The Studio || Use all 8 challenge

Good morning, everyone!  Happy March!  I know what you're thinking...3 posts in 3 days?  Who is this lady?  I assure you it's me; I just have a bit of catching up to do!

There is a new challenge up at The Studio this morning...and I LOVE it!  We were given a list of 8 items to use and were asked to use as many as possible on our project.  I managed to squeeze all of them into my layout.  Here is the list:


Here is my layout:

Here is the breakdown of how I used all my supplies:

I love this photo of my niece and I.  It is from our trip to Universal Studios earlier this year.  We got her interested in Harry Potter before we went so she could fully enjoy all that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has to offer...including butter beers!  E & I are pretty sure that butter beers are cream soda with a whipped butterscotch topping...delightful!!  She is definitely rocking a better butter beer mustache than I am!

You may not be able to tell from the photo, but the paper in the center is actually vellum and I put yellow sequins between the vellum and the cardstock for a fun shaker effect.

Since there were sequins on the list, I, of course, used some of my fun supplies from Spiegelmom Scraps:

I hope you can play along with us at The Studio!!  And I hope you decide to browse the awesomness of the Spiegelmom Scraps store...use code KAT10 for 10% off your purchase there!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Vellum: Pretty Little Studios; Brads, Wood Veneer Title: Dear Lizzy for American Crafts; Alphas: Teresa Collins; Sequins: Spiegelmom Scraps, Studio Calico; Labels: Elle's Studio; Chipboard Heart, Mist: Studio Calico; Doily: Spiegelmom Scraps; Mini Paper Clips: Doodlebug Design


Project Read || February Wrap-Up

I am proud to announce I am still right on track for Project Read!  Seriously...I am right on track...I doubt that I will be squeezing in too many extra books any time soon, although, I do expect my reading to pick up a bit this summer...hopefully, I will CRUSH this 35-book goal!  :)

Okay, so here's what was on the list this month:

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – I love a good psychological thriller every now and then.  One of my favorite authors is Gillian Flynn and this book by Paula Hawkins reminds me a lot of Flynn’s novels.  It was dark, depressing and none of the characters were likable – but it was still fantastic.  This book is told from three different women’s perspectives.  However, most of the book centers around Rachel.  Rachel rides the train every day and often sees a “happy” couple – “Jess and Jason” - while on her ride.  She creates a whole life for them in her mind.  One day she sees “Jess” kissing another man and the next day “Jess” goes missing.  Rachel becomes quickly involved in the story just because of the knowledge she has gathered from her train rides and the fact that she was in “Jess’s” neighborhood the night she went missing.  Rachel is considered both an unreliable source and a possible suspect because she spends most of her life in a drunken stupor. The rest of the book is told from the perspectives of Megan (“Jess’s” real name) and Anna (Megan’s neighbor and the wife of Rachel’s ex-husband).  I couldn’t put it down and actually ended up reading it in a day.  The ending was a bit of a surprise – I figured it out a few chapters before the big reveal, but Hawkins tied it all together so nicely.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good thriller.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – I have had this book sitting on my bookshelf since 2013.  Eric sent it to me when I was on my 7-month long work trip out of the country.  I’ve really been putting off reading it.  I have always heard such great things about it, but it’s also described as “heartbreaking.”  The book cover even describes it as “heartbreaking.”  I don’t know about you, but I really have to be in the right frame of mind for a “heartbreaking” book.  However, I finally took the plunge and read it…it was quite good…and heartbreaking.  This book tells the story of Louisa and Will.  Louisa is a 20-something year old girl who has never strayed far from home and must work in order to support her little family.  Will is a former high profile business man who finds himself wheelchair bound after an accident.  Louisa takes a job as Will’s caregiver and shortly later finds out that Will has plans to schedule an assisted suicide at Dignitas in Switzerland.  Louisa must try to change his mind before it’s too late.  Such a great, emotional book.  I recommend it…but have tissues handy!

