Citrus Twist iNSD Challenge #10

Hello friends!  I am so excited to bring to you the 10th challenge in the Citrus Twist NSD challenges.  I am teaming up with my friend, Ashley, so make sure to check out her blog to see her take on the challenge too!

For this challenge, you’ll need to create a layout/card/paper craft of some kind in a monochromatic color scheme.  I’m not going to lie…this challenge was, uh, challenging.  Lol.

I always sort my die cuts by color, so I started by choosing the color I had the most of…green.  Clearly, this is not the color I ended up with.  I flipped through my papers, and just really wanted to use the Confetti Wishes Paper 03.  I love those huge palm leaves, and the colors are gorgeous.


I printed my photo in black and white so it wouldn’t clash with the colors I had picked.  And then I picked out the embellishments I thought would coordinate well with the paper.


I decided to go with a TN spread since there’s not much of a story to this photo and cut the paper down so there was mostly pink and just a hint of yellow and orange…is that cheating?  Lol.  I built three clusters on my spread using pieces from the main, embellishment and and pocket life kits from Citrus Twist.


When I went to pick a title, I chose one of the phrases from the gold puffy words.  So I added touches of gold throughout my page to serve as a neutral.


I can’t wait to see what you come up with during this monochromatic challenge!  Make sure to join us on Facebook to play along!

xo, Kira

P.S. My blog hop bonus word is “Paper 03”.


Citrus Twist iNSD Sketch #2

Hey everyone!  I decided to play along with one of the Citrus Twist challenges this weekend!  Have you headed to the Facebook group to check them all out?!  Here’s the sketch I am working with today:


I knew immediately which photos I wanted to use.  I took a couple selfies of me and my youngest during our trip to the strawberry festival recently.  And they were so perfect at capturing his personality.  I knew they needed to be scrapbooked.


I stuck fairly close to the sketch, even that orange pattern paper is pretty perfect, right?


I love the colors in the kit, and thought they worked perfectly with the colors in my photos.


And here’s my final layout:


I hope you play along with this sketch too!  And make sure to join us in the Facebook group for more challenges and giveaways!

xo, Kira

Free iNSD Wild Hare cut file

Hey everyone!  I’m here to share a layout for The Wild Hare Kits.  There’s a free cut file being offered over on the blog, so make sure to head over and download it!  I couldn’t wait to use it!


I started by cutting it out on some white textured cardstock.  And wouldn’t you know it, 90% done with cutting and my Cricut blade crumples up the cut file!  AHHHHH!  It was my fault, I need to change my cutting mats.


Anyway, I made lemonade out of lemons and just used it as a 3/4 wreath instead.  I backed the cut file with scrap papers from my stash.  And then bumped the entire cut files up on foam.


Since I had cut the wreath out of white cardstock, I wanted to use a background that really made it pop off the page.  I have been hoarding this beautiful blue patterned paper and just loved how the cut file looked against it.


I had a few loose pieces of the cut file that I backed with patterned paper and used to back my photos with, which I “hung” from my cut file with bakers twine.


I embellished with stickers and ephemera from my stash, and finished it off with some white splatters.


I can’t wait to see how you use this cut file!  Make sure to tag @thewildharekits on Instagram so we can all see it!

xo, Kira

The Cut Shoppe iNSD challenge

Hello friends!  I am here with my first challenge for National Scrapbooking Day weekend!  The design team at The Cut Shoppe was asked to participate in a handful of challenges this weekend and I chose the stitching challenge…no surprises there, I’m sure.  Anyway, after two failed attempts at hand stitching, I pulled out my machine to make my life a little easier.


I used the Girl Power cut file and enlarged the arrow pieces to about 2.5″ x 11″, and cut out four of them.  I cut them on a blue and gold foil patterned paper.  I used a tiny bit of glue to adhere them to a white background and used my sewing machine to stitch them to my page.


The edges were all folded up just a bit to give it some dimension after stitching.  I love using this technique because it gives you a patterned background, along with texture and dimension.


Then it was just a matter of choosing my photos and embellishing my page! Here’s the final result.


Make sure to head to The Cut Shoppe blog to participate in some challenges and to download some FREE cut files!

xo, Kira

Happy iNSD!!!

It is officially NSD weekend! And boy am I excited! Last year was my first National Scrapbooking Day as a real life scrapbooker…but my craft room was also packed up and halfway across the country at this time. So this is the first NSD I get to actually participate in! Yay!

A few of the design teams I’m on will be having loads of challenges, giveaways and sales this weekend. And you bet I’ll be playing along. I hope you will too!

And if you’re a fan of cut files, I’ll be linking all of the freebies from The Cut Shoppe, Citrus Twist Kits and The Wild Hare Kits here later!

Make sure you’re following me on Instagram so you don’t miss any announcements over there!

I can’t wait to see what everyone creates! Happy crafting friends!

xo, Kira

Pink Paislee Guest Designer

I am so excited to share with you all that I was asked to be the guest designer for Pink Paislee for the month of February by the queen of scrapbooking, Miss Paige Evans, herself!  After taking a moment to compose myself after receiving the initial email, I basically replied, “Yes, yes, yes, before you change your mind, yes!!!!!”  But in all seriousness, this is probably the single most exciting thing to ever happen to me in my scrappy life.

So make sure to head over to the Pink Paislee blog to read all about me and see the projects I created with Paige’s new collection Pick Me Up.  The collection is gorgeous and has all of my favorite colors.  I could gush about it all day, honestly.  (You can ask my husband, he’s heard more about this collection than he probably ever wanted to.  Lol.)

I also have a process video over on YouTube for one of the layouts I made…and more to come!  So make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss out on any of my future videos!



Galentine’s Day Advent Calendar Swap

Hello friends!  Long time, no talk!  I hope your holidays were wonderful!  I know mine were.  And while I thoroughly enjoyed Christmas crafting, I was excited to jump into something a little different.

My friend, Jenn, came up with the idea to do a Secret Cupid Galentine’s Day Advent Calendar Swap.  The general idea is her, a few other crafty friends and I would create a 14 day advent calendar, secret Santa style, but, you know, in February.  Half the gifts would be store bought, the other half would be handmade embellishments.

Here’s a little sneak at what I created:


I started with the floral print fabric you see on those drawstring bags as my inspiration.  I loved the colors, they seem winter-y and pretty without being overly Valentines-y.  I created the bags myself using a simple tutorial I found on Pinterest.  I am not great at sewing, so don’t look too close at them.  😉


I wrapped some of my gifts in the fabric drawstring bags, but quickly realized I didn’t want to sew 14 of them.  Meh, call me lazy.


I had a few of these mini muslin bags in my stash that I had used on a project over the holidays.  I stamped on a few of them, keeping in the same color scheme.  But they’re only 3″x4″ so only the smallest gifts could fit in these.


Enter the white paper sack.  I love the simplicity of these.  I wrapped a few gifts in these and called them done.


I kept with the white theme and wrapped on gift in a box with plain white paper.


And this one was a DIY glassine bag.  I put pattern paper inside of it to hide the gift.

You may have noticed the cute felt flower clothespins…yeah, I made those too.


The entire advent calendar will be mailed off to my pen pal before February 1st, along with some jute and a couple command hooks for her to hang it. I can’t wait for her to see and I hope she enjoys all the little goodies inside.


Until next time,