Archives for July 2017

Saturday, July 29, 2017


I love creating layouts about my two little fuzzy butts. This one features Curly Cue.

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Let’s talk about the layout.

  • I have lots of scraps, and I’m making an effort to use them more often. I pulled out and used a bunch here.
  • I used this layout as a sketch for my page.
  • The brown triangle paper is actually a heavyweight diecut. It was originally a vanilla color that I misted so it would coordinate with the multicolored patterned paper.
  • I love this color scheme! I just went with the colors of the dog-themed paper. And speaking of that paper, it helped me choose the background paper as well. I love how the light gray woodgrain paper looks with it.

If you want to know more about this page, check out the process video.

Thanks for stopping by. See you next time. 🙂

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

This Is How I Roe

I decided to do something with a bunch of my selfies from earlier this year. That’s how this layout came to be.

How I Roe

Let’s talk about the layout.

  • Here’s the sketch I used for the design of this page.
  • The number of patterned papers combined with the four photos make this layout pretty busy. For this reason, I kept the embellishments minimal in two small clusters.
  • I created this layout for a challenge to scrapbook a selfie. Since I used four photos, I guess I’m an overachiever. 🙂

Of course there’s more to this process. You can watch and learn more in this video.

Thank you for visiting! Until next time.

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Monday, July 17, 2017


I often scrapbook photos of times when I go out and do fun things, but it’s great to preserve everyday photos as well. Like this one.


My boy is beautiful, and I love this picture of him. Let’s talk about the layout.

  • I used this sketch for my layout.
  • This layout uses papers from a new product kit: the Fairytale Club. I am not a subscriber but did buy the first kit. It includes poodles, y’all, so I really had to. Yes, they are show cut poodles (I prefer the kennel cut or lamb cut), but I’m not gonna be picky.
  • The texture paste is a good color for this page, but I wish I had chosen a different template and had covered more of the page. Right now it looks a bit random to me. I don’t dislike it enough to change it, but that’s what I would do differently if I could go back.

If you’d like to know more, check out the process video.

Thanks for visiting. I’ll be back soon with a new layout and video.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Tag, I’m It

There’s a scrappy tag going around, and I was tagged by Kelly Oblak ( and Becky Bitting ( You can see my response below.

I forgot to tag anyone. If you want to join in, consider yourself tagged. I’d love to hear your responses!

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Let the Sunshine In

I know some scrapbookers are tired of pink and aqua. I’m not one of them–I still love this color combo!

Let the Sunshine In

I love this selfie, and I love the story this layout tells. So let’s get to it. 🙂

  • Here’s the sketch I used for this page. I used one larger photo instead of four smaller ones, but the design is much the same otherwise.
  • I struggled to come up with a title, so I asked the Two Peas Refugees for help. They asked me about the story I wanted to tell with this layout, and that got me on track. Once I knew I wanted to focus on light and sunshine, the title came easily.
  • I used texture paste to add color to the diamond diecut. It was hard to get even coverage, and I had to cut out the paste from the center where the words are. It ended up fine, but if I had to do it again I would use mist instead. It would give the piece a similar look without the work.

Watch the process video for more information about the layout.

Thanks for visiting! See you again soon.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Make It Happen Today

You can never have enough layouts about donuts. So here’s another one.

Make It Happen Today

This layout makes me happy. Probably because donuts make me happy.

  • I used this sketch for my layout.
  • I don’t use the color kraft much, but it coordinated with the patterned paper on the left and—importantly—draws the eye to the photo. So it seemed like a great choice to use kraft for the title, which helps it stand out.
  • This page is part of my Memorabilia Medley series. I used part of the bag (the “You deserve a donut” piece) as a main embellishment.
  • I had to add more texture paste once I was finished with the layout because I had covered most of it up with paper layers.

There’s lots more information about the layout. Learn more by watching the process video.

Thank you for watching! See you next time. 🙂

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

So Star Spangled

This layout and video has been in the works for a while because it’s a special collaboration.

So Star Spangled

Before jumping into the layout, I’ll give you the collaboration details.

This layout is a collaboration for Grace Islander’s July Scrapathon! For this challenge, we scraplifted one of each other’s layouts and went with a Fourth of July theme. Her layout is here.

Learn more about the scrapathon and join the scrapathon Facebook group.

We’d love it if you participated! There will be prizes including one from the April Lilli Store. The grand prize is only available to US residents, but other prizes are available internationally. If you create a project inspired by this challenge and post it to social media, please use the #julyscrapathon hashtag so we can see it.

Now let’s talk about the layout.

  • Here’s the layout by Grace Islander that inspired this page. I loved the diagonal design and mixed media elements.
  • I haven’t done hand stitching in a while, but I love how it looks. It is a time-consuming process, though. I just did it during my TV-watching time and felt so productive. LOL. Still, I was relieved when it was complete.
  • The original title for the page was Star Spangled. But that left me with an awkward trapped space between the “r” and the light blue star  next to it. So I pulled up the title and added the word “So” to the beginning.
  • I used a set of star Framelits as templates for both the sewing and the misting. You can get a better idea about that in the process video.
  • Many embellishments were brought together in the making of this layout. Lots of stickers, chipboard, and acrylic pieces. Plus several papers from my scraps. It was fun to put all of this together.

Here is the process video.

Thanks for visiting. See you next time! 🙂

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