Ellen Hutson Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Happy Friday! Today I am so happy to be participating in a blog hop with some very talented creatives to share the new holiday releases in the Essentials by Ellen line over at ellenhutson.com! There are lots of new stamps, dies, etc. in the shop, but before you head on over, check out the hop list and the giveaway details below!

I was lucky enough to work with some of the stamps and dies that Christine Herrin (creator/designer of Everyday Explorers) put together for the release, and holy moly these sets are FANTASTIC!! Both stamp sets work really well on their own, but they also pair together seamlessly. When they are combined with the simple die tags you get the most awesome buildable gift tag set! Seriously, there are so many options and combinations to build different tags with these!

I kept my tags pretty simple, sticking to a pink/white/kraft color scheme and then just tried out some different stamping combinations.

I’m planning to pair these tags with some pink and white pom poms and ribbon/yarn for this year’s packages. I’ll definitely be cranking out a whole lot more of these tags as we get closer to Christmas!!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Next up in the blog hop is the super talented Carissa Wiley of Sprinkled With Glitter. You can click HERE to head to her post.

**Below is the full list for the Blog Hop!**

1.       EH Blog: https://blog.ellenhutson.com/essentials-by-ellen-holiday-release-blog-hop

2.       Julie Ebersole: https://julieebersole.com/blog/essentials-by-ellen-holiday-2020-hop

3.       Tazhiana Gordon: https://preciselytazhi.com/?p=242

4.       Adelina Starace: https://estudio206.com/essentials-by-ellen-october-2020-release/2020/10/9

5.       Laurel Beard: https://wp.me/p59T5f-4Q3

6.       Jessica Frost-Ballas: https://www.allthesparkle.com/ebehop1020

7.       Carly Minner: http://www.carlytee.com/2020/10/essentials-by-ellen-holiday-2020-hop.html

8.       Carolyn Peeler: https://carolynpeeler.typepad.com/cut_n_paste/2020/10/ellen-hutson-holiday-release-2020.html

9.       Sarah Zayas:  sarahzayas.wordpress.com

10.   Carissa Wiley: http://www.sprinkledwithglitter.com/blog/how-to-create-a-skelly-skeleton-felt-plushie-essentials-by-ellen-holiday-2020-release

11.   Emily Mydlowski: https://popsofpaper.wordpress.com/?p=1413

12.   Kelly Griglione: https://notablenest.blogspot.com/2020/10/gingerbread-plushie-hacks-how-to-turn.html  

13.   Jen Wong: https://www.circleplusarrow.com/2020/10/09/ellen-hutson-christine-herrin-holiday-tags/

14.   Therese Calvird: https://lostinpaper.com/?p=28426

15.   Emily Midgett: https://emilymidgett.com/2020/10/ellen-hutson-october-2020-releaseblog-hop/

16.   France Wisniewski: http://www.bananafishstudio.com/blog 

17.   Lisa Spangler: https://sideoatsandscribbles.wumple.com/?p=20606

18.   Michele Ferguson: https://icardeveryone.blogspot.com/2020/10/essentials-by-ellen-october-2020-release.html

19.   Ardyth Percy-Robb: https://ardythpr.blogspot.com/2020/10/essentials-by-ellen-october-release.html

20.   Sandy Allnock: https://sandyallnock.com/color-a-scene-using-dies-bloghop


And now for the GIVEAWAY details!!

