Scrap lift Saturday on The Crafty Maven

Aloha my scrappy friends!!

Fall is definitely on its way here today!! It’s a whole whopping 66 degrees here in Washington in the afternoon. Which means it’s probably not getting warmer today. But it’s a good day to wear fuzzy socks, drink a homemade pumpkin spice latte, and watch process videos!! Or at least that is what I am doing today.


I did want to let you know that today I am up over on The Crafty Maven Getaway Channel. I decided to scrap lift a Fancy Pants Design Team layout made by Nicole Nowosad. Even though I loved the hearts I decided to change it up and use scribble circle elements. I also rotated the layout so my circles were on the side instead of the bottom.

Here is a quick look at Nicole’s layout that I found on Pinterest.



Here is some sneaks of my layout and how it turned out.



I love the way this title looks with the different fonts cut from the silhouette.




I also used some mixed media on the background. It makes the layout feel more summery and creates interest behind the scribbles.


Her is a look at the whole layout.


You can watch the process video at The Crafty Maven Getaway here,


I hope you have a great summer!!!


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For The Love Of Homemade Kits: Camera Woman In The Mirror

Aloha My Scrappy Friends!! It’s that time again, time to use my Homemade Stash Kit. This will be layout number 2 with this kit. To see what is in this kit click here.

I am really loving this kit too. The colors, so fun.

I was inspired by Ashley Horton this week. She used this Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello cut file, that she made for the April Hip Kit. She shared how she used in a recent Youtube process video.

I used my wood grain patterned paper (Maggie Holmes, Bloom, Lizzy) for the cursive Hello’s and then added under the Hello’s a dark Navy paper (Shimelle, Starshine, Hubble). I love how this cut file just pops on my page.


I really wanted to keep this layout simple. That seems to be a theme for me. I used quite a bit of thin strips of patterned paper and wash tape.


I really wanted to focus on the journaling and the photo. The photo I used is a self portrait, Me holding my camera in our outside sliding door. I love how I am reflecting as well as the big tree outside.


I love this concept of seeing me in the world around me.


I wrote tons of journaling too.


I love that I have a place to talk about the things that have influenced me to become a story teller, a scrapbooker, a documenter of my families journey!! I have always grew up having photos be a big part of my childhood. And not in the sense that pictures or cameras were always being used. I am sure they were used quite a lot, but the focus was more of the photos. I remember almost every time we had big get togethers at my grandmothers house we would pull out the photo albums and tell the stories of what or who were all in these photos. My grandmother would often tell us these stories like the picture was just taken, last month. Do you remember when .. And I was about three in the photo. I wish I could remember, but these stories have be engrained in me that it is almost like I do remember!!

I am so glad I can pass this down to my children. This need to take pics, have my focus be portrayed and be able to print and tel these stories to my kids so that they can remember too. It is a priceless gift. A friend as just telling me the other day of an aunt who died, that was a scrapbooker. She had left behind tons of scrapbooks with tons of pictures and memorabilia and stories. Stories that she had compiled since the 1950s. They were able to all sit back and relive all the great times they had as a family by sharing her scrapbooks with each other. This story is precious!! I hope I can leave this type of legacy for my family, the legacy of what good times we had as a family, the things we loved, they things we did together, who we were than and now. The legacy of pictures and stories of our lives.

The historian in me knows that the more you know about your past and what came before the easier it is to know who we are now, and who we want to become!! That is such a profound legacy to leave.


We all have our gifts, and I love that my family has helps give and engrain in me mine!! That I can use my camera to help tell my stories!!


The I am collection by Simple Stories was perfect for this layout.


And aren’t those Color Cast Design stars so cute!!


I also used some enamel dots and Heidi Swapp Color Shine in gold to finish off my layout.


I love the way this whole layout turned out!! You can watch the process video here.



Don’t forget that Crafty Meggy and Felicia also have made and are sharing the second layout with their version of this homemade stash kit. By clicking on their names you you be directed to their Youtube Channel and process video.

Thanks for joining me today!! I hope you were inspired today!!

Also come back this week as I will be sharing my progress on Week In The Life.

Aloha, Hannah



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For the love of Homemade Kits:Happy Ricotta Pie

Aloha Scrapbookers!! It’s Tuesday and do you know what that means?!! I am sharing another layout in my homemade stash kit series. We are using a new kit this week. the main inspiration paper is from the Maggie Holmes Shine Collection (Memento).

