Sunday, May 29, 2016

Every Day Always This - True Story

I am so happy to share my final project as guest designer for Elle's Studio this month. My first project was a mini album but today I’m getting back to my true love, traditional scrapbooking.

Supplies: May exclusive kit, Little Moments 6” x 6” paper stack, Little Moments bits and pieces, Little Moments cutouts, Little Moments journaling tags, Days of the Week acrylics, Good Stuff puffy stickers, letter and number stickers- black

This page was inspired by the background paper. The little hearts reminded me of dandelion seeds, so I decided to scrap these photos of my daughter making a wish with her dandelion. I’m a big fan of fun backgrounds so I decided to scatter flowers throughout the page.

I cut flower petals from various patterned papers found in the 6” x 6” paper stack and arranged them around the page.  I adhered them together in the center using a bit of liquid adhesive.  Once dry, I stitched circles in the middle. Some are covered with larger tags and embellishments, while others are small enough to reveal the stitching.

I layered bits of journaling tags, vellum, puffy stickers, bits & pieces and more under and around my photos. I even cut the center out of the “love this” insta-frame journaling tag and popped one of my photos through it. My title is a combo of the “true story” acrylic and alphabet stickers. And last, but not least is a little note to my daughter.

To re-create this, all you need is a few coordinating patterns, scissors or a die cut machine to cut leaves and it will come together in no time!

Thanks again to Elle's Studio for having me this month!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Every Flower Has a Story | Elle's Studio Guest Designer

Hello everyone!  Today's an exciting day for me, scrappy-wise. I am guesting for Elle's Studio this month and today is my debut on the blog. Then I'll be back again later this month with another project.

 I'm a traditional scrapbooker but I thought I'd change it up a bit today and create a fun mini album. The mini is about my daughter always picking flowers wherever she goes but the title also represents that she is my flower and there's a story to tell about her.

This mini album came was really easy to create and can be created relatively quickly depending on how much "personality" you choose to add to each section.  Let's take a look at the creative process...

The mini album happened by accident really.  As I was looking through the cards in the May kit, I laid them out and starting picking and choosing which ones I might want to use on my layout.  I found several that I loved as well as some from the Little Moments collection.  As I looked down at them scattered about, I realized they'd be perfect for an accordion mini.

Once you have all your cards selected, trim 2 sheets of cardstock to 4"x12". Next, extend 1 of the cardstock strips to 4"x18", by adhering and trimming down the 2nd strip to the 1st . This serves as the base to your mini.

Next, decorate each card and/or photo by adding some stitching. The key is to do this before you add it to your base so you're not stitching through the other side.  I guess it's okay to stitch through side 1 but definitely not side 2.  Once you have them all stitched up, adhere them to the base with strong adhesive. Start with side 1, add a card and make your fold after each card. Add the next one and fold, repeat until you've reached the end of that side.  Then add any additional embellishments to the cards or photos.

Repeat the same steps as side 1.  You can see here that I added stitching to one of my photos as well as the cards. IMPORTANT: when you get to the last card, make sure to add ribbon or twine between the front and back layers, making one large enough to wrap around the back.

I hope you enjoyed this mini album and see just how easy it is to create.  Follow me on Instagram for sneaks of the projects I'll be sharing when I hit the Elle's Studio blog again later this month.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

So Many Reasons To Be Happy | Scrapbook & Cards Today Guest Designer

Hello, hello, today is an especially HAPPY day.  Not only am I showcasing 3 reasons I am happy on a layout but I just ecstatic to be guesting over on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog with a project I made using this month's cut file, designed by Nicole Nowosad, plus the new Paige Evans Fancy Free collection via my Scrapbook Circle May kit.  So lots of reasons to be happy.

Here's the file I used. You can download this file for FREE from the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog.

I chose to cut the file and hand stitch around the words.  I have to admit, it took WAY too long and I was telling myself I was crazy the whole time but I love how it turned out in the end so I'd say it was all worth it.

How to:

  • Supersize the cut file so that it leaves approximately 1" on each side of the paper.  
  • Add stitching dots or lines around the words and cut the file. Altnertively, you can manually poke the holes.

Here's where the "fun" begins.....

  • Hand stitch around the words using your favorite embroidery thread. 
  • Layer the stitched paper over a pattern paper, careful not to use a super busy paper.  I chose a design that had a white background but when I placed the stitched paper over it, it was somewhat washed out.
  • To fix this, I watercolored over it in a complimentary blue color. 

  • Once dry, adhere the paper overlay on top.  You could also add this before stitching but since I used my Silhouette to poke the holes, I adding this after.

I added my precious children as my reasons to be happy, adding them to the page in birth order.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Please head over to the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog to download the file.  LEAVE ME SOME LOVE WHILE YOU'RE THERE!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Donkey Rides, What?!?! | Santorini, Greece

Bryan and I recently went to Santorini, Greece as part of our anniversary trip. Although we went at the end of the season, it was magical and ranks as one of my favorite places in the world.

