Back to School Albums

Last year was tough completing the very last page for my son’s school album because he was graduating. This year has proven no easier. It is my daughter’s last year of high school and she will be leaving home in the fall for college. My youngest has four more years of school left, but it will go by so quick.

Layouts

There was lots of left over Harry Potter paper and I decided to use it for this year’s back to school pages. This is the first year that I did not use a sketch much less the same design on each layout.

By mating each piece of pattern paper and picture with black cardstock it gave the layout a cohesive look that is not so busy. The multitude of patterns allows for little embellishment which is a good thing for these types of albums.

The Inline Alphabet stamp set from Close to My Heart is perfect for school layouts!

Walk Thru

I took a little stroll down memory lane by sharing a walk thru of her album. Not only has she grown, but so has the trees she stood in front of yearly and the car behind her is not the family car. It is her car.

https://youtu.be/3RfOCG2zLJA

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

The Great Outdoors

One thing that my family is doing a lot of is getting outside! My husband and daughter trained for a triathlon last summer. My son went hiking and we all had fun exploring local trails.

My daughter got a job as front desk receptionist at The Fitness Institute. Her new passion for health led to an entire overhaul on our family starting with my husband. He went from 430 pounds to 325 in just under seven months. I soon joined in and started working out with my daughter’s trainer (pictured above). Instead of sitting at home and playing video games my husband and daughter started training for a triathlon together. Not only did they get fit they bonded!

Using the same line and stamp set from Close to My Heart I created a page of my son at the top of the mountain on a hike. For my husband’s 44th Birthday he wanted to go on a hike — so that is what we did.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Magical and Mischievous

Whimsical magical and mischievous design is my favorite style! The Fairy tale club has a great kit that is all about the cute spooks and I had to get it. I was able to stretch the kit for several happy layouts and four cards. Here is what I created with this awesome kit!

The playful design is perfect for a group of teenage girls on Halloween. Using pop dots on the die cuts add interest too.

Tucking elements around the picture really makes the page pop!

It is important to use white space when there is a lot of pattern in the background to avoid being overwhelmed.

Subtitle are a great way to add an embellishment to a page.

Just because it is The Fairy Tale club does not mean it is just for girls.

The skeleton tags adds a cool factor perfect for my son’s page!

Matching the colors on the photos to a few elements on the page can pull the whole thing together.

Though this page looks perfectly busy, it really is simple and did not take long to create.

Layering and tucking elements behind the photo is all it took to create a fun whimsical page.

Most of the Fairy tale kits come with a printed transparency sheet. They are perfect for creating stunning bold cards!

This kit was a lot of fun to work with and create amazing cards and layouts. Halloween has never been so cute!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

The Days are Long, but the Years are Short

I heard the quote “the days are long, but the years are short.” when my kids were under five. I have three children — all within four years of each other. When they were all little the days seemed to all run together. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to be a Mom more than anything. I had to have surgery to become one and I cherish every single minute of their lives.

It’s just when they were all in diapers my life was pretty much the same. It felt like I was a wet nurse and maid (didn’t I just clean that toilet? Wash that shirt?). I often dreamed of doing things that stimulated my mind by myself. The days truly were long and years short. Before I knew it my oldest was 18 and graduating from high school. I still think it was yesterday that I was bringing him home from the hospital. I remember changing his diapers, staying up all night, and napping when he napped. Now, he is an adult? Where did the time go?

Graduation Layouts

These pictures were bittersweet to scrap. I am so proud of the man he is turning into and truly enjoying being a parent to an adult. I decided on a Wonderland theme because that is what it feels like —Wonderland.

My son is 6’6 and towers over everyone in these pictures! In the above layout he is with his siblings, me, me and his dad, and his uncle.

If you have little ones at home, try to set aside time each day just to be with them. The laundry can wait and that toilet will always need to be cleaned. You will never be able to get your time back, so savor it :-).

Until next time – Happy Crafting!

So Sketchy!

It’s my favorite time of the month — HOP TIME! For this hop the Rita Barakat design team has teamed up with Finder’ Keepers and 3L Scrapbook Adhesive. Both companies sent us a wonderful selection of products. I used mine on my first paper crafting love — Scrapbooking. Make sure you check out the rest of the hop! The list is at the bottom 🙂

A Nod to the Past

Back in 2005 I had lost my passion for scrap booking. I went on a hunt to find something to spark my creativity and found Scrap Goods. It was a subscription kit in which each month a box full of supplies and a lesson on a new technique. There also was an amazing creative and caring online forum that was my first experience with social media. If it wasn’t for that club I truly don’t know where I would be today. Sadly, they went out of business when the economy started to dive. In it’s honor I created a kit with the new supplies sent by Finder’s Keepers and 3L Adhesive along with stuff from my stash.

What is In It

Here is a video of what is in my kit along with a technique tutorial and samples!

The Sketch Challenge

As promised in the video here is the sketch for you:

Interpret this any way you want. Look at it like a guide to help spark your creativity. Maybe you are not a scrap booker. Maybe you are a card or mixed media artist — use it in your art form.

