So if you’ve spent any time around here in the last several weeks, you probably already know that I spent the month of May participating in the Layout A Day challenge over at layoutaday.com. It was the first time I’d challenged myself to complete a layout a day for any length of time, and the experience left me with a few takeaways. Read on to find out why I LOVED taking this challenge.

  1. I realized my childhood was actually quite amazing. The theme of May’s Layout a Day was Past Perfect 2, and I chose to use the daily prompts to tell some stories from my own childhood. I had several reasons for approaching it this way, the chief one being that someday I won’t be around to tell those stories, and I want to leave behind some pieces of myself for my loved ones to remember me by. So I would spend several minutes each day flipping through my shoebox collection of childhood photos, and what I found there brought me so much joy. I feel so blessed to have such a relatively large collection of pictures from different times in my childhood. Seeing how I was photographed really helped me reframe some of my negative memories from that time period. I can see that I really was cherished and loved. And you know what? I came to have a new appreciation for the little girl I was, too. LOAD12
  2. Story/topic prompts are the bomb dot com! I think this is the real magic of the LOAD challenge. Each morning (and some nights when I was up till 11:00) I would open the prompt email, watch the video, and begin to chew on the topic for the day. In doing this, I was able to tell some stories I never would have thought of on my own. For example, it would never have occurred to me to make a page about advertisements from my growing up years, but this was the first prompt in the series, and it put me in a frame of mind to be open to new perspectives. Mad Men - 1
  3. Done is better than perfect. It was very important to me to stay on track and make one page per day, every single day. This meant that I wouldn’t have hours to agonize over perfect placement of things, fuss over embellishments, or leave a page and come back to it the next day. No. I needed to get in there, make the page, and be ready for the next prompt. So some of my pages are not up to my usual design standard. And that is OKAY. I love every single layout because each one is another memory documented. LOAD 6

These are just a few of the reasons I am now a LOAD believer. While I’m enjoying a break from the intensity of creating a project a day, I will be there with bells on the next time the LOAD challenge begins. How about you? What has been your most rewarding scrapbook challenge experience?

Scraps & Stash May 31

I did it! I actually created 31 pages in 31 days! I am so excited – and relieved – to have stuck with the Layout a Day challenge. I can’t recommend it highly enough, and I’ll be doing a wrap-up post on the experience early next week. For now, though, I’ll share the last few mini-kits and projects from the month of May.

Day 25



The challenge was to scrap about sibling relationships. I chose patterned paper and a journaling card from Fancy Pants, stickers from My Mind’s Eye, die-cut doilies, and washi tape to complete this page about my sister teaching me to walk.

Day 26



The prompt was to scrap about what you wish you knew then that you know now. I chose to finally create my “letter to my younger self” page. I picked background paper from My Mind’s Eye, and 6×8 patterned paper and stickers from Simple Stories, along with Thickers and a few woodgrain chipboard hearts.

Day 27



The next challenge was to make a page about the magical things you believed in as a child. I’ve told the story over and over about my mom taking me to search for mayapples (and the fairies I was SURE lived underneath them), so it was finally time to scrap it. Background papers are from Echo Park and Authentique. Glitter Thickers and a metal-rimmed tag are really the only embellishments.

Day 28



The prompt was to scrap your bedtime routine. My page is about my childhood fear of sleeping alone after I listened to “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” on a record I got from a cereal box. The background papers are from My Mind’s Eye and Amy Tangerine. The stickers and journal box are from Reminisce.

Day 29


The challenge was to scrap about your favorite food from the past. I found a great My Mind’s Eye paper specifically for scrapping recipes in the stash I won at last month’s charity crop. I layered more My Mind’s Eye papers and stickers, a shipping tag, and flower stickers from Reminisce.

Day 30


The next prompt was to scrap about a secret place. I tried to think of one, but kept coming up blank, so in the end I chose to scrap my favorite photo of me and my mom. The background paper is from Fancy Pants, with some Echo Park papers layered on. A few My Mind’s Eye brads, a metal-rimmed tag, and a layered sticker finish off the page.

