ScrapbookSteals Blog Hop – Mr. Huey’s Color Mists

Today I am excited to take part in the ScrapbookSteals August blog hop.  I’ve made some cards and a scrapbook layout to share with you.  You should be coming here from Dana Tartar’s blog, if you’d like to start from the top of the blog hop list visit Scrapbook Steals for the link to the start.    There are fun prizes to be won!   

For this project we were each sent a particular scrapbooking supplies from Scrapbook Steals to use in a project.  I am thrilled to be able to introduce you to Mr. Huey’s Color Mists by Studio Calico.   This is an amazing product that you are going to LOVE having in your scrapbook supply closet (if you don’t already)! 

I was received a pinkish/reddish color called Boss Lady Rose Patronne.  Here’s a picture of the spray.

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The first thing I did was do some research to figure out how to use the color mists.  I have not tried them before and I am so glad that I was introduced to color mist (finally!).  I decided that it would be fun to use the wood veneer shapes (butterfly & stars) also by Studio Calico to show the power of the color mists.  You could also use die cuts from your punches, masks and really any shape as the item that you mist. 

Card #1-A Tiny Bird with a Big Song

For this card I arranged 4 butterflies and then misted the entire sheet of paper.  I wanted to highlight the negative space that’s created by using the mist. The large size of the butterflies makes the background stand out.  

After doing the spraying, I wasn’t sure how I’d use the pink misted portion of the paper with the butterflies and I was thrilled when I found some paper that matched the pink almost exactly!   Then I trimmed the pink panel down to be part of this 5×7 card and added two strips of pattern paper.   The supplies for these first two cards are actually from a past ScrapbookSteal purchase (My Minds Eye-Follow Your Heart Collection).   I love that there was a butterfly button in the MME collection to add to the butterfly theme going on with the wood shapes. 

The fun part about misting is the unevenness of the spray. On the left bottom side of the card and the right side it’s not evenly colored and it gives the paper a nice handmade/antique look. 

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This card is smaller than the first so I used only two butterfly silhouettes and for the third I used an embellishment.  The entire pink part was created with the mist spray.  I was excited to use the shiny pearl brads in the middle of the butterflies.  Spraying the paper & the butterflies was a really beautiful process and plan to do another post showing some of the step by step photos.

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Card #3-Hooray for You

I used the same Boss Lady mist here but you can see when the mist is applied to the wood it’s darker than on the paper above.  It is almost red here.  It was really easy to spray the wood and the color absorbs quickly.  Once the shapes were dry I glued them to the front of this card to create dimensional card. 

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After seeing the red mist I knew I’d like to try a few others so I decided to use Buttercup and Heirloom Blue.  Having a few colors will give you the opportunity to mix the colors as I have done on this next set of projects. 

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Card #4- Thanks a Million

I sprayed the butterflies and when they dried stacked them on top of each other to add to the front of this card.  They create a nice effect when combined together like this.  I was excited to find some paper (Cosmo Cricket Social Club) in my stash that would work well with these colors.   

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Card #5 – Just a Note

For the next card I wanted to use all three colors together so I started with the blue, then added the yellow and pink.  I love how the colors mix and you see there’s even some green where the blue & yellow mixed. 

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Card #6 – I Love Remembering

For this last card I did the same thing as the card above but this time I wanted to keep the wood veneer butterfly in place on the front of this card.  There’s a nice white outline around the wood after you spray and it creates a fun effect to make them pop out.  If you make a mistake and have to start over while spraying you can flip the wood shapes over and use the other side.  Each item created will never be the same as another! 

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Layout – I’m a Big Brother Now

Last I’d like to share a two page scrapbook layout.  I used two page sketch #15 found at Sketch Support for this layout.   Originally I wanted to use a masking template (studio calico bubbles or circle graph) that creates a background but I had a hard time figuring out how to make it work on a layout.  I didn’t want it to overpower all the patterns in the papers.  I think the masks are great for cards because then I can control the size/shape better.  However, I do hope to find a layout where I can try them with other patterns too.    

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In order to use the color mist in this layout I sprayed the wood veneer stars and glued them to the bottom edge of the pattern paper.  I love when you can take embellishments (wood stars) from one collection and mix them with a totally different collection such as this Amy Tangerine star/stripe paper & thickers (Get Around, Work In Progress, Stars Stripes & Stiches).    The wood stars vary in size and are close to the same size as the stars on the pattern paper.  I thought they created a nice border and tied in well with the “big brother” pajamas the boys are wearing.    One last thing I went back and forth about was spraying random blue mist spots across the bottom wave of the white paper.  What do you think?  Should I add more mist to this layout? 

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Thanks for coming to Laurel Lane, taking the time to read through and view my projects!    I hope you’ll give these awesome Mr. Huey’s color mists by Studio Calico a try.  There are so many possibilities!  One of the thing I like the most is the size, they are nice & compact.  After making a few projects you can use up the bottle giving you room to try other colors. 

Please leave a comment below if you’d like to be entered to win a $20.00 gift certificate to ScrapbookSteals.com.  Comments need to be posted by Sunday, August 12th at 11:59 PM MST.   Winner will be announced on ScrapbookSteals.

Also, I’ll be announcing a separate LUCKY winner of some great scrapbooking supplies.  In order to be eligible for this prize become a follower of Laurel Lane (only if you’d like to see my posts regularly) and leave a comment below.  I’ll select a random winner from the followers & commenters.    

Next Up Visit:   Rebecca Ednie’s blog to see her amazing creations with Mr. Huey’s Color Mists.

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  3. Joan Borgelt  – The Gov’s Place
  4. Dana Tatar  – They Call Me Tartar Salad
  5. Laurel Geisbush – Laurel Lane  (You are Here)
  6. Rebecca Ednie  – Eclectic Endeavours  (> Go here next >>) 
  7. Julie Odil – Muddy Paws & Inky Fingers
  8. Patricia Flores – Harmony, Health & Faith

We hope you enjoy the blog hop!  Happy Hopping!   Thanks for your comments!!

Colorful Sketchbook Cards

Happy Independence Day!

I wanted to THANK Amy Tangerine for featuring the owl gift bags & the mini album up on her site last week!  It’s been fun to get visits from her blog readers to Laurel Lane.  I love meeting new people, especially when they love crafting!

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Today I’d like to share three cards I made with the Sketchbook collection.  

I was inspired by the stitching and cut out circle in Laura Craigie’s “Wonderful Card” @ the American Crafts Blog.  It’s a beautiful card!!  Now that I just sewed the fabric banner I am in the mood to do more sewing on my cards so this was a great opportunity.  Here are the three cards that I made. 

#1 – I LOVE Cameras:  I used the sewing machine on all three cards to add some stitching detail to the outside border.  I also did some cut outs of the shapes from the pattern paper and popped everything up to add dimension.   On this first card I love this pattern so much that I decided to keep it intact and just cut out a circle for the message. 

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At the top of this card, I used a strip of paper that from the backside of the barcode product label.  This is one of the first lines I’ve seen that made the product strip usable by printing a smaller pattern on the backside.  It’s 1/2 inches wide and is an extra strip in addition to the 12×12 piece of paper.    It’s also a smaller aspect ratio so it’s great for borders & trim. 

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I love cameras and I thought this was a great message to put with the cameras.  People smile for cameras, people simile when looking at photos taken from cameras and this colorful set of cameras makes me smile! 

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#2 – Clouds:  During this last month in Seattle we have NOT seen summer.  It’s been gray or rainy every day.  I felt “hello from Seattle”  was the perfect message to add to this cloudy card.    We are lucky because today the sun is out and it’s wonderful to see!

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I love the blues found in these ribbons and thought it looked nice to add another texture other than the paper.   My office walls are painted “spa blue” that’s very close to the middle ribbon.

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#3 – Picture Frames with hearts:   

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This heart paper is adorable and I thought it would be cute to cut out hearts from the pattern.  I used my creative memories double heart punch, sewed them together and then added the hearts to the picture frames.  

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I was glad to be able to use the pink sparkly thickers for the sentiment. 

