For the Love of Books

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the Midwest Parent Educators Conference.  By the time the conference rolls around every year, I'm usually exhausted and questioning why we ever decided to homeschool in the first place.  This year happened to be no exception, which is exactly why I make it a priority to attend.  It's empowering!  I always walk away with a plethora of tools for making our year more successful.  Sometimes, those tools are tangible in the form of books or educational games.  Other times, those tools are birthed out of a concept or conviction.  The book that I want to share, with you all, for this month's For the Love of Books pick is derived from both.

Heidi St. John was the keynote speaker at this year's conference; and y'all, she's just amazing!  Truly.  Don't ever hesitate to attend one of her conferences.  Anyway, I had the privilege of being in her REAL LIFE Homeschooling workshop.  Briefly, each letter from the title gave way to a list of challenges for homeschooling success.
  • R = Remember the goal is to teach God's material and His standard.
  • E = Expect opposition both spiritually and culturally and from family and friends.
  • A = Adjust for life.  Successful homeschoolers are flexible.
  • L = Let go of legalism.  Legalism chokes our ability to hear from the Lord and makes us judgmental of one another.
  • I = Invest in what matters most.
    1. Growing relationships with God
    2. Nurturing marriages
    3. Discipling our children
    4. Leading by example
  • F = Follow the leader.  Be yoked with Christ (Matthew 11: 28-30).  Learn from Him (Psalm 34:4).
  • E = Expect to be victorious!  "For the Word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does."  Psalm 33:4
One of the things that stood out the most for me was her discussion on discipling our children.  She stated, "The goal of education is discipleship, and discipleship begins at home."  At this point, conviction set in for me.  One of the reasons we decided to homeschool our children many years ago was to have the opportunity to be the main shapers of our children's beliefs both spiritually and educationally.  We even chose the curriculum we did for its success in weaving God's truth and character into all its subject areas.  While I still stand by that decision wholeheartedly, somewhere along the line, I began letting the curriculum do all the work.  I forgot that me, myself, and I, along with my husband's input of course, was the main shaper.
We were still spending time in God's Word and praying together every morning, but I had failed to teach my children and forgotten myself, amidst all of life's disappointments and struggles, how to listen for the voice of the Lord.  One of the ways I felt the Lord was leading me to remedy that loss was for us to take time every day to hand write the scriptures, along with what the specific words, for each particular day, meant to us or what the Lord was trying to tell us, at that exact moment in our lives, through those words.  As you can imagine, sometimes, this takes us to completely opposite ends of the spectrum, especially with such a wide range of ages and abilities in my home.  But that's the beauty of each individual's walk with the Lord, and I cannot tell you how much we have enjoyed doing this!
I feel like it is teaching us that the Bible is more than just inspirational words or historical stories.  It is living and active and a reflection of who and what the Lord desires us to be and do both today and in the future.  I feel like it is giving us opportunities to share how the Lord has moved and is still moving in our own lives through lessons learned and lessons still being learned.  And most importantly, I feel like it is training us not only to listen for God's voice but also to just be still and know that He is God, which, finally, leads me to today's book pick.  It is written for children ages three to six and introduced to me by Heidi herself.
Be Still, written by Kathryn O'Brien and illustrated by Gillian Flint, not only makes Bible memorization fun but also creates meaning, through lasting connections with real-life experiences, out of every single word in the scripture "Be still, and know that I am God!"  Psalm 46:10

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today, friends.  Happy reading!

Poppystamps: Have a Magical Birthday

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hey, y'all!  I trust you all had wonderful weekends and even better starts to the work weeks.  My sweet girl and I got a chance to get away for an afternoon of fun, at Sea Life Aquarium, just the two of us; and of course, we spent much of it at the baseball fields, too.  Tomorrow is our last day of school, and I cannot even begin to tell you how ready I am for summer to begin.  We'll only have just over a week to relax, before all the summer activities, aside from baseball, which, obviously, is already well underway, begin; but I'm still ready for a bit of a change of pace and more time to enjoy the sunshine, before we hit the books again the first part of August.  I know that I've been terrible about family updates over here.  I was so diligent about doing them before, because I thought that it was a way that extended family and friends were able to keep up with the goings on in our neck of the woods; but nobody seems to miss them, and they take an awful lot of time to keep up with.  So, for now, they're on hiatus.

