What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday? #384


Well…its been a rough week or so.  Dad (In Law) took a tumble while walking back from a grocery store.  He thought he was a spring chicken still, so he walked three very long blocks using only his cane (he has a walker).  He made it there, but tripped on a curb on the way back.  Someone called the ambulance.   (more…)

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday? #382

I’m a bit behind on my desk reveals….this is from last week…


I was heading to a Scrapbook Carnival in a couple of days.  The theme for this year was “Super Heros”.  I was going to be Wonder Woman until I saw photos of some of the previous carnivals this year.  Everyone was Wonder Woman!  Sheesh!  So after creatively thinking for a while…I thought about the recent movie “Suicide Squad”.  I decided to be part of the “Scrapbook Squad”.   (more…)

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday? #380

I’m baaaaaaaack!  After a long, difficult summer…I’m ready to get back into some crafty stuff!

About a month and a half ago I had told you that I was now living in my Inlaws house because my FIL had collapsed, and it was discovered that he has a large brain tumor.  Well, he is still here among the living.  They are saying it is quite a miracle.  And he is practically 100% the same as he was before (except for the brain tumor still there).  It seems to be very slow moving.

Anyway, we now have him and my Mother In Law (who has dementia) in an Assisted Living home.  So we are a bit less stressed now.  Not much, but a bit.  Now the long task of going through the house and seeing what is to keep and what is to go on a garage sale (in the Spring).  Wow!  Doing this is making me want to go home and definitely de-clutter my house!

In the past week I went to a scrapbooking retreat at a friend’s house.  We played Scrapbook Bingo!  Soooooo fun!   (more…)

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday? #373


Well…this is my new Workdesk…at least for the next few months.  My Father In Law collapsed a couple of weeks ago.  It turns out he has a brain tumor.  They don’t really know how long he has.  It could be weeks, it could be months.  My Mother In Law has dementia, so I’m staying with her at her place until we can get her into a home near where we live.   (more…)

Guess Who Is Most Wanted? (June 2016 layout challenge)

I’m so excited!  I just found out that I was picked as one of the “Most Wanted” layouts in June’s (2016) challenge #202 over at CSI Color, Stories, Inspiration!  Woohoo!  I’m so humbled.  I really enjoyed working on the layout for this challenge.

For this challenge I was supposed to use this color pallette, along with using it as inspiration.  I then had a list of Evidence to choose 3 items from.  Also, I had to choose 1 item from the list of Testimony.



Scrap Our Stash Challenge – June 2016

SOS Layout Challenge

It’s “Tattoo Time”!  I decided to try my first challenge on Scrap Our Stash.  I was inspired by the words “Surprise” and “Dad”, and the splatter.  It just made me think of all the times my hubby let our son draw all over him.  My son had so much fun doing that!  Thank goodness for washable markers.  Could you imagine if they were Sharpies?  Yikes!  I tried to use some of the shapes that my son used in his drawings to echo them on the layout.


Tattoo Time Layout


What a great challenge!  I can’t wait to try another one!


Art Journaling Classes with Dyan Reaveley!


Yes, you are reading that right!  I took two days of classes from the one and only Mixed Media Dylusions Queen herself…Dyan Reaveley!  And let me tell you…it was absolutely amazing!  The Friday night was a meet-and-greet at the scrapbook store (Scrap Addicts) that brought her here.  I hope she couldn’t tell how “in awe” I was of her.  I’m surprised I could get any words out!  She sounds just like my Grandma!  I’m not meaning that in a bad way…she doesn’t sound old or something like that.  She just speaks just like my Grandma did!  It just took me back to my Grandma’s house for tea…


She was such a delight to talk to.  So down-to-earth, and very funny!  All Brits are funny, aren’t they?  LOL!  At least in my family they are.  I do have some Brit in me.  That sarcastic type of humor is so awesome!  Anyway, back to the meet-and-greet.  I told her I was a bit scared of the classes because I’m still leery of the whole art journal thing.  She said not to worry, it will be lots of fun!  I was holding her to that.  She had lots of her own journals on the tables to look at while you were standing in line to see her.  Her work is frickin’ amazing!  I was thinking how could I even come close to that.  Oh boy, what did I get myself into?



Oh no!  My hands are such a mess!  If you know me, you know how much I had messy stuff on my hands.  But somehow….I managed.  LOL!


The first day, I must say, was a bit tough for me.  Dyan said that if any of us had a problem then we needed to go up to the front and get one of her lovely straws from the package, suck it up, and move on!  Boy, let me tell you…I was tempted to go up several times for one.  I did enjoy it…don’t get me wrong.  But I was just not liking what I was producing.  Sheesh!  What is the bloody problem here?  Why do I hate my pages so much?  Then towards the end of the day it dawned on me…you know what I mean…I had an “a-ha” moment.  I am just automatically drawn to colors that are opposite of one another.  Duh!  So simple to fix.  So I know have a color wheel to help me choose colors for my backgrounds.  As soon as I realized that monumental thing, it was smooth sailing from there.


The second day…I loved EVERY page I did!  Wow!  I couldn’t believe it!  I had a miracle breakthrough!  I know feel I can go off on my own and start art journaling!  I have taken many classes before, and enjoyed them, but that color thing just never dawned on my before.  It just didn’t sink in.



Thank you so much Dyan Reaveley for going over those complimentary colors so much in your classes!  I think that is why it finally sunk in.  She went over it so many times that it finally went in one ear, then stayed there!


Thank you, thank you, thank you Dyan!  You have no idea how much this means to me to not be scared of this art journaling beast anymore!  Now to find some time to finally play in my journal…


So, has anyone else out there had trouble with art journaling?  I would love to hear your comments!


What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday? #363


Well, I’m kinda cheating on the Workdesk Wednesday….this is a picture of my desk last week.  I was too busy doing things related to our new condo we are buying to post last week.  So this week I’m posting.  Actually I’m back and forth to and from the new condo for the next couple of weeks, so this will have to do…


I have one bloody heck of a disaster of a craft room on my hands right now!  I was scrapping every weekend during April, so I just threw all my crafty luggage back in my craft room.  I have not yet had a chance to put anything away.  Makes me feel a little depressed, and overwhelmed.  Where the heck am I going to put all this stuff?  Yikes!  I want to start over!  I want to clean everything out of my room, get it into piles, and put it back.  I’m sure there is stuff in there that I’m never going to use, along with things I never knew I had!  I tried re-organizing before, but always gave up part way through.  So I’m going to try, try again.

Anyway, on my desk right now is my basket of scraps.  I DO like the way I have these organized.  I’ve been taking them to the crops all through April.  It is so handy!  Whatever I’ve been working on…I’ve just used scraps!  At least mostly.  If I needed a full sheet, then I would go home and get a full sheet.  This is a great way to force yourself to use up your scraps!  And the zipper bags I have for them are wonderful!  Too bad I couldn’t get my hands on some more.  I have each bag by color.  So the patterned paper, and solid cardstock are together in one bag for each color.  I love this!  I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner!

That’s all that’s really on my desk at the moment…besides some stuff that needs putting away.  If you want to see some more workdesks, just head on over to the Stamping Ground!  There are so many wonderful, artsy desks to look at…