Flower Garden Traveler’s Notebook – Hip Kit Club

Hello friends! I’m back with a Product Focus themed page, and this week we’re focusing on the Carta Bella goodies that are in the Main Kit.


I chose to make a traveler’s notebook style spread to tell this story, and I instantly knew which photo I would be documenting once I saw this collection. My husband and I gave out succulents as wedding favors and on our first anniversary, some of our family gave us cuttings from their plants in a cute little bowl! It was such a thoughtful gift and the plant theme goes perfectly with this collection.


To begin, I chose a pink and white striped paper and cut it down to size to fit into my notebook. I took the off cuts from the paper, flipped it, and attached it to my working surface to add some contrast and a pop of color. Next, I matted my photo on some 3×4 cards from the Carta Bella cut apart sheet and glued it down to my background paper. Finally, I created a cluster using a piece from the ephemera pack as well as the chipboard sticker sheet and I added a chipboard flower to the upper left side for some interest.


On the left side of my page, I chose to layer some of the frames from the Carta Bella pack. The ephemera pack is full of larger shapes so it was perfect for this kind of project where I was just layering pieces of different size and color. I chose to place the larger black and white piece that says “so many reasons why I love this” on the very top and then added a chipboard piece over top to complete the layout.


One of the reasons I love traveler’s notebook style layouts is you can make a big impact in a smaller space and it doesn’t take a ton of time! Scrapbooking doesn’t always have to be super laborious or time consuming – sometimes it’s all about getting smaller stories on the page so you can look back at them years from now. I have five complete traveler’s notebooks, and I don’t think I’ll ever give them up!

Well that’s it for me friends. I hope you found inspiration here and you enjoyed the layout and you give scrapping small a try! Till next time, keep it crafty friends.  

The Ton’s 4th Anniversary Blog Hop – Day 3

Hello Crafty Friends! I have a bit of a treat for you today. Effie Cho, owner of The Ton Stamps asked me to design a project for The Ton’s 4th Anniversary Blog Hop and I gleefully accepted!

I love Effie’s designs and the quality of her stamps is top notch, so I was super enthused about playing with the stamp sets she sent my way. The floral stamps I chose were perfect for this wedding photo that I chose to document.

I played with the Today’s Cosmos and Smiling Cosmos stamp sets and I knew that I wanted to do a fair amount of fussy cutting with the gorgeous florals so that was the first thing I did in preparation for the layout. I stamped the three flowers four times using Versafine Onyx Black each and cut them out with fine tip scissors in preparation for the layout. Next, I stamped the large clustered floral using Versafine ink in order to heat emboss the images. I added some flowers and leaf clusters, then covered the stamped images in clear embossing powder, and finally heat set them until the embossing powder was smooth and shiny.

This step was 100% necessary because the embossed flowers acted as a resist against the Distress Oxides I used to jazz up the background. I used Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio and Shaded Lavender inks and applied them using the packaging technique. The Distress Oxides over top the clear embossing powder was the perfect effect.

Finally, after matting my photo on several matching cardstock layers, I placed my photo on the lower left end of my page and surrounded it with the flowers that I had previously cut out. I saved two of the flowers to place on the right side of the page, and stamped a phrase from the Today’s Cosmos stamp set to finalize the page. To title my page, I used an acrylic piece from Color Cast Designs and applied it over the flower on top of my photo. I wanted a bit more color on my page so I added some enamel dots on the left and right side of my layout and called it good. I had a ton of time playing with these stamps from The Ton and I think the layout shows this!

Now here’s a chance to win a stamp set of your own! The Ton is celebrating 4 years this month and Effie has introduced 9 new designs for this release. There are some free gifts with purchase promotions ongoing. Head over to The Ton Stamps’ blog for more details.

GIVEAWAYS: There are also giveaways everyday on these mini hops! Win a stamp of choice from The Ton’s new release. To enter, leave a comment on each blog each day. Effie will choose one winner per day (4 winners total) and announce the winners on The Ton’s blog by January 12. The comment period for these giveaways will close on January 11 at 7pm EST.

Here are the links to the other blogs in today’s hops. Please take a look at the other crafter’s projects to see how the other makers used the lovely stamp sets.