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And the final prompt for the month was to scrap about a dream vacation – one that you actually took, or one that you would love to take. I scrapped about a trim my family and I took to Galveston when I was little. I knew we had gone to some sort of sea animal park, but couldn’t remember the name of it. I googled and found pictures of the now-closed Sea-Arama marina that perfectly matched mine. We live in such a cool age! For this layout, I used patterned papers and a journal block from My Mind’s Eye and flair from Studio Calico.

Whew! What a month it was! After all that daily scrapping, I’m energized and re-inspired. I won’t hold myself to the expectation of a page a day, though. But for June, I am planning to play along with The S.W.A.T. Scrap Warriors Advanced Training blog. They host lots of fun challenges throughout the month, and I can’t wait to see what they’ve got planned for this one. I’d love to have you join me and share your stash projects. Be sure to link me up in the comments!




Scraps & Stash May 24

Whew! Where does the time go? I had every intention of posting S&S Saturday after I got home from retreat yesterday. Obviously, my intentions were not realized, and instead I spent a leisurely evening with my son who came to visit while his dad cooked supper. It’s rough on me…

At any rate, I’m here now to share my kits and projects from the past week.

LOAD514 I’m playing along with Layout a Day, so instead of using one kit for the entire month, I’m picking kits each day to use for each of the prompts.


Mini Kit #17 uses paper, borders, stickers and frames from Reminisce’s Unwritten line.


Layout #17 – Stay Tuned! Tells the story of what television was like in my house growing up.


Mini Kit #18 has papers from Jillibean Soup, stickers from My Mind’s Eye, and alphas from October Afternoon and Thickers.



Layout #18 – My Troublesome Two Front Teeth tells the story of my front teeth falling out, then growing in all wrong.



Mini Kit #19 includes patterned paper from My Mind’s Eye and Studio Calico, stickers from Simple Stories, Studio Calico Journaling cards, Fancy pants buttons, and random ribbon and fabric tape from stash.


Layout #19 – The Teacher in Me tells about how I always imagined I would someday become a teacher. P1140906

Mini Kit #20 has patterned paper from Simple Stories and Jillibean Soup, stickers from My Mind’s Eye, Pink Paisley alpha stickers, and Studio Calico journaling cards.LOAD20Layout #20 – I’m a Believer describes how I grew up believing in God, even though I wasn’t raised in church.


P1140911Mini Kit #21 includes patterned papers from My Mind’s Eye and Echo Park, a journaling card from Studio Calico, and red corrugated Thickers.



Layout #20 – Whoops! is about the time I whacked off my hair because I didn’t think my new haircut was short enough.


Mini Kit #22 uses my fantastic prize patterned papers and black and white Thickers.



Layout #22 – Disco Fever tells all about how the 70’s will forever be thought of as the Disco Decade.


Mini Kit #23 includes patterned paper scraps from Echo Park, stickers and brads from My Mind’s Eye, and metal rimmed tags from Crate Paper.LOAD 23

Layout #23 – 66 Acre Playground tells how as a child, I had a huge “playground” to explore because we lived on a 66-acre farm.


Mini Kit #24 includes patterned papers from Amy Tangerine, My Mind’s Eye, and Echo Park, brads from My Mind’s Eye, a Studio Calico journaling card, and Thickers and Pebbles Tiny Type alphas.


Layout #24 – Just Thinkin and Drinkin tells the story of my sister’s and my sleepover with our older sister, drinking Slenderalls for breakfast and how they look like cans of beer in the photo.

Whoa! Lots of kits and layouts this week! I am so pleased with how much stash I’m using, and I am LOVING the layouts I’ve made so far this month. I can’t wait to put all these layouts into their own dedicated album. And, I am still on track with the challenges – I haven’t missed a day yet, and I want to finish this final week strong and proud. And of course, I’ll be back next week to show you the results. Thanks for joining me!


Scraps & Stash May 17

Hello, and welcome to a new Scraps & Stash Saturday! It’s a gorgeous, sunny day here in my part of Louisiana, and life is good. I hope your weekend is going wonderfully as well.


