Close to My Heart Craft with Heart Kit: Be Merry

MeghannAndrew_CTMH_BeMerry_Double_02.jpg

I’m so excited to share my final layout of the year using the Close to My Heart Craft with Heart kit subscription! The December layouts did not disappoint with their festive colors and embellishments, and I created this 24” x 12” double-page layout about the things that make me merry at Christmas!

MeghannAndrew_CTMH_BeMerry_Double_01.jpg

Supplies | Craft with Heart December Kit, Living My Best Life stamp, 'Tis the Season Compliments, Fern-stitched ribbon, white pearls

By starting with the kit elements, and adding small amounts of coordinating Close to My Heart product, I was able to create a truly customized layout design that fit perfectly with the photos and story that I wanted to share.

Whether you follow the instructions to a “t” or do your own thing with the specially coordinated kit, I know you’ll love what you create! Check out the process video that I filmed while making this layout. In it, you’ll see how I used different-sized photos than the layout example, added a bit more embellishment using the beautiful 'Tis the Season CTMH products and stamped words that fit with my layout with the wonderful CTMH Boutique Scrapbooking Day-to-Day stamp. I also create pockets underneath my photos to add hidden journaling, a technique I use often.

Check out these wonderful and simple-to-create Close to My Heart Craft with Heart Kits today, to make quick and beautiful layouts that document your most special memories! Thanks for stopping by, and happy creating!

Elle's Studio December 2018 Kit + Add-ons Revealed!

It’s the final month of the year, and Elle’s Studio is going out on a high note with the new December kit and add-ons*! Take a look at my unboxing video to see all of the new product:

The December 2018 kit is perfect for documenting your holiday memories, time playing in the snow, and so much more! Just take a look at the beautiful colors included this month:

From stamps, cork, puffy stickers and beautiful gold acrylic, there is something for everyone in the add-ons this month!

EllesStudio_December2018_Add-Ons.jpg

Even though we don’t have much snow here in Texas, the temperatures are dropping and I found the perfect way to use the snowy-themed product released this month:

EllesStudio_MeghannAndrew_Time-For-Cocoa-Gifts_01.jpg

These embellished jars of homemade cocoa powder are the perfect gift for our neighbors, and they could not have been easier to create! Vinyl and the December 2018 digital cut file embellished my jars with pretty snowflakes, and the Snow Day journaling tags held the instructions for mixing the cocoa. The Wonder and Joy and Let it Snow stamps added cute phrases like “time for cocoa” and “yum” to small tags from the December 2018 kit. The final touches were added with wood veneer snowflakes punched and added with baker’s twine, and small hearts and twinkles from the Winter puffy stickers. Want to see the steps I used to create these cute gifts? Head to my Instagram feed where I’m sharing the step-by-step process!

EllesStudio_MeghannAndrew_Time-For-Cocoa-Gifts_08.jpg

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I can’t wait to see what you create with these new products! Shop the goodies that I used to create my jars today, and re-create them for your neighbors, via the gallery link below:

*Clicking these links will take you to the Elle's Studio shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

Elle's Studio December Reveal: Main Street Magic + Process Video

I loved working with the December 2018 kit and add-ons from Elle’s Studio this month! Check out my first blog post for the unboxing video that I created with all of the new goodies, where you’ll also find perfect DIY holiday gifts for friends and neighbors created with the kit and add-ons. In this blog post, I’m sharing a brand new 8-1/2” x 11” layout with you, all about the magic of Main Street U.S.A. in Disneyland!

EllesStudio_MeghannAndrew_Main-Street-Magic_01.jpg

I created a process video while making this layout, and in it, you can see how I created my title with the new Large Jane Alphabet Stamp Bundle, created a colorful border strip and tried to balance all of the beautiful colors I have on this page:

Don’t you just love that title? I sure do, and I can’t wait to go back to Disney to record even more magical Christmas details on Main Street.

EllesStudio_MeghannAndrew_Main-Street-Magic_02.jpg

Shop all of the product that I used to create this layout while supplies last via the affiliate gallery below, and thanks so much for your support!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Elle's Studio shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

American Crafts Journal Studio Notebook: Lizzy 2018

I’m so excited to be sharing my first project using the Journal Studio Collection* from American Crafts! I’ve decided to document 2018 from my daughter’s perspective, creating two spreads for each month of her year. I want these spreads to focus on her interests, her activities and the highlights of her year. The Journal Studio Collection was perfect for this task, as everything coordinates perfectly and takes the guesswork out of creating!

