National Scrapbook Day Blog Hop!!

Happy National Scrapbook Day 2015!! 

To kick off this NSD right, I thought I would share something HIGHLY appropriate. My very 1st layout of 2015.... dun dun duuuuuuuuuuun....

Most of my scrapbooks these days are filled with pocket pages. They work well for me and I can mostly keep up with our daily lives. But, every now and again, I like to throw a good ol' 12x12 layout into the mix. In honor of NSD, here is my current take on traditional scrapbooking. 

I mean, look at all those goodies I can get onto the page. They really do capture parts of our Pip! 

What are your plans for NSD? I have my regular Saturday night crop to attend and I will be co-hosting an all day crop on the 16th! Hopefully I can get a few more layouts done for the album and keep things interesting! 

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Chances are, if you are reading this blog you love to scrapbook. Today, scrapbooking takes on many different forms from the traditional 12x12 layouts to smaller formats like 8.5 x 11, 6x6 and the ever growing popular pocket scrapbooking. Whichever form you prefer, we are all story tellers and love to preserve our family memories for generations to come. That is why I love that we take out the first Saturday each May to celebrate this wonderful hobby. As you hang out at crops at your Local Scrapbooking Store or perhaps just have a group of friends over for an in home crop, we have a wonderful hop here to inspire you as you pull out your pictures, papers, embellishments and the ever important adhesive to hold all these together and tell your stories! We have a great group of bloggers and scrapbookers just like you joining us today so I hope you will take a moment to visit each one. 

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Setting the mood for SUMMER CELEBRATIONS with Clearsnap

Over on the Clearsnap blog, Jennifer Priest has shared a mood board for may! Its sherbert-y and YUMMY!

I couldn't resists making a few quick cards featuring the colors and that laid back, summer fun feel.

To create these cards I used a variety of vivid ColorBox inks with ColorBox Art Daubers and a couple fun stencils.

The Art Daubers are the perfect tool to get the most out of a detailed stencil while flawlessly blending your inks.

The ice cream cones were no challenge even with the layering of two colors. The cones even have some really cool shadowing that just magically happened independent of my efforts. LOVE IT!

Supply List:
Pigment Ink Colors:
ColorBox Art Daubers
Grosgrain Ribbon


I was having so much fun with this color scheme, it worked its way into another project. Here is a sneak peak of a card made using the incredible Art Wheel to layer gorgeous colors from a ColorBox Queue. Check back soon for a new tutorial with details on this artful and easy technique!


Tombow and Clearsnap STICK TOGETHER with simple, all-occasion cards!

 Hello and Welcome to the Tombow USA and Clearsnap Blog Hop! For this hop we swapped products that were made for each other: Tombow Adhesives and Clearsnap Foils! On this hop we will share easy, affordable and fun ways to use Clearsnap's Designer Foils with Tombow adhesive as well as other fun ways Tombow and Clearsnap products work together. 

"Stick" with us for the next two days to be inspired!


 You probably got here from Jennie’s blog but if you stumbled across my blog go the Tombow USA Blog to get this hop started right!

I have been blessed with an amazing group of friends who LOVE to send each other cards. I mean, really, who doesn't love getting a little something special in the mail? That being said, I always need to have a few unique cards on hand to send out in reply to a friend or for no reason at all!

Not always knowing what occasions will pop up, I created a set of cards that will not let me down. On a piece of smooth white cardstock, a full sized Clearnsnap Colorbox pigment ink pad makes a great background swatch of color. The variety which these pigment inks are available in is stunning. I have used the following colors: sweet melon, royal blue, sunflower, and ocean.

Once your color swatch is completely dry, use the incredible Tombow glue pen and write your greeting. No stamps. No clean up. Just write what's on your mind and in your heart! The Tombow glue pen has a great flow of adhesive that works amazing with all types of teeny mediums.

Quickly cover your glue writing in ColorBox Embossing Powder in white, shake off excess, and use a heat tool to melt/fix your powder. Mount your white cardstock onto a coordinating piece of colored cardstock and you are all done.

So, the lesson learned today, Clearsnap  and Tombow are not only amazing on their own there is no limit to their creativity and usefulness together. Ready to give some a try? Check out the generous prize pack that Clearsnap and Tombow have contributed to our hop!


