Mix It Up Monday On The Crafty Maven Getaway

Aloha Scrappers!! I have had a busy and fun weekend and crazy start of the week, it feels like it is Friday. It is only Wednesday however. I really need the weekend to come so I can relax and scrap to destress.

I want to share a project I made throughout last week and shared over at The Crafty Maven Getaway Youtube Channel. If you haven’t heard of The Crafty Maven Getaway yet, you need to check it out. There are so many amazing ladies over there. Everyday there is a new process video of crafting goodness.

On Monday for Mix It Up Monday I made some chore charts for my kiddos. We have been working on doing our on part in our family and giving the kids simple things they can do to help out. I wanted a fun way for them to see what their chores were. I am hoping that the cuteness factor will encourage them to actually be excited to do their chores. (This may be over wishing but a Mom’s gotta try, right?!)


I used my December Clique Kit for much of this project. I really wanted them to match and look nice together but still wanted them to be different to match my kid’s personalities. The Pink Paislee Memorandum collection was a good fit, with it’s artistic feel but also that office or work feeling too. Plus I really liked the colors in this kit.

I bought mini clipboards at a local store and cut my patterned paper out to fit most of the board. I covered both front and back of the clip board.

I added my kid’s names to the back with the acetate from the kit. I embellished this back side a little with sequins from the kit, from Jilly Bean Soup. I also added hearts from the kit, and some Seven Paper too.

For the chores part, I used my Evolution die cut machine. I cut out some Dear Lizzy Flowers and some different size tags.


I used the Bella Bvld letter sticker sheet from the kit and also used some smaller alpha’s from my stash. Then I added the chore flowers and tags to clipboards. I added an envelope to one clipboard and twine to another.


These clipboards were so fun to make for my kids! As scared as I was to use a kit to make them, it was nice to see my papers and embellishments getting used in a cute project. It really feels like I got a lot accomplished when I finished.

I have a video on The Crafty Maven Getaway Channel showing the process of putting these clipboards together. You can watch it here below.


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

The Crafty Maven Getaway Story

Aloha Scrappers!!

Happy New Year!! I have been taking lots of time this holiday season really thinking about my channel, blog and crafty endeavors and where I want to go in the future. I will blogging about this more on detail later!!

IMG_4088 One thing I know that I want to do this year is create layouts based on the topics we have talked about on The Crafty Maven Getaway Podcast. I love that The Crafty Maven Getaway has been inspiring so many in this great community.

All this thinking about the future and my goals and plans has made me think about the stories I want to tell about what has happened this year. One of my biggest accomplishments this year was creating The Crafty Maven Getaway Youtube Channel. There are still many times I have to pinch myself that I was able to take this idea I had last year around this time and make it come true. To see others excited and inspired is really what makes it even more exciting and totally worth all the time I have put into it.

I have never scrapped this event. I think as a scrapper it is often hard one, to scrap about ourselves. Also though as someone who has started working to inspire others in the community find it odd to really put in into words, maybe because I really don’t want to boast. I didn’t want to let this fear to stop telling this story though. I think in the future seeing how this idea really came to be will be intriguing and fun to read.  I really pondered when would be a good time to actually get this beginning part of my story down on paper. I wanted enough time to have passed to reflect a little, but I also love this thought of telling the details when they are fresh in my mind too.


I also wasn’t sure if any picture would really be the perfect picture to document all that entailed in this story. Then I remembered that I still had the name I had put together for our image. It was perfect.


I also really wanted to make a pretty layout. I already knew that I would be doing the majority of the journaling typed out on the back of my layout. Knowing this really let me focus on making it visually pretty instead of thinking how to fit my journalling in the design. Plus I knew this story wasn’t really all that short.


I did add a little bit of journaling on the front, just in case someone didn’t want to read all my journaling.

I really love how this layout turned out. Maybe it has more to do with the fact that this story is one that means a lot to me. But either way, I love when you finish a layout and am really pleased with it’s end result.


I have a process video on my Youtube Channel, and you can watch it here.

I am going to creating more layouts based on The Crafty Maven Getaway Podcast. This layout is a really good place to start though. I already have plans to include an random embellishment layout and a layout about December Daily (or something like that, I may make it more based on being on my first podcast (Coffee time with Sandy and Lisa) which was about December Daily.)


