July GB Design Team Inspiration blog hop



Hey everyone! It’s time again for the Gossamer Blue Design team Inspiration blog hop! I’m so glad to have you join us in today’s hop, and I hope you’ll be inspired by what you see being shared by the team.

I want to apologize for the quality of photos in my post today. My main camera is in need of repairs, so I had to resort to taking these with my iPhone. The quality and size is less than ideal, so sorry!!



I made this page about an anniversary trip my husband and I took last year, since the July kits are travel related. I am doing an 8 1/2″ x 11″ album for this, and my photos are printed out in a 3″ x 4″ size. I’m really enjoying this size right now, in both the photos and the album.


We visited the tiny town of Chesapeake City, MD for our anniversary. This is the second time we’ve been there. It’s a great place to go to just relax, since there’s really not much there to do except watch the boats, visit the ice cream shop, stroll through the streets filled with little shops and art galleries, and eat food.

I thought that sticker of little town houses from Shimelle was perfect for this page.


Some Evalicious (sticker and tag), plus a title typed out on patterned paper and stitched on.

Hopefully it won’t take too long for my camera to get repaired, because I have so much more to share with you!! I’ve been on a roll with my scrapbooking, and the July kits were so fun to incorporate.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Here’s the blog hop list for those of you who would like to hop along:

Alex Hunter

Andrea Gray

Brenda Smith

Brenda Weaver

Caylee Grey

Chantal Philippe

Diane Payne

Emily Spahn

Erin Taylor

Eunyoung Lee

Felicitas Mayer

Heather Leopard

Jill Keller

Joy Taylor

Katarzyna Przybyt

Kathleen Graumüller

Katie Ehmann

Kellie Winnell

Kelly Xenos

Michelle Wedertz

Patricia Roebuck

Rebecca Luminarias

Sandra Dietrich

Sian Fair

Stephanie Buice

Yana Smakula

Gossamer Blue July reveal!

Aahhh! July! That time when we realize that one whole month of summer vacation is already come and gone and there’s just still so much summering yet to be done! There’s Independence celebrations and fireworks, picnics with friends, a pool beckoning, or maybe the beach. There are vacations to take and road trips to embark on. You know that with all those summer photos you’ll be taking of all your awesome excursions, you’ll need some awesome scrapbooking supplies to use to document your fabulous memories.

You’re in luck, because the Gossamer Blue July kits are just perfect for that very thing!

Here are the projects I created for reveal with the July kits.

let’s do this card (Main kit):


I created this fun card to send to a friend who might love coffee as much as I do. Coffee dates with a good friend are the best, don’t you agree? I can think of a few people I’d like to send a card like this to right now!

Created with Main Kit supplies only. I love the exclusive coffee stamp and the book of stickers from Shimelle.

Sun shine Fun time page (Main kit and Bits & Pieces kit:


The exclusive cut files are such fun! I need to use them some more. I love the Evalicious stickers and embellishments so much!

Photos from a beach trip from a past summer. Destination stamp is from the Main kit stamp set.


Always choose the adventure card (Life Pages kit):


I love, no I adore, the stamp set in the Life Pages kit this month!! It’s worth getting the kit, just for the stamp! Seriously! Just look at that cute little travel trailer. Gah!! Plus, there are so many fun phrases in this set. You should get it!!

Permit to drive page (Main kit, add-on #2, Bits & Pieces kit, Life Pages themed add-on):



I took the liberty to use lots of the travel themed embellishments in the kits on this page. I still need to add my thoughts about my oldest child learning to drive. I plan to add my journaling to the travel log spot. That journaling card was clashing with the other colors on my page, so I changed the color a bit by adding a strip of vellum along the top to tone down the bright shade of green.

I also really love the gold state embellishments this time. I’m trying to figure out how I can use all of them.


The add-on kit #2 includes those fantastic large black alphabet stickers. I really love them! I thought they were perfect for this page, since they remind me of the font on road signs. I love that the smaller alphabet is so similar too. They are perfect to use together.

