Funny story…August happened!

Seriously, somehow it snuck up on me this year. Here I was, enjoying the lazy, crazy days of summer and getting tons of scrapping done, and then, WHAM! It’s already August. Which means back to school time for me. See, I teach third grade at one of the best little elementary schools around, and I love it. But I think every teacher would cop to a little bit of dread when the time comes to put together your classroom, start thinking about inservice meetings, and prepare curriculum for the upcoming school year. It’s enough to drain the mojo out of Leonardo DaVinci, much less a regular ole Sally Scrapbooker like me.

My goal is to get back to S&S Saturdays once I’m settled into a routine – hopefully in time to put together a brand new stash kit for September. Meanwhile, I’m enrolled in Super Stashbusters over at Big Picture Classes, so I’m hoping to grab some time to scrap along with the challenges when I can and post my projects here.

So, please, if you love Scraps & Stash Saturday, stay tuned. It’s coming back, I promise! And if you’re new here and are not sure what I’m talking about, check out the Scraps & Stash category for posts dating back to January of this year – hopefully you’ll find tons of inspiration to get you scrapping your stash!

Till next time, Cheers!

Scraps & Stash July 19

Welcome to another week of Christmas in July Scraps & Stash. This week’s layouts are all about the same year – 2007. We had recently moved into our current home and we wanted to do the holidays big. We went to the tree farm and got a huge real tree and decorated all the front rooms. We also hosted both our family gatherings. I have tons of photos from that year, but I managed to cut them down to three double-page spreads.

Tree Farm Double Page Layout

Tree Farm Double Page Spread

The first layout is titled “Tree Farm,” and it documents our first trip to a tree farm to pick out a tall tree for our living room, as well as the other trees we put up around the house. I used Crate Paper Sleigh Ride patterned paper for the background, then layered blocks of green text paper and solid cardstock and Carta Bella scraps over all.

Tree Farm Left Side

Tree Farm Left Side


Tree Farm Right Page

Tree Farm Right Page


Presents Double Page Spread

Presents Double Page Spread

The second layout documents our Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning gift opening. I loved both sides of the Sleigh Ride background pages, so I decided to trim them down a bit in order to use the scraps on another project. I layered the background pages over Vanilla cardstock, then added a layer of Crimson spanning both sides. A few cut apart pieces and stickers round out the embellishing.

Presents Left Page

Presents Left Page

Presents Right Page

Presents Right Page

Family Double Page

The last layout documents our extended family gatherings. I chose kraft cardstock for backgrounds, then started stacking scraps from other layouts on top to build the layout. The photos are matted in Scarlet, and die-cuts, cut apart pieces, and stickers round out the pages.

Family Right Page

Family Right Page

Family Left Page

Family Left Page

And here’s what’s left. 4 sets of double pages for two-page spreads, several single sheets of patterned papers, lots of cut-apart pieces, die-cuts, stickers, and ribbon. If you’ve got some great ideas for using up ribbon, I’d love to see them – this seems to be one stash item I have a hard time using up. I’ve started a Pinterest board for ideas, and I can always us more.Kit Remains

I’d love to see your stash projects too, Christmas or otherwise. Leave a comment and link me up!

Scraps & Stash July 12 2014

Welcome to Week 1 of Scraps & Stash Saturday Christmas in July. Last week I shared the contents of my Christmas stash kit. I knew I had a ton of Christmas photos in my backlog, so I purposely put together a really large kit. Originally I planned to make lots of double page layouts with some single pages mixed in, but when I made an honest assessment of where I really was with my Christmas photos, I changed my strategy to also include some pocket pages. Here’s what I’ve gotten done so this week:

Double page layout – Mother/Daughter Sleepover

Christmas Layout Left Side Christmas Layout Right Side

I was able to get seven photos scrapped with this spread, telling the story of our first mother-daughter Christmas get together, which took place in 2005.Double Page Christmas Layout

Next I put together a pocket page layout. The front is full of photos from Christmas Eve 2005Christmas Pocket Page Layout 1

and the back has photos from Christmas Day 2005. Christmas Pocket Page Layout 2

Moving on to 2006 – this single page is untitled and features photos from our second mother-daughter ornament exchange. The photos are so similar in nature to the 2005 layout, I didn’t feel the need to use enough to make another double-page spread. I *did* want to include the event, though, because as it turns out, we were only able to keep up this tradition for a few years before we lost Mom.Christmas Layout

Most of our Christmas 2006 photos will be included in our Disney World album, but this leaves me with photos from extended family get togethers, so again, I reached for a divided page protector to get the story told. Here’s the front of our Feliz Navidad page, which includes a title topper, journaling box, and three photos.Christmas Pocket Page Layout 3

and the back, where the rest of the photos are on display. I may actually go back and add another photo to the topper so it won’t feel so empty. Tip: Because the top pocket in this particular configuration was open, I used a strip of washi tape to hold in the title strip. Christmas Pocket Page Layout 4Now here’s what’s left: Lots of patterned paper, plenty of stickers, ribbon and brads. Hopefully enough to finish out the rest of the photos I need to scrap in order to get caught up. That would be the years of 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, and 2014. Yikes! Week 1 Christmas in July Kit Leftovers

Are you scrapping along? Making any Christmas layouts? I’d love to see them! Leave me a link in the comments so I can be inspired by you.

Till next week – cheers!

July 5

It’s that time again! The first Saturday of the month, and a new Scraps & Stash kit reveal.

This month’s kit is one built around a theme, and that theme is, of course, Christmas. I’d really like to make a dent in my backlog of holiday photos, and goodness knows I’ve got more than enough Christmas stash! I’d like to create a layout a day this month like I did during LOAD514, so hopefully I’ll be putting it all to good use.

So here’s a peek at what I’ll be working with:


This kit has 37 sheets of patterned paper, 8 sticker sheets, 3 types of trim, and a partridge in a pear tree. Or pack of brads. I didn’t pull any solid cardstock, because I’m thinking I’ll use several of the “B” sides of my patterns as backgrounds for the layouts. I chose a mix of traditional and nontraditional Christmas colors, and I’m using two lines that I really love – Crate Paper “Sleigh Ride” and Carta Bella “Merry and Bright.” Hopefully having such fun goodies to play with will keep me from getting bored scrapping basically the same photos repeatedly (from different years, of course).

So how about you? Want to play along? If you create a Christmas Scraps & Stash kit of your own and link your projects here on the blog, you’ll be entered to win some scrappy Christmas prizes. Keep an eye out for future posts revealing those – you never know when they may pop up, so stay tuned. Can’t wait to see what you create!


June 28Hello and welcome to another Scraps & Stash Saturday. I’m finishing up my projects using June’s kit and sharing them here on my blog and on YouTube.

SWAT Badge With Background

This month I’m playing along with challenges from the S.W.A.T. Scrap Warriors Advanced Training blog, where you can play along and enter to win prizes!

Layout 1

The first project I created this week was in response to a S.W.A.T. challenge to make a layout about happy feet. Mine, titled “If I Can’t Wear My Flip Flops I’m Not Going” uses a piece of hot pink cardstock layered over green and white polka dot patterned paper. The photo mat is striped patterned paper and is layered over a piece of My Mind’s Eye text patterned paper. Embellishments are a FREE printable and cut file from my buddy Cara over at The Hooting Pirate (be sure to stop by and get yours!), and a thin piece of black ric rac. The journaling tells about my relaxed personal style and a funny story that happened to me and my best friend related to that.

Card 2

Next up is a card I made for my husband for our 25th wedding anniversary, which is Monday. I used a piece of My Mind’s Eye patterned paper and Close to My Heart stamps and inks to complete it. The design is lifted from a card found on my Cardmaking Pinterest board.    Luggage Tags

Next, I made luggage tags by stitching orange patterned cardstock frames to white cardstock bases, then stitching pink patterned paper onto the backs. Hopefully they will be sturdy enough to withstand our flight to Wyoming in a few days.Orange 3x4 cardsPink 3x4 cards

And last but not least, I created 8 Project Life-style journaling cards using up scraps and pieces from my kit. These will come in really handy for future layouts and cards.Final Kit remains

Here’s what’s left of my June Scraps & Stash kit. There’s a lot here still. I have no problem returning most of it to my stash and/or recycling pieces of it into future stash kits. Except for these:


Just a few Jillibean Soup and Basic Grey bits and pieces. I know I won’t use what’s left, and I’d like them to go to someone who will. If you have a use for these, please leave a comment saying so. When we get back from our Yellowstone Trip next Sunday, I’ll use to pick from the commenters, then send these out to their new home.

Pinnable Graphic

That concludes this month’s Scraps & Stash Saturday. Join me next month for a Christmas in July. If you play along, you just might win some cool prizes!

Till next time – cheers!

Scraps & Stash Logo

Welcome to another week of Scraps & Stash Saturday! This week I’ve got two layouts and a card to share with you, so let’s take a look!

Layout: Mamaw

The first layout is titled “Mamaw,” and it shows two of my absolute favorite photos of my mom with each of my sons. It tickles me to see how similar the photos are to each other, even though they were taken about three years apart. On this layout, I used up the rest of the Echo Park Life is Good patterned paper (I cut it out of the center on one of last week’s layouts), finished off the Studio Calico patterned paper, and used up several of the Basic Grey diecuts and BoBunny stickers.Layout: 2 of a Kind

The second layout, “2 of a Kind,” is a page about my scrapbooking friend Faith. On it, I used the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook paper I’ve wanted to use for a long time. I layered a scrap of Echo Park For the Record paper, a BoBunny noteworthy journaling block, and a few brads. The title piece was die cut from white cardstock using my CTMH Artbooking Cricut cartridge. I misted it with Dylusions spray, and then used the extra with a small paintbrush to color in the flowers on the Sketchbook paper.Card: Thinking of You