AmericanCrafts_MeghannAndrew_JournalStudioCollection_HelloLizzyNotebook_01.jpg

Supplies | (If an item is not available, click “notify me when in stock” to grab it when it is back in the shop!) American Crafts Journal Studio Collection: Watercolor Stripe journal kit, Hello journal insert, Amy Tan sticker book, Amy Tan washi tape, Journal Studio sticker book, Journal Studio ephemera, Journal Studio mini puffy stickers, Journal Studio Dreams paper clips, Good Vibes Only gel pens; Sunshine and Good Times Collection: Rainbow Love paper, Shine Bright paper, Major Heart Eyes paper; Other: Dear Lizzy Lovely Day Thickers, Dear Lizzy clothespins (I like to keep my notebooks open with these when photographing)

I started off with a photograph from my daughter’s birthday in January, keeping the pages and layers super simple, and non-dimensional. Both the Amy Tan sticker book and Journal Studio sticker book have so many options for awesome embellishment, it was hard to choose what designs to select!

AmericanCrafts_MeghannAndrew_JournalStudioCollection_HelloLizzyNotebook_02.jpg

These alphabet stickers were included in the Journal Studio sticker book, and could not have been more perfect for adding a title in that speech bubble sticker!

AmericanCrafts_MeghannAndrew_JournalStudioCollection_HelloLizzyNotebook_03.jpg

This is my favorite spread from my creative session, and documents my daughter’s first experience with snow at our home in Texas. I just love the color scheme on this page—those sherbet colors are perfect for each month of the year!

AmericanCrafts_MeghannAndrew_JournalStudioCollection_HelloLizzyNotebook_04.jpg

The sweet heart stickers radiating out of the lovely die-cut house from the Journal Studio ephemera created the perfect embellishment for this spread.

AmericanCrafts_MeghannAndrew_JournalStudioCollection_HelloLizzyNotebook_05.jpg

I kept this rainbow paper for just such an occasion, and I love the way it tied both halves of my spread together here, on this layout that documents my daughter’s besties and a trip to the zoo.

Watch this process video, as I create these pages, and talk all about how I’m tackling this extra project at the end of the year:

Thanks so much for stopping by and watching my video! I’d love to hear what you think about traveler’s notebooks and the new Journal Studio collection. You can check out the products I used in the gallery below, available at Scrapbook.com! (If an item is not available, click “notify me when in stock” to grab it when it is back in the shop!)

*Clicking these links will take you to the Scrapbook.com shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop Day 1 + Giveaway

Crafty Friends Blog Hop Graphic.jpg

Hello and welcome to my blog for the Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop! You’ve come here from the talented Zsoka Marko’s blogI

I am so excited to be a part of this industry of creative people, where I am inspired every day to create something new, and I love that this hop celebrates the support and kinship that we all give to one another! I’d love to connect with you on Instagram, where I’m most social! Now on to the crafty stuff! I have a new 12” x 12” layout to share all about this special job of mine:

Altenew_MeghannAndrew_HappyCreating_01.jpg

Supplies | Our Family scrapbook collection, Mega Greetings 2 stamp and die bundle, Crafty Life stamp and die bundle, Snapshots stamp set, Altenew glue tape

It’s quite rare that I have a photo of myself in front of the camera in my scrap space, and not just my hands for a process video! I wanted to create this layout all about how I love my job and pinch myself every day that I get to create for a living.

Altenew_MeghannAndrew_HappyCreating_04.jpg

After I had my photo decided, it worked out perfectly that I could create my stamped title of my signature tagline, “happy creating,” using the Mega Greetings 2 and Crafty Life stamp and die bundles. I love the way that they look layered on top of each other in the mint green and teal blue ink.

Altenew_MeghannAndrew_HappyCreating_05.jpg

How perfect is this sentiment?! All around my layout, I included stamped elements from the Mega Greetings 2, Crafty Life and Snapshots stamps, along with fussy cut leaves, die cuts, enamel dots and beautiful patterned papers from the Our Family scrapbook collection.

Altenew_MeghannAndrew_HappyCreating_02.jpg

I love this layout, and I hope it has inspired you to document your love for paper crafting just like I did here! Tag me on Instagram when sharing your unique page! Now on to the prizes:

Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 5 lucky winners. There are also 10 awesome friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

How do you enter to win one of these awesome prizes? Simply leave a comment at every stop along this hop list:

Altenew Card Blog

Jennifer McGuire

May Sukyong Park

My Sweet Petunia

Kathy Racoosin

Norine Borys

Chameleon Pens

Svitlana Shayevich

Kristina Pokazanieva

Raquel Bowman

Keeway Tsao

Butterfly Reflections Ink

Virginia Lu

Laura Jane

Simon Says Stamp

Lilith Eeckels

Dana Gong

Alex Syberia

Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

Zinia Redo

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Zsoka Marko

Meghann Andrew < you are here

Kay Miller

Be sure to leave comments by Sunday, December 9th, 2018 for a chance to win! 35 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on all of these blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on December 15th, 2018. Good luck! Finish out the hop now by visiting Kay Miller for more inspiration. Good luck and happy creating!

Crafty Friends Blog Hop Sponsor Graphic.jpg

Close to My Heart Craft with Heart November Kit: Holly Jolly Snow Days

Living in Texas, we hardly ever get to experience snow, which I hate for my daughter. I always enjoyed the changing of the seasons, and the first snowfall of the year was always a magical day for me. On Boxing Day 2017, we woke to a beautiful, fresh morning of a few inches of snow, and I bundled my girl up and pushed her out the door to enjoy it. Today I’m documenting her excitement playing in the snow using the Close to My Heart Craft with Heart November Kit!

