Setting up my 6×8 for camping in 2015!

Year #1 saw only five trips (but all great trips!) and so there is still plenty of room for 2015. Today I set up the page that will act as a transition to the new year.


I used some new Project Cards inspired by the Pebbles Lakeside collection (oh how I love that one!) plus an older Maggie Holmes PL card and my beloved stamps (G45)


I also (finally, haha) finished adding photos to the last 2014 trips!


I keep this book really simple. It’s a 6×8 simple stories album and I just write while on the trips then add in a few photos after. LOVE this album, and love being able to document tons of real details and stories while on the road.


Just wanted to share where it’s at – and that it is working super well!

Want to join me for more vacation scrapbooking? Check out my current class here.

Challenge: Botanical


What happens when you take a little girl to see Tinkerbell… she waits for an hour… and then it is a boy fairy? Answer: A very angry little girl. The funny thing was when I asked her if we could please still take a photo because I HAD to document this – she said “yes. We need a picture of this guy”


It has become a whole funny memory for us – that time we went to see Tinkerbell and THIS GUY was in her house. I’m told they know of him now – that he is in the movies so it’s ok. But at that time – oh man. just so much funny.


I was really excited that this week’s Simon challenge “botanical” got me inspired to scrapbook this photo!


50dollar_voucher_600pxWhat botanical fun will inspire you this week? Join in the creative fun! 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.


Also starting up this week – don’t miss out on my Distress Ink class! Still just $12 (That price ends this week!!) you can sign up here.

Links to main supplies used:

(new layout) and a love letter to the Styleboard line



So far in 2014, there is a clear favorite line in my studio. Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper “Styleboard” is so fantastic – I even have the project life cards.


I’m not a project life person (it seems like a chore, and not fun to document every week) but I do love patterned paper cards and such – and I just counted I only have 40 cards left.

Yes that is right. Of the 100 pack of cards that I just got one month ago, sixty are already used.


This particular line (Styleboard) really suits me because it is so USEFUL. That is the thing about the best scrapbooking products. They aren’t just pretty – they are easy to use. The patterns, colors, and small designs in this line all work incredibly well for my scrapbooking. There are a LOT of colors in this line from red to mint to pink – and that means it works well for a variety of photos.


It also blends incredibly well with Maggie’s previous lines as well as other scrapbook lines.


I always love when a line comes out that blends well with others as it means it will have a longer shelf life and is a better use of my budget (and space) here in my craft room.


Since I had some horse photos I knew I had to use this line and a few of the horse-y pieces to scrapbook with it. I’ve also used gold thread, and a few other random bits.

As I said before I don’t do Project Life – but I love to use the style of page design on my layouts once in a while. I remember when there were freaky page templates that were soooo complicated and detailed you needed an actual template to make it work… I like the simplicity of 3×4 + 4×6.

Now I’m back to figure out what else I can use this lovely line on…

Supplies Used (and favorite bits from Styleboard):

grey + pink + blue

This is one of my favorite scrapbooking combos of colors.


Simon Says Stamp exclusive dies + February card kit = scrapbook fun.

100 copy

I am so in love with using parts of the heart dies (whole and in part) and also of using the conversation bubble dies too. This is a layout I made to share on the on-line/live broadcast at Play! in Anaheim a few weeks ago.


I haven’t really scrapbooked this period of last summer yet – totally have to rectify that. Oh and yes, the face(s) of children not my own do get blurred here on my blog for their privacy.


I so love using the Simon card kits for scrapbooking – and I plan on making this a monthly feature where I share with you how I use them in this way! Right now though – I’ve got a kit to prepare for (a special guest assignment…), one last Creative Retreat video to film, and some secret Simon spring releases to create with!

I wish you a very crafty (happy) day!

Challenge: Blues

New Year, new challenges beginning once again over at the Monday challenge blog!


I’m kicking things off with a layout inspired by the Ocean Blue and Sea Glass ink pads and cardstocks now carried at Simon Says Stamp. These colors are so lovely – and I’m very excited about these ink pads. I will have to do a separate post about them – after CHA madness, that is! I used two different stencils, splattered mist, and well – just had a LOT of fun making this page!

I love these sketch-y alphabet stamps, and how lovely the ink pads + cardstock made everything!


Supplies Used:

50dollar_voucher_600px Simon is, as always, offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join us in stamping a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here.

If you’re a student in my stencil class – I’m putting up a bonus video walking through my process (and how I stenciled on this page) as well as working on a few more new videos + projects too! For more info on that class check out for details.