Summer So Far and a Sneak Peek

Oh, my! Where have the weeks gone. It seems to happen like that every year in June … I’m so sorry that my posting has taken a backseat for the past few weeks. Hopefully, you have been out enjoying the beginning of your summer, too.

So what has been going on in my neck of the woods? Let’s see … last time I left off with you I was heading off to HSN with Lisa for the June 11th show. Here’s a selfie of us in between appearances. (Left to Right: Me, Jennifer Duncan, and Lisa Bearnson) I feel so grateful to work with such wonderful people!


I was home for a day, and then left home again for a week to go on our Summer family vacation to San Francisco, California.

Our favorite thing was to take the red, open-topped, double-decker bus around town to see all of the sites. The ticket was good for three days and we could hop on and off as many times as we wanted. We saw every site there was to see and loved every minute of it. San Fran is such a cool city!


Along with our 4th of July celebrations last week, this cute girl of mine turned eight years old. She was also baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday. We are so thankful to all of our friends and family who came to spend time with us on this special day.


As you can imagine I haven’t had a lot of time for scrapping, but I *DO* have a sneak peek to share with you of one of Lisa’s new products that will be on HSN on July 23rd. These are the Inspired Inc. All Occasion Title Cards … and you know what is AWESOME about these babies?! Not only are there cards in there for every holiday and season of the year (which is awesome all by itself), but dozens of the cards include dimensional elements! How cool is that?! If you are like me and love embellishing your pocket-style cards, you are going to love these. Here is a a peek.


And then of course I need to show you a pocket-style page I put together using these cute cards.







As we get closer to the show, I will share with you some traditional-style scrapbook pages I created with these cute cards. Guess what?! Even though the show is not until July 23rd, you can pick up this cute pocket card kit now if you would like! You can FIND THEM HERE in the store.

Have a great week!


Run, Don’t Walk … Giveaway Alert on Lisa Bearnson’s Blog

I have two amazing things to tell you about today! First of all, we have been showing you our projects on the 3 Birds Design Blog and many of you have been wondering when the new collection was going to be available. The first items of the Graceful Season collection are now up on Yay! Visit the 3 Birds Blog for direct links and a closer look at each item.



Next, a few months back I shared with you my projects using Lisa Bearnson’s Inspired Inc Top Layouts Kit. (See here, here, and here). I LOOOOVE this kit and have been dying to tell you the great news … Lisa is coming out with a second version of the Top Layouts Kit that will be featured on her March 24th show on HSN.

Want to win it before you can buy it?

Today on Lisa’s blog she is giving away both Versions 1 AND 2 to two lucky winners!


I have loved working with these kits because the design and papers are all ready to go. You can leave them as is, or you can add more to customize each page for your photos like I did. Here are some of the new designs in the 2nd version of the Top Layouts Kit that I have made.









To see more of more of my pages using this kit and to enter into the GIVEAWAY to win your own set of Top Layouts Version 1 and 2. Visit Lisa Bearnson’s blog HERE.

Good luck! :D


Playing with BasicGrey Vellum Tapes & a Fun New Freebie

I love magazines and have been sad to see a lot of them go away. I subscribe to Northridge Publishing, but haven’t felt drawn to any other magazines enough to sub to them. I used to really love getting Scrapbooks Etc. and was sad to see it go away. Yesterday, Scrapbook Generation released the first issue of their new Create Magazine. I have always been a huge fan of their sketch books, and I am a fan of many of their design team members, so I was excited to check it out. It is big and beautiful (it’s more like an idea book, than a magazine) … and FREE! I don’t work with them in any way … but I LOVED it, and if I love something, I want to share it with my blog readers. :) To see the first issue. GO HERE to the Scrapbook Generation blog and click through the link they provide.


On another note, I have a page up on the BasicGrey blog today featuring the RSVP vellum tapes. I love the vellum tapes that BasicGrey has been manufacturing with a lot of their collections lately. It’s like getting a sheet of several coordinating washi tape patterns. Most of the time, I use them to add a that little bit of color or that “little something” to finish off a corner of a design … but today, I decided to get colorful and combine them all together front-and-center as the main page element.


This page is a little different than the one you will see on the BasicGrey Blog, only because I decided after-the-fact to add a few droplets of spray mist. Other than that, it is the same.

