Ludington Lighthouse

This spring, my husband and I took a little vacation to Ludington, a town on Lake Michigan in northern Michigan. It was a working vacation (I was a vendor at a crop there), but we stayed in a hotel and enjoyed the drive and it was a nice break.

I created this page of our trip to see the lighthouse …


We only spent a few minutes at the lake because the wind was strong and cold, but I still managed to take dozens of photos.

I wanted to keep it simple and let the photos shine, so I just did a bit of embellishing on the title block.

I started with the new Pumpkin colored grid paper from Mosaic Moments. I combined two pictures across the top to make a panoramic view.


I used some of the new Lighthouse Peel-Offs from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I put them upside down (sticky side up) on my non-stick craft sheet. Then I placed a sheet of white cardstock on top, flipped the whole thing over and then colored it with Copics.

I used Stampin’ Up cardstock (by accident) which worked surprisingly well with the Copic Markers. I would not use it for blending, but I was able to get smooth color on it.

Once colored, I cut the images out and then adhered them to the title block. I used dimensional foam adhesive under the life-preserver to add a bit of depth.


Finally, I added cork letter stickers from American Crafts.

052What do you think?

Chopping up the Sleeping Bear Dunes





The latest challenge for Mosaic Moments was to create a page on Bahama Blue Grid Paper. I chose to record the memories from our day at the Sleeping Bear Dunes, along with paper and stickers from Webster’s Pages.

Click over to my Journella entry to read the story behind the page and cheer me on!

Ice Cream on the Train













It has been a while since I took the time to create a complicated layout, so it was high time I did it!

Inspired by the travel line from Carta Bella, I used some photos from an amazing ice cream shop Matt & I found on one of our trips.

Here’s a closer look …


IMG_3349and here is a look at the journaling tab …



These are a few of my favorite things …

I am so excited to be a part of the Mosaic Moments Design Team this year.

I have posted my first post to Journella, an online program created by the same person who created Mosaic Moments. I hope you will click over there to see how I created this page

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You can become a member of Journella, and check out all of the other ideas, by creating an account, or simply logging in with Facebook. It couldn’t be simpler! I hope to see you there and have you cheer me on!

Viva Las VegaStamps DT Tryout

I’m trying out to be a part of the Viva Las VegaStamps design team. Viva Las VegaStamps offers a plethora of images that are generally on the realistic or artsy side. I’ve been looking at them for some time, but since none of the stores I frequent sell them, I have yet to try them out. So, I thought if I was part of their design team, I could try them out and, if I like them, which I am 99.9999% sure I will, I can look into bringing them into Capture-A-Memory.

As part of the application process, they asked for three projects that showcase my style. So, I pulled out a few of my favorites to share …

These photos were taken the morning before my son left for Guam. He joined the Navy, and Guam was his first assignment after school. I used several Tim Holtz stamps on this page. I love working with stamps on scrapbook pages. It is always a bit of a challenge to fit stamps often designed for cards onto 12×12 paper, but I enjoy it and I am always pleased with the results. I often use stamps on my journaling blocks or as tiny accents. Background stamps are also great for adding layers without bulk. 

This is one of my favorite cards. It is a stamp from Northwoods, colored with Copic Sketch Markers. A little distressing, some quick stitching on the side and a bit of twine and it is done. Simple, yet beautiful. Exactly my style!

Finally, I am showing this one. I made it for an aunt who was in the hospital. I colored the Magnolia stamp with Copic Sketch Markers and used Distress Ink around the edges. Then, just for a little something special, I added some Liquid Pearls to her sweater to serve as 3D buttons. Cute, eh?

So there you have three of my favorite stamped projects. Wish me luck!


Return to Manistee



Manistee, located on the shores of Lake Michigan, is one of my favorite Michigan cities.

The town is old — built on lumber money — and has a waterway, drawbridges, museums, ships, a lighthouse, trains, and, well, everything I love, all in one beautiful little city. The people in Manistee value history, relaxation, tourism and family time. There is a breathtaking boardwalk that runs along the water behind the downtown. Several pocket parks allow time to relax and smell the flowers and playgrounds and sandy beaches give the kids space to run. They have plaques along the sides of the historic buildings that tell the landmark’s history and plenty of unique boutiques, bookstores, antique shops and more to make shopping fun. And, whenever a building is vacant, the store’s windows are used to display town artifacts, promote a festival or showcase some of the other businesses nearby. It is a true example of residents working together to keep their town beautiful.

When I saw this paper by KaiserCraft, I knew it would be perfect to showcase a few of my favorite photos from Manistee.

The title (and journaling) is actually a photo of a plaque that hangs in the coffee shop.

The flowers, also from KaiserCraft, where airbrushed with Copic Sketch Markers to match the blues in the photos. The ribbon is from May Arts and I stapled it on with the Tiny Attacher from Tim Holtz.

I hope you enjoyed my little trip to Manistee … I cannot wait to return!

