Happy Birthday to my Baby Girl!

Its been a busy week all leading up to today which is my little girls 1 yr birthday. Smile  So, I hope you don’t mind if I share my proud mama moment with you!

I can’t believe how a year ago today, a cutie patootie joined our family…. see, isn’t she cute?

Caitlin Baby scrapbook layout

And over the last year she has grown to a cute and fun almost toddler!

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I am so grateful for today and for my husband and Stampin’ Up! for allowing me to stay home with my kids!

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A Baby Girl’s First Scrapbook Page

While cutting the paper for my designer paper share, I got a chance to really take in the different designs and was surprised to find myself drawn to the Beau Chateau pack.  See, normally I think vintage is pretty and all, but it isn’t usually my style.  Then I saw the pink patterns and since we had learned we are having a girl in December, I just had to make a scrapbook page with these papers.  So, here is our baby girl’s first scrapbook page:

I had seen this layout on the ScrapbookSteals blog and I thought it would be perfect.  The only problem was that I liked the bracket shape at the top of the page but I didn’t have anything I could trace to make that design.  But boy did I luck out since the back of the patterned paper was lined!   I laid out where I wanted my photo(s) to be and then drew a rough outline and used my ruler to space out where I wanted the curves to go.

Then once I was done cutting out my shape, I realized that the lines would make a cute background and because my shape was pretty symmetric I could actually just flip over and glue the left over paper (from where I cut out the bracket shape) up underneath my cutout and it fit great!  So no waste. 🙂

I also noticed that one of the other paper designs in the Beau Chateau had a pattern that included this bigger frame.  I thought it would be perfect to cut out and use as a journaling space.

      Finally, I had to show you my title – which was when it really hit me that we are having a baby girl! I used the Letter It alphabet, since it seemed to ft the feel of this page.  This was my easy method for using them but I like the effect.

I put all the letters together for a given word (I don’t have the biggest rectangle block so I had to squish them together on a smaller block) on one block and stamped them together.  Then I just trimmed around the letters for a quickie title.  Easy and Fun!

Alright, I know this post is getting long, so thanks for sticking with me.  This is my first detailed scrapbook in a while and I love how it turned out; especially with paper I didn’t think I would even like! :)  Tomorrow I’ll share a baby shower invite I created to match this page (based on a request from one of my facebook fans).  Hope you’ll come back and check it out!

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My Girl scrapbook page recipe:
Letter It Alphabet
Ink:  Soft Suede, Crumb Cake (for sponging)
Paper:  Beau Chateau designer paper, Very Vanilla CS, Soft Suede CS, Pink Pirouette CS
Accessories:  Island Indigo ruffled ribbon, Adhesive Pearls, Fabric Daisy (from retired pretties kit), Antique Brads, Vintage Trinkets, Chantilly Lace ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Wonderful Friend Vintage Card

Today I thought I’d share another card I came up with while playing with ideas for the Valentine’s workshop.  I was figuring that not everyone would need four red and pink cards and so I was trying to come up with some more non-traditional cards.  That way they had something for a friend or husband that could be used for Valentine’s or really any time of the year.  In this case, I used one of my new favorite stamp sets – Wonderful Favorites.  I even won this stamp set which is even cooler!  Any who….this was my attempt at more neutral:

Don’t you just love how, when you spread the tines of the Vintage Trinkets brad, it looks like leaves on the flower!  I kept the card simple with the muted colors and let the designer paper and embellishments do the work.  The only other extra touch I added was to sponge Soft Suede ink along the long edge of the Very Vanilla/Elegant Soiree paper.

What do you think?  Would this work for a non-traditional Valentine?

Wonderful Friend Recipe:
Wonderful Favorites
Ink: Soft Suede Classic
Paper: River Rock CS, Perfect Plum CS, Very Vanilla CS, Elegant Soiree DSP
Accessories: Punch Pack, Vintage Trinkets, Victoria Crochet Ribbon, Sponge Dauber, Mini Glue Dots

Last Chance for Filled With Love!

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That’s right! Today is the last day the Filled With Love stamp set and bundle will be available! So, if you were thinking of getting this bundle but hadn’t done it yet; don’t miss your chance. You can order now in the online store and until 11:59pm MST at which time it sails off to retirement.

However, in the meantime I wanted to share with you some cards I made last night using Filled With Love. 

This was the first card I made:

I had the idea of stamping the row of heart flowers along the bottom and then embossing while watching tv with the hubby.  Unfortunately, that is where my inspiration seemed to stop.  So, I got through the stamping and embossing, added the ribbon, and then didn’t know what to do.  I put together the heart for the sentiment and added it; but I’m still not totally convinced.

While trying to create the sentiment for that last card, I came up with the heart for this next card.  I didn’t like it on the first card, so I pulled it off and decided to create a card just for this sentiment.  And so I created this:

I love the fact that I used “Christmas” paper – the Deck The Halls pack – for this Valentine’s Day card.  I also pulled out my Vintage Trinkets for the first time as well (the tiny safety pin).  It looks kind of like an arrow through the little heart don’t you think?

Finally, I had one more sentiment that I had created during all this playing that I though needed a home as well.  I also wanted to use some of the other stamps in the set and so I created a “color-blocking” style card only instead of using different colored paper for the blocks, I used different stamp images from the set.

Again, I think the jury is still out on this card but it sure was a lot of fun to make!

Well, I hope you enjoyed this last day celebration of this stamp set.  I had a blast creating these cards and will miss this set!  If you haven’t seen the flyer or need a reminder of what is included in the Filled with Love bundle, here it is:


Filled with Love Wood-Mount Bundle Love Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack
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If you have any questions, just let me know and I’d be happy to help! 

Until next time, Happy Stamping!