Firefly Expressions dt Layout – Sketchy Thursdays Challenge entry

For this week’s feature on the Firefly Expression’s Blog, we were sent Dutch Girl papers and diecuts by Cosmo Cricket. After a quick comparison, Nicolle (my best scrappy bud and fellow dt member) and I realized that we were sent the exact same materials to create with. So, to shake things up a bit and make it a little more fun, we decided to use the same sketch too! Since we both love playing along with the Sketchy Thursdays challenges, their 10.27 sketch seemed a natural choice. Here’s what I came up with:


Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl papers
CC Dutch Girl Diecuts
Liquid Pearls
twine from the twinery
Pink Paislee Old School Glitter Alphas
Distress Ink


Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Acid Free Glue


Martha Stewart Doily Lace border punch

To check out Nicolle’s take on the sketch using the same materials, head over to the Firefly Expressions Blog.

To check out the fab 10.27 Sketch Challenge on Sketchy Thursdays, CLICK HERE.

For great deals on scrappy supplies, CLICK HERE.


Post-It Note Holders – Inspired by Helmar

Nearly every Monday, Helmar has live Ustream classes that are really fun to watch. The ladies that participate each week are so much fun to chat with and there’s a different creative project featured each week. On August 22, 2011, Tracy was the host (sometimes it’s Jess aka Kinderstampo), and she made the cutest little post-it note holders that I thought were just perfect for teacher gifts! This year I needed to create 5 gifts (Matthew’s teacher is on maternity leave after having baby number SEVEN so he has a long-term sub). Here’s the link to her recorded show: Note Holder Tutorial

In the video, Tracy shows how easy they are to make using regular square coasters with rounded corners, but I didn’t have any on hand and it didn’t seem likely that I could just duck into a restaurant and grab a few. lol But…last week Larry happened to be waiting for the car to be inspected and went to lunch with his boss. While out, he actually remembered that I needed some and snagged me 10. So he not only remembered that I needed them, but also remembered how many! How great is THAT?!! 😀

Anyway, I decided to make one a little different and used a 4×8 scalloped chipboard rectangle that I cut in half to create the 4×4 size I wanted. On another one, I trimmed of a 1/4″ off of one side to give it a different shape. So far, I’ve made 4 out of the 5 I need, so keep an eye out for #5 coming soon! Here’s how mine turned out:

I went ahead and took a pic of the inside on two of them because there are two things that I do that are not in Tracy’s video. The first difference…though I do bind with the seam of the rings on the inside of the covers, so it’s not exposed, I also glue the rings down using Helmar 450 Quick Dry to make it easier to open and close. The ring is then attached to the base and the cover is free to move along it’s track w/o taking the rings with it.

The second difference…In Tracy’s video, she removed the backing on the post-it pad and glued the pad to the base. For mine, I also removed the backing, but I glued just the top 1/2″ (the part that has the removable adhesive already on it) to a piece of 3″ x 3″ cardstock which is the same size as the post it pad. I then added a strip of patterned paper to the base where it is only glued on the 2 side edges. Once dry, you can then slip the cardstock backing that you added to the post it pad under that strip to hold it neatly in place. Normally I would match the pattern so you can’t see where this strip is, but for one I used contrasting paper so you can easily see what I’ve done.


Scrapbook Challenges Summer Event Layouts

Still playing catch up…these next layouts were also from Scrapbook Challenges’ Sizzling Summer event full of fab sketches. 😀 These were the next two layouts I completed last month and again, I went with very different styles for them. I muddled this one up a bit, so here’s what I posted about it in the forum: “Okay, before everyone just thinks I’m a mist-loving freak…it was totally accidental. I brilliantly decided to add the misting that I’d forgotten at the beginning, AFTER everything else was done. Well, my mister was clogged, so I poured it into an empty one that apparently works waaay too well. Therefore the huge splotch over the photos, so the rest is over done in order to blend that mess in better and I had to keep masking off different areas as I went, so you can see the results of that attempt to salvage my project too. lol So, the title of my piece should be “When misting runs wild” but it’s actually called “Unique”. The journaling reads, “The two of you are so different, I think it’s funny that you always used to compare your work! March 2004″…and here’s the result of the faulty misting:

Again, no detailed list of materials on this post, but contact me if you have any questions. Cosmo Cricket 6×6 papers, tattered angels mist, Webster’s Pages storyteller alphas. This is the sketch I used for my layout:

The second one I’m sharing today is very CAS and shows my silly guy asking me to take pics of whatever happens to be in his hand whenever I take his picture. This was a regular occurance for a couple of years, so I figured I would document it. 😀

How’s this for appropriate. I went with Simple Stories Life Documented for that one. 🙂 Here’s the sketch:

TFL! One more post should take care of the layouts I missed from last month! 😀

Love layout – Pagemaps sketch contest entry

Earlier this month, Becky Fleck posted a wonderful sketch to the PageMaps blog for a contest to win a $20 gift certificate towards any scrapbooking kit from Freehand Scraps. After working several sketches over at Scrapbook Challenges, I finally got to create my layout based on this sketch last night. My poor neglected blog…since SC does not have you post your take on the sketches on your blog and link to it from their site, I have forgotten to post 6 layouts or so this month, so I’ll have to do that later this weekend!

Back to the Pagemaps layout…after months of frequenting the Cosmo Cricket blog, I finally discovered that they have challenges too! I never knew that! Rather than running them on their blog, however, they have chosen to host their challenges on What a fun discovery for me! I was really excited when I read that on their blog and quickly headed over to the forum to see what the current challenge entails. This month’s challenge was quite simple really. Use at least 90% CC product and use either handmade or punched border! Pretty simple right? Lucky for me, the fab Pagemaps sketch easily facilitated the punched border I had in mind. Here’s what I came up with combining the two challenges:


Cosmo Cricket Odds and Ends Papers
CC Odds and Ends cardstock stickers
CC Odds and Ends 6×6 paper pad
American Crafts blue cardstock
Ranger Liquid Pearls


Helmar Adhesive Runner
Helmar Acid Free Glue
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Zapdots


Epiphany punch (heart and circle)
Making Memories circle punches
Fiskars border/edge punch

The sketch I used for this layout:


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