SpiegelMom Scraps September Blog Hop



You may have come from Suzanna’s Blog, if so Welcome!! If not, you need to get over there and check out her amazing layout!!

It has been forever since the Sparklers have gotten together and had a hop. I kinda missed it. I love spending a quiet (even if the quiet is in my head with coffee to dull the  sounds of children asking for their morning needs. See my kids still are on summer break. So mornings are definitely not all that quiet in my house.)

Like all the SpiegelMom Scraps blog hops I have joined in, I will list the line up down below.  There are a lot of us, so I will try my best to keep it simple and short with tons of pictures. That is my favorite part of the hops, if I am being honest. I love being inspired before I have even gotten started for the day.

Follow the hop and comment on all the blogs for a chance at to win a prize of the new September release of sequins. The winner will be picked and notified on September 2.

This month our theme as a group is Artsy Fartsy and all the sequins are designed to match different famous art works. Here is a look at the sequins released this month. They are gorgeous and our very own Lisa helped design some of them.


Lately I have going back to my roots. If you have followed me throughout my scrapping journey, you know I have fully embraced the mixed media trend in scrapbooking. In fact I credit a lot of my artsy tendencies on my family. My great grandmother was really artsy, I grew up seeing her floral paintings around our house. My grandmother also dabbled in art and drew and painted a fireplace in our house as an accent wall. My mother has played with watercolors, painting lots of gorgeous Hawaiian sunsets. Playing with paints helps me really dig into the inspiration I need. It refreshes me.

I will admit though sometimes it takes a while to create these “works of art”. There is lots of drying time, getting over the fear of the blank slate, and just figuring out what you want to convey on the page you are creating. Sometimes pages come together really fast and easy. It seems the paint flows with the ideas. Other times you take you page one step at a time. Taking days to finish all the little layers you add to create interest on your page, and then you add pictures and embellishments.

I love this journey though. It truly has made me a better scrapbooker. And I have loved coming back to my roots.

Let’s talk about this layout I made for today.


Because I knew this month was all about art, I will wanted to embrace it.  I started out my scrapbooking layout blank, like it was an art journal type of page. Just letting my products guide me into a direction. This means I had no idea what photos I would end up scrapping or what story I wanted to tell.


I built some wash layers with watered down Shimmerz sprays. I used Jeni B Bleu, Razzle-dazzle berry, and Mama Sings the Blues sprays. They all have different amounts of shimmer and I love how they mixed together to on my Amercian Crafts White Card Stock. 


I mixed some of the Razzle-dazzle berry spray with some acrylic matte, which helps seal in the spray so it doesn’t blend and mix with my next layer. It changes the spray a bit too so that it is intensified on the card stock. This step definitely needs to dry overnight.

I am still very much entranced with purple tones!! I don’t know what it is about the color but I am all about purple. I don’t have the Shimmerz purple acritonez. Acritonez, are acrylic paints with a primer in them. They are so nice for mixed media that is layered. It isn’t as opaque as regular acrylic paint so you can still see bits of other mixed you may have under it. I like this on projects like what I am doing. I don’t want all that work I did under to disappear, I want to enhance it. I mixed the pinkadelic and the in the navy Acritonez together to make some different shades of purples. Let me tell you this was so much fun!!


I applied this layer with my palette knife. I used this layer as a base to doodle on. I used a variety of paint marker pens from my stash. I drew some flowers and leaves. This is my favorite part of the layout. I am so glad it worked because it could have been a disaster. This is one of the things about mixed media. You have to be brave. Many times you make decisions when you could ruin your work so far. If you don’t take the leap you won’t get the big pay off at the end though.


This is what you are working for too, with mixed media and art journalling. This fact that all these little steps will come together and have this big pay off.

I knew this layout needed to make statement. I am not gonna lie, I still had no idea where I was going with my page from here. I scoured the silhouette store for something that popped out to me. A sentiment that fit with this spread, that I could make my own. Finally I found the perfect one. The part that made me chuckle was it brought me back to SpiegelMom Scraps too. I love how this can happen too. In this journey we travel in scrapbook page making we finally come full circle.


