Category: Scraps

Another blog swap layout

Hello again! I’m super excited to be doing another blog swap with the lovely Michelle over at Hot Wheels and Glue Guns. This time around she put together a little kit of goodies that included some papers from Echo Park (that navy stripe is simply divine!) and some grey polka dot and stripe journal cards from the Midnight Project Life Kit from Becky Higgins and lots of super cute embellishments. She cut out the Lucky sentiment in both white cardstock and this awesome star patterned vellum and gave me a handful of sequins, veneers and washi tape. Here’s the layout:

luckymeI was pretty interested in all the circles that she included in the kit — the polka dot journal cards, the sequins and the bubble paper (the top strip)…and decided to take the journal cards and cut all those grey circles out and use them as a pattern on the top half of my layout.

luckyme-deet2To give the hand cut circles a little dimension, I added some doodles with my black Stabilo pencil and used a water brush to give it a painterly effect and darken some of the lines. I also grabbed some pink watercolor and added a little splash of color around some of the circles as well. I layered the circles with the sequins she gave me, and adhered them all with some silver brads (remember these? I used to have scads…)

luckyme-deet1I used the same pink watercolor (my Peerless Watercolor papers), I quickly colored in the “lucky” die cut, going for a slightly imperfect look. Layered over a Studio Calico doily and paired with some Thickers, my title was complete.

I didn’t want to cover up much of the navy blue paper, but I did want to get at least a little bit of journaling on the layout. So, I added just a quick little line in the bottom corner of the paper, and date stamped it. Complete. Start to finish, this layout took me less that 45 minutes (and that included me getting out my sewing machine.)


Thanks so much for some great product, Michelle! I have tons left over and am really looking forward to a layout using the vellum die cuts…maybe for St. Patty’s Day?? XOXO.

Thanks for stopping by – be sure to hop over to Michelle’s blog and see what she made with the same stash! Have a fabulous week.

Sweet layout + blog swap

Hello friends! I am so excited to share a layout today using the same materials that the very talented Michelle Bazeley also used to make a project. Here’s what we did: we each put together a kit of goodies to share with each other and then we each made a project using the same supplies. We’ll share one kit/project today and one next month.

Here’s what I did with my mini kit:

sweet1The products are a mix of papers from Close to My Heart, stamps from them as well as one from an Ali Edwards story stamp, embellishments from Studio Calico and of course, my Sharpie writer.

I hand drew and cut the title, outlining it with my sharpie. I also made some rosettes – something I haven’t done in a long while… and tucked some sequins and enamel dots in to them.

swwet-deet2 sweet-deet1To check out what Michelle did with her kit, check out her blog here! Can’t wait to see what we each create in March.

One Little Word 2015: January

olw15-jan1If you follow me on FB or IG, or if you’ve read my blog: you know that I’m participating once again in Ali Edwards’ class “One Little Word”. I’ve spent quite a bit of time with my word this month: true. Ali’s thoughtful prompts ask us to take pause and do a little soul searching. What better way to start the year, right after I celebrate my birthday?

true: (adj.) being in accordance with the actual state or conditions; conforming to reality or fact; not false; real; genuine; authentic.  (verb) to make true; shape, adjust, place, etc., exactly or accurately.

I really am grateful for the process of choosing a word, considering it and taking a look at what I what might like to accomplish this year on a personal note. I usually make goals for work, for my health, for habits I may want to change or make new. But, what is unique about this project is that it prompts me to really focus on personal change. Where do I have room to grow, to change, to focus? What would I like to do more of or less?

Have you ever heard relationships compared to “withdrawls and deposits”? Last year, I did some serious withdrawing on my “trues” (those dear to me). After mom passed, I needed more than I often gave. And that’s OK – sometimes life is like that. And my friends – they don’t mind – that’s what they are there for. And they love me no matter what. (True).  But I don’t want to stay too comfortable there in that pattern: I’d like to really focus on and reconnect with those lovely ladies and my sweet family in a more balanced way. I think, in the hustle and bustle of life – it’s easy to drift along, make superficial connections – it’s hard to find the time or energy for anything more.

