Sweet Time – Hip Kit Club

I am happy to be sharing a layout I made for Mixed Media Monday at the Hip Kit Club!! My assignment was to use the June 2018 color kit, stitching and cut files so off I went!

I cut one of the background files by Kim Watson (June) and used it as a stencil to mist the background with the pretty blue Shimmerz spray. I then added both other Shimmerz paints for loads of sparkle and splatters!

I layered and layered all the pretty papers and embellishments from our Pinkfresh Studio goodies in the June kits! I love how my page turned out!! You might want to consider using a cut file as a stencil, it creates a unique look to your background!!

Tap Dreams

I was up at 4:30 this morning, definitely not planned but I thought I might as well make the most of it and enjoy some quiet scrap time!  My days have been busy helping Hannah with her summer school so it was nice to just sit and enjoy a coffee and get creative!

I hauled out my stash buckets and some pretty gold leaves from Flourish by Maggie Holmes.  I painted my background with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink, splattered with Gold Colorshine and then stitched the gold leaves on.

While digging around in my little bucket I found the gorgeous acetate rose from Gather, a Crate Paper tag and the word sticker from Chasing Dreams.  I first layered a floral cut file from Just Nick cut from white cardstock under the photo for softness, and then added my embellishments.  If you want to learn more about layering, be sure to check out my class called Knockout Layers at Big Picture Classes!

At the bottom of the page I layered a piece of crepe paper (hard to see in the photo) and a strip of patterned paper from Flourish to finish off the page!

Today – Paige Evans + Silhouette

I chose Heart Group (Design ID #260894) from Paige’s Silhouette store.  I knew I wanted to do some mixed media on my page and thought about how I could tweak the cut file to get the look I wanted!

I first cut just the whole outline from white cardstock by ungrouping the design and deleting the hearts.  I then used spray mists to “fill in” the heart.  I used four different colors, and the cut file made a great stencil!  While the ink was drying, I went back to the cut file, and this time I deleted the outside cut line of the hearts and just kept the heart’s themselves.  I lined them all up in a grid, grouped them and then duplicated all the hearts and reduced the size.  I painted the hearts with a deep navy paint and painted the smaller hearts with white paint.  I then ran a line of stitching through both hearts and glued them onto my page!

Now comes the embellishing!!  I had chosen the ink sprays to coordinate with Pick Me Up by Paige Evans and Pink Paislee, so it was just a matter of choosing which die cuts looked great with my photo.  I chose a flower cluster, some word tabs and the butterflies from the sticker sheet.  I finished it off with the pretty “today” chipboard in glimmery gold foil!

I LOVE how my page turned out.  Using Paige’s cut files as stencils is a great way to get multiple uses out of them!


Sunkissed TN – Hip Kit Club

This week at the Hip Kit Club my assignment was to only use the main kit from June 2018!  The kits are packed full of goodies so it definitely makes it easy!  I decided to make a spread in my scrappy Traveler’s Notebook!

I decided to go with a grid design and chose 2-3 colors to work with, when there are so many choices I find that choosing a scheme up front helps me get something made!  I focused on the warm tones from the Pinkfresh Studio Simple and Sweet collection.  I added the Vicki Boutin stamp from the June 2018 Color Kit to the Pinkfresh frame.  Love this stamp set!!

I did dip into the June 2018 Project Life kit for two of the cards, I couldn’t resist the sun card and sweet floral print.  The cards are great in TN for their small size patterns.

Shaker Cake – Paige Evans + Silhouette

Paige’s Cake Stand Design ID #264075 cut file is SO super cute! It reminds me of my glass cake stand!

I started out by cutting the cake stand from white cardstock.  99% of the time I use white cardstock for cut files.  Sometimes after I see it cut I will switch out to a pattern paper and re-cut a design, but for me, I find white so pretty and crisp!  I cut the word cake while I had my silhouette software open!

I chose papers from Turn the Page and a big pink flower I had fussy cut from Oh My Heart to decorate the cake stand.  I backed the stand and knob in patterned paper and then I got the bright idea to turn the dome top into a sequin shaker spot!  I cut a piece of white polka dot acetate to fit the dome and glued it on to the cut file, being careful not to get glue onto the acetate.  Next, I used very thin foam tape and ran it around the entire portion of the dome so that the sequins would be trapped in that space.  Once the foam tape was all on, I added sequins from Turn the Page and a few from my stash, I then added a white piece of cardstock to the back area (on top of the foam tape) to seal it all in.  I trimmed the excess white cardstock off and then shake shake shake!

I kept my embellishments very light, a doily, a few sprinkles of hearts and puffy flowers and a puffy butterfly from Turn the Page.  I stamped the date in pink and voila!

Flower Walk – Pinkfresh Studio

When I was making my layout for the July Pinkfresh Studio challenge I had painted lots of circles with the paints that I had mixed up.  I didn’t use them at the time and later wondered what I could do with them!  I decided to stitch around the edges with black thread (stitching in a circle is not my strong point haha) and then stacked them up to make flowers.

I used hot glued the circles together making a bit of a puddle of glue to add dimension, I then popped a single enamel dot in the center.  For the stems I drew stripes on a white piece of cardstock with a sharpie and then cut it into strips.

For my background I simply splattered black watercolor paint all over the background.  I added a cluster of embellishments at the bottom of the page beside the photo.  The embellishments and alpha are all from The Mix #2 by Pinkfresh Studio.

Traveler’s Notebooks

In 2015 I started using my first traveler’s notebook.  I printed and made my own and used it as a way to keep a record of things we did and also to mark down plans.  My main reason for starting to document was so that when I went to do Project Life I would have a record of what we did to refer to.  Memory Keeping/Documenting is really important to me.  I have been keeping track of the small details and the big events for the last 4-5 years and it has just become something that I do.  I have been able to quickly look back and see what happened in any given week in the last 4-5 years.  Sometimes it makes me wish I would have started documenting years ago!

