Sunday, April 05, 2020


Good morning! There's not much going on in my house other than the usual... lots of Netflix binge watching, reading and scrapping and video games for the 10 year old. Next week, we start Google Classroom... That is going to be interesting. It's a good thing I took the week off so we can learn this new way of learning together. And hopefully, we will do it with no yelling and tears.

Today, I'm sharing this layout I created for Pebble's Inc.'s Spring challenge. I love this photo of my grandmother with her sister Rose drinking a beer together at a bar while they were at the beach. The Hey, Hello! Collection from Pebble's Inc. worked perfectly with this photo! 

I used foam squares to layer the Cardstock stickers together to add dimension. These flowers are beautiful and I really like the color scheme to this collection. And the bumble bees!! Lots of pretty elements in this collection, for sure.

I used a paper piercer to punch a tiny hole through the die cut tag and fed a piece of thread through it to make it more fun. Then I stapled it directly onto the photo using my tiny stapler (my favorite tool).

More layered flowers and tags. I love the sentiments!

I hope you find this layout inspiring! You can pick up some pieces of this collection in the A Cherry On Top shop! Click here! This month, I will be guest designer on their blog all month long. Please come visit, say hi and hang out with me!

Saturday, April 04, 2020


Good morning! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! Today, I have a fun mixed media scrapbook layout to share with you. I love this photo of my sister with her first born and I have been holding onto it, waiting for the right time to scrapbook it.

To begin, I sprayed the coloration spray all over the base. Once the spray ink was completely dry, I matted the photo onto the journaling card and backed the card with another journaling card to add dimension. I mounted the photo onto the base and then added the photo corners.

I stamped the flowers from the Spring Fling Florals Stamp Set onto white cardstock and then colored them in using artist markers. Then I used scissors to cut them out. I created a cluster of flowers and glued them onto the bottom left-side of the spread. Then I added a few tiny flowers at the top-right side of the photo with a few smaller sized leaves. I think the flowers frame the photo nicely.

I stamped the "Hello Sunshine" sentiment from the Sunflower Bouquet Builder Stamp Set onto labels and tucked them on the side of the photo.

Here is a closer look at the cluster of flowers at the top. Isn't it gorgeous? I love it... it's soooo pretty.

I used embellishments and journaling cards from Citrus Twist to embellish the layout. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Wednesday, April 01, 2020


Good morning! I have a new project I am sharing today using a variety of mixed media mediums from Art Anthology. Most people are intimidated by mixed media products, but it's not too scary! Today, I am going to share with you how simple it can be!

When I created this layout I wanted to create something, but I didn't want to spend a lot of time on it. I just felt like doing something fun. To begin, I trimmed my white cardstock to measure 4"x8". I am loving this size! This size works well for when you only have one photo to scrapbook.  Then I sprayed the Sky Coloration Spray all over and let it dry a bit. Then I tapped a little bit of the Raider Coloration Spray all over the spread.

I grabbed a stencil that I wanted to use and applied the Patina Teal Velvet Dimensional Paint over the stencil, careful not to let the stencil move. When applying this  medium, it is best to move the palette knive from top to bottom so the paint does not smear beneath the stencil.

I had some smears, but I can live with it...

A lot of the stencil got covered up, but I only wanted a few of the circles to show so it worked out.

I used a marker to color the wood veneer heart and then added some Linen Sorbet Dimensional Paint to make it shimmer.

I love this writing from a book I read... I held onto it so I could include it in a layout... Sooo true... It says, "Women will crush you, you know...I suppose everybody, but women always seem to get back up... Women are always still standing." I love it.

Thank you for visiting today!

Monday, March 23, 2020


We just celebrated this dude's 10th birthday! It's crazy... I just can't believe I have a 10 year old already. For his birthday, we invited 8 of his friends to come join us for a sleepover birthday party. He had an absolute blast!

When I looked through the patterned papers from Fancy Pants Designs' Cake Smash Collection, the plaid and yellow patterns really caught my eye and I knew I wanted to use them on a layout together! And I love how they look paired up. They are bright and happy, perfect for creating a birthday layout!!

There are lots of fun embellishments in this collection and I managed to squeeze bits and pieces on this layout. I love embellishments...

I added the puffy stickers inside the stars and balloons to add dimension. I wasn't sure how I was going to squeeze the number 10 on here, but I managed!!

I actually worked my design around this large "birthday" die cut" and then I added the "make a wish" to the center of the die using foam squares.

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Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020


One of the things I love about Art Journals is that I can do whatever I want in them! Most of the time, when I'm bored, I will grab my art journal and splash some mist and paint on a page... then I let it sit overnight and go back to it during the week... adding a few things here and there. And that is EXACTLY what I did with this spread.

I love the purples, pinks, blues and oranges on this layout... I don't even know why I chose these colors... I simply started  brushing my Coloration Sprays from Art Antholog (Sky, Juicy, Ink Spot, Patience) onto the spread after applying clear gesso to the page so it would not tear. I chose colors to the kraft page that inspired me at the moment. It was SOOOOO therapeutic for me. I just love playing with mixed media product when I have the time.

I glued a piece of burlap onto a kraft tag to use as my frame for the photo. Then I punched a floral mat using a metal die from Pinkfresh Studio to tuck behind the tag.

The "love" snippet was actually a journaling card that I cut in half to use as my title! Initially I was going to color inside the letters using markers, but I decided against it since I already had lots of colors on this spread. ;)

I added a few embellishments from my stash here and there. I finally got to use the "click click capture" flair from 7 Dots Studio. I've had this flair in my stash for a few years...waiting for the right project to use it on. It's perfect. And... I did not even come across it until I had the page painted... it just happened to work out.

At the last minute, I decided to add the moon dream catcher die cut to frame the left-side of the photos. It really changed the whole dynamic of this spread and I LOVE it!

What do you think? Have you given art journaling a try? I just started art journaling last year and I am in love with this new way of recording and capturing my memories!