Sakuralala 365: FRIENDS – Cat & Dog

The two latest stamp sets at Sakuralala are cat- and dog-themed, and I find them 100% adorable!
I used the 365: FRIENDS – Cat stamp to embellish this spread in my weekly traveler’s notebook:

With the 365: FRIENDS – Dog stamp, I made a 12″x12″ scrapbook page:

These stamps are just too cute!

Here are some more details.

So fun!

I also shot a process video of this page, you can check it out here:

Have a great rest of the weekend!

Valentine Page and Card

I made this page for the Sketch+ challenge at Freckled Fawn – what better way to use up some of the many washi rolls I own? I love washi!

Sadly the colors didn’t photograph too well – these tapes are so pretty in real life!

I also made a card + gift wrap for Valentine’s Day. The paper is from 14 by Crate Paper – I had never noticed there is a typo repeated several time on the page (“Februrary” and “Februray”!!) so I covered it up with stamped images and phrases.

I love this tall format!

I used a sheet of scrapbook paper as the gift wrap, and added a couple of rectangles of paper to the envelope. So I’m all set for Tuesday!

Coffee Cup Mini Album

Hello! 2017 started pretty well for me and I have been on a roll. I started by cleaning up my craft space (since my desk had been cluttered for months and I had been using my kitchen table to craft… not good!), and then once that was done I jumped into a new project: a coffee cup mini album inspired by the awesome Wilna Furstenberg.

I am just so happy with how it turned out!!

I held on to this cup from Starbucks for many years (it’s my favorite one ever), but finally I decided to use it, and I’m so glad I did! I added some watercolor paint and stitched some embellishments to the front cover.

I was inspired by Wilna’s adorable bear illustrations, so I used a couple of bear stamps I had in my stash from Studio Calico. The one on the cover is from the Waldorf add on (sold out).

On the inside, I used 9″x12″ papers by A Beautiful Mess (the black and white ones) and  papers by  Crate Paper (6″x6″, and 12″x12″ by Maggie Holmes).
This cute polar bear is from an adorable stamp set by Life Love Paper (still in stock if you are interested).

I also used some chipboard by Crate Paper to embellish my pages.

I added a black and white photo of my husband and me from 2016 to each spread.

Here and there, I added some watercoloring. This is the spread at the middle of the album – you can see the stitching I did to bind the pages together.

I love the mix of black and white and hot pink and aqua!

In most cases, I used both sides of the 12″x12″ paper. The 9″x12″ and 6″x6″ papers were one-sided, so I glued them back to back.

And there is the back cover:

When assembling the album, I included a ribbon that can be tied to keep the album closed.

I am so thrilled with how this mini album turned out! What a lovely way to start the year.

Christmas Tags

I started working on my Christmas cards this weekend, in fact I started with Christmas tags and I made over 20! I used an adorable stamp set and coordinating dies by Papertrey Ink called Winter Wishes.

I stamped the animals with black ink, while I used red and green for their clothing. I watercolored the fox and penguin, and then added some sparkle using Stickles. Here’s a look at the details while the glitter glue was still drying out.

Now, on to Christmas cards!

Washi Tape Obsession

Washi tape is one of my latest obsessions. I got many of my favorites from Sakuralala (who by the way is having a 25% off sale through Monday!!), but recently I placed an order from Amazon and I am so giddy with what I got that I just had to share!

Some of these rolls came in a set of 3, but I linked them all here:

The main reason I placed this order was for the MT book washi and the MT skinny tapes, but while I was at it I decided to try these other tapes by Shinzi Katoh that are new to me.
I love using these tapes in my traveler’s notebooks, but I also use them on my scrapbook pages (I will be sharing some examples soon). I just had to have the one that looks like Little Red Riding Hood since it was my favorite fairytale as a child! 🙂

Kill My Studio Calico Kit: December – Lollipop Guild

Hello and welcome back for another month of Kill My Studio Calico Kit! This is the sixth installment of this series, and in total I have made a whopping 83 layouts. Yay me!
This month I only got the Studio Calico scrapbook main kit, Lollipop Guild ($34.99), and then I recently bought the Tin Man embellishment kit $7 at last month’s kit sale.

Notes: I love the colors of this month’s papers! And the embellishments are so much fun – the gold dipped letters, the vellum shapes, the black words and the stamp stickers – I love them all.
The stamp in the embellishment kit is awesome!

Kill my Studio Calico kit is a monthly series I started on my blog to hold myself accountable and use up my kits. You can subscribe to the Studio Calico Scrapbook kit here.

