GIVEAWAY and Live Inspired Video Feature


Happy Friday, Friends!

Today Tracie Claiborne has a new video and a new challenge posted on her blog as part of her Live Inspired podcast series. In the video she uses one of my pages as creative inspiration for her own layout. Visit Tracie’s blog to see which one of my pages she used!

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I thought it would be fun if I scraplifted Tracie back! She has a beautiful, clean style with perfectly placed elements. Her use of color always makes me happy, and she is so great at allocating real estate on her page for the all-important story behind the photos. Here is her cute page I decided to lift. (Be sure to check out more of her work on her blog HERE.)

FOR THE RECORD by Tracie Claiborne


And here is my take on her page using the Noel Mignon Golden Delicious Classic Kit mixed with a few 3×4 cards from the Daily Diary kit



I used Tracie’s page as inspiration for my layout, placing photos and embellishments in similar locations. I didn’t have as much journaling as Tracie, so I decided to treat one of the spaces as a title block.


In true Tracie-style, I typed my journaling. :) In place of Tracie’s vertical photo, I used two smaller horizontal photos.


I used a piece of yellow patterned paper and letter stickers from my stash to build the title block. I used the cork elements here-and-there to lead your eye around the page.

Another big THANK YOU to Tracie for featuring me this week. It was such a fun experience!


Tracie’s Live Inspired challenge for this week is to make a page inspired by *my* work and post it on your social media using the hashtag #liveinspiredchallenge. And she just *might* have a giveaway up for grabs. *wink*

Guess what?! I’m going to do a GIVEAWAY here on my blog, as well! So that is TWO opportunities to win! Please join us! I would love to see what you are making.

Remember to post your project on social media using the #liveinspiredchallenge tag. (If you are unsure of what to do, you can always link your page in the comments of this post.)

Upload your page before next Thursday night, November 19th, to be entered in the drawing. Tracie will announce the winner of her giveaway on her next video (on Friday), and I will announce my winner on Friday, November 20th, here on my blog.

So what do I have up for grabs?! How about this BEAUTIFUL Noel Mignon Blue Moon Daily Diary Kit?! Eeek! I know you want it!!!! Good luck!


Tomorrow I’ll be back with a Layout Process video. Have a great weekend!


Live Inspired Guest and a FUN Find!


This past summer I discovered The Scrap Gals podcast show with Tracie Claiborne and Tiffany Lowder. I LOVE listening to their show! It is absolutely delightful! I love that I can listen to it while I am cleaning the house or running errands in the car and still feel like I am being creative. I also love listening while I am scrapping in my office. It’s like being part of a fun conversation at a crop!

Tracie just started another podcast show called Live Inspired. You can only imagine how excited I was when *THE* Tracie Claiborne, that I’ve been enjoying listening to so much all these months, contacted me and invited me to be a guest!

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In the show, we chat about my recent decision to simplify the business side of my scrapbooking and get back to what I love most … creating. If you’d like to check it out you can find more information HERE.

Tracie is such a fun and sweet gal and so talented at what she does! She is so warm and inviting. She makes you immediately feel comfortable (even when you are getting used to a mic and keep pausing in weird ways. Ha!) and like you are talking to a lifelong friend. I love that about her! I hope I get the chance to meet her in person some day!

The concept of this new show is BRILLIANT! I love that Tracie is able to get a peek into the creative thoughts of people in the industry. Be sure to check it out!

On Fridays, Tracie creates a follow-up video featuring the work of the person she interviewed and then creates her own page using elements from that person’s work as inspiration. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with! I will link to that tomorrow when her post is up.


This has been a busy week for me! In my church I serve with the youth. On Monday, I had the 8-12 year old girls over to my house to work on a fun fall project (More on that soon! I want to show you what we made, and I took step-by-step photos to share with you!).


And then last night, I helped put together a fun night called “Evening of Excellence” for the teen girls (12 to 18 years old) from our congregation. I work with the most amazing leaders and girls! They planned a Dr. Seuss theme that was so much fun! Even the food was cute!


The program was the perfect balance of fun and whimsy, mixed with inspiration, and feeling the spirit and the love Christ has for each one of us. Each girl stood up and talked about the things they are working on this year in their personal progress. We had a video reminiscing over the activities the girls have participated in throughout the year and then the girls sang the most beautiful song. It was very touching (yes, I cried! :) )I am so grateful to know these people! They make me want to be better every day.


