Monday, October 8, 2012


After having studied about the Holocaust for years, I had a chance to see the concentration camp at Dachau.  I wanted this layout to show the stark reality of the former camp while expressing the hope that this horror will never be repeated.  The journalling reads, "We visited Dachau on a cold and overcast Saturday in March 2007.  Fittingly, the whole camp was bleak and barren except for these tiny wild purple flowers struggling to grow beside gray rocks."

The phrase "Nie weider" means "Never again" in German.

I am entering this layout in several challenges.

The sketch challenge is from Creative Scrappers, and the layout is number 228.  the challenge is here:

My second challenge is from Lawnscaping, which challenge me to use texture in a paper craft.  I used a textured black paper, which has the look of burlap or heavy cloth.  I tried to make the photo larger than usual so the texture is visible.  Texture is also added with the embroidery floss, the button, and tearing along the bottom of the journalling block.   Here is the link to the challenge:

I am also entering it in The Play Date Cafe's color challenge (Black, white and plum).  The plum IRL is plummier than the photo shows!  The challenge can be found here:

Friday, October 5, 2012

MME Layout and card challenge

This is my entry for the September MME challenge found here:

Participants were challenged to create a layout and a matching card.  All of the papers (including those used to make the large flowers and the leaves) are from MME except the plain white cardstock.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

8th Grade at ISB

I was inspired by several different challenges!  One was the Scraptastic Club challenge to create a layout, card or mini album using tags.  I used a tag as a background for my daughter's school photo.  This was helpful because the school photo seemed very small when compared to the other photos.  The Scraptastic Club challenge can be found here:

Another was an MME challenge to make a layout using MME products, and then make a card to go with it.  All the paper (except the plain white cardstock) came from an MME collection.  I think my link has to show both the layout and the card, so I'll make a separate post for that.

A third was a sketch challenge at Sketch-N-Scrap, one of my favorite sketch sites.  I reversed the sketch because otherwise two photos would show my daughter looking off the page.  My entry is for challenge 18, which can be found here:

Fourth is Mema's Crafts, which challenged me to use flowers on a project.  The red flower is made of 2 punches of red MME paper.  The leaves are hand-cut from MME paper.  The center is a clear button with blue thread.  I used this flower to cover a sign on the wall of the gym in the basketball photo.  Only part of the sign showed, and it was distracting.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

A Very Good Sign (Grandson)

This was a fun page to do, in part because I was working toward the goal of submitting it for three different challenges!

I also enjoyed the memories of our trip through western Switzerland, including a stop at the train station at Grandson.

The challenges are:

1.  Challenge 2 (Stitching) by ClassyGirl at  I used stitching to attach the punched gold star to the fabric at the lower left of the photo (where it is hiding a spot in the concrete).  I also used stitching (two x's) to sew down the fabric on a slant at the upper left of the layout.  I would have used more stitching but I couldn't see well enough to get the needle threaded on my little craft sewing machine--one sad result of getting older.

2.  Creative Scrappers Sketch #225 at  I love the sketches on this website!  I followed the sketch fairly closely in the middle part of the layout, but felt I needed to add a little more decoration, and used the ticket at the lower left to cover a mark on the background paper.  I entered this in a second reveal post for this sketch because Les Papiers de Pandore was also sponsoring the sketch.

3.  Scraptastic Club Color Inspiration at  I usually design my color scheme around the colors in the photo, but this photo had rather bland colors.  The station is light yellow, and there is red on Colin's jacket and several shades of blue in the photo, so I thought this color scheme would work well.  The twist was to use a punch to create an embellishment.  I punched a star out of glossy paper that I had inked with gold alcohol ink, and I punched a circle out of cardstock that was the lighter blue color in the color challenge.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ski (Adelboden 2006 - 2007)

This is my latest challenge entry!

I am entering it in Kristi B's Technique Challenge: here:

I started with Basic Grey chipboard alphas, which I didn't care for much because they are dark grey with polka dots on them.  I inked them in blue, and then used Kristi B's technique of stamping a pattern on them using snowflake stamps.  The pattern is hard to see in the photo, unfortunately.

I am also entering it in Rochelle's Stash Challenge, here:

I used three patterned papers, three stamped images (small snowflakes) and glitter at the bottom of each of the title letters.

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Serendipitous Stamper

You could win: A Clip It Up Ribbon Organizer and 5 Rolls of Ribbon... from The Serendipitous Stamper! To find out more, see: The drawing will be held on October 5, 2012!

Update:  While I didn't win, I got a lot of good ideas from this blog!

New Scrap Addict Give-Away

This looks like a great give-away! I couldn't get the picture to work, so I'll tell you that it is a give-away of Glitz products. Check it out at:

This give-away expires October 3!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sixth grade

This is my entry in the September Sketch Challenge for the new Mothers of Boys Scrapbook Kit Club! I am also entering this in the School Days Challenge at For the Luv of Art,


This is an entry for the Back 2 Class crop at My Scraps and More.  I used my computer for the journaling block.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

ISB Grade 5

Easter 2003

I tried some new techniques on this layout!  The flowers to the left of the photo were fussy-cut from patterned paper, then inked with lavender ink.  I used brushes and ink to make the plaid background behind the large photo. I used a 5x7 photo and plan to enter this layout in the Paper Girls Go Big Challenge.  Also, if combining is permitted, I'll enter in a sketch challenge too.

The date in the lower right corner is 2003.  It is printed on shiny specialty paper, so it doesn't show up as well on the photo as it does in real life.