Monday, June 20, 2011

Calm Days

No matter how many flowers I purchase, I never seem to have the right color so I decided to purchase quite a few of the cream colored paper flowers.  With these, I can use either glimmer mists, stamps, or ink to recolor them to the perfect color.  In this layout, I wanted to match the blue and green and my stash of flowers just didn't have the right shades of the color.  A little glimmer mist created the green flowers and the blue ones were created with the help of stamps and ink.  Perfect match for this double page layout!!

CALM DAYS - April 2010 - South Padre Island, Texas
 JOURNALING: One of our favorite places to visit on calm days as the Birding & Nature Center.  We enjoyed the beautiful board walks and the peaceful setting watching the various birds and the alligators.

SUPPLIES USED:  Day at the Beach by EK Success, George & Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge, Sketch by: Mary Yountz, Summer Cardstock by DCWV, Inkadinkado Coastal stamps, Stampabilities blue ink, Glimmer Mists

Close up of Page 1 - Click on image for larger size

Close up of page 2 - Click on image for larger size

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Sunny Side of Life

I wanted a very simple but colorful layout to showcase our wonderful sunset photos. The papers chosen in this layout were chosen to compliment and help paint the mood of the photos. The sand textured background paper paired with a bright orange paper that is bordered by the black core'dinations strip mimics the silhouetted lines that you see in the main photo.

THE SUNNY SIDE OF LIFE - April 2010 - South Padre Island, Texas


SUPPLIES USED:  Stamped Cricut Cartridge for all letters of title, Tahiti Stack by DCWV. Core'dinations Black Magic papers, Fiskars paper crimper

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Warm Wishes Notecard

I haven't been scrapping in a while, but I've been doing quite a few notecards as we travel around as they are easier and don't require as much "stuff" to be dug out of the cabinets while we are traveling from place to place.

In honor of the recent time that we have spent on the beautiful beaches of Hatteras, North Carolina, I fell in love with this adorable little Beach Crab from the Sea Creatures Collection from FileKutz by LisaJane.  I thought he was perfect to grace the front of a little note card.  I wanted to mimic the warm sands and beautiful blue waters of the coast so I used a combination of textures on some cardstock to create a warm friendly card.

Here is a close up of the adorable cut file.
Click on image to be taken to store to purchase this adorable little guy!!

Warm Wishes NoteCard (General Friendship Card)

Supplies Used:

·         8 ½ x 11 cardstock – Cream - The Paper Company Mediterranean Fashion Colors – Card Base
·         4 x 5 ¼ Blue panel cardstock – Recollections Jewel collection
·         4 x 2 Tan Cardstock – The Paper Company Neutral collection
·         Versa Color ink – Royal Blue
·         Fiskars clear stamps – Sentiments
·         Clear stamp block
·         Sizzix texture plate – Distressed
·         Sizzix texture plate – Friend
·         Mini Mister
·         Metal  decorative edge ruler
·         Scissors
·         Dimensional adhesive
·         Adhesive

Step by Step Instructions:

1.       Using Friend Sizzix texture plate, emboss the large blue panel with the Sizzix Big Shot Machine – spray with mini mister prior for a deeper embossed image.
2.       Using Distressed texture plate, emboss the tan cardstock with the Sizzix Big Shot Machine – spray with mini mister prior for a deeper embossed image.
3.       Tear tan cardstock diagonally using metal edge decorative edge ruler.
4.       Adhere the card pieces in the following order:
·         Blue embossed card panel
·         Tan cardstock at top left and bottom right corners
·         Crab base
·         The following pieces are adhered using dimensional “pop” dots
* Round crab body
*  Crab claws (these are right and left so fit them carefully)
* White eyeball with black pupil adhered normally to it
5.       Stamp Warm Wishes sentiment in top left of tan cardstock with blue Versa Color ink
6.       Use A2 envelope sized at 4 3/8 x 5 5/8

Monday, June 13, 2011


I wanted this layout to really emphasize the two completely opposite photos of my husband, from hard at play to hard at sleeping.  I decided to use a sepia tone on the photos to make them similar so they seemed to fit together.  It was distracting to use a very colorful beach photo with a very bland inside photo so this seemed to be the best alternative to making the photos fit well together.  A cute flowered paper and some additional flowers all around made this a very quick and easy layout.  

MOMENT - April 2010 - South Padre Island, Texas 
JOURNALING: Matt had a great day of kiteboarding and was so exhausted when he got home that he fell asleep in the chair. 

SUPPLIES USED:  Stamped Cricut cartridge, Tahiti Stack by DCWV, EK Success corner rounder, Various flowers & gems, Inking on papers, Photo edges are painted with brown paid

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Register now for Scrapbooking & Notecard Classes

Just a reminder that I'll be teaching both scrapbooking and notecard making at this years annual Bald Eagle Festival in Haines, AK in November.  If you have not experienced the beautiful Alaskan landscapes with thousands of Bald Eagles, this is your chance.  This is a great opportunity to get some fabulous photos to scrapbook as well as get some instruction on scrapbooking and a lot of great notecards to send to fammily & friends.

For some sample photos of the Bald Eagles around Haines, visit our photo gallery website.

For more information or to register, please visit the American Bald Eagle Foundation's website.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Its time for another free digital scrapbooking kit

I wanted to share what I think is my favorite of the digital kits that I've designed.  I love the colors and textures included in this kit and feel it makes a great kit to scrap anything from heritage layouts to travel layouts as I have used it.  Its full of lots of rusted and copper accents.

Be sure to post a comment here when you use the kit as I'd love to feature your work here.

Rusted Glow was created for the DSO Color Challenge. The free scrapbook kit contains 11 weathered papers, 1 brass brad frame, 1 twill ribbon, 2 ric rac ribbons, 2 flowers, 5 weathered brass elements, 4 rusted elements, 6 peach rusted elements and 3 pearl brads

Here is an example of a layout that I did of our travels into the Czech Republic and the famous Charles Bridge over the Vlatva River in Prague.

Be sure to click on image for full size
CHARLES BRIDGE - July 17, 2006 - Prague, Czech Republic


SUPPLIES USED:  Based on a template by Amy Fenner, All papers & embellishments from RUSTED GLOW freebie kit by ME, Font:  Trajan Pro & dearJoe four, Special thanks to for use of her old brass action for title

To download this kit, please visit my website here.

Monday, June 6, 2011

CATCH A WAVE - April 2010 - South Padre Island, Texas

One of the drawbacks of using a dark background paper is that it can make your photos appear darker and less apt to "pop" off your page.  While my photos of my wonderful husband kiteboarding were very bright, I felt they needed a little more distinction from the dark black paper by DCWV.  I grabbed my white Sharpie Paint Pen and edged the photos with it.  I was able to achieve the distinct boundaries that I was looking for without having to add another layer of paper to my layout.  Overall, it was cheaper and had the same effect.  I am always up for saving my supplies and creating the same look in a multitude of ways.

CATCH A WAVE - April 2010 - South Padre Island, Texas

Page 1 detail

Page 2 detail

SUPPLIES USED:  chipboard, Cricut Expression, Graphically Speaking, paper ribbon, Sharpie Paint Pen, stickers, Tahiti Stack by DCWV

For more SUMMER themed layouts, please visit my online gallery at Shetzers Designs