Summer layout, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!

Today I’m sharing a summer themed layout that I created using the Hip Kit Club July 2019 kits.  I was challenged to create a project using a cutfile, so I decided to use the free HKC subscriber cutfile from July 2019 called Circle Background.

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I ended up copying the cutfile 4 times, resizing it, and molding it together to create a smaller circle background.  I backed some of the circles with pattern paper from the kits, keeping a pink yellow orange color palette.  I used foam tape behind the backed circle and adhered it to a sheet of white cardstock.

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Since the background is busy, I didn’t want to over embellish.  I added my 2 photos, and the I placed the title right on top of one of the photos.

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I added a few more embellishments around the photos…those summer themed HKC exclusive ephemera were perfect for this layout!

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I trimmed down the white cardstock, and mounted it on a sheet of pattern paper from Pinkfresh Studio.  I added just 2 tiny strips of journaling to finish my layout.

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I love how my layout turned out, and I hope you were inspired.  Don’t forget to check out the Hip Kit Club website, and take a look at the July and August 2019 Hip Kits!

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Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Thursday!

3 monochromatic cards, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey friends!  Today I am sharing 3 cards that I created using the July 2019 Hip Kit Club kits.  I was challenged to create monochromatic cards, and to include stitching.  I made 3 coordinative cards with tags, and lots of texture and dimension.

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I have a coordinating process video on my YT channel if you are interested:


For my first card, I chose a yellow/orange color scheme.  I pieced together small strips of pattern paper to create a weave texture.  The background paper and puffy sticker sentiment is from Pinkfresh Studio, the paper strips are Bella Blvd and Webster’s Pages, and the flowers are HKC exclusives.

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For my second card, I chose a pink color scheme.  The background paper is Echo Park, and the bird is fussy cut from Webster’s Pages pattern paper.  The tag paper, the fussy cut flower, and the puffy stickers are from Pinkfresh Studio.

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For my last card, I chose a lavender purple color scheme.  The background paper, the tag paper, and the puffy sticker elements are from Pinkfresh Studio.  The other ephemera are Hip Kit Club exclusives.

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I love how these turned out.  I tend to make plain and simple projects, and really let the individual products shine.  I really hope you like my cards.  Don’t forget to check out the Hip Kits!

Happy Monday!



Books matter, 6x 8 pocket page spread featuring Technique Tuesday

Hello friends!  Today I’m sharing a pocket page spread.  I have a 6×8 album that I fill randomly, just for me, of some of my favorite photos or stories.  I used a few Technique Tuesday products: The Story stamp set, Small Numbers crafting dies, and one piece from the Layered Smile crafting dies.

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I decided to make a spread about books and reading.  If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I love reading.

I decided to work on the “why” story 3×4 card first.  I am using a photo of girls in a bookstore.  Since I already had my photo printed, I wanted to pull a few of my favorite colors.  I used some blue and pink watercolor, and watercolor paper to make the background of my card.  Once fully dry, I used black ink to stamp some journaling lines.  I used the larger journaling lines stamp, and I double stamped it (between the first set of lines) to create more journaling lines.  Think college ruled vs wide ruled paper.  Next, I chose the “why this matters” sentiment, and centered it at the top.  I added a little open heart that I die cut from the Layered Smile crafting dies and dark pink cardstock.  I added in my journaling to finish off the card.

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For another card, I wanted to list a review a few of my favorite reads of 2019.  Using the same watercolors, I colored the die cut small numbers.  I created the book titles on the computer, printed it out on white cardstock, and trimmed it into a 3×4 card.  I used Distress Oxide inks, in Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean, to stamp the “just the facts” sentiment.  I glued on the numbers, and used the star from The Story stamp set to stamp my rating.  I used my finger to wipe away a little bit of the star before stamping for the 1/2 stars.

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For my other journaling card, I printed off a quote that I found on pinterest, and I colored it in an ombre blue pattern.  I stitched a little strip of pattern paper from my stash on the bottom.  The stack of books is fussy cut from a piece of Pinkfresh Studio Office Hours collection pattern paper.

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That finishes off this pocket spread.  I love how it turned out!  I think it would be fun to start a separate “books I’ve read and loved” album.

