Saturday, September 12, 2015

Redecorating Lexi's and Brooke's Room Part 2

The saga of the girls room continues...

Lexi and I talked and she loves the idea of having a Paris style bedroom so we went online to Pinterest searching for ideas to make this room work. Teal and black. Purple and black. Aqua and black. They all look great and we love them. She really likes the light teal walls.


I went to the paint store and ordered a few different shades of Teal for the walls.

The next step is to figure out what to do about beds. Lexi has a double bed and Brooke has a toddler bed, that was previously her crib. Two twin beds with matching bedspreads would look best, but we don't want to downsize Lexi's bed. So what now? A double and a twin bed in the same room? How will that work?

And how is this going to fit in with Brooke's style?

Think, think, think!!!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Redecorating Lexi and Brooke's Bedroom

This past week has been very stressful. I promised Lexi that I would redecorate her "little girls pink" bedroom for her 11th birthday in October. She was so excited and wanted to do it in  teal and purple. A big girls room.

Last weekend we went shopping at Target and I bought her the light teal and purple bedspread that she saw at a friends house and wanted so badly, matching Eiffel Tower lamp and obnoxiously big white furry pillow. She was so excited until we got home and her mother said that she did not like the comforter and wanted it to all go back. Light purple is a color that she detests. Lexi was so upset and stormed upstairs.

On top of that, 3 year old Brooke who shares a room with Lexi wants her bedroom to be in PINK and made it VERY clear. With her scrunched up face she looked at Lexi and in a sarcastic tone said "I want my bedroom to be pink and purple!!!"

Story to continue....


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Zoe Paper Piecing Layout

Hi Everyone,
I hope you are enjoying your summer and keeping cool. It has been quite hot up here in Northern California. And, my family has been using the pool almost daily to keep cool. Last week was so hot that the pool could't even cool you off. It got up to 90 degrees! Way too hot for me.

Yesterday I got a chance to use the new Zoe paper pack from Close to My Heart.  Along with paper pieces from Miss Kate Cuttables that I cut in Cricut Design Space, I created this layout for pool pictures of my granddaughters.

I love the colors in this paper pack: Glacier, Sorbet, Canary, Slate, Sweet Leaf and Whisper.  I added Sunset plus a couple of new colors that will be available in September...a blue called Peacock and a red called Poppy.

The Zoe Paper Pack is available for purchase and can be ordered on my website.  If you order through the website the price of shipping is only $4.95 or 4.95% of your order. Pretty awesome.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

CTMH Convention and Studio J

My family and I are home sick with the flu. And while laying in bed, I created these Studio J layouts on the Close to My Heart website. They were so quick and easy to make. All you have to do is drop your digital pictures into the pre-made layouts. Stubborn me always wants to make layouts from paper and embellishments, but I am so glad that I gave this a try. They were fun to make and look real. The layouts are only $5 per two page layout until the end of July. It was fun re-living my trip to the CTMH convention. If you have not tried digital scrapbooking, go ahead and give it a try. There is no obligation to purchase anything. You can create your own layouts here:

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Brooke's Birthday

When most of you see this post you are going to be surprised. I haven't blogged in years! But I am back and want to start up again. I have been frequenting Blogger and enjoying all of your blogs and art work. So for today's post I want to share a layout that I did of our Miss Brooke for her third birthday. I used the December stamp of the month called Cutie Pie and pretty much followed the layout that CTMH used only I added a second page and changed a few things. I did not have the Black Arrow Washi tape that they used, so I used a stamp that had an arrow. I also didn't have the Handwritten Print alphabet stamp that they used. It is on my wish are many things. So, instead I used my cricut and found a cupcake title that I liked. The yellow checked paper is from the Confetti Wishes paper pack. See you soon :)

Friday, September 27, 2013

She Likes Layout

I will be teaching a scrapbook workshop for Lexi's Brownie Troop and made this cute layout using the Laughing Lola papers from Close to My Heart. This layout is about what "She Likes."  I will have all the papers cut and the girls will do the assembly. The pieces of patterned paper are cut down to 11 inches and are attached to a 12x12 piece of black cardstock to form a border and give a nice contrast to the paper.  I needed to keep the cost down since I will be donating the supplies, so I chose inexpensive embellishments. Sequins are becoming popular in scrapbooking, so I bought a few packs at Joann's as well as a couple of packs of the little paperclip embellishments at 50% off. I will stamp the title and have the girls fill in the little strips of paper telling what they like. I am going to let Lexi help me teach the class and she is so excited about that.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Day with Uncle Ryan Layout

