Foiling: My New Obsession

Once again I am late jumping on the latest trend – foiling.. which has been big for over a year now, thanks to the Minc foiling machine by Heidi Swapp. This time, I have a good reason for being late trying this technique – I don’t have a laser printer, which is needed for this method. But I finally tried it out, since I had all the rest of the supplies. Rather than the Minc, I used my old Scotch laminator, and it did the job just fine. Funny thing is, the laminator was a Valentine’s day gift from DH several years ago, and I have used very little of it as a laminator. But something tells me it’s going to get quite a work out now.
If I hadn’t had a laminator already, I probably would have gotten the Minc – it’s a great machine and will get you consistent results.

In my first attempt, I printed out 4 pages of letter sized paper using digital designs, mostly from Studio Calico. Here is the one that had me giddy with delight as I peeled off the foil – I seriously couldn’t believe how amazing it turned out! I wasn’t sure how it would turn out with such a large amount of foiling… but I was impressed!

The birthday card is a printable from Studio Calico. I used the Minc gold foil for this one. And the design was printed on cheap, lightweight copy paper, but the foiling turned out great! So my next step is to buy a laser printer, so that I can print at home on thicker paper. Think of all the possibilities!

And as a bonus, you can use the negative part too! That will make another nice card!
So my verdict is: thumbs of for foiling! Seriously, so many possibilities! The only problem is that these foiled pieces are tricky to photograph.. they look so much better in person!

Oh and one last thing – today is the last day to grab this fabulous digital card design from Studio Calico, so don’t miss out – it’s a good one!

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While recuperating from a small surgery I had a couple of weeks ago, and catching up on my Project Life (2015 is in the books, yay!!) I am also trying to kill my Canyonlands scrapbook kit from Studio Calico (it was the November ’15 kit). So I put some of it to good use to document my surgery.

This page started with the Mega Date Stamp and with two small photos of me from the hospital, one from before and one from after the surgery. Then, I added the title (those gold letters from the Redstone embellishment kit are the best!!). Next, I used the roller stamp from the Arendal Project Life kit to stamp “BEFORE” and “AFTER” as mats for my photos. I added a couple embellishments (the rubber banners are from the Canyonlands scrapbook kit while the rubber “the story of today” was from Ali Edwards’s 2015 December Daily kit, and the rest of the embellishments are from her Firsts Story Kit).

Then I added journaling all around. So my first (and hopefully last!!) surgery is all documented.
Have a lovely weekend!

Hello Friday

Hello and happy Friday! I have a bunch of fun, colorful pages to share today, made with the new releases from The Lilypad (20% off through the weekend)!


All of Me Loves Dressed Down Templates by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs
Glitz Girl kit and Glitz journal cards by Lynn Grieveson Designs

It’s also the day of the release of the Memory Pockets Monthly collection, which is absolutely fantastic this month!


I had to cut of my poor husband’s head in this photo because there was a lamp right behind him that looked like it was on his head – ugh! I hate when that happens, and of course I didn’t catch it at the time I took the photo.

Finally, I made a hybrid page using the MPM add ons by Sahlin Studio.



Not your typical snow colors… but I love how it turned out!

Have a wonderful end of the week!

ETA: and I scrapped one more over the weekend!


Drama Queen Adore by Valorie Wibbens
Adorable: So Transparent by Allison Pennington

Art 2 Heart Update

I realized that after my first enthusiastic post, I haven’t blogged anymore about my experience with Wilna Furstenberg’s year-long Art 2 Heart workshop. But my enthusiasm hasn’t waned in the least! So it’s time to show a couple more pages I’ve made since.

The first two are directly lifted from Wilna’s pages from October. This first one is definitely one of the favorite pages I’ve ever made.

The printables also come with the workshop.

Apart from the visual aspect of the class (lots of eye candy!), my favorite thing about this workshop is that it makes me reflect upon the small and big things in my life. Maybe saying it’s life-changing is a bit much, but it’s certainly inspired me to give deeper thought to some things that I’d otherwise not have thought about. Every single month.

