Monday, January 15, 2018

EEK! I have Paper Issues!

Hi people! I am so tickled to announce that I've joined the design team at Paper Issues! For my first official layout, I am playing along with the January issue. The assignment was to create a layout based on the new year. I chose to create this page based on a new year's resolution, slowing down and spending more time appreciating my many blessings, including this precious boy who is growing up way too fast:

I used the gorgeous Turn the Page collection by Pink Paislee, which is available in the Paper Issues store. Here's a detail shot:
I also took on my arch-nemesis once again: hand stitching. For someone who hates hand stitching and is actually terrible at it, I seem to be doing it a lot lately! Lol!

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Playing Along With Paper Issues

Since I took a long scrappy break, I found myself in desperate need of supplies. I went to my favorite (and, really, only semi-nearby) brick and mortar store, Scrappin' in the City in Knoxville, TN. They also have an online store.  I got plenty of scrappy goodies there. Of course, I still needed more, so I placed an online order with Paper Issues. I highly recommend both of these stores. After I received my order, I decided to play along with a couple of challenges Paper Issues had posted.

First, I wanted to give the quote challenge a shot. The quote was, "There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy". That quote fit perfectly with a photo that I took at my son's middle school graduation. I found myself so sad that day, but happy all at the same time. Could we all just agree that our kids are should stay little forever? Is that really too much to ask? Sniffle. Anyway, here's what I came up with:

I also decided to play along with their "working title" challenge, which required me to use numbers in my title. That was perfect for documenting my journey toward getting my doctorate degree. I used a photo of the cake that my sweet hubby got me when I finished. Here's the layout:

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Another CSI Layout

I can't decide how happy I am to have time for scrapbooking again! I've missed it so much! The other day, I decided to set a goal for myself of scrapping a little more about me. In the past, 99.9% of my pages have been focused on my son. And, why not? He is my baby and I love documenting his life. It occurred to me that, someday, it might be important for him to remember who I am, instead of just who he is. I know I would love to have something that documented the lives and personalities of my loved ones who aren't with me anymore.

The problem with this whole epiphany is that I absolutely HATE having my picture made. I detest it. It's really that simple. I don't feel like I'm photogenic, and I am rarely happy with any picture that's taken of me. We had a sweet friend of my come to take our family photos last week, and she talked me into doing one of just me. I'm excited to see it, because I know how talented she is and, I can't help but think maybe this time I'll actually be happy with it. Lol!

Anyway, I got around the photo issue by using a photo of something that I love doing: baking. I decided to play along with another challenge at CSI. Here's the case file:

I love this file. I rarely use pink, because it just doesn't lend itself to layouts about my son. So this was the perfect opportunity to scrap about myself. I adore pink and all things girly. Here's my layout:

From the evidence list, I used polka dots, stars, and something dangling. I suppose I used a cupcake too, if the photo counts. From the evidence list, I used the word "sweet" as my inspiration.

I also did this layout for a challenge at This one is a layout of my sweet little boy. Am I the only one who had a five year old one day and woke up to a teenager the next? How does that happen exactly?

Thank you so much for stopping by! 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

I'm Baaaack!

In my last blog post, many moons ago, I mentioned that I was taking a scrappy break to devote my time to pursing a doctorate degree. I'm proud to say I finally finished, and I finally have scrappy time again! This is my first official page after all that time, and I just love it. I used to love playing along with the challenges at CSI, so I decided to turn to them for inspiration. Here's the case file:

and here's what I came up with:

From the evidence list, I used a solid background, string, circles, and wood. From the testimony list, I used hand journaling and a summer picture. 

Yay, for scrappines once again! 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

July SOD Layouts and a Bit of News

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing two layouts that I created with the beautiful July kit from Scraps of Darkness. This first one features one of our furry friends.

My son was bored one day and the next thing I knew, my favorite fuzzy socks were being worn by a basset hound. Gotta love a doggie that appreciates a good pair of fuzzy socks! For this layout, I sketched out an outline for the V shape at the top. I had planned to just lay strips of patterned paper in the outline, but then I decided to slice the lines with my exacto knife so that I could weave the paper into the page. It adds some cool dimension.
This next layout features my big, giant, half grown kid.

I swear, that boy changes every single day. He is officially taller than me now, which kind of breaks my heart into a million pieces. For this layout, I cut long rectangles from the patterned paper and then sliced those in half on a diagonal to create these triangular shapes. I snipped the edges to add another V into the ends of them. I doodled the clouds and then cut them out and adhered them with dimensional tape. 

And now for the sad news.. Well, sad-ish anyway. I am going to have to take a break from designing for teams for a while. I started working on my phd this summer and I just can't devote the time that is needed to meet deadlines. I'm certainly not going to quit scrapping, I'm just going to have to scrap when I can. Hopefully that will be often. I sincerely appreciate all the teams that have given me a chance to work with them. Hopefully I can get back into designing for companies when I'm officially "Dr. Sindi". :)

Saturday, July 18, 2015

My Boys

Today I'm sharing my second layout with the beautiful July kit from Scraps of Darkness! This layout is all about my two guys (the hubby and my son). As the only girl in the house, I am definitely outnumbered, but since they both bring me such joy I guess I can live with it. :)

To make the shapes behind the photo, I cut rectangles from some of the patterned paper. I then cut them in half lengthwise on a diagonal to make the ends pointed. I cut a "v" shape into the flat ends of two shapes. For the letters in my title, I traces around some chipboard letters on white cardstock and cut them out. I adhered them with dimensional tape.

I also used some of the chipboard shapes from a previous kit to add interest around the page.
Thanks for stopping by! :)

Thursday, July 9, 2015


Hi everyone. Today I'm sharing a layout created with the July kit from Scraps of Darkness. This kit has everything from florals to blues that are perfect for little boy scrapping, so it's super versatile. Here's my layout: 

This is an older photo of my little guy standing around looking grumpy. He always had the cutest little mad face! For this page, I cut strips of patterned paper in rectangles and snipped the ends to look like they were on a diagonal. I roughed up the edges before adhering them to my page. My original idea was to put them together to make a large square, but I decided I liked the separation between them and the diagonal that they created on my page when I put them in this pattern, so that's what I rolled with. I added a few buttons and wrapped some twine around some pieces. I also used some leftover chipboard shapes from last month's kit.

Thanks for stopping by!