Thanks for stopping by friends!

Happy Sunday!

2 school themed projects, featuring Spellbinders Aug 2019 Large DOM

Hello friends!  Today I’m sharing a couple of clipboard projects that I made using the Spellbinders August 2019 Large Die of the Month kit (DOM).  This month the kit is called Write On.

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I filmed a YT process video, showing you how to piece all the little dies together to make a clipboard, scissors, pencil, pen, and paperclip:


For the first project, I made a clipboard birthday card.  I used the Happiest Birthday glimmer hot foil plates my sentiment, the Pink foil, and my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil machine.  I also used the star dies from one of the previous Spellbinders Large DOM kits, but any small star dies will do.  First I foiled my sentiment on a piece of navy cardstock.  Then I die cut all the pieces I needed, and pieced them together.  You can see it in my process video.

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For my next project, I wanted to create a back-to-school morning checklist for my 9 year old.  I made sure to laminate it, so she can use a dry erase marker in the morning.  First, I made a word document checklist.  I printed it off on lightweight white cardstock.  I used the smaller rectangle die to cut it out, then laminated it using my laminating machine.  Next, I die cut all the pieces, and put it together.  I used all my daughter’s favorite colors, so I know she’ll love it!

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These dies are so awesome!  I love the detail put into these dies…I mean look at that pencil!  You can also make the scissors move by using a small brad.

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I hope you like my projects, and picked up some inspiration!  Don’t forget to check out the Spellbinders site for the different club kits, like the Large Die of the Month or the Glimmer Foil of the Month, as well as lots of other crafty goodies!  Thanks for hanging out!

Happy Wednesday!

2 Back to School layouts, featuring PinkFresh Studio

Hello friends!  I’m on the Pinkfresh Studio blog today, and I’m sharing 2 back to school layouts that I created using the new Office Hours collection.  You can now purchase this collection directly through the Pinkfresh Studio website.  The 12×12 paper pack is available here, and the embellishment bundle is available here.  Even though this collection is office themed, it is so versatile!  I’ve already used it on a layout featuring coffee and my scrap room, which you can see here, and today I’m using it for school layouts.


For my first layout, I wanted to document my oldest daughter’s first day of middle school.  It was the first time we didn’t walk her into the school on her first day, even though we did drop her off in the morning, and it was her first time riding the bus.

I’m happy to report that Pinkfresh Studio will soon have coordinating cut files for their paper collections available for purchase, so keep an eye out for that.  The cut file I used for this layout is called Stack of Books, and I used my Silhouette machine to cut it from white cardstock.  I used a couple pattern papers to back the cut file.

Next I worked on my background.  I used the Pinkfresh watercolors, and a couple of tiny ceramic bowls to create watercolor rings in rainbow order.  I also splattered my cardstock with the colors.

I mounted my photos on pattern paper.  The pattern paper that look like file tabs is cut from the Busy pattern paper.  I adhered my photos to the background, and embellished around them.  I used my backed cutfile, as well as Puffy stickers, Epoxy stickers, Fabric Ephemera, and Cardstock Ephemera.  I added one of the Wood Accent stickers that says “you got this” on top of the photo of my daughter walking.

I also fussy cut a section of books from the Organize pattern paper. and attached it to the bottom of my layout using foam tape.

I finished off my layout with punched stars and enamel dots.  I punched 2 different sized stars from the pattern papers, and glued on the coordinating watercolor ring colors.  (I did have to punch one pink and purple star from the Just a Little Lovely pattern papers to get a few pink and purple embellishments.)  I also added some enamel dots to the coordinating colors.  I used the yellow and blue from this collection, but I pulled a few enamel dots from previous Pinkfresh collections.

This layout turned out so fun and vibrant, and I absolutely love it!  I hope it inspired you as well.


For my second layout, I have photos of my middle daughter from her first week of school in Second grade.  Taking outfit photos all week is a tradition for us.  I also keep some of the clothing tags to remember where we shopped, and what sizes they wore, so you’ll see that on my layout among the embellishments.