I am taking a class from Stacy Julian and Jennifer Wilson at Big Picture Classes called The Art + Science of Scrapbooking. My first assignment was to go through my pictures and rate them and choose a photo to tell a story about. I have been wanting to scrapbook this picture and tell the story, but just haven't done it. Lexi and Brooke love their Uncle Ryan and it's obvious that he loves them too. One day they went on a walk and Lexi found this field of clovers and threw herself into them and, of course, Brooke joined in. The paper that I chose is called Neapolitan from American Crafts.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Assemble the Minions - Banner

Do you ever feel like you are a minion at your place of work? I most certainly am beginning to feel like one. And, the thought of minions running around the department that I work in sparked my creativity to make this Minion Banner. I found an SVG file at and went to work creating my banner. The minion file is for a card and has a back to it. Since I wasn't making a card, I used the back piece to attach my bakers twine. I used Zip Dry glue and then attached the front piece on top.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Lori William Barcelona


After a very long day of travel, Bill and I arrived in Barcelona to spend a few days before we leave on a Mediterranean Cruise. I have always wanted to see Spain, because I am part Spanish as well as Irish and Norwegian. On the plane ride over, I happened to sit next to two handsome guys, one was from Spain and the other Norway. It was interesting talking to them and learning about the different cultures. When my son visited Europe, people thought he was from Spain.  I had to see for myself what a true Spanish person looked like and surprisingly, he looks a lot like the young handsome guys here.

We had a great day of sightseeing, rode a tram over to the beach and did some people watching as well as walking down the narrow alleys and looking at the adorable homes. I love architecture and had fun taking pictures.
At 9:00 we ate Paella for dinner at a restaurant called Elche. We were able to get it without shells, which made it so much more enjoyable to eat. After a wonderful dinner and a bottle of wine. We strolled by the night clubs, where the evening was just beginning for the young people. Then, we hailed a cab which took us back to the Hotel Miramar. Until tomorrow, have a good night. For me it is quite late.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Having fun with Dream Pop

My sister-in-law Vicki was here last month and had fun taking pictures of Brooke. She is such a good photographer. I love how she captured the expressions on Brooke's face.  This fun Dream Pop paper from Close to My Heart went so well with these photos.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Snake and Monkey Diaper Cakes

Today after work, we had a baby shower for my boss Gina. She is having a boy and the room will be done in a jungle theme with snakes and monkeys. I have been on a diaper cake marathon these days and am really enjoying putting them together. Lexi helped make the diaper cake with the snake on it. She rolled a lot of diapers. I wanted to do something different with the monkey cake and searched for ideas on the internet and found instructions to make this motorcyle cake. Both cakes were a hit and it always makes me happy to make someone else happy.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Spring/Summer CTMH Catalog

The CTMH Spring/Summer Catalog is live today. You can view it on my website. I love all the new papers and stamps. It has to be favorite catalog yet! Go on over and check it out.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Flirty Layouts

I just love this CTMH paper called "Flirty." The colors are so pretty and vibrant. This paper pack can be used for Fall or Summer pictures as you can see in the layouts below. We will be making these layouts at my workshop this month on October 19 and 20. If you are interested in attending or would like to make the layouts on your own, please let me know and I will prepare a kit for you.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Baby's First Birthday

I am going to a baby's first birthday party today and needed a card. I went through the many chilhood stamps that I have and used "First Steps" and "Childhood" both from CTMH. The pieces of the train and cloud are popped up and buttons are used for the wheels. I hope the parents like it.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Don't You Ever Grow Up

Lexi is at that age where she is so little and cute but wants so badly to grow up. I know there will be a day when she won't be interested in spending time with me. There will be girlfriends and boyfriends and so many other things that take her away from me. When I heard the song by Taylor Swift called "Never Grow Up," it brought tears to my eyes because they grow up so fast. I decided to incorporate that song into my layout. I used the Dakota paper pack from CTMH.