Journaling on Your Layout

Welcome to the start of a new week! Ready or not, here it comes!

I wanted to create a journaling-intensive layout chronicling the ups and downs my husband and I have encountered in our relationship. I found that using a quote found on Pinterest was a great springboard for starting off. 


I created the title by mixing up the fonts- some was stamped and some was cut with my cricut, the rest hand written myself.

I wanted to keep embellishments very minimal, so that the entire focus remained on my husband and I. 

I hope you enjoyed today’s layout and would love for you to drop in again. I’ll be back again real soon!


Pseudo- PML Layout

Good morning! Thanks for stopping in!

I have more layout inspiration for you today! This layout was created to resemble a PML layout but without PML cards and pocket pages!

I started with another sketch- by the Sweet Shoppe- which you’ll find here. I used only the left side of the sketch.


Using this style of scrapbooking is a terrific way to use up those scraps that pile up so quickly and easily when you paper-craft. Cut them into 3×4, 4×3, 6×4 or 4×6 sizes and arrange them into a grid on your page. Voila! You’re done- once some embellishments are added. I love this technique, and will definitely use it again in the future.

Why don’t you try it? When you do, let me know how it went. What do you like about this technique, and what could you do without?

Thanks for sharing your time with me! I’ll be back again real soon!


Hello, my friends! As it turns out,  my husband will be hanging around for a couple of days, so I’m taking some time while he naps to pre-scheduled a few more posts.

I was due for a cell phone upgrade and got the phone call this morning that it was in. (It was back ordered).

So, to answer my question about what we were going to do when he got home was answered: he came with me to pick it up and to get some things with his e-cigarette straightened out.

Yah for him quitting smoking!

I’m loving my new phone, by the way. 😃

Today, I have another layout to share. I began with a sketch by the talented Laura Whitaker.

Here’s how it inspired me:


To start, I spritzed some yellow mist in the background, then layered a floral die cut over top. I cut it with my cricut. After layering some yellow,  blue and green patterned papers on top of that, I stamped and fussy cut the flowers using the Base & Shade stamping technique.

Thanks for visiting, I hope you stop in again! I’ll be back again real soon!

Upcycled M&M’s Container

Hello crafty friends! Are you ready for the weekend?

My mom called the other night, letting me know my Oma (maternal grandmother), has been placed in palliative care. My plans include heading into Edmonton for the night to say goodbye to her. Mom keeps telling me I don’t need to, but I think I’ll have an easier time saying goodbye before the day actually comes. If you know what I mean.

Mentally prepare myself, I guess.

On a brighter note, I have a special off the page project to share with you today. And, it couldn’t be more fitting after the unfortunate phone call from my mom the other night.


Believe it or not, this is a container that held m&m’s. It was a souvenir we bought for the twins while we were on a mini vacation to Las Vegas with some of our dearest friends.

For their wedding.

I can hardly believe it’s been 1.5 years already. November will mark 2 years since our last trip there. We’re almost due for a return trip! 😉

I used my acrylic paints to paint inside the container, using washi tape to mask off each portion. Next,  I attached some patterned paper and a pleated flower (Recollections), twine and a button.

I hope you enjoyed this project. I also hope it inspires you to upcycle a souvenir or something you’ve been hanging on to for eons!

I’ll see you again real soon!

CTMH Tutu Cute Birthday Cards

Well, I’m thinking I better schedule today’s post ahead of time. I just found out my husband is on his way home, and as I understand it, he’s entitled to a day off!

I wonder what we’re going to do together? Other than letting him sleep in. 😆

I have some more cards to share today. These ones were made for the twins on their birthday.

I found an inspiration card on Pinterest, and dove straight in.


After I finished this card for miss A, I was inspired to try something slightly different with miss M’s card.


On this card, I used CTMH Tutu Cute. I stamped and fussy cut the adorable hippo after coloring her in with my Shin Han markers. (I stamped her on Whisper cardstock using Staz-On ink).

The color schemes are intentional- blues and purples for A, and pink for M. Their favorite colors 😀

This stamp set is still available to purchase on my website. Go check it out!
My shop is open 24/7 for your convenience. So are the Shin Han markers, for that matter. Buy them together, or individually. The choice is yours.

Thanks for dropping in. I’ll see you again real soon!


Hello, crafty friends!

It’s been three weeks since I placed my picture order through Apple. Think today will be the day they finally show up?

My computer says so…Grr. ..

It’s a good thing you don’t have to wait so long for blog posts! It’d be a sad day if I made you wait that long for one.

I have another layout to share with you today.

My inspiration was a layout I’d found online. Find it on my Pinterest.


