Sunday, January 8, 2017

Giveaway Winner!

Happy 2017 everyone!

The winner of my Top 10 of 2016 giveaway ( a Cocoa Vanilla Studios Love Always collection) is .....

Krystal Bargas

Congrats Krystal!! Please send me you mailing address to


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Birdman - Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am back sharing some more awesome Cocoa Vanilla Studios  Endless Summer inspiration. This beautiful collection works just as well for Winter getaways. In fact, I wish I was somewhere warm right now...  -25°C this morning here in Minnesota! With phrases like "Aloha Sunshine", I knew this collection would be perfect for scrapping some Hawaii pictures. I had some unscrapped photos of my husband feeding some pigeons when we vacationed on Waikiki Beach last winter. He was snacking on some trail mix on our hotel balcony (12 stories up!) when a pigeon happened upon him. Pretty soon there were flocks of pigeons everywhere!! Almost like an Alfred Hitchcock "The Bird" scene. I managed to snap these photos before we were swarmed.


I challenged myself to create a vertical title and go big. I love how this title turned out. You can see various pattern papers behind the woodgrain outlined alphas from JustNick Studios. With the title "Birdman" of course I had to add some flamingos! I love this Wood Veneer flamingo!! You can see one of the Woodies here too in this close-up.


The cut apart journal cards work well to hold some journaling. I added several Die Cut Ephemera pieces, Stickers, a Flair Button, more Woodies, some Enamel Shapes, and Wood Veneer all in this embellishment cluster. It's swoon worthy!


I couldn't resist pulling out the Puffy Stickers as well. You can see a pennant flag here among some clouds and an Aloha Sunshine ephemera piece. With a vertical title, I thought it would be fun to add some feathers to my background using another JustNick Studios cut file. Machine stitching adds interest and texture.


Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great week. Stay warm if you are freezing like me.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Let the Sparks Fly - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

This week designers at JustNick Studios were challenged to concentrating on those word cut files. I thought it would be fun to scrap some New Year's Eve photos and use the New Year Words cut file. When combined with the Confetti Background cut file, you have a recipe for a fabulous New Year's Eve party layout!!

Here is a close up of that awesome Confetti Background cut file.

I love the ready made titles in the New Year Words cut file. "Let The Sparks Fly" was perfect for this photo.

Here are the cut files I use today ...

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Top 10 of 2016! and a Giveaway!!

Hello blogging friends!

Today some scrappy friends and I are participating in a blog hop to share our favorite projects from the past year. Here is the list of participants in case you want to start at the beginning. Many are also doing giveaways including me! In addition to this blog hop, there is an instagram hop, and a YouTube hop. So pick your social media app of choice and be inspired.

Blog Hop 2016 List

I had a blast designing for Clique Kits, Cocoa Vanilla Studios, Simple Stories, and JustNick Studios this past year. My love for these scrapbook manufactures, kit club, and digital cut file shop are reflected in my favorite layouts this year. New this year, you will see some hand stitching on some layouts and I think every one of these favorites used a cut file! My Silhouette sure got a work out this year!

It was so hard to narrow my favorites down to 10 .... but here goes...

1.   Inspired by Bernie Sanders commercials, I created this first layout with scraps from my May Clique Kit featuring Basic Grey's Urban Luxe and Fancy Pants Designs Atwell collections. That gorgeous Bits and Pieces Heart Background digital cut file is from JustNick Studios.

2.  I created this gorgeous layout as a housewarming gift for a friend using the Cocoa Vanilla Studios Love Always collection. The digital cut files on this layout are also from Cocoa Vanilla Studios. I did some hand stitching around the heart on this one.

3.  This next layout was created using the October sketch from Creative Scrappers when Cocoa Vanilla Studios was their sponsor. This is the Hello Sunshine collection which coordinated perfectly with my beach photo from our Kauai vacation last winter. I used the Summer Words digital cut file from JustNick Studios for my title.

4.  My little grand nephew is the sweetest, cutest kid ever! I love these photos of him playing with a bubble gun this past summer. A mixture of various Cocoa Vanilla Studios collections were used on this one; Life is Beautiful, Totally Rad, and Made of Awesome as well as the fabulous Retro 50's digital cut file from JustNick Studios. I wanted a lot of circle elements on this layout to go with the bubbles theme. It just screams FUN!

