Studio Audience Members Wanted (and a cool giveaway!)

Feeling a bit like Ellen today. Okay, perhaps that's a bit extreme, but I am seeking live studio audience members. Isn't that fun? And I will be giving away free and awesome things to my audience. Sounds kind of Ellen-esc, don't ya think? 

What's up? Well, I've made brief mention of this before, but I want to elaborate now in the hopes you'll join me, either live as an audience member or online via video streaming...

I'm teaching with CreativeLIVE!

Woot! And I owe a great BIG word of thanks to Becky Higgens for suggesting me. What a compliment from a very talented teacher and crafter! (Thank you, Becky!) 

I couldn't be more excited about this opportunity. Or nervous, if I'm being perfectly honest. I LOVE teaching, but this is a game changer. This is a big deal, and I really, really want it to go amazingly well. I'd be forever indebted to you if you could help me make that happen, either by joining me from your computers or actually attending the class. I assure you we'll have a ball!


Who: You & me, of course! And some special guest appearances by some of my friends in the scrapbooking industry. (More on that fun in a future post!)

We're going to take our awesome social media moments and turn them into memorable memory-keeping projects we can enjoy long after the internets is dead and gone. Okay, so perhaps the WWW isn't going anywhere anytime soon, but I do want to help you get your amazing stories off your computers/phones and into a more tangible place. And we'll learn many new tricks and tips along the way. Whether you're an avid Instagrammer, a FB fanatic, a Pinterest playa, or you simply dabble in one or all of these sites, you'll find tidbits to apply to your memory keeping. Even if you've never crossed the social-media threshold, you'll get something out of this class and just may find the courage/interest to make that leap (Mom, I'm talking to you here!). ;) 

Where: Your house AND/OR San Francisco, CA. 
If you want to join me as an audience member, then you'll be headed to Trolly Town. (More info on that below.) Otherwise, you can be in the comfort of your own home, or office, or glamper... wherever you have an internet connection and a computer! And join me for two days of projects, ideas, advice, new product reviews, and experts. (Yes, I'll have several special guests joining me!)

When: July 23 & July 24; 9:00 am—4:00 pm (pacific time)

Why: Because crafting is fun! 
Because there are so many amazing parts of our lives being lost to the internet that need rescuing. Because there are new tricks and tips for simplifying your crafting, new gadgets to explore, and new paper to play with. Because I LOVE creating and always have more fun when you join me! 

Audience Members Wanted
Interested in joining me in the studio audience? If you live in the San Francisco area (or feel up to a little road trip), I'd love for you to apply. You'll find information on doing so here.
One of the perks: An impressive student package, which includes delights from We R Memory Keepers (hint: Instagram Albums & Albums Made Easy Kits!), Maya Road, Fuji Film, and more! Plus, two full days of FREE instruction! Hard to resist that kind of deal, right? Space is limited, so please take a min. to fill out the form between now and July 18. Thanks so much!

Announcement Giveaway!
You know me. I like to give things away as part of my big-news parties. In honor of this special celebration, I have a We R Memory Keepers 4x4 Instagram Made Easy Album up for grabs. Want to win? Simply leave me a comment (including your email address, unless your email is already listed in your Blogger profile) on this here post between now and Friday, June 6 for your chance. I'll select a winner at random and send this beauty on its way.

And the Winner Is...
Speaking of giveaways, thanks to all who entered my posie bracelet giveaway. Your kind words made me feel so good. I would reach of them to my husband with a smile. You always know how to say just the right things! I'm delighted to announce the winner of that giveaway! Congratulations....


I'll email you with details on how you can collect your bracelet! 

Hope to see you all in San Fran soon! Thanks for your interest and support, friends. Hope to see you in San Fran soon! xo


Monochromatic Madness with Whisker Graphics: A layout & a card

I've gone mad, I tell ya! [said in my best mad-scientist voice] Okay, perhaps I haven't completely lost it, but I am pretty coo-coo for color. Especially the various trends on the crafting scene that incorporate painting. So when the awesome loves at Whisker Graphics asked me to select a few products to work with here on the ole blog, I was instantly drawn to these gorgeous tags!

They were just the right size for putting my new Instax Share Printer to work on a layout. Here's how my page began:

Do It To It: The Photos
Knowing I wanted to document a few photos I snapped of Mags in front of a cool rainbow wall downtown, I added those pics to my photo's camera roll and printed them to my Instax Share Printer using the free Instax app. I'll have to go into this in more detail in another post. But I can tell you this printer rocks my socks!

