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March 31, 2011

Incredible Winners :)

This month we only had two entries so let me show you those :)

First up is Greta and I really admire her take on this challenge.

Second we have Sally and her lo is really pretty with a pretty model :)

Congrats to both of you girls. I will send you both a prize :)Sally you win the digital prize from Guylou and Sally I will need your address for a goodie envelope :)
What a way to end National Craft Month!!!

Email me at!

Wanna Play BINGO Groovy Style?

April 7-10 If It's Groovy and many others are celebrating National No Housework Day with a blog hop! You are all invited to come by and earn prizes, get inspired with projects and meet some new bloggy friends :)

Let's start early with a BINGO game!!!

Each day I will call the words in the posts made at IIG. If you sign up to receive the updates by mail then you will get the prompt each day making it easy to remember to check for your words. Look for this at the right hand side/top :)

Choose your 14 words from this list and email me at with the subject line BINGO. The first person to email me with their completed BINGO word list is the winner. There will be a prize given to one winner by me :)

Let's PLAY!!!

eu de toilete
chair rails
trash cans
window sills
steam cleaning
shower stalls
make beds
fold towels
sort silverware
empty dishwasher
broken fingernails
wall smudges
shake rugs
bathe dog
sort groceries

Last Day For Entries

Have you turned in your layout for our challenge this month? We are taking entries up until 11pm EST Thursday night (that's tonight).

Just dropping by today? No problem...

The challenge is to create a layout with a letter to an incredible kid on the layout. You can add it to the layout or hide the journaling~but you must tell a kid how incredible he or she is :)

Need inspiration? Search the tags to the right and below on our blog where the team has created layouts this month :)

Have a groovy and very scrappy day!

March 30, 2011

The Best Kept Secret

We here at If Its Groovy have decided it is past time to bring people to the forefront of the scrapping industry that are never seen or not seen enough. We find that in the scrappy magazines and company sites that we love...the all too familiar faces. That does not mean we don't love them we just need more of the new too. That's where IIG comes in! We are bringing focus to The Best Kept Secret in scrapping and today we start with someone The Groovy Chicks find to be really interesting and creating beautiful works of art. Her name is Misty. Her hangout is linked here so be sure to visit after reading all the scrappy goodness below. I asked Misty to challenge us to a fun challenge and she decided that we need to make some boy layouts with flowers and bling, but to keep it looking masculine. She has also completed the challenge so I will show the pics of that beautiful, and masculine ;) layout below along with her words about it, and then an interview with our First Best Kept Secret!

From Misty:
I made this layout to give to my nephew in honor of his baptism day. He is 14 years old and I couldn't be prouder!!! I bought a scrapbook frame for it so he can hang it in his room.

Supply List:
Karen Foster Cardstock stickers
Prima Flowers
K&Company papers
Webster Paper (diecut)
DCWV (butterflies I hand cut out the paper)
Say it in Crystals Prima
Expressions (metal word left corner)
Spare Parts (ribbon)
Martha Stewart punch
American Traditions Designs (cross charm in flower)
Making Memories (cross plaque)
Diamond Stickles
Patina Stickles
Large Tan flower-hobby lobby
Med. Retro flower punch (handmade flowers)
Mcgill Starburst (handmade flowers)
Mcgill Sun (handmade flowers)

