SMS September Blog Hop

Well Hello There!

It’s been a long time since I’ve written out a blog post and I’m so excited to finally be getting one out there.

September is the month of change for everyone. Kids are going back to school. The weather is finally back to my comfort zone. Pumpkin Everything!! And we have new sequins in the shop that were created by one of my dear sparkler friend Lisa!

I decided I wanted to just focus on one of the new mixes and so I looked at my photoand automatically Painted Garden came to mind!

Here is my layout A beautiful mix of the pinks, purples and Navy!

If you’d like to see my full process you can see my video

Now head on over to Lisa’s blog to see what she created

And if you are starting with my blog head on back to Khristina’s blog

Meet The Sparklers (May Blog Hop)

18156212_10212588596734029_2036848032168402242_oI hope you have been enjoying your morning of hopping along with all these amazing ladies. I am your last stop for the day and you should have found your way here from the fabulous Suzanna’s blog.

I am so excited about this next year and what will be in store for you with this really fun and talented group Jody has chosen. We already have big plans brewing.

A few of us decided it would be fun to create a layout about ourselves for this first hop if we had the chance. I thankfully did (thanks to being on maternity leave and a baby who actually likes sleep). Here is what I created.Layouts5 (2)

For this layout I wanted to share how happy I am to complete a life goal of completing my little family before turning 30. I really wanted to help highlight the number thirty so I decided to make a fun sequin Zero. I used the beautiful My Clementine Sequin Pack and love the way it turned out. I also used some of my shimmerz products that are available in the shop mixing it with modeling past to help make them usable with a stencil. Everything else just consisted of things I own in my stash.

I hope you enjoyed the first hop with this new team.

Don’t forget one lucky commenter will be winning a $20 shop credit. All you have to do is leave comments on all of our blogs!

Thank You again for stopping by and I will see you next month!

SMS April Blog Hop

Happy April!! You should have hopped your way over here from Lisa’s blog. This month is very exciting for the SMS Shop as its Design Team Reveal Month!!!

It is also a very exciting month for my little family as well. I would love to introduce to you the newest arrival to my little family and who you will be seeing a TON of in my upcoming SMS layouts… Miss Norah!DSC05721She arrived on March 25th and we are just absolutely in love!

Now onto the layout. I wanted to create a layout that was girly so I could use some of the awesome spring sequins Jody released in March. Of course Norah was not here yet when creating this layout so I decided to document a special purchase I made for her instead.Layouts3 (15)As you can see it is a pretty busy layout filled with lots of different elements. However it is telling the story exactly like I wanted it to. I started by using my all time favourite triangle stencil with Shimmerz “Don’t Be A Pansy” Paste-ez and “Pink Stilettos” Coloringz. I then added my title a few layers to my photo for some added interest. The final touches included both types of clouds that you can find in the shop “Corky Cumulus”  and “Cloudy Day Felties” along with the fun sequins packs “Rockin Pink Ombre” (you can see the little flowers have a sequin on each of them along with the teal bow by the title) and my all time favourite mix “Mocha Mint Dream

All I can say is this layout turned out exactly like I was hoping it would. Happy and very spring like! I even took the time to record my entire process. THIS IS TWO VERY LONG VIDEOS so be prepared but it shows you how slow I truly am! You can see them here!!

I also wanted to take a moment to say how excited I am to be staying on the SMS Design Team for another year and how blessed I feel to be working with such talented ladies!

Now onto the rest of your hop. Here is the link for Sarah’s blog!

March SMS Blog Hop

You should have arrived here from Doris’s blog.

16819510_10212736178665967_5282542133602413961_oIt’s March!! How did that even happen?? If you have been following me for awhile you will know that means I have one month left until my daughter is due. Craziness I tell you!

This month we are doing a really fun swap with creative embellishments. I was so excited to receive my goodies from Nicolle and they were the perfect fit for my style of scrapping (thanks from a little organizing from Jody).

