Art Party Friday at The Crafty Maven Getaway

Aloha My scrappy friends!!

Tis been hard lately, I am not gonna lie. The sunny is shining here in Hawaii and I have had no desire to create. I hate when that happens. Life is busy and at the end of the day, I am too tired to use my brain.

I am trying so hard not to punish myself for not wanting to scrap. We all have lulls. We all get busy, and we definitely all get tired.

Well this week I was up at The Crafty Maven getaway for Art Party Friday. I didn’t even know where to start to tell you the truth. I made a total of two layouts within the last 7 days. So I decided to do a technique I have done before and really like the way it turns out. It is easy. You splatter watered down paint on white cardstock, then use a paintbrush to dab the splatters. You end up with a pretty airy and artsy look. It also is really forgiving.


I then used a stamp that had x’s for a little more something going on. I was also hoping the black would tone down the fact that I may have overdid it with all the different color paints I used. I really couldn’t help it though. I was inspired by the rich bright colors in the inspiration from The Crafty Maven Getaway.

February Inspiration 1

I love these colors I just didn’t want them so bold on my page, if I could go back I would have not added the orange paint, but in the end I really love how all the colors look on the back ground.

I decided to use the Maggie Holmes Bloom collection, for two reasons, the main reason, it’s brand new and I was hoping that would get my all excited. I love breaking into a new collection and cutting up new papers to layer on a background. this excitement really gets me excited about scrapping. I also really liked how the colors of this collection matched the splatters on my background. Sometimes when they seem to work you need to ride that train. I find thats when a layout starts to make itself.

To be honest that is really what happened with this layout too. I didn’t have the die cuts from this collection, which I am soo bummed about, but it made me have to dig into my stash and find embellishments that could match this collection and feel like they were meant to be together.


I picked out some teal Color Cast Designs acrylic hearts. I picked out a gold glitter chipboard frame from the Maggie Holmes Shine collection. I also took a couple other chipboard pieces of that sheet as well. I grabbed some black and white puffy geo tags from the new Pink Paislee C’est La Vie collection out too. They just worked together, and fit like a glove.


When I started working on the layers I knew I wanted them to not be so tight. Lately I have been trying to bring out my inner Jill Sprott and really use layers in a funky trendy way. I cut my layers in different lengths and sizes and almost fanned them out under my photo.


I did stick to less colors in my pattern papers since I have so much going on in my background. I really also went for different textures and patterns that were bold, like in the inspiration piece.

I love how the chipboard looks tucked under the layers too!! It gives the layout some height which I always like. It helps let you see different angles of the papers and ephemera that maybe you would see if if was all flat.


I also think it helps with the playful tone of the story that I journal about. This picture is my oldest daughter using a walkie talkie we gave her for christmas last year. We gave one to each of the girls, but the girls weren’t really interested last year at all. The other weekend the girls were cleaning their closest out and found them. They are really into the My Little ponies right now so to have another thing that had pines on it was really exciting. Then they realized they could talk to each other from different rooms, and boy they couldn’t get enough of these walkie talkies!! All weekend long all they did was try to talk to each other from other rooms, up stairs and downstairs, they even tried talking for outside too. It was fun watching them play with these toys, so simple but complex at the same time! I really wanted to tell this story, and put to paper this photo, this smirk of delight that Leilani has!!


I am really glad I ended up keeping it pretty simple as far as embellishments goes. It really made me have to focus more on how to be playful with the layers. Also with a busy background it really didn’t need much more. I tend to not know how to stop, and I am glad I feel like I am really learning this concept, of less is more!!


You can watch my process video, over at The Crafty Maven Getaway Channel.


Doing this layout, even though it was a technique that was simple and something I have done before really did help me feel like I am catching my mojo. I feel like I want to try another layout to see if that one makes me want to create more. I think that is how mojo works sometimes too. The more you use that muscle of art and creation the more you get that itch to create again.

I am ready to pull out another piece of white cardstock and see what journey that piece starts to take me. See where I end up with that piece of paper, what story I end up telling too. I think that is a good place to be when you end a layout, if you ask me.

