Dear Lizzy...

Ok, a little confession.. I have owned the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan paper collection by American Crafts for quite some time now, and I am just getting it out to play with... I do this quite a bit, but I am guilty of having a fear of cutting up pretty paper! 

So today my friends, I not only did one, but TWO projects with the Dear Lizzy line! 

For my first project, I made a layout. I have had these photos for way too long and they needed to be put to a good use! 

This is my sweet baby Reagan when she was just 2 months old... now she is 4, so yes, it was time to put them on a page!

Here's a little close up... I used pop dots under all of the photos for some added dimension.

Next up, I used some of my scraps and made a sweet little card!

I hand cut all of the flower petals and inked them up. I wanted some dimension... because I LOVE dimension, so I folded them in half and glues them from the spine.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you have a great weekend! 


Time To Get Fresh!

I just LOVE the Fresh Collection by Authentique Paper. As you all know, there is no place I would rather be than at the beach. So this collection is right up my alley!

This week, on the Authentique Paper Blog, we are teaming up with Want2Scrap. Now if you have never used Want2Scrap products, you should go out and buy some right now! They are VERY affordable and a great way to jazz up your projects! 

Today, I wanted to alter something, so I got in my drawer of alterables and found this KaiserCraft clock that I had been holding on to. I think I found it on clearance somewhere for about $5. 

The neat thing about this clock is that it IS fully functional! It just takes one AA battery! It came with all of the pieces that a normal clock would have. I really love the little windows that were cut out, so I decided to add a pretty piece of coordinating paper on the bottom layer. 

This clock will look perfect hanging in my living room. I love the little Details Stickers from Authentique. You get such a variety & can use them on several projects! I know so far I have made A LOT of projects with "Fresh" this month! 

I added some Want2Scrap pearls and nestaboard to the clock as well. Make sure you stop by the Authentique Blog today to see my full review! Also, there is a giveaway, so don't forget to comment while you're there! 

Before I forget, I also had a giveaway last week on THIS POST... the winner is...
Miriam Prantner said...
Saw this over at SSS too, so cute! Amazing colors, you minis are always perfect!


Hello Friend

We are having a bit of a heat wave here in the midwest... when I was given the "Hello Spring" collection by Little Yellow Bicycle last month for my Design Team project for Cord Camera Scrapbook Studio, I was a bit iffy to work with it considering it felt like Summer! I know yesterday was the first official day of summer, but we have been up and down in temps since early this year.... it's hard to tell what season it is! 

Yes I was not a fan of this line when I started. I am not a fan of scrapping Spring projects period. However, I was a HUGE fan of the beautiful colors in this collection! I was also given a Little Yellow Bicycle 6x6 canvas album to play with, so I put a little thought into it and went a little beyond Spring.

The colors in this collection were PERFECT for a friendship album! I was able to pull out some acrylic paint and splatter it on the edges of the canvas album. I also added a little sparkle with some Mod Podge sparkle (love that stuff!!)

Do you have a Cord Camera store nearby? Now through Saturday, June 30th, you can save 30% on Little Yellow Bicycle's Hello Spring Collection! Just mention this blog post to a store associate at checkout or use promo code SPRING30 online! Also, you can use code SHIP4LESS to save 40% on your shipping costs!

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure you stop by the Cord Camera Scrapbook Studio blog and check out the other projects using the "Hello Spring" line! 

Products Used:
LYB Hello Spring! 6x6 paper pad
LYB Hello Spring! Clear Cuts Shapes
LYB Hello Spring! Jewel Stickers
LYB Canvas Covered Chipboard Album
May Arts Ribbons
Folk Art Metallic Amethyst Acrylic Paint
Mod Podge Sparkle


A Day At The Lake

It's a bright & sunshiny day here in southern Ohio, so I thought I would share a bright & colorful mini album that I made this week! 

I got this beautiful Amy Tangerine Sketchbook paper & embellishments from It's Always Fabulous on Etsy. Sue ALWAYS has the brand new hot paper lines in stock! 

