January 14, 2017


Happy Monday everyone! I have a fun layout to share with you using the Tinsel Town collection. I had these fun photo booth photos from a company dinner party from late November and thought they would make a fun layout using the "naughty" cut apart. This layout is so fun; it totally brings a smile to my face.

I love the die cuts in this collection, especially, the tags! So fun.

I used the Coal Alphas/Numbers to make the photo booth photos pop. I tried to bring more black into the layout from the photo strips. The Cut-Apart label is from the Summer Vibes Collection.

Lots of layering and yummy embellishments on this layout!

Pretty Little Studio Tinsel Town Paper/ Paper Gift Wrap, Frosted Glass, Journaling Cards/Figgy Pudding 4x6, Oh Deer 3x4, Tags/Merry, Frames/Noel, Die Cuts/Twinkle, Cut-Apart/Nice List, Mini Snowflake, Alphas/Coal, Acrylic/Twinkle/Lime & Mint, Sticker Words/Nice List, Tabs/Jingle,Vellum Tape/Fruit Cake
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January 9, 2017

Snow much fun!

We got some snow on Saturday. A whole 1"! LOL and by the looks of these pictures of Edward playing outside, you would have thought we got a foot of snow. He wanted to build a snowman and have a snowball fight but this was not that kind of snow... it was like dust.

However, that didn't stop him from trying to make a few snowballs to throw at mommy. Instead he just started slapping the snow on me. lol

And here he comes... again. LOL. This lasted about 15 minutes and then he got cold. Did I forget to mention it was 20 degrees outside? COLD.

I am glad I let him go outside for a few minutes. He had snow much fun!
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January 8, 2017

February Clique Kits Mood Board

Happy Sunday everyone. Today, I just wanted to take a moment to share this inspiring Mood Board from Clique Kits for February. Aren't you inspired? I love the feel of this Mood Board. I was definitely inspired to scrapbook a layout about myself this month. Also, wait until you see the exclusive acrylic! It's never too late to subscribe. Be sure to follow us on Instagram because this week, we will be sharing several sneaks of the Bee You kit.

Here are some sneaks to get you through the week. Also, we are having our monthly Instagram hop NEXT Wednesday. And if you haven't done so, feel free to visit our gallery for January. The Design Team really rocked the Hey, Sugar kit. Please join us!

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget about the Instagram Share happening this Wednesday. Click on any of these links in Instagram to be inspired!

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January 6, 2017


Hi everyone. I have another layout to share with you. Yes, another "Love" layout. I apologize now. I figured I better get a head's start on creating layouts for my sister using her engagement photos before she starts throwing hints at me. I am surprised she hasn't asked me yet. LOL.

The January Clique Kit is the perfect kit for scrapping engagement photos. For this layout, I used the "Love" cut file from Just Nick's Shop. You can purchase it here! I love scrapping in a grid. It's super easy to do and it's so much fun decorating the squares with bits and pieces of embellishments found in my stash or kit. :)

I stamped the 04/29 on the back of a scrap piece of paper and created my own little banner so that I could use the "2017" flair. That is the date these two little love birds are getting married.

I love the little word label printables that came with the Clique Kits. They make great fillers for just about any project. I can always find a good use for them.

Products: Patterned Paper: Bella Blvd., Crate Paper, Printables: Flair: Clique Kits, Wooden Enamel Dots: Banner Die cut: Crate Paper, Digital Cut Files: Just Nick Studio.
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January 5, 2017

The Story of Today

Happy New Year everybody! What are your goals for this year? This year, I want to focus more on story telling on my layouts. I do this now, but not as much as I'd like. Initially, I did not plan on using a summer collection for this layout, but the Summer Vibes looks so nice with the photo! I used a pencil to lightly trace lines across the journal card then I used a pen to journal. Once I had my journaling in place, I erased the pencil lines and drew lines free-handed. The die cuts and stickers really helped pull this layout together along with the cut aparts.  

Here are a few close-ups:

I really love the acrylic shapes in this collection, especially, the little heart. And one of my favorite things to do with cut apart banners is staple them onto the layout. I added the chipboard heart and stamping from my stash.

Pretty Little Studio Summer Vibes Journaling Card/Pinapple Punch 4x6, Let's Go Outside 3x4, Die-Cuts/Aloha Words, Summer Vibes, Stickers/Flower Crown, Stickers/Summer Stars, Vellum Tape/Festival, Acrylic Shapes/Summer.
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January 2, 2017

One Little Word

Happy Monday everyone. For the past few years, I've been wanting to take Ali's One Little Word workshop. I love the concept behind her workshop. It seems a little personal, but I think this class would be a great way to help me improve on myself... I am excited to begin this class. I was able to talk my friend Gia into taking the class too. I can't wait to see what she does with this class. I've already completed my first lesson of the year. Each month, Ali uploads a new lesson with prompts to get your ideas flowing. I love how Ali says, "You will only get what you put into this class". There is work involved... I am going to share my first lesson with you. As I was doing the lesson, I realized how personal this lesson can be... I didn't like writing down my "REAL" feelings... But that's the whole point of the class!!!


