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!

xoxo,

Khristina

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. 

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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

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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!

xoxo,

Khristina

Scrapbook.com Instagram Scrapbooking Inspiration Hop

What’s this?!?! A blog post….it can’t be! Let’s just say that it has been quite awhile since I’ve posted over here but it’s time to bring that blog back! Things around here have been a whirlwind but in such a good way! We just returned from an amazing scrapbooking retreat in Oak Harbor, Ohio with our amazing kit club friends and already can’t wait to plan the next getaway together. Baseball season is in high gear with two tournaments the past two weekends and Tai just living it up in his happy place on the pitcher’s mound. Parker is getting ready for his huge once in a lifetime trip to Cooperstown in June and Nadi just finished up playing soccer for the first time.

But….now…the part you are really here for….the scrapbooking! This week, I was invited to participate in an Instagram inspiration hop featuring the scrapbook.com affiliates. I created a super fun Disney layout for the event and I wanted to include some of the details here since I didn’t create a process video for this layout.

For this layout, I started with the My Minds Eye Blast Off collection which works just perfectly with my Disney photos. Right now, Scrapbook.com has a HUGE deal on this collection going on and I highly recommend picking it up with this bundle.  Click here to check it out.

For this layout, I started with the My Minds Eye Blast Off collection which works just perfectly with my Disney photos. Right now, Scrapbook.com has a HUGE deal on this collection going on and I highly recommend picking it up with this bundle. Click here to check it out.

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I decided to fill in a few areas of the background paper with patterned papers from the collection in order to create more interest and variety. Then, i used chain stitching to stitch along the dividing lines of each section. This creates more continuity and gives the appearance of a patchwork, hand-created background design. In the planets section on the right side, I also fussy cut a few planets from my scraps and put them on dimensional adhesive to create even more depth and interest.

Finally, it was time for my title, journaling, and embellishments. I used the embellishments from the My Minds Eye Blast Off ephemera pack that came with the bundle deal (you can also buy just the ephemera by clicking here.) I combined two different mini alphabets to create my title for this layout. One of them was the navy blue foam thickers called Happy Life from Paige Evans and the other was the puffy sticker multi-colored alphabet from Pink Fresh Studio. You can find both of those in the supply list below.

Happy Life Thickers

Puffy Sticker Alphabet

My Minds Eye Blast Off Collection Pack

I hope you enjoyed reading a little more about this layout as well as my return to blogging! I will see you again soon with more….

xoxo,

Khristina

Six Small Businesses You Should Know: Episode Four--Finders Keepers

Welcome back to episode four of the Six Small Businesses You Should Know series! If you are just joining us for the first time, make sure to go back and check out the first three posts and videos in this series. Sara Scraps and I found a few amazing small businesses at Creativation 2018 and wanted to share them with you. I just know that you are gonna love them as much as we do. Today's feature small business is a brand new company out of California called Finders Keepers. 

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Finders Keepers has a bunch of great planner goodies including stamps and washi tape. They also have two scrapbooking lines. The one that I was most excited to see is called Libris Schmibris and is all related to reading, books, and imagination. Sara and I both fell in love with the gorgeous colors and feel of this collection. Isn't this just so beautiful?! 

You can visit Finders Keepers and check out all of their goodies by clicking here. You can also check them out on IG at @fkcrafting 

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For this particular project today, I wanted to stay consistent with the Boston traveler's notebook that I have been working on with all of the small business products so I am not going to use the literal literacy theme of this collection and instead work with some photos from The Boston Tea Party adventure that we did on our vacation. This works out perfectly with the old fashioned feel of parts of this collection and still allowed the theme to play a supporting role. 

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Using a horizontal orientation for one of the pages of this spread worked perfectly because I really wanted to use this cut-apart card! The other side of the spread is a traditional vertical format and it worked perfectly to layer the washi tape to create a shelf for my photo strip to sit upon. 

The smaller cut-apart cards in the 2x2 size added a perfect addition to the outside of the page protector that I am using to hold my ephemera from the event. This allows me to add some staples as well to keep my ephemera pieces from falling to the bottom of the page protector. 

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Each of the elements in this collection really supported the feel that I wanted to create on this particular layout. I love collections that can add a subtle element and play a strong supporting role while still allowing my photos and stories to play the leading role. 

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I would love it if you would stop by my You Tube Channel and check out the process video where I talk more about how this project came together and I even get to show you more of the goodies from this collection. 

Don't forget to visit Sara Scraps and her project for this collection as well. You will definitely want to leave us both comments here on our blogs as well as on You Tube so that you can be entered into the giveaway at the end of this series for a whole box of goodies representing each of the six companies that we feature. 