**Prizes, prizes, we’ve got the prizes! One lucky commenter will win the whole Essentials by Ellen holiday release! And another will receive $25 to spend at ellenhutson.com! For a chance to win, all ya’ gotta’ do is hop along, enjoy the fabulous eye candy, and leave a little love for your fellow crafters: increase your chances by commenting on each stop on the hop! Comments left before 11:59 PDT on October 14 will be entered to win. (Winners are selected randomly.)**

Studio Calico Oxford Hall Projects

This month’s Studio Calico (SC) kits have me craving Fall weather in California. Right now I’m excited about the temperature dipping below 90 degrees this week- just to give you an idea of how hot it still is here. Fall is my favorite season, so just because Cali hasn’t received the Fall season memo yet doesn’t mean I won’t be trying to fake all the cozy vibes until we do! This month’s SC release is helping me do just that :)

Here are some of the projects I made this month using some of the new October releases:

I used the Oxford Hall Documenter kit to document this time last year in my pocket page album. Oh how I miss frequent library trips with my girl. I keep thinking back to our last few visits and about how she would excitedly pull books off the shelves, how she would plop herself onto the giant stuffed bear that sits in the corner of the children’s section and “read” for about 5 seconds before she’d be on the move again, and how she’d try to check out what every kid was doing, sometimes staring at them with intense curiosity. So many good and funny memories :).

In August I decided to try out monthly documenting in a traveler’s notebook again. It’s been awhile since I’ve filled an entire notebook with family stories from the month and I’m loving it! For September I decided to use the Oxford Hall (October) TN as my insert. I talk more about my process and how I set up my notebook in this video:

I had fun using the main TN kit and some of the add on stamps to document a few of my September stories. Hoping to finish up my notebook in the next couple of weeks!

There was so much more that released from Studio Calico this month that I haven’t had a chance to work with yet, but HERE is a link to the shop in case you’d like to check out all of the goodness that released.



Hello, hello!

Testing, testing, is this thing on? Hello, friend. I can hardly believe it’s been two years since I last posted to my blog . . . and yet I feel like I’m always saying that :). I hope I’m not the only one that feels like it’s hard keeping up with all the social platforms (and I’m really only on 3!). However, something tells me that as long as I’m still creating layouts/crafty projects, I’ll still be coming back here, to the place where I first started sharing my projects. Yup, even though I’ve spent the majority of the time updating my Instagram and YouTube channel over the past few years, my blog (this one I post to now, and before that my blogger platform!) is where it all started.

It probably sounds cliche to say this, but coming back here and typing away feels like coming back and updating an old friend. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile then I just want to say, “thank you”. Thank you for sticking around. Thank you for coming back. Thank you for reading my words. And if you’re new here, and you clicked that subscribe button sometime since my last post then I’d like to say a big “Welcome!” to you. So happy you’re here.

A lot has happened since my last post and it would be too much to sum up the last couple of years in a single post, but here’s where I’m at and what’s going on right now (at least in terms of creative/memory keeping projects :).

I’m still creating for Studio Calico, one of my all time favorite scrapbooking companies, and in March I also joined the Everyday Explorers (EE) creative team. I’ve been a huge fan of Christine’s (the owner of EE) designs for many years and I still reach for some of her old stamps, which were some of the first sets I ever purchased for memory keeping! I’m so grateful to be part of both teams.

Also, I’m still over on Instagram posting regularly. It’s still one of my favorite ways to share projects because as much as I love memory keeping, I also really enjoy putting together a good flat lay photo :)

One platform that has been a little more challenging for me to update regularly is my YouTube channel. Making videos is definitely the most time intensive project for me. I love the process of filming, but because I have a lot to learn in order to make the videos exactly how I want them it’s easy for me to get caught up in what I’m not able to do yet, which makes what is already a lengthy video editing process even more lengthy. Just keeping it real about why I seem to come and go from that platform :). However, I did just start posting again, so if you’d like to check out my latest video, I’ll post it below:

And, since it’s been awhile since I’ve done an “around here/currently” list I thought today would be a good day share that too! I would love to know what some of your currents are if you feel like sharing them in the comments :)


Reading: Transcendent Kingdom

Listening to: The Silent Patient (audio book) and Crime Junkie (Podcast)

Drinking: Coffee (currently trying to get the right ratios for a delicious cold brew)

Watching: Fargo (the new season just started!) and Llama Llama (Felicity’s favorite show at the moment :)

Making: A lot of kids’ crafts (ha!). I picked up a bunch of things to paint (frames, figures, etc.) since Felicity is totally into painting right now (and hopefully for forever!). If you’re family, you’re probably getting something handmade for Christmas :)

Looking forward to: The holidays. They’ll look different this year, but we’re going to make the most of it.