Status: killed!
I made 10 layouts (6 12″x12″,10 8.5″x11″), for a total of $41.99, or $4.2/page. I supplemented the kit with some embellishments from the Project Life kit, plus some items 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 am pretty sure this is the most I have ever killed a kit! I likely have enough to make one more page using that red paper that was one of my favorites this month. This month I didn’t have to use any card stock from my stash.

And here is what I made with the kit.

This page makes me happy! I used a favorite photo and I just love the juxtaposition of black, red and gold.

The bold papers in this kit are just right up my alley! Here I also added a printable from The Lilypad for the left page, while the right page is all using the Lollipop Guild scrapbook kit and the Tin Man add on. Here’s a look at the right page on its own:

Those stickers were perfect for a page about New York City!
The rest of the pages were done all in one day.. I was on a roll for sure! 🙂

This page was done with the main kit only. I used the vellum, rubber and enamel stars in the kit, and cut some more from patterned paper.

This page is a tribute to my mom, who is the best! This page is done with the scrapbook main kit only, plus some plastic tickets from the Project Life kit.

I tried something different on this page, and I love how it turned out! I used some acrylic paint on the background, and sprinkled some glitter on top. I thought the Tour Eiffel went well with the French theme of the page. The gold “cheers” word comes from the Project Life kit.

Here I used the Maggie alpha for the title (it’s out of stock unfortunately), as well as the stamp set from the Tin Man add on stamped with the silver pigment ink that came with it.

On this page I used some bits left over from the previous month – the background and the red papers.

This is one of my favorite pages with this month’s kit – I just love the colors. It’s not a mix of colors I would have paired on my own, but I absolutely love it! I used the gold alphas from the Canyonlands kit and some puffy gold stars and dots from my stash.

The patterned paper I used for the background is really busy, but I love the look! I used a glassine bag to tone down the area behind the photo. I used some gold letters leftover from the previous month’s kit. Every year we go out after the traditional Messiah concert, and this is what this page is about.

For the last page I put together most of the remaining bits and scraps of paper I had left. Again, not a traditional color scheme for Christmas, but it totally works for me! The colored rubber stars are from the Project Life kit.

And that wraps up this month! Are you enjoying this blog series? Should I keep going? Leave me a comment and let me know!

You can subscribe to the Studio Calico Scrapbook kit here.

Citrus Twist Sketch Challenge

The third project I made as Citrus Twist Guest Designer this month is for the sketch challenge they run on their blog – come play along!

I followed the sketch rather closely.  I used two 3″x4″ photos that had bold colors and patterns, so I decided to pair them with even bolder papers. I cut into one of the papers following the geometric design and used it to mat my photos-I love how these colors and patterns matched one of the shirts I was wearing.  To switch up my title, I cut into the paper with the sketched letters. I added some stickers and wood veneers to embellish the page. This is a fairly busy page, but I feel like the triangles I used for the corners and the additional framing of my photos pull everything together.
Have a nice Sunday!

December Daily 2015: Title Page

This is my sixth year putting together a December Daily album, and for the first time I’ve bought a December Daily kit from Ali Edwards. I also got a mini kit. Not that I needed any Christmas product, since my stash was quite full already, but I just couldn’t resist. 🙂 I am using a 6″x8″ ring album.

I started working on the album this past week, and today I want to share with you my title page – I love how it turned out!

I ended up layering 2 pages for my “title page”, since I loved them both so much and didn’t want to pick. 🙂

The first layer is a page protector with 2″ square slots, that I filled with bits and pieces.

I filled the pockets so that there’s something pretty to see on either side of the page. The stitching is a bit messy – I do not own a Fuse tool, but I think it would have made wonders for this page.

The second layer of my title page builds on one of the awesome transparency sheets in the December Daily kit – I love how thick it is! I added some acetate letters that I had saved from my October Wink Wink Studio Calico kit for this reason, some puffy alpha stickers from Studio Calico, and the rubber “December” was cut from one of the banners included in the December Daily kit.

As a backdrop for this page, I have a page protector with two 4″x6″ slots with one of the papers from the kit that I absolutely love.

And here are all the layers stacked together. It makes me so happy to see this when I open my album!

My days 1-4 are done and photographed, so they will be posted on this blog very soon. Have a merry December!

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.

December Daily 2015

Is it too early to think about Christmas? I think it is… but at the same time I couldn’t resist get some of my Christmas supplies out to scrap a tradition of years past using some of the latest December Daily products by Ali Edwards.

The icons I used on those 9 circles come from the December Daily Icon Digital Stamp. And since they are digital brushes, I could make them exactly the size I needed for my page. I also added colors to some of them in a traditional Christmas scheme.

I added some of my oh-so-hoarded Christmas embellishments, and the page was done.

I love how it turned out!