Every Boy Should Be Like You

Today I am sharing a recent layout I did using the Bella Blvd Max collection and a few embellishments from the Ali Edwards Story Kits.  I have been seeing a lot of layouts lately using twine or embroidery floss and I was so inspired by these that I wanted to give it a try myself.  The idea of my layout is based on characteristics that every boy should have that my little guy William already has.  I used a little pie chart and the journal spots from the Ali Edwards story kit explain the characteristics.  Here is a look at how the layout turned out.

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I have to say that I am kinda in love with how it turned out!  The Bella Blvd Max collection has got to be in my top 5 collections of all time for my boys.  It is just so fun and “cool” kid without being too “cutesy”.  The journal cards made perfect spots to highlight the things that I love about my little guy.  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a beautiful day and find some everyday perfection!


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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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?


Oh Christmas Tree

Do you ever lay in bed and think about layout designs?  A few weeks ago I saw this layout in my head one night as I was trying to go to sleep.  The next morning I woke up and drew a quick sketch in a notebook that I keep for ideas.  I kept thinking about the layout but I was waiting till I had the perfect pictures to add to the layout.  Last Friday night we took our 4 little guys to get their picture taken with Santa.  We have had the same Santa for the last 3 years and he is just amazing!  I loved the picture that I took of him waving at my boys as they ran to him.  That picture paired with some closeups of the tree and I was all set to create my layout.

I used scraps from my collection and die cut stitched squares to create a tree, complete with a star at the top.  I layered embellishments around the layout till I felt like it was balanced and cohesive.  I had fun creating this layout and it was great to see the image in my head come to life.  I hope you enjoy and it inspires you to capture some special moments this holiday season.

Have a beautiful day!

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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.

Thanks for stopping by!


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.  http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/2014/11/november-sketch-challenge-20.html

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

Thanks for stopping by today!

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!





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!