Border Lines Challenge || Paper Issues

Hi everyone!  Just stopping in today to share a new layout that I made for the Border Lines challenge over at Paper Issues.  The challenge asks you to use a border on your page.  Your border can be made of anything...I kept it simple and made 2 different borders out of paper.  

I arranged an assortment of photos from Piper's first birthday party in the shape of a number one, and then I hand-cut a border to make the one stand out a bit better.  My second border was created from a bunch of different paper scraps, washi and stickers from the Simple Stories collection, Hellos Summer.
Easy peasy!  Thanks so much for stopping by today and don't forget that you can use my code to save 20% off your store purchase!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts; Everything Else: Simple Stories


11 Months || Pretty Little Studio

Hi everyone!  Just poppin' in here here today to share a new layout that I made with the Savannah Dreams collection from Pretty Little Studio.  Piper just turned a year old so I am smidge behind on her monthly spreads, but I'm trying super hard to catch up as quickly as I can!
I love that this collection is so versatile.  I also used this collection for her 10-month spread, but the 2 layouts look completely different - I really love that!
Here's the full spread:
And here's a look at each side a bit closer up:

Have a wonderful day!!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio


First Day || Bella Blvd

Good morning everyone!  Just popping in today to share a recent layout that I made for Pop Quiz week over at Bella Blvd.  I can't believe it's already back-to-school time and I really can't believe that my sweet niece is now in Kindergarten!

The photo I decided to scrap was of my niece's first day.  The photo was so colorful and I really loved the rainbow vibe it was giving off, so I decided to combine the Pop Quiz collection with the new Plaids & Dotty collection to pull in some of those other colors.

I cut a bunch of strips, layered them, sprinkled in some random Word Salad stickers and puffy stars and that was pretty much it.  The layout came together quickly and easily:

Thank for stopping in - have a wonderful day and weekend!

Cardstock: Bazill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Everything Else: Bella Blvd


Besties || Bella Blvd

Hi everyone!  I wanted to pop in and share a layout that I had up on the Bella Blvd blog last week in celebration of National Dog Day!

I adore these photos of Moose and Piper and have been wanting to scrap them, so this was the perfect opportunity.

I used the All People, All Nations collection, combined with the new Plaids & Dotty collection and Word Salad Stickers.  

Love my superstar duo!

Thanks for stopping in!

Everything: Bella Blvd


Adventure || Clique Kits

Hey everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  I wanted to jump on and share a recent layout that I made with the August kit from Clique Kits.  

I've been seeing this painted background technique a lot recently, and even though it's not in keeping with my normal, "clean" style, I really wanted to give it a try.  I pulled out a bunch of purple paints, a gold gelato and some gold glitter glue to create this background.  While I'm not totally in love with the final product, I'm glad I gave it a go:

Have a wonderful day!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Title, Phrase Stickers, Mist: Heidi Swapp; Die Cuts: Clique Kits exclusive; Sequins: SpiegelMom Scraps


National Book Lover's Day || Bella Blvd

Hi all!  I am popping in to share another recent layout I made for Bella Blvd - this time it was to celebrate National Book Lover's Day.  We are such big fans of books in our household and we are trying so hard to cultivate that in Miss Piper.  Sometimes she's on board...and sometimes she isn't. :) 

I used bit and pieces from the new Plaids & Dotty collection and combined them with papers from the Island Escape collection.  I also used some of the new Heart Hugs and Word Salad Stickers embellishments.

Here's the full spread:

Thanks so much for stopping in...happy day!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts; Sequins: SpiegelMom Scraps; Everything Else: Bella Blvd


Back on the Bella Team!

Hi everyone!  I am so excited to announce that I am back on the Bella Blvd Creative Team!  This team ranks as one of my all-time faves; I think it's because I love their products so darn much!  The colors and patterns are just so Kat. Lol.

To start off my new term with them, my first assignment was to create a project to celebrate National Watermelon Day.  Because I have a little watermelon princess, this was super easy for me.  I used the Oh My Stars and Faith>Fear collections, combined with a cute cut file from Paper Issues and sequins from SpeigelMom Scraps.  Here's the project:

Thanks for popping in!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Sequins: SpiegelMom Scraps; Cut Files: Paper Issues; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts; Everything Else: Bella Blvd


10 Months || Pretty Little Studio

Hey everyone!  Just popping in today to share a new layout that I created recently with Pretty Little Studio's new Savannah Dreams collection.  Every month I take my daughter's month marker sticker and add it to a monthly wrap-up layout.  I haven't been so great at memory keeping since she's been born, but this is the one way I'm trying to document her first year.

I had a lot of fun with this collection.  Its so darn cute!  And I just love the colors and patterns.  I'm also a really big fan of the new 12 x 12 papers!!

Here's the full spread:

And here's the left side:

And the right side:

Have a wonderful day!!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Date Stamp: Shimmell for American Crafts; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio


Piper's Monthly Spreads

Hi everyone!  Happy weekend!  I realized that I never shared Piper's 8-month spread...and I have month 9 to share, too!

Here's month 8 made with the Mind Your Manners collection from Bella Blvd: 

And here's month 9 made with the All People All Nations collection from Bella Blvd:

Thanks for popping in!

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

Layout 2: Cardstock: Bazzill; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts; Everything Else: Bella Blvd


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!