I wanted to keep things pretty simple with this layout as the frame I chose was so delicate I didn’t want it to get lost. So I simply did a little hand stitching on the pattern paper I chose and then some small embellishments with the floral paper. To help the Circle Vine Frame stand out I painted it with white acrylic paint and then added a little clear shimmer paint to help make is extra sparkly. Then I added the new sequins “Spring Fever” from the SMS shop!layouts3-10

All in all I had so much fun playing with the new releases from Jody and adding them with this fun frame just helped complete my layout.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your hop! You are now on your way to see Maggi’s Blog

Feb 2017 Layout Share

Total Layout Completed:13

1. SMS February Blog Hop: You can see my blog post here:

This was the sketch we took inspiration from:c0d0fe9a2d6c5ac3469b58db46ec42db

Here is my take:layouts3

2. SMS Trendy Tuesday mixed with Paper Issues Working Title:

This months working title challenge over on PI was to use a heart icon within your title. See the Process Video here:layouts3

3. Obsessed Series Episode 24 mixed with Paper Issues Fab 5 Tuesday

Here is the Feb Fab 5 Challenge over on Paper Issues:16472999_1558812154133551_8615731631911695670_n

And here is my layout we are still using Dear Lizzy Saturday Collection: Process Video Here:dsc05583

4. Lift & Sketch Episode 29

Here is the sketch we were working from:15841185_10211326006056656_382054987_n

And here is my take: Process Video Here:dsc05599

5. Scrappy Challenges- Use one themed paper on another themed topic

I used Summer and Valentines products on a Christmas layout:dsc05585

6. Trendy Tuesday-Had to do a love layout for Valentines Day!layouts3-8

7. Be Inspired & Use it Up along with PI Mood Board Challenge

Here is the mood board I was being inspired by:16425734_10211100264575922_8563836786523699858_n

And here is my layout! dsc05590

8. Scrapliftable- New Series I am doing with Lea Rhea

This is the layout we scraplifted from:img_20170220_065642_871

And here is my take: dsc05607

9. Trendy Tuesday and Paper Issues February Sketch:

Here is the sketch from Paper Issues:16508220_10154953879624254_328525576293454452_n

And here is my layout:layouts3-9

10. Obsessed Episode Using Bingo Card

Here is the bingo we worked with:16790658_435157753496855_1414459611_n

And here is my layout: You can see the Process Video Here:dsc05606

11. Lift & Sketch Episode 30 and 4/99 layout series

This week we lifted from Kelly Barron:15841522_10154861936357392_1037443347_n

Here is my take: You can see the Process Video Here:dsc05625

12. Victoria Marie FB Valentines Day Challenge:

This month Victoria challenged everyone to create a layout about something we love and then we also had to add at least three things from a list she provided.  I went with mixed media, three hearts and acrylic shapes. It was a fun challenge but mostly what I learned from this layout is that I am very slow when I scrap at night. It took me over three hours to create and normally I would complete something like this in about an hour/ hour and a half tops.dsc05622

13. Trendy Tuesday- Feb 28, 2016 mixed with Feb Crafty Channel Surf Challenge and layout 5/99 in my 99 layout series.

I joined a new FB group this month called the Crafty Channel Surf and there was a challenge to scraplift from a fellow you-tuber we admire. So I thought it would be fun to scraplift from Crafty Megan with this awesome layout I have been dying to do for awhile now. It is even included in my 99 layout challenge.

Here is Megan’s Original Layout:298d98dd3cca588cc125ed9fa05f17ad

And here is my take: You can see the Process Video here.layouts3-12

And there you have it! I had fun creating this month and it’s always fun looking back on what I made as well. Hope you enjoyed taking a look too! I did not get the chance to blog much this month but I hope to do a little better in March.



SMS Feb Blog Hop

Hello Everyone!

You should have hopped here from the oh so fab Lisa Kingston’s blog. As I am sure you can tell we are doing a really fun product swap this month with Accent Scrapbooking. The badges are amazing and I was so excited to create a layout with one!  As a fun twist we also decided as a team that it would be fun to include a sketch again for this month. Of course who do you go to when picking a sketch… Laura Whitaker of course!c0d0fe9a2d6c5ac3469b58db46ec42db

So with my main goals set I got creating!