Here is a look at the new kit, just in case you didn’t see my post last week.


This week I thought I would jump right in and use the inspiration paper. When I seen that paper I already had a story in mind. I liked the idea of using the numbers from that sheet so I fussy cut them out. They really are symbolic of the years passing. That this is something that has happened a number of times.


I knew I would probably need tons of space to journal. This layout is really about the story. I kept it simple. I didn’t use lots of layers like I normally do. I also kept the embellishment clusters simple too.


I love how this frame looks over this picture of Ricotta pie.

I love the story i am telling with this layout. I really have found that story telling, on my layouts is becoming a big part of how I want to scrapbook. This layout is about Easter Ricotta Pie. growing up every year my mom and I made this pie. I stirred the Italian cream until my arm felt like it would fall off too. It just was tradition to make this pie for Easter. We only made it on Easter too. It is so yummy, with it’s sweet cherries and rich chocolate chips. We eat it cold, and for breakfast easter morning and for dessert in the late evening. My dad likes to be the official taste tester when it’s done cooking to make sure it’s perfect. (I think he just can’t wait until Easter Sunday morning to take a bit, though, he isn’t fooling me.)

My mom got the recipe from a family friend as a teenager, and she has made it so many times, she doesn’t even need the recipe. When I moved out in college, this was one of the recipes I HAD to have. I have been making it every Easter since I left home too. It just isn’t Easter if I don’t make it.

I love that now Cayden is starting to learn and help make our family tradition!! This year she helped stir the Italian cream (which is pretty much a very basic pudding). Her arm was getting tired, but it’s all part of the process. The pain is worth it, when you take a bite of this silky smooth pie.

The picture I am using is Cayden stirring the Italian cream. I made it black and white so that just the image was what you saw. Plus with all the color on the page, I think it looks better.


We had a stamp in our kit and I stamped hearts in the clusters. I love this simple little touch.


I also used splatters in each cluster, in colors that matched the numbers.


I built this cluster partially on top of the photo. I ended up adding different alpha’s. The white reminds me of ricotta though. The gold is a pretty touch and ties in with the other gold on the layout.


You can watch the process video below,


Don’t forget to check out Megan’s layout and video.

Also Felicia’s Layout and process video, who is joining Megan and me.

We will be back again next Tuesday with another layout from our second round of this Homemade Stash kit. I hope you are looking forward to it.

Have a great week!!



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Story time With Hannah

Aloha my scrappy friends!! I hope this week is treating you well! I have had a busy week, full of doctors appts, school works and a little fun mixed in. That’s generally how my life looks on a weekly basis lately. Then I try to squeeze in some creative time for me, because I love scrapbooking and getting my hands dirty with media.

One of the things I have moved towards this year a lot more is this desire to tell the stories of my life, my families life. I love history and I love that we are living history lessons in the making. Even if our life seems normal to us, one day someone will look back and see how we all did things. This urge to document my story has always been a part of me, whether I was writing in a diary, taking photos, and making videos of just goofy things with my cousin, I have always been interested in the ways we can document our lives.

Now that I am older, now that I have found scrapbooking. I see that this need to tell my story for the future (whether thats my kids, and grandkids or maybe some random person who happens upon my albums at some flea market or antique store) is really just a part of who I am. And it started with the ones I love. When I went back home to visit my family it really was the perspective I needed. I seen my Grandma’s shelves filled with photo albums from over the years. I heard her tell the stories behind the photos. Even though it isn’t traditional scrapbooking, she is a scrapbooker at the heart. I remember going through these albums as a kid, and i loved going through these albums with a different lens. The lens of time. I wish I had time to write all the stories, and people who are in our family albums, because I know when she is gone, a lot of those stories will be gone. (I think that is why know I feel it so much more important to tell the stories that I remember because life is to short to hold them all in for later!)

So last night when I sat down to scrap I decided it was time to tell this story I am about to share with you.  The photo I used to scrap this story, is not even from when my story takes place. But I am learning it’s not really always about the actual photo. I mean, this actual photo isn’t really all that important in the scheme of things. Except it shows us as a family interacting and having relationships like we used too. This photo could have taken place at any one of our family get togethers. Because of that it is getting used to tell my story.