One of the most memorable things we did was ride donkeys down the caldera cliff to the dock and back up again. The cable cars were not operating out so we figured we'd be adventurous.  Because it is a very treacherous cliff it meanders back and forth across the mountain.

I thought it would be fun to tell my story not just with the pictures and words but also through the entire design of this page.

I started the entire layout of the page with a funky arrow in mind. I designed it so that it leads you back and forth up to the top, similar to how we rode the donkey up.  You can see the path up the mountain in the photo on the right.  I used a map / city grid type pattern and then hand stitched around the arrow. I added my journaling around the arrow.

I created this page as a Contributing Designer for and for this week's challenge to use arrows on the page.

My design idea was to use a series of arrow to draw your eyes around the page. The super sized arrow leads to the title and then I included another "Is this for real" arrow to lead to the photos, then another arrow pointing to the top of the cliff.  I rounded it out by including a small film strip of other memorable photos from the ride.

Head on over to to play along. You can also see how this week's guest designer, Mandi tackled the arrows challenge.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Dandelion Wishes

Happy Friday eve everyone. We recently experienced severe flooding in our area and thankfully even though our street flooded, we only had water coming up our driveway just a bit.  It was a little odd to see kayakers floating in front of my house (see photo at the bottom of this post.

We're still getting a lot of rain here and they say April showers bring May flowers so I though I'd put a little SPRING in your step (care of my Gossamer Blue April kit and add-ons)...

Once I selected the photos I wanted, I designed the rest of the layout around the title. Usually my title is one of the last things I think about but for this, it was the first.

I created the word "dandelion" in Silhouette Studio using a free font I downloaded from the Internet called Modesty. For the larger WISHES word, I used the Shattered Alpha cut file from Just Nick Studio and then backed it with coordinating papers.

With such a large, bold title, I decided to keep the rest of the layout a little more siple than I usually do, adding a few frames, rub-ons, chipboard and a little splatter mist.

Thanks for stopping by today. How do you feel about bold title?

Here's the photo I mentioned above. The flooding was much worse just down the street and sadly, many neighbors' houses were flooded. It came up REALLY fast. We were actually trapped in our neighborhood for a couple of days.  You can't see the sidewalk on this side of the street anymore but this kayaker didn't seem to mind one bit.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Hello friends.  For this month's Pattern Play on the Gossamer Blue blog I'm showing you how much fun it is to mix and match pattern papers from different collections to create a cool background.


  • Cut paper in varying widths x 12" strips.  I used about 11 different patterns.  
  • Place the first strip at a diagonal as far down to the middle of the page as possible, making sure the paper touches the top right and left bottom of the page, flush to the edge.  
  • Place the next paper strip over that 1st layer, leaving some of the first layer exposed.  
  • Repeat until you get to the top corner.  
  • Add a corner piece to the top or just continue with the layers.
  • Repeat at the bottom of your page in the opposite corner.
  • Place pieces of ephemera, stickers, tags, etc in some of the layers.
  • Stitch each layer to the page. Use a variety of stitches for added interest.
  • Add your photo, title and journaling, along with any additional stickers, mist, etc.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Leave me a comment and let me know if this is something you would try.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Capture Beauty

Hello friends! Pinkfresh / JustNick are doing a team-up and I couldn't be more excited to be selected to participate.  I absolutely adore Pinkfresh's flair for design so I was elated to get to work with the Life Noted collection.

I love the pre-printed divided page design on this paper. It took care of my background design work.

And yay for the lovely spring colors. I decided to mix the spring-like patterns with the Just Nick Studio Delicate Florals cut file, backing with fun designs from the collection. To do this, I cut the flowers using my Silhouette CAMEO and then used water colors to add a splash of color. Then I hand traced and cut pieces that I wanted for the flowers and adhered them to the back of each petal / leaf. Then I added zig zag stitching over each stem and lastly, I added a few rubber circles to the center of the ones that needed a middle.

Make sure to head over to the Just Nick Studio blog and the Pinkfresh blog to see how her creative team integrated JustNick's files into their creative process. I think they are also doing a giveaway or two. :)

Monday, April 11, 2016

10 wishes for you + Digital Cut File Tutorial

It's numbers week over on Shimelle's blog.  It's a big deal when it comes to turning double digits so I decided to go big with this layout.

I have a couple of goals with this layout: 1. document how my little girl still makes wishes even though she was turning 10 and 2. include a space to include either 10 things she's into or a space for me to write my thoughts, wishes and feelings for this little girl.  

How to:
  • Using my Silhouette software, I mocked up the size and placement of the numbers and words to make sure that I could get the numbers as large as possible.  

  • I used a font that has the middle of the "0" cut out but you could also cut your photo and place it on top.  
  • Measure the part of the cut that your photo will be used in and then print your to that size. 

  • Place the cut paper over the photo and line it up how you want. 

  • Place the negative cut in it's spot. 

  •  Remove the positive cut, careful not to move the photo or the negative cut.

