February 6, 2016

more SBC inspiration

Hope you are scrapping away with us...Today, Kelly is inspiring us with her style...
 I trolled Kelly's blog and this one was one of my favorites:  Her style is clean but full of creativity :)

Good Habits
Link up with us at Scrapbook Challenges and show us what you got AND to see my take on the challenge!    Put the timer on and get crafty and do a 30 minute or less page!

February 5, 2016

I've got a crush on Mandi!


Since she is the master lover of all things layered, we hope we are inspiring you to add some dimension to  your scrapbook layouts...Mandi inspired me to layer just by using my little scraps that I had laying around my on my desk!   Maximize all your supplies! 
Hope you are still grabbing inspiration from us at Scrapbook Challenges!  We still have a full month of MORE!

Let's switch things up a bit shall we??


Welcome to a very special set of challenges for the month of February over at Scrapbook Challenges!! All month long our challenges will be inspired by the work of one of the DT members of the Sketch Crew.
Our first challenge is super awesome and it is inspired by the super talented MANDI!  Hop over to SBC and read all about how Mandi inspires us and to see how we, the DT jumped in on the challenge too!

And since it's a Valentine's month, I've got a little twist of my own, one lucky crafter who enters at least 3 (you are welcome to do more) of our challenges at SBC will receive a little prize from me!  (USA RESIDENTS ONLY, SORRY!)  Winner will be chosen on February 29, 2016 *** You do not need to be a blog follower but you can if you want!

February 2, 2016

Scrapbook Challenges Sketch 469 and some news!


Sketch 469 for February scrapping is up...and I missed the deadline  for the DT but still was inspired and scrapped this anyway! We get so many choices to be inspired on this team that I usually scrap more than my DT assignments. 
I don't think I'll get tired of the Crate Paper Wonder collection-it's sooo cute!

and don't forget, scrap those imperfect pictures-they show all the personality and fun!  Our selfies always get messed up because I broke my selphy stick and I got short arms!  Oh wait, I almost left and forgot the news!  We're gonna change things up at Scrapbook Challenges-the reveal is tomorrow!
Make sure you hop over there tomorrow and read all about it!

SBC is looking for designers!


 Are you a card maker, traditional, pocket, digital or hybrid scrapbooker looking to add to your design team resume? Scrapbook Challenges is looking for some fresh faces to join our team for the Winter/Spring Term. If you are interested in joining the Sketch Crew please hop over to SBC and get the details; you have until February 14, 2016 to submit your application! 

January 30, 2016


Most of you know I am the mom of a special kid and I do the Polar Bear Plunge in support of Special Olympics and all that they do for him and for all the other awesome athletes..well, this year, logistics, the flu, and a minor ankle injury (I've been clumsy lately) caused me not to join my regular team...well, I am going to be traveling later this week and it so happens that some NY friends who will be with me are PLUNGERS and so we are gonna plunge where we are!  If you care to plunge me $ 1, $ 5 or $ 10, I'll be so grateful! #plunge2016   This will be my 4th plunge and I'm super excited!
 Katherine Blue Personal Image
Click here for my personal plunge page- I only have 7 days to raise $$ !!

*** The MSP Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics Maryland is a fundraising event in which participants pledge $75 or more for the privilege to "Take to the Waters" of the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday, January 30th, 2016 in support of 7,169 athletes around Maryland. ** I'm joining my fellow New Yorkers Team Shape and it's still gonna be fun...wait till you see our pictures; I'll still wear some MD gear!

January 25, 2016

#blizzard2016 scrapping!

being cooped up means scrapping time...tried to use up vintage stash but for this layout, I was drawn to this awesome paper that was in my January Clique Kit Decided to do some 15 min layout and actually scrap what few photos that I took during the blizzard!  I'm working on using all my kit and so far, it's been working!
and then, the girl child....switched tangents and went to my desk for scraps...her background is actually silver but silver papers photograph weird so it looks gray.  Silver paper is from a Craft Smith (Silver Foil) 12 x 12 collection that  I got at Michael's in their Hot Buy section for $ 5.99.. teamed it up with some vintage winter stash from Echo Park and all the journaling cards/minicards are from Bo Bunny...

