Christmas Stocking Stuffer

I am always trying to come up with fun ideas for stocking stuffers for my family at Christmas.  I usually try to put something in that either I have made or my husband has made.  He is a woodworker and has made some really cool things in the past like personalized cutting boards, clocks, etc.  I can’t compete with that…or can I?? Lol…I think these cool little lip balm favors are pretty awesome and I think my kids will really love them.  You might wonder if I am concerned they will see this blog and find out what they will have in their stocking…ummmmm, sadly I don’t think they read my blog 😉

I used the MFT Tall Tag Duo, Sending Smooches and Lip Balm dies/replenishments to create my fun little project today.

Lip Palm


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To see all of the details for this project, just click the link for the process video below 🙂


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!!


XX Mari

Spooky Ghouls & Goblins

I love Halloween…always have.  I love a good haunted house, creepy story or scary movie.  When we were in Kingston this summer, we went on the Haunted Walk of Kingston tour. It was fun and was steeped in haunted house lore from one of Canada’s most historic little cities.

I wanted to document this experience and so when I was up on the JustNick team to do a layout for today, the timing was perfect to tell this story.  I used the Spider Web 2 Background and the Scary Stuff cut files for my layout.

I offset the large spider web to the right, leaving room on the left for the large title.  Using a large title is a great design for using up some white space on a layout.  When you have a cool cut file for the title, it then becomes a sweet feature for the layout.  I used two 3.5 square photos and bits and pieces from Doodlebug Boos and Brews collection to create the layout.

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At some point, I blinked and my baby was turning 23…that is a little startling!!  We celebrated her birthday together this year since I was in the city for a workshop and it landed on just the perfect date.  It was nice to be with her for her birthday…that doesn’t always work out.  Brady got her an icecream cake, so I snapped this photo in my layout of her with the cake.

I love the layout design with the center circle focal point.  It just seems very pleasing to the eye and gives a great starting point for building a layout.  I decided to cut the circle using my Cameo and then back the circle with the bow embossed vellum paper from Carousel (from Crate Paper/Maggie Holmes). I popped up the overlay over the vellum using some craft foam, then completed the layout using products from Carousel.  Check out the video link below for all of the layout details!



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Not Everyday Food

Thanksgiving= family and food 🙂  That much I know to be true.  My sweet sister and BIL invited Jordan and Paule to enjoy Thanksgiving with them.  I was so grateful they could be together.  My sister is an amazing cook…not even cook…chef!  She snapped some photos and sent them to me, so of course I had to scrap them.

Here are some photos, a list of supplies and the process  video!






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For This I Am Thankful

Becki Adams and I are collaborating on a mini series called Captured Moments!!  I am beyond excited to work with Becki…she is incredibly talented and sweet!

For our first project, we decided to create a gratitude themed project.  I am scrapping two photos of Bailey and Brady that were taken as part of a photo shoot for their engagement.  The photos are so sweet and I couldn’t wait to get them on a page.

I was inspired by a Bella Blvd. layout by Kaye Rogers…at least that is the best info I could find on the layout on Pinterest.  I love the design of that layout and it worked well for the photo sized I wanted to use and the products I wanted to include.  I am using Echo Park A Perfect Autumn.  I have linked the collection in a supply list below.  I love this collection!

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World Card Making Day 2017

I really love to make cards!  I find making a card very therapeutic–it takes a very short time to create a simple card (a little work of art) that you can give to someone and make their day.  Little acts of kindness in a crazy world…that makes a big impact!!  Today I am giving you a little look at cards I have made and a link to my most recent process.  I also have a Christmas series on YouTube for the next month or two…we will see how it goes 🙂

I  have a class over at Big Picture Classes called “Crazy Cards For Kids”.  It’s a fun class sharing card making tips and tricks.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!!

XX Mari

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Scrapbook and Cards Today Project

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!!  It’s a tough time to be super positive; however, it’s a great time to think about what we are thankful for…

I created this “gratitude” card for the Scrapbook and Cards Today blog using a free cut file designed by Nicole Nowosad (click the link to go to the free cut file download).  I’m thinking today about all that I am grateful for!  I hope you can, too!

October 2017 free cut file for Scrapbook & Cards Today

Here is a link to the YouTube video:

Thanks so much for being here today!!


XX Mari

Carta Bella “Hello Fall”

There is something so very appealing to me about fall this year…I think it might be the result of a scorching hot prairie summer with little rain…or the fact that fall will bring winter, winter will bring Christmas and Christmas will bring my boy home to me again!! My layout today is about being thankful for having this lad in my life and for the knowledge that he has settled into his new home and seems to be happy.  We miss him so much…I have to say I really understand how my mom used to miss my sister when she moved thousands of miles away.  It is not a good feeling.  But I am hoping it is temporary and we will savor our video chats and times together even more.

Now for the layout…I used the gorgeous Carta Bella “Hello Fall” collection on this layout. This is a stunning collection!  Check out the beautful papers in the layout…the texture, colors and designs are just lovely.

I used a Tim Holtz mask on the kraft cardstock and some gold Color Shine to create the harlequin pattern on the background.

Here is a link to the full process video:

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Maggie Holmes “Carousel”

Wow, what a crazy, busy, good summer it has been…but sadly in just one day it is back to work for me.  I have not had much time at all this summer for creative projects; however, I am looking forward to getting back in the groove and making some cool stuff!

Not long ago, I received the amazing Carousel collection.  Once again, Maggie Holmes and Crate Paper have created a beautiful product that has captured my imagination.  I love the soft colors and fun icons that are reminiscent of summer fun…and it doesn’t mean you can only create projects about carousels, lol!

The photo I am scrapping today is from a trip we took this summer to Kingston, Ontario.  What a fun trip and beautiful city!  It was great to do and see lots of cool stuff…which I will be documenting over the course of the next few weeks.

Here is a look at the layout and a link to the full process on YouTube:

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