Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Science Fair Layout

 Sometimes you just have some random photos sitting in your stash. This is one of those random ones of my son at his 5th grade science fair. Thanks to some fantastic 3D stickers from Paper House, I was able to scrap them into a science fair layout.

I love Paper House's 3D stickers, and sometimes just browse through them to see what inspires me. I loved the vibrant colors of the Science Fair stickers and ordered them knowing I probably had photos for them somewhere.

There isn't a lot of color in my photo, so I was able to take my color inspiration from the 3D stickers. Great Outdoors is one of my favorite collections, especially for scrapping boys. I checked that first, and sure enough, the colors went wonderfully with the 3D stickers. 

I also added a few stickers from the Inspirational Planner Sticker Book (which also happens to be one of my favorite for scrapping, card making, and creating layouts).

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Golden Snitch Mug Layout

 My friends and family know I'm a big Harry Potter nerd, so it's no surprise that I've received a few fun HP themed gifts in my life. Last year for my birthday, my sister sent me this awesome golden snitch mug, so I just had to create a layout with it. 

I absolutely love the Harry Potter collection from Paper House. Recently Paper House added some vinyl stickers to the collection. They're perfect for phone cases, laptops, and travel mugs...but I also wanted to use them on a layout.

Paper House also has a Harry Potter stationary set that I love. I used a piece of the stationary to journal on and one of the note flags as decoration. I finished up with some stickers from the Harry Potter Chibi Planner Stickers book.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

First Birthday Layout

 I'm not going to lie; we are those people who celebrate our dogs' birthdays. This year our basset hound, Kevin turned one. They always get a hamburger for their birthday. Kevin's self control got the better of him, and I wasn't fast enough to snap a picture of him with his hamburger before he ate it. Here's Kevin's first birthday layout action shot. 


Everything I used on this layout comes from Paper House. I started with the idea to use the Birthday Faux Enamel stickers and built my layout around those. The colors in the Colorwashed papers were perfect for my photos and chosen stickers.

I finished up by adding some dimension with some birthday journaling, 3D, and puffy stickers. I love how many of Paper House's stickers coordinate with each other. It makes for endless possibilities when combining embellishments.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Memories Layout

 It's December, which means a brand new kit from the Scrapbooking Store. Since it's December, you've probably guessed that this month is a Christmas themed kit. Here's a Disney Memories layout I created with the kit. 


As you might be able to tell, this month's kit is doubly themed. It's both Christmas and Disney as it features Simple Stories Say Cheese Christmas. While this layout does happen to use it to scrap photos from Walt Disney World, these papers aren't just Disney themed. At least one side of every sheet of paper is just a bright, fun holiday print. So even if you don't want to use this kit to scrap Disney photos, it's still great for Christmas photos.

Way back in 2016 a friend and I spent a day at the Magic Kingdom close to Christmas. I've slowly been scrapping the photos over the years, but really haven't done that many as I didn't feel like I had the right paper. December's kit from the Scrapbooking Store definitely fixed that problem for me.

These photos are of the very cool gingerbread houses at the Contemporary and Grand Floridian resorts. I highly recommend seeing them if you ever get the chance. 

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Hotel Layout

 I like to take photos of our hotels when we take a big trip. It's fun to see the quirky features of different places we've stayed and to document what we liked about the place. Today I have one of those hotel layouts documenting the Hotel Concorde in Munich.

I went back to Kaisercraft Lets Go collection for this layout. Our hotel was in the heart of the city, so the modern city feel of the collection was perfect for my layout. 

I journaled directly onto the layout, then used a photo frame from the collection to set it off a bit. I also clustered a few of the city themed embellishments to add to the "center of the city" feel of the layout.

I used this hotel layout to note the crazy underground parking (including using a car elevator to get to the parking garage), and our garden level (read: not quite underground) room.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Christmas Gift Tags

 I think I've mentioned a few times that I do not like wrapping gifts, so I use a lot of gift bags. To add a handmade touch to gift bags, I like to add handmade Christmas gift tags. 



 For these tags, I used paper and embellishments from Paper House Christmas Joy collection and 3D stickers from Paper House Merry and Bright



I love the Merry and Bright II 3D stickers. They're a really easy way to add a wow factor to a tag. They all have glitter or foil on them, which makes them a perfect focal point. 


I started with the 3D stickers, and then used washi tape and epoxy stickers to add a greeting or extra decoration to the tag. 

Using patterned paper for the tag makes both the front and back sides of the tag festive.

Add some baker's twine to tie the tag on, and you have a pretty homemade touch for your Christmas gifts.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

We Are Family Layout

 Today I have another layout to share using the November kit from the Scrapbooking Store. Here is my We Are Family layout.


This kit is really versatile. I've scrapped layouts from spring, summer, and fall with it. This photo is of my boys with their cousin this past summer. She came to visit us, and they wanted to show her this cool bridge where you can stand in Iowa and Nebraska at the same time. 

I used papers and card stock stickers from the standard kit, and puffy dot and word stickers from the embellishment upgrade. Word stickers are my favorite, so I'm loving that there are a ton of them in this kit.

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Pumpkin Scrapbooking Layout

 November means a new kit from from the Scrapbooking Store. Once again this month, I used every last strip of paper from the kit. Here is one of 5 layouts with it. 


November's kit has papers from Jen Hadfield This Is Family. The themes center around spending time with family. Some of the papers are perfect for scrapping fall photos, but many of them are versatile enough for any season and just about any occasion.  


