The Perfect Kits for Summer Creating + A Special Discount For My Readers!


Hello and thanks for coming by my blog today! SCT Magazine creates the best kits, and the summer SCT Delivered kits, which include the Summer Dreams scrapbook kit, Make a Wish card kit are now available in the shop! Not only do you receive a kit packed full of product from your favorite manufacturers, you will also receive an exclusive stamp, cut files and printables, as well as full-color instructions for each of the design team projects created using the kit! Buying this kit is a great way to get your layouts created quickly and beautifully!

I was able to work with the Summer Dreams scrapbook kit, and I’m excited to share my layouts and card with you today, as well as a special discount! First, let’s start with my double-page spread:


This fun page took its color scheme from the multi-colored stripe paper on the left and includes three 4” x 6” and two 4” x 4” photos. To keep your eye moving across the spread, I added the fun cardstock, patterned paper, die cut and tag circles, which add the fun!


My favorite part is this multi-product title that I created using the exclusive digital die cuts, exclusive stamp and small puffy alphabet stickers. To add more color, I stamped “ beach love” above in several colors.


The exclusive printables here: the painted yellow tag, “memories” tab, and sweet bikini tag created the perfect group of embellishments and journaling here at the top right corner. I loved creating this fun layout about an awesome day with family and friends at the beach!


How about a sweet and simple card? Layering patterned paper and stitching it together provided some texture on this card. Exclusives in the kit—the “sun” stamp and sparkly “shine” foam word, along with the pink “hello” die cut created the greeting. To amp up the cuteness factor, the bee die cut finished off the card! I love cards that can be used for any occasion, and this is certainly one of them!


My final layout, a 12” x 12” single page layout, started off with product: the cockatoo card! I knew I had a photo of my daughter in Hawaii holding a white cockatoo, so I printed two 3” x 4” photos and got to work! I decided to go for a BOLD, floral, tropical feel on this page, and I cut the colorful ray paper on the background, leaving only the colors I wanted to show on this page, and backed it with the dark blue pattern. From there, it was all about layering!


Layers of cardstock, patterned paper, printable tag, die cuts and fussy-cut flowers surround my photos, where the colorful rays draw your eye. I love the exclusive stamp so much, and I used it to stamp “vacation memories” on the rays at the bottom left corner, where I also added the date of our trip.


My title was fussy-cut with the “hello” patterned paper card, and the “sunshine” exclusive digital die cut word. I love the sweet memory that this page records, and especially when product helps me remember a memory that would have otherwise been forgotten.

Now for your special discount! Purchase either the Summer Dreams scrapbook kit or the Make a Wish card kit today and receive a 10% discount, using the code


Don’t miss out on these beautiful kits, available only while supplies last! Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy summer creating!

American Crafts Saturday Afternoon Collection: Live a Life You Love

Hey there! I’m here to share a brand new layout with you today, using the beautiful, latest collaboration between 1Canoe2 and American Crafts, Saturday Afternoon*. I grew up in the countryside of Kentucky, and this collection just feels like going home to me!


The beautiful naturalistic colors and images evoked the outdoors, and I decided to document my daughter’s first experience holding a turtle, that my brother had found while mowing. The excitement on her face said it all, and I wanted to include three different photos to capture the moment.


Printing these photos at 2” x 3” meant that I could fit a column of them on the left side, and accent with a triangle of embellishment around them. To add some color to my background, I used the amazing Vicki Boutin art crayons, which are still a staple in my mixed-media arsenal!


It doesn’t get much better than that Mason jar of sweet iced tea for me! These products just scream “summer in the south!” but the beautiful colors and hand-painted patterns can be used for any type of project! Check out the process video that I created here, to see how this layout came together:

Thanks so much for checking out my new layout and video! I hope you’ll subscribe to my feed so that you don’t miss any new videos from me. Happy creating!

*Clicking these links will take you to the 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!

Gina K. Mega Wreath Builder Template: Wish Upon a Star


When I attended Creativation this year, I saw Gina K. Design’s Mega Wreath Builder* Template in action for the first time. Just like the Mini Wreath Builder template, which is perfect for creating a precise circle of stamped elements on cards, the Mega Wreath Builder does the same in a larger size! I immediately thought that it would be perfect for a scrapbook page, and I paired it up with Shimelle’s Head in the Clouds collection to create a new layout to share with you today.


Supplies | Gina K. Mega Wreath Builder template + Memory Misti or Mega Wreath Builder template (if you already have a Memory Misti), All Star stamp, Head in the Clouds Let’s Dream paper, Look to the Stars paper, Believe in Magic paper, Kiss a Frog paper, Head in the Clouds ephemera, Head in the Clouds cardstock stickers, Head in the Clouds chipboard stickers

Creating a wreath for my photo made it the perfect focal point for this layout that records a special moment at Disney World, and the “Wish Upon a Star” title was perfect for this magical page!


I took my color inspiration from the Head in the Clouds Look to the Stars paper. This colorful striped pattern was perfect for adding to my page background.


To add a diagonal line of embellishment on my page, the Head in the Clouds cardstock stickers, chipboard and ephemera added more magical touches, and spread those stars that I started with in my wreath, around the page.


Watch how I created my star wreath using the Gina K. Mega Wreath Builder template + Memory Misti. This bundle is currently on sale at Gina K. Designs for only $99, the price of the Misti itself! In this video, you’ll see how I built my wreath of stars around my photo, adding different colors and mediums to really bring your eye to my photo on the page:

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you loved seeing this page, as much as I loved creating it with the Mega Wreath Builder template! Happy creating!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Gina K. Designs 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 Live Your Dream Scrapbook Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

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I am so excited that the new Altenew scrapbook collection, Live Your Dream* is now live and in the Altenew shop! The Live Your Dream Scrapbook Collection is a bright and elegant line that you can use to document any occasion. From the little daily moments, you want to remember forever to bigger milestones like parties and birthdays.

All of the products in this collection are very versatile and you can use them for many different projects such as 12x12 layouts, pocket scrapbooking, cards, home decor, and much more.

This collection contains

  • 16 sheets of 12x12 double-sided patterned papers (2 of each/16 different designs)

  • 2 6"x12" sheets of puffy alphabet stickers (220 pieces)

  • 2 6"x12" sheets of chipboard stickers (38 pieces)

  • 2 6"x12" sheets of clear stickers (31 pieces)

  • 1 pack of wood epoxy buttons (20 pieces)

  • 1 pack of die-cut cardstock embellishments (32 pieces)   

I was so excited to document a momentous occasion with these new products, my 10 year wedding anniversary, and a fancy dinner out in London!


Supplies | Live Your Dream scrapbook collection, Mega Number Die #1, Mega Number Die #0, Mega Greetings 2 Stamp

To tie in the beautiful surroundings in the restaurant to my layout, I cut colorful diamonds out of the brightly watercolored patterned paper.


I also loved adding the big #10 using the Mega Dies!

Why not check out how I put this page together in my process video:

Giveaways: To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 2/28/2019 for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 3/3/2019.

Head to the other creatives in the hop to see more inspiration using these fantastic new products:

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Paige Evans

Enza Gudor

Kathleen Graumüller

Jen Schow

Zinia Redo

Bea Valint

Raquel Bowman

Sandra Dietrich

Amanda Baldwin

Maryam Perez

Svitlana Shayevich

Missy Whidden

Altenew Card Blog

Nathalie DeSousa

Kymona Tracey

Patricia Roebuck

Lydia Evans

Terhi Koskinen

Lilith Eeckels

Meghann Andrew (you are here)

Reiko Tsuchida

Flóra Mónika Farkas

Virginia Lu

Kim Jeffress

Elsie Robinson

Laurie Willison

Kelly Janes

Erum Tasneem

Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy creating with this beautiful, new collection!

*Clicking these links will take you to the Altenew 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 & Shimelle's Sparkle City: A Delightful, Wonderful Day

I am so excited about my friend Shimelle’s latest collection for American Crafts: Sparkle City! This fun and energetic collection features everything from cityscapes to cotton candy, and a beautiful range of color and graphics. Today, I’m so happy to share my first project using this fabulous collection:


Supplies* | Sparkle City collection: Polka Dot Pansy paper (351357), Traffic Jam paper (351353), Stay Super paper (351325), Fairy Lights paper (351355), Perfect Day paper (351356), cardstock and lenticular shapes (351333), rub-ons (351364), chipboard stickers (351331), foil foam phrase stickers (351328), foam and cardstock letter stickers (351329), washi tape spools (351337), acrylic stamps (351336); Head in the Clouds collection: Fairy Tale photos paper (349480), chipboard stickers (349469), cardstock stickers (349467), journaling pad (349471), sticker book (349473)

This layout documents my daughter and Shimelle’s Wonder Boy enjoying a fabulous day together in London, and I had fun matching the energy and happiness in the photos with the elements in Sparkle City. I began with layers of patterned paper to create my layout background, then moved on to embellishment. The best part? Sparkle City coordinates beautifully with Shimelle’s last collection, Head in the Clouds, so I was able to combine both collections to create something wonderful!


