Inspiration Challenge #119

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Blog, Inspiration, layouts | 1 comment

I perused Pinterest for my latest inspiration -it’s based on a web design and it’s prety clean and simple. I’m guessing it’s not that new though since the hexagon shape is a fad/trend that been around for a while but I decided to use it this week:


And here’s my take. Look, another white background! :o


Next time I’ll try to use a different color background…or will I?

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Inspiration Challenge #118

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Blog, Inspiration, layouts | 0 comments

Greetings from a very rainy MA. It’s not snowing, so I’m not complaining. I spent the past week preparing for my daughter’s birthday party – no prizes for guessing the theme of this week’s layout! My inspiration came from a movie poster that I found on a new-to-me site: – a site for previewing new films. Lots of interesting movies = lots of wonderful movie posters! Here’s one that caught my eye:


And my take:


Still stuck on white backgrounds. Wonder if that will change this year?¬† How ’bout you?

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Inspiration Challenge #117

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Blog, Designer Digitals, Inspiration, layouts | 1 comment

Happy Tuesday! I’ve decided to keep going with my ad challenges this year, after taking a little break for December. This week I found inspiration at Designer Digitals – Katie provides new inspiration every week and I’m lifting her template challenge this week. I love the design she found at Threadsense:


Katie provides a free template which I used for my layout — you can download the template from DD. Here’s what I did – a quickie Christmas layout.


Quick, simple, easy. I think that might be my motto for 2014. We’ll see! How about you? Are you staying warm this cold and stormy January?

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Throwback Thursday: Looking forward, looking back

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Blog, layouts | 2 comments

Ah, the start of the new year (hey, I always take Jan 1st off – it’s still party time!), time to get organized, make lists, reflect on the past year and figure out a plan for the upcoming year. For the past few years I’ve compiled a list of my 10 favorite layouts from the past year. It seems like a pretty good tradition so here’s my list for 2013 – in no particular order:


Birthdays can be difficult to scrap when there’s lots of poor quality photos — especially indoor parties but I really like how this turned.


I really liked white backgrounds in 2013. And how cute are these two?


More white(ish). I definitely went the simpler route this year, cleaner, more straight lines.


Still loving blending photos, or even bits of photos.


Look! A paper page! With stitching!


I’m very punny…somtimes.



Did I mention that I was all about white backgrounds this year?


But then again, black is another go-to color. I made the layout above for Debbie Hodge’s Making it Mean seminar at Masterful Scrapbook Design.


This is probably my favorite of the whole year – it’s colorful (with a white background), has lots of photos arranged in a clean and simple way with pops of embellishments here and there. It’s me.

Link me up if you do your own top 10 layouts – I’d love to see. ¬†Looking forward, I’m still trying to think of a word for the year. I’m thinking it might be balance, not just in balancing work/life/family but the idea that there are two sides to everything and to think of what might be on the other side of issues. What about you? Do you pick a word for the year?

Happy 2014 everyone!

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Inspiration Challenge #116

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Blog, Inspiration, layouts | 1 comment

Greetings from snowy MA! It’s a yucky, wet, messy day here – perfect time to get a little scrapping in. I ripped a bunch of ads from some magazines last week and noticed that they are all pretty simple. Is this a trend in ads these days? Or do I only get magazines that have clean and simple ads? Hmmm…

In any case, here’s the ad:


Pretty simple, right? And here’s my interpretation:


At least the photos are bright and cheery! :)

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Inspiration Challenge #115

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Blog, Inspiration | 2 comments

It’s inspiration time – did you think that I forgot. I almost did forget to post. Oops! This week’s inspiration had a fun, woodsy background with room for lost of small photos:


It was the perfect chance for me to scrap some photos at my daughter’s first gymnastics meet:


I think I might have to do another interpretation with different photos, using a wood-grain background. I love that look. How about you? Until next week – happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!

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