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.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Valentine Treat Bags

Today I have some simple Valentine Treat Bags using supplies from the Scrapbooking Store's February kit.

For these I used some printed bags I had on hand and supplies found in the upgrade portion of the February kit.

These bags are not only a cute way to give some Valentines treats away, but also a great way to use up extra ephemera you may have from the kit.

Use washi tape from the upgrade to seal your treat bags shut. It will make sure your goodies stay inside, but isn't too hard to get open again. Plus, with so many cute print an color options it adds some extra cuteness to your bag.

Do you have any fun plans for Valentine's Day?

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

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

You at 10 Layout

I have been taking annual photos of my kids for quite a few years now. One of my favorite things to is to scrap one of those photos and write up a bit of a summary about who my kid is at that age. Today I have my youngest son's You at 10 layout from his most recent annual photos.

These are some of my very favorite layouts to create, but the journaling is often the hardest. I love hitting on the highlights of who my kid is. Sometimes it can be tough to sum up their likes, ideas, and best things about them in a few sentences, but the end result is so worth it. These are the best layouts to go back and look at years later.

I'm continuing to work my way through my stash. This layout is created from a pile of Bella Blvd and Illustrated Faith paper. I literally plopped a pile of all my non-holiday Bella Blvd paper on my desk and just started pulling pieces that I liked with the photo. E's gray and red shirt made pulling gray and red paper a no brainer. They simple color combo lets the photo take center stage.

Since the journaling is a big part of this layout, I used my journaling cards as a big part of design of the layout as well. I've got to be honest, this You at 10 layout gets me right in the feels. I'm pretty sure my kids are growing up way too fast!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Snow Layout

We had a very short time between snowfalls this past year. Our first big snowfall of the season happened on October 14! Today I'm sharing a snow layout I created with a photo from that early snow.

My 10 month old puppy was so excited to be out in the snow, that this is quite honestly the only decent photo I got. In all the other photos, Walter is just a blur or already halfway out of frame. He's especially fast when he's excited! 

Everything I used on this layout, except for the journaling card, is from the Scrapbooking Store's January kit. It's a really versatile winter/snow themed kit this month. The other layout I created with this kit was bold and bright, where this one is much more soft and subdued. I love that I can get both vibes from one kit!

We haven't had a lot of snow since this early snowfall, so I'm glad I was able to at least get one photo of my pup's winter shenannigans.

 I wrote this post while participating on the Scrapbooking Store design team.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Winter Layout

January's here and that means cold weather, snow, and lots of winter fun. It also means the January Scrapbooking Store kit is out, and I have a brand new winter layout to share using it.

With the snow lovers in my family, this kit was perfect for me. There are a ton of pretty patterns, and the pop of red adds something a little unexpected to the standard winter theme.

The upgrade for January's kit includes some fun New Year's word stickers, pretty ribbon, and (my absolute favorite) some gorgeous snowflake stickers. Photos just don't do these babies justice. They are a kind of vellum-y with silver foil and a hint of blue color. You're going to LOVE them. 

If you have any winter scrapping to do, you're going to love January's kit!

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