Thursday, December 21, 2006

a Year to Remember notebook

I created this notebook for Heidi Swapp's class at BigPictureScrapbooking. This is what I am going to use to keep all my class handouts in. I used Scenic Route papers and some chipboard letters that I painted white. I *love* how it turned out. It was nice to take a bit of a break from all the holiday commotion!

Happy Thursday!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Christmas Tradition Tree @

I am a guest blogger for the Fiskateers! You can find my introduction here and my blog entry here. The project images are within the Fiskateer blog. I altered a metal Christmas tree to showcase a few holiday photos. The tree is a specialty item from my local scrapbook store, Maridawn's.
Head on over to the Fiskateers blog to check it out!
Happy Saturday!

Friday, December 01, 2006

tempestuous passions

seriously... this card CRACKS me up! My mom had sent me a birthday card and then a few days later, another one showed up. She said she had to buy it because my name was on it - that has never happened to before! I'm still laughing... thinking about the tempestuous passions of my youth don't ya know!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 04, 2006


Priorities. As in, what is really important and focusing on those things and knowing what is extra. Knowing what you have to do as compared to what you want to do. Right now and always for me it is family. Raising my children to be responsible and happy, helping them make better choices. Teaching them that there is always a choice but all of those choices have consequences; some good, some bad. Being the best stay at home mom I can be is a priority. Three kids, one husband, one house… a recipe for lots to do. Cooking. Cleaning. Homework. Errands. Keeping the peace. It all takes balance. Let’s throw into that mix something I want to do, scrapbooking… memory keeping… being a life artist… creating… whatever...

See what I said though? It’s something I want to do. I don’t have to do. I choose to.

When I first started scrapbooking, I made my first album and I loved it. My deco scissors, my markers, my stickers everywhere… I loved it. You know what? I still love those pages. I enjoyed the process; I made it for me and for future generations. I put my heart and soul into it. Just because those things are not hip now doesn’t make it any less meaningful.

I know this... do what you love, love what you do. If you like it, then more power to you. So what is Scrapbook Sally got three pages of praise and you got none. That shouldn’t be what it is about. I, like everyone else, need a reminder of this occasionally. I preach it but you know what? I sometimes forget it. I get caught up in who is popular, who is getting published and noticed, who’s getting praise and what other people think about how I share my memories… all of that crap. It can eat you alive if you let it.

This is when I need a strong dose of scrapbooking self esteem. It’s just a simple reminder to me of why I started scrapbooking in the first place and what my end game is… that is, what I want to accomplish from all the time and effort (and money!) that I’ve put into this hobby that has become a lifestyle.

My reminder…
I want to capture memories and record them for my kids, grandkids, family, friends, and future generations to see so they know about us and our history because it is part of their history.

That is it. It’s that simple. Anything else is extra… it’s just gravy.

So, on that note, a few things are going to change. As well as family priorities I have some for scrapbooking… so I am making a choice. Do I know all the details yet? No. I’m going to take it one day at a time. Will it be the best thing for me and my family? Yes. Why? Because that is what it’s all about, family.

Friday, July 28, 2006

MGM Studios

These are the last of our vacation photos. I have to say that I enjoyed MGM the most... everything just seemed to work out perfectly. We got to certain lines just in time, got the right Fast Passes, met a lot of characters without having to wait forever, saw some shows... it was darn near perfect! Drew finally got excited about meeting the characters when he found out he could meet the Little Einsteins. Out of all the rides we went on that scared Drew, the one that terrified him so bad that Kevin had to take him out was the Indiana Jones show (the fire scared him!). We had an awesome Mickey! Drew asked Mickey if he could touch the brooms (we were in a room and they were like the ones from Fantasia) and Mickey took him by the hand to touch them. The big kids, who thought they were to big for characters, about tripped over themselves when they realized they could meet Mike and Sully from Monsters and they were both really excited to take a picture with the Green Army Men.

