Thursday, January 5, 2017

Top Ten Blog Hop Winner

Hello and Happy 2017!  I apologize that I'm announcing my blog hop winner so late!  I unexpectantly  spent last weekend in the hospital. Not the way I wanted to spend New Years but things happen! We were supposed to travel to Louisville for a wedding but ended up in our pajamas at 5pm. My hubby made pancakes for dinner and we watched a few episodes of Parenthood on Netflix (our current binge). 

The winner of the Gift Certificate is Janet Zeppa!  Janet, I emailed you but in case you didn't receive it please email me at

I'm currently working on CHA projects but will be back to blogging asap.  :)
Have a great night!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2016 Top Ten Blog Hop

2016 is coming to a close (thankfully) and that means time for a Top Ten countdown of favorite projects from this past year!  One lucky winner will win a $20 gift certificate to! Simply comment on this post!  I'm also doing a giveaway on my Instagram page as be sure to hop with us there too.  Some of the ladies are also doing a YouTube hop so lots of opportunity for inspiration and giveaways!  

Here is the blog list if you are going in order!  

And here is my list in no particular order!

10.  Simple Stories Hello Fall SN@P! Album:  a fun mini album I created using the Hello Fall collection and 6x8 SN@P! Album

I love Clear Scraps mini albums!! I used Shimelle's Starshine collection for this fun album!

I love this line...well, I love everything Simple Stories puts out!  

Another awesome collection from Simple Stories....such fun, bright colors for summer!  

Again another mini for Clear Scraps! This one is tiny and fun to work with...I used Fancy Pants Designs' Happy Place

A layout I created with Simple Stories' Snow Patrol collection

A cute 7x7 sized acrylic mini using Jillibean Soup's Healthy Hello Soup

Love this Simple Set for my old Army photos!  

love the colors of this collection as well as the bright album! 

another awesome line from Simple Stories. These layouts are near and dear to my heart.  Definitely a time when scrapping is therapy. *sigh*

Thanks for looking!   If you are following the blog hop, head on over to Jen Matott's page!  
Winners of the gift certificate will be announced January 3rd, 2017!  

Happy New Year to you and yours!  

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Clear Scraps Mixable Edgy Album: Let's Go On An Adventure

Hello!  Today I'm sharing a mini I did a few months ago for Clear Scraps!  After layouts, mini album are my favorite to create!  I used the Mixable Edgy Album along with Shimelle's Starshine collection.  

Each page alternates from acrylic to chipboard cascading into different sizes!  This gives you lots of opportunity to layer your embellishments!  I tend to leave my acrylic pages "bare" but paint my chipboard...I just like the way the clear acrylic looks.  

I documented our weekend trip to Chicago for the NFL draft!  We had a lot of fun hanging out with our friends in Grant Park as well as visiting some local hangouts. 

I usually like to include an extra page or two by using envelopes or tags! Here, I used an older Fancy Pants striped envelope I've had in my stash forever.  I layered a Crate Paper chipboard frame with patterned paper as well as an epoxy clip.  

Thanks for looking! Be sure to check out the Clear Scraps shop to see the variety of mini albums!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Simple Stories: layouts with Mistletoe Kisses

Ha I guess I'm only going to post once a month!  Seriously I can't keep up.  Life has been a little challenging blogging is at the bottom of my list. I'd go into more but I think this is supposed to be a scrap blog LOL
I did get away the first weekend of the month to a scrap retreat with some awesome ladies in NW Indiana!  I got a lot of layouts done for ME..ok I did some DT work but it was fun to do what I wanted.  And I got to share my stash of paper with my friends! The best part was that my long time scrap partner in crime, Malika Kelly, drove down from Canada for the weekend. It's been at least two and half years since I've seen Mal.  I sure do miss her. Hopefully we can start doing some more retreats and I'm trying to get her to be my assistant in Vegas next fall.

Now onto my layouts! Last month, I had two pages up on the Simple Stories blog using the cute Mistletoe Kisses collection.  I love the very nontraditional colors of this line and the embellishments are adorable!

For my first layout, "Believe", I used two patterns on white cardstock to give lots of color to my background. Of course, I layered lots of pattern under my photo including some of the 4x6 Journaling Element Cards (which is a great way to incorporate them into your pages!). 

I layered some of the multi-colored trees from the sticker and chipboard sheets at the side of my photo. I also tucked one of the 3x4 Journaling Cards underneath to include some info about my picture.  I'm trying to scrap some of the same photos for each of my kids so this particular page is for my daughter.  Mistletoe Kisses is the perfect girlie Christmas line! 

