Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Junk Journal Flip Through #3

It's Wednesday and I've just put up another video on YouTube showcasing the third signature in my Junk Journal. I've been getting good feedback so I'm glad you guys are enjoying the videos. If you're not already a subscriber of my YouTube channel, please consider subscribing.

The video:

Cards from this signature:

If you're interested in purchasing any of these notecards, send me an email.

If you have any questions on the Junk Journal, leave a comment.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Finishing the August Birthdays

I'm chugging along with my 2019 photos to scrapbook. I have these last two photos of the August birthday girls and was unsure about the layout. I saw this cute layout from Keep It Simple and felt I needed to use it as my inspiration:

Here's my layout:

You can watch the process video on my YouTube channel here:

Products Used:
Paper Pad - American Crafts
Large Donut Die Cuts - Cricut
Donut Stickers - Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby
Color Splash - Fun Stampers Journey/Spellbinders
Label Stamp - CTMH
Black Label Stickers - Illustrated Faith
Other Stickers & Washi Tape - from my stash

RTS Scrapbooking is on YouTube but she no longer loads new videos.  She is currently on Patreon.

Thanks for watching!

Monday, September 28, 2020

BBTB2; Halloween

I am really excited about this challenge since Halloween is one of the most fun holidays for crafters. I haven't really gotten into Halloween in years, but it is so fun to see little ones in costumes and all the fun decorations around. If you haven't guessed it already, the current two week challenge at Bitten By The Bug 2 (BBTB2) is...Halloween.

I decided to make this decorated Starbucks cup for this challenge. I got the free skeleton silhouette SVG from Caluya Design. There's also a male silhouette available.

Isn't she so cute...I mean scary?! Eek, right?

The spiders and "eek!" are from Cricut Access in Design Space.
Ok...a few things. If you use the different vinyls, you know that for HTV you should mirror the images. Well, I guess I was in a HTV mindset because when I cut these out, I mirrored them. For most of the cuts, it was fine but I did have to recut the "eek".

Also, I follow an IGer @brandhustle_reneerivera and she posted this GREAT idea earlier this week. You know those empty cardboard rolls that the vinyl comes on? Well, cover them with pretty paper (she used contact paper - I used scrapbook paper) and then cut a rectangle out of a piece of paper (I used the same one) and attach the rolls to create a "V" shape. This will hold your cup when applying vinyl. I hope my description makes sense. It's really that simple!

Game changer! Am I right?

Now it's your turn, create a Halloween themed project using your Cricut. Be sure to include how you used your Cricut in your description and link it to the BBTB2 site before the challenge ends on October 9th. Have fun!

Friday, September 25, 2020

TGIF; Thankful Friday #147

Thank God it's Friday! This week I'm thankful for cooler weather. Fall is here and I'm ready for it! Although next week, the temps are going back up, I can still enjoy the fresh air versus A/C or smoke from the nearby fires.

Here are the girls enjoying outside clean air!

Taking a deep breath is something you don't appreciate until you can't.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Junk Journal YouTube Flip Through; #2

I hope you enjoyed flipping through the first of six signatures in my Junk Journal. I enjoyed showing you. Now it's time to go through the second signature.

As I mentioned in the video, some of these pages were made into notecards. I love sending these to friends and family! They are so fun and so different. I was selling these on Etsy but I decided to close my Etsy shop for now. If you are interested in purchasing any of these, send me an email. You can find my email address under the "contact me" tab from the home page.

Here are photos of the card that was made from a page from this signature.  Stayed tuned for the upcoming videos and more photos of cards:

I will be posting a new YouTube video every Wednesday until we're done flipping through the six signatures. At the end of these flip throughs, I'll show you the cover and how I bound the signatures to the cover and other tips I have.

In the meantime, let me know if you want me to talk less, describe more or any other suggestions. I'm still fairly new to filming and editing YouTube videos, but I did promise my granddaughter that I'd post more and more consistently.

WOYWW #590

It’s Wednesday again!  Woo Hoo Happy Hump Day and Happy WOYWW! I’ve been busy filming for my YouTube channel and scrapbooking.

Here’s a shot of my desk looking at it from the right:

I pulled out some Halloween cards to send out next month and that fabulous sunflower suitcase holds some notecards that I make from photos of my original art pieces. The layout at the far end leaning against my wall is one that I completed and filmed so the process video will be on my channel soon.

If you’re wondering why I’m sharing my desk today, click on over to Stamping Ground  to read more about it and take a peek into other desks.

Have a great week!