The Polaroid-style film fits perfectly on the large tags, and my prints were ready in minutes!

Do It To It: The Background
For the background, I grabbed my Watercolor Wonder Crayons from Stampin' Up! and set to work on creating my own colorful cardstock, using the colors of the tags as my inspiration.

First, I colored four columns—no fancy business here, just some shloppy scribbles will do.

Then I took my brush, some water, and set to blending the crayons, creating a soft, watercolored backdrop for my tags.

Once things were dry, I trimmed the 12x12 down to 11x11 (approximately) and matted it to heavy-weight gold cardstock, using my sewing machine. The reason being, the paper curls a bit when you watercolor, and anchoring it to heavy-weight cardstock keeps it flat and secure.

Next, I applied a bit of spray ink to the page for a splattered effect. I did my best to stick with the monochromatic-ness of it all, but the ink tends to wander. I'll be honest, I'm not in love with this detail and would probably change it if it were a simple fix, but I'm not about to start the page over now when I only sort of dislike. KWIM?

Do It To It: The Title
Inspired by the first line in John Mayer's song, "Daughters," I reached for my spray ink again to write "I know a girl." Like this idea, but the yellow tone-on-tone proves a bit tricky to read. Especially in the photo. It's not so bad here at home.

For "She puts the color," I used a large white shipping tag from Whisker Graphics.

I actually wrote "color" with my Watercolor Wonder Crayons and used a water brush to blend the letters—a very cool way to create a watercolored brush script. You should try. Just go easy on the water and don't be afraid to apply more crayon color as needed.

I completed the line—"inside of my world"—by adding Studio Calico stickers to the tags holding my stickers.

Is the song stuck in your head now? It's been in mine for days. If not, let's see if I can help you out. ;)

Do It To It: The Journaling
Wanting to tell the full story of my lovely rainbow-wall I find in downtown Salt Lake City, I knew I'd need ample page space, but I didn't want to disrupt the simplicity of the design, so I incorporated hidden journaling beneath the tags.

It's an easy approach. Simply score the tops of the tags and stitch above the score line using a sewing machine to adhere them to your background.

Now the tags work as flaps!

And I selected pens that matched the colors of my columns to keep the monochromatic feel going. (Except for the yellow. Learned from my title that yellow-on-yellow isn't ideal, so I went with a tan Sharpie.)

There you have it. This page was a fun afternoon art project, and I love the way the Whisker Graphic Tags work to both mat my photos and house my journaling. Thanks for that, WG!

Whew! That looks like more work than it is. Promise. I just like to really break things down for sake of explanation. I actually completed this page in under an hour, which is a massive record for me. I hope you'll give it a try. Or at least aspects of it. Especially those pretty Whisker Graphics tags. Thanks for sending them.

Birthday Card Quickie
I could seriously play with Whisker Graphics goodies all day. (If only time were more accommodating), so I put together one more little project. This time, using these amazing bitty treat bags.

Image credit: Whisker Graphics

It's a little flip, interactive birthday card. It's for a sweet two-year-old, so I wanted to make it colorful and fun. Enter: doodling!

For her name on the front, I simply used the brush-script approach I've so enjoyed these days. For the inside pages, I turned to my awesome Sharpie assortment. Gotta love da Sharpies!

Creating the pages is as easy as stacking the bitty bags evenly on top of one another and sewing along the left (closed) edge. I used a zigzag stitch for extra reinforcement.

I had the idea of tucking a Whisker Graphics tag (large) into each pocket but found I didn't need to after doodling on each bag front, so I saved that surprise for the last pocket, where I placed a little love note.

I'm definitely going to take this card approach again soon, as I can see it being an awesome gift-card holder, money holder, etc. And it was so super easy and fun to make. What a treat!

Thank YOU for stopping in today! And thanks to Whisker Graphics for inviting me to be part of their May fun. Between my Mother's Day card and these projects, I've thoroughly enjoyed myself. Your goodies rule!


Quick Follow-up Question: I'm currently preparing an interactive card class (so fun!). Tell me, would you make a card out of treat bags like this (and this)? Your feedback on my last post was SO helpful (thank you!) that I thought I'd seek it here as well. Many thanks!

The Heart of My Art (and a NSD giveaway!)

