Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mistletoe & Holly Kit

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5 Cardstock
Crate Paper "Peppermint"
-Ski Lodge
-Snow Globe
Pink Paislee "Snow Day"
-Snowball Fight
-Cozy Sweater
My Minds Eye "12 Days of Christmas"
-Merry and Bright
-It's the Season
-Accessory Sheet
-Wrap it Up
-Peppermint Patty
Jillibean Soup "Christmas Eve Chowder"
-Boiling Water
-Dried Green Onion
-Lobster Tail
Basic Grey "Nordic Holiday"
Fancy Pants "Saint Nick"
-Naughty or Nice?
Hambly Screen Prints
-Gold Reindeer Clear Overlay
-1 bottle Studio Calico "Mister Huey" white mist
-1 12x12 Sheet Crate Paper "Peppermint" alpha/labels
-1 American Crafts "Holly Jolly" Stamp set
-1 pkg MME Rhinestones and Pearls
-3 Melissa Frances "Deck the Halls" Cardstock banners
-3 Melissa Frances "fuzzy" candy canes
-1 Sheet Melissa Frances "Retro Christmas" cardstock stickers
-1 pkg. MME "12 Days of Christmas" trims
-4 American Crafts Christmas Flags
-1 Sheet Elles Studio "Lil' Snippets" Greetings
-1/2 pkg Basic Grey Holiday Brads
-3 Basic Grey Stitched Flowers
-1 pkg. Fancy Pants Rub Ons
-1 sheet Jillibean Soup "Christmas Eve Chowder" Labels
-4 Pieces Fancy Pants "Saint Nick" Ephemera
-4 Pebbles Stitched Buttons
-1 Sheet MME "12 Days of Christmas" Layered Stickers
-1 Sheet Crate Paper "Peppermint" Border Stickers
-1 Package American Crafts "Merry" Foam Letters
-1 Sheet Elle's Studio "Christmas Pennants"
-1 Package Pink Paislee "Snow Day" Wooden Shapes

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Tomorrow is December

Are you on the fence about starting a December Daily album? Do you feel like it's too late to start one since tomorrow is the first of December? Don't fret. It's not too late to start one. I am going to start mine as soon as my Mistletoe and Holly kit gets here. I'll post the progress on my pages either on the blog or on the message board to help inspire you with your December Daily book. So come and play along with us. It is never to late to make wonderful memories!

Here are a few inspiration items I found on Pinterest:

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Little More Sneaky Peeky...

Well, things in my Mini Madness class are going waaaaaaay longer than I had planned, but it's been lots of fun so far and I love all the projects we have made. Here's another sneak peek at one of our mini album projects (thanks Elisha, for the request!) that I made using a sorta coptic-ee style of binding. Perfect for a December Daily if you ask me... ;)

I used the Hudson Valley kit for this (and all of our projects) and I loooove this one from LilyBee!
I hope you are all having a great start to the Holiday Season!


Monday, November 28, 2011

Hunter's widow

Yep, that's me!
I am officially a "hunter's widow" now that deer season is in full swing here in Alabama.
But don't worry, I am making the most of it!

I made this one with the fabulous Hudson Valley kit.
I am in love with this kit!!
{i am totally excited about getting the new Mistletoe & Holly kit but there are still so many things i want to make with Hudson Valley!}
Happy Monday!
I hope yall had a great Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! I hope you are enjoying your time with family!

Today I have a two-page layout to share with you about the girls' very first Thanksgiving at just 6 months old. I used the gorgeous Hudson Valley kit from Noel Mignon to create my layout. These photos are only a couple years old but wow, did I ever go down a walk on memory lane as I was looking through them and editing.

Here I created a block of patterned paper squares and stitched an "X" through several of them and then embellished with items in the kit. (Look at those little girls!)

I carried the squares and stitching to the other page and embellished with an American Crafts leaf embellishment and then a Melissa Frances rub-on I had in my stash.

All of my journaling is housed on an Elle's Studio "gratitude" tag. 

Don't forget to stop by the shop tomorrow as you start all your Christmas shopping and pick up the "Mistletoe & Holly" kit! I'm actually going to attempt a December album with mine!

Thanks so much for looking and have a fabulous holiday! :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Another little sneak...

Here's another little bit of what we're making in class this week! We're having lots of fun with minis, and we're learning to make lots of different kinds!
We're using the Hudson Valley kit for the class and I am IN LOVE. There's only five left, but if you hurry you might be able to pick up one for yourself!

That's all for me today!
Happy Scrappin'!

Monday, November 21, 2011


I thought a layout like this one would be appropriate this week!

So much to be thankful for...

I used the gorgeous "Hudson Valley" kit to make this layout.

Then I used some of my scraps from that layout to make this card.



