Remember – Crate Paper Flourish

I am pretty sure I could cover half my house in the Flourish Always wood grain paper!  The tone of the wood color is so warm and perfect!  I decided to go for it and use the paper for my background.  I splattered a bit of colorshine onto the background to break the wood up a bit.  I backed a cut file with the watercolor striped paper from the 6×6 pad to add a bit of the green that shows in the butterflies.  The green is also on the paint by number strip tucked behind the photo!

To keep the page from looking too dark and heavy I thought that fussy cutting butterflies from the Charming paper would be the perfect idea.  I wanted them to float up the page so I cut out quite a few and stayed to the pinks and peachy butterflies.   I also decided to layer the pink and yellow butterflies with a hand cut white butterfly and the matching butterfly fussy cut from the 6×6 paper pad.

To balance the white die cut on the side of the photo I added one of the cut apart cards from the Memorable paper.  I had two of these cards so I fussy cut the camera and popped it up on foam for added dimension.  One of the sweet gold puffy stickers fit perfectly in the flashbulb spot!

I am very happy that I went out of my comfort zone and used the wood grain paper.  The contrast really makes the butterflies pop off the page and gives a crispness to the white while still remaining a very warm and pretty layout!  I encourage you to bust out a paper you’ve been “collecting” or use your favorite paper from a collection!

Supplies: Flourish Always Paper (344367) Flourish Charming Paper (344360 ) Flourish 6×6 Pad (344384) Flourish Memorable Paper (344357) Flourish Puffy Gold Thickers (344388) Flourish Cardstock Stickers (344401)

Floral Birthday

I was inspired by the vintage cameras in the Maggie Holmes Flourish collection for the jumping off point for birthday decor! I have a small collection of black vintage cameras and thought the idea of Smile It’s Your Birthday would be a great theme for special someone who loves vintage, florals and photography! I started out with the gold letters as the centre of the display. I tacked them to a big black frame I use for special occasions or as a board to pin things too.

I wanted bold punches of colour and pattern so I made large and medium rosettes from the Flourish papers. Rosettes are fairly simple to make, for the large rosette you need 2 sheets of the same 12×12 pattern paper, a medium rosette uses 1 12×12 sheet.

I made 2 large rosettes, 2 medium and 1 small that I turned into a prize ribbon. The prize ribbon rosette uses 4 x 2” strips.

I love the dimension the rosettes create, plus it is a great way to be able to see the beautiful patterns in the Maggie Holmes Flourish collection!

For some smaller details I added a paper from the 6×8 paper pad to a gold frame. I then embellished on top of the glass with a tag, chipboard piece and the gorgeous wood veneer frame.

I used the Flourish Washi Tape to add a few of the die cuts on the “pin” board.

I love this little grouping of one of the medium rosettes with the swan card and camera!

I am really happy with the way my idea came together! It feels special, without being a traditional birthday theme and the florals bring warmth and life, especially if you are celebrating a winter birthday like I am!

Supplies: Maggie Holmes Flourish 12×12 Paper Pad (344383) Maggie Holmes Flourish Poppy Paper (344362) Maggie Holmes Flourish Nostalgic Paper (344370) Maggie Holmes Flourish Emma Paper (344364) Maggie Holmes Flourish Aviary Paper (344365) Maggie Holmes Flourish Memorable Paper (344357) Maggie Holmes Flourish Ephemera Die-Cuts (344387) Maggie Holmes Flourish Washi Tape (344397) Maggie Holmes Flourish Chipboard Stickers (344386) Maggie Holmes Flourish Wood Veneer Frame (344400) Maggie Holmes Flourish 6×8 Paper (344406) Maggie Holmes Shine Gold Foil Alpha Chipboard (680327)

All the Feels

Sharing a layout I made for the Hip Kit blog using the fantastic January 2018 Hip Kits!  I love the Crate Paper Main Squeeze Ephemera pak from the January 2018 Embellishment Kit.  I also used the Vicki Boutin – All the Good Things Phrase Thickers for my title and a few of the gold hearts!  I was inspired by the black and white heart you see at the top of the layout from Crate Paper, so I painted a bunch of sketchy heart outlines with black paint on white cardstock.  I then splattered Gold Heidi Swapp Colorshine and then fussy cut the hearts out to use as layers.  I used the Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide from the January 2018 Color Kit for my background.  Love the way the Distress Oxide looks when you sprinkle water on it!