I will be honest and say this layout was a little tricky. I have not been feeling all to great lately (hello third trimester) and I have found my scrappy mojo to be lacking a little. So when I was able to complete this layout and be in love with it I was so pleased with myself.layouts3

Do you see where I placed that badge??? Isn’t it the perfect spot to cover up an ugly part of a photo!! I also grab my all time favourite Birds of a Feather Felties from the SMS shop. Along with one of the new I Cork U hearts that were part of the huge release from last month. My final touch was to add a fun pop of yellow down at the bottom with the Let’s Be Mermaids sequins pack.

All in all this was a fun layout to create even if it took me four days to do so. I loved following the sketch and I loved the beautiful badges we got to play with.

You are now off to see Sarah McClellan, enjoy the rest of the hop!


January 2017 Review

Total Layouts Done: 10

  1. Paper Issues Scraplift Sunday Challenge-See Blog Post Heredsc05471
  2. Paper Issues Notable Quotable Challenge mixed with my Trendy Tuesday for SMS

Here is the quote I took inspiration from.15747832_10155756748969552_8944413996292068255_nI really wanted to focus on the love portion of the quote and have been dying to create another layout about baby girl so this is what I came up with…layouts3-2

3. SMS Blog Post mixed with Paper Issues Take 5 Tuesday Challenge- See Post Here 15825858_1521031804578253_7863675736939415455_n

I used pink, black, more than 1 photo, pattern paper and washi tape!layouts3-3

4. Lift & Sketch- Jan 14th

Here is the original layout I took inspiration from:15750196_10211297853952871_270451691_nAs you can see I flipped the pattern paper strips on their side and that was about all I took as inspiration for this layout. dsc05484

5. Spiegel Mom Scraps- Trendy Tuesday- Jan 17layouts3

6. Obsessed Series mixed with Paper Issues Working Title Challenge and my 99 Layout Challenge- See Blog Post Here:dsc05479

7. Paper Issues Scraplift Sunday for Jan 8th:dsc05493

8. SMS Trendy Tuesday Jan 24 with Paper Issues Roll the Dice and Jan Sketch Challenge

Here is the January Sketch I took inspiration from:15895385_10211691542305562_4623823217915492129_nNot an exact lift but I love the outcome. I also had to use 4 photos and a 4 word title for the roll the dice challenge:layouts3-5

9. Lift & Sketch Jan 28th

Here is the sketch we chose from Laura Whitaker:15327589_10154753100822392_1921982932_n

And here is my take:dsc05511

10. Layout 2/99 for I’ve Got 99 Layouts Series

Here is the layout I was inspired by:0a97c9241aadf619661e217fc15df489

Here is my layout:dsc05514

Three Projects In One!!

Happy Wednesday!

I started working on my first layout for my new season of Obsessed with Katty & Christy when I realized I could combine it with a Paper Issues Challenge and my own 99 Layout Challenge. In my goal to create layouts with intent behind them I find this really falls into that category.

My main priority was to follow the recipe challenge Katty and I had created for this first episode.15902539_413677195644911_1006828254_o

Long Title: Paper Issues Challenge

For the past few months I have noticed myself see a phrase or word that really spoke to me and made me think “hey this would make an awesome title for a layout”. Of course I would neveb91c25130bf2b51589a73633db95bafbr remember all of these (especially with the baby brain I have going on right now) so I created a board on my Pinterest account; “Titles“. When looking for my long title for this layout I went straight there and found the perfect quote…
Around the same time I also noticed that my new favourite scrappy FB group,  Paper Issues Friends & Family, was hosting a challenge called “Working Titles” and the goal for this month is to create a large title. Only I am taking that as meaning a long title! Two for one and yet very meaningful.

