Category: sunday scrappin’

altered vera bradley catalog {part 1} sunday scrappin’

do you get these? 

i’m not a vera bradley person, myself, but practically every female family member i have loves VB….so, i order off of their site…now my mailbox is full of their catalogs. 

this one caught my eye! 

it was larger than the usual catalog they send and (as usual), the paper they use is extremely heavy….soooo, i thought ALTER IT! 

i tend to hoard my favorite papers, so needless to say, i didn’t use my favorites, but i do have quite a few of those “paper stacks” that you can buy with multiple coordinating sheets…, since i didn’t  (& still don’t) know exactly what i would use this for, i grabbed 2 of those stacks, my modge podge and went for it! 

here are some tips if you are going to alter a catalog:

  • feel free to tear out a page here & there if it is extremely thick
  • have fun with it!  i even cut some of the pages in half or trimmed off an inch here & there to make it interesting
  • i used binder rings to help hold it together (although they aren’t really needed), this will also allow me to add extra sheets, envelopes or fun stuff
  • i modge-podged about half of the pages, skipping around, and then placed it under a flat, heavy item (such as a laptop) over-night so that the pages dry flat and not curved or crinkled (which tends to happen with modge podge on paper)
  • i tend to ‘over think’ my layouts and projects, but since i created this without a specific purpose in mind, i tried to just put it together without much planning….
so, i am anxious to see how it ends up! 

i keep changing my mind what i actually want to use it for…..hopefully i can find a fun use soon! 

haven’t posted a sunday scrappin’ in a while, so i thought i would today! 

my ta-da’s:

  1. obviously this altered vb catalog

my to-do’s:

  1. find a use for my new altered book! lol
  2. thank you cards for my son to send from his bday
  3. maaany summer scrapbook pages 

the challenge: i didn’t get a chance to do anything bday related…..hopefully this week. 

thanks for stopping by! 

grab some mail and alter it!! 

altered oatmeal container tutorial {sunday scrappin’}

happy long weekend! 

hope you are enjoying time with family & friends!! 

here is my sunday scrappin’  ta-da project: 

  • my altered oatmeal container

you may have one of these in your pantry already, and don’t even realize it! 

a quick crafty gift box, made by recycling (re-purposing) your oatmeal container. 

let’s get started! 

1.  i gathered the paper that i wanted to use to cover my container….including any papers, embellishments, or ribbon in the same color pallet.

2.  i simply cut a sheet of paper to fit around the  container.  a 12 x 12 sheet almost makes it around.  (tip: as you are wrapping it around, using your fingernail as a guide, tuck it under the lip that is at the top.)  (i used double-sided tape to adhere the paper.) 
3.  next, to cover the gap, i used 2 sheets of co-ordinating paper to make a ‘front’ for the gift box.  you can do this however you like.  (again, i used double-sided tape.)  (i also rounded the corners with my corner punch.) 
4.  once the container was entirely covered, i measured some rick-rack ribbon to go around the top & bottom.  i prefer to adhere ribbon by using my smaller sticker-maker.  (this is awesome for ribbon!!!!!)
5.  i was hoping to use my new stamp set, seen below.  “a little caffeine”   i ordered it online last week, thinking that it worked with my self-inking stamper…horribly wrong….so i had to mess with it a little and it still didn’t stamp well….bummer.  guess i will have to find a base  (wood mount) for it.
6.  ok, moving on.  i simply cut a circle that would fit in the plastic lid.  (i’m not into measuring…heck, i didn’t even trace it…i just started cutting a large circle and adjusted as i went.) 
7.  again, i ran my ribbon thru my sticker-maker and adhered it to the lid. 

8.  using one of my favorite tools, my marvy punches, i cut different size circles/scalloped circles to make a tag for the top.  (i also adhered these with double-sided tape.) 

9.  of course, i had to use my other current favorite, THICKER STICKERS!!!!  love them!!! 

10.  also for the front, i made a 3 layered “flower” and topped it off with a THICKER…  (to make sure that the layers stuck together, i used a strong, clear glue adhesive.)  (my 3-D embellishment for sunday scrappin’.)

so, here’s the finished look!  of course, you can make it as fancy or crazy as you like. 

