Sunday, April 24, 2016


About 6 months ago, my husband and I bought a 150 year old home in Kentucky. With retirement soon approaching, we have tried to go up to Kentucky to get as much work done as we can on the house while spending time with my parents who live in nearby area.
     Our plan was to go up Easter weekend. Celebrating the memorial and life of my dear Aunt Pat who   passed away as well as spend time with family and get some work done on the house. Debbie, one of my dearest and closest friends wanted to follow us up there, see my house then travel on to her part of Kentucky to see her family. As we are approaching as sign that said Waxahachie 12 miles away, She said to be in a joking way, "We oughta just make a detour and pop in and find that big scrapbook store we have been wanting to see.". I laughed,  "I wish we could but we already got a late start". A few minutes later, a man on a motorcycle motioned my hubby ahead of us pulling a trailer with materials , to pull over. The men got out of the car and inspected the tire.. we weren't sure what was going on and at the time we thought it was a motorcycle cop.  We pulled back onto the road and within minutes the back tire of the trailer billowed smoke. So, not realizing where we were yet,  we followed behind to the nearest town and pulled off into a Napa auto store. Just for kicks I pulled out my phone and joked and said, " Might take a while, might as well look for scrappy stores or thrift shops..". My next words went something like this.. "Oh my gosh..NO WAY... DEBBIE WE ARE right NEXT TO A SCRAPBOOK STORE"! We got out, phone in hand, began walking  and following map. She said, "Where is Rogers Street"?  We both looked up and said...Right there in front of us. As we turned the corner, There it was.. I think I might have squealed for joy. I don't remember in all the excitement. As we approached we were in AWE of how beautiful and all the vintage yummy displays and how well it was stocked with current trends, and supplies. It was so beautifully staged and propped and so well organized. They had just about everything you could imagine. Its probably good we don't live close by. I surely think I would spend my whole paycheck there or try to anyway. They offer classes and there was so many wonderful examples of how to use the many various products.  The staff is so nice and helpful and make you feel so much at home. I know the brick and mortar stores are struggling. I just hope this one continues its success. Thank you "The Crafty Scrapper for your hospitality and having a store that is so fun to look at.

    This store is merchandised so beautifully with rustic shabby chic appeal and vintage treasures everywhere the eyes could see. The samples made using various products were exceptional quality and craftsmanship.  If you live in Central Texas, it is definitely worth a day trip. The town has so much historical appeal as well.

This is the page I created to capture the day. Our excitement was off the charts. I am the darker hair on the right and Debbie is to my left. My daughter Erica was there as well. She thought we were nuts. "She Inst a scrapbooker-yet"!
    I used various Amy Tangerine papers, as well as distressing the edges. I incorporated Simple stores pattern paper using a circle punch and then added some Simple Stories card stock stickers. other items used were Dear Lizzy enamel dots, Gold Glitter thickers,  Gold Dazzlers by hot of the press, Pebbles peppercorn alphas for the yr date.  I stamped on acetate with stazon ink and punched the butterfly out. I made my own ribbon flower at bottom left and the aqua/green flowers with punches.

You can see I also used some gold dots that looked more like studs. (i don't remember the name) and I used Heidi Swapp colorshine sprays for coloring cheesecloth bits I added around clusters.  You cant tell from this very much but I also used pearlescent watercolor to add drips to the background paper.

 More hand made flowers, and circles cut from simple stories, bit of Amy Tangerine papers...(I LOVE THIS ENVELOPE SILVER FOIL PAPER) so much prettier in person. I also used Simple Stories card stock sticker, Tag and heart.. and Simple Stories, (I think Carpe Diem brads).

I want to encourage you to find the adventure in the everyday things. We made lemonade- wait... Scratch that... we made margaritas with the lemon that life gave us that day...  So here's to a whole pitcher full of lemons..Please hold the salt and enjoy the everyday and sometimes accidental adventures and make sure you write it all down in a journal. because trust me, even though Debbie and I are a young set of 50+ year old, we do forget.

I want to thank you for stopping by my blog and please be patient as I try to fix some of the sizing ratios...Hopefully it will be easier to read soon.

Happy Scrappy Adventures.
As Always
With LOVE,
Lana Jo....

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Social Media Inspiration and Scrapping the funny everyday moments!!!

