Paper Hugs and Die Cut Dreams

Monday, December 28, 2009

Snow, Snow and More Snow....

I have to tell you - I probably shouldn't start long term commitments - scrapwise anyway! LOL The three layouts I am posting to show you today are all using pages I created in order to do the December Daily, but didn't have what I felt were appropriate photos until now. Of course, I have to tell you that the December Daily failed miserably on me, but I at least have these layouts to show for it (and a few more that I created that I hope I will be able to put to use soon!)

This first layout uses a template from SUSAN ROBINSON DESIGNS; the kit is HAPPY FEET by Ziggle Desings - I totally adore this kit! I don't think the colors are for your average snow/winter kit.

And it was so easy - I actually did this layout at 3:00 this morning while I couldn't sleep. Of course, everything on the layout was already done - I only added the picture, date and the journaling. I might trying making my own "quick pages" more often for later use.

The second one uses the same Happy Feet kit and another template from SUSAN ROBINSON. I put this one together this morning - only needed to add the title, journaling, date & photo again!

Last one for today uses CHILLY MILLY by Illiella Designs and the template was a FREEBIE over on the Amanda Heimann Designs blog. The CT gives away blog freebies often, so if you're not subscribed you should check it out! I believe this one was made by TRINA!!

And that's it for today! Quick post and since I had previously done the layouts, they came together pretty quick too! (Well, at least they did today!) Come back soon...I am sure I will have more to show you.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Happy Tuesday!

Hello and Happy Tuesday to you all! I just have a couple of quick things for you today! First - ScrapbookGraphics is having a chat tonight!! It is sponsored by Studio Jen and we would LOVE if you could join us!!

Miss Kate - our regular chat hostess is off for the holidays tonight, so Miss Kim will be our hostess and I will be there with her to greet you all!! There's games & prizes, so be sure to stop by!

Speaking of Miss Kim - she made this WONDERFUL layout of my pooch!! This is Miss Lainey and she is a merle Great Dane! I was surprised to find this in my inbox this morning. I do not, unfortunately, have the credits to go with it (except I do know those nifty photo templates she used are from Studio Jen), but will update you if I can find them out!!

We got quite a bit of snow here in the Northeast this past weekend and I was able to take this photos of Lainey playing in the snow! Hopefully you are someplace warm and snowless!

I will have more to show you in a day or too, so be sure to stop back by!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Coasters, Trivets & Magnets - OH MY!

Hi All!! As many of you may know, I do a monthly hybrid post for ScrapbookGraphics. It posts on the third Tuesday of each month. If you havent' checked out the SBG Blog - Studio Matters - you should! Anyway, this is what I created this month:

I used the WINTER HUGS kit by Studio Baers Garten - I love her cute whimsical style! There's a bunch of pictures here...just figured I would warn you!

Now - here are a couple of my work in progress photos. This one you can more closely compare the inked edge vs. the non-inked edge. It also shows you the magnets in the back - they come on a sheet of 36 (I think) and are easily cut apart with scissors.

This last one shows you the size difference between the magnets and coasters. For reference mine are done as: 2" for the magnets, 4.5" for the coasters and 6" for the trivets. The magnets are probably slightly larger than a normal coaster.

That should do it! Hope you like it! It's really a very easy and inexpensive project! Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Lots of Templates!

Hey there everybody! I have a bunch of stuff to show you today! This first one uses SNOW DAY by Amy Stoffel. It's an adorable kit with LOTS of great snow elements. Unfortunately, as I write this post, we haven't had that much snow, so I used it in a non-snowy way! It just shows how versatile this kit really is!! The template is by Susan Robinson, part of her SketchPad #11 Collection and is available at PDP.

This next layout also uses an Amy Stoffel kit. It's called WINTER'S KISS. It's got a gorgeous color pallette! Again, I used in a non-wintery way. This is my LOVELY daughter Amanda...and just for the girls on Amy's team, she posed for me in her new Twilight inspired T-shirt. This is also a Susan Robinson template - so check her out over at PDP.

Next up - a template by Adi of LePingouin Designs and a kit by Litabells Designs. This was Lita's first kit and I think it's AWESOME!! You can find it at DayDreamer Designworks.

Last but certainly not least, is this BEAUTY (pun intended) which uses the MISS AMERICA kit by Kandy Kane Creations and the template belongs to Studio Hillary.

And that's it for today! Be sure to check out these great kits and templates!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

December Daily...sort of....

Okay - I have started my December Daily...haven't been doing the best job. But as I write this it is the 10th of the month - you won't be seeing it until the 16th. But point - as of the 10th, I have already done 9 am thinking not too bad - and the 10th one is almost complete on my computer! ROFL

Anyway - this is my first page - not including my cover - which is also done not including the journaling...okay - I am slacking - what can I say. This is CHILLY WILLY by Iliella Designs over at Sweet Shoppe Designs and the template is by DeCrow and available at Scrap Orchard.

