Scrapbook page with Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Collection

April 2, 2016

Good Morning,

It has been a while since I have finished a layout. This particular one is about a trait our beloved “part-toddler-part-Australian Shepherd” has that drives us nuts. If left near any kind of clothing, bedding or towels she will work relentlessly to remove every last vestige of the tag. She even removed the tag from our mattress.  No tag is safe in our house nor do any of us have any idea what a tag has ever done to her. However, I understand from one of the Breeders this “tag removal power” is strong in her family. Her father had it, Her half- brother has it and she has it!

It is particularly frustrating when trying to determine the size of our little one’s clothing. It is a guessing game that usually only reveals itself by him trying on the clothes….not a favorite pastime of our two-year old.

Of course, this impact on our daily lives along with her special powers to ferret out a tag from deep in the laundry basket needed to be documented.  If you look closely in the picture you will see the tag to our bedding just under her fur and near her paw. She was caught in the act!

For this layout I used Graphic 45’s Raining Cats & Dogs. Pet collections lately have not been working well for me so it was with some hesitation that I used it. Turned out the turquoise in the collection, which gave me the most concern, worked well with her black fur.  I used 11 separate pieces of paper on this one including some detail cutting for the girl with the umbrella. The different 6×6 papers were used for the picture mat and the journaling space.  Along with my favorite paw print punch to highlight the picture.colorburst egg3Given it is Graphic 45 paper, I feel more embellishment should on it but it was struggle with the larger picture (6×6) and the layers. I now have plenty of embellishment to figure out another project.

One thing about the creative process, it does not always come at the best times. At the last minute I decided that a base paper of black card stock would add the extra pop I needed for my picture. This meant trimming down the plaid paper which can be difficult with the weight of an almost finished layout, cutting such a fine line of 1/8th can be really hard for my trimmer.   Instead I pulled out my scoring board, scored on the remaining three sides then carefully folded them under. This resulted in cleaner lines with enough dimension there is not a need to ink the edges.    To adhere it to the black card stock I used 1/8th score tape on the edge of the folded edges (leave me a comment if that doesn’t make sense) and tape runner in the middle.

Tip: if you are making a last minute base paper changes that require a narrow cut (i.e. 1/8th of an inch) try using the score board and folding it under. This will give you even clean lines with slight dimension.

I always appreciate the visits and comments, thank you for taking the time to stop by my little space on the web.

Until next time……





Project challenge

February 19, 2016

Good Morning,

On my last post I talked about challenging myself to finish a project on my to do list by the end of this month. I decided I would finish up an album that was originally intended for my husband this past Valentines Day.

As I previously said, life can get in the way, in this case it came in the form of our toddler being sick with an ear infection. Who in turn shared it with all of us. Valentine’s Day quickly loses its luster when the NyQuil commercial is your reality.

However, it works out as our  anniversary is coming up in March. What better opportunity  to give a gift celebrating our marriage than on our anniversary.

So now that I have picked my project, let’s get into the products that I will be using to create this album….

The Product List:


Interior blank pages

I choose this square album made by Frank Garcia for Prima Marketing. It is roughly 6.75 x6.75 with  6  6×6 pages. The pages are a thick chipboard kraft base as you can see in the picture. I choose a pre-made album so I could focus on designing interactive pages.


Album front that I have covered


Here is the front cover as you can see I didn’t get very far with it. While the paper and ink are all that is showing I do have most of it designed.



The collection I choose is the beautiful Mon Amour by Graphic 45.


Graphic 45  Mon Amour Collection

When I first saw this collection last fall, I knew immediately I wanted to make an album. But my mind was swimming with Christmas projects ideas so I didn’t buy it right away. By the time I was ready to buy it, most of it had sold out. Now I am  crossing my fingers I have enough to get through the album.

Here is what I have to use:

  • 2  8×8 pads
  • 2 6×6 pads
  • 1  chipboard tags sheet
  • 1 pockets and tags sheet
  • 1 chipboard journaling sticker sheet
  • 1 package of the journaling cards
  • 1 12×12 alphabet sheet
  • Various rhinestone and flower embellishments

Now I need to go refill my coffee cup so I can start planning my page designs and finish inking my pages.

Until next time……







I am finally getting the energy up to clean up my scrap space after the whirlwind of Valentine projects, school projects,  and some new purchases.  As I start to put things away, I see stacks of all the beautiful product I have set aside for a number of project ideas. I realize that it is …

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