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Basic Grey Hipster Layout

I have a FUN layout to share today! I really like how this one came out.. and I tried something NEW! I threw some paint on my layout this time. Who’s gettin’ snazzy?.. Tamara’s gettin’ snazzy!


I saw this Basic Grey ‘Hipster’ collection at winter CHA.. it seems like it was ages ago now. I guess that’s what happens when you’re excited about new collections.. you seem to have to wait fo-evah for them to come out after CHA (when usually it’s just a few weeks). I wish I could just snag everything at CHA and walk out the door, lol. Anyhow, it finally came out and you can bet your finest paper cutting scissors I snagged it practically as they were loading it on Two Peas… this is mine, baby!

Then when it arrived I thought to myself, “What the heck and I gonna do with this besides a pile of cards?…. OMG, you need a pedicure!..” (true story) I wanted to do a layout, but here comes my ‘issue’ with needing the photos to ‘go’ with the papers and embellishments. So, my wheels started turning and I remembered some ‘Hipster’ glasses I bought for another project (which you’ll see soon enough).. I set up a quick photo shoot of my son on my front porch. Does he look quite ridiculous in those big ol glasses?.. lol.. Nah. My little cutie. He had fun with it and in about 2 minutes I got some CUTE pics. Thanks, Austin! It’s always nice when the kiddos wanna take pics for me… most of them were something like this though…

What IS that?.. Like.. are you OK, dude?.. lol So, I told him to be ‘cool’ and act like Batman (he gets more serious when he is in ‘Batman’ mode) So.. I got these shots and created this totally radical layout!

The paint.. ahhh.. the PAINT! I love the look. I’m gonna rub white paint all over my projects now, lol OK.. maybe not, but doesn’t it look good with the feel of this layout?

Finally used my little label tool thingy. Be a cool kid and get one, too.. SMASH Label Maker Only $10.00! That’s nothin’.. pretty much my daily coffee budget, lol.

That metal ‘cool’ clip.. oh how I LOVE them! They are also from the Basic Grey ‘Hipster’ collection. And if you’re currently drooling over the camera and film strip washi tape, mop up your mess and then head to Michaels! I got those babies on sale! They come together in a two pack.


Let me continue to show you every square inch of my layout.. one last pic.

As usual.. tell me what you think! If you use paint on your layouts, I’d love to see! Link me up to your blog in the comments! I wasn’t really sure WHAT I was doing. I just grabbed a makeup sponge and started smearing paint all over.. kinda how I put my makeup on, lol.

Alrighty.. time to head on outta here with your radical self. Thanks for stopping by! I have a busy week, but I do have a blog post for you tomorrow too.. TWO 3D projects made with Carta Bella ‘Beach Boardwalk’.

See ya!

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Echo Park Happy Go Lucky – Photo Freedom Pages

Whoa. It’s been awhile, huh?

I’ve been busy with life so I haven’t been crafting much at all. But I am back at it now and will have a couple blog posts this week.. starting with this one!

I used the Echo Park Happy Go Lucky Photo Freedom kit for these two pages. I kept this clean and simple and just focused on the pictures. I mean, the whole concept with this style of ‘scrapbooking’ is to be quick and easy, right?… So here’s some quick and easy for ya!

We had a nice little day taking some photos of her in the dress I made.. and as you see, I had to make her American Girl doll one as well.

The butterfly wings pop up for some dimension. Really cute cuts.. I found them in the Silhouette store.


Here’s page #2. My favorite part is how I split the balloons sticker betwen two pockets.

And yes.. I will admit she looks kinda scary in the bottom right photo, lol.. But that was her.. gummy wide grin, lol. Grimlin style.

This page has hidden journaliing. I was done with the page and was like, “Crap! I didn’t add any journaling..” lol. So ‘hidden’ worked well for this.

Isn’ this PF theme beautiful though? I LOVE it. I think it’s my favorite PF theme so far.