For the entire month of May, I’m participating in the Layout a Day challenge. The theme is Past Perfect, so you’ll see that most of my layouts are throwbacks from my childhood. And because of the daily nature of the challenge, rather than choosing just one giant mega-kit at the beginning of the month, I am choosing mini kits each day for each individual layout.


This week’s first mini kit consisted of a few My Mind’s Eye patterned papers, stickers, and brads, and some foam and glitter Thickers which aren’t shown in the photo.


The resulting layout in response to the prompt “telephone” is titled Phoning it In. The patterned papers were layered together, a journaling block added, and the stickers and brad embellish the layout.


The next kit was put together mostly from scraps, with a My Mind’s Eye patterned paper for the background. Pebbles Tiny Type alphas and foam Thickers were chosen for the title work, and a single journal block (Simple Stories? Studio Calico? If you know, please leave me a comment – I want more of them!) was chosen for embellishment.



A few other items round out the embellishments on the completed layout, Puppy Love. I added a small Studio Calico flair button, a metal rimmed tag, and a woodgrain chipboard heart.



Next up, I chose a striped My Mind’s Eye pattern trimmed with glitter, a few Girls Paperie scraps, some Pebbles Tiny Type, and glitter Thickers.




And made this page I’ve always been a Dreamer. I also added a doily sticker, metal rimmed tag, and rhinestone stars to the finished page.


The next prompt, “best of,” made me want to scrap some 70s iconic things as well as some more down-home things that I thought were “the best” when I was a kid. I picked these bright patterned papers, which came from a paper pad I “won” at convention one year. When I saw my “prize,” I was well and truly disgusted, but my friends encouraged me to hang onto it for “someday.” Well, someday came. I picked papers from the pad and some old black Scenic Route alphabet stickers.





And the finished page is actually not hideous, as I would have thought anything made with this paper would be. 🙂



The next day, the prompt was “sick days,” so I began by searching for photos I would want to use from the internet. Once I found them, I picked a soft pink, blue, and green color palette. I found some My Mind’s Eye and BoBunny patterned papers and scraps, a Misc Me notebook page, and Fancy Pants alpha stickers.



I think they complemented the photos rather well, and the journaling describes how I spent sick days when I was little.


I dove back into that “prize” paper pad for the next layout. I also selected an Amy Tangerine paper for the background, and, although the photos my first choice of alphabet stickers, I actually used the black Scenic Route ones again.



The finished layout is called Fashion Defined, and it chronicles a few of the fashion choices made in the 70s, with a little bit of snarky commentary about each one.



For this week’s final mini-kit, I chose three Lily Bee Handmade patterned papers, a scrap of Girls Paperie paper, My Mind’s Eye Stickers, Crate Paper metal-rimmed tags, green and white baker’s twine, and woodgrain chipboard hearts and Thickers.



And put together this layout titled The Lake Place. I layered the various patterns together, then added some washi tape, a sticker and metal-rimmed tag, three of the woodgrain hearts, and Thickers for the title.

Thanks for stopping by this week! If you’ve created a project or two with your scraps and stash, I’d love to see them! Please link me up in the comments below. And if you’re participating in LOAD, I’d love to follow you on the Flickr gallery as well.

Till next week!

Scraps & Stash May 10

Welcome to another Scraps & Stash Saturday! I have so much to share with you this week, so let’s just dive right in.


I’m a participant in May’s Layout a Day challenge, and the theme for this round is Past Perfect. As it turns out, I’ve been using lots of photos from my childhood, and am completely loving the whole process!

The prompt for Day 4 was to scrap about your relationship with Santa. I also wanted to complete an assignment for BPC’s Stashbusters Anonymous, which was to incorporate your stamp stash into a layout. Here’s how it went:


I found some Christmas themed papers in a bag of papers I won in a raffle. Pulled out four sets of Close to My Heart stamps, and four colors of ink (not shown).



And created “Makin’ a List, Checkin’ it Twice.”

