Thursday, April 28, 2016

A's Selfies

As soon as I spread everything from my May Here & Now Kit onto my desk, I knew that the Paige Evans Patchwork Fancy Free paper was the first to work with. I remembered seeing a bunch of selfies from my daughter on my phone and thought this paper would make the perfect home base for all of those photos.


I printed all of the photos just under 2 X 2 inches so that the paper sections would give a little frame to each picture. This page came together really quickly by adding lots of bits and pieces from the kit to the page along with the photos.


It felt so good to make a page! Enjoyed the process and love that I'm documenting for our family.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

My Sunshine Girl

This month, I've been having fun creating with the Oh Happy Day Scrapbook Circle Kit. The bright, cheerful colors just call to me! Today I'm up on the Scrapbook Circle blog sharing this page about my favorite 11 year old.


My post is all about how to create a custom layout background out of 6X6 paper strips. It's a fun and simple technique that has a nice impact.


Just for fun, I took pictures along the way as this page came together and I've put them together in a little video using the Party, Party app. You'll see that I started out with a different photo, but once I pulled the papers decided to switch to this photo instead.

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This page was fun to build and came together quickly!

Happy Saturday to you!

Friday, March 11, 2016

New Scrapbook Circle Creative Team

One of my favorite things about Scrapbook Circle is the opportunity it gives me to get to work with talented and kind people. Starting with our April Kit, we will have a new team of ladies working to bring the best inspiration and I'm excited to be working with them. Here's a look at the new team!


Hope you are excited about this new team. Looking forward to working with all of these ladies!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Snowshoes!

Over Christmas break we got away for a couple of nights to play in the snow and enjoy some time away together as a family. We had a great time playing games (King of Tokyo is a new favorite), trying out new restaurants, meeting up with friends, sledding and we even tried out snowshoeing.


We had a fun time trekking around on the snowshoes. We didn't go for a very long time, but I could see that it would get very tiring if we'd set out to walk a few miles.


For a Phoenix girl, this was a perfect adventure with a fun mix of cold and snow. Can't wait to do it again sometime!

Layout Supplies /// Scrapbook Circle Only You Kit 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hope your day is sweet with filled with the people you love!


I had some fun putting these tags together with lots of leftover bits and pieces of Valentine themed goodies I've had piling up around here. Now they'll get tied to treat bags and be ready to give out!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Take 14

Looking for a little way to sweeten up this Valentine's weekend? How about picking up a few goodies for yourself while with a nice savings?


Save $14 on your Scrapbook Circle orders over $40 this weekend! Sweet! Use code VALENTINE at checkout.


You + Me: Colored Minty

I've had so much fun playing with paper and photos this past week. It feels so good to have time to make creating a priority right now.

For this layout, it was all about playing with a favorite photo and adding lots of journaling. Those lines on the background paper just called to me to be filled with words!


The You + Me acrylic pieces started out white, but I really wanted to color them to match the frame of the page. I experimented by covering the acrylic with mist (Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mint) and let the color sit on it overnight. The next day the mist was totally dry and had formed a film on the letters. I peeled the film back and the letters were left covered with the beautiful minty color!


For a few finished details on the page, I added mint foil to the heart card next to the photo. Every time I use the Silhouette, I love it! I need to remember to use it more often. I also added a few lines of hot pink stitching near the top to create a base for the banner along the top. I wonder if I will ever tire of banners? Hope not!

Layout Supplies /// Scrapbook Circle Only You Kit /// Date Night Add-on


Monday, February 1, 2016

Love You 3

The Only You Scrapbook Circle Kit for February has a great mix of Valentine bits and pieces and it was perfect for a love themed page about my kids. I feel like heart and sparkles work year round for so many different pages!


Over Christmas break we took a three hour drive from our beautiful Phoenix weather and headed north to play in some snow for three days. On the day we arrived, snow fell all day and it was so peaceful to watch. We cozied up by the fire, read books, played games and had some snow play time too.


Hooray for snow and heart-filled pages!

Layout supplies: Scrapbook Circle Only You Kit /// Date Night Add-on /// Hand Holding Add-on

Friday, January 29, 2016

5 Friday Favs

Today I thought it would be fun to post 5 of my favorite things right now. Ready?

Number ONE: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah


This book drew me in and I loved every minute of it. The characters were beautifully crafted and the story pulled at my heart. It is the story of a family living in France during WWII and it just felt so real. I have such a deep admiration for people who lived through that war. There were everyday heroes everywhere. Read this and you won't be sorry.

Number TWO: Pure Barre


Back in September a new Pure Barre opened up just 4 minutes from my house and I decided to give it a try. I've been hooked since the first class. They only do classes and they are all so challenging. I feel stronger and more toned. Plus I love that it's small, isolated movements and not an hour pounding on a treadmill.

Number THREE: Magic Cookie Bars

Yes, I've made Magic Cookie Bars multiple times in the past, but I recently made this recipe from Six Sisters Stuff and love the addition of the sprinkles on top. It was just a perfect, playful way to top off one of the most delicious flavor combinations. Make these soon and your family will thank you!

Number FOUR: Stitch Fix

It's been almost three years since I signed up to receive my first Stitch Fix box and I'm still loving it. Each month a stylist sends me 5 clothing items in a box. I keep what I want and send the rest back. This is so perfect for me because I really don't have a lot of time to go shopping. If I do have time, I really don't enjoy it. So this allows me to save time plus try things that I might not have picked up at the store, but discover that I love. There is a $20 per month styling fee that goes toward purchasing anything in the box, so as long as I keep one thing, then I'm not loosing any money. If you are thinking about giving this a try, you can use my referral link that earns me credit. (The credit is absolutely not why I'm posting about this! I really just love this service.)


You can see my most recent Stitch Fix acquisition in the photo above that I wore to CHA earlier this month. I loved the bright floral print on the front plus it is seriously the softest shirt ever.

Number FIVE: Elise Gets Crafty Podcasts



I do a lot of driving and sometimes like to fill my time by listening to Podcasts. One of my favorites is Elise Gets Crafty where Elise talks with creative small business owners about creativity and applying it to a small business setting. She talks with many inspirational people and I love having ideas sparked by these interviews.

Well, there you have it! My first post of 2016. I hope you enjoyed hearing about a few of my current favorites and maybe one of them will spark something that you want to try. Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

8 Ways to Embellish a Page at Scrapbook.com

Did you know that Scrapbook.com offers classes that are totally free, inspirational and fun? In the fall they asked if I'd be interested in going a class for them and I was excited for the opportunity.


It took a month with intense creative time to create all of the content for this class. It was great to have a reason that I had to create every day. Sometimes I just need a little extra motivation to start creating and there's nothing quite like a deadline to add some motivation. I had a great day filming at the Scrapbook.com office. They have a beautiful filming studio and they were all so nice and friendly. It was such a great experience.


I developed a series of eight lessons for my class 8 Ways to Embellish a Page. There are a lot of playful techniques like using wood + mist to create a page background, new ways to use 6X6 paper pads, using washi tape to create tabs and more!


It is so much fun to challenge myself to come up with content for teaching. I love breaking down the creative process and getting to share ideas with others.


Remember the class is totally free. You just need to sign into your Scrapbook.com account and click on the classes link near the top of the page. If you are looking for a little extra entertainment during your crafting time, consider checking out a few of the lessons. Hopefully I can give you a little scrapbooking inspiration!

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