Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Bloom where you are planted.
I have a cheerful and bright art journal page to share, along with a full process video. The video provides a lot of tips and new ways to use your favorite Faber Castell Design Memory Craft products... Especially Gelatos!

Here are some close up photos of the page. Watch the video for all the tips and the full walk through!

Thanks for joining me! Leave a comment if you have any other questions!

**** SUPPLIES ****
Gelato Double Scoop Set:
Gelato GUAVA:
Gelato LEMON:
The Crafter’s Workshop STITCHED ART Stencil:
Stamper’s Big Brush Pen BLACK:
Stamper’s Big Brush Pen WHITE:
PITT Pen Metallic SILVER:
Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle:
Design Memory Craft Gel Medium:
Liquitex Heavy Gesso:
Scotch Foam Tape:
Large Acrylic Block:
Ranger Heat Tool:
Ranger Craft Mat:

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Scream for Ice Cream!

There is nothing wrong with scrapbooking photos of your food! I promise! Especially when it's about ice cream and summer (obviously).

The Paper Issues store has a darling collection of FREE food printable cards for all your summer food photos...

My layout uses some paper and ephemera from Dear Lizzy "Happy Place" along with puffy stickers and chipboard bits from really old collections (maybe Simple Stories?)

In case you're super curious, this is a chocolate marshmallow ice cream cone from Brewster's in Maryland. And it. was. so. so. good.

Of course you can find all your scrapbooky materials at the Paper Issues store! Use code RWKRAFTS for 20% your entire order!

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Scraplift Sunday - Lakeside

Scraplift Sunday time! I spent National Scrapbooking Day with my dear talented friend, Jen Chesnick... so essentially I scraplifted whatever the heck she made :)

I used a brand new-to-me product line called Photo Play, but this new Happy Glamper collection was way too cute to pass up! I scrapped two photos of Lake Chautauqua from my trip last summer. I wish I could go back right now :( 

The Bubble Day layout is the one created by Jen Chesnick! It's also today's Scraplift Sunday over at the Paper Issues Friends and Fans facebook group... go play along! We're giving you permission to copy!

I love the Happy Glamper coordinating sticker sheet. I used that for all of my embellishments on this layout. I popped a lot of them up with foam adhesive to create more layers on the page. This also makes them look more like ephemera pieces rather than 'just' stickers.

You can buy the Photo Play Happy Glamper collection for yourself at the Paper Issues store! You can buy a whole heck of a lot more while you're at it, too :) Use code RWKRAFTS for 20 off your entire purchase~!

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Wanna See the Back of my Van?

"I want you to come see the back of my van." - Vanessa
"Ok!" - Me

Clearly I enjoyed every moment of swimming in all of Vanessa Middleton's scrapbooking and stampy supplies! She was a vendor at the Crop on the Cape (with her online store, Butterfly Reflections) and I felt so honored to be invited to the back of her van! So much crafty happiness in one place!

I also created this sketch using the May Sketchy Saturday design at Paper Issues. I love their sketches when I need a little design boost!

I used the new Fancy Free collection by Pink Paislee for almost all of this layout. I love it!

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Thursday, May 12, 2016


Just popping in for a quickie midday post... it's been a while! I was waiting for a huge cut file to actually cut and decided I could use that time to make a quick card instead of waiting... watching... impatiently staring. Anyways, I was working on a scrapbook page using Pink Paislee's Fancy Free collection and threw this card together with some of the supplies.

I die cut the 'thanks' on foam and patterned paper. The die is from Papertrey Ink.

I created this card so quickly because I had this great card sketch from one of the Paper Issues May challenges! You can play along and enter your card for a chance to win a gift card to the paper issues store :)

You can also always use the code RWKRAFTS for 20% off your entire Paper Issues order!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Arrow String Art Layout

Just like yesterday, today's layout uses an Arrow String Art cut file and an abundance of Fancy Free goodies... but I promise this layout is completely different than yesterday's! See for yourself...

Everything on this layout is from Fancy Free (except the twine, thickers, and gold mist). I'm in love! Anyways, this photo is from March when I got to meet some of my Paper Issues girls at the Crop on the Cape! Such a blast!

I'm playing along with the new Take 5 Tuesday challenge at Paper Issues! I used the color red, circles, string, title, and the date. 

I first cut the Arrow String Art pattern on this gorgeous Fancy Free paper... by the way this pattern is FREE in the Paper Issues Store! Then I used some pink and orange ombre twine from Lawn Fawn to stitched the arrow outline.

I did a lot of fussy cutting for this one, too! I cut the flowers and punched out all of the circles from the Fancy Free 6x6 paper pad.

As always, you can get EVERYTHING in the Paper Issues store for 20% off with the code RWKRAFTS at checkout... maybe you can snag yourself some coveted Fancy Free :)

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Mix it Up with Stitching

I warned you in yesterday's post that I was immediately addicted to Ken Oliver's Color Bursts! And here they are again in action... this time on my layout for the May Mix it Up Challenge at Paper Issues! We're hoping to see your layouts that feature stitching of any kind. Just have fun and join us in the Paper Issues Friends and Fans group!

The photo on this layout is from a couple weeks ago when Matt and I decided to go have brunch near the water in Baltimore! Such a gorgeous day! The photo of us by the water is why I went with a teal and lime green color palette. 

I just had a lot of fun with this one and got inky and messy and stitchy. I first cut the Arrow String Art pattern on a white sheet of cardstock... this pattern is FREE in the Paper Issues Store! I gave the entire sheet a thin coat of gesso and let it dry completely, and then I stitched the arrow pattern with some silver and white twine from Lawn Fawn. 

Then I went crazy with my Color Bursts! I sprayed the page generously with water, then sprinkled some Turquoise and Lemon color bursts, along with the liquid metal to give it some shine. I tilted the page around to get the color moving, then let it dry.

I also got to play with my brand new FANCY FREE collection! I love the embellishments, especially the chipboard pieces. I kept the embellishments to a minimum because I wanted the stitched arrow and background to still stand out.

As always, you can get EVERYTHING in the Paper Issues store for 20% off with the code RWKRAFTS at checkout... maybe you can snag yourself some coveted Fancy Free :)

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