Friday, July 25, 2014

fun with PageMaps sketches and BasicGrey

One of my BasicGrey assignments this month was to create a layout based on a PageMaps sketch.

This is the sketch I chose:

and here is the layout I created based on the sketch using the Kelly Purkey Second City collection:

I followed the basic design in the sketch using the Instagram frame die set from Lifestyle Crafts. 

Have a fantastic weekend!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

playing with buttons, butterflies and burlap

I shared a new layout on the Noel Mignon blog yesterday and wanted to share it here as well.

For this page I used the Sweet & Simple classic kit (did you know that they have a Project Life-ish kit now?)

When the Fancy Pants "Burlap and Bouquets" collection was released one of the things that stuck out most to me was the burlap bows and I'd been saving it to use on a fun project. I thought I might use it for a home decor item or for a hair bow or something but decided instead to use it on this page.

I really liked the collage-y feel of the October Afternoon paper I used for the background but didn't want it to overshadow my photograph of this cute girl so I used a piece of Crate Paper Road Trip patterned paper (with the white brick) to soften it a bit. I added lots of buttons from October Afternoon and really like how this turned out: 

I added some of these cute chipboard frames to my page and was adding buttons later when I got the idea to add some buttons inside the little slide frame. I think it turned out cute!

I also added some Heidi Swapp Color Shine mist to a few of the wooden butterflies to add some sparkle to my page. 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

playing with punches and BasicGrey Highline


Today I have a layout to share that I created for BasicGrey using the Highline collection and punches from Lifestyle Crafts.

The star and heart punches are from the new Albums Made Easy set from Lifestyle Crafts. 

I cut the strips of paper, punched out lots of hearts and stars from a variety of papers and then stapled the shapes to the paper strips. After that I adhered the strips to my page. 

You can see more BasicGrey projects on their blog. 


Friday, July 18, 2014

***clearing out and saving up for the adoption***

As some of you might know, we are in the middle of an international adoption.

We had our homestudy last November and have had our dossier (all of the paperwork required by the country we are adopting from) in country for more than two months. We aren't allowed to talk about the children or even mention the country because of privacy issues.

As some of you might also know, adopting is not a cheap thing to do- in fact it is thousands and thousands of dollars, but it is something we have felt strongly is part of what the plan is for us. We have four girls, we love them and thought our family was complete until about a year ago when this idea was put in our hearts and we have done all we can to follow through.

Anyway, in order to make room for a new addition to our family and to help with the financial part of it I am trying to purge some of my scrappy supplies that have accumulated over the years.

I would sell boxes for $40 (including flat rate shipping in the U.S.) and cram them full of stuff- papers, embellishments, ribbon, stamps.

Do you think you would be interested in something like that?

I could even take some requests if it is something I am already giving away :)

Please leave a comment here with your email or email me at if you are interested.

I will use PayPal for payment.

You would be helping out a very worthy cause.



Thursday, July 17, 2014

playing with words

For one of my guest designer layouts for Scrapbook Circle they asked me to focus on typography and this is what I came up with:

This was one of my favorite papers from their July kit, and I thought it would be fun to cut out some of the triangles to add bits of patterned paper that featured print. I cut out some, cut only a couple of sides on others so that I could make a flap. I also added bits of journaling here and there and lots of other phrase-ology via embellishments in the kit from the Crate Open Road collection. 

Here are a couple of closer looks at my page. The "dream" was cut out using the silver cardstock in the kit and my Silhouette Cameo. 

If you'd like to play along with their challenge and have a chance at winning a pretty cool Crate Paper Open Road prize create a layout that features typography. Then post it on your blog, on the Scrapbook Circle Facebook page or an online gallery. Leave a comment on this post on the SC blog with a link to your project for your chance to win. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

a new layout for Noel Mignon

Good morning!

Today I have a layout to share with you that I made with the Sweet & Simple kit from Noel Mignon.


For this page I used lots and lots of stickers and like the way it turned out ☺

Do you have a favorite embellishment?

Share in the comments and I just might do a little giveaway!

Friday, July 11, 2014

July sketch challenge at Scrapbook Circle

Today I have another layout up at the Scrapbook Circle.

The July sketch challenge was posted and you can see it here.

Here is the sketch:

And here is my take using some pictures from the 4th of July:

You can see some more takes on this month's sketch by clicking on this link

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

quick and easy Front Porch cards

The Front Porch collection from Pebbles Inc. was released about a year ago yet it is still one of my favorites from them. I like the beautiful soft colors and pretty icons in that line.

I decided to pull out that collection again to make some quick cards:

I used bits of patterned paper and lots of premade embellishments to create these quick and easy cards. 

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

mixing up the Pebbles Inc. for a summer layout

Hey there!

Today I have a fun page to share with you that I made using the Front Porch and Birthday Wishes collections from Pebbles Inc. I know that might seem like a funny combination but I think it worked.

I started with some grid paper from Front Porch. I wanted some blue for the background so I chose the aqua dotted paper which is also from the Front Porch collection. To bring in some brightness and more color I chose the Birthday Wishes line. I like to show how themed collections can be used for everyday pages as well and this line really works for anything, not just birthdays. Plus, the colors are so fun!

The gold seals actually say "happy birthday" on them but I cleverly covered that up with one of the big buttons from the Birthday line. The colorful Thickers are one of my favorite parts of this collection. 

I added a few bits of thin washi tape from the Amy Tangerine Plus One collection since the brightness of the colors worked well with the Birthday Wishes collection.  

The Birthday Wishes collection includes gold and black rub-ons. I simply used just the "happy" part of the "happy birthday" sentiment on this frame from the Front Porch line. 

So, what do you think?

Did mixing these collections work?

I hope you are having a great summer so far.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Sweet & Simple with Noel Mignon


Today I have my first Noel Mignon kit club "Sweet & Simple" kit project to share with you.

Back in March we took our kids to the Ranching Heritage Center and of course I took lots of pictures! I'd been saving these ones of my youngest girl and thought this kit was just what I'd been waiting for. The colors matched so perfectly!

This kit is a fun mix of October Afternoon, Crate Paper, Simple Stories, BasicGrey, My Mind's Eye and Fancy Pants. Here I have used bits of lots of patterned papers along with a tag from Chic Tags and embellishments from Crate, BG and Fancy Pants. 

Here are some closer looks: 

I like to do lots and lots of layering on my page and also enjoy mixing different textures. It adds visual interest to your page if you can mix things up!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!