All About the Coffee

Desperate for good coffee during a retreat, my friends and I drove into the neighboring town to a quaint, but busy, coffee shop. I had a pour over (I admit, I thought it was a new thing … lol) and it was the most amazing cup of coffee ever!

I was so in love, we went back the next day and I was able to create a page about my favorite treat. I used Medium Coffee Grid Paper and papers from Creative Memories. I also created a little pocket to hold tags that told of my journey. And, of course, a video that shows you to do it!

African Graphics


My sister went on a trip to Africa last fall and I get to make the scrapbook showing all of her adventures.

This meal was her favorite, but she only had a couple of photos to remember it by, which left plenty of space for embellishments. I took my inspiration from the colorful plate and wall decor and used the new In the Corner Die Set from Mosaic Moments.

Here’s a video to show you how I did it …

This post is sponsored by Mosaic Moments.

Dinner at Lula’s


I couldn’t remember if I shared this layout before, but since I love it so much, I thought it was OK to share it twice!

This is a page I did after a trip to Lula’s, a Cajun restaurant in Owosso, Mich. Our dinner was filled with new tastes and interesting things to try, so it was definitely worthy of documenting.

I started with Dark Spring Green Mosaic Moments’ Grid Paper. I used Paper Tiles (pre-cut pieces of cardstock that fit the grid perfectly) to add journaling blocks and page accents. I added a Cornerstone at the top (one of my favorites) and photos. A few black photo corners added some interest to the journaling blocks. For the main photo — of my husband describing how wonderful his food is — I used a rubber stamp to make the Paper Tile sing. I used another stamp on the title block, along with some store-bought letters.

Every time I look at this page, I remember the excitement we had trying new things, the wonderful laughs we shared during dinner and how amazing the food was. I love the black and white contrast with the photos. And, I’m proud of the fact that I made my own papers when I couldn’t find what I wanted. It is certainly one of my favorites.

What do you think?

Mosaic Monday: Travel


It’s Mosaic Monday! Each Monday I bring you inspiration using the Mosaic Moments system to create fabulous scrapbook pages.

This is one of the pages I created following our recent trip to the Upper Peninsula. Had this not been part of it’s very own book with tons of layouts, I would have journaled on the blue rectangles. However, since this is my fourth layout about this lighthouse, I left it blank and let the photos speak for themselves.

I used a postcard I purchased as one of the photos, matting it just like I did the other large photos. I used scraps to fill in the small squares.

mosaic books

This was probably my favorite evening on our trip — we took shelter from the wind and rain (we were camping in a tent) in a bookstore/coffee house/restaurant. It was quaint and fun and I realized how “old” I have gotten. The 20-year-old me would have thought this stupid and rolled my eyes, but I enjoyed listening to some older folks sing and play instruments and another group play board games. Oh, and the coffee was amazing! We may have been the only two people who didn’t work there who do not qualify for the senior citizen discount, but I felt right at home.

On this page, I turned 1-inch squares to a diamond position to journal on — just something a little different.

When traveling, be sure to take photos of things like rocks, the shoreline, the horizon, leaves or even coffee cups … these become perfect accents for your page when cut into 1-inch squares.

Making Pinwheels with Mosaic Moments


I love working with grid paper from Mosaic Moments. It keeps everything nice and straight, but it also provides a graphical element that fascinates me.

For this page, I decided to use a quilter’s pattern to make pinwheels.


And, I created a video to show you how

NOTE: I did receive compensation for the video.

A Little Wood Here and There

One of the hot trends in scrapbooking is wood … I recently wrote an article for Michigan Scrapbooker Magazine and wanted to share some of the pages and additional techniques that I did.

To read about the wood techniques, and get the supply lists, click here and then visit page 7 of the magazine.

To read about a few other ideas for scrapbooking, read on!


I LOVE how this page turned out … I photographed the menu and used it as the title. I created a table setting for my journaling block.


This was just an iPhone snap shot of my cousin, but I loved the emotion in her face, so I had to scrap it. I used a few strips of coordinating paper and a strip of ribbon to accent the photo and title.


This one is completed on Mosaic Moments Grid Paper. I love how the grid keeps everything straight and organized, even though I did not cut any photos into 1″ pieces.

Be sure to visit Michigan Scrapbooker Magazine’s fall issue for more inspiration!


Scrapbooking again

I haven’t been scrapbooking, as in creating pages for an album, in some time. It seems there is always another project that needs to be completed first.

But, I did find two layouts I did recently that I neglected to share …

This one is of our 10 year wedding anniversary. We cooked a nice dinner at home, complete with candlelight and wine.049I recorded this memory on Mosaic Moments grid paper … it is just so easy! I love working on grid paper.


This one is done on traditional scrapbook paper (vintage Webster’s Pages). It showcases the parsnip we found with a perfect heart inside.


What have you been working on lately?


A Special Christmas Dinner


For Christmas last year, I asked for a Dutch oven.

Matt bought me one, but when he gave it to me, he made an amazing beef roast with a red wine, mushroom and onion gravy to top it. The wine was a gift from my mom — brought back with her from a trip out west.

Matt made mashed potatoes and some of the green beans we grew and froze over the summer to accompany it.

It was such a special meal (we eat very little beef because of the high costs these days), that it deserved its own page!

The papers are from Graphic 45. The utensils from Hobby Lobby and the cork letter stickers from American Crafts.