Welcome to “Use Your Scraps” Technique Blog Hop

If you are like me, you probably have a random pile of paper scraps that are calling out to be used on a project.  103132423_10157506368882934_5726353441318032680_oToday, we are going to show you some fun ways to use those scraps before you add to your pile.  If you have come here from Cat Nowak’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished taking a look at my Perfect Summer Day layout, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.


Scraps are something most paper crafters collect. We have plans to use them, but often forget we have them in our stash. This past month, I have been working my way through a bin of scraps, mixing and matching paper collections to create some fun little creations. Here is one I recently completed using quite a few scraps in my collection. 

Most people might have chosen to use purples with these photos, but I wanted to focus on the people so I picked papers that would draw your eyes to the kids playing in the water.  

When you take a look at the papers around the photos you will see a sun pattern paper to match the summer theme and some blue florals to match the boys’ swim trunks.  I tied them together using some glacier cardstock and some summer vibes papers. 

The stripes on that Summer Vibes paper is full of bright colors and I felt like it was the best way to tie all the summer colors together in these photos.  Next to the striped paper is another scrap from that collection and it has a slight wave pattern – perfect for reflecting the water the kids were playing in. 

Once the paper scraps were down onto the background and stitched into place, I decided to embellish the page with some leftover stickers and die cuts.  When I think of using up “scraps”, I also think about all those little bits of ephemera that remain after completing other projects. 

On this title, I used up some of those scraps, too.  I added some remaining Summer Vibes stickers layered onto a cloud that I had leftover from my Happiest Place album project. 

The cloud in the corner and the little blue tab also came from those Happiest Place “scraps”.  Whenever I finish a project, I place the leftovers in an organizer by color. That tab was the perfect shade of blue to match this page. All I had to do was stamp the date using an alphabet stamp set

I have a second page to go with this layout which I am still working to complete.  I also used quite a few scraps on it, but I have a few more details to add before I post it here on my blog. 


I hope you enjoyed today’s Use Your Scraps project and you were inspired to try something new. Now ‘Hop” on over to Lauren Moore’s Blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for using up those bits of paper scraps on your projects.  

Don’t forget, the products shown here will be retiring on August 31st. If you wish to recreate this design, stop by my website and grab yourself a few supplies before they are gone. 

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Welcome to the Paper Piecing Technique Blog Hop

Our talented technique blog hop team team is at it again creating projects just for you using a variety of Close to My Heart products. 102932174_10157506350477934_6111016736239477906_oThis month, we are showing you some lovely Paper Piecing techniques. If you have come here from Cat Nowak’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished taking a look at my Sweet Summer Bunch layout, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.


Normally, I have some how-to photos or a short video to view for these technique hops, but right now my craft space looks like a paper factory blew up as I balance crafting with a huge renovation project in the front yard, so, today we are going to keep it simple as I show you a few of the techniques I used on my Sweet Summer Bunch layout and give you a few tips for Paper Piecing stamped images. 

I chose to make this layout as bright and as colorful and as lively as the children in the photos – my little summer bunch.  In the year 2000, our children were 1, 3, 5, and 6 which made each day quite the adventure. 

To match the vivid, childish, “bunch” theme, I chose to use the little girl image from the July stamp of the month.   She is so sweet and full of color and perfect for paper piecing. 

After stamping the entire image onto White Daisy cardstock, I stamped the dress portion onto some pink plaid Blue Skies paper and the flowers onto some vellum which was heat-embossed.  I shaded the flowers using matching Tri-Blend markers then got to work on paper piecing. 

When you are cutting images out for paper piecing, you will want cut outside the stamped line (most of the time).  By cutting outside the line, your stamped image appears continuous.  Now, I did say “most of the time” because, on this image, I also cut inside the black line around the stems of the flowers. This allowed the stamped portion of the stems to pop through and look three-dimensional. 

When you look at the image up-close, you can see where I cut the pattern paper and the vellum. Layering those papers onto this stamped image gives it such a unique look.  I like how to vellum softens the darker tones of the flowers to match the soft tones of the Mix-In papers I used in the background. 

The remaining portions of my layout were created using a variety of products I had on hand.  My goal this year is to “use what I have” as I create my scrapbook pages.  You will probably see one or two little retired items, but almost everything on this layout is current – just not all from the same paper suite. 