To looking ahead,


Felicity Jane Creative Team September Projects

FJ Creative Team Announcement.jpgI feel like this year has already been filled with so many “pinch me” moments, and honestly, this is another one!  After being a longtime fan and consumer of the Felicity Jane products, I’m so happy to have the opportunity to work on the creative team!  It’s seriously a dream come true for me and I couldn’t be more excited!

SZ_4.jpgToday I have 2 projects to share with you, which both use the September Lola kit.  The first is this TN layout, which was shared on the Felicity Jane blog last Thursday.  You can check out all of the details (including a process video) in the blog post here.

SZ_1.jpgThe second project is a pocket page layout using some of the journaling cards and other embellishments from the Lola kit.  If you’d like to see how this project came together, there is a process video for this one as well, below:

I can’t wait to share more projects in the coming months, but in the meantime if you’re looking for more inspiration I’m including links to the social media accounts for the other very talented ladies on this team below:

Sheree- https://bit.ly/2Nwlrtf
Mandy- https://bit.ly/2O785AW
Kathleen- https://bit.ly/2N71Wbx
Ulrike- https://bit.ly/2oYK6Ji
Anne- @bunterpinguin
Lorilei- @roseyposey_studio
Lindsey- https://bit.ly/2NqYSX9

Products Used:

(TN: 6 Month Highlights)

Felicity Jane Lola Kit: http://bit.ly/2oVKkkg Lola Paper Pack: http://bit.ly/2oWro4T Lola Die Cut Shapes: http://bit.ly/2oYytli Lola White & Black Polkadot Chipboard Alphabet Stickers: http://bit.ly/2oZFRwN Lola Mini Puffy Alphabet Stickers: http://bit.ly/2N2zGa2 Lola Stamp Set: http://bit.ly/2wYdSkI

(Pocket Page Layout: Remember This)

Felicity Jane Lola Kit: http://bit.ly/2oVKkkg
Lola Journaling Cards: http://bit.ly/2Nk608d
Lola 6×6 Paper Pack: http://bit.ly/2NkIt7o
Lola Die Cut Shapes: http://bit.ly/2oYytli
Lola White & Black Polkadot Chipboard Alphabet Stickers: http://bit.ly/2oZFRwN
Lola Mini Puffy Alphabet Stickers: http://bit.ly/2N2zGa2
Lola Stamp Set: http://bit.ly/2wYdSkI
Heart Stickers (similar): http://bit.ly/2pjtWdI

General Supplies:

6×12 Album: https://amzn.to/2x7qiHh
Adhesive: https://amzn.to/2NHeKF7
Page Protectors: https://amzn.to/2MiNGXS
Stamp Shammy: https://amzn.to/2Na9WZr
Photo Paper: https://amzn.to/2QnuwDq
Printers: https://amzn.to/2OfWuja and https://amzn.to/2oXGEyi
Precision Scissors: https://amzn.to/2CMKzb8
Tiny Attacher: https://amzn.to/2O8RXPj
Paper Trimmer: https://amzn.to/2QnlCFO

Project Life Process | Hello New Season

unnamed.jpgFor the past few weeks I’ve been slowly trying to fill in some gaps in my 2017 Project Life album.  I definitely lost momentum (for lots of things!) last year when I was pregnant, so there were some pretty big chunks in my album that were missing.  However, I’m kind of happy the gaps were there, because I am LOVING reliving all of the memories.

