January 31

Hello, and welcome to the final installment of January’s Scraps & Stash Saturday! Today I’ve got three new layouts to share with you, and I want to show you what’s left of my kit after a whole month of scrapping.


First up is this double page spread about my family’s participation in an annual 5K benefiting Parkinson’s research. I began to realize last week that the kit I’d pulled originally was feeling a bit limiting, so I decided to add in some kraft cardstock for this layout. I like the way the colors and the white background of the patterned paper pop off the kraft, although I found that having such a large expanse of the kraft “white space” looked a bit awkward. I addressed that by adding a black penwork border around the entire layout.


Next up is this single page layout about my son’s band. Again, I pulled in another neutral cardstock sheet – the white – to use as a background. Two scraps of patterned paper make up the composition, and I’ve added some alphabet stickers (not originally in the kit) and diecuts for finishing touches. P1160448

And that brings us to the final page using this kit. I’d used up all my patterned paper, except for this whole sheet, which I just didn’t have much of a vision for. The reverse is a yellow, gray, and white stripe which I wasn’t finding particularly inspiring. So, I again pulled a neutral cardstock to layer onto the patterned paper, added photos and a few alphabet stickers, and voila! I actually LOVE the patterned paper for this layout.


And, finally, here’s what’s left of my January Scraps & Stash kit. Lots of die-cuts, a sheet of solid navy cardstock, some scraps of gray, red, and aqua solid cardstock, most of both sheets of stickers, almost a whole roll of the washi tape, and half a sheet of cut-aparts. With the theme of this product line being so broad, I’ll still get lots of mileage out of these remaining goodies for future projects.

So, lessons learned:

  • Remember to add a couple of alphabet sets to your stash kit, or at the least, a couple of sheets of paper from which to diecut some titles.
  • Remember the bits and pieces – buttons, bling, enamel dots, etc. These can really help to make a layout feel complete.
  • Allow yourself to abandon anything that isn’t working, and add things in that will work better, like adding neutral cardstock as needed.
  • Have fun, and scrap as often as you can!

Join me next week for an all NEW Scraps & Stash kit!


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.

January 17

Hello, and welcome back for another Scraps & Stash Saturday! Whew, where does the week go? Mine has been crazy hectic, but I did get to create a layout at least.

This week, my inspiration came from a Jumpstart sketch template I found in my Simple Scrapper membership goodies. Hey, I joined, I should be putting that wealth of inspiration to good use, shouldn’t I?

I love the way this layout turned out, and the template closely matched my style of scrapping, so I found it to be a great fit. Originally, I pulled two sheets of navy cardstock, intending to make another double-page spread, but found it worked better this way. Maybe I’ll use the other for photo mats on another project.


Details: All the patterned paper elements are scraps from last week’s layouts. Embellishments include diecuts, a journaling card, and a tin pin, all from the October Afternoon goodies in my kit. Quick, easy, and fun!

Working through your own stash kit? Come join the conversation in my Facebook group. We’re having lots of fun making our own kits and using ’em up!

January 10

Hello, and welcome to another Scraps & Stash Saturday project share. This month, I’m working with a kit from Scrapbooksteals.com using lots of goodies October Afternoon’s Daily Flash collection. This week I’ve got three projects to share.


First up is this double page layout. I started with two sheets of gray textured cardstock and started layering on strips of patterned paper, die-cuts, stickers, and journaling cards to highlight the adorable pictures of m great-nieces. At the point I thought I was finished, something just didn’t seem right – too much white space. So I added the brightly colored thin strips of patterned paper at the top and bottom of the pages, and my layout seemed to come alive at that point.


Next I made this single page layout featuring a selfie of me and my honey on our way to Wyoming for our 25th anniversary vacation. I had a preconceived idea in mind for this layout – I knew I wanted to use the blue striped patterned paper for the background, and I knew I wanted to use the 6×8 gray text piece as a layer. Beyond that, the rest I made up. I felt the photo needed a red mat to help it pop off the page, and that influenced some of my embellishing choices. I was giddy to be able to use one of the Technique Tuesday stamps in my kit to make the little “you and me” element.  P1160409

And finally, I used some leftover bits and pieces to pull together a quick card. The blue hexagon and the gray text are the only pieces that actually span the width of the card – the other patterned pieces are small squares tucked in behind the journaling card to look like they go across the whole thing.

