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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. 

scrapbooking layout gallery wall
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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!



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: 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….



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! 


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. 


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! 


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. 


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.