Gossamer Blue October reveal 2

You know the Gossamer Blue October kits went on sale a few days ago. I shared my cards in my previous post, so today is for sharing the page I made this time.

In case you missed it, fall is my favorite season. I love everything about it, although I’m not one of those crazy pumpkin spice everything people. I love pumpkin pie (to make it and eat it), but I haven’t yet gotten a pumpkin spice latte in my life. I just don’t feel the need, I guess. Am I missing anything?

But anyway, this time I went with some fall themed pages because it’s fall, and I really wanted to do some fall crafting. Plus, I had some fall Instagram photos from last year to use up.

What I love about fall page (Main kit):


This is the left side of a two-page 8 1/2″ x 11″ spread I made. I had lots of fall themed photos to use, but they didn’t all fit onto one page well. So I chose one to use for my title page, and the rest went on the other one.

I loved the cork letters so much! And the cork bows too.


I added touches of pink, for something a little different than the normal fall colors.

Sweater weather page (Main kit, Life Pages kit):

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And this is the right side with all the rest of the photos. I typed out some of my fall favorites to add to this page along with the photos. Since there was a lot going on with the photos, I kept the embellishments on this page to a minimum.


Again, I added in a little pink, to coordinate with the opposite page, with some pale pink paint underneath the typed phrases.

And here are the two pages side by side.

PicMonkey Collage

Some of the kits have already sold out, but here are the links so you can see for yourself. If there is something you’ve been wanting, snatch it up, because there’s no guarantee they’ll still be there next time.

Main kit

Life Pages kit


And the gallery links. Please do go check out the gallery. I am always excited to see what my design teammates come up with each month, because they are so stinkin’ talented!

Scrapbook gallery

cards and projects gallery

Life Pages gallery

Have a great day!

Gossamer Blue October reveal

Hey guys!!

Happy October! Today happens to be my second son’s 14th birthday. Happy birthday, Isaiah!! This son is our pianist, so a few weeks ago he got his birthday present. A long waited for keyboard. He’s been playing it every chance he has since then.

I feel so lucky to be able to listen to beautiful music being played daily by one of our three kids. When they’re home, there is usually a piano, violin or guitar being played somewhere in the house. It’s awesome. Especially since I lack any musical abilities whatsoever.

Today also happens to be reveal day for the Gossamer Blue October kits.

My projects this month were fewer than normal, since I had a lot going on this month. But I still have the kits stored right by my desk with a few ideas in my head that I’d love to work on.

Here are the cards I made this time around.

Blessed card (Life Pages kit, Bits & Pieces kit):


I punched some small leaves out of the patterned paper stack from the Bits & Pieces kit for this card. They just happened to be almost the same size as the leaf stamp that comes with the Dear Lizzy stamps in the Bits & Pieces kit. A cascade of falling leaves remed appropriate for this time of year.


A few enamel accents scattered here and there add a little touch of color.

HI card (Life Pages kit, Main kit, Bits & Pieces kit):


I was up for a little watercoloring this time around, so I created a fun background for my leaves and acorn. I also added some of the awesome Dear Lizzy rub-ons from the Life Pages kit. I love those cork letters form the main kit. I used them on one of my pages as well, which I’ll share tomorrow.


The Life Pages kist happened to be my favorite kit this time around, which was kind of a surprise, considering I’m not that much of a Life Pages kind of scrapbooker. I just liked all the embellishments a lot in that kit this month.

If you haven’t been over to the Gossamer Blue website to check out the new kits yet, you can see them here:

Main kit

Life Pages kit


Also, check out the amazing work of the talented design team girls.

Scrapbook gallery

Life Pages gallery

cards and projects gallery

And now, dear friends, I have a birthday cake to bake. Chocolate, he said. With chocolate frosting, he said. I like him.


Gossamer Blue October sneaks

Well, I did not get eaten by a bear on our camping trip. Didn’t even see one, although that would have been exciting. My husband heard a coyote one night, but I slept through it.

We had a great time, and I had to wonder why we don’t go camping more often. Especially now that the kids are older.

Anyway, I am a little on behind with sharing my Gossamer Blue sneaks this month. I can’t even wrap my head around the fact that it’s almost October. Each month goes by quickly, and I’m sure I say it every month. But September was here and gone, just like that. I don’t even understand how it went by so quickly. Seriously. I feel a little gipped.

But…here they are. The sneaks of my October Gossamer Blue kit projects.


