Monday, October 1, 2012

October Simple Scrapper Blog Hop

Welcome to the October Simple Scrapper Blog Hop!

The Simple Scrapper layouts this month are gorgeous. I'm particularly fond of 3 of them, but I'm only showing one here! The one on the right is one of the grid layouts this month, and I combined it with one of September's grids so that I could include more pictures. (Sneaky me!)


Materials: Focal Point/Classic Calico by Studio Calico, Clam Bake/Lauderdale Collection by BasicGrey, Hambly Studios Screen Prints are Little Circles in magenta, Birds on Wire in silver, and Woodgrain in silver; thin strip under picture is River Rock/Silver Valley Collection by s.e.i; other squares are recollections (pink houndstooth) and unknown (green polka and violins); American Crafts Delight; Crate Paper Brad; Fonts are Broadway and Channel; Template from Simple Scrapper's Premium Membership
You'll notice that I went outside my box and used pink. As a general rule, I avoid pink, but crazy things happen sometimes! I'm moving mountains today!  

Be sure to hop over to the rest of the Design Team's blogs for more! Leave a little love as you go, and don't forget to use this link to enter a giveaway for a one-month trial subscription to Simple Scrapper:

Julie Aldridge (This is me!)
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Friday, September 7, 2012

Simple Scrapper September Challenge: Maps

The Simple Scrapper Challenge for September is to create a page with maps. 

For my photo-less page, I combined 2 Simple Scrapper Layouts and relied heavily on my Silhouette Cameo to create pop-ups for added interest.  

I hope you can join us in our challenge this month! 

Materials: Map and Navy Paper by Heidi Swapp; Brad by October Afternoon, Alpha Stickers by Prima Marketing, Inc. Washi Tape by American Crafts; Mister Huey's Color Mists in Cameo and Cable Green; Stamp by Paper Trey Ink; Silhouette Cameo; Silhouette cut outs are "assorted callout shapes" by Jamie Koay, "3 thought bubbles" by Lori Whitlock "hello thought bubble" by Loni Stevens, by "airplane" by American Crafts/Amy Tangerine; fonts are Courier New, Bebas Neue; Simple Scrapper Premium Membership Template 
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Making Paper Scrapbooking Easy Again: Using Templates

Head on over to Simple Scrapper today to view my guest post on how to use a template to create a traditional scrapbook page.

There, I guide you through my process of making a clean and simple paper scrapbook pages using a printed photo and one of my favorite Simple Scrapper Premium Membership Templates. Plus, I offer a little advice on how to use complex templates with large pictures to paper scrap big pictures for a big impact.

Using templates and doing a bit of pre-planning makes my scrapbooking process easier and quicker. Hopefully, my tips can inspire you! Click the picture to pop over to Simple Scrapper and see how to make this layout!


For more examples of Simple Scrapper Premium Membership templates in use, check out the pages made by the design team for July's Challenge.

Monday, September 3, 2012

September Simple Scrapper Blog Hop

Welcome to the September Simple Scrapper Blog Hop!

Today the Simple Scrapper Design team has loads of gorgeous takes on this month's layouts to show you. The great templates make our job easy!

True to my style, I kept my version simple and clean. My sister is also a clean-and-simple scrapper, and this page is going in her album, so it needed to be true to her too. I raided her stash of papers and embellishments and used a handmade brad. I also had her write the journaling. Isn't her handwriting gorgeous?

Toy Story Mania

Materials: Bazzill Basics Paper, Metropolis/Market Street paper by Scenic Route for the top and bottom strips, Recollections glitter paper for hand cut stars, Disney Button, handmade fabric brad, American Crafts Thickers, Template from Simple Scrapper's Premium Membership

That's all for today for my little piece of inspiration! 

Hop on over to the rest of the Design Team's blogs for more! You'll be pleased! Leave a little love as you go, and don't forget to use this link to enter a giveaway for a one-month trial subscription to Simple Scrapper:

Julie Aldridge (This is me!)

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

All in the Design

This might be one of my favorites pages of all time. It mimics a sleek photo-book but has the 3D elements of traditional scrapbooking.

