Birthdays are the best: Chocolate S’more Cupcake Recipe

Aloha Scrappers!! The second half of September is always crazy in our house. We have two birthdays form the middle and end of the month, then in the beginning of October it’s my sons birthday. Birthdays are the best though. The kids are such a fun age for birthdays. We try to make them special for them, cooking their favorite meal, letting them pick the type of cake and getting a few gifts. They also get to choose what movies are watched that day too. It is really about the little things with kids, right.

I thought to share something different with you all I would share a cupcake recipe of the cupcakes I made for my daughter, Leilani for her birthday. She picked the kind she wanted me to make and I whipped them up. (Sam wants an Ice Cream cake this year, I think I will buy that instead of making it, but who knows, maybe I will try to make an ice cream cake anyway)

I made Leilani Chocolate S’mores Cupcakes with chocolate frosting. She wanted all chocolate this year, and it was yummy too. I admit though if I was making regular S’more cupcakes I would have made a lightly cinnamon cupcake with the s’more fixing in the cupcake and a marshmallow meringue Frosting. Now doesn’t that sound delicious too?!

I make everything from scratch, but I promise it really isn’t that much harder than a box mix, and it tastes so much better. Since I started making from scratch cakes I will never go back to a box, they just don’t taste right to me anymore. And if you make this recipe I think you will agree with me too. Here is the recipe I made this weekend.

Chocloate S’more cupcakes with Chocolate old fashioned Frosting

Cupcake Batter Recipe
( This chocolate cake batter was adapted from the Betty Crocker’s version of chocolate cake batter, I added a few things to up it’s game)

2 1/4 cups All Purpose Flour
1 2/3 cups Sugar
2/3 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup cold coffee
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup butter, soften
2 eggs
1tsp vanilla
1/2 cup mini marshmallows
1/2 bag of semi sweet chocolate chips (save the rest of the bag for the frosting)
1/2 crushed graham crackers (this is optional, also I sprinkled them to the top of the cupcake right before baking)

1. Preheat oven 350 F. Line cupcake tins with cupcake liners. I was able to make 23 cupcakes with this recipe, you may have a couple more of less depending on the amount of batter you add to the pan. Set Aside.
2.  In a mixer, cream butter and sugar together until well mixed. Scraping sides to make sure the sugar and butter are mixed fully. Now Add the eggs into the creamed butter and mix well. You will want to scrape the sides down, to make sure the eggs are fully incorporated. I find I like to mix until the mixture looks a little lighter in color too.
3.  In another bowl mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda. I like to just use a whisk to get it light and break apart any chunks of these ingredients. You could use a sifter, but I am don’t mind using the whisk and really it usually does a good job getting the ingredients mixed well. Set Aside.
4.  In another smaller bowl or measuring cup, measure out and mix together, the milk, coffee, vanilla, and salt. I like to add the salt here, so it dissolves. I really hate when I bit into a cupcake and get a piece of salt that didn’t dissolve. Set Aside.
5.  This last step you really want to do in no more than three parts, so you don’t over mix the cake batter, or you will end up with tough cupcakes. This also makes not so tasty cupcakes. Add about a third of the flour and mix on low. (You don’t want exploding flour in your face or all over the kitchen) As the mixer is running add a third of the liquid. when the batter is incorporated do this step again. On the last batch of flour and liquid, scrape sown the sides, making sure everything is mixed well. Add the marshmallows and chocolate chips with the flour mixture. Still on slow, mix together and slowing add the last of the liquid.
6.  Everything should be well incorporate at this time. Get your cupcake tins. Now fill the cupcake tins about 3/4 full. I think this is a preference thing though. If you like big cupcakes add a little more batter to the cup. If you like smaller cupcakes, fill it half ways. Just remember if you fill it to high they rise out of the tin and possibly stick to the tin, I hate this which is why I fill 3/4 full. I also like to use an ice cream scoop to fill my pan up too. If you are adding graham crackers crumbs to your cupcakes, now is the time to do it. Just sprinkle the crumbs over each of the cupcakes.
7.  Bake cupcakes for about 20 minutes. When does let cool completely before frosting the cupcakes.
Old Fashioned Milk Chocolate Buttercream

(This is my version adapted from Warren Brown the author and owner of Cakelove)

1 cup Milk
1/4 cup ap flour
2 sticks butter or shortening, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
pinch of salt
2 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp powdered instant coffee (I like to Starbucks Instant Italian roast)
1/2 bag semi sweet chocolate chips