Here is one last look at my layout.


Have an inspired Day My Scrappy friends!!

Aloha, Hannah

Cooking with Grammy

Aloha Scrappers!! How has your week been? Mine, very productive in real life stuff, but very little scrapping done. But that is life sometimes right?! And since I need to sleep, I figure I should just roll with it. Next week will be a new week.

I posted a new layout on my Youtube Channel that I want to share with you. I am trying to use up the last little bit of my November Hip Kit from 2015. It is christmas inspired, and since I still have christmas photos to scrap it makes me happy that I can use up old supplies.

These photos are your typical my kids baking christmas cookies. I really like to see how each year they grow a little older and bigger. These photos are actually a few years old, from 2012. So my girls look so little, especially Cayden. They were so happy when they were making these cookies too. My mom, dad, brother and his at the time girlfriend (who is now his wife) came to spend a christmas at our place. It was really nice. We hadn’t all been together in a few years and it was the first time I was actually meeting his girlfriend.








The girls love baking, and really enjoyed baking with Grammy. My Mom of course was loving it and soaking in the chance to do something special with her grandchildren.

The triangle paper from Hip Kit really inspired me. I grabbed a small Amy Tan stencil with triangles. I pulled out some coral and copper paint and painted triangles on a diagonal across some white cardstock.


I knew I needed to bring in some cool colors like mint or aqua. That guided me as I picked my papers for layering. I used two photos, one 4×6 and a 3×4 size. I almost didn’t use two, only because the color tone on them were different. One photo looks bright and has a cool color tone. The big 4×6 of Cayden has more of a warm tone to it. I am not sure if this happened from the printing process. I didn’t really edit these photos though. They were taken and edited by my sister in law with her very nice camera. I took that from my Facebook account.

I guess it’s time for a confession, I use old Facebook photos on my layouts a lot. over the years and before I scrapbooked I didn’t make the effort to keep digital copies of my photos. So most of our baby photos of all three of our children are only on Facebook. Sometimes the quality on Facebook is great. Sometimes its not, especially when the photos are older and not taken on good cameras. I wish I had saved my photos differently, but I didn’t and it is all I have, so I use them.

Back to the layout…

I built a cluster at the bottom, using the tags from the kit, a paper strip ( a thing I have been doing lately), glitter tape from the December kit, an envelope from my stash, and those adorable penguin and balloons from the PinkFresh Studios die cuts. I love how cute it looks.












Now if I had thought things through better, thats where the stick it down and commit rule isn’t as nice. But if I was thinking, I would have added my cluster at the bottom with triangles. It isn’t horrible the way it is, but there is an awkward gap that could have been avoided but I didn’t think about that until after I glued down the penguin, and he was stuck!!

I needed to balance the top and I added a small cluster at the top of my layout. I used a gingerbread button I had from my stash and a Elle’s Studio banner from last christmas, that I cut down.


I added Studio Calico wood grain sequins and blue crystal sequins to add a touch of blue throughout the layout more.


I will admit I almost forgot to add a title, altogether. I have been bad about that lately. I think it is more about just wanting to finish up and then I remember that I really should have one. I used the PinkFresh Studios puffy alphas from the kit, I didn’t have enough for the whole title, so I spelled out Grammy. I used some copper cursive alphas from an old Pink Fresh Studios embellishment kit I had leftover. They are perfect, they really work well with the copper paint I used on the background. I also used some block Bella Blvd Faith Illustrated alphas in blue.


I added my journaling around the outside of the layout. I really like the way this looks. It brings everything into the layout and it really is easy to incorporate the journaling unto the layout without looking really out of place.

Here is a look at the process video for this layout.


It feels really good getting through some of my older christmas photos, and using up my old kits. I still haven’t touched my January Hip Kit, and man it is so pretty!!

Have a great weekend my scrappy friends!! I hope you enjoy your time, whether you are crafting or not.


