January Tic Tac Toe Challenge || Paper Issues

Good morning everyone!  Just stopping in here today to share my take on this month's Tic Tac Toe challenge over at Paper Issues.  Here is the inspiring board:

For my layout, I decided to choose a diagonal row: journaling, pink and 2 photos.  I also used the beautiful Shine On collection by Amy Tangerine, which you can still find a little bit of in the store.

My layout came together fairly quickly.  I made some large banner pieces from my scraps and just started layering.  I like how the layout turned out, which is good, because these are some of my favorite photos of my daughter :)

Thanks so much for popping in!  I hope you can play along with this challenge and if you are inspired to purchase something from the store, use code KAT20 to save 20%!
Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts; Staples: Tim Holtz; Everything Else: Amy Tangerine for American Crafts


Why I Love #52Favorites

Good morning everyone!  This morning I am here to spread propaganda about the #52favorites project at Paper Issues.  Lol.  In all seriousness, Paper Issues didn't ask for me to do this, but I feel the need to encourage EVERYONE to participate.

For those unfamiliar, #52favorites is a weekly album where you document your favorite memory from each week.  A lot of people do their album in a Traveler's Notebook.  I re-purposed a planner for my 2018 album.  I focused on the 52 Favorites of Piper, my daughter, so every memory I documented was about her and something going on in her life.  This project was SUPER manageable.  I mean, I completed all 52 weeks, so that is HUGE.  I come from a Project Life background, bu found that PL just wasn't feasible once I had Piper.  And I know PL can be super simple, but that's not might thing.  I like taking my time to make pretty pages; that's the fun part for me.

Anyways, looking back at my 2018 album gets me all nostalgic.   Here's why...my week 1:

And my week 49, which is the last week that includes a super close-up of my girl:

She grew so much!!!

Here is a collage of my favorite spreads from the year:

(funny to see how different the lighting was whenever I would take my photos...but I work and have a kid, so this is the best I can do...lol)

Which leads me to my plan for 2019...

Because my favorite spread from my 2018 book was this one:

I miss sequin shakers, y'all.  A LOT.  So for this year's album, I decided to go back to a pocket scrapping format and will use 4x4 albums.  And lots of sequins.  And a lot more bulk.  I love my 2018 album, but I want to change things up a bit for this year.  Here's my title page to give you an idea of what I have in mind:

I won't be sharing all my weeks here but if you keep up with my on instagram, you'll be able to see them all.

Thanks for popping in! 

2019 title page: page protector: We R Memory Keepers; "P" tile: Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper; Blue Alpha stickers: Pinkfresh Studio; Gold Alpha Stickers: American Crafts; Chipboard Circles: Pink Paislee; Sequins: Paige Taylor Evans for Pink Paislee; Staples: Tim Holtz


Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner || Paper Issues Challenge

Good morning everyone!  I am stopping in today to share my take on the "Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner" challenge for Paper Issues.  I have to say, I absolutely adore these kind of challenges that give very specific guidelines about where you can have stuff on your page.  They are definitely challenging, but I also end up creating layouts that I love.
For today's layout, I used the new Wild in Love collection from Photo Play Paper.  I think this collection is supposed to be for Valentine's Day.  But I think it's perfect for everyday.  The patterns are so fun and fresh!

Anywho, here's my challenge layout...I kept everything to the corners...and I really like how it turned out.

I hope you can play along with us this month!  And if you want to purchase any store items, make sure you use code KAT20 to save 20% off your store order.
Have a wonderful day!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Puffy Stars, Black Alphas: Bella Blvd; Everything Else: Photo Play Paper


Joy || Bella Blvd

Good morning everyone!  Popping in here this morning saying merry Christmas Eve to all those who celebrate!  

I was very excited to work with the new Merry Christmas line from Bella Blvd for this layout.  My daughter did an awful job cooperating for Christmas card photos last year, so I was so happy that she cooperated this year.  :) The pictures on this layout aren't even the final photos that made it on the card, but they are still cute so I had to scrap them!
2018 - 54
I had a lot of fun ripping papers and mixing patterns.  This line is so much fun and I know I'll be breaking it out to scrap more of our Christmas memories from this year :)
Thanks for stopping in - have a safe and happy holiday season!

Typewriter: We R Memory Keepers; Everything Else: Bella Blvd


Take 5 Challenge || Paper Issues

Good morning everyone!  I'm here today to share my take on the Take 5 challenge over at Paper Issues!  

This is such a fun challenge for me.  The challenge is usually fairly easy, but also always makes me dig something out of my stash that hasn't been used in a while.  That was definitely the case today, as I dug out some of my favorite wood veneer alphas for this page.  A few years ago, I used these alphas on everything, but then one day I just stopped.  I'm glad they've made a comeback!  Now they'll pop up on at least a few more projects until I put them away.
Other items used from the list include: Gold, Mint, Stickers, Patterned Paper and a Label.  I used the Shine on collection from Amy Tangerine to create this layout, and there are still some embellishments from this fun collection left in the store.

I hope you can play along with us this month!  And remember to use code KAT20 on any store purchases you make to get 20% off your entire order!

Have a happy day!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts; Staples: Tim Holtz; Wood Veneer Alphas: Studio Calico; Everything Else: Amy Tangerine for American Crafts


Grid Lock || Paper Issues

Good morning everyone!!  Popping in to share my take on the Grid Lock challenge over at Paper Issues.  I recently got a fun box of Cassie Mail that included Crate Paper's new Hooray collection.  I had to immediately play with it, as I knew it'd be perfect for scrapping some of my daughter's photos from her first birthday shoot.

I began by creating two columns of patterned paper squares, then I glued down my photos, then added the torn paper to the sides of the columns then embellished!  It came together super quickly.  I adore how colorful and fun this collection is.

You can grab some in the store - make sure you use code KAT20 to save 20% off your order!


Beach Trip || Pretty Little Studio

Good morning everyone!  I'm here today to share a recent layout I made with the stunning Savannah Dreams collection from Pretty Little Studio.

Even though it is Fall here, I cannot get over my Summertime vibes.  I really am a Summer girl.  And while I like wearing Fall clothes, the joy for me really only lasts a few weeks, and then I'm back to craving warm weather and beach days.  So, to help me get through the loooooong wait, I decided to scrap some photos from our recent beach trip.

I really love the papers in the collection, but this Inner Artist pattern really has my heart.  I've typically been a solid white background girl, but I am trying to branch out of my comfort zone a bit recently, and this pretty paper certainly helps.

Thanks for popping in - have a great week!!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Sequins: SpiegelMom Scraps; Alphas: American Crafts; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio