Island Hopping - The Baths at Virgin Gorda

Virgin Gorda
Hey y'all,,, yes I am still working on that huge Caribbean Crawl album. Today I am using some new dies provided to me by Makers Movement. Have you checked out all the fun stuff they have available? There are some awesome die and stamp sets on their site!

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Look how cute these Nested Stitched Squares are! These are going to be great for photo mats. I almost always scrap with square photos on my layouts- I just like the way it looks. The largest of the set is 4.5 x 4.5 and that is what I used on my layout today to mat my photos.

Island Hopping

I print almost all of my photos at 4x4 from Persnickety Prints. They have amazing quality and they are actually processed rather than ink printed. The mats are cut from French Vanilla Cardstock and inked with Sahara Sand VersaMagic.

Layout in progress
Am I the only one who does this? I mark out where my photos are going before I do any background work.  These fun papers are from P13 - I was so lucky to meet the ladies from this fun company at Creativation and I fell in love with their papers and embellishments! The paper are so heavy and I love that.
For this layout I also used a stencil from TCW from years ago and the Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste.

Modelling paste
I love that the Light & Fluffy Modeling past dries SO fast! No waiting around for half an hour to move on to the next step! I colored the dried paste with Mustard Seed Distress Ink by lightly rubbing the ink pad over it.  These cute little tickets popping up from inside the folder have been hanging around in my studio forever.  I tore strips from another sheet from the Awakening collection, inked the edges, and adhered them in layers.

Makers Movement
I used the Mini File Folder Set to cut this cute embellishment - the folder and the tag strips on top that I journaled on.  I cut the folder from P13 Sunshine Collection of papers and the journal strips using French Vanilla from Bazzill.

P13 Paper
I used the small arrow die from the Mini File Folder set and plain white cardstock to make some extra accents for the page. The printed flag is from P13 - the Awakening collection.

Look at all the possibilities this die set has! I am super excited to add it to my collection. Check out this set and all the others are Makers Movement.

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Caribbean Crawl Layout from El Morro

El Morro
So I am slowly but surely getting my photos from this epic trip documented. We refer to this trip as the "Caribbean Crawl". We started in San Juan and went all the way to Barbados- hitting 16 islands on the way. It was amazing y'all! Anyway- there were so many photos and so much to document that I pushed it aside for a bit.  This was out second day into the trip- we were in San Juan and spent the day exploring El Morro- which is a beautiful fort that looks like a castle. Check it out if you ever have the chance.

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Paper Rose dies
I saw this fabulous dies by  Paper Roses at Creativation back in January. I LOVED THEM! They had such an amazing collection of dies and some stamps too.  This set is two different dies (sold individually) and I picked mine up at  The top layer is Quatrefoil Background Layer 1 and the bottom layer is Quatrefoil Background Layer 2.  Now y'all know I am not much of a card maker- but I really wanted to use these dies so I worked them into my scrapbook page.  I used the new Cobalt/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper from Rinea for the bottom layer and Arctic/Gold Glossy Foiled paper or the top layer.

Rinea Foiled Paper
Look how great they look when they are layered together! I love this die y'all! The Cobalt color was perfect for this layout where I wanted to show off the view of the sea.

Travel layout
I adhered it to the background then added my photos and embellishments on top. The sticker here is from forever ago- I am not even sure what company it is from.

Travel blog
Do you use maps and other materials from your travel on your pages? I used the front panel of a handout from the National Parks Service for the title on my page.  I always try to include these kinds of things on my pages.

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Flamingo Mandala using StyleTech Craft Opal Vinyl

Flamingo Island

Who else is ready for summer? I know I am. Summer means vacation for us and my favorite vacation spot is Flamingo Island in Aruba. We have been a couple of times now and I can't wait to go back! I made this Flamingo Mandala to remind me of how much I love it there. I used Opal Vinyl from StyleTechCraft™ for this project. It is so amazing. 

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Styletechcraft Vinyl
The Opal vinyl is like a color shifting ninja y'all. It is pretty easy to loose track of time just tilting your project back and forth in the light to see it change colors. Not that I would know that from first hand experience or anything,,,,,, just saying. 