The title was created using some stickers that I had leftover from a Story By Stacy mini-album, a Cricut cut from the Summer Vibes collection, and letters stamped using the Chronicle Type stamp set.  I embellished the title with a vellum flower cut from Stitched Together which I dry embossed with polka-dots. 

All three flowers have polka-dots and wooden buttons in the center.  I love the whimsical look they create. 

The photo was embellished with leftover tags, another Story By Stacy item, and some Summer Vibes paper and stickers.  Mixing and matching various paper suites is easy to do when you stick to the same color scheme and add a few basics to balance the clusters. 


I hope you enjoyed today’s Paper Piecing project and you were inspired to try something new. Now ‘Hop” on over to Lauren Moore’s Blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for using Paper Piecing on your projects.  

Don’t forget, the July Stamp of the Month is only available through July 31st. If you wish to recreate this design, stop by my website and find out how you can get it for only $5.00. 

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Flip-Flap Fun with the Creative Design Team

It’s time for another Creative Design Team video collab! I am so excited to share my bright Fun in the Sunshine layout with you which uses Flip-Flaps.  This month, our team has created a series of videos showing you a variety of creative ways to use your flip-flaps. 

So, what are Flip-Flaps, you ask?  Flip-Flaps are an adhesive photo pocket that you can use for photos, journalling, or memorabilia. They come in a wide-range of sizes from two-by-two up to six-by-twelve.

On my layout, I chose to use two 4-inch flip-flaps to create a door/gate on my page and an altered 6″ x 12″ flip-flap to add more photos and a large space for journalling on the layout.  Here is what it looks like with all of the Flip-Flap pockets opened up. 

Being able to place more photos on the page is one of the main reasons I use our Flip-Flaps.  I can place all the memories from a single event on one layout without having to create another page. 

I am sure you are eager to watch all of the Creative Design Team tutorials.  So, before I tell you more about my Fun in the Sunshine layout, here is a direct link to my video.  You can find links to all the other Creative Design Team projects in the video description. 

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One of my favorite parts about being a consultant is getting to show people how to use what they have in their crafting stash.  Many of you probably have a few flip-flaps in your collection that you may or may not know how to use OR maybe you have seen those little pockets on my website and have NO CLUE what they are used for.  Let me show you one of the ways that I used flip-flaps on this project. 

Before we start, take a a look at the layout as it will sit in my album.

Do you see where the flip-flaps are? It can be difficult to find them, but when you scroll up to the other photo above, you will be able to see where the altered 6″ x 12″ flip-flap sits and where the two smaller flip-flaps are placed.  

The two flip-flaps on the right page were created to form a door or gate on my page.  After I created the base page with photos, I adhered the two 4-inch flip-flaps directly onto my memory protector. 

You will need to make sure the adhesive is face-up when inserting your photos. This allows for the flap to be folded under once the adhesive strip is removed.  There are some who prefer to place flip-flaps directly onto the layout and tuck the adhesive under the photos. This requires you to cut a slit in your memory protector to fish the flip-flaps through. (I show this method in the video.)

I like to have a way for people to “open” the doors on my pages. Sometimes I use a loop of ribbon or a tab – on this layout I used two heart-shaped stickers from the Blue Skies collection

By placing one heart on the front and one on the back of the flip-flap, I created a little tab to open the “doors”.  To embellish it even more, I added a wood button threaded with white twine. How cute is that?!

Most of the items on these two pages come from the Blue Skies collection, but I also grabbed elements from our new Summer Vibes collection. Both have bright stickers, papers, and PML cards that play perfectly together. 

The title was created using a combination of phrases from Blue skies paired with Blue Skies stickers, Summer Vibes stickers, and sunglasses cut from a Summer Vibes PML card. I just adore how well each little element creates a fun summer feel. 

On the inside of the large flip-flap, I created a journal page with a cluster of Blue Skies flower stickers, leftover tags, and a camera cut from another Summer Vibes PML card. 

There are so many adorable little elements on both of these pages that show off those summer photos of my children playing in the park AND I was able to add more photos and a large space to write my memories using flip-flaps. 


I hope that today’s project inspired you to dig out those flip-flaps and try something new.  To view all of the Creative Design Team projects, you can click on the YouTube video link, go to “learn more” (down arrow on a device), and see the full list OR click the Design Team link in the menu above. 

Make sure to stop by each one of the Creative Design Team project videos to learn more Creative Ways to use those flip-flaps. 

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today