Sunday, December 29, 2013

Hope all had a good Holiday....

Hi Folks,

I know I've been terrible at keeping up with this blog. Shame on me. I hope everyone had a good Christmas. They got what they wanted from "Santa." I'd a good Christmas visited with family members and had a good dinner too. I forgot to take some pictures of the food!, lol. But took some pictures of squirrels in our yard. There were five of them eating out of my dad's bird feeder. Even some of the birds were brave enough to join the squirrels for a bit to eat! 

I've been doing some scrapbook layouts the last couple of weeks. Just haven't found the time to get the camera out and film them. Or even if I did share them on film I didn't post the pictures just yet. I almost forgot I had this blog... So, you might see some more updates from me in the next couple of days or even weeks. With some scrapbook layouts. I even did my very first "Project Life" layout. In the form of a heritage page. It was pretty cool and easy to do. But still enjoy the 12x12 layouts. I'll be mixing up between the 12x12 and Project Life style layouts for my heritage pages and other layouts. I even found some 4x6 photo refills a few weeks ago. My dad bought me a few years ago. They were still in the package unopened. So, will be using those for my layouts. Well hope you all enjoy your Sunday! Have a great New Years and stay safe!

Here are few pictures I took on Christmas Day! and a video of what I got for Christmas. I guess you can call it a Christmas Haul!

The Tree is up! 12/17/13

Christmas Morning! 12/25/13 Some have already open their gifts

Another Angle of the tree!

Some of the Squirrels decided to pay us a vist!
Here they are again!

  Here a video of me talking a little bit of my day. Also what I got under the tree.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

New layouts...

It been a while since I have been on here. I think I should  put some more of my layouts. I did the past few weeks on here for you all to see. I been doing well just trying to keep myself busy as one can be. Hope you enjoy the new layouts and having a good week so far? Let me know what you think...

I'll put up a video of the layouts. You see below as soon as I get one done. There at least two or three more layouts I'd show you. But some of my family are still living. I wanted to protected their privacy. Since, I didn't ask their permission before hand. I have one of my videos posted below of some my layouts I didn't posted on my blog. If you see a layout with white paper covering the pictures. It's because I'm protecting my living family members privacy. 

"John and Nellie" my great-grandparents

"Joseph and Mary" my great great great great grandparents

"The Stilwell's of Mackinaw City"

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Hello Again!

Hope everyone having a good summer so far. I have been enjoy it so far trying to keep up with my scrapbook layouts. I have done a few decided to finally upload them on my blog. Hope you all enjoy the new layouts and the layout share video. I'm going to try and keep up with the blog. A friend and I plan on getting together soon. To go out near the bay where we life either early sunrise or at sunset and take some pictures. If we do that you guys might see some new pictures from me either as a slideshow or just posted on here. So watch out for that I'm not sure yet when we'll be taking pictures of nature. Probably when he has some down time. I know it'll be before it gets too cold!

P.S. There a third layout you'll see in the layout share video... I forgot to take a picture of it to put on here. Hope you all enjoy... 



"John and Sarah"

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

My dad the Tough Boy?

Hey folks I just updated my last post with videos of my layout share. I realize I shared  a layout in my layout share video. I didn't share in my last post. Because when I posted my pictures of my layout I didn't start this layout until the day after posting on my blog. The layout you see below is of my father when he was a little boy. The three photos are the original photos. Before I scan the pictures and information into my external hard drive. I always check the back of the original photo to see if my grandmother put information like year, date or writing of information on back of the photo. Luck would have it I found some information written on the back of the small wallet size school picture of my dad. It the small picture on the right hand side of the layout. She wrote how tough he looked in his school pictures. I decided to scan it and print it out to put in my layout. I like how it all came together. The picture on the far left side of the layout is my father in a cowboy uniform. He looks tough in that picture too. Hope you all enjoy look at it.

If you want to know what products or papers I used. If you haven't already go back to my recent post and watch the Heritage layout video you'll see the layout. Thanks for stopping by and the support you all shown me by either visiting my blog and/or leaving nice comments I really do appreciated it.