I used a sketch from  Sketch class I am taking by Tracie Claiborne and Crafty Jen Schow called Ready, Sketch, Go. I liked the idea of not having to worry about the design by using a sketch. Using a sketch gives me the freedom to focus on the story, which is really what I want to do. Did I add me own twist?! Of course, I find that I just have this just who I am too. I am ok with that.

I also used the April Clique Kit I received this month, it had Simple Stories Life In Color collection has its main element. This collection really focuses on capturing life, stories. The colors are fun too. I thought it would be a good base for a story about my grandfather and his need to film.

I guess now is a good time to tell the story that my layout is about. My grandfather (who died when I was in junior high school) loved to take out his camcorder, which was huge because it was from the early nineties. When ever we got together for a holiday or get together, he would place the camcorder on a counter in the kitchen and press record. The videos would be a couple of hours of coming and goings in the kitchen. The kitchen was usually where most of us hung out, and we were a big family so usually someone was in there. Sometimes there would be stories being told on the videos, sometimes it would be jokes and laughter. There was usually at some point yelling at kids, to come or calm down too.

These videos could sometimes be pretty boring, but looking and thinking back at them, it captures our family and our relationship. We would get together many times, at every holiday, most birthdays and it was fun. I have lots of fond memories of our close family. (As an adult, and being so far away, I really miss having that closeness with my family.)

Now the fact that we have ten or twelve VCR tapes with chaos of our togetherness, makes me smile. To hear the voices of all of us having a good time is something we can cherish. Of course I don’t even know if any of us can play them, because VCR’s are hard to come by.

I think about my love for documenting and know that without a doubt, I got it from my grandfather too. Only he was crazy enough to document the everyday, the common. I think about how it was just part of what went on when we were together, us kids didn’t even think about it. I love that it is engrained in my past, that now grabbing a camera is like second nature to me too. I would love to thank my grandfather for that.

Okay, now that I have rambled on, I should finish talking about this layout. I decided to add tags along the left hand side. I was thinking about conversations and speech bubbles, and how I wanted the journaling to read more like conversations that may have been had on these videos.


I kept the layout simple and only added a few papers. I made use of the cut parts Simple Stories is known for too. This camera lens was perfect because I was talking about a camera. That card was also the perfect place to add a title. I decided to have fun with the title too, my grandfather was always joking and would have loved it.


Above this 4×6 card I added a row of simple embellishments. The acrylic camera was so cute I had to use that!!




I also added an embellishment cluster at the top of the photo and the other 4×4 cut apart card I used. I kept these simple too, the hearts made it easy to do.

I hope you enjoyed this journey down memory lane!! I hope to share more story inspired layouts as a series. I think the more I scrap the more I want to tell the stories of my life, my families lives, the stories we will want to tell at the holiday tables, or get together. Stories that when we look back at them in many many years will bring a smile to our faces.

Whether things stories tell of birthdays, holidays or just everyday things these are the stories of my family that I want to tell. And I hope I have inspired you to want to tell the moments and stories that matter to you!!


Aloha, until next time, Hannah

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For the love of homemade kits: New kit share Round Two

Aloha Scrappers!! I am super excited to share this new recipe and kit with you today!! I can’t believe we just finished our first round of this series and now going to start another round, round two!!

This Round I really tried to simplify my kit more. Also Megan and I decided to add another layout to our line up. After me really being able to get so much out of my first kit, we figured it would be more challenging for us to try to make 4 layouts with this kit.

Also this round we have another Youtube joining in on the fun, My friend Felicia Young is joining in. She will be sharing her kit this week as well. Then next week she will be posting her layouts on her Youtube channel. Be sure to check out the links and see what both Felicia and Megan make and come up with. Also if you want to join us, be sure to share, with us your homemade kits!! We really want to inspire you to use your stash up and create layouts you love!!

Here is the recipe we used this time, we did change it up a little,

Inspiration paper: Maggie Holmes Shine Memento

I love this idea of starting off a kit with an Inspiration Piece, this really should be no surprise, since I have put together a whole youtube channel that uses inspiration pieces to start with. (though that is neither here no there..) An inspiration piece really helps to be able to tie things together some how. no matter how you use to interpret that piece.

