First Day

Hi Scrapers! I appreciate you stopping by! Today I’m here sharing with you the layout I’ve created for the Scrap Our Stash Design Team. It’s taken from the September Tic Tac Toe Board which I found to be very inspirational this month.

tic toe sept

Seeing the board I immediately knew what photo I wanted to use and the product collection that would be perfect for it. It made the pre-planning part of this page very easy.

So I chose to use the bottom row: Arrow, Wood Grain Paper, Circle…






This collection from Close To My Heart is perfect for school pictures. And the colors just so happened to go so nicely with the blues and greens in my daughter’s First Day of School picture. As of this month we have a new Annual Inspirations Catalog. These exact elements are from the older Enchantment collection. In the new collection the papers are slightly different. Patterns are slightly different but colors and theme are the same. I will link it up below in case you are interested!

Here’s a sketch i’ve created based on the page. I hope you find it useful! Please share it if you do!   Sketch1


Thanks for stopping by!!

Happy Scrapin’!

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Hello Trouble

Hi Scrappers! I hope you are having a good week! Today i’m sharing another layout from the Scrap Our Stash design team. It’s for August’s Tic Tac Toe Board.

SOS 08 2017 Tic Tac Toe August

For my project today I chose the middle row. The COlor Blue, Polaroid and Hexagon Shape.

Hello Trouble

I chose to use a Navy and Cyan blue, a chipboard Polaroid frame and Hexagon shaped wood veneers for touches of subtle detail.



I love, love, love this chevron paper by Shimelle’s Little by Little collection. I love it so much it was hard on me to have to cut it haha! I know i’m not the only one who has a favorite paper they hate to cut up!

The product from today’s page is from May’s Hip Kit Club.

**Stay tuned for the process video. It will be up by the end of the day**

Hope you stop by Scrap Our Stash to play along in the month of August!


Hey guys! I’m here today to share another layout for the Scrap Our Stash design team. This time using a fabulous sketch created by Rochelle Spears.


And to add to the challenge you also have to use one stash item for each letter of the word FIREWORKS.

Here is my interpretation of the challenge sketch….

SOS JUly 16

For this page i used a mix of products from May and June’s Hip Kits.

I kept the same background shape as the sketch but instead of using strips of paper I did a watercolor background using pink, blue and purple paint. I put strips of washi tape over that and added a lot of stamping and rub ons to the background.

The stash items i used:
F – Flowers, Foam
I – Ink
R – Ranger
E – Ephemera, Enamel Dots
W – Washi Tape, Water Colors, Wood Veneers
O – Ombre
R – Rub-Ons
K – Kaiser Crafts
S – Stamps, Stitching, Stripes, Swirl

I hope you stop by and play along with us!


Laugh Out Loud

I’m so excited to share my first layout for the Scrap Our Stash design team! This challenge was so much fun! The tic tac toe board had a lot of items that I work with frequently so that made it fairly easy for me. You can find the challenge > here

I chose to work with the middle row – Chipboard, Stars and Stamping. That trio is one of my favorites. You’ll see those items a lot on my pages.

I used May’s kit from Hip Kit Club. I LOVE these kits! The colors in the kits are so bright, happy and fun! They put you in a good mood just looking at them.


I am in LOVE with this backround paper. It has given me so many ideas on how to recreate it with my computer and washi tape! It’s so fun and creative!

My girls and I love playing around with Snapchat filters. We will sit and laugh for hours. That’s the inspiration behind this page. My girls and I taking time to just be silly.

For the challenge I used Chipboard hearts, rub-on blue stars and detail stamping in black ink.



I hope you stop by the Scrap Our Stash blog to play along with us. I would love to see what you come up with! And you may even win a sponsor prize!


Exciting News!

I am SO excited to announce that i am now a part of the Scrap Our Stash July-December 2017 design team! I have been out of the swing of things for quite some time now and it feels so good to be able to get back at it! My first layout for SOS will be posted on July 2! Please stop by and tell me what you think. For most, if not all, layouts i do i will have a process video along with it.  I hope you’ll stop by and play along! I’d love to see how you interpret the challenges!

Workshops Your Way ‘Dreamin Big’ Scrapbooking kit

So this week at my online Facebook party I wanted to show everyone how easy it is to recreate a page from our Seasonal Expressions idea book.

This page uses the Workshops Your Way ‘Dreamin Big’ scrapbooking kit. During the week I will show how I created 4 layouts and a pocket page using the kit from the ideas in the book. These are not the same instructional layouts that come with the kit. Today I’ll be sharing with you layout #1 along with its process video. If you’d like to come stop by and check out what we have going on at the party we’d love to have you! It runs until March 26th….  Online Scrapbook Party 

The products used in todays layout:

Workshops Your Way ‘Dreamin Big’ Scrapbooking Kit

Capture This Stamp Set

Foam Tape

Facebook Scrapbook Party!

Are you new to scrapbooking? Do you need some more inspiration? I’m hosting a scrapbook facebook party over on my CTMH facebook page! It will be a week long of posts, process videos, games, prizes and inspiration using the Close To MY Heart products. You’re welcome to check in and out whenever is most convenient for you.  If you’re interested hop on over!!  Come check it out! Party starts March 19th and runs until March 26th. Hope to see you there!


