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Hosting a Sketch Challenge on the TSI Forum

Hey everyone! This awesome file inspired me to host a sketch to a layout challenge on the TSI Forum! Here are the details:
Sketch Challenge
This sketch to a layout will run from February 1-28th. You must create a layout based on my castle sketch (see sketch below) , take a photo of it and upload to the gallery of the forumHERE. All layouts must be uploaded by Feb 28th to qualify for this challenge.Everyone that uploads will be given points for the following:
5 pts for including a title
5 pts for having photos on the layout
5 pts for using one of my files
5 pts for journaling
2.5 pts for participating
2.5 pts for using any type of bling
2.5 pts for using hand written journaling
2.5 pts for using water color pencils or ink

Everyone that participates will get a fun, layered Valentines file from me.
Everyone earning at least 25 points will get the file I'm currently working on!
Everyone that purchases this castle file AND uses it on their layout will get the new file I'm wor…

I Love Scrapbooking Elements (with tear bears!!!) - Win this item!

Scrapbooking is so much more than it used to be. Today, we are historians. We preserve our memories, capture moments and journal moments in time for future generations.
My passions are photography, genealogy, scrapbooking and family. To me, they all go hand in hand; each complimenting the other.

This file would be great for a retreat, new scrapspace, crop or just recording your passion for such an amazing hobby. The term hobby always bugs me, it's so much more than that. What do you love to scrap? Leave me a comment and I'll pick one name from all of the commenters on February 27th, 09. The winner will get the Scrapbooking Frame with one of Esthers tear bears on it! In the second photo, you can see the files cut and assembled with Esthers little bears on them!!! They are so cute! The prize for this challenge is the large heart frame in the upper left hand corner! The winner will actually receive this completed item so no cutter required!

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TSI Blog Hunt - Visit ScrapbookCircus!

I wanted to remind all of you that my dear friend, and TSI team member, Charlene (AKA ScrapbookCircus) has some goodies hidden on her blog!! Frosty's hat has landed in her yard and she has had great fun with it!

With her delightful sense of humor, the goodies will be mischievously hidden I have no doubt! Anything she creates is well worth the hunting though! Good luck and happy hunting!

New Years Eve Project!

Don't forget to get your New Years Eve layouts done! Creative ways to journal are to share your accomplishments for the previous year. What did you do?

Most people scrap their hopes and resolutions for the new year. Remember, these are albums for future generations so be sure to include the hilights from the previous year; the good and the bad. Journal births, deaths, goals met etc.

Did you go somewhere on New Years Eve? Do you have photos of that? This file includes the clock, clock hands, balloons, streamers and numbers.

This is a file I created last year. I've updated it to include 2009 through 2020. There is also the number 12, just in case you want a clock. This file would also be great for any project calling for:
It's that time of year!It's time!It's that time!Just in time!Join us for....You're invited....Mark your calendar!Set your clock....Time got away from me...Sorry I'm late

President Obama Scrapbooking Layout Sketch

I created this sketch to go with the file I posted yesterday. I will have a better file, much more detail, up tonight. Be sure to check it out, I just love it. I'll post it to my blog tonight so you can all grab it.

You can find Obama details online at
or just do a search on Barack Obama biography.

Looking for Praise Song for the Day? Fellow blogger, Shae, has it on her blog! Visit her blog.

Click on the sketch (it will open in a new window), click File and Print to print the sketch out. I have included the supplies used and general directions on the sketch. I would love to see your layout.

NOTE: Newspaper is not photo safe and disintegrates very quickly. You can save it in a memorabilia pocket and then include it in your scrapbook. To display the article or headline on your layout, make a photo copy on photo paper and use that in your layout.

President Barack Obama File

I've uploaded a file in honor of our new president. As I said earlier, no matter how one voted, this is a historic event and should be documented. I am an avid scrapbooker and photographer and as such I recognize the significance of every single inauguration! Everyone should.

Be sure to save the front page of tomorrows paper and include that in your layout. You could journal how you feel about the election, what you see for the future, if you went to any inaugural events or anything else you feel is important.