  1. The Ton (Heba Alsibai)
  2. Marsha Farris
  3. Kira Ness
  4. Susan B.
  5. Olga Matyushevskaya
  6. Ilda Dias

Thanks so much for taking a peek at my layout! Keep it crafty and have a great day, friends.


Spooky and Sweet – Scrapbook Layout

Hello crafty friends! Here’s a layout for the Hip Kit Club.

I started with cutting out the exclusive cutfile on the blue, coral and yellow paper because that that paper really felt like fall to me. I then traced out the overall shape on a yellow Jen Hadfield paper and cut that heart out of the center of the paper. I then matted that yellow paper on white card stock and added machine stitching around the heart shape using blue thread as well as a border using white thread. After this, I attached my wreath to the background and began working on my photo cluster.

I used a variety of papers from the Main Kit to mat my photos. The story I am telling today is of the time my husband and I went to Boo At The Zoo at the Bronx Zoo. We’re a couple of big kids so we had the best time seeing all the animals as well as all the Halloween added bits – there was even a haunted house! We found this stump that was carved with a scary face and it was the perfect photo opportunity, and the story I chose to tell for this layout. After matting my photos, I pulled out the Vicki Boutin Field Notes ephemera pack and used a few pieces from the pack to create the photo cluster. I also added some cardstock stickers from the Whimsical sticker sheet in coordinating colors to flesh out my embellishing.

Finally, I chose to use two different alphabets for the title – the exclusive coral puffy alphabet stickers and the Goldenrod chipboard phrase stickers – and I think Spooky and Sweet was the perfect title for this page. A few chipboard hearts completed the page and I’m loving the muted and darker colors of this page when compared to the rainbow of my previous layout using these kits.

I hope you found inspiration here, and as always, keep it crafty friends. See you around.

Two Crafty Foxes – Scrapbook Layout

Hello crafty friends. Here’s a scrapbook layout for the Hip Kit Club.

I started my layout by cutting out some hexagons from one of the Whimsical patterned papers and adding it to the top and bottom of my page. Before I adhered the hexagons to the page, I added some mixed media using Pop Art Pink – a paint from this month’s Color Kit, Mustard Seed and Well Blue Me Down – both paints that were included in previous Color Kits. I then adhered the hexagons down and added some gold stitching for texture and contrast.  

Next I worked on my photos – I printed the same photo twice, one in color and one in black and white, and it’s a photo of fellow scrapper, Tracey Fox and I when she came to visit my hometown! I thought I would use this photo to tell the story of being a paper crafter and how much I love this community. I used some of the journal cards in the Project Life kit as photo mats and then began embellishing using a flower I had fussy cut from one of the Whimsical papers. Next, I pulled out the floral embellishment pack that came in the Embellishment Kit and used some of the flowers and leaves to augment my cluster. Finally, I added some word banner strips that I fussy cut from a paper in the Main Kit.  

For my title, I used ALL the alphas! I thought “Two Crafty Foxes” would be the perfect title for this page and the mixed alphas just added to the overall fun vibe of the page.

A few Whimsical puffy stickers completed the layout, and if you want to watch the whole process come together, I have a process video of the layout.  

That’s it for me, friends! I hope you give the sketch a try and tell your own story all about you. Till next time, keep it crafty friends.  


Hello Bestie – Scrapbook Layout

Hello Crafty Friends. Here’s a new layout for the Hip Kit Club.

The second I saw that my assignment was cut files, I knew exactly which one I wanted to feature – this lovely Pinkfresh Indigo Hills 2 inspired wreath. I cut the wreath on regular cardstock from Michaels and then cut the core out of a Pinkfresh paper included in the Main Kit to back the wreath.

After adding some mixed media using the Shimmerz Paints in the Color Kit to a sheet of Bazzill Avalanche cardstock, I added some foam to the navy paper and adhered it to the white cardstock. All that was left was to embellish the layout!

I used a mixture of products from the Main Kit and the Embellishment kit – the Indigo Hills 2 ephemera pack, the Indigo Hills 2 Chipboard pack, and the My Mind’s Eye gold acrylic stickers. I also fussy cut some flowers from the Willow Lane gold foil vellum sheet that was included in the kits. Using the florals and the frames from the packs, I layered and layered and layered until I had a cluster behind my photo that I was happy with. I love how dimensional and intricate it all looks without being super busy and over-crowded.