"Tough Boy?"

Friday, June 21, 2013

I'm back! with a lot of Layouts!

I come to you with a couple of layouts... I been doing over the past few weeks. I have another pet layout I'm in the process of doing. When I get that done. I'll take a picture and upload it to this post. I'm not going to be writing all the products I used under the photos. Like I did in previous posts. I'm doing layout shares on my youtube channel.  
Where I tell everyone the story behind the photos and the products I used. When I upload the video to my channel. I'll post it on here too. So, check back often for updates on future layout post.  The more recent ones are the first you will see. I haven't done a video for the layouts you are looking at. When I do I'll put it up here on this post. Hope you all enjoy the layouts. Sorry I haven't been much of an active user on my blog. Just been busy with other things. Including working on scrapbook layouts. Have a good Friday hope you all enjoy your weekend!


"Ginger the freespirit"

"Duchess of the Smith Family"

"Chief Wawatam Handbomber"

"Kitchen Roots"
"Christmas 1962"

UPDATE - 6/25/2013: Here are the videos of the layouts you see above. The "Kitchen Roots" layout. I forgot to show that in my heritage video sorry. Forgot all about that one, lol. Hope you enjoy the layout share videos. That you all are enjoy the week so far.



Wednesday, May 22, 2013

My NSD Prize Video Share....

   I thought to share with some of you following my blog. The prize I won in one of the challenges on they were having for National Scrapbook Day! It was awesome prize pack. I'll be playing with some of these items I received over the weekend. I don't know how I'll use some of these in my heritage layouts. But I'll find a way to put them to use that for sure. Here a video of me showing you what I got as my prize. I would have taken some pictures but thought to show you all in a video would be better. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

I'm on Pinterest!

Hey everyone,

Hope your Monday went well. Mines went well if you call sleeping most of the day well, lol. I'm a night owl. I guess no matter how hard I try I'll never get a decent bedtime. Unless I find work soon then will I probably have a decent bedtime. Anyway the other day I signed up for a pinterest account and started to add things I like. I decided to pin my own work to the site. Who knows maybe someone will like my work and decided to contact me about a job or something. You never know right?

So if any of you would like to go check it out here my link to my pinterest. The "My" you see on some of my boards on pinterest. It's my work I upload to the site.

 It pretty much the same work you seen to my work on here or my other sites I might have linked I provided  some of you. But thought to post it on my blog to let you know. Hope you all have a nice evening and I'll be posting some of my layouts soon on here.


Thursday, May 9, 2013

UPDATE: New photo printer! Canon Selphy CP900 Wirless 4x6 photo printer


Hope everyone doing well this Thursday evening or Friday if you're else where in the world... I thought I would share with you guys a new little machine. I got yesterday in the mail. I always was trying to find something that I could print 4x6 or smaller photos. That were good quality prints you could get. When you would take your pictures in to the store to get printed. I did a search online and came across this photo machine. That doesn't take up too much room and from what I saw on YouTube from people who bought it. It seems to print out good quality photos. I still think my Kodak all in one printer. Gives me good quality prints. But wanted to find something where I could save a little bit of money on ink with my bigger printer. I'll still use the Kodak for my bigger 5x7 and 8x10 prints once in while.
So, I decided to go on and look it up and they did have it. I saw amazing reviews there were some negative things said about the machine. But there were more good then bad reviews. I always look at the reviews of an item before I buy it. It was only about $73.69 on I decided to go ahead and buy it. I realize that even though it was on amazon website. It was not sold by them but by a company called Beach I have to say they are also quick at sending out their products. I order it on Sunday they send it out the next day. It came to my door Wednesday Morning. I also order extra photo and ink for the printer. But it came shipped separate since it was sold by amazon. It came this morning. So decided to take a picture of both to show you. I guess to show off my products, lol.