Aloha, Hannah

My Heritage Series: Pangburn Family Portrait

Aloha My Scrappy Friends!!

This week I have been working hard! working hard getting back into the routine of life after the holidays, and that is tough!! I love that at the end of my day, I can play with some cute embellishments and pretty paper to destress. Even though this week I haven’t scrapped as much as I wanted to I have been so productive!

Today on my Youtube Channel I am sharing a layout I made for my Heritage album. I love this series, seriously besides all the new scrappy goodies that I love to use. This series really makes me happy to scrap. I think it is my love of ancestral history has always really intrigued me. I love hearing or digging up these stories!


Obviously not all my family photos have an actual story like the picture I used today. I love however if you look at history in general it is kinda cool to see a story emerge. It’s a cultural history story. This concept of taking a family portrait together, was a cultural norm in the early 1900’s. All the family got dressed up in their best Sunday clothes, and sat together and had one nice shot taken. That photo was put on a mantle or on the wall, so no matter how far the members of that family were they were held dear to their hearts.


It is interesting that with technology so advanced as it is, this concept has been lost. We are too busy, to fat, don’t like that posed look, or we just don’t take the time to make sure everyone gets in our pictures often. Or at least this happens in my family. And it is sad, because as many photos as I have on my camera roll, there are truly not many cherish family photos.

This year I plan to change that. I want my future family to know who each one of us is. Me and my husband included, and not just a photo of a book, my feet or even a selfie. Don’t get me wrong, I like selfie’s even if it is because at least I can now be in my families album. But this doesn’t really completely tell my story does it?! I want to have these photos that show us all together being us. Whether it’s posed or natural!! We are all apart of this great family, just like in my photo that I scrap.


In this picture, which I think was taken sometime around 1928, is my great grandmother (Hazel) and her parents and siblings. The hardest part of scrapping this photo was that I didn’t know who each of the kids were. But I am glad I at least know exactly who my Great great grandparents are.

I really love how this layout turned out too. I mentioned this on my voiceover, but when I decided to do this album, layouts like this was really what I had in mind. I really wanted a modern feel to it, even though I am using black and white photos. I wanted to make these photos come to life and fun.


These colors and patterns really helped me achieve that. I even added some mixed media, in silk screen form. A silk screen is similar to a stencil but the media gets pushed through the silk material. It leaves a thinner layer of media on your page or project. Which is nice on a layout because it warps less and dries really fast. They work best with acrylic paint because it is thinner.


I love the embellishment clusters with my great great grandparents initials in the layered clusters.


And that gold glitter, who isn’t still in love with gold?!


Here is the process video, if you want to watch me make this layout.


I did notice that I misspelled my Families last name on my process video, and didn’t catch it until after I took photos and posted everything. Silly me, good thing I don’t get graded on spelling! I did go back and fix it, thankfully I had a g in my alpha pack.


I hope you were inspired today!! I really enjoy sharing my layouts with this community. I love that I can give back after being so inspired by everyone else that shares their layouts!

Have a great week!!


Aloha, Hannah

The Sweet Life

Aloha Scrappers!! This week I have been super busy, my poor computer has barely had a chance to rest!! But I don’t mind, it definitely keeps me out of trouble and then it means I get to share things with you too!!

Today I am sharing a layout I made with my December Hip Kit. I actually made this layout near the beginning of December, so maybe three weeks ago. But December got busy and I wasn’t able to get everything I wanted to done. I am glad though, in a way. I really like how this layout turned out.

Now I feel like I give it the attention it deserves when I share this with you. I love all the bright colors from this kit. The yellows and pinks were perfect for a girl layout.


I took an old photo of my daughter Cayden, and made two copies. A bigger 4×6 size and a square 3×3 size. These photos weren’t the best quality, they came from my Facebook account. I am letting go of the fact that I want perfect photos though. In the end it’s about telling these fun stories and sharing these cute moments that I do have. And Cayden just looks adorable and has that I love getting into trouble look. She wore this look often as a small child. She loved looking like she was trouble when she was just exploring and playing. She still has that look these days but sometimes uses it for more mischievous works!!