We are using the same recipe for papers this round, which are,

  • a geometric paper
  • texture pattern (ie. woodgrain, fabric, brick, etc)
  • Stripe
  • Freebie pattern of our choice
  • 6×6 piece paper

These are the papers I choose this round:

  • Pink Paislee C’est La Vie 01
  • Dear Lizzy Documentary Fancy Free
  • Maggie Holmes Bloom Lizzy
  • Shimelle Starshine Hubble
  • 6×6 Maggie Holmes Confetti Page (streamer Circles)
  • Piece of Pink Paislee Memorandum Memo

Here is a look at my Papers


I really wanted to keep my papers fairly simple because the inspiration paper is bold and has tons of colors.

For the embellishment part of the recipe:

  • cut file
  • chipboard
  • stamp set
  • washi tape
  • tags
  • Sticker sheet
  • die cuts/ embellishment pack
  • enamel dots
  • free embellishment
  • 2 Alphas (Thickers, etc)


Let’s take a look at what I put in my kit:


For my alpha’s I picked Amy Tangerine Foam Thickers Thick and Thin in white and Pink Fresh Studio Happy Things Foam Phrase Words


I chose 2 sticker sheets, Maggie Holmes Bloom stickers(black, gold and clear) and Shimelle Starshine clear sticker sheet.


I chose Fancy Pants Happy Place Tags pack and some Crate Paper Wonder Acetate tags.


I am am bad about following rules (have I mentioned that..LOL) I have three freebie embellishments. I really want to use these so I don’t really feel bad about adding some extra’s in my kit. I have a pack of Maggie Holmes Bloom Hearts, Pink Fresh Studio Happy Things wood veneer, and Color Cast Designs acrylic stars.


For Dies cuts, I added Simple Stories I am die cuts as well as mixing in some digital die cuts that I bought from Claudia Van Rooijan’s Amy Collection at her Esty shop. (That collection was designed be Claudia herself)

My Stamp Set is one I recently bought from an online store Sakuralala, which was designed by Amy Tan. This stamp was just released when Amy came to Hawaii in April.

For my Chip board I picked Maggie Holmes Shine chipboard. (I actually had to sheets of this chip board so I really want to try to get most of that used up!!)

I have two rolls of wash tape, a pink glitter tape and a grey swiss dot wash tape.

I have enamel dots by Dear Lizzy ( believe they are from the Daydreamer collection) and one other pack from Allison Kreft #Happy.


I can’t wait to share with you the layouts I am making from this kit!! I am excited to use this kit. It’s so colorful!!

I hope you check out Megan’s Kill A Kit and new Kit share video, link here. Also check out Felicia’s Kit share here.  We will start to share our layouts next Tuesday May 3rd. We will be sharing 4 layouts with this kit, so look forward to lots of fun and lots of ideas and inspiration.

To see my kill a kit blog post from the last kit,  click here.

If you want to join in with this Homemade Recipe Stash Kit, let us know, we really want to see what you come up with!! Use the hashtag #Fortheloveofhomemadekits on Instagram to share, or tag us on Intsgram or Facebook!!

Have a great week my scrappy friends!! Aloha, Hannah



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Am I more beautiful with earrings? (For the love of homemade kits)

Aloha My scrappy friends!! This past week has flown by. I am taking Ali Edwards‘ Lens of Joy class, and I am loving thinking all about photo taking. All I want to do is grab my camera and take photos. It has been really hard to sit down to scrap, because I just want to go places and take photos. No Lie, and No shame!!

I know I will have a chance to use my photos later, so taking photos really doesn’t bother me. I was actually thinking of turning some of my photos into canvas for my house.

Anyway back to what I would like to share with you today. As you may know, my scrappy friend Megan and I have been using our homemade stash kits lately. We made a recipe and this week we are sharing our third layout with our kit. This is the final layout on process video I will be sharing with this kit. Next week we will be sharing our new kit, recipe for the kit and what we had leftover from our kit. (i will be sharing the other layouts I made with my kit too, because I had tons of stuff leftover and wanted to try to kill it more.)

For this layout I wanted to play with some paint. Yellow paint was one of the things I added to my kit as the paint element. I was really wanting to have the paint to peek through a cut file.

I added the acrylic paint without adding gesso to my plain white cardstock. I find sometimes the gesso warps the paper more, and since all I was adding was acrylic paint, I figured the page would be fine without the gesso. If I were adding modeling paste or sprays and watercolors, I would definitely add gesso so the water wouldn’t absorb into the cardstock.

I really like how the cut file I found from the scrapbook and cards today magazine blog, looks over the bright colors.


