Monday, April 17, 2017

Crate Paper | Dreams Are for Chasing

Crate Paper and florals go together like peanut butter and jelly!  I always love the floral designs that are part of the Maggie Holmes collections.  I thought it would be fun to pair the Chasing Dreams collection, with a large die cut flower, that I could back with a mix of patterned papers.

The cut file is a design by Paige Evans and I used it two ways.  I cut the design from White card stock, and flipped it to trace it onto the right side of the background paper, before filling the open spaces with patterned paper.  Once I had all of the design backed with papers from the Chasing Dreams 6x6 paper pad, I adhered it to the background paper and lined it up with the traced pencil line.  Then I punched holes with my paper piercer and stitched over the pencil line.

I placed my photo on the right side of the flower, to fill in the open space.  I loved the effect of all of the patterned paper on the left side of the flower and the look of the background paper showing through the right side of the flower.  I used the “Dreams Are for Chasing” sticker for the title of my layout, and placed it right under the photo.

The fringe butterflies are one of my favorite embellishments from the collection, and I thought one would be perfect on a floral themed layout.  I also brought in a couple of other flowers from the Ephemera Pack and the Chipboard sticker sheet to balance the right side of the layout.

I finished the layout with a few smaller embellishments and a few word phrases, to avoid over-filling the layout. I definitely wanted the large flower and patterned papers to be the focus of the design. 

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Altenew’s 3rd Anniversary Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Welcome to the Altenew 3rd Anniversary Blog Hop!  There are four awesome days of inspiration and giveaways, that you won't want to miss!  You can follow the links below, to check out the Blog posts that will go up each day.

Altenew is giving away $50 gift certificates to FIVE lucky winners. There are also 12 awesome companies who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

Be sure to leave comments by Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win! 21 WINNERS will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Blog on April 28th, 2017. 

Now, it's time to share my project with you!  You should have arrived here, from the talented Laura Bassen's Blog.  I used the Reflection Scrapbook collection to create a spread in my Traveler's Notebook.

I love that all of the Altenew products can be used for any type of project, whether you are a scrapbooker or cardmaker!  Here's a look at my best projects for Altenew!

FREE U.S. shipping with code HAPPY3RD or $5 OFF international shipping with code ANNIVERSARY at checkout. Offer valid from April 11th through April 16th at 11:59 pm EDT. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.

Thanks so much for joining in the Altenew Anniversary Blog Hop! You're off to visit the talented Amy Lee's Blog! In case you get lost along the way, here is a full list of the Blog Hop order for you to follow:

Monday, April 10, 2017

Tim Holtz Stamp Platform

Hey Friends!  I'm excited to stop in today and share a new product with you!  I got a chance to play with the new Stamp Platform from Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios before it's available in stores.  If you're a beginner stamper or a pro, this is a great tool to add to your craft supplies!  It makes stamping single or layered stamps easy peasy!  I used the Stamp Platform with stamps from Christine Herrin to create a new spread in my Traveler's Notebook.

It's SUPER EASY to use, and here are my top three favorite things about the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform.
  • The grid design makes it easy to place your stamps, so they will be straight on your projects.
  • The MAGNETS!!  These are awesome, and I love that they hold your paper in place while you stamp.  I was even able to use them with my Traveler's Notebook.
  • You can place several stamps at a time and stamp them all at once.  I used Black ink with all of my stamps for this spread, but you could ink each stamp with a different color and have it all stamped at one time.

There are so many fun ways to use the Stamp Platform!  It will be coming soon to, so make sure you head over and click NOTIFY ME to receive an email when the item is in stock. 

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Crate Paper | Lovely Dreams

When you need to do a quick layout, it's easy if you're using the beautiful Chasing Dreams collection from Crate Paper by Maggie Holmes!  I'm here today to share a layout, that took about 20 minutes from start to finish!

I went with all patterned paper for this layout and a simple grid design.  Using the phrase patterned paper for the full background, makes it look like more work went into the layout.  I cut 3.5x3.5 inch squares from the 6x6 paper pad to create a grid in the center of the layout.  Then I machine stitched around each of the edges, for added texture.

I used the fringe butterflies in the center of each of the patterned paper squares, to fill the space with a large embellishment.  Then I used the chipboard phrases for my title.  To finish the layout, I added a few stickers, gold heart and button.  

I loved putting this layout together, and it just goes to show, that we don't have to spend hours on a layout to get a great end result!

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Ain't Life Grand Giveaway WINNER!

Thanks for all of your sweet comments on the giveaway of my new collection, Ain't Life Grand, with Pretty Little Studio!!  It's time to announce the WINNER of the Giveaway!


"This is so vibrant and full of fun! I love the colors, the prints, the cork hearts, and the Die Cut Love Life Words are super cute! Congratulations on another outstanding collection, Ashley!" 

Raechelle, please contact me at for information on receiving your prize.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Altenew March Release Blog Hop WINNER!

I love reading all of the comments from you guys, during the Altenew Release Blog Hops!  They are always so encouraging and sweet!  It's time to announce the $30 Gift Certificate Winner from my Blog!


Sharon, please contact Altenew by 4/30/2017 at with the subject line Altenew March Release Blog Hop Winner from Ashley's Blog.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Good Eats Traveler's Notebook & FREE Travel Printables!

Hi there!  It's me again, with a bit more gushing over Traveler's Notebooks!  You're probably tired of hearing about it, but I've finally received my Notebook, and I got to create my first spread!  :)  I also designed a Traveler's Notebook collection for The Cut Shoppe, called Fresh Air.  The papers are sized to 8.5x5.25, and there are a total of 55 printable pieces.  Make sure you read all the way to the end of the post for more information, and check out the download for the FREE Road Rules printable set.


Most of what I used, is from the Fresh Air Printable collection.  I added in some Washi Tape from Pinkfresh Studio and Simple Stories.  I also used a paper clip from Webster's Pages, that I clipped to my photo.  The stamps I used are a fun Alpha set from Studio Calico, and I also used a Color Theory ink pad and the Jet Black ink pad from Altenew.

I am so excited with the way my first spread turned out.  It will take a little time to get used to working with a smaller size, since I typically create 12x12 layouts.  I have a new process video to go along with the post too, so make sure you check it out!

If you want to grab the Fresh Air Printable collection, head over to The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store.  It's $5.00 and includes 6 printable papers, as well as 3 cut out sheets, for a total of 55 pieces.  You can get the collection at a discounted price through Friday, March 17th, when you check out with the DISCOUNT CODE BLOGHOP30!

And before you go, I have another FREEBIE to share with you!  This is a travel set, and you can download it by clicking on the Road Rules graphic below.  All four colors are included with the download.

I hope you're enjoying these FREE Printables, and in case you missed the first one, you can download Food Fight, HERE.

If you are using any of the Printables in your Traveler's Notebook or for any of your other crafty projects, I would love to see!  Make sure you tag me @ashleyhorton75 if you're posting on Instagram!