I've done enough scrapbook pages to learn that, for me, thought-through simplicity is beautiful. Like the ol' saying advises, I skimp on quantity and go for the quality. The scrapbook industry would be aghast if people start picking up this mentality because they want scrappers to use more product since that's what drives their money making. But always remember that this is your hobby, and what you do, what you use, what you love is your call--not theirs. Stay true to your self and style, and love what you do.


My illustration of simplicity: LOADS of pictures on a page with little product and no journaling and delighfully lovely.
Materials: picnic basket/PB&J paper by Basic Gray, American Crafts Thickers, scrap paper from my stash for the flag

Monday, August 6, 2012

Simple Scrapper August Blog Hop!

Welcome to the first ever Simple Scrapper Blog Hop with the Simple Scrapper Design team! I can't wait for you to see all of the excellent work that these ladies have done!

I hope you're having fun in the sun! Perhaps enjoying time at the beach or with family!

August's layouts lend themselves perfectly to celebrating summer. The new grid layouts have loads of room for happy colors and gorgeous, bright papers! Here's my take on one of the August Sketches:


Materials: Paper by Cosmo Cricket (waves), Bazzill Basics, American Crafts, and the textured paper was "Whitewash Collection" by Core' Dinations; American Crafts Delight (flower), Bella Blvd Stickers, Amuse Washi Tape; Template by Simple Scrapper Premium Membership

Hop on over to the rest of the Design Team's blogs for more inspiration! It's a whirl-wind of happy. Leave a little love as you go, and don't forget to use this link to enter a giveaway for a one-month trial subscription to Simple Scrapper:

Julie Aldridge (This is me!)

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Handmade Clemson Cards

They're in!! (Well, some of them anyway.)

I couldn't resist sending the first one I made to a friend. They are soooo adorable (if I may say so myself). I'm super proud of my Clemson cards. They've been in my mind, forming over the months, and on pause until I finally had time to make them. And make them I did. Until I ran out of orange ribbon. Must. Order. More. Ribbon!

I have enough orange paper to make 48: 24 whites and 24 oranges. If you'd like some, let me know. I've got a funny feeling they'll go quickly.



Materials: They are handmade using the Silhouette Cameo to cut out the shape of the Clemson Tiger Paw--hook and all. I used Adobe Illustrator to get the paw mostly right. The paper and ribbon are from Paper Trey Ink in Orange Zest. The white cardstock is from Paper Trey Ink too because they make luxuriously thick paper for cards.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Simple Scrapper August Grid Challenge

Simple Scrapper's Challenge for August is a grid layout. Using the 3x3 grid template and it's details as inspiration, I created this page of a wonderful fall season, years ago.


Materials: Paper: Book Jacket/Memoir Collection by Studio Calico, Woodgrain One/Classic Calico by Studio Calico, Bwah-ha-ha/Spooks Collection by S.E.I., Bazzill Ivory Paper; Amy Tangerine Thickers, American Crafts Orchard Delights, Template from Simple Scrapper Premium Membership


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Friday, July 27, 2012

Cheery and bright wedding card

A friend commissioned me to make a wedding card for her traditional and peppy Southern girl friend, who is having a traditional and peppy Southern wedding. Think Lilly Pulitzer in color and style.

Bright and cheery.
Pink, turquoise, and orange.
And loads of monograms everywhere.

I was on it like wet cotton candy.

Materials: Papertrey Ink white paper, EK Success Flower, Hot Pink Ribbon, 
orange and pink scrap papers, and 2 kinds of turquoise washi tape.

Monday, June 11, 2012

RIC#13 - House of Holland Challenge

The Runway Inspired Challenge this week is a brightly colored houndstooth piece by House of Holland. Not being one to pass up a houndstooth challenge, I began misting and highlighting and coloring my glittery B&W paper to resemble the outfit on the model.

I finished last night but had to wait until this evening to take pictures in the sun.  I'm extraordinarily happy the sun is out late these days. Bring me sunshine any day of the week!



