Happy (ACOT Challenge)

Another day, another entry into an A Cherry On Top Challenge!  I did the December “Rewind” Challenge today which allows you to pick any challenge from November.  I chose the November “Three in a Row” Challenge with the criteria of using a Project Life card, circles, and three or more descriptive words.


The descriptive words are “favorite”, “totally” ,and “happy”.

This is one of the favorite layouts I completed in a long time.  I like the simplicity in small details on this page.  I’m still using the Studio Calico March 2015 “Odyssey” kit with items from my stash.

This layout is from my wedding two years ago.  I think I only have a few more pages to do for that album, but I haven’t even started scrapping my engagement photos yet!  Still a lot of catching up to do…

I’ve only been making one page per day since I have a lot going on right now despite being on maternity leave.  We’re currently remodeling our master bathroom.  It’s been 4 months since that project started, and it’s still not complete.  We’re not even DIYing it!  I can safely say I will NOT be using these contractors again for future projects.  We also need to set up the baby room.  We don’t have any of the furniture or crib in place yet.  I actually had a labor scare last night with what felt like contractions for a couple of hours.  There was a lot of tightening and some pain in the lower abdomen area.  Thank goodness it went away because I’m only 34 weeks pregnant right now.  On top of all that, I still have general cleaning projects and things to take care of for my husband and I’s side business.  One thing at a time.  That’s all I can do!

Turning 32 (ACOT Challenge)

My first day of maternity leave, and I’m already scrapping away!  I’m still using the Studio Calico March 2015 “Odyssey” scrapbook kit mixed with items from my stash.  Honestly, I think only the gray cardstock from the kit made it onto this layout.


This page and the preceding pocket page (not shown) are about my 32nd birthday and reflections on the past year.  So many things happened from the time I turned 31 and becoming 32.  I bought my first house.  I started a business with my husband.  We adopted a new borador puppy from the pound.  Just to name a few… It’s definitely been an exciting year, but I know there are still many more things in store for us.

I submitted this page for the A Cherry on Top November/December Pet challenge.  The challenge is to do a page about yourself using a current photo.  The submission deadline is 12/31/2016 so there’s still plenty of time to join in!

Paint Day & Night (Design Decisions: Shimelle.com Class)

For the third sketch from Shimelle’s latest class, I went bold with yellow. The supplies are still from Studio Calico’s “Odyssey” scrapbook kit (March 2015) scattered amongst things from my stash.


This layout is more structured than my last but busier due to the background pattern.  I don’t have a distinct style of scrapbooking per se, so I often will have completely different esthetics in my layouts depending on the photos, supplies on hand, and my mood at the moment.  This fits right in with my personality since I embrace change and variety in my life.  If I don’t switch things up every now and then, I’ll simply get bored out of my mind!

Forever (Design Decisions: Shimelle.com Class)

Here’s the second layout I made for the Shimelle class I’m taking:


It’s a layout for my wedding album.  Yup, it’s been two and a half years since my wedding, and I’m still working on the album!  I clearly have a lot of catch-up to do!

I haven’t been buying a lot of new supplies lately, so all of the products I used are at least a year old.  For 12×12 layouts, I mix in things from my own stash with old kits I have from Citrus Twist Kits and Studio Calico.  It’s worth noting I just got through using my very last kit from CTK even though I haven’t been a subscriber since March 2015!  All the scrapbook kits from Studio Calico I have are from various sales they’ve held throughout e last year or two.  I’m currently working with their “Odyssey” kit which, coincidentally, is also from March 2015.  I don’t think anything on this layout is actually from the kit, though.  Not to worry, bits and pieces of things from the kit will pop up in the next few layouts I make.


Ise Shima (Design Decisions: Shimelle.com Class)

It seems the only time I’m inspired to post anything on this blog is when I’m making pages for Shimelle classes!  As it goes, I’ve been taking Shimelle’s newest class called “Design Decisions”.  The class is 2/3 of the way done, and I’ve finally made my first layout for it!  It’s not that I haven’t been scrapbooking–I’ve just been more on a  divided page protector and mini album kick than 12×12 layouts.   I’m going on maternity leave in a week and a half, and you better bet I’ll be back to scrapbooking on a near daily basis again (yes!).

Well, enough chit chat.  Here’s my simple layout inspired by Shimelle’s sketch.  I kept the basic design elements of the sketch for my page, but I’ve also deterred from the sketch quite a bit (as I’m known to do).


This page has fewer embellishments than my usual amount.  I didn’t want to go overboard since the background paper is quite busy.  I was debating whether or not to add some mist but decided against it in the end.  This will just be one of the rare, super clean pages in my album.

Hobonichi (The 20 Project–Shimelle.com Class)

Here’s layout #3 from Shimelle’s most recent class.  Oh boy, did I go all out on this 12×12 page!  Not only did I use stamps, involve my Silhouette Cameo, and used up some scraps, but I even managed to add some hand stitching!  This was actually quite a fun layout to make.  I’ve only used my Silhouette a couple of times before for scrapbooking even though I’ve owned the machine for 2.5 years now.  Before you chastise me, I did make use of the electronic die cutter for other projects including the “thank you” notes for my wedding.


If you’re wondering where I used the Silhouette on this layout, I used it to die cut a stencil for the title.  The scraps are from very old Simple Stories and Amy Tangerine papers.  The hand stitching was creating using a stencil also from Amy Tangerine that’s at least a couple of years old.