I really wanted to have fun with these papers and go with this playful theme. I layered my papers a little different, but it really does help in the mood I was setting. Even if this process took me a while, since I didn’t know how I was going to get there.


Once I layered small bits of papers behind the photos. Adding the embellishments came really quickly and everything just flowed nicely.

I added the chipboard Zebra to go with the playful and youthful look. But really he is so cute, even if he has nothing to do with the layout itself. Sometimes you just need to embrace the random!!


I painted the wood veneer yellow to match the papers. I don’t usually do this, because I really tend to like the natural look of wood on a layout.


I added more hearts in an L type form around the photo. This really just happened as I was scrapping, I love when layouts pretty much make themselves. I thought they would look better this way then the standard three groupings though.

I added some of the rub ons from the kit in matching colors to add some color throughout the layout. I want lie though, those were hard rub ons to use so I abandoned that work pretty quick. I grabbed some acrylic paint and added splatters for that color I was looking for. I like the combo of flat color from the rub ons and the texture from the acrylic paint.


The gold thickers really added that last touch this layout needed. Plus who doesn’t like gold?! Even though the title isn’t out of the box, I really don’t mind. Sometimes the titles just come to you and are well thought and sometimes it works better to just use what you have. Otherwise you spend an hour trying to be creative and you could have spent that hour making another layout. I pick and choose my battles. This layout I picked getting down a cute story and photo.

I added my journaling on the back, since I really liked this black and white with pops of pink and yellow. I didn’t want to mess with that fun design either.



I also have a process video sharing how I put this layout together. You can watch that here.



Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I hope you have an inspired weekend!!

Aloha, Hannah


October “Funfetti” Clique Kits Blog Hop: Smile Big


Aloha Scrappers, It that time of the month that I join in with many of the members over Clique Kits and share what I have been making with my month’s kit. This month we are using the Funfetti October Kit made mostly of Pink Fresh Studios Happy Things Collection.

IMG_0021At the end of my post I will have the list of all the ladies who are joining in on the blog hop. I will mark who is next after me as well so you can keep going on the hop. I love seeing everyone’s layouts and projects. It helps me keep up my creative juices for the last bits of my kit left.

This month has been super busy and I haven’t had as much time to scrap, I only made three layouts with my kit. I love how whimsy this collection is though, even if it makes me have to think outside of the box to use. IMG_0026

The layout I am sharing with you today is an older picture of my Husband and daughter inside a military tank. Every year the post we used to live on in Texas hosted an air show, and had tons of jets and tanks. The kids got to go inside the tanks they had out, which was really cool. When they stuck their head out I took a quick picture.

Let’s talk about my background for a second, You ever have a background that you made and then decided not to use, but thought you would keep it incase you wanted to use it later? Well that is what happened with this background. Earlier last week, I painted some yellow paint from an old Clique kit, and some blue Tim HIMG_0023oltz distress paint randomly on a background. The background didn’t work for the layout I made earlier and I just kept trying to use it as a background. I really didn’t want to have to toss it out. But today when making this layout it worked. The blue from the sky matches perfectly with my photo.

Because of all the color, yellow and blue, going on in the background, I decided to keep my background papers fairly natural. This collection has lots of gray mixed in with the other colors. I took one of the gray striped patterned papers and cut it so mostly of the color and shapes weren’t showing. I IMG_0020cut it into stripes and relined them back up on the middle of the layout. I figured I could add my photo on top of that when it was time to add the photo.

I made sure I added a little ink and distressed my strips slightly just to add texture to my layout. I also cut out a few of the boxes of words out of the cut apart sheet. I thought maybe I could use the gray ones and maybe another one with either yellow or teal.  IMG_0024

It took a little while to figure on placement. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do a simple grid design or something else. I decided to add two boxes to the top of the middle strip and one under the strip. Now it was time to figure out my layers behind my photo.

