Anniversary Week – Day 4

{this is part of a series I wrote for You can find the full post here}

Welcome to Day 4 of this Anniversary Week! Today I want to share some mini albums I made to celebrate some anniversaries.

The good news is that if you are successful in getting photos for the pages we talked about on Day 1 and Day 2, you will have all the materials you need to put together a mini album as well.

First, I want to share the mini album I put together to celebrate our first ten years together. In the background you can also see the matching card I made.

Each of the inner pages features a photo of the two of us.

More recently, I made a mini album based off of some journaling cards by Sahlin Studio.

On each numbered page I hand wrote the highlights of that particular year.

I hope you enjoyed the mini album inspiration. Come back tomorrow for some anniversary gift ideas!

Anniversary Week – Day 2

{this is part of a series I wrote for You can find the full post here}

Today I am sharing some inspiration to document the big milestones. The tips from yesterday (let the photographs speak, feature the numbers, and tell the story)  apply to these pages as well.

One Photo Per Year

My first tip is to include a photo for each of the years. In this page I made to celebrate ten years with my husband I included a photo from each year we were together, and numbered them.

I wanted to use pictures taken roughly one year apart, but I didn’t have them, so you will note pictures taken both in winter and summertime. It was very hard to find a photo of the two of us together during those first few years – that was long before my scrapbooking days begun! Now, I make sure to take a picture of us at least once per month.

A grid design is also a great idea for this type of pages. Here’s one I made that also features the numbers prominently.

Then and Now

Another idea is to feature a picture from your first year together, and the most recent photo.

Come back tomorrow for some anniversary card inspiration!

May gallery

With my travels, I never shared here the page I made for the May gallery at The theme was everyday, so I scrapped a couple pictures I took of a groundhog in our backyard. Looking out our kitchen window is one of my favorite daily activities!

For the May gallery at

Bloom Papers and Bloom Elements by Paislee Press
A Pretty Mess by Kaye Winiecki
The Golden Friends fonts by Heather Joyce

Have a nice day!

Hybrid Page

I am reposting a quick hybrid tutorial I made for the blog.

I ventured into scrapbooking from the digital side and, while I still do all-digital pages, now I also love incorporating digital designs in my paper pages. Digital designs are so easy to use. They can be as simple as adding an overlay on top of your photos, or they can be used to jumpstart the page’s design, like in the example I will show today. What I really like about it is that I can plan my page on the computer before committing to paper.

The start: on the computer
For this page, I used a set of digital brushes by Ali Edwards called Who What Where Why Boxes. I was inspired by this set of brushes to make a page about me, so I selected four boxes that would help me tell the story. I laid them out on my canvas in Photoshop, and picked four photos to go along with them. I also changed the color of the boxes. I laid everything out in a nice grid design.

This could very well be a digital page as is, and could be completed by adding some simple journaling. Instead, I decided to turn it into a hybrid page — this means that I printed out the digital elements and my photos, and combined them with some papers and embellishments from my stash.

I print everything at home – it’s so much easier for me to be able to go from computer to paper in one click and a few seconds. I recently got a new printer and I like the quality of the prints. For this page, I wanted to add some texture, so I decided to print the digital brushes on vellum paper. I printed the photos on photo paper.

Match with other supplies
Next, I picked a neutral background paper from my stash (by Basic Grey). I also used some letter stickers (Simple Stories) to add a few words under each box. I used colored brads to attach the vellum boxes to my page.

I stitched down the letter stickers with my sewing machine. At first, when I laid out my page on the computer, I was planning to make an 8.5″x11″ page. But then, after placing the photos and boxes on the background, I liked the white space on the side, and decided to keep it and add a stamped title.

And there you have it!

I love the texture that these boxes add to my page with the see-through effect.

And now.. I’d love to hear from you! Do you incorporate digital designs in your pages? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Hello 2015!

Hello, and Happy 2015!! I hope you had a great start of the year!

