5.20.2017

February 2017 Project Life

Happy Saturday!  Woot woot!!

I wanted to pop in and share some progress on my #the100dayproject.  I'm soooo glad I decided to do this project because it's totally helped me catch up with the year in a manageable way, and allowing me to stay true to my memory-keeping style.

Today I'm going to share my February spread with you.  It ended up being 3 pages and I used a ton of the With all my Heart collection from Pretty Little Studio:




It's so much fun seeing it all come together!

Have a happy weekend!

Spread 1: Page Protector: Becky Higgins (Design F); Journaling Cards: Pretty Little Studio, Studio Calico; Alphas: Pretty Little Studio, Doodlebug Design, October Afternoon, Jillibean Soup; Labels: Pretty Little Studio, We R Memory Keepers; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts; Enamel Shapes: Bella Blvd, Doodlebug Design; Die cuts: Pretty Little Studio; Sequins: SpiegelMom Scraps; Staples: Tim Holtz

Spread 2: Page Protector: Becky Higgins (Design A); Journaling Cards: Pretty Little Studio, Studio Calico; Alphas: October Afternoon, Pretty Little Studio; Stickers: Pretty Little Studio, Cosmo Cricket, Freckled Fawn; Enamel Shapes: Bella Blvd, Doodlebug Design; Labels: Pretty Little Studio, We R Memory Keepers, October Afternoon, Simple Stories; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts; Staples: Tim Holtz; Sequins: SpiegelMom Scraps; Tiny Paperclip: Doodlebug Design; Patterned Paper: Pretty Little Studio

Spread 3: Page Protector: Becky Higgins (Design A); Journaling Cards: Studio Calico, Pretty Little Studio; Patterned Paper: Pretty Little Studio; Alphas: Doodlebug Design, Pretty Little Studio; Label: Pretty Little Studio; Die cuts: Pretty Little Studio; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts; Staples: Tim Holtz; Enamel Shapes: Doodlebug Design, Bella Blvd; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Tiny Paperclip: Doodlebug Design

5.17.2017

Some Jillibean Soup Shares

Good morning!  I wanted to pop in and share a few projects that I have had on the Jillibean Soup blog recently.

The first is this layout based on a sketch challenge designed by Summer Fullerton:

I also created this card by backing a lot of kraft circle tags with the new Souper Celebration collection:

And finally this layout created for our team up with Page Maps...loved digging into my Healthy Hello Soup stash to create this one:

Thanks for stopping in - happy hump day!

Layout 1: Cardstock: Bazzill; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup

Card: Mist: Heidi Swapp; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup

Layout 2: Doily: Studio Calico; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup

5.13.2017

A Few More NSD Challenge Layouts

Good morning everyone!  I wanted to pop in and share a few additional layouts that I made last weekend for some NSD challenges.

The first one was for a Felicity Jane challenge - use blue, stripes and stamping.  I'm so in love with my Felicity Jane kits and I really love how this one turned out.  I roughly lifted a layout from Annelie Maddock to create this one:

The second one was a combined challenge - a sketch challenge from Paper Issues and another challenge from Hip Kit Club to use pink and fussy-cut florals.  I used some of my Bella Blvd stash to create this one:

I couldn't participate in as many challenges as I wanted to last weekend because I had to write a paper for grad school (yuck), but I am happy with what I was able to whip up!

Thanks for stopping in!

Layout 1: Cardstock: Bazzill; Everything Else: Felicity Jane

Layout 2: Cardstock: Bazzill; Chipboard Word: Dear Lizzy for American Crafts; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Vellum Hearts: 7Paper; Everything Else: Bella Blvd

5.08.2017

Project Life || January 2017

Good morning everyone!  I wanted to pop in and share a Project Life spread that I had on the Pretty Little Studio blog this past weekend.
As you are aware, I have been participating in #the100dayproject and it has gotten me back on track and is helping me catch up on all my missing PL spreads.
  
I decided to use the Ain't Life Grand collection for the majority of this spread and I love how bright and colorful it all turned out.  I really wanted to use happy colors to highlight the happy news that we got in January - that we are expecting our first child!  :)
Here's a look at the whole spread:
And a closer look at each individual side:
Thanks so much for stopping in!!