MeghannAndrew_CTMH_HollyJollySnowDays_01.jpg

This kit could not have been more perfect to for these photos. The colors and the subject of what I needed to document seemed to be made for this layout! Once I had my photos placed, I tweaked the title a bit by adding the playful Erin’s Hand Alphabet Stamp to what would have been the journaling tag, to add the word “snow.” I love how it adds to the page, and that pink heart on top of the tag gave such a bright pop of color to the title!

MeghannAndrew_CTMH_HollyJollySnowDays_04.jpg

I also loved adding some coordinating embellishments to this spread, like the gorgeous Oh What Fun felt shapes for added texture, the white pearls to bring that snowy pearlescence and the Sugarplum glitter gems for a bit of sparkle!

MeghannAndrew_CTMH_HollyJollySnowDays_06.jpg

I stamped the “enjoying today” sentiment from the Boutique Scrapbooking: Day-to-Day set and added my journaling above and below my photos, with printed cardstock strips.

MeghannAndrew_CTMH_HollyJollySnowDays_07.jpg

Check out how this layout came together quickly and easily in such a beautiful way, in the process video I’m sharing on my YouTube feed:

Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube feed (you can find a link in the right sidebar >>> ) to see what I create with next month’s Craft with Heart kit! Until then, happy creating!

Elle's Studio November 2018 Kit + Add-Ons in Pockets

Hello there! In case you missed my Elle’s Studio November reveal blog post, be sure to click here to watch my unboxing video to preview all of the new goodies in the shop this month!

In this post, I’m going to share my second project with you, created with the November 2018 kit and add-ons*, a 24” x 12” pocket page spread, which I created to document November of 2015, a hole in my monthly album!

EllesStudio_MeghannAndrew_November2015Pockets_FullSpread_01.jpg

This kit was just perfect for all of my photos! I had so many deep blues and bright reds, as well as green, and the themes in the kit this month could not have been more perfect either. I created my 4” x 6” title tag using the ledger tag from the November kit, which I accented with my favorite add-on this month, springs of greenery from the Merry Moment stamp. I also punched a red circle from the Merry and Bright 6” x 6” paper stack, and accented that grouping with a Christmas hand drawn acrylic heart. I stamped “hello” using the Title Builder stamp, then added “November” with the new navy puffy alphabet stickers.

EllesStudio_MeghannAndrew_November2015Pockets_Left_02.jpg

You may have noticed this 3” x 4” tag in the Elle’s Studio sneak video on Instagram (which we release every month on the 1st!). The “the stockings are hung” phrase can be found in the This Season phrase stickers, which have a wide range of phrases which can fit for your November and December stories! Then I added the fabulous red Jane alphabet stickers to add “deck the halls,” and accented with a die-cut arrow from the November kit, a stamped heart from the Merry Moment stamp and a Christmas hand drawn acrylic heart. It was the perfect tag to point to the photo of our house lit up with twinkle lights!

EllesStudio_MeghannAndrew_November2015Pockets_Right_02.jpg

I couldn’t forget about the beautiful blue hue in the kit! I grabbed the blue dot pattern found in the Merry and Bright 6” x 6” paper stack to create a custom 3” x 4” tag, then stamped the “a day to remember” circle with the Merry Moment stamp and fussy cut it out, adhering it to the patterned paper. Last, I added a long journaling tag, found on a 4” x 6” tag in the November kit, adding the word “proud” with the navy Jane alphabet stickers and another This Season phrase sticker. I love that this tag spans three different pockets to tie them together!

I know you will love using this kit and coordinating add-ons to tell your stories, whether inside or outside of the pocket! Be sure to shop all of the products that I used to create this spread in my shapable gallery below, which will take you directly to that product in the Elle’s Studio shop! Happy creating!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Elle's Studio shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

Elle's Studio November 2018 Reveal Day!

Hooray for my favorite day of the month! It’s reveal day at Elle’s Studio, which means a brand new, beautiful kit and array of add-ons*, created with your memories in mind, has hit the shop! Take a look at my unboxing video to see all of the new goodies:

Get ready for the holiday spirit to hit your desktop with the fun, new November kit! It will take you from the Thanksgiving table and straight into Christmas with its bold and bright colors, and crisp, clean designs:

Ellestudio_November2018_Kit.jpg

You will also want to check out the coordinating add-ons, which range from new, shiny acrylics, to a gorgeous 6” x 6” paper stack! Many of them also coordinate with the Document December kit to work double-duty for you!

Ellestudio_November2018_Add-Ons.jpg

Elle has this knack for always coordinating her fall items with our previous year’s family portraits, and this year was no exception! The beautiful teal, navy and shades of green from the kit and add-ons were perfect to use while creating a new 8-1/2” x 11” layout about our family:

EllesStudio_MeghannAndrew_TreasureThis_01.jpg

I’d love for you to check out how this layout came together in my process video below! “What’s this?” you say? Two videos in one post!? In this short video, you’ll see how much I love the new Merry Moment stamp this month, how I get indecisive on where to place my boughs (a word I cannot even pronounce on video) and just plain have fun with these products!

