Saturday, May 26, 2018

Smile It's Spring

Hello friends! It's the weekend and today I wanted to share a layout that I created for A Flair For Buttons.

In April, I went to a scrapbooking retreat and decided to hand stitch a layout of daffodils because I wanted to hang it in my home to celebrate spring which happens to be my favorite season. With the long, harsh winters where I live, it is always great when the birds are chirping, the trees are blooming, the grass is green and the flowers are sprouting up in the gardens.

Daffodils are such a happy flower and when I saw a Daffodils Flowers Cut File designed by Paige Evans, I knew that I wanted to use my sketch pens in my Silhouette Cameo and sketch the daffodils design so I could hand stitch it. Yes, it was a labor of love, but I really enjoy the process and personally, I find it very relaxing and therapeutic.

After the design was stitched, I wanted to add some more color so I decided to take my Distress Oxides and a water brush and water color inside of the stitched design.

Adding a photo to this layout just didn't seem right because I wanted the hand stitched and watercolored daffodils to be the star of the show.

The embellishments to complete the layout were kept to a minimum so I added the yellow watercolor circle flair button to dot the "i" in the word "smile". It was from the Watercolor Circles Flair Set from A Flair For Buttons. I also added some coordinating sequins and enamel hearts. The title completed the layout and I went with yellow, green and black alphabet letters to give it more interest.

For photography purposes, I took photos of the layout before I framed it in a 12X12 scrapbook frame so there wouldn't be any glare from the glass frame.

I hope you are inspired to try something a little different by adding flair buttons to dot the "i" in a word and also some hand stitching and water coloring. Just have fun with it!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the wonderful flair in the A Flair For Buttons shop.

Flair Used On Layout

Watercolor Circles Flair Set

Monday, May 21, 2018

I'm A Cover Girl!

Hello friends! Just wanted to share some exciting news with you today. In the new Summer 2018 issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine my layout made the front cover!

Summer 2018 Creative Scrapbooker Magazine
This is a dream come true for me and I am very flattered that my layout was selected.

If you don't subscribe to this magazine now is the time. This printed publication has four issues a year and it's full of lots of inspiration. 

Thanks for stopping by and check out Creative Scrapbooker Magazine's website here. 

Have a creative day!

My Creative Scrapbook - May Tutorial

Hello friends! I love banners for all occasions and I thought I would create a Spring banner with the May Creative Kit for My Creative Scrapbook.  

Spring Banner

May 2018 Creative Kit - My Creative Scrapbook

To create the above banner you will need:

Basic Supplies

Adhesive (liquid glue, permanent tape runner adhesive and foam squares)
Fringe Scissors ((optional - can also cut fringe with basic scissors but easier with fringe scissors)
Paper Hole Punch
Paper Trimmer
Scalloped Paper Punch
Sewing Machine (optional)
White Thread (optional)

May Creative Kit Supplies - My Creative Scrapbook

American Crafts Banner Kit (12 chipboard banner pieces and black and white twine)
Chipboard Stickers (Happy Word)
Stickers (Always Be Happy Sticker, Spring Word Stickers)
Patterned Paper - Yellow Gingham, Pink Patterned Paper, Multi Color Striped, Multi-colored Floral Patterned Paper, Light Blue Floral Patterned Paper
Pom Pom Ribbon (White)


Using one of the banner pieces as a template, trace with a pencil and cut the yellow gingham paper.

Adhere paper to the banner piece and then add the two holes on the yellow gingham paper with a hole punch matching up the holes from the banner piece. Repeat and create twelve banners.

With the paper trimmer, trim the multi-colored striped patterned paper vertically into 1/2 inch strips. You will need 12 strips to fit the top edge of the banner.

With a tape runner adhesive, adhere the multi-colored stripe paper strips to the top edge of the yellow gingham paper banner piece. Trim.

With a piece of the pink patterned paper, a pencil and a ruler, mark the pink paper 2 1/2 inches from the top of the yellow gingham paper. 

Trim the pink patterned paper as shown below. 

Take a pair of scissors, or fringe scissors, and cut fringe on the narrower side of the pink patterned paper.

Adhere the pink fringed paper flush with the multi-colored paper strip and adhere.

Machine stitch around the multi-colored striped paper strip and along the entire edge of the banner.

Punch twelve scalloped circles from the blue and white patterned paper and set aside.

Flip the blue and white patterned paper scalloped circle to the backside and adhere a foam square.

Place the popped up scalloped circle to the banner centering it below the multi-colored paper strip and the pink patterned paper fringe as shown below.

On the first five banner pieces, adhere with liquid adhesive, the chipboard alphabet stickers "H" "A" "P" "P" "Y"  to the center of the blue and white patterned paper scalloped circles that are popped up with a foam square.

Cut a piece of white pom pom ribbon (about 3 to 4 pom poms in length) and adhere with some liquid adhesive at the top of the fringe on the pink patterned paper as shown below.

 Repeat for all twelve banners. Add the "Always Be Happy" sticker popped up with a foam square. to the sixth banner. 

