Wednesday, December 18, 2013

mambi: Instant Love

Hi friends!  I want to share another page I made with some mambi products with you today.  I used a really cute 3-D pocket page card from the Baby Girl pack (with glitter!  oh yeah! - you can see it here) and a cute chalkboard sheet from the chalkboard paper pad (which is here)  for a backing paper -- and really, the rest came together so easily.

Love that glitter on the Pocket Page card!

I just drew a heart on cardstock, cut it out, and put it on foam tape.  Love the dimension! 
Today is my birthday and I asked for a cookie cake -- we'll see if I get my wish!  Have a great day!  :)

Monday, December 16, 2013

mambi: Love This

Hi and Happy Middle December!  Oy -- I can't believe that it's already the middle of December!  Today I wanted to share a sweet little layout I made with this awesome little mambi kit!

You know I love a kit -- and I loved the page that I put together from this one!  How cute is this -- lots of fun, bright colors and craft.  And it came with an album.  I always need albums.


I think my favorite park is the little flags I stuck out from under the "love this" sticker.  It makes a fun focal point.  

And love that stitching too!  

Hope you all have a happy Monday!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

On the Paper Camellia Blog

Did you see my blog post over at Paper Camellia?  Go check me out -- and just FYI, this amazing kit is almost sold out, so grab yours if you're interested!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Paper Camellia: 2013

I'm here today with another layout from the December Paper Camellia Kit!

I love a big photo, and I used this page to do another one of my sweet girl.  Gold rub ons around the edge provide a neat frame, and the frame of layered paper keeps things focused on the center of the page.

Love this cluster.  I put strips of washi on a piece of scrap card stock and punched out the butterfly.  

Love these little chipboard banners -- they match the banner from the Bundled Up sticker sheet perfectly!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Paper Camellia DT: December Kit Love

Hi friends!

I am so lucky to be one of the Design Team members over at Paper Camellia Kits, especially when I get a chance to play with beautifully curated supplies like those in December's kit.  Over the next week I want to share a few things I've made.

Happy Hanukkah!  This is a sweet photo of Orli and her little menorah that I wanted to keep.

I often find December a tricky month -- it's hard when everything is Christmassy and you're a blue and silver kinda girl.  But this kit was neutral enough to be very usable for me -- and I appreciate that!  Love those Thickers that spell out Miracle -- a fun focal point and it works really well!

I textured the edges of my paper with my We R Memory Keepers Heart Attack tool (which I got on clearance at Target -- holla!) and inked them with a Prima inker.  A few enamel dots, a button, a little mist -- and don't forget those freaking awesome gold rub ons -- and yeah, I liked it.  I'm into the paper layers on this layout.  Everything looks so nice together right out of the box it was easy to put together.

Up top is more layering, mist, and a really fun star paper clip from the Alison Kreft Christmas Collection from Webster's Pages.  I love me a good paper clip.  :)

I hope you're all enjoying your December so far.  I'm working on my JYC/December Daily and will have those going up soon -- and of course, more pages from this beautiful kit will go up soon, too!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Three Reasons you are THE BEST

I love this page.  It's all bright colors and funky, graphic patterns and hand writing and drawing -- and it's very, very me.  I was inspired by the No. 1, 2 & 3 tags out of the Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party Bits pack -- I never seem to use my numbers in die cut packs like that and I was determined to use them this time.  So I pulled them out and built this entire page around them.  I chose a photo with bright, saturated colors that could hold its own against the brightness of the papers and went to town.  In the end, I love it.  It's a sweet, personal page that really captures my essence and the sorts of things I like to make the most.

I included lots of little bits like I am want to do -- I love those tiny little details.  Love, Love, Love those Dear Lizzy Polkadot Party Bits -- I used to think that they were a stupid purchase, but there are so many of them and you can really use them on so many things -- a good die cut pack is a must buy for me.  Pop them up on some foam tape and you have instant interest.

Hope you all have a happy Monday!  I'll be getting ready for Thanksgivukkah this week - what fun!

Monday, November 11, 2013

You Are One of a Kind

 Oh, my sweet girl.  All I scrap are baby photos these days, but that's really the center of my world, so I guess my books will reflect that.  I've never done a tiny photo on a giant page before, so I thought I'd give it a go.  And really, I like it.  The (brief) story is about her looking at the sky, and I think the empty space gives that big, sky-like feeling.  Plus, the paper has clouds on it (it's a Studio Calico B-Side) so how perfect is that?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Welcome to a Whimsical Twist Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Whimsical Twist Favorite Blog Hop!  Hopefully you reached me from Lisa’s blog, but if not head back to Whimsical Twist and start the hop from there!