Lately I really have been trying to use more photos on my layouts. I find that I like the look of them smaller when I am using more than two. I use four in this layout. Angling them gives interest to them. I thought about whether I wanted to add paper behind them. In the end I decided against that so that the cut file could stand out. This was one of those times, I tried really hard not covering up the mixed media and cut file I had on the background.


These pictures are from a couple of weeks ago, when we took our girls to get their ears pierced. They had been asking lately to get them done. We had been out for doctors appts, and found a Walmart close by that did ear piercing. The girls were a little timid about the pain but in the end they did amazing and didn’t even shed any tears. The sight of their ears pierced definitely put a smile on their faces.


I placed three clusters of embellishments around the photos. I tried to stay close to the photos, so that the outside of the cut file wasn’t covered.


I used the same colors in each cluster so they matched in feeling.


The middle cluster I kept really simple.


This Pink Fresh Studio frame is the perfect place to put the journaling, when I actually write it in. Usually I am really good at doing my journaling before I take photos to my layouts. Not this time. Though I always make sure I add journaling before I put my layouts in protectors and in my albums. This way they are fully complete and I don’t flip through an album that isn’t finished. Plus I find it easier to remember what I want to write better when I finish my layout, than if I wait.

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For the title I used a question my daughter asked her Dad at the end of the night when she got her ears pierced. It was such a cute question. I thought this would be perfect for the layout. Also I always think I need to remember to write down the silly, cute things my kids say and then I rarely do. This was the perfect time to record that question and remember it.


I like mixing fonts for my titles. These gold thickers add a pretty aspect that I think goes with the feel of the layout too.

Here is what the full layout looks like.



It is definitely bold and fun just like my girls!!

I hope you have been enjoying our Stash kit series. I have been having a lot of fun trying to use my stash before I have to move. Next week I will be sharing what I have left from my kit and some other layouts I was able to make with my kit. Then we will be using a new kit. I will also be sharing my new kit too.

Here is my process video>



Here is a look at what Megan made with her kit!!

Have an inspired Week!!



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For the love of birthday Pho

Last week I shared with you a new series Crafty Meggy and I are working on. I am so excited about this series, one I find when I do a series or challenge with a scrappy body I am more motivated to keep at it. I think it’s that it an accountability factor too.

This next layout I did end up picking out an extra 6×6 paper that matched my paper more. Though I am happy about the amount of paper I used on this layout in general too. I used a technique, or thing I do often. It’s as Tracie Claiborne (From The Scrap Gals) one off my go to designs. And I really love it, I think because by changing the size of the paper or even just the papers in general it really changes the look. My go to design is using strips of paper layered together. I generally like to use them layered under my photo, kind of like a photo mat.


I picked out colors that matched this photo I decided I wanted to use. I don’t generally match all my papers to the color of my photo. I couldn’t help it this time though. The bright colors in this picture just called out to me to be used in a bright way on my layout.

The yellow paper from Maggie Holmes Bloom, in my kit reminded me of the lemons in my bowl. The Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss green mimicked the greens in my Pho bowl too. The pops of color in the Pink Paislee C’est La Vie paper reminded my of that spoon. It was like the stars aligned just perfect to document this story.


This photo was taken on Sept 18th. My birthday. I am the worst at scrapbooking birthdays, I hate to admit it, but I really am. I think some of it is, almost always the pictures turn out horrible. And Really I think a part of me wants to enjoy whatever we are doing, opening gifts or blowing out candles. So I just don’t take many photos. I feel bad though, I mean I love birthdays, they are always fun. Growing up we always (and I mean ALWAYS) had a party to celebrate, the whole big family got together for birthdays. And then even on our birthday we got a special birthday meal. I feel bad we can’t always do this for our kids, for my little family because we are so far away from our immediate family.

Anyways I am getting sidetracked, aren’t I. Moving on. This picture is from my birthday. This year we decided to go out to dinner for my birthday without the kids. We have some amazing friends who can watch our kids from time to time, and our kids love it there and play with their children.  So going out without the kids in tow was actually possible this birthday, especially since we planned it.

I didn’t want to go anywhere fancy this year, I mean turning 32 isn’t a really big deal. It is another year. Not old, not young. I really wanted Pho. I really love Pho!! I mean I could eat it everyday for the rest of my life and be happy as a clam!! It’s so tasty and light and fresh and YUM!!

