Use Your Stash to Scrap Those Pictures!

I don’t know about you, but often I get caught up in buying the latest and greatest thing in the paper crafting industry. I end up with a pile of half used packages of embellishments and sticker sheets. Today I am sharing two layouts I did utilizing the bits and pieces I had in my stash.

I had a piece of glittered heart paper that I was never going to use. It was much to pretty to just get rid of, so I cut apart the hearts, layered them on pop dots and used them as embellishments. I wanted to keep the kid vibe to it and opted to hand cut the hearts instead of running them through my Brothers Scan n Cut.

Left over puffy rainbow stickers and little brads finish it off. The skating rink had a disco decor going on, so I mimicked the colors and retro vibe on the layout.

Birthday layouts are a struggle for me. I am not sure why, but I do not enjoy doing them like I do others. Naturally, I do not have a lot of Birthday things in my stash. For this layout I stamped the title and just used left over paper and stickers. To make the stickers pop I used pop dots on the back of them after I had powdered them to remove the sticky. I finished the layout off with Nuvo drops.

I confess that I really wanted to just get these pictures in the album. My intention was not to enjoy the process — just to get them done, but I did!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Do You Want to Flip or Flap?

The title is corny I know, but the question is legit. If you have ever put together a scrapbook you understand the frustration of wanting to put one event on one page only to discover you just do not have enough room. So, do you not scrap some of the pictures or do you just do an entire album for that one event that you really just wanted to do a page for? I have a solution for you! Just add flips or flaps.


This is a fun event I attend every year and I diffidently want to remember it. However, I do not need a ton of layouts in my scrapbook — one will do. So, I solved that problem by adding flips!

After I completed that layout I found another stack of pictures that were super important, but really only needed one page. So, I created this:

Here is a video showing you how to create layouts with a flip.


Another way to add more pictures to a layout is to add a flap. It extends the size of the layout, but folds up nicely for your album. I was able to document our entire Christmas season on one layout.

Since I am featuring so many photos on a layout it was important that I sectioned each event off and used very little embellishments. I let the pictures to the talking. Here is a video on how to do this:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

How to Get the Most Out of A Paper Pack

Rarely do I ever buy pattern paper. In fact, I have contemplated selling all of it because I prefer to make my own. It takes a lot to impress me, so when I do take the plunge and buy a pack I have a plan to use all of it. If I can not think of a way to use it up, I do not buy it. I came across the perfect summer paper from Close to my Heart. It is bright, colorful and full of all the summer things. I created 6 cards and three double page layouts with it. I am sharing all of it with you including a video and the measurements for each project I made.


For this Layout you will need two pieces of 12 by 12 for your base. For the layout, select 3 sheets of pattern of paper.

Sheet 1: 2 pieces at 4 inches by 12 inches

Sheet 2: 4.25 by 6.25 inches.

Sheet 3: 2 pieces at 3 by 4 inch pieces and 1 piece 4 by 6 inch pieces.

Assemble using the above sample as your reference.

The Perfect Day

Select two pieces of cardstock for your base. Once you have your base pages set them aside and select 5 pieces of pattern paper.

Sheet 1: 6.5 by 12 inches and 2.5 by 12 inches

Sheet 2: 1 piece 3 by 12 and 1 piece 3 by 10.25

Sheet 3: 3 pieces 4.25 by 6.25 and 1 piece 4.25 by 4.25

Sheet 4: 1 pieces 1 by 12 and 1 pieces 1.5 by 12

Sheet 5: 2 pieces 12 by .5

Summer Vibes

Select two pieces of card stock for your base. Select 6 pieces of paper.

Sheet 1: 2 pieces 6 by 12

Sheet 2: 2 pieces 3 by 12

Sheet 3: 2 pieces .5 by 12

Sheet 4: 4.25 by 6.25 and 4.25 by 3.25

Sheet 5: 2 pieces .5 by 12

Sheet 6: 4 by 6 and 2 by 4

Sending Sunshine

1 piece: 1.25 by 5.25

2 piece: .25 by 5.5

3 piece: 2.25 by 3.25

4 piece 2 by 3

Summer Love

1 Piece: 4.25 by .5

2 Piece: 4.25 by 2

3 Piece: 4.25 by 1.5

4 Piece: 4.25 by .5

Can We Chill Together Soon?

