Thursday, December 31, 2015

Goodbye 2015

Well, it's 10:00 pm (PT) and I thought I would write one final post to wrap up the year.  As many of you know, I started my blog at the beginning of the year as a personal challenge to myself.  I have learned so much along the way and have also met some amazing, inspiring and supportive people.  Last year I wrote 29 posts and had 1100 page views from 12 different countries. Next week I will be sharing my first layout as part of the Stick It Down Design Team.

In 2016 I will continue to challenge myself as a blogger, photographer and designer.

To all of my readers including family and friends, thanks for your encouragement and support!

Here's to an amazing new year!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Craft Day

We recently had a "craft day" at my Mom's house during our Thanksgiving visit.  One of the items that we made were these Mason jar holders.  I just got mine hung today and I just love it.  It is made with lumber from our 100 year old tavern that was torn down a few years ago.  I am thankful that we all now have a piece of our family history.

We also made some signs thanks to my amazing brother Mike.  Not only did he help gather the lumber, he also cut it, and helped paint it. OK....let's be honest, he did most of the work but I got to take home the sign!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

December 2014

Here is the first December page of my 2014 album.  I typically include a photo of my tree and any new decorations.  Last year this included a new photo board, a hand made wreath, and winter vinyl stickers for my window.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Holiday Album 2014

I thought I would share a few more of the pages from my 2014 holiday album.  As I was flipping through it I realized that I have several unfinished pages.  It doesn't surprise me, I always seem to finish about a year later.  Sharing the pages with all of you will inspire me to get this book done so that I can really get going on my 2015 album.

The first three layouts document the crafting that Hailey and I did at Laura's annual Wreath Party.  I also like to include holiday festivities at work which are shown on the next two pages.  The last layout is from Thanksgiving.  This was taken at my brother's house.  I was not at the dinner but was excited to see what they were all up to that day. I love that everyone is "belly laughing" hysterically. They were obviously having a wonderful time.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

I Made It!

For those of you that have been following my blog since the beginning of the year, one of my goals was to be on a scrapbook design team.  I am happy to announce that I made it on my first design team!  It's a multi-challenge blog called Stick It Down. Please visit the site to see the Single Page Design Team along with my bio and photo.  I am so excited for this opportunity and now I need to deliver on my first assignment for January.  Wish me luck!
Please visit:  Stick it Down Blog

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Recent Travels

Hi friends,
It's been awhile since I last posted.  I've had a very busy November. The first week of November I traveled to Spokane, WA to see my daughter graduate from the Fire Academy. The following week I traveled to London and Amsterdam for work and then over to Idaho for Thanksgiving.  I have so many photos that I need to work on.  At times it feels overwhelming!  But not to worry, I will not allow myself to become stressed about keeping up.  I will work on what inspires me today.

While in Amsterdam we were lucky enough to visit the Anne Frank House.  We waited in the cold for more than two hours.  At times I doubted if we should continue our wait.  However, I knew that this was a once in a lifetime moment that I couldn't let slip by.  As with most museums there was no picture taking inside.  I will have to rely on postcards to tell my story.  I am eager to use the ones that I purchased.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Hello November

November is one of my favorite months.  The chilly weather, cozy sweaters, comfort foods, and gathering with family make it special. While some scrapbookers create December albums or 25 days of December, I typically create an album that covers both November and December.  I call it my seasonal or holiday album. I love documenting the pre-Thanksgiving events and preparations as well as the fall festivities.  

I usually start with November and end with December 31, (which happens to be my birthday).  I don't create a page for each day, I only create pages on days where I feel like something special should be documented.  There is no pressure here.  I just purchased my album for this year and am excited to get started.  

Here is the first page of my 2014 holiday album.  Inspired by Ali Edwards, my first page documents my intent of the season.  Last year my intent was to focus on the details; things that can be lost in the bustle of the holidays.         

My first event typically starts with an annual wreath making/craft day at my good friend Laura's house.  Another year I captured the changing color of the leaves as I walked into work or documented my first pumpkin spice latte (which now happens in October).  Whatever it is, try to focus on the smaller details. 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Hailey Loves Minnie

Today I really wanted to create a Halloween layout.  As I was looking through the photos I found an adorable picture of Hailey dressed up like Minnie Mouse for a school Halloween party.  I remembered how much Hailey loved Minnie so I looked for the pictures of Hailey and Minnie at Disneyland and Disney World.  I didn't create the Halloween layout that I originally intended but I did create a fun layout remembering Hailey's love for Minnie.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

All Boy

I am excited to share with you a layout featuring one of my adorable nephews, Spencer.  As you know most of my scrapbook pages are of my daughter Hailey.  It's fun to use some of those "boy" supplies from my scrapbook stash.

Paper-Simple Stories-So Rad, Chipboard-Jenny Bowlin Button, October Afternoon-Wagon, Arrow Stamp-One Little Bird.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

A Fabulous Fall Day

With fall all around us, I was inspired to create a layout using my "stash" of fall products. Since I was using some of my favorite photos on the layout, I wanted it to feel special.  I decided to hand stitch the title "Fabulous Fall Day".  It was time consuming but well worth the extra work.

Hand stitching is not as hard as it may seem, here are a few tips:
  • Select a title and print or hand write your words directly on your scrapbook paper.  If you have a digital program like Photoshop Elements, lower the opacity so that it doesn't print too dark.
  • Put your paper on a self healing mat before you begin to protect your surface.  Using a push pin, poke holes along the outline of the letters.  You can space the holes evenly to get a neat look, or go with the flow of the letter like I did below.  Some of my stitches are long and others are short.  
  • Using an embroidery thread and needle, sew along the outline using the pre-poked holes as your guide to where your needle will go.  I am not a seamstress so I did the type of stitch that I learned in my high school Home Ec class, I think it's called a back-stitch.  There are many videos on YouTube that demonstrate hand stitching.  Have fun and don't worry about perfection!  

Supplies: Paper-Amy Tangerine, Cutting Board Paper-Harvest-Pebbles, Embellishments-Echo Park, October Afternoon, Simple Stories

The Color Run

Hi Friends,
It's been a while since I've posted.  After a fun weekend with my "scrapbook sisters", I have tons of new pages to share with you over the next several weeks.

Over the summer, I signed up for Big Picture Scrapbook classes ( It's an on-line site that has amazing classes from beginner to advanced.  My favorite was called Text Tricks taught by Pam Baldwin.  If you are a digital or hybrid scrapper or want to learn more about digital scrapbooking this class is for you.  Although I have been using Photoshop Elements for about 5 years now, I still consider myself a beginner.  In this class I learned how to create the Title of this Layout and match to the exact colors in the photo.

Here is a layout of my daughter Hailey and her friends at the Color Run.  Most of the photos were taken with Hailey's cell phone and with random people snapping the photos.  I love Hailey's transition from "perfectly primped" before the race to a "total mess" after the race. Very fun!

Gold Foil Word Thickers-Wildflower, Shine on paper and stickers-Summer Vibes-Simple Stories, Heidi Swapp-Minc label

Sunday, September 27, 2015

What a Beauty!

Hi Everyone, it's Shanna here.  I hope you're having a fantastic weekend.  I have a fun layout to share with you today.  I always tell my daughter Hailey that I love photos where she is really happy!  I see her biggest smiles right after she catches a fish.  In this layout, I started with a black and white photo and cut out the center of it and replaced it with a colored photo of the same picture.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Back to School

I love going out to Facebook to see all of the back to school photos that people share.  It brings back special memories of my first days of school...

It was tradition to carefully choose what clothes I wanted to wear and call my friends the night before to make sure that we were all wearing similar items.  I organized my binder, matching pencil pouch and new sharpened crayons neatly on my bed.  I woke up early in the morning with butterflies in my stomach because I was so excited to see my friends and new teacher.

When I create my scrapbook layouts, I don't always use my own photos. I often use photos that my family shares on social media.  Here is one that I created last year. I used the cutest paper from October Afternoon.  I cut slits in the paper to place each photo and labeled the drawer with my niece and nephew's names.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Summer Memories

Happy Wednesday!
I hope everyone has fun plans for the long Labor Day weekend.

