Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Smile Travel Layout

Hello! I have another travel themed layout to share today using the Scrapbooking Store's October Kit. I'm calling this one "Smile Travel Layout."

We take a lot of selfies when we travel, because, to me, traveling is all about getting to explore different places with my favorite travel companion. We also climb anything there is to climb (it's an awesome way to see the city and burns a few calories from all the extra goodies we eat when we're traveling).

I'm using (Halloween) papers from the Scrapbooking Store's October kit again. They're from Simple Stories Happy Haunting. I'm primarily using the "B" sides of the paper. There is just something about the mix of pinks, oranges, gray, white, and black that really speaks to me. It feels so fresh and unique to me.

The flower die cuts are also from Happy Haunting (also part of the October kit). The rest of the stickers and embellishments came from my stash. 

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

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Autumn Card

It's World Card Making Day, so of course I needed to share something. I whipped up this autumn card to share on this fun October day.

For this card I used Paper House Autumn Woods collection, because I find it to be just the perfect fall collection. It's full of lots of autumn-y colors like rich browns, purple, shades of teal, and orange.

Because it's Paper House, there are lots of great coordinating stickers and embellishments. The thin strips of leaf washi tape that I used are bronze foiled leaves (I know it's a bit hard to see the pretty foil in the pictures). I used a mix of puffy stickers and card stock stickers to add texture to the card. I also used some foam adhesive to attach the top to layers of patterned card stock for some added dimension.

I hope you're having a fun World Card Making Day. As always, don't forget to use code PH19SAMANTHA for 20% off your entire purchase at Paper House Productions.

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

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Happy Haunting Travel Layout

Happy October! A new month means a new kit from Scrapbooking Store. I fell in love with this kit and made multiple layouts from it. Today I'm sharing a Munich travel themed scrapbooking layout created from the October kit.

The main kit contains paper and die cuts from Simple Stories Happy Haunting. As you can probably tell from the name, it's actually a Halloween themed line. I did, in fact, make one Halloween layout with it, but I fell in love with the unique color combos in this collection.

I felt like the unique mix of orange, black, and pink made for a perfect color combo to scrap some of our recent photos from Munich, Germany. 

The patterns in this collection are gorgeous, too. There are lots of spider webs, and ghosts, and other Halloween themed papers, but there are also gorgeous stripes, pretty plaids, lots of fun dots, and even some florals. Usually, one side of the paper is Halloween themed, and the other is a generic print.

Likewise, the die cuts are a mix of Halloween themed words and icons and floral die cuts. If you opt for the upgrade part of the kit, you'll get some cute Halloween themed puffy stickers, some Heidi Swapp puffy stickers (that I used on this layout), and some fun rhinestones.

October's kit from Scrapbooking Store was such a fun surprise. I was expecting only Halloween themed papers and embellishments, but I got Halloween and oh so much more!

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

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Packer Layout

In this house, we're Packer Fans. I grew up in Wisconsin, and the rest of my household has been happy to adopt my football loyalty. This year my husband and oldest son took the 16-hr round trip trek so my oldest could attend his first Packer Game at Lambeau. So, of course, today I have a Packer layout.

I found this really great Packers Pride Football paper pack from Scrapbook Customs. Honestly, I usually have a hard time using paper that is so heavily themed, but this layout came together really quickly. This collection was so easy to work with!

I picked a few of my favorite photos that they sent me that day. Since I didn't get to go along (I was a little envious, but I still remember my first Packer game with my Dad, so making this a father son outing just seemed right), they made sure to take and send lots of photos. I also made sure one of the tickets ended up on the layout. Scrapping bits of memorabilia like tickets or maps is a great way to make sure those little bits of nostalgia don't get lost over the years. 

I hope your fall is starting off as wonderful as ours is...and Go, Pack Go!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

First Day of Middle School Layout

Scrapbooking Store's September kit is out and it is perfect for scrapping those back to school photos. So far, I've created 3 different layouts. Two of which you'll have to check out on the Scrapbooking Store's social media accounts, and the third I'm here to share today with this first day of middle school layout.

I'm loving the rich colors in this kit. The colors are a little deeper than bold primaries, so the look is great for older kids and first day of school layouts that want to be a bit more sophisticated. 