This first layout is our haul this year when we went to get pumpkins for carving and for decorating the front porch. We have a great pumpkin patch near us that has all kinds of pumpkins and gourds in lots of different colors, shapes, and textures. 

I'll have more layouts with November's kit from the Scrapbooking Store later this month on my blog and on the Scrapbooking Store Facebook page and blog. 

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

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Thankful Welcome Sign

I was in need of a new welcome sign for my front door for November. Here's the thankful welcome sign that I came up with.


I started with a wood letter T that I had left over from a different project. I decided it would be pretty covered in paper from Paper House Autumn Woods plaid paper. I layered it on top of a piece of wood grain paper from Paper House Christmas Joy

I cut the word "THANKFUL" with my Silhouette Cameo from paper from Paper House Southwest collection

I finished the frame off with gold foil 3D leaves stickers

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Coffee Layout

 Today I have a layout that's a glimpse into my daily life with this Coffee and Christ layout. 


To say I'm a coffee drinker is a bit of an understatement. This summer, I really started to take advantage of the quiet mornings for my first cup of the day and some Bible study. We're members of a brand new church plant (which has fed my soul in so many ways), so I especially love to have my morning cup in my Sure Foundation church logo mug. 

It's not too often I scrap a photo of just me doing my everyday things, but the Scrapbooking Store September kit, which features Simple Stories I Am, is perfect for telling personal stories. It's a gorgeous collection that celebrates people, relationships, and personal journies. 

I hope you remember to celebrate the everyday things that make you who you are, too! 

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

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

BMW Layout

 I'm back this week with another travel themed layout. Here's my BMW layout. 


I plan most of our stops when we travel, but my husband always has a few requests. This stop was one of his requests. BMW Welt (World) is a great place to stop if you love cars, motorcycles, or even planes. We visited the main building that houses a large showroom and shop, and then took a guided tour of the BMW museum.


I used Kaisercraft Let's Go collection for these photos. It's a little bit of an older collection, as I purchased it right after we got back from Germany, but am just getting around to using it for the photos now.

I love the blues in this collection and thought the city and road themed papers were perfect for scrapping our trip to BMW Welt.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Halloween Layout

Today I have one last layout to share using the Scrapbooking Store's October Kit. This is a simple Halloween layout. 

I truly used every last scrap of paper from October's kit. In fact, for this layout I had to grab a piece of 12" x 12" kraft paper from my stash to use as the base. This is the last layout I made with the kit, and had to get a bit creative. I used leftover journaling tags as frames for my photos. The "BOO" and "Happy Halloween" stickers are part of the Scrapbooking Store October Upgrade that you can add to your kit. 

This photo is from Halloween last year. Our basset hound, Kevin, was about 6 months old. We have the best UPS man around, and he is so good to our dogs. He and Kevin are the best of friends, so we just had to dress Kevin up as a UPS delivery guy for Halloween. 

And that is the last of 6 layouts from the Scrapbooking Store's October kit. You saw 3 of them here on my blog, and the other 3 can be found on the Scrapbooking store's Facebook page and blog.  

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Schloss Brauhaus Travel Layout

Recently I ordered a paper pad from Paper House that I've been eyeing for a while. This Schloss Brauhaus travel layout is the first chance I've had to use it.


 This fun restaurant and brewery was a short walk from our hotel in Schwangau, Germany. Not only did it have views of Neuschwanstein castle, but they had great beer and really tasty food. In fact, after this meal, I learned how to make apple strudel for myself.

The paper pad I used for this layout is Bee Happy from Paper House. It's a really pretty collection with geometric shapes, pops of gold, and a ton of journaling cards. There is also a sheet of coordinating card stock stickers included in the paper pad.

 I added a few travel and Germany themed stickers that I had in my stash for this album for a few finishing touches.

I'm not going to lie, I really miss traveling, but at leas I have all these great photos and memories until I can explore the world again.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Globus Travel Layout

 Today I have another layout using the Scrapbooking Store's October Kit. Last week I told you that even though this kit is full of fall themed papers, it's not just for fall photos. Today I'm showing you just what I meant with this Globus Travel Layout.

I love the tiny dot paper in this collection. Mixed with the yellows and oranges, it was a great way to scrap a fun detour to to a very large supermarket we found in Germany. The best was shopping the candy section for the kids! 


Since most of the embellishments are fall themed, I had to get a bit creative and also do a bit of stash diving. The alphabets are from a previous Scrapbooking Store kit. I created a journaling tag by layering a bit of white card stock over a more fall themed photo on a plaid tag that I liked. A plaid border sticker and a heart sticker from the kit helped add a little bit to the overall look of the layout.

It may have been spring when we visited, but the papers from Hello Fall were perfect for this travel layout.

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Picking Pumpkins Layout

 It's October, which means there's a brand new kit out from the Scrapbooking Store. I have already used up every little bit of the kit and created 6 layouts. I'll be sharing 3 of them here over the next weeks. Up first is this Picking Pumpkins Layout.

This month's kit features paper and card stock stickers from Echo Park's Hello Fall. The embellishment upgrade features dimensional sticker embellishments from Jolee's Boutique.

October's kit is the quintessential fall kit full of lovely oranges, yellows, and browns with pops of gray and red. It's perfect for those autumn leaf, pumpkin, and apple photos.

While I used this kit for some fall pumpkin photos, it's also great for other scrapping. Stay tuned over the next few weeks to see how I used this kit for travel photos and Halloween photos. 

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