Great stuff is coming, y’all!! My favorite October kit is the Life Pages kit. It is amazing, just saying. You should get it.

And now I would like to go out and photograph some pumpkins. Yes, I think I will.

I love fall.


a photography prompt with Gossamer Blue, and other stuff

Hey guys!!

How have you all been doing?

I’m good. Busy, which is why I haven’t been here. We’re going camping this weekend. And by camping, I don’t mean the kind where you pull along a comfy camper with beds to sleep in, with pretty much all the amenities of home. Nope. I mean the sleep-in-a-tent-in-the-middle-of-bear-country-with-no-electricity kind. THAT camping. And I can’t wait!

But in the middle of all my camping prep, I realized that it’s probably going to be pretty chilly and that my sons (who outgrow their clothes faster than I know how to handle) had no clothes to wear that would work for camping, and getting all kinds of dirty, and campfire appropriate.  And, since nice, new clothes for this sort of thing was out of the question, enter eleventy zillion trips to Goodwill to find jeans and sweatshirts etc. that fit the bill. But, I THINK we’re pretty much set. But anyway, that’s what I’ve been doing this week so far instead of crafting.

Well, that’s not exactly true, because I have been working on my October Gossamer Blue projects. So there’s that. But not much else.

Anyway, I just wanted to pop in and tell you about a couple of things.

First, I was up on the Gossamer Blue blog yesterday sharing this page (below) and a whole host of photography prompts to go with it. Check it out here.


There’s a new class coming up at Gossamer Blue, called Delight in the Details taught by Jill Keller with some help from some pretty cool contributors. You can find out all about Jill’s class here.


And finally, the new December Memories kit sneak peeks have been coming in, and oh. my. goodness!! They are so amazing!! Here’s one little peek, but I just saw another one on Instagram, and I am so excited to receive my kit!


So much happening right now. So many good things.

I’ll be back to share more next week, unless I get eaten by a bear.

Have a great weekend!

September Gossamer Blue blog hop- garden journal


Hello, friends! Welcome to another Inspiration blog hop brought to you by the design team girls at Gossamer Blue. I’m so happy you’re here! Please, make yourself at home, hop along with us, and enjoy all the inspiration along the way.

If you’ve been hopping, you may have arrived here from Brenda Smith’s blog. And after this, you can head on over to Caylee’s blog.  In addition, I also have the entire blog hop order listed below, so you can refer to that, if you wish.


For this month’s blog hop project, I decided to make a little something different. I’m not a huge gardener, but I like to try a few things every year. And I also do a bit of home canning. Not a ton, but just some of our favorite things, and sometimes I try new things I haven’t tried before.

I’ve been thinking for a while now that I really need to make myself a little gardening and canning book. A place where I can write notes about the gardening or canning process. What I did wrong (a lot), what grew well (not much, unfortunately). What kinds of foods did I can each year, and what varieties I used, and how much. That sort of thing. I think it would be so helpful to be able to look back and see what I did so I can make adjustments the next year, if necessary.

I chose a small spiral art book for my gardening journal. I wanted the pages to be sturdy enough to decorate. The photo above is the first page. I plan to do a similar page each time I’m ready to begin a new year. I did not decorate the cover yet, but I plan to at some point.

The plan is to keep this project simple and not time consuming so that I can keep up with it. Just a few photos, lots of notes, and a few decorations to keep things fun. That’s the plan.


These pages document my sad gardening saga. I deal with animals, such as dear, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, etc. etc. who like to come and help themselves to my garden, in spite of the fact that we tried lots of things to keep them away, including putting up a fence. I did get a few tomatoes from the one and only plant that didn’t get eaten by deer, but not until our little friend (probably a chipmunk) got tired of taking bites out of each nice, ripe one.

I ended up purchasing tomatoes for canning. I like to can my own diced tomatoes, and the rest I put in the freezer to make into sauce later.


I couldn’t resist using the little bunny puffy heart sticker to accent my journaling. It just fit so well.


Another thing I like to make each fall is applesauce. I’ve been having fun taking photos of my produce this year, and included a few photos of some of the apple varieties I used. I think this could be a fun challenge in itself. Maybe next year I’ll see if I can change up my photos and photograph them in a different way.

I also recorded what kinds of apples I used so I can remember next year. I used the large cork numbers to record how many quarts of applesauce I canned this year.



These pages are for any notes I want to include. I write down what I canned, how many I had left from last year, how much I did this year, what varieties of produce I used, and anything else I think I might want to remember.