And the final project for this week is a card. I wanted to use one of the cool Polaroid style diecuts Faith had given me, but couldn’t quite make it work on my layouts. I used Picked Berry Distress Ink to dye it, then went to work layering Basic Grey patterned papers and diecuts around it. P1140995

And here’s what’s left after all my crafting so far this month. There is still almost an entire booklet of the noteworthy journal blocks, which I will be able to stretch out over lots more projects. But the rest of the supplies are starting to feel a little challenging. I’ve got two full sheets of solid color cardstock (pink and yellow), three full sheets of patterned paper, and a few scraps of each, plus several brads, diecuts, and stickers. There’s a new drill up over at SWAT, so I definitely want to participate in it, but beyond that, I may resort to making a lot of cards with what is left here.

I’d love to see what crafting you’ve been up to! Leave me a link to your gallery or blog, and I’ll be sure to stop by and leave you some love.



S&S June 14

Hello and welcome to Scraps & Stash Saturday for the second week of June. I’m away at a retreat this weekend, and I have two new layouts to share from this month’s Scraps & Stash Kit.

Layout 1'The first layout, “That’s My Phoebes,” uses a vanilla cardstock background framed by Echo Park Life is Good patterned paper. I “gutted” the paper so that I could use it again on another project. The photo is framed by My Mind’s Eye patterned paper and layered over the hot pink cardstock block. Embellishments are bits and pieces from both Basic Grey and Jillibean Soup, a little bit of washi tape, and an epoxy brad from Basic Grey. The journaling is about how I won the heart of my Japeke (Japanese Chin/Pekingese mix). I based the layout on a sketch from Life.Paper.Scrapbook (featured in this week’s Monday Mojo post), and the S.W.A.T. blog’s Drill # 33 to use a selfie.

Layout 2Layout # 2 “My Boys” uses a kraft background layered on white and blue. The photo is matted on Studio Calico patterned paper, and the journaling block is from a BoBunny noteworthy pad. The embellishments are bits and pieces from Jillibean Soup. I outlined them with black pen to tie them in with the doodling on the journaling card. The journaling tells about the bond my two boys share with each other. Kit Leftovers

Here’s what remains of my kit now. I still have lots of paper to work with, as well as plenty of embellishments, trims, and alphabet stickers. And with the new Basic Training posted on S.W.A.T., I’m excited to see what else comes out of this kit.

June 8

It’s the first weekend of the month and time to reveal a new Scraps & Stash Kit.

SWAT Badge With Background

This month, I invite you to play along with me at the S.W.A.T. blog, where you’ll find two Drills, or challenges (with prizes attached!), one Basic Training (a tutorial of some sort), and one Special Ops Mission (an off-the page, home decor, or 3D item). It should be LOTS of fun, and I’m excited to see what’s in store for June.

SWAT Color Combo

That being said, I was all fired up to see what the first Drill would be for this month so I could put together a kit for it, but the challenge is to scrap a selfie. Which I’ll enjoy doing. But a kit? For a selfie? I just couldn’t figure out how to make that happen. So I searched back to a previous drill and found this delicious color scheme. NOW I had something to build a kit with!

June Stash KitAnd here it is. This kit contains 8 sheets of solid cardstock; 6 full sheets of patterned papers from Lily Bee, My Mind’s Eye, and Amy Tangerine; 6 scrap pieces of patterned paper from BoBunny, Echo Park, Simple Stories, and more; 2 sheets of stickers, 3 sets of alphas (1 mini and 2 Thickers), 3 ribbon scraps, a partial roll of washi tape, and 3 partial packages of epoxy brads. It’s awesome, and I can’t wait to create with it!

Now it’s your turn. Link me up in the comments to a photo or post about your own Scraps & Stash Kit. I’d love to see, and have you play along!

Gah! Lately it seems I can’t get Scraps & Stash posted on time to save my life! That’s what good comes from being “Last Minute Lisa.” LOL

So, what’s happened is this – I picked out one place from which to draw inspiration from this month’s kit. I’m still totally going to play along with their challenges, by the way. The problem was, the site doesn’t post their first challenge till the first Saturday of the month, which is today (duh!). And, well…their challenge for this month is AWESOME, and I love it, but it’s not so conducive to building an entire kit around.

Which has left me floundering a little bit. Which is completely my own fault. So, as it stands now, I have identified a post from which I CAN put together a kit, and am going to move forward with it. Tomorrow. When there’s daylight to film by.

For those who are regular readers of S&S Saturday, I do apologize. I feel terrible about posting late with this again. All I can say is I’ve learned my lesson. From now on, I will do my due diligence and be ready to go with a kit inspiration well in advance of the first Saturday of the month. I hope you’ll hang with me, and check back tomorrow for June’s Scraps & Stash Kit.


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.

Day 31


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!