Favorite 6 in 2013

So...every year I do a post that contains my top 10 layouts from the year.  This year, I can't do a top 10.  Why?  Because I only managed to make about 30 layouts, so I would basically be posting a third of my layouts in just this post.  Why didn't I choose 5?  Because I had a really hard time deciding (ha!).  Here they are:
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To see the products used in each layout just click on the original post links.
Did you do a favorites post for the end of the year?  If so, leave me a link in the comments...I'd love to see!  As always, thanks for stopping by.  I hope you and your family have a safe and happy new year celebration.  I can't wait to see what 2014 brings!


Scraplift Saturday!

Hello, all!

I hope you had a nice Christmas and are gearing up for the new year!  I have no idea where the year went!

I am trying a new segment on my blog called "Scraplift Saturdays."  Sometimes when I'm having a creative block, it helps to scraplift a layout I love.  In these posts I am actually going to attempt to scraplift myself.  I hope you'll join in!

Here is the first layout that I decided to scraplift (from October 2011):

And here is my fresh, new take on it (still a selfie of E & I!):
 (a secret: the paint is actually nail polish!)
This layout is also for The Studio's current challenge to use tags on your layout...which is really very easy for me.  I have a minor tag addiction! 
As I said, I would love to see how you scraplift this layout.  If you decide to play along, please leave a link in the comments!
Layout 1: Patterned Paper: Studio Calico; Paint: Apple Barrel; Journaling Spots: Jillibean Soup; Metal Pieces, staples: Tim Holtz; Rub ons: 7Gypsies; Paper Tape: Cavallini & Co
Layout 2: Patterned Paper: Studio Calico; Tags: Pebbles; Diecuts: Evalicious, October Afternoon; Washi Tape: October Afternoon; Alphas: Basic Grey; Paper Flag: K & Company; Cork Shapes: Studio Calico; Paint: Revlon Colorstay nail polish in Coastal Surf


Inspired by...Corrie Jones

Hey, everyone!

I mentioned in an earlier post that I had developed a scrappy crush on Corrie Jones.  Her work is super, super inspirational.  When you have some free time you definitely check out her blog.

Some of my favorite layouts of hers involved misted backgrounds and tons of tags.  Here is my take on her style:
This was so much fun to make!  I may just have to make another similar layout in the near future.

For all those who celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a wonderful, merry, safe day tomorrow!

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill; Stickers: Teresa Collins, Prima, Crate Paper, My Mind's Eye, Adornit; Alphas: American Crafts, Basic Grey; Cork Shapes, Wood Veneers, Paper Labels, Mists, Buttons: Studio Calico; Enamel Dots: Freckled Fawn; Staples: Tim Holtz


Dabbling in the World of Fashion Blogging…Sort of. (Stitch Fix Review #1)

Have you guys heard of Stitch Fix?  It’s such a crazy, fun idea and I am totally obsessed with it now…

I first heard of Stitch Fix a few months before I left on my 7-month work trip.  I knew it would not be a good time to try out the service because my fun, new clothes would not get much use.   I have a very specific outfit that I have to wear for work and I was doing all my work in a third world country – not really a place to be fashionable.  But I also knew that it was something that I wanted to try as soon as I got back.
If you have not heard of Stitch Fix, let me give you a basic run down:

(1) You fill out a style profile.  This profile asks you to fill out your sizes, how you like your clothes to fit, which areas of your body you like to flaunt and what you prefer to keep covered.  They also present with you a bunch of different outfits and you have to say whether or not you like them.  There is even an option to leave a link to one of your Pinterest boards so they can get an even better idea of what your style is. 

 (2) After your style profile is complete, you schedule your “fix.”  I was really excited about this because I was under the impression that this was a monthly “club”…but it’s not!  You can schedule your fixes as often as you want.  I plan on scheduling fixes every few months or so. 

 (3) Your fix arrives!  Each fix includes 5 items. 

(4) Try everything on.  Anything that you don’t like can be returned within 3 days using the self-addressed, pre-paid envelope that is included in your package.  Also, after trying everything on, log into your Stitch Fix account and review all the items you received in your fix.  Tell them what you loved and what you hated…and why.  The fixes are supposed to get better as they gather more information on you and your style preferences.

Pricing:  There is a $20 “styling” fee for every box.  However, if you decide to purchase anything in the box, you automatically get to put that $20 toward the cost of the item(s)…pretty good deal.  The website also claims that clothing items cost an average of $65 per piece.  However, this is really dependent on how you fill out your style profile.  There is a “less than $50 per piece” option and while they do not guarantee that every piece will be in your requested price range, they do say they try as hard as possible.  Also, if you end up loving all 5 pieces in your fix, then you get a 25% discount off the entire box.
One of the cool things about the Stitch Fix community is that many users post reviews of their boxes.  When I was deciding whether or not to try Stitch Fix, I googled “Stitch Fix reviews” and spent a good hour or two jumping from blog to blog.  That’s why I decided to do my own review…maybe it can help someone decide whether or not they want to take the plunge and join the Stitch Fix movement.

So, without further ado, here is what my first fix included…also, please ignore the awkward posing…I am so not a fashion blogger!!

Item 1: Halsey Graphic Print Skirt
Loved the pattern…hated the poofy waistband.  I would have definitely kept this skirt if not for the waistband.  I’m not a fan of tucking my shirts into my skirts. 

Each item comes with an outfit card showing you two ideas for how to wear the piece…very convenient for someone who is not the best with putting together her own outfits (ahem, me!)!

Item 2:  Kalie Denim Jacket
My stylist, Amanda, suggested that I wear this jacket with a white t-shirt and the Halsey Graphic Print Skirt.  Unfortunately, the jacket didn’t fit me quite right.  Also, it was really expensive for a denim jacket.   

Item 3:  Clemency Solid Tab-Sleeve Tunic
I loved this tunic.  It was a bit big, but I think with a skinny belt, it will look cute.  I also loved the color. 

Item 4:  Dana Striped Jersey Skirt
The skirt was comfy and I liked the way it fit. Unfortunately, I was having a really hard time figuring out a good shirt to wear with it.  The style card outfit suggestions did not match my style at all, so they didn’t help me much.   

Item 5:  Lina Mini Chevron Print Dress
I styled this dress with red shoes and a red belt and really loved the results.  I thought the dress was pretty flattering…plus, I always love a chevron print!

Final thoughts:  I did think this box was sort of all over the place style-wise, but I’m assuming this is because they are trying to figure me out.  I ended up keeping the tunic and the dress.  I had a ton of fun with this box and I am already looking forward to my next one.  I’ve scheduled my next fix for the first week in February, so I apologize ahead of time to my postal carrier for the stalking!

If you are interested in trying Stitch Fix, just follow this link!

*I have no affiliation with Stitch Fix except that I am one of their customers.  I will not receive any compensation for this review.  However, the link provided is a referral link that will give me Stitch Fix credit if anyone decides to use it.*


A Super Fast, Super Simple Layout

Hey, everyone!

I have a layout to share with you today.  It's fairly simple and it was really quick to make.

I also wanted to play along with The Studio's current challenge.  When I left on my work-cation one of the things I was saddest about was having to leave The Studio's design team.  They definitely inspired me to make some fun layouts...so I figured if I keep playing along with their challenges then I will continue to be inspired!  Their current challenge is to use stars on your project:
I have also found that I love scrapping with Project Life cards.  They are easy to use and quickly add some great design elements to any project.  I'm sure I will be lifting this design again many times in the future!

Layout: Journaling Cards, Badge, Mist, Stamp: Studio Calico; Washi Tape, Tabs, Flag Clip, Diecut Arrow: K & Company; Patterned Paper: Studio Calico, Simple Stories; Chipboard Arrow: Simple Stories; Transparent 'B': Basic Grey; Alphas: American Crafts


Project Life Updates

Hey, everyone!!

I wanted to pop in to share a few of the Project Life pages that I finished up recently.  Most of them were almost complete with the exception of a filler card or two.  I’m hoping to be completely caught up with Project Life by the end of the week…but I will spare you from seeing all the spreads.  :o)  These are just some of my favorites:

Week 17


This was the week of my friend Kari’s bachelorette party.  She had it in Myrtle Beach, SC.  My favorite part of the spread is the pocket that contains all the clothing tags from our shopping trip to the outlets…of course, I had to include a confetti pocket!

