Scrapbooking Pool and Playground Time

This first page is of photos from a couple of years ago of Kara taking Leia to Ocean Breeze. Kristy took the photos.Honeycomb 4 Joyce

It is basic in design, a copy of a layout that is currently on the cover of the stencil packaging.  It’s also a quick page thanks to the stencil.  Using these Lea France stencils makes it easy to create visually interesting pages of multiple photos.  I added the bright pops of color to bring out the fun of the photos and clear buttons for embellishments.  Here I have used the Honeycomb Lea France stencil.

My second page is made with photos from January of this year when Leia was here for a month.Magical Sphere 2 Joyce

I love the cool effect of this stencil, Magical Sphere from Lea France.  I used SU’s Rose Red and Pretty in Pink for the solids, the center piece is a scrap of patterned paper from K&Co.  I like that I used the darker shade in the background, seems to make the sphere pop better.  I hand printed the letters and added a tiny SU rhinestone brad.  The layout was drawn by the talented owner of Lea France herself, I just love the exciting look and yet it was quick and easy.  I just needed the 4 photos – two tall and two wide.

Double the Love

My household has doubled in size.  My Tiny Tot and her mother have officially moved in.

A tickle for Tiny Tot on our first night at the hotel on the way to FloridaDSCF2042


The hotel man was so sweet to fix Tiny Tot a baggie of cereal to snack on during the trip.

So after a nice breakfast our caravan was ready for the last leg of the journey home.

My sister Paula generously volunteered the use of her vehicle.  We could not have brought all their belongings down without her.  I have the sweetest and best sister in the world!  And I really enjoyed her companionship during this hectic trip.

The weather paid us a nasty call in the form of heavy rain, hail, and even tornados as we made our exit from Virginia.  We were trapped in a torrential downpour, thunder boomed so closely we feared we would be struck down as we pumped gas so we could take the expressway out of town.  Once we were out of the populated area the rain eased, but we began to notice leaves along the roadside as if a huge mower had come by.  Information came to us at the next stop for fuel – a tornado had touched down in the area while we were had been fueling previously several miles away.  As we made our way to I-95 we saw sporadic damage; trees randomly cracked to the core, utility poles down, and a few remnants of traffic accidents. One particularly memorable one was a semi over the guard rail.  We were so fortunate!

Feeding the Chickens

I decided to use photos from January of Tiny Tot feeding the chickens, something she so delighted in doing, using the challenge from Splitcoast stampers Stash Busters June week 3 elements which are: stencil, paper piercing, 3 button, floss, and something 3-D.CardTricks 2 Joyce

The patterned paper is from Graphic 45 French Country collection.  The solid card stock is Cranberry Crisp from years ago, was an In Color at Stampin’ Up!.

This page was created with the Lea France Card Tricks stencil. Check out Lea France on Pinterest for a chance to win a stencil.

Boogie Board Ride Layout

For this layout of Kara pulling Tiny Tot on a boogie board I used the Lea France Stencil from Lea France. Stained Glass 3 Joyce

The card stock is by Stampin’ Up! The font was cut with the Hello Kitty cartridge with Cricut. The big snowflake was cut with a SU die using silver glitter paper, a added a K&Co brad.  The snowman is a stamp by All Night Media colored with Copics, not well I realize now that Kristy has become so good at coloring.  The little snowflakes were stamped (SU) and punched (SU).  By using the stencil I was able to finish this page in no time and still have an interesting layout.

Do check out the give away Lea France is having.

Your chance to win awaits!  Check it out on Pinterest. Look through my blog to see more of the layouts I’ve done, then visit Pinterest and become inspired to scrap with these stencils too.

Know the Truth Challenge Card

It has taken me a couple of days, but I have finally put this card together.  The sentiment came for Word Art Wednesday and the sketch from Sketch N Stash.j-9976_KnowTruth

here is the original sketch

The “neglected” items are some of the card stock, especially the Cranberry Crisp which I think was an In Color back in 2006.  Also, I must mention the Medallion stamp – really a cool stamp – but neglected as I don’t use it as much as I should.  I don’t even know how old that ribbon is but what a joy to discover it in my ribbon bag as it is a wonderful match to the Cranberry Crisp.  The new is the Spellbinders die.  We have acquired so many and I so need to start using them.

My challenges:

Sketch and Stash challenge #141 – the sketch, of course

Word Art Wednesday #137 – Anything Goes

Reveal to My Subjects

The Pike Co. crew who put in the poles in my area came back around to transfer the power to the my new pole.  I delivered on my promise to show the finished scrapbook page to the crew chief the other day.DSCN9969_ed4x6-1

While he looked through my album, others started to gather on my door step.  Kristy came through the house, saw all the men looking intently at the book and grabbed the camera. Of course!