My title, created with chipboard and foam Thickers, was housed on the yellow strip of patterned paper to help it to stand out below my photos. The happy strip of washi tape added below helps to add color and interest.


Guess what? Rub-ons are back, and this collection has a fabulous set of rub-ons that go on like butter! I added the “have fun” rub-on to the Head in the Clouds journaling pad paper, then flanked it with the “important” stamp and fussy cut camera. I also LOVED using the Sparkle City stamp set to add stamped black stars around my page.


This little corner is the perfect example of how perfectly Sparkle City coordinates with Head in the Clouds! Here I used the Head in the Clouds “everyday adventurers” chipboard and fussy-cut teal camera alongside the red camera and bird die cuts from Sparkle City. This little corner makes my heart so happy!

I’d love for you to watch how this layout came together in my process video:

Be sure to watch the* store’s incoming new items each week to find the Sparkle City collection added to the “new products” section of the shop, and click “notify me” so that you can be one of the first to create something beautiful with it! Thanks for watching, and happy creating!

*Clicking these links will take you to the 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!


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!


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!


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!


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


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! (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 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 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!


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!


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!


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.


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!

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!


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.


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 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 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!

U.S.S. Midway Layout + Pocket Page with Process Video

The April kit and extras* from Elle's Studio are so fabulous, I've created another project to share with you today, and this is my favorite type of project—a layout and pocket page combination! I created this project about a wonderful day that we spent on the U.S.S. Midway in San Diego, California.

(*All product links contained in this post are affiliate links. You don't pay any extra, but I get a small percentage of your sale! Thanks for your continued support of my YouTube feed and this blog!)


I loved creating this custom embellishment with the April 2018 cut filesCurrently stamp and Adventure puffy stickers


The new Mini Dated stamp was perfect for adding the date to this die-cut from the April 2018 kit.

While creating, I filmed a video so that you could see my process! Grab a cuppa and have a look:

I also added to the pockets on the back side of this spread, and continued the star theme:


With such a fantastic choice of tags, die-cuts and embellishments this month, this spread was easy, and so fun to put together! Be sure to check out all of the new product in the Elle's Studio shop, including the Noteworthy collection! 


Elle's Studio March 2018 Reveal!

The March 2018 Elle's Studio kit and add-ons* are live, and full of color and spring themes for your paper crafting projects! I filmed an unboxing video, so that you can see each piece from the latest release here: 

(*All product links contained in this post are affiliate links. You don't pay any extra, but I get a small percentage of your sale! Thanks for your continued support of my YouTube feed and this blog!) 

The colors in the March 2018 kit are really amazing! From rainbow stripes to a bold kelly green and beautiful cerulean blue, this kit offers a wide palette to choose from:


Finally, you can get more "bang for your buck" with these awesome Happy Day printables and March digital cut files:


With all of the gorgeous color in this month's kit, I was inspired to document a photo full of colorful balloons, from our most recent trip to Disneyland. 


One of a Kind Disney Moment by Meghann Andrew – supplies used | March 2018 Kit, March Labels, One of a Kind Wood Veneer, Cerulean Blue Puffy Alphabet StickersPuffy Star StickersHappy Moments Stamp, Family Fun 12" x 12" Paper CollectionLive Laugh Love 12" x 12" Paper Collection

Watch this process video to see how the page came together, and how I created that fun title from several of the add-ons this month!

I will be sharing my second layout created this month here later today, but until then, you can shop the items that I used in my One of a Kind Disney Moment layout here:

Dear Lizzy Stay Colorful: Treat YoSelf

Hello! The newest collections from American Crafts are my favorite from the recent Creativation show releases, and today I'm sharing a layout created with the Stay Colorful collection* from Dear Lizzy! I love that the color scheme on this collection is so wide. From deep blues and bright pinks, to warm fall-toned hues like I used below, you can document a wide range of memories with this collection. (*All product links contained in this post are affiliate links. You don't pay any extra, but I get a small percentage of your sale! Thanks for your continued support of my YouTube feed and this blog!)