Here's a close up... you can see that I used some pretty stamps... they are from the Against The Grain stamp set by Sweet Stamp Shop

Of coarse, when I started this album, I didn't like it. So I kept adding more and more to it and it finally came together. Now I love it! 

I wanted to fill this album with fun photos, so as I was digging through my photo boxes, I found some pics from a few years ago that hadn't been scrapped yet. When my husband and I first started dating in 2010, we took a little day trip to the lake & had a picnic with my daughter. Of coarse, I snapped a few pics!

I used the Basically Bare Wonky Windows album. I love these albums, they are a great quality and always fun to fill with pics & doodle on! Especially the acrylic pages! Zig Painty FX Pens are great for that!

Here's another close up... I also used the Aarow Embellies by Basically Bare. I love the black chipboard, they are great for doodling with a white gel pen! 

Annnnd.... another close up! I love this pic of me & my little Reagan. I wish I could have kept her this young forever! They grow so fast, but at least we have photos for the memories! 

Make sure you stop by the Sweet Stamp Shop Blog today! We are teaming up with Want2Scrap (which I incorporated some of their bling throughout the album). We have fun giveaways! 

You can also win the "Against The Grain" stamp set that I used in my project! What are you waiting for? 

ALSO... I have a little giveaway to do here on my blog today! Sue from It's Always Fabulous is giving away 2 - 12x12 sheets of each paper in the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection! All you have to do is comment here to win! Trust me, you want this paper! It's soooo pretty! 

Thanks for stopping by today!



Which means Hello! in Japanese! I'm sure you all have seen this fabulous new line by Basic Grey, right? One of my DT assignments for Cord Camera Scrapbook Studio this past month was to create a few projects with this beautiful paper. I was over the moon when I received it! I've always been a huge fan of Basic Grey, but the colors and elements in this line are just so beautiful! 

This is one of my favorite photos of my daughter and I. I have been holding on to it for a few years waiting for the perfect paper to come along so I could make a layout with it. I've really gotten into using one photos on a one page layout and focusing on it, especially when it's a pretty photo that makes a great focal point. I LOVE that Cord Camera offers 6x8 prints. These are perfect for one page layouts! 

I got out my Silhouette Cameo and made a few flowers to match. I wanted to bring out some of those other papers and this was the perfect way to do so. 

I also used my Silhouette for this sweet title ♥

Here's a view looking down on the layout, I love the extra added dimension of the flowers. 

I also made a sweet little card with some of the scraps that I had left over.

Make sure you stop by the Cord Camera Scrapbook Studio blog to see other projects made with this collection and other new collections from Basic Grey!


A "Glory-ous" Father's Day

Father's Day hasn't always been an easy holiday for me to celebrate growing up. My dad was never in the picture. So today, I give praise to my mom, who not only played the role of a mother, but she also acted as a father to her 3 children. 

Even though my dad was never in the picture, there has been one man who has been a constant in my life, my grandpa. He is one of the kindest, wisest men I know. While everyone else was always out there celebrating Father's Day, I always dedicated this day to spending it with my grandpa. 

This is a very old photo of my "Papaw" when he was in the service. It's just a copy, I had inked it up a little as I used this photo for a printmaking project in college. I couldn't find the original, or my prints that I made, so this is all I had to post today. 

Not only did my papaw act as a husband, father, grandfather,  to our family, he also served for our country. I wanted to tie that in with my project for today...

I made a banner using Authentique's "Glory" collection. This line incorporates nostalgia and tradition and is great for projects celebrating not only our patriotic holidays, but a wonderful way to showcase photos of loved ones who served for our country. 

Here's a few close ups of my banner...

Make sure you stop by the Really Reasonable Blog and play along with our Red, White, & Blue challenge! 

Happy Father's Day to all of those Dad's & Grandpa's out there! 


Authentique Paper June Inspiration Color Challenge!

I woke up this morning and thought Wow... is it Saturday? Already? The weeks sure seem to fly by fast! Luckily, today you are in for a treat!

Do you play along with the challenges on the Authentique Paper Blog? If so, you might remember that we had a "Color Challenge" last year, right? We did away with it because of the lack of participation, but decided to bring it back with a "Fresh" new look!

