Jul 2, 2024


We are so ready to celebrate July!  Summer picnics, sunny days, and of course firework shows.   So, today, I am creating a new project featuring the fun HOMETOWN USA collection.  Even with all  the Americana feeling of the  collection, I was able to get  this new page right on time for our Canada Day celebration..

I started my layout with the fireworks acetate as a frame for my page.  I trimmed a piece from the All American paper and set it  atop of the acetate. I love the pops of silver and the transparency look of  the border..

I set my photos to the right of the layout, I backed the photos with patterned paper from the 6x6 paper pad.  I used a few Bits and Pieces and Chit  Chat to add extra sentiments to the page.  The title will sit right under the photos., gotta love Chit Chat for this.

I added the large, "Let's Celebrate" embellishment to the left of the photos.  The firework Doodle Pop was the perfect addition to the page, it makes it all fun!

All those acetate firework pieces are just what the layout needed.  I pop a few of them to the top of the layout with a foam dot, then hid the dot with a Sprinkler gem.  The extra pop of shine helps to bring the idea of light to the page.

All the layout needs is the photos and voila!  I love how this turned out, and I am sure it will inspire you to get your memories documented with the beautiful HOMETOWN USA collection!



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Hometown USA collection


Doodle Pop

Festive Fireworks Acetate

Jun 21, 2024

Altenew x Sarah Simon Collab Release 2024 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hi there!

Welcome to Altenew + Sarah Simon Collab Release Hop + Giveaway.   Today, we are celebrating this amazing release with lots of inspiration and prizes.  You can find a list of all the participants at the bottom of this page for your convenience.

Regardless of your level of artistry, you are going to love all the possibilities that these products can create. Let me show you what I have created:

I used the new Warm & Fuzzy  to create a new cover for my Family Album.   For this spread, I used Altenew Watercolor Palette to color my images. Once the paint dried, I die cut them, and used my Comfy cut to clean some of the white parts from the inside of the image.

To finish the page, I created the background with some ink blending, and set my images at the corners of the spread.  A few drops of metallic watercolor complete the page.

For my next spread, I am using the new PEONY & LILAC SWAG set.  I love the design of this set, and its size was perfect for a single page spread on my page.

I used the stencil to color the entire set to create the large floral and title for the page.  I used the curvature of the design to set my photo in place. A few extra enamel dot complete the page.

For this double spread, I am using the new Garden Bouquet set.    I love the detail, and size of the stamp set.   I used  Altenew Artist Watercolors to detail the image, and a few of the extra leaves images.  Once it dried, I used the die to separate the image, and went further into cleaning the inside of my image with my comfy cut knife.

I trimmed the  image in two pieces and used it to frame the photos on  my double spread, and added a few of the loose leaves to help me bulk the image and  frame the photos.  A few extra embellishments complete the spread.

Of course we are celebrating the release with a generous giveaway:

Giveaway Prizes

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $100 gift certificate to 1 lucky winner and a $50 gift certificate to 4 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by June 27, 2024 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 5 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on June 29, 2024.

*The winner of the $100 gift certificate will be chosen from comments left on the Altenew blog. 

Be sure to comment on the posts as you hop along!  HAVE A GREAT DAY!!

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Jun 16, 2024


Summer is here, and the vibrant HOMETOWN USA collection is sure to help you document your memories regardless of the size and format of your choice.  Though, I keep 12x12 scrapbook layouts, my heart is in small format (traveler's notebooks and 6x8 albums) for my daily documenting.  So, when I saw the new Doodle  Cut die sets, the idea for this spreads came together,.

I love how these entries turned out using the die cut pieces along with embellishments from the collection.

First, I use the new Festive Florals Metal Die set to create my jar of flowers for my layout.   I used the the die and papers from the 6x6 paper pad, as well a papers from the Petite Prints 6x6 paper pads.   I wanted to create the frosted look of a glass, so I decided to back the jar die cut with vellum.

I complemented the rest of the layout with pieces from the collection, I made sure to add small clusters of Sprinkles to tie it all together.

For my next spread, I chose to work with the new Pocket Full O' Pride Metal Die for my spread.  This time, I used the dies to help me create a grid style design for my page.

I started by cutting all the pieces for my little pocket using the die and papers from the Hometown USA 6x6 paper pad, and cardstock.   I created 3 pockets, two of them are set on the right of the page.  Once the flowers were in place, I added a few pieces of ChitChat to help me tell the story.

I finished this spread by adding my photo atop the last pocket.  Then used Bits and Pieces and a few extra stickers to complete the spread.  I love how these turned out, and I hope they inspire your next project featuring HOMETOWN USA!



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Hometown USA collection


Hometown USA Cardstock

Petite Prints

Pocket Full O' Pride Metal Dies

Festive Florals Metal Dies