Adding Ovals to the Grid

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This is my cousin and her family … They live in Ohio, so I don’t get to see them often, but she posts lots of pictures on Facebook and I steal them all.

I’ve “adopted” her and her kids (a baby boy is due in April) to serve as my daughter and grandchildren. This way, I can enjoy the benefits of being a “grandmother” now, since my real grandkids are a long way away. It works for her because it gives her another person to rely on and one more person to spoil her kids, in addition to her mom and her incredible aunt. And it works for my kids because these ones keep me busy enough that I don’t hound my own asking them when they will finally give me a baby! lol

Anyhow, these are pictures she took during Thanksgiving. I paired them with the Oval Frame Set, Mist Grid Paper and Page Pattern #257. I used paper and stickers from Simple Stories to complete the look.

Click here to watch the video and see how easy it is!

Gobble, gobble

MM17_Candy_spiegelThis is the second year my husband and I have raised turkeys.

Turkeys, I think, are the cutest poultry babies there are and I love watching them grow.

Of course, I also love to eat them.

People wonder how I can possibly eat my babies, but it is not as hard as you might think.

First of all, I just take the turkeys for a ride and drop them off at the processor. I go back later that day and pick up turkeys sealed and labeled just like you buy at the store. So, I have no idea which cooking turkey was once part of my farm and I do not see any of the butchering process.

Secondly, turkeys get rather unattractive as they mature. They are not loving like a dog or hen. They have horrendous table manners and if you do not keep their coop clean, the smell is awful. So, by the time they are ready to butcher, the novelty of raising them has totally warn off.

Finally, these turkeys are bread to become food. They grow quickly, cannot reproduce and will die of a heart attack if not butchered in the fall.

So, you see, it isn’t really hard at all. I get to enjoy the experience and then taste the fruits of my labor!

To see how I put this page together and for close up views, visit http://www.journella.com/storyboard/fullview/id/10925

Be sure to cheer me on … if I get more cheers than any other members of the design team, I’ll send one lucky supporter a wonderful gift basket of goodies!

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I made plaid — Wendy Vecchi Style!

I hate to sound like a broken record, but I was inspired, again, by Wendy Vecchi.

She came up with this amazing idea to make plaid using Tissue Tape. Here are her instructions … http://studio490art.blogspot.com/2010/11/tissue-taped-color-washed.html

I decided to try something a little different and I used Distress Ink to come up with this …

It began life as a plain 12×12 sheet of white cardstock. Using Wendy’s technique, I created the plaid by adding different layers of tissue tape and Distress Ink by Tim Holtz.

I cut out letters out of Tim Holtz’s seasonal paper pack for the title.

The turkey is a die cut from the Accu-Cut Center at Scrap Tales, inked with several shades of Distress Ink. I love how the colors blend! I used 3D Dots to add a bit of dimension to Mr. Turkey.

And, since I couldn’t find matching cardstock, I used some light colored scraps and inked them in Distress Ink to make the photo mats and journaling block.

Thanks, again, Wendy Vecchi and Tim Holtz! You’ve helped me create an awesome scrapbook page.