Lots of Stars!

Lots of Stars!

Here is another Make&Take project from the Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat.  This one was designed by Cindy and uses an e-cutter to cut the stars out of the Designer Paper and also the words

.  We created both a card and a 12×12 scrapbook page using the same basic layout and the same elements.



The gold sequins add a little sprinkle of gold throughout each project.


Stampin’ Up! meets Project Life!

Stampin’ Up! meets Project Life and Becky Higgins!  WOW!! What exciting news!

Check out this video:


A limited selection of products will be available for sale starting May 1st.  And a full collection will be in our new annual catalog starting in June.

Get ready for a scrapbooking revolution with Project Life! It helps busy people (so basically all of us) document life using photos and journaling in a quick, simple, and fabulous way. We’ve partnered with Becky Higgins, creator of Project Life, to offer a complete line of elite products.

I can’t wait to see it all!


Welcome Spring Scrapbook Layout

We are in full spring mode around here and I’m so happy!  I love spring!  For my March scrapbook class I created this Welcome Spring two-page layout.


It features the Afternoon Tea Designer Series paper – I used it for the border and the flowers. This is such a pretty pack of paper that I had kind of overlooked in the catalog.  It’s perfect for Spring and it may look a bit familiar – we had another pack in a past catalog with the same designs just a different color combination.

Let’s take a little closer look at this layout -

  • The base is Soft Suede 12×12 card stock
  • The Pear Pizzazz pieces are where your photos will go – either collage them or mat them or line them up all the way across the layout.
  • The border along the bottom is made with the Banner punch that was in the Sale-A-Bration brochure – it will be returning in our next annual catalog – so keep your eye out for it.  I punched pieces of the Afternoon Tea Designer Paper and randomly placed them along the bottom of the Pear Pizzazz pieces.  Over the top is a piece of the Burlap Ribbon – I cut mine into 4 strips.  I also added little flowers from the Punch Pack in the coordinating colors.  welcome-spring-border
  • I used the Pansy Punch was used to punch the flowers from the Designer paper and also from Pear Pizzazz card stock (those become the leaves underneath).  Curl them all a little.  Punch Soft Suede bitty flowers with the punch from the Punch Pack.  Layer the flowers – a bitty flower, designer paper flower and card stock flower then use a paper piercer to put holes in the center and add a silver mini brad to each.
  • Cut a frame with the On Film Framelits from Very Vanilla card stock for the left page.  Tie a piece of Linen Thread around the side of the frame.  I love Linen Thread.  welcome-spring-detail
  • I used the Two-Step Bird punch to make the bird and branch.  Sponge the Very Vanilla bird with Wisteria Wonder ink.  And an eye with the Soft Suede marker.  The branch is Pear Pizzazz.  I used some strands from the burlap ribbon to put under the birds beak – like he is carrying straw to build a nest.  Yeah – that’s what has been going on in my yard.
  • On the right page there is a journaling tag.  Use a 2″ strip of Very vanilla and punch with the Scallop Tag Topper punch.  Add a piece of Pear Pizzazz ribbon tied on with Linen Thread.  Add a strip of the designer paper and one of the flowers to the tag.  welcome-spring-tag
  • Add the photos and journaling to finish the page.

Now I need to print some photos to put on my layout.  I got some really good shots around the yard the last few days.


MDS using a custom background

Last week at Digi Crop nite I gave the girls a challenge to use the Custom Background feature in their project.  Here is my example -

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I also gave them a sketch to work off of – a sketch often helps give you a place to start.  My page follows the sketch.  And I used photos from a day trip we took to Santa Cruz – we weren’t there very long and the pictures are mostly from when we walked down the pier.

Using a custom background and selecting a photo is one of the fun things that you can do with My Digital Studio that doesn’t really work with traditional scrapbooking.  In case you haven’t tried it before here are a few tips to get you started.

  • Open your My Digital Studio Project and get to a blank page.  mds custom background
  • Open the Design Center on the right side and go to Background Papers.
  • Click on the CUSTOM option.
  • It will open up a screen for you to browse your computer and find the photo you want to use.  Add it.
  • Now create the rest of your page on top of it.

Give it a try and see what you can create.



Scrapbooking with the Sweet Sorbet Collection

I created a scrapbook layout with the Sweet Sorbet Collection from Sale-A-Bration.  I used the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series paper and the Accessory Pack along with the See Ya Later stamp set.  Here is my 2-page 12″ x 12″ scrapbook layout.


