Adventure at HSN

Seven days ago I was running around the HSN studios helping Lisa Bearnson set up her shows for the 24-Hour Craft Day event. What an experience! Even though it was a non-stop schedule, I honestly loved every minute of it! Lisa Bearnson is an amazing and sweet person and I love working with her. I learned so much about what goes on behind-the-scenes and met some amazing gals. We became fast-friends and I can’t wait to see all of them again!


Left to Right: Chasity Sivanick, Marci Leishman, Lisa Bearnson, Me, Jennifer Duncan

We even decided to all get coordinating luggage at the HSN Store!


Before the show, I was busy creating samples for the On-Air presentations. I will share my projects with you over the coming week, beginning with my very favorite product today … the Top Page Layouts Kit. This is the second version of this kit (see the first version HERE) and now has an Autoship option! I’m so excited about that! It is a screaming deal. You receive all the pieces and recipe cards for TEN 2-page layouts for less that $22. The pieces are versatile enough that you can also use them for 20 single page layouts if you would like. AND if you sign up for the Autoship you will receive a 12 x 12 album to keep all your pages in with the June/July shipment.



I like to take the kits and rearrange them a little to fit my photos. I also add my own flair to each page using paper scraps, punches, my Silhouette Cameo machine, and doodads from my stash. I shared a few of the layouts with you already in THIS POST HERE, but today I thought I would share the rest of them with you. I love that there are so many different color schemes in each kit! You honestly can’t beat the value and they are so much fun to put together. And they are the perfect kind of thing to have on hand to take to a crop. Create and talk at the same time! Hehe!









I’ll be back with more throughout the week. Thanks for stopping in!



Easter Morning

I can see Spring on the horizon and it is getting me excited for springtime holidays! Eek! This week I worked on a couple of older Easter photos. Today and tomorrow I’ll be sharing those with you here on my blog. Up first … a two-pager using the Fresh Cut collection by BasicGrey.




To get me going on this page, I used another amazing sketch by Scrapbook Generation. I love using sketches! It gives my brain a break from trying to figure out how to fit everything on my page, and allows me to just play and have fun with the goodies.

BasicGrey Fresh Cut Collection: Violet Garden paper, Sweet Pea Square paper, Element Stickers, Title Stickers, Waterfall Theme Pack, Printed Chipboard Alpha, Paper Flower Kit, Die Cuts & Transparencies, Printed Veneer ShapesBasicGrey Capture Candy Buttons – Yellow & Hot Pink Shapes

Other: Cardstock (Colorbok, My Mind’s Eye), Silhouette Cameo Machine, “Good Morning Set” Cut File by Tanya Bartrak from Silhouette Store, White Cotton String, Darice “Thin Lines” Embossing Border Folder, Sewing Machine & Thread, Journaling Pen, Trimmer, Adhesives


How cute is the printed chipboard by BasicGrey?! These cute characters totally make me smile!



This paper flower set by BasicGrey is the bomb-diggity! Love how custom it feels, but it was really quick and easy to put together.





Thanks for reading!



We have been enjoying the crazy Utah Spring weather these past couple of weeks. One minute it’s snowing, then raining, and then sunny and warm. Nature’s teasing us, and that is fine with me. I enjoy the variety.

Before we get too far away from winter, I thought I would share a double page layout I created using a cut file set by Lettering Delights called Eskimo Pie. I love all the cute little winter critters in this set. Especially, the sled dog. When Kevin and I were first married we had two larger dogs, a Husky and a Malamute. Kevin built bought a dog sled and they LOVED pulling him around in it in the snowy hills. I think I took only one photo of the dogs and that sled … but at least I can remember that time in our life in other ways, like by using this cute set on a current page about winter.



American Crafts has a huge Warehouse Sale every December/January and when I visited this year I picked up the Pebbles Inc. Front Porch paper pad. I love the colors in this collection and thought they would make a great winter page.


I used my Pebbles Inc. chalk sets to add shading and shadows to each little critter. The felt snowflakes were in a Christmas Sticker set I picked up in the card section of Target this year. The cream journaling spots (Melissa Frances) were pulled from my stash.


I still get freaked out about stamping on my pages. Hmmm … not sure I like the snowflake stamps I did. Oh, well! What do you do! I say you stick the page in your album and call it good. No sense in obsessing over something I can’t take back. Hehe!


I thought I would have a little fun with the title. I added some shading with colored pencils and Gamsol. The “snow” was created with shiny dimensional t-shirt paint. I wasn’t sure how it would dry, because it had a bit of a transparent quality to it, but I actually think it turned out well! I will be trying this again. :)


I left the carrot-shaped nose off of the little girl that is on the original cut file. I felt like she looked better without it. :)


Thanks for coming by today! I have some Spring-themed pages lined up to share with you the rest of the week, so I hope you will check back.

Have a great day!


November PageMaps 2-Pager with BasicGrey 25th & Pine Collection


This month the BasicGrey Design Team created sample pages for the November PageMaps. I LOVE Becky Fleck’s sketches! Here is my take on the 2-page sketch she sent me to work with using the gorgeous BasicGrey 25th & Pine collection.


BasicGrey 25th & Pine Collection: Frosty Avenue Paper, Sleigh Bell Trail Paper, Chestnut Street Paper, Mistletoe Junction Paper, Elements Stickers, 5×7 Spiral Journal, Wood Veneer Ornaments, Jumbo Die Cut Numbers, Printed Chipboard Alpha, Printed Chipboard Shapes, Die Cuts & Transparencies

Here’s a closer look at each page. I used navy solid paper as the base to my page. I really love the way it made the other colors pop and also represented the night of the Nativity. And even though our family Christmas party isn’t held on the 25th of December, I used those numbers to represent the holiday we were celebrating. A transparent holly leaf, star stickers (from the Elements Stickers sheet), and the printed wood veneer die cut ornaments round out this side of the layout.


Have you checked out the 5×7 Spiral Journals by BasicGrey? I love these little books! They come with several different shaped pages that are printed with beautiful BasicGrey Artwork making them super easy to decorate. I used one of them to create a Christmas Countdown Mini Album that can be seen HERE. I also love tearing them out and using them as layers on my scrapbook pages. Here I used a rectangular page on the left side of this 2-page layout to contain my journaling. On the right side, I used the scalloped half circle page as a home for my title.


My title was created with another printed wood veneer die cut and the printed chipboard letters. The bell die cut is from the Die Cuts and Transparencies pack. In the upper right corner I layered together more printed chipboard ornaments along with a transparency piece and a ticket die cut.

Can you believe the holidays are right around the corner?! Time to get planning!