But, one thing I’ve learned this past year: time is short. Cherish – really, truly cherish the now. So, I picked “true” in part, to help me remember to celebrate the relationships in my life that are authentic and real and true: my family, my friends.

olw15-jan6And in part, I chose this word to focus on the reality of situations. I often make up stories or think I know how something will play out – (do you ever do that? make up a story about a conversation you need to have or “what ifs” — only to finally get it over — and it was NOTHING like you’d imagined??) and so I just don’t try, or just don’t speak up. Rather than assume: I’d like to put away my (unreliable) crystal ball and really look for/face the truth.

Finally, I’d like to encourage myself to just be me. To be authentic. To find my own voice. To be true. To me. And this, I think, is going to require a little but of practice! That little voice inside my head isn’t always gentle and I’d like to change that. My mom isn’t just a phone call away anymore – and she was my biggest fan. I need to fill that void with my own voice. And be my own biggest cheerleader. I’ve got some pretty big shoes to fill.

For my cover, I printed on vellum and stitched the OLW title in the center using a gold foil label from Studio Calico. I made another 6 x 11 inch page for much of my journal work and reflections.

I am excited about the journey this year. I have quite a bit of work to do. But I have a goal. I have the beginnings of a plan. I am energized by the prompts that asked me to consider, to write, to invite this word to walk with me a while. I am thankful to begin a new year with a promise to seek the truth, to celebrate authentic relationships, and to just be real.

What’s your one little word?



You Shine


One of the challenges in the Beyond the Digital Basics class I’m taking over at Studio Calico was to take some digital brushes and combine them to create your own custom file. I combined several wonky thought bubbles that originally had words in them and some stars from the class. Combining and cutting the file was really fun…taking one thing and creating another.

Certainly stretches the value of the digi files!

Once I had the mask cut out, a added the photo behind one of the thought bubbles and stamped XOXO on one of the others. You Shine was cut out using the silhouette – so I added some grey cardstock behind it to make it standout. When i had everything just so, I grabbed the sewing machine and stitched much of the mask down.

youshine-deet1 youshine-deet3 youshine-deet4Can’t wait to try this technique again!


Hybrid page

So…for as long as I can remember, I’ve said, “I don’t want to do digital scrapbooking.” I had lots of reasons…I sit at a computer all day and when I sit down to play/create – I don’t want it to feel like work. I don’t really love the way digital pages look when printed. I’m tactile – I like to cut, ink, sew and staple my papers.

And yet, with starting Project Life last year, I’ve eased into “digital” with elements I print and cut. Using stamps on photographs, or adding a bit of journaling to a photo before I print. And you know what? I kinda like it! So when Studio Calico announced their new class: Digital – Beyond the Basics, I didn’t hesitate to sign up. It’s taught by the incredibly talented Shanna Noel – and I’m only a week in to the class and have already learned so much.

The first lesson was all about taking a template and using it to cut elements out on the cameo (brilliant, really). Here’s my first pass:

you+lizzieThis was so much fun to put together and super easy using the template. I added a bit of stamping, some stitching, a few buttons, sequins and bling to finish it



Can’t wait to see what else is in store for this class. Super inspired to try new things.

Have a great week!

Voodoo Love

I’m finally getting around to scrapping some of our trip to Portland last fall. We had such a great long weekend get-away. I’m taking the Color theory class over at SC and our first assignment was to find a color combination we liked and pull stuff from our stash. The second assignment (surprise!) was to create a layout with what we pulled.

Here’s the photo of my inspiration and the stuff I pulled from my stash:

waterman-colorchallenge1My goal with the layout was to try and repeat the two chevron patterns and add a bit of floral. We went to Voodoo Doughnuts on Saturday morning. Mike wanted to get the giant glazed – just for the photo op (gotta love a husband who think in photo opportunities!).