Be sure to pick up all of the Elle’s Studio goodies that I used to create this layout via the gallery below, only while supplies last! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this kit! It’s a beauty!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Elle's Studio shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

American Crafts Head in the Clouds Collection: Pixie Perfect

The brand new Head in the Clouds collection* by Shimelle and American Crafts is right up my alley, and as soon as it landed on my doorstep, I made the time to create a brand new layout using it! This whimsical, magical and fantastic collection is perfect for my princess and unicorn-loving little girl, and I know it’s going to help me document a lot of memories!

MeghannAndrew_AmericanCrafts_PixiePerfect_01.jpg

My daughter’s first meet and greet with Tinkerbell was perfect for this collection! The beautiful floral patterns and natural details in the embellishments gave the Pixie Hollow feel to this layout that I was looking for!

MeghannAndrew_AmericanCrafts_PixiePerfect_02.jpg

I created three different embellishment groupings on this page, filled with stamped leaves, fussy-cut elements from the Head in the Clouds patterned papers, stickers and die cut ephemera.

MeghannAndrew_AmericanCrafts_PixiePerfect_04.jpg

My title is one of my favorite parts about this layout, as I LOVE the green banner that I fussy-cut from patterned paper to place it on! It also gave the perfect element to rest my photos on.

MeghannAndrew_AmericanCrafts_PixiePerfect_03.jpg

I just had so much fun making this page, and there’s a process video to prove it! Watch below to see how it all came together:


To find all of the products that I used to create this collection, click the links in the gallery below to head directly to the Scrapbook.com and Elle’s Studio shops. Thanks so much for watching, and happy creating with this gorgeous collection!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Scrapbook.com shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

Close to my Heart's Craft with Heart October Kit: This is Us

Hello! As a Close to my Heart Craft with Heart Ambassador, I receive a lovely Craft with Heart kit to create with each month, and I get to add my own spin on the kit contents with beautiful embellishments from CTMH. Today, I’m sharing what I created using the September Craft with Heart kit with you, and I could not love the result any more!

CTMH_MeghannAndrew_ThisIsUs_01.jpg

This double-page layout came together so easily! I LOVE that the background paper appears to be layered with strips of navy and teal patterned paper, but looks are deceiving! The background paper is pre-printed that way, so you can get started quickly by placing your photos on the page and adding journaling and embellishments. Just by following the kit instructions, you can create this 12” x 24” spread in under 10 minutes. That’s amazing! But, if you want to add more embellishment, CTMH’s fantastic embellishments have you covered, too. Let me show you what details I added.

CTMH_MeghannAndrew_ThisIsUs_04.jpg

If you follow me, you know that I love stamping, and I add stamping to almost every layout I create! Once my foundation layout was done, I added this fantastic phrase from the wonderful Living My Best Life (D1814) stamp on my right layout, and lovely leaf sprigs from the same stamp set, both stamped with Pewter ink (Z2832). The Grateful Heart Complements (X7237C) also added a light floral touch, and one of my favorite embellishments, the Grateful Heart Cork Shapes (Z4229) added a different texture to the pages.

CTMH_MeghannAndrew_ThisIsUs_09.jpg

I placed my title slightly lower than the layout instructions show, and that allowed more room for me to add some beautiful stamped leaf sprigs coming out of my photo, as well as stickers and die cuts from the Grateful Heart Complements (X7237C). Underneath my title, I added the word “today” from the Boutique Scrapbooking: Day-to-Day set (D1793) before adding my title.

CTMH_MeghannAndrew_ThisIsUs_08.jpg

I couldn’t forget to add a bit of shine to the page, and the Gold Loose Sequins (Z4235) placed around the spread added just the perfect touch.

Do you want to see how easily this spread came together? Watch this short process video to see fast I created the original spread, then added my own signature style to it with extra embellishment. I’ll be giving you a few tips along the way, too!

Be sure to check out the Close to my Heart Craft with Heart subscription options to document your memories in a beautiful, but easy way, and search for a consultant near you to get your own copy of the Holiday Expressions Idea Book and learn more about what Close to my Heart has to offer! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and happy creating!

Elle's Studio From Sketch to Finish Vol. 4 Class Release!

I am so excited to announce that my latest class as a coordinator for Elle’s Studio, From Sketch to Finish Vol. 4*, is now available in the shop! Simplify your scrapbooking process by starting with a sketch from this new, self-paced class, which will take the guesswork out of the process and will allow to you create layouts you love in no time!