Like I said I really was trying to stick to the gray, blue and yellow colors. Nice and simple because of IMG_0022all the color. I used a gray leaf pattern, a white and multi colored bow tie pattern and a yellow stripped pattern from my stash to make up the layers. The bow tie paper I was careful not
to show the bow ties that had different colors from my layout. I added a blue ombre tag from the kit next to my photo.

I used a cut apart from the exclusive sheet in the kit, which I really like a lot.  I used some of the wood pieces from the kit around the layout, as well as somIMG_3638e bow tie and hearts from the Happy Things word phrase glitter set.

I used Smile Big from the puffy sticker sheet as my title. The Black and
yellow really look sharp on the layout next to the tag.

I ended with some sequins from the Clique Store and a few grey sequins from Pink Fresh Studios.


This layout was fairly simple but really fun to make. I love all the color on my page, it really helps make this story a fun one to add to my family album.

I really hope you had fun today here, and don’t forget to head over to Evi’s blog to see what she created this month.

Here is the October Clique Kit Blog Hop Line Up

Clique Kits



Leeann Pearce



Megan Blethen

Emma Pescott




Renee Aslette


Sandy Gonzalez

Tyra Babington


Kim Allen


Rhonda Van Ginkel

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Janet Zeppa

Melissa Goble
*Design Team Members on Kit Duty

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

Something a Little Fun!!

Aloha my scrappy friends!! I have been thinking a lot about my blog and ways I can get better about posting and posting things where people can actually get to know who I am as a person and scrapbooker, and memory keeper. In this thought process I have thought a lot about a blog challenge. When I came across a blog challenge that is going on this month on my IG feed it really perked my interest. I looked over the prompts on the blog and thought, I am gonna try this!! I love the prompts they are fun and really it’s the perfect way for everyone to get to know me more!!

Prompt #1: Introducing ME!!

This is always the hardest part for me on applications, or questionnaires. Describing who I am, Is it only me who has a hard time saying this is me?!! Probably not, hopefully not!

I know I am me, I guess that is the best way to put it. I am different and fun, easy going and type A. Messy and creative. Loyal and sincere.

But instead of describing myself in words I thought it would be fun to share some of my faves, besides scrapbooking!!

Music: Hanson, The Who, Journey, The Doobie Brothers, Taylor Swift, POD

TV Shows:  Bones, The Big Bang Theory, Castle, Top Chef, The Amazing Race, The 100

Books: The 100, The Uglies, My Sisters Keeper, When Calls The Heart, A Walk to Remember   (Though I will say the more I read the harder it is to pick Faves)

Color: Lime Green, Aqua, (Really anything bright, another fun fact: I once painted my room Lime Green, bright Blue and yellow, and it looked like skittles!!)

Food:  Fried Dough pizza (Yumm), cupcakes (White Chocolate Key Lime),Tiramisu (Because I just Love Coffee)

Drink: Coffee

Favorite Places I have Lived (or visited): Hawaii, Mystic CT (really I love most of CT especially near the coast), San Diego Ca, Rockland County NY

Favorite Memory: This is a hard one!! Swimming with the Sharks in Haleiwa, My Wedding Day, Having my children, A Hanson concert I attended when I was in 8th grade with my cousin Hanson

Fave Scrapbook Collection: Dear Lizzy Serendipity, Pink Fresh Studios Up In the Clouds, Maggie Holmes (The first collection)

Fave Embellishment: Diecuts (ephemera)

Fave Mixed Media element: Acrylic Paint, though watercolor is a close second

I think I will leave you with my Favorite Layout I have made, which is really hard to pick because I really have made some amazing ones, with great stories and memories attached to them!!





Thanks for joining on this little challenge I am doing!! Hope you come back later to learn more about me and check the prompts!! Have an Inspired day!!

To see more work from me, check out my pinterest page (My Layouts), or my Youtube channel!!!