Week 19

We traveled all over the country this week, including to Iowa for a wedding.

Molly Grace

I didn’t break my work-cation into weeks…I didn’t take enough pictures every week to be able to do that.  However, I did make a lot of spreads that documented big events, including the birth of our niece, Molly Grace, and the baptism of both nieces.  I was sad that I missed the baptism, but so lucky that I was sent plenty of pictures from the event!

That’s all I have to share for today…thanks for stopping in!!

Week 17: Page Protector: Becky Higgins (Design G); Alphas: Basic Grey; Journaling cards, Labels, Wood Veneers: Studio Calico; Label Sticker: Jillibean Soup; Staples: Tim Holtz; Sticker: Jilibean Soup

Week 19: Page Protector: Becky Higgins (Design A) Alphas: Jillibean Soup, Basic Grey; Wood Veneers, Mists, Paper Labels: Studio Calico; Journaling Cards: Studio Calico, Becky Higgins; Stickers: Crate Paper, My Mind’s Eye, Studio Calico; Patterned Paper: Colorbok; Rhinestones: Studio G; Stamp: Life, Love, Paper; Arrow Clips: Freckled Fawn; Washi Tape: Queen & Company; Paper Bag: Paper Source

Molly Grace spread: Page Protector: Becky Higgins (Design A); Alphas: Jillibean Soup, Pink Paislee; Journaling Cards, Wood Veneer Shapes, Cork Sticker, Star Sticker, Paper Labels: Studio Calico; Enamel Dots: Freckled Fawn, Queen & Company; Patterned Paper: Elle’s Studio; Staples: Tim Holtz


I'm Back, Back in the Scrapbook Groove!


I'm back from my 7ish-month-long work trip - and it's good to be back.  I missed my family, friends and "creative time" quite a bit.  Eric and I have moved into a new place, so we are spending a great deal of our time unpacking and settling in.  I don't quite have my creative time back just yet, but my fingers are crossed that I will get some scrappiness in next weekend.

While I was gone, I sort of kept up with Project Life.  There was a lot of stuff that I couldn't do just because I didn't have all my stuff with me.  (I know Project Life is suppose to be simple, but I have more fun when I add embellishments!)  Eric sent me a few of my Studio Calico kits and I did what I could.  I inserted a BUNCH of stickies with notes to myself on what details to add when I got home.  That will be a good first project to tackle when I can.

I also made a layout while I was gone.  My beautiful niece, Molly Grace, was born in June and for my sister-in-law's birthday, I decided to make a layout of her girls and frame it.  Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of the layout framed.  But here is the layout:
And I know I'm biased, but I truly think my nieces are the prettiest girls around...

For this layout, I scraplifted this amazing layout by Corrie Jones.  I developed a huge scrap-crush on her while I was away, so I expect to see some of her influence in more of my layouts in the future.

Okay, I'm off to do some more unpacking.  Thanks so much for stopping in...I missed you guys!!

Layout: Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned Paper: Studio Calico, Teresa Collins, Colorbok; Alphas: American Crafts, Jillibean Soup; Word Stickers: Crate Paper; Mist: Studio Calico


On Hiatus...

Hey, everyone!  Last week I mentioned that I had been very busy recently. I recently got an awesome job opportunity to go abroad for about 7 months, so we packed up the apartment, put everything in storage...and off I went.  I'm very excited about this experience; the only downside is that I don't think I'll have much time to be crafty, which means my blog will not see much action the rest of this year.  However, I'll still be checking in on all my favorite bloggers and crafty friends and if you decide to keep following me, I should resurface around the end of December/beginning of January.

Thanks for everything...and happy kraftin'!  :o)


K Squared

Hey, everyone!  I made a layout a few weeks ago that I have yet to share here.  To say that I've been busy recently is a bit of an understatement...but more about that in a later post...Back to my layout...I stuck very close to a recent Studio Calico sketch when creating:
The photo was taken at one of my best friend's bachelorette parties a few weeks ago.  Her name is Kari, hence the "K Squared."

