Starting Points: Using a Mood Board

It happens to the best of us … we get in a rut. We start doing the same thing over and over and our pages start to look the same. Shake things up a bit by using a scrapbook challenge!

Today I am working with a Mood Board by Hip Kit Club. The challenge due date is past, but you can still use it as inspiration for your layout if you’d like.

What is a mood board? It is a series of photos gathered together to inspire your design decisions for your next project. Watch the video below to see how I interpreted the inspiration photos for this challenge.

Here is the mood board that I worked with. The two portions of the mood board that stood out to me the most were the row of rainbow-colored houses in the lower left corner, and the rosette hearts in the center.


I used a die from my stash to create the rosette hearts from several of the patterned papers included in the January 2023 Hip Kits. Next, I matted punched hearts with white cardstock, then adorned the center of each heart with fussy-cut bows (also from a patterned paper).

I used a file folder-shaped die from my stash to create a home for the title.

Another sheet of patterned paper had soft green, lavender, and blue leaves printed on it. I fussy-cut them out to add even more texture to the rosette hearts. The colors of the leaves matched the soft colors of the mood board, too!

These were so much fun to make and I love how pretty they are!

If you are looking to try something new, why not give a mood board challenge a try? You can find them all around the internet, or use a tool like Pinterest to create your own!

Enjoy your weekend!


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Scrapbook Process: January 2023 SCT Sampler

I have been a subscriber to the Scrapbook & Cards Today Sampler kit for almost two years now. It’s so much fun to get a sampling of brand-new products from different papercrafting manufacturers each month. But, I must admit … I have several of these kits that I have not put to use yet.

One of my goals in 2023 is to CREATE with my subscription kits as they hit my doorstep each month. So, before the February SCT Sampler lands on my doorstep, I am sharing this layout today.

The January 2023 SCT Sampler features the adorable Simple Stories Life Captured collection. I LOVE the colors and office-inspired icons of this cute collection.

I began the layout by matting my photo with three layers of 6×8 patterned papers from the kit. I trimmed each layer to a different size each time, so that you can see each of the colorful patterns. I love the way these colors look against the kraft cardstock background!

Next, I used three different sizes of circle punches to create a circle grid to the right of my photo. I then added die-cuts, fussy-cut icons, buttons and enamel dots as decorations on each circle.

The border across the top of the page was created by cutting apart color blocks from a 3×4 journaling card, then stitching them together in a row. A punched border accents the bottom edge of the stitched border. Next, I added journaling strips above the pieced border, along with a few enamel dots as colorful accents.

The buttons weren’t included in the Sampler Kit. I actually received them in the mail that day as part of a grab bag I purchased from Hip Kit Club last week. The colors match perfectly and were a fun additional dimensional detail.

Do you subscribe to the SCT Sampler? What did you create with it this past month?



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Simple Stories: Bloom Process Video

Have you seen the NEW Bunnies & Blooms collection from Simple Stories? Even if you don’t have any Easter or Spring photos to scrapbook, the florals and ‘B’ side patterns make this collection a must-have! I am using it today to scrapbook these photos of my daughter and I enjoying lunch together at her elementary school for her birthday.

NOTE: Scroll down if you’d like to watch the process video for this layout!

Some page designs come together quickly for me, while others are a struggle. This was one of those pages that practically put itself together. LOVE when that happens! You can watch my process in the video below.

I thought the ‘Bloom’ title worked well for this birthday layout, since my daughter was blooming into a young lady. 🙂 I love the floral accents on the title pieces in this collection. This piece is from the Chipboard Stickers, but you can find even more in the pack of Foam Stickers. Yay!

The chipboard title, rose and butterflies add dimension to this project, but to add even more pizazz mix in additional dimensional embellishments like the shiny decorative brads and enamel dots.

The machine stitching and distressed paper edges add texture.

Within the last year Simple Stories has added ‘Tags’ and ‘Journal Elements’ papers to their line-up of cut apart sheets with each collection. I love the journaling options this gives for scrapbook pages. I almost always use a journal spot to write the details on my layouts. That way, if I mess up writing the information, I’m not ruining my entire page. I simply cut out another one and try again! And there are so many different styles, colors, and sizes to choose from on a single sheet. Awesome!

Isn’t the Bunnies + Blooms collection beautiful?! Would you use it to scrapbook Spring or Easter photos? Or would you use it as an ‘everyday’ collection like I did here? Tell me in the comments below!

Have a great day!



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Echo Park Paper: Lost in Neverland Card Set

Faith, trust, and pixie dust! Set out on a card making adventure with the Lost In Neverland collection!  I sat at my desk to play with this collection and couldn’t stop. I have six “Darling” cards to share with you today.

Jana Eubank Echo Park Paper Lost In Neverland Cards 1 Original 800

Tinkerbell, herself, is here to take you on your magical journey! I cut her out using the Tinkerbell die set with shimmer cardstocks by Carta Bella Paper. I doubled up her vellum wings to allow her to flutter about.

Jana Eubank Echo Park Paper Lost In Neverland Cards 2 800

The Peter Pan Ephemera tag is captain of the Jolly Roger on this card. Just use your imagination and think happy thoughts and you will be on your way to dreamland!

Jana Eubank Echo Park Paper Lost In Neverland Cards 3 800

For this card I created a waterfall of circles with a scene. I love how you can almost follow the story line as you follow each picture from top to bottom.

Jana Eubank Echo Park Paper Lost In Neverland Cards 4 800

I anchored the Lost Boy sticker, along with the teepee, on a series of concentric punched circles for a simple, yet striking design. A sprinkling of enamel dots adds dimension and shine.

Jana Eubank Echo Park Paper Lost In Neverland Cards 5 800

I used the Hello Baby Boy Shining Stars embossing folder to emboss a night sky on Navy Shimmer cardstock for the background of this card. I love how the Darling children are holding hands as they experience pixie dust for the first time. A tiny, chipboard Tinkerbell provides a never-ending supply of fun.

Jana Eubank Echo Park Paper Lost In Neverland Cards 6 800

Stacked, die cut rectangles anchor the characters on this fun card. How cute is Sleeping Nana drifting in the top left corner?!

Jana Eubank Echo Park Paper Lost In Neverland Cards 7 800

I hope you enjoyed this trip to Neverland today! What magic will you be creating in your craft room this week?

Carta Bella Shimmer Cardstocks: Navy, Evergreen, and Gold

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