I had a good time cutting out all those flowers while I was watching football this past weekend!

Have a great week!



Friday, November 18, 2011

Hudson Valley- Frenemies and Community

I have been LOVING playing with the gorgeous colors in the Hudson Valley kit. It's really gotten my creative self going again and it's felt great. 

I loved reading this step-by-step tutorial from Georgia Keays on the Lily Bee Blog and used some of her tips on this layout about my youngest and her "best friend." 

Since they are both in the terrible two stage, sometimes their friendship turns a little ugly, hence the title. hehehe I am hoping to catch a photo of their true nature sometime soon so I can document it. ;) 

In the photo below, I used that adorable stamp in the kit. I will be using it a ton! 

I also created the layout below using the Hudson Valley kit, and this one is for our current challenge. 

2 sheets of card stock (the vanilla and kraft)
3 sheets of pattern Paper (the apple print, the strip below it, and the woodgrain)
1 ribbon (the brown grosgrain)
1 twine (strung up over the banner)
4 stickers (the round label sticker, the label with pointing hand, the strip above the vertical photo, and the strip below the word community)
2 different alphas (thickers or stickers) "fall" and "community"
A pinch of stitching (I did faux stitching up the side!)
A dash of rub ons (the branch)
a smidgen of fabric (the red ticking I used as a base for the banner)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I Love You Sis!

I was so excited to dig into my beautiful "Hudson Valley" kit with these photos of my girls hugging each other this fall. I feel so blessed to be able to witness the two of them develop such a loving relationship toward each other. I have two sisters myself but there's something about seeing twin sisters together that is so unique - I hope they always have the type of relationship where they are best friends!

Here I layered a transparency by Hambly, banner stickers by Crate Paper and a label sticker by Mind's Eye.

I love all the alphabet stickers included in this kit - here I combined almost all of them! 

The tag, twine and "Together" sticker are by Crate Paper and the label sticker is My Mind's Eye. 

See you next week!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Challenge

Happy Wednesday! Have you checked out the new challenge yet? It's a tough one. it really made me think out of the box to put my layout together. Can you keep a secret? I completely forgot to add ribbon to my layout! All the other ingredients found their way on my layout though. Can you spot them all?

I created this layout with the Hudson Valley kit. It was perfect for this challenge. The rub-ons are from my stash.

Happy creating!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A sneak peek into Mini Madness!

For those of you who don't know, I'm teaching a class right now here at called Mini Madness. It's all about building mini books - the types, the materials, the binging styles, and lots of links and tutorials to getting you going! We're also using the brand new Hudson Valley kit and oh em gee, do I loooooove it!!

Here's a sneak of something I'm working on right now that goes hand in hand with the class:

 And that's all you get for today, because man oh man do I have a lot of work to do!!
If you haven't signed up for the class, but would like to, you still can! This is a self-paced class, and it will stay posted for a while to come.

Click here for more information.


Monday, November 14, 2011

Playing with Hudson Valley

As soon as I got my new Hudson Valley kit last Thursday, I dug right in!

There is so much goodness in this kit and I could not wait to play with it!

So I made some stuff!:)

Here is a layout about a run I did last weekend with my brother.

I used a bunch of bits & pieces from the kit to create the border at the top of the page.


And because you can never have too many "thank you" cards on hand...



OK that's all I've got for now.

But I can guarantee there will be lots more created with this kit!

Have a great week!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Hudson Valley- Review Video

I got my Hudson Valley Kit in the mail yesterday and was so very excited to open it up. It's like "Autumn" in a box. The colors and textures are completely up my alley. I made y'all a little video so you could get a peek at the insides! 

Remember the Halloween display I made? I just revamped it and added a simple little banner made from the Hudson Valley Kit for my Fall decor. I see all sorts of gorgeous mantles online, but for now, simple is really good for us. :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Art with Grandpa

I just love the versatility in the September kit, "Study Hall"! My girls aren't near school age yet but they are certainly learning new things every day and this layout celebrates a unique chance for them to learn from a talented artist right in their own family - Grandpa Pete! Here Miss Nora draws with Grandpa on her Magna Doodle and I captured their special time together on this layout.

I created a little badge for my title using a chalkboard sticker and star rub-on by Fancy Pants, Amy Tangerine thickers and burlap trim by My Mind's Eye. 

Try using the Study Hall kit to capture family relationships where one person learns from another!

See you next week!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

It's here!

The Hudson Valley kit started shipping on Monday! Mine is on it's way and should be here any day now. I can't wait! Have you ordered your kit yet? Did you know the new October Afternoon papers are in this kit? Take a look at all the goodies jam packed in this kit! Do you see the woodgrain paper in there? Swoon! I love it! It will be there first thing I play with!