Hello and welcome! If you've made your way here today, I'm willing to guess you're either a member of my family or a scrapbooker? Safe bet? I hope you're here seeking Nat'l Scrapbooking Day (NSD) info, as I have some brilliant celebratory business for you.

Today's Happy Happenings!

1. Big Picture Classes National Scrapbook Day 10K event is happening now. As a member of their 10K Team, I know I can't wait to add a layout or two to the Instagrams. Will you? Still on the fence? Well, there are prizes involved, and this is Insta-history in the works, friends. Need I say more?

2. Scrapbook & Cards Today: Nope, it's not Monday, but it is NSD, so I'm delighted to be paying Scrapbook & Cards Today an extra visit this week, sharing this layout and giving away some awesome delights. More on the layout in a moment!

The Heart of My Art by Megan Hoeppner. Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts; Textured paint (Glimmerz): Shimmerz; Heart stencil: Heidi Swapp; Pigment sticks (Gelatos): Faber-Castell; Washi tape: Hazel & Ruby and Paper Source; Glassine bag: SRM Stickers; Stickers: Fancy Pants Designs; Spray ink: Studio Calico; Shipping tag: Office Max; Baker's twine: Whisker Graphics; Pens (Gold Sharpie; White Gelly Roll): Newell Rubbermaid and Sakura of America; Photo: Fuji Film (INSTAX Mini); Other: Gold thread. 

3. Giveaway! Yes, it wouldn't be a holiday without a scrapbooking prize, so I'm offering a mystery box full of scrapbooking goodies to one lucky commenter on this here post. Simply leave your comment between now and Tuesday, May 6, including your email address, for a chance to win. Excellent!

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Okay, back to my The Heart of My Art layout. This was a first for me—going super mixed media with a page. But it's about art, so I wanted to give it a go. if the idea interests you, here are a few of the steps I took, broken down:

Do It To It

1. I used the Heidi Swapp heart stencil that I recently purchased while at the Portland Creating Keepsakes Convention as a background.

I paired it with this amazing jar of Spun Sugar (white) Dazzlerz by Shimmerz to create a cool, textured, almost watermark effect across the back of my page. Dazzlerz are gorgeous, smooth, paints that have a heavier texture than a basic paint. They are M-A-Zing!

Image credit: Enchanted Dreams Shop

2. Inspired by this cute dress (from Target) I bought Maggie for my Aunt's surprise party last month...

I wanted to create a similar watercolor/heart look, so I started by drawing a heart on the now dry heart background using my beloved white Gelly Roll by Sakura.

Then I drew strips of color down the heart, with more color towards the top of the heart, using my Faber-Castell Gelatos—another awesome product!

3. Using a paintbrush and some water, I blended the Gelato color columns down the length of my heart, adding more Gelato where I felt it needed it.

4. Keeping with the paintbrush business, I then wrote the word "art" on an SRM Stickers glassine bag, using my spray ink, just as I did in this tutorial. This is something I'll definitely be doing again. Loved the look on the glassine!

5. Back to the layout, I added a strip of some of my fav washi, the Fat Roll by Hazel & Ruby, to the side of the page, layering over some misted book paper, which I tore from a book. I then added another strip of gold washi in a slightly thinner size.

Secret revealed: See that bit of black peeking out from behind the book paper? Yeah, that's an area of brush script that didn't go so well. No need to start over, however. No way! I just improvised and this book-paper/washi grouping was born.

6. Once the glassine bag was dry, I positioned it to the layout, making sure to only place my adhesive down the center, backside of the bag so it wouldn't show. I then added a strip of my new "handmade with love" washi tape from Paper Source. Gosh, I love this tape!

7. Time to sew! I added some machine stitching using my fav gold metallic thread, following my white Gelly Roll lines of the heart. I purposefully went outside of those lines a bit to keep it less linear. And I purposefully stitched over a bit of the bag and book-paper row to make the elements feel more connected on the page.

9. For the word "The" in my title, I simply wrote using a metallic gold Sharpie. It took a few coats to make it really show up well.

10. Wanting to enhance the "art" effect a bit more, I added some spray-ink splatter by removing the nozzles of my Mister Huey's and lightly tapping on them while holding them over the coordinating color column in the heart.