Up, Up & Away

For our one-year anniversary, my husband surprised me with a ride in a hot-air balloon. We had been up once before, during the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest — a perk I received for being a columnist at the local newspaper. But our second time up, as an anniversary celebration, was special since we got to enjoy the ride for nearly two hours away from the crowds and excitement of balloonfest.

Since our trip was taken in the fall and the colors of our photos were so bright, I wanted subtle paper so it would not compete with my photos. When I found this collection by KaiserCraft, I knew it would be perfect.

To start, I added a couple of strips of paper and some hot-air balloon rub-ons to the bottom of the page. Then, I added my photos, journaling tag and a few more rub-ons — including one directly on the photo at the top.

From another sheet of paper, I cut out the ticket strip. I used a circle punch to punch the space between the tickets and decorative-edged scissors to cut the edges of the strip so it would like actual tickets. Then, I took a few rub-ons and added them right on top of the tickets. Next, I scored the areas between the tickets and then attached portions of the tickets so they would be dimensional. They look almost like the real thing, don’t they?!

For the title, I cut two sheets of paper the size I wanted and adhered the bottom one to the page. To the top one, I added another rub-on and then attached it with dimensional foam. With a few brads, this page is finally ready for the album — seven years later!

Super Smore’s

This past summer, my husband and I decided to go camping by ourselves for the first time.

We bought a tent, reserved a campsite and planned our trip west.

We planned to use the campground like a hotel room — traveling along Michigan’s west coast during the day and spending the evenings camping.

One of the things I was really looking forward to was the campfire. While many people may have fire pits or outdoor fireplaces, our only chance to enjoy a fire outdoors is to go camping. I was so excited to have the fire pit, I refused to buy things to eat that couldn’t be cooked over the open flame.

So, when I stumbled across giant marshmallows in the grocery store, I knew we had to try them. Combined with gluten-free graham crackers and chocolate bars, we made amazingly HUGE smore’s. One marshmallow used an entire pair of graham crackers (before you break them into parts along the dotted lines) and a whole chocolate bar. Needless to say, we only ate one a piece and then gave the supersized marshmallows to our neighbors who were camping with their grandchildren.

Even though it lasted only a few minutes, it was a fun memory and I wanted to preserve it in my scrapbook …

I used these adorable papers and die cuts from Imaginisce, along with cardstock by Coredinations. It’s a relatively quick and easy layout because I used so many of the die cuts (they are so cute, I couldn’t resist!)

I did use a bit of sandpaper to distress the background and some 3D Dots to raise some of the images.

On the move

I am in the middle of moving from one house to another.

Moving is nothing new to me … I’ve moved 14 times in my lifetime — including 2 cross-country moves … but that doesn’t mean I like it.

This time is more difficult than most because we are drastically downsizing — our new house is less than half the size of our current one. On top of that, we seem to have accumulated much more during the eight years we have lived in this house than I have at any other time in my life. Needless to say, my house is currently filled with boxes for the new house, boxes for a storage shed, boxes for eBay, boxes for charity, boxes for other people and boxes that we don’t know what to do with.

My scrapbook room is partially packed — I have yet to find the right boxes for packing my collection of 12×12 paper, since I don’t want to break anyone’s back when they attempt to move it — but most of the rest has been placed neatly in boxes and is unusable for the next couple of weeks. To prevent myself from going through a crafter’s withdraw, I kept my Copic markers, my basic tool kit, some of my rubber stamps and few sheets of paper accessible. I figure at the least, I should be able to make a card without ribbon, charms, buttons or embossing powder, but at least I’ll be able to color until I get all unpacked and settled in at the new house.

In the meantime, I thought I would share a layout I did about another kind of moving — taking a train ride.

I wanted this page to show the train ride as much as possible, so I played with stripes, checks and other repeating patterns that remind me of train tracks.

The papers are from Webster’s Pages. They are actually part of the Spring Market collection, but I just used portions of the papers that didn’t have jars of peaches and fruit on them. I think they worked well.

The patterned cardstock is from Bo Bunny, the sanded cardstock is from Coredinations and the rest of the cardstock is from American Crafts.

For the title, I used some of the light patterned paper from Webster’s Pages and stamped on it with Hero Arts stamps (the words) and a Studio 490 stamp (the button holes). Then, I did one of my favorite techniques: I stamped Maya Road chipboard letters with a Studio 490 background stamp, then colored it with Distress Ink and then added shine with Diamond Glaze. I used the same technique on the banner (stamp from Technique Tuesday).

The tag was made with another Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 stamp. I stamped on patterned paper, crumbled it a bit and used Distress Ink to help age it. Never be afraid to stamp on softly patterned paper. It gives you a bit more dimension than plain cardstock. I used the same technique on the facing page.

And then I added a few brads and a photo corner (Tim Holtz) to finish it off. Since trains are so masculine and industrial, I thought a bit of metal was crucial to this page.