January 24, 2016

The dig out begins

For those of you who don't live on the East Coast, we had a major snowstorm...actually, a blizzard this week= 28 inches of snow!  YUK!  So that meant everyone was home...IS home until the city/county and everyone else can dig out...I'm not a snow kinda gal, never have been and then add needy/bored kids in the mix....

Looks pretty though huh?
but that being said, I brought myself down to the studio to clean, paint and scrap!  To warm up, I did some simple scraplifting of the super talented Victoria Marie Calvin a/k/a Victoria Marie (my scrap crush).  You can find her at the Scraptastic Blog and a few more places like {HERE}...I adore her style and would personally scraplift about 25 of her layouts (hmm, that's a thought for a later project-30 days of Victoria??) so I started with THIS layout that I just LOVED:

and I scraplifted it twice-one for the Thing 1 and the other for Thing 2 using those fabulous papers from the Crate Paper Hello Love collection!

more to come........................

January 20, 2016

It's a Clique Kits Pep Rally BLOG HOP!

Welcome to the Clique Kits Pep Rally Member Blog share! It's a blog hop where the Clique Gals and their Varsity Team invite their monthly subscribers to showcase all the great things they've made with this month's kit! This month's kit is called ALEGRIA and features the Fancy Pants Happy Place Collection:

If you've popped over from Renee's blog, you are in the right order!  But if you didn't, it's ok, hop over to Clique Kits so you don't miss out on a thing!
I actually adored everything about this collection from Fancy Pants and I dived right in and made 3 layouts!! I didn't get to scrap much in December so January is a catch up month!  Since I'm a new subscriber and just got my kit 2 days ago, I wasn't sure if there was a theme so forgive me for doing my own thing!! And I actually tried to do something different and not add things to the kit lol...

love those cute foxes!!

great die cuts!

Next on the hop is Megan, better known as Crafty Meggy!  Thanks for popping by and don't forget one lucky follower who comments here on this hop will win my FP mini kit; I'll pick a winner on Monday!

January 19, 2016

more CKCB creations!

I think I said I was on a mission to get 15 layouts done with my Counterfeit Kit (CKCB) and so here is layout # 8...hubby when he was an innocent...we don't have many pictures of his childhood which is a shame cause he was sooooo cute!
Hubby as a little boy 

Clique Kits Pep Rally sneaks!

I don't buy scrappy supplies monthly but with the winter approaching, I joined a kit club cause I hate to drive in general and REALLY hate to drive in winter but I like having new stuff to scrap with so...My first kit came this month from Clique Kits and it's called Alegria (=HAPPY)  and it's chock full of all that delicious Happy Place collection from Fancy Pants!

I've been playing with the kit this week and hope you'll come over on Wednesday (tomorrow) to this blog for  a Clique Kits January Blog Share.  Make sure you start on the Clique Kits blog at 10am CST and then come back around to me.  They will be featuring projects by the design team and by their subscribers (that would be ME and some other talented subscribers.)   Stop by and comment on their blog for your chance to WIN the January Kit!
And if you follow MY blog, one lucky commenter on THIS blog will win a mini kit featuring some of the 6x 6 papers, tags and die cuts from the Fancy Pants Happy Place collection! 

January 18, 2016


**Layout # 7  (I used #6 for a future DT assignment) using my January CKCB kit!

Anything Goes at Challenge YOUrself!

Our January Challenge continues and we've seen some great entries so far but could stand to see more after all, it's our first challenge of 2016!!  Anything goes!  All you have to do is BE IN THE PICTURE! 
And don't forget, you have a chance to win this:

Mojo Monday!

Well I'm not sure if you heard, but I've stepped down from the DT at Scrap Our Stash since I'd been there awhile and since I was stretched a bit thin being on 3 teams; I wasn't scrapping for myself like I wanted to.  But I will miss them sooo much since I'd been there for forever and I will pop in every now and again to join their challenges!  That being said, I had some time last night during the game to scrap for myself and somehow, came across a new blog called More Than Words and jumped in straight with their January challenge!
Ya'll know I became the "selfie queen" ever since I started doing #AleidasChallenge to get in the pictures and so  I created a layout of myself just showing some of my wild personality and stuff I love in a scrappy way:
  • numbers  in the background (I am a numbers chick, and was an accountant remember?)
  • butterflies
  • zebra (my fav animal-love the symbolism of it: intuition, protector, individualism, balance, clarity-all things I am/desire )
  • love and bling :) cause I've got an over the top personality (or so I've been told)

I do try to live simply and dream big and as of 2015, I decluttered some of my toxic relationships so that I could just do what makes ME happy...added in touches of silver and gold cause I do like to mix things up and there ya go!   A "ME" layout!

