Sunday, March 30, 2008


I did another fast layout. What is happening to the former me that would stare at a layout for days on ends? Not that I dislike this new me, but it is shocking. Anyway...this layout was for the Studio Calico Flower Challenge. I did two without knowing if it was OK to do two. Oh well. Even though this layout is about me I am going to admit out loud that I really like this layout. I do not do layouts of anyone other than my niece and nephews, so this is a first. So, I had the photos from the 366 Day photo challenge and decided rather than burn them in a fire to apply them to paper and set history. Looking at them I decided to just write at random some thoughts about me. The only rule I set is that once it was on "paper" is could not be erased, so that is that. Thanks for taking a peek!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


This layout was done for a challenge that Studio Calico is currently holding. The challenge involves using Making Memories flowers from the Fly A Kite kit in a unique or unusual way. I don't know if what I came up with is that unique or unusual, but I like it and that is all that matters. I read about the challenge around 10:00 p.m. last night and finished this layout around midnight. That was fast for me. I was excited to have the challenge for two reasons: 1) I hadn't broke open the kit yet; and 2) the photo on the layout has been sitting on my desk for weeks waiting for a TA-DA moment. So......TA-DAAAA!
Giving credit where credit is due. I was inspired by Casey Boyd's layout, This Isn't What I Had in Mind for the lettering in her title. I think it is wonderful and therefore I scraplifted her idea. I am always drawn to Casey's layouts, because she comes up with unique and humorous titles. In regard to distressing, when I first saw Janine Langer's layouts I knew I wanted to give distressing a hand. She is a pro and when I grow up I want my layouts to look distressed just like hers. Here is one example. This layout by Janine is titled Adorable. Thank you Casey and Janine for inspiring me.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

And the Winners are.........

Close to Home (Amy) has won the Fiskars Leave it to Weaver Border Punch.

Davinie has won the Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch.
Congratulations to both of you! Please email me (nichoda at comcast dot net) your address
and I will put your punch in the mail ASAP.
Thank you to all who entered. I was blown away by the response
and truly wish I could get my hands on more.

Friday, March 21, 2008

RAK for Easter

I happened to be at Target today and came across a Fiskars Threading Water border punch. I know there are few out there that haven't been able to locate one, so this calls for a RAK drawing. I also found this Fiskars Leave it to Weaver border punch at my lss and thought I would place that in a drawing, too. So two drawings - one for the Threading Water punch and another for the Leave it to Weaver punch. Please leave a comment stating which punch drawing you would like to be entered in. If you want to be in both, that is cool with me. I will do a drawing on Sunday afternoon and announce the winner Sunday night. Good luck all!
UPDATE: I have had a few inquiries on whether I would be willing to ship to England, Sweden, etc. In response, yes - everyone is welcome to enter.
RESULTS WILL BE POSTED BY 7:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Be You

This has been the weekend of challenges. Well, not in my life. Thankfully that always sails along quite smoothly. I am talking about scrapping challenges. The last post was a challenge I did for Scrapping the Music. Today's layout is for the Journaler's Junction challenge of Ransom Notes. It was nothing I have done before and I found it a fun challenge. I loved using up all those letters. Also, I had fun using polar fleece again. I don't care if it is archival or not. If you can pet a page, all I can say is archival smarchival. It's worth the risk. Oh and I took out my sewing machine again. Two days in a row. All my home ec classes are finally being put to good use!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Beautiful Girl

The items I used for this layout include: Bazzill Kraft paper, flower ribbon by Michael's, Creative Cafe brad, Dymo labeler/tape, Swingline staples, Kenmore sewing machine for zig zagging and scraps of felt and polar fleece.

This is a layout I did for the current Scrapping with Music challenge. The song is Prince's Beautiful Girl. My friend, Aleida, is a designer for Scrapping with Music. Check out both the websites to see the gorgeous layout she did. It is awesome!
I love Emily
About my layout - I wanted to keep it minimal to let the photo be the focal point. It is not the most perfect photo, but it is exactly how Emily is - full of attitude and covered in frosting a lot ot the time. BTW - Emily is my niece and to me she is a beautiful little chick even when she mushes up her frosting splattered face.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Dana and Emily

This layout was made with the February Studio Calico kit. LOVE this kit. The papers and extras are wonderful. The colors are awesome. However, my mojo i smessing with me. I have been staring at this layout off and on for two weeks. Nothing seemed to be working. I liked the bones of it, but the embellishments were starting to send me to a place where fashion consists of white jackets tied in the back. J/K! I am starting to like the finished result, but am opening this up to comments on whether it is necessary to have a title. Any advice in regard to improving the layout is very welcome. I thank you in advance.