Then & Now, featuring Hip Kit Club, and a YT process video

Hi friends!

Today, I’m sharing a layout with you featuring Hip Kit Club August 2018 kits.  I am using the Main kit, Project Life kit, and Embellishment kit.

I am scrapping a Then & Now page of my youngest in her Dock A Tot, and her Dock A Tot grande.  Time is just flying by with this one…she is getting so big already!  *Sad face

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Also, I’m so excited to share that I have my very first ever YouTube process video!


I’ve done layout like this before where I puzzle piece together embellishments on a layout.  There’s really no layering or mixed media.  I love how clean and simple it looks, yet graphic it looks as well.

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If you watch the video, you’ll see that it’s mostly just me pushing embellishments around until I like how things look.  Also, since I’m going for a graphic look, I want things to line up and be as straight as possible.

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I hope you like my layout and my process video!

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Thanks for stopping by, and

Happy Thursday!




Forever Young, featuring Indigo Hills 2 by Pinkfresh Studio

Hello friends!  I am up on the Pinkfresh Studio blog today sharing a layout featuring the new Pinkfresh Studio collection: Indigo Hills 2.  This collection is absolutely stunning!  I love the moody deep colors, but also the soft elements of this collection as well, like the hand drawn elements and the delicate florals.


For more information on my layout, the process, and more photos, please visit the Pinkfresh Studio blog.  I will link the supplies at the bottom of my post.

I thought I would do something a little different, so instead of detailing my layout process, I thought I would talk about the story of the photo.

I chose a photo of my husband & I taken on our recent 14th wedding anniversary.  14 years…my how the time flies!  Since we were crazy with getting ready to sell our first house, and move into a new house, we decided for a simple date night.  A quick dinner out, and then we went to watch a movie.


Fun fact, I met my husband when I started high school…we are band nerds.  LOL!  We started dating right before my junior year, so we’ve been together a long long long time.  Ha!  It’s crazy to think that in my life already, I’ve been with him more than without.

The title of my layout is forever young.  The journaling says: a few more gray hairs, but forever young.  I guess that’s why this title and the journaling is spot on with our story.  We both feel like we’re young at heart, and can talk about the times when we were kids  in high school and college.


Now you know a little something more about me!  I hope I’ve inspired you to get crafty.  Please be sure to check out the new Pinkfresh Studio blog post, the Indigo Hills 2 collection, and also participate in the Pinkfresh Studio monthly challenge for an awesome giveaway opportunity!

Products used:

Meadow paper (wreath),sapphire, emerald city, lavender, bubble gum, and espresso watercolors, Eminence paper, Glen paper,wood stickers (REAL LIFE), cardstock stickers (forever young), chipboard stickers (being with you is my favorite), puffy stickersenamel dots, and gold puffy alpha stickers (gold dots).

Happy Wednesday!

Grade Seven, featuring Pinkfresh Studio

Hello friends!  Today I’m on the Pinkfresh Studio blog as a part of their monthly challenge.


This month, it’s an “inspired by” challenge, and I am always inspired by my fellow DT members.  Head on over to the Pinkfresh Studio blog for more info, and to partake in the challenge!

I wanted to document my daughter’s first week of seventh grade for this project.  As part of tradition, I like to include tags from their new clothes in these back to school layouts.

Here is what I created:


I was inspired by a layout by fellow DT member Lorilei, and you can see her layout here. I was inspired by her layered hearts, her wonky paper layers, and the white space in her layout.

For the background papers, I used the Be Brave and Flawsome pattern papers.  For the hearts, I used the Sincere, Happy Life, and Good Company pattern papers, as well as some nesting hearts dies and my diecutting machine.


I fussy cut some flowers from the Lemon Lush pattern paper, and I also used another floral piece from the ephemera pack to layer under my photos.


I added some enamel dots, the happy puffy sticker, and my mint puffy sticker title.


Along with my hand written journaling, I added some ink splatters and hand drew tiny hearts to finish off my layout!

I’m so happy with how my layout turned out, and I was super inspired by Lorilei’s layout.  I hope you stop by the Pinkfresh Studio blog to check out the challenge!

Happy Sunday!

2 rainbow layouts, featuring Pinkfresh Studio: Simple & Sweet

Hello friends!  Today I’m on the Pinkfresh Studio blog, and I am sharing 2 rainbow layouts featuring the Simple & Sweet collection.  Make sure you head over there for even more photos and info on how I created my layouts!

For my first layout, I used my photo as the jumping off point, and I decided to use a quote as my title and main focus.


On a piece of white cardstock, I used a cloud stencil and blue ink to lightly add a few clouds onto my background.  I used the Happy Life, Fresh Air, and Good Company pattern papers to cut the letters of my quote using my silhouette machine.  I arranged the colors in rainbow order, then lightly adhered them to my layout.  I also used the blue puffy alpha stickers to finish off my quote.


