a few months ago my sweet friend amy asked me to submit a project for the birthday issue for her amazing online magazine, inspired ideas. amy is amazing, as i’m sure most of you know and has inspired me countless times with the sweet little things she makes. and, being a huge lover of previous issues {they are amazing!} as well as knowing her ever since i participated in on of her first club little house swaps i of course i said yes! yes. yes. yes!!

well, the day has finally come and the latest issue, 245 pages of beautiful birthday inspired projects, has been released. you can find it hear and i’m a little amazed that it’s only 3.30, that’s less that my online version of martha and inspired ideas doesn’t have any advertisements!

i know everyone involved put so much love and time & energy into their projects, it’s obvious when you see it {the peek of my birthday bouquet project is above} but i just want to send a HUGE thank you out to amy, and to our sweet friend pamela because i know the work and hours they put in was incredible, and it’s obvious from the beauty of the final pages.

happy friday!


vintage journal at jbs | mini tutorial

JBS is partnering up with to celebrate minibook’s and I was happy to contribute the gorgeous inspiration journal seen above. Hop on over to the JBS mercantile blog for a mini tut of how to create my book, a giveaway and more inspiration from keisha and doris.

happy thursday!

deLovely : round two & three

oh how i love creating with this kit.

doris actually took a pic of the contents for me this weekend and i think it really shows how much you get with it. piles and piles of yumminess. plus, with the new jbs reveal tomorrow you can have it shipped with the main mercantile kit and save some serious shipping fees and that’s always good :)

after i made the project kit for the reveal i still had so much left over and just kept staring at it all, knowing i needed to use it because i loved all of the elements so much. for a few days i kept rifling through the leftovers, trying to decide what i wanted to do, what i wanted to make. i still had the chipboard covers, which i had used for the stencil to create the project kit base. obviously a mini was still calling my name.

super quick and super easy. don’t you just love my little man’s cheeks?

i just covered the cover with pattern paper and created three interior pages with the left over pattern papers. some embellishment piles, some alpha letters, ribbon and chipboard elements and i was done. it’s a little giftie i’m giving to my mom. she’s been dealing with trying to help my grandmother with some health issues this week and through our numerous phone calls, as i have tried to calm her and let her know that she’s doing the right thing i realized that she needed a pick me up. some sunshine that she can pull out of her pocket whenever she needs it.

paper strips because i had some left ;)

i think there’s probably nothing better that a mini book full of pages of your grandbabies to help cheer you up.

clear as day. they love their nonna.

and a layout. because after the mini i still had some pieces left. this one has stretched people. really, really far and i still have a beautiful little pile left and now i want to make some cards. i just can’t bear to let any of it go to waste.

happy wednesday!


Working with JBS over the last few months, planning the release of the deLovely kit, and possibly more {eeks!} has been amazing. It’s the perfect partnership for me & for kR because now i can focus on the creating and putting together of kits with an amazing group of people who are so encouraging and supportive and I have the added help behind the scenes which i so appreciate!

Isn’t it gorgeous? I loved making this, and one of the most amazing things is that there is still so much left of the kit that I still have one more bonus project to share, later this week using everything that’s left. score! ;)

The project kit instructions, which will be available later this week on the JBS site will also includes the three vintage images that I used, available in a down-loadable printable pdf, so you can create the project just as shown, or you can insert your own current or heritage photos.

Thanks JBS! Here’s to a fabulous new partnership.


tart tin photo stand

i adore the new jbs mini tart tins and i was lucky that they were included this month in the his add-on. i could think of a thousand ways to create altered decor pieces with them and wanted to show you a mini tutorial {it’s a quick 15 minute project} using them, the add-on kit and some vintage flatware to create a photo display stand.

here’s a good shot of the back.

To start I took the medium tart tin and turned it upside down. then, using a vintage fruit knife, i pushed a little divot into the tart tin so the knife had a little well to sit in and then i hot glued it into place. then i hot glued the vintage punch-card onto the knife, added the flower and some of the sweet skinny ribbon.

i LOVE these flowers. wish i had more but i’ve used every single one of them. the photo of my grandparents when they got engaged is attached using a little vintage clip. this way i can swap it out if i want.

i hid the small amounts of hot glue that you could see at the base by wrapping an extra little piece of that skinny ribbon and tying it off. of course seam binding would look just as cute.

simple right?

hey, don’t forget that i’m hosting a chat tonight at 8pm pst on the new jbs forum {the chat i believe will be linked right on the front page} for our first ever online crop this weekend.  i hope you’ll come say hi!

happy friday!

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