The colors included are Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Summer Starfruit, Basic Black, and Whisper White.  Here are some closeups of the clusters of elements….


After I took out the  cork pieces that I was using I decided to try punching out from the scraps that were left.  I was able to use the Itty Bitty Punch pack and punch extra little flowers to add on my page.  I just used a Black Marker to add a dot in the center of each flower.


There is a punched heart border across the layout with flower sprinkled in.  The flowers are from the Petite Petals stamp set and matching punch.

sweet-sorbet-3I tied bows with the colored Baker’s Twine from the Sweet Sorbet Accessory pack and added them to my page with glue dots.  To keep the ends from unraveling I tied little knots.

Sweet-sorbet-4A couple of the In Color Boutique Details were added to the page too – Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding were part of my color scheme.  If you have been a Paper Pumpkin subscriber you would have received a free gift of these in one of the last few kits – I think they came in the January kit.

The page is ready for pictures and journaling to be added.  What do you think about the layout?

Thanks for stopping by.


MDS Digi Crop Nite & Challenge

Last night we had one of our MDS Digi Crop nites near my house.  We meet at a local restaurant that has wifi (not that we necessarily need it but we do use it while we are there).  That’s one of the nice things about the My Digital Studio software it is loaded on your computer and you don’t need to be connect to the internet to use it and create with it.  You need the internet connection to download digital content that you want to add to your software, or to send your completed project to the printer.  Or if you want to share your creation on a social network.  Most of us shared our creations last night after we finished them.  Here is mine


The challenge we had last night that Cindy came up with was this -

  • start with a sketch or template  (I started with a Rounded Corner photo template – it had 2 photos, I deleted one and made the other one taller)
  • add punches (my background is actually a square punch, and the letters for ETOWAH are punches)
  • add a photo with rounded corners (it was already in the template)
  • use only 3 colors (plus white or vanilla) (I color matched the dark blue and yellow to Ryan’s uniform, also had white and the the overlays are watermark as the color choice).

Everyone finished – even me – yes that laugh at me because I don’t necessarily get mine done while we are there.  But I did last night and I was even late getting there.

On this page I tried out a Double Mat trick on my photo – a long time ago it was asked could you create a double mat on a photo – well the MAT option only allows one.  But what came to me in a dream (no really it did) was this – create the photo with the mat that you want.  Make a copy and paste in place and the second one create the second mat.  Adjusting the size so that one mat is larger than the other.  The larger one needs to be the one in the back.  It was quick and easy to do this since you don’t have to check the sizes or anything just adjust the number on the MAT.  There are other ways to accomplish the look of a double mat but this was what I did.

Have a great day!



Scrapbook – Family Vacation

I created this scrapbook layout several month ago.   It’s based on a page layout in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  I used the I Am Me Product Suite – it’s one of my favorites in the catalog.


I still need to add pictures.  In my scrapbook class I make up my samples usually without pictures.  Often the layouts could be used for different things and I don’t want to get anyone “trapped” into what the layout needs to be.  They should be able to use it for what they have.  For this one I had a family vacation in mind.


The left page of the layout is like the one in the Stampin’ Up! catalog.  Just add photos (rounding the corners) on the empty white rectangles.  Plus add a small photo under the washi tape by the luggage.  Add journaling down by the film strip.  After I add my photos I’ll probably add a title with where we went and the dates.


This is the right side page created to match the one on the left.  Add more photos and maybe a few more journaling notes and you are all done.  Here is a list of the supplies used:

  • Basic Gray 12″ x 12″ card stock
  • Whisper White card stock
  • I Am Me Designer Series paper
  • Filmstrip stamp
  • Designer Buttons – Subtles
  • Chevron Ribbon – Calypso Coral
  • Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape
  • Around the World Stamp set
  • Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine
  • Corner Rounder punch (or the Envelope Punch Board)
  • Circle punches
  • Designer Typeset Photopolymer Stamp set
  • Pool Party, Real Red card stock
  • Pool Party, Real Red, Calypso Coral, Basic Gray, So Saffron classic ink
  • Jumbo Rhinestones


Friday I have another scrapbook class.  I have a winter themed page perfect for all the snow pictures during out storms we recently had.  And the second layout I have a few things in mind – just need to make my final decisions.

Thanks for stopping by!


MDS Virtual Digi Crop

The weather has been crazy here and we keep having to cancel our regular MDS Digi Crop nites that we have at the local Panera.  Today I thought – why do we do this as a virtual crop – everyone will be on their computers anyway – I’ll just create a Facebook group and we’ll have our own Virtual Crop.  I sent Cindy a message and she thought it was a great idea! I got everything set up and we invited all our MDS girls and we had a blast creating with MDS all from the comfort of our home!

