Box of Crayons Collection: Firefighter Lizzy

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Hello there! Hopefully you've planned some crafty time this Memorial Day weekend! Today I'm kicking off this long, creative weekend a bit early, and I'm here to share a bit of colorful inspiration with you using the Box of Crayons collection from Shimelle and American Crafts!* 

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Box of Crayons Collection Supplies | A New Thought patterned paper, Spell it Out patterned paper, On a Roll patterned paperjournaling 6 x 8 paper pad, Crayon Box alpha Thickers, cardstock stickerssticker and washi book, alpha sticker folder, ephemera die cuts, enamel dots with glitter, self-adhesive patches 

This fun and playful layout began by matching my photo to the yellow, black and white A New Thought patterned paper. Once I added the rainbow of colors using a manufacturer's strip, giving my photo a "shelf" to sit on, I opened up the door to adding more color on my page!

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As is usually the case, my title is my favorite part of this layout. I loved combining the red tile alphas from the Box of Crayons alpha sticker folder with the Crayon Box alpha Thickers, and the addition of the "hello" self-adhesive patch just topped it off perfectly.

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While creating this page, the space above my journaling just felt like it needed something "more." I was so excited to find the "e" on the Spell it Out patterned paper, which I cut a banner shape into before tucking it under my photo. It was the perfect addition to create the visual triangle of embellishment that I needed on this layout. 

Guess what? With all of that free time you have relaxing this weekend, you can also watch a process video of how this layout came together! Hooray! 

Thanks so much for watching! Be sure to find all of the product I've used on this layout in the product gallery below while it is ON SALE at Scrapbook.com! Happy creating!

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Shimelle Box of Crayons: Say Yes Often

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I was so excited to see my friend, Shimelle, release another beautiful collection with American Crafts called Box of Crayons. This playful, vibrant collection is so fun to create with, and before I attended the Creativation show in Phoenix, I was able to create two new layouts that were displayed in Shimelle's lovely booth of new product. 

The first layout that I created is all about remembering to say "yes" every once in a while to fun things. I keep to a pretty strict routine, and sometimes I need a reminder to break it every once in a while, and this page is an attempt to remind myself to do just that.

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As soon as I saw the "say yes often" cut-apart on the Say Yes Often paper, I based my layout around it, and found a photo from a time when I said, "yes," to my daughter having her face painted at the zoo, which brought us so much happiness. 

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I started my layout with a base of the Promise patterned paper. I loved having that bold stripe on the background. I printed my photo at 4" x 6" and placed it to white cardstock, adding the super fun photo corners to it, with the "say yes" card next to it. To frame it, I added a manufacturer's strip of cameras to the top, and below, a fun orange strip from the All the Things patterend paper to give the weight below my photo that I needed. 

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To this strip, I added circles from the On a Roll patterned paper, shapes fussy-cut from the Snapshot, and All the Things patterend paper, which I ran through with my sewing machine and adhered with dimensional adhesive to give the layout texture and dimension. I also added the awesome glitter shaker sticker toucan, which was appropriate for documenting a day at the zoo, and the fun mini puffy stickers,

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This layout was so easy to create, with only a few supplies! The Box of Crayons collection is definitely one of my favorites this spring, and with all of the versatile colors and patterns, I know this is one that I will use year-round! Be sure to pick up the products that I used to create this layout at Scrapbook.com with the gallery below, and happy creating!

Scrapbooking in a Circle: Play Hard

I'm sharing a new layout at Shimelle.com today about designing a scrapbook layout in a circle with several of the lovely Shimelle collections! I'd love of you to check it out and watch the process video that I made while creating it.

Using Diagonal Lines with Shimelle Products!

Yesterday, I had a new layout featured on the Shimelle.com blog, and it's a favorite one of mine! 

I typically tend to shy away from bold paper, like this Ranger pattern in the Starshine collection, but when I realized I could use it to create emphasis on my photos, I was excited to take advantage of those bold diagonal lines.

All of my embellishments were placed along the diagonal, so that I didn't break up those lines. I also tried to color block the red embellishments to the red lines, and the blue embellishments to the blue lines, so that there was a sense of continuity.