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Home Alone

It’s Saturday night and I’m home alone. That does not happen very often. I’m glad it doesn’t but every once in awhile, it’s nice! So what did I do? I watched a couple of movies, hung a picture up in the Guest Room, messed around in the Command Center and made this:

I created a customized cut file in Cricut Design Space using an existing floral bundle but then added some bees and dates to customize a denim shirt that used to be my dad’s. My dad passed away in 2013 and we kept a few clothing items that were his. My daughter had a couple of his shirts and recently gave them to me. (I’m not sure why the shirt looks like another color denim in the two photos, but I swear it’s the same shirt.)

I’ve seen people decorate denim jackets for brides so I ran with that idea. The numbers added are his birth and death years and the bees are a play on my maiden name - Weatherby (the “by” is pronounced “bee”). 

Pretty cool, huh? Especially since today would have been his 82nd birthday.

Happy Heavenly Birthday dad!

Friday, September 18, 2020

TGIF; Thankful Friday #146

 TGIF!! This week I am thankful for surprises. Well, technically this one wasn’t a good surprise, our garage refrigerator has stopped working, but...the reason why I’m thankful is because it gave the opportunity to organize the inside freezer and refrigerator.  And also allowed us to see how fortunate we are.

We are able to fill two refrigerators of food/drink, etc., while others are not able to fill one.  

Hello...I’ve been there.  Many years we struggled with getting food on the table and did my imagination create some crazy meals, but we were fed - no complaints on my end for sure.

I hope you’re able to take a step back and look at all your blessings. And if you’re anywhere near me and need some eggs...come on over!

Happy Friday all.  Leave a comment on what you are thankful for this week.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Junk Journal YouTube Flip Through #1

My granddaughter says I need to upload a video at least once a week. Well, even though I am probably creating things at that speed, I almost always forget to film the process.

I decided to do a series of flip throughs of my Junk Journal. There are six signatures so I'm going to flip through one signature at a time and talk my way through them.

Check out the video for the first signature here:
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Things to note:
Cover Art was a free virtual class by: Vino Paint
Whimsical drawings are either encouraged by or created by: Willowing Arts
Going in Circles song by The Friends of Distinction (next time I'll let them sing it!)
Paint tutorials by Scribbing Grace (she focuses on bible journaling but the art lessons can be used for anything)

Refer to the "Junk Journal" label to the right for many process photos/posts that I've done on the blog.

Once the six flip through videos are posted on YouTube, I'll do another video on how to put together the signatures, what to use to create a signature, some tips, etc.

Be sure to subscribe so you won't miss them!

WOYWW #589

 Happy Wednesday and Happy WOYWW! I missed last week and then noticed today that there was a linking situation over there so maybe I didn’t!  Click on over to Stamping Ground to read more about WOYWW and the other deskers.

My desk this morning:

My granddaughter said I’m not posting enough YouTube videos so I had my camera going last night. I’ll be posting those videos soon. If you don’t already subscribe to my YouTube channel, click on over there. You can search for my name, Dorlene Durham to get there.

Funny story, this morning I’m searching everywhere for my glasses and then hubby reminded me I was in the Command Center last night...yup, there they are!

Have a great week!

Monday, September 14, 2020

BBTB2; Life in 3D

It’s time for another challenge at the Bitten By The Bug 2 challenge site. The challenge theme is Life in 3D. 

I decided to make these cute round bags from the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge. I made a few of them for my teacher friends. I used the apple from the Doodlecharms cartridge to embellish them.

I used three different patterned papers for each bag. Cut them at 6”. This was so they were able to fit on a 12x12 mat. I have the larger mat, but this is a perfect size for the bag.
We scored this school desk/chair combo from our local school district for our granddaughter to use at home for Distance Learning. It’ll give her a designated spot to do her school work.
Each apple has a red button with twine on the left corner. I also stamped “thank you” to the bottom right side of the apple. 

Aren’t these super cute?!? Be sure to link up your 3D project to the BBTB2 site before Friday, September 25th. Be sure to let us know what cut you used for your project. I can’t wait to see what you make!

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Donut Ever Let Me Go Layout

 Here’s another fun layout from the donut themed birthday party for my daughter and granddaughter. I love the paper pad I’m using for these layouts. The papers and extras are the perfect color scheme!

This layout is from a sketch at the SketchNScrap challenge site. It’s their September sketch. I originally cut papers to follow the sketch, but then quickly changed my mind by using the paper strips on the top of the patterned papers.

As you can see, I originally placed the yellow striped papers on the top and bottom and started arranging the donut embellishments. When I was pulling paper, the strips caught my eye so I completely changed the direction I was going.
This is the sketch:

And some close ups of the embellishments:

The larger donuts are from the Dollar Tree and the donut stickers are from Hobby Lobby. The sentiment stamp is Fun Stampers Journey.  The paper pad is from American Crafts.

