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24 August 2016

Sweet Baby Moment

Wow, has August just zipped by or what?

I have been seeing lots of adorable baby pictures lately, some family, some not, all adorable.  But none so adorable TO ME as my two babies, who aren’t babies any more. Here’s my youngest when she was very youngest.

Sweet Baby Moment – a Stuck?! Sketches layout with counterfeit kit supplies


Sketch: stucksketch815

I really liked the Stuck?! sketch from the August 15 challenge.

Style: I started by making a frame of Teresa Collins’ paper that says LOVE THIS (heart) over and over again.  Then I built upon it with several layers of paper and added my clusters.  The “sweet baby “ rub-ons from Making Memories were added to another Teresa Collins paper scrap of a Polaroid frame and also as part of my title in the top right.  The title was filled out with a Heidi Swapp chipboard word and a few other do-dads. The adorable cork bow from my kit just had to be in the cluster that falls in my daughter’s line of sight.

Stash: This is primarily from my August 2016 Counterfeit Challenge kit, with the addition of the Heidi Swapp chipboard, the rub-ons and the turquoise floss.

With just a week left in August, I hope to squeeze one more layout out of my kit, and then start on something new.  What will you scrap in this last week?

22 August 2016

Memorandum Monday–Back to School Edition

Well, college girl starts classes today and I miss her already.  And when we dropped her off last Wednesday we forgot to take pictures.  I remembered as soon as we were on the road home and texted her to send me some of the room when she got done, and she did.  She just forgot to put herself in any of the shots.

So as I am typing this regretting that I don’t have a picture to share, my phone clicks.  She has messaged me with first day of school pictures at 6:25 in the morning. (Well, she is in an earlier time zone – 7:25 there.)  And she gave me permission to share.


So here you go.  And whatever else I had planned for this post is forgotten.

PS  My accidentally hitting the wrong button on the phone to get the screenshot nicely hid her phone number.  But I have not quite mastered getting a longer strip of conversation captured in a single shot yet.  And of course, that alone is enough to make me weepy,  right? Never mind the fact that she sent me pictures of the first day of school without any prompting.

Let’s not tell college girl I cut the Memorandum short to find a box of Kleenex.

Now go see what Sian @FromHighInTheSky and our bloggy friends are doing today.

20 August 2016

Snaps & Snippets Scrapbook Kit Construction Checklist


In this post here, I told you that in my etcetera basket was a checklist for constructing a scrapbook kit.  In case you might be interested, here it is:
I don't necessarily include all these items, I just want to make sure I consider including them.

What have I forgotten?  What would you add?

18 August 2016

Exactly What is Etcetera

Or as the King of  King and I fame would say:

et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!

My blog friend Tracy is working on a long-term project to “defunkify” her crafting space.  She has done numerous posts and videos, providing some dandy ideas and needed nudges for me to do the same and freshen up my space.

Overall, my space is pretty darn organized and I keep it that way – except for when I don’t. (I thought that would make you chuckle.)  That’s when I am likely to toss things I don’t want to deal with right now into my ETC. basket.


One Sunday morning I decided to tackle it.  That is, after I took a few things off the top so I could move it to the desk without it spilling over.  Here it what it held – divvied up by how it was handled:

Trashed, or recycled if possible:

  • Sketches – most of the loose sheets in here were sketches, half tossed and the rest clipped together for future reference
  • Pictures of kits – purchased (I always print a content list from the website) or inspiration kits the CKC has chosen to copy.  Tossed all but one that needed to be filed – LY’s Gossamer Nov. Themed Kit
  • Printed lessons from CKC classes that I had finished
  • Miscellaneous notes of no further interest

Filed where it belonged:

  • 2 Project Life Cards
  • 3 Photos
  • 2 pieces of memorabilia – these first three line items were all unrelated in topic
  • 2 mini-prints from our trip to Savannah last year that I want to frame
  • Folders of longer classes (SU, BPC, Shimelle, CKC)– put on bookshelves, to complete in due time – need to inventory and prioritize these
  • Craft Fantastic jewelry making kit from LY Creating Keepsakes – now combined with current years and filed with class kits to finish
  • Baseball card-sized pocket protectors that I would use for pocket letters.  But I decided instead to cut down 12 x 12 inch PL protectors to 9 pockets, because then the pockets would be standard for 3 x 4 cards and not the smaller 2.5 x 3.5 size.  I gave these back to hubby.
  • Info on Copic Markers and a small pack of Copic paper – put in its own project bin.

Returned to the basket:

  • Sketches – for upcoming assignments and selected others
  • Free Printables – 11 sheets, I need to take them and scissors down to the family room for cutting while I watch TV
  • Folders of short handouts where I was mid-class – I need to prioritize finishing these
  • Photos of card class display boards at CKC for a class kit I need to complete
  • Free Archivers’ card class handout
  • Journal templates from Creative Memories
  • 2015 Page Maps calendar, kept for the sketches – my 2016 calendar is on my island
  • Reference materials – I put all this stuff in a folder near the top – color wheels, list of blog tips, list of scrap tips, kit construction checklists, summer photo ideas, list of Project Life kits by Becky Higgins
  • Stampin Up envelope making templates
  • And yes a few miscellaneous notes of interest, etc! (wink, wink), that I wanted to remember (but I did clip them all together)*
*For example, did you know that one way to help keep your embossing powder from caking is to put those little silica packets you get in purses and shoes in with your powders?
And there you see on the top, my studio to-do list.  What's at the bottom of your Etc. bin or box?  Do tell.
P.S.  A couple of days after tidying this up, we went to see mom-in-law and I had time in the car to cut all the printables up. They fit handily into this little project case with a couple pair of scissors and by the time we were home again, they were ready to bag up.  Now I just need to take the label off the front of that case, and then I can call it done.

16 August 2016

Sketches In Thyme #39–Project Life Style

Pocket Letter – a project for Sketches in Thyme – Project Life Style

This is a pocket letter that I sent to my daughter at college.  I added a short and sweet handwritten note on the typewriter card before sending it off.  It is filled with happy thoughts and is just meant to let her know we are thinking about her.


I have to admit the hardest part of doing pockets, is not throwing everything but the kitchen sink into them, because it really is a splendid way to use up leftovers.

Sketch: sketchesinthymeyetagainDSC05250

  • I used a vertical card instead of a horizontal one.
  • I substituted a square element cut from patterned paper for the round element.
  • I accented with a chipboard heart that ties into other pockets in a downward diagonal flow.
Stash: These are mostly leftover bits and bobs from my May 2016 Counterfeit Kit with the addition of 3 Stampin Up buttons and another Two Peas flair.

Paper – Teresa Collins Something Wonderful
Stickers – Life, Love Paper for Studio Calico
Chipboard – Basic Grey