BasicGrey RSVP Collection: Crepe Paper paper, Kaleidoscope paper, Sprinkles paper, Element Stickers, Jumbo Die Cut Numbers, Mixed Brads, Vellum Tape Stickers, Waterfall Theme Pack, Die Cuts and Transparencies, Basics Candy Buttons – Aqua & Pink, Spiral Journal

I kept the background a plain white cardstock and converted the photos to black and white, so that I could just have fun with all of the color in the products. This actually works out perfectly for our birthday photos. You know why? Well, I’ll let you in on a secret. Birthday photos are my least favorite to scrapbook. I enjoy seeing my kids get older each year, but we have a tradition to open the presents first thing in the morning, and well, I’m not very good at taking pictures in low light conditions (Note to self: practice taking pictures in low light settings this year) and I’m never happy with how they come out. Converting the photos to black and white helps to hide my less-than-stellar photography skills and just have fun using bright and colorful scrapbook products to get across that “party feel.” The RSVP collection was perfect for this!

I stacked all of the vellum tape strips on top of each other to the right of the photo grouping. I adore all of those colors and patterns. And I really like how they repeat the different colors in the “Hooray” transparency die cut.


For the journaling, I cut the bracket shape from one of the 4×6 cards included in the Waterfall pack.


At the top of the page, I tore out a page from the RSVP Spiral Journal. I cut it in half and layered the pieces on top of each other so that I could take advantage of the torn notebook edge and the decorative bracket edge. A couple of flags and enamel dots round out this area.


I’ve mentioned this before, but thought I would mention it again in case you are a new reader to my blog … to arrange my photos in the collage I used one of the FREE photo templates from the late Better Homes & Gardens Scrapbooks, Etc. magazine. You can find them here, along with instructions on how to use them. :) I used the Square Template #105. I turned it on it’s side and cropped out the long rectangular photo. I love using templates! They are a great way to fit a lot of photos onto one layout.

I have more to share … but will try to spread it out over the next few days, so I don’t overwhelm you. :)

Thanks for reading, and thank you for your comments! They always brighten my day. I hope to see you again soon!


Curly Girl Method

Happy New Year! I’m sorry I have been missing in action this past little while. I have been working on several CHA projects for BasicGrey and My Mind’s Eye and am just about finished. The new collections for both companies are simply amazing (be sure to stop by the My Mind’s Eye Blog for today’s post to see the first post about their new products … SWOON!) and I am just having too much fun playing with it all! I will share those layouts with you when I can, but I wanted to hop on and at least say hello. :)



I usually share my scrappy work with you, but since I don’t have anything I’m able to put up just yet, I thought I would share something else with you. It’s random … and it’s not scrappy related … so feel free to skip this post if you want to. I promise, I won’t even know. :)

Most of you probably don’t know this, but I’m actually a Curly Girl. My hair has been naturally curly all my life. It’s been at different stages of “curliness” and I have never quite figured out how to deal with it, so I have always just blown it out straight. Last October, I decided to try a new stylist recommended by a friend. As this new gal cut my hair, I couldn’t help but admire her beautiful, curly hair. I told her that I would LOVE it if my curly hair looked like that. At that point, she introduced me to the “Curly Girl Method” of taking care of hair, loaned me a book about it, and said I should give it a try sometime.


Reading that book was like reading a hair bible that was created just for me. I finally understood my curly hair and why I had been so frustrated with it my entire life. I didn’t know how to take care of it. Since then, I follow the curly girl method and I have embraced my curls instead of trying to run away from them. And let me tell ya, we get along so much better now! Hehe! And … I’ve been so happy with it, that I have been telling all my curly friends about it. :) I’m guessing some of you might be curly girls … so why not tell you about it, too?! If you’re a curly girl that is frustrated with your hair, you might want to give it a try.

Here are some links and some basic information about the Curly Girl Method that I found around the web. But I would definitely recommend reading the book, too. There is a lot of information out there and the book kind of gives you the “why” behind everything so you can discern what might work best for you. (Note: Some of these links talk about using a specific product. I’ve tried the book author’s products (which I liked), but I actually found that I prefer products that I found at Target:  Suave, Kinky Curly Curling Custard, etc. I just wanted you to know that you don’t have to have the book author’s products to get great results. :)  )


Before and After Page 1:

Before and After Page 2 (be sure to click through the different types of curls):

Washing Hair Video (from the book author):
List of Drugstore Curly Girl Approved Products (ignore the Afro-Latina, Black Hair blog title … the products are the same for all hair types.)
Styling Tips for Curly Hair:
This girl does a great video on her hair care routine … her hair is quite curly (instead of loose curls or waves), but she has some really great tips.
Here is an older video by the same girl … some of the same tips … but it’s fun to see her hair longer. :)

Okay, off my curly-hair-soap-box. Hehe! Have fun! And I’ll be back with some scrappiness soon!