Friday, September 16, 2022

49 and Market Vintage Artistry Serenity - 12x12 layout "Choose Happy"

Hello Lovelies. I bring you a layout today created with the gorgeous Vintage Artistry Serenity Collection. I am in love!! With the gorgeous blues, browns  and neutral beige, you can go monochromatic, or add your favorite contrasting colors. The possibilities are endless. I chose to keep with the colors in the collection, and adding a hint of green. I used 2 different papers, tore them and layered them. I did a bit of stenciling with crackle paste down the middle of the layout. I then added some corrugated cardboard under the outer layer, and tucked in some Serenity Washi Tape under another of the inner layers. I spattered some white paint, and that completed the foundation for the layout. The fun part is like icing a cake!! Embellishments!!!! 

I created floral clusters on each corner of the framed photo. I used a few different flower designs from different packages, yet they coordinate beautifully! With the extra paper I had after creating the foundation, I die cut some lacy leaves, and created some tiny rolled roses to add to the floral clusters. For my journal title, I used the Serenity Rub-Ons by cutting apart the words. The leaves are laser cuts as well as leaves from the flower packages. I added some art stones for texture. 

The gorgeous frame is part of the Serenity Laser Cuts. I popped it up using corrugated cardboard underneath. This gives it beautiful dimension on the page. The photo is my sweet granddaughter Savannah. Like Charlotte, she loves her picture taken! Lucky me!  Of course I had to tuck in a few butterflies!! I can't get enough of them! 

Here is a closeup of the different layers. Just tearing the bits of Serenity Washi Tape and tucking it under the layer, gave it so much more color and  made the cardboard pop! I inked the torn edges before gluing them down. 

Thank you for joining me today. I hope that you are inspired to use Vintage Artistry Serenity for you next project!! And with all of the accessories to coordinate with the papers, there is so much you can create! Let your imagination guide you! 

And if you are a digital Scrapbooker and totally adore Serenity, you can find the digital collection at Katie Pertiet Designs...OR extend you paper collection and become a hybrid scrapper like me, incorporating the paper and digital for fussy cutting. The possibilities are endless. 

Thursday, September 1, 2022

49 and Market ARToptions Holiday Wishes Mini Album

Hello Lovelies! Who doesn't think it is never to early to start on your Holiday projects/gifts!! Certainly not me! I have another one finished! This is a  Foundations Memory Keeper Quad Folio in white, finished with the brand new beautiful ARToptions Holiday Wishes collection.  Breaking with the traditional colors of green and red, it adds teals, light blues, citrus greens with touches of peach, yellow, and pink. It makes for a gorgeous combination. I stained the white album using green ink. I only stained the edges where the paper didn't cover, about one inch all around the edges. I created a frame on the cover using 2 dies from my stash, and papers from the Holiday Wishes 6x8 paper collection. I also die cut corrugated cardboard and adhered the die cuts to it, layered the frames, and it turned out to be a chunky frame that pops right off of the cover. I then used a variety of flowers in a couple of different colors to compliment the colors in the papers. Of course I tucked in the beautiful poinsettia laser cuts in-between the flowers. I tied jute into the laser cut button, and added the laser cut deer. I tucked in some leaves, spattered some white gesso, to match the faux snow in the photo, and called the cover done. 

There is plenty of room in the Memory Keeper quad folio. I used the 4x6 paper collection to cover the pages. There are inserts available to add to the inner pages, but I only used portions of the 4x6 Envelope Folio set on some of the pages. This album has so many possibilities. The beauty is the pages do not lie flat. There is about about a 3/4 inch gap between each page so that you can make your pages chunky and it still closes beautifully. The cover flap is magnetized for easy closure.  I created a waterfall feature with a magnetized flap to hold it closed, and  on all of the pages, and under each flap you can fit a 4x6 photo. I used 1 sheet of 12x12 ARToptions Holiday Wishes paper and cut it into 4x6 pieces to cover the flaps I created using white cardstock. That gave me 6 papers for the flaps. I also created cards and tags to tuck into the Envelope Folio Set pockets, I used white card stock for some of the cards, and just adhered the Holiday Wished paper over it.  Layering the ephemera, laser cut and chipboards is so much fun to create the tags.  I also used the envelope in the set, and when it is lifted, I tucked in a couple of cards that can hold 4x6 photos on the backs and inside. One has a laser cut frame on the front to add a photo. 2 of the pages in the album I left plain, and can be used to adhere photos, or used for journaling. 

