This week in my scrapbook: anniversary inspired

This weekend we celebrate our wedding anniversary, so I thought a layout of me and Jason would be fun to share!

My page was made with Vicki Boutin paper (isn’t it fun?!), and assorted stickers and embellishments most of which can be found at (affiliate link)

I love that this paper let me start with a quick base, and then I just added stitching, embellishments, and a few words. I created a 15 minute page and off I go! Such fun, and a great way to work in some quick crafting on a busy week too. Until next time – have a great weekend!

CHA 2015: Amy Tangerine for American Crafts

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From her first line, I’ve always enjoyed Amy Tan’s paper lines with American Crafts and this is no exception.

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Rise and Shine brings in Amy’s signature happy colors and fun designs, and adds in some new products as well.

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Here’s a little wooden desk organizer –

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LOOOVING the tape strips + epoxy accents…

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What you’ll always hear me praise – is that this line is fresh & new but still goes well with many of her older products. YES for making the things I still have  from older lines feel relevant and extending that shelf life. YES for making timeless products that rock.

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And yes, I am officially obsessed with succulent plants because they were everywhere and so cute!

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CHA 2015: Pebbles and Doodlebug

Or as I’m calling them: gnomes and leprechauns! You’ll see why in a minute – as these are the stars of my favorite things from these booths.

First: Pebbles

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“Home Grown” is full of florals sure, but primary colors, gnomes, and mushrooms too! I just loved this one. So cute.

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As always, Pebbles had a great booth and samples too.

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Oh and a “DIY” type crafty but self contained photo garland kit too. I’m really loving the idea of a single product/kit being gifted to a “I’m not crafty” person who can test out our love of all things paper.

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Another line – “Happy Day” reminded me a bit of the garden and other lines from last year. Cute… but I’ll probably pass. Note the instagram type camera and coffee cups – both very hot images to use this show.

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Then I headed over to Doodlebug not expecting what I found, what made the skies open and angels sing…

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mini. doilies. Look at the scale and look at my hand there. These are SMALL. I’m in love. I want all the colors. Well ok, I do not want brown or black but I want all the others. Speaking of yum – check out the rainbow of glittery enamel goodness…

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What could be at the end of that rainbow? Why the cutest St. Patrick’s Day line of all time! I adore this – and I love seeing this holiday in a paper line.

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Just a few shamrocks and some cute stickers and I’m off…

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So both leprechauns and gnomes represented on the show floor – who’d have thought?

CHA 2015: Minc, Marquee Love, and more from Heidi Swapp

At American Crafts the big exciting thing was definitely the Minc machine from Heidi Swapp.

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I had the opportunity to try this out myself and I’ve gotta tell you – it’s slick. Basically you take anything. Pattern, word, whatever. It just has to be printed on laser printer or printed from copy store. You place the pattern/image/word in the plastic folder/sheet+ foil paper (you see above in many rolls/colors) over it, run it through… bam. Foiled beautiful amazing fantastic pretty things happen.

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I really like that there are pre-made shapes and designs as well as the ability to make your own. If you make a lot of party invites or really like the metallic look… well this might be your thing. I see so many applications for this. While I’m not sure if for my brand of crafting it’d be a good investment – I bet this will be a hit with MANY DIYers! The Minc is available now for pre-order (149.99) from Simon Says Stamp here.

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CHA 2015: Shimelle “True Stories” For American Crafts


I’m not really a “baby” person. Oh sure they’re cute but no I don’t generally seek them out. Here’s one that is an exception. We’ll get to the paper goodness… but oh my. “Wonder Boy” aka son of the fantastic Miss Shimelle is so cute, and so very full of personality. Most of the time if I walked by he was there, just hanging out and playing with paper or smiling up a storm. It was so great to meet him after spending last show with his (very pregnant) mom!

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What were Shimelle and the Wonder Boy there selling? Her new collection True Story by American Crafts. This collection is very Shimelle, but it is also very scrapbooker positive.

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What I mean by that is sometimes I feel like even “scrapbooking” paper lines are made for cards or project life or other stuff, and it was so refreshing and honestly a relief to find a line that was clearly made with a story telling scrapbooker in mind. In bold colors no less.

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