My word this year is MOMENTS. This year, I want to focus on those special moements and sharing my thoughts and feelings in the form of stories. I want to share some of the conversations I have with my son that makes me laugh. And we have so many serious conversations... I want to get them down too. I want to focus on myself... on not snapping at him as much when I am tired or stressed. Sometimes, I am too tired and all he wants to do is talk non-stop and I just snap. I don't like this part of me and I am working on having more patience with him. It's funny how one little word can have so many parts to focus on.

And there it is... my journaling. Opened wide open for everyone to read. I bet there are many women out there who can relate... I am not perfect and I am human. It's hard being a working mommy. I am looking forward to the next lesson in February!
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January 1, 2017

Top 10 layouts of 2016

Hello all. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Today, I am sharing my top 10 favorite layouts of 2016! I can't believe how quickly  2016 flew by. WOW. Seriously, I blinked and now I have an almost 7 year old. Things have been really good in my household and I am thankful for my family, friends, health and my faith! Hope 2017 is even better than 2016! We've been due for a decent year for a long time coming.

These are my very favorite layouts and I hope you enjoy looking back through a few of my precious memories from 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.

Capturing life today

We do
Oh snap
Hello XOXO

Thanks for visiting today! You can see my Top 10 favorite layouts from previous years here.
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December 30, 2016

Jess and Toby

Hello everyone. Today, we are featuring our Word Stickers up on the blog today. These little word stickers are a favorite of mine. I love using them to help tell my story. For this layout, I decided to play with the word stickers a bit. I used them on my tab and between my two darling kitties with a few hearts. What do you think? I love how it looks.

Pretty Little Studio Oakley Ave Journaling Cards: Oakley 6x4, Die-Cuts: Orchard Words, Feelin Fallish, Tabs: Woodgrain, Vellum Tape: Fall In Love, Stickers: Fall Words, Stickers: Fall Faves.
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December 28, 2016

Top 12 Moments of 2016

Hello everyone. I finally scrapped my top 12 moments of 2016 or should I say, my family's top 12 moments. I used Ali Edwards' Review and Surprise story kit. These kits have been sitting on my desk for a week now so I figured since I was off, I'd scrap my layout. The hardest part of this layout was choosing just 12 photos from the year. I used PicMonkey to create a collage. After I created the collage, I used the same program to add my text to the right of the photo since I am low on alphas. Then printed it on a letter size photo paper and trimmed the edges.

My scrapbooking goal for 2017 is to incorporate more story telling on my layouts. Not just slap a few pretty photos, stickers and die cuts on paper and call it done. I do an okay job with this right now, but I want to do more of it. You know what I mean? So I subscribed to Ali Edwards' story kit again. I subscribed in 2015 and took a year off because her kits didn't get used, but this year, I am determined to take advantage of her lessons and dig deeper with my journaling to tell my stories.
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December 24, 2016

You're My Fave

Hi everyone. I have a fun layout to share with you today using the Printables from the January Clique Kit. For the past few months, I've been printing the printables and cutting them before I dig into my kit so I don't forget to use them. These printables are great embellishment fillers. My favorites include the tags and banners.

I didn't plan on making this layout so busy...It was supposed to be simple, but I wanted to use some of my embellishments in my stash that I haven't used in a while and once I started adding stuff, I couldn't stop. I stapled the banners at the top right-side of my photo then added the flair. I plucked one of the heart enamels from the button to add to the center of my flair. The little heart puffy stickers are so cute... I added them to the center flowers at the top of the layout.    

I cut the number two from the Bella Blvd. that came in the December kit to add as an embellishment with the "laugh" word label from the printables. I used scissors to make the label smaller than I cut the little "v" to make it look like a banner.

Products Used: Patterned Paper: Crate Paper, Bella Blvd,. Enamel Sticker Words: Fancy Pants Designs, Flair: Printables: Word Stickers: Clique Kits, Puffy heart stickers: Crate Paper, Clip: Bella Blvd., Star/Camera Puffy stickers: Label: Elle's Studio, Gold Banner Sticker: We R Memory Keepers.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope I inspired you to use those printables that comes with your kit this month!
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December 20, 2016

Oh What Fun

Hello everyone. Nicole here with a fun winter layout! I was inspired by the trees and cards in this photo so I used different pieces of journaling cards and patterns. I love the little tree pattern! This layout was so much fun to make. I used my red Nuvo to make the doodled frame.

For the holiday sentiments, I used my Silhouette sketch pens to sketch Just Nick Studio's holiday sentiments on my layout in light blue. I wanted it to be subtle.

A few close-ups:

Pretty Little Studio Holly Jolly Papers: Christmas Dinner, Trim the Tree, Stickers: Jolly Ol St Nick, Journaling/Christmas Party, Die-Cuts/Make a Wish, Vellum Tape/Holly Jolly, Stickers/Remember, Stickers/Magical Words
Happy Holidays!
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