Triptych Wall Art

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Just want to take a moment to share the art I designed for my front room. It’s a three piece project that stretches over three frames, sometimes called a Triptych. I’ve always loved dandelions, and dandelion art, so it was with much joy that I gathered silhouettes of all my favorite things, a few of our family mottos, some input from my hubby, and created these posters. I had them printed as Engineer Prints from Staples, and put them in movie poster frames. LOVE how they turned out!!

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The Sunset Photo

Just want to quickly share a little photoshop magic, I took this photo of my daughter on the beach during our summer vacation this year, and I while I love it, I was a little disappointed that there didn’t seem to be as much orange in the photo as my other sunset photos… and the heart was not as defined as I would’ve liked. So! I edited out any people with the stamp tool in Photoshop. I used the “Liquify” tool to make the heart shape more clear. Then I copied a small spot of golden glow sunset from another photo I’d taken that evening, and using the blend tool blended it into the heart part of the this photo. Done! I like the after photo much better, even though both are quite sweet!

sunset photo

Summer Reading Chart

Our library’s summer reading program is sadly very lame, it’s just a half sheet of paper to write down the titles of 20 books you read, then you get a free book. Nothing like the awesome programs I had when I was a kid! On giant pieces of paper, and you got little prizes along the way! Oh! The fun of coloring in each stepping stone on the path to a new prize!! Even if the prize was just a sticker! And then you got a free book at the very end. So I wanted to create something exciting!

I began by combing Pinterest for ideas. I was thinking that I would make a chart then print two of them, and of course I’d have to find prizes that I could afford to buy two of… then I got this great idea from a blog post at Women Living Well to make it joint effort! If you have two children at different reading levels, make them one chart, then as a team they are working together to get prizes. Genius!

So I scrapbooked this chart, with all their favorite things! And, not only do they love the idea and the chart, they are actually using it!! Such FUN!

Side Note: I DO allow them to read to each other to mark off two books, because they are still participating in books.

Another Note: I remembered (after printing this chart, on giant 17 x 11 paper in color), that when I was a kid each stepping stone was 15 minutes, so I might lower the each book to 15 minutes instead of 30, depending on how slow filling in the chart is going, lol

Pencil Drawing Outline Scrapbook Page

A couple months ago I posted how to turn a photo into a pencil drawing, I did this initially because of a photo I saw where just the outlines of pencil drawing where scrapbooked into a beautiful mess of a page. And I wanted to recreate that. I love how the first page turned out, and as I turned to the second page decided to type the steps out as I went along:

Place the pencil drawing on a solid light colored background paper
Change the blending mode to “Darken”
Use “Eraser Tool” to remove anything extra around the subject
Use the “Dodge Tool” to soften edges if needed
Place a patterned paper over everything
Use “Eraser Tool” set large on a feather brush with “Opacity & Flow both set to 50% to remove the pattern over the face
Use Blending tools to mix papers and elements around the face
Clip papers to the words by putting the paper over the text and press “Alt & Ctrl+G” to create a “Clipping Mask”
Finish scrapbooking with elements

This is different than anything I’ve ever done before, more artistic than archive, and I love it!!

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My Garden Kitties!!

Backyard Fire Pit

My hubby has always wanted a fire pit area in the backyard of ANY place we’ve lived, and he finally managed it here. He started by bricking in a small square to set a fire bowl on. While he worked I handed him stuff and took pictures of his progress…

Step by Step
1. Dig Hole the right size for bricks.
2. Put down a layer of gravel, then a layer of sand.
3. Place all the bricks.
4. Pour sand over the bricks to fill in the holes.
5. Place a fire bowl on top of the bricks, chairs around it, and enjoy a s’more!

Fabric Paint. A whole new world!

I’ve really love the unique look of painted fabric, however I’ve been too timid to try for a long time. After reading Alabama Channing’s books, and seeing the way she paints fabric, I began researching it again the other day, really meaning to do it this time. I spent a dreadfully long boring hour looking at stencils at JoAnn’s and eBay that clearly had not been updated since the 1990’s, they all looked so blah and drab, I just could not stand it, so I moved on and kept searching styles of fabric painting. When I came across a blog article at Craft Critique, I realized that I’m not bound by typical store bought stencils, and suddenly remembered that the wonderful point of Chain’s chapter on stenciling was that she made her own! And that is something that I can easily do with Photoshop, so I got to work! I tried out of the stencils on a simple black skirt, and it turned out okay, I think you used the wrong brush, but more practice and I think I’ll get it, I’m just getting started!!

