I’m In the Mood: Hip Kit Club October Mood Board

I am always in the mood to scrapbook. All the pretty paper and embellishments just puts me immediately in a happy place. I wanted to pop in and share with you all one of my layouts with the October 2015 Hip Kit inspired by the October Mood Board. I was immediately drawn to the leaves and butterfly images as well as the gold touches and woodgrain. With the jammed packed paper and embellishments in the Hip Kit along with some items from my stash , I was able to put together a layout that really captures the spirit of the Mood Board. Take a look and let me know what you think!

Mood Board:

Mood Board Hip Kit Oct 2015Layout:

Say Yes Cover

Say Yes Detail 2

Say Yes Detail 1


Title: SAY YES. Cardstock: American Crafts (Storm, Peach); Stampin Up (Coral Calypso); Neenah Classic Crest (Natural White, Dessert Storm).  Patterned Paper: Pebbles-Jen Hadfield- DIY Home (Blue Skies, Wood Floors, 6×6 paper pad); American Crafts-DIY Shop (Thick Gold Stripe on White Paper); Chickaniddy (Gold Foil). Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Linens). Die Cut & Punches: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Linens); Stampin Up (Itty Bitty Accents); Nicole (Leaf Punch): Fiskars (Scallop Punch); Studio G (Mini Flower Punch); Crate Paper-Maggie Holmes (Confetti-Flower Die); Memory Box (Arched Stems); Impression Obsession (Layered Floral Set); Silhouette Design Studio (Design ID# 78459-Rose Decoration). .Embellishments: Pebbles-Jen Hadfield- DIY Home (Printed Chipboard Shapes); American Crafts- Thickers (Amy Tangerine-Grace); Queen & Co (Pearls Sunflower Yellow). Inks and Color: Stampin Up (Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral); Versamark (Watermark); Simon Says Stamp-Embossing Powder (Ultra fine Gold).  Picture: September 2011. Layout Completed: October 2015. Kit-Hip Kit Club (October 2015).



Manic Diecut Monday: Take a Picture it Last Longer

Not for nothing, there is a reason why I call my blog Just The Paper. Its all of the beautiful patterned paper that made me fall in love with scrapbooking. But once you get pulled into this subworld of adhesive, stickers and glitter you glom on to all the other wonders like Stamping and  Die Cutting. If you are reading this blog, then you likely know all the different ways (manual and electronic) you can make wonderful scrapbook embellishments with die cutting.  Personally, I am totally bicurious when it comes to die cutting. Although I have a Silhouette and a Cricut, I also still have tons of old Quickutz, Lifestyle now We R Memory Keepers, Spellbinders, Impression Obsession, Memory Box, Papertrey Ink and Simon Says Stamp dies and I don’t seem to be slowing down in my acquisitions (hoarding, collecting depending on whose asking).

So with all the above said,  I wanted to dedicate a Theme on the blog to my love of die cutting with all of the paper wonders that scrapbooking has to offer. First up for this Manic Diecut Monday is this layout:

Snapshot cover

Die Cut Details: What initially inspired the layout was the Dear Lizzy patterned paper with the cameras. I thought that a little die cutting would just turn up the fabulous of this patterned paper. This week I concentrated on Silhouette diecuts but stay tuned for more.

Snapshot 1

Snapshot 4

Snapshot 3

Thank you for stopping by. More to come. Celia.


Title: SNAPSHOT. Cardstock: American Crafts (Ash. Denim); Neenah Classic Crest (Antique Gray); Stampin Up (Raspberry Ripple). Patterned Paper: American Crafts Dear Lizzy-Polka Dot Party (Picture Perfect, Fascinating Friends) – Lucky Charm (6×6 paper pad); My Mind’s Eye-Cut & Paste (Charm-Carefree); Echo Park- All About a Boy (rough & Tough). Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Life in Pictures); Maya Road (Snapshot Words). Die Cut & Punches: EK Success (Dotted Wave); Silhouette (Love Heart Circle #39214, Photo Viewer #5525), Kerri Bradford (Life Additions #2). Embellishments: American Crafts Dear Lizzy-Polka Dot Party (Large Tags)- Lucky Charm (Printed Chipboard Shapes) -Fifth & Frolic (Brads)- Amy Tangerine-Yes, Please (Remarks Letter Sticker Book- Life); Freckled Fawn (Washi Tape, Camera Paperclip); Basic Grey- Capture (Label Stickers)- Kneehighs & Bowties (Brads)- Basics (Candy Buttons); October Afternoon-Eggnog (Enamel Dots); Tim Holtz- Ideology (Chitchat Stickers, Filmstrip Ribbon); Misc. (Camera Charm, Twine). Inks: Stampin Up (Costal Cabana); Hero Arts Shadow Ink (Soft Graphite).

Color Challenge: Color Stories Inspiration (CSI Case File #106)

After doing this latest CSI challenge – I feel like singing a little Color Me Bad because that is exactly how I felt after completing this layout. It was just magic. I saw the color scheme and I immediately thought of this picture of me I have been waiting for just the right inspiration to scrap. Printed the picture like a Polaroid, went through my stash of papers, project life cards and other tidbits and BAM case solved!

