Daily Archives: May 7, 2008


Summer is sooo sweet. I’ve been finally printing off my photos from last summer and using them in layouts. It’s making me long for more beautiful days. I just love the beach…the sound of the waves and the endless lazy days with the kids.

I created this layout using my new Crop-a-dile 2 Big Bite. I loved the original Crop-a-dile so much that I just had to try out the latest version. I love how you can now use it on 12×12 scrapbooking layouts. This layout is part of a Craft Critique Review I wrote about the Big Bite. You can check it out here...

Yet another update…My dad is now home from the hospital. We’re taking turns staying over and keeping him company. I’m so grateful that he seems to be improving steadily. I’m hoping for some time to get things caught up though as I feel like I’ve been through a whirlwind!

Sweet Sweet Summer Days


I was actually wondering what to do for this design. I knew I wanted to use a 12×12 layout with my Big Bite but hadn’t come up with anything when the new May Page Maps link came in my inbox. I’ve actually never tried one of these sketches but this gorgeous layout just called my name. I love it when inspiration strikes! I knew with this stitched circle that I’d need a photo that had all the main elements to the right side. You don’t want that stitching cutting through the main focal point.

I was so excited to find this photo worked perfectly. It’s one of my absolute favorites. In person the silhouettes are so sweet. You can even see the water dropping off the little girl’s hand. The little girl is the daughter of a friend of mine and while older, she is so sweet with my little guys. This layout is called Sweet for those sweet summer days and sweet childhood friendship.

Part of the charm of this layout is the circular stitching and the eyelets that highlight it. To create my circle, I simply cut out another circle the same size as the orange one on my layout and adhered it with temporary adhesive. It was so easy to stitch around it the same distance from the edge all around and then remove. My Big Bite made it fairly easy to add in the eyelets around the design without worrying about the distance that my original Crop-a-dile could handle.

I love adding small touches of stamping throughout my layout. I especially love the quote from the Motivational Centers set by Cornish Heritage Farms. Make each day your masterpiece.

Hope its a wonderful one!

Supply List:

-Moments to Remember sentiment & What I love from the Ledger Me stamp set (The Rummage Bin line) by Cornish Heritage Farms
-Summer sentiment from the Great Canadian Stamp Set stamp set (The Rummage Bin line) by Cornish Heritage Farms
-Make each day sentiment from Motivational Centers set (Mona Lisa Moments line) by Cornish Heritage Farms

=Black Stazon by Tsukineko
-Espresso Adirondack ink by Ranger

Cardstock: Prism

Patterned Paper:
-plaid by My Mind’s Eye
-dotted pale blue by Making Memories
-shiny polka dots by Making Memories

-jumbo ric rak by Creative Impressions
-flowers by Prima
-eyelets by Making Memories
-gaffer tape by 7 Gypsies
-vinyl stickers by American Crafts

-sewing machine
-Dymo label maker
-Crop-a-dile 2 Big Bite by We R Memory Keepers