Time magazine and the other big ones will have great photos, you can also find them online if you were not at the event but would like photos for your layout.

Valentine Scrapbooking Sketch

Tonight I will show how to use the file I posted last week and create a layout based on this sketch.

The file can be found on my blog atHERE.

The supplies needed are listed on the sketch. If you click on the sketch you can save it to your computer and print if desired.

You will need to have the pieces (border, title, frames etc) cut and put together before you come to class (in my scrapbooking group).

I will post the layout created from this sketch and file at a later date. If you create a layout based on this sketch, please let me know and I'll share a link to it!

President Obama 2009 (Scrapbook Page Element)

Today, January 20 - 2009, is a historic day. No matter how one voted, a new president has been sworn in and that is cause for celebration!

In honor of today, here is a free file for your inaugural project. If you download this file, please leave me a comment. I'm not getting much feedback and hardly any thank you's so I'm seriously considering NOT offering free files on my blog anymore.

All I ask is you leave me a note - even if you just say you were here and grabbed the file.

This file includes one matted border of stars, on welded and matted title reading "I was there!" and a photo frame to fit one 4x6 photo. Simply cut the background, center your photo and then place the top frame over the photo. Cut and adhere the stars and 09 if desired.

Thanks and enjoy!

UPDATE: This file is no longer available as a free file. Click on the pic to view file.

***** I have several more Obama related files on my blog. If you landed here on a link, click on…

Candy Dish & Yummy Candies

I had such a busy weekend! I didn't get nearly as much done as I'd hoped. One of the things I did finally get to, is working on a few new files. I had a special request for ribbon candy not very long ago. I was delighted at how it turned out. The colorful candy from my childhood inspired this collection.

I remember going to my grandmas house and she always had a dish of brightly colored ribbon and hard candy out for us. Although I included candy canes and a Christmas tree, these delicious little candies could be on any project. When I created the file I had in mind a layout of my grandmother and journaling my fond memories of those sweet treats. Later I got to thinking and these would be so much fun on a card, pinata layout, or party invitation.

** Included in this file is: AI, DXF, GSD, KNK, SVG (inkscape), EPS and the PDF file. I've also included my TOU. The PDF file allows those without cutters to create paper piecing patterns.

Kreativ Blogger Award

I received the Kreativ Blogger award from
Amanda at!

Thank you so much Amanda :)

As I understand it, I now need to list my 7 favorite things.
1 - Family - Some more than others ;)
2 - Sunshine - Love all four seasons actually, even winter
3 - Laughter - LOVE to laugh!
4 - Music - All genres (almost all - not fond of rap, acid rock etc)
5 - Photography
6 - Scrapbooking & my groups
7 - Being creative and sharing

Now I'm to list 7 blogs I think should get this award and I'm guessing I can't name Amanda as she already got it! LOL
Esther - - - - - - - listed a few of my favorite blogs and sent them the Kreative Blogger Award! I love visiting them and think you shou…

Scrapbooking Sketches

I hope you dance layout and sketch

This layout was inspired by the sketch below it that I drew up. I used the song "I hope you dance" LeeAnn Womac to journal down the right side of the right page.

This sketch would work very well for any action layout. The tall, narrow photos on the left page would be perfect for sports/action photos of one person. The right side would then hold the field or group photos. If you are doing a boy/sports layout, instead of flowers use large diecuts that go with the theme. For example, instead of flowers you might use a baseball, glove and uniform.

Valentine Cutter File

This file contains one matted border, one matted and welded title and one matted photo frame. To use the frame cut the background and then center your photo over the background. Next cut the top layer and center that over your photo. When you adhere the top layer to the photo frame, use caution to apply adhesive so that it is paper to paper and not paper to photo. That just for photo preservation purposes. To create the border I cut two little heart borders in pink with red background and two in red with pink background and then staggered them as shown here.

NOTE: I will be using this file for my class on Tuesday. Check back for the sketch to go with these items.

