Summer Stories | June Kit

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Summer is my favorite season. I gleefully bask in the warm weather, inhale the scent of honeysuckles, and devour ripe peaches. So when I spied this new paper from Simple Stories, I was inspired to create a kit to reflect my love of summer.


Simple Stories, Sunshine and Happiness, Shine Bright

To go with this sunshine-y pattern, I chose these papers:


Pink Paislee, Fancy Free, Paper 06


Pink Paislee, Outfitters, Paper 04


Bella Blvd, Illustrated Faith, Whatever Is Lovely, 3×4


Bella Blvd, Fresh Market, Freshly Picked


Bella Blvd, Fresh Market, Freshly Squeezed


Bella Blvd, Fresh Market, Daily Details


Echo Park, Party Time, Celebrate


Simple Stories, Sunshine and Happiness, Oh Yeah

I picked a variety of embellishments that would coordinate with my papers as well as give me a good choice of products to use.


Bella Blvd, Fruit Punch, Cardstock Stickers, Tiny Text Alphas


Bella Blvd, Fresh Market, Cardstock Stickers, Treasures and Text


Simple Stories, Bloom and Grow, Decorative Brads


My Mind’s Eye, Market Street, Flair Pins


Echo Park, Party Time, Enamel Dots

Bella Blvd, Illustrated Faith, She Blooms, Washi Tape, Bloom


Bella Blvd, Illustrated Faith, She Blooms, Icons


Bella Blvd, Cute Clips, Pretty Posh


Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Bloom, Delights with Foil Accents

Already I have a number of warm-weather photographs to scrapbook. I am looking forward to using this kit, which I am calling Summer Stories.

Now go create!

The Last of Cheers!

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I finished up using most of my Cheers! kit with two more layouts.

In order to use up the other half of the patterned paper I used on the Play Time layout, I created this page.


We bought a new grill recently and had our first cookout of the year. I took several photos and chose three to use on this page.

Finally, I used up the remaining floral paper on this layout.


I did not use many embellishments since the paper is so bold. I also converted my photo to black-and-white so that it would stand out against the floral pattern.

So that’s it! I have enjoyed playing with this kit, even though a couple of the products did not turn out as expected. (You can read about these products here and here.) I hope these posts inspired you to make your own kit to use for your next pages.

Now go create!

Play Time

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I have been slowly working my way through my current kit, Cheers!, and I am realizing how much I miss having a local scrapbook store. Two of the items I purchased have been unexpected and unusable on a scrapbook page.

I wrote about the party fans in this post.


And now I am seeing that the cute clothespins with the stars are just too chunky to use on an actual page.


If I had seen these items in the store, I probably would have left them on the shelf. I use fairly flat embellishments on my pages.

On the bright side, however, I now have some cheery party fans to hang up around my house. And I know that I will find some use for the darling clothespins–maybe in the Week in the Life album that I am planning?

Anyway, the next layout I made with this kit uses a sketch from the Citrus Twist Kit blog. I love the CTK Sunday sketch series! I have several of the sketches pinned for future inspiration.


The layout features photos of my kids playing a tabletop air hockey game. I love to listen to them play together because the always make up their own rules and then accuse each other of cheating–so funny! So I documented this story on this page.


I found myself using some embellishments left over from another kit since I am short on product in the Cheers! kit. Luckily these embellishments coordinated well with the colors in my current kit.

Now go create!


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So here it is in reality–my newest kit–Cheers! (For a look at how I created this kit, see this post.)


Now that I have the papers and embellishments in hand, I just keep thinking how cheery this collection is. Thus the name–Cheers!

My first layout for this kit is based on this sketch by Sherry Stringfield at Sketch Savvy.


The sketch is fairly simple and the papers complemented my spring flower photographs–definitely a cheery subject for me! Although the sketch suggested using two patterned papers in the background, I chose to use a solid cardstock with the butterfly paper since I wanted my pictures to stand out.


Check back here for more projects made with the Cheers! kit.

Now go create!

Uh Oh!

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When I was writing this post about my most recent kit, I was awaiting its arrival by UPS as I was sitting at my computer. After the post went live, I received my kit. Imagine my surprise when I opened the box and found that these:


were actually authentic party fans! [insert embarrassed emoji here]

I mistakenly assumed that these cute items were small embellishments that could be used on a scrapbook page, similar to these:


Uh Oh!

Oh well. What is a scrapbooker to do? I am sure that I will find a use for these party fans–they are pretty snazzy. Maybe a Memorial Day celebration?

Now go create!