Love Your Stash: Reinvent a Scrapbook Kit

The Creative Design Team had many requests asking us to extend the Love Your Stash series, so we decided to continue challenging ourselves to use our craft stash all year long. Our Love Your Stash challenge began with a weekly video collab in February. Each challenge required us to use a specific item in our craft space. We have enjoyed this challenge just as much as you have and will be continuing to add to the playlist at the beginning of each month. Make sure that you subscribe to our channels so that you don’t miss each month’s mini-series.


Not only has my goal been to use up some of my craft stash, but I am also trying to use up some of the many Craft With Heart kits I have tucked away in my closet. Two years ago, I started receiving my Craft with Heart kits in the mail and, at first, I struggled with the designs. I want my pages to be original and match the theme of my photos, but I felt like the kits were too structured and wouldn’t work for my designs.

Instead of canceling the subscription, I decided to take another look at the components in the kits. I realized that I don’t have to follow the instruction sheet, I can add to the kit, and I can rearrange the pages to match my photos. That is exactly what I did for my Dam Tower Layout.

Before I share my process video with you, I want to show you a few of the changes I made to this scrapbook kit.

In the kit, I received a preprinted background sheet, some photo mats, stickers, and die cuts. The original July 2020 layout was designed to look like this.

A few of the components that came with the kit worked perfectly for my design – the title, the blue stripes and tags, and the paprika-colored elements. This kit also contained some bright green elements and spaces for horizontal and smaller photos. My photos are vertical and I didn’t want to trim them down to the smaller size plus bright green didn’t seem to fit the mountain theme.

My first step was to cover up the smaller blue photo mat on the pre-printed background. I chose an outdoor-themed pattern paper from my stash and added a strip of it to the page. I have to admit, the photo mats on the backgrounds are something I wish were left off the kits. They don’t always match the size or orientation of my photos.

To match the pattern paper, I matted my photos in Toffee cardstock and added them to the page. I did trim down one of the photos to match the vertical strip of photos on the original design. Under one of the photos, I used the little flag and banner stickers that came with the kit.

I also used the blue tag that came with the kit because it matched the beautiful blue sky in the background. The round tag was created using one of the kit’s photo mats. I liked the look of the round tag on the original design, but it was that bright green color, so I chose to replicate it using some tag thin cuts.

The photo mats that came in the kit were designed for those 3×4 photos, which I didn’t have, so I used the pattern paper mats to create that round tag and to replicate the flag on the left page.

On the flag, I added some pine tree stickers from my stash. These photos were taken in the mountains and I wanted to create an outdoor feel on the pages. The addition of the pine trees, “wonder” tag, and wood shapes give you a feeling of being outdoors on a little road trip.

The title on this layout was perfect for my design, so I kept it. I simply moved it over a little and added some little additions from my stash above it. I also used up some acrylic shapes and some brads from my stash. Brads are one thing I have SO MANY OF, and it felt good to use up a few on these pages.

If you wish to recreate this layout or see a few tips and tricks for reinventing a scrapbook kit, you can view my process video. In the video description, I have added links to all the other Creative Design Team channels so that you can view their May Love Your Stash videos.

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I hope that you enjoyed this month’s Love Your Stash video and that you were inspired to take another look at your Craft With Heart kits.

If you would like to learn more about these monthly scrapbook kits, you can learn how to subscribe on my website. You can also view the current kits available so that you can see what you will be receiving in the mail. It is easy to do and you have multiple subscription options. Each kit comes with everything you need to make two full-size layouts plus memory protectors. All you need is adhesive and a journaling pen.

Thank you again for view our Love Your Stash challenge and for all the kind comments to continue the series. I hope that you are enjoying all of the inspiration each month.

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It’s a National Scrapbook Month Blog Hop!

No matter what type of paper crafts you enjoy, you are going to love our National Scrapbooking month bundle. Throughout May, we have a beautiful, gemstone-inspired collection called You Are Enough, and our blog hop team has been working hard on some projects to show you ways that you can use this collection.

Our monthly blog hops are a wonderful way for you to gather a few ideas for future projects. Feel free to Pin these projects directly from our blogs and save them for later.  You may be just starting here or you may have come from Cat Nowak’s blog – either way, you are in the right place. When you are finished viewing my Beautiful Butterfly cards, click the link at the end of my post to “hop” on over to the next website. If you get lost along the way, you will find the list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


Many of you have already gotten a sneak peek of the new You Are Enough collection in my recent Color Theory video. At first, I wasn’t quite sure how much I would enjoy the rose gold – bling is not really my thing – but oh, my, goodness! After seeing it in person and creating that layout, I couldn’t wait to start making a few cards.