This is what I did with it:

Make sure you upload your creation to Instagram tagging Betz Golden. I want to see it. If your account is public, I will share it too!

Layouts

Here are the rest of the layouts I created and the TN for my sketches!

Hop List

Now its time to hop on through to the next blog! Please consider subscribing to blogs you enjoy and leave comments to be entered for your chance to win the giveaway!

Rita

Martha Lucia Gomez

Margie Higuchi

Yolie

Michelle Wells

Hannah Rubenstahl

Nadine’s Blog

Until next time ~ Happy Crafty!

I Love Family Echo Park & Peachy Cheap Collaboration

It is a privilege and dream come true to be a guest designer for Peachy Cheap today! My first crafty purchase was made through them years ago. I would check my e-mail just to see what the daily special was long before Instagram was around. Needless to say, Peachy Cheap has a special place in my heart and I am so glad that they have stayed in business all of these years. A lot of small businesses in the craft industry do not withstand the test of time, but Peachy Cheap has!

Today’s deal is Echo Park‘s I Love Family line. I created 6 projects with it, that I am sharing with you today!

When I saw this gorgeous line I knew it would e perfect for home decor and a few scarp book layouts. Can you believe that I have a lot leftover?

Layouts

I created three layouts with I Love Family.

I could not pick which paper I wanted to use. The collection has 12 sheets that are double sided. The possibilities are endless! For this layout I used as much of the papers as I could get away with. Since there are so many patterns I opted to keep the layout flat with little embellishments.

I am a huge fan of white space and utilized it on this layout with a busy base page. The kit comes with a full 12 by 12 sticker sheet. I pop dotted the mason jar sticker by adding powder to the back of it which turned it into a glossy die cut. To add dimension to the page, I used pop dots on the photo and die cuts. distressing the edges and inking them also amped the interest level up for the layout.

The paper in the collection is just lovely and I wanted to use several pieces for this layout. I decided to create a background with three circles in various sizes and three mats off centered from one another. Three of the stickers were used in the traditional way. The flower in the pot I created into a die cut by powdering the back and pop dotting it on the bottom corner of the picture.

Home Decor Pieces

Upon receiving this collection I promptly made my way to Micheal’s and bought three wood pieces to decorate my home and office. The best part was the pieces I selected were each 99 cents!

I created this piece for my entry way this fall. Rubber Cement is my favorite adhesive for a strong long lasting bond. There are a few tricks to using it, but once you know them you are set! To create a permanent bond apply the rubber cement horizontal on the first substrate and vertical on the other. Let it dry completely before adhering. To create a temporary bond apply the rubber cement to one substrate and adhere it to the other wet.

I created this fun frame that can easily swap the picture out with it’s clipboard style for my husband’s office. He has recently lost over 100 pounds. For his birthday we took a hike and made it to the top. He could have never done that before. Our kids celebrated with him by hiking as well. This picture symbolizes that special day and amazing accomplishment he achieved. I created this for his office as a reminder.

My youngest is 14 and recently has taken up golf. He has surprised us with not only his talent, but his passion for it. This past summer he participated in the golf tournament that his great grandfather started over 50 years ago. As of right now he is the only great grandchild that plays in it. Tradition is strong in him and he was proud that he could carry on the legacy. I made this for his room.

Peachy Cheap

To get your own I Love my Family by Echo Park collection make sure you head over to Peachy Cheap today — Sept 4, 2019. The best part is it is discounted! Please let them know you visited my website too!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Paper Collage Layouts

Once a month I attend my favorite local craft stores crop! What is a crop you may ask? Basically it is a modern day spin on the old quilting bees in which women got together to work on a quilt. Now we get together to paper craft! It is a wonderful time to dedicate to catching up on my scrapbook and socializing with other like minded ladies. Plus, it a great opportunity to support local small businesses! Do you know that 60% of what you spend at your local small business goes right back into your community? Great excuse to shop 🙂

Completed Layouts

After 8 years of basketball my son threw his last basketball because he graduated high school. This layout documents that day. I had a pair of Converse made in his school colors that I wore to every game the last four years — those are pictured to your left. He and I right before he went on the court for the last time takes center stage. Finally, his last warm up. Ironically, this page used the last of the basketball line I have been using to document his basketball career.

To document the prom I used this kit for my son’s page. Yes, it is Sleeping Beauty, but it lent itself well to a princely layout.

My daughter is a junior and was able to go this year too! They posed for some fun photos before heading out individually with their friends and dates.

My daughter and her friends got ready at our house and had a sleep over. It was a great night and they all had a blast.

Of course the girls did some fun photos too! Love these girls and I am so glad my daughter has such a wonderful group of friends that have been around since early elementary school.

One of my friends at the crop hosted wonderful make and take in which we got to create a tag!

Do you have crops at your craft store? I am so blessed that we have one every month! It seriously is my favorite day!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!