Monday, February 23, 2015


My Scraptastic Club kit for February was Valentine's Day themed, of course.  But I didn't want to use it for Valentine's Day.  I wanted to use it to show my love for my tiny little doggie! 
Lily recently had a fall and pulled a muscle in her leg.  It was very mild. So mild that she simply refused to let it slow her down. And thus, continued to re-injure it but jumping off the couch or bed. So I put a very loose bandage on her leg.  She looked so forlorn! I knew she wouldn't like it but it slowed her down.  She was completely fine just 24 hours later, thankfully.  
I only added a few small pieces from my stash beyond what was provided in my kit to add a little canine cuteness! 
Those of us that don't have a Valentine struggle with a day that celebrates love.  But we must remember that love comes in so many forms.  And they all must be celebrated. 

Supplies by: Scraptastic Club kit February 2015

Perfect Picnic

Getting outside the box. Yes!! 
Moving beyond the obvious or expected.  
That's what I tried to do with my two most recent layouts.  Collections that are themed for a holiday that I didn't want to actually use for holiday photos.

This first one is a Thanksgiving themed collection from Authentique. It had such delicious autumn colors.   But instead of using it for a meal of turkey and cranberry sauce,  I decided to use it for another meal that took place on an absolutely gorgeous fall afternoon on Lake Superior's North Shore.  A simple picnic in one of my very favorite spots on the earth, in the shadow of Split Rock Lighthouse. 

Weather on the North Shore in September can be unpredictable. 40 degrees and raining one day then 75 degrees and sunny the next.  It was my friend Susie's very first time on the North Shore and I wanted it to be special for her. This picnic was a major piece to the plan. And the weather could have easily destroyed my plans.  But Lots of prayers paid off and we could not have asked for a more perfect day! We were truly blessed. 

Supplies by: Authentique, Bo Bunny, and Bazzill
Cricut cartridge used: Flower Shoppe

Monday, January 5, 2015

Christmas on the Bayou

Doing a little throwback on this layout.  Back to 2006 and my first trip to Walt Disney World during their holiday celebration. I was in complete awe of the dazzling decorations.  Everywhere!  My friend, Sonni, and I were headed to our first Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. But first we had to snap some photos at our resort for this trip, Disney's Port Orleans Resort-Riverside.  The Southern charm that the resort offers on a daily basis was woven into the incredible decorations for the season.  

Supplies by: Scraptastic Club kit December 2013

Christmas Smiles

The holidays are always such a whirlwind!  Finding the time to sit down and work on a layout is pretty tough.  When I did manage to find the time, I found that the creative juices just weren't flowing.  I felt like I hadn't done this in ages!! So instead of sitting down, just starting at paper and photos, I decided to ease myself back into the process by essentially doing complete scraplifts of some layouts that I love.  I won't be posting those as they are essentially a complete plagiarism of someone else's work.  I did feel a bit guilty about being a copy-cat. I made myself feel a little better about it by making note of the lift on the back of each page.  
This lifting process did inspire me to make each page my own, even in the smallest measure.  And thus, the creativity began to flow again.  I did three copy-cat layouts and two of my own ... although those two were inspired by other layouts or sketches.  But at least I'm scrapping and enjoying every second of it!

"Christmas Smiles" was inspired by Susan Stringfellow's "Be Jolly" layout. A photo of some friends as we paused during our annual Cookies & Cocktails day to be happy to be together for some holiday fun.

Supplies by: Scraptastic Club kit December 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

Autumn on Lake Pepin

One of my absolute favorite things to do is to take a  day-long drive around Lake Pepin (the widest part of the Mississippi River) in the fall.  The bluffs on the Wisconsin side offer some of the best vineyards and orchards around. So apples and wine are always on the list of things to purchase on this trip. Stockholm, Maiden Rock, and Nelson are some of the cutest little towns you'll ever see offering delicious baked goods, wine shops, restaurants, galleries, and gift shops. The bluffs on both the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of the lake are ablaze with gorgeous autumn colors. It is an annual tradition that started when I was a kid with my parents and I continue today with my dear friends.  And even my little Lilybean!

Supplies by Scraptastic Club Kit

Friday, November 7, 2014

What's This?

I can't say that I'm a big fan of the Tim Burton film "The Nightmare Before Christmas". But I am a BIG fan of the Haunted Mansion!  So knowing that Disneyland's Haunted Mansion underwent a makeover each year by Jack Skellington.... it didn't exactly thrill me. I was skeptical to say the least.  
Visiting the Haunted Mansion  Holiday for the first time in 2013, I found myself pleasantly surprised!  I couldn't help but smile at all the amazing detail that went into the transformation.

Sweet Treat

Disney's Happiest Haunts tour at the Disneyland Resort is a fun little journey to the thrills and chills to be found in the two theme parks. Including a quick stop at Trolley Treats!
My co-workers and I enjoyed this tour in 2013.  I snapped several photos of them with big smiles on their faces as they experienced the Disney magic that I know and love.