Tag Archives: paper crafts

Special tags for special people


I work with the best team of fund development and communications professionals around. They do an incredible job of inviting people into our work to end homelessness and engaging them in impactful ways.  I would give them all fabulous trips to a tropical island for Christmas if I could. But, I can’t. I was only able to share my appreciation and respect with a small gift, but I tried to make the packages special with elegant tags.

I used my Silhouette cameo to cut the tags and used a variety of scraps and embellishments I’ve accumulated over the years. The stamped sentiments and little bird are from Hero Arts.

I also took some inspiration from some of the layered tags I’ve seen designer Debby Hughes create, especially her recent Winter Birthday post. She does stunning work.

My favorite is the pink one — I ended up making a couple more like it for other gifts.





Scrapbooking our 2012 vacation

As we prepared to leave for our 2013 summer vacation to Manitoba and Ontario, I felt compelled to finally get the photos from our 2012 vacation to Seattle in a scrapbook. I managed to complete a couple of pages before we left and have been working on the book since we returned four weeks ago (in occasional 30 minute work sessions, of course).

It’s coming along pretty nicely, I think. I’m about a third finished. I’m using photo sleeves by We R Memory Keepers and October Afternoon’s Boarding Pass and Simple Stories Urban Traveler papers and embellishments, and my Silhouette Cameo. Here are a couple of the pages I’ve completed so far.




Clearly I need to spend a little time figuring out the best ways to photograph my pages. These are not very good. I’ll work on that– when I’m not scrapbooking.

Really, one more thing?

One more thing

I am a working mom. My husband of 20 years and I have two teenage children– a 13 year old dancer and a 16 year old gamer. I have a highly rewarding and very demanding job that I happily give almost 50 hours a week to. I make some attempt to keep order in my home, shop for a lot of groceries, prepare at least one meal a day, and occasionally call my mother.

My life is full and busy.

I don’t really need one more thing.

But, as I’ve grown as a crafter, as I’ve learned more techniques and find myself drawn to my craft room more often, as I’ve become an eavesdropping member of the paper crafts blog community, I find myself drawn to creating my own blog. I’m ready to share some of what I make. I want to be able to take on a challenge and comment on other crafter’s work.

So, here I am. With one more thing.