Friday, May 31, 2024


Confession time - I am a Canadian. So I do not claim to know anything about the wonderful celebrations I hear about on the 4th of July (but I did spend one 4th of July in Vegas - that was amazing). From what I have seen - family and friends joining for BBQs seems like a big part of the fun! So when the new Hometown USA collection arrived from Doodlebug, I decided to create some cute cards that you could take along for your BBQ hosts!


Now, I am not sure you could make it to three events in one day, but I wanted to play around with a few ideas. There are so many icons in the adorable Odds and Ends collection, I thought you could really personalize them to the host.


For the pet lovers - the BBQ where you will leave with as much hair on you as food inside you, I created this little card. It's a mix of all the die cut packs - some Odds and Ends, Bits and Pieces and Chit Chat for all of the embellishments.


My favourite one is actually this card for the host that is just a little bit "extra". Now I know the card is embellished pretty simply, so it may not be clear where the "extra" is.


But inside, your host will discover that the cute popsicle embellishment is actually a Doodlebug collection enamel pin! Perfect for the BBQ apron!


And if you are heading to a BBQ with a host that you might not know as well, you cannot go wrong with a traditional Statue of Liberty card! It's a classic that will fit the bill for just about anyone! So, my friends to the south, I hope I have done you proud with these card designs! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs,



Hometown USA Collection
Cards & Envelopes - 4th of July
Ice Pop Collectible Pin

Thursday, May 30, 2024


Hey crafty friends! Traci here and today, I have a super cute, patriotic mini album to share with you titled Happy July 4th!  I created this with the fantastic Hometown USA collection and it's a perfect spot to save your summer memories and 4th of July celebrations.

Happy July 4th Scrapbook Album by Artsy Albums

I started with a 6x8 inch striped binder and created a sweet little picnic scene on the front cover. I added silver foil card stock, two 12x12 pattern papers, lots of cute die cuts from the Odds & Ends, and the Happy July 4th banner sticker from the This & That sheet.

On the first page, I made a pocket with one of the 4x4 cards from the Blast of Blue paper. I tucked a few Odds & Ends die cut pieces into it and ... since these are white on the back, they make great journaling spots!

I also made that same Home Sweet Home 4x4 card a fun little flippie with space inside for 2 more photos.

Check out this colorful fold-out page. I just love all the holiday images on the border paper called Polka Dot Pride. On the right, I added a cute hot air balloon die cut and created another flippie with the flower side of the Picnic Plaid print. The round July sticker is from the This & That sticker sheet.

Here's a great page for a family photo. I used the Hometown USA print in the background, then embellished with die cut pieces. Doodlebug's attention to detail is amazing ... the girl's star headband, the metallic stars on the boy's hat, the tiny blue bird, and the polka dot wagon full of flags. Genius!

Isn't this pocket page cute with the general store die cut on the front?!  I love the old-fashion cola machine, the dog, and the wee little flower pot! 

I added two 3x4 cards (from the Summer Celebration print) to the pocket. I like to use these as photo mats and add extra pictures to the backsides. And the Main Street Floral in the back is another wonderful die cut.

Do you have some fun 4th of July plans? If so, you need this festive Hometown USA Collection. It's perfect for highlighting your photos, making cards, or any craft project! 

This DIY Happy July 4th Album Kit will be available in my Artsy Albums shop tomorrow (Friday) if you're looking for a more guided project. I hope you have a great day and have fun playing with this amazing Hometown USA Collection! 


Hometown USA Collection


Simple Stories Binder
Bazzill Silver Foil Card Stock

Wednesday, May 29, 2024


Hey friends! Erica here with you today to share my first layout using the Doodlebug Design Hometown USA collection!

I started with a cut file that I cut out on some Lily White Textured Cardstock. I backed the file with Hometown USA 12x12 & 6x6 papers and the adorable Festive Fireworks 12x12 Acetate! The Festive Fireworks Acetate was the perfect finishing piece to the cut file.

I trimmed down some Lily White Cardstock to 11.25" x 11.25" and then added some silver mist to the cardstock. Once the mist was dry I adhered the cut file down with some foam adhesive and then matted the trimmed cardstock base to some pattern papers from Hometown USA.