 To win, visit and comment on the participating blog posts. You have until April 21 at 11:59 EST to comment. A winner will be picked randomly and announced on April 22 2015. The prize includes: Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, NEW Tombow Adhesive Dots, Tombow Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive and the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. Glitter – Gold Sparkle and Ruby Slippers, Designer Foils – Cherry 

Looking to catch up? Check out the other fabulous bloggers participating in this blog hop!
Friday: Tombow USA Blog Sabrina Alery Beth Watson Jennifer Priest Daniella Hayes Guest Designer Jennifer Loftfield Jennie Garcia Guest Designer Holly King Latrice Murphy Clearsnap Blog

Saturday: Clearsnap Blog Meihsia Liu Latrice Murphy Dana Tatar Jennifer Priest Suzanne Austin Tami Sanders Tombow USA Blog


Sprinkling a Little Love....

After the Christmas season has past, I always want to de-clutter the house and keep the decorations (if any are even allowed) simple. This year Valentines Day was allowed to be festive. A new table runner from Ikea, a few candles in pretty containers (after christmas sales at World Market), and simple ribbon and paper garlands for the windows....

(Look at that determination!)

The first project we tackled were simple paper heart chains. The boy cut strips of 1" paper out of scraps (more on that later) and used a simple stapler to create a chain to adorn the window in his room.

The boy was quite pleased with his handy work once we draped it over his curtain rod. Great project for smaller hands and short attention spans!

(Terrible photo, but the boy's room is mid-sprucing. Reveal to come...)

Next, I worked a bit more solo and got out the trusty Silhouette. It always feels nice to dust off one of those fancy crafting machines that I just had to have! Not to mention use some of my stockpiled credit in the silhouette store. That too.

One slightly gloomy afternoon, my silhouette got a great work out. Knowing I wanted to pull together something Valentines like, I hit the paper scrap stash hard to gather materials. I sort my paper scraps by color, kinda. In a set of these drawers, I have 3 groups of colors: 1) red, pinks, oranges, & yellows 2) blues, greens, & purples 3) whites, browns, blacks, & greys. This system has worked well for me for many years now. Most importantly, it limits the amount of scraps I can have at any one point, its a pretty nifty feeling to use scraps for a project rather than cut into full sheets of paper, and, lastly, the boy knows this is the area paper is kept that he can always use and he does.

So, armed with big hunks of paper in reds and pinks, I started to cut. I went with a geometric heart and a couple other more classic heart shapes and cut until I ran out of scraps.

(kitchen table window)

 Dressing the window was very simple. A few strings of ribbon (its nice to have a healthy stash of all sorts of ribbons. seam binding and wholesale floral supplies are your friends) strung to end to end and I stapled the hearts at will.

(living room window)

I hope this has inspired you to sprinkle a little love around your home. Keep it simple. Keep it light. BUT, KEEP IT!!!

Sunshine & Bunnies, 


Looking for  paper chain tutorial? Try this one! 


THIS MONTH v. no time like the present

December brought us many many good times. Disneyland, visit from our Mimi, holiday shenanigans, etc... I have been documenting it all and very excited to get project done at upcoming crops! 

Already a 1/3rd through January (oops) and 2015 is planned to be an amazing year. 

*Looking forward to:
-Organizing our lesson plans for the semester
-Pinewood Derby Cub Scout Pack Meeting 
-Crafting with some amazing ladies once again (I haven't hosted a crop in well over a month!) 
-Sewing my first batch of princess dresses for the little lady

*Blogging this month:
-Valentines Day Crafts (with and with out kiddos) 
-Auction Fundraiser Planning 
-Home School Organizing 
-Pinewood Derby 
-2015 Holiday Project Wrap Up! 

-Working towards my 1st 5k RUN and on the road to a 1/2 marathon in 2015. 
-Keeping pace in my Day Designer Planner 
-Actually getting all of my projects posts published... on time... 
-Working towards more crafting partnerships
-Relaunching my Etsy store filled with amazing goodies for the upcoming year

Happy 2015!


THIS MONTH v. holy crap its December!