Anyhow, I'm just stopping back in here to share my sister's magical, garden birthday card that's up on the Poppystamps blog today.  Enjoy!
I started this card by stamping those Watercolor Wildflowers, that I simply cannot get enough of, in Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, and Peeled Paint Distress Inks, on watercolor paper.  I then spritzed over them with water to get more of a watercolor effect and splattered everything with those same shades of Distress Inks mentioned above, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  That set the foundation for my garden.  While it was drying, I pieced together the Blooming Poppy with Real Red, Basic Black, and Garden Green cardstock die cuts and the Ragged Daisy with white, Daffodil Delight, and Lucky Limeade cardstock die cuts.  Once they were adhered, in their respective positions, to the watercolor piece, I grounded them with a Preppy Flowers, Wild Wasabi cardstock die cut.
The prepped piece was then anchored, to the Pistachio Pudding cardstock card face, with black-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  The Magnificent Mini Faeries were die-cut from Basic Black and white cardstocks; pieced together; and adhered, with foam tape, within the garden itself.  Their wings also got a healthy dose of Clear Wink of Stella for shimmer and shine.
I then die-cut the Pinpoint Balloons from Coastal Cabana cardstock; adhered them, in their respective locations; also gave them some shimmer and shine with Clear Wink of Stella, coated with Glossy Accents; and anchored them to the faeries' fists with hand-penned strings.
The black-embossed, "HAVE A magical BIRTHDAY" sentiment, from Fairy Greetings, completes the look.
Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit, friends!  Have a terrific Tuesday!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Fairy Greetings (Poppystamps); Watercolor Wildflowers (Birch Press Design) Paper: white (Paper Studio); Basic Black, Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Lucky Limeade, Pistachio Pudding, & Daffodil Delight (SU!); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Barn Door, & Peeled Paint Distress Inks (Ranger); watermark (VersaMark); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: black thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); black embossing powder (SU!); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Clear Wink of Stella (Zig); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Big Shot (Sizzix); Magnificent Mini Faeries, Pinpoint Balloons, Ragged Daisy, Blooming Poppy, & Preppy Flowers craft dies (Poppystamps)

The Studio Colour Challenge

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Morning, y'all!  Just popping in with a new challenge from The Studio.  I've picked out a gorgeous palette to wet your creative appetites this go around.  I was inspired to use one of the large title pages, from Pinkfresh's new Live More Collection, as the foundation for my take; and while I have to admit that the parameters of the page terrified me at first, I'm SUPER happy with the outcome.  Enjoy!
I started this page by smudging Piglet Mr. Huey's and Leap Frog and Pink Bubblegum Glimmer Mists, above the built-in "LIVE MORE" title, behind where my photo, which was matted with white cardstock, would eventually lie.  I then splattered everything with those same mists, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  The photo itself was then backed with a trio of prints, helping to pull in those scrumptious colors below, as well as a snippet of cheesecloth for texture.  I also tucked a quartet of pie circle die cuts throughout the page for movement.  The top edge of my photo was then dressed up with a heart tab die cut, and a "YOU MAKE ME happy" puffy sticker adds a kiss of black right where it was needed most.
A couple of tags, one of which boasts the "CURRENTLY LOVING" cousin time phrase and both of which were laced with white string and Baker's Twine, tied in a bow, respectively, were tucked under the left side of the photo.  A couple of floral, puffy stickers, backed with a tangle of gold thread, soften all those straight edges.  Tip: To create dimension with stickers, back them with foam tape; but before peeling off the paper protecting the sticky portion of the tape, dust the back of the sticker with baby powder.  Doing so ensures the tape keeps the sticker raised long after it has been pressed in a book.
The opposite side of the photo was dressed up with a couple of palm die cuts, as well as a gold, foil flamingo and a "CAPTURED" paper clip.
My May 29, 2011 date was handwritten, vertically, along the right side of the "M" in the "LIVE MORE" title; and the center of the "O" was embellished with one of those pie circle die cuts, popped up with foam tape.  In turn, the latter was dressed up with a polka dot, heart, puffy sticker; "can't get enough" die cut; "today" puffy letters; and a "THE LITTLE STUFF" phrase sticker to complete the look.
Here's this month's Colour Challenge to get you off and creating in the right direction.
You have until Sunday, June 4, 2017, to link up your takes, on this Colour Challenge and/or our Recipe Challenge, in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of the team was inspired.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed Sunday, y'all!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white (Paper Studio); Live More (Pinkfresh); black/white stripe & red weave (Citrus Twist); pink palms (Maggie Holmes) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: gold thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); Leap Frog & Pink Bubblegum Glimmer Mists (Tattered Angels); Piglet Mr. Huey's (Studio Calico); Baker's Twine (Clean Country Paper Supplies); white string (Hobby Lobby); cheesecloth (Dritz); heart & floral puffy stickers (Maggie Holmes); "YOU MAKE ME happy" & "today" puffy stickers (Heidi Swapp); palms, foil flamingo, & pink tag die cuts (Crate Paper); circles, heart tab, "CURRENTLY LOVING" tag, & "can't get enough" die cuts, "CAPTURE" paper clip, & phrase sticker (Pinkfresh)

