Happy Girls: Stamping around a mask

Today I wanted to share a quick technique I used in this 12 x 12 mixed media layout and my November 2017 Clique Kits: Cornucopia. Both the main kit and the Traveler’s Notebook kit are actually still available in the Clique Kits shop! If you would like to pick one up, feel free to use my coupon code GIA10 FOR 10% OFF.



To create this subtle but unique background I started with this stencil, lightly tacked down to my white cardstock with reposition-able adhesive. I positioned the 3 largest butterfly masks in a visual triangle around my page.

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For the next step, I used the flower in this stamp set that was very similar in design to the black and white doodled flowers in the 12 x 12 fussy cut paper I was using on this layout. Before removing the stencils, I added in some texture with some copper colored texture paste and a honeycomb stencil. Finally, I sprinkled some diluted watercolor paint (this one from Prima is still available in the shop and this shade of pink coordinates perfectly with the kit papers)

Last, I layered my fussy cut florals, and used a piece of ephemera from the kit as a small but meaningful title for the page. “Happy Girls are the Prettiest.”


Valentine’s Day Gifts DIY


I created these quick & easy Valentine’s Day  Altoid tins to give my older teens this year. They always welcome care packages from home! I used a mix of paper from my February 2018 Altacama main kit and my stash from older Valentine’s Day kits. There are still plenty of Valentine’s Day items in the shop especially some unique items and the Crate Paper Main Squeeze collection.

Another super Quick & Easy DIY project…extra tiny mini albums!

You can find a complete gallery of all 6 of these minis on the Clique Kits blog on Valentine’s Day. Here I will just show you one of them. The easy how-to is also on the Clique Kits blog. I hope you will stop by there and check it out!




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Valentine’s Day Layout

Happy Heart Day! Today I am sharing this layout over on the Clique Kits blog also. I used my February 2018 Main Clique Kit called “Atacama” to create this layout. You can check out the Clique Kits blog for lots more information and a tutorial!


I painted the heart background on 12 x 12 hot pressed watercolor paper. I used some Shimmerz brand Creameez paints. To give it more interest I sprinkled some salt on top of the wet paint which then dries with variegated effects. I also splattered some diluted rose gold paint and did some heat embossing with a  butterfly stamp set containing the phrase “true love.” The butterflies were created with a simple punch and you could even make something similar with your silhouette and some butterfly cut files.

I hope you enjoy your day! Stop back tomorrow because I will be sharing some more Valentine’s day DIY’s.


Happy Rainbow

While writing my last post showing some boy layouts using the May 2017 Clique Kit which featured the Pinkfresh Studios Dream On collection I realized I never shared this fun layout using the same collection. In this one I free-hand cut the different sized arcs of the rainbow and then used watercolor paints to color in the icons outlined in this paper. I wan’t sure if it would “come together” with an equally bright and colorful photo but I found that the bright, busyness of both the rainbow and the photo complemented one another. We sometimes think that the only way to buffer a loud, busy, colorful photo is to tone it down by printing black and white or somehow to tone down the intensity of the layout design. I think the third option is to provide some balance, which is what I tried to do here. I hope you like it!



Boy Pages Vol. 2

I finally got back to writing the second half of my boy pages series, which I started in October of 2017. Okay…no time for excuses. Here we go!

These layouts were all made using one of my all time favorite boy pages kits- the May 2017 Clique Kits main kit. Of course at this point this kit is long gone but if you are a Clique Kits subscriber you just might have some of this kit in your stash and I hope this inspires you to maybe dig it out!

First up is this watercolor resist wash layout about my son and his first love. Young love is so darn cute.


This one is a grid made from lots of cut apart paper and some paper ephemera- this Dream On collection from Pinkfresh Studios collection got a lot of mileage for me with boy layouts.


I am glad I got these posted because I need to get John’s album assembled and shipped to him. It has already been 9 months since graduation. Hopefully better late than never and it will still bring a smile to his face to see his life in layouts!


Boy Pages Series Vol. 1


I realized that I show off more than twice as many girl layouts  as boy layouts. Like many people, I find it challenging to use the patterns and colors I like for boys keeping in mind the end result must not be too girly for a boy’s album! To combat this inequity I am sharing this series of posts strictly focused on some boy layouts for my son John’s album. He graduated from high school last May and when each of my children graduates from high school I give them the album of the best of the layouts made with them as the subject. His is still a work in progress even though he moved away to college. When he comes home for Christmas I hope to be caught up!


This one is a clean and simple design using the April kit Jellybean from Clique Kits. To balance the bright colors I printed my photo in black and white. My son was my resident computer expert-every time I needed help with any technology -iphone, laptop, ipad,etc I could always count on him. I still wonder if it will end up being a career option in his future-some kind of I.T.




Last but not least– I feel like I have shown these before maybe on the Clique Kits blog. If I have- I apologize if you have seen these already but it has been so long since I had time to catch up on my personal blog!


These layouts were created with the April 2017 Clique Kit called Jellybean. They are sold out, all the more reason it is totally worth it to subscribe! Thanks for checking out my blog-hope to see you again soon!



Clique Kits October 2017: Girl Tribe


Aloha! I am sharing some of my projects using the Clique Kits October Main and Traveler’s Notebook Kits. First I have this fun paper cutting and layering design.


Next up is a fun layout using the unicorn die cut file I designed for this kit. I took a single unicorn shape and turned it into a background pattern. You can see how I did it on the Clique Kits blog.

And finally I have these traveler’s notebook spreads which I shared for a post last week.



Thanks so much for stopping by.