We are off to our first dance competition today!  I took some photos of my daughter in her jazz solo costume on picture day weekend and thought they would be fun to scrap!  She is dancing to Walkin’ on Sunshine.  Very fun and cheery! I actually found the dress and yellow tutu on Amazon so I didn’t have to do too much work making a costume this year.

I had a few papers and tag I had made while playing with Vicki Boutin watercolors so I used that as my base and also made a layered butterfly from the painted paper.  The pink paint chip is from Crate Paper as is the black and white paper. I even busted out some Felicity Jane hearts to finish it off!

I love adding cut files cut from white cardstock for a soft layer!  The butterfly is my favorite!

I cut the title on my silhouette and added some typed journaling!

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!

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!


Stash – Jill Sprott

In July 2017 Jill Sprott posted about a Stash Busting Challenge and showed the layouts she made with the kit compiled from her stash.  I missed out on joining the challenge at the time, but thought I would do it this week for fun!  I followed the kit content outline Jill provided and made a kit from my stash.  My stash isn’t very old but it is big enough that I needed to make a dent in it!

I didn’t take too long making the kit.  I have a tendency to overthink things and didn’t want to do that for this challenge.  I started with the Live More Die Cut Pak by Pinkfresh Studio to guide the color choice and style of the kit.  I went down Jill’s list and just grabbed items that fit the list and matched the die cut pak.  For one fo the specialty papers I chose a long hoarded gold foil polka dot paper!!

Continue down the post to see the pages I made with my kit!  I really enjoyed the challenge and will definitely do it again, if you have stash you would like to use up, be sure to visit Jill’s blog!



For my first page I went right for the gold dot paper!  I layered some of the papers and journal cards.  The addition of the journal cards in the kit is brilliant and I used them on all 3 pages.  I added some Gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine in the background.  The fun part of the challenge is that Jill says to use your tools, paints and supplies along with your kit!  I really love how this page turned out.  The Pinkfresh pak has plenty of great pieces to use as titles!

For my second page I knew I wanted to use the yellow paper for sure, so I started with it.  This page came together very quickly, I think that is the beauty of making your kit.  You just grab what is in front of you and make it work!  I paired the yellow with the pink paper from Studio Calico.  I thought this layout was the perfect one to make a big title on!  I love this page too, very cheery!

As you can see, I again reached for the gold paper for my third layout!  It is beautiful paper by My Mind’s Eye and I really enjoyed using it.  Goes to show that you shouldn’t hoard stuff!  I have had this photo of Hannah’s menagarie of stuffies sitting on my desk for awhile so I thought I would use it!  I chose quite a few of the Hazelwood stickers and used another title from the Pinkfresh pak.  I stitched the banners and tag with my sewing machine and embellished with the Valentine Puffy Hearts by American Crafts.  The page is sweet and simple and I love it!


Hello Life

I took some inspiration from Jill Sprott’s Stash Busting Challenge and though I haven’t made a stash kit (yet) I thought I would dive into some kits I bought ages ago and use them!  For this layout I used my May 2016 Felicity Jane kit!  I used a rose stencil on the background and started with black paint then added white for the next rose and more white paint for the 3rd rose, a few splatters and I called it done!  I layered up my photo and added bits and pieces from the kit.  The beautiful word tab was made from the stamp set! Felicity Jane kits are so pretty!