This page was also a really fun one to make. Wilna gave us the printout of her floral+writing combination, and I traced it with watercolors.

I have slowed down a bit in creating, and made only one page inspired by the November workshop:

This page has been a work in progress for a long time. I painted the background back in November, but then it just sat there, waiting for a good theme for the page.

I used some copper mist from Studio Calico to add some shine to the page. I also used it on top of the wood letters, though it’s hard to tell from the photo.

To embellish the page, I used some very old embellishments from my stash (Dear Lizzy) along with some bits and pieces from the Canyonlands scrapbook kit and Redstone embellishment kit from Studio Calico.

And that’s all I’ve made so far from the workshop. I have a page in the works inspired by the January content, so be on the lookout for that soon. 🙂

Wednesday Digi

Hello there and happy Wednesday! I have quite a few digi pages to share today! This past weekend I have successfully finished my 2015 Project Life album, and after that accomplishment I’ve been getting a few digital pages done. Feels good!
All these pages use items that are 50% off in the sale at The Lilypad, through today.


Poppy Templates and Stated by Sara Gleason
Plastic Alpha by Paula Kesserling

That is a fun alpha indeed.


Poppy Templates by Sara Gleason
Plastic Alpha by Paula Kesserling

As I mentioned, I had surgery a couple weeks ago. Everything went well, and I am now scrapping that experience (of course I took photos in the hospital, for my scrapbook! :)).

Go 4 It! by Lynne-Marie

I love the pops of red on this page.

Go 4 It! by Lynne-Marie
Stated by Sara Gleason

ETA: I made one more page using products by Allison Pennington, some of which are 50% off today! Here it is:

For the Love of 2016: Bundle 1 by Allison Pennington

I hope you are having  a good week! I have fallen off my blog schedule as of late, but I do have a couple of exciting things I want to post (I’ve discovered foiling… I love it!!) so look for that soon.


I had fun with the latest kit by creashens, which is out today and 20% off! For a limited time, you also get a free set of acrylic frames if you purchase the kit.

Ridiculous kit and Ridiculous Frames by creashens

My husband always complains when I ask him to be in a photo, but this time the joke’s on him because I decided to use this photo of him making fun of me. 🙂 The theme of this pretty kit was just perfect for this story! 🙂
Have a great weekend!

What I’ve Been Up To

I am home recovering from a small surgery, and spending most of my time in bed. I have been catching up on my 2015 Project Life (printing photos from my bed is really quite efficient!) and getting up only for short periods of time. In one of my breaks from bed rest, I put together one more page using the Canyonlands scrapbook kit from Studio Calico.

I am also thrilled because I received my Mega Date Stamp this week and put it to good use on this page. I love it and highly recommend it!

Have a great weekend!

So Very Ready

The Eloquent Eloise kit by creashens is 50% off today, and I thought it was perfect to make this page:


Eloquent Eloise kit by creashens

Making this page was great scrap motivation for me – I had (my very 1st ever) surgery yesterday (all went well.. I am home recovering now) and I really needed to focus on the positive. I’m ready to get better, and hopefully this is the first big step in that direction!

Traveler’s Notebook

As promised yesterday, I wanted to show you a bit more of what I am doing in my Traveler’s Notebooks.

So far I’ve only been using the little passport-sized one for note taking on the go, but I started playing a bit more in the larger, red one.

The red one is to big to carry around for me, but it is perfect to use at home with my stamps.

I started by making a log for my exercise, which is one of my 2016 resolutions.

{Stamps by Studio Calico, mostly from past Documenter kits}
I find that having a visual reminder/motivation works well for me, and I am happy each day to check off my workout. Hoping this lasts!

I’m also really excited to be using the Mega Date Stamp in my notebook! This stamp is back in stock but is selling fast (and likely won’t be restocked), so if you’re thinking about it, don’t wait too long!