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By The Sea Mini Album


Hello there Paper Peeps…..I’m dropping in to share a mini album I created with lot’s of fabulous trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon and By the Sea Paper from Graphic 45. It also has pics of a chubby bald happy baby…..who is going to be 15 this week. So as you can image I’ve had the pictures awhile waiting for just the right paper and trim : )

IMG_3089We collected these starfish on our vacation to Daytona Beach where we took the pictures. Using them on the cover was a nice way to add mementos from our trip.  As you can see there is loads of trims on the rings: Brown Plaid , Capri Blue Diamond Satin, Turftan Brown Checkerboard Satin.. I also added some pretty little silvery seahorse charms.

IMG_3090There’s some tropical themed flowers, painted and inked chipboard embellishments, dimensional resin seashells, and trimmed elements from the By The Sea paper.

IMG_3094As you can see…I’ve layered elebenty hundred patterns….but all nicely separated by navy cardstock. I wanted to add extra tags for pics and journaling….so I created smaller pocket pages. I am loving the stamp banner held with Tim Holz metal clips.

IMG_3096These paper rosettes make the book a little bulky so I used really large binder rings.

fAs promised lot’s of pics of happy chubby bald baby : )

IMG_3098I added tags on the edges of the pages quite easily by attaching them between the paper layers. Isn’t that giant blue tropical fish cut out fabulous???? Shhhh don’t tell…it’s hiding a scratch on the picture.

IMG_3099-001I covered chipboard to make the base for the book….to support the weight of all the heavy embellishments.  This is truly a chunky album!


I was lucky to have some nautical resin bits and pieces like this ships wheel….I think they make great details. I also used many trimmed pieces to bring the paper patterns onto the pictures.

Okay…I know that was a lot of pictures…..but I had so much fun reminiscing about our  trip….that I  made the book with lot’s of pages.

I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative : ) G

Friends Frames and Holidays


I got to spend a lovely afternoon playing paper at the shop with my dear friend Lisa. She was whipping up a Halloween banner and I was creating some Christmas goodies. So I guess we’re a shop for all seasons lol. The perfect end to my day was a lovely chat with my new friend Jeanne Marie from Florida, the creative world is a small world after all!

wound up with two  chipboard holiday decorations..one vintage and one retro : )

IMG_2301IMG_2302IMG_2303IMG_2304IMG_2305IMG_2308IMG_2308-001IMG_2309IMG_2310IMG_2307All the trims I used were from Really Reasonable Ribbon. Red Gingham, Red Wrinkle Ribbon, Ivory Wrinkle Ribbon, Red Burlap, Lace.

I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day filled with friends and creativity : ) G

Plans are changed….


Plans are changed with one day to spare before our family vacation to sunny Florida. Our poor little kitty baby Tinker wasn’t looking so good…so I took him to the vet and they urged me to rush him to emergency. Thankfully D.H. Kenny was able to drive us the 45 minutes it took to get to Milford to the pet hospital. The Dr. shared with us that he had a completely blocked urethra : ( literally within an hour of it being a life or death situation. Luckily Tinker pulled through his emergency procedure just fine and is resting comfortably in the vet hospital for the next three days. We will be staying here instead of going on our trip   so we can bring him home on Monday.  It just goes to show…you should always trust your instincts when it come to your pets. It would have made for a very blue Christmas if we had lost Tinker.

20121220_190232-3So now that we’re staying home I guess I should put up a tree and deck the halls a little bit for my boy’s who were really looking forward to spending Christmas day on the beach. I’ve already gotten my gift….a happy healthy furry Tinker baby : )

A mini for ME!!


I’ve been spending some time on a trip down memory lane the last few days while working on this mini album.  We take our boys to Florida every year to play on the beach. The pic’s in this book are from when they were much younger…so cute in their little swimmy trunks. One will be off to college next year and one will be in high school. How time flies : ( Some day’s I wish they were little again.

I may have gone a bit overboard on the embellishments??? Nah…it’s for me and I like it just the way it is. I anchored the corner with a nice arrangement of pretty pale flowers, Dusty Attic chipboard, buttons, leaves, resin shells and string.  I choose the beautiful burlap trim with blue stripe from Really Reasonable Ribbon for a nice strip at the top and bottom. I inked the edges and layered on some creme colored netting….seemed very nautical without being too themey.

There are quite a few elements layered on. I started with this fabulous white dot on craft brown from Simple Stories then added several die cuts, chipboard letters, vintage images, metal corners and netting with a bit of gold.

AWWWWW my little puddin pops at the beach : ) Proud Momma moment : ) Jonathan was such a little ham hock!!! The die cuts I used are from Pink Paislee.  Notice that burlap trim again? I added it to each page and used the same papers for a consistent look.

Those boy’s were sooo blonde.  As you can tell…I’m not very good about including journaling. I’m working on it I promise.

Loving these die cut letters. They match my Beach theme perfectly. Did you even notice the turtle with that chubby little bald boy in swimmy trunks in the picture? Me either : )

We spent a lot of time working out whose chair this was lol. I guess Alex decided it was better to have sand in his pants.

I’m gonna journal on this page soon…really…..you believe me…don’t you?????? LOL

It’s nice to take time to make something for myself. A way to remember the good ol days. They grow up way too fast.

I wanted to take a minute to also show off this lovely little gifty  I got in the mail at the shop. Such a sweet and generous surprise from Juanita Baker. Thank you  thank you thank you…they are so beautiful : )

She made all these pretty pins and even made a card from one of the pics I posted last spring of the tree beside my front porch : )