This photo was taken after a REALLY hard "mom day." My husband saw that I needed a break, and took my daughter away, leaving me to re-charge my batteries over a cappuccino and macaron on a recent trip to Seattle. I snapped this photo after crying a bit, and calling my mom. (As you do in these kind of circumstances.) 


Even though this wasn't necessarily a happy moment, it deserved to be documented, and how better than with a pretty photo and beautiful product to match? I initially reached for the Stay Colorful collection because of the lovely "treat Yo self" tag in the ephemera pack, which matched the colors in my photo perfectly. 


On my white cardstock background, I wanted to add a bit of soft color. I almost reached for my watercolors, but then remembered the All the Good Things Art Crayons from Vicki Boutin. When rubbed on a piece of plastic and brushed with a stiff blender brush in a circular motion on the white cardstock, I created a beautiful glow to back my embellishment and frame my photo.


The "Groovy" patterned paper was perfect for fussy-cutting and adding these large florals to frame my photo. I also added a large feather die-cut from the All the Good Things ephemera pack to ground the flowers. Below, I stamped the word "relax" in dark yellow ink with the Stay Colorful clear acrylic alphabet stamps. (These are SUCH a great deal at only $3.49!)


These Stay Colorful foiled cardstock stickers are really beautiful, and I added this one at the top of my photo to bring some teal up to the top corner of my page. I also grabbed the "my happy place" banner from the All the Good Things finishing embellishments to layer over the floral. Stamping a few of the asterisks from the Stay Colorful clear acrylic alphabet stamps to add to the diagonal line of embellishment, which goes right through my photo, finished off my page. 

I loved creating this 8-1/2" x 11" layout! It came together so quickly by using these gorgeous products that had me so inspired! Be sure to check out all of the product I used today via this gallery, ON SALE now at! Thanks for stopping by!

SCT Winter Issue: For the Love of Travel

I was so excited when we received our assignments for the Scrapbook and Cards Today winter issue because we were to document something that we loved. Well, aside from my family, my next love is travel! I love going new places, eating new foods and taking in the culture wherever I go. It was only natural that this is what I decided to document for the issue. 

So, I sat down to create my layout, and made a single 12" x 12" layout. 


I loved my layout, and was so happy with how it turned out. It wasn't until I went to send it to the editor for review, when I saw that I had the assignment wrong... it was supposed to be a 12" x 12" double page spread! After my initial moment of panic wore off, I decided to take a deep breath and challenge myself to making this the right side of a double page spread, and what I created ended up being one of my favorite layouts from 2017, using the Escape the Ordinary collection from Pinkfresh Studio. (*All product links contained in this post are affiliate links. You don't pay any extra, but I get a small percentage of your sale! Thanks for your continued support of my YouTube feed and this blog!)


My challenge, after I created a single-page layout that I loved, was to create a complementary page to that layout, and I feel like I did just that with the left side of the spread. You can see how I created my initial page, including how I used the print and cut method on my Silhouette Cameo to add a circular photo to my layout, as well as the decisions I made when I made this a double-page spread instead of a single page, on the following process video:

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope this video has shown you that there are no "accidents" in crafting—only opportunities for more creativity! Happy creating! 

Elle's Studio December 2017 Reveal!

We at Elle's Studio are so excited to finish of 2017 on a high note with a new exclusive kit and coordinating add-ons! Take a look at all of the new product on offer with this unboxing video! (*All product links contained in this post are affiliate links. You don't pay any extra, but I get a small percentage of your sale! Thanks for your continued support!) 

This month, there are so many products to get your December memories documented, as well as get ready for a new year to begin! Let's take a look at the December 2017 Kit:

What a great mix of 3" x 4", 4" x 6" and die-cuts to use on any project! To coordinate with the kit, we also have some great add-ons to add to your box this month.

Also on offer this month: the great Winter Favorites Printables and December 2017 Digital Cut File to use over and over again on your projects!

I started out with the Christmas tree from the December 2017 Digital Cut File on my background when I created this layout about our kick-off to Christmas last year in Hawaii. 

I was completely inspired by the Twinkle Puffy Stickers to create an oversized, colorfully decorated tree on my layout to document this colorful celebration of Christmas in Hawaii. 


I absolutely had to use the lyrics to one of my favorite Christmas songs by Bing Crosby, Mele Kalikimaka, for my title. You can see how this layout came together in the following process video!

You can find all of the product used on this layout in this easy-to-shop gallery:

Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy creating! 

American Crafts Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Layout: "Hello Princess"

Hello there! I'm constantly trying to push myself in my designs, and this week I decided to switch things up and get a bit messy in my studio with the new Vicki Boutin All the Good Things collection* from American Crafts. (*All product links contained in this post are affiliate links. You don't pay any extra, but I get a small percentage of your sale! Thanks for your continued support!) 


This mixed-media challenged girl (yes, that's ME!) had SO much fun playing with the mixed media products in my friend Vicki's new collection! I just love how simple and easy the process was after I watched the videos on her YouTube feed on how to use the art crayons and glaze.


The Dear Lizzy Star Gazer collection paired so well with the All the Good Things collection on this layout. I was so excited about the mixed-media background, that I created a process video to show you how you can do it, too! Take a look:

I hope this layout inspires you to break out of your scrappy comfort zone and try something new today! Be sure to check out all of the product I used on this layout at via the gallery below:

Documenting My Love for The Gilmore Girls


When I found out that The Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life was coming out in the fall, I was SO excited, as were most 30-somethings all over the country. But when it was released, the day after Thanksgiving, we were just about to embark on a trip to Hawaii and Disneyland, so I waited. I waited through December, until my husband left for work, and waited again until New Year's Eve, when my daughter was having her tonsillectomy. All of that waiting was completely worth it, and because the event was part of my New Year's celebration, I decided to document it in a pocket page. I even included a photo of The Dragonfly Inn on my TV screen with my twinkle lights on the mantel and a fire in the fireplace. Ah... cozy!  

Supplies | Elle's Studio May 2017 Kit*, Elle's Studio Today Stamp*, Elle's Studio Arrow Stickers*, Unity Stamp Company Lux Girl, misc. die cuts, Colorcast Designs Gilmore-themed wood veneer & acrylic (sold out), misc. sequins (Supplies with an * are affiliate links. You don't pay any extra, but I get a small percentage of your sale! Thanks for your continued support!)

Supplies | Elle's Studio May 2017 Kit*, Elle's Studio Sky Blue Puffy Alphabet Stickers*, Elle's Studio TV Journaling Tags*, Elle's Studio TV Stamp*, Elle's Studio TV Wood Veneer*, misc. cardstock alphabet stickers, misc. sequins, Colorcast Designs Gilmore-themed wood veneer & acrylic (sold out), (Supplies with an * are affiliate links. You don't pay any extra, but I get a small percentage of your sale! Thanks for your continued support!)   

I took my color scheme from the official A Year in the Life image with the beautiful sky blue background, as well as the photo of Lorelai and Rory grabbing a coffee and the morning paper in Star's Hollow. Mixing the beautiful light blue, with navy and pink felt just perfect for this spread. 


Back in March, when I attended Scrapbook & Cards Today's Crop and Create Toronto, one of my kind, fellow croppers gave me this Lux Girl stamped image by Angie Bloom and Unity Stamp Company. It reminded me so much of Lorelai, and I knew it would be perfect to use when I was ready to create this spread. I held onto it for three months & coloring it in with watercolor pencils and a water pen was so relaxing. I backed it onto a piece of striped patterned paper from an old Scraptastic Club kit, and cut it in half, so that it would fit across two 3" x 4" pockets. Since she was looking down, I wanted to put a bit of embellishment under her feet, so I added label and heart die cuts, as well as a wood veneer heart.

This 3" x 4" tag that I used on the back side of the page is from the Elle's Studio May 2017 Kit. I knew what words I wanted to add right away, and I used the Elle's Studio Sky Blue Puffy Alphabet Stickers, and another lighter blue set that I had laying around from an old Studio Calico kit. To finish off the tag, I added the wood veneer coffee cup from Colorcast Designs 

Alongside the Colorcast Designs veneer and acrylic pieces, I also used the Elle's Studio TV Wood VeneerJournaling Tags and Stamp. We don't watch much television around here, but I think documenting what little we do watch is important! Since we just started House of Cards on Netflix, you can expect to see another spread using these supplies to document that series later in the year! 