11. I added the words "of my" at the top of my tag using tiny stickers from Fancy Pants Designs. typed my journaling on a 2"x4" shipping tag, using my typewriter. I like the way the black letters slightly show through the glassine bag, both acting as a subtle print (to complement the book paper) and indicating there's a story in waiting without putting too much of my words out in the open. This was a personal story to tell, and I didn't want too much of it revealed on the surface.

12. The HEART of my ART, when it comes right down to it, is preserving our stories from my Maggie and her future sibling(s), so I simply added an old Instax Mini photo  taken of me while pregnant with Mags to complete the page.

For more on the significance and story behind this page, I hope you'll check out my post today on the Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine blog. And don't forget to upload the fun you create today on Instagram with the hashtag #NSD10k (or in the BPC gallery). Both the magazine and BPC are offering pretty sweet prizes today, so there's even some added incentive in there for ya! :)

Oh, and don't forget the ol' goodie box o' delights being offered here. Hope you'll enter.

Happy NSD, friends! Thanks a bunch for making my blog a small part of your celebration today!


Brush Script: My Attempt

If you came to brush up on the latest there is to know about the art of creating a brush script, you're probably in the wrong spot. Scratch that—you are in the wrong spot. But if you came to see a novice test her hand at this art of creating a script font using liquid color, I'm happy to welcome you aboard!

Over on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog, I share a great deal about the up-and-coming trend of brush script. I invite you to take a look for more about products available, trend experts and artists, and even classes being offered on creating this cool look.

Painting at Grandma's house. Circa... 1988 (ish).

Here, I'm simply going to explore a few self-taught approaches to creating my script using a paintbrush and two different forms of ink: spray and dye. I've always LOVED playing with paint and paper, so this was a fun world to explore.

Spray Ink Painting
Let's start with spray. These are the tools I used:

Mister Huey's spray ink by Studio Calico; shipping tag from Office Depot; paper towel c/o Mr. Brawny; Tulip paintbrush by iLovetoCreate

First things first—the ink. I simply unscrewed a bottle of my Mister Huey's spray ink and dipped my brush right in. No muss. No fuss.

I practiced on basic shipping tags, though any paper surface should do. Ideally, I imagine watercolor paper would be the way to go, but I'm not certain about this. And I didn't have any on hand, so the shipping tags would have to do.

As you can see, it takes some practice to get the hang it. Good thing I have a massive box of shipping tags, eh?

I thought it would be fun to turn the tags into thank-you tags to go with the handmade goods I occasionally sell, so I set to writing many "thanks!"

To create the splatter effect, I simply held the nozzle of my Mr. Huey's bottle above the tag and tapped on in . I did this after I wrote "thanks."

I liked practicing the same word over and over for a few reasons:

1. I could compare and contrast outcomes as I painted at different angles/different amounts of pressure/different quantities of ink/etc.

2. I could see how the effect would change with different ink colors.

3. Like snowflakes, no two pieces of brush script art are going to be identical. It's fun to see how they each get their own splash of personality.

This hobby is so fun, I even managed to convince Cory to try it with me. He's a good sport!

I love how everybody's handwriting is going to make their brush script unique!

Yes, it was a regular family affair.

Eventually, I spread my wings and tried other surfaces, such as little gift bags.

Now, all I needed was a little clothespin (Crate Paper) to make a Valentine's Day package for Miss Maggie D.

From bags, I decided to get real carried away and go multi-color with my strokes. Whaaaaat?!? Yes, it's true!

To do this, I would suggest starting with the lightest shade and progressing to the darkest to avoid ink cross contamination.

A few things I picked up along the way:

1. Drag the brush at the beginning and end of words to enhance the look (like the U on my bag above). It looks more hand-painted this way or something (vs. making a clean cut at a word's end).

2. If you're using a flat brush, as I was (probably not the ideal choice), hold it on its side for a finer font.

3. Be careful where you start and stop. The start/stop marks will show. I did my best to complete an entire word before lifting my brush, and then I'd simply go back over areas as needed. NOTE: Don't over go-over. You can quickly add too much color by going back over. I messed up many a tag this way.

Know Before You Go
As I've said, I'm far from a trained expert on the matter. If you're seeking more formal training (and who could blame you?), I suggest you check out Studio Calico's new Life Scripted online class, happening now. It looks like lots of fun, and students have had great things to say about it.

Image credit: Studio Calico
Ink Pad Painting
Back in the day, I worked for Stampin' Up!, where I learned this cool tidbit—If you squeeze your stamp pad when it's closed, a pool of ink will form in the lid.