I used CTMH Charlotte patterned paper, Thistle cardstock and Cricut die cuts to create my title and house embellishment. It’s simple but beautiful!

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll see you again real soon!

One Layer Stamped Card Tutorial


Happy Pi Day, fellow nerds!

I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post that I’d share the directions for creating the one layer stamped card I made recently. I thought today would be a good time to do that!


(In case you needed a reminder, here’s the card I’m referring to. It’ll also save you the hassle of scrolling down to find it in the next post). 😀

To begin, you’ll need to gather your supplies. That would be: cardstock, ink (4 varying shades, three of which should be light, medium and medium dark)- the last one should be darkest; stamping blocks, stamp and some washi tape.

I’ll explain what that’s for in just a moment.

1. Trim your cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches. (8.5×11 works perfectly- just trim it in half). Score and fold in half length-wise.

Here’s where the washi tape comes in.

2. Mask off the top and bottom portion of your greeting card with the washi tape. Make sure it’s long enough on either side of the card to stick to your work surface; it’ll hold your card in place while stamping.

The washi tape works well for this project because it won’t damage your cardstock like traditional tape can do. It’s repositionable and does not attach permanently.

3. Once your stamp is mounted to your stamping block, ensure your buffer is placed underneath the area you’ll be stamping, then cover the stamp with the lightest ink you chose first. Firmly press onto your cardstock and lift straight up. Repeat, placing the stamp at varying heights until your card is filled.

4. Thoroughly clean your stamp using stamp cleaner.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 using the medium and medium dark inks you’ve chosen, cleaning thoroughly between each layer. Remember to alternate the height each time you stamp so you don’t cover up too much of the previous layer.

6. Using your last (and darkest) ink, stamp your message onto the card.

7. Gently and carefully remove the washi tape, then admire your handiwork.

Presto, you’re done!

If you’re interested in creating this card, and you liked the colors I used to create it, head on over to my website. All the products you need to create this project are available to purchase there, including stamp spray, cleaning pad and stamping blocks.

Shop in your jammies, naked or anytime you want! The shop is always open! Convenience is always the best option!

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I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial and I hope it inspired you to give it a try!

See you again real soon!

Scraplifting Myself

Happy Sunday! Cheers to a new week. I hope it’s a good one for you.

There’s just over a week left of school, then it’s spring break for our kids.

Mama’s so excited she can hardly contain it. The kids are hopefully going to visit their grandparents for a few days. A break will be nice 😀

I just wish I could use it for home improvement while they’re gone, but I can’t afford to right now.

I guess I’ll use it to scrap from sun up to sun down. Life is hard. 😉

How about a peek at some more of the cards I made at my crop a few weeks ago? I feel like changing things up a bit today.


Remember a set of cards that look similar to this one? I liked the design so much, I decided to make more for my personal stash. You can find it here and here. I used different washi tape on these cards than on the original, and I skipped creating sprinkles using glitter glue. Otherwise it’s still the same card!


This card is also a scraplift of myself. I made the original card quite a while ago- before the inception of my blog here at WordPress.  It’s quite easy to create. I’ll share the instructions in the near future. Aren’t the colors here dreamy? I used CTMH Glacier, Thistle and Whisper. I stamped Thank You in CTMH Outdoor Denim.

I challenge you to scraplift yourself. Either reinvent a past project and improve on it or recreate something because you loved the original so much, like I did here. I’d love to see what inspires you!

That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by and spending some time with me. I’ll see you again real soon!

CTMH Our Story PML

Hello crafty friends. TGIF! What are your plans for the weekend?

My girlfriend is coming over for a scrappy date, and while we play, our kids can (will) play the Wii. Later on, we’ll take our kids to nerf mania, an event happening at the leisure centre in our community.

I was thinking of taking the kiddos to see Zootopia, but since tomorrow is going to be utter insanity (again), I’m going to hold off. We’ll hit up the next kids’ movie.

How about another layout? Are you getting tired of seeing them yet?

I hope not! I have so much to share with you!

To keep things from getting stale, I do have a Picture My Life (PML) layout to share with you.


The PML cards are CTMH Our Story, and work beautifully to sum up my March 2012 photos. The soft colors and floral patterns fit my girls perfectly!

I created the March journal card myself, by stamping with CTMH Handwritten alpha stamps in Whisper, then layered the green pennant underneath for the date.

Tomorrow, I’ll have side B to share with you! Thanks for dropping by and I hope you’ll join me again soon.

If the PML cards pique your interest, they are available to purchase on my website. Shop 24/7 right from the comfort of your own home!

(And, by the way, there’s many more decks of PML cards to choose from, too!)