So, what’s left? Well, I’ve still got 3 full sheets of patterned paper, 4 full sheets of cardstock, several 6 x 8 patterned paper pieces, a full sheet of flair buttons, and tons of journaling cards and diecuts. There are still many miles to go before this kit sleeps!

Have you been creating from a stash kit? Please leave me a comment or link on Facebook – I’d love to see your progress!

January Scraps & Stash Kit

Hello again, and Happy New Year! I hope you’ve had a safe and joyous holiday season and that you are rested and ready for the year to come.

I’m excited to be getting back to Scraps & Stash Saturday for 2015. Last year saw 9 kits assembled and countless projects completed, and I can’t wait to see what this year of projects is going to look like.

I’d like to invite you to come along on this journey too, and share your kit creating process (if you have one), as well as your projects created from your own scraps and stash.

To do so, simply check here on the blog or watch the kit reveal video on YouTube on the first Saturday of every month. Then, use the kit to inspire your own choices (or not – if you’ve got another source of inspiration, use it!) and pull together a kit of your own. Share your kit in our brand-new-for-2015 Facebook Group, then start creating! Share your work with the group as well. Let’s have fun supporting each other and putting a dent in our stashes this year, what do you say?

So, let’s get on with this month’s kit.

The Inspiration

Honestly, this kit was inspired entirely by a deal offered on ScrapbookSteals.com. They offered an entire kit of October Afternoon Daily Flash the week before Christmas, so I thought I’d help Santa out and picked one up. I’d had my eye on this line for some time, but had not had the chance to get my hands on it. When it was offered as a steal, it was as though I was meant to have it. I love the motifs and the colors are so fun together. And, I even waited till Christmas to open it.  🙂

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The Kit

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

6 sheets of solid cardstock
6 sheets of 12×12 double-sided patterned paper
6 sheets of 6×8 double-sided paper
2 sheets of stickers
2 packages of die-cuts
1 package of journaling cards
1 package of flair buttons
1 roll of washi tape
3 Close to My Heart Inks: Cranberry, Crystal Blue, and Sunset
2 Technique Tuesday stamp sets

The Projects

I project (ha ha, get it?) that I’ll be able to make about 8 layouts using this kit. Maybe more. I’m shooting for two a week, which seems manageable for my schedule. And, as always, I’ll be back to share my progress right here next Saturday.

Meanwhile, be sure to hop over and join the Facebook group. I can’t wait to see your Scraps & Stash kit!

Today I blogged on the Scrap Your Scraps blog about organizing your Distress inks (and other products) using this handy dandy little jewelry organizer:

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I’ve been using it for quite some time now, and I love it. I am an “out of sight, out of mind” kind of girl, so I dig the idea of being able to actually see what I have on hand.

But that hasn’t stopped me from buying duplicates a time or two. What can I say? I’m drawn to my favorites over and over again, it seems.

So I decided to make a little checklist (okay, it’s actually a HUGE checklist) of all the current Ranger Distress products to print and take with me whenever I go shopping. And I thought I’d share it here on the ol’ blog as well. Just click here to join my email list, and you’ll be able to download your copy in no time. Already on my list? I’ve got you covered – watch your email for your copy too – ’cause I’m cool like that.

Here are some other resources you might find helpful as well, straight from the Ranger website:

Distress Ink Color Swatch Chart
Distress Ink Pad Label Template
Spray Stain Color Chart
Distress Marker Color Chart
Distress Stain Color Chart

Who knew there was so much distress-y goodness? If you’re find yourself in need of a serious shopping spree after you fill out your checklist (gotta have ’em all), why not do it in your jammies? Check out the selection of Distress goodies over at scrapbook.com. Happy to enalble! 😉

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!