Both of these cards are simple in design. I used the papers, coordinating cardstock, stamps, thin cuts, and those adorable butterfly dies from the collection.

The Thank You card was an easy one to make. It started as more complicated fun fold, but after two hours of fussing around and making mistakes, I decided just to keep it super simple. The base was decorated with a strip of You Are Enough paper. I love all the little sentiments on this design.

After adding some splashes of black shimmer, I stamped the heart and sentiment in black, then added the beautiful butterfly motif.

The butterfly was cut out of pattern paper and vellum using the Layered Butterfly thin cuts. I placed the layers atop a starburst die-cut that I created using the stamp and thin cut bundle.

In the center of the butterfly are some Rose Gold sequins. These little sequins match perfectly with this collection, so make sure you snag a few with your You Are Enough order. If you have run out of or don’t have these rose gold gems, you could use Rose Gold Liquid Pearls for the butterfly in place of the sequins.

The second card has a similar horizontal design with a little lace added. I cut my card front in half so that I could add that little bit of lace using the Fancy Borders thin cuts.

Across the top of the card, I added a strip of that beautiful Glacier Blue and Rose Gold cardstock. These ornate designs are simply stunning! I love how the package of coordinating cardstock includes both the rose gold designs and non-pattern pieces for projects.

Again, I added a butterfly design atop that stamped starburst. Both of my butterflies are built with three layers – a flat pattern piece on the base, a folded pattern piece, and a vellum piece.

In the center of this butterfly, I added some Blue Belle gems. If you have this Layered Butterfly thin cut on your wishlist, I would suggest you grab it sooner than later. These five metal dies are sized at 3¾”and 1½” and I am guessing they are going to be VERY popular and might sell out before the special ends. Remember, these You Are Enough items are only available while supplies last.


I hope that these Beautiful Butterfly cards gave you a taste of how striking the You Are Enough collection is and showed you a few new ways to use the bundle. Now head on over to Megan Lawrence’s blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all of the blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas.  

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Back to School Layout | Video Collab

Our Creative Design Team is back with another video collab for you. This month, we are sharing a variety of Color Theory projects and showing you ways you can combine color on your designs. If you are new to my blog and haven’t heard about our Creative Design Team, you can read more about them here.


I was a little late to sign up this month, and ended up choosing Secondary Colors for my Color Theory project. Before I share more about that color palette, let me warn you that I went waaayyy outside the box – which is something I usually do. Instead of your typical bright secondary colors, I “shifted” the color wheel a little and used a version of orange, green, and purple in the tertiary shades.

My Back to Virtual School layout features peach, peacock, and mulberry. This is a version of secondary colors in the tertiary color palette. I love how all of these colors came together on this page.

If you have no idea what I am talking about when I say Secondary and Tertiary colors, let me give you a quick little color wheel lesson.

All colors are based on three Primary Colors – Red, Blue, and Yellow. It is these three colors that make up all of the other colors. By simply adding white, black, or combining the colors, you get another color on the color wheel.

Secondary Colors are the colors created when you combine primary colors. Red mixed with Yellow creates Orange. Blue mixed with Yellow creates Green. Red mixed with Blue creates Purple or Violet.

If I were to use just secondary colors on a layout, it would look like this. Here is a birthday layout I created a while back using Purple and Green with a hint of Orange.

Now let’s take a look at how I “shifted” the color wheel to create a secondary-like combination on my Back to Virtual School layout.

On my page, I used Peach for my orange, Peacock for green, and Mulberry for violet. These three colors are considered Tertiary colors. Tertiary colors are combinations of primary and secondary colors.

Did she just say mulberry?? Yes, I did! On this layout, I just gave you a sneak peek at a NEW color and paper pack coming in May. 😉

Throughout the layout a used a few patterns and stickers from the upcoming You Are Enough collection. I am just loving these new colors and the addition of Rose Gold and I can’t wait to share more projects with you.


Now that I have explained how I created this twist on a Secondary Color palette and explained to you what Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary colors are, let’s take a look at the process video.

In this video, I share a few more twists on secondary colors and show you how this scrapbook layout came together.

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So, are you ready to give this color combination a try? This little twist on the secondary color palette is just one of the ways you can combine color on your projects. I want you to be able to expand your thoughts on color and try new combinations on your upcoming projects.

Our Creative Design Team has quite a few other Color Theory ideas for you this month. Make sure you stop by each of their channels to see what they have made for you. If you missed any past videos, you can view our Creative Design Team playlist.

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here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)