Archive for July, 2010


I decided to play along with the XOXO girl’s challenge blog this month again.  This month the sponsor is Lucky Girl Crafts.  I scrap-lifted two layouts.  This first one is my attempt to lift Sarah Webb’s beautiful layout and turn it from girly to masculine.

Junk Food Layout


  • Hobby Lobby cardstock
  • SavvynSassy ricrac from the August kit
  • Caribbean baker’s twine and free printable label from The Twinery
  • Basic Grey paper and chipboard
  • 7Gypsies stickers
  • Cosmo Cricket and American Crafts alphas
  • Cinder glimmer mist
  • orange acrylic paint

For this second layout, I lifted the basic “sketch” of Kimmy Jaster’s layout, but totally changed up the theme, colors, and made it a little more simple.

Play in the Surf Layout


  • ribbon and trim from SavvynSassy
  • Echo Park papers, stickers, and alphas
  • Cosmo Cricket tiny type alphas
  • Martha Stewart template and border punch

Missed out on this last week, so planning ahead for the next week.  Even though we don’t keep strictly to the plan, it sure helps to keep track of what’s on hand and what needs to be used.  I’m hoping to do some batch cooking throughout the week to make sure there are lots of easy meals for DH when DD and I head out of town.

Sunday B) egg muffins (batch cook for freezer) and veggie juice L) leftover buffet from fridge S) yogurt and fresh fruit D) spinach/spelt quiche and salad

Monday B) western omelet and veggie juice L) fresh pesto spaghetti squash (harvest basil and batch cook for freezer) S) blueberry smoothies D) taco salad

Tuesday B) yogurt and berries and veggie juice L) leftover quiche with salad or roasted veggies S) carrots and dip D) spicy thai eggplant and brown rice

Wednesday B) egg muffins and veggie juice L) shrimp pasta (leftovers for me) S) fresh fruit and cheese D) angus burgers wrapped in lettuce leaves with rosemary roasted cauliflower

Thursday B) eggs, veggie juice L) pumpkin soup S) fruit and nuts D) zucchini fritters with fresh marinara

Friday B) egg muffins, veggie juice L) leftovers S) carrots and dip D) turkey chili (batch cook for freezer)

Saturday B) out for breakfast L) leftover buffet from fridge S) baked stuffed jalepenos (batch cook for freezer) D) out after church

This fun kit really inspired me to do some fun beach pages. I love these beautiful cool colors! Just click on the image above to purchase this kit.

Sweet Sweet Summertime

Supplies: Pink Paislee papers and border sticker and glitter brads, MM alpha stickers, Cosmo Cricket tiny type alphas, SNS ribbon and trim from the July kit, Prima flower, paints, unknown menu card and cardstock.

Techniques: the bright yellow cardstock is washed with ivory and white paint to give a softer color and texture, paper edges are distressed with scissors blades, cut out popsicles from paper and popped on 3D foam for an embellishment.

Place of Peace

Supplies: Cosmo Cricket and various paper scraps, MM and Pink Paislee and 7Gyspies stickers, Cosmo Cricket tiny type alphas, AC rubons, Kaiser Craft flowers, various buttons, ribbons and trim from July kit, handmade organza ruffle

Techniques: I cut and then gathered and hand sewed a ruffle from a strip of pale blue organza. I love how it echoes the ocean waves/foam.

Pillow Fight

Supplies: October Afternoon papers, MS border punch, MS label, AC thickers, Ribbon from July Kit and SNS store, Prima flowers, unknown button, mixed AC Thickers

Techniques: I chose to keep this layout very clean and simple since the photos are so manic. 🙂

The Mantsch Clan

Supplies: Crate and Pink Paislee papers, Prima and various other flowers, Various buttons, Pink Paislee papers, Cosmo Cricket tiny type alphas, American Crafts Thickers, Prima leaves, ribbons from July kit

Techniques: I created grosgrain ribbon springs by wrapping the ribbons around a chopstick and then baking until they held their shape.

Tide Pool Fun

Supplies: Bo Bunny and October Afternoon and Basic Grey papers, American Crafts thickers, Cosmo Cricket tiny type alphas, Brides flowers, trim from July kit

Techniques: For the little flower centers I used AC vinyl thickers pieces that never get used off of my sheets – the periods.

Travel Journal

Supplies: Cosmo Cricket papers, Paper Studio and Cosmo Cricket alphas, SIS gaffer tape, unknown button, ribbon from July kit

Happy Card

Supplies: Cosmo Cricket papers, American Crafts thickers, ribbon from July Kit