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Just popping in to share a few more layouts I am adding to Kori’s album! Enjoy!

First up is a layout I created using all products by Doodlebug Design.

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The next layout is about Kori’s first 4th of July. I created a design element using several different ribbons in red, white and blue to add color and texture. I also diecut multiple stars and adhered them with popdots.

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Last is a layout using all Doodlebug Design products. I love how colorful and fun this layout turned out!




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Hey there! Happy Saturday! I’m back to share a little page I threw together the other night after realizing that I am going to be 25 this year! YIKES!

I put together this picture-free layout of 24 random facts about me at 24. I think I may make an adjoining page later with just a picture to accompany this one in my album.

Here is what I came up with:

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I absolutely adore this color scheme! I am really into neons right now. It took me a little bit to warm up to the idea of such fluorescent colors, but now my friends, I am obsessed! This yellow paper from Heidi Swapp is amazing!!! The whole collection is really!

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I am still crazy about the mistable letters from Heidi Swapp. Here I diluted some neon acrylic paint with water to cover them. My dymo label maker is still getting quite a workout.

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I have been wanting to use this jar stamp from Dear Lizzy for quite some time. Housing my random facts was the perfect solution. I paired it with some fun embossing powders from American Crafts and cut around each of them. It really didn’t take nearly as long as it sounds.

24 Things-4I threw in some fun embellishments to my jars, such as buttons, enamel dots, twine, and of course washi tape! I made my own “mists” by diluting neon acrylic paint with water and splattering it around with a paint brush! This is so much cheaper than buying premade mists…and you can mix up your own colors! Love it!

Thanks for hangin’ out! I’m off to probably scrapbook a little more!


Well hello! Long time no chat. I haven’t completely fallen off of the crafting bandwagon, I promise. Just maybe out of the “blogosphere” for a few days. We have finally experienced some decent weather here in Missouri..apart from the occasional rain. I’m ok with that though, the flowers need it and I’m waiting impatiently for my peonies to bloom. My neighbor’s tree is getting in the spirit of spring.


Since I’ve been MIA, National Scrapbook Day has occurred. It was last Saturday, the 4th. I had to work some of the day, and also had a bridal shower to attend. I did join in on a few chats in the evening. I also did a little blog hopping. Loved all the inspiration from Studio Calico, American Crafts, Shimelle, and Basic Grey. I jotted down several of the challenges to try out at some point. Probably not by the deadline but that’s alright, they are still good starters.

Here is one of the pages I created this week. I used a “few” challenge prompts in this one. Including:

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I created this page about my love for my “new” camera, and everything I have learned since buying it. My photography has improved soo much! I used lots of Crate paper and Dear Lizzy products for this page.

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I tucked a glassine envelope pocket behind my photo to house my journaling. I love how the little Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper bow is equal parts cute and functional as a tag pulley.

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I have been dying to use this camera paper from the Maggie Holmes collection ever since I got it. I knew right away I would be fussy cutting out those adorable little cameras to use as embellishments. I stitched them all down in colorful little rows with my sewing machine. I then added dimension by “fluffing” up the sides and adding little circle embellishments as the lens. I included buttons, enamel dots, and some cute brads by Crate.

I still felt like I had too much empty space (I’m a bit of an over-embellisher in general) so I sprinkled some Mr.Huey’s across the whole layout. I really love how this page turned out! I was nice to make a page just for me this time.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a splendid day!

Hello May! I really cannot believe that it is already May! This year is just flying by already! Finally we caught a couple of days of sunshine here in Missouri! It’s going to be short lived though of course…rainy and 40s the rest of the week. UGH!

Very anxious to start getting ready for the Carrie Underwood concert tonight! About to go play dress up until I figure out something to wear!! I am definitely looking forward to a much needed night out with the girls!

I have been thinking over some ideas for Saturday evening…it is National Scrapbook Day and all! Really wanting to get some fun crafting on.

This week (until tomorrow anyways) the Silhouette store is having a 50% clearance on all shapes. My subscription just renewed a few days ago as well so I’ve got about 100 shapes to choose using the sale. I’ve been adding to my cart all week and looking for inspiration from my favorite die cut expert.

This sale has really got my realizing that I do not use my cameo nearly enough. My crafting goal for this month is to use my silhouette as much as I can possibly manage. I am intending on using at least one cut on every layout I make this month.

I also plan on gathering supplies for my May Product Picks in the next week or so as well.

While I’ve got you here, I’ve also got another layout for my niece’s album to share.

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Lots from the 5th and Frolic line used on this one. I really love the colors and patterns from this collection. I also mixed in a little Everyday Eclectic as well. I even cut the shape from a couple pieces of cardboard for dimension!

This page started off with the hexagon border I created from the different patterns. This shape is so easy and versatile. I really love that I was able to use a lot of the different patterns using this technique. I added a few punched hearts, buttons, and twine to the shapes to add a little more interest. I added dimension to a few of the hexagons by using foam tape.

I created borders and clusters at the top and bottom of the page to bring the design in to the middle and make it more cohesive. This page came together fairly quickly and I really love how it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look! Do you have any special plans for National Scrapbooking Day?

Happy Monday! For awhile I have wanted to try creating a page with one over-sized photo. I had this black and white photo that was taken at the hospital when Kori was born. I decided this was a good opportunity to give it a shot.

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I first layered my photo on top of a dollar store doily and pink cardstock. I used my Martha Stewart fringe scissors to create a textured border at the bottom of my photo. I used 3 different letter types in white to create a more interesting title without it detracting from the photo. The first was from an Echo Park collection pack. I cut “little” using my silhouette and thickers to finish. A simple rhinestone “K” adds the finishing detail.

