Busted – Again!

October 22, 2015

One of my all time favorite fun kits is “Busted,” a collaboration between Kimberkatt Scraps and myself.  I retired this kit a while ago, but have been asked multiple times to please bring it back!  This week I did just that.

You will find Busted at both SnickerdoodleDesigns and The Digichick!

Designers are inspired by various things.  Sometimes it’s the simplest of things. Busted falls within this category.  Here is the back-story on the inspiration for Busted:

One afternoon, when my son, Brian, was not quite 2 years old, I found myself thinking that he was being just a little too quiet – and that generally meant trouble.  I tip-toed down the hall to see what he was up to, hoping he would not hear me coming.  Through a crack in the open bathroom door, I saw him very contentedly sitting on the bathroom counter, one foot propped up on the edge of the sink, the other foot dangling in the sink itself.  In his left hand, he clutched a tube of my lipstick.  The index finger on his right hand was covered in lipstick, which was also smeared all over his face, his legs, and his tummy.  I quietly backed away, ran for my camera, and returned to capture this photo.  I love the look of total surprise on his face!   To this day, 33 years later, this photo always brings a smile to my face, as it reminds me of Brian’s curious nature.


There were many times throughout Brian’s childhood when I was lucky enough to have a camera close by to capture a moment of hilarity.  But there were also many times when I wasn’t quick enough to find the camera or couldn’t stop laughing enough to capture a decent photo.

Here’s one, for example:   My Dad was building a room addition for us, so there were tools all over the place.  I needed to run to the grocery store very quickly, and he said he would keep an eye on Brian for me while I was gone.  This is what I came home to find. Brian sitting right in the middle of a paint tray, happily eating Cheerios out of a baggie.  I was laughing so much, I couldn’t keep the camera still, and this blurry photo is all I have to capture that event!


I would imagine there are many moments in all of our lives that we would like to remember, but moments which may not be recorded by a photograph. They may be moments that just happened too quickly for us to photograph.  Perhaps treasured family photos were destroyed in a natural disaster, or lost when a hard drive crashed!

So what do you do in situations like this?  I like to grab a scrapbook page and simply tell the story.  The page can contain elements that go along with your story, or it can be a simple journaling page.  No photo necessary!  Just get that memory recorded!

For example, one morning my little dog was attacked by a coyote.  Grabbing my camera was the last thing on my mind, but I did want to remember what happened.  So I recorded the events of that morning.  I loved the lined notebook paper in Busted and thought it would work perfectly as simple journal page. I embellished it just a little, and love the way it allows me to share a story, even without a photograph.


Busted is a kit designed to help you scrap those “uh-oh” and “I didn’t do it” moments.  So whether you have a photograph… or not… you can still capture your special memories!

Scroll to the bottom of this post for some layout inspiration, and click on the image below to download this Busted Cluster Freebie to help you get started with your own “busted” stories!


Layout Inspiration!


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  1. Nan

    Please check the freebie download cluster. “click on image to download” not linked. Thank you, marvelous freebie to share!

    • Karen

      Thanks for letting me know! I’ve fixed the link!

  2. Stacey

    I have this kit and love it! Love seeing those hilarious pictures again too! it’s an awesome kit!

  3. Stacey

    oops watching football. forgot to say thanks for the awesome cluster!

  4. Marla H

    This is so adorable. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. Maureen Anderson

    Thank you for great Freebie. Hugs xxx Really appreciate the work you do in creating super kits etc.

  6. Joyce Swaim

    i just loved your stories and pictures you snapped of your son. So, so cute.
    How fortunate you are to have these!

  7. DeLoris

    With toddlers around this is a perfect kit to have on hand! Sooooo many photo ops and this kit to bring the memories to life! I love this kit. I wish it had been out 6 yrs ago! 🙂
    My books have already been made for my grandson’s toddler years.

  8. Handmaiden Dotty

    Thanks for “Busted,” and the journal entry about Barney. Wish I would have written about our Angie’s trauma when it happened back around 1980. She was a miniture black dachshund. We’d moved to the country and she loved to be outside with us. However we had copperhead snakes in the area. One struck her, vet saved her, but like Barney for a long time she suffered from shock. Yes, she learned to lap water from a cup we held. Now don’t laugh too hard…we had foster kids at the time, and to get her to eat, I finally put her up in a highchair, buckled in, sitting on a cushion. and put her dog food on the tray!!! It was better than trying to hold her in my lap while she ate. Oh how I wish I had a picture of that!!! No she didn’t learn a lesson to not antagonize slithering snakes and a second time was hit; this time her whole face swelled up, throat closed but by the grace of God she survived and stopped going to the edge of the woods to find snakes. Again, thanks for your reminder to document events. I’ve been trying to do that more often. Blessings!

    • Karen

      Thanks for sharing your story about Angie. You are a good “mom!” We do what we have to do to take care of our little guys, don’t we?

  9. Joyce

    Thanks so much!


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