Quick & Easy Pumpkin Shaker Tutorial

Hi Friends!

I am know in my house as the “activities director” as I tend to be the one who plans vacations, experiences, and crazy family fun. I have been known to take my kids on the Amazing Race, get them white water rafting, and create detailed codes for holiday scavenger hunts. Well….something that we do sometimes is a surprise vacation and if you have never done this, I highly recommend it! Basically, we convince the kids that we aren’t going anywhere or doing anything exciting while secretly planning a little vacation adventure.

A few years ago, we surprised the kids with a trip to Disneyland for their Halloween celebration for Fall Break. I wanted to document this trip in a special way and hadn’t found that “perfect” thing just yet so the photos sat waiting for my attention. Do you ever do that with pictures and memories that are just so precious to you? Well…this fall, Simple Stories released the Say Cheese Halloween collection and I was hooked. I had found that “perfect” thing. (*Make sure to check out the supply links below!)

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I combined the Say Cheese collection with a really fun pre-cut fall pumpkin cut file from the shop and some amazing SpiegelMom Scraps sequins (Orange Orange and Grape Juice). Using a pre-made cut file to create a shaker pocket is super fun and easy. I created a little tutorial to help you create one too! Here’s that video….

Easy, right?!?! Then, I went ahead and used a few accents from the Say Cheese Halloween Collection to finish up the patterned paper layers and embellishing. It was a great way to start out Halloween adventure pages and something just a little different to celebrate our fun!

Here’s the video showing how the rest of the layout came together……

I hope that you feel inspired to create some Halloween memories and then document them in fun ways. Does anyone else just love Disney this time of year especially? Maybe it’s time to plan another little surprise getaway….



The two sequin mixes that I combined are: Orange Orange and Grape Juice. Make sure to use my code: KHRISTINA15 for a discount! Click here to head on over!

Say Cheese Halloween Collection. Click here!

Pumpkin Trio Pre-Cut Cut File: Find that one here!

Pin this fun and easy idea for later:

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World CardMaking Day--Quick and Easy Card Project and a Freebie!

Hi Friends!

Today is World CardMaking Day and my friends over at Scrapbook.com are celebrating all this week! They have loads of great deals and freebies and I have teamed up with them to showcase some project ideas using their new Floral Sampler Cut Files. Right now, for World Cardmaking Day they are giving away their new Floral Sampler Cut File bundle for FREE….yep, totally FREE! The best part….it includes cut files for cards, traveler’s notebooks, scrapbook pages, and all of your fun projects!

Click here to get your Floral Sampler Bundle of cut files today totally FREE!

Here’s a SUPER quick and easy card that I created today for World Cardmaking Day using these fun cut files. I will be back later this weekend with more using some of the other sizes as well.

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I started out with a blank card base and envelope and then cut a black piece of yardstick to 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 to fit on the front panel. I used my Silhouette to cut the card front which I trimmed just a little smaller than the black cardstock base. Next, I cut a white piece of cardstock to fit the exact same size as the cut file panel I wanted to use.

I grabbed my Distress Oxide inks and a blender tool (the new ones from Scrapbook.com are AMAZING and don’t leave any edge marks at all. You can find those by clicking here) I just created a diagonal rainbow effect on the white cardstock and it was SO SUPER quick and easy. I backed the word “hi” in the cut file with black cardstock to help it really pop on that rainbow background.

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FInally, I added dimensional adhesive dots to the backside of the cut file itself in order to create some extra dimension. I really love how that panel looks completed popped up off the background and it makes for a very striking card that I was able to create in seriously less than ten minutes!

I hope that you enjoyed this quick and easy card for World Card Making Day and I would love to see what you create with these amazing cut files. Make sure to grab yours today before they aren’t free to download anymore!



