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Documenting December With Altenew Stamps And Dies

 Altenew - DD Spread
 Hello, Altenew fans! As many other memory keepers out there, I document my December in a pocket-scrapbooking form. I enjoy this project very much, as it allows me to tell everyday stories and focus on the little things, while still being creative.

One of my favorite Altenew stamp sets is Bells and Bows. I have seen many gorgeous projects created with it, so I decided to incorporate it into my album. I started by stamping the bells in a variety of colors, and arranged them in clusters on a green patterned paper from the Our Family Scrapbook Collection. To achieve more dimension, I used foam adhesive to adhere them down, while to add texture I threaded jute into tiny holes I punched on the top of three of them. The little bows from the same stamp set add the finishing touch.

Since the spread is about my daughter playing her ukulele, I decided to incorporate some wood veneer music notes, which I heat-embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder. The red dots you see around the design come from the Blooming Bouquet stamp set. I use them a lot, especially when I don’t have enamel dots that coordinate with other colors on the page.

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 The sentiment is from the December to Remember stamp set. I stamped it with Espresso Crisp Ink and quickly heat-embossed it with Translucent Pearl embossing powder.

For the journaling card on the left side of the spread, I used the Brush Alpha Die Set to cut the word “story”. I also typed my journaling onto one of the 3×4 cards that come in the Our Family Collection and cut it into strips.

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The wood veneer number in the other pocket was heat-embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder, as well. I wanted it to match the music notes on the opposite page.

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I hope you have enjoyed reading about my process and will feel inspired to incorporate some of these beautiful stamp sets into your December memory-keeping projects.

Have a lovely day!

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Pink Paislee – Patterned Paper Play: Love Your Smile Layout

Hello friends! New week, new theme on the Pink Paislee blog. It is all about patterned paper and how to have fun with it. I love incorporating lots of patterns and colors in my projects. Some of my favorite tools are cut files, punches, dies… anything that allows me to combine and layer paper on top of paper. It can be easy and fun, but sometimes the whole process of making sure the different designs all go together and everything flows as it should can be challenging. My solution to that is limiting your choices within the same collection which is already put together for you, or better, use papers that already feature more than one pattern and/or color. This is exactly what I did for my layout today.

First I layered a few large strips of patterned papers along the left side of the page. This not only created some separation from the busy background paper, but also helped with the placement of all the other elements. To soften the overall look of the page, I applied a thin coat of white acrylic paint to it.

The Oh My Heart collection features two patterned papers that include the perfect mix of colorful designs. I chose Paper 10 for the spiral flower cut file. Don’t you just love the burst of color it brings to the page? So many beautiful patterns seamlessly combined (heart eyes).

I decided to shape my photos using the outline of the same cut file. I find that this simple extra step brings all the elements together and adds a fun and playful touch to the layout. Clear floral stickers were layered behind the photos for the same reason. For the center of the flowers I used some hearts from the Oh My Heart ephemera pack. The Xs are from the Fancy Free chipboard sticker sheet.

I hope you’ll feel inspired today to use patterned papers in a fun way. It can be intimidating sometimes to find the perfect combination of colors and patterns, but with just a couple of tricks and some useful tools you can simplify the process and make it more enjoyable. Have a lovely day!


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Clique Kits – My Project Life Process

Hello friends! I’m back today with a Project Life spread created with the gorgeous Clique Kits Swan Lake kit. The exclusive cards contained in the November kit are so beautiful and inspiring! They made it easy to put this spread together.


My approach to Project Life has changed over the years. I have tried to do it weekly, but that did not last very long. Although I would love to document our family’s adventures on a daily basis, I also find it very time consuming. Especially because I enjoy the embellishment process too much 😉
I have tried themed spreads, such as birthdays, holidays, specific events, which definitely helped in terms of time, but also did not say enough about our stories. The best way for me to keep up with Project Life and still have fun with it is by doing it monthly.

Here is the spread I’m sharing today:


I know, I know, I’m a little behind, but this spread came together so quickly, I’m confident I’ll be able to finish my 2016 album in a timely matter. At least, that’s my hope 😉

The Swan Lake kit this month includes exclusive Project Life cards that match perfectly all the other colors in the kit. I love the soft pinks and pretty aquas, but also the bold blue of the 3×4 card below and the Jillibean Soup tag included in the kit. They add more interest and a different texture to the page.


There is so much to choose from. How fun are these Dear Lizzy chipboard letter stickers and the little frames from the Maggie Holmes “Moments” paper?


Not to mention the gorgeous floral and ephemera pieces.



I enjoyed creating this spread. You can head over to the Clique shop to subscribe and get this awesome kit and all the other goodies in the store.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a great day!