On the sticker sheet, find the alphabet stickers that spell out the word "spring". With a foam square pop up each alphabet sticker with another foam square. Fussy cut some flowers from the floral patterned paper and place them beside the spring alphabet stickers creating a cluster.  

Punch two holes on the left and right side near the top edge of each banner.

Arrange all twelve banners in the order that they should appear. Add the black and white twine feeding the twine through each punched hole. 

Voila! The banner is completed! 

I hung my banner on the mantle of my fireplace to celebrate Spring.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and are inspired to create a banner. They are fun to create and they can be for any occasion. The sky is the limit!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 11, 2018


Hello friends! Happy Friday! Today I wanted to share a layout that I created of my daughter in law Lori. She is such a beautiful soul and I am so proud of her.

I added two flair buttons from A Flair For Buttons. The "Be Brave" flair button is from the Inspirational Words 4 Flair Set and the orange circles flair button is from the Pastel Circle Flair Set. 

I began creating the layout by purchasing  the A Flower Bunch Cut File designed by Paige Evans. I cut it out on white card stock with my Silhouette Cameo. 

I used the cut file as a "stencil" and created two layouts. For this layout I used the positive shape. First I took my Vicki Boutin Small Stencil Brush and Vicki Boutin's Art Crayons and dry brushed the cut file. Then I backed the cut file with patterned papers from Vicki Boutin's All The Good Things 7X10 Paper Pad. 

I began by blending some Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide, with a round foam applicator, onto Vicki Boutin's All The Good Things 12" X 12" White Foundations Mixed Media Art Paper. I placed the cut file on top and popped it up with several foam squares to give it some depth. To embellish the layout,  I added ephemera pieces and stickers from Paige Evan's Pick-Me-Up Collection and sprinkled some enamel dots from Pinkfresh Studios and the title of the layout "Lori" with some gold alphabet stickers that were also from Pinkfresh Studios.

I am happy how this layout turned out. Be sure and check out the A Flair For Buttons shop for hundreds of flair buttons that are suitable for so many themes.

Have a creative day!

Supply List

Adhesive - Liquid Adhesive - Tombow,  Adhesive Foam Squares - 3L Adhesives, 
Alphabet Stickers - Pinkfresh Studio - Gold Alphabet Stickers 
Art Crayons - Vicki Boutin Art Crayons (Cool)
Background Paper - Vicki Boutin 12"X12" White Foundations Mixed Media Art Paper 
Cardstock - (Cut File) - American Crafts (White) 12"X12" 
Cardstock Stickers - Paige Evan's Pick-Me-Up Collection 
Cut File - Paige Evan's - A Flower Bunch Cut File 
Electronic Cutting Machine - Silhouette Cameo 3
Enamel Dots - Pinkfresh Studio
Ephemera - Paige Evan's Pick-Me-Up Collection
Flair Buttons - A Flair For Buttons (Inspirational Words 4 Flair, Pastel Circles Flair)
Ink - Ranger -Tim Holtz - Distress Oxide - Abandoned Coral
Ink Blending Tool - Ranger - Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending Tool
Patterned Paper - All The Good Things - Vicki Boutin 7"X10" Paper Pad
Stencil Brush - Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Stencil Brush  

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Reveal Of The May Kits

Hello friends! Happy National Scrapbook Day!

I'm back today with the reveal of all the gorgeous kits for May at My Creative Scrapbook.

May 2018 Main Kit

May 2018 Creative Kit

May 2018 LE Kit

May 2018 Album Kit

I created three layouts and a banner to celebrate Spring with the May Creative Kit.

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure and check out the designer gallery for lots more inspiration at My Creative Scrapbook and order your kits today.

Happy scrapping!


Friday, May 4, 2018

May Sneak Peeks

Hello friends! The May sneak peeks are up at My Creative Scrapbook and they are awesome!

I created some projects with the May Creative Kit and wanted to share one of my layouts with this adorable kit that includes some papers and embellishments from Echo Park's Hello Spring and Hello Easter Collections, twine, white pom pom ribbon, white foam alphabet stickers and banner pieces from American Crafts and flower stickers from Pebbles Inc.

I took out my circle paper punches and one of my scalloped circle paper punches and punched paper circles in several colors and stacked them. I added some chipboard stickers on top and arranged the stacked paper punched circles on the white background cardstock. 

I had fun with the white pom pom ribbon and cut it apart and glued five pom poms on the sheep chipboard sticker to give it a woolly look.

I also added a white pom pom on the tail of the chipboard bunny.

For the title of the layout "Easter Fun", I added the two border stickers to the bottom of the page and  added the white foam alphabet stickers that I added various colors of Nuvo Crystal Drops in several coordinating colors to give the title some interest and dimension and then added some more chipboard stickers.

Finally I stitched around the edge of the white cardstock with white thread and my sewing machine.

Here are sneak peeks of all the four May kits from all the My Creative Scrapbook design team.

May Main Kit Sneak Peeks
May Creative Kit Sneak Peeks

May LE Kit Sneak Peeks
May Album Kit Sneak Peeks
Are you excited about the reveal tomorrow? The designers have once again outdone themselves. Check back tomorrow for the full reveal and be sure to reserve your kits today!

Have a wonderful day!