And while you’re here I thought I’d share what’s coming to me VERY soon.. which means you’ll soon be able to get the, too.. Look at this yumminess.

There’s HAPPY CAMPER. I have project ideas spewing outta my brain with this one.. CAN’T WAIT!

There’s also the FANTASTIC HERE & NOW. OMG, peeps.. this is GORGEOUS!!! Can not WAIT to work with this. I am gonna use the crazy outta this!

The colors.. I mean REALLY.

Anyhow, I am looking forward to my DT box (when aren’t I?) and creating some projects to inspire you all (hopefully?..). Which of these two if YOUR favorite?


Alrighty, friends.. off ya go. See you again soon.. Sorry to be MIA for a bit. I have a few more goodies to share so check back!


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Hello nature. A layout with Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic

Hello, friends! I am trying to catch up on my blogging and crafting over here.. and.. umm.. I haven’t done a Wednesday video in what.. a month? oy. I won’t have one today, either. I have just been so busy over here. Then when I finally get some ‘me’ time, I don’t want to sit around in my craft room recording… I have a new obsession now.. nails.. nail polish.. spending more money on stuff I ‘need’ for my nails. So I have been spending my free time playing with my new Gelish polishes. Maybe I will do a blog post on this! I stopped biting my nails after yeeeeeeears of doing it. I feel all.. normal now. My hubby was always grossed out by me eating my ‘hand sandwich’ as he liked to call my nail biting problem. He’d always say, ‘Who does THAT!’.. Umm.. nervous freaks like me do it. Anytime I get to ‘thinking’ I nibble those things like a vanilla cookie dipped in Nutella.

Anyhow… nails over videos lately, sorry peeps.

So, since I didn’t do a video this week, I at least made something to share! I ordered a bunch of Dear, Lizzy 5th & Frolic on sale at Two Peas. Um, yeah.. not sure what is going on in my head because I should have had this right when it came out.. it’s gorgeous! I saw it in person at CHA, but your mind gets so packed with all the new and exciting things you see there that it’s easy to forget it all, lol. Really.. I walk out of CHA and think ‘What was that again?‘… lol. So when it got delivered and I opened my box, it was like something brand new and exciting.. and on sale *high five*.

I found some cute photos of my younger daughter that worked well with the colors of the paper. I like to match my kids clothes to the papers.. yes.. it’s weird. I actually made this dress and we were out trying to snap photos of it so I could load it into my Etsy shop. She found this ‘pokey thing’ and was wanting to bring them all home. The second photo she looks like she’s almost scared of it.. well, there was a bug on it, ooops! lol. I told her ‘and this is why we are not bringing them home!’ she agreed. (And dang it.. I should have journaled this little story.. maybe I will add it in or write it on the back) Anyhow, in her ‘scared’ picture I loved the way she is holding it out and looking at it all displeased-like, so I used it!

I just love the soft colors here. I kinda felt ‘meh’ about it yesterday when I finished it, but today I like it…. knowing me I will be ‘meh’ about it tomorrow.. Ah, the ever changing mind of a woman.

I am always so scared to sew through chipboard.. like it’s gonna snap my needle and it will fling into my eye or something. When in reality.. chipboard is pretty easy to sew through.. just gotta take it a little slow.

Looking at my daughter in the dress I made totally makes me want to sew again… Hmmm.. Maybe I will find the time to sew soon. I think I said this recently, too.. lol. It’s been so long, I don’t even know if I remember how to sew. Maybe it’s like ‘riding a bike’ and you don’t forget.. but I am sure I am a bit rusty.

OK, that’s it for today! I am so happy I finally got into this whole layout thing. I am slowly putting albums together and it makes me all warm and fuzzy.  I have tons of gorgeous photos of my kiddos to scrapbook and I have been printing them just waiting for the right papers to come along.


Before ya go, I gotta know.. Do you try to match what people are wearing to papers you use? I can’t be the only crazy one out there. I see the crazy in your eye.. it’s OK.. tell me you coordinate papers with your photos, too!

