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Hello Friends!

My layout for A Walk Down Memory Lane is live, please click HERE to read all about it.

I just adore Maggie Holmes' lines for Crate Paper; so girly and pretty and work for tons of projects.

Make sure to watch for the 12 Days of Christmas sales starting tomorrow at A Walk Down Memory Lane!  Lisa offers amazing deals that you don't want to miss.

Shop til you drop

Lisa is offering a great sale this weekend!  You can visit the online store HERE, and use the code BlackFriday2015 to receive 20% off your entire order!  Coupon is good Friday, November 27-Monday November 30, 2015, only.
It's a great time to stock up on your favorite products, and there a several great Christmas lines available at A Walk down Memory Lane.  Watch the blog for some upcoming Christmas layouts featuring the products up for grabs in the store.  Happy Shopping!

DM 15, Plans

I've really put some thought into this year's December Memories album, taking into consideration things I loved in the past, things that didn't work so great, and reality.  Reality is this:  I want this year's album to have more detail on the pages, which means I need to do less pages.  As of now here is my plan:

  • Days 1-25 only
  • One page per day
  • Use 6x4 cards as inserts
  • Use photos as inserts
  • See-through and Fused pockets
  • No 6x8 pages 
While this is my plan, I'm open to plans changing based on need/daily life/events attended.  The best piece of advice I can offer anyone who does a December Memories Album is to keep an open mind and remain flexible.  Otherwise you can end up very frustrated!

I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon with two of my creative (and very dear) friends and worked out some of my process for this album, finalizing my plan and coming up with the number cards to designate the days.  I like one aspect of continuity in my mini albums so this year the number cards are all the same.  I used the Pink Paislee red foil numbers, Simple Stories word stickers and Paislee Press for Gossamer Blue exclusive word stickers.

I cut down 6 sheets of the 6x8 Gossamer Blue papers to 3x4, then adhered the foil numbers and different stickers to the cards.  

My favorite cards are the most simple; just the numbers and a single sticker!  I especially love the stickers stapled with my Tiny Attacher.

So that's my plans in a nutshell!  Can't believe December first is next week already; not to brag, but I'm already done with my Christmas shopping ;)

Share your plans for December Memories, and make sure you keep checking in on the DM class if you enrolled (and you still can enroll!).  Beshka and friends really put together a tips-packed class with tons of ideas to scraplift.

DM 15 cover + title page


I finally got busy on my Gossamer Blue December Memories album over the weekend.  I painted several layers of white acrylic paint on the cover, then added some silver washi and a doily from my stash, adding another layer of paint over the top of those.  The wood veneer 25 and Noel are from the kit, covered in white paint and adhered.

My title page is a 2x2 Simple Stories page from the DM kit.  I added sequins and embossing powder from my stash (No glitter?  Use embossing powder!).  To keep the acrylic pieces on my page I used some gold thread and stitched them right to the page protector.  The acetate K is from an older Gossamer Blue kit (from Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper).  2x2 kit cards finished off the page after fusing my see-thru pockets shut.

I'll have my number cards on the blog later this week!

AWDML Cuteness

Hi there and Happy Monday!  Join me at A Walk Down Memory Lane HERE for a super easy intro to mixed media featuring some Studio Calico products and watercolors.

I'm still loving 8.5 x 11 layouts!


Awesome deal over at Gossamer Blue this weekend only!

And because this cracked me up:
We don't have a dog.

Happy shopping my friends!  Have a great weekend :)

gossamer blue order, eat, repeat

Hi Guys!

Another layout using Gossamer Blue November Kits, featuring Amy Tangerine and Elle's Studio products from the Main Kit and Main Kit Add-on.

Sometimes a girl just wants to make a bright, fun and silly layout ;)

Giveaway Winners

Hello friends!

The winners are....

Congrats ladies!  Please contact me via my blog to claim your prize.  I appreciate everyone who took the time to comment, thank you!

AWDML Pinterest Inspiration

Happy Monday!  I gotta say, I kinda love that I start my week off with a layout for A Walk Down Memory Lane blog :)

Today's page, Sweet Moments, features one of my favorite people and the girly.  Go HERE to read the how-to for this Pinterest Inspired page.

I hope you have a fabulous week!  Start it off by making something FUN.

Gossamer Blue November Blog Hop

Hello Everyone!  Thanks for participating in the Gossamer Blue Blog Hop today, I've got a fun layout using the Amy Tangerine and Jen Hadfield products included in the November scrapbook kits.

I like the mix of the graphic icons from Amy Tangerine, but wanted to add the feminine gold glitter word and Hello badge from Jen Hadfield.  I think my favorite pages are the ones where it's a mix up of products and companies, and Lori has definitely got an eye for putting it all together in our Gossamer Blue kits.  This layout is made up of the Main Kit, Add-on #2 and Main Kit Add-on.

Your next stop is the amazing Kasia!

And here's a list of all the Blog Hop participants:

Amy Challis
Andrea Gray
Diane Payne
Emily Spahn
Eunyoung Lee
France Wisniewski
Jill Keller
Kasia Przybyt
Kellie Winnell
Kelly Xenos
Michelle Wedertz

Sandra Dietrich
Stephanie Buice

I hope your day is super crafty!

250 for the Win

HOORAY!  I'm doing an amazing giveaway to celebrate 250 blog posts and 250 Instagram followers!

I purchased a few fab items from the Gossamer Blue store to give to you, my lovely readers and IG followers.  Giveaway #1 is the Pink Paislee Yuletide Christmas Journal:  there are beautiful patterned papers, chipboard pages with awesome cut-outs and it's all spiral bound in a neat-o book.  I am including the Heidi Swapp Oh What Fun sticker book as well.  AND, from my dear friend Rebekah (you must follow her on Instagram), some Emi Jay hair ties!  They sell these at Nordstrom and they. are. awesome.