Materials: Pop up tape, thick white cardstock, black glitter paper, black and white houndstooth glitter paper, white thickers, black and white twine.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Two cards of encouragement

These cards were submitted to the 2012 Gallery Idol competition. Results came out today, and the winners were impressive. I was not one, which is no surprise, but I figured I might as well try!

To make these, I sketched the cards out by hand and used Photohop to map out the placement of the sentiments and the fonts. After that, I used the Silhouette Cameo (and the program that comes with it) to cut out the letters.

I'm half tempted to sell these or others like them, but the pop-ups just take so darn long to put together that I'm reviewing the situation. The letters were teeny! I think I better think it out again.



[Can you spot the reference to Oliver! (1968) which I got to watch last weekend? Yay for long weekends.]

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Fall Layout: 2 pictures

Fall 2008 was amazing. Perhaps it's because grad school was over.  Perhaps it was the newness of moving to a new city.  Or being closer to Mr. Handsome. Or having friends visit.

This layout was inspired by one of Susan Weinroth's layouts that I found on Pinterest.  My page wasn't going to be nearly as awesome as hers, but I tried anyway. I stuck to neutrals and added a little deep turquoise.

Material: Paper by Studio Calico, American Crafts, Basic Grey, Brad by American Crafts, Title work on Silhouette Cameo, Sticker (TBD) 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

CAS "hug" card

I made this card this weekend for a friend in who could really use a hug. I thought it would work well with the  CAS-usual Friday theme this week (CFC54): clean and simple masculine card using designer paper.

Materials: Paper by Papertray and American Crafts. Font (used on Silhouette) is EastMarket

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Simple Scrapper June Layout

Three of the June layouts are for 3.5x5 pictures. Jennifer Wilson's goal was for us to pull out our old pictures and be a little nostalgic. Yes, please!

I pulled up an old family 3.5x5 of my parents for this one. They were sooo young! Other than knowing they were young, no one could figure out when the picture was taken. So I guessed based on the wallpaper and kitchen set up that it was after I was born (knowing they have always looked young) and went ahead writing my thoughts on the page. Oops. Turns out I was wrong. (I'll fix it later.) The story's the same though.


Materials: Paper: Bazzill Basics, American Crafts, Studio Calico; "Delight" Flower: American Crafts; Brad: Basic Grey; Thickers: Amy Tangerine/AC; Alpha stickers: Prima; Sketch: Simple Scrapper Premium Membership
My color choices were based on 2 things: photo discoloration and the time. 

1.  Old pictures tend to have discoloration. In spite of the popularity of instagram, I don't really like discoloration or vintage looks. I like pictures to represent the truth. So I hid the blue discoloration by using peachy colors around it. That way, the peach in the picture is brought out. If I had used a blue, the picture would have looked even bluer that it is. 

2. I like pictures to represent the feel of the story and be accurate to the times. This picture is of young love, romance, and a couple in the seventies or maybe eighties. Thus, sticking to floral and pastel seemed safe. 

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Baby Elephant Card with Silhouette

Oh baby baby! 

The Silhouette has been handy for creating simple cards with a big statement. In this case: welcome Baby! The elephant designed by Pebbles in my Pocket is adorable, and my friend will eat this up.

Also, this is my second go with a stamp. Baby steps. 


Materials: old paper, Clear & Simple stamp, Elephant Shape on Silhouette by Pebbles in my Pocket, pop-up tape

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Avengers Cupcake Toppers

The Avengers movie is out! 

My husband, being the fun-loving Marvel fan that he is, purchased tickets online, and I, being the crafty-loving Marvel fan that I am, made peanut-butter ice cream brownie sandwiches with Avenger cupcake toppers to celebrate.  

No, we don't have kids. And yes, I did make cupcake toppers and brownies for me and my husband. Festivities know no age. Nor does Avengers. I would know because a baby was in the 8:45 Friday night showing.
Materials: Papertrey Ink paper, images from google of the individual Avengers, program to adjust image size, color printer, 2" hole punch, glue, toothpick. I used tape to hold the toothpick in place before I glued, but it's not necessary.

We tend to make things from scratch around here.  Here's what I did.

