Today I am sharing a layout inspired by the fabulous Ashley Horton.  I saw a video on YouTube of Ashley doing a string art layout and couldn’t wait to give it a try!  Then when I saw the constellation paper I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  To start the layout I cut the LOVE letters out with my silhouette then traced along them with my paper piercer to create the holes.  I then stitched along all the edges of the letters.  After the outlines were done I weaved the string art thru the center of the letters.  I wanted to focus to stay on the string art so I left the rest of the layout simple.  Although this layout took longer than I expected to create I have to say I am in LOVE with the final result!  Take a look!

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I Treasure You

Today I wanted to share a layout that I created with a sketch from Back Porch Memories.  Here is a quick look at the sketch that inspired my layout.


Now for the layout!


To start I cut a scribbled circle out of white card stock on my silhouette.  I layered papers from Maggie Holmes Open Book collection that coordinated with colors in my photo.  I embellished a glitter tag with some fabric and chip board pieces.  To finish off the layout I added lots of detail stitching around the page and added my journaling at the bottom with my typewriter.  I loved creating this layout with a mix a light and bold colors.  I have to say that I am always a sucker for a great sketch!  Now for some detailed pictures.  Enjoy!DSC_0535 DSC_0536
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Sketch-N-Scrap #73

Hi, today I am sharing a layout I did for the Sketch-n-Scrap challenge #73.  Here is a quick look at the sketch by Kelly.

6278_494199487389410_4430110003179568119_nRight when I saw the sketch I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  I love paper piecing!  I cut various papers from the Open Road collection by Crate Paper in the shape of a pie to create one big circle.  I used different stitches to adhere the papers to the white textured card stock.  To finish I embellished with a few small journal cards and tags to go with the absolutely adorable pictures of my little guys.  Take a look!

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Thanks for stopping by!  Don’t forget to head over to the Sketch-n-Scrap blog to see what the other design team girls created with the sketch!



I love having 4 boys.  Life is crazy!  Even though there was a time that I was a little sad knowing that my fourth and final child would be another boy, knowing what I know now I would not trade it for anything in the world.

Boys are all fun.  They are silly and dirty and always up for an adventure.  I love that Crate Paper came out with a collection that captured boys so well!  When the Boys Rule collection came out I bought everything in the collection…twice!  I love it all!  To use up some of my stash I challenged my self to use 10+ patterned papers and lots of embellishments.  Here is the layout that I created.

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Friday Spotlight -Crate Paper Notes & Things Collection

Happy Friday!  The spotlight this week is on Crate Paper’s Notes and Things collection.  If I had to use only one word to describe this collection I would have to say…BEAUTIFUL!  I love how this collection is light and pretty and is all about little notes.

When I first got the chipboard frames in the collection I knew that I wanted to do a page with frames that were set up on a grid.


I laid down a bunch of frames the started adding embellishments in each of the frames till I felt like it was balanced.



I layered 3 stickers from the sticker sheet and sewed down the middle to create a dimensional butterfly.  To embellish the frame on the top I used the Maggie Holmes embossing folder on a piece of vellum then added a wooden heart and a label.




For the bottom right frame I sewed 3 triangles in to garland and strung it behind the frame.



For my journaling I wanted to hide it in an envelope.   I like the idea of my children someday finding little notes that I have left for them in my layouts.  I cut out a cute little label that says “a note for you” to wrap around the tiny envelope.



I love the look of doilies on layouts.  For this frame I just folded it in half and layered it behind a frame then added a wood sentiment over the top.




I love this layout, but what I love even more is the story behind the layout.  This picture captured a perfect moment in the hospital right after I had my 4th son.  It was just the two of us in the room, it was quiet, he smelt fresh and delicious, it was perfection.  It was one of the moments where time stopped.  I am so glad that I snapped a quick picture.  I love that as long as I live, as I forget so many little moments I won’t forget this one…captured.

For the card today I used one of the 4×6 cards in the collection that looked like and envelope to start.  Using my craft knife I cut two rectangles out to create the beginning of a shaker card.  Before adhering the shaker card I stamped on the card to make it look like it had gone thru the mail.  I layered patterned paper, then foam tape, then acetate, and then the envelope card on top.  I added a few more embellishments on the top to finish it off.  I think that this is a card that will definitely brighten someones day.  (You can’t not smile when you get a shaker card in the mail!)




Thanks for stopping by!  Have a beautiful weekend, create something special and capture a perfect moment.


Tag You’re It!

Today I am sharing some tags made from my current obsession, the Boys Rule collection from Crate Paper.  I have four boys and sometimes it is hard to find a boy collection that is not too “cutesy”.  This collection is awesome!  What could be even better?  Scraptastic came out with a stamp set the coordinates with the collection!  This stamp set is great for boys and for background stamping and I just know that I will be reaching for it often.

One thing that I love about creating tags is that it is like a little scrapbook page.  If I am short on time but I need to do something creative,  I will make a tag or a card.

For the first tag I just started with a plain tag.  I used the Scraptastic stamp set and stamped the square pattern on the tag.  I started at the bottom using a grey ink and did two first generation stamping and then two second generation stamping to give it the effect of fading out towards the top .  I then layered various stickers from the sticker sheet and vellum from the ephemera pack.  I used stickers to make a banner and then stitched along the top to add some interest to the banner.  For this first tag I wanted it to feel “full” with lots of elements.

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For the second tag I decided to make a vellum pocket first.  I made a 3×4 vellum pocket to put another tag and some other mementos from our week.  I used the star vellum sheet that is in the collection cut it down and sewed along the edges.  For this tag I wanted the pocket to be the main focus so I went light on the embellishments.  The items in the pocket are what is going to tell the story. Through simplicity of embellishments the focus can stay on the story.  I used the Tim Holtz tiny stapler to attach some vellum pieces to the corner and a wooded clip to hang over the pocket to complete the visual diagonal line.

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Thanks for stopping by! Now go create some fun tags!

Tag you’re it!