The canning jar die cut was just perfect for this, don’t you think?


Aaahhh….peaches!! So, so good! And so pretty too! Definitely a favorite!





I may even use a few pages to make notes about produce I put into the freezer this year, such as blueberries and corn, but I haven’t decided yet.

I think this will be so helpful and fun to look back on next year, and then continue to add to it in subsequent years. Many of the embellishments in the September kits worked well for this project. Especially the food related ones.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Check out the rest of the design team and their blogs listed below. I know they’ll have some great projects to share with you!

Alex Hunter
Andrea Gray
Anabelle O’Malley
Brenda Smith
Brenda Weaver– you are here!
Caylee Grey
Chantal Philippe
Diane Payne
Emily Spahn
Erin Taylor
Eunyoung Lee
France Wisniewski
Jill Cornell
Jill Keller
Joy Taylor
Kathleen Graumüller
Katie Ehmann
Kellie Winnell
Kelly Xenos
Michelle Wedertz
Michelle Wooderson
Olatz Garaiyurrebaso
Patricia Roebuck
Rebecca Luminarias
Sandra Dietrich
Sian Fair

Gossamer Blue September reveal 2

I’m back with more Gossamer Blue September kit projects today.
I shared the scrapbook layouts yesterday, so today it’s going to be the cards.

Just Be You card (Main Kit only):


Pinkfresh Studio has been knocking out some super cute collections lately, and the September kits include some of their Happy Things collection. Their designs are just so fun and whimsical, so unlike anything else out there right now. The puffy stickers are from Pinkfresh Studio. The patterned paper is from Elle’s Studio. I also added a few stitched elements to my card for even more whimsy.

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And the owl…isn’t it cute? He/she is sharing some important words of wisdom. Just be you. Don’t forget that.

Mini card trio (Main Kit, Life Pages kit, Life Pages Main add-on, Life Pages add-on #3):


I decided to do something a little different and make a set of mini cards. These measure 3″ x 4″, so they could even work to slip inside a Life Pages pocket page instead of mailing them.

I used a variety of kits for these cards. By the end I and all my kits all spread out over my desk and had lost track of which product belonged where. But I think I used a little bit from each of those kits.

Dream Today



Wild at Heart




I just loved how these turned out. They would also make great lunchbox notes, gift card holders, or an addition to a package.

Have you been enjoying the September reveal so far?

Again, here are the direct links to the kits:

Main Kit

Life Pages Kit


And here are the design team gallery links:

Scrapbook gallery

cards and projects gallery

Life Pages gallery



Gossamer Blue September 2015 reveal

Good morning! Today is reveal day for the September Gossamer Blue kits! Today I’m sharing the scrapbook layouts I made with these kits, and tomorrow I’ll be sharing the cards, so stay tuned.

Special for today layout (Life Pages kit, Life Pages Main add-on, and Life Pages add-on #3):


Even though there are plenty of summer items included in the kits, I couldn’t wait to make a page using this photo I took last fall of a pretty red leaf.

Journaling says:

It was just an ordinary day of shopping when i just happened to look down and notice this pretty red leaf on the sidewalk. I was struck by how its only job was to just “be”. Whether anyone noticed it or not. It was just quietly beautiful right where it was. So just be. Be your beautiful self right where you are. Whether anyone notices or not.


I love the ephemera kit from Crate Paper included in the LP add-on #3. It’s full of all kinds of gorgeous die cuts! The patterned paper you see is actually a 4″ x 4″ Life Pages card included in the Life Pages Main add-on. I cut it in two pieces to add to this layout. It just so happened that i had a 3″ x 4″ photo to use, so they were the perfect size for each other!


And I had to use that “fall” wood veneer piece. Love! I also used some stamping and glitter splatters.

Cute cousins layout (Main Kit only):


I had to make a main kit only layout! One of my favorite piece in the entire kit was that piece of patterned paper from Crate Paper. I cut the rectangles apart and used two pieces in this layout. The flashcard looking pieces (F is for fun and S smile) are the ones I used. So cute!

I used photos from a couple of summers ago. We had some of my nephews and a niece over for a cousin sleepover. It was great fun! I can’t believe how much the kids have changed since then. My kids love their cousins. And I’m so happy they have a relationship like that. It sure does make summer sleepovers awesome!


I hope you’re liking what you see. Here are the links to the September kits:

Main Kit

Life Pages Kit


And here are the design team gallery links:

Scrapbook gallery

Cards and projects gallery

Life Pages gallery