See ya!



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Doodlebug ‘insta-life’ album! Tips & Tricks

Hello, everyone! I’m so excited to show you the start of my fun ‘insta-life’ album! Smart phone photography is so quick and easy and so ‘in’ right now along with the popular Instagram app. I love sharing my photos on Instagram (follow me at happylifecraftywife), but sometimes it’s nice to have those photos in print, right? Well, I recently ordered a Canon Selphy CP 900 and it flawlessly prints 4×4″ Instagram photos. The quality is fantastic. Now that I have all these photos in print, I need to do something with them! That’s where the ‘Project Life’ Scrapbooking style comes in. I took my Doodlebug Swimming Pool Storybook 8×8 album and decided to use it just for my Instagram prints! It’s PERFECT!!! The Doodlebug Simply Put journaling cards make this one colorful and cute album.

To personalize this album a bit I created a vinyl decal. I used a free font called ‘Lobster 1.4′. It’s one of my favorite fonts right now. I cut this decal with orange Silhouette vinyl. The vinyl went on to my Storybook album perfectly!

When you open the album you’ll see a small 4×4″ screen shot of my Instagram account. I will probably switch this out every few months and just layer them over one another to document changes in followers, my profile photos, etc.

Behind the profile screenshot I added a divider pocket that I cut with my Silhouette Cameo. Looks awesome in those cute Dooodlebug ‘Take Note’ papers, doesn’t it? The pocket holds a printed Simply Put journaling card. I added a die cut tab to it with a button.

Pull it out and here’s what you see:

(Yes, my kids love instagram, too!) Do you like look of the PRINTED journaling card? I will have a short tutorial at the end of this post to show you how I did it!

When you turn the pocket divider, you’ll come to the first page. This one has 4 pockets that are 4×4″. This is my FAVORITE layout to use. I kept this page simple with a Simply Put card and some photos with a few stickers and a penguin Doodle-Pop. I whipped this up in no time! I love that the pocket pages and Simply Put cards make it SO easy to document everyday life.

The next page is a full 8×8 sleeve. I die cut a big Instagram camera and made it ‘interactive’ by adding a Doodlebug chunky brad to the lens to turn out of the way to expose a super cute picture of my son. Fun, right?

Another turn of the page and there’s a simple divider with the title of my album, ‘insta-life’. Just a touch of Doodlebug washi tape and a homemade flair badge to match.

Now for the last page (for now). I did a little die cutting here and used a Simply Put card. For the bottom 4×6 pocket I added a Doodlebug mini note card to create a simple interactive piece. I adhered the back of the card to my paper, trimmed a small photo to fit, then added some Doodlebug twine to close it. Untie it to see the cute photo! You can do this and add some journaling inside the card. I kept it simple with a sticker.

Here’s a list of the Silhouette cutting files I used:


Now for a quick tutorial to print on your own Simply Put cards!

  • STEP 1: Create a blank page in your editing program sized roughly to the area you will want to print on. This will vary depending on the size of your cards used, graphics on the card, etc. Once you have your text perfect, print it out onto a plain white paper.
  • STEP 2: Use a bit of double sided adhesive to layer your journaling card over the printed text.
  • STEP 3: Showing the journaling card layered over text. *TIP: Holding the paper and journaling card over a light box or window will help in lining it up or you can just eye it.
  • STEP 4: PRINT! Be sure to insert your paper into your printer the correct way so it feeds properly. I may, or may not have, printed on a card upside down the first time..

That’s it! VERY easy! I personally do not care for my writing so I will print on my journaling cards anytime I can… and being I don’t have a typewriter yet, this is the best way to do it. Plus you can change up your fonts and text colors which is really fun.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this ‘insta-life’ post and leave here with several ideas on incorporating your Doodlebug Design products into your own albums!I’d LOVE to hear what you think, if you have any tips to ‘pocket style’ layouts, etc.


See ya!