What shows do you watch? Have you documented them yet?

Week In the Life 2017

For the first time in four years, I have successfully finished my Week in the Life project, and I'd love to share it with you! Our life has significantly changed over the last year with my husband on a 28-day rotation, so it was very important to me to finish this project this year. I wanted to see things through my lens, most importantly, see the POSITIVE parts of our life, because to be honest, when my husband is gone, I sometimes feel sorry for myself. This week happened to fall during a week when he was away, so it documents the daily lives of my daughter, dog and I, and as I expected, it was eye-opening. When not in the daily grind, I can see just how blessed we are; to have each other, to have technology to speak and see each other, and to have the means to do fun things and eat great food. This week was also special because it fell on my 34th birthday, and on our March for Babies walk with the March of Dimes, a cause we greatly support raising a former micro-preemie.

I attribute my success in finishing this project to a few things: 

To begin, I created a small cover page to delineate the beginning of WITL in my monthly pocket page spread album. I downloaded the PNG "my story matters" file from the Week in the Life Community page, adding it to the left column of an 8-1/2" x 11" sheet in Photoshop Elements. I then "cut" the multicolor stripe pattern from one of the tags in the Week in the Life Digital Bundle into 1/2" strips and placed them along the left margin. I printed the page, cut it in half and adhered the right side to the back to make it thicker before I punched the holes. For this alone, I'm glad that I purchased the digital bundle, especially since I didn't want a stand-alone album for this project.

Before each day's pocket page, I added another 4-1/4" x 11" cardstock page with the words of the week— an hour-by-hour breakdown of our day. I created these by using the "today's details" image from a 3" x 4" tag in the Week in the Life Digital Bundle to top the left column on my sheet, then I copied and pasted my words from what I documented in my Notes App. After I printed the page, I cut it in half and again adhered the right column to the back of the sheet. I wanted a space to add the date, but since I didn't have room at the top, I stamped the date repeatedly on the left margin in the same color as I had made the "today's details" image. 

I continually mixed up my pocket page designs throughout the week's documentation, but each day had the same setup: I used one 4" x 6" pocket to add the vellum days of the week word from the Week in the Life Digital Bundle. All of my photos were printed with a white border, which makes the different sizes congruent. I also added one or two filler tags, to give myself a break and add a bit of pretty paper. 

I wanted a few different textures for my embellishment, and I chose these Elle's Studio Work Hard Wood Veneer pieces. Although they have a "work" theme, the sayings were easy to incorporate throughout the pages.

I definitely don't often do this, but I stamped directly onto my photos. And yes, I screwed it up a few times, having to re-print the photo. But I love how I used the images in the photos to tie in the stamped words, like in this bath photo of my daughter using the Lens Story Stamp from Ali Edwards.

This might be one of my favorite parts of these pages. I had to take some marketing images for my Terrific Titles class at Big Picture Classes, and the light in my office was just perfect. The "I heart my job" wood veneer was perfect to add to the bottom of the page and the "this is my happy place" tag from the free Elle's Studio NSD digital file , re-colored to match the Week in the Life Digital Bundle was perfect to add next to it.

Even though I hate doing it, I added my own handwriting on a couple of journaling tags. Mainly because this was my LAST STEP of completion, and I was too lazy to scan in the tag and type my journaling up in Photoshop. Just being real.

It was pretty awesome to add photos of my daughter's Spanish performance at school in the album, as well as a complete temper-tantrum breakdown in the bottom right corner. Real life.

Cooking and eating are a BIG part of our daily lives, so of course photos of our meals appear throughout the album. I plan to keep these blue-rimmed plates forever, since I love the way they look against our white farmhouse breakfast table.

The "post midnight" photos from my 34th birthday celebration did not make an appearance in the album, for obvious reasons. 

We are deeply involved in our local March for Babies, benefitting the March of Dimes, so it was pretty awesome to have this documented on the final day of WITL. 

The final page includes a large image of the three of us, taken late Sunday afternoon. To take the photo, I used the timer on the Photos App, propped up against a stone. I love all of the negative space, and just had to add a stamped phrase using the Lens Story Stamp. I found the perfect 4" x 6" tag from the Project Life Everyday Edition, and simply added in the dates from the week using the Elle's Studio Dated Stamp

So, an epic project is complete. Thanks for getting through this epic blog post, too! Happy creating!