1 Piece: 4 by 4

Sweet Summertime

1 Piece: 1.5 by 5.5

2 Piece: .5 by 5.5

3 Piece: 2 by 3.5

4: 1.5 Circle


1 Piece: 1 by 5.5

2 Piece: 3 by 5.5

3 Piece: 2.5 by 2.75

Just Keep Swimming

1 Piece: 5.5 by 2.5

2 Piece: 5.5 by 1

3 Piece: 3 by .75

4 Piece: 3 by 1.75

5 Piece: 2.75 by 2.25

The Extras!

In addition to the Summer Vibes Paper Pack, I also picked up the coordinating stamp, die cuts, acrylic shapes and sticker sheet. I do not care for stickers, so I like to dust the back of each of them with powder and adhere them with pop dots. The powder gets the adhesive less sticky and the pop dots add dimension and interest. Please make sure you check out the video I posted in the beginning of this article to see a walk thru of the goodies and more explanation on each thing I created. You can find everything here.

My 5 Favorites Crafty Finds

I get asked all the time what I like and what I do not like. I hesitate to share what I do not like because it is strictly my preference and opinion. I do not want to give a product a bad rep simply because I do not vibe with it. However, I am more than happy to share with you what I do like and use often. These five things I use in my craft room on a daily basis.

1) Neenah White Cardstock

This should be a given right? I know most paper crafters know exactly what this is and have a stash of it that is dug into on a regular basis. However, some of you have no clue what it is and why it’s such a big deal. Isn’t cardstock all the same? It really is not. Neenah cardstock lends itself well to stamping, ink blending and alcohol markers. It makes a great cardbase and is universally known for it’s superior quality. Since I use it daily it is only fitting that this is the top of my list! I like to get it here along with all of my cardstock because the prices are excellent, shipping is cheaper than most, they get the order out fast and have excellent customer service. Plus they have a lot more things besides cardstock like ribbon, pens, envelopes etc.

2) Dream Drops

I have been a huge fan of Nuvo drops for years, but Dream Drops is an evolution of the traditional Dew Drops. It is dreamy to say the least! I use them on almost everything that comes across my craft table and I have them in every color. You can find them here.

3) Blending Domes

I have a confession to make. Ready? Oh boy! Please don’t throw things at your screen as you read it, but……I do not like blending brushes. There I said it. In fact, I rather loathe them. Remember how in the beginning of this post I said I would not say what I don’t like? Well, apparently I lied because I don’t like those brushes. I can not ever seem to get them clean and they don’t blend smooth for me. I do like these blending domes by though! They are cheaper than the brushes and can be used on any handle you have. You can just get the refill instead of the handle and the domes. What makes these so awesome is they are cheap enough that I can have one for each ink pad and they blend effortlessly because there are no hard edges like on other foam or sponge blenders. You can get them here.

4) Silicone Mat

This silicone mat is my best friend. It seriously has been a game changer with my videos because I can put it over my glass mat and it cuts the glare plus I can still see through it. It stays put and has been able to handle everything I have thrown on it. I have really struggled with finding a perfect craft mat. Either it can withstand everything, but slides around or it can’t withstand much and stays put. I would have never considered buying this mat either. In fact, I have passed over it several times because I thought it was just another craft mat. I even rolled my eyes up in my head because I thought it was just another product on an over saturated market of craft mats. Ranger sent it to me and I have been hooked ever since! If you are a YouTube Crafter or enjoys doing lives on any social media outlet you are going to want this mat! The price point on it is not bad either. I have paid far more for less superior mats. You can find it here.

5) Rinse Well

Do not let this cruddy picture fool you! Rinse Well is awesome. I like to dabble in paint, but constantly having to dump my water to get fresh can be annoying. Not to mention the times I have accidentally mistaken my paint water for my coffee. I keep this on my desk. It actually has dirty paint water in it now that I need to drain. There are little grooves on the bottom of the bowl that you can really scrub your brush on. Once the water is dirty you just push the little valve. It washes away the dirty water and fills the bowl with clean water. There also are some handy spots to dry brushes. I paint a lot and only need to change this out weekly. The link for it is here.

