Monday, January 5, 2015



When you look back over the last year,
WHAT do you remember?
WHAT makes your heart smile when the memory crosses your mind?
Did you get it on film?

LOTM JANUARY 2015 pg 1

pg 2

In preparation for our LOTM (layout of the month) I couldn't help but smile from ear to ear.

IN 2014 I got to know my camera better. I worked really hard to learn each setting - super macro, reg. macro, night time, sports, etc. It took me the better part of the year to really get comfortable with each one.
Now keep in mind I've had this camera for several years but I never read the instructions. During vacation in June I discovered a mode that let the camera work by itself to zoom into a specific area, I discovered that I could make great fireworks pictures over the 4th, and then there was the fireflies in the jar.  All of this new found knowledge led to many different photo opts and lots of fun memories.

My pictures have evolved over 2014, I can't wait to see what I can snap in 2015.

I challenge you - get your camera out look it over - read the instructions manual and use your camera to tell the story of your life in 2015.

Happy New Year!!!!


Friday, December 12, 2014

Magnolia Stamps 


In the last year I have had the opportunity to make several cards with this line of stamps.  They have grown on me and I have to say I think they've become my favorite line.
The quality is good and the images are so sweet - OOOOOhhhhhhhhh so cute.  It is hard to give them away; ever card seems to speak to me (even though the baby has no mouth).
ONLY those really, really special people get one of these.
You know what I mean if you color with Copic markers.

Below you will find a few of the cards I've created over the last year using the Magnolia Stamps...


Sassy is your place to get Magnolia stamps...

...come see me today to make your order.

~ Julie ~

Monday, November 3, 2014

You might LIKE it!!!!

If you lived through the 70's as I did, you probably remember the little boy pictured above. He came to my mind as I started writing this entry.

You see his name is Mikey.  His brothers figured that they would get him to try this "NEW" cereal cause he hates everything.  It turned out he liked it.  The Life cereal commercial became very popular in my early days, I remember it well.  I can even recall the saying that made this little boy famous.

What about you, do you remember?  I bet you do.....

..... "Hey, HE LIKES it.  Mikey, likes it."

See you do remember.

Well that being said I tried something "new" in October.  It's not a new cereal or anything like that.  I generally develop my photo prints just like everyone else - the same 4X6 prints each and every time.  However, for the OCT. LOTM I wanted to do something out of the ordinary.  Check it out.
I had my pictures printed in both color and black/white.  The color prints I added a graduated white boarder.

 - than I trimmed the bright area off and used BLACK paper to mat them on my page.  

The effect was perfect and I got just the look I wanted to achieve.

 You could say, "Hey, JULIE LIKES it,  She, really likes it."

You never know - try something NEW - step out you might just like it.

~ Julie ~

Sunday, September 7, 2014


How do you say it ???  In my book it really doesn't matter.  Tomato - To-motto.

Those Critters are on the move at Sassy Scrapper and I want you to see it first HERE.

The technique of pulling and/or ripping apart homemade mulberry paper to achieve a furry look is now on the calender for a SEPTEMBER Workshop.

SEPTEMBER 20th  @ 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. we will learn about Mulberry paper, how to tear it, brush it and ink it.  I will help you create and assemble your critters to make a 2 page layout with each one: a Bear, a Crow and a Reign Deer.  You will also get my personal drawing of the pattern.  I made these patterns myself so that you can have it after the workshop is completed.

This workshop will be a great opportunity to get your hands on the extra thick mulberry paper, to play, and have fun.  I'm so excited to share these critters and everything mulberry.  I think they are some of my best yet.  I can't wait for you to see them.     SCROLL DOWN

#1) School Time Bear - it is a versatile 2 page layout that can be used for school days or "What's Cookin?"  Here we will start with head and face to get a fun cute affect for any bear or critter. You will learn to make the chalk board and it's frame.

#2) FALL FUN - another versatile 2 page layout that can be used for  the pumpkin patch, fall leaves, or a trip to papa's house (like mine).  Here we will learn how to alter chipboard to look like a fence rail. We will also work with the black mulberry paper (never done before at Sassy) using cat eye inks. We'll also focus on those cute eyes, noes and toes.

#3) Avoid CHRISTMAS tree branch CALAMITY -  another fun very versatile 2 page layout that can be used in whatever the event for Christmas.  I chose MY tree branch calamity.  We will work with the mulberry paper and I'll show you how to mimic a soft look, the effects of different colors of cat eye ink and the overall change in the mulberry paper.  We will also create a string of Christmas lights and a tree with your personal story of a Christmas Calamity (or not).

IF YOU live anywhere - here OR there - somewhere near Murfreesboro OR not BUT you are interested in this WORKSHOP.