Next I matted my 3 photos onto some pattern papers from the 6x6 paper pad and adhered down to the layout.

Then I pulled out all the Hometown USA embellishments and added odds & ends and cardstock stickers around the layout. I love the firework odds & ends so added a lot of them around the page. To finish off the layout I added some Doodlebug Design sprinkles around the page.

Here is a look at my completed 12x12 layout using the Doodlebug Design Hometown USA collection! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!


Hometown USA Collection


4th of July Cut file

Tuesday, May 28, 2024


Summer is coming and I have a fun summer project for you today! Cooking in the summer tends to be a very last minute thing in our house. I often don't want to turn on the stove so I opt for simpler meals that can be grilled or eaten cold. What better way to document and organize some of those recipes than in a Doodlebug recipe book?

I used the adorable Home Sweet Home chipboard album to create a summer recipe book. I made the front cover into a shaker with the Doodlebug heave acetate because I was so excited to used the new Land That I Love Shakers!

On the front I used elements from the Hometown USA Chit Chat and a couple of Icon stickers.

For the doorway I took a scrap of the acetate, scored it with a 1/4" gusset. I attached this at the bottom of the doorway before adding my larger piece of acetate over the windows. I then added two layers or foam tape to build my shaker.

On the pages inside I added an assortment of low effort summer recipes. I used the Hometown USA mini icons to decorate and I ended up using almost all of them!

On the back of the album I added the picnic sticker from the This and That sticker sheet and some ants from the puffy icons.

Want the recipes? Click here.  Have a great day!



Hometown USA Collection
Shakers Silver Balls
Shakers Land That I Love
Home Sweet Home Chipboard Album
Doodlebug Heavy Weight Acetate
Sunshine Silver Alpha Stickers
Buffalo Check/Woodgrain Petite Prints
Dot Stripe Petite Prints
Candy Stripe/Sprinkles Petite Prints
Plaid/Polka Dot Petite Prints
Gingham Linen Petite Prints
Swiss Dot Petite Prints

Monday, May 27, 2024


Hey friends! Brianna Lepper here today and I get to share a new layout with y'all today using the new Hometown USA collection. Our veterinary office had setup a little 4th of July display to take photos in front of and we couldn't resist a little photoshoot with our dog Cubby. These were perfect for this collection, especially since there's a dog (and cat!) featured throughout the embellishments. Here's my page:

When I first got the collection, I went through it to see what immediately inspired me. It's always different each time and for this round, I was drawn to the coordinating Texture Cardstock pack. I pulled the white, blue and red out and thought it would be nice to create some mattes using each one. I trimmed the blue to an 11x11 and then the white to a 10x10. I distressed the edges and adhered both down to the red. This created a nice bold foundation for the rest of my layout.

For some extra color and a bit of mixed media, I added in some ink blending using the Lumberjack Plaid and Prize Ribbon Distress Oxide inks. I then trimmed down a few strips of the Picnic Plaid and All Stars 12x12 Patterned Paper. I used both of the A and B sides of the All Stars paper. I distressed the edges and adhered the layers right in the center of my page.

For my title, I used a few pieces from the Chit Chat Pack and popped them up on foam tape. I then pulled out the Patriotic Puppy Doodle-Pop and adhered it right next to it. It's so cute!!!

I put my photos right in the middle of the page on top of the patterned papers and then embellished around it in a diagonal line. Next, I pulled out the fireworks circle pieces from the Chit Chat Pack and adhered them along that same line. I also pulled out a few elements from the Bits & Pieces Pack as well as a few of the Cardstock Icons Stickers and adhered those down. That truck pulling the kids? Adorable!!!

For some finishing touches, I sprinkled in a few of the Puffy Icons stickers and some of the Star Spangled Shape Sprinkles. This page makes me so happy!

Here's one last look at this super patriotic page featuring my adorable puppy dog!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope that I've inspired you in some way. I'll see you in my next post friends! xo Brianna


Hometown USA Collection


Distress Oxide Inks

Saturday, May 25, 2024


Today is our last preview of Hometown USA, and we have a spectacular mini album!  Tonya combined our Home Sweet Home Chipboard Album with the Hometown USA collection to create this darling book!

