Scrapbooking as much as possible, but sometimes getting distracted by birthdays and life!

So, it’s taking a while to actually get going in Hawai’i, but here we are on our very first morning enjoying breakfast. Something that I think makes Hawai’i more magical is that there aren’t problems with bugs like there are in places we’ve visited in the continental US, so almost every hotel and restaurant is open to the outdoors. While we were eating our breakfast there were birds walking around and a gecko climbing a column, but no wasps or flies making us uncomfortable.

For this story, I adored this sketch by Laura Whitaker for  Stuck?! Sketches:

I saw the shaded area behind the layers as an opportunity to do some more watercolor techniques with Distress Inks and the banner along the left side was a fun place to put a film strip die cut (from Paper Issues).

I also was glad to see the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Anything Goes, because this is certainly qualifying as anything (and I always love seeing what their design team creates when they get to choose the theme!)

Here’s my layout:


(I have lots of musings about this page, I apologize! I’ll get back to the pictures and techniques in a couple more paragraphs.) So another thing about  Hawai’i is that while the costs are high, meals are also incredibly generous. It might have been because we were all getting over the flu which left us lacking an appetite, but every meal was just huge – it made it easy to just snack for one meal and only have two major meals a day, which is quite convenient when there’s a lot of driving and exploring going on! 

I am sensitive to certain types of sunscreen and hate sunscreen running into my eyes, but I am also very sensitive to the sun, so I tend to get zinc-based sunscreens. The sunscreen stick I got for us to use in Hawai’i that was zinc-based left our skin even whiter than usual. It was a joke in our family that we were “Pasty” (pronounced “past” with a “y” at the end – this was my son’s invention and made our white faces smile.)

More details of the layout? Sure!


For the yellow and orange solid pieces, I used the Distress ink pads directly on watercolor paper – the effect is obviously very bold and bright. I liked the contrast with the watercolor scribbles in the background (created with a Distress ink pad smooshed onto my craft mat and picked up with a water brush.) I scattered a few sequins around (they are from SpiegelMomScrapShop Etsy store – these were lemon from a summer mix with green and pink. She has awesome mixes and I love that I get can just a few to add some shine – I don’t need a ton to get the effect that I want.)

The patterned paper is from Bella Blvd (Freestyle banana), Hawaii was stamped with Sally’s ABC’s stamp set by Lawn Fawn with Distress ink and the sun and Aloha cuts are from the Silhouette store (I added an additional offset to create the orange layer around the Aloha.)

I had a blast creating this bright and fun page and am so glad to have another story of our trip documented!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ll stop in again soon!



Are we There Yet?

Yes, we did make it (and I scrapped the page to record the memory), but it wasn’t pretty! The good thing was that it was pretty when we got there, so it was worth it! Where am I talking about – Hawai’i! Yep, and it was me asking the question Are we There Yet?!

I started out with this sketch from Grand Diva’s Scrappy Friends challenge:

I liked that there were spots for multiple photos and that they were small since I was using pictures from my phone (and that phone did not have a great camera on it.) Also the fact that the photos were divided worked well for my page, too. Then there was the layering and the strips along the top – just a wonderful sketch for my page!

Shall we take a look?


Die cuts (manual and digital), stamping, wood veneer, watercolor, distressing, washi – 5 of my favorite techniques all in one place (the distressing is something I felt was needed, it’s just not a favorite)

Now, I really loved the fact that artwork that was hanging in the hotel was on our room keys and that they let us keep them when we were checking out. I thought this would be a fun place to display them because it’s when we first saw them (and the artwork.)

The details:


The map was created by stamping the image with Distress Ink and clear heat embossing it. To get the watercolor look I smooshed the ink pads for the states and the ocean colors onto my craft mat and picked them up with a slightly wet water brush. I colored around the land borders with a sepia brush tip pen from Sakura and drew the travel path with a fine tip pen from the same set. The wood veneer planes were smooshed into a Distress Ink pad and then set aside to dry to help them stand out a little.


All of the solid colored papers were created with the same watercolor technique as before, just on a larger piece of paper. I love the ombre look I got with the “Let’s Go” die cut by using yellow into orange. The Lawn Fawn stamps were perfect for this story.

In general, I loved how I was able to customize my papers for the die cuts by using the Distress Inks to watercolor and how all Distress Inks seem to go together very well no matter what.

And I’m very happy that Kelly’s Scrappy Friends Challenge:

November Word/Color Challenge:

allowed me to focus on the wonderful oranges and yellows that were in the artwork on our room keys!

