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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Thursday, June 29, 2017

High Five Paw

One of my toy poodle’s nicknames is Claws. This is because he uses his front paws a lot, especially to get attention. This makes it fun to do high five with him.

High Five Paw

Now, let’s talk about the layout.

  • Here’s the layout that inspired this page.
  • To add color to the paw prints, I took a small paintbrush, dipped it in mist, and added it to the page. I wanted to add more definition to the circles, so I stamped a circle on top in the same color.
  • Since I used a lot of older products, this layout is part of my Something Old, Something New series. The new items I used were the paw print template and texture paste.

For more info about how I made this page, check out the process video.

Until next time. 🙂

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017


I have loads of photos waiting to be scrapped. One thing I don’t scrap as often is memorabilia—and I’ve got a bunch of that too. With this page, I finally got some memorabilia out of storage and onto a page. Hurray!


The memorabilia is a program and a ticket for a play my niece did in high school.

Let’s talk more about the layout.

  • I knew that the program would take up a bunch of room on the page, so I didn’t use a sketch for the page. I decided to figure out where the program would go and then just place everything else around it. This worked out all right, though I wouldn’t call this a perfect design. I’m pleased with the page nonetheless.
  • How to adhere the memorabilia is always a question. In this case, I did some hand sewing along the bottom and the two sides of the blue floral paper to create a pocket for the program. Hand sewing is always time consuming, but it wasn’t too bad in this case. As for the ticket, I tucked that behind the photos with most of it in sight.
  • I love the little pops of pink on this page. The pink diecuts and texture paste stand out against the blue and gray on the layout.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to check out the process video.

Until next time. Be back soon!

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Monday, June 19, 2017

The Case That Broke My Heart

I want my scrapbooks to be a complete reflection of me. My Scrapping the Spectrum series is about scrapping all of life’s emotions, including things that make me sad or mad. This layout captures a sad moment.

The Case That Broke My Heart

I know that gaming is not a big deal for a lot of people, but after playing Criminal Case for several years I grew attached to the characters. So I was sad about a certain character development. I’m not going into specifics to avoid spoiling it for anyone who might be playing. Anyway, this was a small moment in my life but did have an impact. So I’m scrapbooking it.

Let’s talk about the layout.

  • Sketch Savvy is one of my favorite sketch sites, and I used one of the sketches for this layout.
  • One of my favorite things to do when scrapbooking is mix and match papers and products from different companies. I really like pulling a variety of disparate items and bringing them together on one page. I did that with this page and love the way the papers go together.
  • I used a bullet hole stamp on this page, which I like, but I think I should have stamped it in a different color. Maybe red. Right now I think it blends too much with the rest of the navy.

Want more deets about the layout? Watch the process video below.

Thanks for watching. Until next time. 🙂

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Fridays Are for Shitty Movies

Friday night is for me—it’s my unwinding time. Often I’ll watch Dateline, but I also enjoy bad made-for-TV movies. Especially if they are really bad. Or feature Tony Danza trying to do a southern accent. I guess that’s the same thing.

Fridays Are For

Now, let’s talk about the layout.

  • The design of this page started in a different place than it ended. I originally went with a grid, but the size of the photos and cards didn’t leave much room for embellishments. Once I got to this stage, I knew I wouldn’t be happy with the result. So I set aside the cards, pulled up the adhered title (ouch), and started over. That gave the layout a lot more breathing room.
  • The sketch I used is from a paid sketch class.
  • This layout has less embellishing than I’m used to, but I still like the way it turned out. And I love the pop of yellow.
  • I used three journaling spots from my stash. Only one is for actual journaling, but that’s OK.

Here’s the process video for your enjoyment.

Thank you for stopping by. Until next time!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Hello Friend

I am working my way through the projects I created at last year’s Victoria Marie scrapbook retreat. I thought I had posted this one ages ago, but I checked, and nope. So it’s up now.

Hello Friend

I definitely have a lot to say about this layout.

  • I used a magazine ad as inspiration for this page.
  • I ended up being glad I hadn’t posted this layout before. I came across it a little while ago and just didn’t feel like it was complete. So I added some embellishments: flair, diecuts, and a tag. I feel better about it now.
  • Having said that, not every layout can be perfect. With some, you just have to tell yourself it’s finished and move on. That’s what I ultimately did here. I love the photo, color scheme, and chipboard, but I don’t feel like there is an obvious place for journaling. Not every page needs journaling, but I notice the absence on this particular layout. Also, there is too much—or maybe not enough?—white space. I can’t quite put my finger on why; it just feels like there is something off about this page. But I don’t care. I’m gonna put it in an album and go to the next one.

Both stages of the process are shown here. Check it out below.

That’s it for now. Thanks for watching and reading. Until next time. 🙂

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Sweet Friends

I have a seemingly endless supply of photo strips. It’s time to scrapbook another one.

Sweet Friends

Now, let’s talk about the layout.

  • I’m trying to make a small dent in my Felicity Jane stash. All the patterned paper I used is from their kits.
  • Here’s the page that inspired the design of this layout.
  • This page features a wide variety of embellishments: diecuts, puffy stickers, stickers, and more. Can someone tell me the best way to use pinwheels on a page? The shape is so odd I never feel like I know where to place them. If you have any tips, please share.

Want to watch the creation process? Check out the process video.

Until next time. 🙂

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