Journaling spot

Doing my own PL layouts and and using baseball card holders to create my PL layouts, I had to be creative with the journaling spots.

I wanted more than just a simple rectangle of white cardstock matted on a piece of patterened paper or colored cardstock.

If you remember, I tried to experiment with journaling cards and failed miserably here.

I knew I had to try again, and you saw that attempt here.


Here is the row I was working on with the “tiled” journaling card.

To start the journaling card, I cut a black piece of cardstock to 2 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in. I had a bunch of left over white square from a previous project and I’m not sure what the measurements were.

I lined up the squares on to the black piece of cardstock and glued them down. Making pieces run over the edge of the black cardstock made the tiling look less deliberate. I tried to line them up with the grid lines on my cutting mat to make all the lines straight and level.

I trimmed the excess off of the piece of cardstock.  I love the look of this tiled panel. It’s very clean and simple.

Here is the finished card with the journaling. It’s not your eyes, I blurred the journaling on purpose.

Hope you enjoyed this little picture tutorial.

Do you have any DIY journaling card ideas?


Project 48 & 49 of 50 – PL Layout

We’re in the final stretch for my 50 Projects challenge.. I’m so excited to be this far along!

This project counts as two because its a two-page PL layout.


I’ve been working a lot better with getting each three-panel row to coordinate.  I take each three-panel row as it’s own “layout” and I try to make it coordinate in color and style.  For me, this works much better with my style and my eyes find it much better to comprehend the “stories” of the week.


This has got to be one of my favorite little three-row panels.  Not because of the style, but because of the content.  The row is every simple.  I just matted the pictures onto some patterned paper.  There isn’t any journalling at all!  However, the pictures, and that little “everyday life” tag says it all.  I love it.  Those pictures really do speak a thousand words.  My daughter is one busy little girl!


Here’s my failed attempt at a fitness challenge.  You can read about this here and here, on my personal blog.

Hope you enjoyed my latest PL layout!  I can’t believe the next blog post will be the last of my 50 Projects challenge!

I’m back! Projects 4 &5 – PL Layout

It’s great to be back with so many projects lined up to show you!

I have to say that the last time I posted, I posted a two-page “PL” layout. According to the 50 projects rules.. which really aren’t rules.. cuz there aren’t really any formal rules.. I could actually count two-page spreads as TWO projects! Sooooo.. that’s going to be my new counting plan..

Therefore, here are Projects 4 & 5.. another two-page PL Layout..

You can tell that I’m really trying to keep things color coordinated by row.. and I’m really liking the look of the overall layout now that I’m doing it. I feel like there’s more connection to the entire page instead of just having 18 individual spaces.. I have about 6 individual rows that have a similar theme..

This particular week of the year was not picture-heavy..


I told myself that not ever slot had to have a picture.. not every slot had to have journalling.. not every slot had to have some sort of text..

So I dug into my doily stash.. and played with empty space. Sometimes, less is more.

I also realized that not every event needed an entire slot dedicated to it’s journaling.. sometimes, short, sweet and to the point is the best way to go.. by the way.. this my daughter playing with the son of my fellow blogging friend, Monica, of “Bored in Bloomington.” Visit her.

I love how my PL style is changing and progressing into something that’s more “me” while still experimenting with new techniques… I can’t wait to see what my PL pages will look like at the end of the year!

Project 3 of 50: Project Life layout


Here’s Project 3 of 50.

It’s a new layout for Project Life spanning the week of Janurary 27 – February 2.

You can see that I used a minimal amount of patterned paper, in fact, I don’t think I used any patterned paper.. It’s what I’m used to. I didn’t realize I did it until I looked at the finished layout..

Oh well.

I’m trying to work on using a more cohesive color scheme from now on. Instead of making each slot its own individual part, I’m trying to make each row it’s own section. So each row will try to be the same color scheme, matching the pictures that are in the slots.

I’m trying to be more consistent with this and I’m pretty happy with the results.

As you can see, I included the interesting experimental journaling card.. from far away, it looks a little better than I originally thought. It’s got that “messy” look to it that I was kinda of trying to accomplish. I still feel as though it looks like I let me nineteen month old toddler do it..

There you have it.. my third project.

My mom asked me to make a Confirmation card for her godson that will be having his Confirmation soon.. so that might be project 4.

I love this 50 projects challenge because it’s keeping me motiviated!

Experimental journaling…

My version of Project Life leaves me with very limited options.

Because I’m using baseball card holders, I’m limited to a 3 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in space.

There aren’t many companies (that I’m aware of) that create products that cater to this size of journaling..

Because I’m all about saving money, I don’t really WANT to buy products mentioned above..

So.. this issue has taught me to really learn how to be creative..

I came up with this:


It’s totally experimental.. and it honestly looks better from far away than it does up close.

It’s definitely NOT a favorite.. but it’s glued, done, and going in the book.

In my head.. this looked better.. the execution wasn’t as good as the vision.. it looks like I let my daughter work on the journaling card

My style is very clean, with very clean lines.

This was so NOT my style, but that’s the whole point of experimenting..

I will try this again.  I will try it until it starts to look what I envisioned in my head.. I think the next time, I will use my paper trimmer and stick to straight lines instead of freehand cutting it with scissors.

What do you think?  Any tips?