The Holiday Wishes Card kit is beautiful. I put together a couple of the cards and envelopes to add to my album. On the back cover of the album, I added the Ephemera Bits snowy house scene to the base, and used it as a pocket to hold a card. I added a cute Washi postage stamp to the envelope. On the inside of the card can hold a 4x6 photo. On every spot that a phot can be added, I used a camera stamp to mark the spots. This album will hold a ton of photos and journaling. 

Here is a close up of the spine that I adorned with chipboard, laser cuts and Ephemera. You can see the cards and flaps I created to hold photos. 

Here is a closeup of the spine and cover. The cover is pretty dimensional, but I love it that way. 

Here is a closeup of the album opened, showing the back, spine and cover. The other flaps to the album are turned in to the inside. There is so much more I can still do to the album, but for mow, I think I like it the way  it is. I am gifting this to someone special. 

Thank you for joining me this week. I hope that you are inspired to get some holiday gifts done using Artoptions Holiday wishes. This collection is really wonderful! xo

49 and Market Products Used:

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

49 and Market ArtOptions Alena

 Hello Lovelies! I am bringing you a layout created with the brand new gorgeous ARToptions Alena. I get water color tropical vibes with this collection.  Keep your eye on 49 and Market, because the collections and accessories  that are coming out are going to blow your mind!  With Alena, the boldness of the reds and Blues go so well together! I just had to highlight the reds with the gorgeous flowers in Tomato with a  touch of Bluejay. 

I used the Curators Essential Key Lined Frames for my photo. There is a throwaway piece in-between the frames, and I chose to keep it and cover it with Alena Fabric Tape. Its like Washi Tape on a role but stronger!! Because it is fabric! I just set in the fabric covered piece in between the frame and the photo. I used 3 different frames as my centerpiece to highlight the photo. I added the sweet little chipboard hearts, and popped up 2 laser cut postage stamps. 

I created a little cluster off to the right side of the layout. I took one of the Curators Essential Key Lined Frame and just worked my embellishments around it. I used jute to string on the chipboard and paper tags. I added laser cuts and flowers to finish the cluster. I used 2 laser cut butterflies and adhered  them on the page by their bodies only, then fluffed up their wings for dimension. 

This is just another closeup of the lower corner of the layout. I machine sewed all around the paper using a coordinating blue thread. I added the laser cut word You. I removed the string from the Alena Tag, and replaced it with jute, to match the chipboard tag. I used some red and blue distress ink watered down, and spattered it on the layout. I also added a few rhinestones here and there for added sparkle. 

I hope you are inspired to use Alena in your future projects. There is so much to this collection and all of the coordinating accessories. Be sure to check them all out. You will want it all!! xo

49 and Market Products used 

49 and Market Products Used:

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Scrap and Me Guest Designer "Sapphire Days" paper collection

  Hello! I am back as a Guest Designer for August. Today I am bringing you a 12x12 layout created with the gorgeous Sapphire Days paper collection. The collection is full of beautiful blue and cream flowers, with a touch of pale yellow. The color combination is simply so soothing to the eye. I felt it was perfect to scrap pictures of my granddaughter when she was only months old.  For my design, I decied to do a horizonal design, so i applied some texture paste using a mask, and sprinkled some embossing powder in a color blue that complimented the paper. I heat embossed it to give it shine, and then began building my design over it. 

