Thursday, April 2, 2020


Do you struggle using a lot of different patterns and colors on a layout? Today I want to share an easy way to do this using a background cut file and a Doodlebug Design 6x6 paper pad. I cut the; Love Notes cut file that is available in the Lori Whitlock shop HERE;. I used white cardstock so that my different pattern papers really stand out. This file was really easy to back since the hearts are the same size. Hearts are always easy to trace and cut to back cut files. I used as many patterns as I could from the Simply Spring 6x6 paper pad. I knew I wanted to scrap two recent photos of my boys enjoying the weather put that did not stop me from using the more girly patterns. I have no problem using flowers and the color pink to document photos of my boys. I also printed my photos out in black and white. This also helps to let the colors in your papers stand out especially if the colors in the photos do not match you layout. I used A Color Story app on my photo to turn them black and white and the Pic Frame app to put them into a grid where the photos end up about 2x2. Once the cut file was backed I matted on a piece of 12x12 pattern paper from the Simply Spring collection. I made sure that when I cut out my file it was just under 12x12 so that I could mat it with some pretty papers. This helps to frame the layout and look more complete. I added the title from the Simply Spring chit chat pieces and then embellished with Simply Spring odds & ends and the 12x12 sticker sheet. Here is a look at my completed layout. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! I hope you will stop by the Lori Whitlock shop and check out all the Doodlebug Design cut files.
Have a great day! 
 Doodlebug Product Used

Simply Spring Collection
Road Trip doodle-pop
Bloomin Bugs doodle-pop
My Happy Place Shape Sprinkles
Other Products Used:

Therm O Web Foam Squares
Silhouette Cameo 3  

Wednesday, April 1, 2020


Whether you need an Easter basket stuffer or a fun craft for kids, these Simply Spring Mini Travelers are a breeze to put together!

For this duo, you will need: an 8X8 sheet protector (full sheet w/out pockets), round elastic cording, scrapbook papers and embellishments.  As far as "tools", I've used a sewing machine, but this is optional if you don't have one.

To get started, I trimmed away the edge of the page protector where the holes are located.  Next, I cut a sheet of patterned paper to 8X8 and inserted into the protector.

I cut the protector and paper (horizontally) and loaded the paper into each sleeve with the opening at the top.  One edge of the protector will be left unattached, so I solved this by adding an eyelet to hold the side closed:

Next, I scored a 1/2" spine into the paper/protector (scored at 3.75" and 4.25") and then folded several times to create nice creases.
I used my sewing machine to create a zig-zag stitching down the center of the spine.  This just helps to secure the protector, so you could hand-stitch, staple or use brads/eyelets if you don't have a machine.  
You will also see (above) that I hole punched an 1/8" hole at the top and bottom of the spine and also at the center of the spine.  I tied through a piece of round elastic through the spine and knotted inside.  For the closure, I knotted a small piece of elastic and slipped through the middle hole (with the knot on the inside).

Now onto the pages!  I cut six strips of double-sided paper to 6.75" X 3.5", layered them all together (one on top of the other) and inserted them through the elastic:

For the embellishing, I simply used a 2.5"square die to cut mats and then added them with foam tape.  I also included some of the small stickers and sprinkles!
This recipe is for one of the mini travelers, so just repeat the process for other mini.  
I added a ball chain through the eyelet at the back and loaded it with a cute tag, shaped clips and then tied on a bow!  So perfect for an Easter basket stuffer or add photos and give as a brag book to grandma!

Thanks for joining me today!

Doodlebug Product Used:
Simply Spring Collection
Storybook Layout Protectors 8X8
Mini Doilies
Cute Clips

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

EASTER LAYOUT | with Tegan

Hippity Hoppity Easter is on it's way! And what better way to celebrate than to grab some of the Hoppy Easter collection! I love the bright colors in this collection and the little critters are just the cutest!! I started this layout by using the fun Doodlebug Design Jelly Beans Cut File to create a fun background design. I then backed the jelly beans with some of the more solid papers from the collection. 

​I anchored my photo with a few of my favorite Hoppy Easter patterned papers. I then embellished my photo with a butterfly Icons Sticker, a This & That Sticker, and an ephemera die cut speech bubble. 

​ I used the Doodlebug Design Chick in Eggs Cut File, Doodlebug cardstock, and Hoppy Easter Patterned Papers to create this adorable page element. Isn't he just the cutest?! 

I created my title using a This & That Sticker, an Ephemera Die Cut word, and the Abigail Alphabet Stickers in Tangerine. And of course I had to add the adorable bunny die cut jumping over it! 
I hope you love this colorful jelly bean background as much as I do! I can't wait to take more Easter pictures this year so I can use the Hoppy Easter collection again!  
​ Thanks for joining me today! I hope I have inspired you to grab some adorable Doodlebug Design Cut Files and the Hoppy Easter collection for your next layout!

Doodlebug Design Products Used:
​ Hoppy Easter Sunday Dress Patterned Paper
​ Hoppy Easter Easter Egg Hunt Patterned Paper 
​ Hoppy Easter Hoppy Easter Patterned Paper
​ Hoppy Easter Jellybean Plaid Patterned Paper
​ Simply Spring Dot to Dot Patterned Paper
​ Simply Spring Under My Umbrella Patterned Paper
​ Hoppy Easter Odds & Ends
​ Hoppy Easter Icons Stickers
​ Hoppy Easter This & That Stickers
​ Bunnies Shape Sprinkles
​ Cardstock - Sunshine
​ Cardstock - Raspberry
​ Abigail Alphabet Stickers - Tangerine
​ Matte Sprinkles Bright Assortment



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