CALL THE STORE ASAP (615)898-0050.  Space is limited.

Thanks again for  letting me share the fun.

~ Julie ~

Paper Moves People!!!!

Meet Charles.
He is one of Sassy Scrapper's Good Customers.
(Used with his permission)

Mr. Charles Clary is an amazing artist who lives and works right here in Murfreesboro, TN.

One day Mr. Charles Clary came into Sassy Scrapper to purchase Bazzill colored cardstock.  His request was seemingly normal, at first.  He had an eye for color and his combinations were amazing.  A few months went by and he came back to make another purchase.  Again, only 12x12 Bazzill cardstock, solid colors in very large quantities.  This went on for quite a while.

In our world of scrapbook paper it's not unusual for people to purchase just PAPER;
it speaks to them and they buy it.

However, Mr. Clary's purchase peeked my interest.  What made his purchase so mysterious was the grand vast quantities and the fact that it was ALL PLAIN.  He made no other purchases; ONLY cardstock and nothing else.  What was he doing with so much cardstock?  Was he squirreling it away, saving it for a rainy day or maybe preparing for the great scrapbook apocalypse.

What ever the reason, I just had to know -
"WHAT are YOU doing with ALL THIS CARDSTOCK????"
He was so gracious to explain that he layered it, cut it and made art.

I didn't get the just of it until I seen his pictures.

You can learn more about Mr. Charles Clary and all that he is creating on HIS web site

Please check it out and support one of our own,
HOME TOWN artists.

Thanks Charles for allowing us to share.

~ Julie ~

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Altered Books and Mixed Media

Happy 60th/70th Birthday Mom and Dad

In June I took a trip with my son to Michigan and played a part in the grand surprise of my parents 60th and 70th Birthday Party.  My sister hosted a wonderful party for family and friends.  It was an incredible time to see all of our people together in one place.  My brother and his family came from South Carolina and my son and I from here (Tennessee).  My other brother who also lives in Michigan met us at our sister's beautiful lake home.


We pulled it off and mom and dad where none the wiser.  With 3 of us kids being military, it was the first time in nearly 20 years that all of us were in the same place at the same time. Mom/Dad just could not believe their eyes.  We spent the weekend enjoying each others company like old times, reminiscing and telling stories.  The cousins played hard and long.  It was wonderful.
All of that being said I wanted to encourage you to spend time with those you love.
TELL THE STORY... If you don't who will.

The altered book shown above is one of mom/dad's gifts I made.  It started out with simple pictures of their life. However, we quickly discovered that pictures were limited - MOM had them.  So the book evolved, as these things often do, into the History of a LIFE-TIME for over the past 60/70 years.

My son and I had an amazing time doing the research and putting the book together.  We learned about all the things that cover a LIFE-TIME.  He asked all kinds of questions and learned about the eras of cars, hair styles, clothing, technology and the inventions.  His grandma and grandpa seen a lot; even the FIRST man walk on the moon.  Then he asked if grandpa was around when the light bulb was invented.  I had to laugh and explain that grandpa was NOT that old.
Pictures below are a few of the pages...
HOW Things CHANGE - Do you remember any of these??
One of the "Remember WHEN" pages.
50's Inventions - EVER used any of these things???
Again I urge you "TELL YOUR STORY"

I am now working on my husbands mother and father's eras dating back to the 20's.

THINK about it...


Monday, June 30, 2014

In Loving MEMORY of Mrs. Bonnie Lees

(a great friend and customer of Sassy Scrapper)

I wanted to take a moment to pay tribute to a friend and customer who once shared with me a beautiful handkerchief folded card and how she made it.

Mrs. Bonnie brought a beautiful card to Sassy Scrapper one afternoon which was made out of the OZ Graphic 45 paper line.  She was kind enough to share with me how she made it and left a folded example along with her card to use in our display.

If you knew Mrs. Bonnie, you know that she loved to make cards and made many in her lifetime.  She  included everyone who wanted to make cards or stamp at her table.  Her attitude was positive and she had a great outlook on life in general.

Up until last month I'd never tried to make one of those handkerchief cards. It intimidated me just a little bit and it looked to hard to teach in a basic card class.  

My step-mother's 60th Birthday party was the first part of June and I needed something very special that would make her feel and know how much she's loved.  The handkerchief card was it.  I learned rather quickly that it wasn't as difficult as I made it out to be.  I worked hard to master the fold than shared it with our "Graphic 45 Cards (FOLD)" class that meets monthly at Sassy Scrapper.
 I used the Graphic 45 French Country paper, added some fussy cut flowers and a bird, popped a sentiment and wa-la.

Mom absolutely loved the card and I know she will cherish it forever.  

Thanks to a great person who loved to make cards.

~ Julie ~