The big deal with middle school (besides being in a new part of the school) is that they get lockers with a lock on them. There always seems to be a bit of a learning curve with this, and it seems to be the thing the kids worry the most about. I thought it would be fun to use one of the locker chipboard stickers from the Upgrade to September's kit to add that as an embellishment on the layout. P.S. He's mastered his locker no problem.

Thanks to the Scrapbooking Store's September kit, this may just be the fastest I've gotten my kiddos' first day of school photos scrapped!

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

Friday, August 23, 2019

Rustic Wedding Card

My husband was in need of a wedding card for a coworker of his, so today I have a simple rustic wedding card to share with you.

I started with a little bit older collection from Paper House called Wedding Day. The color palette is fairly neutral with soft touches of blue, yellow, brown, green, and pink. There are lots of wood and burlap details to this collection lending to an overall rustic feel.

I combined stickers from the collection with stickers from Paper House's To Have & To Hold Card Stock Sticker Pack for embellishments. I especially liked that the "Two become one" sticker has a shiny silver finish to it. It's a nice detail that makes the card really pop. 

Speaking of popping, I used a little dimensional adhesive to pop the wedding cake sticker up just a little. I also used a bit of dimensional adhesive between the cream wood grain layer and the top blue wood grain layer of patterned paper.

Remember you can use code PH19SAMANTHA when you purchase anything from to get 20% off your entire purchase.

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

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Dog Layout

In June we added a new family member. Today I'm sharing a dog layout about our sweet Kevin the basset hound.

I have a lot of partial collections sitting in my craft room, so I've been trying to use up my stash before buying too much new stuff. The paper and most of the stickers I used for this layout are from an older Echo Park collection called Bark.

I had already used about half of the paper and stickers on other layouts, so my goal was to make a cute layout from what I had left.

I supplemented with some word and pet themed stickers from Paper House that coordinated with the colors from the Bark paper.

We are so in love with this sweet, silly puppy, so I thought it would be fun to make a journaling card that focused on some of the reason we love him (from his long ears to his wiggly butt and his goofy personality).

Thanks for letting me share my dog layout and my sweet Kevin with you today!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Custer Peak Layout

This summer my family and I took a long weekend in the Black Hills of South Dakota to 4-wheel and sight see. We made a trek up to the top of Custer Peak for some breathtaking views and great photo opportunities. Today I have a Custer Peak layout from that day.

For this layout I used the Scrapbooking Store's August kit. The main kit's papers and stickers are from Echo Park Good Day Sunshine. The kit is full of saturated summer colors and fun summer themes (like popsicles, picnics, lemonade stands, campers, and wagons).

My only complaint with the kit is that there is only 1 sheet of every paper. The kit is so good that I'm having a hard time deciding if I should use the A side, the B side, or half of each side!

The alphabet stickers I used are part of the upgrade kit. They are some of my favorite alphas and blend perfectly with the collection.

I have quite a few more photos to scrap from this trip, and I'll definitely be using all of my Scrapbooking Store August kit up on these and other summer photos!

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

Monday, July 29, 2019

Mommy Lhey Planner To Do List

I've never been a "planner girl". I love the trend, and I love all the gorgeous planner spreads out there, but this lady needs all of her appointments on her computer and in her phone. I need to schedule reminders that pop up for me on my phone. But....I got this gorgeous Paper House Mommy Lhey planner, and I really wanted to find a way to utilize it.

Then it hit me: I can use it to replace my current To Do list. Here's a picture of my current way of keeping a To Do list.

It's a dry erase magnet board that I keep on my fridge. It works alright, but I'm pretty excited to step up my game with my new mini planner. I'm starting with August and thought I'd share what I'm doing. It's a bit rough, and I'm sure I'll change things up as I learn more what I need, but here's the start.

Here's my monthly snapshot. I'm not sure what I do only monthly, so this will get filled out a bit more as I figure it out. Then, I can carry those things over from month to month. On the left hand side I have 2 lists. The top list is my "to do" some time in the month (or possibly even carry over into the next month). The bottom list is my "to craft" this month (and a few big projects that will carry over to the next month).