 

Pattern Happy Spring Blog Hop

I am SUPER excited to be starting a brand new adventure today with a company that is quickly becoming one of my favorites! Raise your hand if you remember Ki Memories from the scrapbooking world of years ago?! Who else has a stash hoarded away because everything was just way too cute to use?! Well....the amazing creativity behind that company is back with a new one called Pattern Happy and let's just say they are knocking it out of the park! From adorable stamps and dies to the most fun and colorful 6x6 paper ever, I just know that you are gonna love them as much as I do! 

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For today's blog hop, we are focusing on spring and when I think of spring, I think of fun, pretty patterns and bright colors so that led to the supplies that I decided to work with today. I decided to create with the All Heart Clear Stamps and All Heart Dies as well as the Geofetti 6x6 paper pad. 

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I decided to create a whole bunch of hearts using both the dies and patterned paper as well as the stamp set. I grabbed a few coordinating ink colors and stamped some hearts and then got to work with my die cut machine to create loads more! After that, this impactful layout came together pretty quickly. I used a diagonal format and just started layering and clustering. I added some black spatters and a few phrase stickers along with my foam thicker title and voila! Super fun layout....These products coordinate so well and just make it so easy to create amazing looks! 

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Don't you just adore when the colors, patterns, and details all just work together exactly how you imagined in your mind?! I know I sure do! This stamp set and die cut set are just perfection. 

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Please stop by my You Tube channel and check out the process video for this layout as well! 

Last but not least, make sure to leave comments at each stop on the hop for a chance to win one of two Pattern Happy prize packs! Leave your comments before April 5th, at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be contacted via email. I will be back soon with another fun Pattern Happy project. And now...on to your next stop to check out Kristine's amazing work. 

xoxo,

Khristina

 

Six Small Businesses You Should Know: Episode Three--Catherine Pooler Designs

Welcome back to the third small business feature in the Six Small Businesses You Should Know series. Sara Scraps and I are focusing on six small businesses that we recently found or worked with at Creativation that we were impressed with and thought that you would like to see as well! This week, we are talking about Catherine Pooler Designs. 

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This particular company makes premium dye ink pads as well as unique stamp sets and also sells some other accessories and goodies. We both had an amazing time talking with the team for this product line at Creativation and I was really impressed with the pattern builder stamps like the one I am using today. I love when I can find a company that makes products that will work for both card making and scrapbooking since I love to stamp in my memory books as well. 

For my project today, I am working in my pocket notebook from The Stamp Spot where I am creating a travel memory book for a trip that we took as a family to Boston last summer. (Make sure to go back to the other episodes in this series if you want to see more about the other pages and projects!) I started out knowing that I wanted to create a unique border on the side of my layout and so I used one of the stamps in this pattern builder set and then fussy cut the edge to create something a little more unique and different since the edging won't be a square anymore. 

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Then, I went ahead and added some embellishments from the Crate Paper Here + There collection which is what I am trying to keep consistent throughout this project. I added some stamping to my title using the Artist Gather stamps and the Aquatini Catherine Pooler dye ink. 

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I just love how all of the interactive elements in this notebook are working together and creating unique and unexpected twists. A few more embellishments including some mini cork stars from SpiegelMom Scraps and this look was complete (*Although, I will likely add some journaling to the bottom of the page later!)

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Do make sure to hop on over to You Tube and check out the video below....

Do take a minute and leave a comment below as well as on the YT video so that you can get some entries into that amazing prize pack that we are going to have at the end of this series. (*Hint...Hint...one of these amazing, vibrant ink pads is in that prize pack!) Also, stop by and visit Sara Scraps blog and YT channel to check out her project with our highlight on Catherine Pooler Designs. Come back again and see us on the 1st as we highlight small business number four. 

xoxo,

Khristina

Supply List:

Pattern Builder Stamps: https://shop.catherinepooler.com/collections/stamps/products/geobuilders-stamp-set

Aquatini Ink Pad: https://shop.catherinepooler.com/collections/ink/products/aquatini-ink-pad-and-refill

Party Dress Ink Pad: https://shop.catherinepooler.com/collections/ink/products/party-dress-ink-pad-and-refill 

Pocket Page Notebook: http://thestampspot.net.au/pocket-page-notebook/

Artist Gather Retro Flip Alphabet: https://artistgather.com/products/pre-order-retro-flip-2-0

SpiegelMom Scraps: https://spiegelmom-scraps.myshopify.com/collections

Six Small Businesses You Should Know...Episode Two--The Stamp Spot

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Welcome to the second of six episodes where Sara Scraps and I are going to be sharing Six Small Businesses That You Should Know! We are super excited to be showcasing a new small business on the 1st, 10th, and 20th, of the month for the next couple of months. The best news is that we are going to be giving away an amazing prize pack at end of the six episodes full of goodies from all six companies. Please know that we are not in any way, shape, or form affiliated by or paid for content by these companies! We just really love them and think that you will too!! 

