February 28

Wow – February really is a short month, huh? Seems like just last week I was choosing items for this month’s Scraps & Stash kit, and now here it is already the last Saturday of the month.

I honestly haven’t gotten as much done with this kit as I would have liked to, but what I have made, I’m totally in love with. Maybe that’s because I love to scrapbook about our travels, y’think?

So here’s a recap of what I’ve accomplished so far with my February kit:

1. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

This layout incorporated two challenges – one from the Stuck?! Sketches blog, and the other from the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. I used the February 1 sketch from Stuck?! and Challenge #1 from CKC. Love, love, love how this one turned out, although that stitching with the baker’s twine took me seriously for.ev.er. 🙂

Jackson Hole

2. Prismatic Pools

This layout was created to showcase a technique I blogged about on the Scrap Your Scraps blog (and also here, for yesterday’s DIY Friday post). I pulled in a few extra elements – the kraft cardstock, the printed doily, and the stitched banner.  P1160595

3. You’re Neat Card

This is another project created for the Scrap Your Scraps/DIY Friday technique. I just love the blues and browns together on both these projects.P1160598

4. Mountain People double page spread

This is the most recent layout – I actually put it together this morning. I had lots of waterfall photos from our Yellowstone excursions, and I wanted to put them together on one spread. Again, there were mostly blues and browns working together, so I decided to put in a little pop of red to mix things up. Mountain People

And, as you can imagine, I still have lots of kit left. I actually want to get back into my scrap studio later tonight and some tomorrow to see how much more of a dent I can put in it. If I get to, I’ll be sure to add any new projects to this post, as well as the kit leftovers once I’m done with it for good.

See you next week, when we’ll be looking at an ALL NEW Scraps & Stash kit for March! In the meantime, I’d love to see your projects as well. Be sure to visit our Facebook group and share your photos there.



Hello, and welcome to another DIY Friday! This month we’re tackling doilies! We’re turning those adorable, lacy bits of goodness into even lovelier creations with these three DIY techniques. Check out the video below for the full tutorial.




Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know you were here! How do you use doilies in your papercrafting?

This month, my Scraps & Stash kit is inspired by the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog, and I’m thrilled to be participating in their February blog hop. See, not only do they provide you with inspiration for stash kitting and tutorials for “counterfeiting” elements you don’t have, they ALSO invite members to participate in a monthly hop showing off their take on one of the month’s challenges. What a great site, right?

I chose to try Challenge #1, which was to use something clear or sheer on a project. This was a perfect excuse to use one of the Basic Grey Hello die-cut pieces. On this layout (which is based on Stuck?! Sketches‘ February 1 sketch), I used the View Master wheel in place of a doily. Perfect for this travel-themed page, if I do say so.

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I’m loving this kit, and loving the challenges over at CKC.

Thanks for stopping by today. If you’re new to my blog, be sure to check out my free guide “10 Easy Steps to a Killer Stash Kit,” and sign up to join my email list.

To continue the hop, click on over to Lynette’s blog. The full blog hop list will be published on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog, so if you get lost along the way, head over there to find your way back onto the hop.

Don’t forget to leave me a comment to let me know you were here, and happy hopping!


Happy Monday to you, and welcome to Week 2 of February’s Monday Mojo! If you’re joining from Alison’s blog on the Make it Monday blog tour, welcome! I hope you’ll stay a while!

Today’s Mojo post will be short and sweet. I’m sharing a super simple card inspired by this month’s color scheme. I was excited to be able to use the altered patterned paper piece I made for last week’s DIY Friday post, as well as some coral, gold, and black patterned papers and die-cuts.Hello Mojo

Pretty cute, no? It puts me in mind of spring and other happy things. I just need to decide who to send it to.

I’d love to see your projects inspired by the color scheme. Leave a comment here or come on over to our Facebook group, and let’s talk scrap!

Next on the Make it Monday blog tour is my friend Kristie Sloan, who’s talking planners today. Check it out!

February Scrap Kit

Hello, and welcome to a brand new month of Scraps & Stash Saturday! I’m so inspired by this month’s kit, and I hope you will be too. I’d love to have you play along in February by pulling together a kit of your own. Share your photos in the Facebook group, then start creating and share your work with the group as well! We’re all there to support each other and use up our stash, and it just wouldn’t be the same without you!

So, what’s in store for February?