Peanut-Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches: The brownies were not easy to make since I used an old school from-scratch recipe. My husband and I made the peanut butter ice cream earlier this week based in Thomas Keller's ice cream recipes. Also not easy. But stacking the sandwiches were after the brownies had cooled. To replicate this yourself, I recommend the quick-fix kind if you don't have ample food problems like me: buy the ice cream and brownie batter, make the brownies, cool them, and stack the sandwiches. Man oh man were they delicious! 

Cupcake Toppers: The toppers are incredibly easy to make and require minimal supplies. I googled images of 5 characters: Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, and The Black Widow, saved them to my computer, resized them to fit a 2" punch (available at Michaels or any crafting store), printed and punched. I also punched 5 extra circles for the backs and misted them with primary colors (not shown). As my final step, I taped the toothpick to the back of the Marvel circles and glued the image+toothpick to an extra circle. Hold for a few seconds, and it's done!

A few disclosures:
  1. I do not have copyrights to the Marvel images. These were made for my personal use at home, so I'm ok with that. I, do however, feel a little bad about placing them on the internets, but this post is about the toppers, not the images.
  2. You will notice that the Black Widow is not a cartoon. That is because these were a surprise for my husband, and it would be cruel to make her a cartoon when he's so smitten with the actress.

Now go see the movie! It's amazing!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Creative Challenge for 5 tips for better photos

National Scrapbooking Day is almost here! As part of the celebration leading up to Saturday, I guest posted at Simple Scrapper where I announced my 5 tips for better photos.

Though the tips are at Simple Scrapper, here I've listed a few related challenges so that you can experiment with your photography! Be sure to check out the tips in the link above as each of the challenges relates to a tip!

1. For pictures with shadows
Creative Challenge: Try taking pictures in different lights to get to know how shadows effect your pictures. For some added interest, use harsh lighting to your advantage to create pictures where your friend or family member is entirely in the shadow. This sort of back-lit photography gives a stunning silhouette!

2. (Surprise!)
No Creative Challenge

3. For pictures of children

Creative Challenge: Put on some comfy pants and get to the floor while your child plays. Angle the camera up at him or her while she walks towards you and snap away. If your children are older, invite some friends over and have them gather in a circle for a team-style photo from below. Or shoot a picture from below as they are jumping into a pool. Or catch them going up on a swing. The creative options are endless!

4. For pictures of places and things

Creative Challenge: A continuation of #3, take pictures of flowers in your garden, your favorite caffeinated beverage, a delicious ice cream cone or cupcake, or special keepsakes from unique angles. Pictures taken on the side (or "profile") are my favorites. Notice which ones you prefer.

5. Notice beauty

Creative Challenge: Next time you encounter pictures you like, examine them to figure out what you like about them. Explore photography inspiration at sites such as and Ella Publishing.

Monday, April 30, 2012

CKC Goodies Part II

With a weekend to play with the goodies from CKC, I've been busy creating.

My first project upon return was layout #1 that I started in the class. My first quick-fire creation wasn't cutting it. That, and I wanted to use some of my new goodies and fit a second page with more pictures. So I re-did it with the paper they gave us and some of my new stash.  The "be happy" is letterpress: get excited.

Materials: Sui Sui 12X12 Konnichiwa Paper by Basic Grey, Daisy Mae 12X12 Pb&J Paper by Echo Park, Pb&J Layered Stickers by Basic Grey. Notice that the floral vellum is layered over the floral cardstock.

Under the picture on the right page, you'll see a shadow (above). I put all of the cards from the shower into a single envelope and glued the envelope between the matted black&white pictures and the patterned paper from the class (the reversed side). The pictures are popped-up now by about 1 cm, and the cards are easily accessible. 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

CKC Manchester 2012

It's CKC Machester time, and I went!

The Shopping: description and goodies

It was my first Scrapbooking conference, and it was loads of fun. Mainly for the shopping, but the people were wonderful too.  