Check out all of the cute little critters, and the festive bicycle!  And those adorable little posies from the America the Beautiful Shaped sprinkles make the perfect fillers for the window boxes!

This would be a great book to document your 4th of July celebrations, family reunions or just your summer activities!

Make sure to keep checking the blog for more inspiration, the design team has so much in store for you starting Monday!  Thanks for stopping by!


Hometown USA Collection
Home Sweet Home Chipboard Album
Hometown USA Coordinating Petite Prints



Friday, May 24, 2024


It's day 5 of our Hometown USA Preview week, and today's project is the fun Hometown USA Shadow Box Insert Kit!  Take a peek....

How cute is that little Statue of Liberty??!!  This new insert kit has all of the cutest icons, it's perfect for your patriotic decor.  

Be sure to stop by the blog tomorrow for one more preview project!  Thanks for stopping by to peek.


Hometown USA Shadow Box Insert Kit
8x8 Black Shadow Box Frame

Thursday, May 23, 2024


It's day four of our Hometown USA Preview Week and we have a super-fun project today!  Tonya used the collection along with our DIY Snow Globe Kit to create this darling decor piece.  Take a peek...

There is so much to love about this project!  The little scene made using the Uncle Sam Doodle Pop and  Icon Stickers, the fun Land that I Love  & Silver Ball Shakers and check out the fun Stars & Stripes Little Charmer... too cute!  What a fun way to decorate for the season... or year round!  

Be sure to check in all this week for more Hometown USA sneak peek!  Have a great day!


Hometown USA Collection
DIY Snow Globe Kit
Silver Ball Shakers
Land that I Love Shakers
Stars & Stripes Little Charmer
Chunky Doodle Twine
Textured Cardstock

Wednesday, May 22, 2024


We are back with another sneak peek of our new Hometown USA collection!  Today's project features the new Pocket Full O'Pride Doodle Cuts.  Tonya created a darling card using the new dies, take a peek...

A denim pocket full of cute flowers, yes please!  Tonya used the Hometown USA Coordinating Textured Cardstock and Petite Prints along with some sprinkles to create this fun card.  It would make a fabulous 4th of July card!

Make sure to stop by tomorrow and Friday for more Hometown USA Sneak Peeks!  Have a great day.


Hometown USA Collection
Hometown USA Coordinating Textured Cardstock
Hometown USA Coordinating Petite Prints
Lily White Sprinkles
Pocket Full O'Pride Doodle Cuts

Tuesday, May 21, 2024


We are back with another sneak peek of our new Hometown USA collection!  Today's project features the new Festive Floral Doodle Cuts.  Tonya created a couple of darling cards using the new dies, take a peek...

The first card uses papers and coordinating cardstock from the Hometown USA Collection.  The Dies are designed so that you can also make a shaker. and Tonya added some of the new Land that I Love and Lily White Shakers to her jar. The Land that I Love Shakers are so fun, they are a mix of stars, flags and hearts!

To show the versatility of the dies, Tonya also created this bright and cheery card featuring papers, textured cardstock and Spring Flowers Shakers from the Bunny Hop Collection.  There are so many ways to use these Doodle Cuts!

Be sure to stop by tomorrow as we continue our fun Hometown USA preview week!


Hometown USA Collection
Hometown USA Coordinating Textured Cardstock
Festive Floral Doodle Cuts
Heavyweight Acetate
Land that I Love Shakers
Lily White Shakers
Bunny Hop Collection
Bunny Hop Coordinating Textured Cardstock
Spring Flowers Shakers
Doodle Twine

Monday, May 20, 2024


We are so excited to announce that Hometown USA is shipping to stores soon!  This fun collection is perfect for summer holidays, picnics and events!  We are kicking off our preview week with this sweet layout by our inside designer Tonya.  

We love the flag Tonya created using a combination of coordinating petite prints and papers from the collection, and her little downtown scene is adorable!

Be on the lookout for more sneak peeks this week, and starting next week we will have a full month plus of Hometown USA Inspiration!


Hometown USA Collection
Hometown USA Coordinating Textured Cardstock
Hometown USA Coordinating Petite Prints
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