I'm doing to play with it tonight I might do update on my thoughts probably either write about it and put it on here. Or do a video and give you guys my opinions on it. Probably show you some of the pictures I printed out. One thing I can say about this printer. It comes with it own set of papers and each has it own ink to. No more guessing how much ink you have. From what I heard you put the paper and ink in. Once you print all your pictures. If you decide to use another pack of paper. You push print it won't print because it used all of it ink for the other papers. The pack it comes with three inks and I believe 36 sheets of paper that makes up to 108 sheets of paper. The ink in the pack can print up to 36 sheets. So, if you used another sheet of paper make sure you use new ink that comes with it. Hope that make sense to you all. If you don't have one look it up on Youtube and there some people who can explain it better then I can.

 I forgot to tell you guys I won my very first challenge. I won in the Washi Tape Challenge. I know it was a random computer pick! But still excited to know I won something. It'll be send out sometime next Monday or by Wednesday at the latest. When I get my prize in the mail I'll show you guys. I know it has to be scrapbook related, lol. Anyways hope you all are doing well. Now I should go and start playing with this little guy. Check back for UPDATE! on my thoughts either in writing or in a video! on the Canon Selphy CP900 right here on this post.

UPDATE: All I got to say is this is one nice little printer... I printed with the 5 photo paper that came with the printer. I used up my first 36 sheets of paper already. I had fun with it. It did cut off a bit but nothing where you don't know what or who it is. But I guess I just have to keep playing with it. I didn't explain in the video. But I installed the CD it came with. It cool software there one where you can use couple of different decorative frames. I got it to work wireless so no usb cord for this guy! All I have to do is open the software put in some photos and push print. I also used my memory card to print off pictures too. I think I like the computer part better. But will use the memory card when I'm away from the computer.

Here a video of my thoughts on this printer. Enjoy! Be warn! it a long video... Sorry just don't know when to shut up! lol.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Heritage layouts and a Washi tape layout

      Hi everyone hope you had a good weekend so far. For those who did some scrappy yesterday hope you had a good National Scrapbook Day! I did a few layouts yesterday as well as entered a few challenges on The weather here in Michigan especially around the Bay City area. Has been very nice it been in the 70s and 80s range. It already spring and before you know it, it'll be summer time here in Michigan.

Here are my layouts hope you all enjoy looking at them and give me your thoughts and opinions.
"Isaac and Laura"

"Beauty" I enter into Technique Tuesday Challenge

"Seaman - Melvin W. Stilwell" I enter into a Don't be so negative challenge

"The animals reign over the household" I enter into a Washi Tape Challenge 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Either Late then Never...

Hey folks,

How everyone been doing so far lately. I relaize I haven't posted anything since I think March? I'm sorry about that. I hate to say it but forgot about my blog. I realize I needed to visit some friends on here and comment on their newest post. I hope I'm caught up with everyone. It just been busy trying to find work. I still haven't find something yet. I'm think of maybe applying for a job at photocenter in Walgreens it a store here in the states we have. Maybe see what happens maybe I'll finally get a job with me who knows. Anyways, I decided to put up at least two layouts of my grandfather with his father and silbings. The second one of my grandfather with just him and his silbings. Hope you all enjoy my newest layouts. I'll try my best to update on this blog in the future!

Background paper: The Paper Studio: Cattered and Worn paper pad
The the strip paper and the orange paper : The DCWV: Heriloom Stack
Brick: Made with TheCraftersWorkshop 12x12 Template
Black Washi Tape top and bottom of layout: Recollections: Craft tape
Colorbok Black Cardstock: for journaling and matted photos
Title of layout: American Crafts Studio Calico stickers
Owl embellishment: The DCWV: Heirloom stack
Uni-ball rollergel stick 0.7 Orange trace background paper and journaling tags
While gel pen for the journaling and tracing the bricks
Background paper: Red from The DCWV: Heriloom Stack
Light tanish yellowish bottom paper: part of 12x12 paper Bo Bunny: Et Cetera Collection pack
Washi Tape: Teresa Collins Now and Then
Black cardstock to matted pictures
Journaling with piece of Bo Bunny: Et Cetera 6x6 paper pad - typed names and printed them
Stickers Tim Holtz: idea-ology salveage stickers
American Crafts: Remarks Letter Booklet
Colorbok White Cardstock: Stamp with: Heidi Swapp: Memory File Stamp and ink: Memento: Danube Blue Dew Drop 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Hunting Season layout + two photos

