Hello and welcome! I’m excited to be taking part in this week’s Make it Monday blog chain with several of my crafty buddies.

Today I’m sharing a quick video tutorial showing you how to create the “Yummy Chocolate Square Holder,” which you can make completely from scraps and share with those chocolate lovers on your list this holiday season. Take a look:

See? Quick and easy! Be sure to swing by and pick up your Creative Christmas Bundle – it’s only available until midnight tonight!

And, next up in the blog chain is my friend Kristie Sloan. Today she’s showing how to jazz up printables to create unique cards with minimum time and effort. What fun!



Hello again, and happy Black Friday!

I whipped up a quick video showing all the contents of the Creative Christmas Bundle, and I wanted to share it here with you. Take a look:

This bundle is a screaming deal at 90% off retail. Why not pick up a little somethin’ somethin’ for yourself this Black Friday?


P.S. I didn’t go out shopping today, but those of you who did have my admiration!

Santa's Helpers Workshop

Hello, and welcome back! This week I’m posting about the huge project I’m involved in along with 14 other crafty designers over at Scrapbook Bundles.

As promised, today I’m taking you through my portion of the bundle. It’s called “Santa’s Helpers Workshop,” and in it there are tutorials for 10 easy, inexpensive gift ideas you can create for the special people in your life for whom you might not ordinarily purchase large gifts, but you want to remember during the holidays nonetheless. People like your mail carrier, your co-workers, your secret Santa, your Sunday school classmates, and others who deserve a little bit of “merry” from you at Christmastime. You could even create these items and use them for stocking stuffers – the possibilities are truly endless.

Check out the video to learn more:


I’m so excited to share what I’ve been up to lately! See, I’ve gotten together with a great group of crafty designers (some of whom you’ve met right here on the blog) to put together a knock-your-socks-off, can’t-wait-to-try-it bundle of crafty Christmas projects. I was recently interviewed about it by none other than THE Melissa Shanhun from Digital Scrapbooking HQ on her Scrapbooking Inspiration Podcast. Take a listen:

For more info about the bundle, click here: Creative Christmas Bundle

Come back tomorrow for sneak peeks at my contribution to the bundle and some other exciting creative news!

“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.”
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees:


“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
Philip Pullman


“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

Why do we fall in love with stories? What makes us want to curl up with a good book, or cozy in with a feel-good movie, or listen to a loved one spin the same yarn for the 99th time? Could it be that our stories are our connection to one another, and even greater than that, to the world around us? I’m not sure the psychology behind it all, but I do know that almost everyone loves great stories. They bring life to our existence and deepen our understanding of one another.

My mom passed away five years ago, and all her stories with her. She was an engaging storyteller, but she was not a memory-keeper. And although she’s been gone for half a decade, I still have so many questions I long to ask her about different stages at her life. How did it feel to be the only female parts department manager? Did she cry when each one of her children left the nest? How did she meet and fall in love with my father? When did she know he was “the one?” Those answers are lost to me, and sometimes it’s almost unbearable to think of that.

So now more than ever, I feel an urgency to record as much as I can for my own children and (future) grandchildren so that once I’m gone, they will have at least some of the pieces of the puzzle that is our family story. For most of my scrapbooking years, my pages have been focused on events. Oh, I’ve made some pages that I loved that really captured the look and feel of a birthday party, or a family vacation, or the mess on Christmas morning. But those pages lack what I’m coming to see as the most important element – our stories. More than design ability, I want to grow in my ability to tell those stories, to record them in the pages of our scrapbooks. This hobby that gives me so much joy is amazing because someday my creations have the potential to bring joy to the people who read them.

One thing I’m doing to grow in this area is learn from others who are a bit further along the path than I am. For starters, I’m going to participate in a FREE two-day live event over at CreativeLive called “Scrap Your Story.” It’ll be taught by one of my scrapbooking heroes, Lain Ehmann, and I know it’s going to be packed full of great content all about this very topic. It runs live during the day on May 19 and 20, with live replays in the afternoons. If you’d like to join me, you can RSVP at http://www.layoutaday.com/creativelive . You won’t be obligated to anything, but you will have access to the entire event if you are able to tune in – for FREE. Plus, Lain is giving away scrappy goodies, like a coupon for Gossamer Blue and a free Groovebook to everyone who RSVPs through her link. I’d love to have you along with me on this journey.

Till next time,





300 x 250

Since January, I’ve been creating kits from my stash each month, then working to “kill” the kit throughout the month. I’ll admit, after doing it for three months, my inspiration tank is a little low. Enter: Stashbusters Anonymous!

I’ve signed up to take this class, which starts very soon, and I can’t wait! Here’s a bit of the class description:

Stashbusters Anonymous
A 12-step program to turn product collectors into productive scrapbookers

If you’re great at collecting scrapbooking supplies but less great at using what you have, join Aly Dosdall’s new 12-step stashbusting program! In four fun-filled weeks, Aly will give you both the inspiration and the incentives you need (weekly prize giveaways) to transform all those products into actual projects—to finally go from potential idea to finished page.

Each week, you’ll get three stashbusting challenges complete with sketches, video tutorials, bonus handouts, free printables, and example layouts from Aly and her hand-picked guest designers.

Are you ready to dig into your brads, use up your buttons, and pull out your paper scraps? Productivity awaits you in Stashbusters Anonymous. (Digital scrapbookers welcome.)

This workshop includes:


  • 12 colorful handouts with step-by-step instructions for each challenge
  • 12 challenge prizes (3 per week!)
  • 12 sketches
  • 12 digital layered templates (for digital scrapbookers)
  • 4 bonus handouts
  • 8 video tutorials
  • 4 printable templates, tags, and titles
  • All-new message board to share your thoughts with your classmates
  • All-new private posting gallery to share your work and view the work of your classmates
  • Class blog
  • Two live chats
  • Email access to Aly
  • Reminder emails when the classroom is updated with new materials


All that for just $40. I’d love have you there! Hop on over to the Big Picture Classes website and sign up today. Hurry – registration closes April 18. See you in class!

This month’s class takes a cue from Valentine’s Day, in both colors and title work. We used the Tailored collection kit from Echo Park’s For the Record line to create these sweet-as-sugar layouts. 
Lots of layers and little touches made this kit great fun to work with. I haven’t quite decided what photos I’d like to use. I’m thinking of picking some of my favorites from our annual family Valentine banquet, or I may use some photos of some of the sweet babies in our lives. Goodness knows, there aren’t any photos of me sewing! LOL
Watch for the other four layouts I created with this kit in a future post.

This month, we’re using BoBunny’s Et Cetera line and Ranger Distress Inks to create 2 beautiful double-page layouts with a vintage flair. Use with any photos, no specific theme. These are some good, up-close detail shots from both layouts, so you can get an idea of the overall look and the techniques we’ll use to create them.
And never fear, if you’re more of a card lover, there’s a class for you! You’ll create 8 gorgeous cards, using the same products and the same techniques as the layout class, with materials left over to make more.