I hope everyone is enjoying their week...thanks for stopping by!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Tag: American Crafts; Alphas: October Afternoon; Buttons: Pebbles; Arrows, Wooden Alphas, Tag, Vellum "Hello": Studio Calico; Enamel Dots, Transparent Flag: Basic Grey; Flag Label: Jillibean Soup


A Quick Layout Share

Good morning, everyone!  I'd like to pop in quickly and share a quick layout that I made.  I am currently taking a Studio Calico class called "Pop Off the Page 2."  It's taught by Jen Jockish and it's all about how to layer and add dimension to your layouts....something I definitely need help with.

The first week's challenge was to scrap lift a layout by one of the class contributors.  I chose to scrap lift a layout by Marcy Penner.  Here is the end result:
Definitely a bit out of my comfort zone and usual style, but I'm happy to keep learning all these fun techniques!

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Studio Calico, Basic Grey, Lily Bee Designs, Fancy Pants, American Crafts; Envelopes: Fancy Pants; Wooden Shapes: Sodalicious; Journaling Card: My Mind's Eye; Alphas, Washi Tape, Mist: Studio Calico; Badge: Hello Forever by Marcy Penner; Star, Library Card: Basic Grey


PL Update!

Hey, everyone!!  I have a Project Life update for you.  Here are my weeks 15 & 16.  A few confetti pockets and lots of random ephemera:

Thanks for stopping in.  I know this wasn't a very enlightening post...I will try to get better!  :o)

Supplies: Week 15: Page Protector: Becky Higgins (Design A); Alphas: October Afternoon, Prima; Jounrlaing Cards: Studio Calico, Ormolu; Wooden Shapes, Wooden Clips, Labels: Studio Calico; Transparent Shapes: Basic Grey; "Love" clip: K & Company; Transparency Paper: Hambly (MISS THEM!); Washi Tape: American Crafts

Week 16: Page Protector: Becky Higgins (Design A); Journaling Cards, Sequins, Wooden Shapes: Studio Calico; Labels: Simple Stories, Studio Calico; Alphas: Basic Grey, October Afternoon, Pebbles, Prima, Jillibean Soup; Washi Tape: American Crafts, Tim Holtz; Heart Sticker: Heidi Swapp


Currently Craving: Nautical

I recently purchased some fun nautical bangles from Etsy and then got into a whole "nautical" mood after that.  Now, I really want to go on a boat...


The Studio || Masks & Mists!

Good morning, everyone!

I hope that you are all having a nice weekend.

There is a new challenge up at The Studio this morning: use your stencils & masks on a layout.  So I used one mask and many mists:
I love the colorful end result! The mask is from Studio Calico and the mists are from a variety of places: Heidi Swapp (purple & turquoise), Studio Calico (yellow) and Tattered Angels (all other colors).

I hope you can play along with us...head on over to The Studio to see the fabulous creations from the rest of the design team!!

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill; Mists: Heidi Swapp, Studio Calico, Tattered Angels; Mask, Tag: Studio Calico; Journaling spot: Chic Tags; Envelope: Pebbles; Alphas: American Crafts; Butterflies: making Memories; Borders: Doodlebug Designs



Eric and I began dating back in 2005.
Almost 7 years later, we got married (yes, it took us a while!).
And today we've been married for a year!  Time really does fly when you're having fun.  I'm lucky I married my best friend.  He's goofy (see wedding picture), he's sweet, he's caring, he spoils me rotten.  There's no one I'd rather spend my life with. 

Wedding photo: Kathy Cobb Photography


Punky Scraps || A Jolt of Yellow

Hey, everyone!  The newest challenge at Punky Scraps went live on Wednesday.  It was a sketch challenge with a twist: use lots of yellow and feathers/something Springy on your layout.  I used a WHOLE LOT of yellow:
Love the sunny end result.  Doesn't the color yellow just make you happy?  It has that effect on me.

Please head on over to Punky Scraps to see what the other ladies created and to take part in the challenge.