1.  Make a slurry with the flour and 4 tablespoons of milk. Whisk will and making sure there are no lumps. This is important, you don’t want chunks of flour in you frosting. After this is mixed well whisk together the rest of the milk in a medium sauce pot, and put the heat to medium.
2.  This process is slow going but well worth it, and you won’t be able to leave the stove util it is finished. I use a whisk then switch to a heat proof spatula to keep the mixture moving so it doesn’t burn. This is the point I add the salt too. Again, I hate biting into undissolved salt, yucky! But mix until this mixture is thick and pudding like. Take it off the stove right away after this.
3.  Add the chocolate chips and instant coffee into the hot milk pudding mixture. Stir until all the chocolate melts. Then stick you pot into the fridge while you do these next few steps. It will help cool down your mixture. If you used it hot, it would melt the butter and be no good.
4.  In a mixer add butter and sugar and mix until very light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and mix for 5 minutes. Make sure all the sides have been scraped down so everything is fully incorporated. (I like to use a mix of butter and shortening, I find I like this combo for my buttercream. The shortening helps it not melt as easily and the butter has a yummy taste. But you can definitely use all butter or all shortening. The all butter will be a lot softer and melt faster. I used this for this recipe, and the heat was not my friend. This is something to think about when making this recipe.)
5.  Once your chocolate pudding mixture is at least room temp, but better when colder, at least for this chocolate version, it is ready to add to the butter and sugar. add all the pudding mixture to the butter sugar and beat for another 5 or so minutes on high. This buttercream will smooth right out and fluff up. being nice and light and silky. I really enjoyed the mouth feel of this, almost like a mousse. The chocolate was on the milk chocolate side of taste. A good balance between sweet, milky and chocolate. Perfect for a kids cupcake.

Here is how the cupcakes look!



I hope you enjoyed this tasty treat!! Have a great week!!



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Laughter is the best medicine


Aloha!! It’s Hump Day, actually almost over according to my clock!!  I really want to share this layout with you today though!! I made this layout last week. I am using my September Clique Kit which uses the Cocoa Vanilla Hello Lovely Collection. I love this kit, I think so far I have made four layouts, which is really good for me. I have the tendency to make a couple of layouts than need to use different papers or collections so I don’t get bored. But this kit I am just eating it up.  I wished I bought the add on papers, which I didn’t. Not that I need more paper. I have tons!!

I started out this layout in a whole different direction, by painting a background in an ombre backIMG_2916ground. I used one of the pocket page cards that came exclusive to the kit that says life is better when you are laughing. When I read that card I knew the perfect picture for this layout too.

I love this photo of my daughter Leilani, laughing, smiling with that bald head!! I haven’t scrapped many photos when Leilani was completely bald like this from almost two years ago now. It’s a hard time to remember for me, I hadn’t thought at first cutting all her hair off would effect me that much, I mean it’s only hair right?!! But it really did, her hair was so beautiful and long and blonde. It made her seem maybe even more healthy than she really was because at least she had some. But once we cut it off, there was no denying that she was sick, and that the chemo was strong!! I hate that I have to remember that part of life. I mean, who wants to be reminded of these tough times and things we have to go through, especially when we didn’t even choose to go through them. The circumstance choose us, choose ME! And that sucked, but it happened and life went on. Leilani grew, Leilani flourished!!

I think that why this card just had such an impact on my thought process! But it also reminded me of all the laughter that happened in this time too. Even though this was when she had her strongest chemo doses, she also had some of her best IMG_2887belly laughs!

Whenever she had her toys near here, she was always smiling.  They were some of her best friends!! When I took this photo, I remember wanting to try to get her to put the doll down, but she just wouldn’t smile for me. She would only smile and laugh the biggest when holding that baby doll, her baby called brown baby!

That is where I came up with the title which reads Laughter is the best medicine. Without fail, when she was laughing she felt so much better!! I like the way the title looks with all the different fonts. And those Amy Tangerine Thickers are my favorite Thickers!! I love the touch the silver looks with all the pinks and grays.

That pink background I mentioned at the beginning didn’t end up making the cut though!! After I finished my layers on the photo, I just didn’t like the way it looked. It just didn’t feel like me. I find if I am not feeling it, I gotta listen and try something new!!

I am glad I dIMG_2920id, I decided to go for the craft paper with the white hearts. It makes all the difference for the feel. I finished layering the picture and the exclusive card on some black and white dot paper from Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy. I also added some corrugated black paper from the kit from Fancy Pants. I love the dimension that it gives to my layers, which I will use to my advantage later.

I added a tag, an acetate 4×6 card with Happy on it, and then I found some gold ribbon from my stash to add across the layout. I love the way it looks with the staples in it too. I added those so the ribbon won’t fall off but it just adds one more texture to the layout.

IMG_2917I tucked lots of ephemera pieces into the spaces on my layers!! I added some Vellum  and sticker hearts in the clusters.

I also made a cluster at the bottom of my layout where I used a die cut Ampersand from a die that I had from PinkFresh Studios. I love that die!! It is so fun, it cuts out an ampersand but it also embosses stars and triangles on the inside of the ampersand. So much Fun!!!

I layered IMG_2912some of the gold ribbon from the top of my layout. I put a wood veneer on the ribbon. and another die cut word above the ribbon. I added a butterfly on pop dots. I love how this cluster turned out, it’s just so cute!!

Lastly I added journaling lines for my journaling, which I made all different lengths. I added a couple of hearts on the side of my journaling since the journaling was really important to this layout. I wanted to make sure your eye gets drawn down there too!!


I love how this kit has been so easy to work with, I can’t wait to use it again!! It is perfect for the girls too!!

I also have a process video for this layout to share with you today too. You can watch the video on my Youtube Channel.

I hope you, my scrappy friends, have an inspired week!! May your crafty mojo be flowing!!




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September Clique Kits Blog Hop


Aloha Scrappers!! I am so excited to participate in the Clique Kit Blog Hop again this month!! This time on the month is becoming my favorite time of the month!! I love sharing what I have made with my kit so far, but also getting even more inspired by all the other members. It is the kick in the butt I need to finish up my kit, so I can drool over next months kit!!

I will have the line up at the end of this post, so you can follow the hop. Or start at the beginning if you started out here.

I know I say this almost every month but I am so in love with this kit this month. I never realized I like Cocoa Vanilla so much. This kit (The Capture Kit) had most of Cocoa Vanilla’s Hello Lovely. I love the watercolor feel it has, but all the black and gray’s mixed with lovely pink and blue colors, Drool!!   This kit made scrapping my girls so easy! I love when the kit I am using is pretty and so inspiring!!


I scrapped a picture of my girls from when school started, maybe sometime the first week or two. In order to try have a normal routine the kids have to get ready for school by getting dressed, brushing their teeth, putting all their toys away. This day in particular, the girls can running into the school room announcing they were twins that day!! They were dressed in similar clothes and had the same hats on!! It was very cute, so of course I had to take a picture of them. I am so glad I did too!! It’s one of my favorite pictures of them too.

To go along with their playful mood, I used the polka dot paper as the background. I did decide to matte that with a white cardstock and outline the patterned paper with a silver pen to look like stitching.


Also because I can’t help but do some kind of mixed media on my layouts I choose to add some grey color in some texture paste and used a stencil. I used a striped stencil from Amy Tangerine, I figured part of my photo and layers could go over part of the stripes. It would help add dimension to the photo cluster and look cool as part of the layers. The hearts I just randomly placed them around the layout.

As I waited for the texture paste to dry, I wanted to do something with the black IMG_2964crepe paper in the kit. It is a really cool element and I wanted to make sure I took advantage of it. I decided to fish tail the ends and fan it in the middle to add texture as a layer. At this point I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do with it. Just that I wanted it layered partially outside of the bottom of the photo.

I probably should mention that because I love this photo I printed it out at 5×7 so that it would take up more space on my layout!!

I grabbed some of the papers from my kit and started picking out patterns and colors that looked well together. I really have been on a black and white and pink kick lately so I was kinda looking at those types of colors for a couple of patterns behind my photo.


This is the AHA moment happened in this layout!! I remember a piece of toile that I had in my stash, and it was HOT PINK!! Yes, Hot pink! I laid it on top of that black crepe paper and it was perfect!! I then knew I wanted to use the black and pink vellum hearts I bought in the Clique store. I also decided that I wanted to fishtail the layers behind the photo. All these layers were on the bottom half of the picture. I also added a pink and cream paper from the Documentary Add-on from the Clique store too. All these colors and textures looked so awesome together!


I put my picture on pop dots to help with all the dimension underneath. It looked so cool I didn’t want to squish it either. Plus I wanted to be able to peek at all that texture goodness!!

I then went to build my clusters around the layout. I used the stenciled hearts as places to add my clusters. I made three maiIMG_2961n clusters, I usually like the way this looks. I layered vellum hearts from the kit with some die cuts too. I also added some black watercolor hearts and words from the Pretty Little Studio word sheet in the kit.

