3rd Birthday – Layout for the first SYAO2 Challenge at Paper Secrets

The first sketch for SYAO2 at the Paper Secrets Forum has been posted and I signed up to participate this round. It’s a progressive, weekly challenge that continues until 1 scrapper remains and the grand prize is a $75 gc to the Paper Secrets store. (sign ups are over for this challenge, but you can still sign up for the progressive card challenge which has a $50 gc grand prize).

Now that Matthew is turning 6 next month, I’m finally scrapping his birthday pics from when he was 3! LOL From the list of supplies, participants are required to select 4 out of the 8 listed and I used 6 of them. The supplies I used are twine, 3+ buttons, 3+ flowers, rubons, raw corrugated cardboard and staples. We’re also required to pick 1 technique out of 3 to incorporate into our design. I selected 2…stamping and embossing (the word birthday in the title). Here’s my take on the challenge:

Materials: October Afternoon Hometown and Daydreams pp
OA rubons
OA Modern Homemaker buttons
OA rubber charm
Jillibean Soup corrugated cardboard shapes
Twine from the Twinery
My Mind’s Eye Lush 2 journaling spots
Webster’s Pages Storyteller alphas
TPC Studio stamp
Ranger Embossing Powder
Archival Ink


Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner
Helmar Zap Dots
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots
Helmar 450 Quick Dry

The fab Pagemaps sketch we worked with:



Sweet Moments/So Patient – 2 Layouts for Paper Secrets

Rochelle creates such gorgeous sketches for us to work with on the Paper Secrets forum each month. For my example for her sketch challenge this month, I used papers and a journaling card from an earlier Webster’s Pages Release. Sweet Season was just perfect for this photo of my daughter, Madison’s, gingerbread house project from Kindergarten. It doesn’t show up well in my pic, but I added stickles with a paint brush to 2 of the trees to give them some added sparkle and interest. I then added a couple of WP sparklers and a whimsey heart to finish it off.

The journaling reads: Oh, the joys of having a creative child! “Didn’t you want to use the milk carton base for your house?” I asked. “No, Mom, this is the witch’s house AFTER Hansel and Gretel ate it. See, they’re full!”

Here’s my example for Rochelle’s Sketch challenge:

Her awesome sketch:

This month, Nicolle is hosting the manufacturer challenge and she selected Jillibean Soup. They happened to have a sketch up on their blog, so I used it for my example for Nicolle’s manu challenge. The photo is from Matthew’s 3rd birthday as he patiently sat and waited for his presents. Here’s what I came up with:

Julie Bonner’s Soup Sketch for December:


Key to My Heart – Creative Scrappers/Tres Chic Unique

For my second layout using the Tres Chic Unique kit, I used the gorgeous sketch #185 from Creative Scrappers. I was really inspired by the embellishment clusters and placement and knew it was perfect for the photo I had in mind. Here’s what I came up with:

All pp’s on this layout are included in the TCU kit. The journaling spot, sticker and twine are also part of the Colorful Kit. Non-kit items are:

Maya Road snowflake transparencies
MME brads
Kaisercraft pearls
American Crafts plastic snowflakes and mittens
Webster’s Pages Whimsey heart
Pink Paislee Vintage Vogue lace ribbon
Acrylic paint


Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots

Tools:Fiskars punch (upper right corner)
Martha Stewart Doily Lace Punch

Sketch #185:

Anything goes at The Paper Variety this week too, so I’ll be entering my layout for their challenge. 😀 TFL!

He Just Can’t Sit Still – Layout for Pagemaps and Practical Scrappers

Last weekend, Larry and the kids went to a local mall to get some photo strips taken of them. I needed just one for a different project that will posted here late next week. That left me with 2 more strips, but I didn’t have any specific projects that required them. Rather than saving the 2 extras for a future project, I decided to use one right away. One of the two current pagemaps sketches seemed perfect. All I needed to do was turn it 90 degrees to the left.

Practical Scrappers has also been so kind as to post some of my work to their blog recently. Most recently, they posted one of my Crate Paper cards and a Bo Bunny layout (their blue post), so I decided to participate in their current Challenge Me Tuesday and combine it with this sketch. The PS challenge is to use wood grain papers. Here’s what I came up with:


My Mind’s Eye Stella & Rose Hattie papers
MME Stella & Rose Mabel papers
MME Hattie trims
DMC embroidery floss
Maya Road Sheers-A year to remember
Jillibean Soup journaling sprout
October Afternoon alpha stickers
Hero Arts trims
MME Stella & Rose Mabel layered chipboard sticker
Alcohol Ink
Distress Ink


Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar adhesive runner


Martha Stewart lace doily edge/border punch
Cutter Bee Bugs (punches holes to make hand-stitching easier)

Sketch by Pagemaps:


If you’d like to play along with the Pagemaps sketch, click here: PageMaps

If you’d like to play along with the Practical Scrappers Challenge me Tuesday, click here: Practical Scrappers.