Today I am sharing a sweet and simple layout that uses a few of my favorite items in the Whimsical Twist Shop.

I love this simple layout featuring two of my favorite people in the world -- my sweet daughter, Orli, and my amazing husband.  I snapped this photo at baby gym one morning, and knew that it was a memory I wanted to record.

I started with an amazing ombre and polka dot (!!!) base paper which is a lovely, heavy cardstock sheet from Chic Tags, a brand which is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.  The ampersand paper behind the photo is from Alison Kreft for Webster's Pages' Recorded Line, as is the cute blue arrow paperclip.  What a great color that is!  The journaling is in a cute little library pocket from Basic Grey's Carte Postale line, which has a lot of great pieces that can be used for many things other than travel pages.  The cardstock ampersand and circle are both from Dear Lizzy's Polka Dot Party Bits package.  There are so many great pieces in those packs -- I love them.  Grey strips border the page on the top and bottom; those are also from Polka Dot Party -- I just trimmed down some narrow pieces of paper and down they went.  And don't forget a generous sprinkling of sequins for a little extra pop!

I love a cursive alpha!

All blog hops should have a giveaway and this is no exception! At each stop along the hop, make sure that you leave a comment so you can be entered to win a $20 gift card to the Whimsical Twist shop!  One random commenter who has commented on ALL of the blogs will win!

Your next top will be: Sharm

Here is the complete hop in order, just in case you get lost along the way!
Laurie -  <<-- YOU ARE HERE

Monday, November 4, 2013

Such Joy

Loving this color scheme.

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a restful, rejuvinating weekend.  Me?  I put up my Hanukkah decorations (OMG WHAT?!?) and got a little scrapping done as well.  This is a page from my October Citrus Twist Kit and I'm really feeling it, to be honest with you.  I just love that blue color.  This month's kit is just beautiful, and it's looking like next month is going to be just as good.  Yummy.

You know,  I wasn't sold on those Heidi Swapp rub-on sequins, but as it turns out I think they're pretty fun.  And, really, who doesn't like to rub stuff on.  Popsicle sticks are totally fun.  I have lots more paper to go, though -- so I'm sure you'll be seeing more of them!  Here's to fun with paper!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Give Away: December Days Class

Have you seen the new Whimsical Twist December Days Kits yet? Three very fun and reasonble project kits to get you moving on your December album project. These kits all retail for $50 and are PACKED with goodies! Check them out HERE

We also have an amazing December Days class that is going on now all the way though January! Join the Whimsical Twist design team as we help guide you and support you along your album making journey!  If you're a (s)Hebrew like myself, don't worry about all the red and green: word on the street is that I'll be doing a little Hanukkah magic to share with you as well.

How about a giveaway! I am giving one lucky reader a free spot in our December Days class. Simply leave your name and location in a comment on my blog and be entered to win! Winner announced Friday 11/1!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Today on the Whimsical Twist Blog

You can see my layout, and the layouts by the other fantastic women on the Whimsical Twist Design Team, over on the Whimsical Twist Blog today.  It's all about negative space, and I think you'll like it!

September Kit Round Up: What I Made

To keep myself accountable, I'm going to post what I made each month from my last kit.  Citrus Twist releases in the middle of the month, so I'm not behind  -- yet!  :)  I recieved October earlier this week -- here is what I made with September.  I did add a few full sheets from my stash to the kit so I could keep going with my scraps.  Some pages are a little fugly, but not everything I make is blog worthy.  They are seeing the light of day only so I can keep my count honest. 


I plan on cutting into October tonight!  

xoxo, laurie

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Too Much Happy

Happy Wednesday!  Today I wanted to share a cute little layout using both new releases and some Simple Stories Vintage Bliss, which (I can't even believe it!) is a little bit older now.  The colors of Dear Lizzy's Polka Dot Party go perfectly with Vintage Bliss, so I anticipate I'll be using up my Vintage Bliss scraps with the rest of my Polka Dot Party papers -- they just look too cute together!  

This layout uses one of my favorite layout "recipes".  I love the clean, graphical look of a 4x6 and a 2x3 row with the same below but the sides swapped.  There are so many ways to dress it up and it always looks cute!

Monday, October 21, 2013


I love the washed out, dreamy colors of Pink Paislee's Color Wash line.  This paper, which I used as a base for my layout, is so good I could eat it.  This is another page done with the September Citrus Twist Main and Pocket Life kits.  I added a few gold glitter mambi chip accents to compliment the gold on the amazingly intricate and organic lace that was in the kit.  I don't know where that lace came from, but isn't it beautiful?  

I found this lovely photo of Orli lounging in bed that was also a bit washed out (in the best way!  Love those bright whites!) that I thought would look lovely with the paper and went from there.  The photo is matted with a little bit of Carta Bella's Hello Again.  The butterflies are punched from that same 6x6 pad.  The Favorite chipboard title is from Dear Lizzy's Polka Dot Party.  The wood veneer asterisks came with the kit; I colored them pink with spray mist.  

I'm so glad you came by to see what I had to share today.  Please leave me a comment if you like my work; it makes my day to hear from you!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Two Best Friends

I am really getting down to the scraps of this month's kit and I can't wait to get my box full of October Goodies!  This is put together from some of the last of my big scraps -- it's all tiny pieces from here on out.  Still, I'm loving it.  This is a fun color scheme that I'm not sure I would have chosen for myself -- but I ended up really liking it.  

It's funny -- I keep my pages pretty current, working from photos of the past few weeks, usually, so it was quite a shock to see Orli this tiny!  The months are going by so quickly!  

Monday, October 14, 2013

Standing Like a Big Girl

Today another page created mainly from the September Citrus Twist Main and Pocket Life kits.  Have I mentioned that I LOVE the september kit?  I do.  Such dreamy colors! 

I used had this really cute photo of my daughter standing alone for the first time (well, with the support of the ottoman!).  One print was a misprint from having walgreens print my instagram photos (they cropped them -- I should have known that the would!) but it still had those nice dreamy colors that worked so well with the papers in the kit.  So I pulled it out and paired it with a less dreamy but entirely there photo of Orli and it looked really cute.  There is hidden journaling on the pink card that tucks behind the polka dot paper.  Sometimes journaling just doesn't work with your design -- so hide it!  I like all my pages to have a little journaling, so when it doesn't go with the layout, it just gets tucked behind something else with a little string to pull it out.  

I'm loving that October Afternoon washi.  

I just used a tag for the journaling card that I sprayed with a bit of tattered angels mist and tied a piece of My Mind's eye Lime Twist baker's twine.  Some mist splatters and a mambi chip to indicate that I do, in fact, "love this" and it all came together.

Also, I cannot believe it's the middle of October already.  I am soooooo ready for some turkey!

Friday, October 11, 2013

My Sweet Girl

Happy Friday!  I don't have any favorites for today, so I wanted to share another layout with you all today.  I pulled out my cherished Sassafras Foldies for this layout, so you know I meant business.  

(Actually, I'm getting rid of my stash.  I've never kept a lot of papers and embellishments compared to lots of people, but still my goal is to work from what I'm sent each month and not keep much on hand besides the basics.  Thickers, letter stickers, twine, markers, dots, tags, sequins -- those sorts of basics.)

Anyway, I hand made the tassel on the tag with bakers twine - that was a fun and new craft for me.  Super easy, too!  I'm really into tucked in journaling these days, it seems.   Love that hope mambi puffy sticker arrow -- it was the perfect repeat of the black from the Dear Lizzy black chalkboard sticker.  

Man, I adore a toe-eating baby.  That is some cute business!

Have a happy weekend!  I'll be going to the State Fair and enjoying some fancy chickens!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Oh Baby

Today I'm sharing another layout made with Glitz's Finnley collection.  I've almost got this collection down to tiny scraps and a few spare stickers, that's how much I've loved using it.  I love how a baby theme isn't blue or pink.  As someone who is scrapping a lot of baby pages lately, it is so so so refreshing.  This is (so far, I have a page or two left before the collection is killed) my favorite page I've made with it.  I love that triangle on white background paper.  

I mounted the "oh baby" die cut on foam to pop it up off the page.  There is also some stitching for a little textural detail.  I set my sew machine's tension a little low to give it a a messier, more home made sort of look.  Imperfection can (and should!) be on purpose sometimes.  

You can get this amazing collection at the Whimsical Twist store.  It is so usable!