For The Love Of Homemade Kits: The 4, 5 &6 Train

Aloha My scrappy Friends!! I hope this month is treating you well. This month is flying by, which is typical of this time of the year. Between school, chores and appts and then gearing up for the holidays we are busy doing something around my house. I am finding it hard to remember to take photos, because we do the same types of things throughout our week, but nothing amazing. There are only so many photos I can take of my kids working in the notebooks, or grocery shopping carts or sitting in the doctors waiting room.

When you get busy do you often forget to document the mundane or do you try to find things that are special throughout the week to document. I think in this up coming month I am going to try to use prompts to spice up what I am taking photos of. When I am not taking holiday or December Daily types of photos.

Okay enough yapping and on to the layout I want to share with you all today.


I have been participating in the series For The Love Of Homemade Kits for about 7 months now I think. This is Round 8 I think, is it bad I don’t remember?! I really enjoy making kits from my stash. Over the months I have really been able to dig into my stash and use up papers I never thought I would use. That feels oh so good too.


This months kit is so fun, we are using a city themed photo for the inspiration for making our kit. When I created my kit I had so many ideas of stories I wanted to tell about my adventures and experiences with living in or near cities all over the country. I have lived near New York City and near Honolulu. two of the coolest cities in our country. Yet so different and I knew this kit would get me telling these stories.

I will admit though that my mojo slump has made it hard to tell these stories because I wasn’t sure exactly how I would tell them. I don’t necessarily have pictures of traffic in Honolulu, or a subway train photo from New York City. This is where having a printer and ink at home really help with scrapbooking and storytelling. Also having good photo storage so you can find these photos that can help tell your story.

Basically this month (this kit) I had to remind myself that it’s okay to change to your style and how you tell the stories you want to document. It’s ok if for right now you don’t have a picture or your picture isn’t the perfect one. it’s okay to later add that perfect photo that is sitting somewhere on that hard drive, or to take one when or if I am ever in those places again.

That is how this layout for this week came about. I was really irritated that the flow of my layouts weren’t working with my kit. The embellishments weren’t working with the stories I was telling with the papers I was using. Then the light bulb went off. Why do I need a lot of embellishments anyway? I really just want to tell these stories. Why do I need a photo? Yes, photos are nice but it’s not always the case to have a photo of the things I am telling on my cardstock. This is okay. Just go with it.


This is what I came up with!!


This layout has tons of journaling. Which I love. I used my ruler to draw straight lines to write on. This keeps my lines straight and ensure that I actually have enough space. Which I almost didn’t. img_0898

I used some of the numbers in my embellishments for the title. I love how big they are and really stand out. I added tile alphas for the words in my title. I would have just used the black ones, but ran out of e’s. I actually am glad for this little detour because it really helps the title stand out more. It’s what this layout is all about. The 4,5, & 6 Train (subway lines) that I used to take once in the city to get to Mt. Sinai Hospital. I would ride from Ossining to Grand Central Station and then take the 4,5 &6 train back up towards Harlem. I have so many memories of being on the train since it was a trip I took once a month. I would either hit up a Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks for coffee and then go into a deli for a sandwich and snack for while I got infusion which would take about 6 or so hours. The smell of traffic and baking bread with coffee were always strong in the air. It is one of those experiences and memories that I did so often but not barely feel like it was a part of my life. This was about 10 years ago already. I wish I could share this memories with my kids. I love that my kids have had the experience of being submerged into cultures and places I really didn’t get until older. I want them to appreciate each place we have lived for it’s amazing pluses and not all the craziness that many of them can have too.

It felt really good to get this story down. To share just a little bit of what life was like before they were born.



I love this cut apart from the Dear Lizzy Saturday Collection. It reminds me of the subway signs that you see all over marking which trains are where.


I added the amberstand from my stash. (It was from a die from PinkFresh Studio.) I had one in my kit but it was facing the wrong direction and I really wanted a color of pattern that would stand out but not clash with the pattern paper I used up at the top of the white cardstock.


I also added a cluster up on the right hand side of the patterned paper that looks like the subway line maps down in the subway showing which line is where and where it runs too. The fun bright colors make the layout nice and cheerful!


These pieces were from my kit and matched the colors of the paper. I like that I was able to use a few things up and do a little something on the layout.

Overall I am really pleased with this layout. I feel like doing this layout I really have started to get over this mojo hump. It mainly was me changing the way I was doing things. Sometimes it is easy to get in this rut of doing things the same way. We either need to be ok with doing things the same or change it up. I choose to change it up every time.

I do not have a video for this layout. Because of my mojo slump I have been trying to create without always having a camera on. Taking my time. I am hoping that as my mojo comes back I can record more. because I think this layout would have been fun to see the process. I hope I have shared enough today that you feel like I shared enough of my process though.

Here is one last look at my finished layout.


We have one more layout left with this kit and I think we may try to do a mini kit for December to keep things nice and light. So look forward to seeing my other layouts with my kit.

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SpiegelMom Scraps What About Wednesday: Changing a Sketch

Aloha My Scrappy Friends!! Have you ever needed to change a sketch? Are you the kind of scrapper that likes to stick to the sketch? Either way is right!!

Come over to the SpiegelMom Scraps Blog and see how I changed the sketch we are using this week with our Team Up with Let’s Get Sketchy.

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If you are interested in any of the Sequins and cork stars in this layout, Use my code Hannah15 and get 15% off your order!!

Also be on the look out for a process video for this layout on my Youtube Channel later this week !!

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Free Flow Wednesday Nov 16th

Aloha My Scrappy Friends!!

I am up on the Crafty Maven Getaway Youtube Channel today for Free Flow Wednesday. I am making a boy themed layout with the Crafte Paper Cool Kid Collection.

Here is a look at my process video.


Here is a look at the finished layout. I love how it turned out!!


Hope you were inspired Today!!

Have a great week.


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What About Wednesday:Let’s Get Sketchy Team Up

Aloha My Scrappy Friends!! I hope your week is going well!! I feel like this week has been going strong, long and hard. There is so much going on all around me in this world. It’s times like this I am thankful I can cuddle on the couch with the family and take time to relax from the world. Then head into my scrap room and create to get those memories down!

For the whole month of November The SpiegelMom Scraps Design Team is teaming up with the Let’s Get Sketchy Design Team. We are using a different sketch each week to help inspire us!! Isn’t that exciting?! I think it is I love using sketches, they are such a big help!!

Today I am over at the SpiegelMom Scraps Blog sharing my first layout with a sketch we have provided for the Team Up.

Here is a little sneak of what you will see on the blog over there!!


I am still working on my Cozy Album so come along and join the Let’s Get Sketchy Team Up!!!

Also don’t forget that if you use my code Hannah15 on your SpiegelMom Scraps Order you can get a 15% discount!!

Have an inspired Week!!


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The Crafty Maven In Your Pocket Tuesday Nov 8

Aloha!! I am up on The Crafty Maven Getaway Today!! I am excited to do a spread in a pocket page, it has been a while. As many of you know who follow me, I dabble in pocket pages but I do not consistently scrap in pockets. I would like to think that this helps me be more creative in my pockets when I do use them.

If you would like to watch my process while I make my cover page for my December Daily Album you can watch it here,


If you want to see more Close ups You can also visit The Crafty Maven Blog.

Also if you like the sequins in this shaker Pocket, check out the SpiegelMom Scraps Store. (Use my code Hannah15 and you can get 15% off your order)

I hope you all have an inspired Week This week!!


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SpiegelMom Scraps November Blog Hop


Aloha My Scrappy Friends!! It is the beginning of the month again!! I know I say this all the time, but I am always amazed at how fast this time of the year goes. Before we know it it will be holiday season, with christmas around the corner.

Even though it often flies by quickly I love blog hop time. I love revisiting my friends blogs and catching up on what they have been creating within the month. I often will look through their blog and see all the goodness they have been sharing. This team I am on, the Spiegel Mom Scraps team is so inspiring. They encourage me to keep pushing and striving to be more creative each month. I love that about our group!!

I hope you feel the same way as you are hopping along this month, inspired to go create something beautiful and meaningful to your life and family. Whether you are a family of one, ten or in between.

Lets move along on this hop, shall we. Don’t forget that I have the list of the ladies joining in on the hop this month, if you at all get lost along the way. You should have come from Sarah’s blog! Isn’t her work so pretty?!

This month I am going to be sharing tons of 8 1/2 x 11 layouts for my Cozy Album I am working on. I am making layouts of tons of things we do in this holiday and winter season that pertain to cozy. I want to add lots of recipes and it to have more of that homey old style scrapbook feel.

Today I am sharing a layout a made about Christmas wreaths. For the past six years we have lived in a place that was much warmer in temperature for Christmas. It’s just how it is there. No changing it. My kids really don’t think anything about it. It is all they know. But my husband and I grew up in the east. I am from upstate New York, and christmas time is most usually cold and maybe even snowy.

There is something about a christmas wreath that means snow, chilly fingers, and the smell of evergreen in the air. It makes Christmas time come alive. Since we have been married I have have some kind of wreath hanging up around the holidays. This is my favorite time of the year. I think it’s all the cheer, and memories I had growing up. It’s fun.

When we were in Hawaii I started buying real evergreen bough wreaths to put on top of our table. At the beginning of the holiday season you could get them at the local commissary. It was the only way to get that real christmas feel. It might have been a little more money than I wanted to spend for evergreen limbs, that really weren’t all that impressive looking. But I wanted the kids to have a little bit of what I grew up with in terms of memories of the holiday season.

This is the perfect type of story or thing to add to my album. Something we can look back on and say, this is why mom did this or where that tradition started. This year I hope to actually cut a Blue Spruce Limb off our tree to use for the table. I am looking forward to that fresh pine smell and the color of the fresh cut pine well be so vibrant.


I bordered my 8 1/2 x 11 layout with a newsprint paper to give it a vintage feel. I also pulled out my Christmas stuff to give the layout that holiday spirit feel. The deep rich colors of the Shimelle Christmas paper are perfect.

I used a big shipping tag from the Spiegel Mom Scraps store as a layer. It also was a great place for stamping a title with tile alphabet stamps. I used an old Scraptastic Stamp Set that had some branches and leaves on it. The stamp adds details to the layout without being really heavy. I added a red bow to the top of the tag.


Each layout in this album has leaves on it. I love that this is something I am doing throughout my album. I used a silhouette cut gingham and newsprint leaves this layout. It adds to the holiday feel. And I love the texture the layered leaves add. The ends of the leaves curl up which are great when layering them. It gives places to tuck things into. I added some red and white twine around the bottom of the photo and the layered leaves. It makes me think of a homemade package tied with a bow.


The crisp white from the doily helps lights up the layout. I like the way a little white helps the layout not seem so dark because of all the rich colors of green and red. I also added some phrase stickers with holiday sayings on them around the layout.


This phrase sticker is tucked under the leave at the top with a wood button. The wood helps make the layout feel more natural.


I used the new sequins that Jody added to the Spiegel Mom Scraps Store, Holly Berries. I love the stars mixed in with the greens and red round sequins.


Here is a look at the whole layout.



To Watch the process video of my layout Watch here:


Here is this month’s Blog Hop Line Up:

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Karla Yungwirth
Lisa Kingston
Christy Harriman
>>>Sarah McClellan<<<< You Just came from Here
>>>>>>>>Hannah Lemieux <<<<<<<<< YOU ARE HERE
>>>Khristina Sorge<<<< GO HERE NEXT
Sara Scraps
Katty Miranda
Evi Cortes
Rachel Stewart
Laura Rumble
Felicia Young

Beth Soler

I hope you continue on through the Spiegel Mom Scraps Blog Hop!! Khristina is next on the hop and I am sure you will be inspired!!

Have a great week my scrappy friends!!


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