Here is a free pattern download: Stenciled Skirts Patterns

Photo to Pencil Drawing with Photoshop

I saw a really cute scrapbook page, with just the outline of a child’s face blended with a scrapbook paper. It was too cute, I just had to try it! I’ve never had much luck with the technique of turning a photo into a drawing, so looked on you tube for a few different ways, the best one I found was here: Turn a Photograph Into A Drawing | Photoshop CS5 Tutorial
Using Photoshop CS:
Duplicate Background
Ctrl & Shift + U
Duplicate Layer
Press: Ctrl + I (to invert it)
Change blend mode to: Color Dodge
(will look all white)
Go to Layer, Smart Objects
Click on Convert to Smart Object
Go to Filter, Blur, Motion Blur
Set to: Angle 34 and Distance 387
Duplicate the middle Layer, put layer on top
Go to Filter, Stylize, Glowing Edges
Set to: Edge Width 1,
Edge Bright 16, Smoothness 15
Press: Ctrl + I (to invert it)
Change blend mode to: Multiply
Go to Layer, New Adjustment Layer,
Level, and set:
Black input to 12, Midpoint to .8

When I was finished turning the photo into a pencil drawing I flattened it and dragged it my scrapbook page. I changed the blending mode of it until I found the perfect one to match my papers (which are also blended), and added the rest of the elements of the page. I don’t think it looks much like my usual scrapbooking, but then it’s really fun to do something so different, and I LOVE how it turned out!

Teeth Brushing Sign

Megan had her first cavity last week, and apprehensively went to the dentist. Luckily the cavity was in a baby tooth, but she had her wakeup call – she MUST brush her teeth more often!

So I made her this sign, and hung it in the bathroom, it not only reminders her to brush her teeth, but it reminds me to ask and reminder her as well.

Download a printable version here: Teeth Sign PDF

Digital Scrapbooking Supplies

When I buy digital scrapbooking supplies, they are usually on sale, because my favorite supplies are free ones…


-free supplies links-

Designer Digitals
New Free Item Each Week!
And you can download past weeks as far as a few months back!

Digital Freebies
They have a “Friday freebie” and many archived past freebies

Shabby Princess
They rarely have a new free kit, but when they do it’s beautiful!
And in the meantime, you can download all their past free kits!

Scrap Girls
Occasional new free items, and also archived past freebies

Occasional new free items, and a few archived past freebies

Scrapbook Bytes
Requires a login, free to join. Occasional new free items, and many archived past freebies

Studio Fergs
A free kit for joining, other free items through a newsletter

Traci Reed Designs
A bunch of free downloads for joining, and other ‘free gifts’ through a newsletter

Free Fonts


-cheap supplies links-

Once a month they offer $1 items at an online event they call the Pickle Barrel.
Sign up for their newsletter and you’ll always know when it’s Pickle Barrel time!!

Digital Scrapbook Place
They have a 99 cent item of the week, and good specials or freebies sometimes.

Designer Digitals
They have a few 99 cent items, and good specials sometimes.

The Daily Digi
And finally, the best in cheap scrapbooking kit supplier is The Daily Digi! For only $7.50 a month you get many high quality kits from designers that you may never have seen otherwise!
Even when money got tight I would not give up my Daily Digi membership.

My very last tip is to be signed up for the emailed newsletter of your favorite designers or websites in time for Digital Scrapbook Day in November!

I hope my guide helps bulk up your personal scrapbooking supplies, and the beauty of digital supplies is that you can use them over and over again in endless combinations!

Workout Exercise Game

Over a year and half ago I severely injured my ankle, I was in a wheelchair for the first week, then crutches, and finally a walking cast for a couple months. It was a stupid thing really, I slipped when I was finally coaxed onto the dance floor during my first (AND LAST!) time ‘clubbing’ with some coworkers who persuaded me to go with them. If there is anyone in the world who doesn’t belong at a nightclub, it’s me… like a cat in water, I’m just happier elsewhere.

