Home Sweet Home (For the Love of Homemade Kits)

Aloha!! Today I want to share with you the Layout I made for the first installment of the new series I am doing with my scrappy friend Crafty Meggy (Megan). We made a homemade kit with our stash, which was inspired by the “blossom” paper by Dear Lizzy Documentary. If you want to see everything in my kit check out my last blog post.

I am really excited to start this series and use up some of my stash. I have a ton of little bits from unfinished collections that I have bought over this past year. And where I have loved the collections when I bought them, and still love them, I tend to want to scrap with new supplies if I can too.

I am ready to be challenged though!!

When I made this layout, I had just got back from New York. I have tons of pictures from my trip that I want to document. So many stories that I want to tell. That trip to New York really jump started my mojo and wanting to tell all these stories I haven’t told yet.


Here are a few shots that didn’t make the layout, but still are really cool.



As looking through photos I found this one of the sunset. I took tons of pictures of this sunset trying to capture it perfectly, from the backseat of our car rental. While we were driving 65 on the highway, which definitely makes things complicated. I was determined to try to capture this beautiful sunset though. It was the beauty we needed after a really hard day. We had been driving back from Saratoga and the Veteran’s Cemetery from my aunt’s funeral. To say it was a difficult day would be an understatement.


I think this is one thing I love about life, that no matter how hard the day has been, if you look around enough, there is always something you can find that will bring beauty to your life. It isn’t always easy to see, or like this sunset it can be painted across the sky.  I love that I have the chance and opportunity to remember the beauty of that day instead of how hard it really was.

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I really wanted to keep the mood of my layout light. Because like I mentioned I really want to remember the beauty I seen in this day, not the hard moments. (If you can tell I am a glass half full type a girl, I can always pick out the Joy in a situation and thats the only way I choose to live my life!!)

I found this cut file at the Silhouette Store and thought it was perfect.


I used my watercolor set and tried to replicate the sunset in the picture with the title. I really like this effect. It helps tie the photo to the title and layout.

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Because I wanted the focus to be on the photo and the title, I tried to keep this layout really simple. The Watercolor adds a big impact so using a simple woodgrain really helps. I added a few layers behind the photo, I picked that dot paper from Pink Paislee C’est La Vie because it had similar colors as in the photo. The white background still keeps it light though. Same for the Amy Tangerine paper too, plus the v’s remind me of how the clouds were different shapes and streaks across the sky.


I started with the top cluster. I found that I was drawn to the purple in the Dear Lizzy Serendipity collection. I thought this was funny because I truly thought that was the last color I would use from the die cut pieces. They ended up really tying in the little bits of purples from the clouds.


I love this cloud from Pink Fresh Studio. Perfect right?! These phrases helped me highlight the good of the day too.

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This house was also so cute!! I thought it worked good, seeing as in my journaling I wanted to talk about being back home and the things I love about New York, like the way the sunsets across the fields!!


Adding pop dots to the butterfly really helped give a little more dimension to the layout. Even though I am keeping this layout simple, I still want some interest on this page. The butterflies I feel are a good touch. They make me think about my Aunt being free now, and the purple one is perfect, because that is my aunts favorite color.


The pops of pink look really sharp and draw your eyes to each cluster. I really love sequins instead of enamel dots, which is why I added them to my kit this time.

I really love how this turned out. I know I say this a lot, but I love when I enjoy the layouts I make. It really helps me want to create more. Having my mojo back, I definitely was ready to pull out another piece of yardstick and tell another story!!


What do you think about that copper doodling to look like stitching?


Here is a look at the full layout.



I really think the ink splatters help tie everything together too!!


You can watch me put this layout together, here on the process video.



Don’t forget to check out Megan’s take on our recipe, and her first layout.

I hope to see you back next Tuesday when I share my second layout with this kit. I plan to make three layouts for this series. I am hoping to get more layouts done, in which I will share in a few weeks when I do my kill a kit video or blog post in a coupe of weeks. We really want to do a few installments of this series before all my scrappy stuff will have to be packed away for my summer move. I really am loving the idea of using as much stash up as I can before I have to move.

I hope you are inspired and play along with us too. I would love to see your homemade stash kit and layouts if you do play along. Tag Megan (CraftyMeggy) or me on social media if you do!!

See you later!!

Aloha, Hannah

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