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!


xoxo || Color Cast Designs

Hey y'all!

Happy Valentine's Day!

I wanted to pop in and share a Valentine's Day-themed layout that I made for Color Cast Designs using the "Into You" set:

I also used the adorable Hello Love collection from Crate Paper.  It's a few years old and I've been totally hoarding it.  My goal for this year is to use up some of my stash...here's to hoping that works!

Make sure you check our Color Cast Designs tomorrow - it's release day and they've got some awesome stuff coming!


Valentine's Cards

Hi everyone!  I wanted to show you some super quick Valentine's Day cards that Piper and I made using some Pretty Little Studio products.  When I became a Mom, I knew I wanted to start some fun holiday traditions.  One of the traditions I really wanted to do was handmade Valentines for close family and friends.  And even though Piper is too young to notice or even participate, I decided to start this year.

I chose a super simple design for our Valentines, so I could quickly and easily replicate it.  We made cards for grandparents, aunts & uncles and her teachers at day care.
We started by tracing Piper's hand.  I knew I wanted to incorporate something cute and signature Piper in the cards, and I realized her hand would be perfect.  In full disclosure, I tried to do her hand prints with paint, but that was a TOTAL DISASTER, so I settled for tracing it :)

I had pre-cut and typed out the sentiments on the card, so I just glued down the hands, topped them with a cut-out sentiment and added a quick border.  I thought the beautiful With all my Heart collection was absolutely perfect for these cards.  Finally, I popped in a cute photo of her and we are also giving her teachers some chocolates and Starbucks gift cards.

I'm in love with how these came out...and I know I'm going to love seeing how small her hand was when I look back in a few years :)


#52favorites Update

Hi everyone!  I wanted to pop in and share my last 3 pages for my #52favorites album.

For week 3, I used the sampler kit from Scrapbook & Cards Today

For week 4, I used the December kit from Hip Kit Club:

And for week 5, I used the Tales & Dreams collection from Pretty Little Studio:

I am having so much fun with this project and am so glad that I decided to play along!!


Two More Color Cast Designs Projects

Hi everyone!!  I have 2 more layouts that I created for Color Cast Designs this month!

The first one uses the 'baby It's Cold Outside" set...and I kinda smushed a lot onto this layout.  It's not my normal style, but I do kinda like it:

The second layout used the "Year in Review set"...this was such a fun layout to make.  I knew big things happened last year, but it's cool seeing it all on paper:

Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure to head over to Color Cast Designs to see all the new goodies in the shop :) 

Layout 1: Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Bella Blvd; Chipboard Stickers, Arrow Clip, Enamel Shapes: Freckled Fawn; Wood Veneer, Acrylic Title: Color Cast Designs; Cut File: Silhouette; Mist: Heidi Swapp

Layout 2: Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Crate Paper; Die Cuts: Crate Paper, Pinkfresh Studio, Alphas: American Crafts; Stickers: Crate Paper; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Wood Veneer, Acrylic Title: Color Cast Designs; Enamel Dots: Vicki Boutin for American Crafts


January Jillibean Soup Shares

Hi everyone!  I just wanted to pop in and share my January Jillibean Soup projects:

A layout about Piper and my Dad:

A quick & easy birthday card:

A layout about Piper and one of her toys:
 An easy gift-wrapping project:

Thanks for stopping in! Tomorrow's Fri-yay!!


#52favorites Project

Hi everyone!  Paper Issues has a fun weekly challenge this year called #52favorites.  It's such a neat idea - pick your favorite memory from the week and get it down in some creative way.  I decided to play along and my focus will be on Miss Piper.  It's really hard for me to choose a favorite photo/memory of her from each week, but I'm going to try!  :o)

I think this is the perfect project since I'm not even going to attempt Project Life this year.  I just can't.  I know I wouldn't be able to keep up with at this time.  But this project is something that I can do!  And it's perfect for if I don't have time to make a whole layout, but still want to get a bit of creative play in.

I just knocked out the first 2 weeks and I used the Tales & Dreams line from Pretty Little Studio.  I kept my designs fairly simple and similar.  I imagine that I will continue to carry this template throughout the entire project, but I'm not totally sure yet.  Here's what I've got:

I'm going to keeping all my little layouts in a fun planner binder that I found in the Dollar Spot at Target.  I'm not a planner girl, but the size and format works perfectly for this project!

Thanks for stopping in!!

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


Desert Beauty

Woohoo!  I scrapped for fun!  I scrapped for fun!  

For Christmas my Dad gave me a bunch of pretty, new paper products, including the Basics paper pad from Illustrated Faith/Bella Blvd.  When I saw the cacti paper, I knew I had to use it to scrap some of the photos from Piper's newborn photo shoot.

I combined this paper with a bunch of other Bella products from my stash.  I think I have 4 or 5 different collections represented on this layout :o)

I'm really loving this color combo...remind me to scrap for fun more often :o)

Everything: Bella Blvd


Fun Together || Pretty Little Studio

Good morning everyone!  Just popping in to share my newest layout made with the GORGEOUS Tales & Dreams collection that is up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today.  The colors in this collection are just fabulous.
For today's layout I decided to scrap a photo of my daughter and my niece in matching outfits.  This collection complements their dresses well so it was perfect to use.

I kept my design simple and tried to make my photo the main focus of the spread.  Here is the final product:
Thanks so much for visiting today!

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


Details || Color Cast Designs

Hi everyone!!  I recently created a new layout for Color Cast Designs using the "About Me" acrylic set from their December release.  I decided to focus on my girl and some of her month 4 highlights.  I used the beautiful Zoey kit from Felicity Jane to create this:

I've seen a lot of torn paper on layouts recently, so I decided to give it a go and use some torn paper on my layout.  I really like how it looks.  I may be doing this again soon!

Thanks for popping in!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Acrylic Title: Color Cast Designs; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts; Everything Else: Felicity Jane Studio


December Jillibean Soup Shares

Good morning all!  I just realized that I never shared by December Jillibean Soup projects here.  Whoops!  The holidays have got me all discombobulated :)

First up a layout featuring a 12x12 photo as the highlight:

Then a simple Christmas card:

Then another layout using one of my all-time favorite Jillibean Collections, Healthy Hello Soup:

And finally, a fun little gift tag:

Thanks for stopping by!