Project 1 of 50: Another PL Layout

I’m proud to say that I finished my first project for this Project 50 challenge I’m involved in.. it’s a Project Life layout for the week of January 20-26

JANUARY 20-26!!

Yes, I am that far behind..

But it’s ok.  I’m getting it done one week at a time.  I promised myself I wasn’t going to feel any pressure about what week I will be in and what time of the year it is.. so if I’m still working on 2013 in the middle of 2014.. so be it.

Luckily, someone from one of the message boards I play in suggested using for documenting my daily life.  They basically send you an email everyday asking what your day was like.  I set mine to email me around 8pm every day.  All you have to do is reply to the email.  They allow you to attach one picture per day, but you can respond with several emails to document the happenings of that day!  I think it’s going to be a wonderful way to remind me of the little details of the day.  I try to post a picture if it’s something significant I want to remember.

To figure out the dates of my pictures, I rely on iPhoto by sorting my pictures uploaded by “event.”

Now.. onto my layout!

Here’s the layout.

You can probably recognize one of the panels from the blog post “Stitching” which means that I started this project BEFORE I signed up for the challenge.  However, to be nit-picky.. I started the right side completely AFTER signing up for this challenge.. so.. to me.. it works out!


As you can see, I kept that middle section of the second page super simple.  I didn’t really have a lot to talk about and I also didn’t have a lot of pictures that I wanted to include in this weeks layout.  I decided that “less is more” in this instance and went with a super simple middle section.

I have quite a few buttons that I bought from Ebay last year when I discovered the art of putting buttons on my cards.. it was a fleeting quirk that left me with a few boxes of buttons.. so I’m left with having to use them up.  I thought this would be a cute place to start putting a dent into that button stash..

I realize that I have quite a few “stashes” that I need to use up.. so you’ll be seeing a few of those type of blog posts in the future..

I’m not a “purger” in the sense that I don’t want to give things away before I had a chance to really see if I could use the supply in question.. so I hope to find more uses for the things I have while working through the 50 Projects challenge AND getting through this year’s Project Life..

I hope you enjoyed today’s project!  Don’t forget to leave comments if there is something you want to see!

Also, I’m at 97 likes on my Facebook page, CutieQ Cards n Crafts!  I’m still trying to get to 150 likes before the end of April so I can kick off a “Liker Appreciation Giveaway” of a set of handmade birthday cards.  I’ll try to work on making a few birthday cards to show you what I’ll be giving away.. hope that’s in a blog post to come!  In the meantime, don’t forget to click the link above and hit like!


I joined a Facebook group where we are scrapbookers and paper crafters.  In this group, we also become old-fashioned penpals!

It’s amazing!  These ladies are super-duper-ooper talented.  I’m so inspired with everything I see them create.

A small group of us decided to do a little friendship book to pass along to each other in order to get to know each other a little bit more.  Each of us would make a little book and we’d pass them along and allow everyone to create or write something on a page.

This is my first time ever doing something like this, so I immediately jumped at the chance to do it!

As you all know, my style is very clean and simple.  I’m not great with patterned papers, and I don’t have all the latest and greatest designs and embellishments.  In fact, the only time I have something “designer” is when they go on huge discounts from!

Having said that, I pulled my resources together to come up with this booklet:


I had the red paper that I purchased from Cards & Pockets.  The white squares are leftover scraps from making the framed silhouette flower from the Save The Date cards a few weeks ago (click here for that blog post).

The stamps are from Amy Tangerine’s Ready Set Go stamp set that I purchased off of

The polka dot strip is Smash Washi Tape from Target.

The brown ribbon is from my never-ending stash of pre-cut brown ribbon from my wedding favors in 2010 (click here for that blog post).

The red paper is originally 8 1/2 in x 11 in.  I cut it in half to measure 8 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in.  I folded it to become 4 1/4in x 5 1/2in. 

I used 2 sheets of white paper, originally 8 1/2 in x 11 in.  The white paper (which came from Paper Source) was cut down to 8 1/4 in x 5 1/4 in before folding it in half.  The result was that the white sheets were a quarter of an inch smaller than the red sheet.  That made sure that the white sheets didn’t poke out of the red, thus making it a cute little book!

I carefully put the book together and punched two holes using my Crop-A-Dile (purchasesd a year ago at  I used the smallest whole and just used whatever setting was originally set on the Crop-A-Dile to figure out how far to go into the margin to punch the whole.  This was my very first time using my Crop-A-Dile since I purchased it.  Yay!

I used the ribbon to bind the book together. 


And there you go.. easy peasy.  Not knowing what to do or what everyone else was expecting, I left my pages completely blank.  I can’t wait to see what sort of magic these other women will create for my book!  I’m excited to get it back!

Year In My Life (Project Life) 2013 Update:

I finished another week, which brings me to Week 3.  I just received my batch of February pictures from York Photo.  I dated and cut them up and added them to the end of my picture stack.  Here is my Week 3:


I tried to play with NOT centering things, and maybe a little bit of layering.. I’m trying to play with my style and trying to make use of the things I learn from watching all sorts of scrapbooking videos..

I also bought a Selphy CP900 this past week, so that last batch of pictures I received from York may be my last via online printing.  I’m excited! 

I’ll be sure to blog about it next time.. or whenever it comes in!

In the meantime, stay creative!