I added the Title near the bottom cluster. I mixed the Evalicious Puffy letter stickers with some Thickers from my stash.


I love how layout turned out. I still have to add my journaling but I will do that when I put it int he protectors. I will probably add the journaling to the back this time, so it is easy to read but so I have enough space to write this cute story.


Don’t forget to check out the rest of the blog hop!! There are so many talented ladies sharing today!! Here is the line up today:

Clique Kits
Sandy G.*
Hannah Lemieux  +++++ME++
Charity Feit  ++++NEXT+++++
Emma Pescott
Kim Allen
*Design Team Members on Kit Duty

Have a wonderful and inspired Day!!!



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Really We are better together!!


Aloha my scrappy friends!! I hope your weekend has been nice!! It rained on and off all weekend, yucky. It made it nice Saturday because I was able to work on a few things like some process videos that needed to be edited.  Sharing on Youtube is one of my favorite ways to share my scrapbook pages!! Though when I get busy I sometimes don’t make it the priority I want it to be. But thankfully this weekend I was able to get some free time to get some videos edited that I needed to to post up this week.

The layout I want to share with you today is one I made for the Hip Kit Design Team Call they have going on until the 15th of this month. Even though I haven’t actually gotten any Hip Kits yet I have been tempted so many times!! They always have gorgeous kits, with lots of goodies and all the newest products. Things I think are important for a kit club.

I decided to use mostly the Dear Lizzy Documentary collection, since I absolutely love that collection, it is my favorite collection ever. Seriously!! Plus quite of it is in their current kit along with some Amy Tangerine products. I added some Amy Tangerine Finders Keepers as well. I have both these collections and they are similar in some ways, the watercolor theme is big in both of these collections. I wanted to play up on this fact so I pulled out some watercolors and a blank piece of cardstock and got to practicing.


I am in love with the watercolor brush script like so many others lately and I wanted to add that onto my layout in some way. I have been eyeing a lot of ampersands lately and thought that would be something fun and easier for me to accomplishment on my page. I practiced a few times and then took out a fresh piece of white cardstock. I didn’t add any gesso, I really didn’t think I would need it. I only was adding a little bit of watercolor. I figured it wouldn’t absorb to much into the paper to warp it, in fact the gesso would probably warp it more. I made five ampersands on my page and then added some pink and teal plus signs around the ampersands. I also have this love relationship with plus signs lately. Its all i have to do not to put them on every layout I make lately. Though sometimes I think I should just give in and use them because I love them!!


After the watercolor dried which wasn’t long. I decided I wanted to add a piece of patterned paper going diagonally across the cardstock. I ended up using a black and white watercolor grid type of paper from the Dear Lizzy Documentary Collection. I love how the watercolor feels more homemade. And it matches perfectly with my hand done ampersands. I used a ruler to rip the edges, I didn’t want it to look perfect. The ruler helps make it not to messy though.

I then went on working on the picture and layers behind it. I decided the pic would look the best to my eye, down in the bottom left corner. I did have to cover up the ampersand down there but I figured I could add another ampersand later so I would still have five on the page.  I really do think things look bIMG_2926etter in odd numbers even though they don’t have to be this way.

I used a few papers square and then made IMG_2931a banner with two different patterns for the last layer. I really like how this element turned out. Just something a little unique and fun. I ended up moving the banner and photo so the banner was open to the left side. Thanks I had a photo that it didn’t really matter what side it was turned.It is what makes my job as the family storyteller and historian worth it. When I can share these intimate and loving moments!!

I also decided to use some tags from the Amy Tangerine ephemera pack and an old Dear Lizzy tagIMG_2925 too. I love sticking ephemera in my layers!! It makes them so much more interesting then just cut paper. I thought about adding a bunch of other embellishments in the layers, I love the way different shapes look sticking out, but in the end I only choose a craft xo ox gold foil piece. The other stuff just didn’t feel right.

Up above the photo on the patterned paper I choose a card that says We are better together, I thought this would make the perfect title. I stink at titles most of the time, so if a card or embellishment says what the layout is about, I will use it. Why make things harder on myself right?! This is suppose to be fun, at least for me it is. I found a brush script word Really in the Amy Tangerine embellishment pack, that worked in the title too. So now it reads, Really We are better together.


Under the title card I added a die cut ampersand from Pink Fresh Studios embellishment club. I used a red vellum heart from Seven Paper and the word Cherish in black. I just love this layered look, lots of textures and color!