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NEW Crate Paper ‘DIY Shop’ Layout

Ooooh how I love this collection! Crate Paper’s ‘DIY Shop’ <—- Go on.. just LOOK at it all! So pretty!

I immediately ordered from Two Peas and was so excited when my order arrived the other day. So, I took some time for me today and made a layout.

This is ‘totally’ Alannah when she was 4-5yrs old. To get her smiling for pics was work…So, most pictures of her have this lovely “I don’t have time for this” expression.

As you can see she is an expert making that face. She is grumpy and adorable at the same time! Kinda like ‘grumpy cat’. Don’t know who grumpy cat is?… Seriously. I just die everytime I see that cat, lol! SO CUTE!

I did a bit of clustering of embellishments and layering. I used brads from various companies and those fantastic stick pins are from Little Yellow Bicycle’s ‘Naturals’ collection (so are those cork alphas!)

I also did something I swore I would NEVER do. Ever. Mind you.. I lie to myself a lot, lol. “No, Tamara.. a half a cake is only like.. 5 calories. You burn more calories to chew it…”…. See. Lies.

Needless to say I kinda cringed when I started dripping that blank ‘ink’ onto my layout. How dumb is it that I was trying not to ‘mess up”.. Umm.. Hello, doofus. You are purposely dripping black crap onto your layout.. there’s no ‘not’ messing it up.

I am still trying to figure out if I like it or not. I did want some more ‘heavy’ color on the layout so black made sense to pull in the few touches of black around the photo.. but. Hmmm. Thoughts? Be honest.. I will try not to fling ink on you if you offend me.

… but I WILL slash your tires.

LOL.. I am messin’.. I’d never slash someone’s car tires.

Your bicycles better watch out though…


Anyhoot, that’s it! I hope you all have a super awesome weekend!

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I’m on a roll!

Are you sick of the layouts yet? lol. I am on a mission to make three this week. Practice makes perfect, right?..

Today I have a layout to share featuring my oldest daughter, Autumn. I actually got a little sad making this one. She’s been living with her dad and step mom since last summer and I sure miss her face around here every day. She is a very dramatic and ’unique’ child who can be more than a handful at times and she may make me wanna jump on the crazy train within an hour of her being here, but it drives me nuts when she’s away! I feel so guilty that she’s always missing so much around here.. I mentioned in a post recently that I postponed our little ‘love party’ for the kids since hubby was sick and she wasn’t here.. well now she won’t be here THIS weekend either and we will have to do it without her. Her dad and step mom are going to visit some family that she doesn’t see too often, so I sucked it up and gave her permission to go along with them. *sigh*. I usually don’t share too much ‘personal’ stuff here.. but this split family stuff is for the birds! Seriously. I TRY not to be selfish when it comes to my feelings, but it hurts to be pushed aside for another weekend so she can do something else… especially when I really wanted her here for our little party. It bums me out to think that I might do a Photo Freedom page or layout about our little party and her cute little face won’t be in the photos. *pouts*

Now I see why they say scrapbooking is an emotional hobby. I eat my emotions.. and I felt like shoving a box of thin mints down my throat. Thankfully, I don’t have any crap food laying around… so I did the next best thing… drank coffee and made a cute little layout.

I used Echo Park Paper ‘For the Record 2′. I used a mix of brads and a little touch of flair. This layout was suppose to have journaling… journaling that was to be printed.. and welp, wouldn’t ya know my wonderful luck.. my printer won’t ‘feed’ the paper in anymore. I JUST bought this printer. This is the same thing that happened to my last printer. Grrr.. so irritating! Guess I will be calling Canon tomorrow. I do like it without journaling though!

I LOVE these photos of my daughter. She still has some baby face chub going on here.. which is now long gone.