Guest Designing with Scrap Our Stash

Monday, May 15, 2017

Morning, y'all!  I'm so excited to be back guest designing with the talented ladies over at Scrap Our Stash this month!  We started the month out right with a Stash Challenge; and if you can believe it, we're already bringing it to a close with a brand, spankin' new sketch.  I don’t know what it is about pictures of my kiddos reading, but they’ve been the inspiration for a number of my pages this month.  I love that I caught my littlest in his underpants and with his book upside down in the photo featured here.  It’s such an accurate depiction of everyday life in my household.  Enjoy!
I started this page by adhering a 4-1/2" x 12" strip of a gray, gingham, patterned paper down the left side of the 12" x 12" watercolor paper, base page and a 1" x 12" strip of the same print, over an angled, black, plus signs, patterned paper, down the right side of the base page.
I then applied a little gesso to the larger, patterned paper strip.  Once it was dry, I painted shades of teal and yellow watercolors behind where my photos would lie.  I also splattered everything with those same watercolors, as well as red watercolor and Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  The previously adhered prints were then anchored with white-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  Several of the patterned papers behind my photo, which was matted with white cardstock and wrapped with a length of white string, tied in a bow, were anchored with the same stitching.  I also threw a folded sheet of vellum behind my photo and adhered five triangle cut-aparts, from top to bottom, just left of its vertical center.
The "home" die cut was backed with a tangle of white thread and topped with a floral die cut, popped up with foam tape.
I then journaled in a semicircle around the right side of my photo.  It reads, I just "LOVE" these precious moments when all is far too quiet for life with an ornery two-year-old and I come to check on you and you're just being "you".  I love you!  {heart}, MomTip: Pencil in your semicircle, using the rim of a bowl or lid of a hat box as a pattern, in order to ensure your journaling maintains the desired shape.  Die cuts were used to spell one of the words "LOVE" in the journaling...
and puffy alphabet stickers for one of the words "you".  Their combination creates the "LOVE you" title.
A yellow, cut-apart label was then tucked under the right-side, patterned paper strips; used to record the 4.1.16 date; and embellished with a leafy, cut-apart bar; triangle cut-apart; and "story of my life" die cut, backed with a tangle of white thread and popped up with foam tape.  A sprinkling of teal sequins completes the look.
Here's Scrap Our Stash's May Sketch Challenge to get you off and creating in the right direction.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a fabulous work week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); gray gingham & black plus signs (Maggie Holmes); aqua hexagon (Crate Paper); multicolored floral (Dear Lizzy); yellow striped triangles & red grid (Citrus Twist) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); gesso (O'Leary Paints); watercolors (Kuretake); "LOVE", "home" defined, floral, & "story of my LIFE" die cuts (Pinkfresh for Citrus Twist); sequins & triangle, leafy bar, & yellow label cut-aparts (Citrus Twist); white string (Hobby Lobby); Dream On puffy alphabet stickers (Pinkfresh)

