Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Landing

Wow, I can't believe its been over a week since I last posted, but that is good as I have lots of new layouts to share.  I am still working on my Alaska Eagle Album and will have 26+ layouts in it by the time I am done.  That isn't all of the wonderful photos but then of course, we can never scrap all our photos no matter how much we might want to.

The Landing is one of the few two page layouts that will be in this album.  This album has been tough for me as its a huge break from my normal style of two page layouts with lots of photos.  I don't think I've ever done as many 1 page layouts with only 1 photo in all my scrapping time.  Its fun as I get to focus on showcasing just a few photos and then let my papers and embellishments tell the rest of the story.  Journaling is also pretty minimal. 

This page in particular was tough as it uses purple and I am not a purple scrapping kind of girl!!!  But I thought it worked great with the hues of the photos and lets face it, with only brown, white & yellow in my photos, I need some different color combinations.

THE LANDING - October 20, 2010 - Haines, Alaska
JOURNALING: A fluffed Bald Eagle lands on its new perch after a thorough bath.

PHOTOS: Bald Eagle images by Shetzers Photography

SUPPLIES USED: The Paper Studio Affinity cardstock, K&Company patterned paper, Sketch by PageMaps 2 page 18, Plaid tearing ruler, Rubber Stampede Ink, Doodlebug Design Paper Frills, Paper Pizazz easy stitches template, Bazzill Stitch template, Fiskars Castaway Postcards stamp, BasicGrey Manila patterned paper, Ranger ink, Royal & Langnickel Rub on alpha, K&Company Julianne patterned paper, The Crafters Workshop Doodling template

Here are some closeups of the 2 pages.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Scout

One of the hardest parts of traveling all over the US is that I miss my wonderful scrapbooking friends at home.  I was lucky enough to meet a fellow scrapbooker and card maker here on SPI so we spent the other day learning new things from each other and enjoying a great scrapping day!!!  Below is a layout that I completed on Sunday.  Its always so much fun to get together to scrapbook as you get to try out new stuff.  I really enjoyed picking her brain on stamping and using a lot of products from Stampin Up.

THE SCOUT - October 31, 2010 - Haines, Alaska
JOURNALING: Peering over the Chilkat river, this Bald Eagle watches for the opportunity for a meal.

PHOTOS: Bald Eagle images by Shetzers Photography

SUPPLIES USED: BasicGrey Granola patterned paper, Hot off the Press Easy Stitches template, Sketch by Becky Fleck at PageMaps, Stampin Up border punches (border, circle, scallop, corner), Making Memories journal tag & kraft paper stickers, Post Script Dates stamp, Stampin Up Alphabet stamps, My Minds Eye journal tag, Sizzix texture plates & embossing folders, Studio G chalk inks, Ranger's Liquid Pearls

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Tools of Prey

I finished my first layout for my new design team for LisaJane at FileKutz.  I love the svg cuts that she creates and when I saw this wonderful leaf background, I knew it had an eagle layout in it!!  Not only did I get this wonderful background, but I also now have some wonderful leaf and vine cutouts to use on another layout (stay tuned).  Notice the adorable little vines in the corners, they are the "leftovers" from the cut.  How great to be able to create multiple layouts from one cut file.

TOOLS OF PREY - October 31, 2010 - Haines, Alaska

JOURNALING: A Bald Eagle uses its talons as the primary tool for attack.

PHOTOS: Bald Eagle images by Shetzers Photography

SUPPLIES USED: DCWV Cafe Mediterranean and Neutrals Cardstock, Fall Leaf Background Jumble by LisaJane at FileKutz, {SKU LK00160}, Sizzix Dot Matrix embossing folder, Ranger's Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Stampablities ink, Creative Cafe Just Write stamp, My Little Shoebox

Here is a close up of the cut file from LisaJane, what wonderful layers!!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Morning Flight

Still working on all those wonderful Bald Eagle photos that Matt took last year.  We are so looking forward to going back up there in November to take more photos and enjoy teaching others during our photography workshop there.

MORNING FLIGHT - October 22, 2010 - Haines, Alaska
JOURNALING: This image is my favorite of all the Bald Eagle photos taken in Haines, Alaska. What a beautiful morning flight.