I used the paper on the inside of the cover page to the collection for all of the elements. I used different punches to create the base to the design. I die cut film frames, and 2 kings of torn notebook paper. I fussy cut the door from the Doors and Windows cut out sheet. And I die cut the circles from the inside of the cover page. I scattered some cut out butterflies on the page. The title "With Love" was also cut from the inside cover page. 

I fussy cut the entire page of Sapphire days Flowers. It makes it easy to just pick what you want to tuck in the page. It is like picking flowers in a garden! I added layers of different flowers and leaves to give it dimension. I added pieces of corrugated cardboard underneath to give it depth. I am in love with the flowers in these papers. They are beautiful! They look like they flow so nicely on the layout. 

I fussy cut the leaves from the Leaves 3 cutting sheet. The leaves are so beautiful and realistic looking. I chose yellow flowers from my stash, and just enhanced them with the fussy cut flowers and leaves. To finish the layout off, I splattered some white gesso and distress paint onto the layout. I also added touched of gold leaf on the page. It gives it a bit of an elegant touch. 

I enjoyed working with Sapphire Days. I hope you are inspired to create a project using this beautiful collection. I am also enjoying my time here at Scrap and Me as a Guest Designer. It has been an honor. I will be back later this month with me last project. 

Scrap and Me Products Used:

Butterflies cut out paper

Sapphire Days 07/08

Sapphire Days (inside cover)

Sapphire Days Flowers

Leaves 3 sheet for cutting

Doors and Windows 2 cutting sheet

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

49 and Market Spectrum Sherbet...12x12 layout "Smile"

Hello Lovelies. Today I am going to bring you a ray of happy sunshine and rainbows, because we could always use a little of both!! The color range of Spectrum Sherbet seems endless for me! I have thoroughly enjoyed working with everything in this collection. There is so much to choose from. I created this 12x12 layout that I wanted to start off as simple. And it is!! The color scheme is already there for you, I just added a lot of product in the same colors! The paper I chose, spoke for itself. I just followed each color arranged on the paper, and enhanced it with gorgeous 49 and Market products!!! 

For the frames, I cut out the sample colors on the cover page from the Spectrum Sherbet Solids Pack. They were the perfect size. I cut each color apart, and die cut them using the perfect rectangle stitched die. I machine stitched on 2 of the frames, and on the other 2, I used the Curators Stitched Washi Tape. I saved the cut out peice from each rectangle and saved them. I die cut the photos using the smaller die from the same set, and popped them up using a piece of corrugated cardboard under each photo, and placed it back in the frame in the middle I placed each of the frames on top of the same colors on the paper. I  placed the tags in between the same range of colors, blue to green, yellow to pink. I chose flowers from multiple flower collections, and coordinated them with each color. I also punch out leaves from scraps of the paper from Spectrum Sherbet  and tucked them here and there.  

I created some mini rosettes using the Tim Holtz Rosette die, and used Wishing Bubbles for the middles. The title SHINE is chipboard. I also went though the laser cuts for butterflies, and found the coordinating colors. The chipboard set had the words I color coordinated with each framed photo. 

I used the Spectrum Sherbet 6x8 Leaves rub ons and placed the coordinating colors above and below each framed photo. Once all of the elements were down, I found some Lindys Gang Starburst sprays that matched each color, to smear and spatter around each color. 

Thank you for joining me today. I hope you are inspired to bring a little color into your life with Spectrum Sherbet. There is so much to love about this collection. xo

49 and Market Products Used:

Spectrum Sherbet Painted Foundations- Rainbow

Spectrum Sherbet Solids Pack

Spectrum Sherbet- 6x8 Leaves Rub On Transfer Set

Spectrum Sherbet Tidal Wave Laser Cut Elements

Spectrum Sherbet Chipboard Word Set

Spectrum Sherbet Tag Set

Spectrum Sherbet Strawberry Lemonade Laser Cut Elements

Spectrum Sherbet Chipboard Set

Spectrum Sherbet Wishing Bubbles and Baubles

Curators Washi Tape Stitch Set

Spectrum Sherbet Strawberry Lemonade Acetate Leaves

Royal Spray Sunshine Flowers

Royal Spray Passion Pink Flowers

Enchanted Petals Mint Flowers

Enchanted Petals Ballet Slipper Flowers

Royal Spray Ocean Jade Flowers

Rustic Blooms Bluejay Flowers

Pixie Petals Sunshine Flowers

Pixie Petals Flamingo Flowers

Monday, August 8, 2022

Scrap And Me Guest Designer

I am honored to be a Guest Designer for Scrap and Me. It has been such a pleasure working with their gorgeous papers. Today I am using the beautiful Spring Purple paper collection. And it is special to me, because purple is my favorite color. I also chose a special photograph of my grand daughter and my sisters grand sons. They are all about the same age. Cousins are the best. Grandchildren are very special!! I chose to use a meaningful quote about children. We love them so much. 

For the background paper, I used Spring Purple 02. I wanted to focus on the fussy cut flowers and leaves, so I chose a paper that did not have any design print on it. The paper itself is beautiful. A watercolor design that I love so much. 

From top to bottom, I created a strip using lace, cheese cloth, and jute. I attached the jute using tiny staples, then adhered the strip to the background paper offset to the side. I fluffed out the cheese cloth to distress it a little. 

.I created the sentiment in Photoshop by choosing the quote, creating the page in Photoshop, and  printed it on parchment cardstock. I cut it into strips, inked the edges and adhered it to down the strip above and below the photo. I backed each strip with chipboard to give it some dimension. 

I fussy cut the flowers from the Spring Purple Cutout Sheet, the leaves were cut from the Leaves 09 Cut

Out sheet, and the butterflies from the Butterflies Cut Out Sheet. I sat and fussy cut them all, then chose the ones that fir my design. I added a few purple flowers from my stash. Once the layout was finished, I used some distress ink and white gesso for the splatters around the design. That added the finishing touch. 

Thank you for joining me. I hope that you are inspired to create your own project using Spring Purple. 

Monday, August 1, 2022

49 and Market Curators Meadow "Nature Lover"

 Hello lovelies. Today I bring to you another layout created with Curators Meadow. A beautiful collection of everything meadow and woodlands. Perfect for the photos I take of my granddaughter in my back yard, who is a Nature Lover by heart. The earthy colors in the collection reflect the beauty in the wild life around us. Give a child a chance to explore, and they will create a world of their own. 

I started with the Curators Juniper paper. I machine stitched around the edges, and inked it with distress ink. I laid a foundation in the design shape I wanted on the paper, and started to build on to the design with all of the elements. There are so many fun elements in the Curators Meadow Laser Cuts and Ephemera bits packs. From small woodland animals, to butterflies, mushrooms, birds, and greenery. I must not forget the moths!! I love moths! I used 4 sentiment strips to tell a happy story on the theme of my layout. 

Laser Cut Elements are trimmed on the edge. Ephemera Bits have a small border around them. I like the look of the border as the piece stands out. I used the Essential Clip to attach the sentiment strip and the butterfly onto the Ephemera Bits Frame. I added small strips of corrugated cardboard to the underside of the frame so that I get some dimension on the layout.  Most of the elements are backed with the cardboard and the whole layout is dimensional.  I used some of the rub-ons on the outer edges of the vertical strip. You can use them instead of stamps and achieve the same look. They are easily cut apart to apply just about anywhere you need to. 

The love the small slide frames in a lot of the collections. For this frame, I added a smaller photo captured on another backyard adventure. Look at all of the beautiful Laser cut mushrooms!! Butterflies and moths fluttering around. 

I strung the Nature Lover round tag with the single ply jute, and attached it to the frame using tiny staples. I simply just love all of the natural elements used on this page. And unbelievable, but I didn't use any flowers!!! Say it isn't so!! I forgot the flowers! And looking back, this layout has so many wonderful laser cut elements that you don't even miss the flowers. Is it to late to tuck a few in??!! Nah...We will just leave it alone. This time....