I added a few more embellishments throughout the layout. adding elements of watercolor and just colors that matched the collection. I finished off with some enamel dots and shapes from various companies from my stash. Then I splattered thinned gold paint and some black Heidi Swapp color Shine. I may have went a little over board on the splatters, it’s hard to stop when they look so pretty. In the end though once it dried I realized it really did go with the feel I was going for.

IMG_2930I actually thought about redoing the background, with less splatters. In the end I choose not to because I really liked all the other elements and didn’t want to mess with that feel I had already accomplished. I think this something you have to think about when you are creating. You can’t be afraid to redo something if you aren’t happy, but on the flip side you can’t loss the feeling you are trying to accomplish that first time you sit down. Sometimes it’s hard to get that the second time around. It just depends. I think that is why I always wait until the next day before I truly decide. The next day sometimes shows something different, a new perspective!!

I journaled in Hot Pink with a paper mate flair pen. I love the look it gives to the words I wanted to convey on my page.


I hope you enjoyed this layout. I hope you were inspired. Let the collections and products you use inspire you to create some of your own elements!! Like I did with my background!

I also have a process video for this layout on Youtube, You can watch it here!!

Also if you haven’t checked out Hip Kit Club, yet I encourage you too! They have a great Kit Club that has tons of fun products and lots of great designers already on the Design Team to help inspire you to use your kits and products!!

Until next time Aloha,


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Blog-tember Challenge: What Am I listening to?


I feel like I have slacked on my blogging prompts for the Blog-tember challenge I am trying to take part in. This weekend has just flown by! I have a love/hate relationship with long weekends. I love that I can sit in my PJs all day and not have to go anywhere. Or Binge watch movies with my kiddos! The thing is, they end. It’s like having a bad hangover too. You want to hit snooze like ten times before dragging your limp body out of bed. The kiddos have crazy energy, and they really don’t want to listen or do a full day worth of school work. Homeschooling probably doesn’t help, because I get just give my kiddos over to a teacher they absolutely Love and make them deal with my kids energy issue.

Though I kick and scream, don’t let that fool you. I really do like the routine of getting up at a decent time in the morning and doing the same thing. Some of it is I know what to expect. And I know when the craziness should end, usually bed time, and I can do all things scrappy!! I live for doing things scrappy!! It helps center me.

The prompt for day 5 is to share with you my playlist. I am not gonna lie this is hard, and here is why. I have a pathetic playlist. I have maybe 8 albums listed on my playlist, and not full albums. Most of this is not being able to sync my players to the same computer, when that was needed. Most of my music is in CD form. Which I love, I love touching the disc, putting it in the player and having music blare through the house on my very very old three disc CD player (it’s seriously from the last 1990’s)

When I listen to music not in disc form I have been using Pandora a lot or sometimes I use ITunes radio. Which is nice because I can listen to music I don’t actually own and then decide to buy it when I love it!!

To make this a little fun and interesting I thought I would pick 10 songs that come up random from the stations I listen too, and random songs that I do own. This should give you a good idea of the things I listen too.

  1. Another One Bites the Dust… Queen
  2. Nothing But the Blood….. Rick Pino
  3. Squeeze Box…. The Who
  4. Running Man…. Hanson
  5. Chains…. Nick Jonas
  6. Hey Ya….. OutKast
  7. Youth of the Nation… POD
  8. I Gotta Feeling… The Black Eyed Peas
  9. Fill Me Up.. Kim Walker Smith/Jesus Culture
  10. Smooth Criminal… Alien Ant Farm

As you can tell I listen to such a variety of music!! You can thank my parents for that!! I constantly got a stream of The Beach Boys, Elvis, Frank Sinatra as well as Vineyard praise songs, Joe Satriani, Petra and so much more! Then you add all the music that has come out in the present.

I hope you enjoyed me sharing some of what I listen too. Come back later and I will have another Blog-tember prompt posted too!! Even if I haven’t posted as much as I would like too I really have been enjoying doing them!!

Have an Inspired Week, almost weekend!!!!



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Back to School

Aloha My Scrappy Friends!! Today I am taking part in a School themed YT/Blog Hop that was started by my good friend Megan, or Crafty Meggy (as she is known on YT). I have tons of school pictures of my kids, many of them not scrapped at all. I thought that taking part in this Hop would help give me a push to scrap some of them.

All this Week Megan is going to be posting Layouts/Videos on back to school layouts. I am hoping I can knock a couple out myself too. So Stay tuned. There will be prizes and challenges. Plus I love Hops, jumping from one blog to another getting to know my scrappy friends more!! After I share my Layout I will have the list of Scrappers participating in the Hop.

