November Traditions memory planner, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey friends!  I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday!  Today, I’m sharing a spread in my Memory Planner that I shared on the Hip Kit Club blog a few days ago.  Even though it’s a week in November, I created a Christmas spread.  Every year, we take our daughters to see Santa sometime in the week of Thanksgiving.  We do this for a few reasons: the girls have some days off from school, there is usually no line to see Santa, and we like to beat the December mall crowds.  I thought it would be fun to document the reason for our tradition, and to show pictures of each of my 3 girls’ first trip to see Santa.  (P.S. we went to see Santa this year on Tuesday, the 21st, and we were the only ones there!)

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I found myself using a lot of exclusive products from the November 2017 Main Kit, Embellishment Kit, Project Life Kit, and December Documented Kit.  There are lots of exclusive goodies in these kits!

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I started my spread by laying out the most important parts: the pictures, the title, and the journaling.  I backed the 3 pictures with pattern paper, and layed them out where I wanted them to go.  Then I worked on the title; I fussy cut “November” from one of the Project Life cards, and I love the exclusive gold alpha!  Next, I drew out a few lines, and added my journaling.

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Once all the important pieces were in place, I filled some of the empty spots with embellishments.  One of my favorite parts of the spread are the ornaments that I fussy cut from an exclusive 8×8 paper in the December Documented kit.  I added 3 ornaments on each side of the spread for balance.

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I finished off my spread with some machine stitching and gold ink splatters.

I absolutely love how this turned out!  I love having all the pictures of my girls’ first Santa visit on one spread.  (I love this story so much, that I may have to do a layout and/or document it in my December Documented album as well!)

I hope I have inspired you to get crafty!  I highly recommend you check out these kits if you haven’t yet!

Happy Tuesday!


Trio of cards, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey friends! Today, I have a trio of winter/ holiday cards that I recently shared on the Hip Kit Club Facebook page.  I made my cards using the Hip Kit Club November 2017 Main Kit, Embellishment kit, Project Life Kit, and Color Kit.  I made a clean and simple graphic card, a shaker card, which if you know me, you know they’re my favorite kind to make, and a card that holds a gift card.

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I absolutely love the color kit this month.  The sweater weather stencil by Echo Park is perfect for winter cards, and Distress oxide inks are so fun!  For my shaker and gift card cards, I used the stencil, Versamark ink, and the white embossing powder, creating a resist pattern for the distress oxide ink.

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For my shaker card, I used the peacock feathers distress oxide ink from the color kit, and also broken china distress oxide ink from my stash.  Isn’t that “sweater weather forever” sentiment perfect for the snowman and penguin wearing scarves and hats?  (I am loving all the critters in the Hip Kit Club ephemera pack from the November Main Kit… Kim Watson did an amazing job!)

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For my next card, I used the 2 distress oxide colors in the color kit…the 2 colors blend together so nicely!  To make a pocket for the gift card on my second card, I cut a Project Life card in half, and machine stitched it around 3 sides.

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For my 3rd card, I ink blended some distress inks from my stash to create a soft, cold morning sky.  The houses, sign, and tree are fussy cut from the Pinkfresh Studio December Days Starry Night paper.  The hillside is the American Crafts Sweater Weather Warm Wishes paper.  I love how simple, yet graphic this card turned out!

I am so ready for the holidays!  (I can’t wait for December Daily!)  Making these cards made me realize how close we are to December!  I haven’t gotten my decorations out yet…I’m trying to hold off until after Thanksgiving.  Also, I don’t know how much decorating I’ll do, considering I have a baby-on-the-move right now.  How about you?  Are you ready for the holidays?

Happy Friday y’all!

Memory Planner post, featuring Sweet Stamp Shop!

Hey guys!  I’m here with a Memory Planner post today!  My Ruby turned ONE recently, and I wanted to document her 12 month milestones in my planner.  She had a donut party, and some of Sweet Stamp Shop’s products are perfect for this planner spread!  I am using the Sweet Stamp Shop Baby Plans stamp set and my Happy Planner.

