November Jillibean Soup Projects

Hey everyone!  I just wanted to pop in and share my Jillibean Soup projects from last month:

This layout using one of their awesome cut files:

This headband for Piper made with their new felt flowers:

This card made using another one of their cut files:

And this layout made with the new collections, Shades of Color and Farmhouse Stew:

Have a great week!!


Hello Beautiful || Color Cast Designs

Hi everyone!  Happy December (WHAT?!?!)!  I totally forgot to share a layout that I made last month for Color Cast Designs.  

I had a lot of fun combining the awesome Bohemian Dream collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio with a few different acrylic pieces from Color Cast Designs.  I used one of my old faithful designs to create this:

I love how it turned out!

Thanks so much for stopping in.  Have a lovely weekend!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Acrylic Embellishments: Color Cast Designs, Date STamp: American Crafts; Everything Else: Cocoa Vanilla Studio


Together || Pretty Little Studio

Good morning everyone!  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the U.S.  :)
I wanted to pop in and share a new layout that I created for Pretty Little Studio with the Feels like Fall collection.  I decided to create a layout that wasn't Fall-themed, but instead focused on the "togetherness" in the collection.
To begin, I picked out the blues/mints from the collection to create with.  I then created a simple design by laying out my elements in a horizontal line across my background.  I finished off with minimal embellishments and splatters.

Here it is:
Thanks so much for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

Background Paper: Studio Calico; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio


2 Month Spread

Hi everyone!  I wanted to stop in and share the spread I made to document Piper's second month.  I used the Zoey kit from Felicity Jane to create this 2-page spread:

I love this kit!  And I love documenting my girl this way! :)

Cardstock: Bazzill; Date Labels: Pretty Little Studio; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Staples: Tim Holtz; Everything Else: Felicity Jane


25 Days of Christmas Tags

Good morning everyone!!  Every year the wonderful and talented Tracey McNeely hosts the 25 Days of Christmas Tags.  It's 25 days of inspiration from the teams from some of your favorite crafty companies.  Today is Jillibean Soup's day and I am so happy I get to participate for the second year in a row!

This year I am feeling very nontraditional about my Christmas color palette.  Which is why my tag for this year looks like this...

I used one of the new shaker tags from Jillibean Soup and watercolored the background.  Once that was dry, I used some Jillibean stamps to create a random star pattern over all the tag.  Then I colored the stars in with a sparkly purple pen.  I really like the way it turned out.

And since we're sharing tags today, here is another one that I shared on Instagram a few weeks ago for the Jillibean Soup shaker Instahop...I plan on using it for Christmas, as well...and it fits in with my nontraditional theme (but still star-studded!) :)
Thanks for popping in!


Scrapping for Fun!

YES!  You totally read that title correctly - I got some just-for-fun scrappy time in the other day!  My husband took Piper away from me and basically locked me in my scrap room.  He knew how much I missed it.  He's such a great guy.  In that 4-hour block I was able to create 3 layouts!!

The first one I'm going to share with you is a scraplift of an amazing layout by Corrie Jones.  I really wanted to scrap these photos of Piper and I thought my Bella Blvd stash of the Addison collection would complement the photos perfectly:

Gosh, that layout was fun to make!  :)

Have a nice day!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp;  Date Stamp: American Crafts; Everything Else: Bella Blvd


Blessed || Pretty Little Studio

Have y'all seen the new Feels Like Fall collection designed by Heather Doolittle for Pretty Little Studio?  It's so much fun!  It's the perfect Fall collection, but I love that it's not too Fall-themed and can be used to scrap other topics as well.  I received this collection a few days ago and was so excited to play with it.  For today's project I decided to stick to a Fall theme and scrap a photo of my daughter and I at the park.  I also used one of my tried and true layout designs that features a smattering of hand-cut hearts across the page.

Love the pretty, bright color combo!  Here's the whole layout:
Thanks for popping in!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Date Stamp: American Crafts; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio


Spooky Scary Skeleton || Pretty Little Studio

Good morning, everyone!  Are you getting ready for Halloween?  I have never really cared about Halloween one way or another, but now that my daughter is here, I'm super excited about it even though she is still so young.  It also helps that the new Goosebumps collection from Pretty Little Studio is really cute and fun!  :)

I decided to use this collection for my most recent PLS assignment to create a layout about Piper in her skeleton jammies.  My husband did a little dance with her to the "Spooky, Scary Skeleton" song that was pretty much the cutest thing ever.
I created a big title with a cut file from The Cut Shoppe and filled it in with fun papers from the collection.  Then I added some minimal embellishments and splatters to finish off the page.  It came together very quickly and easily.
Thanks so much for stopping in!