And, finally, here is my first week spread. I love checking things off my list, so I'll be checking my done items off daily. While it's not the prettiest planner spread, it's definitely what will work for me.

If you want to pick up your own Mommy Lhey Paper House Planner use code PH19SAMANTHA at checkout to get 20% off your entire order.

I wrote this post while working for the Paper House Creative Team.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Baseball Layout

Baseball season just wrapped up for my youngest, so today I have a baseball layout to share.

Usually I struggle to scrap sports photos. I can never seem to get everything just right or figure out how to get the photos to work with my sports themed papers and stickers. Not this time! Everything just came together and I'm really happy with the results. 

Almost everything is from Paper House's All Star collection. There are multiple sport themes in this collection (football, basketball, soccer, and baseball). There are so many great patterns in each theme that I truly had a hard time just picking a few baseball themed papers to use on this layout.

I supplemented the All Star paper pack with Paper House Baseball Faux Enamel Stickers and 3D Stickers. I love being able to mix and match so many different textures with all of Paper House's variety of stickers.

A big thank you to my sister-in-law Jen at Taylored 4 You Photography for taking these great photos of my kiddo playing ball.

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

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Heavens Declare Bible Journaling

I've had the idea for this The Heavens Declare Bible Journaling in my head for about six months now. I finally took the time to sit down and get that idea on paper. I'm loving how it turned out.

The idea for this Bible journaling started with Paper House's Stargazer Faux Enamel Stickers. Photos of these stickers do not do them justice. They seriously look like an enamel design. All of Paper House's faux enamel stickers are gorgeous.

While the idea started with the stickers, they were actually the very last part of this layout. I started by using Washi tape to mask of the verse my journaling was based on. Then, I layered up my Distress Ink. I chose Distress Ink colors that matched the colors on the stickers. Make sure to start with the lightest color and layer on working up to the darkest color.

I added to the galaxy feel by adding dots from white and gold paint pens as well as black and silver Wink of Stella glitter pens. Then I added the Stargazer Faux Enamel Stickers. Finally, I created a page tab from Stargazer patterned paper and added another sticker to the tab.

Want to pick up these Stargazer stickers for yourself? You can always enter my affiliate code PH19SAMANTHA at checkout to get 20% off your entire order at Paper House.

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

Monday, July 1, 2019

Romantik Hotel Rothenburg 2 Page Layout

I'm on a roll; blogging two weeks in a row! Today I have a 2 page layout from our stay at the Romantik Hotel Rothenburg.

This 2 page layout is a little bit different. Instead of using the same papers on both halves of the layout, I used coordinating papers (from the same collection) and coordinating embellishments. For example, I chose a flower embellishment for the left page that coordinates with the floral paper I used on the right page. For the left page I used a vintage camera print paper and for the right page I used a vintage film strip patterned paper.
The photos on the left page are from the interior of our hotel common areas while the photos on the right page are from our hotel room. 

The papers are again from Paper Phenomenon's Flight 2715 kit. There are a few additional random travel themed stickers from my stash.

I do have to say how incredible the Romantik Hotel Markstrum in Rothenburg Germany was. It has been providing shelter to travelers for more than 500 years. No room is the same, in fact, we got to pick our room from 3 available rooms. So fun! The hotel is unique, the location was great, the rooms were spacious and comfortable, and the views from our window were spectacular.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Wood Grain Travel Layout

I don't know why it's so hard to get into my scrap room in the summer. I always say we're laid back busy in the summer - we do a lot, but it's a lot of flexible fun with less scheduling. I did make a concerted effort to get in my craft room this weekend, so today I have a wood grain travel layout to share.

Somehow I hadn't heard of Paper Phenomenon until I stumbled across their Flight 2715 kit when I was looking for travel themed papers. I fell in love with it right away. It's pretty and romantic with a hint of vintage.

These photos are of the outside of our first hotel in Germany. It was a gorgeous hotel in a fantastic location. The perfect place to start our trip!

I love how Flight 2715 picks up the pinks and creams from my photos and really makes them pop. The romantic feel of the collection is perfect for the old world Bavarian style buildings. Don't you just love it when you find the perfect papers for your photos?!

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!