I found a sentiment that said snails & puppy dog tails. I made it huge so I could stitch around it one I cut it out on my silhouette. I wanted it to cover most of my layout. I want this phrase to be what you see. I also added an alpha with this title/sentiment that said Sequins. It would be perfect for the story I was now going to tell with this page.


I printed out two very small photos. I usually like to use bigger images on my layout, but this just seemed to call for something small. I had two photos I wanted to use too. They are my two younger children Cayden and Samuel. They are holding up Spiegelmom Scraps glassine bags filled with sugar and spice and a bit of small sequins. They wanted them because they had been reading nursery rhymes and read the little girls and little boys are made of nurses rhyme. They want to create their own mix to create the perfect little girl and boy. The silly little things our kids do, I love their innocence they still have. I am glad I have been able to protect this a bit. Sam was quite upset that boys were made from snakes, snails and puppy dog tales and insisted I use his sisters mix because it was better for making the perfect boy. I told him I added a bit of pepper for a dash of fire and spiciness that makes boys a bit different. Just retelling this story it makes me smile. They were so cute. I wish I could keep them this age forever!! There scene of exploring and discovery is so fun to watch.


After I stitched the sentiment, which took a while, but so worth it!! Thank goodness for Netflix when it comes to hand stitching. I used a variety of purple, teal, copper thread and then I added some of the pink and white baker’s twine from the store. I wanted to have a bit of color to match the colors I used on the background.


After adding my photos with a bit of layers. I lightly embellished my layout. I added some of the Cocoa Vanilla Wild at Heart die cuts, I knew all the purple would work perfect with my colors. I also knew the florals would help tie in my own floral I doodled on the bottom of my layout.

I used some of the Love U Lots white felt hearts with some of the chunky cork hearts around the layout. I love mixing all these textures throughout my layouts for interest.


I finished off with sequins, because I just don’t feel a layout is finished without them. I used the Painted Gardens sequins from the September Release. I also added a few Stargazer sequins. I wanted a touch of a clear sequin to reflect of the background. These were perfect for this layout!!

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You can watch me create this layout on my personal Youtube.

Here is a final look at my layout. It is so much fun. I will end up typing out my journaling and adding it to the backside of my layout. It will also help cover up all the stitching too.

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Thanks for joining in on this hop!! It is always so much fun, being inspired by so many great designers. Don’t forget to continue on the hop and comment so you can be added in the running for some free sequins!!

Up next is Daisie Scraps!! I can’t wait to see what she created, I know it will be awesome!!

September SpiegelMom Scraps Blog Hop Line Up
Sara Scraps with Raquel 🙂
Ali Scraps
Rachel Stewart
Khristina Sorge
Christy Harriman
Christine Beuzit
Sheryl Banares Briker
Suzanna Lee
*** YOU ARE HERE**** Hannah Lemieux
Marie Friant
Have an awesome inspiring day!!


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Clique Kits: Art Studio

Aloha!!! Are you like me and have an iNSD hangover? I didn’t even scrap as much as I wanted to either?! LOL!!  It sure was fun though! My biggest highlight was meeting up with some local Scrap Gals ladies and chatting and doing some scrapping together. There is just something really fun about connecting with people in the flesh who love the things you do. The extrovert in me was jumping up and down knowing I am finding my tribe here in Washington and really connecting to this area.

Here is a pic from this weekend!!


I can’t wait to get together with the ladies again.

Yesterday I felt the iNSD flow into this week with a blog post I had go live on the Clique Kits Blog. I am using the Sorbet May Kit, which has the Pink Fresh Studio Dream On Collection.


Here is a sneak peek of my double page layout for their May Challenge which was to use lots of gold, mixed media and the exclusive sketch and Cut File designed by Design Team Member Maryam.



I used the cut file with my sketch pens on the Silhouette Cameo, this feature is so much fun!! If you haven’t tried it, you really need too.

I used lots of exclusive printables that are available through the kit club. This month they are designed by Maryam and match the kit really well and super cute!!