I wanted to scrapbook about this love, because maybe in ten years I will have a new love!! It’s bound to happen, I am a foodie loving person, I was almost going to be a chef at one point of my life.


(leaving lots of open white space gave me room to do all the journaling I needed!)


I love the look of these alphas by Seven Paper. The yellow mixed in the black just looks so cool!

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I love mixing the teals, blues and green embellishments. And I splattered watercolor at the end in these colors too. The look a little like confetti on the page.


These phrase stickers are really fun too. I made sure I scattered them throughout the layout.



I love all the texture from these strips of papers!!


I made sure to curl the ends of the papers so it would lift off the paper.

Here is how it looks together.


You can watch my process video here


I am really having fun with this kit. Even though Megan and I set out to do only three layouts with this kit, I am positive I will be able to get more done, which I will share in my Kill A Kit blogpost in two weeks.

Don’t forget to check out Megan’s Youtube Channel and process video for her second layout, with her kit. Remember her kit is a little different because we each made a kit from our own stash with the same recipe. I love this concept because you can add stuff you love, need to use and things that have been just sitting in your stash. Then we both have different looking kits too, even though we used the same paper as inspiration or start of our Kits.

I hope you have an inspired day!!

Aloha, Hannah


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The Joys Of Flying: March Clique Kit layout

In February when I flew back home to New York, we had to book my flight at the last minute. I was so happy I could even get back to the mainland when I needed too. But it was crazy, the flights. Flying from Hawaii all the way to New York in itself is no simple feat. It’s a really long journey.

I had to make three connections across the country. There was definitely lots of walking, even almost running at points to make these connections. I don’t think I have ever walked so long to make connections in all the flying I have done to date. I was however so thankful that I had no children with me to hurry along. I was also just thankful to be heading back home to be with the ones I love and help be there for them.

I really wanted to make a layout about this crazy trip. Especially since it was so memorable, having to recheck in through the airport between some of my flights. plus this was the plane trip I was doing all by myself across the country, without friends or kids. There was definitely lots of coffee ingested too, some good and some just to stay awake.

I thought that the fun nature of the March Clique kit would be appropriate for documenting this layout. This kit was built around the Seven Paper Studio Calico collection Goldie by Ashley Goldberg. There was also elements of travel in this kit too.

I will say I thought I recorded this layout, but apparently didn’t or accidentally deleted the photo age. But I love that I still can share this layout with you.

I decided to change up the size. I do things like this on occasion just to switch things up, it gets my brain to have to think of things differently. I think it’s a good way to stretch your brain creatively. I did an 8 1/2 by 11 layout. It is much different than a 12×12 size, you really have to think about how you are using your space.

I also decided to use more photos on this layout. I tend to be ok with using just one photo most of the time. Seriously, I do. I know it does not help in using all your photos from a certain day or event. It makes it so that you need more albums to tell all the stories that you want to tell. But I have come to terms that I will tons of layouts, and albums. And I know my kids may hate that they have to deal with them, but it’s their history and if when I am gone they want to throw them away, at least they had the option to know all these stories I told for them. (I really want to talk about this more later, maybe another layout later, because going home I poured over family albums and was truly happy they were available to look at. To be able to listen to my grandmother retell the memories of these stories in the pictures. She doesn’t scrapbook but I seen where that seed was started and watered. But that is a whole new layout!!)


I really like the paper with the triangle sections. I really wanted to use this paper, and I though by having the photos in the center, or near the center, it would draw your eye to where all these triangles meet.


By placing the photos off skewed I thought it would help the layout feel a little chaotic, which is what the journaling is all about. All about this crazy trip. I mean showing up to the airport over 12 hours before it takes off because there was a big chance for freezing rain. I didn’t want to get stuck in the country on roads that didn’t get plowed until after I needed to be at the airport for check in. So hanging in the small airport all night was interesting, Thank goodness for Dunkin Donuts and a good book!! Or having to spend extra time in the air because of a storm, though I admit the clouds from this Southern Storm looked so cool!!

I also did my classic layering but made them larger papers and just had bits of those papers stick out.


I stuck many of the die cuts from this kit and January kit (It had Fancy Pants Designs Happy Place stuff in it). I used the wash strips to add bits without adding much bulk. The ALL THE COFFEE phrases strip was perfect for this coffee cup photo I had taken on the way to New York, While I waited in San Fran for the delayed flight. (This was one of the flights I had to recheck in, at 12 o’clock at night too.)


