Friday, August 31, 2012

How about a New Sketch Challenge??!!

Good Morning! I have a new sketch to share with you all, created by Kristine Davidson! She will be creating exclusive sketches for My Scraps & More!! I can not begin to tell you how excited to have her on my team! Not only is she super talented, but so very, very sweet as well!!

and here is my take using the beautiful new EP "For the Record Documented" papers...

I even made a 2-pager out of it and that NEVER happens with me!! I would love for you to play along with this sketch! Leave a link in the comments section of this post for your chance to win a new collection from Bo Bunny!! You have until midnight on September 30. I will announce a winner on October 1st along with a new sketch!!

Happy Friday and enjoy the long weekend!!!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

For the last time ...

Good evening! This is my last post as a design team member on the blog  :(. It has been a wonderful term on the design team - Tammi is so generous, the team is so supportive, and My Scraps and More is just wonderful!
I will be heading back to teach my classroom of two year olds next week so my life is about to get busy! But it is only two days a week so I will have time for my room mom responsibilities, my scrapping for others and volunteering at church.
I wanted to show you the last two cards I made with the Echo Park Birthday Boy Mini Theme Kit. I wanted to increase the amount of boy birthday cards in my stash and had a fun time making cards with a combination of scraps of paper left over from layouts, the journaling
 cards, and stickers in the kit.

Thank you again Tammi and My Scraps and More for a wonderful time as a designer!

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Back to School

I need someone to tell me what happened to summer!  Every year it just seems to go faster and faster.  My kids started back on Monday.  It is so weird having all 3 of them in school now.  It's been 11 years since I haven't had at least one of them with me.  Jacob is now in 6th grade (middle school), Austin is in 2nd, and my baby Autumn has headed off to Kindergarten.  

I'm big on teacher gifts.  I want them to know how much they are appreciated for all the time they spend with our little ones.  With the number of teachers I have for 3 kids through the years that can get quite pricey so I like to make things for them.  For back to school I sent my two little ones with these teacher survival boxes.

I hope these will be useful as well as bring them a little laughter when they see the stress relief ball and container of Tylenol.  I used Authentique's Lively collection.  The beautiful patterns on the double sided paper worked perfectly for use on these clear boxes as the patterns show through when the box is open.

I thought it was strange that both of the little ones had teachers that began with a G.  It made it pretty easy for doing their initial on the boxes.  Then I tied it up with a bow and made a tag with a quote that I thought was perfect for an elementary teacher. 
 "It takes a big heart to shape little minds".

I hope this has inspired you to all the different possibilities that can be done with our scrappy supplies.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Let's Go Camping!

Good morning and happy Wednesday!
I love camping and do so whenever we have the chance... How about you?

Every Monday on the message board we post a layout to lift from the gallery. Monday, August 20th was my turn to lift a layout. I choose a precious layout by Brendab to lift. Thanks for the inspiration Brenda!

Here is my lift. For my layout, I used the Echo Park Mini Theme Kit, The Great Outdoors:

I would love to see what you do with this collection!
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your day with us!


Tuesday, August 28, 2012


I was very excited to find my box of happy mail on the porch last week and so glad I ordered this to play with!!!
Authentique has become one of my favorite manufacturers! I love the colors in the new Curiosity line - here is a LO I made with it:

It is going to be great for those first day of school pics too! I hope to get them printed this weekend! TYFL - hope you all have a great week!

~~~~~ Tammy B. ~~~~~

Monday, August 27, 2012

Giveaway Monday 8/27/12

Good Morning (or is it??)  I know that a lot of schools are back in session so maybe Monday mornings are a little rough for some of you! This is our last week of summer at our house (so sad!!) so my Mondays are going to be rough to very, very soon!! For the giveaway today, instead of goodbye summer like is the reality, how about a little "Hello Summer" from Echo Park!!! Leave me a comment here (by midnight Sept 2nd) sharing your favorite thing about this past summer and I will pick a random winner next week to receive some of these awesome papers!!

And speaking of winners....

BertaAugust 21, 2012 10:32 PMYay, Melissa! Congrats!
I can't wait for the next my calendar marked.

Congrats Berta on being the winner from last week's giveaway!! Please e-mail me your mailing address so I can get your prize shipped out to you!

Did you see the giveaway happening over on our Facebook page?? If not, you must go check it out!!

Happy Monday all!!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

New Design Team for Fall term!!

Please welcome the new
Fall 2012 My Scraps Design team:

returning members:
Tracy / DT Coordinator

and new members:
Jenny Evans
Audrey (audreykit)
Wendi (wendipooh13)
Kristine Davidson / Sketch Design Team Member

We have a lot of fun things planned for the upcoming months and I look forward to working with this talented group of ladies!!!


I wasn't sure what I thought of Basic Grey's PB&J line when I first saw it.  I loved the name so I bought glad I did!  It is awesome!  I love the mix of colors.  How great do these butterflies look splashed about the page in the variety of hues.  Lovely.

This collection is available in the My Scraps and More shop so be sure to check it out!


Friday, August 24, 2012

Double The Fun

Happy Friday to everyone! We have meet the teacher this morning at Amory's school and both girls head back to school on Monday. Up until about 10 pm last night I was excited the girls would be returning to school but now I am a bit sad. I think I will miss them!
What is needed her is a bright cheerful layout to brighten the spirits! My Scraps and More Design Team was sent the Echo Park Mini Theme Kits to play with this month. I chose the Birthday Boy Kit because I really liked the bright primary colors. It was perfect for this layout of playground pictures at Amory's birthday party.

Playground Pals


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Gift Time

Being a scrapper really helps a lot when it comes to gift time.  I don't make a lot of gifts for people but I do like to use my scrappy supplies to be able to make some things a little extra special.  My nephew just turned 16, and as many of you know once they hit a certain age the thing they are most happy to get as a gift is money.  I didn't want to just give him money for this milestone of a birthday so I decided I'd make it a little more fun.  Here is what I came up with.

I used a Kleenex box and covered it in white paper then used Authentique's Celebrate line and pictures of my nephew with his brothers and cousins to make a photo box for him.  I taped each end of the bills together so  as he pulls the tag the money will come out one bill at a time.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sweet Fun!

Hello and happy Wednesday!
Lisa here to share a layout using the Fancy Pants Time For Spring Collection. This collection has lots of fun patterns and some of my favorite colors! And I love the fun banner paper and decided to use that as my background:

The picture is of my daughter, Sierra. She took the pic herself and edited it, I absolutely  love what she did with it and the colors were perfect for the Time For Spring Collection.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your day with us!


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Are you ready for some football?!

I enjoyed playing with the Echo Park Boys mini kit so much last week that I thought this week I would share a LO from the Football mini kit! This is a LO I did of DS and a friend at Baylor Youth Day. Now that he is a junior we are starting to look at colleges and Baylor is on his list. This is just one of 4 pages I was able to make with the kit - such a great value!

It's almost time so make sure you get some pics when they turn on those Friday night lights!

~~~~~ Tammy B. ~~~~~

Monday, August 20, 2012

Giveaway Monday 8/20/12

Happy Monday!! As I always say, I hope that your weekend was enjoyable! Mine was filled with a little of errands, A LOT of kid stuff and a little of scrapping too so all was good! Since my weekend was "a little of this 'n that" our giveaway is following suit! You can win a grab bag of many different lines from Basic Grey, Bella Blvd, etc!! Fun right?! Leave me a comment here by midnight August 26th, for your chance to win this mystery grab bag!!

The winner of last week's giveaway is...

MelissaAugust 13, 2012 11:23 AMLove the mini album! Thanks for the chance! :)
Congratulations Mellissa! Email me your shipping address so I can mail your prize to you!

And just a heads up for you to save the date for our next online crop...

Coming to the store tomorrow:  New collections from Simple Stories!! If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please email me at info @ and don't forget to "like" My Scraps & More on Facebook!

