Monday, May 12, 2014

Mom's Day Stand-Up Albums

I made six Heide Swapp stand up album's for mother's day (3 in 5x7 and 3 in 8x10). She taught this album at during her first season. Nearly all embellishments are hand-made. My work is not what I can buy to create a page but rather what I can manipulate to create.

Saturday, February 16, 2013


Looks like half the month slid by and now I'm finally managing to announce my winner. I actually did the random .org drawing on the first when I stayed home from work because I was sick- is it ironic that I'm still sick!!! I just didn't post because I haven't managed to use my iPad for blogger. Unfortunately I put that information aside and forgot to create this post.

The winner is #4- Scrappin in AK's 


Friday, January 4, 2013

Build a Page with FUNtoola

So here's a contest that screams get your butt in gear and create.

It's called a build a page contest. 

Cindy at FUNtoola's will do a step a day for a week until we have one page built. How fun!

Join here!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2012 Project Count Down

It seems December is full of count downs, so I wanted to do a count down of my ten favorite layouts/projects. I'd love to hear about your ten favorite projects. Please comment and leave me a link to your blog with your ten favorite projects. Here's my list with links to the original posts and tutorials.

And one last note....
Please leave me a comment with a link to your blog and I'll add your link to this post. Tell your friends to join this informal blog hop, let's say, locomotion since I'm asking everyone to jump on board. On January 31, 2013 I will select one participant for a RAK.

#10- Corrsett Tag- This tag makes it on my top ten list because of its shabby-chic look. I  used an old pair of blue jeans with distressing and safety pins pins to give it a shabby look. The stitching, beads and touches of pink give it that feminine look and make it soft and pretty.
 #9 Inspire- The soft, gorgeous colors of the November Funtoola kit, "Botanical Etching" in contrast to the bold black make this another favorite layout. The large,dark-pink flowers are from the kit, but the other flowers are hand-made.
#8 - August Page- This is another page in my mom's calendar min album made with the Funtoola's August Kit "Butterfly Dreams." I like this page for all the "real estate" it houses. The overlapping circles all spin open to real small spots for mini pictures. Also I had a blast painting and decorating the butterfly chippie in a "dipped" look.

#7 Cherish- This layout was made with Timeless Romance the October  Funtoola kit. This is also based on the sketch at Funtoolas. I adore how the unique shape of the red paper looks. I added some fun hand-made embellishments like the layered butterfly, overlapping flowers, and clay bird.

 #6- Brittany Double Decker Album- This was just an awesome-design inspired by my favorite mini-album maker Laura Denison. This album was created for my step-daughter's sweet 16th birthday. I left it relativity plain because I sent her the embellishments to add however she likes. It's pretty clear that I've enjoyed the colors red and brown this year. What is so unique about this album is the letters extend (or telescope) slightly to reveal hiding spots for more pictures. 

#5 Love is an Investment-  This stand-up album inspired by Heide Swap has so many details it had to make my top ten list. The actual banner for the word "investment: has to be one of my favorite banners I've ever assembled. The papers are from the Father's Day collection from Pion papers. Again more red with this time a lighter brown. 

#4 Big Belly Purse Mini- This beyond awesome purse was a RAK on won at the wonderful Flying Unicorn store and scrap website. This album has many pictures of my jumbo-size prego belly pictures. I actually covered the purse in the bib over-alls I wore for both of my pregnancies. I'm so grateful that I was inspired to use the bib overalls because it just adds to the memories.

#3 - Stacey Stand-Up Mini album- The corset  focal point of this mini album was from the Funtoola's July kit "Vintage Treasures". I made the Stacey banner entirely from scraps of that kit. This album has pictures of myself and inspirational quotes. Like myself it is a constant work in action. It is another stand-up album inspired by Heide Swapp.

#2 Hope- This layout I can't even take an ounce of credit for because it was a scrap-lift of Kathy Lane's layout "A Special Kind of  Love" and it's from the November Funtoola kit, "Botanical Etching" so I didn't even have to think out the paper combinations. I can't help but adore how all the details came together with the soft colors.
#1- Church Mini Album- The number one project this year was the church mini album based on a design available from Laura Denison in which the roof lifts off and it's the binding of a mini album. This album was created for my brother's wedding. I used my score board to make the brick of the church with was my attempt to mimic the church they were married in. I also had fun creating the stain glass windows with a stamp on transparency paper and colored in with glitter glue. I also included pictures of the cover to the mini album and a favorite page from within the album.The papers were also from the Funtoola's July's kit "Vintage Treasures".

I look forward to see your count downs!!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Magic Holiday Window Mini Album ~~~ Funtoola Kit

Here's another look at the "Holiday Magic" Scrapbooking kit from Funtoolas! I'm working on transforming this kit into a mini album that can be placed in this Magic Holiday window. I embossed the deer in a champagne color and added the one of the many stunning poinsettias in the the kits. This poinsettia is the sequined one that looks so awesomeI knew it needed to be on display for all to see on the window itself. 
 This is one of the pages for the mini album. I followed the sketch and layered the amazing papers to come up with this look.

Here's the sketch and here's a link for you to post your take on this sketch.
Here's a close-up of the hidden tag. The tan part is also a jumbo-size tag that is nearly the same size as the mini album itself. Also you see the poinsettias with glitter that comes with the kit. I stacked them and added a gem to the middle.The tag also shows off a few of the stamps from the kit.

Here's some of the cool papers plus a close up of the title which comes with the stamp in the kit.

Also at Funtoolas: 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Funtoola "Holiday Magic" Kit

  Introducing "Holiday Magic" Scrapbooking kit!  This kit is made with beautiful holiday papers, Prima flourishes, Fab Scraps chippie, glittered snowflakes, as well as the most lovely sequin flower and ribbon.  This kit has the feel of days gone by, and if you love flowers and old time elegance, this is the kit for you!  You will also receive deer chippies, stickles, and lovely poinsettia flowers!  Absolutely gorgeous kit!    
With the new year, there will be new beginnings at FUNTOOLAS .  Cindy has some changes coming so stay tuned.  There will be a huge give away, new challenges, new games, and new additions to the Funtoolas Store.  Be sure to check back on January 1 for the new changes and for your chance to win! 

My first creations with this kit are three ATCs. Come back through the month and check out the holiday mini I've assembled with this kit. 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Inspire ~~~ Funtoola Kit

Here's one of the pages in this month's mini album made with my November Funtoola kit, "Botanical Etching". 
This page is based on a sketch from Funtoola's.