October Jillibean Shares

Good morning everyone!  I am totally loving playing with Jillibean Soup's new lines, Shades of Color and Farmhouse Stew.  Here are my projects that were shared on the Jillibean Soup blog this month:

This card for World Cardmaking Day:

This card using Farmhouse Stew: 

This layout using Farmhouse Stew (and my trusty circle punch): 

This card using Shades of Color: 

And this layout using Shades of Color:

I can't believe it's almost November.  Where has the time gone?!


Hip Kit Club Sketch

Hello!!  I recently received my October kit from Hip Kit Club in the mail and I had to instantly play.  For some reason, I've really been wanting to scrap some Fall photos recently, which is weird, because Fall themed products don't usually appeal to me.  They're not bright enough for my style :)

However, I love this kit and I love the most recent sketch that they posted:

So, I took a swing at it and here's what I came up with:

Aren't my nieces and nephew adorable?!?!

Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned Paper: Hip Kit Club, Pinkfresh Studio; Alphas: Hip Kit Club; Die Cuts, Chipboard: Pinkfresh Studio; Phrase Stickers: Pretty Little Studio; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts; Washi Tape: Dear Lizzy for American Crafts


Thankful for You || Color Cast Designs

Hi, everyone!  I'm excited to pop in and share a layout that I made with a few of the September releases from Color Cast Designs.  All of the releases were very Autumnal in nature and I knew they would pair perfectly with the Bella Blvd/Illustrated Faith new Gratitude Documented line.  Here's a look:

Isn't that collection so pretty?  And I think it's complimented perfectly by the wood veneer confetti leaves and the confetti asterisks.

Thanks for popping in.  Make sure you stop by the Color Cast Designs website to order your Autumn embellishments before the sale out!

Cardstock: Coredinations; Patterned Paper, Die Cuts, Alphas, Stickers: Bella Blvd/Illustrated Faith; Wood Veneer/Acrylic Shapes: Color Cast Designs; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts


My First 2-Page Layout!

Good morning everyone!  Happy Friday!  I'm excited to share my most recent Pretty Little Studio layout with you.  I've been scrapbooking for 9 years and this is the first time I have ever created a double page layout!!  The whole idea of a 2-pager always kind of terrified me, but this one came together for me really easily.

As you know, my little girl, Piper, was born in August. I bought those fun monthly stickers so I can take pictures of her every month.  I decided that I would also make a monthly spread of some of my favorite photos from the month and re-use the monthly stickers on the layouts.  For the first month, I decided to use the super pretty Beautiful Day collection.  The colors and patterns are so pretty and really compliment the monthly sticker well.

Here is the whole layout:
And a closer look at each page:
Do you create 2-page layouts?


September Jillibean Soup Projects

Hey everyone!  HAPPY FRIDAY - the best day of the week, in my opinion!  I just wanted to stop in and quickly share my September projects for Jillibean Soup.  I made 2 cards and 2 layouts this month with their new collections - Farmhouse Stew and Shades of Color.  These collections are so much fun to work with!


Thanks for stopping in - happy, happy weekend!  :o)


You are Beautiful || Pretty Little Studio

Hello everyone!  I'm excited to pop in and share another layout that I made with the Tales & Dreams collection for Pretty Little Studio.  There are so many great colors in this collection that it's easy to mix and match to create color combos to fit your needs.

For this layout, I chose a pretty flower cut file from Just Nick Studio and backed it with patterned papers from the collection that coordinate well with a photo of my beautiful niece.
Since the backed cut file provided a lot of color and interest, I kept the rest of the layout fairly simple and just added in a few die cut flowers and leaves around the page to complete the look.
Have you played with this pretty new collection yet?

Cardstock: American Crafts, Bazzill; Cut File: Just Nick Studio; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio


You Are My Sunshine || Color Cast Designs

Hello, all!  Happy Friday!  Last week, I got the newborn photos of Piper back and instantly had to make a layout with them!  Luckily, I had ordered some acrylic pieces from the August release at Color Cast Designs in preparation of her arrival.  Since she was already my sunshine before she even graced us with her presence, I decided to use this piece for my title:

I also broke out the Elle's Studio Live, Laugh, Love collection that I *may* have been hoarding.  The green hearts in the August confetti heart mix coordinate perfectly with the pretty papers.