Opal Vinyl
For this project I used Opal Blue #108 and Glossy Bubble Gum #469 from StyleTech Crafts®. 

Wood canvas
I used a Wood Panel from Plaid® for my base. These are 10x10 and they are so handy for all kinds of projects. I started by painting my base with Pink Dogwood Milk Paint. I only used one coat since I was happy with the color. 

Flamingo Crafts

After layering on my vinyl pieces I finished with some coordinating ink and a small heart stamp that I had on hand.  A black paint pen to add some details and I am done! 

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4th of July Buffet Picks

Patriotic buffet

Who is ready for summer???? I know I am and I can't wait to celebrate the 4th of July this year. BIG party at our house!! I created these fun little picks for the party buffet using Rinea Foiled Papers.

Patriotic Foiled Papers

I used the Patriotic Foiled Paper Variety Pack and the Arctic/Arctic Glossy Foiled paper for this project.

Double sided adhesive
I started by applying Therm-o-Web Easy Cut adhesive to the back of each color. Since I was going to use regular old fashioned punches I like this method the best.

Patriotic Stars

Using Fiskar's punches in two sizes I cut a variety of stars in all colors.

Appetizer picks
Since the stars had double sided adhesive on them already it was super easy to apply them to some picks. I adhered them back to back, mixing the colors and layering smaller stars on larger ones.

Be sure to check out the Rinea blog to see more great ideas. 

Texas Bluebonnets - a Spring Tradition

Taking photos in the bluebonnets is a Texas tradition.  I am having so much fun with the princess each year going to take photos. This photo is from 2018 and I am just now getting around to getting it on a layout! I am behind, it is true. Then again I don't scrap in chronological order so I am never really behind. 

This month the Designer Crafts Connection is having a hop sponsored by DCWV. They have provided each of the designers with samples of their new Petal Papers. They are so fun to work with! I was able to work with them for another project on my Easter Tree. I made the cutest paper peonies using the Petal Papers and I was so happy with how they turned out!

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Petal Papers
I was given a package of the blue Petal Papers and as soon as I saw the colors I know that I needed to use them with some bluebonnet photos. The colors are so vibrant and they were perfect.

I started by cutting a heart shape and using Purple Tape from Therm-O-Web to hold it in place. I pulled out a variety of stamps and stamped randomly around the heart shape. I saw a layout like this on Pinterest and I LOVED it- I have been waiting for the perfect time to recreate it. I used VersaFine in Onyx which is my favorite stamping ink. I love the crisp lines I get with it.

Stamped heart shape
My background paper is a Doodlebug  Designs paper from the Petite Prints line. This pattern is Gingham and Linen - it's really cute.  I am really happy with the look of the negative space in my layout - something I don't normally have :)

Doodlebug Designs
I cut a piece of the lighter blue Petal Paper 2" wide by the length of the paper then folded it in half lengthwise leaving one side just longer than the other. Pay attention to the grain of the paper - it stretches one way but not the other!  I stretched the paper both sides along the length to ruffle it.  It kinda looks like a weird sea slug 😅😅

Ruffled paper
I marked out where I wanted my photo to go and then used 1/8" adhesive tape to adhere the longer side of the the fold to my layout. Add a second piece of tape inside the fold and press the upper layer down on the tape. This will help control the ruffle!

Pearl embellishments
After adding my photo to the layout I grabbed some small pearl embellishments and placed them right under my photo mat.

Bazzill cardstock
I wanted a little more color on the layout so I grabbed a small heart stamp and added just a few tiny pale pink hearts spaced around the page. A few paper flowers from my hoard with matching brads and I am done!

The new Petal Papers from DCWV are available online at JoAnn's stores. You can also check out the DCWV Insta page for some fabulous ideas. DCWV has been a long-time producer of the stack-- a set of coordinated papers. Stacks have been made in so many themes and colors over the years. Happy members of the American Crafts family of products, they continue their pursuit of serving the consumer and their crafty needs with new paper stacks releasing several times a year in updated themes and colors. You can find them online and in a variety of craft stores.

To see all the amazing projects made by the Designer Crafts Connection please hop over to our blog. These papers were so much fun to play with - you will love what we came up with!