Design Idea: 99 Layout Challenge

While trying to decide how I was going to create the design for my layout, it571b54d8693273c2e73bc1d4d612e663 hit me I could just use one of my inspiration layouts I have saved for my 99 layout challenge. I scrolled through and found this really fun layout by the amazing Tracy Banks (Mercy Tiara on YT). It had all the right design elements I was looking for and enough pattern paper ideas to help get me to use the four papers we had chosen for this episode. It also lent itself to being able to use the long title I needed as well.

The best part is following this scraplift made my layout come together super fast and I already knew it would look good because I could see a finished product before even begging. This is what I love about scraplifting and this challenge I have set for myself this year.

Final Elements & Thoughts

As stated above this layout came together very quickly and I am in love with the final product. What I didn’t mention was that there is actually a fourth element to this layout. While trying to figure out what photos I wanted to use, I found myself searching through my box of layouts I want to re-do and came across this one…layouts5And though I still like the layout and think it would be okay to keep when I look at my album right beside it is a layout that looks so similar to it and I just wasn’t happy with the overall feeling this layout gave me.

I carefully took it apart and used as many of the elements as possible along with my other challenges to help create my final layout…dsc05479

I am so much happier with this layout and it fits so much better in my album when flipping through. I created a flap and my other two pictures are hiding behind the top one. Of course this being a YT series I also have a process video if you are interested in seeing me put it all together here. But I really wanted to share my entire though process with you for this.

I hope you enjoyed and I will talk to you soon!





SMS/Cut2Luv Product Swap Blog Hop

Hey Everyone and Happy Tuesday! I hope you have been enjoying your morning coffee while hopping through this fun product swap blog hop we have for you today. Hopefully you came to my post from the flower master Valerie’s Blog. 

I am sure you have noticed by now not only did we do a product swap with Cut2Luv but we also were all being inspired by the same sketch…15178942_10211865938990519_1282981339540046324_n

To try something new for myself I took on the sketch very literally. layouts3-3

Doesn’t it just look like you could dive into those photos and feel the cold!?! I decided to take the baby its cold outside from Cut2Luv “Let it Snow” badges to help highlight having black in three areas (I love my triangular designs you will see it often with me). Then I went sequin crazy!! Here is the list of the 5 different packs I picked from…

  1. Let’s Be Mermaids (the big blue ones used as my border)
  2. Cozy (all those fun snowflake sequins you see and the small blue ones used as my border)
  3. Amore (the purple and pink sequins in the middle of the snowflakes)
  4. Build a Snowman (the blue flat sequins in the middle of the snowflakes)
  5. Coffee Break (the peach/off white ones in the middle of the snowflakes)
I hope you enjoy what I’ve created for you today and enjoy the rest of the hop! Remember to leave comments on all the designers blogs to be entered to win a couple fabulous prizes from each company!
Now you’re off to Beth’s blog. I know you’ll just love her project!

First Layout of 2017

I was so excited to get a little scrappy time in on New Years Day this past Sunday. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to get started on. I have a few layouts that need to be done for SMS and the next season of Obsessed, but I just wasn’t feeling that. So instead I went onto the Paper Issues FB Group and found a fun challenge to scrap-lift the oh so talented Mary Ann Jenkins. Here is the layout we were to use for inspiration.15822735_10154848450264254_8157871476846810073_n

I loved the idea of using this to help kick start a layout for myself. And with my new goal to re-scrap with intention I decided this layout was going to be the first one that got torn apart…dsc04814

Want to know why this was the one?!?

It’s simple, the design is just not right. There journaling is in a very odd place compared to the rest of the embellishments and the whole block just looks like it’s floating in the middle of the page with no anchoring point.

So ever so carefully I took apart my layout and came up with this to re-place it.


Same title, same journaling and same embellishments! But I was able to add another picture to help tell the story and I didn’t use any white cardstock (I have been doing that so much lately and I want to change that).

This was the perfect challenge for me to help start my 2017 off in the right scrappy direction. I love this little story that shows how active Jaxon was as a baby, especially now when I can compare it to how active of a toddler he also is.