Thursday, December 3, 2015

Love Your Library necklace book

I made this little mini-book for the Children's Librarian at our local public library. For years she has been sharing the love of books and reading with our children and grandchildren - prior to her work at the library, she was a school librarian. Below you can see the front and the back. It can be worn as a necklace or simply hung from the cord. Most of the materials came from the October Afternoon Public Library collection. Many thanks to Shirley Pando for the YouTube tutorial.

C is for Cat necklace book

I made this little necklace book is for my 7-year-old granddaughter for Christmas - she is an ├╝ber cat lover! (Unfortunately she can't have one due to allergies.) All of the paper is from Graphic 45's Raining Cats and Dogs," and I've entered it in the Graphic 45 December Challenge. Below you can see the inside, first the front (house cats) and then the back (wild cats). I think she'll love it!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Haul the Wood, Build the Fire

Layout for my grandson's album - another page highlighting their camping trip around Alaska last summer. The layout was inspired by Mid Week Mojo Sketch Challenge. All of the paper is from Echo Park's Wild Life collection, and the alphas are Bo Bunny's.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Alaskan Vacation

A page for my 3-year-old grandson's album highlighting a two week camping trip they took this summer. The layout was inspired by Bo Bunny's November Sketch Challenge (sketch below). All paper and alphas are from Bo Bunny collections - Heritage, Isabella, and Enchanted Garden papers, and Citrus Alphabet Stickers.

Staying Warm… with Indoor Crafts

Another page for my daughter and her family highlighting a year of living in Alaska.
All materials are from Bo Bunny - the Sleigh Ride collection and Alphabet Stickers.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Boo Banner

Made this Boo Banner to hang on my door for Halloween.
All of the materials are from Graphic 45's An Eerie Tale collection.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Let It Snow - December Calendar Page

I finally finished my 2015 calendar today - here is December. It brings me great joy to look at my calendar each day and remember the fun I had making the layout. For the most part I didn't use photos; I tried instead to convey a feeling for the month using paper and embellishments. This layout is my take on Bo Bunny's October Sketch Challenge.

Most of the materials used on this layout are from Bo Bunny's Altitude collection. I really love the little cut-out cards - the ones at the top are removable. Everything is embellished with Stickles; I wish you could see the sparkle!

October and November Calendar Pages

I've been making my own calendar this year, one or two months at a time. On the left is the October page, suitably spooky. All of the paper is old and of unknown origin. I made the bat with my Cricut.

To the right is the November page. Where I live in Alaska, we don't have vibrant colors in the fall, but rather more muted, subdued shades. I was hoping that my calendar page would reflect that. Just about everything on the layout is from an SEI kit, Autumn's Smile, but the flowers are from Prima.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Cozy Nest

My son found the bird's nest in the vent when he was pressure washing the house. It had been abandoned. The layout was inspired by Bo Bunny's August sketch challenge. All of the materials except the bird are from Bo Bunny's Enchanted Garden collection. The felt bird is from Basically Bare and the inks are all from Ranger. Sparkle added with Stickles.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Who's the Elf Here?

My 3-year-old grandson wouldn't visit with Santa when they went to The Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska, but he did find something intriguing about the elf! The layout was inspired by Scrapbook Steals Mid Week Mojo. All of the materials are from Teresa Collins' Candy Cane Lane collection. I hid the journaling under the red flap, and more pictures under the striped flap. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015


This two-page spread is part of an album of my daughter and family's camping trip
around mainland Alaska. Journaling on the left will be filled in when they return home
and she tells me exactly where they were in these pictures! The layout was inspired by a
Sketch Challenge from Scrapbook and Cards Today. All materials are from
Keller's Creations Scrap It Fast.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

We're Off

This is the first page of an album I'm making for my daughter and her family, highlighting their trip around mainland Alaska. The layout is based on Scrapbook Steals Mid Week Mojo sketch challenge.

Paper: Stamping Station and October Afternoon
 Journal Card: Scrapbook Customs
Title: We R Memory Keepers
Border Strip: Teresa Collins

album cover

Monday, August 10, 2015

Beautiful Photo Today

My granddaughter and I had a great time together one dreary day last summer looking for photo opportunities - this great photo was the result. Her photo was displayed at the public library. I was so proud of her! The layout was inspired by this week's sketch challenge from Scrapbook Steals.

Paper: Colorbok, Bella Blvd., Echo Park
Die Cuts: Teresa Collins
Washi: We R Memory Keepers
Sparkle: Stickles

Monday, August 3, 2015

Piece of the Past (Version 2)

This is the second time I've done this event; the first was for a calendar, but this one is for a scrapbook. 
The first non-Natives to settle in Kodiak were from Russia, so that's a very important part of our history and culture. My granddaughter attended Russian Culture Camp last summer - on this night they performed balalaika music and traditional folk dances for us. The layout was inspired by a 
Get It Scrapped sketch

Paper: SEI and Bo Bunny
Washi: We R Memory Makers
Tag: Cricut
Enamel Dot: Simple Stories
Ink: Versafine and Tsukineko

Friday, July 31, 2015

2nd Birthday

This two-page spread highlights my grandson's 2nd birthday last year. He didn't know what a birthday was, but he sure had a good time! The first page (above) was inspired by ScrapbookSteals sketch challenge. I had more photos that I wanted to use, so I went ahead and made a second coordinating page.

