Friday, May 26, 2017

Smile | No Worries WYW | DT by Tarina Lafollette

Hello Everyone!
I hope you are having a wonderful week!
Today, I am sharing a layout made from the No Worries, Workshops Your Way, Scrapbooking kit. This layout was inspired by a card I found on Pinterest. More info about the card and its creator will soon be available on my Facebook page (hellotarina).

Taking inspiration from the card, I knew I wanted to have an array shape cut from the main layer of paper.
It took me a bit to choose the papers, because I was drawn to the sapphire blue paper w/palm trees as well as the herringbone patterned paper; which are both vibrant papers. I really loved the two together, but I needed something that wasn't too much like the white, not very eye catching, AND I didn't want it to overpower the photo. So, I decided to go with White Daisy for the base, the two that were calling to me, and the distressed wood plank paper, to start. I tried several different paper combinations to fill the array, but nothing felt right. That's when I remembered the branding strips! AND, there happened to be the exact the color I needed to balance the page! 
I also used the white burlap ribbon that's included in the No Worries WYW kit. I adhered it down right on the outer edge of the sapphire branding strip. I love how it brought a bit of dimension to that corner of the page.

Next up, ink splatters.
I used the CTMH Sapphire and Cashmere ink pads to splatter coordinating colors onto the white daisy paper. This helps tone down the starkness of the white. When adding the splatters, I made sure to turn the paper so that the point of the cut triangle piece was closet to me. This makes the splatters look like they're coming from the direction of the photo cluster.

Onto the photo cluster!
I backed the photo in the sapphire paper, leaving about a quarter inch border on each side. The photo mat still seemed pretty dramatic on the white base, so I used a combination of neutral papers tucked behind the sapphire mat to build some color. I also cut a photo corner for the left, bottom corner of the photo mat to help keep it balanced. I used the Edge Distresser to distress each of these papers just to give some more dimension.
It took me a bit to get each embellishment cluster the way I wanted, but I love how they came out.
The title 'Smile', as well as all the sticker and Kraft embellishments were from the No Worries Compliment pack. Some of them were adhered with my glue pen, some with adhesive dots, and some with foam tape.
Last up are the No Worries Sequins and Bitty Sparkles to give the photo cluster just a bit of sparkle.

Layout Recipe
(*included in No Worries WYW Scrapbooking kit but can be bought separately)

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!
If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Don't forget to get your Buddy Poppy.....................

It's that time of year again and our VFW Post 1324 and Auxiliary members are out at several of the Fred Meyer and Safeway stores in Clackamas, Damascus, Gladstone, Happy Valley, Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Oregon City, West Linn and Wilsonville. Plus Bi-Mart, Coastal Farm and Home Supply, Pete's Coffee and Tea, Shari's and Wall-Mart.  If you see them please donate.  We put that money to good use. If you want to know what we do with all the donations, please ask for a flyer while you are there.  If you aren't in my local area, please donate to your local VFW Post and Auxiliary.

Here's a pic of DJ our commander in Wilsonville today.
 Bob was in Happy Valley today.  
Steve will be at Safeway in OC starting Wednesday.  

I am so very proud to be part of this group. 

I am also very proud to be part of this community.  
Thank you all for your support and donations with out you we couldn't do what we do best, and no one does more for our Veterans.

Mark your calendars for Monday, May 29th, Memorial Day.  
The Three Rivers VFW Post 1324 will be hosting our annual Memorial Day Open House  
From 12:00 pm (noon) to 5 pm. 
104 S Tumwater Dr. 
Oregon City, OR 
We will be providing hamburgers, hot dogs and other goodies for those who stop by.
There will be several Memorabilia displays too.

If you see one of our members out distributing poppies, please take a pic and share them on our Facebook page.  Here's the link

Thanks again and I hope to see you all on Monday May 29th.

Happy Scrappin',


Monday, May 22, 2017

Memorial weeklong sale!

Anyone need any embellishments, paper or tools?  

Have your ordered that favorite paper pack yet?

Now's the time to order....  

Starting tomorrow, May 23, 2017, I am offering FREE Shipping on all orders placed through me via email, phone call or Text 503-708-6889 through the end of May 2017.  

That's right, FREE shipping on your orders.  Just make sure to send me the item number and name so I order the correct items.  Send your payment to via PayPal.