Next up on our small business journey is an Australian company called The Stamp Spot which is run by an amazingly sweet friend named Michelle. Quite some time ago, Michelle reached out to me when I started working in traveler's notebooks and offered to send me one of hers. While her shop carries many things, the main products that sparked my interest were her signature pocket notebooks and traveler's notebook covers. I have since ordered a few times and am always amazed at the quality, speed, and generosity of Michelle. Her traveler's notebooks are absolutely incredible as they alternate plain pages with custom designed page protectors and allow for so many fun, interactive elements. The possibilities are endless! You can find The Stamp Spot goodies and inspiration at these locations:              --Website:  http://thestampspot.net.au               --Instagram:  www.instagram.com/thestampspot

Next up on our small business journey is an Australian company called The Stamp Spot which is run by an amazingly sweet friend named Michelle. Quite some time ago, Michelle reached out to me when I started working in traveler's notebooks and offered to send me one of hers. While her shop carries many things, the main products that sparked my interest were her signature pocket notebooks and traveler's notebook covers. I have since ordered a few times and am always amazed at the quality, speed, and generosity of Michelle. Her traveler's notebooks are absolutely incredible as they alternate plain pages with custom designed page protectors and allow for so many fun, interactive elements. The possibilities are endless! You can find The Stamp Spot goodies and inspiration at these locations:

            --Website: http://thestampspot.net.au

            --Instagram: www.instagram.com/thestampspot

For today's project, I wanted to continue working in my traveler's notebook project for a family trip that we took last summer to Boston. Make sure to go back to the first episode in the six small businesses series if you want to check out the couple of things I completed in this project. For today, I knew that I wanted a way to be able to document the best parts of this city for each member of our family. Rather than use up five separate spreads, I decided to create some tags to use in my first pocket page of the insert. *This is what makes Michelle's products SO unique and fuN!  

There is one tag for each of the five members of the family to write about their favorite parts, best memories, or things they loved about Boston. I completed mine already and will have my family finish theirs this weekend.   I wanted to play around with the idea of creating a shaker pocket on the bottom portion of the pocket page that I could use to add a little interest and sparkle. I filled up that bottom section with cork mini stars and an amazing sequin mix called Authentic You from SpiegelMom Scraps (*another super amazing small business). I also put a small piece of acetate inside that had a rub on of a globe. This was my first time trying to use rub-ons on acetate and let's just say that now I'm hooked! It worked like a charm and the transparent quality is just stunning and unique. I sealed up that little pocket using my fuse tool and added a couple of sticker details right on top of the plastic pocket! 

There is one tag for each of the five members of the family to write about their favorite parts, best memories, or things they loved about Boston. I completed mine already and will have my family finish theirs this weekend. 

I wanted to play around with the idea of creating a shaker pocket on the bottom portion of the pocket page that I could use to add a little interest and sparkle. I filled up that bottom section with cork mini stars and an amazing sequin mix called Authentic You from SpiegelMom Scraps (*another super amazing small business). I also put a small piece of acetate inside that had a rub on of a globe. This was my first time trying to use rub-ons on acetate and let's just say that now I'm hooked! It worked like a charm and the transparent quality is just stunning and unique. I sealed up that little pocket using my fuse tool and added a couple of sticker details right on top of the plastic pocket! 

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I added my handmade tags to the top portion of the pocket and that completed the look! I am SO super excited about how this project is coming together so far. I just love the colors, unique little touches, and feel of the project so far and I just can't wait to keep going. 

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Make sure to also hop on over to You Tube to check out the process video where I share a lot more details about how this project came together as well as how I created by handmade tags. 

 

Do take a minute and leave a comment below as well as on the YT video so that you can get some entries into that amazing prize pack that we are going to have at the end of this series. (*Hint...Hint...one of these pocket notebook inserts is in that prize pack!) Also, stop by and visit Sara Scraps blog and YT channel to check out her project with our highlight on The Stamp Spot. Come back again and see us on the 10th as we highlight small business number three. 

xoxo,

Khristina

Supply List:

Pocket Page Notebook: http://thestampspot.net.au/pocket-page-notebook/

Fabric Traveler's Notebook Cover: http://thestampspot.net.au/fabric-tn-on-trend-floral-raspberry/

Authentic You Sequin Mix: https://spiegelmom-scraps.myshopify.com/collections/sequins-1/products/authentic-you