Pretty Little Studio: Loving You, Mom

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Morning, y'all; and happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there!  I'm just stopping in, while I'm hopefully still snoozing as my family and I had a big night at Kansas Speedway last night, to bring you all my mom's Mother's Day card.  It's up on the Pretty Little Studio blog this am.  Enjoy!
I started this card by trimming the top of our Gray Always print with a strip of our All I Need patterned paper.  I then anchored them, to the white, cardstock, card face, with horizontal, double, silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches; adhered a My Heart 3x4 Journaling Card in their combined center; and secured a sheet of vellum, that was cut 1/4" smaller than the combined patterned prints, over everything, with more silver-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  Tip: Vellum softens everything!  A Cherish Die-Cut tag was then popped up, in the center of the journaling card, with foam tape and laced with white string, tied in a bow.
The tag itself was already split into two patterns.  So, I simply magnified that feature by placing a Cherish Die-Cut "hello", popped up with foam tape, along that diagonal.
A "loving you" Sweetheart Mini Word partial sentiment was tucked, parallel to the bottom edge of the tag, under the "hello" die cut's bottom left edge and overhanging the right side of the tag.  A Silver Metallic Label was then stapled just below that and filled in with Fresh Mint Mini ABC's to spell "MOM" and complete the "loving you, MOM" sentiment, as well as the look itself.
Further inspiration for this card came from Sunday Stamps' Challenge 152: Sketch Fun.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  And have a blessed Mother's Day, moms!  XOXO

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); With All My Heart: All I Need 8x8 & Gray Always 8x8 (PLS) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); white string (Hobby Lobby); staples & Staple Board (We R Memory Keepers); With All My Heart: Fresh Mint Mini ABC, Sweetheart Mini Word, My Heart 3x4 Journaling Card, & Cherish Die Cuts & Gold Mine: Silver Metallic Label (PLS)

Poppystamps May Blog Blitz: Large Nimble Faerie

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Welcome to the weekend, y'all!  I'm super excited to be up on the Poppystamps blog today, sharing a few new goodies from our May 2017 Release.  Enjoy!
I started this card by watercoloring a scrap of watercolor paper, moving from left to right, in a rainbow of shades.  Once it was dry, I spritzed over it with Pearl mist for a little shimmer and shine and die-cut our new Floribunda Collage florals out of it.  I then backed it with a piece of white cardstock and anchored a split panel of white, glitter paper to either side of it with white-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  More white-threaded, straight, machine stitches secure a vertical strip of vellum, which was white-embossed with the "THANK YOU fairy MUCH" sentiment from our new Fairy Greetings stamp set.
A length of white string was then wrapped, vertically, around the prepped piece, between the connection of the vellum strip and everything else and tied, in a bow, near the top edge of the prepped piece, before the latter was popped off the surface of the white, cardstock, card face with foam tape.
I then die-cut our new Large Nimble Faerie from white cardstock; popped her body up with foam tape; and applied three shades of glitter to her wings, before adhering them to her back.  A sprinkling of clear, sequin blossoms completes the look.
Further inspiration for this card came from House of Card's May Challenge: Add Sequins and/or Colors.
Be sure to stop by the Poppystamps blog every day through next Sunday, May 21, 2017, to see what my talented teammies have cooked up, using all the newly-released goodies, just for your viewing pleasure.  AND don't forget to leave lots of love as you visit; because a new, May Release product is being randomly given away on EACH AND EVERY Poppystamps' blog post.  You have until Monday, May 22, 2017, to do so.  Winners will be announced, on the Poppystamps blog, the following Wednesday, May 24, 2017.  I've got that fabulous Large Nimble Faerie craft die, that you see in action above, to giveaway today.
That's it, from me, for today; but there truly is so much left to see.  You simply don't want to miss out.  Have fun!  Good luck with ALL the glorious prizes; and have a wonderful weekend, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Fairy Greetings (Poppystamps) Paper: white & vellum (Paper Studio); glitter (Recollections); watercolor (Canson Studio) Ink: watermark (VersaMark) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); watercolors (Kuretake); Pearl mist (Art Anthology); white embossing powder (Zing!); white string (Hobby Lobby); pink, turquoise, & purple glitter (K&Company); sequins (Paper Sweeties); Big Shot (Sizzix); Large Nimble Faerie & Floribunda Collage craft dies (Poppystamps)