I designed the color storyboard, so I'm a little fond of it ♥. We wanted to give you a series of colors as well as some inspiration photos to get your creativity flowing! I really have always been a fan of color challenges though. Much more than sketches! You all know, I am not a layout or card guru. I am an altered artist for sure! I love that with the color challenge, you are given a series of colors to play with, that's it, the rest is where your creativity comes in handy!

So for today's color challenge project, this is what I came up with...

Here is where the idea started...
I had this little tray that I bought from the $ spot at Target this past Spring. It DID serve a purpose.... I was holding all of my Authentique stickers and die cuts in it... until now! 

I thought it would look much better altered! 

I LOVE the beach. As you all might know from my posts here on my blog. My living room decor is all beachy, so that's where this pretty little project will be displayed!

Aren't the little crabby's cute? I cut them with my Silhousette Cameo. The file for them came fro mthe Silhouette Online Store. 

I added some shells that I had laying around, I always keep a ton of shells, you never know when you might need them for a craft project!

Stop by the Authentique Paper Blog today to see the inspiration projects from the rest of the DT and play along with us! You have until July 18th to link up your projects!

Products Used: 
Authentique Paper: Fresh12x12 Paper Clear, Light; "Details" 12x12 Stickers, Elements 12x8 Stickers
May Arts: EM02, 363-09


What's Up, Buttercup?

It's finally Friday! It's bright and sunny here in Southern Ohio, so I thought I would share a bright & cheery mini album that I made! 

Last month, one of my DT assignments for Cord Camera Scrapbook Studio was Lily Bee Design's Buttercup collection. I fell in love with this collection when I saw previews from CHA. 

Teal/Turquoise/Aqua is one of my all-time favorite colors. Pair it with some pretty yellow tones & we're in business! 

I didn't decorate the inside yet... I wanted to wait until I put photos in and then embellish. I thought this album would be nice for black & white photos. 

I LOVE making paper roses! They are so simple to make & much easier to match to the paper when you make your own! 

I also added some pretty May Arts Ribbon to the album... which by the way, I found out today that I made it to round 2 of the May Arts DT Call! I'm super excited about that! What a great way to start a Friday! 

Make sure you stop by the Cord Camera Scrapbook Studio blog today! My project will be there and maybe some others! 


May Arts/DCWV Challenge

I was oh-so-lucky to get to play along with this past month's May Arts/DCWV challenge! I normally try to participate in the May Arts challenge, but this one was extra special because not only did I get to play with specific ribbons, but I was also given some pretty papers to play with too!

Each participant got half a stack of the "Snapshot" stack from DCWV. I LOOOOVE this stack! The colors are so beautiful and there are so many possibilities with this stack!

We also got to choose 4 of the ribbons to play with. I chose all but the jute. I have a ton of jute and the others stood out a little more to me. 

See... I told you the colors were beautiful! 

I started out with this pan/baking sheet. I'm not really sure what it is, but I spotted it at a thrift store for $2 and thought it would make an awesome magnet board! Plus, I thought the handles were cool to tie ribbon to!

Here's my finished product... don't worry, I have lots of close ups to show as well! 

When I saw this sheet of paper I thought it would make a PERFECT little notepad!

So I cut it up and tied it together and viola! A little notepad on my magnetic memo board! 

The little rosettes have magnets on the back, so they can be used to hold little notes. 

Originally, I wanted to make a banner for my project, but later changed my mind. The little Polaroids really stood out to me as something that would make a cute banner, so I decided to incorporate them in! Plus, I wanted to showcase a couple of my black & white photos as well and use it as a home decor piece in my bedroom. 

I also scored a bag of clothes pins at the thrift store for .50 cents. There's nothing that a little Glimmer Mist can't spruce up! 

There you have it! My May Arts/DCWV challenge project! I am loving how it turned out and I'm very excited to hang it on my wall! The colors match my room perfectly and this project is multi-functional! It's a home decor piece and a magnetic memo board all in one! 

Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure you stop by the May Arts Blog and check out all of the other fabulous entries for the challenge!