PageMaps - May Layout + VIDEO

Hey all!  Today I have both a layout and video to share with you using a brand new sketch by Becky Fleck for the May edition of PageMaps.  This month is extra special as Becky is celebrating PageMaps 7th Anniversary.  I am using the "On The Border" dies from Becky and Spellbinders for this layout.  Be sure to watch the video as I give a few tips on how to create longer border strips using smaller dies.

Here's a look at the sketch that I was given and the layout that I created.

I used the new 24/SEVEN collection by Simple Stories on this layout and it is just a perfect pairing for these photos of my son Darian checking out the view on top of the Empire State Building in NYC.  I used four different types of borders on my layout - notebook, pinking, postage stamp, and scallop - in addition to layering my paper strips to really spice things up a bit and add lots of visual interest.
There are tons of fun embellishments included in this collection - layered stickers, chipboard, brads - just to name a few.  I put them to work on my layout and created a few layered embellishments clusters for some fun details.

Here's the video I created to go along with this layout ... 

There is a fun challenge associated with my layout so be sure to head on over to the PageMaps blog and check it out.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Scrapbook & Cards Today - NSD and NEW Video To Share!

Hi everybody!  I have a brand new "Create Today" video to share with you today courtesy of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine in honor of National Scrapbook Day using some fun products from Stampin' Up!   I have been a longtime fan of Stampin' Up! and it's products.  It was actually how I first became interested in papercrafting over 13 years ago.  For this particular project I wanted to combine my love of scrapbooking with my love of stamping.

Many people hear Stampin' Up! and think that the products are just for cardmakers, but I wanted to show you how they are so much more than that.  Almost everything that you see here is from Stampin' Up! including the patterned papers, cardstock, stickers, and of course stamps.  Here's a look at the products I used on this particular layout ...

I used several different stamping techniques on this layout as I wanted to really show how easy it is to combine stamping and scrapbooking.  I also share some tips along the way for selective inking, resist embossing, and more.  Here are a few detail images of my layout ...

And here's the video ...

I hope you enjoyed the video.  And be sure to head on over to the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog.  They are having tons of different posts, giveaways, challenges, etc all in celebration of National Scrapbook Day.  Thanks so much for stopping by!