Birthday Girl

I’m up on the BasicGrey blog today with a new scrapbook page featuring BasicGrey cut files (available in the Silhouette store) and a cut file created by me! :) This is the first time I have created a cut file and I had a lot of fun doing it.



BasicGrey Spice Market CollectionSea Salt paper, Paprika paper, Cardamom paper, Cloves paper, 6×6 paper pad, Element Stickers, Title Stickers, Printed Chipboard Shapes, Printed Chipboard Alpha,Snippets
Other Supplies: Sewing Machine and black thread, White cotton string, Scissors, Trimmer, Adhesive, Foam Squares, Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine, Embossing Machine & Folder
BasicGrey Cutting Files Used from Silhouette Store: Super Duper FantasticBasicGrey Boy Shapes



The rainbow, banner shapes and icons decorating the balloons are BasicGrey shapes that are available in the Silhouette online store. The handwritten “Birthday” word and the balloons are cut files that you can download at THIS POST on the BasicGrey Blog or by clicking the icon below.






I love titles with mixed fonts and thought it would be fun to use my own handwriting in this title. I wrote the word “Birthday” on a sheet of paper several times using a black marker and then scanned it to create the svg cut file. It was fun! And I hope to make more in the near future.

Thanks for coming by! Have a great day!


BasicGrey R.S.V.P.

Yesterday I had several projects featured on the BasicGrey Blog using the R.S.V.P. collection. I’ll share a few of my favorites here, but if you would like to see them all, be sure to go see the post HERE. :)


Each year my parents take the kids out on a Birthday lunch and shopping date. They love having the special one-on-one time with Gramma and Grampa.


I had fun combining several of the patterned papers together on this page. And the new Printed Veneer Tags are so swoon-worthy! I decided to use one of them as a home for my title, a 3×4 phrase card and a few die cuts.




I used a color block technique on this page about my daughter’s birthday party. Machine stitching between the sections and repeating the circular elements around the page ties it all together. I had a lot of fun “decorating” each of the circles with all the fun products available in the RSVP collection.





And here are a couple of cards … gotta always have birthday cards on hand! :) On this first card, I layered together several frames to serve as the main element of this card. I love how the colors and themes of this collection aren’t too age- or gender-specific. This is one of those cards that would be appropriate to give to anyone.


This next card is great for any occasion. I cut out the red “So Much Happiness” layer and then combined it together with more Snippets, die cuts, and a transparency bouquet of flowers. It was so easy! I finished it off by wrapping the sentiment with a length of string and adding a few candy dots.


Thanks for coming by today!





BasicGrey Capture Birthday Album

Smaller sized albums seem to be all the craze right now, and to be honest, I was a little hesitant to try them. I’m not a huge mini album fan … their odd shape and size making them difficult to store and all … and I had the feeling that these half-pint albums would present the same problem. Then BasicGrey asked me if I would put together an album using their NEW Capture line. I decided to give it a go … and I can honestly and whole-heartedly say that I LOOOOOVED every minute of it!

My kids love looking at pages about their birthday parties over the years and I have always wanted to put together a smaller album for each of them with all their parties in one place. I decided to start with Maryn and here is the result. (I wish I would have taken more close-ups of the album before I sent it off … but hopefully, you get the idea. :)  )



One thing that made putting this album together such a breeze was the way BasicGrey has configured their Capture albums. The albums include 5 preprinted double-sided tabbed pages, 5 preprinted double-sided cardstock pages, and 8 page protectors in different configurations. (I used THIS ALBUM here.) The preprinted pages make it so easy to start scrapping directly on the inserts and then in the sections where I wanted to include more photos/information, I simply added one of the page protectors.


The second thing that made creating this album so easy was the Waterfall Pack (RSVP). This sweet little number includes die cuts, journaling cards, label stickers, and alphabet stickers … all in one convenient pack! It is AWESOME! And I can’t wait to pick up more of these.



Of course, being a scrappy product lover, I didn’t just stop with using the Waterfall Pack. I also mixed in some Snippets, paper, chipboard letters, and transparencies from a few other lines (Hey You, Hey Girl, etc.). BasicGrey collections cross-pollinate so beautifully, so it was a great way to use up bits from my stash. I even added some plain kraft cardstock die cut words and shapes to round things out a bit.