That’s what I have to share for now. I have a few more projects using the July kits that I’ll show you throughout the month. So I hope you’ll stop by again for more July kit inspiration.







This is my beautiful girl!

She is headstrong and stubborn. She is compassionate and sensitive. She is independent and smart. She’s cute and funny. She is doing so well at playing the violin. She still adores babies, small children, and small animals. She is both frustrating and lovable. The smattering of freckles across her little nose makes me melt.

I think she brings out the best in me and the worst in me. Kids tend to do that, don’t they? She can make me want to pull my hair out sometimes, but then she’ll smile at me and wrinkle up her nose and her eyes twinkle and I am undone. When I curl up beside her on her bed at bedtime to chat and say prayers, I can’t believe I’m so blessed to call her mine. We have the best talks then, about all kinds of stuff. The mother/daughter bond between us is strong. I pray it stays that way.


This page uses the June kits from Gossamer Blue. They are pretty and flowery and fun, so perfect for a little girl! I sewed quite a few of the tiniest embellishments along the top of my page. There were so many tiny cute embellishments in the ephemera packages that just begged to be used up.


I painted the chipboard “C” with some acrylic paint to match the patterned paper. I love how versatile that chipboard alphabet is. I’ve seen lots of people stitching these, and that looks so cute that I may have to try it.

This is the last project I made using the June kits. I finally have dismantled all of them and separated them out. I had such fun with them, but there’s SO much more to come! Tomorrow is the reveal for the July kits, and you will love those too, I’m sure.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Lookin’ Good, good lookin’!


This is my boy. The same one in the page I shared yesterday. Isn’t he handsome? This boy has grown so. stinking. much over the past year!! A year ago he was trying hard to pass me up in height. Now he is proud to be able to look down on me. He is 13 1/2 and so quickly turning into a man that it scares me.

This is the kid that has the great sense of humor. The one that keeps up laughing, although the childish, silly humor is fading, and a more mature sense of humor is taking it’s place. This boy rocks the Rubik’s Cube and playing the piano.


It’s this boy, who always hated dressing up, who is now asking my opinion on what he should wear and what goes together, and chooses the button down shirts for church on his own, without any nagging or prompting on our part to “pick something a little nicer”.

While watching a TV series on WW2 with his dad that, unfortunately, included some bad language, his dad turned to him and asked if he’s be able to ignore those words. This boy responded emphatically “Yes, dad. I don’t swear!”

I love this kid!


I’m almost done sharing my June kit pages. I have one more that I’ll share with you next week. This one was made using supplies from the Main kit, Life Pages kit, Main add-on, Add-on kit #2, and the Life Pages themed add-on

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great weekend. Mine will include a photo shoot, having friends over, and a picnic with our church family.

Let the good times roll!


I’m back with another page from the June kit. I’m trying to squeeze them all in before the end of the month without overwhelming you! Ha!

This one is another 81/2″ x 11″ page that will go in my album. This page was SO hard to photograph! I’m not sure why. Maybe it was the foil elements, or maybe the shade of blue background paper. I had the hardest time getting the colors to come out right and everything to look sharp.

This is another favorite ocean picture of two of my kids. I love this photo of my son holding his boogie board in the surf. I think it’s because it reminds me of how quickly he’s turning into a young man. That physique isn’t one of a little boy anymore. His shoulders are getting bigger and more defined and his chest is getting more muscular. It’s even more shocking to me when I look back at photos taken just a year or two before. This is one example of why I like to take some of the same kinds of photos every year. It records the passing of time so well. Not long ago they were little toddlers running around with round bellies and chubby cheeks. Looking at photos like this make my heart hurt a little. From pride and the fact that they are growing up so quickly!

Plus, I love the way my daughter’s head is poking out of the water. My kids enjoy the ocean as much, or more, than I do!


The elements in the June kits are so much fun! I really, REALLY love the Citrus Bliss ephemera package and other embellishments from Pink Paislee. I love the citrus theme, the flamingos, and the colors in this line so much.