Page Protectors: Becky Higgins (Designs A & F); Striped Chipboard Alphas: Pebbles; Enamel Stars and Dots, Tab, "Loving" Sticker: Bella Blvd; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio

5.06.2017

Exciting News + National Scrapbooking Day

Hello!!  Happy NSD!!  I'm popping with some exciting news this evening.  I don't usually share a whole lot about my personal life here, but I'm excited to share...and come September, you'll notice a new subject in my scrapbooking projects:
We are so excited that Baby Girl Benjamin will be making her appearance in just a few short months!

And with that news, I share a layout that I made for the Elle's Studio NSD challenges.  The challenge: scrap a big moment...so I scrapped the picture we took the day we found out that BB (Baby Benjamin) is a girl!  I used the older Cienna collection for this layout...and it was the perfect collection to use.
I'll be back to share more of my NSD challenges later in the week...happy weekend!

5.05.2017

CardMaker Magazine + Reverse Confetti Blog Hop

Good morning everyone!  Welcome to the CardMaker Magazine & Reverse Confetti blog hop!  There is sure to be a ton of amazing inspiration along your journey today!  :)

For my card today, I got to play with the awesome "Think Pink" stamp set.  I love the cute little flamingos.  There is also a cute die set that matches the stamps:

I really can't get over how cute the flamingos are :)

Your next stop on the hop is the super talented Katie!

Thanks for popping in!!

Card: Studio Calico; Stamps: Reverse Confetti; Label stickers, Typewriter: We R Memory Keepers; Markers: Tombow

4.30.2017

Update on #the100dayproject

Hello everyone!  I am proud to say that I have successfully completed the first 26 days of my #the100dayproject (Have no idea what I'm talking about?  Read my original post here)!  I've also successfully completed some of my monthly spreads and will begin sharing those next week...woo-hoo!

For now, I just wanted to leave you with a glimpse of my first 25 days:

To follow along daily with my #the100dayproject, you can follow me on Instagram here!

Thanks for stopping by!

4.29.2017

April Jillibean Soup Projects

Good afternoon all and happy, happy weekend!  I am popping in to quickly share my April projects for Jillibean Soup.  I made 1 layout and 2 cards this month:



Thanks for stopping in!  Enjoy your Sunday!

Layout: Cardstock: Bazzill; Cut File: The Cut Shoppe; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup

Card 1: Everything: Jillibean Soup

Card 2: Everything: Jillibean Soup

4.28.2017

Moose Moose || Pretty Little Studio

Good morning everyone!  I'm popping in to share a recent layout that I made for Pretty Little Studio using the new Ain't Life Grand collection.  I have to tell you, I really love this collection - especially all the bright, happy colors and graphic patterns.

For my layout today, I decided to pull out the pretty blues and lime green and focus on those colors for my layout:
This layout came together pretty quickly, as I decided to do an easy banner design across my page.  I layered on some word flags and even used a journaling card from the Treasure Island collection that coordinated perfectly with the Ain't Life Grand products.  Here's the final look:
Hope you enjoy!

Background Paper: Pink Paislee; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio

4.26.2017

A Few More PI Shares

Good morning everyone!  I am popping by to share a few more layouts created for Paper Issues...and unfortunately, my last ones for a while, as my term with them has come to an end :(  This was such a great team to be on!

Anywho, the first layout was made for this month's Swag Bag Sunday and was made with the March Swag Bag.  I love the happy colors and patterns included:

The second layout was made with new Family Forever collection from Fancy Pants.  I got the idea for the background of the layout from PI girl, Cat:

Thanks for popping in!

Layout 1: Cardstock: Bazzill; Everything Else: Paper Issues March Swag Bag

Layout 2: Cardstock: Bazzill; "Love This" Sticker: Bella Blvd; Everything Else: Fancy Pants Designs

4.21.2017

CardMaker Magazine + Lil Inker Designs Blog Hop

Hi, everyone!!  Happy Fri-YAY and welcome to the CardMaker Magazine + Lil Inker Designs blog hop!!