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Supplies:   Heart punch-Creative Memories, white cardstock, pink/blue thread, sewing machine used for all stitching, pop dots, glue dots, corner rounder-We R Memory Keepers.    All pattern papers, thickers, heart brad, ribbons-Amy Tangerine Sketchbook by American Crafts

baby girl First Birthday Party

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I’d like to share some photos to show of how my daughter’s First Birthday Party came together on the big day.   Most of the decorations were handmade by me and if not I indicate where I found them or the special person who made them.   I link below back to the original post where I share the details for the various crafts.

The invite was my inspiration for the banner and for the colors that were used at the party.     

Birthday Party Invite from Tiny Prints

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Handmade fabric bunting banner-my first time making one on the sewing machine.    Fly Away fabric by Robert Kaufman.

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Tissue paper pom-poms -Martha Stewart (pack of 5).  The tissue paper comes in a flat stack with the edges already scalloped.  You have to add a wire to tie it and then shape the tissue paper.  I was expecting them to pop out of the package like an accordion so it was a little more work than I anticipated.  The first one didn’t turn out well but then I figured it out and was able to get the other 4 to be full in shape. 

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The package comes with two colors (light and dark purple).  The sizes vary too.  Don’t give up if your first one doesn’t turn out as expected.  Your second one will be much better.

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The pom-poms added a nice splash of purple and brought more texture to the room.   Gwen likes looking & pointing up at them. 

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Beautiful handmade cookies – ordered from TSCookies on Etsy.  I recommend this shop, the cookies came quickly, on time and I didn’t have to order them months in advance like so many of the cookie shops.   She bakes over the weekends and then sends out the cookies on Monday morning.   They have so many different kinds of cookies for every theme.  They were a great addition to the owls at the party.  Each guest got to take one (or more) home to enjoy.  I love that they are individually wrapped with a colorful shiny ribbon to compliment the cookie color. 

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Cute owl plate to serve the first cupcake to the birthday girl – a shower gift that was purchased from Etsy.  It was fun to use this for the first time.

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The cookies were in four bright colors (purple, pink, green and teal) to match the other items.  I used my cupcake stand to display them so that they’d be more prominent than in a bowl. 

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Personalized Water bottle labels– handmade with digital papers from Etsy (The Digital Bake Shop).  It was my first time making labels with digital papers (from scratch).  I also did the photo clips (below) with the same papers.  However, the water bottle labels were much easier to create because the labels don’t have to be a fixed size.

My favorite one is the pink polka dot one with the monogram “G” in the background and “Gwenyth” across the top.   

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Handmade Owl gift bags for kids-Used Amy Tangerine Sketchbook patterned papers.  I love how the owl made by paper piecing stands out on the brown bag.  

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Fabric owls –ordered from Etsy made by MariaPalito.  These little cuties were inside the gift bags for the kids.  Got them in four colors (blue, pink, purple and brown).

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First year mini album-made with supplies from Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection.  Includes a photo taken each month during the first year in the same chair with two stuffed owls.    It was easy to pull this together the week before the party because it’s simple and just has one hero 5×5 photo with three small 2×2. 

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Photo clip garland-made in Photoshop with digital papers from The Digital Bake Shop on Etsy.  I used the same digital files on these as I did the water bottle labels above.    These were more challenging to make because they the inside circle has 6 layers. 

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Owl Birthday Cake– Used design found in Parenting Magazine.   Baked by my husband.   Frosted/Decorated by my girlfriend (seen in photo below). 

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Lovely Owl Cupcakes– also designed & made by my sweet girlfriend.  The cupcakes are from a box mix and were baked by my husband.  They are chocolate with a home made vanilla crème in the middle.  He loves making sweet desserts and had fun figuring out the filling.    My favorite part is the beautiful frosting in blue & purple! 

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I displayed all the fun owl décor items on the table with a ivory tablecloth so that they could all be shared together.  Then the food and drinks were on the opposite kitchen countertops. 

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Here’s the birthday girl taking some of her first steps.  She took her first 2 steps ON her actual birthday.  We are having fun watching her start to figure out how to walk.    This dress was perfect for the big day. 