We had 2 challenges – Cindy came up with one and created her sample and I came up with the other and created my sample.   Here is mine – a very basic page

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The challenge was to use one of the photo only templates that are in the Designer Template section.  And find a winter font, download, install and use it on your page.  I found a site with 10 free winter fonts that I pinned on my scrapbook board and shared with everyone.

Here is a look at where you find the photo only layouts in My Digital Studio -

mds photo template

Mine was from the 12×1 Photo Only – round corners template.  And I used two winter fonts – one was called Snow Dream and the other Angelic Serif.

To build the page this is what I did:

  • started with the photo template
  • I added a background paper.
  • Filled in my photos – I did add a drop shadow and mat.
  • Added the title.
  • And then added a flag punch and a text box for the date.

We had so much fun that we are going to do it again.  Now to figure out when.

This page has pictures from our Snowjam week in January.  Well guess what we are in the midst of another winter weather situation.  We had one storm come through this morning with snow and freezing rain.  Now another one is starting (this is the BIG one) bringing freezing rain, snow, sleet, ice.  They are expecting lots of ice which can cause the power to go out as trees and lines fall with the weight of the ice.  We shall see what happens – they are telling us to prepare to be home for several days.

Come back and visit me again.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about the virtual mds crop.  Would you be interested in participating?  Since it is virtual it wouldn’t matter where you lived.


My Digital Studio – Monday fun

A couple of times each month we have a My Digital Studio Digi Crop.  The last time we met was the week before Thanksgiving and we shared a trick with everyone an easy way to use a sketch that you might find somewhere as a jump start for your My Digital Studio layout.  We used a sketch from the MDS Monday Sketch blog and I decided to play along and submit my page.  I just realized that my page was selected as one of the TOP Picks!  How fun is that!

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so do you want to know the trick?

  • Find a sketch that you want to use online somewhere – save it to your computer as a jpg file.
  • open your My Digital Studio project and go to a blank page
  • add a photo to the page – and choose the jpg file that you saved of the sketch
  • this creates a “map” for you to follow
  • add your photo boxes and page layers on top of the “map”
  • when you are done delete the photo from the back

I turned the sketch for my page – so I added it as a photo box and then rotated it – then I placed my photo boxes and the punch for the strip across the page.  I deleted the sketch and added my other elements and text.  It was a brilliant idea that Cindy had!

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One Fall Day Scrapbook Layout

It has been a long time since I shared a scrapbook layout – it was August!  I was working on my class reminder email for the scrapbook class this week and wanted to add a picture and realized I didn’t have any recent ones.  But I found some that we made in the last few months and took some quick photos so I could add to my email and decided to go ahead and post here on my blog today too.  This is a perfect layout for this time of year.

one-fall-day-layoutOne Fall Day

My yard is covered in falling leaves.  As soon as Greg cleans the yard the leaves are back.  Right now it’s a never ending battle.  And I can’t believe it is almost Thanksgiving!  Normally we travel to Virginia for at least the last 11 years.  But this year everyone will come here to our house and I’m going to attempt to cook a big turkey!

Here is a little more detail on the One Fall Day layout.

  • one-fall-daybackground is Sahara Sand card stock – drag the edges in a Chocolate Chip ink pad
  • cut squares from the Sweater Weather Designer Paper – draw doodle lines around all four sides with the Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Marker
  • Stamp the Magnificent Maple stamp on Very Vanilla card stock, sponge some color on the leaf and cut out. Make 2.
  • the title uses the Fabulous Phrases stamp set for the “one” and the “day” – stamp and punch those out.  FALL is cut with the Big Shot using the Typeset Alphabet dies.one-fall-day-title
  • to make the Chevron Design – I punched a piece of thin cardboard (what comes in the Designer Paper packs) using the Chevron Border punch to create a stencil – place the stencil on your background and use sponge daubers to sponge ink through the stencil. chevron-border-stencil
  • Add photo mats, additional die cut leaves and woodgrain buttons tied with Linen Thread.  one-fall-day-right
  • Add your fun fall photos to finish this layout!

Items from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog that I used on this layout include the Sweater Weather Designer paper, the Magnificent Maple stamp, Chevron Border Punch, and Truly Grateful stamp set.


Thanks for visiting my blog on this fall day!