The Inspiration

I checked out one of my favorite stash-busting sites, Counterfeit Kit Challenge, and saw that they were modeling their February kit after a travel-themed one from Scrapbook.com, so I thought I’d give it a whirl too. My kit looks similar to the inspiration kit in some ways, but very different in others. For example, I chose a roll of gold striped washi tape inspired by the gold in the SB.com kit. I also picked a sheet of map-patterned paper, some tiny type alphabet stickers (my favorite!), some flair buttons, and some bling. But my color scheme is very different from the original kit, and the patterned papers aren’t quite as literally travel-themed.

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The Kit

Here’s what I’ve assembled from my stash:

6 sheets of 12×12 double-sided patterned paper
6 sheets of 12×12 single-sided paper
3 sheets of leftover stickers
1 packages of SN@P label stickers
1 package of Project Life journaling cards
1 package of flair buttons
1 roll of washi tape
1 card of brads, buttons, and twine
1 package of wood veneers from Close to My Heart
1 partially-used sheet of bling star stickers
1 package of sheer die-cut photo frames

The Projects

I expect to get at least 2 double-page spreads, plus about 4 single pages out of this kit. There is potential for more, and I reserve the right to add neutral or solid-color cardstock to stretch the kit if the inspiration strikes. I’ll be back next week to share the first of those projects here.

Meanwhile, why not pop over to the Facebook group and show us what you’ve come up with? Can’t wait to see YOUR February Scraps & Stash kit!


A few weeks ago my fabulous friend Cara Vincens at The Hooting Pirate gave me an advance, sneak peek, all-access pass to her upcoming class “Practically Perfect Planners.” Let me tell you, I couldn’t wait to dive into the class content as soon as the access code hit my inbox, because Ms. Cara really knows her stuff!

<Listen in as she discusses planners on Melissa Shanhun’s Scrapbooking Inspration podcast>

The Issue

But I was eager to get right to it for another reason – I have a huge need to get myself – my time, my appointments, my schedule – organized. I struggle to keep up with everything I need to get done in a day’s time and despite several attempts to sort it all out and use some sort of calendar or list-making system, I haven’t been able to commit to any one that works for me long-term. So Cara’s class couldn’t have come at a better time (no pun intended).

Lessons Learned

In the free pre-class videos, Cara taught me that it wasn’t my fault – I hadn’t failed my planners; my planners had been failing me. By working through the checklists and questionnaires, I began to learn about the type of system that could work for me. Cara’s thought of everything, and over the course of the class, it became crystal clear to me what I really needed.


Once I knew what I needed, it was time to examine my options – Cara suggests that you find, alter, or create the perfect planner for you. In my case, I opted to create one from scratch, and with lots of inspiration from the class and the pre-class videos, I even managed to work in a little cuteness.

The Class

Practically Perfect Planners starts up soon – February 9, to be exact, and runs till March 22. Registration is open now. Check it out if you need a little extra inspiration to get organized and stay organized.


Love the idea of this class? Great! You could win a spot! Simply leave a comment by this Sunday, February 8 at 3:00 p.m. CST, telling me about your current planner system – what’s working and what isn’t – and you could win a seat for free. But don’t let that stop you from registering if you know you want to participate – if your name is drawn, you will receive a refund for the full class price. Pretty cool, huh?

So what are you waiting for? Leave a comment, then head on over to The Hooting Pirate to learn more about Practically Perfect Planners.

Monday Mojo Graphic
Monday Mojo is a weekly series bringing you ideas and inspiration for your scrapbooking and papercrafting projects. On the first Monday of each month, I will post a roundup of some of my favorite Pinterest finds. Included will be  a color scheme, page or card sketch, handmade embellishment idea, artsy technique, and topic prompt. Use as many as you like to inspire your month of crafting!

Hey, hey! Happy Groundhog’s Day!

Hey, hey! Happy Groundhog’s Day!

Sorry – couldn’t resist. LOL

Happy Monday to you, and welcome to February’s all-new Mojo prompts! Not surprisingly, this month is centered mainly around a love theme, although I hope you won’t find the prompts predictable. I’d like to think you can put your own spin on things and make some really rockin’ projects using this month’s inspiration. So without further ado, let’s dive in!

1. Color Scheme

Color Scheme

Our love-ly color palette is from a website called The Perfect Palette, and it’s got a little bit of everything. Traditional Valentine’s pink, with accents of coral and orange, a splash of black for some contrast, and how about that gold for accents? Super trendy!

2. Sketch Sketch

This month’s sketch is from the Paper Secrets challenge blog. There’s lots of inspiration here, and not only is their design team amazing, but you’ll find lots more inspiration from other scrappers’ Mr. Linky entries. In the spirit of the month, be sure to leave a little love wherever you visit! 🙂

3. EmbellishmentEmbellishment

What can I tell you? I’m a sucker for a cute little layered embellishment, so that’s exactly what I chose for February’s embellishment prompt. This particular inspiration comes from the Pine is Here blog, and I think you’ll find a lot to love there as well.