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Enjoying her new birthday gift…..a ride on musical toy.  Of course she doesn’t stay in any one place for more than a second so I am ready to catch her when she falls off.

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The baker and chef-

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Two of my super crafty friends.  The one on the right made the beautiful cupcakes & cake! 

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We had the party on a Saturday afternoon which was the perfect time and the naps worked out well so our little girl was rested.  I took the day off on Friday from work so that I could finish the album up and get everything else ready.

Also, Thank you to everyone who helped me get everything ready! We couldn’t have had such a great party without the help from our friends/family. 

first year mini album

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Today I am excited to share a mini album that I made to document the growth each month during my daughters first year. 

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I used paper, stickers, ribbons & embellishments that are all part of the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook collection by American Crafts.  I love the bright colors, beautiful flowers and all the lovely black outlines used in this collection.  It was the perfect choice to use for this mini album.   

On the front cover I wanted to keep it simple so I just used three different strips of paper.  The one with the round flowers on the top half is my favorite so I found a way to share it on the front cover. 

I used a tag & the love brad to write a personalized message giving the book to Gwen.  Added a strand of green & pink bakers twine to tie it to the ring. 

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I used the lined paper for the bottom half of the cover.  I wanted a paper that was simple so that the title would stand out.  It has this lovely sketch of a black flower and to add a touch of color I added a sticker die cut below.  

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For the title I used three different sticker sets.  I love how the teal & fascia letters sparkle.  This is an 8×8 chipboard 7 Gypsies album that I got a few years back. I made three for our puppies (their first year photos too) and have loved using them since for mini books.

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There are 5 rings on this notebook.  I put different colored mini strips of ribbon on each ring, black/gray at the top, blues, hot pinks , greens & yellows at the bottom.  Getting to use so many different colors & patterns of ribbons might be my favorite thing about the collection (along with the flowers on the front cover).  I think there were 8 spools I didn’t get to use.    I’ve never seen such a huge pack of ribbons to go with one collection!  

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I used the same circle element on each page for the title.  Because they are thick from the stickers I rotated them from the right to left side of the page.

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To create the circles….I used my 3 inch scalloped circle for the pink outer circle.  For the inner, in word I made circles with the teal dashed line circle & added the typed words.  I punched each circle out with a 2.25 circle (keeping the dashed line inside my punch).   The teal shiny thicker number shines nicely on the white cardstock.

Pages inside mini album: 

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The owl design started last year when I was creating the baby room and found these cute owls.  I got them so that we could use them to sit with Gwen for her monthly photos.  (we used an elephant for Gavin’s monthly photos the first year)

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Since there were extra pages I decided to start the book when Gwen was in my belly (right at the end). The shower theme was owls too. This cute invite is from Twig & Thistle. There’s a momma & dada owl, a boy owl on the branch. Then the baby is little egg in the nest. She added the egg in the nest since we already had one child.

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These photos of big brother were taken when we were decorating the baby room.  He was nursing (using an airline neck pillow for support)  his baby monkey & baby doll and they were too cute not to share in the book and have a page showing the proud big brother.

On the “newborn” page I used her birth announcement on the left side (from Tiny Prints).  I love her birth announcement and was thrilled to get to put one in this book, on the backside there’s a photo of our family that I was able to add to the end of the mini book.  On the right side, I used a photo taken on day 1 at the hospital. 

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Then once she was one month old, I took photos every month from there on out of her in the same chair with the same cute owls.  I always look forward to the days where we’d take these photos. 

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On the pages in the album you’ll see I used the same design over and over. The left side of the page has three vertical strips and on the right side there’s one 3×7 piece.

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I wanted to have the photos be the highlight of the pages.  I tried to keep the design simple and let the beautiful patterns create a nice layout with the photos.

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The purple First Birthday Party invitation (from Tiny Prints)  seen below was my inspiration for the rounded corners you’ve seen throughout the book. I printed the hero photo each month in the same size- 5×5 and then rounded the corners. On the left page the little photos are 2×2 squares, rounded the corners of these too.

