Sketch it out Thursday CMG

My first video for The Crafty Maven Getaway channel is up.  It’s actually been up for a couple of weeks, but I forgot to post about it here and I also forgot to add it to my own youtube channel.

The Crafty Maven Getaway Inspiration Piece 6th-12th March 2016:

I used the dark blues and golden tan color of the bread from the inspiration piece to choose my photos and patterned papers.



The pictures I chose for this layout are of my daughter Emma eating cake and ice cream at her two year old birthday party.

June 19th 2015 sketch by Laura Whtiaekr @ Scrappin' Around the Clock: Sketching for ScrapMuch?:

I found the sketch I used on Pinterest it’s by Laura Whitaker.

Below is a link to the video on the Crafty Maven channel.













Iris container with a tray

Joann’s had a 50% off sale on all their storage stuff plus a 25% off coupon of the total purchase including sale items so I was checking out the storage area  when I found two Iris containers with tray inserts sitting on a shelf.  I was super happy to save money and get these awesome containers at the same time, but to be honest I would have bought the containers without the sale or the coupon.

I’ve seen other crafters with these type of  Iris trays on youtube, but I haven’t been able to find them at any of the craft stores I go to so when I saw these at Joann’s I snatched them up quick and searched the shelves for more.  Sadly I only found the two. I’ve been back to Joann’s several times since then, but I haven’t seen any more of them.


I’m using the Iris container and trays to sort and store my Citrus Twist Kits.  I keep the embellishments in the tray  and put the tray on top the paper and any large sticker sheets that I put in the bottom of the container.

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Because I only have the two containers with trays I keep my most recent kit in one and combine the previous months kits in the other.



Freckled Foot

I asked my daughter McKayla if I could take a picture of the freckle on the bottom of her foot because I wanted to make a scrapbook page about it.  She agreed, but she was like “Oh Mom.” and she covered her face when I took the picture.


I wanted use bright colors for this page because McKayla’s favorite colors are bright pink and orange.

The backflow ground paper and the paper the photo is matted on are from my Citrus Twist Kit . the background paper is by Citrus Twist  and it has little pink, yellow and orange triangles all over it.  The paper I matted the photo on is by Pink Paislee. I used the front and back side the the Pink Paislee page.  One side was pink with black dotted circles and the other side was a black and white stripe.


I made a yellow tag with a die,  my Cuttlebug and a yellow gingham patterned paper from my stash.  The yellow paper was pretty thin so I cut two tags from the yellow paper and glued them together to make the tag sturdier.

I scattered pink sequins around the page.  The sequins also came from a Citrus Twist Kit.  There were pink and blue sequins in the kit, but I only used the pink ones on this layout.  The sequins are made of a thicker plastic than any I have seen before and they have a bit of an iridescent shine to them.

The alpha stickers were also from a kit. They are a peachy orange color and are they are kind of  translucent, but they didn’t come with any manufacture information so I don’t know who made them.


I also added one puffy butterfly sticker to the bottom right of the photo.  The sticker is from an American Crafts Thickers sheet that, again, was in my Citrus Twist Kit.

Some of the embellishments in the kit came in a small glassine bag.  I saved the bag and used it to hold the tag that’s being the photo.  I wrote my journaling on the tag and stamped the top of the tag with a stamp from the kit that said “seriously cute”.

I kept this page pretty simple, and I love it!


Below is a process video of this page.


Fun In The Sun


The photos I used for this page are of my daughter McKayla at the beach in Fort Myers Beach. In the largest photo McKayla is holding up a seashell she found on the beach.

I loved using mixed media on this page.

I used a gift card to spread blue and gold acrylic paint on a sheet of white 12″ x 12″ cardstock.

After the acrylic paint dried I added modeling paste to the page by using a gift card and spreading the past through a journaling stencil. I chose the stencil because of the wavy lines.

The modeling paste had a some height to it when it dried and I wanted my photos to overlap a little of the modeling paste lines so I added foam to the back of the phote cluster to adjust for the height difference.

I used a scrap of patterned paper and a beach sign stamp to make the tag to the left of the photo.

I used two  beach themed Fiskars stamp sets for this page.  In addition to the beach sign tag I also stamped seagulls, seashells and a part of a sun  onto the page.

I had so much fun working with stamps and mixed media on this layout and I love how the page turned out!


Below is a process video for my “Fun in the Sun” scrapbook page.


Lucky Lady

Emma was huge hit at the St. Patrick’s Day parade with her gorgeous red hair and fair skin, she got lots of beads and candy.

