Make Your Own Texture Paste for Mere Pennies!


If you look in the most recent card magazines and Pinterest, many of the cards have a great texture effect achieved with Texture Paste. The only problem is, that it can be expensive ($6-12 for an ounce or two), and it usually comes in white. While there’s no problem with white, what if you don’t want white? And what if you don’t want to pay those prices? No problem, you can make it yourself in any color and for mere pennies  — using just 3 ingredients that you probably have already in your home!  Unbelievably, it will stay flexible too. That was my main concern, that it would be like the putty that you fill in dry wall with, and then it would crack and fall off the card lol!! Ready to get started?


How To Make A Tiny Fork Bow

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If you tie a little bow by hand, it can only get to a certain size, and then it’s just too hard to manage. The bow on top is one that I hand tied, and it measures 1.5″. Now that’s not large by any means, but what if you need a REALLY tiny bow? Then you need a fork :). I’m not joking. Grab a fork and some ribbon, and follow along as we make a teensy, tiny, little bow that is just perfect for die cuts, and anything that needs a dainty touch!

Once Upon A Time Wedding Scrapbook Page


A lot of people start scrapbooking when there’s a major life event such as a wedding or a birth. This is a simple wedding scrapbook page that anyone can make. I did use my Cricut to cut the shaped photo mat and the “Once Upon a Time”, but you can use a square photo mat or any other letters such as chipboard or stickers to personalize your scrapbook page with names and dates.

I used a doily, lace, and adhesive pearls on this layout, and also used Old Paper Distress Ink to age the doily and Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist so the “Once Upon A Time” wouldn’t be as white. Thanks for stopping by!

Le Romantique Rose Scrapbook Page


Here’s a simple scrapbook page that I made from cream cardstock, lace, a rose rub-on, and 3 designs of Graphic 45’s Papers –

Celebration (for the “ribbon” under the title)

My Beloved (the brown paper)

Enamored Embrace (pearl strings).

The rose rub-on was placed on a piece of cream cardstock that I aged with Old Paper Distress Ink and then sprayed with Tattered Angels Gold Glimmer Mist. The back can be used for a journal mat or another smaller picture.

The paper sizes from back to front are:

Cream background – 12″ x 12″

My Beloved (brown layer) – 11.5″ x 11.5″

Cream layer – 10″ x 10″

Enamored Embrace – 9.75″ x 9.75″

Photo Mat – 4.5″ x 6.5″

Rub-on/Journal Mat – 3.5″ x 5″

Ribbon – 12″ long

Title Letters – Cricut Storybook 1.5″

Thanks for stopping by!

10 Minute Family Scrapbook Page

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This is a very simple scrapbook page, and to me, the hardest part is picking out the papers I want to use. For this page, I used a white piece of cardstock as a solid base to attach my other papers. Then I used 3 coordinating papers (paper pads or paper collections are great for this because the papers already go together), 3 flowers, a tag and another piece of white cardstock for the photo mats and letters. If you’re having trouble deciding on what colors of papers to use, a silly rule I use is to squint at my pics and pic out the colors that stand out. It sounds weird, but it works :).

The letters I cut with Cricut Storybook at 2″, but of course you can use stickers or chipboard to accomplish the same thing. The tag was a sticker, and I cut a 3″ tag from Cricut Accent Essentials at 3″, put the sticker on it and added ribbon and a heart brad at the top. For glue, I just used double-sided Scor-tape and a permanent glue stick.

Thanks for stopping by!


Make a beautiful flower from any circle punch!


Would you believe these cute flowers are made from circle punches? I love any kind of paper folding, and making my own embellishments makes me happy! As a bonus,  I can make it the colors I need instead of having to make my project match premade flowers. 🙂

On the video, I will show you how to make the scalloped circle flower, but the plain circle flower was made exactly the same way. It’s just a bit harder to show with having used double sided paper and a smaller circle. Grab 9 circle punchies and join me for the video!

Simple Double Bow Tutorial


I love the look of double bows! I had been wanting to make these, but it took me a while to find a way to make them easily and without a special gadget or having to sew and glue. This way of making them is so simple and requires only a 20″ ribbon and your very own fingers :).

I think it would be difficult to write out the instructions, so hopefully watching the video below will make it simple enough to follow so you can make your own. After you make a few of these, it takes just 10-20 seconds to make them! Enjoy :).

Mini Scrapbook Album for 50th anniversary


In September, we celebrated my mother-in-law and father-in-law’s 50th wedding anniversary. One thing we did was have the attendees write down memories they had. some of them were hilarious! I’m so glad we did that because it was a hoot to read through all of them :).

Anyway, now some months later, I finally got around to putting the memories into a book. I was looking for ideas, and saw several albums made from a pattern by Kathy Orta, called a mini album. I just love the look. Everything is handmade, from the covers to the binding system to the pages. The pages are awesome because they are filled from one end to the other with pockets which makes tons of places for tags and photo mats. I also added some handmade flowers that I’ve been learning to make.

Here are my results in a quick slide show on YouTube with their favorite song, Theme from A Summer Place.

Reach for the Stars Scrapbook Page

This is a fun scrapbook page to make for kids! It fits two or three of the 3 x 5 photos. I cut the mats at 3.5 x 5.5, so the pics would have a frame around them. The die cuts are ones I made on my Cricut. The star swirl is from Home Decor, cut at 5.5″. The 4″ star is from Plantin’ Schoolbook, as well as the 1.5″ letters.

The borders on the top & bottom started as 2″  strips, then I used a border punch to make an edge design. The crystal star bling jewels added a nice shine to the page.

Cute As A Button Scrapbook Page

This is a scrapbook page I made for Little Scraps of Heaven Layout Sketch Challenge. I used their Cute As A Button die cut set. The white background page is a pearl cardstock, and the pink patterned paper on the photo mats is from Scrappin’ Sports Newborn/Baby Girl paper.

I cut the heart from the Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cartridge and filled the space with buttons. The crown on the bear die cut is also a button. I used a Southwest Corner Punch to frame the photo mats. Thanks for stopping by 🙂