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Scrapbooking with Becky Higgins on creativeLive


Hi Scrappy Gyals,

If you’re not tracking… There is a live streaming of Becky Higgins-Scrapbooking with Project Life on creativelive.com. The Course is a 3-day event which started yesterday, so you still have today and tomorrow. The course is free while it’s streaming live. I was hanging out in the chat rooms yesterday and chatted with some really fun girls. Go in there and hang out in the chat area and meet some new scrapbooking friends. I will be heading there in a little bit…

Here is the live streaming link: Scrapbooking with Becky



National Scrapbooking Day aka NSD is on May 5th, 2012.  Its time for paper crafters to party! Actually some have been partying all week, and will be throughout the weekend. There are lots of virtual scrapbooking events and prize giveaways. I have posted a few of these crafting events  that I will be attending at the end of the post.

Why the scrapbook craze?  There are many reasons why people start and get hooked on scrapbooking. Some want to preserve their photographs, or want to record their memories of major life events. Scrapbooking family history and those everyday life memories are also important reasons to scrapbook.  I still enjoy looking at old photos-the few that I have.  I would love my children and grandchildren (yes-one of my sons already told me he will have 8 kids!) to be able to look at my scrapbook pages and also enjoy seeing my creative side. Lastly,  I feel you would agree it is a creative outlet with many degrees of Fun, FuN, FUN involved!


Scrapbook page of Lourdes

Self Portrait

Preserving photos- now that we are in the digital age the majority of my photos live on a hard drive.  The ones I choose to scrapbook are placed on acid free paper and in acid free photo albums.  All the materials such as inks for stamping, adhesives and embellishments I use are also acid free. Isn’t it just sad to look back at precious photos and find that they have gradually been degraded or ripped from those harsh chemicals used in those sticky albums? What a pity?

I feel that it is awesome to scrapbook kids as they grow.  Unfortunately, I have not been on top my scrapbooking. Journaling the memories are extremely important.  When I don’t have time to scrapbook the photos, I make notes in my phone to trigger my memory when it is scrapbooking time.  Fortunately, our modern cameras also keep some details such as the date and time; some even have geographic location tracking built in, which helps when it comes to recalling the memories. Be sure to set your camera’s time and date when you get it.  You don’t want to have pictures dated 1977 when digital cameras weren’t even invented yet.

Additionally, it is always a goal of mine to capture little details that would make for great scrapbooking when the time is convenient. With every photo opportunity, I am also creating a story in my mind that I will want  to scrapbook.

This summer, my goal is to get my boys to create a scrapbook.  I am really not sure how well that will go over, so I will have to come up with a reward of some sort.  Any ideas, please share with me.

Also, please share your reason for wanting to scrapbook if I did not catch them all.

If you are hosting an NSD event please post here so we can meet there.

Here are some sites that have some excellent virtual scrapbooking events and offers to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day.





Events: and Challenges:


Big Picture Classes 


Studio Calico


Creative Memories 



Thanks for visiting and have a fabulous National Scrapbooking Day!!







Gingerbread House Christmas Greeting



Merry Christmas and a happy, fun, and prosperous New Years 2012!!!

Gingerbread House Christmas Greeting



Free Valentine’s Day Scallop Heart SVG-Nesties LAL

Hello Crafty Friends,

Just in time for Valentine’s. Here is a lovely scallop heart inspired by Nestabilities Scallop heart dies. The file includes a scallop frame, heart shape and flattened imaged, so you have plenty of options to  mix and match. Click  here to visit the Free Download page to get this new SVG file.

Would love to hear what you think about the file, so go ahead and leave me a comment. Have lots of fun using it in your crafts!



10 Gifts Your Crafty Wife Wants For Christmas!

Okay, so you don’t know what to get? Well let me try and help you out here.  First words of advice, make sure you have a coupon for the store you will buy from. Why pay 100% when you can get it for 50 or 60%. Use that money to buy her more stuff!

These are some of my most favorite tools, you will have to sneakily investigate whether she already has them or not.

1. Cricut Expression machine, this is an expensive-ish machine. But let me tell you, she wants it badly, if she does not have it yet.