For my layout I thought I would make a mood board to use. I love mood boards, which if you follow me you already know this, but I really love making them. Only recently have I really started to make my own. I love the process of scouring all over Pinterest looking for things that inspire me and capture the feeling or color I want.

Here is my Mood board!! You can also see all the pictures I used to create my mood board with. You can find that here.

School themed YT Hop

I really wanted to focus on classic school things, like notebooks and pencils, apples and kids craft things. I also had in the back of my mind that I wanted to use some of the Amy Tangerine Finders Keepers Collection. I love the colors in that collection and how they are not quite traditional for Back to school.

I use PicMonkey when I want to create my own mood board. I like that there are tons of different collage styles to choose from. I am thinking of doing a video coming up showing how I put a mood board together.

After I made the board, I looked through my papers to see what papers I wanted to use and what I thought went with the mood board. I pulled out some Amy Tangerine (Finders Keepers), Dear Lizzy (Documentary), Websters Pages, Pink Paislee (Atlas), and Shimelle (True Stories). When I sIMG_0574tarted pulling papers I thought that cutting out leaves and scatter them on the page, like leaves on a bulletin board.

Because the leaves are pretty busy, in a good way, I only added a couple layers behind my photo. Which was really hard let me tell you!!

I really liked the August calendar cut apart, and I wanted to use the calendar paper from Dear Lizzy.

I used a few school themed die cut from both Dear Lizzy and Amy Tangerine. I love how fun and colorful the Amy Tangerine camera is, it i perfect for this photo of my kiddos on their first day of school.

Since we home school, school just seems like part of daily life and not as special. Even though we have a routine that we follow, try to follow at least. TheyIMG_0571 were so excited to use their new notebooks, they picked out. We all were happy to have a separate school room this year instead of using the dining room table.

I finished off with the title under my photo. I used Thickers that came out with Amy Tangerine’s last collection, with silver foiled lines on them. I also wanted to use some black and white tile stickers from October Afternoon. This mini market stickers remind me of a blackboard.

I had a lot of fun doing this layout and taking part of this back to school theme Hop. This layout was a little different then I usually do but I really love it. The colors are so much fun and remind me of childhood!!


You can watch the process video I posted on my Youtube channel for the Hop.


Here is the list of the other scrapbookers taking part in this Hop, they all are so talented!!

Megan:                                                                                    Melissa Vining                                                                                                                  Christy                                                                                                                                 Katty

BLOGS:                                                                                                                                              Sarah:  

Until Next time, Aloha


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Documenting My Morning Routine


Last week was A week in a Life, (a way of documenting your day to day routines that happen throughout the week, started by Ali Edwards) and I after reading all the blog posts this past week I really wanted to be able to join in. I just sure with all the other things I had going on if that was possible. I really did reading about what everyone else did throughout their regular week. I tried to keep in mind this thought behind a week in the life, how its about documenting what we are doing throughout our day, so we can go back and remember bits of our life that may or may not change throughout the years.

In order to document these things I tried to remember to take more pictures of normal routine things we throughout our day. With my children young and homeschooling there are lots of things going on throughout our day. I will imagine these routines will greatly change in the future. I even took some video clips, thinking maybe I would make a vlog instead.

The thought of a smaller project seemed so much more manageable to me as well. I mean I could piece some photos and a few video clips together in iMovie and it’s like a digital mini album, right.

In fact that is what I did, in the end. Here is the link to the vlog post I posted to my Youtube channel. And even though I could have probably took better videos, I really feel it gave a good feel how our school day looks like. I want these kinds of projects to look like our life, crazy and full of energy. Because that i what our days look like with three little kids.

I love scrapbooking 12×12. When I work on other sizes, I severely miss the traditional size of scrapbooking. I wanted to be able to incorporate this aspect into this thought of A Week In The Life.

I am hoping that over the next couple of weeks I can scrap more photos of what our day looks like now. I know I somewhat do Project Life style pages, but I really don’t take the extra space to explain these routines we have or why.

That brings me to this layout I made over the weekend, sharing what my morning looks like now that school has started.

The True Stories Shimelle collection with its coffee and fun colors were perfect for the feel I was going for. I started out by painting on white cardstock. Sometimes I just can’t resist brushing on colors that match with the papers I want to use. This technique is easy and really doesIMG_2674n’t take much artistic touch. I also used some black ink and stamped hearts on the painted area.

I had a7c0c12a17137e290cf0203c08b6ccbd8lready known that I wanted to use a sketch that I found on Pinterest as my inspiration.