I love getting to know these girls! They teach me so much through their examples and they are a part of my learning in this life. I like to include them in my scrapbooks, when I can. Following are a couple of pages I have made of the girls I have worked with in the past. They continue to be great women and are accomplishing wonderful, meaningful things. I love each one of them and will remember them forever!


For this page I used an older American Crafts 6×6 paper pad and embellishments from the Soho Garden line. I still love the colors of this collection. The flowers are especially cool! I mixed in some newer stamps and a chipboard word by Heidi Swapp. (Layout based on a Simple Scrapper sketch.) The yellow stars and elements around the page ties everything together.



I did a bunch of stashbusting on this layout … most of these products were together in an older Noel Mignon kit I still needed to use up. I still love all of these beautiful products! And I love the way they came together here.



Finally, I have a shopping find to share. Hurry! Someone! Invite me to a crop! Hehe! I found this super-cute rolling bag by Samantha Brown ($69.99) at Tuesday Morning yesterday and it needs to go out on the town! I love the aqua houndstooth, and I love that it is large enough to hold my Cricut or Silhouette Cameo. They also had matching carry-on luggage. Swoon! Other colors I saw were yellow houndstooth, black/white houndstooth, and then a pink/purple/blue mixed houndstooth.

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Thanks for letting me share! I hope you are having a creative day. See you again soon!


Hazel & Ruby/Michael’s Arts & Crafts Reveal Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Hazel & Ruby / Michaels-Arts & Crafts Reveal Party and Blog Hop!


All month long, we have been celebrating our little secret….

Michael’s is now carrying our entire line of Stencil-Masks, Wrap It Up Paper, & Pass the Tissue Paper!  Now, it’s super easy to hop on over to your local store and pick up our amazing products.  We have made DIY easy and fun for everyone!

To celebrate handmade, we have gathered together some amazingly talented bloggers whose passion is to create, make and share every day. Some of these ladies will be regular contributors as part of Hazel & Ruby’s Makery team, so you will see a lot more from them in the future. Each one will share project inspiration, product tips and how-to’s to teach and inspire. We are so excited to introduce you to each one of them and get ready to be awed!

For the next 2 days, you can hop around to each of their blogs, stopping by to say Hi and Hello!  Everyone is super excited to share their project ideas with you and how they were DIY inspired.

Simply follow the Blog Hop list below as you hop from one blog to the next.  Lost?  Return to the Hazel & Ruby Blog to see who is next on your hopping list!

Hazel & Ruby
Amber Packer
Carmen Rogge
Cheryl Sorce
Jana Eubank  <————————————YOU ARE HERE!
Kelly Rowe
Margie Romney-Aslett
Ronda Palazzari
Stephanie Bryan
Tamara Jensen
Tammy Tutterow
Thuy Bui
Tina Walker
Hazel & Ruby

But what’s a Blog Hop without a giveaway?  Nothing, you may ask!  ;)

In Hazel & Ruby style, we like to celebrate BIG, so we will be randomly picking a winner who will win a prize package worth $500. We will be announcing the prize package over the next couple weeks on the Hazel & Ruby Blog, but it will contain product from your favorite manufacturers! (we like to keep secrets, can you tell?)

What do you need to do?
Leave a comment on the Hazel & Ruby blog AND on the blog post of our talented makers telling us what you enjoyed most about their ideas.  Easy Peasy!

We will also be featuring each of these ladies on our Hazel & Ruby blog over the next 3 weeks.

We will select a winner on June 6th and stay tuned for more details on the prize package (oh the suspense!!)

Blog comments are due by Midnight MST, June 5th to qualify for the drawing. Winners will be announced shortly after the end of the comment period, so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won.

Want more Party?  Don’t forget about our Instagram Party!  Get out those cell phones and take a trip to your local Michaels-Arts & Crafts Store.  Show us how much you love Hazel & Ruby by snapping a
picture of the Hazel & Ruby display in the store.

You know what we would love even more? Take a #selfie with our display!  Tag your IG photo with #hazelandrubyslittlesecret and share it with us on Instagram.

On June 1st, we will be selecting one (or two) winners to win the ENTIRE Hazel & Ruby collection!  How awesome is that? If you aren’t yet following Hazel & Ruby on IG…. you can find us at @hazelandrubyhandmade.  Be sure to follow us so you don’t miss out on all of the fun and creative inspiration. Remember…sharing is caring….we would love you to share our good news with your friends.

Not on Instagram?  Please share your Hazel & Ruby projects with us on Facebook.  Really and truly…one of our greatest joys is seeing what YOU create.  You never know, we may feature your project on our Blog!

Are you ready to Hop?  Let’s go!