I hope you enjoyed these five picks. Tell me in the comment what your go to craft items are these days. I want to know!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Paper Crafter’s Unite Against Racism Hop

Welcome to the Paper Crafter’s Unite Against Racism Hop! Please visit Justine’s Blog for all the details and list of complete hop. We are coming together to support our fellow crafters of color in this hop. Please make sure you stop by each blog and leave a comment. My hope is that you not only will find inspiration, but you will also discover a new crafter.

We Are the World

To celebrate friendship and document this time in history I created a page in my art journal. The song “We are the World” kept playing in my head. I was a child when it came out and thought it was perfect for this page.

To crate this page I first stamped four Bun Heads, colored them in with copic markers and embossed them.


Thank you so much for hopping along with us today. Your next stop is here.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Pages Honoring our Guys!

Let’s be real. Scrapbooking guys can be hard — especially if you are a bright colored whimsical loving paper crafter. Don’t despair — it can be done. When you have paper you absolutely love, but it is made up of lots of bright colors and almost childlike balance it with black and white.

For this layout I primarily used the sides of paper from Clique Kits that were black and white. I backed it on a solid and added just a pop of colors with strips of paper. I had to throw some rainbows on it because I am just into them! By using a solid alphabet for a title in different fonts it pulls it all together.

For the next layout I still stuck to black and white as the primary color scheme. However, I used pictures that were a little goofy. I mean, it is all about a weird Al concert! You really can’t get more goofy in that in adult life. From there I was able to venture out and add some whimsical elements.

By using a sketchy black and white title it grounded it.

Masculine layouts have gotten challenging for me because I am a colorful whimsical crafter, but the challenge is super fun! Trying to make my style and masculine pictures work is flexing my creative muscle.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

OMG It’s a Sassy Kind of Blog Hop

I am so stoked to be part of the Sassy and Crafty Blog Hop with i-crafter! The combo of this die and stamp set is perfection. Please make sure you head over to the Sassy and Crafty Blog after you read my post (if you have not gone there yet) to hop along.

Thank you for joining us for our fun collaboration between i-crafter and Sassy and Crafty! Each company will be giving away a $10 gift certificate to one lucky hopper. Be sure to visit each blog and comment by June 25th at 11:59 PM PST in order to enter. We hope you’ll enjoy the comic inspired projects our teams have come up with.  

i-crafter –

Sassy and Crafty –

Amanda –

Luisana –

Rachel –

Echo –

Lisa –

Betz –


Jennifer –

I created a chipboard tag using the sassy dog full of attitude and the OMG die cut.

To create the tag I first covered it in white gesso. After it dried I stamped the dog and embossed it in black. I cut on oval from card stock, covered the image with it and sprayed it in Dylusions Black Marble and Bubble Gum ink spray. As it dried I die cut the OMG in pink and black cardstock. I colored the scarf and glasses with a aqua flow marker (I do not like using alcohol marker on gesso) and added glossy accents to the lenses. I adhered the OMG! on the base of the image and outlined the perimeter of the oval with Stickles. To finish the tag I added a few gems.

Please leave a comments and subscribe! I would love to have you part of this artsy journey we are on!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Crafter Interview with Marie Nicole

One of my hopes in owning my own creative business is to build a supportive community. Today I am kicking off a new series in which I interview a crafter in the industry. I am super excited to feature Marie!

I had the pleasure of meeting Marie at Creativation in 2017. She was pregnant with her second baby and had the most adorable little boy with her and a pretty terrific husband. She soon became one of my favorite people in the industry because not only is she uber talented she is also extremely sweet with a fun personality. Like, when I watch her stories on Instagram I can’t help, but giggle.

  1. Tell us about yourself! Let’s start with your name (or what you go by) and where you are crafting from
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Hey! Marie here from the blog and YouTube channel Marie Nicole Designs! I currently live in California, but have moved around quite a bit in the last 10 years. My craft room always gets packed up and relocated along with us!