When Emma was about two and half years old her Aunt Patty took her to the St. Patrick’s Day parade downtown in St. Louis.  I was unable to attend the parade with them, but Patty gave me this picture and told me about how all the people commented on Emma’s beautiful red hair.

Emma is older now and although she has lost those cute curls, she still has that awesome red hair.


Below is a process video for the “Lucky Lady” page.



Awesome Cheeky Monkey – scrapbook page

No trip to the St. Louis Zoo would be complete with out a picture with the Phil the Gorilla statue.  Below is a scrapbook page using a picture from several years ago of my daughters, Emma and McKayla, standing by Phil the Gorilla’s statue.

I started the layout by choosing a pink and peach triangle pattern paper from Citrus Twist, but ended up changing it out for a floral pattern paper from the Amy Tangerine Stitched paper pad.  I also used a black and white leaf pattern paper and two other yellow pattern papers from the Amy Tangerine Stitched paper pad.  I added a pink, an orange and a green pattern paper from a 6″x 6″ Colorbok paper pad.

I inked all the edges of the papers and added embellishments from my January 2016 Citrus Twist main kit.  I also used a few chipboard stickers by Amy Tangerine and some black enamel dots.


I love how this page came together!


Below is a process video  for the page.


Citrus Twist Kit – January 2016 Main Kit

I received my first kit club kit!

After watching many of my favorite youtubers using kits on their layouts I began checking into some.

They were all great looking, but I chose the Citrus Twist main kit because it was within my budget and (from what I could tell) it comes with a stamp set each month

I received a few extra things for being a new customer.

  • an extra stamp set
  • a chipboard frame
  • a tag
  • some wood veneer pieces
  • and a piece of flair

The kit came with:

  • a brown paper bag tied with pretty string
  • a page that had sketches and inspiration pieces
  • Heidi Swapp veneer words
  • glittery plus sign stickers
  • Heidi Swapp puffy stickers
  • Citrus twist tiny wood veneer pieces
  • Heidi Swapp phrase stickers
  • Seven Paper alpha stickers
  • a Citrus Twist cut apart sheet
  • 6 patterned papers
  • one white 12 x 12
  • one cream 12 x 12

Below is a video of what came in the kit along with the few extra thing they sent me for being a new customer.

I can’t wait to make some layouts with all theses goodies!


Scrapbook page – I love your smile

I’ve only started scrapbooking this past year so I have a lot of older pictures waiting for me to make pages with.

McKayla is 11 now, but I loved making a layout with this picture of her from when she was a baby.  Her chubby cheeks are gone now, but she still has that cute dimple.


For the patterned paper is used a Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm paper pad by American Crafts.

I matted the photo on black card stock.

I added doilies behind the red and pink script patterned paper strip and the photo.

Around the picture I placed a flower die cut, a yellow circle with a  heart in the middle and a sparkley butterfly sticker.

Below is a process video for the page.



Hiking Adventure Layout and process video

I loved using pieces from my Citrus Twist January 2016 main kit, watercolors and stamps on this layout.

The watercolor was inspired by a Crafty Maven Getaway inspiration piece linked below.

Inspiration Pieces

The photos on this layout are from hiking trip at Cuivre River State Part.  My sister and her husband took my girls and their daughter Katie on this hike as a part of Katie’s birthday weekend.

(I didn’t include Katie or her parents on this page because at the time I did this layout I hadn’t asked them yet if it was ok for me to post photos of them.  I have since asked and now have their permission to include them in future pages.)



Most of he  paper for this page came from my January Citrus twist kit, but I did use some scraps to die cut the leaves.

I used my StampeRor to stamp the wild flowers and dragon flies.

I added dragon flies and some black gems to the page after I finished filming, but you can see the rest of the processes in the video below.






Scrapbook Page – Shape

This week the challenge on the Victoria Marie Facebook group was to make a layout using a picture in a shape other than a square or rectangle.image

For the shape I choose two Sizzix framelit flower nesting dies to cut out the picture and the black border around the picture.   In the picture Emma and McKayla are sitting in a tree and I like how the flower shape compliments the image.

Most of the patterned paper comes from a Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm paper pad by American Crafts with the addition of  the black paper with the camera print behind the yellow bird which is from an Amy Tangerine paper pad.

I stamped and colored the three monkeys at the bottom of the page by the title.  I  added black paint spatter to the bottom and left side of the page and a butterfly, yellow bird and swirl flower sticker which are from a set bought at Dollar Tree.