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:

Road Trip Card Pack:

Road Trip Stamp Set:

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:

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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. 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 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, 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, 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.


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….