Layout: Transparency: Hambly; Cardstock: Bazzill; Alphas, Label Sticker: Echo Park; Mist, Mast, Wood Word, Wood Feathers: Studio Calico; Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye; Felt Flower: Queen & Company


PL Update

Hey, everyone!!  I am popping in real quickly to share 2 weeks worth of Project Life.  Here is my week 12:

And my week 13:

I'm currently working on week 14, so I'm pretty much right on track and I'm still loving this project.  I've already looked back on my year a few times and am so glad to have this album documenting everything we've done so far.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful week!

Supplies: Week 12: Page Protector: Becky Higgins (Design F); Journaling Cards: Studio Calico, Simple Stories; Alphas: Echo Park, American Crafts, October Afternoon, Basic Grey; Label Stickers: Basic Grey, Simple Stories; Paper Labels: Studio Calico; Paper Playing Card: Sassafras; Paper File Folder, Tab, Wooden Car, Arrow: Studio Calico; Envelope: Pebbles; Washi Tape: mt

Week 13: Page Protector: Becky Higgins (Design F); Journaling Cards: Studio Calico, Simple Stories; Transparent Shapes, Label Stickers: Basic Grey; Alphas: American Crafts, Echo Park, Basic Grey; Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye, Basic Grey; Paper Label, Wood Veneer Card, Vellum Arrow: Studio Calico; Washi Tape: Glitz


The Studio || Color Challenge

Happy Sunday morning, everyone!!

There is a new challenge up at The Studio today...it's a color challenge.  The palette is a pretty combo of pink, green and yellow.  I don't think that I would normally use only these colors, but I really liked using them together in the end.  Here's what I came up with:
As you can see, I kept it super simple this week.  I made this layout in about 15 minutes. Gotta love it when a project comes together quickly like that.

Please stop by The Studio and check out the other layouts by all the fab ladies over there and play along for your chance to win a sweet prize!

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Supplies:  Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye, Echo Park; Banner, Twine: My Mind's Eye; Tag: Paper Source; Tab: October Afternoon; Frame: Heidi Swapp; Felt Flowers: Prima, Queen & Company; Bling: Prima; Wooden word: Studio Calico


Feeling Green?

I was when I made this Project Life spread.  On March 16th, there was a St. Patrick's Day festival in my local area.  I took a lot of pictures at the event, so I decided to do a whole 12 x 12 spread that focused just on the day...and since it was all about St. Patty's, I had to keep it green :o)

To see my whole week 11 spread click here.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a happy Friday tomorrow!

Supplies: Page Protector: Becky Higgins (Design F); Journaling Cards: Recollections, Studio Calico; Patterned Paper: October Afternoon, American Crafts; Alphas: American Crafts, October Afternoon, Queen & Company; Wooden Arrow Word: Freckled Fawn; Black Paper Borders: Doodlebug Designs; Washi Tape: October Afternoon; Label Stickers: Simple Stories; Paper Label, Wooden Letters: Studio Calico; Enamel Dots: Basic Grey; Staples: Tim Holtz


Tackling Some Challenges

Good morning, everyone.  I have two layouts that I'd like to share with you today.  They were both done for challenges over at Studio Calico.

This first layout was made for a scraplift challenge.  We were supposed to scraplift this amazing layout.  Here's my take:

For the second challenge, we were supposed to use a mask:

For the background I used a cool technique that was shown in a video by Corrie Jones on the Evalicious blog.

Thanks for stopping by...happy hump day!

Supplies:  Layout 1: Cardstock: Bazzill; PL card, Tag, Mist: Studio Calico; Day Card, "Not This" Tag: Evalicious; Doilies: Maya Road; Patterned Paper, Clothespin: American Crafts; Washi Tape: Freckled Fawn; "Remember" Circle: October Afternoon; Staples: Tim Holtz

Layout 2: Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist, Mask: Studio Calico; Alphas: American Crafts; Word Sticker: Heidi Swapp; Tags, Badges: Evalicious


The Studio || March Sketch

Good Sunday morning, everyone....and Happy St Patrick's Day!  May your day be full of lots of green...

The Studio has a new sketch challenge up today...and I love the sketch.  I always love Valerie's sketches, though...Here it is:
And here is my layout:
Even though our Catalina trip was a few years ago, I still have some pictures to scrap.  This sketch just seemed perfect for my photos.

