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

Jun 2, 2024

FUN FAMILY REUNION - Doodlebug Designs

We are heading into Summer, warmer weather, ice cream. and all things sunny and nice.  And, though I am not in the USA, the new HOMETOWN USA collection is perfect to document your adventures, Summer stories, and others. Let's take at I have created for my first project with it

Though the color combination is true Americana, it also vibrant and so ideal for documenting one of those infamous Covid family picnics.

I started by choosing simple patterns from the 12x12 papers, and trimmed them into chevrons.  I set them at the very top of white cardstock.   I wanted them to point directly to the photos of the kids spending time together.

Next, I used the 6x6 paper pad to frame the photos, and set them in place.   I added just a few embellishments around the photos themselves, but decided to create a large title that will help balance the page.

I love Chit Chat packs, there is always a sentiment that matches the story.  I combined a few extra pieces from the Bits and Pieces and Odds & Ends packs to make the title pop a bit more.

To tie everything together, I added a few of the little birds and sprinkles all over each of the clusters. I love how the silver foiling just pops amongst these colors.

I hope this inspires you to get your memories ready to document them with the beautiful HOMETOWN USA collection!



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Hometown USA collection


Hometown USA Cardsotck

May 12, 2024

EMERGENCY VISIT - Doodlebug Designs

 We  all have experienced those unfortunate events when one of your loved ones had to make a visit to the ER (Emergency Room).  Sometimes they are small health issues, and some times they require extra care.  Regardless of the hospital stay, it is always nice to have a way to document those moments, and the new  HAPPY HEALING collection is just perfect for it.   I am so glad that I had the collection at hand to document my young cousins appendectomy emergency surgery.

I started with the On The Mend paper for the background on the page.  Then added two left over pieces from the Happy Healing paper to the left and right of the page.  I then trimmed a 6x6 paper in half and tuck it under the larger strips. Next, I attached one of the sticker borders to the inside edge of the larger strips.

I placed the photos on the center of the page, then it was all about adding embellishments to bring the story to life.  

There are so many cute embellishments in this collection, it was easy to mix and match a few of them in clusters around the page.   I made sure that the small red cross repeated in each of the clusters as a way to tie the page together,

To finish my page, I used pieces of Chti Chat  to create the title for this page. I added a few hear embellishments to the title.  Then glued a few silver sprinkles to  each of the clusters.

I love how this turned out, and I hope it gives you inspiration for a project of your own featuring the beautiful Happy Healing collection.



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Happy Healing collection


Apr 30, 2024

DOCTOR FOR A DAY - Doodlebug Designs

If both your parents work in the medical field, then you are bound to try to be like them in a way or another.   So, when the new HAPPY HEALING collection arrived at my doorstep, I knew exactly which pictures of my littlest Goddaughter I was going to use for my first project.

I just love how this turned out!, but let me walk you on how I built this page using the new collection. There are so many cute embellishments, I focus on them for  my page.

I started with one of the coordinating solid cardstock from the collection as a base, and frame it with the Happy Heart paper.   Then, trimmed a small strip of the Happy Healing patterned paper and adhere to the base as an anchor  for my photos.

Then it was  all about going through the Bits and Pieces, Odds & Ends for embellishments for the page.  I wanted to create a column of  embellishments that will just bring the fun to this page.

I have to say that the silver foiling in this collection is amazing!   Once I  had all the embellishments in a column., I added small puffy hearts around the embellishments.

To finish my page, I pulled pieces of Chit Chat and Bits and pieces to create the title of my page.  The silver alpha stickers are just a great compliment to the title of this layout.

I  just love how this turned out!  The fun designs, the colors, the silver foiling, and the cute pictures are just so perfect together.  I cannot wait to see what you create with the new HAPPY HEALING collection!



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Happy Healing collection

 Happy Healing coordinating Cardstock

Silver Alpha Stickers

Apr 29, 2024

Pinkfresh Studio “Delightful” Release Blog Hop


Hi there! 

Welcome to PINKFRESH STUDIO "DELIGHTFUL" RELEASE BLOG HOP.   We are celebrating all the new beautiful products with lots of inspiration and prizes.   

With so many  beautiful products to choose from, it was so easy to combine a few of them into this layout

I am combining the new JOYFUL DAY Press Plate and NEVER GIVE UP suite along with the Making The Best Of It collection (Spanish version) in my layout, and I love how it turned out!

I used the NEVER GIVE UP Press Plate, NEVER GIVE UP Stencil, NEVER GIVE UP die, and Premium inks in shades of pink and mint to create 3 florals, as I wanted to create a large swag for my page.

Next, I cut a circle of about 7" from the center of a 8.5x11" white cardstock page, and glued it to dusk pink cardstock.  I then set the florals as if they were coming off the inside of the left of the circle.

Next, I set the photo to the right of the circle.   In order to elongate the swag throughout the page, I used the JOYFUL DAY Press plate, and  JOYFUL DAY die  to create a few leaf die cuts 

I added a few of the JOYFUL DAY die cuts along the florals to complete the fullness of the swag.  I then added a few embellishments to complete the page.

I hope this inspires you to check all the new products in this release.  You are going to love all the possibilities!!

Of course to celebrate the release, Pinkfresh Studio is hosting a generous giveway!

*** Pinkfresh Studio is giving away the full release on their Pinkfresh blog & YouTube channel, and

*** Pinkfresh Studio is also giving away a total of TEN $25  gift cards along the hop. As per usual with blog hops - the winners will be picked from the comments.

The winners will be chosen and posted on Pinkfresh Studio Giveaway page on May 7, 2024.  Make sure to check that page to see if you are a winner.  GOOD LUCK!!!

Now, it is time to continue the fun and inspiration.   Please check the following list for all the participants.

Thanks for stopping by, and have fun hoping along!

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