Little pencils from popsickle sticks

I made this banner using products from the Elementary My Dear line by GCD, as well as some Melody Ross chipboard pieces. I thought it would be a perfect room gift for Jenna's class!

I used this album kit as the base of the banner. The holes were already punched, and I love the shape. I started by painting each of the pieces dark brown. I then embellished each with these chipboard letters that I inked black, as well as the smaller letters. I also used some chipboard stars, which I inked red and covered with yellow buttons.

Here is the finished banner:

Schooldays copy

And here are a few of the details.You can also see I used some little word stickers here and there.


And my genius sister in law helped me make this little pencils from popsickle sticks. I also fussy-cut the apples from the Elementary My Dear line.


Hope you enjoyed the banner!



Back to school Adventure

Red and Aqua may be one of my absolute favorite color combinations ever. There is something so fresh and vibrant about it. My favorite thing about this combination is how it can be used on layouts about boys and girls. Since I have one of each, I struggle with finding fun fresh color combos that are not too girly and not too grungy. This one fits the bill:

Add a nice warm grey and you are thinking of Fall and Back to School time!

I pulled out some school themed papers from the GCD Studios Elementary My Dear line. I love the die cut apple sheet! Truth be told, sometimes I don't know the best way to use die cut sheets, but since I knew I wanted the apple image to represent the red from my color combination I thought layering it over a blue patterned paper and thinking of the two as one whole patterned paper made it a lot easier to use in my design. A strip of pencils as a border was a no brainer for a back to school page so I was really just looking for some grey to incorporate into my layout. I found it in a grid "B" side from The Great Outdoors collection. From the same collection I grabbed the big chipboard "Adventure" to make my title pop:

Add some stitching for that homespun feel:

and some typewritten journaling:

and you have a Back to School layout for boys, girls or both!

Supplies Used:

GCD Studios Elementary My Dear (stars, apple die cut, pencils)

GCD Studios The Great Outdoors (grid patterned paper, Adventure Chipboard)

American Crafts Alphas and apple sticker

Elle's Studio Journaling Tag


You've got to see this home decor!

Happy Fall!! Today I'm sharing a fun and easy project to spruce up your home for fall. You probably have the supplies laying around your home. I certainly did. :)

Like most scrapbookers/photographers I have an abundance of table top frames, so I thought it would be fun to spell out "fall" in a textural way.

I started by assembling my GCD Studios papers with fall colors, grabbed varying sizes of chipboard letters and got busy gluing.

I used Mod Podge for gluing each element to the chipboard letter. It takes a while to dry, but no burned fingers or stringy leftovers.

Here are close ups of each letter frame. For the "f" I used little bits from a fall foliage branch.

For the "a" I used leaves ripped from a faux branch. I found that the
cheaper, less glossy accepted the glue best and would lay flat.

For the first "l" I used twigs I gathered from my friend's backyard and trimmed them to fit the chipboard.

For the last letter, I wrapped jute around the chipboard. This one was probably the most challenging. The jute needed to be secured on by sides.

Here's another look at all of them together on my entry table.

Happy Fall Y'all!!

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Simple Comforts

I love the fall weather. For me it means spending lots of time in the kitchen making tasty sweets. One of our favorite comfort foods are strawberry pancakes. They are so delicious! The little strawberry pieces melt as you cook the pancakes and end up tasting almost exactly like strawberry jam! After you are done cooking them, throw them on a plate, pour on the maple syrup, and dig in!

Material Girls It's in the Bag
Material Girls Hugs and Kisses
Material Girls Girly Girl
Material Girls A Girl's Best Friend

Just looking at this layout makes me want to rush into the kitchen and whip up a batch of these scrumptious pancakes! What type of foods are considered comfort foods in your family?


Way to go, team!

Hi everyone!

When I think of September, I think of bundling up and heading out to watch soccer and football games.