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First, I stamped out a bunch of images from the stamp set that I thought I might use, colored them using my Copic markers, and then fussy cut them.  (How perfect is that banner for Ruby’s name?!)

Here is my planner, all decorated:

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I used photos from her invitation photo session, and I also included a copy of her invitation.  Once I layed out where I wanted to place everything, I decided to do some masked stamping on her party day, Saturday the 21st.  I took some post-it notes, and masked off the other areas of the planer using the lines of the planner as my guide, and leaving the spot I want to stamp open.  I used the party hat and a small star repeatedly in the space with pink ink.  (I also used the small party word that’s from an old Sweet Stamp Shop planner stamp set.)

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The best part of masked stamping is pulling off the masking (post-it notes in this case).

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Next, I added the “months old” and “year old” stamps from the Baby Plans stamp set.  I also added some washi tape; I used the number candles from the Celebrate set and donut washi from an older Sweet Stamp Shop set.

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Next, I added the photos.  I also printed out the “Donut Worry,” which is actually meant to be an iPhone wall paper, and is a free download you can find on the Design + Happiness blog here.  I also glued the invite to a piece of pattern paper, and attached it to the planner page.

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To finish off my planner, I added in the stamped images from the Baby Plans set, a few stickers from my stash, and did a little journaling about her milestones.

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I love the little label with a baby face on it.  It’s perfect to write in a birthday time or an appointment time.  I stamped the Happy birthday sentiment from the Happy Birthday stamp set above the invite.  I also stamped and colored the Unicorn Donut…perfect for her donut party!

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That’s it!  I hope you liked my planner spread!  I want to use the Baby Plans stamp set in a mini album.  I took monthly photos of my baby girl, and this stamp set would be great for a mini album of those photos!

I hope I inspired you to get crafty!  Have an awesome day!

Happy Thursday!


Magical, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey everyone!  A few days ago I was on the Hip Kit Club blog along with fellow team member Corrie for sketch Friday.  A weekly sketch challenge is posted every Friday on the Hip Kit Club blog, Facebook page, and Facebook Member Forum.  I highly recommend you check it out the Hip Kit Club Member Forum Facebook page to see how you can participate and win a $10 coupon code to the store!

Today, I have a Halloween layout to share with you.  I like to get my Halloween photos scrapped as soon as I can…If I don’t, I forget about them with the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and they never get scrapped.  I think I still need to scrap 2013 & 2014…

Here’s my take on the sketch:

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I used my October 2017 Main Kit, Embellishment kit , Color kit, and the cardstock I used is the Bazzill tutu pink from the cardstock kit.

I wanted to use one of the giant Dear Lizzy white chipboard words, as I hadn’t used any yet, and I thought “magical” was very fitting for a Halloween layout.  I dressed it up with some mixed media.  I used the Shimmerz Old Yeller Inkling with a bit of the packaging technique and I also painted with a small paint brush.

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While the chipboard was drying, I got to work on my layout.  Can you believe I only used one pattern paper on this layout?  I loved both sides of the Pinkfresh Studio Escape the Ordinary paper in transform.  I used the b&w side as my frame.  Whenever I matte a layout on a piece of pattern paper, I always cut out the inside, so I can still use the paper.  Do you do that too?  Since I cut out the middle, I had enough left over to use on my layout.  I punched some circles out of the b&w side, and I used the yellow floral side as a layer behind my photos.

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I used circles as embellishment spots on my layout.  I looked for black and white elements within the kits to embellish the circles, which was plentiful in the Pinkfresh Studio Escape the Ordinary collection.  I added some paint splatters, and my journaling, and called it done!

Even though I didn’t use any Halloween product on my layout, I think it turned out very “Halloweenie!”

I hope you like my layout!  I encourage you to play along with our sketch!

Happy Sunday y’all!