March Stamp of the month

How cute is this layout using the March stamp of the month ‘Tea-rific’! I think this is so adorable!! You can get this stamp set for $5.00 with a purchase of $50.00 or more. But for the month of March if you share, follow or comment on any of my posts, you will be entered to win it for FREE! Just make sure to comment and let me know you’ve shared! Entries end March 31 when winner is announced.

I’m still awaiting my big shipment of product to be able to post my projects and videos using the Close To My Heart goodies. So until then this will have to do. I have little girls so this layout was a must share. So darling!

The products used in this layout and card are listed below. If you interested in being directed to them just click on the photo or link.



Tea-rific stamp set 




Dreamin’ Big Paper Pack 



Dreamin Big Complements


Happy Scrapin’!



DIY Light Box

So I don’t know about you but I struggle with taking a good picture of my layouts. Getting the right lighting, the right angle, the entire page in perfect focus. I honestly dread time for pictures.

My husband came home the other day with this brilliant idea for a DIY light box. I’ve seen it done on some Pinterest posts before. And it’s so easy!

First I started with a box that I had lying around in the garage. I cut the flaps off. Then cut square holes into 3 of the sides. 1 side and the bottom remain intact.


Once you do that, you need some kind of white material that is semi transparent. I’ve seen some use tissue paper. I had a banquet roll of plastic white tablecloth so that’s what I used. You have to tape it over the 3 holes you cut.


After that you’re almost done!

Now you need that big white poster board type paper you can buy at Wal-Mart or the Dollar Tree. Ya know the kind kids do school projects on. Not the cardboard stuff. The big heavy-duty piece of paper.

Cut that to the width of your box and tape it inside so it lays inside and runs out with a very subtle crease (In case you want to take pictures of other things beside your layouts. You don’t want to see the crease in the picture).



You can either just rest the layout against the back of the box. It stays pretty good. Or do what I did and use a small piece of tape from a tape runner and put it on the top back corners just to keep it secure.

Once you do that and you’re ready to take a picture you have 2 options. For an inside picture, you would need 2 portable bright lights/lamps you can place on either side to give you lots of light. Or take it outside and place it on its back (layout laying on the ground) in the direct sun. The box will diffuse the light for your picture.

It’s that easy! Make sure your camera is taking the picture with a high aperture for an incredible in focus picture.

Back in business baby!

Haha! Yes! Back in business. After an almost 2 year hiatus due to having my second daughter i’m back in my creative space creating! It feels so good! I have missed it so much. I love having a messy desk again. I feel so behind though! I think as scrapbookers we always feel behind, huh? Do we ever have everything we want completed in our albums? I don’t think so. I never did anyway.

I’m so upset in the middle of getting everything ready for posting again, i accidently deleted my orignal blog! It was I wanted to cry! 3 years of projects, design team layouts, vidoes… all gone in one click! I don’t even know how i did it, which makes me even more angry. I thought I was deleting something else, not realizing that it would totally wipe out my blog in the process. I guess you live and you learn. What’s done is done. I think starting fresh after 2 years is okay though.

The project i’m sharing today is a special one. It’s of the pretty little lady that put me on my little creative pause. I can’t believe in 6 days she’ll be a year old already. Time goes by so fast! And i feel it has gone even quicker this time around compared to my first. I say all the time how i feel like i’ve missed so many things with her. But i’ve been with her every day of her little life. I feel like with the second you’re so busy taking care of the oldest and trying to make sure they adjust okay, then getting through the day, cleaning, laundry, feedings… i also homeschool my oldest so i have that to add on top of that list. With all of that going on i feel like i have not had the time to stop and just take in and cherish moments with my baby. With my first it was easier because i didn’t have anyone else to take care of. If i wanted to sit all day and hold her i could. Now i don’t have that luxury.




For this layout i took the Heidi Swapp heart backround stencil and scanned it into my Silhouette Cameo software and turned it into a cut file. I wish i had done a process video to show how i created the cut file but I neglected to do that. I will make sure to do that next time.

Once i cut it out, i adhered scrap pieces of paper behind the hearts and raised it with pop dots.

I then added the embellishments and title around the photo. The facing page to this in my album will be a pocket page of other pictures from the birth center and her birth story. A post of that to come later. I’m excited to use the Close To My Heart Flip Flaps for that page.



For the month of March you can receive this Close To My Heart stamp set for only $5.00 with a purchse of $50.00 or more (regular price is $17.95).

But during the month of March, if there is anything you see here worth sharing or moving you to follow my blog, each share or follow (whether you’re following my blog, instagram or facebook page) will enter you in for a chance to win this stamp set for FREE! I will randomly select a winner on March 31st. If nothing you see strikes a cord with you, don’t worry i understand. Just check back occasionally for other stamp of the month give-aways!

Please be sure to stop over on Friday. I will be posting a picture tutorial on how to make a light box for better layout photos.

Until then,

Happy scrapin’!