I notice I like to be ‘matchy matchy’ as much as possible. If the photos do not match the paper a bit, then I process them to black and white. The FTR2 collection had the PERFECT shades of blue with touches of black to match her dress and denim jacket. I toned down the colors of everything but the clothing to bring in the softer creams and browns in the other papers. She’s very pale so I think this all pulled together nicely. I used several brads, stickers, and chipboard to pull it all together. I created a sense of ‘movement’ with the flowers and doilies going down the right side of the layout. I then balanced that out on the left side of the layout. I added a simple title to the top and that’s it!


So… talk to me, peeps! If you make layouts are you a heavy journaler? I don’t think I could be. For one.. I hate, hate, haaate my writing. I feel the ugly writing would take away from the beauty of the layouts (for me). I wish I had that pretty loopy writing everyone else seems to have! Yes, I am jealous of others handwriting. lol. One of the EP DT members said it adds to the layout to have ‘your’ writing on it. I dunno.. while I agree, I know MY eyes would just go to the 5 year old looking writing. Hmmm. Then with my latest ‘fish face boy’ layout I printed my journaling.. LOVED IT.. buuuuut, I very rarely know what to say. I can’t say “I love you.. you make me smile.. you’re so cute” on every.single.layout. I can easily have things to say if it were a layout about a Disneyland trip or something.. a birthday party, etc. But what about those layouts where you just use the photos because you like them.. Nothing going on, just a cute kid. I know these are for ‘me’ and I can do whatever the heck I want, but I really am curious to what others do and how their mind works when designing.

Alrighty.. I’m off! Thanks for stopping by!


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Enjoy the day & SMILE!

Another layout from yours truly! I’m pretty amazed that I made TWO layouts and TWO Photo Freedom pages this week! Go me, oh yeah! That’s four projects working around photos in one week! That’s more than I usually do in a 6 month period, lol.

I got so much positive feedback on my last layout and it totally gave me the push to try another. I think I am slowly getting better at this. I really love how this one came out. It’s crazy the amount of thought and planning I put into this vs. a huge altered project, lol. I can slam out altered projects pretty quickly.. stick a 12×12 piece of paper in front of me and I get all sorts of confused and stare at it forever.

For this layout I used October Afternoon’s ‘Woodland Park’. It’s quite beautiful and I have tons of it! I just love the color palette here. And butterflies.. gotta love butterflies! I have two butterfly tattoos, my youngest daughters nursery was butterflies, my oldest daughter had a butterfly themed room for awhile.. and now my youngest daughter has owls and butterflies in her room.. see a pattern here? lol.

So here it is!

I did a few lines of white butterflies. I kept them whte because I wanted to add dimension to the page without making it take away from the photo. I think it came out really pretty!

I printed two of the same photo. One in black and white and one in color. I wasn’t sure which version I would like with this layout.. turns out I used both! I just have a bit of the colored version peeking behind the black and white. Of course I stuck on some brads! I love the look of random embellishments here and there.

I stayed away from journaling on this one. I really didn’t have much to say. I just left the stickers ‘Enjoy the day & smile’ and I think that worked perfectly.

I’d love to hear what you think! I’m actually pretty excited to start another one! Who woulda’ thunk it, eh?..

Thanks for stopping by! See ya on MONDAY!


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Not even 24 hours after my order arrived..

… and I already got started on a project!.. And FINISHED it!

This NEVER happens.. really. (Unless it’s DT work with a deadline). Usually I buy stuff and it sits around until I find it again buried somewhere in my craft room. Not this time, buddy! I saw the new My Mind’s Eye ‘Boy Crazy’ collection pop up on Two Peas and ordered right away! I just LOVE the whole look and feel of this collection. And it has everything my boy loves; rockets, aliens, cars, robots, etc. SO FUN!

Now, thanks to my new Selphy CP 900 (<—– Read my ‘review’ on it!) I can now easily print my photos and they are GREAT quality! It actually makes me WANT to work with photos. All my regular blog readers know this gal doesn’t do the ‘scrapbook’ thing. I really, really think that’s changing now. I think I have said that before.. but this time I mean it, LOL!