PHOTOS: Bald Eagle images by Shetzers Photography at

SUPPLIES USED: K&Company Alleghany Plum and Poppy Seed Shimmer patterned paper, Sketch by Sketchy Thursday's for April GDT, American Crafts stamp markers & precision pen, Hero Arts Travel Frames stamp, EK Success Corner Rounder, Hampton Art Borders stamp, Studio G Chalk ink, Ranger's Liquid Pearls, Ranger Crackle Accents, JudiKins Diamond Glaze, Font - Brush Script MT

TECHNIQUES:  A couple of unique techniques on this layout.  I used Studio G's white chalk ink to stamp the border under the photography and then embellished the stamp dots by using Ranger's Liquid Pearls to give some dimension to the stamp.  I also tried the American Crafts stamp markers for the first time and created a dual tone stamp for my journaling (brown & blue). 

Thursday, March 17, 2011


I finally finished my last layout of our trip through Canada to reach Alaska in July of last year.  Now I get to start on some of our wonderful Alaska Photos and continue with the Bald Eagles.  I love this paper pad from K&Company, it has such fun cutouts and papers.  Its a departure from my normal colors, but that is what makes it fun.

OVER THE MOUNTAINS AND THROUGH THE WOODS... - July 6, 2010 - Dawson City, Yukon, Canada
JOURNALING:  To continue our drive on the "TOP OF THE WORLD" highway into Alaska, we had to start out on the small ferry.  We fit - but just barely.

PHOTOGRAPHS:  Angela Shetzer of Shetzers Photography {}

SUPPLIES USED:  K&Company Road Trip patterned paper and embellishments, Nick Bantock's Charcoal Grey ink by Ranger, DCWV Cafe Mediterranean cardstock, Bazzill Just the Edge borders, Inkadinkado Travel Words & Road Trip stamps, Hero Arts Travel Frames stamp

TECHNIQUE NOTES:  I used a mat that I had torn the edges to ink the large borders on the photos.  I applied the ink with a sponge to give nice even coverage.  Once the ink was dry, I sanded the edges of the photos with sandpaper to distress them and help them stand out against the matting.

Here are the close up details of both pages...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

FileKutz Design Team

I am so happy to announce that I was selected to join the Design Team of FileKutz.  Filekutz is a great site for those of us who love to embellish our scrapbook layouts with SVG cut files on our Cricut machines. 

There are a couple of great giveaways right now on the site.

First of all, there is a great pair of Teddy Bear's all dressed up for Saint Patricks Day.  For details on how to enter this giveaway, please visit the FileKutz Blog.

There is also a wonderful freebie cut file called Backyard Bubbles.  Visit the FileKutz site to download this great free file.

Stay tuned for some great layouts featuring some of these great cut files.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Greeting Card Workshop at American Bald Eagle Festival

We have added another class during this year's annual festival at the American Bald Eagle Foundation (ABEF) in Haines, Alaska.  I am so excited to be able to share some card creations with festival goers.  More information on the festival and these classes can be found by visiting the ABEF's website.

In each workshop you will create 5 unique greeting cards that will fill your stash for the upcoming year.  Sign up to attend all 4 classes and make 20 different cards using a variety of stamping and die cut techniques.

Examples of Cards you will create:
1 - Birthday
2 - Get Well
3 - Holiday
4 - Friendship
5 - Spring Seasonal
6 - Thank You
7 - Anniversary
8 - Congratulations
9 - Summer Seasonal
10 – Love
11 - Sympathy
12 - Wedding
13 - Fall Seasonal
14 - New Baby
15 - Graduation
16 - Winter Seasonal
17 - Just a Note
18 - Apology
19 - New Home
20 - Thinking of You

American Bald Eagle Festival Class Schedule:
 * Nov 9 - 12:30pm to 2:30PM - Create 5 Unique Cards
* Nov 10 - 12:30pm to 2:30PM - Create 5 Unique Cards
* Nov 11 - 12:30pm to 2:30PM - Create 5 Unique Cards
* Nov 12 - 12:30pm to 2:30PM - Create 5 Unique Cards

Monday, March 14, 2011

SS Graveyard

I decided to take a break from the Bald Eagles and try to finish up the last couple of remaining pages for last summer's trip to Alaska through Canada.  I have just 2 sets of double page layouts to finish up before getting into all our Alaska photos. 

