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!

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!

Nov 8

Welcome to the second week in the December Daily series of Scraps & Stash Saturday! Today I’m sharing a few of the divider pages I made for my 6×8 binder-ring album. To learn how to make them, be sure to watch the video on YouTube (while you’re there, might as well go ahead and subscribe to my channel).


This will be the front page of my December Daily album. At the end of the month, I’ll do sort of a roundup journal entry about the highlights of our December.


This page will likely hold a photo or two or some extensive journaling.


Same thing for this page. Maybe I’ll do a collage of small photos or a couple of 4×4’s, along with some journaling.


This has to be my most favorite, probably because I decided to break out the Mr. Huey’s and Tattered Angels mists to create it. I probably won’t add much more to this divider page, except maybe a title.

That’s it for this week. Be sure to watch the video to learn exactly how to make these easy dividers for your ring binder album.



December Daily S&S

Hello friends, and happy fall, y’all! Yep, it’s finally fall in my little corner of Louisiana, and we are experiencing a cool snap – it’s about 47 degrees out tonight.

Although we just put Halloween to bed, I am already thinking ahead about holiday goings on – the shopping, the gathering, the decorating, and of course, the scrapbooking! That’s why I decided to put together a December Daily album (yep, completely from my stash) for this month’s Scraps & Stash series.

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Check out the video on YouTube to see more details.  Also, link me up to your Christmas kits or albums or pages – I’d love to see what you’ve put together!

October 25 Hello again, and welcome to the last week of October, and the last in October’s Scraps & Stash Saturday series. Today I have three new layouts to share, and a peek at what my kit looks like now after creating with it all month long.

mrfoxkit1170wmsskclr InspirationOctober’s kit was inspired by the September kit, Mr. Fox, from the Scrap Stash Kit Club website. The kit had amazing colors and elements, and made for some fun inspiration for scrapping.

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The first layout for this week was created using mostly scraps – which I love! I had tons of little 1/2″ to 1″ strips all a couple inches wide, and I really wanted to find a way to use them on a project rather than rake them into the trash can. So, I lined them all up along the left edge of the page, and an idea was born. Larger pieces of gray polka dot and chevron added some grounding elements, and the red photo mat added a much needed pop of color. The layout was finished with chipboard stickers, a label sticker, a brad, and a flair badge. It’s probably my favorite page of the month.Layout 7

The next layout, “First Paycheck,” is also made up with a lot of scraps. I had some of the coral and pink patterned papers left over as strips, as well as the gray text piece and a small bit of the gray chevron. I layered these together forming an L on the page, then anchored the photos in the corner of the L. Embellishments include cork stickers, chipboard stickers, a flair badge, and an epoxy brad.Layout 8

And the final layout created using my Mr. Fox kit is this one, titled “The Big Easy.” Again, this one is cobbled together with left over bits and pieces. I placed a few strips of patterned paper across the bottom third of the page, and a couple of complementary pieces in the upper left corner. The photos were added, and then pieces of patterned paper tucked behind them. A cork sticker, label sticker, wood veneers, flair badge, and epoxy brad are the finishing bits on this layout.Kit Remains Final Week

And here’s what’s left after all that. There are a total of five sheets of solid cardstock, two full sheets and a half sheet of patterned paper, lots of chipboard stickers and cork stickers, lots of wood veneers, and a few brads and badges left over. All of these supplies will go right back into my stash to be included in future kits and projects.

So that’s a wrap for October. If you’d like to see all the layouts for this month, be sure to start at the beginning and work your way forward. Links are below. You can watch on YouTube as well. Till next time – cheers!

October 4 Scraps & Stash Saturday
October 11 Scraps & Stash Saturday
October 18 Scraps & Stash Saturday

October 18

Welcome to another week of Scraps & Stash Saturday! This week I’ve got three new single-page layouts to share with you created with my October S&S kit. Layout 3

First up is “Grad Night,” a layout showing off photos of my son and my niece on the night of their high school graduation ceremony. I layered gray-and-white and yellow-and-white patterned papers over the woodgrain background, taking color cues from the photos themselves. A chalkboard sticker and black and white round phrase element and Thickers emphasize the theme of the page.Layout 4

Next is “My Boy & Me,” a layout showing off my son and me on the day of his graduation party. I layered a solid cardstock block over the busier patterned paper to create a place for the eye to rest, and so the photo wouldn’t get lost in the bold pattern. A few strips of patterned paper, some stickers, and a brad complete the layout.Layout 5

And the last layout for this week is called “Thankful for this guy.” I started with a solid gray cardstock background and layered simple, tone-on-tone papers with pops of red and yellow here and there.The chevron element in the lower right corner is actually as stamped image, and the rest of the embellishments consist of a label sticker, an epoxy brad, and Thickers.

Kit Remains Week 2

And here is what remains of my kit. Although I know I’ve used a lot, it still looks almost like I haven’t even made a dent! I still have lots of supplies to carry me into this final week and possibly into other months’ kits as well.

Be sure to check out the video below for more details, and while you’re there, be sure to like, comment, subscribe, and/or share! I would really love to hear from you.

Till next week, cheers!

October 11

Welcome back for another week of Scraps & Stash Saturday! This week I’ve got two layouts to share with you – one double page spread, and one single. Let’s take a look:

Layout 1

The first page uses yellow patterned paper from Studio Calico’s Snippets line, with some tone-on-tone red and gray and white chevron layered in. The layout is photo-heavy, so the embellishing is minimal – trying to strike a balance, you know? I added a few small things, like chipboard stickers and an epoxy brad, and my favorite element: a piece of a cut apart sheet that says “Throwback.” Perfect for the theme of my  page! (Yes, that’s a really weird photo of me, but it’s the one one I have, and I really needed something to fill up that space!) Layout 2

The second layout is this single page titled “Graduation 2013.” I used a very feminine-looking piece of My Mind’s Eye lined paper for the background. Since the subject of my page is my son, I needed to do a little bit of scrappy prestidigitation on it. I layered pieces of patterned paper over the swirly girly parts and decorated around the area with wood veneer and cork pieces. A chalkboard label sticker and a few Snippits stickers finished it off.

Unfortunately, I forgot to get a shot of my kit leftovers after this round of scrapping. Fortunately, I’m retreating this weekend, so I’ll have lots of time to play with the kit AND to get a photo of the leftovers once I’m done. 🙂

As always, I’d love to see what you’re doing with your scraps and stash. Please share by leaving a comment and a link to your blog or gallery.

See you next week!

October 4

Welcome to a new month and a new series of Scraps & Stash posts. I am so excited to be back in the groove of putting together kits each month and creating from them, and I’d love for you to play along as well. This month’s kit is inspired by my friend Margareta Carlson and her Scrap Stash Kit Club. This was the kit for September, titled “Mr. Fox.”

mrfoxkit1170wmsskclr Inspiration

For my kit, I chose patterned papers and embellishments from Studio Calico’s “Snippets” line, as well as a few items from Fancy Pants “Captured Moments.”


I can’t wait to create with this kit! And I can’t wait to see YOUR Scraps & Stash kit. Leave me a comment below linking to a photo or post about your October kit, and I’ll be sure to check it out and leave you some love.