I have kept up with it the last 3 years, I no longer plan ahead in my TN but always record a little bit for each day.  If I forget to write something down a sticker or a stamp fills the spot! I thought I would share a few of my notebooks!

My current scrapbooking traveler’s notebook.  I have a Lawn Fawn TN cover with pink bows that will house these notebooks.  I tried scrapbooking in a TN last year and couldn’t quite get the hang of it.  I did end up making one for my daughter, but that was pure luck!  I tried again recently and liked the results much more, having scrapbooked for the last year has helped!

Some layouts from this scrappy notebook:

My current daily documenting notebook, I print and make my own inserts and the cover is from Lawn Fawn.

A spread from my current daily documenting notebook using the Maggie Holmes Sticker Book, Paige Evans Sticker Book and a stamp from my stash.  My life is not terribly exciting but I like to look back and get a glimpse of what goes on!

The next one is a bit of a junk journal.  I have an art journal insert and a diary where I write longer stories.  The cover is from Websters Pages and I painted it and then collaged the bird on top!  The cover had a mark on it, so I thought, hey why not try painting it!  It has held up really well.

A page from the junk journal insert.  I make these from old papers, or papers I have painted or tea stained.

This is my 2017 journal.  I used a vintage look through the whole year.  Lots of black and white and nature images.  I made the cover from fabric and lace.  It is still my favorite to hold and look at!  I decided to leave the covers with the inserts instead of re-using the covers.  They seem to have their own vibe and then I don’t have to find a place to store the inserts!

A page from my 2017 journal.

Craft with Kids Mini Binder – Crate Paper

Teaching kids to be crafty is one of the best skills we can help them to grow, in my opinion!  My daughter Hannah started crafting with me when she was 3, and I always have made sure she has decent tools and a crafty stash!

I wanted to come up with a project that most ages of kids could accomplish on their own or with some help.  I decided on customizing mini binders.  My daughter stores her art journal pages in these little albums. The binders are so useful for so many things, homework, journal, travel journal, art journal, recipe book, game notes, the sky is the limit!  I had a few Avery Mini Binders on hand; an important feature is a plastic pocket on the front and spine of the binder.  If you can’t find one with the pocket, you could glue your designs right onto the cover with tacky glue or strong adhesive.  The pockets make it easy to change out the look of your binder!

Start out by making a “kit” of products for the crafter.  I am using Wild Heart by Crate Paper, which has gorgeous papers and super fun designs!

For the Hey binder, I cut the Palms paper to 7″ x 9″ for the background.  I started out with the Hey card cut from the Wildly paper as inspiration.  I added the parrot from the Embossed Puffy Sticker sheet; leaf die cuts and word stickers.  I cut a strip of the daze paper and added the Charming Thickers alpha on top!

It amazed me that I could layer the pages as much as I did and they still slipped into the pocket with no issue.  I did find that the spine pocket is quite tight so I kept that simple with just a strip of paper.  You could glue alpha’s right on to the spine as well!  I finished off the Hey binder with the sweet pink heart paper clip!

For the Stay Wild binder, I cut the Thrive paper to 7″ x 9″ for the background.  I cut strips from Hustle and Roar to layer on the bottom of the page.  The Leopard card is from the Animal paper, and the Stay Wild card is from the Wildly Paper.  I punched circles from the Roar paper to decorate the top of the page.  Using punches is fun for kids and an inexpensive way to teach them how to customize with paper!

I finished this page off with a Stay Wild die cut and the leopard from the sticker sheet.  I slipped a piece of Roar paper into the spine and added the leaf paper clip at the top!  So fun, and great for a boy or a girl!

Don’t Be Crabby – Paige Evans + Silhouette

I just had to… I know it is silly and goofy but it’s fun!  When I saw Paige’s Crab Design ID #267053 cut file I immediately thought of the “don’t be crabby” title and I knew I had a few pictures to pick from!  I like to take all kinds of photos and if I happen to capture someone in a not so great mood, that’s ok with me!

I started out with white cardstock and cut the crab!  At the same time, I cut a “crabby” title just to have on hand, in case I wanted to use it on my page.  I went through my Paige collections and decided on Pick Me Up, I thought the blues would make a fun page!  I added one piece of paper and a wood star from Turn the Page.

Before I got to work on my cut file I painted some washes of white and sandy colored paint onto my background so that could dry.  I also added a few splatters with Heidi Swapp Gold Colorshine.  I backed the crab with a mix of all the blue papers, I intended to have an ombre effect but I ended up liking darker arms and the darker spots on top of his head, I think it gave the crab more dimension to vary the blues!

I kept the layout simple, I layered some ephemera behind the photo and tucked it in by the crab legs.  I used the super cute alpha that comes with Pick Me Up and then added my cut paper title!  I love how the page turned out!

Keep Shining – Hip Kit Club

YAY for Hip Kit Club sketch day! I had such fun playing with the sketch this week and the June 2018 Hip Kits! I was intent on using more papers this month and this sketch really leaned toward that goal. I cut strips of papers and cut scallops with my silhouette. The Pinkfresh Studio cut apart paper made the layout for me! I tucked in coordinating colors and embellished with Pinkfresh Studio Sweet and Simple enamel circles and chipboard. Be sure to check out the sketch this week, it’s definitely got a lot of possibilities!!


This little vase of wildflowers is one of my favorite pieces!!  I also snipped the layered sentiment off of one of the frames and added it to my photo.

Loads of lovely layers!!