I used that paper clip from the crate paper on my layout too. I thought it added a fun touch. And isn’t that sequin heart so cute!! I could have used more of those on this layout, if I had more space.


I added that adventure cut apart on that tab. I even popped up this photo, to help separate the photos a bit, give fun lines, and add places to tuck in embellies.


(BYW, The Martian is one of my top book reads this year! Though I admit I couldn’t restrict watching the movie first on the second flight. I then bought the book at the third layover!!LOL. They are both equally good!!)


I had cut up that XO from one of the journaling cards from the add on paper pack from Photoplay. I just thought that looked perfect there. I added my journaling right on the background. I added the title above the photo/paper cluster. I like that it is a bit sarcastic. Though in the end I really didn’t mind all the craziness because I got to see my family and friends that I had’t seen in years. It really was just want I needed at the time, even though I didn’t know I needed it. I learned a lot about why I scrapbook and how I need to make and take the time to take photos that are going to capture the stories I live. The stories of my life and the ones I love to retell.

I hope you are inspired to think out of the box today!! Take some time, think about why you are creative, and if you are conveying the emotions, stories and feelings you want to when you do create. whether you just want to look at pretty pictures, whether you just want to remember the good times with the kids, whether you just want to observe life unfolding around you. Take the time to breathe it in, and see what you can do to recapture that on a scrapbook page, art journal, smash book, or whatever way you know how to get these stories out.

Aloha, Hannah





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For the Love of Homemade Kits (homemade Stash kit)

Aloha My scrappy friends!!

My scrappy bestie Crafty Meggy or Megan are doing another challenge together. We are hoping to do a few of these Homemade kits before the packers come to pack and move my stuff (whenever that we be). This is a good way for us to use of some of the stash we have building up. Or use up some products that have been laying around our scrap space a little too long.

We put together a basic recipe kit and picked out One paper to start building our own versions with this recipe. Our goal is to see two people use the same recipe and a starting out paper and how different a kit could look because of the products you have in your stash.

Here is the Recipe we used for making our Homemade Kit

Inspiration Pattern Paper (paper we pick out together as Inspiration starting out point)             1 geometric patterned paper                                                                                                                                 1 Texture patterned paper (i.e., woodgrain, fabric texture, etc)                                                        1 Stripe patterned paper                                                                                                                                 1 Freebie Patterned Paper (any kind of pattern of our choosing)

We also added a 6×6 or scrap type of paper in here for fun

A Silhouette Cut File

Wood embellishments

Phrase Stickers

An Ephemera Pack (or die cuts)


Free Embellishment choice

2 Alpha’s (Thickers)

Megan and I are doing 3 layouts with this kit we made. I am actually hoping to get 4 or maybe even five with this kit. I added quite a bit, I tend to go a little crazy when making a kit. We really tried to keep the recipe simple so that we could make a small kit. This will make it easier to get through the product in the kit, but still use some product up.

We will making a few of these homemade kits. We may change the recipe up a little, maybe not. I like the idea of switching a few things up but basically keeping it the same.

I am really excited for this series. I love making small kits. I love figuring out what papers go together and finding embellishments that match too. I am hoping to also helping give a few tips into homemade kit building too.

So Now that I have talked a little about this basic kit recipe, thats get into the good stuff. Sharing the First kit I made for this series.  (There will be tons of photos!!)

Here is a look at the full kit I made


It is a jammed packed homemade kit, isn’t it. I really tried to add a variety of different textures and products. I wanted to be able to use my kits for a different types of layouts I would need to make, girl, boy, dog, an outing, my travel to New York. Knowing I didn’t have pictures picked out yet for this series I wanted to leave myself room for whatever stories I might be able to tell. That is always something to keep in when when building a homemade kit. Do you know ahead of making the kit what photos you are using? This could really help in picking out embellishments or papers.

Let’s talk a little about the different things I picked and why.


Our Inspiration paper was “Blossom” from Dear Lizzy Documentary. It’s the pretty watercolor floral paper in the picture above. By having a main paper it makes it easy to pick other papers to go along with it. We picked a busier pattern that had multiple colors as well. This helps with being able to match papers from other collections that have similar colors.

My texture paper was Pink Paislee C’est La Vie paper 09. I really love the grain in this wood grain, and that pink color is so sweet.