This seventy-page PDF class, which comes as a downloadable PDF file. starts with 10 different sketches and 10 contributors, each sharing two layouts created from a sketch. You will get to read their tips and see how they interpreted each sketch to fit their unique and beautiful styles. Next, the class features 20 full-page sketches that will have you on your way to creating projects in no time! Then, our class ends with another 20 bonus sketches that were inspired by the final outcome of our contributors projects and you'll be amazed at how differently they turned out! It is a great example of how sketches can inspire you to get creative!

Our amazing contributors: Nicole Nowosad, Maggie Massey, Jennifer McMurtrey, Jana Eubank, Victoria Calvin, Nathalie DeSousa, Meghann Andrew, Mary-Ann Maldonado, Rachel O'Neal, and Lorilei Murphy, will show you how you can work with the sketch and adapt it to work with your photos and supplies. Along the way, you’ll also learn tips on how you can customize each sketch to fit your style!

All of this sketch inspiration can be on your desktop for only $19.99! As an extra bonus, our subscribers will be able to purchase the class at 20% off the retail price! Not a subscriber? Start with the amazing October Kit and get your FSTF Vol. 4 class at a reduced price by clicking here to subscribe today!

MeghannAndrew_EllesStudio_FSTFVol4_01.jpg

You will love having seventy pages of inspiration for your scrapbooking process at your fingertips while creating! Thanks so much, and please let me know how you like the class!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Elle's Studio shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

Elle's Studio October Kit Reveal: What's This?

I am so, so excited about the Elle’s Studio reveal today! October is my favorite month of the year, and the supplies included in the Elle’s Studio October kit and add-ons* will now make my layouts created this month my favorite in my album! Take a look at my unboxing video to see all of the new goodies in the shop!

The October kit is usually one of my favorites from the whole year, and this one did not disappoint! This girl loves autumn and Halloween, and the October 2018 kit includes the perfect mix of both! Check out the tags and die-cuts included in the kit:

The add-ons will also have you wanting to embellish all the things! From amazing shipping tags to wood veneer and stamps, there’s something for everyone in this mix of goodies.

Digital designs are always so handy to have on hand to stretch your kit, and this month we have three awesome designs to add to your digital library: the Gather Together printables, October 2018 digital cut file, and October print and cut labels to coordinate with your kit.

EllesStudio-SeptemberDigitals.jpg

As soon as I saw the digital cut file leaves and colors in the new Sweater Weather paper stack, I knew exactly which memory I wanted to document: my daughter meeting Jack and Sally for the first time during our trip to Disneyland last year.

MeghannAndrew_EllesStudio_WhatsThis_01.jpg

It’s bright, full of contrast and has a fun Halloween color scheme! Take a look at how it all came together in my process video:

You can shop all of the product that I used on this layout in my gallery below, which will take you to the Elle’s Studio shop!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Elle's Studio shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

Documenting Autumn with American Crafts

AmericanCrafts_MeghannAndrew_LovelyDay_02.jpg

Hello there! It’s finally October—my favorite month of the year! That means I can decorate to my heart’s content, drink hot drinks and stamp ALL OF THE LEAVES; even if it is still 100 degrees where I live!

Recently I received a new package of goodies from American Crafts, and it included the brand new Goldenrod collection* from 1Canoe2, as well as some fantastic new Kelly Creates stamps, and I was inspired to document a favorite photo of my daughter last fall, taken after she picked squash from my dad’s pumpkin patch!

AmericanCrafts_MeghannAndrew_LovelyDay_01.jpg

The beautiful sunset hues in the Goldenrod collection matched the gold hues in my photos perfectly, so I set out to choose the best patterns to show off my photo. I created a dark frame around the edge using the b-side of the Pink Tile paper first, then added a smooth white cardstock background, perfect for stamping!

AmericanCrafts_MeghannAndrew_LovelyDay_04.jpg

Let’s just talk about this Kelly Creates floral stamp set for a second, which is ONLY $3.49! What a bargain!

I used three of the leaf designs on the set to create a curtain at the top of my white cardstock, stamping them with permanent black ink so that I could color them in using the Vicki Boutin watercolor set, in hues to coordinate with the colors in my photos and give the layout an autumnal feel. Once my paint was completely dry, I added a bit of sparkle using a gold glitter Moxy glitter glue from the Jewel Thief set—a mess-free way to add some sparkle!

AmericanCrafts_MeghannAndrew_LovelyDay_03.jpg

Next I added my photos, sized at 3” x 3” and framed with a white border, using dimensional adhesive. To the left, I had just enough space to add the “these are the days we dream about, when the sunlight paints us gold,” card from the Goldenrod 6” x 6” paper pad. It was the perfect sentiment for these photos, as the sunset was lighting up the tree behind my daughter in brilliant gold hues.

AmericanCrafts_MeghannAndrew_LovelyDay_05.jpg

At the base of my page, I added a banner from the b-side of the Pink Tile paper to create a shelf for my photos and add contrast for my title, created with the beautiful Goldenrod Thickers. Below my title, washi and a gold manufacturer’s strip began a series of lines: the bold “making memories” sticker from the Goldenrod cardstock sticker sheet above, and my journaling added in strips below, all set on the gorgeous plaid b-side of the Sweet Strawberries paper—which might be my favorite from the collection! I had to add a few more leaves to my title block, so I stamped, painted and fussy cut three out, combining them with heart stickers from the collection.