This page uses the main kit, the Bits & Pieces kit, and the Life Pages themed add-on.

It’s a simple page, but I had fun making it.

I hope you’re having a great week. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Beautiful Day with the June kits


Several days ago I received my July kits from Gossamer Blue to begin making projects for the July release. And normally, when I get new kits, the old ones get taken apart and put away with all my other supplies.

But I love the June kits so much that I couldn’t bring myself to put them away. Not yet. I really wanted to make a few summer layouts with the June kits, since they are so fitting for summer themed  projects. I have this layout and three more to share with you yet before we get into the July kits. And I still haven’t put the June kits away. Who knows? Maybe I’ll make a few more before I finally decide I’m done. Or maybe the June kits will have a permanent spot in my craft space, since I love them so much and all!


I recently ordered a bunch of my Instagram photos from Persnickety Prints in this 3″x4″ size. Since my Instagram photos tend to be pretty random with only 1 or 2 photos from each event, I wasn’t sure how I wanted to scrapbook them.

Maybe you’re wondering why I would scrapbook them at all? Well, my iPhone is my go-to camera most of the time, since that is what I most readily have available and it’s easy to carry. So my iPhone photos tend to be some of my favorite, since they are in the moment. I could just scroll through my Instagram feed and enjoy them that way, but I love the process of putting a photo to a page, especially ones that are my favorites. That stack of freshly printed Instagram photos makes me so happy! I LOVE to flip through them and see all my favorite Instagram moments right in front of me.

So I decided my Instagram photos will be going into an album just for me, and mostly for my own enjoyment. I’m using an 81/2″x 11″ size, since I ordered smaller sized photos. It’s been a while since I’ve done an 81/2″x 11″ size album, so I think I’ll enjoy it for something different. This album will be kind of like an all about me album, I guess. It will be filled with all the things I love. My favorite moments, things, people, and events.


Even though the June kits were bright and full of color, I was able to pull out some more neutral colors to use on this page about my daughter and her friend by the ocean. I love this photo so much! The ocean always makes me happy, and my beach photos are some of my very favorites. I love the colors in this one. I love how their swim suits match the colors of the sea and how they are standing by the water’s edge. This was also a new friendship beginning between my daughter and the other girl. This beach trip was the first time they had met. I wonder what they’re talking about there by the water’s edge.

Have you been enjoying the Gossamer Blue June kits as much as I have been? I hope so. I’ll be back to share more June kit projects over the next few days.


Young, Wild, Free


It’s been a while since I’ve done some scrapbooking. But when I had the Gossamer Blue June kits and a handful of new photos of my kids on my desk, I took the opportunity to make a few pages.

The kids and I headed out for a photo shoot a few weeks before school was over. I had planned to take their photos near the beginning of the school term when all the school pictures were being taken. The only school photo I order is a class photo, because I have a thing against paying an outrageous amount of money for less than stellar studio photos that I could do a better job on for a lot less money.

But, as things go, I didn’t get around to taking them in the fall. Then winter came, and I thought we could head to a nearby train station and take some nice indoor photos. But that never happened either. So, when the end of the school year rolled around, and my son had just turned 16, I gave myself a kick in the butt and finally took a Saturday afternoon to take some photos. And it was really fun! At these ages, the kids are nice and cooperative. Haha! No candy bribes needed, although I did reward them with frozen yogurt afterward, since getting photos taken is still a dreaded task that took waaaay too long for some of them!


My 16 year old, with his beloved guitar. he’s always strumming and singing, sometimes late into the night and I have to get bossy with him about it so he gets the sleep he needs. But it’s cool that he likes to play so much.


I love the colors in the June kits. They are SO. me! I love how they look with the black and white photos. The colors and black and white play off each other. I had fun arranging all the little bits and pieces from the kits. Tags and wood veneer, and chipboard accents. So fun!

And this time my scrapbooking felt right. probably because I love these photos of my son so much.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!