My 7 kids are grown. We are 9 grandchildren into the grandparent phase of our life. We are still young. However I have teen grandsons ready to drive and new grand babies learning to walk. Even these moments go by so fast.  My grandson Kason is a funny little guy. He says the craziest random things and we shake our head wondering where he gets his phrases.. Then I look at both his mama and my husband and I need to wonder no more... Sometimes I have trouble getting started on what to scrapbook about. Lately I've been turning to Facebook posts to give me inspiration to scrap. My daughter posts quite often this thing called "Kasonisms"  apparently he has a small following of people who look to see what crazy thing he is going to say next. So if your in a Scrapbook Slump, look to your  Facebook, Twitter, or other social media and see if your inspired by posts. Even quotes that are often posted are a great way to start your creative inspiration.

I love to mix up old and not so old papers/products with new product. In "Born to Inspire Laughter/ My Favorite Kasonism" layout I've used American Crafts, Shimelle;true stories cardstock stickers and paper, Heidie Swapp; colorshine and mixed company glitter stickers, Thickers, and Dearl Lizzy; Lucky charm collection. Also included are Pink Paislee; Foil memorandum stickers, Doodlebug; sequins, Simple Stories Carpe Diem  and alpha stickers, and SEI foil Entrada collection, Pebbles harvest peppercorn alphas ,Craft Medley rhinestones, Hot off the Press; Dazzles stickers.

To the Left you will see close ups of the embellished areas. I try to keep embellishments flowing in somewhat of a triangle shape. Good tips I have learned from many of the scrapbooking Guru's  I think the main idea is to have fun and not worry if its not perfect. Tell the stories and share the memories.

Next layout: Remember Papa Dont water the Froggy and Fishys!!!
Here is a great example of my hoarding... I have held on to this Basic Grey Collection for years. I still love it. I think it was called skate shoppe. I have never been into cutesy, but I adored this, yet avoided cutting into it. Now I wish I had more. (ah the disease of a paper hoarder)... SSSh- don't judge me, lol... So when I decided to do this layout, I was reminded of the story of how Papa always killed fishy's and froggy's by watering them too much, or lack of remembering to turn off the water.  Here I used American Craft Shimelles light bulb paper as a water dripping feeling, also because he is bright and inquisitive

I used American Crafts Thickers, Shimelle cardstock stickers and true stories paper, Pebbles Peppercorn alphas, Basic Grey  3 different patterns (skateshop?) , Paper studio washi tapes, Craft Medley sequin's, Simple Stories Snap, Heidie Swapp Gold glittery stickers and Ranger Die cut (viewfinder).  and Jillibean Studios (arrow).  I would love to hear how you use Social Media Postings to inspire you into capturing a meaningful or funny memory...

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Trying to balance it all and finding my scrappy mojo.

I know I know.... I havent blogged in forever. Getting used to being a full time Dental Assistant after being a full time mom forever has been so challenging, and my kids are grown!!! Finding time for me to do what I should, and what I love has been so hard to balance. Hats off to moms who can do it all. So here are some of my recent favorite scrapbook pages.. Ive really been trying to use my old stash up by putting kits together from my stash. Its really helped me as far as the spending half my time searching for things. Now most of what I need are together in 12x12 envelopes..

Love This Layout...
 The "Love this" was created for one of the PaperIssues crop challenge. most products are thegirlspaperie papers, and the arrows are actually old stampin up corner stickers, October afternoon journal cards, tim holtz die, and Heidie Swap Epoxy.
Grand Parents. I used Paper studio papers, thickers bulap chipboard,colorbox chalk ink. and Heidi Swap.

Let the sunshine in with a SMILE. Old Graphic 45 papers.and lots of textures. 

Duck Feeding is so much FUN.  Lots of background work on this one. 
The following page was created for a challenge on online crop.  I used some old autumn leaves paper, Graphic 45 paper, old basic gray stickers. paper studio florals, and banner, some old bling I altered with copics markers. a lil bit of gesso for journal spot. bits of dyed cheesecloth and bling.  This pic was me and my dear hubby in the Ft Hood Dental Birthday Ball. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

There are no age limits to dreams!

Back in May I was accepted into the Red Cross Dental Assisting Program on post. Classes started beginning of September. At first I thought, what did I get myself into.. Basically a years worth of education crammed into 6 weeks of class. Currently I am learning the hands on part of Dental Assistant training program on a military post. I love it. I love the challenge of taking a patient that has huge dental fears and calming them with my chatty personality. I still have so much to learn, but I am loving every minute of it. I have helped assist with restorations and Oral Surgery=(extractions).. I am finally working towards completion of a dream that I had left behind as a young woman in high school. I am 48 years old. I hope to set the example that its never too late to achieve a dream.. even if its been filed on the back shelf covered with dust.

