Monday, September 19, 2011

Stencils 101

I started a free online class today, Stencils 101.  Julie Balzer, a mixed media artist, scrapbooker and more is the teacher.  You can check out her blog at
The information you need to sign up for the class is under the Sept 12th post - Click on the Stencils 101 blinkie at the right and scroll down.  There are 500 people already signed up so join the fun!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

More layouts for MotherLOAD

I didn't realize that I hadn't posted photos of these layouts yet.  The prompt for the top photo was to create a layout with a photo you've already scrapped before.  The prompt for the bottom photo actually started during the "training" phase of MotherLOAD.  During one of the training weeks one of our tasks was to take a photo of a favorite ritual.  Ours is a Sunday pancake breakfast and the Sunday paper. 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Day 17 Layout

I've managed to stay on track for the most part during MotherLOAD.  Only 11 more days left.  Its gone quick!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Family Layout

Sorry for the glare on this photo.  Even with natural light it can be difficult to get a photo with the glare.  This is my younger son and his family. 

Halloween layouts

 I didn't use these layouts for MotherLOAD as they seemed a little too simple.  I never thought when I bought some of these paper pads of really colorful and elaborate papers exactly what I was going to do with them.  I hated covering any of the paper up but I did! I love that I'm getting so many photos scrapped and my albums are filling up.  Its a great feeling!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Day 12 & 13 layout

 I don't think I'll ever get tired of making layouts with my grandson's photos!  Gotta love that cute little face!  Wonder what his mama looked like at the other end of the spoon?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

MotherLOAD - Day 9 & 10

I've not been able to keep on track each day of MotherLOAD over the last week because of my surgery and some complicatons.  Right now I'm back on track and will post the other layouts over the next few days. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Wonder - Day 10 MotherLOAD

Due to my surgery last week and some complications related to it I've missed Day 8 & Day 9 but with Lain's Simple Sunday sketch I was quickly & easily able to put this together. 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Days 7 & 8 MotherLOAD

For these 2 days I cropped some photos from October 1985.  One of the day's challenge was to use something from the past which is where the Mrs.Grossman's stickers came from.  Sorry for the glare on the photos - hard to get nice photos on grey, cloudy days without natural light plus I've been finishing later in the evening when there is no natural light. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Day 6 MotherLOAD

As I am having surgery today I picked something really simple to do.  I've had this laser cut diecut from the Maid of the Mist for several years and decided to use our photos from 2007 that I've been working on to use it.  I set this aside last week to do today.  It only took me about 15 minutes (probably my fastest layout ever!) to adhere the diecut to the back sheet and then the photos in their spots.  In retrospect I think what I would do different in the future would be to just use the diecut of the ship on my layout but I can live with this layout.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Day 5 MotherLOAD

 Here is the right hand side page of this 2 page layout.  You saw the left hand page in yesterday's post.  Because I had more photos than what would fit on a page layout I pulled out my Close To My Heart (CTMH) Flip Flap Memory Protectors and created a mini booklet of photos in the upper left corner of the page.  Scroll down through the following photos to see through the booklet.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Day 4 MotherLOAD

Left side page
 Day at Niagara Falls
Check back tomorrow to see the right side page
Pages do not get any easier than this!  Journaling and pictures of the falls coming in tomorrow's layout!  One of the things helping me get a layout a day done is having several sets of photos that I want to do layouts of and putting coordinating cardstock & embellishments with it.  Another thing that is making a HUGE difference to my getting so much done lately is how I re-organized my embellishments....I think I'll have to do a post about that!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

More layouts for MotherLOAD

Day 1

Day 3
More layouts for the Big Picture Class, MotherLOAD (layout a day) that I am taking.  Each day there are prompts that you can choose to follow or just work on whatever you want.  I followed the prompts for each of the first 3 days.  Day 1 was to create a layout about goals or aspirations.  Day 2's (see yesterday's post) prompt was to create a layout about smiles.  Day 3 was to use your snack bag of items (we put these together during earlier weeks' training).  I had the brads in a snack bag along with several other embellishments. Having a lot of fun and I'm so pleased that I'm getting each day's layout done!  Its the most scrapbooking I've done in years!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

One Little Word Blog Hop

My apologies -for the second month in a row I've not completed the month's prompt.  However, I didn't want to drop out of the Blog Hop two months in a row so I thought I would at least write a blog post about where I ran into trouble and my current progress. 
July's prompt really threw me for a loop.  We were asked to choose 9 songs that were meaningful right now..  Well, I love music, almost all kinds, but I can not tell you the name of a song to save my life!  Or who sings it.  Definitely not a candidate for that show Name That Tune!  I know other people did a variety of things but nothing came to me - my mind was a blank!  I did a search on my word 'Illuminate' to see what I found and the songs that came up were unfamilar to me.  Between dealing with a medical problem since January and working on Finding Photo Freedom I just didn't have it in me to do the prompt.
So along comes the August prompt and I'm thinking this is easy.  I can get this done this month.  Still had no idea what to do for July.  However, in August I'm finishing Finding Photo Freedom, starting MotherLOAD and preparing for surgery in early September! 
So, here is where things stand....the Finding Photo Freedom class is done and I can work on the remaining items a little bit at a time.   The marathon part of MotherLOAD  begins today, Sept. 1st but I already know that I won't be able to complete a layout every day of Sept. because of the surgery so I'll do as many as I can and not worry about the rest.  Whatever I complete is more than if I hadn't taken the class!  As for  One Little Word my plan is to complete both July & August as time allows.  I have an idea (FINALLY!) of what I want to do for July.  I'm going in a different direction than Ali but I think it will be fun and it still involves music.  And August won't take long to do its just deciding my take on it and what direction I want to go.  I want to take time with the process and have it be meaningful rather than just rushing through it to get it done. 
Thanks for reading through to the end. 
One other thing that I almost forgot to include.  In July & August I was also involved in the Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap and Blog Hop and the Big Idea Festival over at BPC one weekend in August.  If you're interested you can click on the links to the right for the Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap blog hop.  It officially was held this past weekend but the links still work.  The Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap will be held again in early 2012 so check out my blog post9the one before this) if you think you might want to particpate.
So to continue on the One Little Word Blog Hop visit

Lisa         at     

Here are all of the September 1 OLW Blog Hop Participants

Monica B    
Julie Ann     

Thanks for hopping by!