My Geometric paper was Amy Tangerine Stitched “Map To My Heart” paper. I thought the watercolor theme was being carried over from the inspiration paper.  They are similar colors also. I thought it was a fun take on a geometric pattern, the V’s.

My Stripe paper was Maggie Holmes Bloom “Sunlit”. It really is a plaid or gingham type of pattern which I kinda twisted to fit how I wanted this kit to look. I really love how fun and spring this paper is. It reminds me of sunshine.

My Freebie papers are (and yes I picked more than one, but one is not a full sheet and one is a 6×6 piece) Pink Paislee C’est La Vie O6, Maggie Holmes Bloom “Adore”, and a 6×6 page from Maggie Holmes Bloom (Newspaper and Aqua streamer cut paper). I picked the Pink Paislee paper because it had similar colors as the flowers but were in dots. I like all the white on it but would let me add a little more color to the page in a small way. The “Adore” paper I picked because I thought it would be fun to use, and it’s cute with all it’s swans!!

I tried to add some papers from similar collections to add a cohesive look. I think it’s easy to see I am in a spring mood with this paper kit.

I will say I had a hard time stop adding papers and even embellishments. In the end though I had to remember that this kit is only to make a few layouts. Megan and I thought by making a smaller kit, then We would be able to actually scrap more because the kit wasn’t overwhelming. I am thinking though that I can actual make 1 or two more layouts with this kit then the three we set out to make. If I do actually make extra layouts with this kit, I will definitely share it in a few weeks when we switch a new kit.

Let’s talk Embellishments.


These are my Alpha’s for this kit. The gold Thickers are the new Maggie Homes Bloom thickers, “Happy” and the black alpha’s are Studio Calico Seven Paper alpha stickers. Those are super fun, half of them actually are colored. I love the chunky glitter on the Thickers.


For die cuts I picked an opened pack of Pink Fresh Studio “Up in the Clouds” I had leftover. I thought the colors were fun and spring like. I also thought it would be nice to use them up! I also picked an opened pack of Dear Lizzy Serendipity Die Cuts. I love the watercolor feel of this pack, which I thought would match well with the papers I choose. I also had tons of these die cuts leftover in my Stash. I had had three full packs when the collection came out last year, this is my last pack.


Word/Phrase stickers are so popular right now and I have tons now. I really don’t use them as much as I should. I thought that this addition would add something fun and trendy in our homemade kit. I think when making a homemade kit, it’s a fun idea to use something trendy. Even if it’s just a little bit in the kit. The longer sheet is from Fancy Pants Designs Happy Place. The colors were really the reason why I picked them. The Maggie Holmes sheet I just want to use it up.


These are my Freebie embellishments!! I picked the Serendipity puffy Stickers to match the die cuts I picked. I think adding embellishments from the same collections really does help it match and work well together. Plus you know the colors will match better. I picked the rubber charms from the Maggie Holmes Bloom collection. These are really cute!!  Then lately I picked these JilliBean Soup sequins that already have adhesive on them. The pink color I thought would add a good pop of color on the layouts I am making. I thought these would be a good alternative to enamel dots.

I am going to be using the Wood Embellishments from Hello Love. I have been having a hard time using them because they are so big. I think adding them to this kit will help me try to use them up a little too!! I think another fun thing about kits you can buy through kit clubs is that they usually have something that makes you have to think about how to use. These wood pieces is this for me.


Megan and I wanted to add some media to our homemade kit. We choose to use paint. I picked that yellow acrylic paint and my water color palette. It’s a basic watercolor set, with a variety of colors, so I have tons of choices. I also decided to challenge myself to use sprays on my page. I am so bad about adding sprays except for splatters.

We are also having to use a silhouette cut file in the kit. I hadn’t picked what one I want to add yet, but I have a new Silhouette and I really want to use it.

Here is one last look at my kit. I am so excited to use it up!! I will after three weeks share what I have left too. Our Videos/layouts will be posted on Tuesday starting today.



I hope this is a fun look at making a homemade stash kit. I also hope if you want to join Megan and I that you link and tag us on social media!! I really hope you play along. I am going to be using the hashtag #fortheloveofhomemadekits on Instagram.

Look forward to another blog post sharing my first layout with this kit!! It’s coming soon!

Have an Inspired Day

Aloha, Hannah





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