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Today | Scrapbook Layout

I've been using the -ish out of my mom's sewing machine.  I don't know how it happened, but suddenly the sewing thing came together after I had fought it for a few years.  Maybe it was just my time?

I received some Maya Road products recently and I have to say I really really like their dies.  They have been the inspiration for several pages lately :)

I cut the scallop heart and heart shapes with the Maya Road dies then sewed them to my layout in this curvy banner.

I also received Maya Road trims and metal embellishments, hand stitching some items to my layout and machine stitching others.

I used lots of Maggie Holmes Gather collection on this page as well.  Such great ephemera that I cut into tag shapes and added the Maya Road trims to.

A sweet little wood veneer tucked behind the photo with that acetate ballerina.  So cute!

The background is two patterned papers sewed together.  It's a current favorite look ;)

Create memories,

Hip Kit Club | Laugh Out Loud

I'm doing guest spots at Hip Kit Club this month, making several layouts and writing posts for their blog.  I created a few pages to use up all the goodies in the kits (and still have tons left) and just for fun :)

I started by cutting the title using a HKC exclusive cut file, then hand-stitched around it.  I added some zigzag stitches around the perimeter of the page.  I wanted to add more color to the white background, so I used Great Fruit and Anchor's Away Shimmerz from the Color Kit.

My paper got a bit warped from gesso and paints so it wasn't too easy to get good photos!

The photo has a few layers of project life cards behind it and I also used Maggie Holmes ephemera along with a Crate Paper tassel and twine from my stash.

I'm still machine-stitching just about everything I can get my hands on ;)

Laugh out loud!

Hip Kit Club | Guest Designer

I used this adorable cut file designed by Kim Watson as the inspiration for my page today.  Check out the Hip Kit Club blog to read the how-to and see the card I created as well.

Learning to fly....

Hip Kit Club | Keep Music In Your Heart

Miss Q's piano teacher just celebrated her birthday and it inspired me to make this layout.

I started by using a cut file as a stencil and used Great Fruit Shimmerz over the stencil.  I then fussy cut a few Maggie Holmes flowers to use as embellishments.

I used some Dear Lizzy gold alphas from my stash to mix in with the Pinkfresh alphas from the September Hip Kits.  I love this combo of blue, gold and ballet slipper pink.

Simple Stories die cuts and Pinkfresh chipboard hearts keep this page feminine and pretty.

My only regret is the journaling is a bit difficult to read.  But we know how special Miss Jo is, so it's ok.  I finished the page with Simple Stories enamel dots.

Sing your song today...

Gossamer Blue | Fun

I've been on a roll now that I've got my sewing machine figured out!  And I'm loving every single minute of it.

I cut some squares of 6x6 papers from the Gossamer Blue September Bits & Pieces kit, placing them raondomly on my white background paper.  I think stitched through each line of squares with gold thread.

I didn't want to cover up the work I had done for the background, so I placed my 3x4 photo towards the bottom of the layout after doing a bit of mixed media work with Shimmerz sprays.

To embellish I used some of the Take Me Away die cuts behind and around the photo.  I layered a Crate Paper tassel on one of the Pink Paislee tags and tied it with twine from my stash.

A few gold foil puffy stickers tied in the gold machine stitching.

I left a few threads dangling from the ends of the stitch lines for additional texture.

Have FUN!

Pretty Little Studio | Say Cheese

I have a bright and fun, cheesy layout on the Pretty Little Studio blog HERE.  Isn't the girly's smile the absolute cheesiest?  I love it!

Say cheeeeeeese,

Gossamer Blue | My Girl

Another layout with the Crate Paper Cute Girl line?  YES PLEASE.

I did a bit of mixed media in the middle of the page to add a bit of whimsy to my page.  I was going for a fun and festive vibe and I think Shimmerz are the perfect way to add some sass to your page!

I layered the photo with some scraps leftover from other projects, then started the embellishing.  I used the Cute Girl sticker sheet, Thickers, a tassel and a few items from my stash.  Just for fun I added some gold thread tangles.

I sprayed the wood veneer "love" with No Yolking Shimmerz before adding it to my page.  The gold epoxy heart ties in to the gold on the tassel and the gold thread.

I used the Gossamer Blue Main Add-on and Bits and Pieces kits for this page.

Stay lovely!