Baby products I love: Lorena Canals rugs

Hey guys!  I’m here today with another post in my baby favorites blog series.  Today, I will be talking about Lorena Canals rugs.

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We pulled up the rug in our living room, because we thought it would be cleaner, less dust, etc.  However, my girls like to play on the floor, and I was starting to get worried about it being too cold on the floor when “winter” rolls in.  (We live in Texas, so it doesn’t get extremely cold, but still…)  Also, with baby girl on the move, we needed something to cushion her as she learned to sit up, crawl, and start to walk.  We were using some foam mats set up on one wall with her toys, but it wasn’t all that pretty to look at.  They are bright primary colors, and stand out like a sore thumb in our grey/neutral living room.

I came across Lorena Canals rugs on instagram when looking at beautiful nurseries.  I loved the soft, sophisticated look of the rugs, and decided to check them out for myself!

What I quickly discovered was that the major selling point of Lorena Canals rugs is that they are machine-washable…I repeat: machine-washable!!!  How fantastic is that?  With 2 dogs, and 3 kids, a machine-washable rug is everything!

When I got the opportunity to try out a LC rug for myself, I jumped at the chance and chose the Braids rug in pearl grey.

trenzas-pearl-greyThis rug comes in 2 sizes, and I got the bigger one, which measures 4’ x 5’3”.  I love this rug!  It looks so much better in the corner of our living room than the bright foam mats!  The color is perfect, and I love the subtle pattern.

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So far, I have washed it once, and it fits in my standard-sized washing machine with room left over.  The care instructions say you can tumble dry on low heat, but I chose to hang dry mine.  Lorena Canals rugs are light weight, so it dried in no time.

I am so happy to have this rug!  Baby girl loves to eat her snacks, and I’m glad that I can vacuum up the crumbs, and if she spills anything on it, I can throw it in the washing machine.

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Lorena canals rugs are natural and eco-friendly; They are 100% natural cotton, made with non-toxic dyes, and contain no VOCs.  LC rugs are designed in Spain, and handmade in India.  I love that the proceeds support the Sakula project, and helps to provide schooling for children in India.

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If you have kiddos, I highly recommend you check Lorena Canals rugs out!  They also have cute cushions, blankets, and baskets.

My girls love having a rug again, and I love that I can wash it.

Happy Tuesday y’all!


Love you so much layout, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey guys!  I was on the Hip Kit Club Facebook page a couple of days ago, and I shared a fun layout focusing on Pinkfresh Studio Escape the Ordinary stitched tags which are included in the Hip Kit Club October 2017 Embellishment kit.

When I got the tags assignment, I was inspired by some banners I recently made for my daughter’s first birthday party.  I made a banner from all of her monthly pictures, and strung it with a donut banner that I bought, and a one banner that I made.

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I knew I wanted to string the Pinkfresh Studio tags on a piece of twine, and add a few more twine banners.

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I used the Bazzill Whirlpool cardstock from the October 2017 Cardstock kit, and I splattered some watered down white acrylic paint.  I also splattered Shimmerz Old Yeller Inklings & Lapis Dance Creameez from the October 2017 Color kit.

Next I started the banners.  I used the bigger tags as a spot for my photos.  The photos are from my husband & I’s 10 year anniversary trip to colorado in 2014.  I had made a mini album, which I blogged about here, but I never made layouts to include in my regular scrapbook album.  I used 3 of the smaller tags for embellishments and a spot for my journaling.

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I made 3 more twine banners with lots of stars from the Pinkfresh Studio ephemera pack included in the October 2017 Main kit and 2 small tags I diecut from pattern paper.  For my title, I hand wrote “love you so much” across the page to match the whimsical feel of the star banners.

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I added the banners lower on my page than I initially wanted, so I decided to add a strip of pattern paper to the top of my layout to balance all the action on the bottom.  A few more bits and pieces to finish my layout, and I called it done!

I love how my layout turned out, and I hope you do too!  Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you are inspired to get crafty!

Happy Friday!