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For the last page I used the owl thank you card that was on the gift bags at the first birthday party.  It was a good way to have a copy of the owl that was part of the theme from that special day for Gwen to when she’s older.   

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Hope you enjoyed seeing this mini book.  I had so much fun taking the photos each month and then being able to pull them all together in one place like this. 

For Gavin’s first year photos with the elephant, I did a scrapbook layout where they are all on one page in 2×2 squares.  I think I am going to go back and make his into a book too though because it will be a nice keepsake and fun to see how a boy version will turn out. 

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Supplies:  Font-Pea Sarahloo, Corner Rounder-We R Memory Keepers Crop a Dile, 8×8 5 ring mini book album- 7 Gypsies, White circle tags-made in word with 2.15 inch circle, punched with EK Success Circle Paper Shapers Punch 2.25, Patterned Paper, ribbon, sticker letters, brad-Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection by American Crafts, Pink paper that’s the 3 inch scalloped circles (all except two of them)-Sultry by BasicGrey

Sketch Support Feature

I’d like to THANK Allison Davis for featuring my Love card on the Sketch Support site back in February.

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I am a HUGE Sketch Support follower and have loved seeing Allison’s work since she was featured in Creating Keepsakes Magazine many years back.    Her sketches are great because they give you an outline to start your layout.  They save so much time with the planning process and you can jump right into creating your page.  I connect so much with her style because the photos are the main element, they tell a story and they show emotion.  A few years back I ordered all 5 of Sketches for Scrapbooking books and I use them all the time.   

Back in April, I participated in the Sketch Support blog hop where you hopped around to all 20 of the deign team members blogs.   It was a lot of fun to learn more about the design team and their scrapbooking motivations. 

I left comments on all their sites and I was excited to find out I won a copy of  One Page Sketch’s for Scrapbooking Vol 2 from Katrina Hunt’s super creative paper. scissors & glue blog.    Yay!!  This book was on my list as I don’t have the one page sketches or the card sketches.  If you are interested, you can order a copy of this book or any of the others  at the Scrapbook Generation site.   

Katrina also sent me a huge supply of twinery twine, 14 different colors!  I didn’t have any twine yet and I am super excited to add it to my upcoming pages.    Another very exciting recent thing about Katrina is that she’s made the summer design team at Scrapbook Steals.  Congrats Katrina!!    As you may have noticed from my recent cards & layouts, I like to follow the Scrapbook Steals sketches & challenges.   There are a lot of fun things shared on their blog & great deals everyday for new scrapbook supplies.    I can’t wait to see what Katrina & the other talented ladies create for Scrapbook Steals

Speaking of Sketch Support, I finished this layout last night when Tara came over to scrapbook.  It’s based on Two-Page Sketch #18.  

“Hold on Tight"

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I used paper & felt embellishments that are part of the City Park Collection by American Crafts.   Same supplies I used for the spring cards.

Here’s the sketch:

Variations: 

  • Instead of adding detail & journaling box on the far right, I added two more photos.  I wanted to share one of daddy spinning Gavin and thought it was important to have a vertical view. 
  • Changed the border and kept mine straight, this tree & flower park paper is super cute and it was perfect for one of our first days of spring this year
  • Underneath the 6×4 photo I used 3 vertical photos that are 2×3.
  • Since I had room to the left of the photos I added a 4 1/2 x 7 block of paper to frame the page and to use more of the great patterns.

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The felt embellishments in this line are so adorable!  The flower & hot air balloon are my favorite.    With stitching & buttons they are so beautiful.

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I have one or two more layouts I am going to do with other papers in this line and I’ll be all caught up with my Easter layouts.  This might be the first time I’ve done a layout w/in two months of the photos being taken, it’s fun to do super current events!

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Supplies:  Pattern paper & felt embellishments -City Park collection by American Crafts, Letter stickers-felt Thickers & Amy Tangerine Lovely Thickers , Mini letters-Tiny Type by Cosmo Cricket, cardstock-paper bag color

 

Thanks to Allison Davis for all the inspiration & positive presence you’ve played in my scrapbooking obsession.