I also knew that I was only going to use one photo and layer a lot. When in doubt layer, that’s my motto!!

Using a 6×6 paper pad helped keep my layers on the smaller side. Plus I don’t feel nearly as bad cutting into a 6×6 pad as I do when it’s a big beautiful sheet of patterned paper. IMG_2681The little 2×2 squares from the cut apart sheet in the new Amy Tangerine Finders Keepers collection were also fun and a good size for layering.

I really love how everything came together. It is so hard to tell they are from different collections at all. I think the coffee cup die cut is my favorite thing on the layout!! It is so adorable!!


On the other side of the photo I journaled. About our morning routine. This lined paper added to the fact that we started our roIMG_2680utine when school started but also helped keep my handwriting straight.

I added some old puffy stickers from my stash that were from the On MyDesk Collection by Gossamer Blue. The colors tied in well with both collections I used. I love the wood buttons too. Those are becoming one of my favorite embellishments to use.

I decided that I needed something at the bottom of my layout where I had painted and stamped. It looked bare done there.

I added a strip of paper and an embellishment die cut. The cup puffy sticker fit perfectly done there too. A little eye candy but not to much to distract you from the important stuff on the layout. IMG_2683

I didn’t make a process video for this layout. But here are some other photos of my layout!!





I hope you are inspired to take a different approach when scrapping your daily routines. Whether it is in Project Life Style Scrapbooking or a more traditional layout. I am really glad I scrapped this routine. I am already done with a nighttime routine layout and planning on doing a few more layouts that are based on things that could change in the future, but how we do them now!

Have a great week my scrappy friends!!

Aloha, Hannah

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Blog-tember Prompt 4: My Passions

Aloha my scrappy friends!! I hope you have been enjoying my Blog-tember posts. I have been having fun so far doing this challenge. It has been really nice getting into the habit of posting everyday on my blog. Today the prompt is to talk about my passions.

Family… Ever since I was a kid family has meant a lot to me. As a young child my dad with in the army and so we spent a lot of time away from our immediate family. Getting together with my cousins when I was really little was always a special time for me. Then my Dad got out of the army and we moved close to be with family. Summers were spent at my grandparents house enjoying the amazing weather that New York has to offer. Many of my childhood memories include the fun times I had playing with my cousins. Now that I am older and again in the military lifestyle, family means even more to me. Mainly because we get limited time with them. My husband and kids mean so much to me. In life you never know what the future holds so I really want to make the most of it with my family!!

God…  If you don’t know me all that well, you may not know but I have had many close calls when it has come to health in my life. I have found that whenever I have been through these trails I have always felt God in a very strong way, directing my path and comforting me. He is in control. And that has been so reassuring to me. I have tried to through all life struggles and triumphs to maintain a good connection to God. He is my create and he made me for a purpose!!

Friends… I have been so grateful to have had some amazing friends throughout my life. They have been there with me through thick and thin. I hold dear all the conversations I have had with all my friends, old and new.

Being Creative… Growing up I seen my mom do tons of crafty things, baking, crocheting, painting, etc. And my Dad plays the bass and we grew up with music always playing from somewhere in the house. I just have a creative bone in my body. I love music, and love expressing myself through words, or now scrapbooking. I didn’t realize how much I craved to be artistic until I picked up that first piece of paper. But once I did I will never go back. Being new to scrapbooking I now there will be times in my life I may not being able to create as much as I would like. But I know I will never be able to go back to what I was before. scrapbooking has taken all these creative pieces I have had in my life and meshed them together. And it has been wonderful!!

History, Family History… I love know what things used to be like. what fascinates me even more is what things used to be like for my family. I love reading stories or watching movies that are set back in time. I love seeing how people interacted with each other, how they felt. I wish so many times I was born during the 1850s when families were trekking on wagon trails to find a better life. I wish that I could sit at the table of a queen during the 1500s, and soak in the festivities of a noble life. I wish I was sitting on a boat with Jesus and the disciples as they went from town to town, talking about God. All these things were once normal and part of what people did without thought, and I often think that when 50 or 100 years from now my family will be wondering what it was like to be living in this technology age, where everything has become so accessible. Knowing where we came from can help us with where or who we want to be in the future!

Books … I love reading. all kinds of stories. Though I am not always reading, once I pick up a good book I always wonder why I stopped. Just last week a friend of mine was talking about reading and so I once again went onto my tablet, (though I prefer my closet of books) and found an interesting one. I spent all this past week reading when I could and read 3 books, that completely shocked me. I definitely got hit by the reading bug!!