AmericanCrafts_MeghannAndrew_LovelyDay_06.jpg

I can’t tell you how happy this layout makes me, and the creative process was so fun using the beautiful Kelly Creates floral stamp and Goldenrod collection! Grab a PSL and these autumnal supplies, and start documenting your fall memories! Be sure to check out all of the product I used on this layout in the affiliate gallery below:

*Clicking these links will take you to the Scrapbook.com shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

Documenting Change with American Crafts Field Notes Collection

I’ve had a really cool photo taken of myself in front of a mural wall for years, just sitting with my printed photos. Then the Field Notes collection* came to my desk, and the perfect product married with the photo to tell a story about change in my life, and I’m excited to share this new 8-1/2” x 11” layout with you today!

AmericanCrafts_MeghannAndrew_Changing_01.jpg

The colors in my photo could not have been more perfect with the bold and saturated colors in the Field Notes collection, and the phrases found in the Field Notes embellishments fit my subject perfectly: change in my life. This was a subject that I don’t think I could have journaled about when the photo was taken in 2015, but today, I’m embracing change, and pushing myself to be better in all aspects of my life.

AmericanCrafts_MeghannAndrew_Changing_03.jpg

While I was putting this layout together, I created a short process video all about the design decisions that I made! I’d love for you to grab a cuppa and watch how the product and my story came together on this fun page.

The Field Notes collection provided so many fun patterns and embellishments on this layout, and the best thing about it is that the colors and subjects in it are so varied that I could use it again and again with completely different results! Check out the gallery links to Scrapbook.com below where you can find all of the product I used to create this page. Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy creating this weekend!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Scrapbook.com shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

Documenting my Whole30 Journey with Elle's Studio September Kit

Back in March, I went on a journey with Whole30, and it changed my life, my body and my mind. I started the program to kick my sugar habit, as I really have a sweet tooth and always wanted sweets after a meal. I wanted to document this month in my album, and the Elle’s Studio September 2018 kit and add-ons*, full of food-themed products, was perfect for this project.

EllesStudio_MeghannAndrew_Whole30_01.jpg

I could tell you all about how I created this layout and pocket page spread, but why not watch my process video instead?

The back side of the pocket page was not included in my process video, so here’s a look at how it turned out.

EllesStudio_MeghannAndrew_Whole30_02.jpg

At the top of the page, I used a digital tag from the New Season printables to add my journaling on the left side of the 4” x 6” pocket, then adhered a 3” x 3” photo of one of my favorite dinners on the right side. The “notes” die cut from the September kit and “more of this” Here and Now phrase sticker finished off the pocket.

EllesStudio_MeghannAndrew_Whole30_11.jpg

Can I just say that I have been hoarding the circle numbers in the Noteworthy puffy stickers since the collection released in April!? I finally had a good excuse to use them: to document my non-scale victories—or things that I noticed changing in my body besides my weight. Next to that, on the “favorites” New Season printables tag, I added a list of my favorite foods and meals during my month of Whole30.

Even though I did not start this program to lose any weight, my before and after image is pretty telling—I lost fat, gained muscle and just felt better overall. I also kicked my “need” for sugar! I added my before and after photos to the bottom pocket, separating them with the wooden spoon from the Good Eats wood veneer, adding the “this happened” die-cut from the September kit to the top. At the bottom, I added the words “before” and “after” to the colorful September labels using the new Hazel white alpha stickers.

EllesStudio_MeghannAndrew_Whole30_12.jpg

This has to be one of my favorite projects in my album—both because I love the product that I used and the subject that I’m documenting so much! Be sure to check out all of the product I used on this spread in the gallery links below, which will take you directly to the Elle’s Studio shop. Thanks so much for stopping by! If you’re interested in the Whole30 program, be sure to check out their website for all of the details!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Elle's Studio shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

Elle's Studio September 2018 Kit: A Day at the Ballpark Pocket Page + Process Video

Hello! I'm so excited to have the new September 2018 kit and extras from Elle's Studio on my desk this month, and when I saw the new Go Team journaling tags, stamp and wood veneer, that released as extras with the kit, I knew that I needed to document my family's yearly trip to a Cincinnati Reds baseball game, and I did that with a new pocket page:

This Design J pocket page is one of my favorites, and I had documented a fun day visiting the U.S.S. Midway with it before—it's one of my favorite pocket pages that I've created this year. I decided to not re-invent the wheel, so I used the exact same photo/tag layout that I used for that page on this one. It helped me to complete this page faster, and know exactly where I would place my photos and journaling tags. 

EllesStudio_MeghannAndrew_DayattheBallpark_06.jpg

The highlight of this page for me is the title tag with the cutest baseball bat wood veneer piece, and the photo of my daughter with the female mascot, Rosie, next to it.