Meet Misty: Tell me all about the start of your art, How did your scrapbooking begin? High school graduation. My husband's (of course then boyfriend) aunt gave him a scrapbook for his graduation. We started talking about it and 11 years later here I still am!!! Of course I've changed over from 8.5x11 to a 12x12 and I've grown tremedously since then as a scrapper. Do you have a stand-by element/paper line or tool that you must use when you scrap? Oh I would have to say my cricut. I seem to use it on every layout. Do you have a favorite technique? Would it be cheating if I said I like them all? I love all kinds of techniques. I really like to go to the different tutorials that are out there and learn new ones. That is afterall how you grow as a scrapper right? If you could not shop for one year...would your scrap space be emptied or would you still have product? Oh goodness, I'd still have a room full. My husband picks on me saying that if he were to sell everything in my scraproom he would have enough to buy a "souped" up engine for his car and then some!!! A scrapper can never have enough. If you could make one outfit out of scrapbooking paper what line would it be from? It may be a older line but I LOVE the Bo Bunny Aylissa line. Can you tell something about yourself that others would be shocked to learn? Don't think this is a shocker but I also have recently discovered the love of sewing. I've sewn my daughter about 5 outfits in the past month! I also used to cross stitch and I've tried crocheting but don't like it. What makes you a groovy chick? Being able to do what we do. I mean, we are moms, wives, sisters, daughters and yet we still find time to do what we love to do all the while spending time with our families. Knowing who you are and being good at it! Doing all the above and somehow still finding time to eat! Incredible!!! So would you like to know another secret? We scraplifted one of Misty's beautiful layouts that is masculine and included exactly what she has asked of us! Here is hers and then ours with a million thanks for being The Best Kept Secret! Misty: GROOVY DEB♥ Pictured here are two of my guys, Daddy and my husband, Kevin. I had so much fun lifting Misty, especially since she did not until NOW! This picture was taken when we celebrated my dad's 75th birthday in January. My family is so blessed especially since my dad had such a rough year with his health. God has been a rock to our family as is my dad so celebrating his birthday is very special to me! Thanks Misty for sharing you art so we could creep into your gallery and kidnap your layout for lifting ;) SILVANA Hey Misty we are so happy to have you as a IIG Guest Designer and thanks for sharing your beautiful job with us =) and also for the challenge and what a challenge!!! is really hard for me to make a boy/masculine page using flowers and bling, but scrap-lifting one of your pages make it a whole lot easier and fun. This is my layout , this is one of my favorites picture of my son ever!!! and i was keep it for a especial layout ( I scrap it a few months ago ... but I didn't really love it ) I don't usually scrap the same picture more than once but since I really wanted a great layout for this particular pic , I gave it another try and I LOVE THIS PAGE , I think it has flowers, bling, pp with flowers but because of the colors it doesn't look girly at all. MICHELLE Misty Lift Challenge was to create a layout that is masculine but to include flowers and bling without making it feminine. I was scared of this one! I am not a bling person and especially when it has to do with my son's pages. He is just too much rough and tumble, dirt and grime without a care in the world unless he's hungry or tired. Then he will let you know! My start to this page came when I was working on making some 4-leaf clovers using a Hot off the Press - Fold-it Swirls template. When the picture of my son at 6 mos. complete with the cap came into mind for this layout. Having the clovers already it made the title "My Little Irish Man" really fit. On this page I used green out of a box of AC Specialty Paper - Textured Pearl for the background. A Navy cardstock for my mat and cut out my die cut paper using my Cricut cartridge Accent Essentials set on 8 1/4" Then using my white cardstock cut the same image at 7 1/4" and finally the Sage Vellum at 7". The papers for the clovers were scraps from a card I had made a while ago. I edge inked the White cardstock and clovers using Close To My Heart Garden Green. Used some EK Success white token like alphas I had that I inked up a bit with a Tart Lime pigment ink by Ink It Up! I used a Metallic Marker in Seafoam to faux stitch the edge of the Navy die cut and using a Navy glitter gel pen added my son's name and age to the layout. Finally added some opaline designer half pearls from Basic Grey, which I had bought for the purpose of using on my daughter's Tinkerbell Halloween costume page. Who would of thought they would work for more than one layout? JEN T When I found out our first bks was going to be misty. I was honored to scraplift her! I checked out her work and it is awesome! Congrats misty for on being on IIG!! And so here is a pic of my father in law and I at my wedding that I put on a page using misty’s page for inspiration. Tfl! HEATHER Oh how I loved this challenge!! Misty's lo was such a great inspiration to me! What a beautiful boy layout and didn't lose any of its "masculinity" with the flowers! So her challenge to us was to do a masculine layout that included flowers and bling! But then, a little catch, Groovy Deb challenged us to actually scraplift Misty's layout, without Misty's knowledge! OH . . . WHAT . . . FUN!!! I knew just the picture that I wanted to use when presented this challenge! It is a picture taken of my husband in 2007 while he was on a fishing trip to Lake Erie. Granted, they were actually catching fish that day . . . not men . . . but I love the verse Matthew 4:19 and the song we used to sing as children that goes with that verse. I also love that I can see how God is working in my husband which makes this verse even more special to me. I placed a Tattered Angel Mask on the background and then sprayed the cardstock with Electric Blue and Brick Glimmer Mist. I then used Basic Gray papers (Offbeat and Marjolaine) for the patterened papers. The flowers and leaves are all by Prima. This was the first time I have ever placed with the fragments by Tim Holtz. I really enjoyed mixing the alcohol ink colors to create the different colored fragments by the top flower! I think they really help pull all the colors from the feather and papers together! I can see myself using these lots more!! :D DOREEN Our guest designer, Misty, challenged us to create a "boy" layout using flowers and bling. Our DT leader, Deb, challenged us to scraplift Misty. Scraplifting I can do, I love scraplifting other designers' awesome work. Flowers and bling on a boy layout...not so much... Don't get me wrong, when I see it done by others I think it looks amazing! But for me, who is not a flowery, blingy person by nature, the thought of designing a layout like that is scary. I mean I have a boy and a girl and I hardly use flowers on my daughters layouts!! So what was my solution? Use boyish colors and patterned papers. For example the striped BG paper "screams" boy and I used that PP to also create a flower w/ my punch. Under the title, you see a chipboard vine and leaf that I left raw instead of covering it up w/ pretty paper. And, speaking of the title, it is anchored by a giant flower but the black and brown colors of it make it more boyish. I did add just a bit of girly-ness to it by adding the yellow flowers. I feel it adds a bit of color to the layout w/ out messing up the balance and yes, it's girly, but thats okay. It's okay because the rest of the layout is boyish enough. I enjoyed this challenge very much! As I said I enjoy scraplifting and the original layout is super amazing! Plus I like that we get to discover new artists and be inspired by them! Thanks Misty for agreeing to be a guest designer for us! DARLENE This month for IIG we had a new and fun adventure. We were to select an inspiring person to scraplift. We were challenged to use flowers and bling on a masculine layout, and this month we selected Misty to lift, and oh, was it fun! :) For the bling, I used some rhinestones that I’ve had forever and some diamond stickles to fill in the flourishes. :) And for the flowers on the top right (Kaiser Craft rub-on) and bottom left paper flower, I used some scraps from my stash. :) I used some K&Company papers to make a vintage and romantic layout of my late uncle Luis from my maternal grandmothers side. I never got to meet him, but this photo was just too perfect to not scrap! I will fill in some journaling later on about his life/occupation/pass times as my grandmother fills me in. :) Will you take the flower and bling challenge on a masculine layout too?? :)