Okay, maybe "puddle" is the more accurate word, but it's enough ink that you can dip your paint brush and use it to try a round of scripted painting.

So I dipped a toe... errr, brush, and tested the dye-ink waters.

How does this compare to spray ink? Let's pro and con!

Pro: It's easier to control because your brush is dryer.
Con: It has a less artistic look to it (in my opinion).
Pro: It's more even coverage (if that's the look you seek).
Con: It's harder to see.

Hmmm... I suppose there's a time and a place for both approaches.

I then decided to add little hearts to my envelope. Here's how this is done. First, hold your brush at an angle, slanting it on the diagonal, and rub it back in forth on the paper.

Repeat. This time, going at the opposite diagonal, to complete the heart.

You don't have to reapply ink to the brush between each heart. If you don't, some will have less saturation and others more, giving the project more depth.

Will, that's all she wrote. While this is far from the Brush Script-ures, I hope my trial and error process has offered you some insight as you approach your own projects. And I'd love to know which approach— spray ink or ink pad — you like better.

Thanks for stopping by!


4 Fresh Crafting Trends (and a groovy giveaway!)

What's hot in crafting at the moment? So many amazing delights! I was tickled gold when Studio 5 asked me to share a few of the freshest CHA trends to make a splash at CHA (the Craft & Hobby Association trade show) earlier this month. Here's a look at the trends we're discussing on today's show:

1. Go for the Gold
It's a gold letter year, my friends. Metallics have been on the uprise for quite some time now, but it's clear gold is the leader of this pretty pack. 

Here are just a few of the brand new gold goodies I spotted at the show:

Gold washi tape, as part of the amazing DIY Shop release from American Crafts. This line includes many fun elements in a neutral palette, including a lovely assortment of metallic tapes.

Get your gold on in a glittered fashion using the Wow! Glitter from American Crafts. It's big on sparkle and comes in a pack of four metallic shades.

Candy Dots... Mmmmm... They look good enough to eat. And they're self-adhesive, which makes adding a splash of gold easy as pie candy!
Image Credit: BasicGrey

Cosmo Cricket
I can't get over how cute these kraft treat bags are from Cosmo. Will you be my Valentine? Because I'd sure love to send you a little bit o' sweet in one of these beauties.

Crate Paper/Maggie Holmes
When it comes to gold, Maggie Holmes has been a trend leader in the crafting market. Since before my own Maggie was born, she's been singing its praises and incorporating it into her home decor and crafting projects. So it's so fun to see how she's also added this striking color to her product lines with Crate Paper, including Styleboard, her newest release.

Label-maker tape never looked so good! Thanks, Maggie and Crate Paper! Can't wait to play with these stickers.

Everything about these rub-ons wins a gold medal in my book. The horse-horse, the hearts, the camera, the sentiments...all of it is award-worthy!

I ADORE this bitty, heart-filled Brag Book! With Valentine's Day on the way, I seeing it getting much love in my life. 

Our friends in the fancy pantalones also offer a vibrant gold 12x12 cardstock that is sure to make a sparkling statement.

My Mind's Eye
Got your eye on gold? Mind this tidbit: MME makes a mean gold metallic print. They've put together these cards in 3" x 4" and 6" x 4"—perfect for pocket scrapbooking. Love!

Adding a lovely feeling to your surroundings has never been easier than it is with these sweet cards. I so want to frame this one and put it in my sweet girl's room.

Or you can make your own paper projects using the Charmed Record It! paper pad, which includes a lovely variety of 6" x 6" papers.

 Gold washi in a sturdy plastic tube? Doesn't get much better than this.

SC is known for their awesome assortment of font stickers, so it's an extra special treat to see that font flair combined with a vibrant gold glitz. Thickers have never shined so bright.

Image Credit: Studio Calico

2. Glampers
Pack your bags, friends! We're going on a retro ride in the cutes campers in town.

Glampers are an emerging trend on the crafting scene, and I'm delighted to share a few of those with you here today. 

Fancy Pants Designs
The little die cut glampers in this line make my heart happy. I have a million things I want to do with them. Decorate the front of a frame, make a card, create gift tags, add them to a page about my own glamper... and the list goes on!
Image Credit: Paper Crafter's Corner

My dear friends at Lawn Fawn were kind enough to surprise me with this special treat at CHA. They know I have a crush on glampers, and the Happy Trails stamp set and dies absolutely made my day. Thank you, Kelly Marie and Mike!