Hi everyone I thought to show you my latest layout I did about a week or two ago. This layout is called Hunting Season. I wanted to do a layout with the photo of my grandfather deer and the photo of my grandfather with his nephew. The photo with his nephew was taken while they were hunting not sure. Anyway, my father told me a story of his dad with the deer. So, I had to do a scrapbook layout with the two pictures. I finally got to try my Ingnild Bolme Prima distressing tool I got from A Cherry On Top. I really like how it distressed my orange paper. 

I also decided to put two old 1910's or 1920's photos I colorize and I like how they turned out. These old photos were in a old snapshot book. It was my grandma's but I don't think it is any relation to us. She probably bought it from a yard sale. I often wonder why people sale their family photos. I wouldn't sale my family photos.  I will make sure when I die in my will. That all my photos that has people in them be giving to someone in the family that will take care of them.

Anyways it was in a old photo book the pages were getting brittle and I decided to buy some un-du remover. It where you can remove sticker, tape and Label from just about anything from scrapbook to photo album. Some of the photos were easy to get off some were not even with the un-du remover. But I scan them before removing them from the album. After I remove them and put them in photo box. I decided to fix all of them in photoshop. I still got few to finish but half of them are restored and saved. I decided to take at least two and colorized them. I enjoy it and it helps me keep up with my skills. Hope you enjoy looking at them and give me some comments on what you think. 

"Hunting Season"

Thursday, March 7, 2013

A Cherry On Top Haul Video

Hello everyone,

Hope your Thursday evening is going well. I bought some more scrapbook supplies I know I said I wasn't going to buy anymore items. But a lady who follows my channel on YouTube send me a list of some online stores. So, I check them all out and realize that A Cherry on Top online store is based in Michigan in the next county where I live. I decided to check them out and liked some of their items. So, I decided to make an account and put some items on my wish list. Monday evening I order my items and they came in the mail today. It is the fastest shipment I had in while. I liked how they ship my package to me all the items were in a big 12x12 plastic bag.
You all know me by now I did a haul video. To show all of you what I got. But I'm only doing a video. I haven't took any pictures of my items thought the video is probably the only thing you like to see? Plus, didn't feel like take out the camera to take a picture of each items. I know shame on me since I enjoy photography but when you got about 26 items of scrapbook supplies!, lol. Or maybe I'm just having somewhat of a lazy camera day.

Speaking of camera or photography in general I should take my camera out more and take some pictures. Hope you all enjoy the video of my items have to say I look good in my haul video! I normally don't say that about myself maybe it the 5 O'clock Shadow! lol. Anyways have a great one guys!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Layouts and video

Hey everyone,

Hope all is well with all of you. I'm now finally getting around to getting these two latest layouts up. I'm almost done with my first heritage album. Then try to finish my grandfather heritage album that I'm in the process of doing. Then it will be on to finish the last heritage album of my other grandmother heritage album. But I'm enjoying it so far and it can be relaxing too. Hope you all enjoy the two layouts and the video of me talking about what I use in the layouts.

