Project Read || March Wrap-Up

Hey, everyone!  I'm still going strong on my Project Read, although this month was a close one - I managed to squeeze in two books last week to eeeeek out my three for the month.  Here's what I read this month:

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn – So…I love Gillian Flynn books, but I will admit they are not for everyone.  They are dark and they are graphic.  And I’m not usually a dark girl, but I just really love her books for some reason.  Dark Places was no exception.  Dark Places is the story of Libby Day.  Libby was seven years old when her mother and two sisters were brutally murdered.  She managed to escape and later testified that it was her brother, Ben, who murdered them.  As an adult, she meets a group of people who are obsessed with the case of her family’s murder…and they don’t think Ben did it.  Soon they have Libby questioning everything about the case and she becomes desperate to find out what really happened the day her family was killed.  This story is told from the perspective of present-day Libby, 1980s Ben, and 1980s Patty Day (Libby’s mom).  If you love dark thrillers, I highly recommend this book!

The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell – How does one unknown author create a bestseller?  How did “Sesame Street” become so successful?  How did hush puppy shoes become so popular?  Gladwell answers all these questions and more in The Tipping Point.  This book talks about the factors that create a “social epidemic” – those little things that happen that make something ordinary tip into something extraordinary.  It’s a fascinating read filled with multiple case studies that will leave you thinking about ways to create your own epidemic to better the world.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – This book was recommended to me last month by Stephanie Ho and I am so glad that I took her recommendation to heart.  After reading the other two books this month, I was looking for something light-hearted, fun and most importantly feel-good.  This book certainly hit the mark.  Lincoln is the internet security officer for a newspaper, which basically means he reads people’s emails while working the night shift.  If someone uses a word that is suspicious, the email gets flagged, Lincoln reads it and then sends a warning.  However, when the system flags an email between Beth & Jennifer, he has no desire to send them a warning; he finds them and grows to like them.  As the emails progress he finds himself actually falling for Beth, without even knowing what she looks like.  This is such a cute, cute story and highly recommended.  It was so cute and fun that I finished it in just two days!!

As always, I am open to suggestions - please let me know: what should I read this year??


The Studio || Pinterest Challenge

Good morning, everyone!  Sorry I've been MIA for a bit.  After my work trip, E & I went to Florida for a mini vacay...but I'm back now and frantically trying to catch up on all my scrappy projects!!

This morning there is a new challenge at The Studio.  It's all about using this image as our inspiration:

The thing I really love about this photo is the bunch of flowers.  It made me want to use one of my favorite floral papers...a fun print from Bella Blvd.  Here's my take:

I hope you are able to swing by The Studio and play along with us this month!!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Alphas, Stickers: Bella Blvd; Enamel Dots: Basic Grey; Doily: The Curtsey Boutique; Mist: Studio Calico


Clique Kits || Happy Everything

Hey, everyone!  Have you seen the newest kit from Clique Kits?  It is chock full of one of my favorite collections from this most recent CHA - Pinkfresh Studio!  And since CK is celebrating it's one year anniversary, there are even more embellishments and fun things included!  

I was able to play a little bit before I went away for work and ended up creating two layouts:

Seriously, aren't these colors and patterns so happy and fun?  I can't wait to play some more!!

As always, if you see something from the CK store that you want, use code KAT10 to get 10% off your purchase!!

Layout 1: Cardstock: Bazzill; Pineapple/Today cards: Clique Kits; Patterned Paper Embellishments: Pinkfresh Studio

Layout 2: Cardstock: Bazzill; Everything else: Pinkfresh Studio


Clique Kits || March Pep Rally

Good morning, everyone!!  Welcome to the March Clique Kits pep rally!!  I absolutely loved the kit this month...it was so much fun to work with.  I'm excited to share my last layout with you today!

I managed to squeeze in another wedding layout.  Eventually, I will get them all scrapped...even if it takes me another 100 years!

Next up on the hop is the lovely Kim!  Here is the rest of the line up for you:

Kat (that's me!!)

Hop along and join the inspirational journey!!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: We R Memory Keepers; Alphas: Pink Paislee; Enamel Dots: The Eyelet Outlet; Phrase Stickers: Cosmo Cricket; Sequins: Clique Kits


Bella Blvd DT

Hey, everyone!  I've been out of town with work for the last week or so, but I did want to pop in and share some really exciting news...I am beyond excited to be a member of Bella Blvd's 2015 Creative Team!!!

I am honored to be working with these other designers this year...a lot of them are my scrappy idols!


The Studio || Old Stash Challenge

Good morning, everyone!  There is a new challenge up at The Studio today and it's a fun one - if you've been scrapping for awhile, you probably have a giant stash.  I'm definitely a paper hoarder and I have papers from years ago.  The challenge today - use up some of that old stash!

I used one of my favorite collections from one of my favorite old companies - the "Count Me In" collection from Sassafras.  I was so sad when they went out of business.  
I did think the cute number papers were perfect for a layout about putt-putt with big niece...

So, go ahead!  Dig into your stash, use up some of those old supplies (it makes room for new ones!) and play along with us at The Studio!!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Alphas, Stickers: Sassafras; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye


Clique Kits || 2 More Layouts

Y'all, brace yourselves!  I have not one, but TWO, layouts to share today that aren't on a white background...granted, they are on kraft backgrounds, which is still fairly neutral, but I'm pretty proud of myself!

The first one is up on the Clique Kits' blog today.  I modified one of the awesome March cut files to create a background of sorts:

The second one was on the Clique Kits' blog a few days ago.  E says the "O" in "Hello" isn't very visible, but even then, that word probably still accurately describes bath time with the little niece...ha! For this one, I was talking about going monochromatic (mint) and coloring a lot of the black and white papers in the kit to your desired color.

This was an awesome kit to work with - surprisingly one of my favorites.  When I first received the kit, I had no idea what I would do because it's not my usual style, but I really love all the projects I was able to create with it.  That's the beauty of being on the Clique Kits team - they totally push me outside of my comfort zone!

Thanks for popping in.

Layout 1: Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: We R Memory Keepers; Alphas: Pink Paislee; Printables, Sequins: Clique Kits; Enamel Dots: The Eyelet Outlet; Phrase Stickers: Cosmo Cricket

Layout 2: Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: We R Memory Keepers; Alphas: Pink Paislee; Mist: Heidi Swapp, Studio Calico; Printables, Sequins: Clique Kits; Wooden Heart: We Blow Kisses; Mask: Heidi Swapp; Phrase Stickers: Cosmo Cricket