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Tapes on a Plane…

4 Jul

I couldn’t help myself, I had to put together a minibook kit for my honeymoon.  Never mind that I don’t like minibooks (I have storage issues) and I’m a procrastinator and I had just finished planning/executing a wedding when I put this all together…

Surprisingly, I did everything ahead of time in order to bring the least amount of supplies (no-brainer).  That part worked out well.  I just didn’t do it far enough ahead of time to make it non-stressful.  Here is what it contained:

I used an Amy Tangerine Daybook, and I can’t say enough good things about it.  Its random, its fun, its colorful, and its the perfect size.  One of the things I did ahead was get out my Lawn Fawn stamps to customize it a little bit.  I stamped lovey sentiments, anything camera/photo-related, anything that could be Florida-related like the flamingo from Gnome Sweet Gnome, and I used Quinn’s ABCs to stamp “Florida” in the book, one letter per page.  I’m telling you, the random-ness of the book really inspired me to stuff it full of everything.  I wanted it to be like my old-school scrapbooks that I had in middle school that were plastered with certificates and ticket stubs.

The rest of the prep was packing little bits and making everything portable.  I can’t scrap without punches, so to compromise I punched the edges of papers I had pulled, punched shapes, and packed everything in little glassine bags (conveniently left over from the giant wholesale box I had purchased for the wedding).  I threw in sequins, twine, feathers (?I never use feathers, but Elizabeth Kartchner was one of my kit inspirations so I ran with it? She is the master of creative homemade kits.), Studio Calico wood veneer, and tapes.  I threw in my Dear Lizzy date stamper and ONE ink pad.  Let me tell you, the decision alone about which color to choose took me a half hour.

*Sidenote: even if you don’t plan on ever scrapbooking while on a trip, I suggest journaling cards (in particular, the Smash cards).  I carried around the little pad in my purse and if we had a long wait somewhere or I was bored at the beach, I could scribble things down.  It was a good way to document and to trick myself into thinking I was actually scrapbooking.

I packed colored pencils as well to color in the Lawn Fawn images if I felt like it…because I will forever be a 5 year old who loves to color.  And I’m not ashamed of it (my husband might be, but thats another story.)

What I’m sure you’re all dying to know is whether or not I actually scrapped on my trip…and here is what happened:

-I scrapped on the plane heading to my destination.  (We’re talking full-out scrapping my boarding pass and coloring airplanes while on an airplane with my flip-down tray.  I loved it.  Husband was not impressed.  Ask me if I care.)

-I staked out all the nearest Targets with 1-hour photo processing (they’re the best for printing straight from a cell phone).

-I made 3 trips to print mini photos (hey, come on we had to get groceries and other “legit” things too…)

-I spent one night in front of the tv on a crappy weather evening cutting down the retail tags, tickets, and packaging that I salvaged.

-Then we went home.

Am I glad I did it?  Yes.  Heres why:

-I was fully entertained on the flight.

-There is still something super exciting about seeing good photos “in the flesh” and not the back of your camera.

-Had the weather been even worse, I would have been happy as a clam with my little kit.

-Now that I’m home I find myself grabbing the kit if I’m headed outside to relax.

-I think I remembered more of my trip since I was consciously trying to fill my album with little bits.  It wasn’t a “chore” for me, I just knew it would be fun to remember the little things from milestone event like a honeymoon.

-I have learned that I get more creative if I limit my supplies…flying away from home with nothing other than what you brought is the perfect opportunity.

I think I would definitely do this again.  Keep in mind I knew this was going to be a lazy trip and I don’t have any kids or anything, so it was more to keep me busy (see above statement about me being a perpetual child).  I’m still going to do 12×12 scrapbook pages, they just won’t contain a fraction of the detail that will be smushed into this book.

If anyone is interested, I will post what the inside looks like (if I ever get it done lol).  So far, it is a huge colorful mess, and thats just the way I intended.



Dear Lizzy Weekly Planner

24 Feb

The latest Dear Lizzy collection from American Crafts, Neapolitan, is definitely one of those collections that I simply cannot allow to sit around collecting dust.  Its just so…pretty.  I used it to make a weekly dry-erase planner.  I figured with it getting a little busier around here, I should have something more detailed and more visual compared to the monthly calendar.  The base is simply a 12×18 inch acrylic poster frame.

(My favorite part about this project?  All of the strips of patterned paper are actually the branding strips from the 12×12 sheets…meaning I get to hoard the actual paper while still putting out a pretty, fun, and functional piece of home decor.)

I’m thinking I should paint and distress the black pieces holding the whole thing together.  That or ditch them altogether in favor of binder clips covered in patterned paper/twine.  Any thoughts?

See product info here.


Signed, Sealed, Delivered…

14 Feb

I’M YOURS!  (in my best Stevie Wonder voice.)  You’re welcome for getting that song stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

One of the many tools in my crafty arsenal (and probably yours too) is the dollar bin at Target.  I love Target.  A lot.  Mostly because of finds like this:

There are about 2 billion ways you can decorate these-to prove it, just google “Target mini mailbox”.  Here is my version.  These would be so much cuter for kids, personalized to use as a Valentine holder, but I have no kids, so my manfriend will have to accept this (don’t worry, he’s as dorky as I am).

Heart patterned paper-Target; envelope patterned paper-Pebbles?;  twine-the Twinery Maraschino; heart letter stickers-Reminisce; “You Rock” stamp-Amy Tangerine for American Crafts; postage stamp edge punch, blue ribbon punch-Fiskars; scalloped heart-EK Success.

Happy Valentines Day!


Congrats Banner

20 Dec

Its official, my sister graduated from college!  What a fun trip!  She went to school 3.5 hours away from home, so the whole family set up camp in a hotel for the weekend to celebrate.  Even though we were far from home, we still tried to make it special for her.  A cheap bottle of champagne, some gifts, and this banner definitely made it a little party.

I used twine from the Twinery, an older Sizzix label die, the Doodletype font cartridge, Martha Stewart and Fiskars punches, and tons of patterned paper from October Afternoon, DCWV, Basic Grey, and MME.

Congrats “Omelette”!


Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like…

9 Nov

Its snowing!!!!  Its so beautiful!!!  (Keep in mind I have not had to commute for a couple years now…so I can appreciate it.)  In honor of the season “officially” changing, I thought I would share the tag I made last week from an up-cycled clothing tag.

The before:

The after:

Fun?  I thought so.  I can’t even give you any product info because its all old stuff from the stash.

Merry Almost Christmas!!!


Baker’s Twine…Who Knew?

14 Sep

I had to giggle to myself…I made brownies today, and decided to share them.  Now, you know I can’t just throw them in Tupperware, especially not when I finally figured out how to make a box with the Martha score board (super easy!).  With my twine obsession at its height, naturally I had to pull out the different colors to spice up the plain kraft boxes.  Thats when it occurred to me…this was the original purpose of baker’s twine, correct?  Weird how things come full circle.


The Leinies Mini!

3 Sep

Mini albums are something that I just don’t do.  They are adorable, yes, and they give me a sense of accomplishment because (sometimes) they take less time than a full-sized album to “finish”, but I just can’t justify storing 700 little awkwardly-shaped things all over the place.  So I never make them, until I see a great idea and I happen to have the perfect photos for the job.

With that, I give you the Leinie’s Mini.  I have been completely inspired by Melissa’s mini creations over at and when I read something somewhere about using cardboard coasters for the covers of an album, I went crazy because I knew I had some sitting on the coffee table that just happen to be picked up when I went on a brewery tour earlier this year.

I went extra crazy when I realized I had Honey Weiss coasters, so I had an excuse to go nuts with all of my bumble-bee product.  Happy Betsy!!!  (ie “B”)

Of course I had to add some twine.  It seems to be my calling card these days.

I hate to admit I had a ton of fun making this.  I started and finished in one sitting!  There may be more in my future…storage issues be damned.

Products used: MME twine, Echo Park Paper Co. Country Drive collection, Distress Ink in Wild Honey, Chalk Ink, matte finish Mod Podge (only on covers)


Puppy Congrats!

26 Jun

I have been wanting to put this little project together ever since my sister brought her new dog home.  I got to tag along when she picked up her new pup, a 9 month old Aussie named Rusty.  I snapped a few photos of him and have wanted to share them since.  A simple Target frame, a little tag and some baker’s twine make an easy but thoughtful gift.

Patterned paper is the Paper Studio, alphabet stamps Studio G, playing card is cut from Bella Blvd patterned paper, button borders from JoAnns, “congrats” stamp from JoAnn’s, card design inspired by K Werner Designs here.


the Kitschen Shadowbox

23 Jun

Just a short one today-I’m sharing the art (I can call it art, right?) I created for my scrap room.  I used October Afternoon’s “Modern Homemaker” line because it was actually the original inspiration for the whole concept of my semi-kitchen theme and all of the colors involved.  I love how it turned out.  Of course, I can’t do hardly anything without including some not-too-obvious sentimental elements and this project was no exception.

First of all, as I have mentioned before, lots of many happy childhood memories I have were based in the kitchen.  The kitchen was a gathering place, home base, where all the food was prepared and in most cases, eaten (food = love, you know lol), the first room walking into the house, where there were friendly voices, amazing smells, routines, traditions, and a wonderful sense of belonging.  The chipboard woman reminds me of the younger Grandma I have seen only in photographs, except for the brunette hair, which reminds me of myself.  The “Hillside Dairy” chipboard embellishment is included because of our name (Hill) and the fact that both sets of grandparents farmed.  I myself did not live on a farm (I had it easy lol) but my dad and grandfather were milkmen for many years.  (My mom was even a milk hauler for a short time in her teens.)  The coffee pot makes me think of my paternal grandparents, who always had that giant pot on the gas stove, smelling like burnt coffee (what an awful smell when you’re a kid!).  I also included a date sticker with “April 15, ’11” on it to represent the day I got engaged, in my then-unfinished scrapbook room, 4 ft from where this shadowbox hangs.  I was tricked into coming downstairs to check the progress my man had made-its a good thing that I told a white lie about how much better it looked than the last time I had  seen it because he proceeded to get down on one knee after suggesting “ya know what would make this room look better?…”

It’s amazing how true it is that “scent is the strongest sense linked to memory”.  Over the weekend when I was driving around with my Grandma we decided, on a whim, to stop at the dairy factory where my family used to haul milk.  We pulled up and entered through the front door (it was weird only because every time I tagged along with my dad, we came in thru the back where all the trucks were unloaded and washed), and chatted with the one person still at the front desk that we were familiar with.  As soon as the door opened, I was flooded with the heat, the humidity, and the smell of sanitizers.  Couple that with the tile that covers the place, the same as it has since the beginning of time, and I felt like I was a kid again.  It might sound like an odd experience to an outsider, but it felt so good to be transported back to my childhood, to be reminded of spending the entire weekend with my dad riding around Wisconsin, visiting farms, getting giant popsicles after the day was over, and also being reminded of a small family trucking business started by my grandpa, who was still driving before he unexpectedly passed away.

I keep all of these things close because I want to remember the wonderful experiences and stories that made me.

Isn’t that what scrapbooking is all about?