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Happy Tuesday!

I shared this layout and card over on the Hip Kit Club blog on Sunday...

My inspiration for this layout came from the bokeh-style Christmas tree lights I captured last year...

I layered my title directly on top of my photo for a little twist.

I used the November kits for both of these projects and you can see my full post on how they came together here.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous day!


Very Merry Album

Hello everyone!

Have you seen the oh-so-adorable Very Merry Kit from Freckled Fawn yet?!  It's perfect for all of your holiday projects and is full of lovely holiday embellishments!

I've been doing a daily album for December for four years now and I have found that I like to prep my album ahead of time so it's easier to keep up with during the hectic holiday month.  The Very Merry kit is perfect for this because it includes all the embellishments needed to keep an album simple and stylish at the same time.  This album will house all of our "Elf on the Shelf" adventures and photos this year.

I chose a 4x4 album because I like to switch up my photo and album sizes when I create mini albums.  I also thought a smaller album would be easier to work with and more time efficient during the busy holiday month.  I arranged the items from the Very Merry Embellishment Kit on my craft table along with some patterned paper pieces from my stash that I cut into 2x2 and 4x4 squares.  

I decided I wanted to keep the wood veneer numbers their natural color in my album.  For some color contrast, I used a 1 3/8 circle punch to cut out circles from the patterned paper I chose for my album to back the numbers with.  I adhered the punched circles directly to the back of the numbers using tiny Glue Dots.  They fit perfectly and no extra trimming was necessary.

I continued with the numbered circles throughout my entire album because they fit so well in the 2x2 pockets.  I added "photo" placeholders to my album because I'm a very visual crafter.  When December roles around all I'll have to do is print my photos and slip them into their designated pockets making the completion of this album simple and quick.

I used some of the tiny rhinestone stars from the kit to fill in the white space of the chipboard tree sticker.

I added a few extra 4x4 pockets to my album so I would have some extra space for larger photos, journaling, or to add extra ephemera from the month's activities.  I like to have some extra space when I pre-make an album so I have plenty of room and space for everything I might want to add in the future.

The 2x2 pockets in my album are quite small so the chipboard pieces from the Very Merry kit were perfect for the tiny space.  I layered several vellum circles with the round chipboard shapes and slipped them into my album for filler cards.  Since I only needed one or two embellishments for a pocket, I stretched the kit supplies much further in my album.

I backed a few of the wood veneer numbers in my album with some of the gold foil label stickers.  I plan on adding more of the stickers when I print my photos and journal in my album in December.

The rhinestone stars fit perfectly in the cork tree shape that is also available in the kit. 

I added some strips of the thin gold star washi tape to the red and white striped square of patterned paper in the photo below to coordinate with the gold foil label stickers. 

I kept my album simple and minimal, but I still have lots of room to add in extra embellishments during December.  I usually only take a photo a day during the month of December, but if I have to add more photos or journaling I can easily rearrange some of the filler cards to accommodate the change. 

The cork ornament shape fit perfectly behind the number "19" so I layered a piece of patterned paper behind it to coordinate with my page spread.

For the last page of my album I layered a piece of patterned paper under the red resin present and layered it on top of a leftover punched circle for contrast.  I still have several embellishments from the kit left that I can add to my album during December when I add my photos and journaling to my pages.

I hope I've inspired you to use the contents of your Very Merry Embellishment Kit in several different ways.  If you decide to create a December album, the kit will compliment any style and help make your album come together easily.

Have a great day!  TFL!


Hip Kit Club Guest Designer

Happy Thursday, everyone!

I'm so excited to be guest designing for the Hip Kit Club this month!  I created this layout and card using the November kits which are jam packed full of holiday goodness!

I had this photo of my daughter helping me write out Christmas cards last year which I used as my inspiration for the colors I used on my layout.  The Elle's Studio Good Cheer line has lots of pink and aqua which I really love as a twist from the traditional "red and green" holiday color combo.

I used scraps from my layout to create this card...which is always a great way to use leftovers! 

You can check out my full post on the Hip Kit Club blog.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! 


Insta Fall *Crate Paper*


I'm over on the Crate Paper blog today sharing a layout I created using some recent photos from my Instagram feed.  I noticed I have been taking several "shoe selfie" photos since the weather has changed in our area.  I only take photos like this on my phone and I always post them to my IG account so I thought this type of themed photo set would make a great page documenting the change of season.

I arranged my photos in a grid design around two 3x4 journaling cards from the Open Book collection in the middle of my page.  I placed a chipboard frame around the bottom left photo because it was the perfect size for my 2x2 photo.

I used the wood veneer alphas from the Notes & Things collection for part of my title and backed the letters with pieces of dark, wood grained patterned paper from the Open Book collection so they stand out a bit more on my layout.  

Next, I layered some ephemera and chipboard pieces from the Open Book collection on and around the two journaling cards.  I added a couple of rub-ons to the circle and the gold heart on the pink 3x4 card for some color contrast.  

I layered a couple of vellum flowers under one of the fabric brads from the Open Book collection and placed it on the right side of one of my photos to draw the eye around my page.  

The Open Book collection has so many great items that will pair well with any of your Instagram photos.  For some instant layout inspiration, just scroll through your IG photos and start printing! 

Have a great day! 


Fall Inspired Greeting Cards *October Afternoon Guest DT*

Happy Friday!

I'm sharing some fall inspired cards I created using October Afternoon's Public Library and Apple Cider collections over on the OA blog today.

I love using smaller scraps and leftover bits after I've worked with a collection to whip up a few cards.  It also helps me use up supplies and items that don't make it onto my layouts or in my PL album.  

I mixed different patterned papers from the Public Library collection with journaling cards, stickers, and other embellishments from the Apple Cider collection to create these cards.  

You can get more details about how I put these cards together over on the OA blog.  I'm also sharing a peek into my creative space and how I store my OA goodies in the same post so I hope you head on over there and check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day :)


Week 33 *October Afternoon Guest DT*

Hello and happy Friday!

I'm sharing my pocket page album spread for Week 33 on the October Afternoon blog today.

I used the Public Library collection for this spread and I go into full detail about how I documented this week on the OA blog so I hope you'll head on over there and check it out.

Full spread: 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend!