Monday, March 17, 2014

Silhouette Stamping Material with ScrapGirls

Hey everyone!  I know I haven't been around much!  It has been a crazy couple of months - but I hope to get at least a few posts up a week of project I'm working on.  Today I'm swinging in with a digital/hybrid tutorial for ScrapGirls.

For this layout, I used a digital layout template to design a physical layout and I used a png file to create the sun stamp in Silhouette Studio.  I kept the layout simple and clean with just a few small details.

To learn more and to get more hybrid and digital inspiration, check out the ScrapGirls blog.

Be back soon with more projects!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Make Your Handwriting into a Cut File

Hey everyone!  I wanted to let you know that I'm up today over on the blog with a tutorial for turning your handwriting into a cut file to use with your Silhouette.  It is a pretty easy process and is a great way to add more of yourself to your projects.

I give a full walkthrough over on the blog for how I created this file (I used the Silhouette double-sided adhesive so I could use glitter on my word).  Head over to Scrapbooksteals to check it out.

I will be back tomorrow with the winner of the KLD templates from the blog hop and hopefully some other projects!  We've all been sick at my house for the last few weeks so I know I have some catching up to do! Until then!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Using Your Silhouette Sketch Pens

Hey all!  I wanted to post and let you know that I'm up today over at ScrapGirls with a layout featuring the Silhouette Sketch Pens for a background and title element on a project.

I used a bunch more of my Copper Mountain kit from Studio Calico (have just about killed the kit) along with the copper metallic sketch pen from Silhouette.  If you want to check out more details about how I created in Silhouette Studio and see some close ups of the layout, head over to the ScrapGirls blog today and take a look!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Kiwi Lane February Blog Hop

Hey everyone!  Welcome to my stop along the Kiwi Lane Designs February Blog hop!  Hopefully you found me from the Kiwi Lane Blog - if not, head back there and start the hop at the beginning!

When I got invited to join in the blog hop and was told I could work with Tiny Sweetheart, I knew I wanted to do a non-layout project.  Something different, something fun.  When my eldest started insisting that she desperately wanted to learn to play checkers an idea was born.

I decided to create a table top checkers game using the heart and flower from Tiny Sweetheart as the pieces.

The pieces are constructed by stacking a cut piece of patterned paper on top a cut piece of white cardstock.Then I topped each piece with a little bit of glaze to toughen it up and give it a little shine.  They don't lay perfectly flat, but they are very easy to pick up that way, so I'm okay with it.

I crafted the board by simply cutting out 3.5" squares of grey and white cardstock and adhering them to a piece of thick cardboard with mod podge.  Because of some oddities of the mod podge (maybe it was an old bottle) the grey got a slightly mottled look, but I like how it looks with the patterns on the Crate Paper patterned paper pieces.

I also took some flair badges from the Crate Paper collection and backed them with temporary adhesive glue dots, so they could be use if you "king" a piece during a game.

Each piece is a different piece of patterned paper and there are the same "patterns" of piece on each team.

I love finding ways to use the design templates in ways that are outside of the box.  My daughter is super excited about the checkers board and cannot wait to play.  I did make the board on cardboard that already had a fold in it, so it can be stored a little bit smaller!  

This was such a fun project and really easy to put together (fast too!).  I'm so happy with how it turned out.

Now onto some prizes!  First, one random commenter from across all of the blogs will win a $25 gift certificate to the Kiwi Lane Shop.  So make sure you are commenting on all of the blogs along the way! Comments must be posted by 11:59 PM MST on Sunday to be eligible to enter for prizes!!

I also have a little giveaway for all of those who comment here on my blog - I have two Kiwi Lane templates to send your way (sweetheart and journey) that will go to one random winner from just my blog!

Your next stop along the hop will be to visit Claire!  Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoy the hop!  

 In case you get lost along the way, here is the completely blog line up.
  1. Kiwi Lane
  2. Charissa Miller:
  3. Claire Spielman:
  4. Lissa Mitchell:
  5. Kristy MacKeen:
  6. Gail Owens:
  7. Arin Flynn:
  8. Holly Gagnon:
  9. Jennifer Blomquist:
  10. Christine Meyer:

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Scrap Girls Valentine's Day Tutorial

Hey everyone!  I know I haven't been around a ton - life is insane.  With my health issues taking up whole days at a time, to my girls' busy schedules, I have had to take a few steps back and re-evaluated my priorities and my plans.  :)  That being said, hopefully I'll still have plenty of inspiration to share here with you - it just may be a little bit less frequent than I'd really like.

On the 3rd, I was posted up over on the ScrapGirls blog with a SUPER easy Valentine's Day gift idea - a do-it-yourself decorative photo canvas.  You should definitely head over to the ScrapGirls blog to see how I did it.

That is a close up of the finished project!  I think the plan is for my husband to take it to work with him to put on his desk.  :)

I am working on finishing up a few projects so I hope to have lots to share this next week!  If nothing else, I will be back on Friday with some Kiwi Lane Blog Hop goodness!!  Until then!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Project Life Week 2

Hey everyone!  Happy Friday!  I'm swinging in today with my Week 2 Project Life spread for 2014.  I'm still using my January Studio Calico kit - Copper Mountain.  It has been a lot of fun to use - it is absolutely beautiful.

I went very soft on these spread because of the colors of my photos  -- though I did have to change a few photos to black and white because they were so bright and colorful.

There were lots of fun embellishments in the kit - rubons, enamel dots, flair, chipboard ... and I put almost all of them to use on this spread.  :)

My confetti pocket from Week 1 carried over into my week 2 spread and adds just a little bit of pink to the spread.

I added another confetti pocket on the other page -- because I just loved the little star sequins.  You can see my week 3 title card peeking through and that works for me because it brings all of the colors of the kit together - so it works well showing through on the spread.

If you want more Project Life inspiration - definitely check out the Practical Scrappers blog today.  We have lots of inspiration for you with several different Project Life spreads!

***Project Life is a system of memory keeper by Becky Higgins.  You can learn more about it here.***

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Chalkboard with Practical Scrappers

Happy Happy Tuesday!  Today I'm coming by with a layout featuring some chalkboard elements with with Practical Scrappers.  There is lots of inspiration over at Practical Scrappers for different ways to incorporate the chalkboard trend into your next layout - so definitely check it out HERE.

I decided to incorporate chalkboard elements in a couple different of ways on my layout.  First I used a chalkboard Studio Calico/Lindsay Letters chalkboard card.  I loved the sentiment on the card so much and knew it would be great on a layout about my little one.  I also added a strip of Fancy Pants Chalk Tape on the top and bottom of my layout.  I added a little bit of silver ink to the strips of tape to give them a worn/used chalkboard look.

I'm taking the brush script class with Studio Calico next month, but I couldn't wait for the class to start to try my hand at it.  I practiced the word Remember several times before actually heading to my layout to give it ago.  It isn't perfect, but my handwriting isn't perfect either -- :)  I'm actually super pleased with how it turned out.

I added several gold embossed stamped elements and then used the gorgeous feather paper from OA both for a patterned paper element and for cut out embellishments all over the page.  The layout came together beautifully and I'm really happy with it!

So don't forget to check out the other chalkboard inspiration over at Practical Scrappers and we'd love to see your next chalkboard project!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Craft Warehouse Project Life Post

Hey Everyone!  I wanted to let you know I'm up over on the Craft Warehouse blog using the Becky Higgins/Maggie Holmes Flea Markest Mini kit!  Definitely go check out the blog post here on their blog!

In the post I share lots of ideas for how to stretch your core kits/mini kits for embellishing your spreads!  Hope you head over to read the post and get some inspiration for your next spread!!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

First post with ScrapGirls

A very fine Tuesday everyone!  Sorry I've been MIA for a few days - I've been feeling under the weather and while still not completely recovered I think I am finally getting feeling better!  With that, I have an announcement and a layout to share.

I was recently invited to join the hybrid team over at  They have lots of fun digital supplies and I was so excited to get to continue playing with my new infatuation with hybrid scrapbooking.

I am up over there with my first post today - featuring a new layout about my biggie girl.

Here is just a little peak at the journaling card on the layout.  To see the whole layout, definitely head over to the Scrapgirls blog today and check it out.

Finally, I need to get around to announcing a winner of the Practical Scrappers blog hop!  That is

First off, totally LOVE your layout! Great design. I'm pinning it! Thanks for the inspiration.
I'm a follower. I've got a lot of everything in my stash, but I think a good place to start would be Christmas.

Congrats, Ange.  Please email me using the button to the right and I will get a prize out to you.
Until next time!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Studio Calico Crop Sketch

Hey everyone!  Lovely Thursday to you!  Today I'm sharing my take on a sketch that Studio Calico put up as part of the SC Crop for CHA-W.  I don't do a lot of sketches, other than the mid-week mojo when I am able to, so it was fun to tackle a sketch and stretch myself to make it my own.

When I first got my Copper Mountain kit from Studio Calico - the VERY first thing I decided was that I needed to do some layouts of my husband using the kit.  I don't have a whole lot of boy-ish supplies in my stash having two little girls, so when these earthy colors came in the kit, I knew they would be perfect for a page about my hubby.

I wasn't sure where I wanted to go with the layout as I started putting it together, but then he got absolutely amazing news earlier this week and so the layout took on that bend - talking about and celebrating his good news.

Really adore this wood veneer circle cut that came in the kit - So I left it whole and filled it with paper, stamps, enamel dots, chipboard, puffy stickers ... basically anything from the kit that worked plus some items from my stash.  It makes sure your eye gets drawn up to the photo.  I also finally managed to use a dear head on a page.  I actually have always liked the trend, but that didn't mean I was just going to put it on everything and anything - I finally felt like here it made sense and worked.

This little label gave me a place to do a little stamping - and when I found this "Genius!" phrase on a new OA phrase stamp I decided it was perfect.  Another deer head (this time in small flair - which I just adore the smaller flair size SC has been putting out recently) - some enamel dots and a puffy heart completed the page.

I'm really really happy with how the layout came together - and am thrilled that I got to document such a monumental event!  

I know I haven't announced the winner from the Practical Scrappers blog hop!  I will announce it tomorrow!