The title makes it pretty obvious, but this page is about my first Hobonichi.  I got into the planner craze in 2014, but I haven’t been able to keep up with daily journaling or even simple checklists.  I’ve tried ring-bound planners (Filofax, Kikki-K), book bound planners (Hobonichi, traveler’s notebook), and bullet journaling in a Leuchtturm notebook.  Nothing stuck…I think I’m too lazy.  That doesn’t mean I won’t give it another go because it’s still a lot of fun (albeit quite a waste of money).  Anyone out there with tips on daily planning/journaling?  I’d love to hear some ideas!

Oh, Baby (The 20 Project — Shimelle.com Class)

The second layout I made for The 20 Project  class from Shimelle is about my two dogs’ relationship with one another.  I have a 14 year-old beagle that’s stubborn, sleeps for most of the day, but sweet.  We adopted a borador (labrador and border collie mix) from the pound over a year ago.  She’s completely opposite of our beagle–young, full of energy, playful, and super affectionate.  The two dogs aren’t exactly friends, but they tolerate each other well enough.

Oh, Baby

I used a random assortment of scraps to hand cut the letters for the title.  And I finally opened a package of cork butterfly stickers for this page.  All in all, it was a good use of supplies from my stash so I’m happy.  My scrapbook supplies have been getting a little too full lately even though I rarely purchase new supplies nowadays.

Best Man (The 20 Project — Shimelle.com Class)

I’ve really fallen off the map from blogging, haven’t I?  Reason is, I started working which took over pretty much all my time.  I only scrapbook maybe once a week now.  A lot of things have happened since my last post…

I got married (June 2014).  I bought a house (December 2014).  I adopted a dog from the pound (March 2015).  My husband and I started our own business (opened June 2016).  My mom and stepfather moved in with us (July 2016).  AND I’m pregnant (3.5 months)!  It’s been a whirlwind of events in such a short time.  I could hardly catch my breath!  But here I am again, ready to get caught up in my scrapbook albums before the baby arrives (crossing fingers).

I love Shimelle.  She was one of the first people I watched on YouTube creating layouts when I first started my scrapbooking journey in 2012.  When she announced a new class, I debated whether I should take it or not.  I’ve taken a couple of classes over the last couple of years and failed miserably at keeping up.  However, since her new class The 20 Project is video based, I thought why not?  At least I’ll have something to watch when I get home from a tiring day at work.  And so I signed up.  The exciting thing is I’ve already made two layouts inspired by the prompts!  Woohoo!

So here I am today sharing one of those projects.  It’s for my very incomplete wedding album I started over 2 years ago.  This layout features my husband’s Best Man.  I decided at the get-go not include journaling in this album since most of the photos/titles are self-explanatory.  Here it is:

Best Man

Admittedly, this is a very busy background (inspired by Shimelle’s example layout).  Because the papers have a lot of pattern, I decided to keep the embellishing to a minimum.  I’ve been obsessed with the Amy Tangerine Thickers designed by Kal Barteski.  They’ve been untouched in my stash for well over a year now, but I finally pulled them out a few weeks ago to use on a divided page protector layout.  I wish I bought more when they were readily available!

Stay tuned tomorrow for another layout share for The 20 Project!

Layout Share: River Walk

Hello again!  It’s been a few days since I’ve posted because I went on a mini trip to San Francisco over the weekend.  The main purpose of the trip was for my first wedding gown fitting.  The gown is being custom made, so it was actually my first time seeing the design.  I was speechless after putting on the dress…not because I was so happy but because the design was NOT what I had in mind at all!  It was basically a princess ball gown when I was aiming for more of a soft and romantic look.  A total disaster!  I requested some changes, so hopefully it will look better next time (crossing fingers and toes!!).

But, enough about my life and onto the crafty side of things.  The layout I will be sharing today is another from my short trip to San Antonio in January.  If you don’t do anything else in San Antonio, you have to go to the River Walk–a shopping and dining strip along the San Antonio River.  We went in the evening and were pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the lights and the tree-lined river.  The highlights of the evening were the table-side guacamole at Boudro’s and the River Cruise.  Our cruise guide had tons of fun stories and facts to keep us entertained for the entire hour of the tour.

RiverwalkThe grid pattern is the boldest element on the page and is from a Studio Calico “Printshop” patterned paper.  I used the remainder of the patterned paper on the opposing page containing a few more photos from the night in a divided page protector.  I wasn’t able to take a good picture of the opposing page, so I might share it another day.  I kept this layout pretty simple because the photo is already a little busy.   Just a few “Printshop” rub-on stars, a bit of Heidi Swapp Gold Lame mist, a hand-drawn border, and the last bits of the star transparency were used to embellish.

Thanks for stopping by, and have an awesome weekend everyone! –Tina

Layout Share: Love Locks

I have another layout to share about my time in Paris 🙂  There are a couple of bridges that go across the Seine river on which people will put “love locks”.  The fiancé and I weren’t aware of this custom during our first trip to Paris, so we made sure to bring a lock this time around.  We decided to put our locks on the Pont de la Concorde because we were already nearby (even though there are fewer locks on that particular bridge).  I tried to place it in an area where I would hopefully be able to find it again in the future.  We all threw our keys into the river at the same time while making a wish (on hindsight, keys rusting away at the bottom of the river probably isn’t very good for the river ecosystem…).

Love LocksI got the inspiration to cut the vellum circle die cut (Heidi Swapp ephemera pack) from Sandy Ang who did something similar on one of her layouts a few months back.  I used lots of heart motifs on this page including a scrap of Dear Lizzy “Lucky Charm” paper and silver heart stickers from Heidi Swapp.  I really like the look of 3 small photos lined up horizontally side by side–I’ll have to try that again soon.  The size of the photos are all 2″x3″ in landscape format.