Sorry, this freebie has been removed from my blog. Thanks for visiting though!

BRRR!!! (New cutter file)

Wow, I can't believe how cold it is outside! BRRR It inspired me create this new file! I haven't cut it yet, so I can't upload it to the store yet. I was just wondering what my readers thought of the new file. Maybe we are the only ones experiencing record breaking cold?

What do you think of this file? The title is welded so no chasing down letters or small pieces. The photo frame has an icicle topper that I can't wait to sprinkle some glitter on and frame a few photos from the area that I've taken over the last few days!

Princess/ Girl Layout

This is the layout I made for my group tonight. I love how it turned out. I posted a sketch last week and it inspired me to do this layout as well.

I need to add a title, photos and journaling or E-bay it, I'm not sure which lol. I rarely actually use the layouts I create for the weekly demonstrations. I create them because I enjoy sharing them and I hope they inspire even one person to get their memories preserved. If you don't have gems, you could use photo safe glue and glitter.

I put a flower in place of the castle on the sketch. Paper/diecut/punched flowers would work just as well on the border and down the left side of the frame.

Ivy Hollow ScrapFusion™

Ivy Hollow - ScrapFusion™ is great for gluing buttons, beads, glass & Plexiglas elements, page pebbles, gems, glitter, and more to paper. ScrapFusion™ is archival, it is pH neutral (acid free), and it is permanent.

ScrapFusion™ will hold onto just about anything that you want to attach to your cellulose paper or paperboard, such as chipboard, book board, or cardboard. It is only meant to glue things to paper. Of the two surfaces you are gluing together, one of the surfaces must be absorbent cellulose. It does not cause paper to warp and wrinkle. If gluing large pieces of paper together, hold them flat underneath a flat heavy object (a large book comes to mind) while the glue dries.

It is color safe. (This means that it won't cause color fast inks to fade or change hue. Some inks are going to fade or change color, no matter what, because they are made from unstable color dyes.) ScrapFusion™ won't cause color bleeding on objects which are resistant to bleeding with water.


Frostys hat....

Frostys hat has blown away! It has blown onto another TSI Design Team members blog. Look for the hat and then you'll know to look for the free file!

With all of this snow, Jerry Roiger of Fargo, ND sculted this Mount Rushmore style tribute to the armed forces. You can tell how massive it is by the garage and car in the background. According to the Forum newspaper, this took Mr. Roiger about 15 hours over five days to carve.

Using my files without a cutter (PDF Files)

I'm not sure that my scrapbooking friends are catching on to the fact that I create pdf files in my shares (in addition to the various cutter types). All you need is the free Adobe reader to open the file. Then print it, cut it out and voila; a paper piecing pattern!

The Beary Special Valentine hidden on my blog does include pdf format so that those without cutters can still create these adorable little Valentines. Just click on this little bear to download the file.

They would be perfect for kids to share in the classroom or daycare! It would also be a really fun project for a teacher to do with the class.

Be quick though as the wind has picked up again! The hat bringing the magic of the free file will blow away soon!

Thanks so much Jo-Anne for sending me this pic! It turned out so cute!!!

Blog Hunt - Beary Special File

Valentines Day is right around the corner! This adorable little heart envelope and bear holding a heart can be yours, if you are up to searching for the file that is hidden somewhere in my blog! In the file you will find the gsd, knk, ai, eps, svg and pdf format. The pdf format is for those without printers. Simply print the file, cut it out by hand and follow the directions in the txt file to put it together.

TSI, the forum and the TSI designers have banded together to bring you this fun blog hunt! If you don't know the details, please go to the free forum and read up on it.

These adorable little valentines would be a wonderful project for any child to share with their class! You could even tuck in a few stickers or some other teeth friendly item lol Use the heart in the center to write sentiments such as:

UR Beary Special! , Beary Best Friends, or Bear Hugs 4U

If you have more, please feel free to leave them in my comments!

Comments are always welcome!!!