EllesStudio_MeghannAndrew_DayattheBallpark_09.jpg

I could not resist stamping a border of those cute baseballs from the Go Team stamp with water-based markers so that the stitching could be red! It's all in the details, right?

EllesStudio_MeghannAndrew_DayattheBallpark_04.jpg

Another fun detail that I added was the red bakers twine knots on this "we won" wood veneer piece from the Go Team wood veneer. It only took an extra minute, and I love the way it looks at the top of my photo. 

You can see how all of these elements came together in my quick process video! In it, I'll show you how to create that baseball border, how I messed up while stamping my title tag (real life!), and how I put just the right amount of embellishment around my pages.

Thanks so much for watching and stopping by my blog today! I hope you're as excited about the new September release from Elle's Studio as much as I am! Be sure to grab up these goodies before they're gone—the August kit sold out weeks ago, so don't delay! You can also see all of the product that I used to create this pocket page in the shoppable gallery below. Happy creating!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Elle's Studio shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

Elle's Studio September 2018 Kit Reveal Day!

Hello! September is a fantastic month—it still feels a bit like summer, but the days are getting shorter and the kiddos are back in school. The brand new September 2018 kit and add-ons* from Elle's Studio is the perfect mix of summer and fall, and I know you'll love them as much as I do, especially the gorgeous color scheme! Take a look at this unboxing video to see all of the new product firsthand:

An array of colors, phrases and subjects adorn the tags and die-cuts in the September kit this month. I have so many favorite tags from this kit, that it is difficult to choose just one!

The add-ons are sure to make you want to embellish a bit more! With a wide range of products, from labels to wood veneer, you're sure to find a product that you want to use on your next project!

EllesStudio_September2018_AddOns.jpg

My favorite add-on this month is the beautiful Story acrylic

I used it as a story-starter to document how much my daughter loves her grandfather reading to her, on a new 8-1/2" x 11" layout:

I'm pretty sure that this layout will go down in my books as being one of my absolute favorite of all time, and that's because I loved the kit and add-ons so much! 

EllesStudio_MeghannAndrew_TellMeAStory_03.jpg

Instead of hoarding all of my favorite tags and die-cuts from the kit, I used them all together on this layout, creating a waterfall effect with lots of dimension and texture. 

EllesStudio_MeghannAndrew_TellMeAStory_05.jpg

The 4" x 6" colorful circles tag was a favorite for sure, so I added more circles around my page by stamping the outline and filled circles from the Right Now stamp in three areas around the page.

EllesStudio_MeghannAndrew_TellMeAStory_04.jpg

Colorblocking is one of my favorite embellishment techniques, and it was SO FUN to do that here with this colorful dots 3" x 4" tag from the kit. I added a few puffy stickers and an enamel dot in the coordinating hues. Below that, a line of stitching, both machine and by hand, finished off a banner of die-cuts, embellished with the Good Eats wood veneer and the Here and Now phrase stickers.

Be sure to grab all of this new, beautiful product released with the September 2018 kit and add-ons before they're gone, especially when the kit is $9.99 for reveal day ONLY! You can also check out all of the product used in my "Tell me a Story" layout in the gallery below. Stay tuned for my second project using the new kit and extras, which will be live here on my blog in two more hours! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again in a little while! Until then, happy creating!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Elle's Studio shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

American Crafts Shine On Summer Memories Mini Album

AmericanCrafts_MeghannAndrew_Summer2018Mini_03.jpg

Hello there! Recently I was assigned a task of documenting summer memories for the American Crafts blog. I looked around my new stash of the Shine On collection* and wondered, "Should I create a layout? a mini album?" Then, I came across this adorable card kit, perfect for sending handwritten greetings in the mail, and I came up with a wonderful idea.

The camera card in the Shine On collection card kit was the first thing I picked up, and realized that it would be the perfect mini album cover! I began by choosing four different Shine On patterned papers to create my pages, and cut them down to 10" x 3-1/4", so that they would fit inside the card. I then scored them in half and put them inside the camera. 

Next, I used my Crop-a-Dile to punch two holes at the top and bottom on the fold line of the card, punching through all of the layers of patterned paper, too. I grabbed some neutral baker's twine, threaded with an embroidery needle, and pulled it twice through my holes, finishing it off with a bow to create a binding edge. To make it extra special, I also tied a Sunshine and Good Times tassel to my baker's twine.

AmericanCrafts_MeghannAndrew_Summer2018Mini_02.jpg

Now my album was ready for photos! I printed photos at 3" x 3" from my top 10 or so best memories from our summer of 2018—the best of the best, like my Dad's birthday dinner, my brother's wedding, and our trip to the U.K. I adhered them straight onto the patterned paper using tape runner—I didn't want any extra bulk in this album. Around the photos, I used the journaling tags from the Shine On ephemera pack and cardstock stickers to add a few words about the memories on each photo.