  • What kind of crafting do you do?

I do mostly cardmaking. I love to sit down, make something pretty, and then send it to a friend. I also do some personal albums and memory keeping, and some random DIY/décor projects from time to time.

  • Tell us about your creative process. Where do you get inspiration? Do you go through a routine when you create? If so, what is it? Do you snack or drink when you create? IF so, what? Do you watch tv, movies, listen to music or podcast? Tell us your favorites!

These days, my creative process has to be quick. With two small children that I homeschool (and who also don’t always nap anymore), my crafting time is limited! I make a point to notice designs and art throughout my day- whether from an ad or flyer I see, product in the stores, or even from a book I’m reading. I then try to translate that design onto a card if I feel inspired. My creative routine lately has been to rise early in the morning between 4 and 5am to get my projects done before the kids wake up.

Being up so early, my drink of choice is definitely coffee! I make myself a hot cup, sit down to craft or do editing on my computer, and just power through as much work as I can get done. I enjoy watching creator friends’ YouTube channels, listening to’s new podcast, “Life Handmade”, or trying to further my own personal education by taking online courses through places like Hillsdale College. My interests are all over the place.

4)     Show us your creative space! (send me a picture) Tell us about it. What do you really like about it? Is there anything you would like different in it?

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I’m afraid my creative space isn’t much to look at currently. Since we move so often, and most times we have no idea what our next house will be like, my craft space ends up being wherever we can fit it. Right now, I have one long desk that is situated along one wall in our bedroom. I need window light for filming, so my main work station in right in front of the window.

Moving down my desk, I have another station next to me where my kids can come and color and craft while I work. I have designated supplies that they know they are allowed to use, and I also let them sift through my scrap bin of papers to do whatever they want with them! They absolutely love it, and it allows me to sneak in a few more minutes to get projects done.

The end of the desk opposite of my craft station is my “work station”. I have my laptop, calendar, extra camera lens and microphone there, along with envelopes and stamps to address and mail cards out. It isn’t pretty, but its functional! We have another move coming up soon, and after we get settled I plan on investing in some new studio furniture and equipment. I can’t wait to make some much needed changes!

  • What are you currently working on?

Sorry to disappoint, but I don’t have anything mind-blowing in the works… yet. I always have ideas and grand schemes, but never seem to have the time to execute them. I have cleared much of my creative calendar for our upcoming move, but I will have a few new collaborations and projects coming in the near future.

  • What is your favorite thing you have ever created? Do you have a link or picture to it?

This is a hard question! I think each card I create becomes a “new favorite”, but the most meaningful projects are the ones where I document something personal to me, like an entry in my albums and journals.

One art journal spread I did quite a while ago that is meaningful is a page I dedicated to my two sons. Not many know that we lost our first baby, Isaac, during delivery. Our son Hayden became our rainbow baby after we lost Isaac. I always wonder what Isaac would have been like, or what kind of relationship he and Hayden would have had. I made a colorful and happy page with photos of both my sons in this art journal so that even though they never met, they could be together on the page. Creating through art can be so therapeutic when you can pour your heart into it. I have a blog post dedicated to this page here:

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7)     What is on your crafty wishlist?

It’s a little dangerous to ask about a crafter’s wish list, don’t you think? First thing I’d love is new furniture and storage, as well as a better camera set up and lighting. Then, I’d love to add the full collection of Distress Ink Oxides and a full set of Copics. I could go on, but… I’m sure Betz doesn’t want a 20 page blog post!

  • What is one thing you would like to see change in the craft industry?

I would love to see the craft industry GROW! I think sometimes those who don’t craft don’t quite understand how meaningful it is. There are so many different forms of self-expression through craft, that it isn’t a one-size-fits-all industry. Even if you don’t consider yourself “crafty”, there is sure to be something that will spark your interest! I always tell people to not worry about perfection; if you love it, DO IT!

  • What is one thing you love about the craft industry?