The 2 big shopping vendors were s.e.i. Crafts and Embellish It! (class review below). Embellish It! was the ONLY vendor in the entire place to sell basic, solid Bazzill Basics cardstock. S.E.I. was having a super sale, and their stuff was superb and cheap. One place sold loads of fibers and ribbons. Another exhibitor sold inks. There were several places with just stamps. One just for washi tape. One sold October Afternoon and Amy Tangerine items. Loads of quirky places sold scrapbook die cuts. That only begins to cover it. I was there for hours.

Right at the entry to the Vendor Faire

Some of my new stash

2012 Latest and Greatest with Basic Grey: description and review

The only class I took was the 2012 Latest and Greatest with Basic Grey class. There were 100-300 people taking it. Only about a dozen of us were new students. The teacher, Shelby, was adorable and energetic. She started the class saying that people either love it or hate it.  That seemed an exaggeration to me. I loved her. The examples weren't my favorite, which was a shame, since they give you the paper pre-cut. This is what they were guiding us to create:

As you can see, the layouts were not really my style, so I kinda went my own direction based on the pictures I brought and the colors in/papers from the layouts. 

Apparently most people don't bring their own pictures. I did because a) I didn't know people didn't and b) I can't imagine making a scrapbook page without knowing which pictures I will use. For me, it's all about the pictures! It seems rather silly to me to just paste pictures on pre-made pages. That's not personal or artistic at all. But to each their own. It seemed tons of people loved it. And I would take the class again: it was a lot of fun, the women around me were delightful, funny, and super nice, and it was a real challenge to come up with 4 (ok, 3) original pages in an hour based on the papers and supplies.

So, what did I do in an hour with their pictures, supplies, and instructions? These:

1.           . 



                                         4.    I didn't do this one.

I like to break the rules. More to come later!! It's nap time!

Happy Saturday!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Coucou ray cards

Back in February, my friend commissioned me to make her a set of my ray cards with "Coucou" on them. "Coucou" means, "hello" in French.  She is a bold, dynamic, sharply intelligent woman who's not afraid of color, patterns or life. You can get a feel for her style at her blog, La Rue Neuve

I did my best to make each card a reflection of her personality. (Hopefully, I did a good job!) There were 10 in all, but the photos were taken in a rush as they were going out the door. So, sorry! There are only 4 shown here!


The materials were from my stash. Some were modern; some really old.
Forgive the terrible quality of photos. Again, I was in a rush!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

4th of July DoublePage Layout

I'm starting to gear up for summer. Perhaps it's a bit to early, but I'm starting to plan my summer trips back home to good ol' South Carolina. Gosh, I miss the heat. And Hillbilly day's got heat. Sticky, sticky heat. Which, frankly, is what the 4th of July should feel like.

This page is a little kitschy, but so is Hillbilly Day.  

Materials: Map paper is Road Trip by Reminisce; Grid paper is Peachy Keen/Cool Cat by American Crafts; Embellishments are "American Made" by My Mind's Eye; Font is Sail; Sketch Template from Simple Scrapper's Premium Membership

 Note: Before my family freaks out, I should clarify that Hillbilly day and the
mountain house are in Mountain Rest. Walhalla is where my granddad grew up.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

Yesterday, Deb from My Craft Room Creations, honored me with the Liebster Blog Award. I absolutely admire her work and am honored that she chose me as one of her 5. Thank you Deb!

'Liebster' is German for 'dearest'. The award is a 'share the love' arrangement, given to inspirational bloggers with less than 200 followers.

Here's the to-do list of any Liebster award recipient:

Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
Reveal your five blogger picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
Copy and paste the award on your blog (see above).
Hope that those you award forward it to their favorite bloggers.

...And here is my list of award recipients:

1. Meghann- Scrapbooks: an inspiring scrapper with an obvious background in interior design.
2. Amber- Vintage: blogger, shop owner, and excellent fiber crafter who spotlights TONS of vintage shops
3. Elena- Cards: clean designs and gorgeous photos
4. Chunyuan- Cards: always beautifully done
5. Franciska- Scrapbooks: I can't understand a word she writes, but she is an amazing scrapper, photographer, crafter, and life-lover.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

A Crafty, Happy Easter

I hope you're having a wonderful day! We certainly have!