The patterned paper and washi tape are from Bella Blvd and I used my favorite Scotch Quick Dry adhesive on the wood veneer pieces, my Xyron Mega Runner for the larger pieces of paper and my Zig fine tip and chisel tip glue pens for the smaller paper bits.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ve got more to share in the coming days, so I hope to see you back soon!


Hi, I’m back (as promised). I have another card that I created, this time using Barn Door Distress Stain.

I was talking about inspiration and for all of these cards there was the spark of the Holiday Style Online Card Class (I was a very lucky lady and won a spot from a giveaway by Jennifer McGuire.) There was a day of Soft & Subtle designs that had a lot of watercolor and different ways to do that and that was especially inspiring because I love doing watercolor techniques!


The theme of the card was inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Simon Says : Christmas and the Caring Hearts Card Drive. Next, the stamp set I chose was inspired by the latest Lawnscaping challenge:  IN WITH THE OLD which made me think of the Ornate Ornaments stamp set from Lawn Fawn. The colors I chose for this card were inspired by traditional Christmas colors, with the addition of the shine of gold!

Enough of the inspiration, on to the project!


I love how I could get more intense color in spots as well as very soft color all with the same Distress Stain using water to help things along. I think these sketchy, informal ornament stamps go well with the relaxed feel of the watercolor. And I like how the Pebbles Basics card base compliments the cute and fun feel (thank you, Kathy Martin for sending those Pebbles cards to me!)

I hope you’re inspired! These are really fun and easy! The Caring Hearts Card Drive cards are due on Friday, the 27th, but you should definitely send some if you have a chance!

Happy crafting!





Hi! I’ve been busy creating, but haven’t taken the time to share (some deadlines looming), but I wanted to share a couple of things and chat a bit about inspiration.

My projects today were definitely inspired, but inspiration for me usually has many different dimensions. For these cards there was the spark of the Holiday Style Online Card Class (I was a very lucky lady and won a spot from a giveaway by Jennifer McGuire.) There was a day of Soft & Subtle designs that had a lot of watercolor and different ways to do that and that was especially inspiring because I love doing watercolor techniques!


The theme of the card was inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Simon Says : Christmas and the Caring Hearts Card Drive. Next, the stamp set I chose was inspired by the latest Lawnscaping challenge:  IN WITH THE OLD which made me think of the Ornate Ornaments stamp set from Lawn Fawn. The colors I chose for this card were inspired by my Mom and her love of all that is purple. (One of these will be going to her and one to the Caring Hearts Card Drive.)

Enough of the inspiration, on to the projects!


With an AC cardstock kraft card base


With a Pebbles Basics card base

I loved how dreamy and soft these turned out, with a touch of Color Shine to add some shine and shimmer in spots. I am glad I tried the purple because it surprised me how well it worked for these Christmas cards! I used Dusty Concord Distress ink along with some Milled Lavender around the middle. The branches were inked with Distress Ink, too, but I don’t remember which one. I just love that no matter what, they coordinate really well together!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’d love to hear about what inspires you! I have more to share, so stay tuned ;-)!

Happy crafting!



Oh, hello! I am finally back with a scrapbook layout from our trip to Hawai’i. My plan is to get a minimum of one layout created each month for this trip and share it in the Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop at the end of every month. I’m using the perfectly awesome Sand & Surf collection from Bella Blvd along with a few of their other collections since they all coordinate so well!

This month there weren’t enough bloggers for a hop, but I am happy to share my stash busting layout with you today anyway! And since Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge was Throwback where you could pick a previous challenge and create a project for it and they had a challenge for Make a Plan, I decided to enter this layout into that challenge since I have definite plans for scrapping this trip now.

On to my page:


Lots of good stuff here (and you can click on the image to see it bigger and click again if you want to read the journaling), but first I want to share the sketch I used from Scrapbook Challenges (#455):


As always, Scrapbook Challenges had an awesome sketch and I loved that there were small photos (since I used my phone in the very dark stretch limo while we were on our way to the airport and the pictures weren’t fabulous) and I also was so pleased to have all that room for journaling since this is the introduction to my album about our trip to Hawai’i and there was quite a bit of backstory that I wanted to share.

There were lots of words and embellishments that went so well with this page:


This was going to be a very long day of travel for us and I loved this quote about the journey as well as the awesome Chic Tags Let’s Go wood veneer pieces! I love the great colors and patterns on the patterned paper, too!!! (I used Sunday for the title font, FYI.)


