Making Gifts for Life

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

You Are My Favorite

You are my favorite

Of course I say this to all the dogs, and they are, each in their own special way.

This is Gizmo, or rather what he would like to be called Mo-Mo. He doesn't prefer Gizmo, he will come to it, if you won't call him anything else, he will eventually give up and give in. But upon calling him Mo, you will get a response right away.

Gizmo is so very sweet.
One of the best mannered dogs I have ever had. He is a bit of a chewer though but we have seemed to tamed that for the most part.

Gizmo also is particular about what he drinks, don't get me wrong he will drink water but he is not a fan. He would much rather have Kool-aid or Pedialite.

Yes he is strange, they all are. We seem to always get the odd ones. But that is also part of their charm.

Enough about my dogs, I could talk for days. lol

On this layout, I used all papers from a paper pack I picked up at Michaels, made by Crate Paper.
I kind of love these papers! And I kind of love this layout.
Not to mention how it happened to fall together, and I will explain that in a minute.

So this cute picture of Gizmo was sitting on my desk, just waiting for me to scrap. I have a few that are top priority then there is the rest of our pictures that well.... how do I put this, I will get to them when I get to them, if I get to them. 

And I really didn't know if I wanted to scrap this pic. Because for one, my Roo is behind him hiding, and for two, it's not the greatest. The color is a little off and I could go on.

Then I saw these papers, and they kind of matched the picture's tone. And I just had to do it.
I just started layering and inking and more layering and more inking.

All this made me remember a lesson I had learned once at a scrapbook class, that said to never use different pattern papers together, and if you do, make sure to break them up by putting a plain piece of cardstock in between. What? There is one thing I learned about scrapbooking and that is there are NO rules.
Anything goes.

So once I got all the papers layered and inked the way I wanted too, I was looking for embellishments that would compliment my layout, without having to run out to the store or make something. I was in the mood for a instant scrapbook page fix, not a this took me ten hours to make and I am still not thrilled with it. And well, I couldn't find anything....

Amazing... I know.

So I decided to do a couple things.
First was, the paper pack came with some tags/blocks that I liked so I picked one out and cut it out.
The block is that grid looking paper under the picture. It had the two rectangles on it, the striped one and the tan-ish one, I cut those out and inked those too. Just to give them more definition. Then I cut a triangle of orange and inked that.

I was stuck at this point, couldn't find anything to put on the page. Then I accidentally spilled wooden stars on it. I had bought these tiny wooden stars when I was at the store (they were on sale) and I stumbled upon this cute "so sweet" sentiment chippie plus I dug deep into my rub on stash (that I really need to use, they can't last forever) and alakazam, done.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

New Layout - 1st one for 2014

New Layout
1st one for 2014

Ok ok, I hear how bad that sounds. I mean it's the 7th of September and I am just getting my first layout of 2014 out. That's terrible. But I haven't just been doing nothing, I have been creating in another way. I have been making amigurumi. I am lucky to be able to sell them in a store called, With My Two Hands, and I love that. Also I have some up coming shows that I will be in. So that does keep me busy too. 

So here is the new layout:

How could I do my first layout of the year, without it being about my favorite friend Roo? 
Well, I couldn't.
So here she is.
Our photo shoot and we are near the end and she is bored to death.
No more pictures mom please!

Papers: By MME, the Stella Rose Collection.
(As you know I love this manufacturer.)

The buttons are by Spare Parts. The flowers are by Michael's, in the $1 bin. The letters are Heidi Swapp. The sweetheart metal circle is by W R Memories Keepers. And the little wooden heart I colored red is by Studio Calico.

I used a Martha Stweart punch for the yellow strip of paper, and then I inked all the papers with my Cat's Eye Queue brown ink pad. 

Thank you for viewing my blog.
I hope you have a wonderful day.
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Saturday, September 6, 2014


It's been so long. I got a new job at the end of November and then was in a car accident. It wasn't a really bad accident, but I am still having issues from it. And with six dogs and two kids, plus house work and working, I haven't had time, nor felt like being creative.

Maybe I am just looking for excuses as to why I have been away so long. I tend to be a procrastinator. :)
Either way, I will have a new layout for you tomorrow.

See you soon!