Top Social

paper goodies and family life

DM 15 Completed

Who's ready for a ton of photos?  I completed my DM last night and wanted to get this baby on the books before the end of 2015.  Here we go:

I added the acrylic word "december" from the Gossamer Blue kit after my initial pics.

Lots of half size inserts in this album, several pages of 3x8 pocket pages tucked in here and there.

I also really like adding a 4x6 photo straight into the album, no pocket.

I trimmed the sheet of cork pieces to fit in a 3x4 pocket, love the see-thru element.

I also did a few 4x8 pages made from cutting down a larger pocket page.

I added our Christmas card straight into the album, sans pocket, and added an exclusive chipboard piece right on it.

I had to save Miss Q's gift tag from her preschool teacher :)  I just looped it right on a binder ring.

Day 18 was rough!  Instead of HO HO HO we had a lot of OH OH OH :(

My favorite way to use the epoxy sticker candy canes was to form a heart.

I kept it so simple this year-added some word stickers to photos but not a ton of embellishing.

I repeated "25" a lot on the Christmas Day spreads.

The end!  I started with a "K" on the title page and ended with one here, too.

Because I didn't create any 6x8 pages this year, I've got many sheets of exclusive papers left over, but I plan to use those on a Christmas layout or two.  I used almost all of the embellishments and would have loved an additional sheet of the Gossamer Blue chipboard shapes!  I have a ton of alpha's left but those are easy enough to use up.  I found the flag stickers intended for the planner pages to be a great embellishment when paired with the stamp set.  Overall, this is one of the best December Memories Kits Gossamer Blue has offered!  I'm already looking forward to the 2016 kit :)

Gossamer Blue #Quinn

This is the last of my layouts using the Gossamer Blue December kits.  I was totally inspired by the color of the triangles and the graphic black and white plus signs, so I added some random splashes of watercolor using Distress Inks.

There are so many great word embellishments in the December kits.

I also really liked the gold glitter and other black and white embellishments.  It makes creating a colorful page easy when you've got great neutrals.

Several kits are still available HERE.  December kits are packed full!

AWDML Christmas Thank You Notes

Happy Monday!  I'm sharing some Christmas Thank You Notes on the AWDML Blog HERE.

Gossamer Blue Main Kit Spotlight

Hi friends!  I'm up on the Gossamer Blue Blog with a December Main Kit only layout.  Tons of Basic Grey, Pink Paislee and Maggie Holmes pieces are included in the kit, it is packed full of goodness!

Gossamer Blue December Blog Hop


Hello!  Thanks for joining the Gossamer Blue Design Team on this December Blog Hop!

I am sharing a page made with several kits:  Main Add-on, Main Add-on #2, Life Pages Themed Add-on and Bits & Pieces.  After I make a few layouts featuring only 1-2 kits, I kind of go bananas and throw several kits together on a page.

I added some splashes of color using THIS watercolor palette, then built my layout based on the giant vellum numbers from 7 Paper in the Life Pages Themed add-on.  My friend Rebekah took this photo of a few kiddos during a MOMS Club playdate, and it was just so perfect I had to scrap it.

I trimmed out the clipboard icons from the 6x6 pad in the Bits & Pieces kit, then did some repeat stamping using the Maggie Holmes roller stamp.  A few other tags and the page was complete.

Stay on the hop by visiting the ultra-talented Kathleen next!

Here's a list of all the blog hop participants:

Alex Hunter
Anabelle O'Malley
Brenda Smith
Brenda Weaver
Caylee Grey
Emily Spahn
Eunyoung Lee
Felicitas Mayer
France Wisniewski
Heather Leopard
Jill Keller
Kathleen Graumüller
Kellie Winnell
Kelly Xenos
Michelle Wedertz
Sandra Dietrich
Sian Fair
Stephanie Buice

Have a wonderful day and if you encounter any broken links on the hop, head back to the Gossamer Blue Blog.


Hi Everyone!  I've got a process video on the A Walk Down Memory Lane blog HERE.

DM 15 Days 1-9

Hi!  I've got my Gossamer Blue December Memories Album to share today, more specifically days 1-9.  Let's jump right in!

I had a different approach before I started adding the photos to my album, you can read all about it HERE.  As always, my plans and the execution are two completely different things, and I'm totally ok with that.  I have a few inserts so far and I'm sure there will be several more.  I'm letting the photos speak for themselves, adding an embellishment or two with stickers and my Tiny Attacher here and there.

Confession:  Day 7 I forgot to take a photo.  Fortunately, I saw that hilarious pic posted on IG by Becky at The Rusted Chain, and it totally saved my bacon!

Some photos were taken by my sweet and talented friend Rebekah Baier and some taken by my dear friend, the selfie stick queen, Sasha.

How's your December Memories Album going?

Gossamer Blue

I've been making 8.5x11 layouts at least once a month lately, there's something about that compact size that just speaks to me.  I had this selfie from a weekend trip in October that I just love, and I wanted the photo to really stand out, so my solution is to make my layout 8.5x11 so the photo is the center of attention.

I used the Gossamer Blue December Main Kit and MKAO #2 for this page.  I went super simple and straightforward and I love the result!

Aren't my girlfriends adorable?

I think those words sum up our friendship perfectly, something beautiful was definitely created when the three of us got together.  Adore those girls!

Happy Birthday to my Dad today!