The January BYOC is in the store at The Lilypad, and I used it to scrap this page:

A Slice of Lemon papers and A Slice of Lemon elements by Pink Reptile Designs
Lanky Alpha by Amy Martin

January is the Month of Challenges at The Lilypad: one challenge each day, and if you complete them all you get a $20 gift card to the store! And a chance to become a Pollywog like me (= creative team member.. best gig ever!!). 🙂 I hope you will play along! I am hosting the Jan. 4th challenge, so look for my post on Sunday.
I played along with today’s challenge.


White Out Patterns and Backgrounds by Allison Pennington
Silver Linings elements by One Little Bird
Let’s Go overlays by Paislee Press
Sprinkles v31 by Valorie Wibbens

This is my first page scrapped in 2015, and I am in love with it!!

I also have a page to share from the January monthly gallery at This month’s theme was “decades”.. I was stumped at first, then I took this occasion to document something I don’t think I would have documented otherwise: my love for 50s music! 🙂

Straight Up papers and These Are the Days by Kaye Winiecki
Don’t Stop the Music elements by Pink Reptile Designs
The Serif’s Sister font by Heather Joyce

I worked on my Project Life album today, but my printer is dying and I am unable to print pictures. So frustrating! I have my eye set on a new printer, but until that happens I guess I’ll have to stick to digital pages. 🙂

December Daily Update

I want to give you an update on how my December Daily album is progressing. Last month I talked a bit about what my plans were for this year, and it’s time to check in and see how I am doing.
My plan for this year included: handmade album, with pages of different sizes; one story per day.
As fate has it, this December has turned out to be by far the busiest I have  ever had. I thought it would be hard to top last year’s craziness, but it has indeed happened. In the past two out of three days I have been at the office from 8 AM to 10:30 PM. And I see no end in sight, yet Christmas is less than a week away. Ugh! So while I am not up to date with my December Daily album, given that I have very little time to work on it, I have made a little progress and I have been taking photos regularly and keeping track of what story I want to tell each day. I hope to get a good chunk of it done just before Christmas, because I know my inspiration dips significantly once Christmas Day has passed. 
I haven’t bought any new Christmas supplies this year, but I have a sizeable stash to draw from and it is fun to finally use all these pretty bits that I had been hoarding.
Now it’s time to show you some pictures of my album so far. I haven’t worked on the cover yet – I will do it at the end since I need to see what size my album will have. But I plan to include this pretty gold star vellum paper at the front. of the album.
And here’s what all my pages stacked together look so far. I have days 1-7 done at this point.
I love having pages peeking out. I think it adds a lot of interest to the album!
For December 1st, my story was about the tea advent calendar we got this year.
For this spread, I included a 3×4 pocket as a page to hold some journaling.
I like to include stamping in my album because I love stamps so much!

And now.. I’d love to hear from you! Have you been documenting your December? Leave me a comment and let me know!


Ah, December… I love this month because of Christmas, but I hate hate hate all the bustle of the end of the year deadlines! This year is especially bad… I have started working on my December Daily in the evenings, but I have only about four days done so far.

So for now all I have to share is the layout I made for the December gallery at

I am really in love with this page!! Not your traditional Christmas colors, but so festive nonetheless. 🙂