It was a pretty simple layout to make but I love how it turned out!

I added a cute little Pinkfresh Studio tassell bow to the heart die cut.


Lovely layers!!

Always Cute

Hello!  Happy Sunday!  It is super cold here again and I look forward to holing up in my craft room and doing some creating!  I wanted to share a layout I made using my Happy Bins!  I love Cute Girl by Crate Paper, on of my all time favorites, I suppose it goes so very well with little girl photos!!  I had some paper that I had painted black for another project and decided to punch it with a circle punch and make a big polka dot background!  I love white space, but sometimes it can be too much white space so the big black polka dots filled it up nicely!  The bonus with punching a painted paper is that you get a mixed media look without paper warping!

I made my title from a combination of goodies.  The you is from Oh My Heart with the r cut off, the Always is from a pack of chipboard I bought at Micheals and the cute is a puffy sticker from Cute Girl.  I incorporated a Heidi Swapp tab on the side of the photo with a phrase sticker on it.  The layout is pretty simple but I love it!

Love the papers peeking out from behind the photos!

Crate Paper Team

Well, WOW!  I am delighted to spill the beans that I have joined the amazingly talented 2018 Crate Paper Design Team!   I’ll be honest and say that I was pretty surprised to hear that news!  It actually feels quite comfortable to work with Bea, Enza, Jessy, Flora and I look forward to getting to know Sandra!  YAY!!  Bring on the gorgeous Crate Paper goodies!!


I am sharing a layout made with my happy bin contents!  It is so much fun digging around in the bins and seeing what I find!  I used some left over clear stickers from Pretty Little Studio, Thickers I have had for a long time and a stamp set designed by Suse Fish for Felicity Jane for the title!  There is lots of white space on this layout with some pretty papers and ruffles!  Love how it turned out!

I made a cut little rosette banner for the layout!

Lovely puddles of pink paint!

Good Vibes


My assignment for Mixed Media Monday was to use Irit Landgraf’s exclusive papers for Hip Kit Club as inspiration!  Ok!  I painted some watercolor paper that we received in the October 2017 Color Kit with watercolor paints and sprays that matched Irit’s papers.  I then roughly cut circles from the paper and layered them up to make flowers. The button centers are enamel dots from the Vicki Boutin Finishing Embellishments in the December 2017 Main Hip Kit.  I adhered the flowers to a 6×12 2″ deep canvas that I painted white and black, the perfect final touch was the Good Vibes chipboard word and hashtag tab for the December 2017 Embellishment Kit!




Right Now

I dug into my Happy Bin and made a few layouts the last couple days.  This is the first one, using the pompoms I strung together and bits and pieces from my bin!  I love scrapping photos of Hannah when she was little, definitely makes me feel how time has flown by!

Cute Girl by Crate Paper is one of my all time favorite collections!

I’ve been wanting to use these Thicker titles for a long time!!


Happy Bin

I recently moved my craft room around and in the process came across so many pretty things in my stash I haven’t used.  I decided enough was enough and gathered it all together to put into a few buckets.  I cut all the sticker sheets apart, so that I would be more likely to use pieces if they were not a full nice package!  I took each and every piece of chipboard off the backing as well and used my little DIY de-stickering poof (nylon pouch filled with cornstarch) so that they would be ready to use as well.  I usually use a glue gun to attach most items so losing the stick wasn’t a big deal to me, it actually helps so that I can lay items on a layout and see if I like them!

I added Ces’t La Vie from Pink Paislee, Shine/Carousel/Bloom/Cute Girl/Chasing Dreams from Crate Paper & Maggie Holmes, Heidi Swapp goodies, 1Canoe2, Felicity Jane, Dear Lizzy and other bits and pieces that matched the colors.

I love having it all together, it will take me a day or two to figure out how to work with the buckets, so far there has been a lot of rummaging!  I seem to be more likely to make bits and pieces out of what I have instead of leaving it in the nice packaging!