Graduation Winner!

The winner of the Graduation Stamps and Die-namics is Tami F. Congratulation Tami! Please send me your address at lainalamb1 at so I send out your prize!

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Love, love the Graduation stamp set!!! Your layout is fab! I still have many graduation photos to scrap from my stepson’s 2012 graduation.

Graduation Stamps and Dies

Last June was a pretty special month for our family as our oldest son graduated from High School. I kept up with his Senior Album throughout the year and had it ready for his grad party at the end of June. (ok, maybe a few pages still need some journaling, gulp!) When I was making his album and creating the piles of congratulations cards needed for his friend’s parties, I realized I didn’t own a decent graduation stamp set. That needed to be corrected asap!


For my April release at My Favorite Things, I am happy to present Happy Graduation stamp set, Graduation Accents Die-namics, and Bright Lights Numbers & Symbols.

Head on over to the MFT Blog to see more of this graduation page I created with all of my new products! I also included a sketch for you to follow along with as well.

Want a chance to win all 3 products?!?! Head on over to the MFT Site, take a look at the three products linked above and let me know what your favorite stamp or accent is. Leave your comment below by Sunday at 12am EST. I will pick a random winner and post on Monday April 21. *Open to US Residents only.


Jillibean – Birthday Mini Album

I feel like today’s post needs to be a drive by hit and run. I’ve been in full gear this week with magazine assignments and graphic design work. We leave for our Spring Break trip in one week and I have soooo much to accomplish before then. Let’s just hope the boys haven’t grown too much over the Winter and can still fit into their warm weather clothes when I pack. (Last minute of course!)

I put this cute mini together for the Jillibean booth at CHA Winter 2104.

coverThe base pages are all made from Jillibean Soup Gift Bags from the Stampables collection. I bound the entire album together using my Zutter Bind It All and got the entire project done in one 1All of the papers and embellishments are from the new Birthday Bisque Collection plus a few other new items like the Mini Placemats and the Wood Nickels. The Wish Card is this picture is a Mini Placemat with green spray mist added.

page 2 detailThe album is for my little cutie Emmitt who just turned 10 in March. I made one spread for each year from ages 5 to 9. I mounted each picture to a tabbed card and then inserted the card into the gift bag 2

Because all of the products coordinate I was able to mix in some Wise Word stickers as mini page titles as 3 I will eventually add some journaling here. Hopefully….page 4 detail

page 4 and here. Adding journaling (when I make the time!) is pretty easy to do with the Bite Size Bits paper. It’s also fun to cut up and use as accents as 5

HB2U is another card from the Bite Size Bits. Celebrate is included with the Pea Pod Parts. Hands down my favorite Jillibean embellishment. Such a great value 6 page 7 page 8 page 8a page 8b page 8c page 9 page 10 page 10detail

Got a special occasion coming up? I bet Birthday Bisque would be perfect for capturing that day! Have a great weekend. I’ll be back next week.

Jillibean Share – First Day

Sharing more Jillibean on a Friday. Thursday got away from me once again. I’ve been busy (in a really good way) getting caught up with my role as a Go-To-Gal for Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking. New special print issues, regular monthly digital content and some great other projects are in the works. I’m making more things with my hands instead of a computer and it feels really great.

FirstDay2013My two little rascals on the first day of school this past Fall. They have grown and changed so much since these pictures were taken. Such a good reminder to me to make more photos and write down what they were like at this time.

The papers are a big mix of Jillibean papers from Cold Avocado, Happy Camper and Soup Staples II as well as the coordinating die cuts for each collections. The title was created with my Silhouette and one of my favorite tricks for straight letter placement. I like to reverse cut/negative cut the alphas from a strip or banner of paper and then simply adhere a contrasting paper to the back. Perfectly straight letters every time. This method is extremely helpful when using a thin font.

Have a great weekend? Got any scrappy plans? I’m going to work on a few assignments and then tackle unclogging several bottles of my favorite spray mist colors. Anyone have a brand that doesn’t clog up after a few uses? I’m on the market for some new ones! Link me up below!

Baseball Fever

It was 65 degrees here yesterday and baseball season is here. The men in my life are all huge baseball fans. (well, maybe not Cooper the artsy one) My husband Steve coaches our youngest son’s travel baseball team just as he did Max’s team when he was younger. They are finally able to get outdoors to practice and man oh man are they happy about it.

This Spring will be the first in 14 years that Max doesn’t play. He put his heart into the game throughout elementary school, middle school and eventually high school. When he left in the fall for college, he had the desire to continue at the college level. He tried out  for the team at Case Western and earned a spot but soon realized that it was time to hang up the cleats. Making the team was one thing, actually playing as a freshman versus the time away from his academics wasn’t an even trade. It was a hard decision for him but one that needed to be made. I will really miss watching him play this summer. Luckily we have little Emmitt our new slugger out there ready to smack some into center field.