I remember when I was teen-ager that no Friday night was complete without spending some time huddling with my best friends under a blanket in the stands at the local sports field. We loved cheering on our school's football and soccer teams. Win or lose, we'd always head back to high school after the games for a big dance to finish up the night.

September always brings such sweet memories of that time in life so I decided to make two sports-themed cards this month.

I drew inspiration for my two cards from this photo.

Who would think such a colorful bird would make me think of Fall, but it did. To stay a bit more in the Fall feel for my cards, I went with more of an orange color for my cards rather than something close to coral or red.

The first card I made was one for coach.

Of course, all the paper I used is from GCD Studios. :)

The gray paper from The Great Outdoors collection was especially perfect for my card. I reminds me so much of one of the sweatshirts I used to wear when I'd go to games during my teen-age days.

Such fun memories!

The second card I made is one for the team.

What sports team couldn't use a little extra cheer to help carry them through the big game?

I cut each banner flag from GCD patterned papers from the Animal Crackers for Boys, Soul Food and Elementary, My Dear collections. I added string across the top of them and then added a little ribbon (cut from cardstock) at the end of each banner.



A pumpkin filled with flowers

1. Start by cutting a 3"x12" piece of paper.

2. fold it in half lengthwise.

3. starting on the folded edge, cut slits about 1/8" to 1/4" apart along the entire length of the paper.
4. once the slits have been cut, glut the un-cut edges together.

5. Adhere one end of the paper strip to a support stick, like a skewer or thin dowel.

6. Begin rolling the strip around the stick.

7. When you have rolled the entire length of the paper onto the stick glue the loos end down.

8. Start opening up you r paper flower by pulling the "petals" down one at a time startin from the outside and working toward the middle.

Your finished flower should be full, round and ready to go!

I decided to make a late summer/fall center piece for my table with my flowers and one of these carvable faux pumpkins from the craft store.

I simply cut an opening in the top and started filling it with flowers.

I created 9 flowers using papers from the Soul Food and elementary My Dear collections along with some die cut leaves and one of my paper bows (Tutorial Here) to create the finished arrangement.
Fall Arrangement

I even added a couple of butterflies using stickers from the Artsy Urban collection placed on wires.
Fall Arrangement detail

I will definitely be doing more with these flowers, because I kind of love the way they turned out :) Hope you will give them a try too.

Have a fabulous day!


What does Marilyn Monroe...have to do with football?

What does Marilyn Monroe...

...have to do with football? Not much, other than the fact that this color palette led me to a picture from last fall, taken at a local high school football game.


I'm not even sure that fall had officially started yet, but football season was underway. I managed to capture this moment of auntie-nephew bliss one Friday night. Had my boys not been there, Caitlin's face would have looked more like Marilyn's in that photo above (she's not much of a football fan).

I don't often use black as a background, but the night time setting of my photo seemed to call for it. I added white mist to soften the background and mimic the stadium lights. I layered strips of paper with die-cut pieces and punched borders to contain my photo and tucked hidden journaling on a tag behind the picture. Because the papers were so busy, I opted for simple embellishments - cabochons and a fabric-covered brad.

As you scrap your photos this fall, consider using a color palette inspired by something other than the usual autumn leaves and pumpkins. You may find that Marilyn and football really do go hand in hand. Happy scrapping!
GCD Studios Supplies Used -
Die-cut Paper
Dark green paper
Lighter green paper
Text paper

A is for Awesome!

My 5 year old daughter is all about her name whether it's writing it out a million times or picking out the letters of her name when ever she see a new word. I'm always hearing "Mom hey Mom there's an e in that word just like the e in my name. What word is that?" It's fun! This month I was inspired to create framed art of Avery's name for her room and here is the photo that inspired me.
Here is the framed art I created.
These are so simple to create a couple sheets of pattern paper, adhesive, chipboard letters misted, mini alpha stickers, a some descriptive words.
This card inspiration could be used for so many things from the family room wall to that special teacher's gift give it a try! Have fun!