March 29, 2011

Have You Visited LGP?

I joined Let's Get Peachy this month and not only am I participating as a "kat" I am also drawing and providing weekly sketches there for anyone who would like to play along :) Like us here at If It's Groovy, there is a monthly challenge. This month we played Roll 'Em where we rolled three virtual dice to determine how we would create a lo. I had 246. Translation: 2 pics, 4 patterned papers, and 6 embellies.

Follow the link here to hear the story of my youngest giving herself a is a little tease of the pic. TFL!

P.S. Have you played along with IIG's challenge this month by writing a letter to your incredible kid? Dont forget, time is running out for the month. Go over and participate at LGP too :)

March 28, 2011

Baby Fever!!!

Have you heard of Baby Fever? No? Well for those who have not, it is the desire to have a baby to hold in your arms once your own children have gotten bigger and don't "need" you so much anymore :(

My girls are 6 and 15 so they are at those stages and I am wishing for one more day to hold them as little infant babies who needed Mommy so much. Scrapbooking this lo of Katelyn made me think just how awesome that would be if we could go back in time. Would you?

March 27, 2011

This sounds like an awesome idea if you need to add to your about me book! Good thinking Jen!

For all that know me well they know that I also have another hobby I am addicted too other than is vampire novels...I am not sure what the lure is but I have been reading them for over a decade. and so, I thought I should scrapbook it. When I saw this dark paper it just reminded me of one of the book covers that I had and then I matted the PIC in a bright blue pulled from the book title and added my title. Have you scrap booked your other hobbies too?

March 26, 2011

Look at Us!

Last month we had so much fun working on layouts with Nikki Sivils' Sugar Cookie line. This month over on her blog our work is being shown again and we are pleased to know they appreciated our work by reshowing what we can do with a great set of papers and embellies! Take a stroll over there by following this linkand look at all the other wonderful products she has that you might like to pick up. They are all looking fantastic!

Thanks to Julie for showing our layouts and thanks again to Nikki!
The Groovy Chicks and Deb♥

March 25, 2011

Friday Night Sketch with Silvana

Its Friday! You now what that means right? A new sketch to jumpstart the weekend! Enjoy Silvana's sketch and her lo showing how she herself used it!

March 24, 2011

I'm Getting Around

Back in "the day" that phrase was not meant to be nice, but istead it meant a girl was kinda, well...swanky (blush blush) though what I mean is that I have been busy hanging out around the Internet as much as I can and avoiding housework ( you do know about the blog hop coming right???). I love being inspired by the work of others and hope that I in turn can do the same :) so I visit places on the www and I join forces with those that I really like.

I joined up with Fiskateer friend Shannon who you have all seen here before when she was a Pieces and Parts Designer. Here is the link that will take you back to revisit that:

I have been having fun at her blog where I am creating layouts based on her sketch. Here is my latest and a link over to visit her when you are finished checking out Groovy Chick projects.

See ya later!

March 23, 2011

Pass the Sauerkraut Cookie Please!

I am so glad Michelle is bringing us a cookbooking layout today! It has been awhile since we have seen one here on IIG...which tells me a lot of people are going out for dinner. Hmm? I know in my house I would rather go out since everyone has such diverse tastes, but a family cookbook is truly a special scrapbook to have. Let us know if you have one! We would love to see it too!!!

From Michelle:
Every year growing up we would do the Christmas Cookie Making Extravaganza. Since over the years the Cousin's grew up and had their own families. The number decreased at the Christmas table and so did the Cookie Making Extravaganza. This was my daughter's 1st Christmas, so we got who we could together and headed for Mom's. In the pictures we have my sister, my cousin's daughter, and my daughter. My mom and I of course, picture takers are missing!

This was a Page Half Done(PHD) for 2 years now! It was time to sort through Grandma's Recipe files. Since Grandma was always busy in the kitchen and a great cook and baker. Her recipes files consisted of recipe boxes & binders including recipes from heritage, an exchange club, magazine clippings & every side panel, packaging, etc. that had a recipe. I came across a recipe called Sauerkraut Cake, doesn't sound appealing.....wonder if she made it? And if she did, did she tell whoever what was in it? Got to find that out?

So what's on my page: Ivory Cardstock (matting and lettering-cut from Sizzix), paper from an Christmas bundle maker unknown. Jolee's by You - bowl/spoon dimensional stickers. A vintage(it's from the 70's) Quaker Oats "Famous Oatmeal Cookies" recipe with the offer of a cookie jar.

March 22, 2011

Giddy Up Y'all!

Howdy! How yall doin' today? Wanna see some right good maskin' from Cowgirl Heather? Here ya go ;)

I recently got some new Tim Holtz Masks! I really enjoy playing with these and seeing what other ways they can be used. I have always used them for more of an embellishment but this time I made my own background paper! On both lo's, I layed the mask on some kraft cardstock and then sprayed with Glimmer Mist. The barbed wire mask worked just perfectly for my "Stetson Sisters" lo from my scrapbooking trip to Texas. I also enjoy trying to find things to put on a layout that you wouldn't normally see. This time I added some twine to pull more of the western theme into the lo!