Click on over to the SketchNScrap challenge site to join the challenge or to be inspired.

Friday, September 11, 2020

TGIF; Thankful Friday #145

Thank God it's Friday! I'm ready for the weekend! This week I'm thankful to see my granddaughters. There was a possible COVID concern but it all turned out fine. But because of this, we weren't able to see them in person since two weeks ago.

It was great to give hugs and kisses again!

What are you thankful for this week? Let me know in the comment!

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Donut Worry...Be Happy

Donut Worry...Be Happy. What a great layout title! Here’s another layout from the donut themed party. For this layout, I followed the sketch $#435 at Sketches in Thyme.

Before adding the photos, I cut three strips of patterned paper/cardstock to completely cover the cardstock base. I used the same American Crafts paper pad as I used for the other layouts for this birthday party. I cut down the 4x6 photos to allow some space between them and to be able to see more of the background papers.

The title was made by matting white cardstock to pink cardstock circles and then stamping. I added the journaling box to the bottom of the 6x4 photo as in the sketch.

Added some donut stickers, paper banners and some ink splatters in a diagonal. 

I added the label “Paper Pad Party” because I’m really trying to bash this paper pad for this birthday party. I love the bright colors and they seem to coordinate perfectly and there are journaling cards included. With the exception of the donut stickers, I’m only using what’s in the that’s a party!

Click on over to the Sketches in Thyme challenge site to join the challenge or just to get some inspiration.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Donut Grow Up Layout & YouTube Video

I finally had some time to work on my daughter and granddaughter's birthday photos from last year (2019). We had a donut theme - DONUT Grow Up - which was a lot of fun and perfect for the combined party. Their birthdays are one day apart!

Check out the video here:

More photos:

Patterned Paper from American Crafts
Sketch Book from Close To My Heart (CTMH)

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Saturday, September 5, 2020

Card Goal 2020 Update; Weeks 29 - 35

Ok...if I'm going to be honest, I missed a week. I'm mad at myself because I had a birthday boy to send it to, but didn't remember to actually send the card. But that won't stop me from future cards and that's why they make Belated Birthday cards!
So to continue my goal, I'm determined to send out all these cards for Weeks 29 - 35:
Week 29 - Birthday Card to a friend
Week 30 - Wedding Card to cousins
Week 31 - Birthday Card to a friend and three sympathy cards
Week 32 - Birthday Cards to my daughter & granddaughter
Week 33 - Thinking of You card to a retired coworker
Week 34 - Birthday Card to my nephew
Week 35 - Birthday Cards to a friend & my mom

I made this card using some stamps from Graphic 45 for a FB request for cards for their 90 year old grandfather:
I love the vintage feel of this card!

I had to send three sympathy cards during Week 31. There was only one death, but I am friends with three different families of that person.

Friday, September 4, 2020

TGIF; Thankful Friday#144

Happy Friday! Sorry my post is so late. Our power was out for seven hours yesterday and I'm so busy at work, I didn't have time to take a break to post.

This week...what am I thankful for? I'm thankful for a busy week. I'm exhausted and my head is spinning, but it's a great feeling and it sure does make the work day go so fast. I've slept great all week and that's always a great feeling.

I hope all is well is your neck of the woods and you enjoy your weekend. Mine is a three day weekend and I am super excited for the extra day.


Wednesday, September 2, 2020


 Happy Wednesday and happy WOYWW! I was on vacation last week so my desk is still nice and cleanish. I thought I’d share a few photos of the trip. We went from CA to UT to AZ and back. It was gorgeous!

Click on over to the Stamping Ground to read more about the desk share and visit other sites.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Love To Scrap Challenge Blog; September

This month at the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog (LTSCB), the challenge theme is...Anything Goes. I decided to make some cards using scraps. They started like this:
The first card was made by stamping a cute cat stamp on the top half of a white card base. I adhered the rainbow strip panel right below it and added a punched banner with Happy Birthday stamped on top.

I love how this cat turned out! I used a gray watercolor marker with a blender pen to lightly color around the edges of the cat. I’m not normally a cat person, but I know many people who are.

On the second card, I stamped the sentiment first and added a piece of black washi tape between the sentiment and the rainbow panel. I added the red & green fishtail banners to the top left.

Aren’t these great?! And I love that they were made with scraps! These are an example of simple & cost effective cards!

Now it’s your up your project to the LTSCB before the end of the month. What are you going to make?

If you're interested to see what I made using the other scrap strip panel, go to the Love To Craft Challenge Blog (LTCCB).