Oh! and importantly, i filled mine with my favorite homemade biscotti….made by my SIL….thanks, jan!  this chocolate biscotti is to.die.for!!!! amazing!  i also included some different flavors of starbucks’ chocolate candy! 

so.  there you have it. 

an easy scrappy project and you may already have the supplies on hand! 

my sunday scrappin’ to-do’s:

  • anniversary cards
  • my summer love mini album, (so that it’s ready to go when school’s out at the end of this week!!!)

enjoy your long weekend!!!!!

find some time to scrap!


those adorable feety pajamas

i found this picture from 1996. 

nick was about 2 1/2 then. 

i just loved those feety pajamas.  he was so snuggly in them. 

time goes too fast. 

of course i used some more THICKERS on my layout. 

for the sunday scrappin challenge: use something 3-D in a layout. 

i used the leaves and added a red button to resemble a holly berry. 

my to-do’s:

  • i have a gift i want to bake, using an altered oatmeal container as the gift holder.
  • i played with my binditall yesterday…working on a mini album for this summer…need to work on the cover…want to have it ready for the last day of school and the first day of summer break.

my ta-da’s:

  • this layout is my only layout for the last few days. 
  • however, i did clean up my scrap-room last night.  i can see the floor!

it was a bit chilly out today, but i managed to finish planting my mini-garden and planted many flowers around the house.  i always plant red flowers, to match our front door.  but today, everywhere i looked i saw beautiful purple flowers.  they were just begging to be planted at our house.  so, i went with different shades of deep purple and white.  hopefully they bloom & look beautiful! 

well, i better keep moving….laundry….ironing…treadmill…dishes….all of it is waiting for me!  enjoy your sunday! 


scrappy recap {sunday scrappin’}

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    it’s been a scrappy week. 

    my sunday scrappin’:

    my to-da’s: 

    • (above) was a fun layout that i did this week.  i’ve had this picture sitting on my scrap-desk, begging to be scrapped.  the rainbow paper just screamed “80’s” to me.
    • (below), as posted here.  i love this layout!  it was a fun layout to do.  my best friend, always a joy to be around.  and of course, Starbucks!  all of the fun stickers & actual Starbucks items.  the layout just “worked”!  i love it when that happens.
    • also posted some older layouts this week, that i love looking back on. 

    my to-do’s: 

    • as usual, there are always cards to be made. 
    • projects waiting to be completed. 

    the challenge: 

    • i didn’t do the challenge this week, unless you include the circle Starbucks’ emblem.  lol.  it was my bday last sunday, so i forgot to check! 

    hope everyone’s weekend is going well. 

    still needing to clean my scrap-room, write/edit neighborhood newsletter, pay bills and catch up on laundry!  yikes!  when i would actually just like to snuggle down with my starbucks and sunday paper. 

    enjoy your day! 


{r & r} sunday scrappin’

ok.  so, as mentioned before in a couple different posts,this year, i am “refocusing and renewing” my relationship with Christ this year. 

to encourage this process,

i am participating in a few different scripture challenges. 

(of course, it also qualifies for my sunday scrappin)

the above layout is my first for the Scripture Challenge at 

the words for this week were “faith & kindness”. 

the verses that i chose:  Psalm 145:17 & James 2:26 

i did some cloud layering with the owls.  love the owls!! 

pleated some ribbon at the bottom. 

i am also participating in the His Holy Name Challenge at this week’s name was “holy”. 

i chose: Revelation 4:8b & Isaiah 6:3b 

loved using the thicker stickers for holy.  loooove those. 

another challenge, over at LPMblog for scripture memorization. the verse i chose to memorize was: Psalm 51:10. 

i kept this memory verse layout, small, like baseball card size. 

easy to attach to a ring and keep with me, to refresh my memory when learning each verse. 

i didn’t want to use too many embellishments.  wanted to keep it more flat, so that it could easily be portable. plus, i want the scripture to be the key point, without embellishments distracting from it. 

well, that is how i spent my sunday afternoon. 

of course now, i am watching Big Ben with my hubby….go Steelers!!!

baby, it’s cold outside

it is COLD outside!  whew!!!  after church, we picked up subway & starbucks and came home to our warm home!!! 

my sunday scrappin’:

this is my layout for today’s december daily.  (you can see more scrappy things on my flickr)  

…this week i’ve made gift tags, layouts for my december daily and a gift….

i made these crackers today.  

flaxseed and onion crackers, by martha stewart

they were easy and are quite tasty!

that’s about it!! 