Have a great day!!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Echo Park Dearest DT Reveal

How can you go wrong with blue, pink, and yellow?  The colors of spring and warmth, calm and sweetness.

For this month's reveal, I got to work with Echo Park's Dearest line.  If you take a look at the line, it is catered toward Mother's but, I opted to go a different route and used it to make some layouts of my sweet little girls.

For this first one, I opted to decorate a few shipping with a punched scallop circle and butterfly, the next with my trusty Fiskars Threading Water punch, and the last with just a block of that beautiful floral paper.  Add in a couple of the Dearest stickers that come with the papers, a bit of stitching, and voila....

For this second layout, I punched out a few more of the scallop circles.  I added a few more of the stickers from the kit, and then added a ribbon top using a thin strip of paper and my Fiskar's ribbon border punch.  So easy!

On this last one, I went simple.  a single block of that gorgeous floral paper -- by far my favorite paper of this line.  I added in a couple of small paper blocks, some twine and then machine stitched lines for my journaling.  Then of course, I had to add in a couple of butterflies!  

As you can tell, this line doesn't have to be about 'Mother Dearest'!


Friday, August 17, 2012

Echo Park Birthday Boy

Each of the designers was sent an Echo Park Mini Theme to play with this month. There are twenty to choose from - everything from an All Star theme to a Tools theme and everything in between!
I chose the Birthday Boy Collection Kit. I have no boys of my own so why you may ask! I liked the bright primary colors, the ability to make some boy birthday cards (which I have very few of), and truly the papers can be used for more than just birthdays!

Which is what I used the paper for for this first layout about the spitting frog at a water park we visited. Priscilla thought it would be a fun picture if she posed kissing it. All I could think of was the germs on it! OOOH gross!
Frog Prince

For this layout I used the papers for its original purpose - for a birthday boy! In this case the birthday boy was my dad. We could not find a candle to put in his cupcake so my brother found a candle app! Although Dad could not figure out where to touch or blow on the screen to blow out the candle.
There's an APP for that!

And just one of the few cards I made with the kit! Like I said I want to bulk up my boy birthday card selection. I think with all of the fun stickers and papers in the collection I will have no problem!

Go check out the the Echo Park Mini Themes! They truly make it so easy to scrap!

Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Grand Slam

If you would have asked me about 6 years ago what my thoughts were on baseball I probably would have said I don't really care for it.  Well it was 6 years ago my oldest started playing t-ball and each year I have become more and more baseball crazed.  I now have 2 boys playing and never miss their games, and we finally made it to our first Rangers game this year.  When Tammi gave us the chance to work with one of Echo Parks mini kits I knew it had to be the Grand Slam kit.

These first two are from the Rangers game.  It was an end of the season treat for my sons Rangers machine pitch team to go see the real Rangers play, and they pulled out a win for a great game.

Now you have probably noticed some pops of red and blue in many of these pages.  The Grand slam kit does contain some red but I decided to also pick up the Echo Park 4th of July mini kit.  Our school colors are red, white, and blue and my oldest has been the Cardinals with these colors for 3 years now.  Fourth of July papers work really well for baseball pages.  So I've combined the 2 mini kits for all of my pages.  These next 2 pages are from my oldest sons team.  They won their district tournament and were able to play in the state tournament.  It was such a wonderful experience for all involved.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Lisa's August Design Team Reveal

Hello and happy hump day!
Lisa here to share my reveal using the Echo Park Enjoy the Ride Mini Kit. I love the fun, bright colors in this one and it was perfect for my pics of our trip to CA:

and a cute hello card using scraps:

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your day with us!


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Boys Collection - Girls Allowed!

I was very excited to hear that we were getting  to play with the new mini kits from Echo Park - and even more excited to get the Boys Collection! Of course with 4 boys of my own - it is what I scrap the most and I loved the colors in this paper! But I think my favorite thing about these kits is the value - I got 4 LOs and a project made with the kit and still have enough scraps left to make several cards. They are a great bargain and what's best - I came, I played, I used the whole kit and I won't be hoarding a ton of extra pieces that I may or may not go back and use. Here are a couple of the LOs I created!

