Bubble Bath

Ready to giggle? I couldn’t help laughing when I went to check on my daughter in the bath one night. And this is what I found she had been up to…

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She’d gotten can of shaving cream lathered into a wild froth and created a lovely harido. A harido with a side of attitude.

I had two inspirations for this page.


  1. Shimelle’s repeat a shape challenge
  2. DCWV’s May stack challenge. Here is their sketch to draw from…

I took the circle elements of the sketch as inspiration as to add lots of circle layers to create bubbles. Heat embossed and watercolored bubbles, topped off with DCWV vellum circles and a couple of circles punched from pattern paper. (My DCWV paper stack this time around was the 8.5×11 Textiles stack.) Here is what all those repeated circle layers look like up close.

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If you are afraid to add watercolor to your pages, this is a simple way to keep it easy and contained. Heat emboss a shape and watercolor inside the lines! I have to admit that I did have bleeding underneath the embossing my first try. But I tried again and blotted up the really wet watercolor paint right away and gave it a bit of heat from the heat gun and that controlled the leakage. Add in some spatter and any uncontrolled leak looks intentional!

Go try some layers and some watercoloring!


When my middle kid came down with a nasty cold that left her sleeping for days on end, she missed the first (and only!) snow of the season. She was so bummed. I knew I had to capture that on a layout. So, that is the first page I worked on this NSD2016.

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Two challenges fit the bill for this layout.

  1. Shimelle’s weekly challenge of using arrows
  2. SCT’s 2pm challenge of using “directional” elements

For this layout I used Shimelle papers, date stamp and Thicker letters. I threw in some DCWV glitzy paper, random vellum and small alpha stickers. I pulled out older wood veneer arrows and used them to add flow to the journaling.

National Scrapbook Day 2016

Whose favorite holiday happened this weekend? Mine! What? Yours too you say? Well awesome!

NSD is a time when I find lots of inspiration and I prioritize time to work on this craft that I love. I felt particularly productive this time around. I’m hoping I can still get more in, because even though the day is over, the inspiration is still rolling around in my head. Here is a sneak peek of all the projects I worked on yesterday.

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I played along with Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine’s NSD challenges, challenges at Shimelle.com (starting here), and DCWV‘s May Stack-a-holic challenge. Some of these challenge themes even overlapped at times!

I will have individual posts for each page as I get them written up. I hope you all had a great time playing along with NSD (or will if you couldn’t be live for the event).

NSD 2013 #5

And for this challenge I was again at Shimelle.com. I used challenge #5 (use brads or eyelets), challenge #15 (add embellishments in rows) and #23 stretch your supplies. All the pattern paper strips came from sheets of pattern paper that I had just about used up. Most of them were punched in odd area. Instead of recycling the punched up pieces I was able to cut around the punches to salvage some nice strips of paper.

Sorry about the glare. I was sure I was in a good spot when I took this photo! I am just pushing through all my backlogged projects so retaking photos of things is not a priority for me right now!

NSD 2013 #4

Okay, I wasn’t sure how I was going to tackle challenge #7 over at Shimelle.com, which was to use unexpected supplies. But when I found the photos of my daughters apple art, I decided to raid the kitchen for little tidbits to add to my page. Natural embellishments! I combined this with challenge # 19, use paint, and came up with this page. I used a grocery bag to stipple paint onto the page, then used a slice of apple to dip in the paint and stamp on the page.

NSD 2013 #3

Quick one. This was a challenge to scrap about yourself from Shimelle.com (#8). Scrapping about myself isn’t something new to me. But I haven’t done it in a very loooong time. So in a way that was a challenge to take time away from my other projects to talk about me. This is 6×6 for my personal album.

NSD 2013 post #2

They say if you are going to go, go big. And I did for this one. These challenge were from both Big Picture Classes and Shimelle.com (#1, #3, #9, #11, & #17). The main challenge I focused on was try something new. So many new things for me here. The arty style, using fabric to hand cut shapes, homemade spray ink, using my Cricut + Gypsy to design & cut a popular Polaroid style frame, using lots of pink & sparkles, adding color to a black and white photo. All new. And I love it!

National Scrapbook Day

Yesterday was National (or International, if you prefer) Scrapbook Day. Each year I want to participate fully and each year there is always something else going on. This time our family went to a Medieval Festival and also Free Comic Book Day at our local comic shop. So my scrapping came in late in the day. Never the less, I got a ton of work done trying to catch up on the last 4 months of scrapping. I’m hoping to plow through pages this week! With the help of NSD and some challenges at a few of my favorite sites, I am making things happen.

Here is my first layout.

The challenge both from Big Picture Classes and from Shimelle.com (#21), was to use divided pages to add extra photos to a layout. I’ve never done this before and I do like the results. My only worry is that none of my other pages have to be removed from their albums to be fully experienced. I’m wondering if this style will work for me long term. I have some ideas to tweak the process to work for me. So maybe I can incorporate it next time a way that I didn’t use here.

Final NSD & LOAD Day 3

Okay, so I finished up my challenges for NSD today finally! And I worked on my LOAD layout for the day. Check them all out.

This was a NSD challenge to create a shaped object. It is a card I made for my SIL for Mother’s Day. I really had fun with this one. Making a card in the shape of a letter? It was great. Try it using the recipients initial.

The NSD challenge here was to create something with or for a child. Since my 3yo scraps with me all the time, this was a breeze. I mentioned the word Cricut and she came running. She decided she wanted to make a princess and viola.

Final NSD challenge was to create a monochromatic plus flower project. A Mother’s Day card for my MIL in her favorite color.

And my LOAD project for today…


  • pattern paper, rubons, stickers: Piggy Tales
  • cardstock: Stampin’ Up
  • punch: Fiskars
  • monogram letter: Circut (Opposites Attract)
  • brads: from stash
  • font: Times New Roman