The awesomeness doesn't stop there!  I've got more fun stuff in Giveaway #2!  This prize is the delicious Gossamer Blue Life Pages kit for November (purchased by me) plus another pack of Emi Jay hair ties (from Rebekah), this time in animal print/ombre purple mix.  Thank you Rebekah for donating the hair ties!  

I didn't want to open the kit for photos, so I apologize the pic is full of glares!

You must comment on this blog post and follow me on Instagram (click the word to get to my page). That's it!  I will close the giveaway Sunday 11/15/15 at 8 pm central time, one entry only please!  Winners will be announced on Monday, November 16, 2015, here on the blog and on Instagram.  Giveaway is open to international friends!  I will use to determine the winners.

Thank you to my friends at Gossamer Blue and A Walk Down Memory Lane for letting me be a part of their ultra-talented design teams.  I would never have reached this milestone without being on a design team.  And thanks to all my IG followers and the sweet blog readers.  I'm sending a big hug to all of you!

Gossamer Blue Love

Hi Everyone!  I'm sharing a Main Kit only page on the Gossamer Blue blog HERE.  Find out why this is an 8.5x11 page instead of my standard 12x12 ;-)

Checking In

Hi Everyone!  I am so pleased to say that I will be doing a giveaway very, very soon!  Watch for the announcement here on the blog and on Instagram.... it could come at any time ;)

This picture makes me happy.

I've got a big crafty day planned on Saturday.  A friend is hosting a small group of us at her place outside of town.  It's going to be AWESOME.  I plan to start on my December Memories album.  I'm using the Gossamer Blue kit HERE, it's delicious in every way.

This picture also makes me happy.

Speaking of December, look for some GB December kit sneaks on my Instagram account.  Wowie, these kits are packed full!  I should have some photos in the next day or two.

This pictures makes me very happy.

Be safe and happy my friends!

AWDML Messy Bun

Hi Guys!  Yep, it's Monday.  AGAIN.

I've got a soft and pretty layout featuring a few black and white photos on the A Walk Down Memory Lane blog HERE.  I would love it if you would check it out and leave me a comment!

I hope your Monday is happy and filled with smiles and sunshine :)

Project 12 October

Wow, I actually have my October Project 12 layout completed and it's only the beginning of November!  I'm on a role!

This life pages spread uses all Gossamer Blue kits from October.  The left side of the layout features lots of exclusive 4x4 cards from GB.  To change it up I put the title card in the bottom left pocket.  I think the Around Here card is one of my favorites from the October kits.  I opted to keep one of the 2x2 pockets clear to keep the see-thru effect from September.  The Pink Paislee card stock and acetate die cuts were really put to use this month.

The right side of the layout is a repeat of the die cuts and wood veneer from the left side, but I opted to give the 3x4 veneer card a white wash with spray ink (painted on with a brush).  The Dear Lizzy rub-ons didn't stick to the wood all that great, so to "antique" it a bit I just added the ink over top. Turned out kinda pretty, right?

The insert for this month is dedicated completely to Halloween.  We attended two parties this year and the Themed Add-on provided me with plenty of items to make an entire insert, front and back.  I used a Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Marker on the wood veneer Halloween.  I'm not sure I love the way it looks, but can't change it now ;)  It's handmade people, things happen :)

This month's Life Pages info:
  • photos were taken with items in the page protectors
  • left side page protector from We R Memory Keepers*
  • right side page protector from Becky Higgins*
  • insert page protector from American Crafts*
  • hand-journaling with AC Precision Pen .03*
  • Tiny Attacher from Tim Holtz*
  • All Life Pages cards and embellishments from Gossamer Blue 
    • (October Add-on #3 still available HERE at the time this post was written)
  • Items marked with an * were purchased by me
  • Kits were provided to me by Gossamer Blue as part of their Design Team.  The opinions expressed about said products are solely my own.
Don't forget I will be celebrating 250 blog posts and 250 Instagram followers very soon!  Keep checking back for info on the giveaway!

AWDML Halloween

Hi Guys!

Starting today, my A Walk Down Memory Lane blog posts will be on Monday's, and I am so happy to start the week of with a project for the AWDML Design Team :)

Today's page features October Afternoon's Witch Hazel line.  I absolutely adore the vintage style of these products!  To see the full product list and photo tutorial, click HERE

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you are getting all your Halloween photos scrapped.  Have you recovered from all the candy consumption yet?

This is a personal blog. All editorial content and projects are intellectual property of Creating Us. I do receive financial compensation and material product from A Walk Down Memory Lane to develop my craft posts, but all ideas and opinions are my own.

Gossamer Blue November Reveal

Happy Reveal Day!  Check out all the amazing kits Gossamer Blue has for November HERE, at noon central time November 1st.  I especially love the Jen Hadfield line in the kits, it's just. so. pretty.

I made this layout after seeing the giant, gold glitter Create by Jen Hadfield in the kits.  I was so inspired this month, these soft colors are such a beautiful palette for black and white photos.

So much sparkle!  I also liked the stickers in this line, and the die cuts got a ton of use.

The washi?  GORGEOUS.  The gold foil hearts are from Amy Tangerine.  

I used the November Main Kit Add-on and Add-on #2 to make this page.  Check out the kits HERE.

I hope you make something lovely today.

*I will be celebrating 250 blog posts and 250 Instagram followers very soon!  A giveaway will be happening, make sure to check back to see when, where and the WHAT, of course!