Of course we can't leave out the girls! When I was little I hated pink - blue was my favorite color! So in honor of all the little girls who are not in to "girly colors" and scrappy moms who want something different for their cutey pies - I made this LO. These colors were a perfect match for my bluebonnet pics (or for just about any outdoor photo!)

And last but not least I wanted to share a small project with you. I used some of my scraps to create this dry erase To-Do list for my frig using a magnetic acrylic frame - perfect for leaving notes for the boys!

Make sure and check out all the Mini Kits available in the My Scraps and More store - there is something for everyone! Have a great week!


Monday, August 13, 2012

Giveaway Monday 8/13/12

Good Morning!

I hope that your weekend was awesome! I held an all day crop Saturday and had SO MUCH FUN!! Just what I needed...time with some great friends and lots of laughs! I have a lot going on today so let's get to our giveaway!! The winner of last week is............

wendipooh13August 6, 2012 5:15 PMcongrats Suzy!!!!
WOW!!! I am kinda scared for football, I'm kinda glad Austin is into baseball and soccer, but you can almost get just as hurt!! LOL!!! good luck to connor!!!
been lovin the EP kits!! esp the baby girl one!!
Congratulations Wendi!! Please email me to claim your prize!! And here is what is up for grabs this week...

This October Afternoon Cakewalk mini is super cute and I am sure one of you would love to create with it right??!!  Please leave a comment here by midnight on the 19th for your chance!

Don't leave without checking out Ginni's post bellowing featuring one of the EP mini kits! Her pages are fantastic!

Have a great day!!

Pride and Joy

I had SOOOOOO much fun playing with the Echo Park "Pride and Joy" mini kit! I used it to make some pages about my grandson Garrett when he was born. He'll be TWO next month already! :o

I also took advantage of the AWESOME Got Talent II Challenges to create my pages so you'll be seeing them posted in the challenge section too! :)
[image] Everything on this page is from the Echo Park “Pride and Joy” mini kit except the white cardstock (Bazzill), ink (CTMH) and pen (Sakura Gel Roll).

My DD had emptied the tub but Garrett wouldn’t get out because he wanted to keep playing. LOL! I painted my chipboard circles and covered them with Crystal Lacquer. I also got creative with my title letters. The E was a B, the Y was an X and both of the Os were Qs! I also had duplicate pictures so I took one and cut it into a smaller circle then popped it directly over the other picture.

This is the first picture taken of my SIL and his first child (Garrett). Isn't it SWEET?!
Echo Park's Pride and Joy Mini Kit - Patterned Papers, Stickers, Die Cut; Kreaxions (Circle Cutter, Punch), CTMH (Ink), Recollections (Brad) and Bazzill (Cardstock)

This is a picture of my brother Bill and Garrett. They are definitely two peas in a pod!!!
Everything on this page is from the Echo Park “Pride and Joy” mini kit except the cardstock (Bazzill), Pen – Sakura Gel Roll, Ink – CTMH and Brads – Recollections. I used an EK Success punch to create the extra stars.

I hope my pages have inspired you to go to the My Scraps & More Store so you can create your own Pride and Joy pages!!!


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Echo Park Birthday Girl

It is time to to start our August Design Team reveals, and what a way to start if off.  We each got to choose one of the Echo Parks mini kits to create with.  Missy chose the Birthday Girl mini kit.  These colors and fabulous design just scream a party!





Saturday, August 11, 2012

Color Swatches

Have you tried the new Sherwin-Williams website? It is really for matching paints to colors to a photo or ad but I have been finding it quite useful in my scrapbooking.  

You can take a picture of something you like....say....this amazing porch. 

and download it into the website to get the colors as this...

Now that I have an awesome color scheme, I can put it to work in my scrapbooking!  How awesome is that??

In fact, I decided to do this in reverse for today's daily challenge at My Scraps and More....I created a layout, ran it through, and created a color scheme for you to follow.   Want to play along?  Here is my layout and the color scheme for you to follow:

So cool, and totally usable for more than your home decorating needs!!