September Counterfeit Kits--Challenge #1

This month, I am so excited to be joining the amazing team from the Counterfeit Kit Challenge as both the curator of a personalized kit just for them as well as guest designer for the month. The first challenge this month asked us to dig a little deeper into the meaning of curate and use that definition to inspire a project. According to the dictionary, here is what we found: 

curate. verb (used with object), cu·rat·ed, cu·rat·ing.

to take charge of (a museum) or organize (an art exhibit)

to pull together, sift through, and select for presentation, as music or website content

This definition immediately sparked an idea for a layout revolving around the idea of a gallery wall. Just like the custom kits I curate, a gallery wall is a collection of original pieces and touches with meaning and significance to the family, topic, or theme of the display. Here is the gallery wall example that I found on Pinterest that I chose to use as inspiration for my piece: 

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I loved the different use of textures as well as the mixture of images and text and thought that it would be a perfect fit with the kit that I designed for this month. It was also a perfect fit with the photo that I wanted to use of my son on a recent camping trip. I used only the things that I had previously added to my kit for this month and then made sure to include stamping, hand stitching, jute twine, and dimensional adhesive as ways to carry this texture and gallery wall feel throughout my layout. 

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If you want to see more about how this layout came together, make sure to head over to my You Tube channel and check out the process video for this layout. I cannot wait to see what you come up with for this challenge!



Just Breathe--Traveler's Notebook Spread

Hi friends!

    Today, I am creating in my traveler's notebook and I wanted to bring you along and encourage you to find a few minutes to create. Sometimes, scrapbooking and creating can get a little bit overwhelming with all of the inspiration and complicated techniques out there. Sometimes, I just need to take a step back and keep it simple. I need to write what's on my heart and create just to create in those small pockets of time when I can find a few minutes. 

QUICK TIP: When I create a traveler’s notebook spread, I always push my left and right side pages together and create it like one little layout and then cut it in half as my very last final step. This really seems to help with the placement of embellishments as well as symmetry on my layouts.

This traveler's notebook layout was super easy to create combining pieces from the Road Trip collection as well as the Nature's Bliss 6x6 Paper Pack. I used one of those patterned paper pieces as the basis for my layout and backed it with a thin black cardstock border that I punched with my notebook edge punch.


Then, I used a piece of ephemera from the Road Trip ephemera pack (the yellow license plate and the light green geotag) and punched the edge of a 3x4 quote card with the notebook border punch. Next, I stamped the compass stamp from the Road Trip stamp set in the top left corner and the bottom right corner. The mountain piece was fussy cut from one of the 3x4 pocket page cards and then I fussy cut a few license plates from the back side of that same 3x4 pocket page card.


I finished things off with some journaling as well as a few sequins from some of my favorite SpiegelMom Scraps sequin mixes. My title "Just Breathe" was the perfect final addition to bring it all together. This layout came together really quickly and gave me a little creative outlet in the middle of a very busy day. I challenge you to find a pocket of even fifteen minutes of time to create something just for the fun and joy of creating! 



Supply List (Use the code DTKHRISTINA for a discount): 

Nature's Bliss 6x6 Paper Pack: https://www.wildwhisperdesigns.com/collections/new-products/products/pam-bray-natures-bliss-6x6-paper-pack

Road Trip Card Pack: https://www.wildwhisperdesigns.com/collections/new-products/products/road-trip-card-pack

Road Trip Stamp Set: https://www.wildwhisperdesigns.com/collections/new-products/products/road-trip-stamp-set

Road Trip Ephemera Pack: https://www.wildwhisperdesigns.com/collections/new-products/products/road-trip-ephemera-pack

September Counterfeit Kit Challenge

Hello Scrappy Friends!

I am super excited to finally be able to announce that I have partnered up with the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog for the month of September! I have the honor of being a guest designer but I also got to design a Secret Not Secret Kit Club exclusively curated kit just for their challenge this month! To find out more about that kit, the challenges, and all of the information, click here.

Let me start off by sharing the kit that I designed for their challenge this month. This is the kit that everyone will use as inspiration to create their own kits to work from throughout the month. They asked for a kit that wasn’t too bright in colors and would work for both masculine and feminine layouts. I wanted to give it a little bit of a travel vibe since we are moving out of the summer months and into fall as well as choosing a bit more masculine color palette.

In this kit, I decided to include lots of elements from Vicki Boutin as well as from Cocoa Vanilla’s Boys Rule.

In this kit, I decided to include lots of elements from Vicki Boutin as well as from Cocoa Vanilla’s Boys Rule.

The next task was to design a kit of my own to use throughout the month that was inspired by this one. I loved the more masculine color palette as well as the use of kraft and elements of black and white. I kept to basically the same formula of patterned paper, stickers, and die cut ephemera when I designed by own stash kit.


I decided in my own kit to go with a slightly more camping related theme and included several elements from Simple Stories Happy Trails collection. I happened to have the same kraft and white tags as well as the same stencil in my personal stash so I included those in this kit as well. The one major difference was that I included more stamp sets as well as less embellishments. I wanted to try my hand at creating some of my own embellishments to coordinate with this kit so instead of including lots of embellishments, I decided to include things like blank tags, cork speciality paper, and lots of fun stamp sets. I can’t wait to share more about what i have in store for this kit throughout the month1 I even threw in a 6x8 Vicki Boutin paper pad that was partially used in case I wanted to add some extra pops of color like in the original kit. I also made sure to keep some ledger and text papers in both kits as these are two of my favorite types of patterned paper to create with and I find them super versatile.

I hope that you enjoyed seeing the original Secret Not Secret Kit Club hand-curated kit that I designed as well as my own personal stash kit that i will be creating with throughout the month. i would love if you would play along too! Make sure to join us over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge all month long as we play with these fun kits!



Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!

Happy, Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!

We are huge Harry Potter fans around here and just love every single thing Harry Potter out in the world. My son and I have read every book, seen all of the movies, and are planning a trip to London to do some official Harry Potter sightseeing. Anyone else a big Harry Potter fan???

Today, Paper House Productions got in these AMAZING new notebooks and I just knew that I had to have one the second they were released. That one with the gold foil and the perfect quote just had to come home to me. Which one of the new designs is your favorite??

Here’s the best part….to celebrate…Paper House Productions is giving away a mystery gift with every order from their shop today AND if you use the code PH19KHRISTINA you get 20% off as well! What a deal!!!

Click on the photo below to grab yours today!

Super Fun Mixed Media Class with Vicki Boutin *FREE*

Hi Friends!

Just a quick message today! I just signed up for this class completely FREE and I was wondering if you would like to join me too! I am in love with learning some new mixed media techniques and learning directly from Vicki Boutin—what could be better?!?!

Let me know if you sign up so that we can share projects and ideas back and forth!



Why Limit Happy?!?! Scrapbook Layout

Hi friends!

   Today, I am back with another layout created using the latest Talk Foodie To Me collection. As I was playing around with this collection, I realized that it would actually be perfect for some pool photos. We have a giant pineapple pool float and it coordinated perfectly with this collection! I have also been trying to play along with my friend Christy (from Christy's Beautiful Life) this month in her 30 days of sketches challenge so I chose today's sketch to work with as well. I just love working with sketches because they help the creative ideas start to flow!

Here is today's sketch and my layout with it....

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I knew that the fruity patterned paper was the perfect starting place because it matched perfectly with my theme and would work in the top section of the sketch. I then added a thin strip of brighter pink paper and decided that to add some additional dimension, my fringe scissors would really add some fun texture. 


Then, I just started building embellishment clusters in each of the three locations where the sketch suggested them. The sketch itself used snowflakes and circles but I changed it up to include fruit and hexagons. Those hexagons....punched from the pocket cards that coordinate with the Talk Foodie To Me collection! 