Day 5’s prompt was to scrap about when, as a child, you thought your life would begin. I again wanted to complete an assignment for Stashbusters, which was to use a monochromatic color scheme:


I pulled four patterns from Echo Park’s For the Record line, some blue Thickers, some woodgrain chipboard hearts, and some Pink Paislee letter stickers with blue grid printing.



And created “Life Begins With Mommyhood.”

For Day 6, the prompt was to scrap about misheard lyrics. I didn’t really have any memories associated with that exact prompt, but I did recall a time when I DELIBERATELY sang something wrong. Again, I wanted to complete a Stashbusters assignment, and this layout idea totally lent itself to the technique of using up number stickers.


I pulled out a couple of sheets of Good Day Sunshine papers and a whoooooole lotta letter stickers.


And created “Organ-ized Nuisance.” The blue bar across the top is the actual sequence of numbers for playing “Silent Night” on an organ, and was done by placing down random number stickers, spraying over them, then peeling them back off the paper.

Day 7’s prompt was to scrap about the most wonderful time of the year. No-brainer for me – I’ve actually been singing that song in my head for the past two weeks, knowing that school will be out O-U-T on May 20!


Again, I pulled some Good Day Sunshine paper and scraps, along with some Simple Stories summer-themed stickers.


And created “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy”

Day 8’s prompt was to scrap the soundtrack of your life. For me, it was a LITERAL soundtrack, and I knew I had to scrap it.


I gathered sheets of patterned paper from my raffle stash as well as one of those big honkin’ paper pads from Hobby Lobby, and one piece from a 6×6 Amy Tangerine Ready, Set, Go pad, as well as stickers from Basic Grey’s Clippings line.




And created “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Anyone remember those awesomely awkward reflections photos? Anyone? Bueller?

And Day 9’s prompt was to scrap about school.


I actually had a few school-themed things on hand (imagine that!), and I gathered up papers from Studio Calico’s Yearbook line, along with label stickers from My Mind’s Eye and Simple Stories, and some corrugated goodies from a monthly kit I subscribed to once-upon-a-time.



And created “It’s All Elementary.”

Man, it’s been a fun week! There are so many things I’m loving about this process, but I’ll fill you in on all that once I’ve completed Day 31. For now, I’ve gotta get it in gear to make tonight’s deadline. If you’re participating in LOAD, be sure to let me know – I’d love to see your take on all the prompts. And even if you’re not, you can leave me a comment to say hello (and reminisce with me about all that 1970s weirdness present in these photos). Till next time!



Happy National Scrapbook Day! I hope you’ve had a chance to enjoy some scrappy time today, or at least this weekend.

This month’s Scraps & Stash Saturday will be a little different from previous months. I’m taking part in the Layout a Day challenge, and an additional layer to that challenge for me will be to use only items from my stash (although I’ve recently added to it – watch the video for more details about that). I’ll share my daily layouts all here together on Saturdays, along with the supplies selected for each one.

First up: Prompt #1 was to scrap about something “in the news.” I decided to scrap a really funny ad that came out the year I was born. I chose these supplies for the page:


Scraps from October Afternoon, patterned paper from My Mind’s Eye Good Day Sunshine, Studio Calico flair, Thickers, and Basic Grey Clippings stickers.

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The layout is titled “Mad Men” about an ad touting sugar’s weight-loss enhancing properties. 😉

Prompt #2 was to scrap about your room growing up.


I again chose Good Day Sunshine patterned paper, Thickers, a Simple Stories journaling card, butterflies die cut from cream-colored cardstock, and a snippet of pink ribbon.

That 70s Room

The layout is called “That 70s Room” about the items you would have found in my room as a child.

Prompt #3 was to scrap about board games from your childhood.


Again, Good Day Sunshine seemed an appropriate choice for the background, along with Simple Stories This & That notebook paper, BoBunny Misc Me journaling paper, Thickers, Pebbles mini alphas, and Studio Calico woodgrain chipboard hearts.

The Games We Played

The layout is titled “The Games We Played,” about playing games with all my brothers and sisters on Sunday afternoons.

I’d love to see what you’ve been up to! Create anything new this NSD? Link me up in the comments! I’ll be sure to drop by and leave some love.