Altered Thinking calls for an Altered Notebook

Today was a day for contemplation…with beautiful weather and lots of fluffy clouds in the air, who couldn’t help but daydream. Whether you’re daydreaming about possibilities or the past, sometimes it is helpful to chronicle those thoughts. It’s always nice to be able to put your introspection down on paper as a way to organize, catagorize, examine and move on.

I decided to use my creative energy today to create a chronicling vessel all of my own. I started with a kraft notebook I got from Daiso…got to love Daiso. I added some glitter paper, lace, ribbon, pearls, vintage trims, including rhinestones and seam binding and I’ve taken the ordinary to a place where romantic, shabby chic and ballet pink rule.

Notebook from DaisoAltered notebook from DaisoAltered Notebook from Daiso - Closeup

I’d love to hear how you organize your reflections when you’re in a contemplative mood, and to see how you refashion everyday objects until they become visual expressions of you.

Until next time….Happy Crafting!


Too Early for Valentine’s Day? Never! – PMDC-034

My hubby was so sweet yesterday!!! When I came home in the evening there was a nice surprise waiting for me on my nightstand. A beautiful bottle of J’adore by Dior perfume. I had never tested it out before, but it has a lovely scent.

“J’adore”, I believe is French for I Love, which got me thinking Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. So a little burnt out on the Christmas Card front…and yes my cards did make it in the mail this year, wooo whooo… I thought I would work on a little Valentine’s.

Nicole Watt and Kris Kilcoyne over at  Pixel Maven’s Retreat  have a wonderful sketch challenge this week, that I thought would make a wonderful card front.

Below is my take on the sketch.


PMDC-034 - Entry

Yes, I used my favorite digital DSP, Beau Chateau…predictable, but it makes me sooooo happy! If the quote seems familiar, that’s because it is from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice…oh that Mr. Darcy!!!

I’d love to see your interpretations on the sketch!

Until Next Time… Happy Crafting!


Sketch Inspiration: Pixel Maven’s DigiChallenge-034
Digital DSP: Stampin’ Up! © Beau Chateau
Digital Embellishment: Stampin’ Up! Basic Pearls
Font: Loyal Fame

This page was created using Photoshop Elements.

Naughty & Nice? – PMDC-033

After highlighting some old family photos in a recent entry for a MDS Monday Challenge, I felt inspired and decided to roll with the concept and use some of John’s old family photos to do the same.

Nicole Watt and Kris Kilcoyne over at  Pixel Maven’s Retreat  have a wonderful color challenge this week, featuring 3 fun colors (Real Red, Basic Grey, & Soft Sky).


I thought the sentiment from the Oh What Fun Overlay kit nailed the feel of the page on the head! Do you see the look John is giving Santa in the center photo? Definitely must have gotten coal in his stocking that year!

Here is how I put this color challenge together. I’d love to see how you incorporate these colors into your creations!

John PMDC 33


Until Next Time… Happy Crafting!


Page Dimension: 12 x 12
Color Inspiration: Pixel Maven’s DigiChallenge-033
Digital Overlay: Stampin’ Up! © Oh What Fun,  & Criss Cross
Digital Embellishment: Stampin’ Up! Basic Rhinestone

This page was created using Photoshop Elements.

Fa La La La La – MDSM41

I spent some time recently scrolling through old family photos my dad scanned and saved for all us kids a while back. I came across some Christmas photos I wanted to put in a digital layout.

I headed over to the MDS Monday Blog to look for a sketch I could use, and was happy to see challenge MDSM41! As many of you know Bling is my middle name…no not really, but I love things that sparkle and shine.

Here is my take on the challenge, using DSP from Stampin’ Up!’s Letters to Santa collection and for the sentiment I used one of the digital overlays from the Oh What Fun set. I think the page is fun and festive…just what I was going for.


Deck the Halls

I’d be excited to see what you create using this sketch!

Until Next Time… Happy Crafting!


Page Dimension: 12 x 12
Layout: MDS Monday 41
Digital DSP: Stampin’ Up! © Letters to Santa
Digital Embellishments: Stampin’ Up! © Burlap Ribbon, Basic Pearls and Rhinestones
Digital Overlay: Stampin’ Up! © Oh What Fun

This page was created using Photoshop Elements.