Saturday, December 10, 2016

Cookie Recipe Swap Mini Album


 What a blessing!  I went to a crop in Crowley, LA last month with an incredible group of ladies called "Scrapbooking with Friends".  Paula and Margie host this group and each month is a wonderful treat.  But oh my Heaven's above, November was over the top!

Several of us croppers participated in a Cookie Recipe card swap and man oh man, did the ladies out do themselves in the creativity department.

So then the burning question becomes....how do I showcase these treasures?  Need to be protected, but I definitely want to use the recipes...hmmm.  And it's got to be cute, so I can count it in as part of my holiday decorations.

Well, after a month of toying with the ideas of making a box, binding them with my Cinch, trying to find a cute 6 x 6 mini album, I got a tap on the shoulder from above.

Late one night while I was sleeping, I swear, an jolly Christmas angel tapped me on the shoulder and said....with quite an attitude..." Girl, you are trying to use up your supply stash...don't you even remember you have those 6" x 12" Bazzill albums.  You've had for years!  Use the darn things!"

So not one to argue with an angel, I got up, dug out one of those mini's and voila...it was perfect for these darling recipe cards.  

Now those creative ladies did throw a few curves in the planning in how to display these recipes.  Some had pull outs, some had pokey outey embellishments, some had decorations that went past 6".  But no worries...I just "reshaped" a few of their pokey outies.   And got out the double sided extra strong tape and taped the ones with flaps and flips and pull outs directly on the outside of the page protectors.  



A small group even made pages that both sides just had to be seen, so I made sure that happened, too.  Then I  took a few extra minutes to "compose" what pages I wanted to show in a two page spread.  Now I just love love love my new recipe book.

Lucky for me, there was even a spot or two to put pictures in to remind me of the wonderful group of ladies that come together once a month to create.  Oh, and on that note, I did make sure to rewrite the names of each lady on the front of the card or on the pull outs.  I know I will want to remember exactly who gifted me with these amazing recipes.

Now that this project is done, I just need to make my shopping list, head out to the store for all the sweet ingredients and a new pair of two of stretch pants.  

Don't you just love Christmas!  And especially sharing the joy with good friends and family.  Happy holidays and Merry Christmas to you and yours....now about those cookies....can't you just smell the vanilla in the air....

Joy to you all and have fun crafting!
Molly D









Friday, December 9, 2016

Pop Twist Cards- a quick share



Just wanted to share a quick video for two pop-twist cards I made.  To make these fun 
cuties, I used the Cricut Design Space cut file from Obsessed with Scrapbooking.

She was so generous to share this tutorial and file with us all.  I had so much fun making these quick and easy, but oh so dramatic cards.  Hope you will give it a try, after watching her video!

Happy holidays and Merry Christmas to you and yours.  Now back to crafting!
Molly D


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Simple Stories Santa & Co. Mini Album and Layouts



Made  a video of a quick tour thru my latest little mini album.  I used the happy Santa & Co. line from Simple Stories.  Have had these fun papers, stickers and embellishments in my stash for quite a while and was bound and determined to use them all up in projects this year.  Well, I got very close, just have 4 or 5 sheets of the paper left.  Whew!  

This style was not my original idea.  I was inspired by a mini album a very talented friend of mine did from a kit from a few years back from one of the best scrapbook stores in the universe.  Treasured Memories in Lafayette, La  Janet owns the store and she and her team create beautiful layouts and share their talents during crops and classes.  And if you are ever in the market for page kits for scrapbooking, you won't find any better styles or values than those at  Treasured Memories.   

Now, as I tell about in the video, I did change up the format just a little to allow from thicker embellishments and pictures, but the idea is basically the same.  And along with the book I did a four "pocket" pages and two single page layouts from the same line.  And yes, even after all that, I still have paper left....and yes, I know I have a paper problem.  But I can't imagine having a better addiction than that!

Happy crafting to you all and Happiest of Holidays and Merry Christmas to you and yours!




Friday, October 28, 2016

I love Fall Planner Stickers for November

Just a quick post to share with you, some quick and easy planner stickers I just made for my first week of November.  I made them the size to fit my MAMBI Big Happy Planner. 

Love the cute clipart I used from a font and graphics bundle from the hungry jpeg.  I just love the adorable critters and the fun color story. 