Aloha, Hannah

Art Party Friday: Art Journaling in your Bible


Today I 11707563_694350685178_6892890875263353675_nhave a video post over on The Crafty Maven Getaway YT Channel. I am really excited because it is my first Art Party Friday post. Since I love using anything media on a layout you would think it would
be a piece of cake?!! Nope! I think that part of my problem was I wanted it to be perfect, and art journaling is more about theIMG_1722 process. The process of learning and playing. I also wanted todo it on a 12×12 piece of paper. Which could have worked, actually it does work, it’s just all that I put on it. There is this fine line to adding to much stuff on your background, and I am still learning that art.

Even though my layout, let’s call it that, because I used a photo on it too. The picture went perfect for the Bible verse I wanted to use as the journaling part (Proverbs 8:27-30). If I have to honest I think this is really where the layout/art journal page took that turn for me. I love the way watercolor fonts look, and that what I tried to do. I wasn’t feeling my paint brush tonight. It didn’t want to stay pointIMG_2651y, and I think this is key for a nice looking watercolor brush font.

I also think I should have picked a better color. I used a black, blue and grey types of colors, but the blue blended in to much with the background. It was very similar to the background colors.

Talking about the background, why don’t I talk a minute about that. I love how a lot of that turned IMG_2652out. I layered some colored cardstock on the bottom, in colors that reminded me of sand and the ocean. After I gesso’d them, I used some gelatos to highlight a few areas. I find I like to do this on art journal pages. It just helps add to the layers of colors and patterns. I used a stencil with colors that mimicked sand first.  Then I used a swirl stencil in teal and blue. It reminds me of waves so this was perfect. I also have a 12×12 stencil that has dots, splats and some other random stuff on it together. It is my favorite stencil!! The splatIMG_2647ters reminded me of the spray of water in my photo. I tried to use more blue acrylic paint with this stencil. I may have went a little crazy with this stencil too. But It really does look like the water is spraying up on the paper above the photo.

The photo is a picture I took just about 8 years ago when my husband and I came to Hawaii on our Honeymoon. It is a place could blowhole, basically it is where old lava fell into the IMG_2644ocean a long time ago and the air bubbles cause tunnels for the surf to come up from especially during high tide. The water sprays out into the air. It is so cool and it is awesome to see just how powerful the ocean can be! Nature is awesome!!
This photo reminded of that verse I shared at the beginning of my blog. I will talk about that more later, but first let’s finish talk about my page.
At this point in my page making process I was feeling like mIMG_2643y page was starting to look dark, and as dark as my photo looked, I really wanted a light and bright look to my page, and I wasn’t getting that. So I added some white paint on the edges and the edges of the cardstock holding my photo. I also then thought maybe some yellow would help, that was a mistake!! It ended up mak
ing my page feel more antique looking than bright and sunny. I think I should have left that out. I have learned my lesson. So to cover this mistake up I added some white texture paste in some spots. Maybe it helped maybe not, it didn’t make it worse.

I added a pattern paper behind the cardstock and picture. The Dear Lizzy Documentary Black, white and grey really makes the photo pop. This redeems my page a little.

Not every art journal page will be our favorites, and seeing that I havIMG_2653e only made
a few, in much smaller scales I am quite happy with my page. Plus I was able to add some shells we have collected from our beach trips to the page, and that looks cool.

Really the thing that I love is that, doing this page forced me to think about why I wasn’t doing this in my Bible in the first place!! This journey this page took me on brought me closer to facing my fears in art. I was afraid to journal in my Bible. I didn’t want to ruin my beloved Bible. LOL!! I am laughing at this. If you know me at all it may seem so silly. I am not afraid, of much. And to be afraid of a bible is even more crazy. Ruining one page in my Bible will not make me a bad christian or make God love me less. I won’t hIMG_2639ate me less, well maybe for a second, but then I will get over it. So what was I waiting for???
About half way through this layout, I pulled out my nice study bible, because it has great bargains, and my name all pretty on the cover. My Hubby bought it for me our first christmas married, with my new name! My husband went to college to be a pastor and he and I share a love for studying different versions of the bible, so this was special and fun. Through the years of our marriage the Lord has shown me many amazing scriptures in this Bible, so really it is fitting that I use it to do art journaling in.