Next, I turned my eye to the upper left corner and created a cluster using the same products. I added a large floral piece, a coral branch and a chipboard frame to create a diagonal line using the same colors and textures.    

Finally, I used the gold acrylic stickers to create my title. The Hello Bestie stickers were perfect for this photo of my husband and one of our cats (she’s totally his cat!) and the soft smile on his face was begging to be scrapped. I grabbed a heart and a bow sticker from the same sheet, scattered them across the page and called the layout done!

I hope you’re inspired to download and cut this awesome wreath and use it on a page of your own! There’s a process video for this page if you would like to listen to me babble as this page comes together.

As always, keep it crafty friends.

The Simple Things – Scrapbook Layout

Hello crafty friends – here’s a new layout for the Hip Kit Club.

I started by stamping flowers using Versafine black ink onto papers in the Cardstock Kit as well as the Main kit. I chose to let the papers in the Cardstock kit dictate my color scheme and then chose Main kit papers that added to the overall feel of the page.

After stamping dozens of flowers, I pulled out my Sizzix Big Kick and die cut them out and arranged them on this Maggie Holmes Willow Lane paper. I then added a thin layer of gesso to mute out some of this background and then arranged my flowers on to the backgound and stuck them down with some Scotch Tacky Glue. I was OBSESSED with the layered flowers and how beautiful the different colors looked layered over each other. This was exactly the look I was going for.

Next, I added some machine stitching in lavender and aqua threads to create a border for my layout and started to work on my photo cluster. After matting my photos on vellum and a grey PinkFresh paper from the Main Kit, I used the Maggie Holmes Willow Lane washi tape from the Embellishment Kit to create a resting spot for my photos. I then used some die cuts from the  Indigo Hills 2 ephemera pack as well as  the Indigo Hills 2 chipboard stickers to finish embellishing my photo cluster. I kept the overall embellishments pretty light to avoid detracting from the floral arrangement that was the focal element of my layout.

Finally, I added my title using the black puffy stickers included in the Main Kit. The Simple Things was the perfect title for this layout telling the story of my new sneakers that are taking me through my Crossfit journey. I added a dab of glue under each title element to keep them stuck down with all that gesso. I love the way the graphic nature of the flowers work with the scripty font of the title.

Now friends, I challenge you to try a similar layout. I challenge you to stamp and die cut a bunch of flowers and go with it! You never know – something magical might happen.

There’s a process video for this layout here if you want to watch me put the whole page together.

Till next time, keep it crafty friends.

It Was Always You – Scrapbook Layout

Hello friends – I have a new layout to share with you! 

Like many people when they saw that Maggie Holmes Willow butterfly paper, I went straight to fussy cutting about a dozen of them. I knew I wanted to repeat the colors of the butterflies in my paper layers on the bottom of the page so I went hunting in my Main Kit for papers that matched well and I got super lucky! I ripped and distressed the edges of my strips to achieve that messy look that i love and then, working in rainbow order, I started with that pink polka dot paper, layered the yellow floral over it, the green scallop over that and finally the blue floral paper over that. After adhering the paper strips to each other, I went to work on the background.

I used some Shimmerz products that were included in past color kits to add a very, very light wash of watercolor to the background in hues that matched the colors of the butterflies. I love the slight tone on tone shimmer of the paints underneath the butterflies. Finally, it was time to commit, stick everything down and move on to the main embellishment cluster.

The photo I am scrapping is a photo of my husband on our wedding day and he had the biggest smile on – it’s one of my favorites of the night. I printed the photo in black and white because I knew there would be a ton of color on the page. To embellish, I grabbed a Maggie Holmes Willow Lane fringe piece as well as one of those Willow Lane pom pom frames that came in the Main Kit, and finally some Willow Lane die cuts from the ephemera pack.

For my title, I grabbed the Willow Lane chipboard sheet from the Embellishment kit and that “always” piece jumped right out at me. I used the black foam thickers from the main kit to create my title: “It was always you” – short and sweet. I then added a few more chipboard pieces to my cluster around my photo and called it good.

I really do like how this layout came out, and it was really fun to play with the stunning Willow Lane collection to tell the story of a night that meant the world to me. I hope you grab these kits and use them to tell your own stories – no matter how big or small.


