new scrapbook soup episode…


True story: I made 14 versions of this project (with the word being focus of technique/project) over 2 weeks and it wasn’t until an HOUR before I had to leave for the airport to film this episode that I finally was finished with this version. Which I ADORE! I guess sometimes deadline pressure works!


Don’t get me wrong – I had several “ok” projects but nothing like this. Love how it turned out and now you can watch the episode it was made for online.

408 Words and Lettering
Words and lettering can add an interesting element to your scrapbooking. First, May Flaum creates a canvas with a  stamped bird and word cut outs. Next, Julie has some tips for hand lettering. Then, Dina Wakley demonstrates paint and  ink techniques using a stencil with gesso and pattern resist. Julie has a last tip for embellishing and using letter stickers.

Check it all out at!

A few notes…

1. We were all still on speaking terms (and happy) on the plane ride home. This = vacation win.

2. It was a totally magical trip. Ok, there were a few less than magical moments but not much – and we didn’t dwell.

3. Big Hero 6 = movie I strongly recommend. AWESOME. I wouldn’t watch it aboard a cruise ship like we did (where the theater was so full it sent me into full “oh crap I’m on a boat in the middle of the ocean and can’t escape all these people” mode) – but still. Most excellent movie and message. Also: waiting in line to meet the dynamic duo from this movie? worth every minute.


4. I didn’t keep up with my vacation journal. Shockingly… just no time to do so!

5. I don’t mind. In fact, it’s inspiring a new online class…

6. I came home to Christmas everywhere. ACK! I will be off list making and preparing to prepare…

quite a few of you have expressed an interest in more details of trip/suggestions/etc… so I think I’ll do a mini-series over the next few weeks and sprinkle those posts in among normal crafty posts.

It’s good to be home!

Speaking of incredible…


While the blog has been up and running… I’ve actually not been here! Truth is the Flaum crew has been in Florida soaking up some serious Disney magic on a LONG (as in, 2 years) saved up for and planned vacation. The photo above are our magic bands (aka room key/charging/fast passes/whole 9 yards) and I can’t wait to share more details.

Just a *little* bit of planning went into this.


Yes there may have been a binder and menus printed and deep, deep, obsessive planning. Was it all worth it? I’ll let you know.

But first: sleep. laundry. checking up on email. more sleep.

Challenge: To The Moon


This week we’re heading to the moon with creativity! Simon is, as always, offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here. What will you feature? We can’t wait to see!

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I used a dreamy Dina Wakley stamp as well as some fun stencil work (background), wood stars, and a few other details to bring this tag together.


I love how the shades of blue all come together, and the textures on this simple tag.


The stencil is done with glossy gel medium/embossing paste so that it resisted all other color mediums layered on top.


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Quick (but impressive) dessert…

Once in a while I like to wow the kids with a cool dessert. What to do when you want this to also take less than 5 minutes of actual effort?


Use some pre-made cookie dough and bake fresh cookies. Smash a scoop of ice cream in between them. Garnish with candy (Halloween leftovers!), whipped cream, and chocolate sauce.

Look like a rockstar mom and enjoy.

holiday wishes card

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I’ve been crafting up a storm – what else is new? Loving this Tim Holtz stamp + embossing folder big time. Hope you’re having a great week!

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