"Happiness Smiles and Good Times"
Background paper: Die Cuts with a View - The Premium Photo Stack
Paper Embellishments and Journal Tag: Die Cut with A View - The Heirloom Stack and
We R Memory Keepers- Antique Chic Collection
Pen: Black uni-ball Signo Gelstick 0.7

"Timeless Memories"
Background paper: We R Memory Keepers - Antique Chic Collection
Paper Embellishments: Paper Studio- Cattered and Worn paper pack and
We R Memory Keepers - Antique Chic Collection
Stickers: Tim Holtz idea-ology Salvage Stickers and The Paper Studio - Bubble -A- Bilities
Journal Tag: Colorbok White Cardstock
Pen:  Black uni-ball Signo Gelstick 0.7


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Another many more layouts

Hey folks,
 Hope you all enjoy that post with the video share of me talking about my layouts? Well here more of my layouts. There is no video share for these layouts since I haven't gotten to it as of yet. But will sometime this week. Most of these layouts were were made over the weekend and the other few were just put together on Monday. My grandmother scrapbook is almost done got one or two more layouts I want to do. Then all I have to do is put in the stories to go along with the scrapbook. The next book will be my grandfather's book you probably seen some layouts I did start on it and hope to get it done before the spring. I might start on my other grandmother's scrapbook. It my mom's side of the family. Since I bought that We R Memories Keeper Scrapbook album and the multi pack page protectors and photo protectors will go good with her album. Well better get going and take a shower and try to get some sleep. Enjoy the rest of your week.

"A Typical Family Gathering Look Likes"
Background paper: The Paper Studio - Cattered and Worn Pack
Matted Photos: Black Cardstock and Bo Bunny Et Cetera
The paper embellishments: Circles- Farmer House Market Square paper collection also cut with Silhouette Cameo
Clock- Die Cut With A View The Heirloom Stack
Journal Tag K&Company Smash and matted with Black Cardstock
Journaling: Black Signo Gelstick Pen 0.7
"Sweet Life"
Background paper: The Paper Studio- Cattered and Worn paper pack
The paper embellishments and Journaling tags: Die Cut With A View The Heirloom Stack
Matted Photos: Farm House Paper Company Fair Skies
Jourmaling: Black Signo Gelstick Pen 0.7
"Mother and Daughters Together"
Background paper: Die Cut With A View Premium Photo paper pack
The paper embellishments: Die Cut With A View The Heirloom Stack
Matted photo: White Cardstock Antique Chic paper collection
Stamp: American Craft - Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Collection (Camera and Smile)
The Stickers: (Mother & Daughters) Bo Bunny Et Cetera Sitckers
(Together) Recollections Dimensional Stickers
Journaling: Black Signo Gelstick Pen 0.7

"The Journey Wakens the Soul"
Background paper: The Paper Studio Cattered and Worn paper pack
The paper embellishments Die Cut With A View The Heirloom Stack
Journaling tag: cut with the Silhouette Cameo and distress with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain ink pad
Stamp: Tim Hotlz Stampers Anonymous Visual Artistry
Journaling: Black Signo Gelstick 0.7

Background paper: Antique Chic paper collection, Die Cut With A View The Heirloom Stack
Colorbok Vintage Treasures Pattern Pack
The paper embellishments: Die Cut With A View The Heirloom Stack and Farm House Paper Company Fair Skies
Antique Chic paper collection
Journal tag: Bo Bunny Et Cetera and the Journaling: Black Signo Gelstick 0.7

More Layouts and a video share.

Well here some more layouts I did for the past couple of days. There going to be another blog of more layouts. I decided to put up at least three layouts in this post with a video share I did of the layouts. Hope you all enjoy the newest layouts I did.

"Raymond Thomas and Family"
Background paper and paper Embellishments: Die Cut With A View: The Heirloom Stack
Sticker Boarders: The Bo Bunny Et Cetera Stickers
Journaling: Black Signo Gelstick Pen 0.7

"Always Dream"
Background paper: Die Cut With A View: The Heirloom Stack
Paper flower embellishments: Die Cut With A View: The Heirloom Stack
Letter Stickers:  Bo Bunny Et Cetera Stickers and Tim Holtz idea-ology Salvage Stickers
Journaling: Black Signo Gelstick Pen 0.7

"Remember These Moments"
Background paper, Tag title, Paper embellishments: Antique Chic Paper Pack
Matted Photos: White textured Cardstock -Antique Chic Paper Pack
Journaling: Black Signo Gelstick Pen 0.7

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Another Haul from Scrapbook(dot)com and a video.

