I Need Vitamin Sea

Hey, hey, hey!  Thank goodness it's almost weekend time!!

I wanted to pop in and share a recent layout that I made.  It was made 100% for fun.  I loved this cut file from the Silhouette store and I just recently got the Hello Summer from Simple Stories, so I combined the two to scrap about Piper's first time playing at the beach:

Have I mentioned how much I love this cut file?!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Cut File: Silhouette; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts; Enamel Dots: Bella Blvd; Everything Else: Simple Stories


Celebrate Card

Good morning everyone!  I hope your weekend is going nicely!

I am popping in to share a birthday card I made with the It's Your Birthday collection from Pretty Little Studio.  This collection is so cute and the card came together so quickly and easily.

I began by gluing my patterned paper to my card my base, then topped it with a vellum doily.  After that, I mounted my die cut sentiment to a strip of patterned paper and glued it down.  I covered everything with the pink star acetate and then scatted around some phrase stickers.  My finishing touch was to fussy cut a party hat from one of the cute papers and add it to the top of the first "e" in "celebrate".
Thanks for stopping in!  Have a wonderful day!

Card base: K & Company; Staples: Tim Holtz; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio


Crafty Girl

Hi all!  Happy Fri-yay!  I am back with another layout that I made for a recent challenge at Paper Issues.  This time the challenge was to use stickers as your main embellishments...not as easy as it sounds, but I managed to pull it off...and I got to use the super fun Crafty Girl collection from Simple Stories:

Have a wonderful weekend!

Cardstock:  Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Everything Else: Simple Stories



Hi everyone!  I've been playing along with a few scrapbooking challenges recently and I wanted to share!  This layout was created for a challenge at Paper Issues and the challenge was to use chipboard on your layout...that's it.  So, I broke out my favorite new collection from Bella Blvd/Illustrated Faith and went to town!

My layout is a lift of this gorgeous layout from Missy Whidden...although, mine is way simpler and her's is waaaay cooler!  :)

And once again, I'm pretty proud of myself for straying away from my typica white cardstock background.  

Have a happy day!

Cardstock: American Crafts; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts; Everything Else: Bella Blvd


Easy Birthday Card || Pretty Little Studio

Hey everyone!  I am popping in to share a very simple birthday card I made for my mother-in-law and shared earlier today on the Pretty Little Studio blog.

Today is her birthday and all she asked for was a homemade card and pictures of Piper.  I decided to combine the two and make her a photo card:

Piper's shirt says "Mama & Sunshine & Peace & Naps & Love, but I took some painter's tape and alphas stickers so we could change it to say "Grammy" instead of "Mama".   We took a bunch of cute pictures and I then made a collage and printed it off and matted it on the cute paper from the "It's Your Birthday" collection.  Finally, I added some sentiment stickers and tags.  All-in-all, it was super simple and easy to do, but hopefully it will still make her feel special on her day!


I'm Baaaaaackkkk!!!

I know, I know...I've been super MIA these last few months.  I have a good reason!  I started working again full-time at the end of March and I was finishing up grad school (which I just completed last weekend!) and all my free time was spent watching the tiny child...so yeah...scrapbooking fell by the wayside.  But now I have legit free time and I can scrap to my heart's content (on the weekends and in the evenings).

For my first layout  back, I participated in a Paper Issues challenge to use a striped background, which is so far out of my vanilla comfort zone, but it was fun.  Even more fun?  I lifted this amazing layout by Cassie Box.  I still like her's better, but I love this bright, happy line from Doodlebug Design, so I'm not complaining.

Have a happy, glorious weekend!


These Little Knees || Pretty Little Studio

Good morning everyone!  I'm popping in today to share a layout that I recently made with the Wish You Were Here collection for Pretty Little Studio.  Even though this collection is a travel collection, it can be used to document everyday moments, too. 
Specifically, I decided to document my daughter's scraped and bruised knees.  She's crawling now and her knees are always showing the wear and tear.  I loved this collection for the layout because the travel phrases like "on the go" and "let's explore" are also perfect for documenting my little crawler :)
Here's the full layout:
Thanks so much for popping in!


Clique Kits Ambassador Layout

Hey everyone!  I am so excited to share a layout that I made with the gorgeous Riga kit from Clique Kits!  The product focus this month is the beautiful flair that came in the kit. 