In order to create a cohesive look since I used so many different patterns, I used my Catherine Pooler Party Dress ink pad to ink all of the edges. For embellishments, I just started layering and layering. I tried to make sure that each cluster had larger pieces layered with medium size, small, and mini confetti embellishments by including things like the Talk Foodie To Me collection die cuts, mini puffy stickers, epoxy flair badges, and enamel dots & shapes. It was super fun to keep adding little details to create more and more dimension and detail. I used dimensional adhesive with some of the elements for a little extra dimension and interest as well. 

I hope that you enjoyed reading a little bit about my process and if you want to hear more, make sure to stop by my channel and check out the process video that goes with this layout. Today, I want to challenge you to grab your favorite sketch (or try out the one that I used) and create a layout! Remember that sometimes your favorite collections can be used for a slightly different purpose (ex. I used the talk foodie to me collection to create a pool layout) to create a new look. Happy Creating!

Check out the video here:

***BRAND NEW*** Kreative Cuts Club


Sign up today to start with our inaugural box July 1st…..This unique monthly kit contains a coordinated mix of pre-cut cut files, an exclusive mini-sequin mix, and various other embellishments and fun additions that will mix and match with the stash you already own!

 Monthly Member Benefits:

·      A collection of FIVE to SIX carefully selected pre-cut cut files (*these will NOT be designs otherwise offered pre-cut in our store)

·      Various other embellishments that coordinate with the theme of the month and are versatile enough to mix and match with several collections both new and old

·      An exclusive mini-sequin mix designed by Jody from SpiegelMom Scraps just for us!

·      Membership in a private Facebook group just for members with a very active and fun community of creatives

·      An exclusive set of two epoxy flair badges from Jenny at ScrappinHappy Studio just for us!  

·      Free shipping (U.S. only)  --international friends reach out to Khristina to discuss

·      Monthly online challenges

·      At least TWO exclusive process videos/tutorials each month that can only be accessed in our private group and won’t be shared elsewhere

·      Special guests and additional inspiration throughout the month

·      Lots of other surprises and bonuses along the way!

 Kits will be revealed on the 1st of the month and shipping will take place between the 1st and 6th of each month. Kits will be billed automatically on the same day each month. You do not have to be part of The Secret Not Secret Kit Club to participate. This is a separate membership group with its own group and resources. You can, however, add this membership to your current SNSKC one for extra scrappy goodness each month! **Please Note: These kits will be mailed separately from the SNSKC kits.

 Your membership is monthly with no contract or hidden fees for cancellation. Out of respect for the rest of the group members as well as the curators and designers, please give 30 days notice prior to cancellation. 

SNSKC iNSD Countdown Party Details

I am absolutely sure by now that you know that Saturday, May 4th is interNATIONAL Scrapbooking Day! A whole day dedicated to this super fun creative hobby that we are all love. What could be better?!?! It is a day full of sales, challenges, giveaways, and fun! Here at The Secret Not Secret Kit Club, we decided to host a fun month-long Countdown Party over on our Facebook page in April. We wanna celebrate this hobby all month leading up to the big iNSD when we will have a huge store sale and lots of special events going on.

What does this mean for you?!?!? Well….you get to have some fun with us throughout the whole month of April. You are going to want to make sure that you are following our public Facebook page and have your notifications turned on. Click here to make that happen!

Every day in April, we will be going live and scrapbooking a layout…BUT not just any layout! WE NEED YOUR HELP!! Here’s how you get to play along…..take a minute and think about a photo that you are having a hard time scrapbooking. Maybe its one that you don’t think is very high quality OR its one with lots of busy background clutter. Make its one that is just TOO perfect and you are scared you won’t do it justice. OR maybe it’s just a fun photo that you want to see our take on it. You are going to take that photo and send it in and then each day, we are going to create a layout with one! The best part…..after the live video and layout creation….you are going to get that physical layout sent to you in the mail! What a fun addition to your album and memories, right?!?!?

As with any good party, we are gonna include some surprises, giveaways, prizes, and loads of fun! I hope that you will come join us for the march of April and party like none other. Let’s make some gorgeous pages together!

Click here to follow our page and join the fun!