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 Adventures

We had my mom visiting for 10 days in May. We had such a great time! She left on Tuesday, and I’m already looking forward to our next get-together. Of course I took lots of photos, and I started scrapping some with the newest releases at The Lilypad:


Stick With Me | Collection by Sabrina’s Creations

This month’s Memory Pockets Monthly collection is so much fun! And it was perfect to start documenting our little adventures!


Have a great weekend!

Foxy Fix Moccasin Sandstone

Nearly a month ago I received my latest Foxy Fix notebook cover. And it is my absolute favorite!!
Unlike my previous 3 covers, which were couture with pockets, this one is a single, #3 size, with stitching and gold foil embossing on the spine.

Here is the inside:

The single notebook cover comes with only one elastic, but they also sent me a jump band that I can use to fit two additional notebooks.

The moccasin leather is super soft, and I couldn’t love this notebook more! It’s also a great size –  it’s size #3, which is A6.
Here’s my round up of Foxy Fix notebooks:

Left to right: #6 Sugar Grapefruit, #3 Mocassin Sandstone, #1 Mocassin Tiger Lily, #0 Sugar Lemon Drop (this color is discontinued).

I use the #1 as my wallet, and the #0 to hold loyalty cards, etc. The #3 holds a notebook for everyday notes. And the #6 is holds my traveler’s notebook inserts.

All notebooks except the Moccasin Sandstone are couture (i.e., they hold 4+ inserts, and come with reinforced spine for these leathers). I love that look, but I found out that the couture is a tad too big for my taste – the single size suits me much better!

I chose foil embossing on the spine of all my notebooks: gold on all, except for the Tiger Lily, which has silver.
If you want to make a purchase at Foxy Fix, you will get 10% off your first order (above $50) if you use my referral link.
I haven’t decided yet what my next Foxy Fix purchase will be, but I am eyeing a Moccasin Raven (black) – even though I always opt for color, the softness of the Moccasin leather may push me over. And today, Foxy Fix launched ring planners!  So many pretty options!

And you can read about & see more pictures of my first purchase (#0 and #1 sizes) here, and my second purchase (#6 size) here.

Kill My Studio Calico Kit: April – Film Club

Hello and welcome back for another month of Kill My Studio Calico Kit! This is the 13th installment of this series, and in total I have made a whopping (140) layouts. Yay me!
This month I got the Studio Calico scrapbook main kit, Film Club ($34.99 – and only $5 with a promotion that started that month with the code SCKIT5).

Notes: I really love the colors this month, and the epoxy stickers. The rest of the embellishments were a bit hard to work with at first, but I made them all work in the end.

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 (7 12″x12″, 2 8.5″x11″, 1 9″x12″), for a total of $5, or $0.5/page. I supplemented the kit with some embellishments from the Project Life kit, plus some items from my stash (stamps, paints, and the odd embellishment). Here’s a roundup of all the pages I made:

And here is what I have left:

Leftovers: I have some scraps of paper left, several chipboard letters (but I’m out of A’s and O’s, and I used the “1” flipped over to double as an “L” on a couple pages).

And here is what I made with the kit.

For the first page, I cut up the specialty floral paper with gold foil accents.

I love this one! I cut up some of the washi tape strips because I didn’t have a use for them, and I used the words to make up my title.

Here I used the rest of the floral paper.

This was so fun to make! I used my new oxide distress inks to make the watercolored background.

Again using my distress oxide inks for the stamping – this was my first time using them and I wanted to map out the colors. I added some puffy stickers and washi tape from my stash.

The floral paper and the embellishments are from my stash.

I knew I wanted to use the gold star sequins on the red cardstock. I also sprayed the cork “you’ve got style” gold, and added some navy enamel dots from my stash.

I wasn’t sure what to do with the yellow stickers from the kit, but here I paired them with some blue and pink chipboard embellishments, and mounted them on foam dots to give them dimension.

I love how this page turned out! This paper with the labels was my favorite in the kit, but I didn’t like the look of it full page, so I cut out a strip here and used it for my long journaling.

This is a 9″x12″ page for my travel album. I used up the rest of the ticket die cut numbers to mat my photo.

And that’s it! Thanks for stopping by, and do eave me a comment if you like this series!

You can subscribe to the Studio Calico Scrapbook kit here.

Good Night – Stamping & Watercoloring with Sakuralala

Hello! I used one of the latest stamps from Sakuralala – 365: FAMILY – to make this scrapbook page.

I love how versatile these stamps are – they are great for cards, traveler’s notebooks, scrapbook pages, and more!

I shot a video of how I made the watercolored background for this page, you can check it out here:

Sakuralala stamp sets: 365: FAMILY, 365: CELEBRATION, 365: HIKARI, 365: DAILY, 365: KIRA KIRA.
Watercolors: Distress Oxide ink pad (Faded Jeans), Kuretake Gansai Tambi, Finetec
Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink

Wednesday Musings

Hello and happy hump day! I have been reminiscing lately – it’s been almost 2 years since I finished my MBA and I miss my classmates! So I uses some of the products that are 50% off in today’s sale at The Lilypad to scrap about some of those memories.


Clean and Simple n18 template by Sabrina’s Creations
Everybody Dance Now Kit by Allison Pennington

I love how this page turned out! But then it’s no surprise, since I love anything by Allison Pennington! 🙂 Have a great rest of the week!

New Sakuralala Stamps – 365: FAMILY and 365: CELEBRATION

Hello! I am so excited to share the latest stamps released by Sakuralala! There are two sets, and they are by Igloo*dining. They are called 365: CELEBRATION and 365: FAMILY, and I had so much fun using them!

In this traveler’s notebook spread, I used both stamps. On the right page, I had fun with some stamping celebrating my mom’s birthday.

And here’s what the final spread looks like in my TN:

These stamps are fantastic for cardmaking also. Here’s two cards I made – the first one is an anniversary card. I loved this stamp so much that I kept the card simple, letting the stamps shine.

I used Zebra Sarasa Clip gel pens to color a few accents. It turned out so well, that I decided to do the same for the bride’s dress, and also gave some silver accents to the groom.

I love how the colors pop against the kraft background!

Next, I made a colorful card with some watercolor accents. I shot a video of the stamping process. I apologize for the not-fancy background: I shot this in a break at the office, propping my phone up on an open drawer and stamping on the floor. 🙂

After stamping, I added a few more touches to my card: I colored in the girl, and added some gem embellishments. I love how this card turned out! So playful and happy.

I know I’ll be using these stamps over and over, they are so versatile and fun! Have a great weekend!

May BYOC at The Lilypad

Hello and happy May! This weekend is filled with fun games and prizes at The Lilypad to celebrate interNational Scrapbooking Day! And 30% off the entire store! There will be a special product release Saturday too, but in the meantime the new BYOC (build your own collection) hit the stores, and I’m so in love with this month’s color scheme!

May template challenge template by Sara Gleason
Irvine Park kit by One Little Bird


Wink: Patterns & Backgrounds by Allison Pennington
Blue Skies | Elements by Pink Reptile Designs
May 2017 BYOC Styles by Mommyish

I hope you’ll join us for some of the games and challenges!