My favorite part of the layout is the placement of this acetate arrow, which really draws attention to the vertical row of photos and houses my title. It was definitely one of those "happy accidents" that it fit perfectly on top of the photo of the Beefeater, the pointed to my journaling.

I was so excited about creating this layout that I created a process video: 

Be sure to check out all of the Shimelle products used in this layout. I love how the different collections work perfectly together! 

Thanks for stopping by & have a great weekend! 

Shimelle.com: Taking Inspiration From Planners

Today on Shimelle.com, I'm sharing a new layout that I created, taking inspiration from my favorite planner, my Get to Work Book!

I had so much fun creating this layout. For the full post, as well as to see Shimelle's lovely page that was also inspired by planners, check out Shimelle.com

Scrapping Square Photos for Shimelle.com

Just in case you missed it, I had a layout featured at Shimelle.com on Monday, all about scrapping square photos, which I do pretty often! 

Supplies | Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned Paper: Shimelle Starshine Voyager (orange dot), Horizon (yellow dot), Mariner (#4), Viking (green dot), Astro (journaling card); Embellishment: Shimelle Starshine chipboard stickers (ticket), Starshine plastic buttons, Starshine cardstock & acetate ephemera (circle star), Shimelle layered chipboard stickers (clipboard), Shimelle accent and phrase sticker book, True Stories enamel dots, True Stories alpha Thickers, Elle’s Studio Jonah labels; Stamps: Starshine acrylic stamps (star, “explore,” “discover”), Shimelle acrylic stamps (arrows), Studio Calico alphabet, Elle’s Studio We Ate Here stamp, Elle's Studio Yummy Details stamp.

It's no secret that I love photographing our food adventures, especially while on holiday, so I created this layout to remember our top four food experiences from our trip to Boston last fall. What's funny was that two of the four were favorites from the U.K., that I didn't know were in Boston! 

Since the photos that I post to Instagram in a square format are edited and saved to my camera roll, it's easy for me to have a perfect photo ready to scrapbook! I love that I can fit four 3" x 3" photos neatly across the page. Since I had such a strong vertical emphasis with my tower of photos, I decided to create a fun vertical title just next to the photos.  

I had a lot of fun selecting stamps, patterned papers, die-cuts and stickers for this one! 

Be sure to check out the full post at Shimelle.com and play along by creating your own square photo layout! Thanks for stopping by, and watch Shimelle's blog for another challenge next week featuring my work!

A NEW Shimelle giveaway winner!

Hello there! I'm just back from CHA this week and getting back into the swing of things around here. After trying to communicate with my Shimelle glitter album giveaway winner, I've received no reply, so that means I get to choose another winner!



If you are Scrappiegirl, click on the 'email me' button on my sidebar to claim your prize! 

Shimelle giveaway winner (and the reason why it's so late!)


I apologize for my delay in posting the winner for my Shimelle album giveaway, but over the holidays, my daughter was in the ICU for RSV, a respiratory virus that is especially hard on preemies, and one that she had been vaccinated for. We keep her away from public areas at this time of year to help prevent something like this from happening, but this winter has been a tough one for respiratory viruses. (P.S.A. If you're sick- coughing, sneezing- please stay home!)


It was especially hard for us as we had spent the days leading up to Christmas in the exact same way last year, with another respiratory virus that caused Lizzy to go into respiratory failure.

Luckily, we were able to get out of the hospital on Christmas Day and spend a lovely couple of days at home with my family- days that I will cherish and share very soon in my December album!


Now, on to the winner of the Shimelle album...



Kimberly, please email me at meghann[dot]andrew[at]gmail[dot]com to provide your mailing address and claim your prize!

Thank you to everyone who left a comment about my '5 Ideas Using Shimelle Dies' guest post at Shimelle's website. They were so appreciated! 


Shimelle collection sneaks & a giveaway!


I'm guest posting on Shimelle.com today with 5 ideas on how to use the Shimelle collection metal dies. I'd love for you to hop on over and check out my post!

Also, the link to my watercolor tutorial video didn't get on the Shimelle post, so if you're interested in checking that out, please go here.

Once you've done that, come back here and leave a comment for a chance to win the beautiful gold glitter 12"x12" album from the Shimelle collection! (Giveaway open to U.S. residents only, please, due to shipping costs overseas.)