I started with a white piece of cardstock.  I stitched lines with light blue thread to mimic the look of notebook paper.  I added my photos with foam tape, then added various embellishment clusters.  I used 2 pencils and a camera from the Chipboard stickers, I used an epoxy circle and enamel dots from the Mixed Embellishments, and aI sprinkled in a few stickers from the Phrase Sticker sheet and the Puffy Sticker sheet, as well as a few cardstock Ephemera.

I used Second Grade for my title.  I used the coral and blue Mini Puffy alphas to create my title on a journaling card from the Ephemera pack.  To finish off my layout, I added some sky blue watercolor splatters and hand drawn stars.

I absolutely love the way my traditional school themed layout turned out, and I hope you do too!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Don’t forget to check out this fun collection on the Pinkfresh Studio website!




2 cute cards, featuring Spellbinders August 2019 GOM

Hello friends!  Today I’m sharing 2 cards to I created with the August 2019 Glimmer Hot Foil of the Month (GOM), called All Occasion Pennants.

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This month, you get 5 pennant hot plates that have a different sentiment on them, as well as a coordinating die and a die for the stick/string.  You also get a roll of prism hot foil.

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I also had some Spellbinders Die D-Lites in my stash from a previous project, which you can see here, and I wanted to use them again because they are so cute!  For my backgrounds, I created some alcohol inked panels that I trimmed down.


For my first card, I used the “Hooray” pennant.  I hot foiled it on yellow cardstock and I used the prism foil.  I die cut the pennant using the coordinating die, and I die cut the stick in brown cardstock.  I used the Lion, Oh My! dies to create this cute little lion using cardstock from my stash.  Doesn’t the little lion look so dapper and cute?!

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For my second card, I used the “Bday” pennant, and I used the polished brass foil.  Again, using the coordinating dies, I die cut the pennant.  I also die cut the stick in coral cardstock.  For this card, I used the Woliver dies to create this cute little walrus.  I added some Nuvo white blizzard to the walrus’ pom poms, and the ice pieces.

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To finish off my cards, I attached the background to white A2 sized card bases with fun foam.  I attached the pennants and cute little animals with foam squares.  Then, I added some of the FSJ Starry Night sequins for a little more interest.

If you’re interested, I did film a YT process video featuring a few of the Spellbinders Die D-Lites a while back.  The lion is on there, but the walrus is not.  Here is the link:


Also, if you’re new to the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil system, here is my first YT video explaining how to use it:


I really hope you like my cards, and picked up some inspiration.  I had a blast making them!

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Don’t forget to check out all the goodies on the Spellbinders website.

Happy Thursday!

Star Student, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!  Today I’m sharing a layout that I created using the July 2019 Hip Kit Club kits.  I was challenged to be inspired by the moodboard.  I created the moodboard for July, so I was really excited.  I was also challenged to use a lot of stars.

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Obviously I love all the images in the moodboard, but for this layout, I was inspired by the rainbow colors, the paper banner, and the rainbow stars.

Here is my layout:

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My oldest daughter got an award at school a couple years ago, and I am just getting around to scrapbooking it.

I also filmed a process video if you’re interested:


Since I was challenged to use a bunch of stars on my layout, I started punching stars from all the patten papers.  I also punched stars from the different colored cardstocks, and I decided that I really loved the way it looked.  I trimmed the cardstock into strips, and measured out every 1 1/2 in, and punched a star.  I really like how orderly it looks.

I sprinkled some colored splatter onto white cardstock in a tone on tone color scheme, keeping in mind the order of the colors I wanted for my star strips.  Then I machine stitched the star strips to the background and added more splatters.

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Next I added my photo, and added some black and white flowers that I fussy cut from a Pinkfresh Studio pattern paper.

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I decided to stick to the tone on tone theme to embellish the layout.  I added in a Pinkfresh Studio wood ephemera (the piece that says work), as well as a few puffy stickers.  The cute little camera is a 3D sticker from 1Canoe2, and that plumeria flower is a Hip Kit Club exclusive.

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I debated on either the gold or the white alpha stickers for my title, but I decided that I liked how subtle the white alphas looked.  I always want to keep the focus on my photo.

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I really like how my layout turned out, and I’m glad I’ve got another layout for my daughter’s album.  I hope you’ve gotten some inspiration from my moodboard and project as well!

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Happy Tuesday!