Saturday, July 05, 2014

Thank you cards

Got out some of my Anna Griffin cardmaking kits and made some thank you cards for my mom to give to some members of her church.

Monday, May 12, 2014

And the winner is...

Thanks to everyone for commenting on my blog during the Kiwi Lane May Blog Hop. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. During that I hop I had a little giveaway...a Floral Template set and another template set (the winner get s to choose from a variety of sets). 

So the randomly chosen winner is...Scrapping Nana!  Congrats! I will be contacting you about your prize.

Friday, May 02, 2014

May Blog Hop with Kiwi Lane Designs

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am so excited to share a new layout I created using Kiwi Lane designer templates. I love to scrapbook but life so often gets in the way of my ability to do it as often as I like. Between work, home, and writing a novel, I have so little time to craft lately. That's why I was especially thankful for the chance to pull out my templates and actually make a layout. The templates make designing scrapbook pages so fast and easy.

My process is to first design my page by laying out my templates on my cutting mat. Next I select my paper and start cutting and inking. My pages don't always end up quite as I designed (like my layout below) but the templates provide me a great jump off point for layout. I know that if I didn't have my Kiwi Lane Designs templates I would take probably three times as long to make a single page.

On this layout I used the FLORAL template set. A great accessories set that can be used in a number of ways. I love making 3D flowers with them as well as using them as  focal points on my pages. This time I used one of the FLORAL templates as I would a doily and I really loved the result. To give my flower the full on doily look I embossed it in my die cutting machine. The embossing folder gave my cardstock flower nice detail which I further enhanced by running white ink over the raised portions.

And here is my finished layout.

Templates used: Floral3; Scallops2; Mini Strips (1/2" & 1"); Brackets3; Tiny Floral3

As you can see my complete page is not quite the same as the design I made with my templates. While my initial design had space for two vertical photos, I ended up modifying it for one horizontal photo that I liked so much better with the papers I selected. 

Thank you for hopping with us!

Be sure to check out all the awesome blogs in the hop this weekend to find so many ideas to inspire creativity. 
  1. Kiwi Lane -
  2. Lissa Mitchell -
  3. Leslie Prinkki -
  4. Connie Wallenbrock -
  5. Sandi Pressley -
  6. Christine Meyer -
  7. Alicia O'Bryant -
  8. Suzanne -
  9. Roselyn Riley - YOU ARE HERE!
  10. Arin Flinn -


A random winner from ONE of the participating blogs (including the Kiwi Lane blog), will be given a $25 gift certificate to the Kiwi Lane Shop, for leaving a comment and will be announced on the Kiwi Lane blog on Thursday, May 8th.

Also if you subscribe to my blog and leave a comment below I will also choose ONE random winner to receive a brand new FLORAL template set along with another mystery set. So please leave me a comment for your chance to win two KLD template sets.

Saturday, February 08, 2014


So I took the plunge and signed up for LOAD this year. The layout a day class/event by Lain Ehman. I just finished my first week 7 layouts done and I have to say it has been fun. The prompts she provides each day have made this experience even better almost making scrapbooking like a game. And I have been using up my old Studio Calico kits and getting long overdue photos scrapped. Very cool!

Here's on layout I made this past week where I had to use something very old from my stash. I used a Rebecca Sower metal tag from like 2005 or 2006. Nice to finally open the package lol.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Gift card wrapping

I love this time of year, when I get to pull out odds and ends from my stash to create packaging for holiday gifts. We tend to give out gift cards and money mostly these days but I still like to present them in a cute way.

This year I used my sizzix rectangle scalloped card die, a stampin up/ek success bracket punch, MME paper, stampin up Tiny Sentiments stamp and some glittery ribbon from Michaels. For the females I topped it off with a recolored silk flower (used Heidi Swapp color shine) with a rhinestone center. For the guys I put a rhinestone in the center of a Studio Calico wood veneer snowflake. Quick, easy and cute!

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Clear scrapbook page using the Prima Optimist line

The Prima Optimist line is gorgeous with the contrast of bright colors with the chalkboard black. I found it so easy to create a dramatic layout using this line. I thought using a piece of acrylic would make the papers and colors stand out even more. I want my photo to feel like it was floating in color.  

The online store Anna's Beachside Scrapbooking was kind enough to send me some papers flowers and embellishments from the line to create with. Many stores don't have it yet so head to her site to pick up some. She has great service and tons of Prima goodness. 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Weekend Whimsy with Simple Stories and Kiwi Lane Designs

Please head over to the Kiwi Lane Designs blog to check out my Weekend Whimsy projects. I used the Simple Stories December Documented collection along with my Kiwi Lane Designs templates to make an altered cookie sheet chalkboard and a mini album. I had so much fun making these projects, I hope you will check them out. Also be sure to visit the Kiwi Lane Facebook and Simple Stories Facebook pages for more inspiration and ideas.


Pocket Mini Album

This book is so simple and the perfect project to make on a crafty Saturday or Sunday. The dimensions of my album were 4x6 but you can easily make it larger just but using wider paper. To make this book you will need 12x12 cardstock - 1 sheet for the cover, 1 sheet for the back, and a sheet for each page you want to include in the album.

Making the pages - Cut your paper 8"W x 12" L - (these will be your front and back cover pages and any pages you that you DON'T want to have a pocket.) Score your paper along the 8" width at 4" then turn your paper and score it at the 6" mark along your 12" side. Glue each fold together, Be sure to use a bone folder to make things flat and  well adhered. Now you should have a 4x6 rectangle that is very sturdy because it is 4 layers thick. Repeat as desired.

Making pocket pages - Cut your paper 8" W x 10" L. Score your paper along the 8" width at 4" then turn your paper and score it at the 6" mark along your 10" side. Fold the paper in half so that you have a 4"x10" page and then glue it together. Next use a strong adhesive like ScorTape or Red Line tape and tape alone each side of the 6" fold to create a pocket. (One side of your page will be a pocket, the other will be solid.) Repeat as desired.

Binding - I simply punched two holes in each page (I used my Binderie punch), put  an eyelet in each hole and held it together with binder rings - like the ones that come with the Kiwi Lane Templates. (Coil binding with a Bind It All or Cinch would work well, also binding it would ribbon would work too) Note: You can either decorate your pages first then punch the holes, or punch the holes then decorate, just remember that holes will be on each page as you create your design.

Decorating the pages - I used a combo of my templates (Sunnybrook Lane, Tiny Shapes, Tiny Tags, Journey, Tiny Brackets, Tiny Accents) elements from the papers, embellishments that matched the collection, and a few items from my stash to decorate my mini. The tags for the pockets were made with the Tags templates set...they fit in the pockets really well. 

My husband has gotten into Instagram thanks to our nieces and he can use this book for pictures he takes during the holidays. It is the perfect size for small 2" or 3" square photos.

Thanks for reading!