The final result:

Thanks so much for popping in - and make sure you stop by the Color Cast Designs website to snatch up the August releases before they're gone...and make sure you check out the site on the 21st when new items will hit the store - just in time for Fall!!!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Die Cuts: Elle's Studio; Acrylic Embellishments: Color Cast Designs; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts


Own It!

Hello everyone!  I wanted to stop in and quickly share a layout that I made back in July but never got around to sharing.  I actually really like it.  It's a bit messier and a lot more layers than my normal style and I think that's why I like it - it's something different:

I made this layout with my July 2017 kit from Hip Kit Club.

Thanks for stopping in!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Hip Kit Club, Bella Blvd, Pink Paislee; Alphas: American Crafts; Stickers, Puffy Stickers: Bella Blvd; Gold Enamel Stars, Date Stamp, Die Cut: American Crafts; Mist: Heidi Swapp, Wood Shapes: Hip Kit Club


Happy 2 || Pretty Little Studio

Hi everyone!  I wanted to pop in to share a new layout that I made for Pretty Little Studio with the Ain't Life Grand collection.  I really wanted to scrap a recent photo of my nephew's birthday and the colors in the Ain't Life Grand collection were perfect for highlighting the photo and the happy atmosphere of the event.

To begin, I took some of my favorite patterned papers from the collection and cut them into flags and punched out circles.  I then laid them all out in three banners that ran across the page and then machine stitched them all down.  Since this created a sort of busy background, I kept everything else really simple.  I'm pretty happy with the end result:
Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio


Daddy's Girl ||Color Cast Designs

Hello everyone!  I am popping in to share my most recent layout for Color Cast Designs.  Finding time to scrap with a new little one is definitely hard, but I have found that I NEED to scrap.  It helps me keep my sanity.  Luckily, my husband totally gets it, so he makes sure I can find this necessary time :)

For today's layout I used an older "Daddy's Girl" acrylic piece and combined it with the August 2017 confetti hearts.  I used the new Tales & Dreams collection from Pretty Little Studio and a free cut file from Maryam Perez.  Here's how it all came together:

Love how bright and colorful it is...and I love, love, LOVE the photo.  Those are my people and my heart and I love them dearly :)

Thanks for popping in!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Mist: Heidi Swapp; Acrylic Pieces: Color Cast Designs; Cut File: Maryam Perez; Paper, Stickers, Cut Outs, Die Cuts, Alphas: Pretty Little Studio; Typewriter: We R Memory Keepers; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts


August Jillibean Soup Projects

Hey, hey!  Just popping in to share the projects that I had up on the Jillibean Soup blog this month - two layouts and two cards:

Still so happy that I'm on this amazing team.  I love working with their products so much and really enjoy the group of ladies we get to work with!!


Extraordinary || Pretty Little Studio

Good morning everyone!!  I'm popping in to share my most recent layout created for Pretty Little Studio (and the last layout I made before Piper arrived!).  I'm so excited to finally play with the new Tales & Dreams collection.  The colors and patterns are fanciful and fun and just looking through the collection makes me happy!

For today's layout, I found this great sketch from PageMaps and decided to use it as the basis for my inspiration:

And here's how they both came together:

I almost never hand-stitch on my layouts, but I think this sketch called for it and I love that the thread I had matched the lavender in the collection so perfectly.

Thanks for stopping in - enjoy your day!!

Cardstock: Bazzill; Sequins: SpiegelMom Scraps; Date Stamp: Shimelle for American Crafts; Thread: Unknown; Typewriter: We R Memory Keepers; Everything Else: Pretty Little Studio


She Has Arrived!

Hi everyone!  I've been a little MIA recently, but it's for a totally awesome reason: Baby Girl Benjamin made her arrival last Saturday evening on August 19th!  She weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and was almost 20 inches long!

Introducing Piper Olivia Benjamin:

So...yeah, my creative time will be a bit monopolized now, but I will be back soon to share some of the projects I completed before Piper was born and then once we get our routine down, I should return to my regular scrappy regimen :)

Have a happy day!