March 21, 2011

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day®: Michelle

Today marks the last layout we have to show you for our monthly challenge. Now it is your turn!!! Show us what you can do with this awesome special day! You can enter here on, Fiskateers or feel free to send me an email to let me show you a pretty layout by our newest Groovy Chick, Michelle. Her daughter is a vision of loveliness...
For this challenge it was easy and odd how it came so easy after being so frustrated! I actually wasn't frustrated with my daughter, who this letter was written to. I was frustrated mainly with two current details of life: One, was dealing with the last two weeks of double shifts my husband was pulling. Second, was the whole house being hit with a stomach virus that didn't leave from a week. I left the house frustrated because finally hubby was home, but asleep on the couch dead to our world. I needed a break away for just an hour! So, I went and sat by the river. Pouted a bit and started writing my letter to my daughter.
It reads:
You are amazing! Your mind is never idle. You are always thinking about something. the ideas you come up with and you can't even write yet! You take pencil & paper scribble something down. Then hold up your scribble and sing away a perfect song. Now at just 4 years, you can remember jingles and songs. Driving me crazy asking who sings the song and what is the name of the song. Taylor Swift has been your favorite since 3. Maybe longer, just I know at 3, I noticed you singing her lines and picking her our anywhere. Even her songs after the first few notes! Your amazing! You raid my closet pulling out whatever you can find. usually it is my fancy shoes and come out announcing your getting married! Now, I sit here crying because of your spirit, determination and will. I love you and don't ever lose those qualities!

There was so much more to write and I know I could have expanded more. But that will be for the next letter I write to her!

On the Layout: I used Heidi Grace - Wildflowers Decor Stripe pattern paper cut into 2 1/2" wide strips and 10" in length edge distressed. The solid reverse was used for

Meet Groovy Chick Michelle!

I would love to introduce our newest Groovy Chick to you today :) This is Michelle!
Lets take a peek into her world...

Hi! I'm Michelle! I grew up surrounded with some type of crafting: sewing, recycled kids crafts, cross-stitching, painting, jewelery and that's just a start of the list. I got into scrapbooking after I took a class at a Local Scrap Store. My picture stash had photos of travels with boyfriend(now husband) and my bridal shower. Well, of course we scrappers know there are so may more events that will follow a bridal shower that feed the addiction to scrapping. So, to date the key players in my scrapping are: my husband, Gerry; my 4 year old daughter, Rebecca(Becky); my 1 year old son, Lucas(Luke) and our dogs, Bailey and Skipper "the boys."
We live "at the shore" in New Jersey and there is usually some type of sound exiting our active home. Music mostly; Country genre or my 4 year olds newest song she has came up with!

So, I have been scrapping for about 6 years. Started card making about 2 years ago and made it a goal to make every card I give or use the stash I have from doing card swaps with scrappy friends. My style seems to vary on my favorite new techniques that just stick. So, I love distressing and inking. I have grown to love Challenges, which I used to shy way from! I find I get more focused and completely finish a project that is a challenge. I enjoy cooking and baking on occasion, history and traveling, camping and hiking, relaxing outdoors, reading and recently the search of my genealogy. I have been working on a scrap area/place/space/room of my own but it includes the home computer and a guest bed. So my space always is shifting or used for those "items with no true place to call home".... I am very excited to be a Groovy Chick for If It's Groovy. Look forward to creating and getting inspiration from being a part of the Design Team.I started a blog this year. So, stop by and follow at

WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Yes, My Grandmother(Mom's side)who I have never met she passed when my mom was 19.

Parenthood on the DVR.



DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Yes, be in good fun!



DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? On Occasion, more mentally strong.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Friendly's Chocolate Brownie Fudge Something or other

WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? Ice Cream, not the above fav. But it was good!

WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? All in the Background: some TV show, my hubby's snoring and "the boys" snoring.


FAVORITE SMELLS? Fresh Coffee, Baking brownies or cookies, after the rain smell!


MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE? This is one of the reasons I love NJ, you can have both within hours. I would go more to the mountain hideaway.

FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Hockey and Football. Baseball seems better in person.

March 20, 2011

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® Challenge: Jen T

This is an incredible reason to be proud of her daughter! Jen's choice of matting is also incredible. I also love the journaling around the outside!

For this challenge I chose to write a note to my daughter who made 2nd place in the 2nd grade spelling bee. I was so proud of her!(hence the title). So proud that she overcame her shyness and rocked the spelling bee. And so, on this page to add a little interest I chose to layer the tags around the PIC and then journal around the page to add a border. Tfl!