Ever since Hailey was a little girl, she has always loved to sell lemonade during the summer and had even more fun creating her stand. It was no surprise that she jumped at the chance to set up one with her cousin Reagan.  When I was taking photos of our little entrepreneurs,I knew that to fully tell the story, I needed to capture all of the details that were so important to Reagan, including her cashier's box, hand made sign, and of course a photo of her serving to her first customer, Grandpa!  I truly cherish special memories like this!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Huckleberry Picking

Today I would like to share with you a layout I created about huckleberry picking.  This was a big part of growing up in Northern Idaho and I still love to go today.  My daughter Hailey really wanted to make homemade jam.  Before she could start, we had to go pick the berries.  This is not always easy depending on the time of the year.  If it's too early in the season, you have to drive further up the mountain, and if it's too late in the season, they will all be picked over.  Going in Grandpa Earl's jeep is all part of the fun.  Hailey was able to gather enough berries (with the help of Grandma, Grandpa, and Mom) to make some freezer jam.  She was so excited to label those first jars.  The jam was yummy!

A little bit about the layout:  I looked for huckleberry paper or embellishments but couldn't find any, so I chose colors that reminded me of picking berries and the outdoors; purple, green, and brown.  I also used my favorite little jar stamp!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Boys in Trouble

I had a lot of fun with this page.  I found some old photos at my parents house and asked my Dad about them.  He told me the funniest story about when he was a kid.  There was a new car give-away in town and a group of mischievous boys (including himself) took a bunch of raffle tickets and threw them all over the road.  The police found out and made the sweep up the mess.

This is the time to sit down with your loved ones and get those stories documented. Otherwise, that may remain untold forever...

I wanted the title and journaling to feel like an old newspaper article. I went to the internet to find old newspapers and advertising as inspiration. I used a simple brush script front with specific words highlighted in red. Of course I needed to include "tickets" to help tell the story.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Beautiful Lake Chelan

I thought I would post this layout as a tribute to Lake Chelan.  There are active wild fires going on right now.  More than 100,000 acres have burned and many homes have been destroyed.  I really hope the beauty of this area is not all burned away.

Last summer my daughter Hailey and sister-in-law Jennifer spent the afternoon wine tasting.  It was so beautiful to see the grape vineyards against the majestic lake.

As I mentioned in a previous blog, I love the look of one big photo with more detailed photos anchoring it.  The smaller photos tell the story and convey the relationships and fun that we were having!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Follow Your Dream

Hailey recently graduated from Renton Technical College and officially started her new job today as a Medical Assistant.  I am so proud of her and what she has accomplished over the last couple of years.  Here is a layout I recently created to document a special day at school where the class learned how to put on a cast.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Finding Your Perfect Layout

I thought I would share one of my favorite scrapbooking tips......find a layout that you love and repeat it, over and over.  Here is an example of a layout that uses one 8x10 photo and several small photos.  I have used this layout many, many times over the years.  It always looks different but it is so simple.  The large photo gives that dramatic punch that I am usually looking for and I still have space to do some journaling and include a few smaller photos.  The stitched letters that I used to spell out Germany are from the Amy Tangerine line.  I just love them!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Happy Birthday to You Hailey!

Today is my daughter's 24th birthday!  Happy Birthday to her.  I love you Hailey.

Today's layout is a tribute to her.  She pushes me to do things that I normally wouldn't do.  The latest example was a hike to High Rock Lookout.  I agreed to go as long as it was a trail that was not up a hill and as long as it was more for beginners.  "Sure Mom" was all I heard, so I went.  The first thing that should have given me a clue about this hike is that it's called "High Rock".  Of course it's going to be up hill!!!

To make a long story short, we encountered many downed trees that we had to climb over or under, lots of mud, and lots of snow.  For those of you that are're probably thinking, what a wimp! Yes, I know I am.  It was only 1.6 miles up but it was the hardest 1.6 miles I ever walked.  I couldn't wait to get to the top.  I thought about how I was going to sit down, relax, and enjoy the views.  A Pina Colada or some type of fruity drink would also be, I'm just dreaming.

I finally made it to the top!  Yeah!!

