Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth Day 2015

Forever Joy's digital kits Basic Kraft, Basic Storytelling and Basic Timekeeping were used to complete this Scripture Post.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

April??? Where has the year gone to???

Good Intentions...I think I blogged that very theme in my opening salvo post for 2015. Here it is..April. Safe to say, busy went overboard! So quick update...
Four weeks remain in our BSF Study of the Life of Moses...I've done okay at keeping up, most of the time! Looking forward to the Fall study of the Book of Revelation...a brand new study for this group. It's one many pastors shy away from and others never seem to depart from, looking forward to delving in on my own to see for myself!
Then the photo a day project with Capture Your 365. Did better this time but have lagged behind in March and just saw the calendar already says April... "7." Ooops.
Here are a few of my photos already in a layout:

for more details on the whole project visit HERE
Doing more digital scrapping? Well, yes a bit more than before...


The kids and grandkids my resident stars.
Then there's all the layouts you can find over at with tips and ideas and new products to try out, like our Die Sets that fit perfectly with all our Grid Patterns! You'll love it!

This is the latest layout featuring some of my photos from my trip back to Scotland a few years back...I still have a lot of photos to scrap!
SO...if I really stop and think about's ONLY April...and there's still plenty of time to get improve on the good intentions for the year...join me!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

It's a New Year! Welcome 2015!!

A new year is here!
I hope you have blessed year ahead.
Do you have resolutions, plans or just good intentions?
It happens every year doesn't it?
You've had time to reflect on the past year,
now what are you looking forward to in the coming months?
Whatever plans I may have had for 2014, it wasn't long into the year before I knew things
were not going to go according to MY plans!!
So, what about 2015?
I am continuing to contribute to Tami Potter's Blog, Mosaic Moments, in the Tips & Techniques section of Scrapbook Ideas, so count on seeing me there as the Lord wills.
Count on seeing more photos of the grand babies...all they grow.
I want to see if I can keep up with the Capture Your 365 Challenge of a photo a day,
following prompts...I got about three days last year,
but plan on doing better this year...planning on understand!
I love my mosaic scrapbook pages,
but I'm going to try to do a few more digital scrapbook pages this year.
I want to be more diligent to work on my daily BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) lessons (we are studying The Life of Moses, definitely not the Hollywood version!! but right from God's Word)
 and really take the time to let what I'm learning to sink in and
to really dig into the scriptures to learn and apply.
I look forward to the fall study and the book of Revelations!
I'm going to give a try to Bible Journaling.
I've always highlighted, underlined and added notes and thoughts,
but recently have been challenged by some of the works of others
Time will tell how this endeavor pans out,
but I thought it would be a good time to start and
I picked up a reasonably priced Journaling Bible on CBD,
that is in a translation that I only have a pocket version of,
so this gives me a bit bigger, space to add notes and drawings and
I'm going to pick up and use this for my BSF study as well.
Hopefully it will be an ongoing project.
Let me share my first day of sort of encompasses several of the things I've talked about...and then I must be off, I have a deadline to meet and a blog post on "Scrapbooking your Heirlooms" to prepare! More on that soon!!
Thanks for stopping in and
Have a very Happy 2015!!


Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Time Again!

Busy with your preparations for Christmas? I've managed to check making and mailing the Christmas cards off my list! It was said to be the busiest day at the post office today, our local branch certainly had the lines zipping away!
This year I found several different ideas I wanted to use each one for a different group of people that I send or give cards.
This first one has gone out to family and friends. It is the first of several A-6 size cards I did this year specifically to accommodate the 4x6 photos I send of the kids (and now grand children) to family members around the world.
I used an Impression Obsession die of a snowy town scene. The white on white panel is accented by a teal dotted pattern paper, and teal stamped greeting. 

This next card is the standard half sheet card on teal. A Paper Smooches die "Cityscape 1" in black, a stamped and gemmed star and Bible verse adorn the front side, while another stamped scene of the wise men approaching the town is on the inside. This is the card I will use for the neighbors and friends we deliver cookies to each year. 

Also on teal, at an A-6 size there is a white panel with a stamped church scene and a Merry Christmas in white embossed powder. This was the card for al of our church family. We all have church mailboxes to get all the latest news and at this time of year, we get to be our own mailmen delivering cards! 

This last card, also in A-6 periwinkle blue and white embossed swirls, has a Spellbinders snowflake in the same periwinkle as the base. I also used a circle die to trim a section of the IO die (above) to frame the section with the churched. This is attached with a single glue dot and has a string of metallic floss for a hanger to make this an ornament for the recipient, in this case, the ladies in my Bible Study Fellowship discussion group.