I loved the sketch over at Let's Scrap this week and decided it made a great starting point for these photos.
SS GRAVEYARD - July 6, 2010 - Dawson City, Yukon, Canada

JOURNALING: It's hard to believe that this town of 1,500 was over 30,000 in 1898. The SS (Steamships) were a huge factor in the movement of people and goods but when they were obsolete, they were brought to this graveyard to slowly decay into the river. Such a sad farewell to these unique riverboats.

SUPPLIES USED: Tim Holtz Lost & Found patterned paper, Zutter Distrezz-It-All, Sizzix Tim Holtz Notebook embossing folder, Bazzill Just the Edge borders, The Paper Company Kraft cardstock, George & Basic Shapes Cricut Cartridge, My World Cricut Cartridge, Life is a Beach Cricut Cartridge, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists, Stampabilities ink, Diamond Glaze, DCWV Neutrals cardstock, Font: AKADora, Hero Arts Circular Designs stamps, 3-9-11 Sketch by Cheri ONeill at

I was so lucky to be chosen as Let's Scrap's Inspiration of the Week.  Below is a copy of the sketch in its original form.  I modified the number of photos and the journaling area to make it fit my needs a bit better.  I also decided to use some different embellishments in place of all the circles so I added some faded clocks and some ships wheels to those areas to help create the feeling I wanted in this layout.  I used Tim Holtz's Lost and Found paper collection which is one of my favorites but I always find it hard to use as it is so colorful.  I think it plays into the mood of the photos.  Let's Scrap is a great place for weekly inspiration if you like sketches, I would encourage you to become a member of their site and play along.

Sketch courtesy of Let's Scrap at
Here are the closeups of each page.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Born To Be Wild

As you can tell, I have been working almost exclusively on scrapping some of the wonderful Bald Eagle photos that Matt took last year in Haines, Alaska.  Below is another layout that I did for a challenge at Back Porch Memories

BORN TO BE WILD - October 20, 2010 - Haines, Alaska

JOURNALING:  This Bald Eagle contributes to the chatter of 3,000 eagles as they converge on Haines, Alaska, each fall for a late salmon run.

Photograph by Matt Shetzer of Shetzers Photography {}

SUPPLIES USED:  BasicGrey Granola patterned paper, Sketch by PageMaps for Back Porch Memories, Fiskars Border Punch, Ranger Nick Bantock Charcoal ink, Hampton Art Artsy Edges Stamp, Bazzill Stitch Template, EK Success corner rounder, Ranger Enamel Accents, Straight from the Nest Cricut cartridge, SVG shape tag, Sure Cuts A Lot Software (SCAL), Creative Cafe Just Write stamp, Hero Arts Circular Design stamp, Diamond Glaze, Hampton Art Border stamp, Tim Holtz Fragments

Here is the wonderful sketch that the layout is based on. 

Becky Fleck PageMaps Sketch courtesy of Back Porch Memories

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Eagle Eye

I wanted to share the newest layout that I completed showcasing some more wonderful photos of our photography trip last year to Haines, Alaska.  While we captured some wonderful images of the Bald Eagle, I can't even begin to explain how amazing it was to be surrounded by thousands (Yes, Thousands) of chattering bald eagles. 

This page means a lot to me as it features the image that my dad picked out as his favorite.  It now graces his walls in a very large print.

EAGLE EYE - October 13, 2010 - Haines, Alaska

JOURNALING:  When I asked my Dad what his favorite Bald Eagle photo was, he selected this Eagle crying out.

PHOTOS:  Bald Eagle images by Shetzers Photography at

SUPPLIES USED:  Granola patterned paper by BasicGrey, Sketch #210 by, Ranger ink - Nick Bantock charcoal grey, Rubber Stampede ink - Iris, Stampabilities Ink - Brown, Fiskars border punch, Hero Arts - Graph Stamp, Font - Showcard Gothic, Puffy Pens - blue glitter

The layout was based on this week's sketch over at Sketch Inspiration.  Its a great site with weekly sketches to challenge our creativity.  I'm not a big circle layout fan, so this one definitely challenged me!  Here is the original sketch.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

American Bald Eagle Annual Festival Classes Announced

I am happy to announce to final details for this years Scrapbooking classes offered during the American Bald Eagle Foundation's annual festival in November.  To register for classes and the festival, please click here.

