Hey, Sunshine! {Paper Camellia Design Team}

Thanks for stopping by! Today I’m over at the Paper Camellia Blog sharing my last layout I made with the May kit and the Add-On Kit! Just when I think I have all the gold Thickers I possibly can Ria finds yet another beautiful set to bless my scrap desk with!


This Cienna line from Elle’s Studio is absolutely stunning! I always think I’m more of a bright person, but sometimes the muted tones are just what I’m looking for. Those Amy Tan tags made me super happy, too!


Happy Everyday

I have TWO boys. Really, I do. I know you see a LOT of my littlest fella, Caden. However, I will tell you his older brother has multiple scrapbooks already. More importantly, he’s a teenager and teenage boys don’t like having their photos taken, unless it’s a selfie, and even then I’m pretty sure it’s a stretch. So, in my quest to catch up a little with Caden’s books and get non-selfie photos of my teenager you will likely see this little guy A LOT. (even though 10 is not so little anymore)

I created this page using lots of Amy Tan and Heidi Swapp from the December Paper Camillia Main Scrapbooking Kit and some gorgeous watercolors!

Being the mom of boys I don’t use florally, feminine papers or embellishments very often, but I feel like they worked really well with the accompanying photos.  Many lines don’t inspire me in a masculine sense, but I tend to push the envelope couldn’t be more thrilled with how these turned out!



We live in a river town. The boys’ school is on the banks of the river. It’s pretty and quaint and beautiful and really any number of adjectives could apply here. River towns have turtle season, at least ours does. Kind of like deer season, but turtles. It’s mostly when the babies hatch and head toward the water, but a lot of times they get confused and head right into oncoming traffic. Main Street or appropriately named River Park Drive runs along the river banks, too. As you can imagine, not so good during confused turtle season.

I picked this smiley boy up from preschool one day and we took a little detour and found this cute reptile slowly meandering down the middle of the road. We walked down to the river’s edge and put him by the water hoping to save him from his impending death. I don’t know if he stayed there, but Caden sure enjoyed seeing him close up. I grew up right across from the river and would have turtles in my bathtub frequently. This photo still makes me giggle because the turtle tinkled on him and he laughed HYSTERICALLY. Apparently, turtle pee on your shirt is pretty funny when you’re 4.  Turtle rescuing. . .  definitely high five worthy.


Watercolors. Amy Tan. Heidi Swapp. That bunny . . . get it? The tortoise and the hare? I couldn’t help myself.

Game On!

Tiny, little houses neatly lined up on a colorful Monopoly board. Happiness. Wouldn’t you agree?

We love this game at our home and often times we will start mid-afternoon on Sunday and finish just before bedtime (much to my husband’s dismay!) Now that our two boys are old enough to understand how the game is played they have become quite the little strategists.

As soon as I saw that Paper Issues was doing a Get Your Game On Issue I knew exactly what I would be featuring on my layout.


This layout came together with lots of Amy Tangerine and Heidi Swapp elements! Those two just seem to fit my bright style most of the time.


How fun are these triangles turned and used as arrows? I’m finding more and more reasons to use and love geometric shapes in my layout design.



Super fun bits and pieces! I really love how this layout came together! Definitely H A P P Y!!

If you haven’t linked up to the current issue yet, you should head over there and do just that for a chance to win a gift certificate from the Paper Issues Shop!  While your there – be sure to use code SUNSHINE to get yourself some Amy Tangerine and Heidi Swapp for yourself!


Love You More

The current sketch over at Paper Issues was designed by our very own brilliant Jennifer Chapin.  The sketches are so much fun as both a challenge and inspiration and can be used for cards or layouts.

November Sketch PI

Here is the layout I created based on the current sketch.


Products used on this paper were from Maggie Holmes, Ruby Rock It, Amy Tangerine, and Heidi Swapp.


Head over and link up and while your there you can find a card sketch by Corri, too!

Have fun!

Heidi Swapp Meets Amy Tan

I wish I could say I use all of one line when I put pages together, but I organize by color and not so much brand. I love both of these designers and their amazing work. I find that I’m usually drawn to their products because of the bold colors, symbols, and perfect sentiments every time.


I’ve had this photo forever and duplicated it several times yet it’s never made it onto a layout until I was looking for inspiration yesterday. The majority of the products on here are from Amy Tangerine Plus One, Kiwi and Heidi’s Favorite Things line for Project Life.  The rewind worked well considering we are already in different places in our lives compared to when this was taken.  The wood veneer arrows worked perfectly for the rewind symbol!

love 2

I couldn’t help but use bling and the female wood veneer for the simple fact that most of my layouts are boy related so it’s fun for me to pull out all the girly elements when I do a page for myself.

I love this page and I love these girls.