PLEASE mark OTHER below if you…

Frosty Outside

Brrrrr it has been windy around here lately! I saw a hat land here.... now where did that thing go? Perhaps it's frosty's hat? We have enough snow to make a snowman with, that's for sure! Wonder if I put it on his head if he'll come alive and say "Happy Birthday!"?

If you are a member of the TSI Forum, you know what this hat means! If you aren't a member and want to know, feel free to go to the (TSI) homepage and join the fun! It's free, a super fun place to hang out, and full of awesome information. Plus, there is a monthly newsletter!

The file will open as a zip folder and is hidden as linked text. The hunt is for the Beary Special Valentines file.


Castle Paper Piecing

This gorgeous castle file has been tested and uploaded to the store!

Don't let the file intimidate you! It would be easy-peasy even for a beginner! Why? I welded the pieces that I could so you don't have to chase down little pieces! I also grouped the colors that go together AND I included an instruction file for ease of assembly!

This paper piecing would go great on my princess, fairy tale or fantasy project (upper pic) or Disney vacation, cruise or other project! (below)!

Princess/Castle Sketch

This whimsical sketch would be fabulous for any
- Princess, Prince, King, Queen, Kingdom. Little Prince
- Daddy's Princess/Prince
- Mommy's Prince/Princess
- Grandma/Grandpa's Little Prince/Princess
- My Prince/Princess
- Renaissance
- King of the Hill
- Fairy Princess, Fairy Kingdom
- Disney Vacation/Cruise/Disneyland or world

This is a great file for this layout! It is easy to cut, easy to assemble, easy to understand and comes with instructions!

UPDATE: I am hosting a sketch to a layout challenge on the forum in February (09)!!! Be sure to check it out! This files LOOKS difficult, but it is so easy! Instructions are included with the file.
I dare you to take on this challenge! LOL

tomorrows layout

I'm seriously thinking about doing a My Little Princess layout tomorrow night. I'm inspired by the thought of a princess, but still struggling with it in my head. I got a KNK for Christmas, but I don't know how to use it yet. I'm afraid to just jump in there and try it as I only have one blade. I don't want to break it, or the machine lol

I have found someone to test my svg files. I don't know what they look like to the svg file users and I stand behind all of my files. I'm struggling for inspiration right now. I think it's a little bit of the winter doldrums setting in. It's been super cold here. Yesterday it was about minus 30. Tomorrow it's supposed about +20F. Then this weekend we are expecting more snow!

TSI Blog Hunt Is On

TSI blog hunt is not here. Good luck with your search. Be sure to check back later. You never know what the wind might blow this way.

I took this photo in downtown Fargo, ND. The train guards were just closing. I have a good friend that just loves trains. When I heard the warning I immediately thought of him!

Fall Layout

This is the last layout I will share for the weekend. Again, I used the quick kit to create the pieces. I also used pumpkin diecuts, a cornstalk button and two little wagons full of apples. I love the fall!

I used ribbon for photo corners on the photo mat in the middle of the left page. I also inked the edges on the light colored paper. The right side is open to be used as the recipient sees fit.
Here are some really cute titles that would work wonderfully on this layout!

I made the layout for group member, Vicki. You can see what she did with it on her blog! She did a fabulous job!

How cute is she!??

This adorable little angel is my grand daughter! She came to play last night. She saw my camera and started posing for me! She used to hide from the camera, not last night! She was a total ham! I must have taken 30 photos of her just being silly. She loved it too. For Christmas we got her a Disney Princess trunk full of dresses, shoes, gloves, crowns and more. She got more from her auntie! She is quick to tell you she is a princess.. and she is :)

She loves tea parties, pretty dresses, and playing pranks! LOL

Masculine/Outdoors Layout

I love how this layout turned out! This layout could be masculine, outdoors, fall, or anything really. There are two matted photo boxes on the left page and three unmatted ones on the right. I used ribbon as an accent and embellished with stickers and brads.