CSI Case File No. 106: With the CSI challenges, you must use all five colors in the scheme, at least 2 elements in your layout from the evidence list and at least 1 element from the testimony.


Case Solved- The Layout: As said above, the color scheme was perfect for this picture of me looking extra happy wearing a peachy orange top.  I pulled out the wonderful patterned paper by Chic Tags.  Most of us know this relatively new paper crafts company from their wonderful tags and other paper embellishment tidbits. They now have added patterned paper to their collections and I have to say I am smitten! I have always been a sucker for typography. So that coupled with the great heavy weight of their cardstock  and I could not have asked for a more perfect background to this layout.

Be Happy 1

Evidence: I was able to incorporate four design elements from the evidence list: (1)  Ombre effect (I used two Heidi Swapp Color Shine mist and a stencil to create a ombre effect on white paper as one of the foundation papers behind my focal point of pictures and embellishment); (2) Arrows (I was sneaky with this one by using a Silhouette die cut of a heart arrow to draw focus to my title and another arrow up to top to draw attention to my copic colored flowers and subtitle); (3) Gold (I smattered around gold embellishments throughout the layout with the gold heart up top, gold-edged sunburst label and gold scallop under the floral patterned paper); (4) Stripes (I was not completely sure if this qualifies but I used the chevron striped paper as an additional foundation paper).

Be Happy 4 Be Happy 5

Some pretty copic colored flowers just for you. Notice, I did not use the typical Momento Tuxedo Black but instead switched it out with the Momento London Fog. Because of the softness of the color palette I thought that the black ink would be too bold. The gray was just perfect to set off these flowers especially after adding a little sparkle with the Spica glitter pens- which does not pick up well on camera. I like to take cues from my patterned paper choices. The Basic Grey Fiction floral paper had these smaller flowers made of hearts as petals. So I mimicked that with a mini heart punch and red patterned paper.

Testimony: I numbered my journaling of three noteworthy quotes on happiness. So that brings me to testimony element number 2 and that is the quote from Audrey Hepburn which inspired my journaling. She says “..to be happy- its all that matters” (emphasis added).  That phrase inspired the choice of journaling and my title.

Be Happy 7

Thank you for stopping by. More to Come. Celia

UPDATE: I am immensely proud of this layout and I made the CSI “Watch List” for this Challenge!


Title: Be Happy.  Cardstock: American Crafts (White, Geyser); Neenah Classic Crest (Solar White); Core’dinations (VC Oasis, BM Warlock, Butter Cream). Patterned Paper: Chic Tags- Happy Place (Bookworm); American Crafts- Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go (On the Block); Basic Grey- Fact or Fiction (Fiction 6×6 paper pad); Studio Calico- Thataway (6×6 paper pad); Glitz- Wild & Free (6×6 paper pad- Dreamcatcher).  Stamps: Heartfelt Creations (Posy Patch, Striped Sun Kissed Fleur); Lawn Fawn (Blissful Botanicals); Studio Calico (Inked Class Kit)  Die Cut & Punches: Silhouette Design # (53848); Studio Calico Cut File (Inked Class Kit) QuicKutz (Oatmeal); Heartfelt Creations (Sun Kissed Fleur, Posy Patch); Memory Box (Norland Flower); Lawn Fawn (Blissful Botanicals); Simon Says Stamp (Be die);  EK Success (Zig Zag Edger, Swiss Cheese, Embossed Curve, Falling Leaves); Stampin’ Up (3/8 circle punch); Recollections (Mini Starburst); Studio G (Mini Heart). Stencils: Heidi Swapp- Spray Stencils (Heart Cluster). Embellishments: Chic Tags- Happy Place (Clear Tags); Project Life (Coral Edition); Elle Studio (Sweet Life Cutouts, Penelope Frames); Recollections (Washi Tape); Studio Calico (Letter Stickers Kit);  Skipping5 (Puffy Things); Basic Grey-Up, Up & Away (Mixed Brads); My Mind’s Eye (Cut & Paste-Tiny Word Stickers, The Sweetest Thing- Brads; Find Your Wings and Fly Sky’s the Limit– Brads, Enamel Dots); American Crafts-Dear Lizzy Fifth & Frolic (Accent & Phrase Stickers); October Afternoon (Woodland Park-Tidbits); Misc. (Pearl Dots).  Markers: Copic (E07, E93, E95, E97, Y11, Y13, Y15, YR23, G000, G00, BG32, Spica (Mint, Orange, Peach). Inks: Heidi Swapp- Color Shine (Coral, Peach); Momento (London Fog).

Papers so bright gotta wear shades!

While the distressed vintage look is very popular in scrapbook papers these days, I tend to gravitate towards those bright happy paper collections. In my earlier scrapbooking attempts way back in 2009 (hah!), I hoarded American Crafts paper collections: Teen, Metropolitan and Craft Fair.  These next two layouts showcase these wonderful American Crafts paper and one of my favorite subjects- friends! So put on those Raybans because its about to get real bright.

Both layouts have an excessive use of bright colors. As my style has evolved, I still love bright scrapbook paper collections but utilize more eye resting room. Hope you enjoyed this blast from the past.

Thank you for stopping by. More to come. Celia.