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Hi Folks!  Laura here again with a photoless layout.  My pet budgie (parakeet) is called Herbert and I wanted to document the definitions of his name as they are rather apt… well one much more than the other!

I looked up the definition and origin of the name and the word and printed them out.  The other focus is the feathers flair button which is where I got my colour scheme from.  I wanted to keep the layout fairly clean and simple with the added colour coming from splatters and sequins only – no patterned paper at all.

I gathered some sequins; 2 Cool 4 U,  What’s Up Buttercup, Green Acres, Salt of the Earth and strung them onto some thread.  The flair is from Cuts2Luv and Evalicious.

I bumped my definitions on foam – I love the little shadow it throws around the edge.

If you want to replicate grab some Shimmerz inks here, and pulled out your SpiegelMom Scraps sequin stash and have fun!


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Watercolour, Cork and Sequins

Morning Friends!

I get these ideas sometimes… they come from seemingly nowhere and won’t leave me until I’ve made it into a tangible project.  This latest idea was to create a watercolour wild meadow with dandelion cut files on top.  I searched all the usual places and even asked my favourite designer if she had anything.  She had one but it wasn’t what was in my head!

So I doodled my own, took a photo and made it into a cut file.  It is not perfect, and it is NOT easy to get off the cutting mat but I got enough off to make it work for me…

I joined 3 together with a simple stitch and then got to work on my background.  I used my watercolour palette which is full of Daniel Smith watercolours.  A little experimenting told me the Azo Nickel Yellow and Kyanite Genuine mix together to make a wonderful green.  I added plenty of splatters – it’s my ‘thing’!

As I was looking through my sequin stash the colour of my cork embellishments caught my eye.  The went with the natural creamy-white watercolour paper and the hues of green perfectly.  I pulled out Wedding Bells, Strawberry Bubblegum and Cork Confetti in chevrons and butterflies.I get the rest very simple; the dandelion heads and painting were enough for me.  I added a simple layer of vellum to the photograph and chose a flair as my title.  I added a sprinkle of my sequins and a couple of butterflies.  I used the chevrons to direct the eye towards the title.


Thanks for stopping by today,


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Story of Today – PL Spread

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Happy day before SMS + Creative Embellishments Blog Hop!

In all the excitement I almost forgot about my regularly scheduled blog post.. luckily I incorporate products from the shop in almost all of my projects so I typically always have something to share.

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So far loving the 9 x 12 size for my Project Life! I think there’s something so aesthetically pleasing about this size. For this layout I actually worked from the sequins – I knew I wanted to use some of my favorite mix – Plum Dreamsicle. I love how moody it is while still maintaining sparkle.

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I love keeping my pocket spreads simple so certain elements are easily highlighted. That scrap of gold glittered paper in the top corner perfectly complements the sequins – I’m fairly certain I got it at Hobby Lobby. It’s just the right amount of shine.

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I think monochromatic elements can have such a cool effect – so I adhered this white heart feltie to a white title card and I really like how it looks – subtle but textured.

In order to incorporate a little more purple, I spritzed a plain white 3 x 4 card with some Shimmerz Vibez in Quit Yer Wine-n – you could also use these (1 & 2).

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I finished off my layout with some flair and a DIY embellishment made with stamping & some vellum. It’s hard sometimes to create minimal projects but for me it’s always worth it.

Thanks for stopping by! See you tomorrow



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Accent Scrapbooking Product Swap Blog Hop!!

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Happy February 2017!!  It’s just crazy to me that’s it’s February already.  A few months ago Kareen, from Accent Scrapbooking, and I starting chatting about a collaboration and it’s finally here!!  We swapped a bunch of products with each other and let our Design Teams have some fun!  Today the Sparklers and Accent Scrapbooking’s Designers are presenting their latest works of art for your inspiration!  Some of the designers are also using this fabulous sketch from Laura Whitaker!  Katty from the Sparklers found it and we all just love it!  This will be Katty’s last blog hop as a SMS Sparkler as her term has come to an end.  You’ll be seeing plenty of her around though!! Just be sure your subbed to her YouTube Channel and check out the Shimmerz Paints blog too!  You’ll definitely find her over there 🙂  

Below this amazing sketch from Laura, you’ll find the entire Sparklers line-up and the link to the Accent Scrapbooking blog where you can check out their blog hop as well. 