Hey folks me again. Hope everyone is having a good week so far. My order from Scrapbook(dot)com came in today. I decided to pick up a few things to do some neat layouts with but also do some art journals with too. This will be my last haul for while at least until I can find work to be able to afford to buy more art/scrapbook and photography supplies in the future. I decided to posted some photos of the items I ordered from them. I also have a video of me showing you the items. It at the bottom of this blog. The video freeze a little bit in the beganing don't know why that happen it a first, lol. But it ok after a few seconds. I'll be posting a blog of some of the layouts I did over this past weekend so look out for that later tonight or sometime tomorrow.

Cropper Hopper photo box and Ranger Ink - Inkssentials Craft Sheet - 15" by 18"

The Crafter's Workshop 12x12 Template Bricks and Gears

The Crafter's Workshop 12x12 Template Film Strips
The American Crafts Studio Calico- Mister Huey's Color Mist - Burst Stencil
The Crafter's Workshop 12x12 Templates- Chucky Chevron

American Crafts Studio Calico - Mister Huey's Color Mist- Ampersand (unique embelishments)

Lawn Fawn - Christmas Ornate Ornaments
American Crafts - Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Collection- Camera
We R Memory Keepers- Yuletide Collection- Christmas
Heidi Swapp - Memory File Collection
(All are Clear Acrylic Stamps)
American Crafts - Studio Calico - Darling Dear Collection - Cardstock stickers
Tiny Alphabets - Navy and Kraft White

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

2 Layouts and a layout video

Hey everyone hope you are having a good week so far?  I did two layouts of my grandfather and his family. I'm almost done with my grandmother heritage album. But decided to get ahead start on my grandfather heritage album. I even used some of the giveaway items of Maya Road I won from Craft donkey into one of my layouts. Well I broke down and bought some items on scrapbook(dot)com. They were having a 10% discount on everything in the store. I could kick myself in the butt for buying some more scrapbook items. But at least I'm holding out to my promise since I haven't bought any new scrapbook paper in while. I should get my order probably in by the end of the week. So watch out for another scrapbook haul video post! It'll probably be my last haul for while until I find work! At least I hope it will be. Hope the discount coupon don't call my name again! :P
Hope you all enjoy the pictures and video of my layout.

"Mr and Mrs"
Background paper: Colorbok White cardstock
Pattern paper: DCWV: The Heirloom paper stack
The flower and wooden around house and heart from Maya Road
Journaling paper: DCWV The Heirloom paper stack
"2 People Love Makes Four and Becomes a Family of 6"
Background paper: Antique Chic paper pack
The paper numbers and letters and hand point: DCWV The Heirloom paper pack
Distress the numbers and letters with: Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Distress Ink
The Love diecut: Antique Chic


Thursday, January 31, 2013

Little haul of stuff!

Hey everyone...

How your Thursday going? My Thursday is going well I finally "cut" into my Heirloom paper stack. I think it funny I was looking through the paper stack and decided to cut the paper of tags and numbers of one of the papers in the pack. As I was tearing the paper out of the stack I caught myself saying. Do I really want to cut this paper? It is pretty and a cool design. I then said heck! yeah why did I buy this paper if I'm not going to cut into it.

Anyways, today I went out into the world to use my 40% off coupon from Hobby Lobby and Joann's I got in my email. I got some good items. There were few I couldn't find but can get those online. I was going to go to Joann's but heard that I could use a Joann's coupon at Michael's. So all in all it was a good day. I got what I wanted and got to get out and breath some fresh air for a change. Here some photos of the items and including a haul video of me yet again showing off my wonderful supplies. Aren't you guys just tried of seeing my face on camera!??? lol. Hope you all have a good day and enjoy the photos and video.

Hobby Lobby is the first place I stop to...

Then Michaels was the last place I stop the pic above and the two
below are what I got at Michaels.