It may have taken me longer to get things done this year considering my goal was to design a new one each month to have twelve by December, but I'm pleased with this grouping. With so many ideas still running around in my head, I may just get a head start on 2015!!
thanks so much for stopping by...

Sunday, December 14, 2014

December Tips and Techniques for a Memorable Christmas

Looking for ideas for Christmas countdowns? Be sure to stop HERE for all the details.

The December Literary Challenge was Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
This was my take on it and you can find the whole story and the details on all the extras on the page HERE.

The final Christmas layout is featuring a Christmas recipe showing off some of the step-by-steps to make it and patterned papers for holiday color! Check HERE for the details and recipe info.
thanks for stopping in...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall Flourishes II

In the previous post I shared some ideas and techniques I've shared on the Mosaic Moments website for adding fall flourishes to your fall scrapbook pages. Today I'd like to include one that I did not demonstrate there, but have saved to do here.

One of the distinctions of Mosaic Moments are the grids. Our tiles are precise and can be filled not just with photos, but various tiles and embellishments as well. For this demonstration I am using a white 2 1/8" square tile to stamp and emboss. This tile will fit over four squares of the grid, (but can be adapted to any size and also be used on cards!) Tami Potter has a line of clear rubber stamps from Impression Obsession made especially for using with the grid system and I have chosen a square word block stamp for today's sample from the Autumn Seals. I will also use a fall garland spray from a set by Inkadinkado called Foliage Trails.

I have used several inks for coloring (as seen in the photos), clear embossing ink, clear embossing powder and ink daubers for applying the ink.

Let's get started!
 I stamped the word block in brown,
then using a clear embossing pad to stamp the leaves randomly around the block
then top with clear embossing powder.

Heat to set the image.

Beginning with the lightest color you will use, rub ink into the image.
Be sure the corners and edges are well inked too.
Apply a little bit or add some pressure and ink for darker sections in this first shade before a secondary color application.

With your next shade the clear embossed image will begin to be defined.

A final color is added to the block.
(and this time I did mix dye and pigment inks in this sample)

For this second block I began by stamping and embossing the
word block in clear embossing powder.
Then with the antique linen I inked the entire square.
Next with the terra cotta pigment ink and clear embossing powder the leaf spray layer went down.

The final layer for this tile was applying butterscotch to areas around the block.

These are just two ways I thought I could add a little interest to my scrapbook pages. I tried many samples and many colors. Why not experiment a bit with colors and stamps that you have?
Keep scrolling to see the previous post Fall is in the Air! or if you'd like to see the Fall Flourishes post on Mosaic Moments HERE! 
You will find lots of Tips &Techniques for Scrapbooking your fall memories so be sure to stop in and see them. For fall photos tips you'll want to see this post HERE, and our Snapncrop Pinterest boards and ideas HERE and HERE.
Thanks for stopping by...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fall is in the Air!

Yes, Fall is in the air and now that you are shooting those annual photos of the family or out capturing nature in all her splendor when it comes to scrapping those memories, I have a few tips to add a new embellishment or two for a beautiful page.

Are you looking for ideas for taking photos this fall? Be sure to check out our Pinterest Pin Boards, The Scavenger Hunt Challenge and Great Photo Ideas for Mosaic Moments Pages for lots of ideas!

Sequins are trending in the card world and now into the scrapbook world as well. This border adds interest and color and is easily customized for your layouts!

More details on the how to can be seen on the Mosaic Moments website HERE.

Another border idea you may like came from a roll of burlap ribbon at the crafts store that I really liked. I took some of the elements, a leather cord, paper punched leaves, wooden beads and colorful cording to create a banner for the top edge of my page.

Details for making this garland are on the Mosaic Moments website HERE. Step by step photos will show you the how-to for each project.

Because the Mosaic Moments Grid System involves 100-1" squares for photos you have a lot of options for the design you put together. I love quilts, so I often incorporate elements of basic quilt squares in my designs. This is why I have two borders anchored with a Mosaic Moments Cornerstone Tile, one an apple and one a leaf! Here's how I dressed up the apple cornerstone.

I changed out the background tile and replaced it with patterned paper (Doodlebug Design) and green cardstock. The tile itself was white and to fit into the color palette I had planned I inked it with Tim Holtz Antique Linen.

The second border involved some of those quilt tiles. These were made using a Crafty Cutts Die that makes a cathedral square quilt square, a perfect spot to add a paper tile or 1" patterned paper tile.

I have an additional technique used on a cornerstone tile that I did not use on this layout, but the full page and techniques can be found HERE.

Come and stop in and see the full post and see how you can dress up your fall layouts with a few fall flourishes!