Christmas Layouts that Shine

In 1993 I moved to Germany as a college transfer student. In the market there was the most beautiful shiny paper. I thought it was wrapping paper, but it was expensive. I later learned that it was foiled paper used to make stars to decorate Christmas trees. Upon returning to the United States I forgot about the gorgeous foiled paper until 2017.

In 2017 I attended Creativation and met the owner of Rinea. The owner had lived in Germany and learned how to make them as a little girl. She had a hard time finding it in the United States when she moved back and set out to bring it to America. That is how Rinea was born! It is a small business specializing in foiled paper. Of course there is so much more that can be done with the paper besides making stars. One of my favorite things to do with the foiled paper is create delicate dies by running it through my cuddle bug.

The foiled paper is surprisingly durable while feeling fragile. There is paper center that is sandwich between two pieces of thin foil.

When creating dies with Rinea Foiled Paper it is best to do two at a time. By folding the paper in half it allows it to release easier from the die.

The blush matches perfectly with Prima’s Frank Garcia Santa Baby line. The gold is a great addition to anything for Christmas as seen on the layout above.

There are so many things I use this paper on in my craft room. It has become a staple! Here are a few more things you can do with it:

Do you know of any products you would like in your country?

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Vacation Layouts

Do you know what is frustrtating? Thinking that you are done with a series of pictures to scap and finding ONE more. I thought as I concluded with these last pages I was done, but nope. There is another photo that needs to be scrapped. It is an epic photo too! So, as much as I want to say I am done I can’t just yet. Regardless, here are three vacation layouts I want to share with you.

Very little journaling is needed on all my pages for vacation, so I keep it pretty simple!

To create more interest on this page I ran the stars I had die cut through with an embossing folder and ran an ink pad in the same color darker shade over the top. Gems were randomly placed to finish off the page.

This banner was so fun to make! I may have taken these pictures just so I could create this ice cream themed page.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Back to School Albums

Last year was tough completing the very last page for my son’s school album because he was graduating. This year has proven no easier. It is my daughter’s last year of high school and she will be leaving home in the fall for college. My youngest has four more years of school left, but it will go by so quick.

Layouts

There was lots of left over Harry Potter paper and I decided to use it for this year’s back to school pages. This is the first year that I did not use a sketch much less the same design on each layout.

By mating each piece of pattern paper and picture with black cardstock it gave the layout a cohesive look that is not so busy. The multitude of patterns allows for little embellishment which is a good thing for these types of albums.

The Inline Alphabet stamp set from Close to My Heart is perfect for school layouts!

Walk Thru

I took a little stroll down memory lane by sharing a walk thru of her album. Not only has she grown, but so has the trees she stood in front of yearly and the car behind her is not the family car. It is her car.

https://youtu.be/3RfOCG2zLJA

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

The Great Outdoors

One thing that my family is doing a lot of is getting outside! My husband and daughter trained for a triathlon last summer. My son went hiking and we all had fun exploring local trails.

My daughter got a job as front desk receptionist at The Fitness Institute. Her new passion for health led to an entire overhaul on our family starting with my husband. He went from 430 pounds to 325 in just under seven months. I soon joined in and started working out with my daughter’s trainer (pictured above). Instead of sitting at home and playing video games my husband and daughter started training for a triathlon together. Not only did they get fit they bonded!

Using the same line and stamp set from Close to My Heart I created a page of my son at the top of the mountain on a hike. For my husband’s 44th Birthday he wanted to go on a hike — so that is what we did.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Harry Potter and Magical Spells!

Since it is almost Halloween I thought it would be the perfect time to share a few layouts I made to document our time in World of Wizards (Universal Studios). We went on vacation in the summer of 2019 and spent a day with Harry Potter and all things magical.

The paper line I used for these layouts is by Photoplay. I adore the design, but do not like that it is glossy. If I was not desperate for it, I probably would have not bought it just because it was glossy.

The conductor at Platform 9 3/4 was amazing!

This picture of my son is my favorite! He looks so much like a wizard and was smiling. It is hard to get a teenager to smile sometimes 🙂

My favorite part of the park is the Butterbeer. I liked it so much that I had to make some at home!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Halloween Hop with Cut Cardstock

I am honored to be part of my first blog hop with Cut Cardstock. Have you heard of this awesome company? They carry an extensive selection of not only cardstock, but also other paper crafting basics at a great price. I discovered them through my friend Hannah and have been hooked ever since!

Hop Details

Cut Cardstock is giving away a $40 gift card to their shop to one lucky winner. To be entered to win make sure you comment on each post on the hop and consider following each designer. I will provide a list of all the hop stops at the end of this post 🙂

Cardstock Based Mini Album

I got a little carried away with my hop project. This little mini album has been rolling around in my head for months.

I was taking pictures of each step on how to create this interactive album, but I decided a video tutorial would be better.

The inside of the album after I got it decorated!

Each pocket holds an insert and more can be added as needed!

The corner pieces have three pop dots holding them down so pictures can easily be slid behind them.

Tags were created with leftover paper.

A couple close ups of the binding I created with cardstock:

To see the album in action, a complete walk thru and other supplies I used to create it check out this video:

I hope you enjoyed my Halloween project and found the tutorial on how to create the mini album useful! I am going to give this album away on my Instagram account once I hit 5K followers.

Now it’s time to hop! Your next spot is:

Heidi Randazzo

K.I.S.S. Layouts

K.I.S.S. Layouts are some of my favorite to scrap for vacations. It means Keep It Simple Stupid. When working with a theme often a lot of journaling is not needed on every page. I truly believe that a picture can speak a thousand words. For these two layouts I wanted to document the great time we had in San Diego on the beach. I have the story of the trip documented elsewhere in the album. I used a Close to My heart paper pack, stickers and coordinating stamps to pull them together.

The yellow dress is one of my favorites to wear now after seeing this picture. I always thought I could not wear it, even though yellow is my favorite color. My daughter had to jump several times to get that perfect pose. I feel like I need to state that!

My boys had fun boogie boarding and looking for shells on the beach. Both of these pictures captured their moods perfectly.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!