Cookie the Dog

Camryn has always had an affinity towards stuffed animals … her collection is ever-growing. :) So naturally, when Grandpa and Grandma took her out for her birthday lunch and shopping trip she chose ANOTHER stuffed animal toy as a new friend.



I used the 3 Birds Graceful Season Paper collection to scrapbook this page along with the 3D Embellishment Kit and Sticky Sparkly Glitter & Foil Set. Inside the 12 x 12 paper pad are a variety of darling papers … one of them was a large chevron print in multiple colors. I cut the blue chevron from each sheet (there are 2 of each design), and decided to overlap them in opposite directions to create a frame for my photo grouping. I really like how it turned out!



the smaller photos is framed with a stamp frame from the Sticky Sparkly Glitter & Foil set with a 3D floral sticker accenting the corner. I also added a couple more pennant shapes stickers below and placed my title across the top.




On the left side of the page, I handcut the large floral element from another sheet of the 12 x 12 patterned papers. I layered a photo on top and then layered together more of the 3D Embellishment stickers and Sticky Sparkly Glitter & Foil stickers to create the circular accent.

These sweet papers have stolen my heart. If you’d like to see more projects using this collection, be sure to stop by the 3 Birds Blog!

Until tomorrow!


BasicGrey Herbs & Honey

Today I have a new project up on the BasicGrey blog using the Herbs & Honey collection. I know that sometimes people shy away from purchasing a themed collection like this, but rest assured you will find plenty of reasons to use these cute papers! (Wouldn’t they make an adorable Recipe Album?)

Infact, I used these garden-inspired products with photos of my daughter in a Cowgirl costume. See?! Just use them for what you want. The colors and textures are the most important thing!



For my assignment, I was challenged to find an image on Pinterest and use them along with the Herbs & Honey Bottlecap Stickers (arent’ they cute?!). I have always been inspired by wedding cakes, and was drawn to this quilted diamond patterned cake with the studs adorning the points of each of the diamonds and thought it would be a really fun idea to use with the tiny bottlecaps.


Link to Pinterest Pin | Direct Link to Photo

I used the my Silhouette Cameo electronic die cutter to cut several diamond shapes from the Herbs & Honey 6 x 6 paper pad and then arranged them in a random order on my background. Then, to mimick the studs, I placed the small bottlecap stickers on each point. LOVE!




I created the title by layering together two colors of the tiny Alphabet Stickers (love that you get so many colors on one sheet), and paired them with the Kraft with White Print Chipboard Alphabet Letters. My vertical photo is adhered to one of the Printed Kraft Bags. My journaling is added to one of the Snippets and accented with an Element Sticker and a couple more Bottlecap Stickers.



Finally, I added a die cut tab to the top of my vertical photo and a couple of the transparency borders underneath my title (both from the Die Cuts & Transparencies pack).

Sadly, this is my last page for the BasicGrey Design Team. I have LOVED working with their collections and being a part of such a talented team for the past two years. I will miss them, and will always be a fan of their amazing collections. Blowing kisses their way! Thank you for the fun ride!

Have a great day!




Project Life Azure Projects

If you are a Project Life fan, you might want to check out the Project Life Azure Core Kit with Paper and Photo Overlays available on The contents of this configuration include the Azure Core Kit, 24 sheets of coordinating designer patterned paper (2 each of each design), 12 Azure dividers (with white label stickers), and 12 overlays. The designs in this kit stole my heart from the minute I laid eyes on them! I LOVE the colors! Here is a closer look at everything.

Project Life Azure Core Kit with Paper and Photo Overlays


12 x 12 PAPERS















Don’t you just love all of the colors and designs?! I love how versatile they are … I can see myself using these for everyday memories, school memories, pulling out colors for certain holidays (red/white/blue for the 4th of July, or the reds for Valentine’s Day/Christmas), and using the cards for feminine OR masculine pages.

There is also a coordinating 12 x 12 Azure album available HERE. (Sorry, my pics seriously don’t capture the absolute CUTENESS of this album … but I tried. :) )



If you are new to Project Life the great thing about these cards is that you can tuck them into the page protectors, jot down your journaling, and leave them AS IS, like I have done here.



Or you can spend more time embellishing the cards with items from your stash and digital die cut files, like I did below.



See those cute little puffy heart and ladybug stickers? I snagged those in the craft section at Walmart. Aren’t they adorable?! I’ll definitely be going back for more. :)





Here is another page using this cute kit.



I had fun creating button polka dots on this side of the spread.



And then added a few more buttons on the right side to balance things out. The photo corners on all of the photos are just made from coordinating cardstock, using a photo corner punch. I adhered them directly to the photos for a different look.



I have had so much fun with these cards! I’ll be sharing more Azure spreads with you sometime next week, but first, I’ll finish out this week with a couple more scrapbook pages.

See you next time!



One Sunday, a gal speaking in my church told the following story (this isn’t the exact story, I found this one online) about the butterfly, and talked about how the butterfly has since become a meaningful symbol to her in her life. It really touched me, and since then I have also become drawn to the butterfly as a symbol of life’s experiences forming us into the person we are meant to become.

The Lesson of the Butterfly
 The man decided to help the butterfly and, with a pair of scissors, he cut open the cocoon, thus releasing the butterfly. However, the butterfly’s body was very small and wrinkled and its wings were all crumpled.

The man continued to watch, hoping that, at any moment, the butterfly would open its wings and fly away. Nothing happened; in fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its brief life dragging around its shrunken body and shrivelled wings, incapable of flight.

What the man – out of kindness and his eagerness to help – had failed to understand was that the tight cocoon and the efforts that the butterfly had to make in order to squeeze out of that tiny hole were Nature’s way of training the butterfly and of strengthening its wings.

Sometimes, a little extra effort is precisely what prepares us for the next obstacle to be faced. Anyone who refuses to make that effort, or gets the wrong sort of help, is left unprepared to fight the next battle and never manages to fly off to their destiny.

Noel Mignon’s latest kit is called the Social Butterfly kit and includes a large, chipboard butterfly. I knew it would be the perfect symbol to include on a page of my daughter receiving an English department award from her school last year.

Jensyn has always loved reading, writing, and anything to do with words. She is very smart and witty and is a talented debate artist because of all of this. I have no doubt that she will use her writing and/or speaking talent someday in an important way. :)



At first glance, the Social Butterfly kit is a very bright kit … but I was also able to use it in a softer, more feminine way by pulling out the yellow and aqua colors and pairing them with white.


I loved the way that the felt flower looked layered on top of the white chipboard butterfly … but I really wanted the butterfly to have more texture or pattern to it. I thought about stamping it, but then decided to try running it through my embossing machine with a polka dot embossing folder. It worked like a charm! I used my electric eBosser machine, so I didn’t have to flex my muscles too much trying to crankthe thicker material through a handled machine (like the Cuttlebug or Big Shot).  I LOVE how it turned out!


To add some detail to my title, I placed one of the BasicGrey metal pieces in between the two words along with one of the large wood-framed gems by Jillibean Soup (both included in the kit). What a gorgeous combination of textures! I will definitely be purchasing more of the Jillibean pieces. SWOON! LOVE those things!

Thanks for letting me share my page with you today! I hope you enjoyed the story of the butterfly, if you haven’t heard of it before, and will now look at it as a symbol of hope as we go through life’s challenges.

Love ya!