Image Credit: Lawn Fawn blog

My Mind's Eye
Glampers AND chalkboard? Get outta town! I can't get enough of these two trends, and seeing them together is the ultimate!

Image Credit: Paper Crafter's Corner

Webster's Pages
Party Time, indeed! Can it be anything but a party when this bright line from Webster's Pages is involved? It also includes 12" x 12" glamper paper AND vellum. Hooray!

Image Credit: Webster's Page

3. Sequins
Tune into the sequincy frequency! This bit of glitz & glam makes my glitter-loving heart happy. 

Inspired by the confetti trend, sequins are quickly rising to the top in the brilliant Bling category. And the colors are A-MAY-ZING! Here are just a few of my favs:

Chic Tags
How's this for a treat—wood sequins! Isn't that a grand idea? Just imagine the creative possibilities attached to these cuties, from topping them with glitter to spritzing them with spray ink. *swoon*

Doodlebug? More like Drool-dlebug. I mean, bitty bottles of sequins in a rainbow of colors? How can we do anything but drool?

Image Credit: Doodlebug Design

Hazel & Ruby
I stopped in my tracks the moment I laid eye on these beautiful bottles of sequins. Yes, they are sold in these tiny tubes! Isn't that divine. Hazel & Ruby is where it's at, my friends!

Image Credit: Hazel & Ruby blog

Image Credit: Hazel & Ruby blog

Studio Calico
Monochromatic color packs are oh, so perfect for creating an ombre look or just adding a splash of color to your creations!

If you know Teresa Collins, you know she knows her colors and always adds a sophistication to her creations. We're so lucky to enjoy that in sequin form with the release of several different sequin packs. And each includes sequins in four unique sizes, adding all the more variety to life.

4. Vellum
Yes, you read that right. Vellum is back, baby! But it's not limited to the basic vellum of yesteryear. You'll also find it in fun patterns, colors and textures. 

Here are a few if the voluptuous vellum pieces making their way on the crafting scene:

Crate Paper: The Maggie Holmes Styleboard Collection

Win It Before You Can Buy It
Want to win a sampling of BRAND NEW delights before you'll even see them on store shelves? Good news: I'm giving away a sampling from each of today's trendy categories. The prize pack includes items from the following generous companies: American Crafts, Chic Tags, Crate Paper, Doodlebug, Fancy Pants, Hazel & Ruby, My Mind's Eye, Studio Calico, and Teresa Collins Design. Wowee! That's a bundle! 

Entering is easy. Simply leave a comment here, letting me know what your favorite trend is crafting is at the moment (from this line-up or otherwise). You have until Friday, Jan. 31 to enter, at which time I'll randomly select a lucky name to take these awesome elements home. Please include your email address with the comment so I can reach you if you win.

TV Time
It's always more fun to see these sweet treats on the big screen...well, the screen that is. So I invite you to watch my Studio 5 television segment covering these trends here. Thanks for your incredible support!

The trend fun isn't over yet. Head on over to the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog for a look at five more CHA trends I can't get enough of. I think you'll be happy you did. 


Giveaway + Pretty Little Studio Blog Hop

It's a holiday hop! So happy you've stopped in today. I have a couple of Pretty Little Studio projects I've created in celebration of this hop.

Woodland Christmas
I was delighted to receive pieces from this darling collection and put them to work on a few holly jolly projects.

Since Mr. Claus himself will be visiting in less than a month, I decided to help Maggie prepare her wish list. To do this, I created a pocket by stitching two of the Twas the Night Bookmark Tags together.

Before stitching, I added a few decorative embellishments to the pocket, including a slice of doily, a strip of washi tape, a sequin, and one of the Pretty Little Studio Balsam Fir Paper Ribbon.

To make sure this works as a pocket, I didn't stitch across the top. I left it open so a tag could be slipped inside for Santa.

I made sure to wrap part of the embellishment cluster around back, creating a quick front/back embellishment approach. To complete the back, I added Maggie's name, using stickers from BasicGrey, and sprinkled on a few small toppings (heart and star).

For Maggie's wish list, I simply noted a few things I knew she'd love using a Shipping Tag from Pretty Little Studio and my typewriter.

I then inserted the tag into my stitched pocket. Top things off with a little homemade popcorn ball and, of course, a glass of milk, and you've got a gift the big man in red will cherish.