 SMS Blog 

Jody’s Blog

Lisa Kingston

Christy Harriman

Sarah McClellan

Hannah Lemieux

Khristina Sorge

Katty Miranda

Evi Cortes

Sara Scraps

Rachel Stewart

Laura Rumble

Felicia Young

Beth Soler

Crafty Meggy

We know there’s a lot to take in today, SOOOOO we’ve also created a Facebook group HERE!  It’s called “Spiegelmom Scraps and Accent Scrapbooking February “Big Blog Hop!!”  Check out this graphic for the prizes being offer too.  Add yourself to the group and hang out with us all month long.  Seriously, check out the prizes you guys!!  Ok, now you’re off to my blog HERE!! Happy hopping!

Be sure to check out the Accent Scrapbooking blog hop too!  GO HERE!!

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Cuts2Luv Product Swap Blog Hop


Hello everyone, Jody here today for a very special blog hop! The Sparklers and I are very excited to announce our product swap with the fabulous flair shop, Cuts2Luv!! We have been planning this for months and are super excited the day is finally here!! Caroline from Cuts2Luv is a total a sweetheart and her flair are wonderful, so be sure to check her shop out HERE.  This is a long hop, so let’s get to it!

For today, I’m sharing a layout I created based off a sketch I designed and have included some brand new Shimmerz products, a free cut file (found HERE), and some lovely flair from Cuts2Luv!

I used this sketch as my inspiration and this FREE SpiegelMom Scraps cut file to create all my snowflakes. You can find the cut file HERE and the sketch can be saved right from this post. After cutting the Flakey background for another project, I saved all those lovely flakes for more projects! I stuck pretty close to my sketch, which always makes my scrapping go way faster.  I  just turned the sketch on it’s side to mix it up a little bit.  After all, I did just have an insane weekend LOL!!!  I started with white American Crafts cardstock and used several of the die cut snowflakes to as masks, painting over them with In The Navy AcriTonez from Shimmerz Paintz.  This technique is great when you want to create your own background and want specific colors!  I then used some of those same die cut snowflakes on my layout and layered them with the Blustery Day Feltie Snowflakes.  LOVE THESE!!  

The new AcriTonez are amazing, self-priming paints.  They go on with a chalky-like feel and dry completely matte, almost like chalkboard paint does. It’s the coolest!!  I also completely painted over the “Today” in my title.  It was black and the AcriTonez cover it beautifully.@spiegelmomscraps @jodyspiegelhoff @americancrafts @Shimmerzpaints @amytangerine @cuts2luv, #spiegelmomscraps #scrapbook #cuts2luv #shimmerzpaints

After my background dried, which was super fast, I added some layers of Pink Paislee Moonstruck behind my photos to bring out the bright pink and navy.  I added some contrast with a Corky Flake (die cut cork snowflakes) and love how they stand out!15895056_10212346760050745_4755489259166753365_n

One of my favorite things to do when scrapbooking is adding small details around my page. It keeps your eye moving around the layout and gives it so much texture and interest.  Adding little details like Cut2Luv flair, SpiegelMom Scraps Sequins and splatters of Shimmerz sprays are my totally perfect finishing touches!  The navy blue splatters you see are Mama Sings the Blues Coloringz.  Caroline’s flair is fabulous!!  Layering it, like I did below is so much fun!  You’ll love the dimension and texture it adds to you layout!  Do check her out!!  Also pictured below are Tiny Heart Cork Confetti and Chasing Azul sequins.15966111_10212346760370753_4073962368382616117_n 15978069_10212346760850765_5285112350810972712_n

A few notes about my layout before you hop on to the Cuts2Luv blog.  Caroline and I love to give away prizes, SO be sure to leave comments on all the designer’s blog participating in the hop.  You have through Saturday, January 14th to leave comments and TWO winners will be announced on Monday January 16th in the Facebook event!  

Feel free to use it and tag #smssketches in your social media!

I hope you enjoy what I’ve created for you today and enjoy the rest of the hop!

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Clique Kits Wildflowers Blog Share

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Welcome to today’s Clique Kits blog share featuring Kaitlin Sheaffer with her fun & fresh Wildflowers paper line with Carta Bella! Clique Kit’s mission is to spotlight the designer behind each paper line, their creative process, what’s on their desk and even what inspired them to design that particular paper line. You can find her Q&A on the Clique Kits blog here, which is the beginning of this wild blog share today. That being said, you may have found your way here from Gia’s blog, The Painted Crane.  If you didn’t, you can check out our Clique Kits Blog HERE  for the line up today & get some awesome FREE printables!!!  Here is our quote this month which led to our challenge to use something “wild”. 