I love all the rose gold elements in the kit, so I knew I wanted to use some of those combined with the beautiful "Enjoy Today" flair piece.
I also made sure to circle it with one of the pretty puffy stickers from Pinkfresh Studio.

In addition to the flair, I am also in love with the tissue paper that the CK team uses to pack their kits.  So, when I saw how well it coordinated with the kit itself, I knew I wanted to incorporate it into my layout.  I cut it into strips and just added it between my layers of paper.  I really love the look.

​Here's my whole project:
I hope I've manages to inspire to use your flair AND your tissue paper...gotta use it all up, you know?  ;)

Thanks so much for stopping in today! If you're interested in purchasing anything from the Clique Kits store, make sure you use code KAT10 at check out for 10% off your order!


Clique Kits May Pep Rally

Good morning, everyone!  Welcome to the Clique Kits Pep Rally...today we are sharing fun projects made with our Riga kit.  This kit is chock full of Pinkfresh Studio goodness and feels so fresh and fun.

For my project today, I made a spread for my #52favorites album.  I've fallen a bit behind in recent weeks, but I've been playing catch up and am now just one week behind.  Woohoo!  So, here's my spread for week 18:

I'm having so much fun with this project and documenting Piper's life one week at a time.

So, now the really cool news: if you leave a comment on this post and all the other stops along the hop, you'll be entered into a drawing to win a $10 gift card from Clique Kits.  Pretty sweet!  Here's the whole line-up:

Kat Benjamin < -- You are here!  :o)

Thanks so much for stopping by - happy hopping!!


#52favorites with Pretty Little Studio

Good morning, everyone!  I'm just popping in today to share an update on my #52favorites album (a Paper Issues project).  I’ve recently fallen a bit behind on my album, so I’m desperately playing catch up.  It’s a lot easier to play catch up when you are using products that you absolutely adore, which is just what I did for weeks 16 and 17.  I pulled out the With all my Heart collection from Pretty Little Studio, which is pretty much perfect for scrapping photos of my daughter.
Here are my weeks:

I really do love this project aThthathkahtjhatkjd am hoping I can be back on track by the end of the week! 🙂


Miss Piper's 7-month Spread

So, it's possible that I fell a bit behind in my memory-keeping project for Miss Piper.  For now, however, I have caught up with her monthly spreads (I'll share her 8-month one in the next few days), but I am still sadly behind on her #52favorites album.  I will catch up soon...I promise!!

For now, here's a look at her 7-month spread that I recently completed with a kit from Felicity Jane:

This kid is so darn cute and just keeps cuter everyday.  :)


iNSD projects

Hey everyone!  So...I totally forgot to post my projects for iNSD.  Oopsies :)

For Clique Kits I challenged everyone to create a project about themselves.  I used to scrap about myself all the time and then Piper came along.  Now I'm so focused on getting her memories down that I don't focus on anyone else.  But that's not okay.  I know I love seeing older pictures of my parents and I know she will, too, so I'm trying to make more of an effort to get my husband and I on paper, too.

The second challenge was created for Pattern Happy in a team-up with SpiegelMom Scraps.  I challenged people to create a monochromatic project.  I picked out a bunch of blue papers from a variety of Pattern Happy paper pads and topped everything off with some gorgeous SMS sequins:

Thanks so much for stopping by!  You can still play along with both of these challenges, so I hope you're able to!

Layout: Cardstock: Bazzill; Sequins: Close to my Heart; Everything Else: Jillibean Soup

#52favorites spread: Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Pattern Happy; Alphas: Bella Blvd; Sequins: SpiegelMom Scraps


Last Projects for Jillibean Soup

Hey guys!  I know it's been a hot minute since I've blogged.  Life is so crazy right now.  I just returned to the working world and Miss Piper is more active than ever.  Luckily, I'm finishing up my last class for grad school and if all goes well, I'll be completely done with my Master's in June.  While I am excited to have a new degree, I'm actually more excited to get my crafty time back...lol.

For now I just wanted to pop in and share my last projects as a member of the Jillibean Soup design team.  I had so much fun on that team and feel so lucky to have been able to work with them for over a year!

First, my two layouts:

And a fun, little card:

Thanks so much for stopping by!


April Pattern Happy Projects

Hey everyone!  I am excited to pop in and share my first design team projects for Pattern Happy.  My first project was a spread for my #52favorites album...isn't Piper so super cute in her tub 'o letters?! 