Climbing up to the fire tower was absolutely terrifying.  I wouldn't even go inside.  It's literally on the side of a cliff.  Hailey's dog Delilah was jumping around the rocks like a jack rabbit.  I thought she was going to give me a heart attack.  I managed to capture a few photos of Hailey.  There are none of me.....I wasn't in the mood for frivolous things like photos.  I just wanted down!  

On a positive note.....I will always remember this day with Hailey!

The Layout:
Supplies:  I used a laminated map of the area to pinpoint where we were hiking, a journaling card which tells the story of our day, and a Heidi Swapp gold foiled title.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

No More Excuses!

The topic came up during our last "girls weekend", aka (scrapbook weekend).  Why don't we get more layouts done?  The reasons vary...too much talking, too much singing, too much drinking (shhh), and lack of planning!  Searching for photos that we forgot to bring seems to be high on the list of whys.  I am here to help!  I have created a Scrapbook Layout Preparation list.  I know....for some of you, this is a bit too much planning, and that's OK.  I have been doing a less formal version of this for years using a simple notebook as my planner. The times when I get the most done are when I plan.  Make this list your own, feel free to change the wording, headers, or anything else that you want to change.  Adding in an inspiration photo can be a bit challenging (to get everything lined up). An easier option is to staple or paperclip a photo or other inspiration in that section.  I also left a space to sketch out your layout.  I like to make boxes where my photos will go and little notes about where to place my embellishments.  Make this your own!  To my scrapbook girls.....there are no more excuses!  I'll be checking in to see how your planning is going.  We have 5 months before our next "girls weekend".

See example below:  (Please leave a comment below with your e-mail address if you would like me to send you the Word document)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Here is another layout of my daughter Hailey (shocking I know). Last summer during our visit to the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, we took advantage of a beautiful day and had an impromptu picnic!  Our picnic included our favorite wine, cheese from the gift shop and the resident duck.  

About the layout:  I used paper and embellishments from my favorite product line-October Afternoon. I was excited to find the duck sticker just waiting to be put on the page! I also included carrot paper and no, there were no carrots at the Winery but the color matched. (smile)

Monday, May 18, 2015


If any of you follow my blog on a regular basis, you will be disappointed in my progress so far.  I made a resolution in January to start my blog and have not been back to it in several months.  What have I learned from this experience?  I don't take enough time for myself!  I am taking a staycation this week and will hopefully get my creative juices flowing again.  My daughter Hailey left last week to start her externship as a Medical Assistant.  If things go well, she plans to stay in Spokane.  I already miss her terribly.  boo hoo.  Who am I going to take photos of now?  My dogs already think I'm crazy as I make them pose for numerous photos!  We'll see how far my creativity goes.  I have a backlog of scrapbook layouts to show you so please stay with me for some exciting blogging in the next few days.  OK.....there is a hint of sarcasm in that last sentence!


One of my favorite subjects to scrapbook is my beautiful daughter Hailey.  I took this photo when we were wine tasting at Lake Chelan last summer.  The beautiful landscape fits my theme also.  I typically use earthy colors when scrapbooking outdoor photos and this was a great chance to use my Heidi Swapp papers and embellishments in the more "romantic" color scheme.  Hailey's floral romper matches perfect!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Beast Mode

In honor of the big Seahawks win yesterday, I decided to do a Seahawks layout.  These photos were from the game against the Panthers last weekend.  I can't believe we are going to the Superbowl again!!!!  

Since I didn't have any "official" Seahawks supplies, I had to get a little more creative.  I found a couple of images from the internet that I cut out by hand and added a few football themed words from my October Afternoon supplies. I also added the words Beast Mode to the photo before I printed it.
Photos courtesy of Hailey Hystad

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Digital Album-Summer 2014

I created this digital album for my parents for Christmas this year. I have a new found love of Shutterfly!

Some favorite pages of 2014

Since I don't have any new pages to post yet, I thought I would share of few of my favorite pages from 2014.  My subjects are usually my 23 year old daughter Hailey who amuses me every day with my picture taking; or my nieces and nephews who have not grew tired of me yet.  

I have been scrapbooking for quite a few years so I love to try new techniques.  This year I did a lot of hybrid scrapbooking (combining digital and traditional scapbooking).  It really suits my style as I don't like to spend a lot of time on titles but do love to journal.