Lil Inker Designs was super generous and gave us some great product to play with.  For my card today I decided to use the ridiculously cute Perfect Pairs stamps combined with the Dip Dyed Ombre Paper Pad to create this simple, but cute, card:

Seriously, I can't get enough of those little stamps and I'm pretty sure I'm going to be breaking them out again soon for some of my #the100dayproject Project Life cards.

Next up on the hop is Chrissy Larson!  Be sure to hop along for your chance to win a $35 gift card from Lil Inker Designs.  

If you didn't start at the beginning, you can do so at the CardMaker Magazine blog!

Happy hopping!!

Cardstock: American Crafts; Markers: Tombow; Adhesive: Elmers; Enamel Heart: Bella Blvd; Journaling Card: Studio Calico; Everything Else: Lil Inker Designs

4.17.2017

New Issue Monday || Paper Issues

Good morning everyone!  It's new issue Monday over at the Paper Issues blog!  The issue this month: "Put the Pedal to the Metal/Medal".  Some suggestions:

-Use metallics and/or metal embellishments

-Create a project using flowers or about gardening and spring

-Share something about transportation like bicycles, motorcycles, cars (your first car or current ride), toy cars

-Show us a project about awards and/or accomplishments

I went the easy route and created a project using a pretty floral pattern form the new Elle's Studio Live Laugh Love collection:


This collection is so pretty.  But honestly, I love pretty much everything that Elle's Studio comes out with.  Their patterns are so sweet.

Make sure you play along with us for your chance to win a PI gift card at the end of month.  And remember that you can always use code KAT20 at check out to save 20% off your order in the Paper Issues store.

Cardstock: Bazzill; Alphas: American Crafts; Butterfly Punch: Martha Stewart; Everything Else: Elle's Studio

4.13.2017

April PI Shares

Hello, hello!  I wanted to share a few layouts that I've made for Paper Issues recently:


This one was for the Mix It Up Monday Challenge - we were asked to mix watercolors and salt, which is how I created my background:


This final one was for the Working Title challenge to use floral elements in your title:

Hope you can play along with one or all of these...awesome gift card up for grabs!!


Layout 1: Cardstock: Bazzill; Everything Else: Bella Blvd

Layout 2: Cardstock: Bazzill; Alphas: American Crafts; Everything Else: Crate Paper

Layout 3: Cardstock: Bazill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Everything Else: Cocoa Vanilla Studio

4.11.2017

Mother's Day Card

Good morning everyone!  I am up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today sharing a card inspired by this cute image:

When I saw this inspiration image I knew I wanted to use the pretty With all my Heart collection.  I also knew I wanted to use a muted background with a major pop of pink on top.
However, instead of making an Easter card, I decided to get a jumpstart on May and create a Mother's Day card:
This collection and its embellishments are so beautiful that very little work was required on my part to make this all come together. :)

Thanks for popping in!

Cardstock: American Crafts; Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio

4.08.2017

Project Life Catch Up with #the100dayproject

Hello all!  Happy, happy weekend!

I wanted to pop in and share that this year I have decided to participate in #the100dayproject.  If you're not familiar with the project, it was a concept developed by Elle Luna, in which you pick something and do it every day for 100 days.  I decided to go the creative route and make a project life filler card each day.

Why?  Because I am waaaaay far behind on my Project Life and it is a project that I love and that I want to continue to do for future Benjamin generations.  I think (and really, really hope) that this project will help me get back on track.

My plan:
-Get up to date with my 2017 album first...continue to update as the project runs its course, so that by the time the porject comes to an end on July 12, I will be up-to-date through June.
-Finish the few weeks I left uncompleted in my 2013 (yikes!) album.
-Finish the half-year or so I have left on my 2015 album (double yikes!).
-Finish the over half-year I have left on my 2016 album.

It seems super daunting and I'm not totally sure I'll be able to get all this done by the time the project ends, but I will make a dent in it.  I WILL!  I WILL!  :-)

The project began on the 4th, so I have already completed 5 days...and I actually had a few days where I was motivated to do a bit more, so my January 2017 spread is complete...I'll share that with you a bit a later in the month.  For now, enjoy my daily cards (and follow along in real time here)...and let me know - are you participating in #the100dayproject?