This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who loves our national bird to see thousands of them in their natural environ and indulge in some great scrapbooking classes.  I'll be gearing these courses to showcase layouts featuring photos from our photography trip last year to Haines, Alaska.  For a gallery of some of our favorite photos, please check out our ONLINE GALLERY at Shetzers Photography.

These 2 day classes will help those who are just getting started in scrapbooking or who are interested in learning more about this wonderful paper craft and want to know where to start.  

Here are some of our objectives for the classes:

Gearing up for the Expedition:
Introduction to Scrapbooking
What will I learn in this hands on workshop?
* What is Scrapbooking?
* What are the 3 goals of scrapbooking?
* How do I organize my photos?
* What tools do I need?
* What are the key components of a layout?
You will create your first layout.
Sign Me Up:
Beginner’s Scrapbooking
What will I learn in this hands on workshop?
* How does color influence my layout?
* What are color combinations?
* How do I select colors?
* How do I create line & movement?
* What is the rule of thirds?
* What is the rule of 3's?
Create your second layout using all the techniques you have learned.

Click to enlarge this image for more information.
 You can check out some of my layouts of these beautiful birds in my online gallery here.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Traveling through Moab, Utah

I wanted to share a few scrapbook layouts from our travels through the beautiful landscape of Moab, Utah last May.  We were lucky enough to spend 2 weeks in the Moab area so we had plenty of time to explore and take photos of Dead Horse State Park, Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park.

For some wonderful Utah landscape photographs, please check out our Gallery at Shetzers Photography.

AWAY WE GO - May 17, 2010 - Dead Horse State Park - Moab, Utah

JOURNALING:  We left Bryce Canyon about 9 am to make the 4 1/2 hour drive into Dead Horse State Park.  Along the way, we stopped at a Wal-Mart in Richfield.  We drove into the beautiful campground about 4 pm.  After finally figuring out how to get the trailer into the campsite, we set out to explore the point overlooking the Colorado River.  What a gorgeous place to watch the river wind through the canyon.

SUPPLIES USED:  Sketch by Lucy Chesna, National Parks papers
PICTURE PERFECT - May 18, 2010 - Moab, Utah - Dead Horse State Park - Canyonlands National Park

JOURNALING:  Here Matt captures both sunrise and sunset at Dead Horse State Park.  We drove the short distance to Canyonlands to visit both Mesa Arch and the Green River overlook, as well as the park road.

SUPPLIES USED:  Sketch by Heather, Bon Voyage Travel stack by DCWV, Paper bag
THE GREAT OUTDOORS - May 19, 2010 - Moab, Utah - Dead Horse State Park

JOURNALING:  Meander viewpoint and sunrise at the point.

SUPPLIES USED:  Roam papers by K&Co
FALSE KIVA - May 20, 2010 - Moab, Utah - Canyonlands National Park

JOURNALING:  What a peaceful, quiet place - The size and grandeur of the alcove seems at home with the simplicity of the structure.  What a perfect balance.

SUPPLIES USED:  Paper Lace by K&Co, Roam papers by K&Co, Scraplift of Lisa's layout based on Sassylilsketches April sketch
AZTEC BUTTE - May 20, 2010 - Moab, Utah - Canyonlands National Park

JOURNALING:  We hiked the 2.1 mile trail to Aztec Butte to view 3 ancient grainaries (1200 AD).  It was steep up the slick rock.

SUPPLIES USED:  Happy Trails papers by K&Co, Sketch by Cheri O'Neill
CANYONLANDS SUNSET - May 20, 2010 - Moab, Utah - Canyonlands National Park

JOURNALING:  We enjoyed a great picnic while watching the sun set over Green River.  What a beautiful spot.

SUPPLIES USED:  Happy Trails papers by K&Co, Sketch by Cheri O'Neill
ESCAPE INTO THE WILD - May 22, 2010 - Moab, Utah - Canyonlands National Park

JOURNALING:  We drove 74 miles south from Moab to visit the Needles area of Canyonlands.  On the way, we passed the Newspaper Rock petroglyphs.  Once in Canyonlands, we had a picnic lunch near Pothole Point.  We decided to brave the 50 mph winds to hike the Slickrock trail.  It was a 2.4 mile trail that wound its way up and down the slickrock, to give us gorgeous views of the canyon below.

SUPPLIES USED:  Boy Scouts papers from K&Co, Bazzill stitch template
NATURE WALKS - May 23, 2010 - Moab, Utah - Arches National Park

JOURNALING:  We drove to the Devil's Garden trailhead to do the 2.6 mile hke out to Landscape Arch.  On the way back, we visited the Pine Tree Arch and Tunnel Arch.  After a picnic lunch at Fiery Furnace, we enjoyed seeing all the major sites on our drive out of the park.

SUPPLIES USED:  Sketch by Cheri O'Neill at Let's Scrap, Happy Trails papers by K&Co, Postcards, 50 States Cricut Cartridge
OFF ROAD - May 25, 2010 - Moab, Utah - Canyonlands National Park

JOURNALING:  We decided to drive the 4 wheel drive road called Shafer Trail from Canyonlands and back to Moab.

SUPPLIES USED:  National Parks papers, Cardstock by DCVW
ARCHES NATIONAL PARK - May 25, 2010 - Moab, Utah

JOURNALING:  Delicate arch is such a recognized symbol of Arches.  Here Matt captures the "classic" shot as well as some other great views.

SUPPLIES USED:  Sketch by Susan Stringfellow, Blue Awning papers by K&Co, Destinations Cricut cartridge
SLIPPIN THRU THE CRACKS - May 26, 2010 - Moab, Utah - Arches National Park

JOURNALING:  We were excited to explore the Fiery Furnace on a ranger led hike.  We also had a permit to return alone but had issues getting in.

SUPPLIES USED:  Martha Stewart Classic Woodland papers, Sketch by Amy Alvis
FOUR CORNERS WONDERS - May 27, 2010 - Utah

JOURNALING:  We decided to drive down to 4 corners to explore the ruins of "House on Fire".  We also toured Natural Bridges & Mokey Dugway.

SUPPLIES USED:  Roam papers by K&Co, Destinations Cricut cartridge, George & Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge
HISTORICAL SITES - May 28, 2010 - Utah

JOURNALING:  We spent our day doing the same drive, only in reverse and adding Valley of the Gods.  We also hiked out to the "Fallen Roof" ruin.  It was pretty difficult to find but definitely worth the scramble up and down the canyon walls.  We also re-revisited the Gooseneck State Park again.

SUPPLIES USED:  Complete Boy kit by My Minds Eye

Saturday, March 5, 2011

White Tips for Sketchy Thursdays

I found another great site for sketches, Sketchy Thursdays.  I love using them as inspiration to get the creativity going.  This was my first time for playing along with their weekly sketch challenge and I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of their favorites!!!  Check out all the wonderful pages created by this one little sketch HERE.

Of course the photography is from my wonderful hubby Matt @ Shetzers Photography.  For more wonderful Bald Eagle images, check out his gallery here.

Here is the sketch:

 And here is the layout that I created based on the sketch:
WHITE TIPS - October 11, 2010 - Haines, Alaska

JOURNALING: This unique white tipped eagle visits Haines, AK.

SUPPLIES USED: Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain, K&Company PoppySeed Shimmer Paper, K&Company Floral paper, Cloud9 3D Gel Stitches, K&Company Border, Bazzill Edge Borders, Studio G Chalk ink, Inkadinkado Bold Damasks Stamp, Font CK Regal, K&Company Julianne paper, Souffle white puff pen, Inkadinkado Sketchy Flourishes stamp, American Crafts Precision Pen, BasicGrey The Details stamp, Sketch by Sketchy Thursday (2-24-11)

New Blog!!

I've just started this blog to share scrapbooking tips, techniques, examples and other great scrapbook related sites.  It will keep you updated on upcoming classes and events. 

I've created new website that will showcase scrapbooking layouts that you can view for ideas by various categories.  Please see sidebar for links to the galleries.

For prior posts, please visit my personal blog here.