Next I layered my photo onto a piece of Simplicity pattern paper that I cut down to size.  I also fussy cut some of the flowers from the Lemon Lush pattern paper, and embellished the top left and bottom right corners of the photo.


I added some puffy gold hearts and a few enamel dots to add detail to my layout.  To finish off my project, I adhered paper strips to the bottom of my layout, and an embellishment cluster to the top left of my layout to balance everything out.

I really love the way this layout turned out, and I hope you do too!


For my next project, I decided to scrap a school photo of my oldest daughter from a few years back…I’ve got some catching up to do!


Again, I was inspired by the soft rainbow colors in this collection, and I backed Paige Evans’ stars wreath cut file with the same papers I used above.

I added some ink splatters with the matching colors of the stars on a piece of white cardstock.  Once dry, I attached the cut file with foam squares to add a little dimension.  I also added some enamel dots in the coordinating colors.



I attached my photo to a piece of Fresh Air pattern paper.  I also embellished the photo with more of the fussy cut flowers, the “bright” puffy sticker sentiment, a gold puffy heart, a frame from the ephemera pack, and a chipboard sticker sentiment.


I finished off my layout by mounting it on to a piece of Fresh Air pattern paper, and adding some machine stitching around the edges.


I love how my layout turned out, and I hope I’ve inspired you to get crafty with some Simple & Sweet products!

Happy Tuesday!

We All Scream For Ice Cream, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!  Today I’m playing with Hip Kit Club exclusives from the July 2018 Hip Kits.

Since there were so many ice cream themed products, I knew I had to create an ice cream layout.

Here’s what I came up with:

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I used photos of my youngest enjoying some Baskin Robins ice cream.  My journaling says: “little miss loves ice cream already! her favorite flavor: whatever Mommy or Daddy is having.”

I started by splattering white cardstock with some shimmerz from last month’s color kit.  Then I added some machine stitching.  I’ve done this on a few other layouts, which you can see here and here, and I love the texture it adds!  I love the HKC exclusive scalloped paper, and it was screaming to be fussy cut!  I cut out the pink and blue scallops, then machine stitched them to my layout using coordinating thread.

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I matted my photos to an HKC exclusive PL card and pattern paper, and adhered it to the layout with foam squares.  Next, I used the HKC exclusive alphas for my title.  I absolutely love the tiny alphas!

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To finish off my layout, I just added in bits and pieces that matched the ice cream theme and the blue and pink colors I was going for.  I used a lot more exclusives…how cute is that acetate & wood veneer ice cream cone?!  I just used strong liquid glue (Ranger multi matte medium) to glue it to my layout, and it seems to be working great.  I used a few pieces from the ephemera pack, some of the cute puffy hearts, and a few of the thin wood veneer.

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I added my journaling that I typed up on my typewriter, and I was done!  I love love love how my layout turned out!

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I used the July 2018 Hip Kits: the Main kit, Project Life kit, the puffy stickers from the Embellishment Kit, and the white cardstock from the Cardstock kit.  I hope I’ve inspired you to get out your July kits and get crafty!

Happy Saturday!

SUMMER, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hi friends!  Today I’m sharing a layout I made for Hip Kit Club.  I was challenged to use the Project Life kit and the Hip Kit Club exclusive papers from the July 2018 hip kits.

Here is what I created:

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I cut the SUMMER cut file, which is one of the freebie July cut files found on the HKC website, from white cardstock and backed it with some exclusive papers and a few of the project life cards. I love that the colors coordinate so well together, and they are perfect for pool and summer layouts!

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I used the blue Pinkfresh Studio watercolor from this month’s color kit, as well as the blue shimmer from last month’s color kit to add splatters in a diagonal across the blue cardstock.  I also splattered watered down white paint across the layout, and drew some tiny circles with a white gel pen.  Once everything was dry, I used thin foam squares to adhere the cut file to the layout.

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I added most of the embellishments around my photo to draw your eye to my 3 smiling cuties in the pool.  (They love the water!  Thank goodness for our neighborhood pools!)

I love those HKC exclusive wood veneer.  They are so thin and easy to work with!  I used 3 of them on this layout.

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Next I added my journaling to the bottom left of the layout, and a few little embellishments.

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I really like how my layout turned out. I hope you’re inspired to get crafty.

If you haven’t already, check out the July 2018 Hip Kits; they are packed with lots of exclusives! I used the Main kit, Project Life kit, Embellishment kit, one of the blue cardstocks from the Cardstock kit, and I used the Sky Blue Pinkfresh Studio watercolors from the Color kit.  I also used the Frost Bit Shimmerz from the June 2018 Color kit.

Happy Saturday!