If you’d like to see how this page came together, I’ve included a process video below :)


Happy Halloween Stamp: http://shrsl.com/15ub7
Trick or Treat Add On Kit: http://shrsl.com/15ubb
Totally Awesome Stamp: http://shrsl.com/15ubh
Monthly Matters Stamp: https://bit.ly/2Mlz9e5
Kelly Purkey Label Stickers: https://bit.ly/2oZPmMN
Summer Food Stamp by Kelly Purkey: currently unavailable . . .
Around Here Stamp: http://shrsl.com/15ubo

Basic Supplies Used:

6×12 Album: https://amzn.to/2x7qiHh
Adhesive: https://amzn.to/2NHeKF7
Kelly Purkey Dye Inks: https://amzn.to/2xaC8R4
Page Protectors: https://amzn.to/2MiNGXS
Stamp Shammy: https://amzn.to/2Na9WZr
Journaling Pen: https://amzn.to/2Oap1Xd
Photo Paper: https://amzn.to/2QnuwDq
Printers: https://amzn.to/2OfWuja and https://amzn.to/2oXGEyi
Precision Scissors: https://amzn.to/2CMKzb8
Tiny Attacher: https://amzn.to/2O8RXPj
Paper Trimmer: https://amzn.to/2QnlCFO

Traveler’s Notebook Flipthrough

Hi, friends!

Today I have a completed Traveler’s Notebook flipthrough to share.  This notebook documents my daughter at 4 months old.

There are so many special memories wrapped up into these little notebooks, which makes them so fun to flip through.  I’m sure it’s no surprise that these are my favorite notebooks to look though out of all my TNs and mini books! :)


All the Heart Eyes for You Process: https://bit.ly/2wVU3uw
CTK TN Process: https://bit.ly/2Qgho2R
To The Moon and Back Process: https://bit.ly/2O4aaxi


Traveler’s Notebook: http://bit.ly/2wZLNtu

Felicity Jane Shop: http://bit.ly/2x4ArnZ
Citrus Twist Kits: https://bit.ly/2QgEaYi
Kelly Purkey: https://bit.ly/2tkzZlO

Studio Calico ‘Stay Tuned’ TN + Stamp Unboxing | Process Video

SZ_TN1.jpgOh the joys of technology!  When this post first went up this morning apparently there was no content appearing, so I’m trying this again.  If you received a blank email this morning then I send my apologies!

Today I’m sharing a look at the Studio Calico ‘Stay Tuned’ September TN kit and Stamp subscription and using both to put together a page in my TN.   I’ve been loving all of the bold patterns and bright colors in this month’s kit . . . they are such a fun complement to any photo!


Studio Calico TN Kit: http://shrsl.com/15orb

Studio Calico Stamp Set Subscription: http://shrsl.com/15orc

Lemon Zest (yellow) pigment ink: http://shrsl.com/15orf

Glass Slipper (light blue) dye ink: http://shrsl.com/15orj

Coral Bay (coral) dye ink: http://shrsl.com/15orm

Deja Blue (dark blue) dye ink: http://shrsl.com/15oro

Inky Black (black) dye ink: http://shrsl.com/15orq

** Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links. This means that when you purchase items through these links I earn a small commission (at no additional cost to you). All opinions are my own. I sincerely appreciate your support, which helps me continue uploading content here and sharing my love of crafting with others!**

Let’s Get Digital with Citrus Twist Kits


Hi Friends,

Today I’m up on the Citrus Twist Kits blog sharing how I used this month’s digital cut apart sheet in my traveler’s notebook.  These cut aparts work so great with this month’s pocket life kit, and the whole set is free!

You can check out how the page came together here.


The Chop

SZ_TN3.jpgChopping off my hair last month was not a very hard decision to come to . . . my daughter’s tiny fingers, constant 100+ degree temperatures, no patience for styling . . . need I say more? :)

SZ_TN3_Detail1.jpgI feel like I’ve spent most of the last 10 years with short hair, but this last cut was a pretty big chop since I hadn’t cut it since before getting pregnant.  In any case, I felt like this was a story I wanted to get documented in my personal TN.  I’m so happy I decided to snap a before photo so I could create a little before/after flip up photo!

SZ_TN3_Detail2.jpgIf you’d like to see how this simple page came together, there is a process video below!