5.  The Reset Girl collection from Simple Stories was one of my favorite collections this year. It was created for the planner obsessed, but I found it worked well for documenting my oldest daughter's struggles this year with it's reset your life theme. Two years ago, I scrapped a layout with a selfie she took on the way to her wedding; "Last Selfie Before I Take Myself Off the Market!". I thought it was appropriate to do another layout with a "Back On the Market" selfie she posted as she is going through a divorce. To say the past year has been horrible for her would be an understatement. It is heart wrenching as a Mom to watch your little girl hurting. But slowly she is starting to bloom again :). 2017 is going to be an awesome year for her! I used the Leaf Circle Doily from JustNick Studios to help frame my photo.

6.  Next up is a Simple Stories layout created with the Hero Simple Set and the Bits and Pieces Star Background digital cut file from JustNick Studios. It's rare for me to have a good photo of my husband to scrap. He hates having his picture taken. Here he was attending a police officer's funeral as part of the MSP Airport PD honor guard. 

7.  My nephew is featured again in this next layout. This one was created with the awesome Cocoa Vanilla Studios Totally Rad collection and the August 2015 free cut file from Scrapbook and Cards Today designed by Nicole Nowosad.

8.  I got messy with my Faber Castell gelatos for this next layout I created with the Simple Stories Hello Fall collection. I used a variety of JustNick Studios cut files here; Autumn Ring, Leaves, and Leaf It To Me. I wanted the gorgeous Fall colors in this photo of my niece to extend onto my background. There is a process video to go along with this layout here.

9.  Fall is my favorite season, so it's not surprising that I have another Simple Stories Hello Fall layout in my top 10.  The cute little fox is adorable, but it's that Leaf Cluster digital cut file from JustNick Studios that steals the show. I also used the Fall Y'All cut file for my title.

10.  I am ending with my most recent layout created using the Simple Stories Winter Wonderland collection and the Nordic Background cut file from JustNick Studios. This paper collection and digital cut file go together like Winter and a Sweater! You can catch the process video for this one here.

Since Cocoa Vanilla Studios is hard to come by here in the States, I thought I would send my lucky winner the Love Always collection. To be eligible, follow me and leave a comment letting me know which of my layouts was your favorite. I will ship international. Winner will be announced on January 7th. Good luck!

My scrappy goal for 2017 is to do more YouTube process videos. I would love to have you subscribe to my channel so you don't miss out. Here is a link to my YouTube version of my Top 10 of 2016. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope 2017 brings you everything you hope for.

Next up is the awesome Heather Leopard.


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

SnowFun - JustNick Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I love living in a place where I can enjoy the 4 seasons. In Minnesota, you can always count on snow and cold temps in the winter. You may think that hibernating is the best way to get through ... but there is lots of fun to be had outside still. My sister-in-law's family like to skate and play hockey on a pond in their backyard. I love this picture of them doing what they love together. When I saw the JustNick Studios Nordic Background digital cut file I knew it would make the perfect backdrop for their family photo. It adds a cozy feeling, just like a warm sweater. I used the awesome Simple Stories Winter Wonderland collection for this layout ...

Isn't that cut file amazing! Take a closer look. I love the machine stitching details.

This quote I fussy cut out from a journal card ties in with the sweater theme perfectly too; ' We Go Together Like Winter and a Sweater '  ...

Here are a few more close-ups ...

Here is the Nordic Background digital cut file I used today.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful Holiday and I hope 2017 brings peace and prosperity!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Hello Memphis - Cocoa Vanilla Studios

Hello blogging friends!

I am back today with another Cocoa Vanilla Studios Endless Summer layout. I am in love with this collection. I love the soft color palette and all those embellishments that coordinate. I wanted to showcase several of the beautiful pattern papers in this versatile collection. I decided on a circle grid design with some travel die-cuts. Today I am scrapping a layout about my trip to Memphis. I flew there to spend a weekend with my daughter when she was there on a veteranarian internship. Well Memphis was the home of Elvis and we were excited to get to see Graceland, but our first night there we went to the Memphis BBQ Company for ribs and then out for drinks at a piano bar. These drinks were called Blue Suede cocktails, after a famous Elvis song. Because of the blue drinks, I wanted to bring out more blue on my layout using ink splatters and a blue cardstock title.

I used a couple digital cut files designed by JustNick Studios, This Hello with the circles was the August 2016 Freebie from Scrapbook and Cards Today. The "Memphis" was cut out on my Silhouette using a font on my computer, sorry ... I don't remember what it is called.