I thought it would be fitting to share a baseball page today in honor of the season. This one is about Max’s Junior year season when he struggled a bit with his commitment to baseball and a lead in the school musical simultaneously. He’s an overachiever and quite proud of it!

Most of the product here is older pieces from my stash but can easily be replicated with simple patterns and colors. Thanks for stopping by!


Five on Friday

I’m off work today, the kiddos are at school and my craft room is calling! Such a perfect day.

5 Friday Fun Things to Share:
1. I simply cannot live without my Keurig machine. When I travel I secretly miss it more than my husband. (Kidding!) I have been on a quest for three years to find the perfect cinnamon k-cup. I’ve never been a fan of the Donut Shop brand and other k-cups have fell short. French Toast was the only suitable flavor I could find until I walked into Bed Bath and Beyond yesterday…the cinnamon quest is over folks.


2. Speaking of addictions, my other vice is ice cream. I may or may not hide my favorite flavors in the downstairs freezer from my kids. I mean, they wouldn’t like my picks anyway. Right? This one is my current fave and can be found at Wal-Mart until April. (Refer to cinnamon flavor addiction above.)



3. Brush Scripts are all the rage these days in crafting. Wolf in the City fits the script look, can be cut with a Cameo and best of all…it’s free! Download at

wolf-in-the-city-light_44. Moxie Fab is hosting a Stencil Challenge open until April 11th. Get the details here. I’m in…are you? I adore this card by Teri. Scribbles are cool. :)

5. I’m teaching myself to color again. I’ve been playing with InkTense Pencils and a Watercolor Pen.  What are your favorite sites for videos and coloring tutorials? Link me up in the comments below. I could use all the help I can get!


Have a great weekend. It’s going to hit 60 here in Cleveland on Sunday so I am a very happy girl!



Jillibean on Thursday





Another Thursday to share my continuing and eternal love for all things green, teal and navy. This page was made last fall for the Jilllibean blog.TheNextChapterBoth of the photos are 4×6, simply trimmed and cropped a bit to onto the page. I used my Cameo to cut the script title and some skinny Alphabeans to finish it. I added some washi tape accents at the top along with lots of little die cuts and stickers. The journaling is handwritten with a Zig Marker. I still love the thin tip on a Zig Marker better then any journaling pen out there. I like pages that are quick and easy and fun to make!


Go-To-Gal Designer Challenge – Echo Park

Each month the Paper Crafts Go-To-Gals challenge each other to create a project featuring products from a selected company.  This month we’re pleased to feature Echo Park.

I chose to make a 8.5×11 page with the About a Boy Collection by Lori Whitlock. I’m a huge fan of Echo Park . Lori’s collections never disappoint with their clean, graphic style and original geometric patterns.  I’ve had this paper pack for about a year now and have made 6 pages with it. I still have lots of paper and stickers to make many more!


themarket2Everything on the page is from the collection kit except for the Close to My Heart canvas letters. I misted those to match my page with Adirondack Color Wash in Stream. I also used tiny brads for a little added detail. (My attempt to start using some of the basics in my stash!)

Want to recreate this page? Easy as pie! I’ve included a sketch to download and print!


Be sure to stop by and see what my fellow Go-to Gals have made with their Echo Park products as well!

Jillibean Shares

It’s Friday and I forgot to post a Jillibean page yesterday! To make up for my lateness, I’ll share two instead!

PuppyLoveThat’s my puppy Frank. Without a doubt he is the baby of our family. All five of us spoil him to death. Those sad little eyes are just too hard to resist. We have had him for 6 years now and cannot imagine out lives without him. Funny fact about about our sweet little pug…he loves the little guys to bits and follows them all around the yard but when it comes to big brother Max…he completely ignores him! No matter Max does to gain his affection, Frank gives him the cold shoulder. It’s so funny because Max is not used to the rejection!

I used lots and lots of my favorite Jillibean B-sides on here. Can you tell how much I love blues and greens?

Time2PartyMore B-sides used here to create this colorful Grad Party Page. I love the look of the pastel colors against the kraft background.

Questions about how I made each of these? Ask away in the comments below!


Magical Memories Winner!

The lucky winner of the stamps and Die-namics is….Marcia Taylor! I will be contacting you shortly for your address to send your package. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and commented. I loved hearing everyone’s Disney stories past and present. Now I really want to go back! If you didn’t win, please stop back next week for another giveaway…it involves a very cute Smart Phone Die-namics and stamp. :)
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