My Layout
Now, time to go back in time to last Christmas. I'm so happy to finally have a layout done about that joyous time in our lives. This line was just the ticket for completing such a project.

I was immediately drawn to the various stars in this line and knew I wanted to incorporate them throughout. Since Maggie is our own little star, it only made sense that the page be about her. And no time shines quite like Christmas time, so it was a perfect pairing.

I cut strips from the 8x8 star paper to create the border on the left side of the page.

I used this same paper on one of my grid pieces, as well as a slice of doily and this darling Pretty Little Studio flair.

As fun as a good banner can be, I decided to turn one of these cute Spruce Pine Bunting Flags on its head instead, making it a Christmas tree.

The ornaments are dots to letter Is in my Making Memories sticker sheet. The trunk is a letter T from the same set.

These fun file-folder tabs offer much creative potential. Unfortunately, they were a bit large for my grid purposes. No problem. I simply altered them a bit to dress up a few of my pictures.

On a layout where I want to include as many photos as possible, I'm all for space-saving solutions when it comes to journaling, which is why I created this flip tag.

To create the journaling flap, I simply stitched one of the sassy Twas the Night Bookmark Tags to one of the Shipping Tags (similar to the tags shown below). By scoring along the seam before stitching, it created an easy-to-open door.

Finally, I added a little twinkle twinkle by punching a star from my cardstock, adding a few of the Woodgrain Star Stickers around the negative shape (area where I punched), and topping it with tracing paper. From there, I added a couple of stars on top of the tracing paper to complete this grid square.

Hop to shop! 
From this hop, you'll want to shop. The Pretty Little Studio shop has so much to choose from, and much of it is under $5, so this prize of five buckaroos will hook you up with a ticket to some new delights. For a chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post between now and Friday, Dec. 6.

Hey, kid, hop and roll; hop on!
Great news! Every hop stop has a giveaway attached, so you'll want to visit each of the sites and leave a love note at each stop along the way for more chances to win.

Next hop stop on the list: the incredible Maggie Holmes. Tell her I said hello while you're there, okay? :)

For a complete list of hopper bloggers, check out the Pretty Little Studio blog.

And don't forget to visit Pretty Little Studio for complete information on all the happiness happening today with their fabulous Cyber Monday sale. It's only a two-day event, so you'll want to act fast!

Thanks so much for visiting today! I always love hearing from you and appreciate your support!


A little Nat'l Scrapbooking Day organization project

Every year on National Scrapbooking Day, I try to accomplish at least on organizational task. This year, I decided to take things digital. Inspired by a tip I learned in Rhonna Farrer's Instagram class, I decided to organize my Wingding and Webding fonts by creating a font key.

It's nothing fancy, but it does the trick. Now I know exactly what characters I have at my fingertips.

I did this is in a few quick steps:

1. Open Pages (or Word, if you're using a PC) and create a two-row, four-column table.
2. Put curser in column one and select your first Wingding (character) font. Proceed to type each character on your keyboard (numbers included).

Tip: Don't forget to turn caplocks on and type the letters again. There are extra characters this way!

3. Label the column the name of the Wingding font. Ex. Wingding 1.
4. Repeat, doing one column per font. I currently have four character fonts on my comp, so I only needed four.
5. Print your table and store it with your other journaling supplies (pens, journaling spots, etc.) as a reminder of your fun digi options.

I had no idea there were this many fun font to choose from. Here are a few of my favorites that I discovered.

A few of the fun wingdings I discovered hiding in my computer.

I'm definitely going to use the ampersand soon. And how cute is that little clipboard? I want to cut it out and use it as a journaling spot on an upcoming page.

Wingdings, where have you been all my life? Now that I have my key, I have a feeling I'll be using you more often.

How are you celebrating Nat'l Scrapbooking Day? However you are, I hope you're having fun! After all, that's what scrapbooking, and any hobby for that matter, is all about.


Another look inside and chance to win!

As you may or may not know, I once worked for Simple Scrapbooks magazine as a senior editor. I loved my time with that team and that magazine. Sadly, the magazine is no more, but I’m happy to report that its sister magazine (and my current employer), Creating Keepsakes magazine, has just released a Simple Scrapbooks special issue.

Some of the content in the issue is different than the former magazine of the same name, but the idea of creating simple scrapbook pages is absolutely evident. 

Here are a few of the layouts I created for this issue:

I made this page for “Scraplift It,” an article that encourages readers to find different elements from an existing layout and use those to inspire their own pages. 