I am really excited about this series. I love using prompts like these to spark more interest in me, to create something. Many times I have so many photos or stories I could scrap I feel a little overwhelmed. Having a place to start and narrow down my choices jump starts that mojo I need to create a great layout for my albums. Also I like this concept of maybe telling stories I wouldn’t have thought to scrap but really add to my overall album.

I plan to post my Podcast Inspired videos every other monday on my Youtube Channel. The next video will be posted on the 18th. I will have a playlist on my Youtube channel as well.

Have an inspired Week!!!

PS.. To listen to The Crafty Maven Podcast, we are listed on iTunes!!




December Clique Kits Pep Rally Bolg Hop



Aloha Scrappers!! It’s that lovely time again, where the members of Clique Kits get together and share some of the things they creating with their December Girl Cave Kit. At the end of the blog post I will have the line so you can make sure you visited everyone, and so you can continue on in the Hop.

The Girl Cave Kit included Pink Paislee Memorandum. Like always I love this kit, this kit has an amazing acetate piece that has cut aparts with crisp images and bold colors. Gorgeous!!

I feel in love with the aquas in this collection!! I really wanted to play with a monochromatic type of layout. I remembered I had a photo of my son from Thanksgiving and he is wearing a aqua and blue shirt that went really well with the colors in this kit.

My son is so silly! Every chance he gets he is trying to get us to laugh. He is our family comedian!! On Thanksgiving in order to get a serious picture of him I had to let him do some silly photos. I really wanted to scrap this memory! IMG_4490

I really wanted to use white card stock as my background but knew that is needed something to help add a splash of color. At this point I didn’t know what I was going to do with my papers at all. I took some dark blue paint and some aqua paint and created an ombre effect with the paint. trying to stay more toward the middle of my paper. I still wanted white to show, and have peeks of the blue and aqua pop out from under the photos and paper.


After the paint dried I used one of the pattern papers from the kit to border the white paper. I have been liking this technique lately of drawing your eye into the layout. Plus if I cut the middle out of my patterned paper I still get good mileage out of my paper.


I decided to cut many of the blue/aqua and white papers into strips. I was thinking it would be fun to line them close to the sides of the layout. having the papers be lined up opposite on each side.

I added the photos ( I used a 4×6 and 4×4 sized photo) in the middle, overlapping them for interest.


I also added one of the beautiful acetate from the kit to the photo cluster. The gold and cameras were a great match to layout. I added a gold die cute word on the bottom of the picture as well. This helped tie the gold from above the photos.


I then looked through the embellishments in the kit, the cut apart sheet that came with the kit and a few pieces from last months kit. I added these embellishments on the strips of paper on the sides of the layout. I did this instead of the traditional triangle of embellishment. I really like how the different shades of blue, aqua and gold look on the sides of the photos. all the different textures from the embellishments really added a fun aspect that mirrors my son’s silliness.


For the title I added the cutest wood veneer piece ever (a pair of glasses), under the photos. I added part of the alpha’s from the kit, which were Bella Blvd alphas, on top of the glasses. The second part of the title I added under the glasses. I used a different color for the second word, but added one letter the color from the first word. I really love how that looks.




After working on a lot of christmas themed layouts, and my December Daily album, I am really enjoying using this month’s kit. Especially since Hawaii isn’t very cold or have that traditional christmas feel, it is a nice treat. I am hoping to make a christmas layout using this kit too though, for just that reason.



Don’t forget to check out Leigh’s post next!!

Here is the December  2015 Line Up
Clique Kits https://cliquekits.wordpress.com/
Maryam* http://maryamperez.blogspot.com/
Carolina* www.carolinaschultz.com
LeeAnn* http://thepaintbrushgoesspottie.blogspot.com/
Kim* http://krodesigns.blogspot.com/
Justyna* http://made-by-justt.blogspot.com/
Donna* http://scrappydonna.blogspot.com/
Evie http://lifewithevi.blogspot.com/
Sandy Gonzalez http://craftythought.com
Melissa Vining http:yesterday2day4ever.blogspot.co.nz
Candace http://findingeverydayperfection.com/
Kat Benjamin http://kraftykat9.blogspot.com
Kim Allen http://kimsscrappyblog.blogspot.com/
>>Hannah Lemieux http://scrapbookpagesandcupcakes.com<<<< YOU ARE HERE
>>>>Leigh http://www.artfulleighcreative.com/<<< Click Here

*Design Team Members on Kit Duty