The sketch:

Thursday, July 30, 2015

September Calendar Page

A simple September page for my calendar - have been making one month at a time.
The background papers are from the Paper Studio Calendar Kit, and all of the embellishments are from SEI's Daydreamer collection.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Sunshine on a cloudy day

The sun came out for this Wildlife Refuge event at Buskin Beach. The kids made casts of tracks and painted shells. The layout was inspired by this week's sketch challenge from Scrapbook Steals

Paper: Colorbok
Big Sun: Wallies
Super Awesome Day: Bella Blvd.
Washi: Bella Blvd.
Alphas: EK Success, Bo Bunny, Webster's Pages
Cloud Stamp: Stampendous
Ink: Versamark
Embossing Powder: Top Boss

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

School Days

Some of my elementary school pictures - had to guess at the grades, as they weren't labeled. The layout was inspired by Bo Bunny's July Sketch Challenge. All of the materials are from Bo Bunny's Heritage collection.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Lazy Days of Summer

Lazy Days of Summer - August Calendar page
I'm making my own calendar this year, one month at a time - here's August! Only one month has a photo; I decided to just make them about things I like or find unique or beautiful for that month.  The layout was inspired by this week's Sketch Challenge from scrapbook steals Mid Week Mojo.

Paper: The Paper Studio Calendar Kit, Queen and Co. Summer Splash
Stickers: Queen and Co. Summer Splash, Fancy Pants Nautical

The sketch:

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Happy Trails

This was an interesting layout for me, as I changed direction completely while I was working on it. At first I thought I would go with a woodsy look with greens, browns, and blues, and have "trails" leading from one photo to another. But as I got into it, I remembered that it was a beautiful sunny day and that the destination was the beach, so I switched over to bright sunny colors and incorporated the pink from their jackets. I made one big "trail" with washi tape and included lots of arrows, chevrons, and slants to give it that diagonal direction. I was really happy with it in the end!

Paper: unknown
Washi: We R Memory Keepers, Studio G, and Fresh Pink Studio
Round Alphas: The Paper Loft

Friday, June 26, 2015

Round and Round in the Rain

Round and Round in the Rain

We live in a place that’s very rainy, cool, and grey, but that
doesn’t stop kids (or adults for that matter) from enjoying
the outdoors! On this day in May, my son and his boys had fun at
Baronof  Park – playing on the playground and biking in the skatepark.

Layout inspired by Scrapbook Steals Mid Week Mojo

Paper - Rainy Day by Echo Park; other unknown
Stamps - Stampendous, Stampin' Up, Comotion
Inks - Hero Arts Unicorn and Ombre Blue; Studio G Grey
Embossing Powder - CTMH Clear and White
Wood Veneer Circle - Fresh Pink Studio
Title Alphas - Fancy Pants Memories Captured
Hexagon - Jillibean Soup Remember Hexies

Sunday, June 21, 2015

marci + snickers = joy

My friend Marci has a wonderful little jack russell terrier and they have so much fun together! 
The layout is based on a sketch from's Mid Week Mojo.

Paper: unknown
Journal cards: Bella Blvd.
Alphas: Webster's Pages
Washi: We R Memory Keepers and Studio G
Banners: Bella Blvd.
Arrows: Fresh Pink Studio

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hello Santa

Still working on Christmas memories.
Layout inspired by Mid Week Mojo sketch challenge.

All paper and most embellishments from SEI.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Yes I was a baby once...

I'm making albums about my life for my kids, so I make two of every layout. Usually they look almost exactly alike (depending on what supplies I have on hand) but this time I did the same layout with two completely different color schemes.

Left: Everything in this layout is from Bo Bunny (Heritage, Somewhere in Time, Enchanted Garden, and Madeleine).

Below: Paper is from My Mind's Eye and Carol Wilson, alphas from EK Success and Studio Calico, and embellishments from Bo Bunny.

Layout was inspired by Bo Bunny's June sketch challenge (see below).

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Fun in the Sun

The grandkids had fun painting shells at a National Wildlife Refuge activity day. Layout inspired by's Mid Week Mojo sketch challenge (see sketch below).

Paper: unknown
Washi: We R Memory Keepers, Queen and Co., Studio G
Title, arrows, and banners: Queen and Co.
"Love" flower: Bella Blvd.
Wood veneer piece: Pink Fresh Studio
Ink: Hero Arts, VersaColor