January 30, 2014


I made this layout for my local scrapbook store a few weeks ago. It didn't take much time, probably about 30 minutes. I debated over adding more "stuff" but I've been told that sometimes less is more when it's for a store display, so I went with that theory and left it fairly simple.
Fast forward to yesterday when I was back at my local store. I noticed a lady standing looking at my layout and sketching the design. As I approached her she said "I hope it's ok if I copy this?" I assured it was fine and that was why there were samples, for the inspiration.  After chatting with her for a few minutes, she told me it was her 3rd trip back to the store, just to look at this layout. I kind of laughed when she said it and told her "oh that, it was so easy to make, it didn't take any time at all." She looked at me with that deer-in-the-headlights look. After chatting a bit more, I find out that she has been scrapbooking for all of 2 weeks, that on a whim, on January 15, she bought a few patterned papers, and for the past 2 weeks has been trying to figure out what to do with what she bought. She hadn't ever been in a scrapbook store before that day, and since then all she has wanted to do was play with paper and glue. I told her I had been scrapbooking for a long, long time, but all I want to do is play with paper and glue too!  Long story short (ha ha!) I showed her how I matted the photos, told her that the little red sparkly things that she loved are sequins just like she probably used on an art project as a kid, showed her how to use a paper trimmer and paper punch for the first time, explained all about this magical die-cutting machine we all know as a Silhouette, and that yes, I really did sew with a sewing machine just to give it a little bit of texture.

After she left the store, I was thinking about how excited she was and how happy she was to know that there really were "no rules" in scrapbooking. A little part of me was excited too, excited that something I made caught her eye and made her want to give it a try. Some days it's the little things that put a smile on your face and make your day. Today was one of them.

Supplies- papers: My Minds Eye, cardstock, sequins

January 27, 2014

Authentique | Remember This

Here's another photo from Gracie's field trip to the farm. You can tell by the look on her face she wasn't quite sure about holding the baby chick ;)
I used a mix of Suave and Flourish, two of the brand new collections from Authentique.  My local store, Scrapbook Daisies ordered all of Authentique's new collections so I'm one step ahead and already have a sample layout made before these yummy papers even arrive at the store!
I did some machine stitching around the outside border and even stitched on a sweet little row of sequins. You know I gotta add a bit of sparkle on there somewhere!
Supplies - papers: Authentique, sequins, Silhouette cut file

January 25, 2014

Chic Tags Design Team

I have one more announcement that I have been dying to share!

I am thrilled to announce that I have joined the Chic Tags design team!!  I am so excited to be working with such an amazingly talented group of designers and also get to play with all of the super cute Chic Tags products too!

January 24, 2014

3 Birds Studio Design Team 2014

I can finally share my exciting news!  I am a member of the first ever 3 Birds Studio Design Team!
You may recognize the 3 Birds name from the Home Shopping Network ;)   3 Birds Studio has sold scrapbooking products exclusively on HSN for years,  but has recently re-branded their style and design to a fresh new trendy look. I've seen some of the new products they are coming out with and wow, they are amazing!

I'm looking forward to working with these talented ladies, I know you will be inspired!

January 23, 2014

Christmas Cheer|Jillibean Soup

A quick and simple layout for Scrapbook Daisies (my local scrapbook store) using the "Christmas Cheer Chowder" collection from Jillibean Soup.
I love the teal & pink added in with the traditional red and green colors and the whimsical look of Santa and his reindeer. A tiny red rhinestone and instantly he became Rudolph ;)

Supplies: paper, stickers, placemats - Jillibean Soup, Twine: Divine Twine, rhinestone.

January 20, 2014

at the Farm

I went with Gracie's class on a field trip a few weeks ago to a local farm. There aren't many farms in the city (this one was actually at the fairgrounds) so it was quite fun watching the kids up close and personal with the animals.
I love this pic of Gracie having a chat with a cow. Oh she had the best time!

I added lots of bits and pieces and fun layers too!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Papers - Studio Calico, October Afternoon, Pebbles, Embellishments - Crate Paper & American Crafts, rolling date stamp

January 17, 2014

CHA Recap | Part 1

I'm back from spending 4 days at CHA, and wow what an amazing time I had with friends new & old,  and getting a sneak peek at what's new in the scrapbooking world. I hated for the show to end, but I'm excited for all the fun things that will be coming soon to your local scrapbook store. Here's pics of some of my faves, split into 3 posts...be sure to click on the photos for a larger view, there are just so many photos to share ;)

First up, Freckled Fawn

Chic Tags has taken two of my most favorite things and combined them into one. Can you say wood veneer sequins!!

Super cute booth, full of inspiration!

Hazel & Ruby is a new company with really cute ideas and designs. Looks like they will help feed my sequin addiction with their tubes full of yummy goodness ;) Looks at all those beautiful colors!!

Authentique has some great new collections, Flourish is my fave! OMGoodness, I love the colors!

American Crafts...Maggie, Lizzy and Amy. I don't need to say more, you know these girls have rocked it again!

12x12 wood veneer...yes please!

I loved anything and everything in the Crate Paper booth, and I know you will too!

Studio Calico's Lemon Lush...beautiful!
Oh, and then there's the gold doilies!
and these sequins!!!!

Gold was really popular at the show this year, and My Minds Eye was right on trend...lots of gold!
Bella Blvd. has three new collections, Max, Molly and Family.

So, to be honest I haven't been in love with Basic Grey like I once was. That was until I stopped in their booth! Everything I used to know and love about Basic Grey is back. Great designs, patterns and colors. You're going to love Kelly Purkey's Mon Ami collection!!!

 Keep scrolling for CHA Recap #2!!!!!