Keep a look out on the boards and here at the blog for inspiration from the design team. I can't wait to dive into my kit once it gets here!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Mini Madness is Getting Closer!!

That's right friends!!

Noel and I have decided to push the class back one week so that we all have more time to get that suuuuper adorable Hudson Valley kit in our hands before we get to work on all of our class projects. And I for one am so excited to be using it for the class! I have a stack of seven mini albums/journals/notebooks that we'll be making together in the class, and this extra week just gives me some extra time to make another project to add to the class! So we'll have at least eight projects to make together and I'll be showing TONS of others and explaining how to make them all yourselves. It's gonna be so fun!

It is at this point that I am channeling Agnes in the video below about how much I LOVE what we've got going on here!

We are going to have so much fun learning all kinds of different techniques to make your own mini albums - bindings, materials, long-term and event-focused, project types, and just general awesomeness!!
I am going to be using lots of different materials - many from the upcoming Hudson Valley kit that begins shipping tomorrow, and believe me, you're not going to want to miss it!!

There's nothing I find more satisfying to make than minis, whether they are completely made by hand or start with a pre-fab book. I'll be covering both types, but of course, you will always put your unique spin on it. We'll be doing a little mixed-media, a little stitching, a little padding, a little of everything!!

This will be a great opportunity to make some fun albums for yourself or gifts for friends and family.

I'll be giving out some awesome printables for not only theme albums, but also to-do lists and calendars - you won't want to miss it!!

To register, just email me at and I'll get you all set up with access to our own private classroom at the message boards. OR you can just pay me directly through Pay Pal at and once I have that, I'll just send you a welcome emial with all the info you need. Once you're in the classroom you will find everything you need to get started - a shopping list, printables, and prep info, so you will be ready to go on November 14th!!

Class fee is only $15
Noel will be giving away a $10 shop credit to one lucky student!
Be sure to sign up soon, and order your Hudson Valley kit as soon as possible - go to the message board to see sneaks you won't want to miss!!
Any questions - just drop me an email at or PM me at the message boards. 

Monday, November 7, 2011


OK if I tell you a secret will you promise not to say anything??
I have a bit of insider info I am willing to share with you.
Here's the scoop...
There is a new challenge going up next week.
And it is a tough-y!
But I am going to give you a head start.
It is going to be a "recipe" challenge.
That means you have certain "ingredients" you have to use to make your layout.
Wanna know the ingredients you are going to need??
I just so happen to know them!
Here they are:
2 sheets of card stock
3 sheets of patterned paper
1 ribbon
1 twine
4 stickers
2 different alphas (thickers or stickers)
A pinch of stitching
A dash of rub ons
a smidgen of fabric

And here is another secret for you.
I've already made a layout with the recipe that might help you out a little!

Here is how I used the ingredients:
2 sheets of card stock: pink & kraft matting the photos
3 sheets of patterned paper: background paper, pink paper that I punched the butterflies out of, stars cut out of a sheet of pattered paper
1 ribbon: scalloped
1 twine: pink/white
4 stickers: the pink circle stickers (i cut the largest circle in half & used it on the top & bottom of the page
2 different alphas: "Grandpa and Grandma with Thickers and "with" with My Mind's Eye tiny stickers
A pinch of stitching: around the pictures
A dash of rub ons: the "&" in the title
a smidgen of fabric: burlap

{Iused the Study Hall kit to make this layout! However, everything pink I pulled from my stash of Pebbles products. The round stickers are Jenni Bowlin and the "&" is Hambly}
Does that help at all??
OK one more secret!
I am pretty sure there is going to be a prize involved with this one!
But you did not hear it from me!
Mums the word!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Finishing Up Something Wicked

I am not a chronological scrapper. I'm rather haphazard in both my style and my perspective in scrapping. I sit down and work on what's fresh on my mind, whether it's something we are celebrating in life, worrying about with a particular child, a routine we've picked up, or a holiday we are in the middle of. I've still got Halloween on the brain (I need to take down my decorations!!!), so I wanted to see if I could use up the Something Wicked kit (7 left!) on some of our pictures from last weekend.

I was inspired on this layout by a layout I'd pinned on Pinterest by Wendy Sue Anderson. I loved her quick and easy banner and created my own. I think I have all the papers in the kit represented in this banner!

The next layout is just a costume layout of my youngest, in her "ghostie" costume. I loved the shades of blue and of course, the fun ghost elements in the kit. 

The last layout I made was this one of our group of friends that we trick-or-treated with. I have pictures from my childhood like this and I love looking back at them! I hope my kids have good memories of Halloween that these pictures trigger. :)

 I've created 6 layouts, one home decor piece, one card, and one tag from this kit so far. And I still have PLENTY to finish up my Halloween pics with. I. love. it! Get yours now!