Saturday, August 20, 2011


Griffin and Christina recently returned from Alaska. They attended a mycology conference where Griffin presented a poster, and then they spent time out in the wild looking for mushrooms. Here are a few of the photographs.

Griffin with his poster

Thanks for stopping by. Sorry I have been so absent lately. LC

Saturday, July 30, 2011

New layouts, old photos

These are new layouts that contain older photos. I am playing 'catch up'. These layouts aren't fancy or elaborate. I decided to let the papers, photos, or journaling tell the story. Thanks for looking!

Mike cut his thumb at Home Depot; the cut required 12 stitches! Mike did the journaling for me.

Griffin's skating birthday party in first grade.

My first scrapbooking book publication.

Spring pedi's with our neighbors.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend. The kids are coming over for dinner before they leave for Alaska! Another adventure for Griffin. This time Christina is going with him.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Southern Treat

I didn't do any crafting today, but I did make a treat for Mike....fried peach pies! I made the crust from scratch and cooked down the dried peaches. It was a messy job, but oh so worth it!

Before being fried....

Ready to be enjoyed.......

I think Momma, Grandma Griffin, and Aunt Reba would be proud of me!

Thanks for stopping by! LC                                            

Edwin's Journey

It is my turn for the inspirational challenge for the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog. Here is the picture I chose as the inspiration. It is from Martha Stewart.

Here is my creation. I was inspired to create with a navy theme in red, white, and blue.

Here is a close-up of Edwin. The stamp is from the Bon Voyage collection at Magnolia-licious. I applied Glossy Accents to his hat, telescope, scarf, buttons, and shoes. The image was colored with Copic Markers. The seashell is an embellishment from K&Co., and the rub-ons are from Making Memories.

I hope you are inspired to join in the fun at Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog. The challenge is to create a project based on the inspiration above. Post your creation to the Challenge Blog to be eligible for a prize from Diana at Magnolia-licious.

Thanks for stopping by! LC

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Graduation Layout

Here is one of my layouts for Griffin's MTSU graduation. We are mighty proud!

In the top photo is Griffin with his dad, his Aunt Polly, and me. The middle photo is of Griffin and Christina. The lower photo is of Griffin with Christina's parents. They came up from Memphis for his graduation.

Thanks for stopping by! LC

Friday, July 22, 2011

Layout Ideas

Let's see if you are like me......

Do you sometimes get in a scrapbooking slump?
Do you have scrapbooking magazines* aplenty?
Do page layout 'plans' fail to inspire you?

Let me say up front I am not attempting to bad mouth page 'plans'. I know there are many of you who rely on them for structuring your layouts. That is not a bad thing. But for me I just don't get it. Oh, I get the concept of squares, rectangles, and such, but I am not inspired to create when I look at them.

This is my plan of action when I get in a slump.

I look through a  few scrapbooking magazine for layouts I like. I may like the color combination, the subject matter, or the construction. I cut the layouts out of the magazine and write on them why I am inspired. My notes may say "design", "school photo", "color combination", or "family". I might think a layout would be perfect with a specific set of photos and make a note of it. I tape them in a journal until I am ready to create.
If a magazine layout inspires me to use a particular paper and/or photo(s) I put all of the items together in a 12x12 folder. BTW, after I have used an idea I dispose of it. I don't usually duplicate a layout I have created.

Creating Keepsakes
Scrapbooks Etc.
Scrapbooking & Beyond
Memory Makers

Here are some samples:

I am not sure which magazine this layout is from, but the artist is Christina Smith. It is actually a digital layout.
When I saw the layout in the magazine I thought it would be perfect for the photographs I had taken of mushrooms when Griffin, Christina, and I went mushroom hunting.

Here is my layout.

I apologize for not being able to give credit for this layout. I did not save the artist's or magazine's name. If you recognize this work please let me know so I can give her credit. The artist is Valerie Salmon. Thank you, Bettye! You are always so helpful!
Here is my layout.

Here are several pieces of patterned paper, a layout idea by Becky Fleck, and a photo I want to use in a layout. They are stored together.

I hope I have given you an idea or two and maybe inspired you to create. Thanks for stopping by. LC

Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer Bash

   Welcome to the Magnolia Summer Bash Blog Hop! If you have arrived here from Angie's blog you are at the right place. If not, you should procede to Magnolia Highlites Blog to begin. There is a secret 3 word sentence you need to make to be able to enter for the prize, and there is a secret letter at each blog.

Here is the Blog Hop order:
Linda (me) You are here!
Patti Jo

Here are my creations for the Blog Hop. I chose to use #3000 Tilda Gone Fishing from Magnolia-licious.

This is my August calendar page. You can see previous pages here July June April  Here is a close-up of Tilda. I made her 3-D by raising the image with foam tape. Her boots, buttons, and lure have Glossy Accents on them. I also used Mrs.Grossman stickers and Quickutz dies.

I also like to create layouts with Magnolia images. Here is a 12x12 layout I created with the Tilda Gone Fishing image.

Now for the Blog Hop details:
There are 2 ways to win.

1. Details are on the Magnolia-licious Highlites Blog.
2. Participants are to hop around the blogs and put the letters together to spell the sentence and email it to
3. Participants have until July 31st to email the answer to Suzanne —winner will be chosen randomly

Prize is 5 stamps from Magnolia-licious and a Summer Sand Bucket full of craft goodies (photos below).

AND the 2nd way to win:

1. Create a SUMMER PROJECT with the theme of Beach, Picnics/Barbecues or Fishing using only Magnolia stamps by July 31st.
2. Enter it into the InLinkz on the Magnolia-licious Highlites blog.
3. One random winner will win 2 Magnolia stamps of their choice from Magnolia-licious.

Here is the prize for the random winner that emails the sentence correctly---it is $100 worth of goodies PLUS 5 Mini Magnolia stamps of their choice AND a Scor-Buddy—that’s a lot of fun!! Second prize goes to someone who does a project, and they get 2 stamps of their choice from Diana’s store.

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  Now please hop to the next blog (Maria) to see more inspiration and collect another letter! When you are finished collecting the letters you will put them together to create a 3 word sentence. Find contest details at the Magnolia-licious Highlites Blog HERE! Thanks for joining us! Linda C