The Cut Shoppe-Photo Love

Hello friends!  I am over on The Cut Shoppe blog today to share a simple layout made with my favorite border cut file, Borderlines Too.

This cut file is so versatile!  I can’t even count how many times I have used this one cut file on my layouts and cards.  I especially adore the sketchy hearts!  Which is why I chose to use this cut file today.

Many of you already know that I am a mom of four crazy boys so I don’t get to play with the girly scrapbooking goodies very often.  I took this photo of my little niece a few months back and it was just begging for a layout.  I love this simple, beautiful photo of her so I wanted to keep the layout simple and sweet too.

Here is a look at the final layout…

and a few close ups….

Thanks for stopping by today!



Documented Memories-Sunday Best

Hi all!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I am happy to have you here.  I noticed lately that I have been using a lot of white in my layouts.  I love the look of white textured card stock on a layout.  It just looks clean and simple.  Although I love this look, I needed to push my self out of this routine.  I looked through my papers to find some rich, deep colors to compliment a picture of my boys at church.  After finding some complimenting paper and embellishments this layout came together quickly.  Take a look!

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Have you found your moment of everyday perfection today?


So Totally Love You

I loved last weeks layout made out of Amy Tangerine goodies so much that I was inspired to look through my older collections.  I love Amy Tangerine’s ‘Ready Set Go’ line from a few years ago.  It has such bright, saturated colors.

For this layout I started with a kraft paper from Amy Tangerine that has the die cut LOVE in the corner.   I chose to work a grid to complete the layout.  I laid out the photo, then just started cutting various sheets of paper from the 6×6 paper pad.


I decided to go light on the embellishments and let the paper and the stitching be the highlight of the page.  I treated each square as its own “mini layout”.  For some grid blocks the paper was busy and I chose to just add a little stitching.  On the simpler blocks I added just a few details to enhance the page.  DSC_0155 DSC_0157 DSC_0158 DSC_0163

Another layout that came together rather quickly but the final product packs quite a punch.

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Friday Spotlight-Amy Tan Stitched

Oh, how I love this new line by Amy Tangerine!  It is called Stitched and is filled with beautiful colors and embellishments.  I was inspired by all the stitching and put my sewing machine to work to put this layout together.

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I used various 12×12 papers, the small puffy stickers, and the rubons.  After I had sewn the papers down I pulled up the edges to add dimension.  To make the big stitched circle I traced a bowl and then did a back-stitch with black thread.  This layout was so fun to put together.  It is nice when you are inspired and the ideas just keep coming so the layout can come together quickly.  Start to finish I think this layout took about 2 hours.

The inspiration for the layout design came from Scrap our Stash November’s layout sketch.  You can visit their site here to see more details.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please come visit again, lots of big and exciting things coming in 2015!  I can’t spill the beans yet…but BIG things!



You & Me

I adore this captured moment.  I love the light here.  I love the way that the light illuminates his face.  I didn’t even know that my husband was taking a photo.  As it turns out the best photos are usually taken when no one is looking.  It was a beautiful fall day and I wanted that reflected in the layout.

I used lots of tags and distress ink from Tim Holtz.  I used the ink to distress the tags, flower and the wood veneers.  On the wood veneers I used a darker distress ink on the top and lighter on the bottom to create an ombre effect.


I concentrated the embellishment clusters on the top left and bottom right creating a visual diagonal line.

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I used a cut out from Carta Bella Wildflower line on the bottom right.  I LOVE this cut out!  I distressed it a little around the edges but I wanted to add some interest and layers to the cut out.  For the center of the camera I used a heavy duty glue dot and wrapped twine in a circle to create the lens.  I placed some distressed leaves a behind the camera to connect the top and bottom of the page.  DSC_0402

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Coming soon to the blog is a series on everyday photography.  I will walk you through different ideas to make the most of your photos.  To make sure that you don’t miss a post make sure that you subscribe to the blog.  This is going to be great and you won’t want to miss a thing!

Have a beautiful day!





A Portrait

“What we are really looking for when we  take portraits is a connection.  We are looking for an expression, a mood, a certain something that reveals the spirit of the person we are photographing.  We are watching and waiting for something to happen.  Something real.  Like hunters, we are stalking beauty.  We are looking for aliveness.  We are waiting for a spark.”  (Expressive Photography)

I love this quote from one of my favorite photography books, Expressive Photography.  That is exactly how I felt the day that I took this picture.  It was our last day on the beach and I had been taking pictures all day long but I still felt like I hadn’t gotten “that picture”.  The sun was starting to set as I was packing up the beach stuff.  I looked over to see one of my little guys staring down the beach at the setting sun.  I dropped  what I was holding and laid down on the beach to capture this picture.  I captured it.

Something real.

Something alive.

A spark.

A portrait.

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I hope you can capture a spark today!


Hey Kid!

Today I am sharing a fun layout I created with Pink Paislee Hey Kid.  This collection is so fun and is perfect for capturing childhood.

I have a bunch of pictures of my little guy when he was very sick and had a feeding tube.  I wanted to tell a story of happiness and hope.  At the time it was hard, really hard.  But I can’t tell you how often he was still able to smile.  That smile is what got us through a lot of hard days.

I am so blessed.



The background has a few die cuts in it so I layered coordinating papers from the collection to show through.  On one circle die cut, in the lower right corner, I made a little pocket of wood veneers and buttons.



I made the frame from chipboard then covered it with red card stock and washi tape.  I love using frames.  I love using frames even more when they bring attention to an area but they do not frame a picture.



I embellished with die cuts from the ephemera pack and brads from my stash.  Speaking of stashes I just love little mustaches!   I finished it off with some stitching on various spots around the page. DSC_0423

Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to smile!



Friday Spotlight-Dear Lizzy Polka dot Party

I am so inspired by wood.  There is so much beauty in wood, whether it is weathered and worn or fresh and new.  Every piece of wood is different, unique, and has its own story.

I took this picture during my Ali Edwards week in the life project.  I thought that the wrinkles in my little guys feet would be a perfect picture to go with a wood background.

I had the idea to take a background and distress the wood to make it look like it was peeling.  I instantly thought of this paper by Dear Lizzy.  I layered complementing papers from her collection to be peeking out behind the wood.  I then layered more paper, vellum, overlays and embellishments behind the picture.  When considering the embellishment clusters I knew I wanted to use the beautiful cut files by Wilna Furstenburg.  (She is amazing!!)  I considered adding white ink splatter but decided that I wanted the wood to really be the focus of the layout.

Enjoy!  If you have any questions please let me know.  Next week on the blog I will be sharing pages from my week in the life project!  Have a beautiful day!


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Candace Perkins

Have you found your perfect moment today?

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.


Friday Spotlight-Pink Paislee Solstice Collection

Today’s spotlight is on the beautiful Solstice collection by Pink Paislee.  The colors is this collection are just beautiful! And there are anchors!  I am a little obsessed with anchors and all things nautical.  I don’t have a boat, I don’t go boating, and I don’t particularly love being in open water…but I love all things nautical!

First up the layout.  I used various papers from the 12×12 and 6×6 pads to add some layers around a photo of one of my little guys at the lake.  He just has the cutest face!  I used various letters from my thickers stash to create a title that would surround the photo.   For my embellishment clusters I used some of the puffy stickers from the collection, washi tape from my stash and a little wood chip.  To finish off the layout I flicked some white paint across the page.

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Two very simple cards.  I challenged my self to only spend 15 min on each card.  That may seem like a lot of time but I am a bit of an indecisive crafter!

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Check out the Pink Paislee collection, you will love all the beautiful embellishments and colors.


Have you found a moment of perfection today?