The Busy Crafter

Trying to balance my crazy life with my love of crafting.

Ouch!! May 21, 2010

Filed under: Layout,letter stickers,Uncategorized — busycrafter @ 1:39 pm

Last year, I did a layout about Corbin’s first black eye. I had almost forgotten about Dylan’s first one. I was rummaging around in my Sassy Scrapper bag and found an unfinished layout with these pictures. I didn’t like what I had so I started all over. I had picked this wonderful paper up in my favorite store in Knoxville, Scrappin in the City, the last time I visited. The girls that own the store have sons so they have a great selection of papers for boys. If you scrap about boys, then you know how hard it is to find cute stuff for them. This line is Rough and Tough by Fancy Pants. I think I bought one of every design, plus the journaling book!! Not much was added to this because I love the doodling look in the corner of the paper. I added a transparency frame, an arrow stamp from Close to My Heart, some star brads from Paper Studio, a date sticker, and I called this one done! Happy Crafting!!


2010 off to a scrappin’ good start! January 5, 2010

Filed under: CTMH,Layout — busycrafter @ 12:26 pm

After the last few months of making a ton of cards and gifts, I am happy to be back to scrapping! And these last two days have been productive, three layouts done! Two layouts are the same for each one of my twins, but still, I am counting it as two on my layout count for the year!! This one is done with almost all Close to My Heart supplies, everything except the ribbon, punch, and title. Thanks to the very best CTMH consultant and my best friend, Charlie! (You can visit her site at I had almost forgotten about this stamp set until I saw these pictures of my little guy with a dandelion. And inspiration hit! You have to love it when it all comes together so easy! I hope your new year has started off well. Happy crafting!


First Grade October 19, 2009

Filed under: Layout,plantin schoolbook,school — busycrafter @ 12:15 pm

Well, I am trying to get back into the swing of things, but lately I have had so many other projects to do, that scrapping has been last on the list. While I still have many of those things to do, I managed to get this layout finished today. I saw the challenge and design team call at Just Buggin Challenges and decided that it was time to dust off the ATG! I was glad to use another cartridge besides Mickey and Friends! (Still working on those projects!) And hubby is away on business, so me and the Cricut have a couple of date nights this week! We’ll see how much I can get done! This is the second page of my son’s school album. Very simple and it was a fast layout to finish. Both the title and apple are cut from Plantin Schoolbook. I also used some great stamps that I found at Michaels. The ABC stamp is from an acrylic set from Hampton Art, part of their Foot-long collection. There are six border stamps each one about 6 inches long. They are very cool and can be used on several different things. They were not very expensive either! Hope you like it! Now on to the next project! Happy crafting!


Summer Fun Layout September 18, 2009

Filed under: Layout,letter stickers,no Cricut — busycrafter @ 10:41 am

What happens when you take your Cricut machine and all of your cartridges to a crop and realize after you get there, that you forgot your mats? Well, this layout is a result of a crop-gone-bad at my church. I forgot my mats, my acrylic stamp blocks, and my ever essential white Uni-ball pen. Yes, most of the ladies there offered to help me out and I could have drove the five minutes to my house to pick it all up. But I after I realized that I forgot all my stuff, I challenge myself to make do with what I had on hand. I had white American Craft alphabet stickers, orange stickles, and left over scraps. I backed the white stickers on solid parts of the We Are Memory Keepers White Out collection, then fussy cut around the letters. I hand cut the sun behind the letter U. Then, I accented the letters with dots of orange Stickles. So even though it’s not what I would have done if I was at home with all of my stuff, I like the way this one turned out. Maybe next time, I will leave my Cricut turned off and see what else I can come up with. Or, maybe not! Happy crafting!


Swim-Bike-Run July 28, 2009

Filed under: Layout,Street Sign,two page — busycrafter @ 9:16 am

You know that few months where I didn’t really post much? Well, there was a good reason, I was training for my very first triathlon. I signed up back in March of this year and then the race was on Memorial Day. It was alot tougher than I thought it would be but I am looking forward to next year so I can do it again!! It was a quarter mile swim, 10 mile bike ride, and a 2.5 mile run. Whew!! I am tired just thinking about it again!! But I did want to remember the event and my thoughts about it. And this is the first two page layout that I have done in forever!! This paper is from BoBunny’s new Calipso line. Thanks for looking! Happy crafting!

P.S.-Keep checking back! I feel some blog candy coming on!!


What’s up with the tongue? April 29, 2009

Filed under: Layout — busycrafter @ 8:47 pm

What is up with that tongue?!! My little guy played all day at the playground, and EVERY picture I took of him, his tongue was sticking out!! But I didn’t realize it until my pictures were developed! Too funny! So I had to scrap them. And this is the first layout in a while that I pulled out the Quickutz instead of the Cricut for the title. But I did use it for the journal circle and the arrow. The paper is all from the White Out collection from We R Memory Keepers. The ribbon is American Crafts. I also used some DCWV stickers, and Paper Studio brads. On the bottom right side, I punched circles from vellum and attached with the brads. I had noticed several layouts in some recent magazines with this on the layout. I like that it’s a little something that helps pull the eye around the page without overwhelming the layout. The edges are all inked with StazOn and the journaling block is from my old standby, Autumn Leaves. Hope you like it. Thanks for looking. Happy crafting!!


Pickle March 24, 2009

Filed under: Layout — busycrafter @ 11:59 am

Well, it seems like maybe I have hit a creative streak! I have been able to finish four layouts this week and it feels great! Mostly because I have been buying so much and redoing my scrap space, but not any scrapping!

This has to be one of my favorites that I have done recently. I don’t know if it’s just because of the picture and subject, or that I just like how it turned out. The story behind this layout is Pickle is what we call one of our twins. His name is Dylan and we started calling him Dyl. Then it was Dyl pickle. Now we just call him pickle. And boy do we get some strange looks when we call him that in public! When we went to Dollywood last October, we saw this giant pickle there and we had to have a picture of them together! He didn’t want to stand there on his own, but Daddy held him so we could get a picture! I am sure that when he gets older, he will have to explain this alot. But just in case we stop calling him that, this is one of those things I don’t want to forget about!

The paper is all from SandyLion Design and the title is cut with different Cricut carts to keep it a little playful.. Embellishments were kept at a minimum since the background paper was so busy. Brads were from Bobunny and Paper Studio, and the photo turns were also Paper Studio.

Thanks for looking! Happy crafting!