First Day of School (Kindergarten) – Layout for Creative Scrappers sketch #197

I absolutely love Creative Scrappers sketch #197! As soon as I saw it, I knew it was perfect for my dt layout for the Manufacturer/Brand challenge I’m hosting on Paper Secrets. This month’s featured manufacturer is Graphic 45, so I selected a pic of Matthew this last fall on his first day of school and the fabulous G45 ABC Primer. I was also thrilled to be able to incorporate some of the gorgeous Dusty Attic chippies I got from the STTG scrap store! Here’s my take on the sketch:


Graphic 45 ABC Primer pp
American Crafts cardstock
Graphic 45 diecut alphas
G45 metal flowers
G45 brads
G45 paper flowers
G45 chipboard button
Dusty Attic chipboard alphas
Dusty Attic skeleton clock
DA chipboard gears
DA chipboard key
Tim Holtz pen nib
ZVA Creative flourish
LYB doily
Tattered Angels Glimmer mist
Ranger distress embossing powder
Folk Art acrylic paint


Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner
Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots
Helmar Zap Dots


Martha Stewart Doily Lace border punch

The fabulous CS sketch #197:


Oh, The Places You’ll Go – Creative Scrappers Sketch #189

As soon as I saw sketch #189 at Creative Scrappers, I was drawn to the circle elements and knew I wanted to create a layout that incorporated some of the fab Dusty Attic Cog pieces I just got from Tracy at Stay True to God (a wonderful online scrap store that offers an amazing selection of DA pieces). To give them an aged appearance, I first inked the chipboard, then heat embossed them with Adirondack embossing powder and misted with Tattered Angels Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist and here’s what I came up with for the sketch:

This is a close up of the cluster of cogs:

You’ll notice that I added 2 additional circles to the ones that were originally on the sketch. As it happens, the sheet of pp from the Tim Holtz Crowded Attic Paper Stash that I selected (the map) could be cropped to have South Korea in the upper left and Washington DC in the upper right. My parents are from South Korea and immigrated to America. They settled in Maryland, less than an hour’s drive north of DC, which is where I grew up. I didn’t move to PA until I was 23. So I thought it would be fun to highlight those 2 parts of the map. 😀


Tim Holtz Idea-ology Kraftresist paper
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Crowded Attic pp
Dusty Attic chipboard
Pink Paislee Wood Alphas
October Afternoon Minimarket alphas
Distress Ink
Tattered Angels Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist
Adirondack Embossing Powder
Black India Ink


Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar Zap Dots

Here’s the amazing sketch I worked with:

Be sure to check out my post HERE about a HUGE sale on Dusty Attic chipboard this weekend AND a $25 Gift Certificate giveaway to Tracy’s store!

Huge Dusty Attic sale and a $25 Gift Certificate Giveaway!!!

Tracy from Stay True to God (an awesome scrapbook store) is hosting an incredible Dusty Attic chipboard sale in my honor, so please mark your calendars…the sale starts January 14, 2012 and lasts for 3 days, so it ends on January 16, 2012. Simply enter the coupon code: SpecialD at checkout to get 20% off your entire Dusty Attic product order! Be sure to tell all your scrappy friends and spread the word! 😀

Want a chance to win a generous $25 Gift Certificate to the STTG Store filled with tons of gorgeous DA chippies to choose from?!!! How to enter to win:

1 – Comment on this post.
2 – Share the sale info on facebook and leave a sep comment here letting me know.
3 – Share the sale info on twitter and leave a sep comment here letting me know.
4 – Share the sale info on your blog and leave a sep comment on this post with the link.
5 – Have your friends comment on this post letting me know that you referred them to the sale and giveaway! (They must state your full name so I know who to give credit to)

Only comments left between now (when the post goes live) until 11:59 pm eastern on January 16, 2012 (when the sale ends) will be counted for the random drawing. The winner will be selected and posted on January 17, 2012. 😀

Alex – Once Upon a Sketch

Once Upon a Sketch is a unique site that pairs journaling with sketch challenges. The current journaling requirement is to write at least 2 sentences about when and why you started scrapbooking. My title is Alex (my first bio son) and the journaling reads…When my “Baby” became a big brother. The journaling strips clarify further and say…Once Madison was born and Alex was 3 1/2 and I was pregnant with Matthew, I figured it was about time for me to start Alex’s Baby Book.

I originally wanted the photo we took at the hospital when Madison was born, showing little Alex holding her propped with a pillow and trying to feed her a bottle with the other hand (with Larry’s help of course), but wasn’t able to find that photo. So, I went with a photo of Alex as a baby…it’s actually a reprint of the photo I used on the very first scrapbook layout I ever made. The intro page to Alex’s Baby Book. 😀

This week, the challenge on The Paper Variety is to include a family member’s title or the word “family” on your paper project. Here’s what I came up with for the challenges:


Prima Londonerry Papers
Prima Londonerry flocked rubons
Prima Londonerry chipboard
Prima Londonerry flower
Prima Londonerry mini alphas
American Crafts Gold Glittered Thickers
2 different Maya Road chipboard Alphas
Golden Rod Stiokles


Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots


Martha Stewart Doily Lace border punch

TFL! To view the sketch used for this layout or enter your take on the challenge, CLICK HERE.

To enter The Paper Variety’s current challenge, CLICK HERE.

The Thickers on my project were provided by Firefly Expressions since they are the featured product this coming week. The scrolls under the layered chipboard circles is a gold glittered Thickers piece that I cut in half and reversed. I then layered 2 prima chipboard pieces on top and then added a gold glittery circle from the same set of Thickers on top of that (right under the flower). For great deals on Thickers and other scrappy goodies, CLICK HERE.

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