Quick post today. As you may be reading this - I am at the dentist for a BUNCH of dental work....but I do have another post scheduled for the 18th, so stay tuned!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Layouts for Shawna

Although I usually do hybrid for Shawna, today I have a few layouts using a few of her more recent kits!! This first one uses I'M THE PRINCESS. This is not my normal style - I am usually much less busy! The template is by BIOGRAFFITTI and it was a RAK!! It was a great surprise - so be sure to check out her store over at SCRAP ARTIST!!

This next one uses BREATHE IN THE RAIN - a "SHAUREN" Collab. They're a great pair! The template is made by Dani Mogstad and was a freebie in the SSD forums, so go check it out!!

And lastly - another busy one - and bright too! This one uses Shawna's CRAFTAPALOOZA kit - which is actually a collab with Fee Jardine. I thought it was perfect for a non-journaled layout just about the fact that I CREATE! I thought it kind of spoke for itself. I believe the template on this one was also a freebie a while back at the SSD forum, but unfortunately that's all I can tell you.

And that's all for this post! See you again soon....

Saturday, December 12, 2009

How about some boxes??

Hey there! Got some hybrid for you!! Since it's late in the day and I am tiring as I type this (in advance for you) I will keep in short and sweet!!!

This one uses the SILHOUETTE BOX template by Kelleigh Ratzlaff and the HIS BOY ELROY kit by Shawna & Libby.

This cutie uses Kelleigh's MILK CARTON TEMPLATE and the kit is AROUND THE FARM by Kandy Kane Creations.

Last - but certainly not least - this uses the CANDY BAR BOX template by the Hybrid Kid and A DREAM FOR PETER kit by Amy Stoffel.

See - I told you it would be short and sweet! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

New Grab Bag For Hillary!!!

Hillary has a new grab bag out and I assure you - YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS IT!!! I always love a grab bag and this one is PACKED!!!

Like this layout? The template I used to make it is a BONUS TEMPLATE available EXCLUSIVELY to Studio Hillary newsletter subscribers when they purchase her upcoming December Grab Bag.

The Grab Bag will be up for sale starting this Thursday December 11th, but only newsletter subscribers who purchase the bag through the newsletter link will get this extra goodie!!!!!! so go subscribe to Hillary's newsletter now!!! Here's the link:"

Here's my layout with the subscriber only template:

I have another one I will show you in the next couple of days as well!! The kit I used here is Flergs - MOMENTS IN TIME. I love this kit! So versatile!!

This layout also uses a template from the grab bag:

The kit on this one is TOMFOOLERY by Amanda Heimann and Bella Gypsy.

So go sign up for the newsletter - use the link from the newsletter to buy the grab bag and get that EXCLUSIVE template from Studio Hillary!!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Hybrid for Amanda!

I was a little behind this month on posting my hybrid projects, but I got them all up and done today! YAY!!! Here's what I have created lately...

The two I am showing you today were both made with the SANTA & FRIENDS kit by Amanda Heimann & Ziggle Designs. You can pick it up at Scrap Orchard.

The template for the CD Holder is by Mari Koegelenberg and you can grab it over at the DIGICHICK.

Next up - an old favorite. This oragami box is one of my favorites to create! It too was made with the SANTA & FRIENDS kit.

And that's it for today! Just a quick little post!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Block It - By Lita!

New templates from Litabells Designs have been released! This set is called BLOCK IT. Here's what I did with them...

Amanda 2 uses A GRAND NEW DAY by Danielle Engebretson and is available at the DigiChick. The alphabet is from Flergs and is available at Scrapbook Graphics.

This layout uses CONTRADICTION by Gypsy Couture, also available at the DigiChick. The alphabet I believe (but don't quote me) is Jennifer Fox and I believe it was a freebie on her blog.

This last one you have actually already seen already, but here it is again. The kit is new from Amy Stoffel, part of her FLAVORS OF LIFE: FALL collection and is available at Scrap Orchard.

Hopefully I will have more for you soon!! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Mona Lisa Smiles....

Yes - another team for me!! I am just loving them! MONA LISA SMILES opens at POLKA DOT PLUM today!!! And she's having a HUGE sale! I totally love her kits!!

Here's what I created for her so far....
This first layout uses her LEMON FUDGE kit! I totally fell in love with this kit...I am going through a grey phase! LOL I am loving grey with pops of color, so don't be too surprised if you see this from me lately!

The word art is by Bethany.

This is a template, I just don't remember who right now. I will edit once I figure it out!

This next one uses a kit called MAMA-RAZZI. New today! Again - loving the grey!! This word art comes with the kit, as well as a few others! Gorgeous colors here!!

I hope to have a couple of more for you soon from Mariska, so be on the look out!! And again, check out the store! It's a great sale!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Storybook Anybody??

Yes - with MOSD products you can make your own storybook! Well, that and in this case, a little help from my friends in the digital world! I will tell you it was VERY EASY.

I used Lorie Davison's A VERY BUSY DAY CHILDREN'S BOOK kit. This is a story written by Stephanie Ralla Salanova and uses Lorie's Digital Graphics. It's actually a kit of Quick Pages. This really means that 90% of the work is done for you! The words are add the words and your photos to the pages and you have a customized, personalized story book that your child will treasure for a LONG time!

So here we go...

I have used the MOSD 8x8 Acrylic Covers and Chipboard Pages. This will give the book both protection and stability. I joined the pages and covers with "C" Rings (which can be found at your local office supply store) and decorated with ribbons.

These are a few of the pages you will be able to create using this kit - again, they are Quick Pages. Just drag the words (which are also available in a French version) onto your page and add your own photos!

I did, however, create my own back cover using Lorie's DON'T EAT THE WORMS preview kit. I believe this was a freebie on the Scrapbook Graphics Studio Matters blog. Because I didn't use the title page included in the kit - my back cover would have been blank chipboard. So instead, I created a back cover using Don't Eat the Worms and personalized it for my son with the all the credits as well as a dedication at the bottom.

I hope you enjoy these story books and make one of your own! Obviously you can grab a kit like I did, or you can scrap it with paper in your own way, with your own story! Or even tell your child THEIR story - whatever it may be.

Again, I used the 8x8 Coverset and chipboard pages, however, I also printed out several of these pages at 6x6 in size and they were still easy to read - so if you prefer a 6x6 version, MOSD does also offer you the 6x6 option. If you are not doing it with a premade digital kit like I did, any size MOSD album would work to tell your child a story!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New Release - Susan Robinson - PHOTOLESS

Photoless!! Photoless?!?! Yes - may sound odd...but let's think about all those moments you mah have floating around in your head - and you just don't have a picture to go with it. Do you want to lose that memory? Not likely. Maybe it's just something random...I think these particular Susan Robinson templates are great for BOOK OF ME type things...and they're BRAND NEW TODAY over at POLKA DOT PLUM.

Let me show you mine:

This first one uses a kit by Jen Yurko & JayaPrems hangout and is called CAT'S PAJAMAS. It's a TOTALLY adorable kit and I used it to show my "preference" towards pink pajamas! (I don't actually have a preference - the pink pajama thing just kind of happened! LOL)

Next is a layout about Coffee - or lack there of - and it uses CAFE LATTE by SugarPlum Paperie & Tracie Stroud. Adorable kit! What I forget to say in this layout is I love coffee cups - I just never put coffee in them! LOL

Last, but certainly not least is this one:

This one might be my favorite - it uses SHE GEEK by Shawna Clingerman & Lauren Grier. I don't think you can read the journaling but it talks about how I started digital scrapbooking.

I hope you run over there an check them out! Susan has lots of AWESOME TEMPLATES in the store - so go pick yours up!

Sunday, November 15, 2009


Amy Stoffel has done it again!! Another set of FLAVORS OF LIFE with Jen Yurko. This time the amazing duo chose FALL (they also have a SUMMER set out so be sure to check those out as well!)

These two layouts use two different kits. These kits are bigger than a mini, yet smaller that a regular size kit...

This first layout uses BUTTERSCOTCH KISS and a template from Studio Hillary's new SQUARE PEGS template set.

Next up is a layout using a template by LITABELLS DESIGNS (which isn't released yet, so you're getting a sneak peek) and the kit is PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE.

And that's it for might see at least on more project with this set of Flavors's just not quite ready yet, so be sure to come back and see it!

Saturday, November 14, 2009


It's not like I don't have enough to I opted to enter some contests! LOL This first one is for Chrissy W.'s Stretch A Sketch. You can find more details on it HERE. The template is Chrissy W.'s from her NAMELESS collection available at Elemental Scraps and the kit is Melissa Bennett's FREEZIN' SEASON available at Sweet Shoppe Designs.

This next one is for a Traci Stroud/Fizzy Pop contest. You can find details about it HERE. The template is Fizzy Pop's and available on Lizzy's blog. The kit is BUBBLEGUM BEAUTY and available at Scrap Orchard.

And that's it for me for this post! Come back and visit me soon!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Crystal's Jumpers!

We have a new Studio Girl over at Scrapbook Graphics - Crystal Livesay!!! She calls her templates JUMPERS and the Crew had the opportunity to play with them - and boy, did we play!! I made four layouts with them, but there's plenty more inspiration over in the SBG GALLERY! Be sure to go check it out.

Here are my layouts:

Spiderman - using Tangie's HERO OF THE NIGHT (which is actually a collab with DeCrow Designs)

TROUBLE - Using Randi Oh's Be Happy:

Heart and Soul - using mgl Scraps HEART & SOUL

RIKER - Using Amanda Heiman's NOVEMBER GRAB BAG - FOR THE BOYS (A collab with Wild Dandelions)

So I hope you take a peek at her gallery at SBG! The Crew did some FANTABULOUS layouts for your viewing pleasure!