December Daily – Take 5

This post was originally posted on the blog.
The most wonderful time of the year is starting soon.. and I am starting to make plans on how I want to document December this year.
I have completed a December Daily album in each of the past four years, and I am at it again this year for the fifth album. This really is my favorite project. I love Christmas, and I love documenting it.
In these past four years, I have taken different approaches to putting my album together, and I want to share my impressions with you. Each of these four albums was put together using my stash.
My 2010-2013 albums
In 2010, I used a 2-ring album. The pages were all hybrid, and I used my Silhouette extensively. In 2011, which was once again all hybrid, I assembled the album using my Cinch. In 2012 and 2013 I used pocket scrapbooking. Here’s a look at the inside of the albums.
I love combining different shapes and textures in the album – you can see how I used bubble wrap at the front of my 2010 album and vellum at the front of the 2011 and 2013 albums.
What I liked & what I want to change
 And here is a peek at some random pages in my albums.
As you can see, in my 2010 album I combined a lot of different shapes of pages. I love this and want to do it again in 2014!
In 2011, I added lots of journaling to tell my Christmas stories. I used each 2-page spread per day, one story per day. I want to do this again in 2014!
In all my albums, the number of the day is featured prominently. I want to do this again in 2014!
The pocket-album approach I used in 2012 and 2013 made it very quick and easy to put together my album and I was able to use up a lot of journal cards from my stash, but I found myself writing less. I also dislike that the different textures get lost behind a plastic protector.  I will not do a pocket album in 2014.
My process
In 2010, my first December Daily, I pre-made all the pages because I was traveling for most of December. I ended up not being able to keep up with the album during my trip, and finished it a few months later. The other three years I worked on my album as we went. In 2013 I actually fell behind and I finished my album after the summer. I definitely lose inspiration if I don’t work on my album in December, so I will try to stay current as much as I can. But I know now not to worry if that fails, because I can catch up when things slow down. In any case, I find that waiting to have my pictures in front of me works best, rather than having all the foundation pages made first. I will make a list of Christmas topics to use for the days in which I don’t have any Christmas-related story to tell.
And now.. I’d love to hear from you! Are you looking forward to December? What are your plans for documenting this month? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Hello October

The end of summer / early fall is such a lovely time of the year. I am savoring it.
Today I want to share the page I made for the October gallery. The theme was “scraps”, so I used up some products I had in my stash, namely the September BYOC from The Lilypad. The October BYOC is being released this Friday, so I was happy to get another page done before that.

Documentary papers by Sahlin Studio
In the Orchard elements by Stolen Moments Design
Fonts: NeoRetro Draw, DJB gimme space

Letterpress and Scrapbooking

Hello! I am sharing here the post I made yesterday for the blog on letterpress. I just started letter pressing last week, and I am in love! A while back I showed you how to create a faux letterpress look using embossing folders, but today I want to show you how to do real letter pressing.
Here is what you will need:

  • Die cutting machine. I have a Big Shot.
  • Letterpress platform. I have seen people who say they can letterpress just by adding some cardstock shims and the regular cutting pads, but I didn’t want to have to guess every time so I bought the platform – and I have no regrets! Especially since letterpress paper is pretty expensive and I don’t want to waste it on trials.
  • Letterpress paperThe type of paper you use is critical to get a deep impression and get the most out of your letterpressing. I know some crafters have great results with watercolor paper, but that has not been the case with the watercolor paper I had on hand, so letterpress paper it is for me.
  • Letterpress platesThere are many designs available, I’m sure you’ll have fun picking your favorites!
  • Ink. To be honest, I have not tried letterpress ink just yet. I’ve heard horror stories about how hard it is to clean up, so I started going the easy way, and I have just used ink pads for now. 🙂 The examples on this page use distress ink pads (I love the bright colors). I also love doing blind impressions (no ink) as I think adding the ink detracts a bit from the deep impression. More recently, I tried pigment inks and also letterpress inks – the cleanup isn’t really that bad as long as you use the convenient wipes that come in the letterpress kit, and the coverage is the best!
With the idea of putting a page together, I made two letterpressed cards using plates from Studio Calico.
For the card on the left I used the picked raspberry color, and I added spiced marmalade for the card on the right to get an ombre effect.
I used the Poet Society kits by Studio Calico for my page. Using the letterpressed cards, it was very easy to build a design using my photo and some strips of patterned paper. I added some stamping with grey ink to tie to the background paper, and completed the page with some gold splatters and sewing.
Here are a couple detail shots.
I hope this has inspired you to give lettepress a try – I love how easy it is to put together a page starting from a couple of letterpressed cards. Share your creations in the comments! I’d love to hear your tips too, as I am just starting out myself.