I have been a printing maniac trying to get my favorite pics off the computer so I had plenty to choose from. I went with these ‘fishy face’ pics of my son. (Hellooooo baby fever! sheesh!) He was ALWAYS making this face. Always. It’s absolutely darling and of course I had to document it. He STILL does this darn face! I love this little dude!

I mean really.. he needs to just shut up with that cuteness!!! Seriously.. *swoon*

I added several brads and enamel dots. Some stitching, typed journaling, and a few cute felt stickers. Oh yes, and WASHI.. Mmm… Can’t forget a little strip of washi tape! I love the coordinating tape for this collection, but I chose an ‘off brand’ yellow tape for a little more pop of color.

I’m loving how it came out.

And I am LOVING that I am actually USING my stuff! An excuse to buy more?

Me thinks so!

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Happy Friday!

Friday’s here! Yay!

Well, ‘Yay’ for most of ya. My friday’s are not very exciting. It’s the middle of my hubby’s work week so it never feels like a weekend to me. It just means not as many people on Facebook, lol!


Some of you might have noticed on Echo Park’s Facebook page that they swapped out the timeline banner… They added in a cute little layout with a darling little girl on it using the ‘So Happy Together’ collection. Yeah, that’s mine (the layout and the cute kiddo! lol) And for those of you who are not on Facebook, I am here to share it with you all! I really like how it came out! Nothing Earth shattering, but it’s ‘me’ and I like it! That’s one of my favorite pictures of my daughter, Alannah. She’s wearing a dress that I made for her back when I use to sew…


The color of her photograph is wonky for some reason.. looks much better in person.


I used my Sizzix eclips to cut hearts out of some of the hexagons.. totally cute!


I added in some random stitching, of course.. and a pleated trim… of course. lol.

To create the perfectly sized hexagons, I just used my eCal basic shapes library and sized them how I wanted. :) And for some of them I layered a heart shape over it.

This collection is amazing to work with! The colors just make me ‘happy’. I have done some other random cards and such with it, too.. Can’t share everything just yet!


Anyhow, while I have your attention, I wanted to share this cute and SIMPLE back to school gift set! You can find it no the Echo Park blog! (And NO, the bingo chips are not part of the ‘gift’ I was using it as a prop, lol)


Thanks for stopping by! I have a fun filed August with TONS of new releases from Echo Park to play with! I can not WAIT! I was lucky enough to see everything in person at CHA and it’s quite amazing! Every last bit of it! And speaking of CHA.. I am STILL trying to simmer down after my Chicago trip. It was SO much fun! I have lots of photos to share.. eventually. LOL! I must get back in my crafty groove soon!

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Welcome to the Echo Park Blog Hop!


Hello there!

Welcome to the Echo Park Paper Design Team Blog Hop! Today the Design Team is showcasing projects from our latest collections. Be sure to follow the blog hop list below as you hop from one blog to the next. Return to the Echo Park Paper blog at any time for the next blogger on the list in case you get lost or confused! ONE winner will be selected from each blog to receive an Echo Park Paper collection kit of their choosing! To qualify for the kit, comments will be due by midnight EST, Sunday, June 25th to qualify for the drawing. The winner will be announced on each blog Monday, June 26th so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won! Good luck! Now, are you ready to see my projects?!

I have two projects featuring the Sweet Day collection to share!

First up, a card! I LOVE the bicycle sticker! I used a die cut scalloped frame from SVG Cuts to adhere to the front of my card. This card is rather large to fit the sticker nicely, so no envelope for this monster! LOL!



Next up is a veeeeery simple layout. No journaling or anything. Again, there’s that bicycle sticker.. and more yellow gingham. I promise there are more papers in this collection than yellow gingham! LOL!




There you have it! I hope you like them! Any questions, just ask! Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway!! A yummy Echo Park Paper kit of your choice (must be a current kit). If you’re on facebook, feel free to FOLLOW ME there!

Here’s the blog list in case you’re lost.. or happen to stumble onto this post:

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