Well, I kinda kept on track last month. Some blog posts. A video even! Husband spend most of November out of town, but made it home to share the holidays. Our Thanksgiving was full of family and wonderful food. It was really nice to have all the nieces & nephews around to see how they have grown in the past year. Its like talking to grown ups... i mean, some of them are 18+, but still! Its amazing! This month will bring many opportunities to enjoy the company of family and friends and its going to be GREAT

*Looking forward to:

DISNEYLAND (surprising the boy with this trip! very excited!)
A very special visit from our Mimi 
Holiday Decorating & Baking
Gift Giving
Wrapping up another semester of homeschooling the boy
Celebrating the season and welcoming great things in 2015

*Blogging this month:
Simple ornaments for kids 

Holiday album updates 
Watercolor holiday canvas video 

Keeping our holidays under budget and overflowing with cheer! 

Happy December!


Kids Craft: Gratitude Banner

While doing Studio Calico's Gratitude Documented E-Course, I sat down with Tyler to talk about being thankful and the things we appreciate in our lives. I wish I was on it enough to talk about this all year, but, HEY, Thanksgiving... its topical... Together we made a list then put a banner together so we would have our visual reminder all month long... (ps. chomping at the bit to start hanging garlands, BUT I will not... no sir...) 

Supplies Needed: 
Assorted Colored Cardstock
Solid Paper 
Misc Embellishment (not required) 

This first and most important step of this project is simply to sit down and discuss gratitude and what we are thankful for. Tyler and I created a list while I prepped our supplies... 

For prep, I pulled scraps of paper that matched my embellishments (omg I need to gush how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE projects that use my scrap!) and cut roughly 1/2" strips from copy paper. I also folded my scraps in half and cut them into random sized hunks ranging from 2" to 5".

While I rewrote the things we are thankful for on stripe of white paper (write in the middle of your write strips if you would like to create banners as we did), Tyler cut the flags/points into our banners. 

Now that all of our elements were prepared, we strung each banner flag on the twine and assembled the strips and embellishments (feathers from Basic Grey) using our stapler to secure each element. 

While this project is best for an older child (6+), I can see how each year the project can get more profound to both parent and child. This would also be fun to do on Thanksgiving day, handing each guests a strip and/or flag and every guest would be able to having their own thankful strips included. 

Such a simple project, but so much meaning.  


Kid Craft: Indian Corn Wreath

I am always looking for ways to keep my kiddos engaged, the house festive, and the messes contained. This craft meets all of those requirements and can be easily completed in a single afternoon. 

Supplies Needed: 
White or Off-White Cardstock
Corn Husk Colored Cardstock 
Paint Brush
Lint Roller 
Bubble Wrap
Piece of Scrap Chipboard/Cardboard
Glue Dots or Hot Glue
Wooden Embroidery Hoop 
Surface Covering (VERY IMPORTANT)

My supplies ended up being cardstock from American Crafts (cream) and the pale green that was embossed with a texture from Cordinations, paint from Ranger (a yellow, orange, red, and brown), along with a scrap of bubble wrap, lint roller from my sewing supplies, and a misc paint brush. 

These supplies were easily gathered from my stash which is always a bonus on the frugality, but would also be very inexpensive to pop into a local craft store and pick up. 

Once we had all of our supplies laid out, Tyler got to work on our background paper for the ears of indian corn by randomly applying our colors of paint on different areas of the bubble wrap covered lint roller. I did suggest to him that he not over lap the paint colors too much as they would mix and would end up the same color. This reminder was somewhat useful. 

Once the paint mostly covered Tyler's roller, he rolled all over the paper until the entire piece of cardstock was covered with tiny dots or kernels of corn. 

While the paint was drying, I created a cardboard template for the ears of corn. Once the paint had completely dried, Tyler turned the cardstock over and traced the ears of corn. He got 6 ears from each piece of 12x12 paper he made. 

I helped Tyler a bit more at this point and we free handed the husks of our ears of corn. he helped with placement and I trimmed the shape. Once our ears of corn were completed we mostly symmetrically attached them to the inner frame of an embroidery hoop with glue dots. I highly recommend adhesives such as glue dots when working with kiddos.

After adding some ribbon from our stash, our new wreath was ready to hang and enjoy. We even have about a dozen more ears of indian corn to use to either decorate our Thanksgiving table, use as place cards, or even dish markers during our Thanksgiving festivities. 

While I did this craft with our 8 year old son, I do feel it can be done with younger children with just as little frustration. Very fun and very memorable craft to share! 


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