April Recognition

Friday, May 12, 2017

Afternoon, y'all!  Just popping in here live to share that this sweet page made the Top 3 at Scrap Our Stash last month.  Eeek!  Thanks, Scrap Our Stash!
I'll be back tomorrow morning with a shimmery card, celebrating Poppystamps' May Blog Blitz.  Until then, be sure to stop by the blog to check out all the fabulous creations the rest of the team has already whipped up, not to mention the amazing stash of new goodies gracing the shop.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  TGIF!  Be blessed!

Creative Scrappers May Reveal

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Morning, y'all!  We've got a super fun, new sketch up over at Creative Scrappers; and today, it's my turn to share my take on it.  I tapped into a heap of leftover Citrus Twist Kit goodies, as well as the Plus Sign cut file from the Creative Scrappers Etsy Shop, for my page.  Enjoy!
I started this page by Cameo-cutting the Plus Sign cut file from the textured, ivory cardstock, base page.  I then backed it with a sheet of textured, white cardstock and filled in some of the plus signs with an aqua, hexagon print, before splattering everything with Pink Bubblegum Glimmer Mist, Sky and Piglet Mr. Huey's, and Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  I then, haphazardly while still sticking to the general placement of things in the sketch, placed my photos, which were matted with white cardstock and backed with a happy mix of prints, some of which were anchored with teal-threaded, straight, machine stitching.  A wax envelope, stuffed with a manila tag, laced with pink twine, tied in a bow, was then tucked under the far right, center photo.
That same photo was topped with a circular, "LOVE THIS PLACE" die cut, popped up with foam tape...
and grounded with the "adventure awaits" title, which was made from a chipboard Hello Thicker and a Cameo-cut, from Pink Pirouette cardstock, "awaits".  I also tossed a "REMEMBER" phrase sticker into the mix.
Moving clockwise from there, I tucked a "play" cut-apart, which I also used to journal the Never want to go home phrase, under the right side of the bottom right photo and topped it with a "smiles change the world" wood chip banner.
The entire design was grounded with a "Very little is needed to make a happy life" leatherette sticker.
I then fussy-cut a frame from a patterned print; adhered it in the top left corner of the bottom left-hand photo; and topped it with an "EXPLORE" die cut, which I used to journal a little information about my photos and popped up with foam tape, as well as a hand-cut, from patterned paper, butterfly.
To complete the sixth rectangle in the sketch below, I made a little pocket from a patterned paper, which I cut down to include the "Live simply. Dream big. Be grateful. Give love. Laugh lots." inspiration, stitched together, with a sheet of clear acetate, using white-threaded, straight, machine stitches.  Before completing that last length of stitches, I stuffed it with multicolored, plus sign die cuts and color-coordinating sequins.  A "HELLO" cut-apart, popped up with foam tape, completes the look.
Here's a reminder of that May Sketch #306 to get you off and creating in the right direction.
Don't forget to share your pages, on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Pinterest, with the tag #CreatingWithSketches.  We'd also love for you to add them to the inlinkz found at the challenge link above for a chance to win a fabulous prize from this month's sponsor, Cuts 2 Luv.  This is my final page as a member of the Creative Scrappers Design Team.  So, I also want to take just a minute to send out a HUGE thank you to Kristine for giving me the opportunity to not only bring her fabulous sketches to life but also to attempt to inspire each and every one of YOU.  I hope that I have done just that and that you'll continue to follow me here on my creative journey, for it is by no means coming to a close.  I'm just slowing down a bit to help me get the most out of a short summer with my kiddos.  Thanks, as always, for humbling me with a visit today, friends!  Hugs!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: textured white & ivory (Bazzill); white (Paper Studio); Pink Pirouette (SU!); clear (unknown); pink floral, black/white plus signs, frame, & butterfly (Maggie Holmes); aqua hexagons, green/teal map, woodgrain chevron, & "play" (Crate Paper); "Live simply. Dream big. Be grateful. Give love. Laugh lots." teal graph, multicolored triangles, & striped yellow triangles (Citrus Twist) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: white & teal thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); sequins, "HELLO" cut-apart, wax envelope, "smiles change the world" wood chip banner, & pink twine (Citrus Twist); "LOVE THIS PLACE", "EXPLORE", & multicolored plus signs die cuts (Pinkfresh for Citrus Twist); "Very little is needed to make a happy life" leatherette shape & "REMEMBER" phrase stickers (Pinkfresh); chipboard Hello "adventure" (Dear Lizzy); Plus Sign cut file (Creative Scrappers); Cameo (Silhouette); Piglet & Sky Mr. Huey's (Studio Calico); Pink Bubblegum Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); manila tag (Paper Studio)

