Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Collection Disconnection//Fancy Free #1: Best Birthday Ever

Hello and happy Wednesday! I'm excited to share the first layout in my second Collection Disconnection series with you today. Collection Disconnection is a series where I show you how to get a variety of looks and styles from a single collection. You can check out what I did with the Crate Paper Wonder collection last time on my YouTube channel here. This time around, I'm using the Pink Paislee + Paige Evans Fancy Free line and man, it makes my heart sing. The colors are just gorgeous!

I know that this collection has been highly anticipated and as a result, it's hard to get your hands on! I wanted to show you how you can still get a Fancy Free looking layout with just a few items from the collection.

I used only the 6x6 paper pad, puffy stickers, and glitter foam word Thickers on this layout and I definitely think it still has the look of the collection!

Because I was trying to limit my supplies, I turned to the 6x6 paper pad for part of my title and hand-cut the word "Birthday". I love taking ready-made titles (like "best ever") and making them into something that applies to my photos.

I ended up creating a grid style layout and used various patterned papers cut at 3x3 and 3x4. I typed my journaling on the blue painted ombre paper (swoon!) and the puffy stickers helped finish off the look.

I kept the embellishment to a minimum to really let the colors shine, but I did add some confetti-like splatters with some Heidi Swapp Color shine in Butter, Salmon, and Patina.

If you want to see how the whole thing came together, watch the video below.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you'll come again next week for another idea on how to use this collection.

Monday, April 18, 2016

AE Digital Creative Team: Uncle Pup

Hello! Today I wanted to share one of my projects using the April digital releases from Ali Edwards. It's a hybrid layout, which just means I'm mixing digital and physical elements on my page.

I used the "Love Your People" digital brush set for my title and printed it directly onto my background paper.

I also incorporated embellishments from past story kits (the stars and skinny red chipboard piece are from the Craft Story Kit) and the Day in the Life Mini kit (the chipboard circle). *These are both sold out, but you can still use the digital versions.*

I ended up switching the color on a card from the "Outside Journal Cards" to fit in better with my color scheme and I'll show you how to do it in the video below. :)

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Friday, April 15, 2016

March 2016 Day in the Life: Finished Project

On March 29, 2016 I decided to document a day in our life along with Ali Edwards. Earlier this week, I finished the project and I am so happy with the way it came together. I used very few supplies (pictured below - this was a quick iPhone pic, so quality is not great) and I found that it was a good way to keep the project from becoming overwhelming.

Supplies pictured: Becky Higgins Design H Page Protectors, Becky Higgins 6x12 Page Protectors, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Black StazOn Ink, Office Depot 1" Self Adhesive Tabs, Little B Black & White Striped Washi tape, Ali Edwards Craft Story Kit, Ali Edwards DITL Mini Kit
I created a series of 6x12 pages, some whole and some divided pocket pages (I used Becky Higgins Design H page protectors). I chose a really "everyday" kind of photo for my cover page and added digital word art from Ali Edwards "This is Us" digital brush set to my photo and cropped it to 6x12 in Photoshop before sending it (and several other photos) to Persnickety Prints.

You'll notice that I also added a chipboard circle from the Ali Edwards Day in the Life Mini Kit to each page. I wanted a bit of consistency amidst the chaos of a million photos. :)

I used the 4x6 cards in the DITL kit for journaling, but I also added a few in the "white space" of some of my 6x12 photos, like the one pictured below. I added a little strip of washi tape to the bottom of the card as well.

Another way I kept things consistent was by using the Day in the Life 4x6 layered templates. It had a space to put the time (using the freaking awesome roller time stamp from the DITL mini kit) and I love that when you look at each page, you almost see the time first and then you get to dive into the photos and story a bit.

Here you can see the same formula. I used the Hard Stuff/Easy Stuff card for my captions and I did sort my photos into hard and easy things, but it's very tongue in cheek and not very serious. This layout is also where I ended up adding some of the wood words left over from my Craft Story Kit.

