Grade 9 – Crate Paper

While I was making my Grade 3 back to school layout with the Willow Lane Collection I also made a layout for Grade 9!  I wanted a soft pretty page and used lots of pink!

The stamp set in the Willow Lane Collection is beyond gorgeous and I used a stamped floral for my focal point.  I chose paint to match the floral and used the packaging technique for a pretty background.  I also added some Heidi Swapp Gold Colorshine splatters!

For the opposite side of the photo I added a sweet tag layered with the gold heart standout and a chipboard phrase! To finish off the page I added some tears at the top and bottom and added some of the Meadow paper to tie in the pink!

Sunkissed – Hip Kit Club

Sharing a layout I made using the fabulous July 2018 Hip Kits! The July kits are packed with exclusive designs and couldn’t be more fun to use!

I had the pretty August moodboard to use as a jumping off point for my layout and I was immediately inspired by the rays in the bottom corner. I used the Sunshine watercolor to paint rays and then stitched on top of them. The rays were the perfect spot for the exclusive acrylic stars, so I scattered them amongst the rays!

I picked a photo from a trip to Palm Springs this year and used the super cute chipboard from Simple Stories I used 3 cards from the July 2018 Project Life Kit for journaling and to embellish around my photo.

Thanks so much for having a look at my page!! Check out the August Hip Kit Moodboard for inspiration!

Back to School Grade 3 – Crate Paper

I was so super excited when Willow Lane by Maggie Holmes and Crate Paper arrived in the mail!  The collection is so sweet, and the patterns are gorgeous!  I love all the sweet little characters, and I especially love the folk art unicorn!  I picked out the sweet panda bear and the unicorn for my back to school layout!

I started out with a white background and splattered some Heidi Swapp Gold Colorshine around the edges.  I used one of the big cards from the Melody cut apart sheet and the black envelope from the Journaling Ephemera pack to start out the grid with my 4×6 photo.



To balance out my grid design, I added the “you are loved” ephemera with a fussy cut panda prize ribbon from the Friendship paper.  I backed that cluster with a piece of the Happy Times paper so it would be the right size for the grid!  I added dimensional adhesive to the panda so she would pop up in the cluster.

To decorate the black journaling pocket I fussy cut a sweet little house from the cottage paper.  Hannah has always done homeschool, so that represents where she goes to school!  I added a strip of white cardstock for my journaling and then the adorable folk art unicorn!  The journaling card slides out of the pocket and is a great spot to add a longer story or tuck in more photos!

To add some extra interest and dimension to my layout I fussy cut butterflies from the Flutter paper.  I love that the Willow Lane collection includes the pretty lavender color!  I decided to use just the blue and lavender butterflies to accent the ribbons on the panda portrait.  The butterflies tie all the grids together and add lots of movement to the page.  I enhanced the butterfly spots with little gold puffy hearts from the Flourish collection to finish it off!


It feels like just yesterday that I was taking these photos!  My girl is starting Grade 10 this fall.  Time flies and I love being able to make these memories come alive again with the beautiful designs that Maggie Holmes and Crate Paper create!

Junque Collage Inspiration Board

Last week we started sorting through our trailer full of items we didn’t move into the house at the time we moved a couple years ago.  I found a giant canvas 3′ wide x 4′ high and decided to turn it into a big “pin” board to hang in my studio.  I added all sorts of items and only added things I loved!  I didn’t plan what went where more of an if it fits and looks good it can go in that spot!

I have a box of junque papers that I use when I make journals etc.  it was fun to go through and find left over bits.  I love bits of paper with paint on them,  old vintage papers, fabric scraps just about anything I find pretty goes in the box!

In the bottom corner, I added the peacock paper from the Maggie Holmes Flourish collection, I love that it looks like an old paint by number painting!  I have a huge stack of vintage music books, so a few pieces made it onto the board.

The top corner has some old mixed media papers that were too pretty to throw away but never got used.  I also have a stack of old photos I found at a junk shop and added a few of them too!  I love how it turned out; it was really fun to make!!