Pretty Little Studio: Ain't Life Grand

Monday, May 8, 2017

Morning, y'all!  I'm up on the Pretty Little Studio blog this am, sharing a happy, summer, sprinkler-loving page to add to my daughter's albums.  Enjoy!
I started this page by Cameo-cutting the fun, Creative Scrappers' Chevy Party cut file from my Crumb Cake cardstock, base page.  I then filled in the spaces behind each chevron with photos; a quartet of prints from Ashley's Ain't Life Grand Collection, as well as a happy, black polka dot; and a trio of Love You 3x4 Cards.  After a little splattering, as well as distressing the edges of the base page itself, with Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints, I began embellishing, beginning with the "Ain't Life Grand" Love Life Word Die Cut title.  A couple of additional Love Life Word Die Cuts, along with Marigold's Camellia Phrase Strip and Summer Vibes' Aloha Word Die Cut, dress up its right side.
Moving clockwise, I used a Think Positive Sticker, from our Here Comes the Sun Collection, to dress up the center of the bottom Love You 3x4 Journaling Card, which I used to house a little thought, Love to see you enjoying the summer sunshine.  Our April Bunny Mini Vintage Die Cut looks on in wonder.
A trio of Bloomin' Die Cuts, as well as a Mixed Bag Die Cut arrow round the bottom left corner...
and point us to a Mixed Bag Die Cut cloud, clustered with a Fluffy Cloud; Monarch Die Cut; Monarch Butterfly Sticker; Every Day Cut-Apart label, used to etch the June 2nd date; and a Life Noted Flair Button, embellished with a length of white string, tied in a bow.
Another Mixed Bag Die Cut arrow and cloud, along with a Fluffy Cloud and Bloomin' Die Cut, compliments the "love you" Love You 3x4 Journaling Card and rounds out the rotation around the page; and a healthy addition of Crystal 4mm Sequins and Ocean Blue Confetti complete the look.
Further inspiration for this page came from Kraft Plus' May Challenge: Outside the Box.
Thanks so much for stopping by my little corner of the web!  Have a wonderful work week, friends!

{Supplies & Tools}
Paper: Crumb Cake (SU!); Ain't Life Grand: Lovely Life 8x8, Shake It Up 8x8, Flower Power 8x8, & Take Note 8x8; black polka dot (PLS) Ink: Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); white string (Hobby Lobby); Chevy Party cut file (Creative Scrappers); Cameo (Silhouette); Ain't Life Grand: Every Day Cut-Apart, Life Noted Flair Button, Love You 3x4 Cards, Bloomin' Blooms Die Cuts, Mixed Bag Die Cuts, & Love Life Word Die Cuts; Here Comes the Sun: Think Positive Sticker; Marigold: Camellia Phrase Strip & Fluffy Clouds; Woodland: Monarch Die Cuts & Monarch Butterfly Sticker; Summer Vibes: Crystal 4mm Sequins & Aloha Word Die Cut; Treasure Island: Ocean Blue Confetti; April Bunny Mini Vintage Die Cut (PLS)