Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Simple Thank You Cards

It's the time of year where I feel like I need about 400 thank you cards. If end of the school year has you in the same boat, check out these simple thank you cards that are easy to make assembly line style.

In reality, I mad about a dozen of these. All you need is a die that says thankful or thank you and a stamp that goes with it. The die I used was My Favorite Things Words of Gratitude, and the stamps I used were from Hero Arts Thanks stamp and die set. This is also a great set of cards for using up scraps of patterned paper.

 I stuck with white card stock, but this works equally as well on colored or kraft card stock.

This time of year always feels like a crazy sprint to the finish, so when ever possible I keep it simple!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Let's Go Travel Layout

My Let's Go travel layout that I'm sharing to day is a bit more themed than I usually do, but I'm quite happy with how it turned out.

The paper that says "Germany, Germany, Germany" on it is a bit more themed than I usually use, but I fell in love with the look of it and the colors in it. Too keep it from looking too busy, I paired it with some grey toned papers from Kaisercraft's Let's Go collection.

I used some Scrapbook Customs Germany Adventure stickers that coordinated with the Germany paper to help pull in a few more colors into the layout and layered them up with embellishments from Kaisercraft's Let's Go collection as well.

Since the papers are a bit busy, the more muted color scheme seems to really work for this layout.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Discover the World Layout

My husband and I went to Germany at the end of March. While I know it's going to take me quite a while to get to scrapping all of the photos, I've at least started now. The very first layout of the album is complete with this Discover the World Layout.

I used Paper House Productions Discover Paper Pad for all the patterned paper and card stock stickers. A lot of the papers in the collection are foiled, and the all over foiled map print is one of my favorites.

There's also a set of matching Discover 3D Stickers. They blend seamlessly with the flat, card stock stickers and add some fun dimension to the layout.

Paper House also has an entire Destinations sticker collection that includes all the states and lots of countries. I happened to have picked up the Destinations: Germany stickers in anticipation of our trip. It's a bit hard to see from this photo, but the Germany sticker is a gorgeous gold foil that goes beautifully with the rest of the foil on the layout.

I love scrapping vacation photos and am so happy to have at least started scrapping our Germany trip.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Spring is in the Air

The air is finally starting to warm up by us, and it feels like full on warm days and nights are just around the corner. To celebrate I did some bright, spring scrapping. Today I have a Spring is in the Air layout.

Everything on this layout comes from the Scrapbooking Store's March kit.March's kit is bright, fresh, and full of everything you'll need to scrap spring layouts or make spring themed cards.

I also highly recommend the upgraded kit. You get a fun set of tags, enamel shapes, paper flowers, and butterfly stickers.

If you don't get the upgraded kit, you'll still have all the same papers to choose from and a great sheet of stickers for embellishing.

I hope it's starting to warm up spring is in the air where you are, too!

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

Monday, March 11, 2019

St. Patrick's Day Card

It's March, which means it's almost time for St. Patrick's Day! I come by my Irish genes from my maternal grandparents, so every year I make sure to send them a happy St. Patrick's Day Card.

Doodlebug Lots 'O Luck collection is still one of my favorite St. Patrick's Day themed collections. It's such a fun mix of bright colors and shades of green. 

I kept the design really simple with some layering of patterned papers, a simple sentiment, and some enamel dots for texture.

Time to drop this card in the mail and make some Irish soda bread. How do you celebrate St. Paddy's Day?

Monday, March 4, 2019

12 Years Layout

My son turned 12 back in August, and I took his annual photos in October. I always love creating a snapshot of who they are that year. It's so fun to see how their personalities change and grow over the years. Today I have that 12 years layout to share.

I'm continuing to work through my (very large) stash of paper. This is mostly Bella Blvd's Oh My Stars with a little Bella Blvd Alex mixed in.

There's always so much I want to say on these annual photo layouts. I actually write it down on scratch paper first so I can get everything out as concisely as possible. Since I have so much to get down, I used multiple journaling cards and layered them up to make them part of the design element of the page.

I think 12 has been one of my favorite ages. This kid has grown up so much this year, and it's been so fun to watch!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Love in Action Layout

Today I have a layout about love in action. It's one of those moments that makes you proud of your kid, but one of those events you wish didn't have to happen.

My son's friend has cancer. It's a big thing for a bunch of kids to understand. They shaved their heads when their friend lost his hair, because it was the best way they knew to support him. At the end of their friend's year of chemo, their friend's mom put together a fundraiser for St. Baldrick's Foundation to celebrate chemo being over. Elias immediately knew he wanted to be a part of this head shaving event, and set to fund raising. He met his goal (and even though he got a little stage fright having to go up in front of all those people watching to have his head shaved), and got his head shaved by his friend (with some help from a professional) for the fundraiser.

I was digging through my stash and found this paper from Bella Blvd's Oh My Stars collection. It was just the right fit for this special photo. I paired it with a Silhouette cut file, and kept the embellishments simple to keep the photo and journaling the focus of the layout.

Unfortunately, this story doesn't have a happy ending yet. They recently found a new spot of cancer, and his friend has started a new round of chemo. We will continue to encourage these moments of love in action, and continue to pray.