  •  Trim around the edge of the negative cut, leaving enough room around the edge to adhere it to the positive cut. I cut mine with ! 1/4" border.

  • Add adhesive to the edge and place the positive cut pack over the top. Perfect placement every time!
  • I then cut little strips of paper and added them to the outside edge, overlapping here and there. 
  • Once that was all complete, I stitched them to the paper.  
  • The next step was to cut the title and add confetti, using pattern paper circles and mist.  
  • Last but not least, I added journaling strips to the section of the "0" that is opposite the photo.  

Once everything else was done, I added the rest of the title to the page using foam adhesive.

Now I just have to decide if I write my wished for her or if I quiz her about her wishes and dreams for her future.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Daddy is a daughter's first love

When I think of girls, or at least my littlest girl, I think of flowers and frills so I thought it would be fitting today to talk to you about "dressing" up your page to tell the whole story.  Take a look at the page and I'll walk you through my design and thought process. This can also be found on today.

When thinking through this page and the photos I wanted to scrap, which feature my youngest daughter dressed to the nines and her daddy in a top hat and ready for the ball, I knew I wanted to create a background that helped tell the story of them going to a daddy daughter dance.  I chose a cut file that featured floral designs that all had a similar geometric shape.  I cut them out of white cardstock and set out to find colors that complimented their attire.  After carefully selecting 4 different patterns, I traced the perimeters of the flowers and then hand cut the pattern paper so that it could be placed behind each of the large floral cuts.  It seems like quite the daunting task but it's really not so bad, since the cuts do't have to be perfect.  You just need enough so that you can adhere them to the back of the flower cuts.

Once the flowers were all filled in, I stitched the large die to another piece of white cardstock.  I stitched around the edges but I may go back and stitch around some of the flowers for a little more added interest.

The next task was to determine where to place the photos.  I started out by overlapping the photos and keeping them together but it just wasn't working for me so I separated them and went to work with layering.  I absolutely love to layer.  I think it helps draw attention tot he photos.  Some of the ways I like to layer are: adding 3 - 4 pieces of pattern paper behind the photo, adding a frame (die cut or chipboard), adding tags and other ephemera and of course stickers. In addition, I will add staples and foam adhesive to make the bits pop a little more. And of course, you want to layer a little bit over the photos, careful not to cover up anything important or distract from the photo. I'm pretty sure I ended up using all of these ideas on these photos.  Yep, I just checked and I did.

Of course no layout would be complete without a title and journaling.  I decided to make good use of the large flower at the top right of the page for the title.  I love the quote that a daddy is a daughter's first love so I used a condensed version of that and used a combo of alphas, placing the individual alphas on the outside and inside curve and completing the title using the lovely script word.  I also added a little sub title in the upper left near the photo to document why they were all dolled up.  Last but not least, the journaling and date is tucked behind the bottom photo. It reads, "You, Rheagan and daddy love going to the daddy daughter dance every year. I love the pre-dance prep, from finding the perfect dress, shoes and accessories to helping with hair, nails and make-up.  Y'all have so much fun doing carriage rides, crafts, flipbooks, having dinner and of course...dancing!"

Hopefully the one thing you will take away from today is to try to look for different ideas on how to tell the full story through all the design elements on your page, not just with your photos.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Ooh la la

Hi there.  For this month's Pattern Play over at Gossamer Blue, I chose to walk you through the creative process of how I use busy patterned papers when I scrapbook.

Supplies: March 2016 Main kit, Main Add-on #2, Bits & Pieces

How to:
I especially love the 12×12 Delighted and Fresh papers from the Maggie Holmes Bloom collection. I couldn’t decide which one to use so I decided to cut a few of my favorite chevrons and line them coming down from the top and up from the bottom so they’d meet about 3/4 of the way up.

I then layered several coordinating papers behind my photo and placed it where the chevrons met. For some, this would leave a lot of lovely white space and while I love the look when others do it, I never can seem to make it look as good. So what did I do? I pulled the other patterned paper, Fresh, back out of my stash.

It’s a busy paper with lots of journaling cards so I cut straight down each of the divided lines and literally placed each new 3×12 sheet to the right side of the paper until I found the perfect one. Realizing the page might be a little off balance, I cut a larger and smaller 12″ strip and adhered it to each side of the page. Then I adhered the entire 3×12 journal cards sheet to the page. Now this page was speaking to me AND I got to use bits from both of my favorite busy patterns.

The next step in my process was to fill in around those layers below my photo.  I tucked a large XOXO gold glitter die, a ticket stub, flowers, leaves, you name it.  I just tucked and tucked,using regular adhesive and foam adhesive for added dimension.

While the sentiments on the journaling cards would work well for the title, I really wanted the title to reflect my girl’s fashion sense, hence the “ooh la la”. Last but not least was my journaling and a few more embellishments in the top and bottom corners of the page.

My tip for working with busy patterns is to use them in moderation. I love the challenge of finding a way to use multiple patterns in an understated way. Thanks for stopping by today.  Now go on and get scrappy!