I am so thankful that we took this trip. Our first real family vacation. I have to say that going with a single guy was a smart move... Brian kept us moving along, we got to see and do so much. I don't think we would have done so much if it just would have been Kevin and I with the kids. It was also nice knowing that there was one adult per child so no one got lost. I couldn't asked for anything more.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Downtown Disney

We went to Downtown Disney on two different days. It was more for filler than anything but it was a lot of fun still. Loaded up on souvenirs (the kids had Disney dollars to spend...), got some food, and window shopped. Legoland was very cool! We ALL loved Disney Quest. Pirates of the Caribbean - Battle for Buccaneer Gold interactive game was WAY cool! Drew went with Kevin and Brian and the big kids were with me. Kev said that Drew just ran around the ship pulling the cord for the canons... I can just imagine, lol! The big boys (aka Kevin and Brian) enjoyed reliving their youth playing all the video games.

that's it for today, more tomorrow...

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Animal Kingdom & Magic Kingdom

Animal Kingdom was interesting... but only because of my shoe fiasco. After about 15 minutes of being at the park, my foot felt weird... I look down and the bottom part of my shoe has decided to come off... about 1/4 of it, just hanging there. Okay fine... I'll deal with it. About 10 minutes later, I hear flop flop, flop flop... what the heck? Now the bottom of my shoe is 3/4 of the way off. I am so embarrassed. flop flop. Everywhere we go, I am on the look out for flip flops... they were all over Magic Kinddom, why wouldn't they be at Animal Kingdom right? Finally I decide to ask at one of the many souvenier stands... oh, those were back in wherever land... great. so I flop flopped around all of Animal Kingdom.

We napped in the afternoon. Then Brian and I went to Target where I bought some new shoes... because really, with the sole of your shoe flop floppin', well, that's just not cool.

We headed to Magic Kingdom to see the night time parade. We got stuck for about 2 hours because of more rain. Drew found some Mickey ears (no princess head bands for us thank you very much!). My new shoes rocked Magic Kingdom by the way, lol!

Happy Wednesday! Have a good one!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom. Lucky us, it rained in the afternoon! We only got one character shot on this day (thank you Donald!). We were in line for Mickey and Minni when it started raining again really hard and they said the duo had to go back in side... of course it was our turn next so Mr. Drew was a bit upset. See the pretty princess headband he's got on... we did not by him that (I was tempted to though!)... he loved it! lol! Drew *did not* like the Snow White ride, it scared him to death! I did learn that Fast Pass is your friend!

Happy Tuesday!

more tomorrow...

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

live BIG, blog BIG

Stacy Julian is featuring me on her blog this week, and asked me to share a little insight into me and my life!

What is one of your BIG dreams?
You think it would be scrapbook related wouldn't you? nope! The biggest dream would be for us to put all 3 kids through college without them having to take out a student loan. If we are talking scrapbook related, I'd love to write scrapbook or paper crafting related articles for some of my favorite magazines.

What’s the biggest dessert you’ve ever eaten?
I have been known to over indulge on Butterfinger Blizzards from DQ occasionally and who can say no to Strawberry Shortcake made with Angel Food cake!

What’s the biggest scrapbooking project you have tackled to date?
If I am doing a big project, I actually try to keep it pretty simple so it doesn't seem big. If I don't, I'll get overwhelmed and wont want to finish it. I think the last big project I did was a little anniversary book for Kevin (and honestly it wasn't that big). If we're talking BIG, I would say my Childhood Memories class for Big Picture.

List three BIG-hearted people in your life:

  • My Grandma Frances, who is the sweetest woman in the world and I miss being able to see her on a regular basis.
  • My husband, who works is butt off to provide for us.
  • My mom... as I get older I realized how much she sacrificed for my brother and I while we were growing up, I am in awe of her selflessness.

What BIG idea are you glad you acted on?
This is actually a hard one because there are so many little things that turned into BIG things... picking up that first scrapbooking kit from Wal-Mart years ago for starters. Submitting, you never known unless you try!!! Going to Summer CHA 2005. I guess these are more things than ideas huh? lol!

What scrapbooking product/product category do you have the biggest stash of?
Cardstock, second to that, patterned paper. My Imagination Project pile beats out my KI stash by about a 1/4"!

What superstar or celebrity would you pay BIG money to see in person?
Robin Williams. If I'm going to shell out the big bucks, I am going to want to be entertained!

What BIG plans are you making for the near future?
We're planning a move! We're 5 people in 1400 sq. ft. and squished doesn't adequately describe it. We're upgrading to 3450 sq. ft. The boys wont have to share a room anymore and we'll have a dedicated office (i.e. I get my own studio!).

