Layout Process (in real time speed): Vacation Tradition

It’s been awhile since I did a scrapbook layout process video for you guys so I thought I’d share my most recent layout with you all.  It’s a photo from way back when… in well 2005 – I say 2006 in the video and that’s even what I write on the layout, but after speaking with  my husband, we determined it was actually in 2005… oops!

Vaca Trad 1

It’s not my favorite photo of us, but it does tell a story.  We (Ernest, I, and our kids) have an annual tradition to go on vacation for a week in July every year.  It started with this trip – a trip with Ernest’s family to Orlando in 2005 (before we were even engaged).  Thus… Vacation Tradition is the title of this layout.

Here are some closer photos of the completed layout…. (the video will be posted at the end of this blog post – just scroll down if you want to start there)

Vaca Trad 2

Vaca Trad 3

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I chose mostly navy blue, grey, lime green, and pops of white for this layout – a combination I hadn’t yet used.  Now that the layout is complete I can say that I do like how the colors look together.  The brightness of the green is offset by the darkness of the navy, then complemented by the softness of the grey – none of the colors compete with each other, which makes them work well together on one layout.

The supplies I used are…

  • Papers:
    • Limeade (American Crafts)
    • Ash (American Crafts)
    • Stormy Dark (Bazzill) – the base of the layout
    • Whisper (October Afternoon)
    • As Seen on TV (Studio Calico)
    • Archive (We R Memory Keepers)
    • Snapshots ‘Borders’ (Bella Blvd)
    • Listed (We R Memory Keepers)
  • Other embellishments:
    • washi tape (Freckled Fawn)
    • White DIY enamel dots
    • Kraft tag 2×4.25″ (Recollections)
    • Label die cuts (Life Love Paper)
    • Digits circle chipboard (Studio Calico)
    • Puffy heart stickers (Twine & Ink)
  • Alphas:
    • Vellum alpha stickers (Studio Calico)
  • Ink & Stamps:
    • Versamark Watermark stamp pad
    • Technique Tuesday – Family Circle by Ali Edwards
    • Zig Writer – Pure Black
    • Zing! embossing powder – Opaque White (American Crafts)

The video…

I hope you all enjoyed!!

Nail Tutorial: Glittered Nails

Recently I’ve been scouring Pinterest for nail art ideas… SIMPLE ideas, I’m no artist at all!  I came across a few photos that showed glitter on nails by using a paint or make-up brush.  Now, when I clicked on the photos to see the tutorial, there was not one.  I found like 4 different photos of this same thing with no link to a blog or tutorial to show it in detail, bummer!

I find this interesting… of course there are glittered polishes but I thought I’d like to try this with a brush.  I have a wide range of colors of fine glitters so if this looks good, it really will open up some options for me with  my polishes!

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So we are going to learn together and see if this works.

The supplies I started with were…

  • base coat
  • top coat
  • color polish (I’m using a very VERY dark purple that looks almost black)
  • glitter (I chose white as an offset to the dark polish)
  • brushes
  • nail polish remover

Glittered supplies

First I started with freshly manicured nails and painted a base coat, followed by one coat of color polish.  This color has such great coverage there was no need for a second coat – if your color is a bit sheer you will want to apply a second coat.

Glittered colorJulep August Padma

(I went outside to take a photo of this color – Padma – to see if you can see the actual purple in the color… but it still looks black in the photo)

Next, polish the nails with a coat of the top coat – but do each nail one at a time.  Take the glitter and pour out a pile on a scrap of paper so you can use it easily.  Use a brush to dab in the glitter and dab on the nail in the wet top coat.

Glitter dab

This is hard to show on camera, but there is a video at the end of this post where I showed it on video on YouTube.

The photos I saw on Pinterest (which of course I can’t seem to find anymore, but it’s in my head!), the glitter was more concentrated towards the tip of the nail so that is what I attempted to do as well as I dabbed the glitter on my nails.

Lastly, put a final top coat on the nails.  Julep’s Freedom Polymer Top Coat is by far my favorite… I’m almost to the bottom of the bottle and that will be the first time I’ve completely used up a nail polish before it dried up.

Glittered top coat

And that’s pretty much it!  Depending on how thickly you dabbed the glitter on, you may need a second coat of the top coat to seal it all in.

Glitter final

I can see this done for a wedding or maybe prom – very pretty and elegant, but simple, especially if you use a lighter base coat like a champagne or gold and then use a pale glitter.

Here is the video – it is much easier to see the process in the video…

I hope this gives you all some ideas!

Recipe: Cranberry Coconut Macaroons

Ooohhh Coconut Macaroons…. oooohhh Cranberry Coconut Macaroons!!  I love coconut, can you tell?  Mix it with one of my favorite snacks – dried cranberries – and we have a winner!

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These are delicious.  Like, for real, delicious.  And super easy.  So it really hits to marks in my book – easy and yummy.

You only really need 5 ingredients, and two of them are extracts:

Macaroons 1

  • 14 oz can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 14 oz package of flaked coconut
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of dried cranberries (this is really measured to taste, so if you want a lot of cranberries add more)

Macaroons 2

First, preheat your oven to 325 degrees (Fahrenheit).

Next, in a large bowl mix all the ingredients together.  You could use I mixer I suppose, but it worked just fine for me with a large spoon.

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Now, line your baking pan with parchment paper – this is CRITICAL!

Scoop out your coconut ‘batter’ and spoon onto the parchment covered pan.  Ok, so here’s where it really just depends on what you want.  I like my macaroons a bit tighter so they hold together so I just use my hands.  But you are more than welcome to use a ice cream scoop.  Just make sure you kind of pat each spoonful down to keep it a bit compact.

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Bake for 15-17  minutes – the coconut on top will be slightly toasty.



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Once you remove from the oven, take the entire piece of parchment paper off the pan and lay on your countertop or wire rack.  Since you are using parchment paper you can just leave them on the paper until they are completely cooled.

Now, remove from paper and enjoy!!  I haven’t tried any others, but this would be delicious with chocolate drizzled on top, or maybe with some almond slivers.  The possibilities are endless!

Card Tutorial: Ribbon Stitched Thank You card

I have another thank you card for you all today.  To be honest with you, I’ve had a hard time making cards recently that I’m happy with so I’m trying a few new techniques to try to jump-start my creativity.

A few posts ago I made a card using tulle on the background of the card (go here if you’d like to check it out).  That was a complete success.  Today I’m going to use a bit of ink with a mask and some ribbon stitched on the card.  Keep reading to see how it turned out…

Ribbon 1

Today’s card again started with the Jolee’s Boutique (by EK Success) Card Sentiment Stickers – Floral Card Sentiments embellishment pack.  I found another ‘thank you’ sentiment in it.  When I was taking it out of the package these two stickers landed on top of each other and just seemed to ‘nest’ perfectly on top of each other so I stuck with it.

Ribbon 4

Here are all the supplies I used to make this card…

  • white cardstock
  • orange cardstock (base)
  • Recollections The Pet Pad – 8″x8″ paper pad from YEARS ago
  • Memories dye ink in Mango
  • Plaid stencil page – small scallop border
  • miscellaneous ribbon and my sewing machine
  • embroidery floss
  • glue/tape

If you’d like to see how this card came together watch the video…

The measurements for the card are:

  • card base – 4 ¼ x 5 ¼” – trimmed to 4×5”
  • patterned paper – (same as card base)
  • white piece – 4 x 5″ – trimmed to 3 ¾ x 4 ¾”
  • patterned paper (the smaller one) – 3 ½ x 4 ½” – trimmed to 3 ¼ x 4 ¼”

Here are a few more photos of the card – a few close ups and another full photo.

Ribbon 2

Ribbon 3

Now… my charge to you… go find some ribbon and use it!

Different Ways to Use Masks

There seem to be a TON of different craft supplies to get these days.  Most people I know don’t have an unlimited supply of space to store their craft supplies so it’s nice to be able to find different ways to use one type of tool or supply.

Today I am focusing on using masks… including mists, paint, glitter glue, inks, and pens.

Masks 1

These particular masks that I am going to share with you today are… stencils that I purchased from Walmart, a Studio Calico mask, and a wood veneer shape (it’s a thick cut wood veneer).  Also, the sponges that I am going to use with the ink are actually make-up applicator sponges that I just cut in half – these are just the cheap-o ones from Walmart.

Watch the video to see how I use these tools in different ways…

Here’s another look at what I was able to create…

Masks 2

I hope this gives you a few ideas!  I plan to share a few projects using these methods in the next weeks to come, so stay tuned!


Card Tutorial: Thank You card

On my YouTube channel a few days ago I mentioned that I got some great goodies from my older sister and her friend who were cleaning out their craft supplies, trying to reduce the size of it – that is a difficult task to do!!  We crafters like to keep a bit of EVERYTHING in case we need it in the future.  :)

Well anyways, I wanted to make a Thank You card for my sister’s friend who mailed the stuff from NY to here (NC) – those boxes were so heavy so I’m sure it was outrageous to ship, but she did it anyways, saying she just couldn’t throw it again – I totally get that.

Thank You 2

So I made her a card to say a quick ‘thank you’.

I wanted to try some new techniques to use some of the things in my stash.  Since I temporarily cancelled my monthly subscription for Studio Calico I’ve been looking through my stash – I really have to start pulling more things from my stash, it is seriously growing at a rapid rate!  I hope to share a craft room tour with you all at some point in the near future.

The basic supplies I used were:

  • teal and white cardstocks
  • Jolee’s Boutique (by EK Success) Card Sentiment Stickers – Floral Card Sentiments
  • thread and sewing machine
  • Tulle
  • brads (including Stampin’ Up’s Everyday Enchantment brads)
  • glue/tape

Thank You 5

Thank You card 4

Watch the video below for a tutorial on how to put this card together…

The specifics of the cuts:

  1. teal piece – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  2. tulle – two layers
  3. white piece – 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  4. card base – teal card stock cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ then folded to be a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card

Here are some still shots of the card:

Thank You 3

Thank You 1

I hope this inspired you to use a bit of the tulle you may have in your stash – one roll of this stuff goes a LONG way!

Layout: shh… leave me alone!

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Today I have a layout I made using a photo from our pregnancy photo session when I was pregnant with Calen.  This is one of my favorite photos from that session, even though you can’t see my face!  It’s my belly with Jaheim (big brother-to-be) and Ernest (dad) telling secrets and listening through my belly.  This photo session was about a week before Calen was born.

I will share some close up of the layout after the video…

Here are some closer up shots of the layout itself…

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Shh 1

I believe it was nicolesjones911 on YouTube that mentioned writing letters to her kids in her scrapbook albums and I thought that was such an awesome idea.  The whole point in scrapbooking for me is to document stories so that our kids and family can go back through them later long after most of the stories have faded or have been forgotten.  This layout had some journaling for everyone to see and then will also have a letter specifically for Calen – it’s not that no one else can read it, it’s just that it’s a letter written specifically from me to him.

Thanks for joining me today and I hope I’ve inspired you in some way!