So, of course, I downloaded one of my favorite fall pictures from Pinterest of the fall trees and country back road.  I used that picture and some incredible Photoshop action tools I bought from DigitalScrapbookingStudio to make the plaid and kaleidoscope patterns.  

Enjoy and Happy Fall y'all!

Molly D

Monday, October 10, 2016

Finally Fall and Freebie!


Well, you know I am the type that is easily amused.  I find shapes in clouds, love taking pictures of any flowers I ever see, just imaging creating something to showcase a new color story I see, learning anything new relating to digital designing.  So imagine how totally over the moon happy I was to meet someone very very talented digital designer at a recent crop.  Here facebook page in named Cajun Diva Scraps by Michelle .  And she introduced me to a website that was having a kit share contest to show case a wonderful fall color theme.  Her kit was just perfect for the men in your life!



The site was Digital Scrapbooking Studio . Now you have to join they're forum to receive the free kits, but 
I had to.  I just had to.  And boy oh boy, did I find some treasures.  I bought  a few digital things to use with Photoshop Elements, One of them was a "plaid maker".  You just buy the "action", load it into your Photoshop Actions toolkit, use any paper or image you have, hit a few buttons and voila, you have a coordinating plaid to match!  Really!  Seriously!  It was that easy. Thank you so much Jilbert's Bits of Bytes for this incredible, magical tool! Here are the image and coordinating plaid I created with this wonderful tool!

Then, as if that wasn't enough fun to keep me floating for days, I played with another PSE tool from the same site and made a kaleidoscope print too!!!!  I cannot tell you how excited I am!  Just about to bust....

Yes, this kaleidoscope print was made using the vintage turkey picture above. Really! From the turkey picture.  

So the only logical next thing for me to do was to make a set of planner stickers with them.  It has finally turned a little cooler down here.  And I couldn't wait any longer to play with fall colors.  If you would like to print these stickers ( they are sized to fit a Mambi Big Happy Planner), just right click on the picture and save yourself a copy.  


I want to offer a big, huge, heartfelt thank you to Michelle for sharing her time with me at the crop.  And wish all of you and yours a very happy fall!  

Have fun crafting,
Molly D

P.S. The "My favorite color is Fall" quote is from my dear friend Charlene M.  She does fall better than anyone I know! 





Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy Fall, Y'all

Sitting here, on the first day of fall making new jewelry.   Can't wait for fall's cooler weather to get here.

Just wanted to share some of the newest bracelets.   I have made and invite you to join my new facebook page:
Escape to Inspiration

I had tried to start it up a while back and let time get away from me. But it seems I have more and more crafty things I want to share these days that  would be great on the facebook format. Just getting started now and looking forward to so much more! 

So wishing everybody a Happiest of Falls!  
Have fun crafting! 
Molly D


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Huge Die Haul featuring Gina Marie Dies

Well, drat!  I stumbled upon another great online store.  And I mean great!  I linked my video below that shows you my whole huge die haul, but I wanted to share one particular new vendor I was so excited to find.


 It's Wholesale Crafting Supplies.  They showcase an incredible collection of dies, called Gina Marie Designs, that are not only well designed, but cut so smoothly and are at great prices! 

I feel so lucky to have found this great shop, run by a very very sweet young lady, named Gina!  A friend of mine, Belinda Keller, sent me a link to a fun youtube channel, she just knew I would love: PoetSpice.  And she was right.  It is a fun, funny channel.  

But, I felt I really hit gold when poetspice showed a haul she had done from this great online store.   And the very minute I starting browsing her dies...I was hooked.   




Below is one of my favorite dies, the 4 x 4" quilt block die.  What a wonderful way to use up some of those gorgeous designer paper scraps I couldn't bring myself to throw away. 

These flourish dies I bought are incredibly delicate and so intricate, but cut so well.   

And I already have had so much fun, cutting out snowflakes and wreaths, looking ahead to Christmas.  

Now I hear Gina is coming out with dozens of new designs for fall, Halloween and Christmas.   Oh for goodness sakes, I am in trouble!
And I love it!  
It is so wonderful to see a successful small business bringing us such great products at such great prices.  

I just wanted to share this link, so you too can fall in love with these dies, just like I did.  

No, I don't have any connection to this shop. Well, other than that I am a huge new fan. 

Well happy crafting everyone!
Molly D