That wraps up another fast and simple page! I will definitely be using a larger photo technique again in the future. Thanks for stopping by.


Hey readers! I’ve got another layout to share for my niece Kori’s album! Kori was born in January of 2012. She was the first baby of the new year in town. The local newspaper has a tradition to feature the first baby of the new year on the front page of the newspaper. I wanted to include this in Kori’s album to look back on later.

Here is the page I created:

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The newpaper clipping took up the majority of my page, so I kept the embellishing on the minimal side. I created a small “neighborhood” on the bottom of my page using a house stamp from Unity. I also used my Martha Stewart fringe scissors to create some grass. I used some flowers punched from Doodlebug glitter paper and some washi tape to finish off the page.

That pretty much sums up this fast and easy page. Have a delightful day!

Is it totally cliche to say that it seems like yesterday that my niece was born?! She’s already 15 months old! I’m here to share with you a layout from when she was born that will be added to the beginning of her album. I love that there is no pressure to complete layouts in chronological order. While I will still put them in the album in order, I love creating whichever pages inspire me at the moment.



I used a black and white photo to keep the colors from competing. I kept the color scheme to pink, white, and brown again for this layout. It is such a traditional, classic color scheme for a baby girl. The calendar background paper was perfect to denote the day she was born.  I also included a little pocket made from a piece of Hambly transparency. Inside the pocket I slipped in  a journaling card to include the birth details such as length, weight, time, etc.





Thanks for stopping by! What projects are you working on?

Hey readers!! I’m back after a few day break to share another layout with you! I created this 2 page spread about my SIL Heather’s baby shower. It is another spread done to add to Kori’s baby album!

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I chose my color scheme for this layout to match the same pink and brown color scheme of the shower. I wanted this layout to have a lot of fun elements and texture.

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I created several of these paper pinwheels from different patterned paper scraps I had in coordinating colors. I topped each pinwheel with a circle or heart…or both…using hot glue to hold the pinwheels together. I used hot glue to attach them to my layout as well for a secure hold. I added more texture by adding a border using vintage laces and ribbons. I also stitched around the edge of the page with my sewing machine.

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I had several pictures from the shower that I wanted to include, however, didn’t want to them all on show. I created this little mini accordion album on the left side to house more pictures and room for journaling. I tied the album closed with twine.

In the end, this layout turned out pretty bulky, which I am ok with. I love adding layouts like this every now and again.

How do you add additional pictures from an event to your albums?

This “kit from your stash” idea has really worked for me! I really love all of the layouts that I managed to pull from it! Today will make my third layout and all 3 are some of my favorites in Kori’s album. I will definitely be doing this again in the future!

Here is a look at the last layout from my kit:

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Holy bright color!! Would you believe I started this layout with a white background? It’s true I swear. I had several scraps of paper laying out on my desk from the other spreads, and some full sheets that I cut down that I decided I wanted to just line them up along the side. Initially, I started with the photos on top of the color blocked half, however, they didn’t stand out and got lost. I then paired them the left side, left white and the colors clashed and they still didn’t pop. Finally, I pulled this pink piece from the kit and it was a great match. I matted the middle photo with the “B” side of the arrow paper to highlight it from the others.

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I used 3 different letter stickers for my title. First, the Snap letters. I then used some white glitter thickers. I had run out of “i’s” in this set, so I cut pieces from an “m” to make my own. I think I like it better than the straight ones it came with anyways 😉 I absolutely love these mistable letters from Heidi Swapp. I mixed some acrylic paint with water and brushed that over the letters. I wiped the excess from the dots. I love how well these turned out.

I added some dimension to this spread by cutting extra arrows from the paper and layering them on top of the strip. I then stitched down the center and folded up the edges. The little camera die cut from Maggie Holmes got added with some foam tape for even more dimension.

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I added my journaling to a tag die cut, adorned with some lacey ribbon and a mini paper clip.

Final touches to the page included enamel dots, paint splatters, washi tape, and yellow photo corners(added to the kit)

Sibling Bond-5While I still had my supplies out, I decided to throw together a quick card. Here is a look:

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I still have tons of pieces left from my kit left to use on other projects! I really encourage you to give this a try! Hope you have a delightful day!

I had a pretty relaxing couple of days off the past 2 days. Today brings on my work “Monday”. (I typically work Saturday-Wednesday. Weird I know.) Luckily, on my days off I got to play with my April Product Picks Kit a little more and knock out a few more layouts for Kori’s album.

Here is a look at my second layout from this “kit”:


I knew from the start I was going to want to mat the Maggie Holmes for Crate paper on a piece of black cardstock (added to kit) so I did that right off the bat. I had a general idea of how I wanted my page to look. That included cutting the clustered design from the My Mind’s Eye paper and using it as an embellishment. I went ahead and fussy cut it out before assembling anything. From there I just started playing with my paper pieces and die cuts until I came to a design I was happy with.


I wanted to add a little bit of distressed texture to this layout. To achieve this, I stitched down the sides of the woodgrain paper. I then “ruffled” or folded up and ripped the edges to my stitch marks. I also”ruffled” the edges of the black and white paper. I used some Tattered Angels glimmer mist to sprinkle some ink splatters across my page.



My title comes from a cute story about my niece at this age that I wanted to tell. She gets such a kick out of “buzzing” her finger at someone and “stinging” them like a bee. I got to use those letter stickers that I mentioned in yesterday’s post.


The additions to my kit for this page include the black cardstock mentioned earlier, a black and white washi tape, and more Tim Holtz mini paper clips (might as well just add those to the kit permanently. ha)

I’m off to do some more creating! Until next time!