You'll notice that I stamped the date on each photo and then stamped it again with a caption on each 4x6 card. It was a really easy way to tell the story of the day and again, keep things consistent.

In this spread, I wrote directly on a few photos, and I used an Extra Fine Sharpie for that. I switched things up a little to accommodate some vertical photos, but you can see that it still has the same feel.

This layout has fewer photos and I took the opportunity to draw attention to the fact that I have to ask my daughter to put her school things away several times before she actually does it. I stamped the times consecutively and included the same caption, 03:38 PM - I tell Mal to put her stuff where it belongs, several times.

On the left side, I cut up a 3x4 card and put it below my journaling. I like the way the boldness of the black draws your attention, but doesn't cover up as much of the photo as the 3x4 card would have. Also, still sticking to the chipboard circles.

On this layout I added a 4x6 card left over from my Tough Story Kit to the bottom of my 6x12 photo (love that photo!). The right side turns back to the formula from the first few pages with a 4x6 card for journaling and photos with time stamps on the rest of it.

This 4x6 card was actually the back of blueish green "Today is a Brand New Day" card that I used earlier in the day, so I took advantage of the digital kit and printed one of my own. Super easy. Again, just stamping the time + caption for each photo.

And here we come to the final page documenting our evening. I had a little bit of a conundrum with my final photo - I used a White Gelly Roll pen to write on my photo, which is great, but I didn't do that anywhere else and that kind of bugs me. I'm leaving it for now...

And that's my entire day documented! This will live in my album along with my regular pages and I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I'm actually really looking forward to documenting a whole week in our lives in May using Ali's Week in the Life kit (I got the grey "Stories" album)! There are still some available in Ali's shop if you are interested. 

If you've made it all the way through this blog post and want to hear me talk about these pages even more, I have a little share video, which you can watch below.

Thanks so much for stopping by and spending some time with me!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Five ways to Find Inspiration for your Scrapbook Layouts

For the past five weeks, I've been sharing layouts that have been inspired by various, somewhat atypical sources in a series I called Inspiration is Everywhere. Today, I thought I would do a bit of a round-up for you. So here is my list of five different ways to inspire your next scrapbook layout.

1. Mood Boards
Mood boards are everywhere on the internet - just search for them on Pinterest and you will find a wealth of information. Mood boards usually combine several images to evoke a certain mood or feeling. I love using them as inspiration for a layout. This is the page (and a half) that I created using a mood board.

You can see the whole blog post here and watch the process video here.

2. Magazines & Newspapers
The pages of a magazine or newspaper are always laid out in a visually pleasing way. They are very structured and make great "sketches" for page design. Magazines are typically a little bit more loose in terms of structure and I really enjoyed using a magazine layout as inspiration for this page.

I've added layers and "scrapbook-y" stuff to the main design, but I had a great jumping off point. If you want to see the blog post for this layout go here. The process video is here.

3. Story Walk
This may have been my favorite method of finding inspiration. The idea is to take a walk - it could be in your neighborhood, a hike, a museum, or even around your house. Pay attention to the things you see and the emotions it evokes and maybe the story that unfolds. This layout was inspired by a walk that my daughter and I take every week around our neighborhood and the city cemetery (which is near our house).

You can see video of my walk as well as the process video for the layout here and check out the coordinating blog post here.

4. Fine Art
Scrapbooking, to me, is definitely an art form. So it makes sense that you could be inspired by a piece of fine art. My inspiration came from Pinterest, but you could go to your local art museum as well. I was really interested in the texture of paint and the heavy gold, gilded frames you find housing lots of paintings for this layout.

You can see the blog post here and the process video here.

5. Fashion
Fashion fuels a lot of trends that eventually filter down to home decor and paper goods. It takes a little bit of an open mind and some out-of-the-box thinking, but it's a really fun way to start a scrapbook layout. I searched for Spring fashion trends on Pinterest and created this layout based on the inspiration I gleaned.

You can see the blog post for this layout here and the process video here. Most of the inspiration for all of these layouts is pinned on my Inspiration board on Pinterest, if you're interested in checking that out.

On this last layout/video I also had a giveaway for a $20 gift certificate to You can find out if you are the lucky winner in the video below!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, April 11, 2016

New Cut Files + Layout Share + Contest Reminder

I have a few new cut files in my shop and thought I'd share them with you today. The first is called Dash Background.

Here is a layout I created with it. In my shop, it's shown vertically, but here I've used it horizontally and I think it looks good both ways.

I cut it out of white cardstock and layered it on top of a piece of patterned paper. Then I stitched through each "dash". Really love that subtle detail.

The other new cut file is called So Circles - named that because each phrase starts with the word so. I've sized them just right for titles or large accents, but you could make them fill the page or scale them down for smaller embellishment as well.

I really like binge-cutting a bunch of stuff on my Silhouette at once, so I tend to cut out of white cardstock or watercolor paper. It allows me the flexibility to color my cut files to match my layout, like I did here. I just used some inexpensive watercolors.

I stitched around the outer circle and again, love the subtle detail of the white stitches.

You can find both of these cut files (and many more) in my shop. I also did a little video to show you the cut files and layouts in a bit more detail.

I also wanted to remind you of a few CONTESTS I have going on, one of which ends TODAY! The first is a photo contest at You just need to upload a photo that perfectly depicts a relationship. This is the photo I's one of my favorites of all time.

After you upload your photo, be sure to vote on your favorite - the winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to my shop. This one ends today, April 11, 2016!

The second is for my Inspiration is Everywhere series. You need to leave a comment on this blog post or this video telling me which layout/video you liked the most and you'll be entered to win a $20 gift certificate to

Good luck! And, as always, thanks so much for stopping by. It really humbles me whenever people choose to spend their time with me. :)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Elle's Studio April Kit Reveal

Guess what? The Elle's Studio April Kit + exclusives are now live (you should definitely go check it out) and that means that the design team gallery is live too, and there's some great inspiration there. I get to share two layouts with you today. I was really diggin' on the new puffy stickers - amazing! 

I have been loving switching things up in my scrapbooking lately, so a 6x12 pocket page felt so refreshing for a smaller story. The recently released tab die (and this stamp set) were a great addition, I think!

This layout is a horizontal 8.5x11 (loving that size, too) and I used a bunch of cards from the April kit + the True Story acrylic pieces for my title.

You can see close-ups of my layouts over in the Elle's Studio DT Gallery, as well as links to the products I used. Remember that the kits are $9.99 on launch day, but go up to $11.99 after that and are only available while supplies last. 

Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Inspiration is Everywhere: Fashion + Giveaway!

Today I'm sharing the last installment of my Inspiration is Everywhere series. This time, I'm taking inspiration from fashion.

I headed straight to Pinterest, and typed "Spring 2016 Fashion Trends" in the search bar. Lots of fabulous things popped up and I pinned several to my Inspiration board. What did I notice? Large florals on cream or white paired with soft colors like corals and pinks, stripes (but not necessarily with the florals), cut-outs, and pops of green. Gold is still totally trendy too.

Check out the video below to see examples and a process video for the layout I created after perusing the latest fashions.

And here's the layout:

I think this is a good example of how I took elements from fashion and made them apply to scrapbooking. Let me show you what I mean...

I used gold. I always use gold anyway, though. ;)

I used large florals and cut-outs, which also happened to be florals.

I used corals and pops of green. I also backed the entire layout on a striped paper and I really think it brought everything together. I feel like this was a rather loose interpretation, but it got me thinking a bit differently and sometimes all you need is something to get you started.

Have you tried using currents fashion trends as your muse? I encourage you to try it!

To wrap up this series, I'm having a giveaway for a $20 gift certificate to! Just leave a comment below (or comment on the video) telling me which episode of Inspiration is Everywhere inspired YOU. You have until midnight on April 12, 2016 to enter. Good luck! I wish you could all win. :) I'll announce the winner next Wednesday and do a little recap of the series. 

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