Scrapbook Day 2016

Taking time out of regular life to enjoy yourself should always be a priority. I’ve heard haters over the years about how it is selfish to do so – or how just playing vs meaningful story telling isn’t valuable. I will never understand that mentality!


Scrapbooking has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember! From vacations to funny moments- I cherish the pages Ive made as much as I enjoyed the creative process of making them.

Today to celebrate international scrapbook day originally? I was going to do nothing. Not  up to full pages. But wait. My friends at Clique Kits asked me to contribute a video (link) and I thought… maybe I can do a little something! You know I don’t believe in rules and creative restrictions. This applies to scrapbooking.. Make it what you want! Just the birthdays? Vacations? Happy times only? No journaling? Just photos? Few photos? Daily? Once a year?

Do whatever makes you happy.


Over the years I’ve just marched to the beat of my own drum. Tried to not follow trends or feel I “had” to anything. I stand by that. I’m currently working out what might work for me right now, maybe more pocket pages. But it can change as my needs and abilities do – scrapbooking is ever flexible and wonderful. Here are links you may enjoy:

One of my all time favorite layouts using a number of 3×4 cards

Project Hawaii (project life inspired) series 

My creative journey with many posts and layouts spanning back to my childhood!

BONUS!!! 25% off any of my online classes! Use THIS LINK and the discount will be applied at checkout – no code needed. Note that prices shown on website are full price, discount will be reflected in checkout process. This offer is cannot be combined with any other discounts, and is valid through 5/9/2016


The tools I use and styles may change- but I will always cherish time spent playing with pretty things and capturing favorite memories! If you want to check out Clique’s full hop and find out about their prizes, etc. start here at their blog.

Scrapbook Layout with Crate Paper & 28 Lilac Lane


One of my favorite things about creating with my new line 28 Lilac Lane? The kits and bottles play beautifully with all of my favorite papers, stickers, and other crafty supplies! Today’s project is a mix of the Just Peachy bottle, Attic Findings kit, and a lot of Maggie Holmes (mostly confetti line) for Crate Paper product.


This is a layout that was displayed at CHA – just love how it turned out! If you’re looking for some of these papers that I’ve used (affiliate link used) you can find them here at


Looking for my 28 Lilac Lane line? It is in stores now! will have it soon, Ellen Hutson has it now, and as I learn of others I will keep you posted…

Scrappy Layout featuring 28 Lilac Lane and a give-away!

Update: the give-away is now over. Congrats to Jodi Wayman!!

My friends at Ellen Hutson are loving 28 Lilac Lane, and guess what? They want to share some National Craft Month love with one of you! Check below for details on how to enter for your chance to win a $50 shopping spree. You can also CLICK HERE to see my video tutorial that I created exclusively for them with loads of 28 Lilac Lane fun.

Right now I have a scrapbook layout created for the CHA/launch of 28 Lilac Lane to share with you.


note: affiliate links used in this post.

Cork + my Paws & Pets kit = winning combination!

After creating the Ranger photo frame (posted last month here) I decided to see if I could make a different kind of project for Scrappy, but with the same basic supplies. When it comes to keeping a lot of neutral embellishments popping, I like to use a blue or green color for contrast.


For this layout I kept it really simple –  letting all those elements from the pearls to the buttons, beads, and of course the paw trim from the kit (link) take center stage!

Want to see more of my 28 Lilac Lane projects and videos? click here to view all of my past posts.

You can find the entire 28 Lilac Lane in stores now – including! Speaking of Ellen, as promised here is the information for the give-away:

EHLLC Store Credit 50

In celebration of National Craft Month, my new line releasing, and just because they are awesome I’ve got a give-away! Thank you Ellen! ONE lucky winner will be drawn for a $50 shopping spree at! To enter for your chance to win, leave a comment on this post by Saturday March 19, 2016. I will use to pick a number/commenter and contact the winner via email as well as update this post as well. Good luck – and happy crafting!

Tim Holtz 2015 Halloween products Scrapbook Layout (and new online class!)


Today my newest online class begins – Tried & True Scrapbook Layouts! This layout design isn’t quite the same as ours from class – but you may notice similarities. Not in class yet? Why not?! It’s going to be SO much fun – and seriously packed with content. Get info + register here at my site. Note that the price will be going up in a few weeks (due to the content being added – currently 15hrs of video and it keeps growing!) so I’d recommend getting in soon. It’s self-paced and class will be “live” several months (yes, with access after it ends) so don’t worry if you’re going to be busy for part. Work at your own pace for sure.

Inspired by that – here’s a new layout from me!


Question: Can you scrapbook 12×12 with 8×8 paper?

Answer: Heck yes!

Today I’ve got a layout to share – this one featuring none other than our tiniest member: Miss Scrappy!


Notable things:

  • I used 8″ strips of the patterned paper and assembled them together to create the mat for my photo. I stitched a few pieces together as well.
  • All of the embellishments used are 2015 Tim Holtz Halloween line, with the exception of the buttons and beads
  • I stitched three times around the edge, then added stickles and gold paint droplets. One of my favorite tricks!
  • For my cluster of embellishments I first established my journaling area, then worked around that.

Once I was happy with my arrangement of the papers I started adding details. Oh, I do love my details!


I was also delighted to discover that I had a bottle of orange stickles just perfect for accenting my wicked black plastic word and for dotting all around. Here’s my finished page:


I love how it turned out – and if you’re hoping for a class coming soon where I dive into scrapbook layout design and putting all these kinds of things together you’re in luck! It began today as I mentioned before and info is up here.

These Tim Holtz Halloween products that I used are now in shops everywhere! I found some at my local shop, and I’ve seen them online at Blue Moon and Simon Says Stamp. Note those are affiliate links – if you happen to use them or any affiliate links here on my site it helps support what I do so thank you for that.

September 2015 with Elle’s Studio


I’ve been having a blast with the September 2015 Elle’s Studio exclusives. There is a “daily routine” card that inspired this page.


Here’s a link to my video on YouTube.

Loving how this one came out – and how quickly! If you want more scrapbook layout ideas & goodness be sure you’re signed up for my Tried & True class that begins on the 10th! Info is available here – it’s going to be such a jam packed class!


Link to post #1 and post #2, and if you want more information about this kit, visit the Elle’s Studio Website!