The number one thing I love about this industry is the community of creative people that I have met. I never could have dreamed that once I stepping into this community that I would find so many friends that I’m sure I’ll be in touch with for life. I chat with several creative friends daily, and every year when I go to Creativation its like a reunion of best friends. Its amazing to connect through our shared interest in art, and then find on deeper levels other joys, pains, and trials that we also have shared. I’m a serious introvert, so putting myself out there is difficult for me, but once I get around my crafty people, I feel like I’m HOME.

  1. How can people find you? (Please give all your social media links)

I want to give a huge shout out to Betz for including me in this interview! She is an amazing and talented artist and I love her heart for fellow creatives.

If you want to see more of my art and keep up on what I’m currently working on, please consider checking out my social media links below!







Together is the Best Place to Be

During the last few months the world had had a lot of time to reflect. I think we can all say in one united voice that “Together is the best place to be”. This has been heavy on my heart and I have recently taken a liking to rainbows because of the message it portrays. After the storm there is a rainbow. I have been picking up rainbow themed items for my home and craft room for several months. Clique Kits had a ton of rainbow themed products. The following layouts were created with kits I found on Clique Kits.

Nieghborhood Sidewalk and Street Art

Every morning I run 2 miles in my neighborhood. Ever since we have all been staying home chalk art has been popping up on walls and sidewalks. I am so moved and warmed by the positive vibes from my nieghbors — most of them I have never met IRL. I had to document this rare time in history focusing on the GOOD.


When was the last time you got to see your extended family? I created this layout reflecting on that. We were all together for Thanksgiving. This kind of makes me sad. My kids live in the same area as their grandparents, but yet the last time we were all together was in the Fall. This has to change once it is safe to get out again.

You Are My Happy

Though it is unfortunate that my children can not see their grandparents and their great grandma I am so very grateful that they all still live at home and I get to spend this time with them. They also are all teenagers and young adults which means I am not needing to be hands on with their school. I kinda lucked out! I am not alone during this time and I am not pulling my hair because I have little ones.

For the record, I am not a short woman. My sons are tall! I am 5’9. My daughter is about 5’5 and my boys are 6’1 and 6’5! As you can tell from the look on my youngest son he is super happy he is finally taller than me!

These puffy stickers are so much fun! I feel like they give a nod to the 1980’s!

In Memory Of…

Of course it is important to remember our past and where we came from during this time. By doing so it gives hope and knowing things will get better. I created this layout in memory of my Grandpa who was a war veteran. My Mom has had his flag for about 15 years, but it wasn’t protected. I made her this case to safely keep it.

Here is a tutorial on how I created the glass shadow box for his flag.

Just Peachy

Of course we are all getting the “get out of the house” itch. This was one of the last big meet and greet I attended before we went into quarantine.

Hope For You

I know this time may be harder on others than it is on me and it may be easier. We each are dealing with our own situations and every one of us has valid concerns. My hope for you is that you stay optimistic during this time. Easier said than done, right? I get that! It is just the only thing we really have any control over is what runs through our heads and our actions. Let’s make an effort to focus on the good and know that there is still hope in our future. We will get through this together!

What is one thing you are grateful for? Tell me in the comments.\

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Layouts from Trash

I created these layouts from trash. Literally, everything was heading into the garbage can. Then I felt this overwhelming feeling of guilt. I just could not throw anything away! It went against every grain in my body. I am a scrapper at heart — meaning I like to use scraps to create. I love repurposed home decor pieces and using things in ways they were not intended to be used in. Same goes in my art! The older and more beat up the better. With that being said I made these two layouts from trash.

Now, I know you are looking at these layouts (especially the second one) and wondering why on earth I was going to throw any of that away. It’s shameful really…my reason….”last in the package” is the reason. I only had one or a few left. They were taking up precious space in my craft room. My real estate is valuable and I don’t have much room. It’s like Manhattan in craft land. Therefore, if it is just sitting there doing nothing it has to go! In this case, these items were spared.

I used nothing new on either of these layouts. I must confess that creating these was quite gratifying. Something happens in my soul when I am able to create something from nothing much less something from what I had decided was trash.

What are your favorite things to recycle? Tell me in the comments!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!