March 19, 2011

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® Challenge: Doreen

Grab the tissues because sitting on my lap right now is that very thing. For those who are oarents to more than one child you will understand as you read the words in Doreens letter, and I could not resist the feeling of sniffling when I read at the end of this story what Doreen mentions as her reward. Read on...Deb♥

I created my journaling for this challenge before I created the layout. I figured the journaling would be very difficult and once I got that down the layout would be easy-peasy! I was right!

My journaling is heart-felt, but nothing that I feel is so private I can’t share…here it is:

“As part of a Design Team challenge, I was told to write a letter to a special child.
As I tried to decide which of you I should write to I realized there is no way for me to choose. You are my children and I love you both very much!
It is true my love for you is different and that I love you for different reasons, but regardless, I love you equally.
I realize that for both of you there are times when you may not believe this to be true. Sometimes 1 of you gets away w/ more than the other, or 1 of you gets more time w/ me than the other…things like that. But I just want you to know that anytime that happens it is not because I love the other more. Being a parent is hard work. It’s hard for me to try to balance everything that needs to be done with everything that I want to do (like hanging out w/ you). And everyday is a learning process. Parents are not perfect; there is no instruction manual when it comes to raising kids. I have made mistakes and am going to continue to make mistakes. What you need to remember is no matter what happens I love you with all my heart and soul and am very thankful to have you in my life.

Love you,

I used my January kit. It was perfect for this layout because it had lots of pretty red and pink papers, which are the colors normally associated with love, and the title of the kit is “Love is All You Need”! Also, it had a cute envelope that I could slip my hand-written note into which worked so well since it was much too large to include on the actual layout.

I enjoyed writing the letter to my kids and when I gave it to them they both seemed to appreciate it. The presentation of the letter ended in hugs and kisses – the best reward EVER! :0)

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by the blog and for checking out my layout!

March 18, 2011

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® Challenge: Darlene

Every now and then we just need to let out a big old fashioned cry! That's how I felt when I read what Darlene said below. A lovely lo and I am sure the words her daughter will read one day will be just as lovely for her. P.S. Doesn't she look just like Darlene???

p.s. She looks just like her beautiful mommy!!!

My little girl is getting so grown, too quickly. These pictures of her are from Summer ‘10 and I think she looks more like she is 5 years old, versus just 3! I cannot believe how fast time is really passing. She is making me old! LOL. ;)

I made a collage on a 4x6 print and arranged them in a way that I could admire them all in one spot. I used some Pebbles Treehouse papers and a big bunch of random flowers, brads, and even used a clear acrylic tag near my title. I made a folded pocket to hold a handwritten letter for my girl to read when she gets older.

I never paid much mind to people when she was still a baby, and they advised that I treasure the smallest things, even down to the sleepless nights, because one day I would miss them, and boy do I miss those days of her babyhood. One day, maybe when she is a mother herself (YIKES!!), she will realize how very dear she is to her mother, and how she always will be. :)

March 17, 2011

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® Challenge: Groovy Deb♥

I made this layout some time ago but I wanted to bring it back out since it has been a long time since my kids saw it and because I met our sponsor of the month, Guylaine, when we were in a doodle group together :) I doodled the entire page and painted it with acrylic paints and added gold embossing powder which was heat set to the fairy. I used black marker over the paint to journal to my girls. Hope it inspires you to create a letter of your own and to break out the paints if you have not done so for awhile :)

Happy Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® !!!

March 16, 2011

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® Challenge: Silvana

What an awesome plan Silvana came up with when she decide to make identical layouts for her children! I think you will see exactly what I mean! Both are really special!

When I read about this challenge called "Absolutely incredible kids day" and that we have to do a LO and write a letter to an incredible kid in our lives, I knew I would have to do something about my kids ( the only incredible kids I really know he he he) but how do I choose???? They are both so incredible in their own way. First I decided to scrap a pic of my 2 kids together and when I got to the part of writing the letter I got stuck should I write two letters and put in one envelope? or half letter for Andy and half for Mia ? one for both? ahh!!! I couldn't decide so my LO ended up sitting in my desk for a few day.... then I got a package in the mail of new photos from Snapfish that I had ordered and while looking at the pics my eyes landed on these 2 , one of Mia in her tuto and this other one of Andy with nice combed hair both with the same background and immediately I knew these were the pics I wanted to scrap for this challenge.