I grab my gesso and acrylic paint and went into no mans land! Actually it was so liberating using my products on my Bible. I used a couple of stencils on the side, in the colors (minus the sand color) that I used on my big page. I totally love the way it turned out!! I mean WOW!

Now that it is all finished I wished I had taped this process and used this instead of my bigger page, but really that would be dishonest. It would me not sharing the journey I took to get this diamond. In the end it is the journey we take on our art journal pages that matters not the end result. Yes I love when it looks amazing the first time, or comes so easily, but it’s when we have to try and work hard that we grow IMG_2641and learn.
I added a little texture paste to help keep it light, I wanted my bible journal to mirror what I tried to accomplish on my big page. And the stencil looks like water spray anyway!! Like I said it went with the verses I was wanting to highlight. I love how God explains how he knew who we were gonna be like before we were born, that he cared for us and brought us with him, when he created the earth and seas. How we were at his side being his craftsman in this amazing world he created for us to enjoy.

These words just resonate with me right now. Coming to Hawaii as a young child of 7/8 it really impacted my life. I fell in love with this paradise. But I never expected to really come back. And I love how God has orchestrated things soIMG_2637 that I could come back here and enjoy it as an adult. When we found out we were moving here just about 3 years ago, I was teaching a ladies bible study and
I remember God telling me he was allowing us to come here, because I would have never asked, and he knew my
heart. Like WOW!!

Yes, coming here has been bittersweet with my daughter getting cancer right before coming but I think Satan knew what this place meant to me and he tries to steal and destroy the things we love. But I never let him take my joy, and these verses remind me of that and God has made me his craftsman.


I know I have gotten really personal, but I feel like in order to share my work my stories are part of the things I create. I am a crafts man or better said a woman!! My stories are what make me me and part of the reason I chose what I do creatively.

I am really glad I took that scary leap of journaling in my Bible. It really is what I love about this crafting session. I now plan on doing more art journaling in my bible too. I may make some pages I don’t care for but if I am focusing on the journey and the words I will love it more anyway and learn.

I am writing this blog as my video is getting ready to upload, the pre uploading stage.  When it is ready and up on the Crafty Maven Getaway YT Channel I will link that video here so you can see my processIMG_2636

I hope this weekend you crafters take that leap you have been afraid to take!! Remember sometimes we make it worse by overthinking things and so
metimes when you actually leap you don’t fall!!

If you do something crafty this weekend and want to share it I would love to see what you create!! I am only Facebook and instagram, my links are in the about me section. Here is the link to The Crafty Maven Getaway Destination group I created for the YT Channel too, which I am a big part of.

Until next time, have an inspired weekend!!!


August Clique Kits Pep Rally

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Aloha Scrappers!!! Welcome to my scrappy place!! I am taking part again in the Clique Kits Pep Rally. A bunch of us blog and post some of what we made with our August Ambrosia Kit using the Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss collection. If you followed the  list I should be the last post you are seeing today!!! If not you can stop back at the Clique Kits Blog and go through the rest of the line up or stroll to tIMG_2507he bottom and go through the list down below!!

I love the summery and fresh colors from this collection. It is perfect for someone living in a warm place all year long!! But I also love how versatile this kit and collection is too. The layout I will be sharing with you today is some leftover photos I had from my brothers wedding last August. It was nice reliving that beautiful, even though it was hot, day bringing two families together.

I used a professional picture that my brother and sister in law give me of the wedding party and paired it with some random photos I took of things from around the wedding. The wedding was decorated to have a country flare but very romantic, with hanging glowing lights and pretty flowers matching the bridesmaids yellow dresses.


I loved all the country touches of the lemonade stand and classic and simple white vases for holding the drinking water. Our custom mason jar cups were a fun touch too. The orchards where the wedding venue was held also held a romantic and country charm. I wanted to capture this all with my layout.

