Thursday, May 8, 2014

Some Pages Using My Own Kit - August 2013

These are some layouts I created as part of my own 30 in 30 Scrapbooking Challenge for April, 2014, using My Own Kit, August 2013, and the Add-On I created to supplement it.


For this bright page about me and my Little Mommy on her birthday, I used a Cameo cut for the title, and while the design is my own, it was definitely inspired by a class I recently took at Big Picture Classes called Scrapbooking Outside the Pocket by Monica Bradford. I love putting those pocket cards on a traditional scrapbook page like this, and the class provided so many great ideas for doing just that. Check out Monica's blog here. She's super creative and inspiring.

All You Need Is Love and K-Cup Coffee

Another example of using those great 3x4 cards on a layout, and this one was SO much fun to create. In addition to the supplies from the kits, I added some stamps from The Stamps of Life, TPC Studio, and Cocoa Daisy.

Spring Walk

With this layout, the background patterned paper really steals the show. I didn't use anything extra, just the kits, including some little scraps of paper for layering. Really enjoy looking at this layout. It brings a smile to my face.

Warm Weather Love

Another favorite layout that was a bit of a challenge when it came to placement of the photos, but once that was sorted out, fun-fun-fun to put together. The only thing I added was ink, both Distress and Stampin' Up! Picked raspberries (I think that's the name!) is the perfect match to the pinks in this kit, and I just love how bright and happy it is. I used it to color the heart shape, which I cut with the Cameo.

First Solo Concert

I admit I love this page, just love how all the elements work together, the energy, the colors, and of course, that lovely photo of my niece Olivia. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, creating kits gets my stash into play like nothing else does. The journaling card has been in my die cut bin for years, and here it is put to adorable use on a page. Flowers and buttons and those ticket die cuts are fairly old, too, and there are some acrylic die cuts that I've had a little while I was able to use, so a happy layout all the way around. Oh, and in that envelope? A little bit of a secret message for my niece to read someday.

45 Things at 45

This layout has been awhile in the making. I like to do a page about myself at each age, and one of the assignments for Ali Edwards' class Hello, Story last year was to do exactly that. In addition to the kit supplies, I used a Cameo cut for the big numbers in the title, as well as punches from EK Success and Martha Stewart and dies from Spellbinders and the company that used to be called QuicKutz.

So Helpful

For this layout about my niece helping to paint cabinet doors for a kitchen remodeling project, I started with a bright, adorable patterned paper and some light pink Distress paint. I also used some ink from Distress and Stampin' Up! to fill in some of those circles to add interest. The ampersand in the title was cut from a 3x4 card, and I used periods from the Thickers set as a border for the side of the photo. I'm kinda diggin' it!

High Five

It's been a long time since I've used one of Shimelle's Starting Points, and this is by far my favorite. I love to use scraps up, and this design is the perfect opportunity to do just that. For the spatters of color, I added some water to some Distress ink in picked raspberries that I rubbed on a plate, then flicked onto the page with a paintbrush. Nifty, no? I also used ink from Stampin' Up! to stamp the smaller part of the title, a die to cut the hearts out of Stampin' Up! card stock, and a Fiskars punch for the ovals. This is a design starter that can be used again and again with plenty of different variations and adorable results.

Calm Before the Storm

Last of the pages created with this kit (at least so far; I do have a few pieces leftover.),  this one is another favorite of mine for its simplicity. I used Stampin' Up! ink for part of the title, photo corners by Recollections to anchor the photo, Doodelbug sequins to stand in for "raindrops," and I fussy cut the umbrellas from a patterned paper strip.


And that is not a bad collection of layouts from one kit! There could be more, as I do have some remnants left, and I do love to create with little bits and pieces. Some of my 30 in 30 challenge pages were created with the kit I created for September of last year, and I've got a lot left of that kit, so more fun to come. While I didn't do kits for October and November last year, I did a huge one for Journal Your Christmas, a project I'm still a little bit on the fence about completing, and I made a great kit for February with kits for March, April, and May in the process, as well as a bonus Spring kit, too!

Can you tell I really dig the kits??


  1. I love these layouts!!! You have been very busy being creative and I am so happy for you. One of my favorite pages is the one of you at 45. I need to do another on has been nearly 5 years since I last created one on me. Thank you for the inspiration.

  2. By the way....I love your use of Project Life journaling cards on your traditional layouts.....they are beautifully incorporated.