One even had his buddy take a photo with his phone.

It was a good morning!

Be watching for a scrapbook layout these photos.

Work-it Tiny Tot


I simply adored these photos when my grand daughter sent them.  So cute, and they tell a story all by themselves.  You can tell the little guy has a hard time keeping up, and Tiny Tot doesn’t give it a second thought.

This page came from a scrap-lift challenge on Splitcoast stampers to find a layout in the gallery of the person ahead of you in the sign up thread to copy.  I picked this layout by Anavon when I had these photos in hand.  Perfect colors, and the happy style went well.

I stayed close in colors (pink and green) and some basic design (large font, strip, small words, and corner punch for arrows).  The words and the large letter is cut with a Cricut cartridge.  Patterned papers are from my stash and the solid green is Stampin’ Up!’s Lucky Limeade.  Those cute little wooden hearts and arrow I just recently found in the scrap bin at Jo-Ann’s the other night.  I am so happy with myself for actually using them so soon.  I’ve been known to buy something and put it away – for too long.

Mermaid Thank You

Remember my Gelli Print papers from a few months back?  Well, I used one to make a panel for this card tonight.

The main image, Serena Mermaid from Sparkle N Sprinkle is stamped with Momento London Fog and colored with Copics – quickly. I wasn’t in the mood to spend time doing all the pretty work, but she is nice anyway.

The sentiment is from Stampin’ Up! an old set called “Whimsical Words”, stamped in Bermuda Bay ink.  The bits of coral are cut with Cricut cartridge Life’s a Beach on Tempting Turquoise card stock.  The dies are Stampin’ Up! too.

French Photo Collage Meets Zentangle

When I read Splitcoast Lydia’s tutorial on Zentangling inside the areas of a stamped image, like a open flower I got this idea to use a Lea France stencil.  Crazy, but I love it!

Here is the finished page.Celtic Knot 4 Joyce

If you would like to know how I did this, please read on.

First I decided on simple photos with the one darling center pop.  I thought about black and white photos, but didn’t have any and these calm, relaxing beach pics taken close to sundown seemed quite enough.  I went through stamps looking for a sentiment to go with the feel and I think this one is perfect.  WP_20140605_001_edited-1

Using the stencil I decided where the photos would go and where my empty spaces would be.  I used a Faber Castell India ink pen to draw those spaces of the stencil on to the Whisper White Stampin’ Up! card stock.  It is the perfect medium to use for pen work, it is super smooth and allows the pen to glide nicely with no drag.  I highly recommend picking up a pack of 12 x 12 if you don’t already have it.  Another option, if you have only the 8 1/2 x 11 SU card stock would be to piece it onto the larger 12 x 12 of what you have.  It’s that important to have good, smooth stock. Really.


WP_20140605_003_edited-1Here is the key to making every piece fit.  Use the diagram that comes in your package.  Place your cut piece, one at a time, on the diagram to make sure it is perfect.  If you notice an edge that needs trimming closer, do it now, and your layout will fit together so much more easily.

For my stamped image I used black embossing powder to assure it would be bold.  It is your option as to whether you will paste the photos before doodling, as I did.  WP_20140605_005

This process is very calming, be warned!  I started last night and got so relaxed I went to bed a little early.  The serenity of this process stayed with me through the night.  Not something I’m use to.  Bright and early (that’s how the morning always seems to come for me) I was up and still at peace.

If you are at a loss but are curious, Google it for further ideas, patterns and instructions. Peace!

Getting Artsy with Soft Gel Medium

That was my challenge.  It’s the second week’s lesson of the class I’m taking at Big Picture called “Get Artsy Mixed-Media Class with Mou Saha”.

We are supposed to be on week 4 now but I am just finishing my page for week 2.

The Wave Poem Week2It started with mists on a sheet of watercolor paper.  It came out too heavy but because I had a coat of gesso I was able to apply another coat and all the ink softened and moved into a much prettier and softer color.  The I did more spraying, especially lightly, and made it run.  Overdone. But, hey, trial time.  I know I wanted to use a photo from the beach.  You can barely see the word “wave” along the left, it didn’t come out like I had envisioned.  So, what could I write?  Well, a nice quote or poem perhaps?  Couldn’t find one that worked for me so thoughts started popping out and I wrote my own poem.  I embellished with stamps, cuts from a Cricut cartridge, jewels and flowers.

There is a lot to learn about working with various mediums and how to apply them to my scrapbooking world – a lot to learn!