The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Lianne Moriarty – This is the second Moriarty book that I’ve read this year.  As I mentioned last month, I really do love her books.  This book is about Ellen, a hypnotist, who is informed by her new boyfriend, Patrick, that he is being stalked by his ex-girlfriend.  His stalker, Saskia, never gives him a moment of peace.  Ellen doesn’t realize it, but Saskia is actually one of her hypnotism patients!  At the same time they are being stalked, Ellen and Patrick are going through some big life changes and Saskia is there to witness them all.  The story is told from two perspectives – Ellen’s and Saskia’s.  It’s an entertaining story for sure, but I would recommend Moriarty’s other books over this one.  This novel is a bit slow in places and I didn’t feel like all the characters motives were completely explained at the book’s end.

As always, I will gladly take suggestions for future reads!  I'm willing to try anything and have already added Bossypants to my to-read list since Laurie recommended it.


Clique Kits' Printables

Hey, everyone!!  I am up at the Clique Kits blog today sharing another layout made with the March kit, J'Adore.  Have I mentioned how much I love this kit?!

For this layout, I focused on the awesome printables for the month of March:

I think the printables are so fun and the colors in this kit are amazing.  I'm excited about the April kit, too...wink, wink.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Sequins, Printables, Cut Files, Badge: Clique Kits; Transparencies, Paper: We R Memory Keepers; Enamel Dots: Eyelet Outlet; Phrase Stickers: Cosmo Crickets; Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts; Staples: Tim Holtz; Stamp: October Afternoon


Love Him || Clique Kits

Good morning, everyone!  I have a new layout up on the Clique Kits blog this morning using the March Kit, J'Adore.  I LOVE this kit.  When I first received it, I didn't think I would like it because it's not my usual style, but now, I just ADORE IT!  The We R Memory Keepers papers are simply awesome.

Today's post is focusing on one of my favorite products in the kit: the phrase stickers from Cosmo Cricket.  I loved incorporating the stickers directly in my journaling to create this layout about E:

Here is a close-up of the journaling:

As always, if you like what you see, use code KAT10 to get 10% off your purchase in the Clique Kits' store!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Transparencies: We R Memory Keepers; Alphas: Pink Paislee; Stickers: Cosmo Cricket; Ticket: The Polka Dot Barn; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Sequins, Badge: Clique Kits


Clique Kits' February Pep Rally

Good morning, everyone!  It's time for the Clique Kits' pep rally this month, featuring the exciting kit, Punxsutawney!  This kit is jam-packed full of wonderful Dear Lizzy Serendipity products - it's definitely been one of my favorite kits to play around with so far.

The twist to this month's pep rally was to include something sweet.  My something sweet is actually in the photograph - my niece is totally covered in chocolate.  Isn't she adorable?!

Next on the hop is the majorly talented Donna.  Here is the whole line up for today's hop:

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy all the inspiration along the way!!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Die Cuts, Alphas: Dear Lizzy for American Crafts; Sequins, Flair: Clique Kits; Mist: Studio Calico


Selfies Fun

Good morning, everyone! I am popping in to share a layout that I created using some of the fun Bella Blvd Lucky Starz collection.  I saw a lot of these papers at my local scrapbook store and the bright colors and patterns just spoke to me.

I also had a whole lot of fun with my circle punch when I was making this!

What paper collection are you crushing on right now?

Cardstock: Bazzill; Staples: Tim Holtz; Stickers, Patterned Paper, Die Cut, Alphas: Bella Blvd


My Valentine

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  E & I don't really celebrate Valentine's Day, but I do love to make some lovey-dovey layouts, so Valentine's themed paper products are right up my alley!  Recently, I am loving Pretty Little Studio's fun, new collection.  A lot of their new paper and embellishments are in the Clique Kits store right now, so as soon as I got my hands on the goodness, I made this layout:

A few things:
-The wood veneer "meese" are my favorite things...ever
-Love the aqua/pink/red color combo - it never fails
-The pretty heart vellum rocks

Check out all the goodies in the store right now and save 10% on your purchase anytime by using code KAT10 at checkout!

P.S.- My Valentine is best Valentine ;-)

Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Stickers, Vellum, Die Cuts: Pretty Little Studio; Sequins, Wood Veneers, Hearts: Clique Kits; Clothespins: American Crafts