4. TechniqueTechnique

February’s artsy technique is from Karen Grunberg – one of my personal favorite artists. These are photos of some smaller pieces she created with paints, inks, stamps, and stencils. I can imagine something like this as a focal point for a card or an embellishment on a scrapbook page. Or, hey, why not create one for the wall?

5. Topic Prompt(s)Topic Prompt

And, finally, this month’s prompts are from the Thistle Dew blog. They’re intended to be used as daily art journal prompts throughout the month of February, but I’m content to just pick and choose. In fact, I’ve got my eye on one or two already. How about you?


I’d love to hear what you think about the prompts for February. Sound off here in the comments, or come on over to our Facebook page and join the conversation!



Happy Monday to you! I’m happy to be participating in this week’s Make It Monday blog tour as I finish up this last week of January’s Monday Mojo series. Say that three times fast! LOL

My project this week is a layout inspired by the sketch prompt brought to you by Stuck!? Sketches. I followed the sketch very closely, and I’m thrilled with the way this page about my nieces turned out as a result.P1160433

Details: All the papers are from my stash – a My Mind’s Eye paper pad I got for a screaming deal at Michael’s. The striped strip is cut to 2 1/2″ wide. The white floral is a 4″ x 6″ piece. The pink floral is 3″ x 9″. The green polka dot is 3″ x 5.” The blue circle is 5 1/2.” Embellishments are a border sticker from an old Basic Grey sticker sheet. Flowers are from Prima, and rounding everything out are Doodlebug white enamel dots and stamped stitches.


White enamel dots brighten up the yellow flowers.


The stitching is stamped on using Close to My Heart Crystal Blue


Layers of pretty pink, orange, blue and green from My Mind’s Eye “Lime Twist” are a perfect complement to the photos

There’s still time to participate in the Stuck!? Sketches challenge. Upload your entry by January 29, and you could win a prize from one of their sponsors.

To continue the Make it Monday tour, click on over to Alice, who’s giving you 10 tips for using large photos on your layouts!

January 24

Hello, and welcome to the third week of January’s Scraps & Stash series! It’s been another extremely busy week for me, so it’s actually no small feat that I managed to scrap an actual layout at all this week!

At this point, I’m beginning to struggle a little with the limitations of the kit I’ve put together. The colors of the papers I have left are beginning to feel a bit disjointed, and the embellishments are getting harder to choose and incorporate. Don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love the October Afternoon products – I’m just wishing I’d pulled in a few more things to give myself more variety.

Still, I have to say, I’m actually kind of loving this layout. While I love sketches, I seem to enjoy the process so much more when I go “free range.” What a difference a year makes!


Details: The orange and white photo mat is one of the 6 x 8 patterned paper sheets from the pack. The gray and white chevron is a scrap leftover from the two previous layouts. The red, round “our family” and the “Love this” sentiment are stamped, then fussy cut. Everything else comes from the journaling cards and die cuts packets.

So that’s it for this week. Are you working through your stash at the moment? I’d love for you to join my Facebook group and share your thoughts and even your layouts, if you’re so inclined. So come on over today!

Hello again, and happy Monday to you! A special welcome to you if you’re here on the Make it Monday blog tour.

I am enjoying a much-needed day off in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and I’m eager to squeeze in some good scrappy time.

Meanwhile, I’d like to share my Monday Mojo project for the week with you. It’s titled “Snow Day,” and it uses the topic prompt for this month – specifically the poem titled “Winter,” which I copied in my own handwriting and used as the journaling for the page.

This layout uses one of my favorite hoarded Fancy Pants lines, Hot Chocolate. It’s at least a few years old, because I remember getting it when I was still a consultant with Memory Works.

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I always envisioned using these papers for winter/snow pics, but the truth is, we don’t get a lot of snow in my area of the country. Instead of continuing to wait for the perfect photo op, I decided to make the most of what I have. I cut chunks out of several of my favorite papers from the line, layered them on, then added as many stickers as I could for embellishments. I rather like the results, too!

How about you – are you hoarding something waiting for just the right event or photos to scrap? Could you break some papers down into smaller pieces and use lots of layers to showcase your favorites? I’d love to see! Link me up here or in our Facebook group!

And if you’re here for the Make It Monday blog circle, hop on over to see Beth next, where she’s showing you how to scrap birthday photos quickly and easily.

Lisa H.