2. Martha Stewart Scoring board, such a helpful tool for making perfectly scored lines, boxes, rossettes, and so much more.

3. Martha Stewart punches, so many to choose from but some popular must haves are:  Garden Trellis and  Double Arches. They also fold smaller, so a lot better for organizing.

4. Copic markers, these little markers are so expensive but adding a couple here  and there to her stash, will make any woman’s day.

5. Inkadinkado clear blocks, adding a few more of these to her arsenal, is a plus.

6. You can also surprise her with a clear acrylic stamp set with images you would not mind seeing on a male card, for instance.  You might even throw in a gift coupon for a card making session with her favorite guy- You- that is!

7. Scotch Advance Tape Glider aka the ATG gun, again a cool addition to her supply arsenal, and now it comes in Pink!  This is very cost effective in the long run.  I got mine at Michaels with a 50% coupon, need I say more?

8. Pebbles Inc. Pearlescent chalk– it is like make-up for paper. Some very cool effects can be achieved with these.

9. Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist -one of my favorite new product. These mist come in an array of colors that you and/or your wife can spray on crafting projects.  May I suggest pearl or iridescent gold?

10. Cuttlebug Embossing machine-my favorite non electronical machine, that can cut and/or emboss.  This was one of my first big investment. I have had mine for 2 years and still love how it makes my project stand out.

There are so many other craft supplies you can get, for instance, money not being an issue, the new Cricut Imagine which was recently  released. From what I have seen it has tremendous potential. The price is way too steep for my budget, though.

Spellbinders dies, Cuttlebug embossing folders, Martha Stewart glitter, Zig 2 Way glue pen, Making Memories 12×12 cutting board, and Sure Cuts a Lot software are some of the many other tools, I simply would not be able to function without.

Last words of advice,  make sure you keep the receipt, just in case she has the item already, or something very similar to it, and needs to exchange it. Disclaimer: Everyone has their own unique taste, these are things that I enjoy using at this time.  Don’t feel hurt if  your gift is returned or exchanged. Your attempt to brave this task deserves merit and great respect in my eyes.

If you have any questions, I will try my best to answer or give you directions to a better answer.

Thanks for looking and best of luck shopping!

Merry Christmas!!


Card inspirations

September, will be the month for me to get back on track after a 2 months hiatus.  So excited to post some new card inspirations and svg files.  Stay tuned. Cheers!


Card Inspiration

September, will be the month for me to get back on track after a 2 months hiatus.  So excited to post some new card inspirations and svg files.  Stay tuned. Cheers!


Some pretty special cards I made for some pretty special people. To be posted soon…


My First Birthday Cardmaking Video Tutorial

Hello Y’all,

I finally completed this project and uploaded a cardmaking video tutorial to You Tube.  Now, I must say, I have so much respect for all those YouTubers that post videos on a regular basis.  I am not promising I will do one every week or even every month for that matter, but I will be working on producing more in the near future.


Hope you like this birthday card which was inspired by Michelle. From the moment this elegant card caught my eyes on Split Coast Stampers,  it went directly into my favorites.  Thanks for the inspiration Michelle, who gives further credit to her friend Krystie. I hope I gave your sketch some justice.

Here are the supplies I used to complete  this pretty Green Swirl Birthday Greeting Card:

Cardstock-Papertrey Inc.; Bazzill
Pattern Paper-DCWV
Spellbinders Nestabilities Mega Curvy Rectangle Dies
Making Memories- brad, bone folder, and paper cutter
Stampin Up! – Inkpads (Gable Green and Basic Black), Sincere Salutations Stamp Set
Autumn Leaves- Elegant Flourishes Stamp set
Zots-small single glue dots
Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z runner
Stampabilities- clear acrylic grid block
Heidi Swapp – kiwi florals small
Prima Marketing, Inc. – hydrangea
Martha Stewart Glitter
Zig 2-way glue pen

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Awesome Cards and then some…

Hello all,

There is so much to learn and so little time.  I have been trying to test different gallery pages.  If you have ideas on how to make my gallery look nicer, please do not hesitate to share.  Please visit my card gallery and leave feedback to let me know which gallery type is better. Card gallery 1 or card gallery 2?  Any feedback you provide is appreciated.