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 1: Card: Studio Calico; Cut Outs: Pretty Little Studio; Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye

Day 2: Card: Studio Calico; Patterned Paper: Pretty Little Studio; Sticker: Pretty Little Studio, Bella Blvd, Enamel Hearts, Tab: Bella Blvd; Alphas: Pebbles

Day 3: Card, Patterned Paper, Small Alpha Stickers, Label: Pretty Little Studio; Chipboard Numbers: Pebbles; Enamel Shapes: Bella Blvd

Day 4: Enamel Hearts: Bella Blvd; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio

Day 5: Card: Studio Calico; Typewriter: We R Memory Keepers; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio

3.31.2017

Playing Catch Up - Day 3...

Hello!  It is my last day of catching up on projects that I forgot to share over the month.  I always say I'm going to do better next month, but let's be honest, that's probably not going to happen... :o)

Anywho, first up is this project that I created for Pretty Little Studio using the brand new Blooming Hearts collection.  I also used a cut file from Just Nick Studio:

And then, this card that I shared on the CardMaker Magazine blog using the new With all my Heart collection from Pretty Little Studio...see the full post here:

Whew!  And that wraps up March!  :o)

Layout: Cardstock: Bazzill; Cut File: Just Nick Studio; Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio

Card: Cardstock: Bazzill; Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio

3.30.2017

Playing Catch Up - Day 2... [Jillibean Soup]

Hello, everyone!  In my mission to catch up on my blogging, I am sharing some of my March projects in groups.  Today's focus is all about my Jillibean Soup projects.

The first project is a layout I made of my niece and I at the aquarium using the fun new Bowl of Dreams collection:

I also had 2 cards that I created...this one also using Bowl of Dreams: 

And this one using Souper Celebration:

These new collections will be available for purchase soon, so be on the lookout!!

Layout: Cardstock: Bazzill; Doily: SpiegelMom Scraps; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup

Card 1: Card Base: K & Company; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup

Card 2: Cardstock: Bazzill; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup

3.29.2017

Playing Catch Up... [Paper Issues]

As we reach the end of the month I realize that, yet again, I've been terrible about blogging all my projects this month.  So...I'm going to try to catch up over the next few days.  Today's post is all about sharing the Paper Issues projects that I have yet to share here.

First up, a layout that I created with Bella Blvd's new Make Your Mark collection.  I scraplifted the amazing Cassie Box on this one: 


Then, a layout that I made for the Spring crop.  This was a Follow-the-Leader challenge hosted by Annalie Maddock.  It was SO MUCH FUN.  She basically gave us a set of directions and told us how to cut our papers and where to place them:

And finally a layout made for the My Mind's Eye product spotlight.  I used their new Palm Beach collection:

And don't forget - anytime you feel like shopping in the Paper Issues store, use code KAT20 to save 20% off your entire purchase!

Layout 1: Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Date Stamp: American Crafts; Everything Else: Bella Blvd

Layout 2: Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist, Paper Banner: Heidi Swapp; Sequins: Jillibean Soup; Paperclip: Doodlebug Design; Date Stamp: American Crafts; Everything Else: Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper

Layout 3: Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Date Stamp: American Crafts; Everything Else: My Mind's Eye

3.20.2017

CardMaker Magazine + Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop

Good morning everyone!!  Welcome to the CardMaker Magazine + Pretty Pink Posh blog hop.  There are a ton of cute projects along the hop today to get you feeling inspired :)

We were so lucky to participate in this hop because Pretty Pink Posh sent us a lot of great goodies to play with.

For my card today, I dove right into the Friendship sequin mix and the Friends Forever stamp set.  The stamp set had these cool single petal stamps so you could basically build your own flowers, which is what I did.  I created 5, 6 and 7-petal flowers, colored them in with some Tombow markers and finished them off by adding the pretty sequins in as the flower centers.  I'm really happy with how it all came together:

I feel like this card is perfect to kick off the Spring season!

Make sure to keep hopping.  The next stop is the uber-talented Stephanie Gold.  And if you need to start at the beginning, you can do so at the CardMaker Magazine blog!

Patterned Paper: Lil Inker Designs; Stamps, Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh; Markers: Tombow; Adhesive: Elmer's; Fringe Scissors: Martha Stewart