Instagram Themed Roommate Gifts

When we travel to a Stampin’ Up! event and share a room with friends it is a fun treat to make roommate gifts for one another.

I’ve made a variety of things over the years and always want something unique.  I try to find something that is my main inspiration for the gift which is usually an assortment of related items.  This year I started with a set of vintage style Instagram pens that I was able to buy at the Facebook store when we visited Kyle earlier in the summer. I should have taken a photo of just the set of pens – each one in the package was different colors – so I based each roommate gift one of of the color combinations. And I made one set for myself – that’s the one I photographed.


For my set the colors were Sahara Sand and So Saffron.  I’m trying to remember the other colors – one was Marina Mist and So Saffron, one was Marina Mist and Whisper White and the fourth one was Sahara Sand and Lost Lagoon.  I think that’s what they were – so each note pad and the bag tag matched the pen.  Everyone had the same little photo book.


I used some little black canvas bags to hold everything and clipped a little bag tag on each one.  When we go to a Stampin’ Up! Event everyone receives a bag – so all 2000+ of us end up with the same bag and it’s a good idea to bring a unique tag to attach to yours.  So I made these as part of my gift and then we were able to clip them to our SU bags for the week.


I also included a little Everyday Notes set.  I used index cards that I cut into 2″ pieces and punched them with the Ornate Tag Topper punch.  I made several of these for myself and I’m actually using them for little notes in my craft room as I’m working and need to remember things or replenish supplies.  But my thought was writing notes about photos you take or things you want to remember to add to your scrapbook.


And then I made this fun little mini scrapbook that resembles the Instagram logo.  It’s a 4×4 size so it’s perfect for your real Instagram photos – add in photos as pages or trim and attach to a card stock page.  I thought it would be a fun little album.  I found the idea on Pinterest I believe it was another Stampin’ Up! demo in Europe that made some like these.

That was what I gave to each of my roommates.  I haven’t photographed what they gave me – and in some cases have already used (or eaten) what was inside!

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Scrapbook Crop Goody Bags

I wanted to share these goody bags that I made for all the croppers and a scrapbook crop I went to earlier this month.  I was a vendor and made 60 bags – one for each cropper that attended.

crop-treat-bagI used the Chevron paper bags in the Stampin’ Up! catalog and added a Paper Doiley, banner of All Abloom Designer Paper, and then stamped and cut pieces from the Chalk Talk stamp set and framelits.  Finished with a punched flower, rhinestone and a paper clip tied with baker’s twine.  Making 60 of them took some time but I really liked how they turned out – I hope all the croppers did too.

crop-treatsNow do you want to know what I included inside for everyone?

First I gave them all some of the All Abloom Designer Paper stack.  Here is what all that paper looked like before going in the bags –

crop-dspI also made up some little Project Life card samples using the Mini Kits from Sale-A-Bration –

crop-plThey also got a flyer for the new Sale-A-Bration items for March, a postcard about Paper Pumpkin subscriptions, a Door Prize form, a business card from me, and a small spool of Baker’s Twine.

It sure does seem like I had something else in there but I can’t think of it right now.

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MDS Blog Hop

MDS Blog Hop

Look at me – I’m a guest on the MDS Blog Hop!!  Twice a month a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators join together to share their passion for digital designing with My Digital Studio.  And my friend Cindy asked me to join them for the month of November!  How cool is that?  I’m so excited!  These ladies are all very talented and have amazing digital projects.  So come hop along and see what everyone has created.  The theme for this week is PROJECT LIFE by MDS.  Everyone will share different ways that they have combined My Digital Studio and Project Life.


If you follow my blog or even my Facebook Page you’ll know that at the end of the summer Greg and I took a trip to Alaska.  It was a wonderful trip and we were gone for almost 2 weeks!  I took well over 1000 photos!  And I wanted to create a My Digital Studio photobook that would showcase our trip and all the photos.  I love the simplicity of Project Life and wanted to use the concept in my book.  I’ve played around with a few different things and think I finally found what I wanted.

Alaska 2014-007This page is from the first morning of our trip.  We arrived the evening before in Fairbanks and checked in to our hotel and met our tour guide.  I’m going to go back and make a page for our travel day.  My plan is to stay heavy on the photos and add journaling and other details on pages that precede each days photos.  It may change as I go along but this is my current plan.

The photo book template that I used is an older one that came out before Project Life by Stampin’ Up! started but it has all the feel of Project Life and made a good base for starting – even though I removed all the elements and changed all the boxes to be photo boxes – I even did a bit of resizing for this page.  Its called – The Best Year Photobook Template.  I did use some words from the Everyday Adventure Project Life Digital Kit.  I will be using more from that kit throughout my book.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to hop through and see the amazing things that everyone else has done with this weeks theme.  Next in line is Amber – click on the NEXT button below to hop over to her blog.  Also make sure to come back for the next hop which will be on November 20th.  I get to hop along for that one too!  Thank you ladies for letting me join you!

1487274_10201501101681785_1819447505219309930_nCindy and I also host a monthly MDS Virtual Digi Crop on Facebook – we have a group that you can join if you would like to participate along with us.  Our next date is November 11 – that’s next week.

Have fun on the MDS Blog Hop!!


My Digital Studio Virtual Digi Crop

Did you know that once a month I have a My Digital Studio Virtual Digi Crop on Facebook?  My friend Cindy and I host a virtual crop on our Facebook Group – MDS Virtual Digi Crop.  If you’d like to join the group leave me a comment here so I know to approve you.

Last night was our Virtual Crop for August and Cindy and I each had a challenge for the group.  Everyone has until tonight to make their creations and then add them to the photo album for everyone to see.  Then we choose a Pick of the Crop and you get a fun little badge to display on your own blog or Facebook page.

For last night my challenge was to create a planner – either a monthly or weekly planner.  I created both.  My weekly planner look like this –

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I printed out my page and filled it in for this week.  I have a some changes I’m going to make and I’ll print a new one for next week.  I just use regular paper and keep it on my desk.  I’m planning to write my shopping list on the back for dinner each night.  I’m trying to do a better job planning out the meals for the week – I haven’t done that in many years.  We were just all so busy going in all different directions.  Now that Ryan is going off to college it will all be different.

And Cindy had us do a sketch challenge using one digital kit.  Here is my creation for her challenge.

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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.