The second is a layout I created with a free file from The Cut Shoppe.

The bright colors and happy patterns from Pattern Happy are all so awesome!  I'm instantly inspired to create with them!

Thanks for stopping by!!


March Jillibean Soup Layouts

Hi everyone!  I realized that I never shared my March Jillibean Soup projects with you here...here are the two layouts I made for March...

The first is a layout documenting the many faces of Miss Piper...she's so stinkin' cute and her shirt in these photos is super accurate:

The second is Miss Piper's 6-month spread:

Thanks for popping in!


Pattern Happy + Ellen Hutson Blog Hop

Hey everyone!  Welcome to the Pattern Happy/Ellen Hutson blog hop!  Today we are sharing some fun Spring projects with you.  And when I think of Spring, I think of rainbows, which is why I used a variety of Pattern Happy dies and papers to create this rainbow-filled card:

Make sure to leave comments at each stop on the hop for a chance to win one of two Pattern Happy prize packs! Leave your comments before April 5th, at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be contacted via email.

And here is the whole hop order:

Happy hopping!! :o)


#52favorites Update

Hey, hey!  I wanted to pop in and share some of my recent spreads for my #52favorites album.

Special shout out for my Week 12 spread, which was created for my guest designer stint at the Inspired By challenge blog.  We were asked to create a project inspired by this image:

Here is what I created for it (using an older Felicity Jane kit):

And here are the rest of my weeks:
Week 8 used the XOXO collection from Pretty Little Studio.

Week 9 used the Potpourri collection from Pretty Little Studio and wood veneers from Color Cast Designs.

Week 10 used the It's Your Birthday collection from Pretty Little Studio.

Week 11 used the This is Us collection from Clique Kits. (use code KAT10 at checkout to get 10% off purchases in the CK store)

Thanks for popping in today!


XOXO || Pretty Little Studio

Hey all!  So sorry I've been MIA.  Piper and I were visiting both sets of her grandparents for the past two weeks, but now I'm ready to get back in it :)

While I was gone, I had a page up on the Pretty Little Studio blog.  I played with the XOXO collection some more and created a quick layout with it.  I combined it with the XOXO cut file that was one of the freebies last month to create this:

I must say, I am sooooo proud of myself for using this bright purple background.  I always use a white background, so this was way outside of my comfort zone :)

Have a nice week!

Cardstock: DCWV; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio


Cousin Love || Color Cast Designs

Hi everyone!!  I recently shared a layout that I created for Color Cast Designs using a few of the releases from January and February.

I really love this layout.  It's very simple and it came together in abut 15 minutes.  I love the photo and love that the photo is definitely the focus of the layout.  I actually created a collage consisting of this photo and another one and had it printed in a 12x12 size...which mans another large photo layout is coming soon!  :)

Thanks for popping in!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Crate Paper; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Acrylic and Wood Veneer Embellishments: Color Cast Designs; Sequins: SpiegelMom Scraps; Typewriter: We R Memory Keepers


#52favorites Update

Hey, hey!  Happy Monday (if there is such a thing)!  I just wanted to pop in and share a quick update on my #52favorites album.  I am caught up to Week 7...woohoo!  This project is so much easier for me than Project Life...there's hope I may actually get the whole album finished this year!  LOL.

Week 6 used the February Sampler Kit from Scrapbook & Cards Today....lots of Doodlebug goodness included:

For Week 7, I went stash-diving and used the older Bella Blvd/Illustrated Faith collection "She Blooms":

I love this project sooooo much!  More to come soon, I hope!  :)


5 Months

Tomorrow my sweet baby girl turns 6 months old!  I just don't understand where the time is going!

Every month, I take her monthly photo sticker and highlight 10-14 pictures from the month.  I finished her 5th month spread just in the nick of time...

In keeping with my stash-busting goal, I used the older Bella Blvd/Illustrated Faith line "She Blooms".  It's still one of my favorites:

Thanks so much for stopping by - hope your weekend is restful!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Tabs: Pretty Little Studio; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts; Staples: Tim Holrz; Everything Else: Bella Blvd


Bohemian Brew Mini Album || Jillibean Soup

Hey hey!  Happy Friday!

I wanted to just pop in and share a mini album that I made with Jillibean Soup's new Bohemian Brew collection.  The album highlights some time spent with my niece last summer when she came to visit us while we still lived in Tampa:

Thanks for stopping by!