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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Winslow AZ Scrapbook Layout

Put a lot of work into creating this 12" x 12" scrapbook layout using a 5" x 7" photo of my hubby & I photographed in Winslow, AZ with wonderful rock background.

Used a Close To My Heart scrapbook kit I had won some time ago for layout design (has 2 designs). Used CTMH scrapbook kit: cardstock, gems & cactus flower stamp. Fussy cut out the flowers for AZ State flowers Saguaro on the cactus. Used a couple Cricut cartridges. Used Tim Holtz dies, Distress Ink & Distress stickles.

AZ State shape is my journal tag in which I'll calligraphy 'Winslow, AZ' and date '7/24/15.' 

Thinking of adding a burlap heart next to the cactus I cut using TH thinlits heart die since I think there needs to be something more there.

The crocheted cactus was made by a friend yrs ago.

I'm wearing a Del Sol AZ tshirt that hubby had got for me when he was in Phoenix, AZ on business some time ago. I like the Del Sol brand and for those that may not know about them; when exposed to sunlight the white & black changes to colors which in this photo is not easily seen.

Took Daisy to Dog Park this morning early and I mowed the backyard. Yes, I've been a bzzz bee. Hubby is mowing the front yard & will weed wack. It is easier for me to mow the backyard as than the frontyard. 

Have to brag a bit about good news I have. Hubby & I have paid our home mortgage off. We had been paying addl principal for awhile in order to pay it off. Well, to payoff mortgage at least with our morgage company, PNC Mortgage, you have to request to payoff which you can do by email. I emailed 8/3/15 that we wanted to pay off our mortgage by 8/31/15. Then company postal mails you the payoff amount which we knew by looking online but they also add a recording fee of $22. They indicate that you can pay by cashier ck or wire transfer. Rcvd the postal Wire transfer was more complicated than I wanted to deal with so I got a cashier ck. Our credit union charges a $5 fee for cashier cks. Mailed the cashier ck Priority Mail 8/11/15 with expected delivery 8/13/15 which is when it did indeed arrive. The ck was cashed & recorded 8/13/15 so we are paid in full. Next step is that after 60 days we can contact our County and find out if they mail or if we have to pick up deed to our house in person.

Now onto the scrapbook layout.

Supplies List 

adhesive:  foam, Scotch ATG, Zig 2 way glue pen
Close To My Heart: gems, paper/cardstock, stamp - Buzz & Bumble Scrapbook Kit
   stamp - cactus flower
Coloring/Distressing: inking - TH Dist Ink
Cricut cartridges: 50 States  2" AZ state shape individual & welded   
   County Fair 3 1/2" Cactus
machine: Sizzix BIGkick
paper:  cardstock - white
photo: 5" x 7" printed on Canon photo glossy paper
Tim Holtz:  dies - Adventure Words Block - EXPLORE, Alphanumeric - AZ
   Distress Ink - walnut stain   stickles: Distress Mustard Seed - center of cactus flowers

Entering this into the following challenges:    

8/15 Glitter N Sparkle Ch149 Add Some Flowers  3E(#2) 8/9
8/15 Pile It On Ch#81 Summer or Winter  UE 8/9  Summer

8/16 Simon Says Stamp Mon Ch:  Homegrown Summer   5E(#4)  8/10

8/21 Allsorts Ch Wk 324 Share your fav color  3E(#1) 8/15  Fav Color - orange
8/21 HIMCR#212a Let's Scrapbook  3E(#1) 8/15

8/27 Dies R Us Ch31 The Great Outdoors  3E(#1) 8/15

8/31 Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Aug 2015 Ch UE 8/1
8/31 DL.ART Aug Linky Ch 1Eperday/no stack 8/1 


  1. Fabulous layout ... looks like an interesting adventure! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘THE GREAT OUTDOORS’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)

  2. Lovely layout, glad about the mortgage, !!!!!, thanks for joining us at Allsorts, this week, xxxx

  3. Your Layout is Great. Love the State Shape. Now that is a plant that I wouldn't kill. It looks so real. Congratulations on paying your Mortgage off. :0)

  4. WOW what a great AZ layout. You two look so happy. I love it.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes AUGUST Linky Party. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.


  5. Fabulous page, love the photo and your bps. Thanks for joining us at CHPPC, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxx

  6. You did such a great job on this layout! It's quite a hard leap for me to go from cards to layouts, but you did it wonderfully! How nice to know that you are skilled in so many different mediums and with so many different projects! I especially love how the long vertical banners turned out and the addition of the cute little cactus. Excellent work and I'm so glad you entered this in this week's challenge here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  7. Fabulous layout, Melissa! Thanks for playing at Pile It On last week.
    NanaConnie DT

  8. Wonderful project. Thank you for joining our challenge at Allsorts!