I love that Simple Stories has added washi tape as well as roller stamps to their collections! I used the roller stamp from Cozy Christmas and the coordinating MK washi with a cute typed sentiment sticker (found in the 4x6 Sticker Sheets). 

Also, new are these decorative pins! How cute is this gingerbread man?  

This adorable Christmas light banner is found on the 6x12 Chipboard Sheet! It even has silver foil accent!  

For my title, I used the "Believe" cut file from the Simple Stories shop on Silhouette! I just used plain old white cardstock! 

For my next layout, I used a started with a snowflake cut file for my background. I lightly misted with pink and light blue spray ink to give it a little pop of color.  I then adhered it to a 11x11 piece of white cardstock (which I in turn adhered to one of the cute patterns from Mistletoe Kisses).  

I'm all about the layers so I added a few of the die cuts as well as chipboard pieces from the collection.  It's fun to use pop dots as well to give your page some dimension. 

I love all of the little sticker sentiments that Simple Stories includes in their lines...I layered  couple along with a date and roller stamp.  

Here's another one of the cute decorative clips!  So fun to add to the top of your photos!

Here is a close up of the misted snowflake background. I added coordinating enamel dots to a few of the middles. 

That's all for now! Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out all of the new collections by visiting the Simple Stories Products page!
Have a great night!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

First Day with Maggie Holmes' Gather

Hello...I'm not sure where the last few weeks have gone. All I know is that I've been busy and haven't had enough time to scrap.  Now that the weather is turning more fall-like maybe I'll get a chance to do some creating.

Today, I'm sharing a layout I created just for myself! I used a sketch from Creative Scrappers and Maggie Holmes' Gather collection. I am a big fan of Kristine's sketches and have been wanting to play along for some time.  So, here is the sketch:

And here is my layout! I scrapped some photos of my daughter on her first day of school this year! I can't believe she is in 8th grade!  Last year of junior high!  

I love grid layouts...they are fun and easy!  I used different patterns from Gather for my squares...but mixed it up a bit so I could add the vertical photo of my daughter.  

How cute are these ribbon embellishments?  I love the colors of this collection! 

Thanks for looking! Be sure to check out the Creative Scrappers blog to see more great sketches! 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Simple Stories: Hello Fall SN@P! Album

Hello and happy Monday to you!  It's back to work today for me...I was off all of last week to attend a conference in Seattle with my husband!  I'm grateful that I started to feel better by Tuesday and we had a great trip!

On Thursday while my husband attended classes, I drove down to Running with Scissors scrapbook store in Kent, WA!  What a great store to visit; lots of selection and very friendly staff!  I was lucky enough to arrive just as Frank Garcia came to the store!  I am a big fan of his and got to chat with Frank for a bit!

Today, I'm up on the Simple Stories blog with a mini album I created using the new Hello Fall collection and the 6x8 SN@P! Album in Brown.  I mainly do layouts for Simple Stories but I was lucky to switch it up and do a mini album! I love the Simple Stories binders!  

I am in love with the colors of Hello Fall!  They are so beautiful, as well as the prints!  The leaf/acorn print from "Harvest Season" is adorable! I used it to covert the front of my album a well as strips of  the B side of this print and "Warm and Cozy".  I love to layer on the embellishments including chipboard, stickers, and the cute new decorative pins! 

I love the wood grain print of the B side of "Falling For You".  I used this as the base of my page on one of the kraft inserts found in the binder. I also used a Simple Stories cut file found in the Silhouette shop (Capture This Moment #60521).  

Also included in the binders are SN@P! pages which have a variety of "ledger type" prints.  I paired one with the orange print of the B side of "Sweater Weather".  I rarely have my prints match on my pages.

I used a circle/floral cut file around this favorite photo of my daughter and embellished with Bradz, enamel dots, die cuts, and stickers. 

There are lots of cute die cuts in the Bits and Pieces pack...including this cute squirrel!  Also, I love the typed sentiments as well!  
 I fussy cut the hexagons from the "Warm and Cozy" print and used it as my background for this page as well as added die cuts and chipboard pieces.  

Also included are a variety of pocket pages...I used some of the 3x4 Journaling Card Elements with my 4x6 photos. 

I also love creating little pockets to include sequins and wood veneer pieces! I use my sewing machine to secure the edges. 

Thank you for stopping by today!  Check out this collection on the Simple Stories Products page plus what's coming soon!
Have a  great day!