How BIG are your feet?
size 8! That's average right?

If you're new to my blog, thank you so much for stopping by! Free free to say HI!!!

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, April 24, 2006

altered clipboard

Totally inspired by Aby Garvey! I made it for a challenge she posted on her blog. so much fun to make!

Happy Monday!

Saturday, April 15, 2006

My Creative Resume


Hi everyone, I’m Gretchen. I’m a wife and stay at home mom of three (two of which are teenagers and always seem to need a ride somewhere!). I started scrapbooking in 1999 and feel truly blessed to have found such an amazing hobby and passion. I want to encourage others to enjoy the scrapbooking process, remember there is no right or wrong when it comes to creating, and never compare yourself to others – remember scrapbooking and your memories are for you and your family. I’ve been lucky enough to participate in various parts of the industry throughout the years, from being published, teaching, and guest designing. Creating is such an amazing outlet; I don’t know what I would do without it. Honestly, I think it helps keep me sane!

10 random things about me:
  • I love Mondays… seriously!
  • Mexican food is awesome.
  • I’m a huge fan of Diet Coke.
  • My favorite color is lime green (which also happens to be the color of my scrapbook room).
  • I love my elliptical!
  • I’d probably be lost without kraft cardstock.
  • I’ve got a thing for Classic Rock.
  • I made Lemon Chicken once… once… it’s an incident my family will never let me live down.
  • I talk a lot.
  • I’m a morning person (my husband is not… to bad for him I talk a lot!).
Feel free to spend some more time on my blog and follow me on Twitter. Also, please feel free to view my layouts and projects. A list of my design team experience, teaching, and past publications may be seen below*. If you have any questions or inquiries about freelance design work, please feel free to contact me.