January 10, 2016

CKCB layouts 3, 4 and 5

I've been a busy gal...trying to get some good use of my CKCB kit and get to at least 15 for the month since I didn't scrap last month with the sickness and all.

It's a Scraplift Sunday!

I got to hang out with the bff for a bit yesterday..we had some catching up to do since we've both been sick in December and January...took a scrapbook bag with me so we could multitask!

I was feeling a bit uninspired so I trolled around her layouts and BOOM! Decided to scraplift her using my January CKCB kit

 In addition to this, I did about 4 other layouts and did a bit of coloring!  Hope you got some crafty time in this weekend!!

January 8, 2016

Layout #1 with my January CKCB kit!

LOTD**  Happy Friday!  ** CKCB KIT for January being used!!

Our New Year Challenge is up!


Our January challenge # 25 at Challenge YOUrself is super easy....MAKE IT ABOUT YOU!  It's a New Year and one resolution you should make (and stick to) is to get in the pictures!  It's a proven fact that years down the road your family will not worry about what you look like so get in there and while you're snapping and scrapping, show us what fun you are having!

 Don't forget, if you are used to being the photographer, give up that habit and 1. Go buy a selfie stick (they have them at 5 Below and Walmart)  or 2.  Ask a stranger or someone else to trade off and GET IN THE PHOTO!!

That being said, my sister recently sent me an old photo she found of me (#tbt, age unknown but sometime in maybe high school?? ) along my favorite person in the whole world (my angel in heaven) -my Aunt Rita.  So, I just did a super clean 30 minute layout using some awesome goodies from the Wonder collection at Crate Paper and some stuff that was in my box on my scrap table.

 Hope you'll link up with us this month!  We've made it SUPER EASY 4U!!!!

January 7, 2016

Thankful Thursday!

Victoria Marie had a Pinterest Inspired challenge on her facebook group using THIS:

 I apologize for not having a link for the ispo...but part of the challenge was also to incorporate hidden journaling.  I was inspired by the white & silver with a touch of orange...
 and my hidden journaling...
" A GRATEFUL HEART IS A MAGNET FOR MIRACLES"-it was hard to believe that back then, but now I know it to be true...this kid is living proof!

January 5, 2016

My January 2016 CKCB kit is ready!

For those of you who are committed to using your stash and don't know how I put my many of my kits together, go to CounterfeitKitChallenge Blog.  
If you aren't familiar with the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog, it is a blog run by Bethany that takes a kit from a kit club/blog and "counterfeits (copy/get inspired by) it" and YOU in turn, look at the kit and also "counterfeit it" with your existing stash; creating your own spin on it.  Some months, I can get 14 layouts out of a kit, others 7-8; it all depends on my mojo...but it all works toward decreasing our ever growing stash! And, I can go to a crop using kits and only have to carry 1 bag!

That being said, some months, I'm super motivated by the original inspiration but this month, I struggled with this one...the inspiration for the counterfeiting this month comes from  Scarlet Lime's Planner Society kits...and while I loved all the stuff, it was a struggle because I don't really have these kinds of extra bright colors/ overly girly embellishments in my stash! And, I don't use a planner, so I was a bit stumped! So I looked at all of them and made my own!
Photo 3   
so, I ended up focusing on elements instead!  Bold floral prints in my papers, feathers, hearts, tags, typewriters and then added what made me happy so I can bust stash!
 I started with some general paper packs (plus I have white & kraft CS not photographed)
Patterned papers (some are pretty vintage circa 2011-hooray for stash busting!):

then added embellishments galore:

*So there you have my January 2016 CKCB kit!  I'm going down to my scrap room this week to clean it and know that I do have those Maggie Holmes banner things; just gotta find em!  And of course, I'll troll Pinterest for some free planner type printables and maybe even counterfeit printables on my own using the CKCB DT ideas! 
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