Thank you for joining me. Grab those nature photos, some Curators Meadow, and start documenting those precious moments bought to you by mother nature herself. Until next time. xoxo

49 and Market Products Used:

Curators Meadow-12x12 Collection Paper Pack

Curators Meadow-Juniper

Curators Meadow-6x8 Rub-on Transfer Set

 Curators Meadow-Laser Cut Elements

Curators Meadow-Ephemera Bits

Vintage Artistry Essential Binder Clips

Jute Cording- Single Ply

Friday, July 29, 2022

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team July 2022 Blog Hop


It is that time again! Time to get inspired, and have a chance to win! 
All you have to do is leave some love on each of the artists blogs, A  randomly chosen comment from one of the blogs will be chosen to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card. Heartfelt Creations is also giving away a second $25 gift card for a randomly chosen comment from their blog.  You have until Midnight August 1st.  Then you will have 72 hours to claim the prize by emailing Please write “Winner of the July 2022 Alumni Hop” in the subject line.The winners will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, July 3rd.

Let the inspiration begin!!
I chose to do a 1 Sheet Wonder mini album. Can you believe the album base was constructed using 1 12x12 sheet of paper!! So easy!! It measures 6x3 inches small. I chose a beautiful paper from the Decorative Dragonfly Paper collection. The colors are smashing!! 

The album ends up with a front, a back and 3 pages in-between. I did some machine sewing on the paper before folding and  constructing it. I left some of the threads hanging to give a little shabby chic look. 

Inside of each of the pocket pages, there are pockets filled with tags. Some were cut from the sheets of the collection, others I created a template for the larger tags, and hand cut them to fit the pockets. 

I used the Leafy Accents, and the Clematis Flowers to decorate the cover. I also fussy cut the dragonflies. There is a die that will die cut them, but I didn't have it. It would have been so much easier to die cut them! 

Two of the pockets are top pockets, and this one in the photo is a side pocket. It all depends on where you place your glue when adhering them together. I used a circle punch to the pockets as it makes it easier to slip the tags out. And if you are mindful of the pattern on the paper when you construct it, the design comes out perfectly when you fold it.  I love how this one came out.   

On this page I created a pocket for the tag, and on the tag, I created another pocket to fit a smaller tag. 

Here is another page with 2 tags slipped in tuck spots I created. 

Here is a close up of the flowers. I used the Art Foam to create them. I stamped and inked the flowers before I heat them on the iron. Then used a ball stylus to shape them further, right after they came off of the iron. I added little half pearls to the centers. Isn't that dragonfly darling!!??

Thank you for joining me for the hop!! Make sure to visit all of the artists for more inspiration! Good Luck on the win!! 

Heartfelt Creations Products Used:

Decorative Dragonfly Paper Collection

Clematis Die

Clematis Cling Stamp set

Leafy Accents Die

Leafy Accents Cling Stamp Set

Ranger Archival Ink Pad Fern Green

Ranger Archival Ink Pad Cactus Flower

Ranger Archival Ink Pad Majestic Violet

Ranger Archival Ink Pad Paradise Teal

Art Foam Paper Pack

Flower Shaping Essentials

Heartfelt Creations Blog Hop:

Kathy Clement- Kathy by Design

Vicki Dutcher- All I Do Is Stamp

Amarilys Doria- Amarilys’ Creations

Bozena- BBartCards

Lynn Stanborough- What the Heart Wants

Alissa Wells- Will Run for Stamps

This is ME!! Lisa Gregory- What a Beautiful Mess

Candy Slabaugh- Candy’s Creations

Gloria Stengel- Scraps of Life

Monica Edwards-  Simply Monica

Heartfelt Creations- Heartfelt Creations Blog

There are many tutorials to create different mini albums from 1 sheet of paper. This is the one I followed!! Eva of Bohemian Crafting. She shows 2 different versions. 

DIY Use Your Stuff 12x12 Books from 1 sheet (Step by step)