New Mommy album. First time ever I saw your face.

I’m still working in the K&Co. Smash Book for the mini album I’m making for Carissa.

These two pages are immediately after the birth of her twins. She was still on the operating table when Jaime, or one of the nurses, took the photo I used on this layout.


I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the fancy frame. A stamp from Stampin’ Up! that I’ve had for several years. The stamp sentiment is “Life is Beautiful”. I’ve heat embossed the sentiment with black embossing powder.


Half backed pearls attached using Glossy Accents were added to dress up the Cuttlebug embossed piece.

On the facing page I used a pocket from a Smash Book pack that had been in a clearance bin a year ago. The title piece on this page was a snippet of a song from the 1970’s. I don’t remember who performed it, nor the actual title of the song.


I tucked in a journal piece for Carissa to write her thoughts and memories of that eventful day. I had to hand draw the lines on the paper. As always happens, I draw a line with a ruler that has helpful markings – uphill. Actual proof that I can’t draw a straight line even with a ruler 😉

I’m finding a wealth of opportunities for candid photos of my daughter as she is venturing into the job of motherhood. So precious.


Hope you are enjoying your Tuesday.


Stealing some inspiration from a friend.

Jaime took a photo of Carissa and her swollen belly the morning they went to the hospital to have those precious babies. I am using that photo in the New Mommy album.


Using the date stamp thing for Smash Book I made an arrow pointing to that baby bump .


While I looked at the photo of Carissa, as she sat next to me, I asked what she felt that morning. With a shudder of remembrance she whispered “I was so scared”.

I used that on the facing page. Jann Gray has some beautiful Instagram photos of her art work and I chose one to flagrantly copy and use.


I made a pocket on this page with tags to journal and document this special day.


This is the facing page with all the things I incorporated to tell my daughter’s story.


Now I just wait for all the glitter stuff to dry before I can move on to the next page.

If you are a Mom, new or well seasoned, do you remember the torrent of emotions on the day of your first born? What would you enter as a journal note on a page like this?

Thanks for visiting me.


Making a “New Mom” album using a Smash Book.

I am getting to do some scrapbooking. My skills are really rusty and I’m second guessing myself all the time. Like the rest of you I feel that my work leaves much room for improvement :/

Everyone makes baby albums. I’m going to be different. I’m making a “New Mommy” album. Using photos and hospital memorabilia in her album so she has a way of remembering the long road to motherhood.


This started out being a baby album. The hospital leg bands and name cards for the girls is what I started the Smash book with. I’ve changed my mind and will be incorporating both mom and babies.


I have a little pad of journal things for the Smash Book and decided to use this one item.


I made pockets for the girls name cards and attached their leg bands to the top of each card.



Behind the “Rank of Coolness” journal item I made a place for some notes Carissa can write a note or two.


The facing page I used block letters from Graphic 45 to spell out their names. The leg bands say BabyAGirl and BabyBGirl.


I have an embossing doo-hickey from 10-Two Studios.


With my Big Shot I used black card stock to emboss the paper.


Cutting around the pieces I wanted, inking them with VersaMark, and covering them with silver embossing powder I have made some faux metal tags.


Just getting started and pushing through the jitters all the things I have forgotten that I can do is turning this project into fun instead of frustrating and angst.

What things can you pull out from your long forgotten stash and play around with?

That thing from 10-Two Studios is meant to emboss metal but can be used on paper. It tears in places if you aren’t careful. I’ve had that thing for about five or six years and haven’t used it much.

Those two babies are gorgeous and I love their sweet little sounds. Holding them and loving on them as they feed makes me one very happy grandmother.


Whoa! That’s not trash!

I have to confess.  I am a bit of a hoarder.  I keep things that other people would consider quickly tossing in the recycling bin.  Case in point….plastic packaging and product cardboard packing.

Plastic packaging

Plastic packaging

Product cardboard

Product cardboard

I’m going to make you wait until the end of this post to see the results.  Hopefully it will change your mind about keeping stuff you might otherwise throw away.

Let’s start with the plastic packaging.  A pillow box which held some Tim Holtz embossing folders. Cut off one side of the packaging.