“May your life be like a wildflower…Growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day.”   ~Native American Proverb


The first layout is about us having some backyard adventures in fall of 2012. I was so lucky to snap a couple pics with my phone before Sari and Hannah took off for the little wooden area behind our house to play. First, we stood there all lined up and ready to run, but something caught my attention on the ground. Our shadows! I begged the girls to stay still for 10 seconds and they did, thankfully for me! I snapped that pic just before they took off running while holding hands… just melts my heart. Another fab photo moment caught by a cell phone camera!!

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My kit contained a cool 12×12” navy blue corrugated cardstock from Fancy Pants Designs.  My wheels were spinning for a while on this one.  The corrugated navy blue felt like a boy page, but we don’t have boys… then it felt like outdoors so I ran with that.  I went with a messy collage type layout with lots of different layers and textures to kind of ‘match’ the outdoors.  I started by painting the corrugated background with silver acrylic paint.  Next I started picking out my embellishment, stickers and of course the awesome exclusive, designer flair designed by Clique Kit graphic designer Lacey Gasper!!!   I also used some mini glassine bags which were actually packaging for some of my embellishments.  Can you spot them??  

So, my advice to you when you get a piece of paper, cardstock or other funky element in a kit that you haven’t used before ask yourself “what does this feel like or remind me of?”  It’s a great way to get your creative juices flowing.

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Ok, next up is a must have selfie layout of Sari, Hannah and I just before dropping them off at school a few weeks ago.  It’s been bitter cold here in Wisconsin, hovering around ZERO far too often!  Since our girls are dressed head to toe in their Hello Kitty winter coats, hats, mittens and snow pants I reached for this pink patterned paper with the white ink splash on it.  Pre-misted perfection!  I’m also addicted, slightly, to gold accents.  I used a 6” Gold Foil doily from my Etsy Shop {SpiegelMom’s Scrap Shop} and several of the 6×6” papers to create the photo mat for our selfie picture.  I also had some soft wispy pink feathers, a blue cats eye ink pad and some small die cuts in my kit.  As I was planning my next move, I looked down and saw the ink pad sitting on a journaling card and the blue die cut camera.  Light bulb moment!  I didn’t want to mess up the the front of the camera but loved that the lens was a heart shape.  I used the backside of the camera die cut as an inking mask to add some bright blue hearts floating up the left side of my layout.  I just placed the die cut camera onto the paper, held it in place with my fingers (you could also use washi tape to hold the die cut) and ‘stamped’ the ink pad straight down into the heart cut out.  Look through some of your die cuts and see what shapes you can find inside the actual die cut.  I bet you come up with some cool inking masks!!  I also added some bright fuchsia sequins from my Etsy shop for some added flair.Jan 14 043 Jan 14 044 Jan 14 045 Jan 14 046 Jan 14 048

As for that journaling card, I cut out the feather and added it to the feather stickers in my Wildflowers kit. I also die cut a few more feathers in the bright orchid cardstock (the color of the year also!)  See the looped pink string along the bottom?  To keep that in place, just use some tacky glue (or other clear-drying glue) to tack it down. 

My last layouts are going in my new pocket page style album.  This is my main plan for 2014!  It’s also a great way to involve your kids in the process.  They are ‘family’ albums after all.  I have a couple Project Life kits but I know I’ll be creating my own pocket-style cards too!  You can either leave the edges square like I did, or round the corners for a different look.

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On this layout,  I was stuck on what to put in two of the pockets, one 3×4” and 4×6”.  Nothing seemed to fit.  So, I created fun little floating embellishment pockets!  I love how they turned out.  I just dumped in some 6mm Silverado Sequins from my Etsy Shop, die cuts, the sparkly heart on a stick and then sewed it shut.  I used my gold thread and a #2 stitch lenth.  I literally just ran it through like your would fabric!  It’s so easy!  I forgot to mention that I added a Glue Dot to each side of the sparkly heart stick because I wanted it to stay upright and not do flips inside the little pocket.  I think it worked out pretty good overall.  OH and how about that fun feather!!  Why not try adding some non-scrapbooking type materials into your pocket.  The possibilities are endless.. ok except for perishable foods and such LOL!

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In the photo above, I didn’t want to leave the heart ’empty’ so I glued the chevron die cut onto the outside of the plastic page protector.  Who says you can’t scrap on the out of those too, right?!

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That’s a lot of projects, whew!!!  Now, let’s talk prize!!!

Prize is Hazel and Ruby Gone Typo theme set, mini album, sticker sheet, plus some coordinating extras from Bella Blvd. and MME!!  You just need to comment on all the blogs today for your chance to win!!

Thanks for stopping by today and now you can head over to Erica Rose Creates. This girl can rock it big time!  Don’t forget to leave comments to win this awesome prize pack pictures below.

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