I just wanted to show off a bit of a PL style card that I created (and my cute and happy hubby;-) I really felt this quote from Helen Keller was perfect for our trip (especially heading out with both my husband and son fighting the flu.) I am signed up for Kerri Bradford’s Here, There, Everywhere class and used the ideas from Lesson 4 using Silhouette Studio to add this quote to my page. The wood pattern is from the Man, Oh Man Pattern Pack 1 from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons and I used Kerri’s globe (it’s in another lesson to create it yourself, but I hadn’t done that yet, oops) and the fonts in order of appearance are FontleroyBrown, Another Typewriter, Channel Slanted 1, Biscotti, and akaDora. I’m pretty proud of how it turned out! Have you ever created word art to embellish your page? It’s a nice skill to have and I will say that anyone can download the Silhouette Studio software for free and print something like this out! How’s that for enabling?

How about another picture?


Last one. I printed this out from Google Maps and added some fun wood veneer from Studio Calico, enamel dots from Freckled Fawn, stamping with CTMH stamps and ink, and cute letter stickers from Bella Blvd (Ice Little Bits – probably the newest thing on my page.)

So there you have it! Cardstock from Bazzill and Doodlebug Design Inc., a die cut from the Silhouette store, a button from Basic Grey, Sakura Sepia pen, Xyron Mega Runner, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive and Zig Chisel tip glue pen round out the list of supplies!

Thanks for sticking through this wordy post! Sometimes I don’t think enough can be said about a moment in time and I guess this was one of those moments!

Happy scrapping!


Hi! I’ve been busy, but just not with creating blog posts! I sure hope you’ve been getting some happy crafting done, too!

I love creating Christmas cards for the Caring Hearts Card Drive which delivers cards to the elderly living in nursing homes. It makes me feel good to think I could make someone’s Christmas a bit prettier and hopefully happier knowing someone is thinking of them!

For inspiration, I used the current sketch for the My Favorite Things sketch challenge:

along with the current Cut it Up Challenge #81 – Back to Nature, because winter is always a magical time for nature for me!

I loosely used the three lines and the rectangle from the sketch with some awesome My Favorite Things dies and stamps and an older Basic Grey collection for the papers (Dasher.)


I cut three different papers with the MFT Die-namics Tree Lines (I cut the trees off the darkest paper) and used the MFT Die-namics Tag Builder Blueprints 2 dies for the tag, stamping the sentiment and number from MFT LLD Insert It Document it December stamp set in Versamark ink and then embossing with Inkadinkado White Linen embossing powder.

I love the serene scene I was able to create and the wonderful sentiment tag to top it all off!

That’s it for me today, short and sweet!

Have you started creating Christmas cards yet? Do you make cards for charities or are you someone who is always making cards to send off as happy mail for those who you care about? I’d love to hear about your projects! Be sure to leave a comment and I’ll come by and visit your blog and see what you’re up to!

Happy crafting!


I just love how there can be so many ways to use digital cut files! The possibilities are endless when you get to chose all the finishing touches! So that’s how I was able to use some valentine/love themed files with photos from the fair!

Check it out:LoveMooDaytimePic_DT

See? A totally adorable calf and my kids loving on it = Fair + Love! I also mixed in some Fall Festival files for ambiance – can’t resist those details!

I used the Moovelous Cutting Files for the cow and the title, the ***BUNDLE*** Fair Fun Cutting Files for the tickets and Fall Festival Cutting Files for the hay bale and the bit of fence.

These pictures were just too cute not to scrap once I rediscovered them. I’m just so happy my kids got to have these experiences! 

Here at the end I’m saying goodbye. Not to blogging, but I’m retiring from the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Design Team. My life is heading in a new direction and so it’s time for me to step down from this commitment. I will still share paper crafting projects here on my blog, but it probably won’t be as frequently as in the past. I sure hope you’ll continue to follow my blog – goodness knows it won’t be clogging up your inbox with e-mails in the coming months, LOL!

Thanks so much for all the support and encouragement and thanks especially to Lisa for letting me play with so many of her wonderful files! I really smiled a whole lot over the past year!!!

Happy crafting!


Details about my page:

I used an awesome sketch designed by Laura Whitaker for Stuck? Sketches:

I used Snippets patterned paper (and sticker) from Studio Calico and cardstock from Bazzill, Close to My Heart and Simon Says Stamp.

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