Welcome Friends! I’m so happy to have you join me here on my blog and I hope you leave feeling inspired. A big thank you to Hazel & Ruby for inviting me to play along on this wonderful blog hop! We love holidays here at our house. As we approach summer, I thought it would be the perfect time to create a patriotic decoration that I could hang on my door for Memorial Day and leave up through the 4th of July.




For the base of my project, I used the Surface to Repurpose – Fat Heart. I used a piece of sandpaper to smooth out the edges a bit and then adhered the Pass the Tissue tissue paper in Quote Collage. Next, I adhered several red polka dot tissue paper strips (Pass the Tissue – Candy Apple/White Polka Dot) for the flag’s stripes. I crinkled them a bit before gluing them down for some fun texture.



In the upper left corner, I used the stars from the Everyday Shapes Stencil/Mask, moving them around as I added paint to be sure I got a few stars in all of the areas. Once this step was completed I swiped a bit of watered-down, white acrylic paint here-and-there, and sprinkled my project with clear glitter in a few spots for a shabby chic feel.

Next, I wanted to create a vintage inspired grouping in the lower corner of the block of stars. I adhered two of the Oh So Sky Sequin Flowers on top of each other. I found some free vintage Americana clip art online HERE. I printed them out to fit the small square Pic Pockets (On Trend and Too Cool) and then adhered them next to the flowers. White sequins, from the Shine & Sparkle Sequin Tubes, sprinkled above and below add even more fun sparkle.



At the bottom of my project, I created a banner using cream cardstock, the Blindside Alpha Stencil/Mask, and brown walnut spray ink. The letters are outlined with a black journaling pen to help them stand out a bit more.

It’s now ready to add to my decor! I can’t wait!

What type of decorations have you made to add to your summer decor?


Guest Designing at Ruby Rock-It

What a treat to be back guest designing on the Ruby Rock-It Blog today! I had the pleasure of playing with their Carnival Queen collection back in May and was happy to have the chance to work with them again … this time with the beautiful At Last Collection. Ruby Rock-It even sent an extra At Last collection for me to give away to one of my readers! So nice! So … if you would like a chance to win this collection, please leave a comment on this blog post by Friday, October 25th, 2013. I will announce the winner on Saturday, October 26th. (Due to shipping costs, the winner will need to be within the contiguous United States. Thanks for understanding!)


Even though this collection is clearly meant to scrapbook wedding/anniversary, I have a household that includes three daughters and knew that the soft colors and glittery accents would be perfect for scrapping my girls. Even the papers shimmer, as they are printed on a pearlescent paper. Swoon! Here is what I made.


I had a lot of fun with the sliver glittery accents on this page. (I really wish my photos would do it the justice it deserves!) This page is all about my daughter and her first eye appointment where she got to try on all kinds of new frames. I arranged them together in a row and then underscored them with the white and silver glitter banner border piece.


Want to know the coolest thing about all the die cuts in this collection? If one side of the die cut doesn’t work, you simply flip it over for another color choice. The butterfly on this page is gold foil on one side and printed gray and white on the other. I used the gray side. :)





I love the fun and flirty patterns in this collection. For this page, I began wanting to accent my photo with those two cute feather die cuts. I tied them together with string and then looked for patterned papers to go with my photo. I settled on this darling heart print and the pink damask!

At the top of the page I used sections cut from three of the border strips. The dictionary print border, the hot air balloon border, and the clothespin frame border. I added a punched heart to the clothespin frame on a pop dot for more dimension.


Behind the layers, I tried out my new Teresa Collins eBosser for the first time with it’s HUGE embossing folders. FUN! I embossed a piece of white vellum with the starburst pattern for subtle texture.

At the top left corner of the photo, I cut out a banner shape from one of the cut apart cards and layered several die cuts together in a cluster. The gold foil is so pretty!


Here’s a closer look at the feathers, a frame die cut, and more punched heart. I just love how it all came together!



Finally, I couldn’t resist putting together a simple wedding card. How cute are these little bride and groom die cuts?! They were begging to be layered together! … Happily ever after … Always and Forever! The sentiment was cut from a patterned paper sheet with TONS of phrases that would be perfect for cards and labeling photos in a wedding book. I sure could have used those when I was putting together my wedding book a million years ago! ;)


Thank you again to Ruby Rock-It and Erin for inviting me to design with the At Last collection! I had a blast! Be sure to stop by the Ruby Rock-It blog and check out what the other design team members have been creating. And don’t forget … leave a comment on this blog post by Friday for your chance to win and play with the new At Last collection!

Happy scrapping!