wall" very soon.


I have recently begone an obsession with using twine instead of ribbon on my pages. Especially boy pages. I just love the roughened look of it.

This is one of my new favorite pages. It just perfectly captures my niece Janieka. Its rough and ragged around the edges, full of fun and life, and yet still adds a touch of blossoming elegance and grace.

This page was a challenge. I love pages that already have all the decorations and designs to them, but I rarely end up using them. I don't know what to do with it. I don't want to cover up all the fun designs, but I also don't want it to be too plain and unembellished. I stuck a happy medium with this one. I stitched the existing design to add a bit of dimension, then just glittered the flowers. Just those little touches make it really pop. I'm very happy with how it turned out.

There's not much to say about this one. Is simplistic beauty. I did fray the bottom edge of the ribbon to add a bit of edge to it. But from the colors to the papers, I love it.

I wanted something bright and wild to capture the 150mps that is my nephew Alex. I think I accomplished that rather well. Its simple yet so fun.  And again, I am sure I am driving Krista crazy with my use of mixed patterns. I see no reason circles, squares, and stripes can't coexist peacefully.

There is a bit of a story behind this picture. This is my niece Abigail and this teddy bear belonged to her mother when she was a little girl. Its a beautiful reminder of the things that are a part of us when we are so little and a wonderful legacy to be documented.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Garrett's Baby Book

I have FINALLY finished my littlest nephew's baby book. He's 8 month's old now, but at least I got it done before he turned 1, lol. I think its absolutely adorable and I can't get over how cute the cover of the album is.



Here are more Christmas gift framed projects that I have recently made. I absolutely LOVE the brightness and color of these, especially against the black and white photos.


These photos were taken by Krista. Check out her Photography Blog!

Christmas Grins and Giggles

These are two of the little ones I have been fortunate to watch and care for over the years. Krista and I spent a wonderful evening hanging out with this family taking pictures. These pages I made for their mom and framed. This was a bit of a challenge for me because for some UNKNOWN reason, I never scrapbook anything Christmas related. For my first attempt at the holiday theme, I am very happy with the outcome.


These photos were taken by Krista. Check out her Photography Blog!

Sister's Gift

For my dear sister's birthday gift I had pictures of her children taken. These pages I made as part of a Pay It Forward craft challenge and framed for her. They are some of my very favorite pages I have ever made and I love them so much I almost couldn't give them away. Of course in the end I'm so very thankful I did give them to my sister. The look on her face was worth it.


These photos were taken by Krista. Check out her Photography Blog!

I Need A Pig Here!

I recently made this for my neice's 5th birthday. It started out as a simple, metallic pig piggy bank. I added the tutu, bling, bow, and even eyelashes. Its simply too adorable for words and she absolutely freaked out when she saw it. This was literally a spur of the moment idea that I had NO clue how I was going to pull it off, but it literally fell together on its own. Now I have family and friends asking for their own pigs!


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Snow day = Scrapbooking Day!!!

Wake up this morning to some major snow outside and lots of time one my hands sooooooo, I'm scrapbooking!  Had a few copic images colored up and ready to cut up so here are some quick cards I whipped up this morning.  Enjoy :)

The girl is a free digi stamp (have to find the site and will post when I do), the Birds and Frogs are acrylic stamps.  And of course all the sentiments are too.  As I said, quick and easy.  I can't wait to add these to the craft show.  Thanks for looking.

BTW, a side note, I'm joining in a Blog Hop this weekend with Cricky Across the 50!   And I'm giving away some awesome blog candy - Copic Marker Set!!!  So hop on over to my other blog.... Scrapaleupagus to play with us this weekend :)

- Krista

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Homemade Valentines...

Every year my daughter has made her v-day cards to hand out.  Usually I just buy her some construction paper, let her pick out some stickers and she goes to town.  This year she wanted to learn how to use the cricut.  She has seen me use it and I've made her a lot of things to play with on it but now she thinks SHE needs to use it, hehe.  A crafter after my own heart. 

It didn't take long she figured out which buttons to push.  My daughter is on the right, my niece on the left.