Hope you can play along with us this month.  Head on over to The Studio to see the other fabulous layouts that are featured!

Layout: Cardstock, Green Borders: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: American Crafts, ILS, Studio Calico; Washi Tape, Alpha Stickers: American Crafts; Travel Tickets: KaiserCraft; Wooden Shapes, Geotag Sticker, Mist: Studio Calico; Twine: We R Memory Keepers; Staples: Tim Holtz


Some Random Shares

Hey, everyone! I just wanted to pop in quickly and share a few different things that I've been working on recently.  The first is a layout that I made based on a Studio Calico sketch that I have been saving for a while.  Unfortunately, I can't find the sketch on the site, so I can't link it back.
And, I have a PL spread to share.  My week 10:
And here's a close-up of the title card:

Layout: Cardstock, Lime Green Borders: Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Alphas, Stars, Clothespins: American Crafts; Frame, Grid Journaling Card, Mist: Studio Calico; Diecuts: October Afternoon; Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye; Badge: Marcy Penner

PL Spread: Page Protector: Becky Higgins (Design A); Journaling Cards, Printable Layouts, Wooden Arrows, Wooden Letters, Wooden Heart: Studio Calico; Patterned Paper: Lawn Fawn, American Crafts; Wood Bubble: Freckled Fawn; Alphas: American Crafts, Lily Bee Designs, Studio Calico, Basic Grey; "Noted" Tab: Evalicious; Yellow Labels, Yellow Star: Twine & Ink; Enamel Dots: Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye; Staples: Tim Holtz; Sticker: Basic Grey


Punky Scraps is Ready for Spring!

They are...because that's what their current challenge is all about!  This month's inspiration photo is totally Spring-y and fun:

And here is how it inspired me:
I stuck with the Spring theme and the fun, bright colors.  I even threw a few flowers in there!  Please head on over to Punky Scraps to see what the other awesome ladies did and to play along for a chance to win this month's prize!

Supplies: Cardstock, Green Border: Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Alphas, Wooden Flower Button: American Crafts; Poloroid Frame, Rub-on: Heidi Swapp; "Live It Up" Card: Recollections; Paper Clip: K & Company; Mist, Wooden Hearts, Pink Tab: Studio Calico; Staples: Tim Holtz


Project Life || Week 9

Good morning, everyone!

I have a quick PL spread to share with you today:

My favorite part of this layout is the Week 9 Title Block.  I actually scraplifted this from Leenah Loh's Studio Calico Neverland Gallery.  Her PL spreads are so great and inspirational!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Supplies: Journaling Cards: Evalicious (This Week), Studio Calico (Hello, Days of the Week), Recollections (5Ws); Patterned Paper: Crate Paper, American Crafts, Studio Calico; Printable Labels, Wooden Arrows, Pink Paper Tab: Studio Calico; Alphas: Basic Grey, American Crafts, Sassafras Lass; Washi Tape: October Afternoon; Label Stickers: Twine & Ink (yellow), Simple Stories (pink, grey); Crazy Rub-on: Heidi Swapp; Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye; Staples: Tim Holtz; Circle Border: Doodlebug Designs


The Studio | March Recipe Challenge

Good morning, everyone!  Where is the year going?  It's March already!!  However, a new month means new challenges at The Studio.  Today's challenge is a recipe challenge that was created by yours truly.  I picked a fun, easy recipe that contained products that I felt certain almost everyone has in their stash:
*Kraft cardstock
*Mist or paint
*At least one tag
*At least 2 different types of alphas

I love the results from the design team!  Everyone on the team has such a fun, unique style, so you get so many different, cool layouts.  I actually created a layout that strayed a bit from my usual style:
Like I said, it's a bit unusual for me...and I hated it at first, but it's growing on me and I think I actually sort of like it now...

Please pop on over to The Studio to play along!

Supplies: Cardstock, Journaling Card, Tags: Recollections; Patterned Paper, Mistable Stars, Turquoise Alphas, Arrow Sticker, "Fun" Sticker, Mists: Heidi Swapp; Gold Alphas: American Crafts; Twine: We R Memory Keepers