Pink and Brown Layout

Here is another layout I put together this week. I used prima flowers and gem brads on the bottom of the left page. I added sparkly gems to the bottom of the border on the left page. On the right page is an adorable little bear holding a present and some paper flowers with primas and gem brads in the middle. Again, I used the quick kit to get the pieces except I made all 4.25x6.25 photo mats.

Gingerbread house file is uploaded

The really fun gingerbread house paper piecing file is now available in the store. Click the pic to go to it. I had so much fun creating this file! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

It looks intimidating when you open it, but I designed it to cut as simply as possible. The sidewalk has a notch in the end that goes behind the house.

I created a detailed instruction sheet that is included with this file. It shows you how to put it together once it is cut. I also included the gingerbread house sketch that I created to use with my gingerbreadhouse layout.

If there is an interest, I could also create a printable file that you could cut by hand. Just let me know. Thanks for looking!! Please feel free to leave comments for me.

ANNOUNCEMENT!! Blog Treasure Hunt!

BRRR we have frosty winds blowing around the net, just like they are here in Fargo! ThatsScrapInc and designers are hosting a blog hunt this month! Find where the wind blew the snowmans hat and then click around on that blog. Somewhere there, there is a hidden treasure just waiting for you to find it! Good luck on the hunt, but the hat isn't here! The wind blew it right past me!

PS - the hunt is for cutter files and starts January 5th, 2009!

Dear Santa, I believe Layout

This file was so much fun to create and even more fun to cut and put together. Usually paper piecings intimidate me. I don't want to take the time to cut them out and then have to figure out how to put them all together! This one went together like a dream and was super easy! I used white ink to ink around the edges of the mailbox to give it added dimension. I used liquid applique to make the little puffy ball on her hat and matched it on her wrist and the bottom of her coat. Again I utilized the quick kit to cut the pieces needed for the layout. When the recipient places her photos in the photo boxes, there will be a slight pattern paper border and a matching cardstock border to go around her photos and really make them stand out.

I've noticed a lot of the layouts going on ebay for really high $ amounts, really can't be used for practical scrapbooking as they cover the photo mattes. I realize that is more appealing, visually, to the one purchasing it. Empty space seems lik…

Gingerbread house layout

I was so excited to cut my new file! The ginger bread house cut out so easily and went together just as easy! I taught this layout for my group a few weeks ago and promised to upload a photo of the final layout - here it is!

I used sugar coating glitter (LOVE that stuff - it comes in tiny little bottles and I think that's what it is called) to add the sparkle on the gumdrops, lollipops and 'snow'. It worked perfectly and has such a fine texture it was a dream to work with. The recipient can use the bottom four inked squares for small photos, journaling, or embellishment. On the right side page there is one photo matte to hilight their favorite photo. The rest of the space can be for journaling or smaller photos. This is one of my most favorite layouts - ever :)

This file is now available in the store! To purchase it CLICK HERE (to view in store)

I used my gingerbread house sketch.

Snowman Layout

This really whimsical layout is covered in snowmen! I used my quick kit to create the border, photo mats and journal box. I used what was left to create the tags and the additional small photo box on the right page. I stamped the snowflake background on light blue cardstock. I used white snowflake buttons and lovely snowfamily stickers to embellish the page. The photo matte on the bottom of the right side page is in two pieces, but will sit behind a photo beautifully.

** Snowflake Layout

This is one of the layouts I completed recently. I stamped the winter/snowflake background on light blue cardstock. Then I used my quick kit (recently posted) to get a border and two photo mats. I'm not a huge fan of stickers, but these awesome metallic snowflakes went perfectly on the layout! To add a little more sparkle I used gems in the center of each snowflake and I embossed the stamps "Let it snow" and the snowflake on the journal box. As a final touch I added two jolly snowmen to the bottom border. I didn't add photo mats to the right side page as that is too limiting on the size and number of photos one might use. This way, the recipient can use as many photos as they want and cut them down to the size that best suits the photo. They could also put small photos on the bottom border of the right side page.

I made this layout for my friend, Vicki R! She added photos to it and shared it on her blog. Be sure to visit her to see how the layout looks with photos an…