I love the wood veneer pieces in this collection. The engraved details add such a fun element. This airplane was taken from the Around the World JustNick Studios digital cut file and welded onto the circle cut.

You can see more icons here from the Around the World cut file embellished with a cute camera puffy sticker and with another wood veneer.

A strip of pattern paper at the top along with some stickers, die-cut ephemera, and an enamel heart add just a little more interest.

I added a little journaling by my photo and embellished here with a flair button and one of the woodies. The woodies are one of my favorite Cocoa Vanilla Studios embellishments.

I really love how this one turned out. There is a process video to go along with the layout here.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Looking For The Perfect Tree - JustNick Studios Giveaway Day 9

Hello blogging friends!  I hope you have been enjoying the 12 days of Giveaways  at JustNick Studios.

For day 9, Nicole sent me this awesome Holly Background 2 cut file to use. I thought it would be fabulous used as a frame for my layout. I am using my Clique Kits, Clique into the Holidays Kit featuring Crate Paper's Snow and Cocoa collection. I love the outdoorsy animals and thought it would be fun to dig out an old photo to scrap anew. I am so thankful for my Mother-in-Law who took pictures of our family. Without her I doubt that there would be any photos of me! I am always the one taking pictures!!

I also used Tree Trio 2 and Snowflakes. I cut the snowflakes out from heavy cardstock and used the negative space as a stencil! Here is a closer look.

Here are all the cut files I used today ...

Today’s design – Holly Background 2 - is yours for FREE today only!
Just enter code: HOLLYFREE at checkout to get this design for free.
This code is only valid until midnight CST on December 9th, 2016.
No purchase necessary.
The design will still be available in the JustNick Store for purchase after the discount code expires.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have the Happiest of Holidays!!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Classic Christmas - Simple Stories

Hello blogging friends!

Marcia here today with some Simple Stories Classic Christmas inspiration. There are so many things I love about this collection, the plaid patterns, the classic red and green colors, ... did I mention the plaid? Oh yes, plaid is showing up everywhere. At first I thought this collection would be so great for scrapping my guys, but then I found these pictures of my daughter with reindeer antlers on her head and wearing a plaid dress. Adorable! I had to scrap those pictures with the Classic Christmas collection. Here is 'Reindeer Games' ...

I used the Outline Alpha digital cut file from JustNick for my title. I love the semi-circle placement. I fussy cut this cute reindeer out and gave him a red nose with one of the enamel dots. Now it matches my daughter's red nose!

So many fun things to layer; the die cut bits and pieces, the gorgeous bradz, and even a roller stamp to add a few Christmas phrases.

This collection has some festive washi tape too. You can see the red stripped washi under my photos and the christmas words washi over my center photo and at the bottom of my layout. The metal clips are super adorable too. 

I don't know about you, but I love crafting for Christmas. I make a lot of cards to mail out. Lots of my Aunts and Uncles I don't get to see very much and a Christmas letter and a card helps me to keep in touch with them. Unfortunately some are in senior care facilities and I like my card to double as Christmas decor for them. These Christmas box cards are just the ticket ...

This JOY card has lots of beautiful layers. Here is what it looks like from a top down angle.

and best of all ... they fold flat for mailing!

I must still be a little girl at heart, because this sled sure looks like so much fun. I had one just like it when I was little. Hopefully it stirs up fond memories for Aunts and Uncles too.

Along with the sled you can see Christmas presents, a candle lit lantern, and fun ice skates. Doesn't that wreath look great on that door!

Here is what it looks like folded flat.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Supplies Used
Item #7300 Simple Stories Classic Christmas Collection Kit
Item #7322 Simple Stories Classic Christmas 6x6 paper pad
Item #7327 Simple Stories Classic Christmas Bradz
Item #7329 Simple Stories Classic Christmas Bits and Pieces
Item #7331 Simple Stories Classic Christmas Enamel Dots and Shapes
Item #7342 Simple Stories Classic Christmas Washi Tape
Item #7343 Simple Stories Classic Christmas Epoxy Metal Clips
Item #7345 Simple Stories Classic Christmas Roller Stamp
Item #7315 Simple Stories Classic Christmas 4x4 and 4x6 Vertical Elements Pattern Paper
Item #7310 Simple Stories Classic Christmas Deck the Halls Pattern Paper
Item #7306 Simple Stories Classic Christmas Oh Christmas Tree Pattern Paper
Item #7311 Simple Stories Classic Christmas Fun and Frosty Pattern Paper