VOODOO LOVEI stamped some flowers using an old CTMH, hand cut some hearts and outlined them with my grey Sharpie.

vl-deet2I added some splashes of Mr. Huey’s. I dumped a little out on to my craft mat. With my waterbrush, I diluted the ink and splattered it across the layout. The muted effect is the exact color I was working toward for this color scheme. Had I used the ink at full-strength it would have been way to dark and intense.

vl-deet1I finished the layout with some journaling on a PL card, tags and sticker. I added some stitching and wood veneer to complete the look.

Hope you all have a delightful week!

Just in time for Valentine’s

mothersday1I’m in a heart mood. And since I don’t have Valentine’s photos to scrap, I dug out this photo from Mother’s Day last year, my Gelatos and decided to create a heart background with my cameo. You can snag that .png file here.

I started out with some woodgrain white paper from Studio Calico and then added the rainbow background using my gelatos. Not familiar? They are an awesome little staple in my craft room by Faber Castell. And they are incredibly versatile – you can use them directly on paper, add water to them for a more transparent look, dissolve them in water to create mists…for this technique, I just colored a spot on my craft mat (Ranger), loaded up a wide paintbrush with water and grabbed the color and put a stroke across the page. Then I grabbed a smaller brush and splattered paint along the stripe.

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For the black outline around the page and the lettering, I used my black NeoColor crayon. With the Life Scripted class going on over at SC – I want to make more cards with my handwriting – that bold black and white look is just so fun!

Enjoy your weekend – stay warm out there.

Digital cards – out of my box

Studio Calico had some AMAZING after-Thanksgiving day sales – which I seriously couldn’t resist. On Saturday, they offered several of their past on-line classes at a discount. Since I was in the process of making a giant stack of cards for Christmas presents, I enrolled in the You’ve Got Mail class. I knew I wouldn’t get the class stamp set, but they had the images available as digital elements.

I thought I would push myself and create the cards using the digital elements. It was a huge stretch for me, but I’m really pleased with how they turned out.

For the “Thank you” card, I loved the bold black banner printable from the class. I printed that off and cut it out (shouldda thought to use my Calico – maybe next time!) and I paired it with some hand-drawn elements. I used my Sharpie Writer (have you TRIED these pens??? Seriously. Run to the store. Run. Now. They are the bomb!) and my PrismaColor watercolor pencils to add some color. Using my water brush, I smoothed out the colors. I really love the balance with the printable and the doodle elements.

For the “You’ve Got Mail” card – I created background paper using the adorable envelope stamp. I printed it on presentation paper in black and white. I added color with a paintbrush and my Neocolor crayons (I just love the intense pop of color these little guys pack). The sentiment and the speech bubble are also printables available in the class. I just added some doodling a bit of stickles to the heart. This was my first attempt at making my own background paper with a digital element – and am really happy with it – especially once I added color

All in all – I really had fun trying my hand at the digital elements…and think I may see a whole bunch of possibilities for projects in the future.

Thanks for stopping by!

Try something new


I love sketches, right? They offer great inspiration when you need that extra little push. A few weeks ago, I was totally inspired by a sketch over at the Studio Calico blog and I created this page based on that sketch.

It was a big leap for me:

  1. I used the sketch that week AND uploaded my layout to the challenge gallery (and won! by the way :))
  2. I incorporated digital elements onto my page. This is somewhat new for me – I’ve been using some digital elements in my project life pages – but using them on a traditional layout was new.
  3. SEWING!!! My dear friend Amy A taught me how to sew on pages the weekend before I made this page – and it was my first attempt at sewing on a page. I LOVE IT and am totally addicted. I’ve always drooled over pages with stitched elements but was afraid to try it. I’m not a seamstress! I don’t really know how to sew – and that held me back. But – NO LONGER! I now need to find space in my craft room to set up my machine permanently!

Here’s the rest of the page:

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