Christmas is almost here!  can’t believe how fast december has gone! 

lots to do tomorrow. 

better head to bed. 

my dd {sunday scrappin’}

well, here i am.  i am soooo enjoying the december daily project.  i have mentioned it in a few other posts.  if you want to see all my month so far, check out my flickr

this layout for yesterday, the 13th, is titled “early bird”.  it describes the fact that i am NOT an early bird.  yesterday, however, i was up / out of the house / starbucks in hand and at the church by 10am to set up for a coffee fellowship time the next day.  so, for a saturday, i was QUITE the “early bird”. 

i LOOOVE the owl and using the thicker stickers!!! 

ok.  so, for my sunday scrappin’:

  • my ta-da’s: are obviously, my december daily.  so much fun! 
  • my to-do’s: are STILLLLLLL to make my Christmas cards!!!!!  YIKES!!!!  i haven’t started the cards YET!
for the 14th, my layout describes that within a 7 day period, we have FIVE different Christmas programs to go to!  busy busy!  but that’s ok…. ’tis the season! 

again, i used the thicker stickers and for the journalling, i actually used my typewriter…. quite a vintage find!  i got it at a local flea market for only $5, case and everything!

well, that is all! 

hope you are enjoying what is left of your weekend! 

… the meadow we can build a snowman…….walkin’ in a winter wonderland…..(looove Christmas music!)…..

daily fun {sunday scrappin’}

ok.  so, i’ve been working on my december daily as mentioned here and here.  

this picture is from my december daily yesterday.  if you would like to see more, they can be found on flickr

my sunday scrappin’ :

  • ta-da’s: would definitely be my december daily.  it’s fantastic.  it’s easy.  it’s quick. and i know i will enjoy looking back at the entire month-long journal of memories. 
  • my to-do’s: really fit in with the challenge for this week….to use snow in the theme or project.  well, i have about 60 Christmas cards to make and snowflakes are the major embellishment for each.  i am hoping to have them totally done by thursday morning….cross your fingers!

well, that’s all for today.  i am loven the snow outside.  it’s less than an inch, but it’s pretty…and i love it! 

enjoy your sunday!

december daily {sunday scrappin’}

here’s my post for sunday scrappin’.

my ta-da’s: advent calendar and the december daily that i’m going to post today

my to-do’s: christmas cards, and some encouragement cards, and a few gifts

my challenge for the next person, (as suggested on sunday scrappin’): scrap a picture from a past Christmas

ok. so, i’m finally finished with my day long project. 

i wanted to make a december daily, as suggested by ali on her blog.  basically, you create a page for the entire month of december.  then, each day of december, you take a photo(s), journal it and create a layout using the page you have already created.  it should help you save time during the hustle & bustle of the Christmas season. 

i am only going to post 8 pictures today, showing how i altered a 3-ring binder to use for it:

  • for starters, i found this cardboard binder on the clearance shelf for only 40 cents!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • then, i cut Christmas-themed paper to fit the front and back.  i then adhered then onto the notebook.
  • after that, i did the same to the inside and the spine
  • then i cut 2 pieces of ribbon that would wrap around each side of the spine.  i ran them through my sticker maker, so that they would be good & sticky
  • the next picture is a chipboard word that i also ran through my sticker maker and adhered to the front of the album
  • finally, i proceeded to make a page for EACH day of december…..all 31 days! 
  • the next 2 photos are just a glance at the edges.  there are so many pages that i think i will blog them each day in december and you can see them, then.  31 pages took most of my afternoon & evening!!!! but, it was a lot of fun and it will be fun to fill it up all month long!

autumn greetings {sunday scrappin’}

managed to do some scrappin’ today…infact, some sunday scrappin’.

the challenge: to use up some ribbon

my ta-da’s: 2 autumn cards

my to-do’s: 5 more giftbags for my etsy store, a few more cards, a few layouts for a scrap-job i’m doing

i like the cards.  the stamps are from papertreyink.  i don’t particularly like how the chalk looks.  i am hoping to invest in some copic markers eventually, here’s an example using the markers….although, i’m not much for coloring, so i’m not sure i could do them justice. 

hope your sunday went well.  we are fighting the sniffles and sore throats and my poor hubby, who worked around 85 hours last week on a special project at work….needless-to-say, we are all wiped out, for one reason or another. 

tomorrow begins a new week!  enjoy!!!