You Make Me Smile Scrapbook Frame

This is one of my favorite photos taken at the Morton Arboretum. This is a 5″ x 7″ photo of Grammy and Papa with Caitie (4 years old) and Payton (2 years old) during the Fall of 2009. I love the Arboretum in Autumn. I thought the Walnut Grove Collection by Pebbles would be perfect to scrap this photo. I’m so proud of this photo that I took (Yay Me) that I wanted something special for it.

First, I trimmed the James Pattern Paper into strips. I just followed the width of the wood pattern and trimmed off any excess paper once it dried. I sanded down the white frame a bit to get rid of the glossiness. Then, I added mod podge to the edges of the frame one at a time using a foam brush. I attached and pressed down my pattern paper. I used a brayer tool to make sure the paper was nice and flat on the frame. No bubbles.

I especially love the pattern paper and burlap leaves I added along with the other embellishments…flower stickers, buttons, and a 3-D Sizzix flower. A title sticker finishes off this 10″ x 10″ layout inside the frame. This photo definitely makes me smile. Love.

Simple and Pretty.

Pebbles Supplies I used to make the “You Make Me Smile” Scrapbook Frame:

Walnut Grove Harriet (751294)

Walnut Grove James (751301)

Walnut Grove Carrie (751302)

Walnut Grove Eliza Jane (751304)

Walnut Grove Accent and Phrase Stickers (732119)

Walnut Grove Layered Paper Flowers (747191)

Fresh Goods Ribbon (780013)

New Arrival Buttons – Girl (747004)

Other Supplies I used:

Burlap Sheet (Canvas Corp)

Bigz Die 3-D Flowers and Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)

Mini and Ultra Thin Glue Dots (Glue Dots International)

Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner Permanent Tape (3L)

This to That Foam Dots (American Crafts)

Mod Podge (Plaid Enterprises)

paper trimmer (Fiskars)

Brayer tool (Recollections)

date stamp (Office Max)

scrapbook frame (11″ x 11″), sandpaper, hot glue gun, scissors, black ink stamp pad, white thread, and sewing machine


THANKS for helping ME GROW Scrapbook Frame

Caitie asked me to make a scrapbook frame for her teacher using the picture of the two of them from the first day of school. I just love this photo! And, we love Mrs. Baker SO much! I made this gift for Caitie’s Teacher using the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection by American Crafts.

Hidden under the back panel of this framed 9 x 9 layout is Caitie’s handprint & the journaling she wrote:

Supplies I used to make my “THANKS for helping ME GROW” Scrapbook Frame:

white RIBBA Shadowbox Frame (Article Number: 000.780.32 – Size is 9 3/4″ x 9 3/4″ x 1 3/4″) from IKEA

Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection by American Crafts

Addi’s Adoration, Ivory Impression, Paige’s Portraits, Sadie’s Story, and Sydney’s Snapshot 12X12 Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Pattern Papers, Amy Tangerine Sketchbook 6X6 Paper Pad, Taffy Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Scene Glitter Foam Thickers Stickers, and Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Fabric Brads Elements

Others: Black Zig Writer Pen, Date SMASH Stamp and Section SMASH Tape by K & Company, Diamond Stickles by Ranger Industries, Mini Glue Dots, Herma Tabs, Square Foam Tabs by American Crafts, Glossy Accents, green buttons, scissors, paper trimmer by Fiskars, red colored pencil by Crayola, black ink pad, white thread, and sewing machine


Grammy & Me Scrapbook Frame

Here is a scrapbook frame I made using items from the American Crafts Amplified Collection. This is my favorite photo of Caitie with Grammy at the Brookfield Zoo in 2009. Caitie loves penguins! So, I wanted to make a keepsake for her using this pic and some of her favorite penguins toys from the zoo.

Supplies I used to make the “Grammy & Me” Scrapbook Frame:

IKEA Ribba Frame

Amplified Collection “Monster Ballad” (flower pattern on the mat of the frame) and “Music Video” (the yellow and pink flowers) Patterned Papers by American Crafts

White Chit Chat Puffy Letter Thickers Stickers by American Crafts

Penguin toys (from the zoo), scissors, pencil, ruler, Square Adhesive Foam Tabs by American Crafts, Mod Podge, foam brush, and Mini Glue Dots


Getting Her Through The Heartache

Baby Annie 2

Over the weekend, Baby Annie took her last fall and her neck broke. Payton…totally devastated!

Baby Annie was a gift from Santa in the Christmas of 2008. Before we told Santa what baby doll Payton wanted for Christmas, I took a 2-year-old little Payton to every store and tested her with every doll. She fell in love with this $20.00 interactive doll from Walmart! So, Santa united her with this doll on Christmas Day! She named her Baby Annie.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

Then, before her 3rd Birthday, Annie broke. Payton was devastated! I sent her Uncle Adam an email…and he saved the day on her Birthday! She was reunited with Baby Annie 2.

But, NOW…well you see the current state of Annie 2 and the emergency situation we have on our hands. And, my heart breaks for her and Annie.

I truly understand this heartache. I had a baby doll, too.

So, on Monday, we dropped off Caitie at Kindergarten and I took Payton to our local Walmart SuperCenter. We found a new Annie! What Luck! I was so relieved. Payton held the new box with a smile, but I felt it was strange…so I told her “You know what we have to do next and you just take the time you need.” She cried and I teared up, too. I told her “It’s okay to be sad about Annie 2. I just want to give you the chance that I didn’t get. I want to give you a new Annie so that you can keep making memories with her. I know how much you love her.” I did buy Annie 3, because Payton told me that she didn’t want to leave the store without her. So, we went to pick-up Caitie at school. Payton took her double stroller (a gift from Grammy and Papa), put New Annie 3 in the back seat and flopped over, neck broken, propped up Annie 2 wrapped in a white baby blanket up in the front seat. It was a bittersweet sight for me. I have grown so attached to this doll, too. She really is the most wonderful interactive Baby Doll I have ever seen.

This morning was great! Payton dressed Annie 3 in the clothes that were bought for Annie 2. BTW, Annie is very special…we buy her the preemie sized clothes from BabiesRUs. These clothes are more durable and better sized to this particular doll.

To help Payton and keep her moving forward in this process, I made her this quick and simple Scrapbook frame to add to her ScrapWall. I wanted to celebrate Baby Annie and their love. This is Payton’s FAVORITE PHOTO of herself with Baby Annie 2. After showing her several options, she chose this pink on pink patterned paper and these chipboard stickers. She chose where to place it on her wall…

I added the trinkets and the “girl” and “doll” labels. The bottle, rattle, and pacifier (Payton calls the pacifier a “baa-baa”) from Baby Annie 2 (all items that came with her in the box).

I thought the letter stickers were perfectly called “heart” from the AC Love Collection.

And, Here They Are! Together and tucked into bed tonight. All is right in Her World and I am Happy to see this smile again…and this sight. Until next time, May Your Happiness Continue! XOXO

Supplies I used to make the “Baby Annie” Scrapbook Frame:

IKEA Ribba Frame

Neighborhood Collection “Chores” Patterned Paper and Chipboard Elements by Crate Paper

Emma’s Shoppe Collection Alpha Labels “girl” and “doll” by Crate Paper

Heart Puffy Letter Thickers Stickers by American Crafts

Scissors, pencil, ruler, Mod Podge, foam brush, and Mini and Memory Book Glue Dots