There are also are printables for the new Traveler’s Notebook Kit Subscription  that started this May.  When you subscribe to the Main Kit and add the Traveler’s Notebook subscription you get a discount on your shipping price as well. There are options for getting a 6 month subscription or a 3 month subscription with the Traveler’s Notebook Kit and it coordinates with the Main kit as well.

Don’t forget too, if you use my code Hannah10 you can get  10% off the add ons in the store!!

You can also watch my process video for this layout on the Clique Kits Youtube Channel. The layouts I post there, don’t get posted anywhere else. So you may want to subscribe to their Youtube Channel so you will get notifications that I (or any of the other YT design team) posts on the YT Channel.



I hope you keep checking on and working on all the Challenges the Design Team posted in the Facebook Group this past iNSD weekend, they are open until the end of the month.  YAY!! Because if you are anything like me, you didn’t get many of them started this weekend anyway. Plus what more fun is there than iNSD lasting throughout the whole month?!! 😉

I hope you have an inspiring week, my scrappy friends!! I will see you around!!



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SpiegelMom Scraps: Changing up the photo size



Today I am over at the SpiegelMom Scraps blog sharing a layout where I change up the photo size.

This is a fun and creative way to switch things up.

Check out the blog post and see tons of close up pictures of the layout I made.


You can also check out the process video from the SpiegelMom Scraps Blog or my personal Youtube Channel!!

If you use my code Hannah15% at the SpiegelMom Scraps store you can get an extra 15% off your scrappy sequin order!! Who loves a discounts, right?!!

Have an inspiring and great week!!



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SpiegelMom Scraps What About Wednesday: Using the Negative part of a Cut File


Aloha My Scrappy Friends!!

It’s Wednesday and I am up over on the Spiegelmom Scraps Blog. I am super excited about this new layout. It is super fun and I am using the negative part of a free cut file from the SpiegelMom Scraps Blog.

Here is a peek at what I made…

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Don’t forget that if you use my code Hannah15, you can get 15% percent off your order from the SpiegelMom Scraps Store.  Also Share with us what you are making with the SpiegelMom Scraps products too.

Look below and you can also watch my Youtube Process video of this layout.



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SpiegelMom Scraps What About Wednesday: Christmas Cards


Aloha and Happy Holidays my scrappy friends!!

Is it really true that in less than a week it will be Christmas? I am not ready at all. I think I need a whole other week to finish all what I would like to do. Isn’t it always like that though?!

One thing though that I have been working on this week is cards to send out to my family and friends. I love giving those I love something special. Something that lets them know I care.

On the SpiegelMom Scraps Blog I share some of the cards I made this week.

Take a look here. Also here is a peak of what is on the post.

Have an inspired Holiday!!!


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What About Wednesday:Let’s Get Sketchy Team Up

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

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

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

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


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

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

Have an inspired Week!!


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SpiegelMom Scraps November Blog Hop


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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


Here is a look at the whole layout.



To Watch the process video of my layout Watch here:


Here is this month’s Blog Hop Line Up:

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

Beth Soler

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

Have a great week my scrappy friends!!


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SpiegelMom Scraps What About Wednesday: Pumpkin Soup

Aloha My Scrappy Friends!!!

I hope you October has been going well? Mine has been flying by, I feel this way every year. The days fly by and before we know it, it will be Christmas :0

In hopes of slowing down I am still scrapping Autumn. Plus I just can’t seem to get enough of all the cool tones, glittering frost, and cozy fussy socks. I may be over scrapping Autumn this year but I am loving every minute of it!!

This week I am sharing a new project I am starting over at the SpiegelMom Scraps Blog.

I am making a Cozy themed 8 1/2 x 11 album, where I am making layouts of Autumn and Winter things that center around cozy. I am adding recipes and other traditions we have at our household that we mainly do in the Autumn and Winter months.

My first entry I share today over at the SpiegelMom Scraps blog. I hope you check it out. Also don’t forget that if you use my code Hannah15 in the SpiegelMom Scraps Store you can get 15% off of your order.

Here is a little sneak of my layout!!



Stay inspired until next time,


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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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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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