As seen in Creating Keepsakes' special issue, Simple Scrapbooks. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.

One of the main ideas behind this issue is to show readers how they can get more from their current stash of scrapbooking supplies, so I was asked to alter pre-made scrapbooking products in five ways. Here’s what I came up with: 

As seen in Creating Keepsakes' special issue, Simple Scrapbooks. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.

I’m not going to lie—creating this layout was a challenge. I was allowed only two supplies beyond the scrapbooking basics (pen, adhesive, cardstock, and photos). That’s right, TWO! My choices: cupcake liners and washi tape. 

As seen in Creating Keepsakes' special issue, Simple Scrapbooks. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.

Admittedly, this isn’t my favorite layout, but I’m glad I was able to meet the challenge and show that you really can come up with a lot, using only a little.  

Hop On!
There is SO much more to be found in this issue. See some of what it has in store by participating in our happy little blog hop. Hop on over to the following sites and see what Simple Scrapbooks ideas they have to share:

But wait. Before you hop along your way. I thought you might enjoy a virtual look at some of what you'll find inside this issue.

Did Somebody Order a Chicken Dinner?
And what party would be complete without a party favor? For a chance to win this cool special issue, simply leave me a comment on this post between now and Friday, April 27, and I’ll select a winner at random. Sa-weet!

Thanks for hopping by! 


A look inside and a chance to win!

It’s no secret that I love creating with cupcake liners. If you follow my creative endeavors at all, you know that I use these treat cups in all sorts of ways, including the way shown here—I put them on a layout. I love the way the liners fill the space and add some movement to this page.

As seen in the May/June 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.

Creating this look is simple. All you have to do is:

1. Spray white cupcake liners with spray ink (or buy ones that are already colored). Note: I used extra large treat cups for this particular project.

2. Remove the centers from the liners, and cut two of the liners down to get three varying sizes.

3. Adhere the liners to you layout by hand stitching around the centers using baker’s twine. Note: I first backed the liners with patterned paper so that it would pop through the centers of the cut liners. 

This page was created for the “Kitchen-Inspired Scrapbooking” article, found in the brand spankin’ new May/June 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Visit to see more of what this issue has to offer, including free downloads, videos, and other delights!

Don’t have the May/June issue? No worries. I’m giving away a copy. Simply leave me a comment on this post between now and Friday, April 20 for a chance to win. Good luck!
I hope this layout has inspired your creativity. For additional looks inside the magazine, please join us (CK) in today’s blog hop. You’ll find more chances to win a magazine, and you’ll see lots more layout ideas that you can pin, scraplift… you name it! 

Hop On!
Next on the list:
The lovely Erika Hayes
My friends over at The Scrap Review
The talented Laura Vegas


P.S. If you’re in Utah, check out Studio 5 today at 11:00 AM. I’ll be announcing the winner of our big The Amazing Space contest and showing fresh organization ideas with a kitchen twist. Hope you can tune in.

My Studio 5 Storage Segment and a Free Download

On set at Studio 5. 

Recently I had the pleasure of sharing a few crafty storage solutions on Studio 5, a local lifestyle program. As promised, I’m back with a link to that segment. A big thanks to those outside of Utah who’ve expressed interest in viewing it. Your support makes me happy. You can watch more of my segments on the Creating Keepsakes website

Also, I’d like to mention that Creating Keepsakes, the awesome scrapbook mag I work for, designed a free label download just for YOU. It’s the cutest -- a sheet of “Sweet Shoppe” stickers that you can print on a basic sheet of 1" x 2.63" Avery labels. Simply open the file in Microsoft Word to print. It doesn’t get much easier than that. 

Free label download! 
Download your labels here and use them on anything and everything you can think of. In the October 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes, we shared this idea from Whisker Graphics. LOVE! If you like it too, run to your dollar store, buy some sugar jars (Yes, they’re only a buck), print your free labels, and store your twine in style!

Idea published in the Oct. 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes.  Copyright Creative Crafts Group, posted with permission from publisher. 
And, this post wouldn’t be complete without a shoutout to my BasicGrey Sampler winner. Congrats, Cynthia! The Sampler is on its way to you (dog not included). I hope you love it as much as I do. Thanks to all who entered!

Don't let that sad pup face fool you; Kisses is thrilled to send this canvas to a lucky blog winner.