Design Teams, Guest Spots, and Extra Stuff

Teaching: Big Picture Scrapbooking
  • Big Picture Scrapbooking – Teacher, December 2005 - November 2008
  • Big Wig Bash 2008 - contributing designer
  • 28 Days (2008)
  • Childhood Memories - project now!
  • Creativity: A Daily Dose, September 2007
  • Colorful Summer, August 2007- contributing designer
  • 28 Days, February 2007
  • 12 Days of Christmas with MyBook, December 2006 - contributing designer
  • Thanksgiving Memories, November 2006
  • Halloween Memories, October 2006
  • Summer Fun, August 2006 - contributing designer
  • Childhood Memories, May 2006
Published Projects
  • CardMaker Magazine – November 2006, “Believe in Joy” (p.74).
  • Stamp It! Cards – 2006, “Circles & Spirals” (p.73).
  • Paper Crafts Remodeled – Paper Crafts Magazine special issue – “Goals, Hopes, and Dreams Book” (p. 24)
  • Cards Magazine from Scrapbook Trends – March/April 2006, “Hey, What’s Up?” (p.94)
  • CardMaker Magazine – November 2005, “Little Notes” (p.56).
  • Holiday Cards & Wrap, Vol. 2, Paper Crafts Magazine special issue - “Old Fashioned Christmas Tag” (p.49). Featured as an Online Bonus Project.
  • Stamp It! – Summer/Fall 2005, “Celebrate with Color” (p.34).
  • Paper Trends – June/July 2005, “Autograph Book” (p.64-65).
  • CardMaker Magazine – May 2005, “Bridal Shower” (p. 87).
  • Tag Creations (Paper Crafts Magazine) – “Udderly Moovalous!” (p.23) and “Everyday Assortment” (p.30).
  • Stamp It! Cards – “Cock a Doodle Doo” (p.23), “Happy 18th” (p.33), “Smell the Flowers” (p.34), “For You, Grandma” (p.54), “Safe Trip” (p.56), “Flower Tag Thank You” (p.71), “Missing You This Thanksgiving” (p.76).
  • Paper Crafts Magazine – March 2005, “Just the Girls” card (p.76)
  • Paper Crafts Magazine – February 2005, “Door Hanger Delivery Box” (p.76).
  • Paper Crafts Magazine – Dec 2004/Jan 2005, “Goals, Hopes, and Dreams” book (p.20-21) shown at right.
  • Stamp It! – Winter 2004, “Noel” and “Joy” cards (p.41)
  • Ready, Set, Create! – October/November 2004, “Happy Turkey Day” (p.24), “Fall Fun,” “Hi Sunflower Card,” and “Howdy” card (p.25) 
  • Paper Crafts Magazine – November 2004, “Santa Chex His List” tag (p.30) shown at right.
  • Paper Crafts Magazine – October 2004, “Favorite Recipes Flip Book” (p.74-75)
  • Ready, Set, Create! – August/September 2004, “Rooster Candles” (p.31)
  • Paper Crafts Magazine – August/September 2004, “Hello My Friend, Hello!” card (p.71)
  • Card Creations Vol. 2 (Paper Crafts Magazine) – “Pewter, Vellum, & Patchwork” card (p.18) and “Get Well Bouquet” card (p.77)
  • Kids’ Crafts – Stickers, Stampin’ & Scrappin’ (Paper Crafts Magazine) – “You’re Toadally Awesome” and “I Wuf You Grandpa” cards (p.21)
  • Scrap Tutor Volume II – “Nathan” (Technique: Negative Space), “Smiling Happy Baby” (Technique: Pockets). Scrap Tutor™ is a division of  Scrapjazz, LLC.
  • Totally Titles Two (Pine Cone Press) – “The Mud” (p.9), “Grandma Frances” (p.14), “Gretchen” tag (p.21), “Bruiser” (p.21), “Three Generations” (p.30), and “True Beauty” (p.32)
  • Paper Crafts Magazine – April/May 2004, “High-Topped Greeting” (p.60)
  • Paper Crafts Magazine – March 2004, “Butterfly Dreams” (p.18)
  • Paper Crafts Magazine – February 2004, “Love Coupons” book and “Love” tag (p.58)
  • Holiday Cards & Wrap (Crafts Magazine) - "Joy, Peace, Love" tag and "Green Wreath" tag (p.58)
  • Titles and Borders (Scrapbook Sampler Idea Book, Volume Three) - "Happy Birthday" (p.25)
  • Card Creations (Crafts Magazine) - "Miss You" Card and "Friends" Tag (p.17)
  • The Tag & Eyelet Book (Pine Cone Press) - "The Roof" (p.28)
  • Cards with Buttons, Bows, Strings and Things (Pine Cone Press) - "Congratulations" (p.5), "Stitched Christmas Tree" (p.9), and "It's A Boy" (p.33)
  • Paper Crafts (Crafts Magazine) - "You're Lucky" tag (p.84)
  • Ivy Cottage Creations - August/September 2002, "Andrew's First Bath"
  • Paperkuts - August/September 2001, "Summer of the Bubbles"
  • Ivy Cottage Creations - June/July 2001, "Happy Father's Day"
  • Paperkuts - June/July 2000, in the Group Therapy section, "Friends"
  • Paperkuts - April/May 2000, in The Final Cut, "Me"

  • Lawnscaping Challenge #1 – 1st place, January 2011
  • Hero Arts - Fresh Face, August 13, 2009
  • Scrapping 'N' Style -  Favorite Christmas Contest (December 2004, Second Place), “The Best Early Christmas”
  • Scrapping 'N' Style – June Starlet
  • Scrapping 'N' Style – May Sketch Layout Contest winner for “Through the Eyes of Drew”
  • Mustard Moon - Layout Contest (October 2002, Third Place), "Amazing Discoveries"
  • Creative Express - Monthly Contest (September 2002, Third Place), "Amazing Discoveries"
  • - Monthly Contest, (February 2001, Second Place), "That's Our Boy"
  • - Monthly Contest, (November 2000, Third Place), "Santa"
  • Handmade Scraps - Monthly Layout Contest (August 2000, First Place), "Playing Dress Up"
  • Pebbles in My Pocket - Paperkins Page Design Contest Honorable Mention (July 2000), "Happy Fathers Day"
  • ScrapsAhoy -  Monthly Contest (June 2003, First Place), "My Friend, My Brother"
*I’ve been scrapbooking and paper crafting a while so some of the publications and sites mentioned might not be around any more but since I like to be thorough, I listed them all.

This page last updated 9/22/2012

Friday, April 14, 2006

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