Black Friday

Hello and happy Black Friday! (4 weeks to Christmas… eeeek!!) The sale at The Lilypad is epic!

And the new Memory Pockets Monthly collection (Magic) is in the store. I’m in love!!

Here’s what I made.

School of Hard Knocks templates by Jimbo Jambo Designs


Believe papers and Drama Queen Magic by Valorie Wibbens

Have a great weekend!

M3: November

Hi there! I have been pretty quiet here and on Instagram lately..  Just a little overwhelmed with things. A dear friend has suddenly fallen ill in the last month (cancer), and is on his last days. So very sad.. I cannot come to terms with how quick it all happened. In light of this all, I have been reflecting on my life, and I have lots to be thankful for. Especially this time of year it is good to stop and think about all the blessings in my life. {taking a deep breath}

I have still been creating these days (and something extra special coming this way Dec. 1st.. 😉 hint hint!), this is truly one of the blessings in my life, to be able to create and express myself through scrapbooking. Today I have some pages to share made with the November Mixed Media Monthly kit from The Lilypad. It’s hard to put in words how much I love this monthly collection… it is SO good!

The first page I made is about fall:


A lot of the papers/elements/brushes in the kit really speak Christmas to me. I will be putting them to good use in my December Daily album – in particular the designs from the latest addition to the store at The Lilypad: Nancie Rowe Janitz.


And TGIF (almost)!! Have a great weekend!

Kill My Studio Calico Kit: October – Wink Wink

Hello and welcome back for another month of Kill My Studio Calico Kit! I have to admit last month I was a bit out of steam, but this month’s kit really inspired me to just have fun and create.
Like last month, I only got the Studio Calico scrapbook main kit, Wink Wink ($34.99). There was only one thing I loved in the embellishment add on kit so I passed.

Notes: I certainly do better with bold colors, and this kit has plenty! I love the plastic letters, the puffy asterisks, and the chipboard circles.

Kill my Studio Calico kit is a monthly series I started on my blog to hold myself accountable and use up my kits. My goal is to use up a kit before the next one arrives.

You can subscribe to the Studio Calico Scrapbook kit here.

Status: killed!
I made 11 layouts (10 12″x12″, 1 8.5″x11″), for a total of $34.99, or $3.19/page. I supplemented the kit with some cardstock from my stash, stamps, and the odd embellishment. Here’s a roundup of all the pages I made:

And here is what I have left:

Leftovers: I very nearly didn’t kill this kit.  I ran out of time. I was gone for a couple of weeks in the past month on travel so I made the best I could do, and was almost ready to move on to the next kit, but then inspiration hit and I made 3 more pages and officially killed the kit. The pink card stock just didn’t work for me with this kit, so in my stash it goes. I hoarded some of those puffy stickers 🙂 because I didn’t want to use them all up at once.

And here is what I made with the kit.

The die cut paper (the specialty paper for this month) is so much fun! I love that blue paper, and I arranged the strips of paper to be a bit wonky to add some fun to this page. This is my favorite page this month!

I arranged my circles/shapes in rainbow order and watercolored the patterned paper to match. I added the journaling at the bottom of the page after the picture was taken (it’s a bit personal), as well as a title with the black alpha letters on top of the patterned paper – they are a great addition to ground all the pops of color on this page.

I love that blue color!

I watercolored the tag but you can no longer see the embossed camera (or barely) so I wouldn’t recommend it unless that’s the effect you’re going after.

I love the fun colors of the acetate alpha in the kit!

I recently bought a tag die and I am having fun making tags from patterned paper!

On this page I used a few leftover embellishments from past scrapbook kits (Galileo – puffy sticker, heart die cut; Fairground – word strips; Brimfield – washi strip, chipboard phrases).

That diamond paper is one of my favorites this month. I prefer the black on white side, but I thought the white on black side worked best on this page.

The label and puffy stickers are from my stash. I also used the stamp from the November kit (love it!).

This is a 2-pager. I couldn’t bear cutting up or covering that lettered paper, so a 2-pager it is. 🙂

And that wraps up this month! Are you enjoying this blog series? Do leave me a comment if you are.

You can subscribe to the Studio Calico Scrapbook kit here.

Catching Up

Phew. I have been traveling for the past 3 weeks, but now I am put until December. I have quite a bit of crafting to catch up on! So first things first, here’s a page I made with today’s new release from creashens:



And TGIF!! 🙂 Have a great weekend! (PS… it’d DSD tomorrow – Digital Scrapbooking Day – and the celebrations are already in full swing at The Lilypad!).