If you still dream of it. Dust that dream off and give it a polish and let it shine... There are no age limits to dreams..

Sunday, August 19, 2012


Rare in this day and age that couples make it to 50 years in marriage. I am blessed to come from a home where my parents have reached 50 years in marriage.. August 4th, 1962...

The dress made by Grandmother Ruth
The Invites
My mother Janet, was so excited and nervous preparing for this party. She was like a new bride.. She never had a real wedding, not even a wedding pic or even a cake and no real honeymoon. Her parents didn't even go..Grand daddy was busy doing farm work and Grandmother staying home as well. She did sew mom a beautiful wedding dress for the occasion.  50 years later was moms chance to re-live what she missed out on the first time. Dad was the typical man from his era.. he just went with the flow and tried to stay out of the way as much as possible. In helping mom prepare for things I realized how rare it is to find things for 50th wedding anniversary party... In collaboration with our dear friend Marcia Jenkins many talents of decorating for parties, I helped make favors, announcements, and thank you notes.  My son Collin made the slide show with music from the era, and Karen my sister cooked up a bunch of delicious goodies for the after party. My brother in law Bob was the photographer... It all pulled together smoothly considering that I live in Texas, My Siblings live in Indiana and my parents live in Ky... Its not easy pulling a party together when we are all so far apart. Mom did quite a bit herself. She was concerned about space at her house with all the out of town guests and getting ready, trying to share the bathrooms. She and Marcia found an amazing Bed and Breakfast at Hillbilly Ridge in Wickliffe Ky.  This place is phenomenal and so hospitable. Definitely a place to go to.. here is a link to their facebook page:

 (These are the invitations I made for my parents 50th
wedding anniversary... The Pics are printed on vellum
and overlay  on top of the announcement, backed with 
golden yellow card stock and matted with Gold Foil
poster board paper found at hobby lobby in the art section
I used the Slice cutter to cut the 50 in gold and Prima
flowers for accent. )

treat box favor
 These are some of the 
party favors I made. I already had
a bunch of these little boxes I bought 
at the dollar tree. However they were
silver and white. I took the gold spray
paint to these to change the color. I also
created a layered flower from a circular s
scallop punch, brad, watered down ink
in a spray bottle, (spritzed, scrunched and 
eventually glittered) I added the flower to
the tulle bow and added a tag on gold foil 
board with gold embossed words over their
picture. I used glue gun to pop the 50 in the
center of the flower and glue gunned the flower
to the tulle. 

easy peasy magnets
  These Magnets are super inexpensive and
easy fast party favor to make.
Materials: Dozens of sheets of thumb
nail prints of photos, thick heavy duty
magnet, E6000 glue, scissors.
 Larger size clear flat floral marbles-
*which can be found at hobby lobby*.
 (make sure the back side of glass isn't too
 bubbled or marred).  put a small dab of E6000 on back
of marble and press down over picture being careful to center the picture. press firm to get air bubbles out and let dry. trim excess paper off and glue the magnet to the
back of the marble.. I usually glue all the marbles on the whole page and then cut them off..great way to assembly line them.
 Next, I had to have a place to put the extra marbles. which led me to making this magnetic board from Dollar tree cookie sheets. I used crackle medium and painted the cookie sheet. After dry time, I carefully stroked over it with off white acrylic paint. I then Stenciled the words on and hand painted the roses. I aged it with rub and buff gold paint and a little ink on a sponge. I used the crop-a-dile big bite to punch the holes in the tin to hang it from ribbon. I didn't seal this but you probably should seal it with spray sealer of some sort before putting the ribbon on.

Saying Thanks to all
 Below are the thank you notes made to pass out to the guests. I printed this and then inked the edges in golden yellow. i added Prima flowers and used t-shirt pearl paint to embellish the flowers. I happened to find confetti in gold 50's and glued them along with the ribbon at the top.
Janet and Tom Steele
Mom and Dads first Wedding cake!


Memory Table

Cutting the cake

table of memories

The Center Pieces
 We would have had great difficulty if it weren't for Marcia and Jack Jenkins. Marcia's eye for pulling things together is amazing. She gathered moms hydrangeas and dried and gilded them in gold using moms hobnail milk glass and family pics she made it a fairytale dream come true for my mom.

cutting the cake

sharing the cake

Pics of Hillbilly Ridge Bed n Breakfast!





A collection of my favoritesboth past and present

Here are some of my favorite scrapbook pages/ and crafts from over the years