This was the crazy part of our crafting journey.  My niece just loved stamping so much, she stamped my table a few times, got the stamp upside down, and even stamped her own hand.  But she figured it out.  After all, she's only 4.

And here are the final product.  Simple and quick.  We made lots of extras for mistakes, and used each and every one of them.  I hope the kids in my daughters class likes them.  We used the Doodlecharms cartridge and a paper stack from Colorbook.  We cut the hearts at 3".  Stamped the front with "Won't you be mine?" and the backs with "To: & From:" I think it took us a little over an hour from start to finish.  So cute. And the girls had a blast.

- Krista

Free Digi's!

Hey all, I just wanted to let you know about this awesome site I came across this week called Free Digi Stamps.  This lady finds all the free digi's available that week and posts them in one location.  I just love this.  As most of you know, I love to color, and I'm always looking for ways to save money.  FREE digi stamps are awesome.  So, check out Free Digi Stamps blog today and let me know what you think :)
- Krista

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Few Copic Cards....

Here are a few quick cards that I whipped up this weekend while playing with the girls at Paper Patch Crafts.  The greatest part about these cards are all the images are FREE digi stamps.  Head over to my blog to see the details and to find out where you can snag your own.  You can find it here

 - Krista

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

On a Wednesday Afternoon.....

I just love this photo.  I took it at the Botanicle Gardens.  It's of my three kids and my grandmother (their great grandmother) and I just love it.  This was a bit of a challenge for me.  I knew what I wanted to do with this layout before I started, just didn't know what photo to use.  It was a last minute decision to use this one.  But I think it works beautifully.  This kit was from Walmart and I'm going to def be making more out of it this coming week.

A friend of mine just graduated from comotology school and she wanted to give her professor something with her favorite quote on it.  I whipped this up very quickly and love the simplicity of it.  I can definately see myself making a few more of them soon.

- Krista

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Challenge for Me

We've all heard and said it ourselves a thousand times.... "I have enough scrapbook supplies to open a store". Well, I'm in the same boat, and I'm not really in the position to buy anything right now. But when you see that really cute paper and that awesome new tool, you just can't help yourself. I really need to stop!!!
So I've challenged myself. The next big crop of mine is Feb 26th. I have a few blog hops between now and then and I'm really needing to use up what I have. Plus, I want to save some of my money so that I have some to really spend that weekend. Maybe I'll even be able to finally buy that Cuddlebug that I've really been wanting lately.
My challenge is simple.... for each project I make with using things only from my stash, I earn myself $ to spend. When I finish that particular project, I'll take the $ immediately and put it in my savings jar. So the price list is as follows....
Layouts $1
Cards $.25
Altered Project $2
Craft it Forward Completed Project $3
30 min of cleaning scrap space $2
This is just an idea, not sure if I'm gonna add anything in the future. And if Kori wants to join in on the fun, then YEAH! I'll be happy to have company.  Anyone else is welcome too.  I'm excited to get to scrapping now, because I'll be earning $ to spend on future projects! And hopefully by time the crop rolls around I will have completed all the "need to do's" and be able to spend some time on "want to do's".
- Krista

Saturday, January 29, 2011

A few cards I made today....

I got so much done today! Which considering that we took on a new puppy in our family today and having to still do the "mommy" thing, I'm actually quite pleased.  And I LOVE all these things I got done.  I have posted basic pics for all my projects but if you want details, please visit my blog Scrapaleupagus I have listed materials and basic how to.

- Krista

Happy Girl

 I absolutely love this photo. My daughter and I were sitting in the truck while the boys ran into Hastings to get a movie for the evening.  She asked me to draw her a tattoo (her daddy had just gotten one the day before).  So I whipped this up while the boys were inside.  She was so proud of this.  She couldn't wait to get home so we could take a photo of it.  And she is def a daddy's girl.
This entire page was made from the "Plaintin" cartridge.  I love this flower.  Saw it in the new Cricut Magazine and couldn't resist.  They had a different bottom but since I was trying to stay with all Plaintin cuts, I used the zig zag cut.  And I made this page from scraps!  All of it!  Well except for the orange background of course.  But the rest is scraps.  I can't wait to show her this when she gets home today.

- Krista