Here you can see where I added more real estate to the page protector by decorating a piece of folded cardstock. The “Gonna Party” 4 x 6 card is the front of the folded card, then you open it to find two photos inside (the pictures of the hats below).




Thanks for taking a peek at my album! I seriously can’t wait to duplicate this project for the rest of my kids. And the best part is that because this is a three-ring album, I can continue to add birthday pages as my children grow and we celebrate their birthdays each year.

Be sure to stop by the BasicGrey blog this week to see how the other designers’ on the team have used the BasicGrey Capture albums. :)

Until tomorrow!


Oh, My! What Big Ears You Have?!

Last weekend we not only celebrated we not only celebrated Mother’s Day, but we also celebrated my youngest daughter’s birthday. :) Her real birthday is actually in July, but because of Independence Day, most of her friends are usually out of town or have family plans. This year we decided to avoid the conflicts and have her birthday party before school gets out. She wanted to have a picnic for her birthday party, so I asked her if she wanted to do a Teddy Bear Picnic or something along the lines of a fairytale. She decided to go with Little Red Riding Hood and I was thrilled! I have always loved fairytales and especially Little Red Riding Hood. The wheels starting spinning and we started planning … if there is anything I love as much as scrapbooking it is putting together themed birthday parties. Love it, love it, LOVE it!!! Here is a quick look at all of the fun we had.


I was so lucky to find baskets at the dollar store, along with gingham printed napkins. I used the print-and-cut feature on my Cameo machine to cut out Lil’ Red Riding Hood shaped tags for each basket using the “More Happily Ever After” artwork by Lettering Delights. (The wolf can be found in the Villians and Sidekicks set HERE.) I also decided to sew each girl a Red Riding Hood out of felt. THANK YOU JoAnn’s for such great coupons! Each hood only cost me a couple of dollars and I used a free pattern I found online from HERE. If you are my mom or sister reading this, you are probably in complete SHOCK that I decided to sew. I hate sewing fabric … infact, I haven’t touched a sewing machine since 8th grade (well, except for to stitch on my layouts). It was actually FUN! I liked challenging myself to do something out of my norm. And because felt doesn’t fray and didn’t need a lot of hemming, I couldn’t mess it up too badly, right?! :)

I wasn’t sure if the girls even knew the Little Red Riding Hood story, so we started the party by watching this cute lil’ story video I found online. I was worried that it might be a little too “slow” for them, but they were glued! They were so quiet, just soaking it all in and it set the tone for the rest of the party perfectly. (I love when little kids get into pretending. :D )

The girls got to pack their own picnic and then ventured out into the backyard to find the best picnic spot. They looked so cute sitting there on the blankets … they kept looking around nervously wondering if the Big Bad Wolf would come. :) Big Sister dressed up in a long black cloak and decided to sneak around to surprise them. They saw her the entire time, but the anticipation made them squeal like crazy.

The girls also made a stuffed animal friend. We found a great company here in Utah called Kozy Creation that will actually come to your house with a machine and do it all in the comfort of your living room. Kami and Andrew are AMAZING! This is the second time we have used them … Maryn had a pretend sleepover party a few months ago and she and her friends got to make a furry friend to cuddle with. If you are in Utah, be sure to check Kozy Creation out. :)


The girls played more games outside (Pick a Bouquet for Grandma and Colored Eggs, or in this case “Colored Cookies”), sang to Camryn, gobbled up red velvet cupcakes, and opened presents. It was so much fun!


Mother’s Day was just as fun! Here is a Mother’s Day card that I made my Mother-In-Law using leftover bits from the April 2013 Scraptastic Club Kit, “Awake My Soul” along with a sentiment and flowers from my stash. We went to church in the morning, the kids showered me with cards and presents (new cookie sheets, a cookbook, new seat cushions for my outdoor table, and lots of pretty handmade cards), and made me lunch. I got to take a long nap and then they made me dinner before going to visit my In-Laws that night. It was relaxing and perfect!

I know this post is a few days overdue, but thanks for letting me share last weekend’s festivities with you. It took me a few days to recuperate and get back into the swing of things. :) I’ll be back tomorrow with a couple of layout shares. Hope to see you then!