Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Rushmore Selfie Scrapbook Layout

It's June, which means a brand new kit from Scrapbooking Store. Today I have  Rushmore Selfie Scrapbook Layout to share featuring this month's kit.


This month's kit has everything you need to prepare for the 4th of July. It features papers and stickers from Echo Park America. As you can probably tell it includes lots of red, white, and blue and patriotic symbols.


While it's great for Independence Day scrapping, I decided that this kit would also be fantastic for scrapping photos that we took at Mt. Rushmore a few summers ago. The Upgraded Embellishment Kit includes some patriotic ephemera from Pebbles Inc that really adds to the versatility of the main kit. 

For something a little different, I decided to use the gold US ephemera as a journaling tag. Because the tag has a shiny finish, you need to use a marker for slick surfaces. My favorite markers for that task are American Crafts Slick Writers. They come in fine, medium, and wide tips and in a variety of colors.

I'll be back next week with another layout from this kit, and you can always find more on Scrapbooking Store's Facebook page

I wrote this post while participating on the Scrapbooking Store Design Team.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Hiking Layout

 I'm back with more Great Outdoors layouts. Last time it was a one page layout, this week I have a 2 page hiking layout to share. 

We spent about 3 hours hiking around, exploring, and finding all the boundaries of our new property. I took a few pictures along the way and thought it would be nice to fit all of my favorites onto one - two page layout.

Once again, I reached for Paper House Great Outdoors for scrapping my outdoor hiking style photos. Our property is full of pine trees, so I thought it would be fun to use the green and white pine tree paper for the background.

Great Outdoors has a lot of embellishments to choose from, so I leaned into the tree and hiking themes and chose woodgrains, trees, and hiking themed object for my embellishments. 

Remember, you can always save 20% on your entire purchase at Paper House by using code PH20SAMANTHA when you check out.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Lighthouse Layout

This past March I got to go on vacation with just my youngest. It was fun to spend some time traveling with just the two of us. While Dad and Older Brother were out west snowmobiling, we headed east to the beach for some sun and sea. Here's a lighthouse layout from that trip. 


 A family rule of thumb is to climb everything you can possibly climb. The view is always worth it! Our first day at Hilton Head Island, we headed to the iconic red and white lighthouse and made the climb to take in the views.

I knew that Paper House Discover USA collection had some great nautical/coastal themed papers. The blues in the collection really made the red in my photos pop. Paper House also has stickers dedicated to different states. Being able to use South Carolina themed stickers really helped personalize the layout. I also used a HHI sticker that the merchants were handing out when you made a purchase at a store. 


If you're planning a road trip or getaway this summer, check out Discover USA for scrapping your photos, and remember you can always save 20% on your entire purchase at Paper House by using code PH20SAMANTHA when you check out.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Happy Day Cards

Today I have a set of Happy Day cards. I made these for Mother's Day, but they could just as easily be used for a birthday or congratulations card. 


 This is another set of cards where I tried to use just card stock, stickers, and die cuts. Both of these cards were made with  planner stickers and die cuts from Mommy Lhey.

I love a clean and simple looking card. I added a little extra detail by layering white card stock on top of itself and adding a little de-bossed border around the whole card as well. I really liked the girl with the umbrella, so I started with her and picked other embellishments that coordinated to build out the card.

The gold foil accents on these embellishments are really the star of this card. To ground the "happy day" sentiment, I layered 3 washi tape looking stickers behind the sentiment.

I hope you have a happy day, too!

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Hideaway Layout

We recently bought land in the Black Hills (South Dakota). After everything finally went through, we made a quick trip out as a family to our property. We had to stop and take a picture with the road sign in the background. This is my Hideaway Layout from that photo. 


Paper House Great Outdoors will always be one of my favorite collections. It's just the perfect collection for scrapping wilderness, hiking, fishing, hunting, or camping photos. There are tons of fun patterned papers full of deep, earthy colors.

There are also a ton of coordinating embellishments (like card stock stickers, 3D stickers, enamel stickers, puffy stickers, stick on pockets, and epoxy clips to name just a few) that you can use the collection over and over again and create completely different looking layouts each time.

With our new property, I have a feeling you'll be seeing a lot of layouts featuring Great Outdoors.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Thank You Cards

I needed a few thank you cards and I just happened to receive a package of goodies from Mommy Lhey. I decided to put those 2 things together and I came up with these thank you cards. 



It has been a very long time since I created cards without any patterned paper on them. I started out paper crafting making cards, mostly just with stamps and colored card stock. When I began to scrapbook, I fell in love with all the pretty patterned paper and it made its way into my cards. It felt like a bit of a fun throwback challenge to create with just stickers, stamps, and ink.  

This first thank you note is going to the ladies who board our dogs when we can't take them with us. I chose the cute pet sticker on the front of the card first, and then built the rest of the card around that. I also thought it would be fun to send a couple of vinyl stickers from Paper House in the card. They say "Home is Where the Dog is" and "Home is Where the Cat is."

For this second card, I chose the 3 floral stickers from a planner sticker set. I then built the card around those 3 stickers. It's hard to see in the photo, but the stickers all have a pretty gold foil edging to them that makes them a great focal point.

It was super fun to step outside of my comfort zone for these cards, and I hope the recipients enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Pool Days Layout

 My kids LOVE to swim. Recently my youngest and I took a vacation just the two of us. Rain or shine, we got so much swimming in! Today's layout is a Pool Days layout from that trip. 


These photos are actually from the first day and the last day at the resort while on our trip. Two of the 3 pools were heated, so we were the crazy mid-westerners who were happy to swim in any weather. 

 I started with the Paper House HP Moment Makers Fun in the Sun Sticker Frame Kit knowing it would pair perfectly with the tropical Flamingo papers from Paper House. The kit is meant to work as a standalone frame for one photo, but I love breaking the pieces and stickers apart for a layout instead. You get such a fun mix of textures with the smooth stickers, layered stickers, and even some glitter.

I finished the layout up with a few additional layered stickers from Paper House Beach 3D Stickers.

 Remember, you can always save 20% on your entire purchase at Paper House by using code PH20SAMANTHA when you check out. 

I wrote this post while participating on the Paper House Design Team.