The citrus theme of the collection added a nice place to start. The thing I loved though the yellows and grays of this collection were the perfect balance of brightness and softness. It was perfect for wedding photos. I love how I could scrap a wedding and not feel over the top wedding but also tie in the lemonade theme from my photos.

I started with blue acrylic paint mixed in with some white pearlized paint. I used a wide paintbrush so I would get bigger brush strokes on the page. I added hints of yellow watercolor to the corners to tone down the dark blue but also so I could tie the yellow in the photos and in the papers together.

IMG_2570I layered a few of the neutral grey papers and a little yellow behind
the main photo of the wedding party at the head table. I also used a piece of vellum from the Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy Collection from my stash as a layer. I gold foiled squares picks up of the yellows and was perfect!!

I had smaller photos from around the wedding venue that I lined up uneven under the main photo. I used that amazing lemon slice paper under the small photos. It was perfect. I love how busy it is so it draws your eye into the group of small photos. If I would have changed anything on my layout, I would have maybe made my small photos a little lighter. The dIMG_2510arkness of them looks fine on the light yellow patterned paper, but I feel they make the venue feel a little darker than it really was during the day. Streams of golden sunlight shined in through the trees and it was magical.

I used as many of the lemon themed embellishments as I thought could work. Plus I figured I wouldn’t have too many places where I needed them. The wood veneer, add on from the collection were perfect on this page. I love that texture the wood gives but it tied really nice nice with the country feel of the photos.

At the bottom I added a cluster with pieces of paper from the top half of the layout. It was a nice place to add more wood and embellishments, I like really the acetate lemonade cup! I thoIMG_2508ught I might want to journal in one of the circles, but later decided I needed more space so I journaled on the right bottom side of the layout with a blue journaling marker.

I finished off the layout with a few puffy stickers, the Pink Fresh Studios  IMG_2448button beads, and dark blue mist. I didn’t add a title because the Perfect Day wood veneer was just the right touch for the layout title.

Thanks for stoping by and taking a look at my layout!! I hope I inspired you to use a collection in a different way then maybe they intended. I love the way this way of thinking looks in my albums.

Make sure you have checked out all the talented ladies sharing in this Blog Hop, I love seeing what everyone created with their kits and it gives me more inspiration to use up the last bits of my kit too!!

Until next time, Aloha!!!


August 2015 Line-Up
Clique Kits

Sandy G.*
Emma Pescott
Kim Allen
Evi ortes
<<<  Hannah  >>>>>>  (ME)

**There is a link for the Company that took the pictures for my brothers wedding. I wanted to make sure I gave credit to the amazing photographer who took that photo.

Homemade Party Favor Tags

Hey Scrappers!!! The weekend is soon approaching!! Yay!! I love weekends, relaxing watching TV Or Youtube in my case. Sometimes we even go to the beach or park!! It’s just nice to have no plans on the weekend since my families lives are so busying during the week.

Recently my oldest daughter finished chemo, after over two long years, we finally get to see a life not focused on pills, and germs and mealtimes. To celebrate we are planning to have a party with are close friends. I thought it would be fun to make some homemade tags to hand out with the favors.

I love the playful feel of the Crate Paper Poolside collection, so I choose to use a lot of elements from that collection. IMG_2139

I started out by using a stencil, acrylic paint and some cardstock. I used two different colors, a teal and nice cream/natural looking cardstock. I use my blender tool with a foam pad and added the paint on through the stencil in different colors.

Using long strips of Poolside patterned paper, I accordion folded the whole strip. Then glue the ends together and formed a circle. I used Chipboard in a circle to keep it laying flat. I used some fun silver paper on tIMG_2141op to cover the hole and to add fun die cuts or embellishments on top.



I layered some stickers or vellum on the tags and added some letter stickers to spell out sweet treats. I also made a tag that said You R Invited.


These tags were really fun to make, and a cool way to use leftover stickers or embellishments that I hard a hard time using on a layout.


I can’t wait to use these for our Celebration party!!



Hope you were inspired to make something different from leftover bits in your stash!!

Aloha, Hannah   IMG_2155