Advent Traveler’s Notebook

In the spirit of new traditions, Joshua and I have decided to swap homemade advent calendars this year and it’s only day 2 and I am loving it!

On Day 1, Joshua and I welcomed Melody into our home, and she’s been leaving me little notes with my presents. Every morning, I go under the tree, read her note and then go hunt for my gift. Joshua put so much effort into making this that I just had to document this daily in addition to my December album.


I grabbed an empty traveler’s notebook insert and purchased Liz Tamanaha’s December You Are My Fave kit for 4×8 albums and put this together. The lovely thing about going digital and hybrid is some of these layouts come together so quickly and effortlessly!


I love these simple pages and can’t wait to see what Joshua and Melody get up to the rest of this month!


The digital kit I’m using can be purchased here.

Happy December and keep it crafty, folks.

Week In The Life 2017 – Thursday Notes and Photos

Catching up on sharing my journaling and photos. Still loving this project!


5:05 – Some days, being a light sleeper is really convenient. Most days it just sucks. Joshua left for work today super early so of course, now I am wide awake with nothing to do. Going to catch up on Product Play until I actually have to get ready for work.

5:50 – Joshua abhors making the bed so the only time it gets done is when I leave for work after him. I can’t leave my room unless the bed is made – it helps prep me for the coming day and prevents me from climbing back into it!

6:05 – Bagging our linens so Joshua can do laundry after work. He’s very good about the chores he’s taken on and I’m super grateful laundry is one of them.

I knocked over my Tsum Tsum tower in the process so of course I had to fix them and take a photo.

And the obligatory breakfast scramble picture.

6:43 – Same routine, new book. This one makes my skin crawl and itch, but in a good way.

12:09 – A different view today. Our administrator is swamped with paperwork and since I’m cross trained just about everywhere, I got shuttled over here to help her. It is nice to sit and take a minute and not have to be running around like a maniac. Paperwork does get old fast though.

Had a work lunch and kept going because I love her and they were threatening to keep me if the work didn’t get done. Nobody has time for that.

4:00 – Got out early enough to make a run to the happiest place on earth. I practically live at this Micheal’s. The cashiers know me by face and ask how life is and how the wedding planning is going.

I swear, I only stopped in there to restock my tape runner stash but they had ink pads and stamps on sale and I don’t know what self control is. I did use a coupon!

5:05 – Finished my book so popped into B&N for another. I love that I’ve been taking advantage of my commute and using that time to read. I wasn’t reading enough before and I missed it.

5:15 – Popped into the Chobani cafe for a sweet treat before class. The limited edition yogurt this month was pumpkin and pecans and it had pumpkin purée, craisins, pecans and maple syrup. It screamed FALL and I am all about fall things. Literally devoured it.

6:45 – We had a special guest in lecture today – the author of the poetry book were reading. I mentioned to her that I loved one of her poems and how I couldn’t stop reading it to my fiancé and she signed my book! Literally fan-girled for a minute.

Ending the day here because it home, then dinner, then bedside catchups with the mister, then bed and I forgot to take more photos. There aren’t enough photos of Joshua in my week, but that’s because we literally have an hour together at night before I pass out and I forget to snap one. There should be more of him Friday and Sunday.

Dear Tazhy,

Today you rocked. Today was such a good day, I don’t think I have words for it. Today you got some screen time in, you got to work on time, and you had an easier day. Today you gave yourself space to breathe and to be present and to just enjoy life as it is. I can’t remember the last time you had a day without the bad thoughts chasing you and threatening to crush you. It was nice having an escape.

Today you treated yourself (maybe a little too much!) but that’s okay because you deserve it. It’s been an interesting workweek and so if you decided to stock up on crafting supplies and grab a new book to read, who can judge you? I know I won’t. Side note – that yogurt was really, really good. Do that again, and soon so you don’t miss out on it.

Today you took time out for the little things, which you don’t always remember to do. And you took time out for him, to love him and to show him how much you appreciate him. You like the way he lights up when you do those little things – remember that. And you like when he makes dinner so remember to ask him to do that more often. He’s not very proactive but he’ll do anything to make you happy as long as you ask nicely. You guys are learning and figuring this whole thing out. I have faith that you’ll make it work in the end.



Keep it crafty, babes.