Mr. Handsome (i.e. Tom) and I made some appetizers, and my sister-in-law put together the rest of the the meal to allow her mother the day off. The finale consisted of a moist chocolate cake covered with sprinkles. Holidays should have happiness.

I decided to create a centerpiece of floral branches, dangling paper eggs that I cut from patterned paper with the 3 Easter Eggs pattern by Lori Whitlock. Truly, this was a super simple craft with lovely results. You can do this for any holiday or celebration as long as you have paper and an appropriate die cutting machine (or are willing to pull out your scissors).

Materials: 2 branches from flowering trees; 1 sweet tea pitcher or vase; Silhouette Cameo & the 3 Easter Eggs pattern by Lori Whitlock; baker's twine, patterned paper (I used Work in Progress by American Crafts, Sunny Sunday/Sprint Flings and Easter Things by Bella BLVD, and A Tisket a Tasket/Sprint Flings and Easter Things by Bella BLVD). Don't forget to water, or the flowers will deflate in a day!

May your spring be lovely!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Lobster Layout!

With warmer weather, visitors are starting to arrive again, yet for some reason, I am taking them North. Go figure. My dad visited us the other weekend, and we ventured into the colder weather. This layout is of us at my favorite lobster roll place before we headed up to Maine.

Materials: Paper: Yacht Club/Whale Watching by Webster's pages Blue/Newsprint in the Year-o-graphy collection by Simple Stories, Corrugated White by The Paper Company; Stickers: Jolee's Boston lobster, Letters from Michael's; Template from Simple Scrapper Premium Membership

And some happy detail:

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hello bee card

It must be the spring-like weather that's causing me to still think of the Play Date Cafe Challenge (PDCC122) of black, gray, and yellow and how my little bee paper from the nineties would be so perfect. I knew I was saving it up for something!

And so I made another entry: a card this time. I know the mid-tone gray in this card is a stretch (I swear it's in the twine), but it is certainly there in spirit in the black, charcoal, and white coloring.

Hooray for spring!

Materials: Charcoal paper by Bazzill Basics; A vintage bee paper of unknown source, PaperTreyInk white paper, Beetle Black Doodle Twine Spool by Doodlebug Designs; and my own design for the circle

Friday, March 9, 2012

Gallery Pretties Spotlight

I woke up this morning to a slew of emails, one of which navigated me to my twopeas gallery where I had posted my "10 things" layout. Apparently it has been spotlighted on gallery pretties. Which is very cool. And I got a blinkie. Well, the blinkie doesn't blink, but I prefer those. Technically it's a banner, so I should just call it that.

Also, I gave my blog a facelift last night, adding new buttons on the right, a new welcome picture, a new background, etc. Hooray for change!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Simple Scrapper with Journaling Card

In a challenge to use a journaling card, I made this layout. I don't think I have ever used a journalling card {ever} in my scrapbooks, and this did not come naturally at all. I mean, at all. But, I'm very pleased with how it came out.

Materials: Birds on a Wire by Hambly Screen Prints, Book Jacket/Memoir Collection by Studio Calico, Letterset/Calico Classic Collection, Quicksand by Bazzill; Brad by Crate Paper; Journal card by Cathy Zielske from, Template by Simple Scrapper Premium Membership; Photo taken by Brooke Turner Photography

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Baby Boy Pinwheel Card

A friend of mine has officially announce the birth of her adorable son through a VERY cute announcement card. Being a flight and a drive away, I wasn't down south for any of her showers and other fun mom-to-be celebrations, but I am going to sending her a card with good cheer inside.

I wanted something playful and boyish. A navy blue gingham pinwheel seemed perfect (and goes along with the Cure for the Winter Blues Moxie Fab Challenge). I kept the rest simple with more blue and accented with a paper from Studio Calico's Classic collection. (Have you seen it? Be still my heart!) The smily face went on there because I just couldn't resist. I've known this woman since I was born. She gets a smiley face.

Materials: Letterset by Studio Calico (Brown Pinwheels and Vertical Stripe), Cream Woodgrain by Coredinations (stick), navy and blue paper are > 10 and 5 years old respectively, Jolee's smiley sticker