Well, anyway. About that time, I’d purchased some sessions with a personal trainer, and was starting to learn how to complete a proper workout at home. I had all the basics down, finished my last session with him, set up my mini ‘home gym’ with a balance ball, yoga mat, and stop watch – then damaged my ankle. Even now, a year and half later it is still stiff in the morning, and a quite achy after walking too long. But since it’s healing, if slowly, I feel ready to attempt a workout routine again! I pulled out the workout cards, basically notes from my time with the personal trainer, that I’ve set up as a sort of card game. I have a stack of cards, on the front are the categories: Legs, Core, Back & Chest, Shoulders & Arms, and on the back are my notes. I choose a card from each group, then an extra leg card, to do a work out like this:
-A “Plank”
-The Leg exercise card
-The Core exercise card
-The Back & Chest exercise card
-The Leg exercise card
-The Shoulders & Arms exercise card
REPEAT exact exercises from all above cards, then
-A “Plank”
This should take about 20 minutes total.
At the end, set aside the cards, so the next workout will be with different cards.
At the beginning of each week, shuffle the cards and start again.

As I learn more, or see other exercises that I like, I have a stack of blank cards to fill in and add to my exercise game! You can download the cards I use here:
Workout Cards – Filled in, not ready to print, but you can flip through them for inspiration.
Workout Cards – Blank, print double sided on cardstock

Who needs a gym, when you have imagination!

Other tips that I learned from the personal trainer:
1. You want a varied workout, if you always do the same thing it will not be as effective.
2. Do weights and toning every other day, with cardio on the days in-between.
3. Try to hit most of your muscles in each workout, which is why my notes are separated into the four groups.

Scrapbook Journaling

I’ve finally got around to scrapbooking mother’s day and wanted to mention that I’ve learned journaling is as important as the pictures. They go hand in hand. When I first started scraping I would simply put the name, date, and possibly location on a page, and I wish now that I would have done more. On almost all my scrapbooks these days there is a story, or at least more information than a date and name. For example this mother’s day I had my hubby conduct a survey from my girls asking questions like ‘what food does mom make best’, or ‘what makes mom laugh’ , and those answers are a window into this era of our journey, something that will be fun to look at later on down the road.


Each year I have a different theme for Christmas Cards:

2006 – Little Reindeer


2007 – Candy Canes, that resulted in this awesome shot as my daughter nearly poked out an eye! Lol

and this christmas card:


2008 – Snowflakes, I loved seeing the girls in their matching jackets.


2009 – This was a rough year for me, no cards, barely a Christmas, I was going to school full time, work full time, and saving every penny to move to Oregon. I do love this photo of my little Kay in the Christmas dress her grandma gave her!


2010 – Our Christmas Reindeer, we traditionally have these little stuffed animals under the tree, and this year they featured in our cards


2011 – Matching Sweaters in front of evergreen trees


2012 – Christmas Lights, wrapped around the girls :)


2013 – This year I was unsure of what to do, kind of running out of Christmasy ideas, I saw an elf hat, and thought elves! But my almost eight year old said no way, in no uncertain terms. I was still casting around for ideas when… it snowed!! Perfect!



Christmas Eve Treasure Hunt

A Christmas Eve tradition in our family is to open one small gift on Christmas Eve. I took this a step further with my girls, and they have to go on a treasure hunt for it! I didn’t have time to think of clues this year, so I googled ‘treasure hunt clues’ and ended up viewing an awesome list at There were so many clues at the site, that I prepared a hunt for this year AND next year!

I chose clues relevant to our household, and arranged them to go from room to room. After I print them out I like to use scissors to curl the paper slips, just like curly ribbon, so the girls have to unroll them. Also, the easiest way to do the clues is start at the end to work your way backwards, cutting and curling the clues as you go along. Download the ready to print clues here: Christmas Eve Treasure Hunt Printable Clues

Holiday Tealights!

When I saw the washi taped tealights at The Benson Street blog, my first thought was ‘where can I buy holiday washi tape’, and my second thought was ‘I can make it myself!’

I digital scrapbooked a template to cut strips of printed paper to glue onto the tin part of the tealight. The results were great!

Download the template here: Tealight Strips Template
Simply use the guides to cut any paper into the perfect size strips!