Monday, March 31, 2014

Corn Palace

This layout was built using Club Scrap papers from the Harvest and Henna kits. The Indian corn cob was cut on the Silhouette and colored with Distress Inks in various browns, yellows and oranges. Photos taken of Mom and me at the World's Only Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota. Such a fun place! And so unsual. All of the murals on the exterior are created from corn product. Sort of like the Rose Parade but done Midwest style. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Welcome to Chamberlain

Still feverishly working on my Scrapbooking Outside the Pocket class over at Big Picture Classes before starting a new one this week. What was I thinking? Crazy, I know. But I do enjoy them. And since all our local scrapbook stores have closed down, it's just about my only option. 

So this one follows two different designs from the class. One is the T design and the other is Diagonal. Can you see which one is which??? I made a few cutting errors which sent the design a little wonky but I think the message is still there.

These are photos taken in Chamberlain, South Dakota, during our two visits. I was overwhelmed by gazing at the wide Missouri. And I loved the great Neon signs on the old highway which was the original east-west route through South Dakota. This layout covers both. Thanks for taking a gander.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Pigtail Bridges

While travelling on the Iron Mountain Road in the Black Hills of South Dakota (no, I did not see Rocky Raccoon), I was enthralled with the "pigtail bridges" we navigated several times. Being on a bus, I was only able to photograph from the window as we curved around. This layout follows the L is for Layers suggestion in my class Scrapbooking Outside the Pocket. I used papers from a Heidi Swapp pad which includes pocket designs. It's a bit busy for my taste and way outside my usual style. But it's done and I'm content with it. Thanks for dropping by.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mom + Bush 41

This layout is based upon the Lovely Little Layers idea in my Scrapbooking Outside the Pocket class over at BPC. However, I'm not really much of a layering person. I tried to embellish in threes which is about all I'm capable of pulling off. Pocket cards from Becky Higgins Vintage Travel kit by Crate Paper. Photos show Mom with Bush 41 on the streets of Rapid City where there is a bronze of the first 43 presidents on each street corner. I photographed as many of them as I could. There will be another facing page at some point with more of the Presidents. Thanks for taking a look.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Capture the Good Times

Our third assignment in Monica Bradford's class is to create a layout with a diagonal design using pocket cards. Still whittling away at my one lonely set from We R Memory Keepers called Chalkboard. (Have no fear, I have now purchased several more kits so you should see some variety in the future assignments). I layered them onto a base paper from Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm. The stamps and die are from My Favorite Things. Photo of Mallory and me taken on the couch in Scottsdale when she settled onto my lap for a nap. Still my little girl. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014


The second assignment this week in Monica Bradford's great class Scrapbooking Outside the Pocket called for a T-design layout. I used digital images from the Becky Higgins Kerri Bradford Cinnamon kit printed on my inkjet printer. Not overwhelmed with the quality but it gets the job done. I may try glossy photo paper next time. The photo of my Mom in Chamberlain, SD, before a Tiyospaye Banquet at Cedar Shore Resort on behalf of St. Joseph Indian School. I like this design a lot and will use it again even though I'm not a fan of one photo pages. There will be more photos and words on the facing pocket page. Thanks for surfing by.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

You Make My Heart Sing

The second week of Scrapbooking Outside the Pocket is well underway. The first assignment this week was to use pocket cards to make a grid design. I made my own cards by stamping with a Hero Arts stamp onto white cardstock using Distress Inks. The paper base and the text card are from Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm. I cut the love heart with a die from My Favorite Things. No journaling per se since the facing page will be a pocket page with more photos and lots of descriptive text. Photo taken at the entrance to Taliesin West in Scottsdale. Thanks for looking.

Friday, March 14, 2014


Another very simple layout covering the photos of the Chapel in the Hills in Rapid City. The chapel is an exact replica of the famous Borgund stavkirke, of Laerdal, Norway. The Borgund stavkirke was built around the year 1150 and is considered the most completely preserved stave church still standing in Norway. The cardstock is from Club Scrap, one of the Michael Strong kits, I felt the design on the paper copied the designs in the wood panels in the church. The embellishments are stamps from Close to My Heart, called Scandinavian Wishes. First use. Thanks for looking.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

To Teach is to Learn Twice

Photos taken at the St.Joseph Indian School in Chamberlain, SD. I couldn't resist using cardstock from Club Scrap's Academy kit when I saw the eagle on the paper echoing the eagle on the side of the Akta Lakota Museum on the school grounds. This is an old half-baked assembly line layout started long ago. I don't have many school layouts to make but this was a perfect fit. I also used a Cheery Lynn die of a Dreamcatcher as an embellishment to mimic the school flag. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wild Bill

I'm not overly thrilled at this layout but it's as done as it's going to get for now. Cardstock is from the Club Scrap Wild Wild West kit. As usual, I'm thinking waaaaay out of the box. NOT! Photos are from the cemetery in Deadwood, final resting place of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock (among many others). I used a pocket card for some journaling to fit my class assignment in Scrapping Outside the Pocket. I'm not happy with this final product so I'm hoping some inspiration will come to me eventually and I can dress it up a bit. Or not.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Drama, Drama, Drama

Another South Dakota layout, nearly completed on my table with an addition of Pocket cards to help me fit one of the assignments over at Big Picture Classes Scrapping Outside the Pocket. Other cardstock is from Club Scrap. Photos represent all of the historic theatres I photographed while on our South Dakota adventure. Another simple layout but it's done. Yay!!!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Embark on Adventures

My good friend and fellow Squirrel Farley lured me over to a new class at Big Picture Classes called Scrapping Outside the Pocket. The focus is to use the cards we are all accumulating designed for pocket scrapbooking. I only own one set called Chalkboard from We R Memory Keepers so I used it on this layout. I do own several kits in digi form so you may be seeing them in the future. 

This is another in a long line of many you will be seeing from my South Dakota trip. While leaving Rapid City on our way to Custer State Park, we stumbled upon these Big Heads I had read about on Roadside America, one of my favorite sites. I had given up on finding them and there they were, right along the side of Hiway 79. What a find!!! A simple layout but it's done. And done is better than perfect, as my sister always tells me.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Stamps of Life

Posted this card from my phone and evidently the accompanying text did not make the flight. 
I'm still putting finishing touches on the cards I made in a recent class with Stephanie Barnard at Stampers Corner in Elk Grove. Love these Flip-it cards. This one is on its way to Cousin Jane in Bradenton for her 80th birthday.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Prairie Dogs

At long last I have started making the scrapbook pages of my trip with Mom to South Dakota in September. This first one was created using the sketch I submitted as the March scrapbook sketch over at Paperartistsonline. It's a sketch from Club Scrap's Lock and Key kit in October 2013. All papers are from various Club Scrap kits. The spinner2stamp set is from The Stamps of Life. I used the stamp and die set to create a journaling tag for the layout. These photos show the adorable prairie dogs who reside near the entrance to the Badlands. I know. They're rodents. But I like 'em. Thanks for dropping by.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Happy Spinner Birthday

A quick card for my brother-in-law using the spinners2stamp dies from Stephanie Barnard at The Stamps of Life along with greetings from the tickets2stamp set. Love this little set and hope to do more with it soon. Cardstock from Club Scrap.