AmericanCrafts_MeghannAndrew_Summer2018Mini_05.jpg

The More of This paper includes a full sheet of 3" x 3" journaling and filler cards, and was perfect for adding this "about us" journaling card to this page. My favorite ever date stamp, from Shimelle's first collection with AC added the date to each page, too.

AmericanCrafts_MeghannAndrew_Summer2018Mini_08.jpg

Thin stickers added some extra interest, like the little hearts from the Shine On sticker book and washi tape strips, placed directly on my photos—like I did here on top of the photo of my Lizzy jumping off of a boat into the river.

AmericanCrafts_MeghannAndrew_Summer2018Mini_10.jpg

On my final page, I had to add one of my favorite ever photos from the summer—and amazingly, I'm in it! It's a rare find around here! I finished off this page with the bitty and adorable Shine On puffy heart stickers!

To keep the album closed, I added the teal "love" Shine On binder clip to the right side, and my title— "Summer" from the Shine On sticker book and "2018" from the numbers on the kraft cardstock stickers, along with a couple of puffy heart stickers to finish it off!

AmericanCrafts_MeghannAndrew_Summer2018Mini_01.jpg

I LOVE, love the way this little mini album turned out. I'm sure that the other cards in the Shine On collection card kit , especially the flower and the "love" cards, would also made darling mini album covers. I hope you'll give this project a try! You can shop all of the product I used in my mini though the gallery below, which will take you to the Shine On product ON SALE at Scrapbook.com! Thanks so much for your support!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Scrapbook.com shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!

Close to My Heart Craft With Heart September Kit Layout + Process Video

MeghannAndrew_CTMH_SeptKit_LovingTogether_04.jpg

Hello there! Recently my friends at Close to My Heart contacted me about their Craft with Heart kit, and asked if I wanted to give it a try. I'm all about kits that help me get my memories documented quickly, and after I saw the kit images, I was all for it! These kits are beautifully designed, and include the paper, stickers and die-cuts that you'll need, as well as instructions for how to complete two 24" x 12" layouts in each kit. All you need to do is add photos and your journaling. These kits also coordinate beautifully with their gorgeous paper collections included in the new Holiday Expressions Idea Book. There are also three different subscription options, so be sure to check out all of the details on the Craft with Heart website.

MeghannAndrew_CTMH_SeptKit_LovingTogether_05.jpg

I started out with the September kit, and decided to document a special family wedding, because the colors in the kit were perfect for all of the brightly colored clothes (and accessories!) that we were wearing for the wedding day. Sticking to the kit and instructions would have created a beautiful layout, but I wanted to take it a step further by adding more embellishment and (of course!) STAMPING! It's just what I do! I'm so happy with how my final layout turned out:

MeghannAndrew_CTMH_SeptKit_LovingTogether_Full.jpg

This kit was perfect for documenting a special day, using my own photos and memories! You can see what the layout would have looked like had I stuck to the kit instructions, and find out how I had to change things up a bit to reflect the photos that I had on hand, in this process video:

Be sure to check out the Craft with Heart kit subscription options, and stay tuned for another layout next month, using the beautiful October kit! 

MeghannAndrew_CTMH_SeptKit_LovingTogether_07.jpg

Note: I was asked to be a Craft with Heart Ambassador by Close to my Heart, and I chose to do that because their kits are lovely, and I think that they will be great for you, my blog readers and video followers. I would only recommend product that I myself would use and enjoy. I hope you enjoy it, too!

Elle's Studio Document December 2018 Kit + Add-On Unboxing!

DocumentDecember_MeghannAndrew_01.jpg

Christmas came early to my house this year, and it was in the shape of a little brown paper bag packed full of paper crafting goodies! The Elle's Studio Document December Kit and add-ons* were just released this week, and I can't wait to show you everything in this unboxing video! Grab a cup of hot cocoa and pretend it's the holiday season, just for a few minutes! 

The Document December Kit has everything you need to document your holiday season in a mini album or traveler's notebook, on scrapbook layouts or in pockets, and is packed with 6" x 8" papers, 4" x 6" and 3 x 4" journaling tags, die-cuts, labels, alphabet stickers in two fonts, two sheets of puffy stickers, shipping tags, wood veneer, acrylic and sequins. Phew! That's a lot of product—all for only $41.99! But wait, if you shop now through September 4th, you'll get 10% off of that kit price (no discount code needed!) 

If you love to use A LOT of product in your December album like me, don't worry! You can also find awesome coordinating add-ons in the shop, like these candy cane puffy alphabet stickers:

Or, if you're a stamper, be sure to grab the Oh What Fun stamp

And you definitely don't want to miss out on the Christmas colorway of the popular Shapes and Dots puffy stickers:

I cannot wait to organize all of my new Document December supplies—and better yet, for Christmas to get here so that I can start to collect all of the memories we'll share with this gorgeous kit! I can't wait to see what you do with yours! Be sure to check out the Document December Kit and add-ons today! The 10% off sale on the kit only lasts through September 4th! 

*Clicking these links will take you to the Elle's Studio shop, and when you purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn't cost you any extra, so thanks so much for your support!