Tim Holtz embossing folder package

Tim Holtz embossing folder package

Cut away one side

Cut away one side

I’m going to be using a Stampin’ Up! Top Note die on this plastic piece.  Use a small amount of tape to hold the slippery plastic in place when die cutting.

Stampin' Up! Top Note die

Stampin’ Up! Top Note die

Secure the plastic with a bit of tape

Secure the plastic with a bit of tape

Cool!  Acetate die cut

Cool! Acetate die cut

Now for the cardboard.  This is one of the end flaps from a box of FoodSaver plastic rolls I use.

Product cardboard

Product cardboard

The die I will be using is an old Sizzix die.  An old telephone.  With a curly cord and rotary dial.  I’ve had this die for quite a number of years.  You can use any die you wish, I’m just showing you what I used.

Sizzix telephone die

Sizzix telephone die

Die cut the cardboard, then die cut card stock in the color of your choice.  Then glue the card stock to the cardboard die cut.

Die cut the cardboard

Die cut the cardboard

Die cut card stock

Die cut card stock

Put the pieces together

Put the pieces together

Presto!  Chango!  *flash of bright light and a bit of smoke in the air*


Top Note acetate die cut with bling

Top Note acetate die cut with bling

Telephone cardboard die cut

Telephone cardboard die cut

Both of these die cuts are being used to  hold the photos in place.  The sticker tags are also being used as added grip to keep the photos from falling out.  I’ve used Glue Dots on the acetate die cut and Red Liner tape on the bottom portion of the telephone.

I hope this has given you a bit of inspiration for your creative day.

Now….go “Show someone how special they are”.








Vellum stickers for cards

Before I get into today’s post I want to express my heartfelt apologies to my blogging friends who use the Blogger and BlogSpot platforms.  I have been reading all of your blogs….I just can’t comment on your fantastic creations.  This problem has been fixed I HOPE.  While home on this recent “dump and run” I got into my WordPress utilities and included the two platforms so that I can have easier access to your blogs and I can leave you some “Love”.

With that said, I have a half baked idea for a card that I made using some stickers.

I have a couple of “books” of card stickers from K&Co that I purchased from my local craft/hobby store last year.  Each book has a page for birthday, get well, marriage/anniversary, thinking of you, and thank you.  The stickers can be used inside the card or on the front – layered or just stuck on.

Vellum stickers

I made a “trial” card to test out a theory.  It is a card that can be used for Valentine’s Day or just an “I love you” card.

Valentine or Love card

Everything looks crooked, while the Tin Man tag is the only thing I did put off kilter.

  • Papers:  Colorbok textured card stock (behind vellum sticker and the card base); pink card stock is from Stampin’ Up!; the brown designer paper behind the sticker sentiment is also from Stampin’ Up!
  • Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug Swirls
  • Tag:  Graphic 45 chipboard tags from Wizard of OZ
  • Liquid Pearls from Ranger or Tim Holtz
  • Ribbon:  My stash

One of the embossed swirl designs resembled a heart so I used that bit to layer on some Liquid Pearls to define the heart better.  I am learning how to allow my imagination to work things out with the limited amount of stuff I bring along with me.  At times this is more of a challenge than I am prepared for 😀

I have wanted to get myself trained to put things away when I’m finished using them.  At  home it is easier to just pile things up until I have an avalanche off to one side before I even consider putting things away.  Crafting in hotel rooms as we travel is kind of a “forced” training 😀

Crafting in hotel rooms

If I don’t put the stuff away as I’m finished we won’t sleep very well 😀 and I run the risk of leaving something behind that has been wadded up in the bed clothes 😉  This is not a New Year’s Resolution or anything like that.  I’ll just call it “Self Improvement” 😀  The other thing I am attempting to do is quell the whining and misery I put Joe through wanting to be home to get into my crafting.  Taking it along with me and being able to be creative has helped a lot, so far, in our day job.

Do you take along creative things as you travel?  Knitting, crocheting, altered journals, scrapbook projects, card making stuff?  What are the things you have found helpful in your travel for organizing your stuff?  I’d like to know.  You may spark inspiration in me, and others, to keep my stuff organized and undamaged during my travels.

Thanks for stopping by.