I decided to start from zero and do almost 2 exact LOs just in the feminine and masculine version. And I loveeeee what I did... I have never done this before and was very fun trying to match every little thing in the 2 LOs just in different color.... I really think everyone should give it a try.

After I choose my base brown cardstock , I cut a frame and doodled around it , used a punch for the stripe paper and added a little border . I decided to place both pictures over a yellow cardstock and place in the page with 3D dots so I can hide under the pics ,the letter ( if you haven't notice I like to hide my journalings, I just picture my kids all grow up looking at their scrapbooks and finding these little journalings, a cute thing just for them :D ) So I made this big tag (which can be pulled out from under the picture) and place the letter there . And that's all , really happy with my pages :)

Hey girls by the way if someone is interested I"ll be putting in my blog a tutorial of "how to make a none-sew tuto" the one my daugther is wearing in the picture, so came and visit me.

March 15, 2011

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® Challenge: Heather

In case you missed it yesterday this week we will be showing you how special our children are to us by celebrating Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® which officially falls on March 17 this year. First up is heather with one of her sons. I love her title! Love even more her handwriting! Take ten minutes today and write a letter to a special child in your life. Once you have finished attach it to a layout and enter for your chance to win a prize from this store!!!

My boys give me so much to be thankful! I have been so blessed. But who am I going to write a letter to? They are all so special, have such different personalities and quirks, and fill my heart.

Well, it is definitely hard to believe that my oldest will be a teenager in February! Time has come and gone so fast! I wanted to let him know how proud I am of the young man he is becoming. I love that when he has an interest, he becomes passionate about it! I love how involved he is with our church youth group. I think God has great plans for him and I wanted to encourage him to continue to seek God's path.

I know I will end up writing letters to my other 3 boys as well, and soon!!! I want to capture the little things that I see in each one of them that makes them the individuals they are and makes me love them so much!

Take this opportunity to get your feelings about your kids or a loved one on paper! Sometimes that is the easiest way to express those feelings! It also makes for great journaling! ;)

(note: I used the Basic Gray Lime Rickey collection for this lo! I am determined to use my stash! I bought this stack and loved it, but everytime I go to use it, I have issues with the busyness of the papers distracting from my photo! I only used little bits and pieces of it on this layout and felt that it actually complimented the pictures instead of taking the focus away from them! Yeah!)

March 14, 2011

Groovy Challenge for March

Camp Fire USA's Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® is a day set aside each year for showing children how special they are. A national letter writing campaign letting children know of their importantance accompanies the celebration. Now in their 15th year this amazing event is celebrated each year on the third Thursday in March. Be sure to add it to your calendar for next year and every year following :) We here at IIG will start showing you our projects with this theme tomorrow. In the meantime go and see about this incredible event and how you too can support this cause by clicking here:

Watch over the next week as we all show you our own absolutely incredible kids and what we want them to know. Play along this month and be chosen as the winner and you will receive a ten dollar voucher at Guylou's store. Don't miss it!

March 12, 2011

Remember our Alphabet Overload Challenge?

Some time ago we did a challenge here at IIG called Alphabet Overload. I know you and I both have enormous amounts of alphabets sitting around waiting to be used. When we had that challenge we used quite a bit but Doreen was not here yet. Let's see her layout today that would have fit perfectly into that challenge. It is definately worth doing from time to time to cahce those letters that need a place to go ")

"Holy Alpha's Batman!"
-"They Grow So Fast"-

That's what I imagine Robin the Boy Wonder would say if he saw this layout.
The reason being, that except for 1 tiny strip of paper on which I wrote the year, I used alpha stickers for my title and all of my journaling! (The only reason I hand-wrote the year is I didn't have number stickers).

To give you some background: I am a subscriber to a monthly scrapbook kit club and in December's kit, I received a pad of 3 sets of alpha stickers. Since I hate to waste supplies, I decided the only way I was going to get rid of most of those stickers was to use them for journaling on a layout.

Would I do it again?
Ummmm, nooooo.... But that doesn't mean I don't like the look... I just do not have the patience it takes to lay down each individual letter. It was very time consuming!

Do I regret doing it?
Again, no... Although it was a lot of work, it is a new technique for me and I enjoy trying out new things. Plus it did get me to use up a lot of alpha's that may have not otherwise been used.

So regardless of how I felt about the experience, I still encourage you to try it. Perhaps you have more patience than me... and who knows, it may be that new technique you need to give your pages a little bit of "pizazz"!

March 11, 2011

Friday Night Sketch with Silvana

Hey Everyone! It is Friday night and in my opinion outside of a nice dinner with family, I think the best thing to do is start off the weekend scrapping! Having said that I think it is fun to see what a sketch artist can do with her pencils and markers. Let's see how Silvana put hers to use and provides us with a sketch tonight along with a lo created with the sketch :)

March 10, 2011

Our Sponsor This Month

This month we have a former Groovy Chick to sponsor a prize for you! The challenge does not come up until March 15th but in the meantime I thought you would like to know what you will be playing for :)

Groovy Chick Guylaine Emeritus, ventured out to begin a business in the stamp making industry. She will be providing a $10 voucher to her online store!!!

Here is some info about Guylaine also well known as Guylou:

Guylou has been doodling since childhood, but it is only recently that she started Guylou’s Inimitability after lots of encouragement from her circle of friends. Guylou’s Inimitability digistamps are cute, fun and of high quality. Each illustration is hand drawn by Guylou and can be used for a variety of projects. Guylou invites you to visit her store at and discover her unique digistamps.

Have fun browsing her digistamps and preparing to win her gift certificate!!! Place an order and tell her Groovy Deb♥ sent you :)

P.S. Here is her bloggy address too:

March 09, 2011

The Moments

As crafters we all look for the moments to have our cameras ready or time to just play with our toys aka punches, paper, adhesive, paint, chalk, die cuts...EARTH TO DEBORAH...Sorry my mind was wandering, lol!

There is another moment I want to talk about today, it's The Moments also known as Scrapping The Moments. I am the Guest Designer for them this month. Hop on over for a visit here and join. They are a great group of ladies :)

Here is my first challenge of the month...

Create a hand made embellishment that can be used on your layout or card. The emphasis is on "hand" because this was a tag I created that used my hands in two way:
1.the use of my hands themselves
2.Tracing my hand to create a one of a kind tag

I used brads and what nots for rings and bracelets with some of my favorite papers and for good measure leftover produce netting for my picture matting.

March 08, 2011

Wedding Gift Idea

Are you attending a June wedding this Summer? I think Darlene has shared with us a GREAT gift idea that is sure to be a wonderful hit with the one giving and receiving. This is such a kind idea! I know Jami Lynn must adore it!!!

I racked my brain for so long trying to think of what to make for our former IIG DT member for a gift. She just got married recently and I thought, “why not make her a keepsakes box for her love letters or special memorabilia?” And so I did. :)

I bought a plain wooden frame box from my local craft store and picked up a stack of DCWV paper (Linen Closet Stack) to decoupage the wood with. I used Mod Podge glue to adhere the papers down, layer by layer. I printed out some of Jami’s favorite photos from her wedding and engagement photos and made those the featured photos on the front of the box. I also used some new ribbon by Jillibean Soup (Bean Stalks) to tie to the outside of the box. I printed off the verses of Corinthians 13 4-7 and secured them inside. This was very fun! I hope she gets some use of of this box and project. :)

March 07, 2011

Mark Your Calendar It's a Party Online!

Ladies I am speaking directly to YOU today...

Are you a victim of Household Chores?

Are you Tired of Cleaning for hours on end?

Are you the only one Lifting a Finger to help around your home?

If you answered yes to any or all of the above then THIS online crop is for you and you deserve it!!!

One month from today on April 7th we will celebrate National No Housework Day with a fantastic online crop with games prizes and helpful hints for the other half to use while he does the mundane things you usually do!

Would you like to be a part of the hop? Join us by becoming a Hostess with the Mostess and emailing

See you there!

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