There are so many things that I love or have a passion for I am not sure if I could list them all, but the ones I did mention really are what my life focuses on everyday. I hope that I never lose sight of my passions, it is what helps us fight for a better tomorrow. I hope you take some time to think about your passions. And follow them!!

Until next time, Aloha,


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Blog-tember Prompt #3: Moodboard

For the third prompt I am going to be sharing a mood board that reflects tone of my blog. I love this prompt!! I love mood boards, they are just so much fun to make. They really are just a group of pictures that embody a feeling you want to portray. These are my favorite challenges to scrap, or come up with when I need to do a challenge. I think a lot of it is just how visual I am and how I connect a vision with a feeling or mood.

If you want to see the prompts from the blog I am using for this challenge, you can find them here, at

Blog moodboard

When making this mood board I really wanted to think about things I love and are inspired by. I used a mix of pictures from my camera, and pictures I found on Pinterest. I made a board on My Pinterest account just to help me be more organized, plus I want to make sure that that photos I used that are not mine are noted. There are many more photos than what ended up in this board. Overall it was because they didn’t fit into that feel I was going for.

This blog really started because I wanted a place I could go and place words to the things I was creating. Give my layouts a voice. It has been a long while for me to find this voice easily. I will not lie. Some of it is because I found it easier and much more fun to use Youtube as this vehicle as well. But there is something about scrolling through a page with tons of pictures and just letting them sit on your brain while you taste them, kinda like sipping a great cup of coffee.

I love the concept of sitting around the dining table with a great cup of coffee and something yummy to munch on while you discuss the things that mean the most to you. These dialogs that I have had with friends in my life are the ones I cherish the most. I really want my blog to have that feel. Like I invited you in and we are conversing about life, love, our fears, our joys and all things in between. I hope as I continue this journey of sharing that you feel comfortable to be yourself and we can grow from each other!!

As I share the stories of my family and I I hope to share more and more about me and the things that matter the most to me. I hope that these things inspire you to be a better you, and inspire you to pick up your tools and create something beautiful!!

I am hoping this weekend that I can make a layout with this mood board. When I do I will share it with you!!

I hope you are having great weekend!!

Aloha, Hannah

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Celebrate Friendship

IMG_2810It’s back to school here at our house, and this season I have been thinking a lot about friendship. This time of the year it often does, maybe because one of the things I loved about school was seeing my friends. I was homeschooled in 6th grade and I really missed all the friends I had throughout early grade school. 7th grade and I had to be back.

I have been really lucky to have had some great friendships in school!! Definitely some of the best friends who I still talk to now even though we are al over across the country.

11887995_1709246629298189_2312264544820799626_nWhen I had to come up with a challenge for this month on the Victoria Marie Facebook Group, I though this thought process would be perfect. I don’t often scrap about things besides my family and Hawaii. The opportunity to scrap about people who have helped make me me, I think this is what documenting our story is
important. Friends play a big role in our lives and I think paying homage to them every once in a while is a great thing.

Today I am scrapping a picture from my wedding. My close of friends from my senior year and some of college were there to celebrate with me! I was the first of us to get married, so theIMG_2820y were happy for me but it also felt like a turn in what our lives would look like in the future as we each would start to go off our one way.

I am glad we were able to get th
is photo real quick of us together. Now that many years have went by it really was one of the last few times we all hung out together. Even though I still keep in contact with them all, it just isn’t the thing. But it is fun to scrap this picture and remember a fun time in our lives.

I mostly used papers from past Clique Kits, Studio Calico Seven Paper, andIMG_2824 some bits of ephemera from the new Dear Lizzy Documentary Collection and The Shimelle True Stories Collection.


Because the star paper was a little busier then I am used to using lately as a background, I added texture paste with a star stencil. I love the extra dimension and interest it adds. I then clustered three strips of paper. I wanted my photo in the middle and the strips helps ground my photo, so it doesn’t feel like it was floating as much.

I used a stamp fIMG_2823 (1)or part of my Title, I wanted to make sure I used my stamps on this little. I barely use them and I am trying to use the things I buy. The word Celebrate was perfect.


I ended by adding enamel dots and bow ties around the layout. I also splattered some black Heidi Swapp Color Shine, and outlined the outside of the layout.

I really love this layout! It’s fun and a little different from what I have done lately. You can also see my process video on my Youtube channel, Celebrate Friendship Process Video.


If you play along with this challenge on the Victoria Marie Facebook group, tag me, I would love to see what you create!! You can also see all the other challenges going on over there!


Have an Inspired Weekend!!

Aloha, Hannah

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