Go look at my website and click on Shop.  Don't forget to check out the Going Soon items and the Clearance too.  Lots of items will be retiring soon.

By the way, what is your favorite paper pack in the new Seasonal Expression II Idea Book?

I have 2, Jack and No Worries.

I love Jack for the Masculine pages, Father's Day, wood cutting and I could go on, but I will stop. My Father and Father In Law wore Red and black plaid flannel shirts.  My Son loves them too.

I love No Worries because of the beautiful memories it brings back.  I will be using it to scrapbook my trip to Hawaii last fall.  We had such a great time.  It also brings back memories of when I lived in California with my Sister.  Such fond memories.
Happy Scrappin',


Friday, May 19, 2017

Best Friends Forever Layout | DT by Tarina Lafollette

Hello All!
Today's project was made with an upcoming birthday in mind...
Yes, it's for a girl. lol
Yes, it took longer than I had originally planned. lol
Yes, the time it took was totally worth it!😁
This layout features the Little Dreamer collection, watercolors, and the Flower Market cartridge.

I started with CTMH watercolor paper and watercolored the shape of a heart. I didn't really have a guide, I just kind of guessed. I pulled the colors from the Little Dreamer color pallette and made sure to dry in between colors so they didn't mix and make browns. Also, I tried not to move the colors around much while applying them because I noticed the dry colors liked to soak up the water and mix with the new ones. To get the drippy effect, you just tip up the page after applying each color. I also added a few splatters of each color so that the page didn't seem so bare. *Using watercolor paper helps minimize warping.
After making sure the paint was dry, I trimmed down the page just enough on each side to have the heart in the upper center of the page. I also made sure to cut equal amounts so the page stayed square. I then adhered it onto a full sheet of the (purple/w rainbows) patterened paper from the Little Dreamer collection.
Generally, I distress the edges of the paper before sticking it in place, but I totally forgot to this time. lol So I decided to bring out my peircing tool, white thread and my CTMH ruler (because it has a stitching guide along one side), and a little washi tape (to stick down the ends). I randomly added some zigzag stitching along the edge to help soften the line of the white and purple papers.

After adding the stitching, I took a little time and created veining in the leaves of the wreath with my piercing tool. Then I decided to place down my heart-wreath die on top of the watercolored heart. I lifted the left side of the heart with 3D Foam tape because I knew I wanted to tuck the photo under there and it also adds a little dimention. All of the die cuts are from pg. 42 of the CTMH Flower Market cartridge.💗
Speaking of the photo, I LOVE the Be Funky photo editing app! This is how I got the title 'BEST Friends FOREVER' on the photo. And the print quality after editing is great too! So, I backed the photo in a few different patterns from the Little Dreamer paper pack, making sure to stagger them a bit. As mentioned before, I tucked the photo/paper grouping just under the left side to the heart wreath. I decided to add some more foam adhesive under the right side of the photo mat.

Next up are the flowers. These took quite a while to create, mostly because of their size...the smaller they are, the more difficult they are to manipulate in our fingers lol. Once these were together, I layed them out on the left side of the heart where I thought they looked good and adhered them with Liquid Glass. Why would I add just one purple flower? It helps balance the purple in the photo mat, and also draws your eye to the left side of the photo.
Now, to get the sparkly leaves I used the white Shimmer Trim and covered each leaf. I then trimmed any extras from around the edge of the leaf and Ta-Da! you have a white shimmery leaf! I just randomly placed them around the flower wreath/flower cluster, adhering with Liquid Glass.
Last, comes the bling! I used the Little Dreamer Glitter Gems and Bitty Sparkles, of course to round out the layout.

Here's the Layout recipe:
Washi tape

Since this is a gift, I created a card to match.
I used some of the rainbow paper from the Little Dreamer paper pack to tie in the colors.
The card pattern I bought from the Silhouette Design store.

I hope you leave this post inspirted and have a lovely weekend!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Miss You Workshops Your Way Part 2 | DT

Hello Everybody!
Today I'm bringing you project  #2 of the Miss You, Workshops Your Way, cardmaking kit. I love how both projects have a second option, and because the switch is so simple, I decided to show you all what the Project #2 option  looks like too.

As you can see, the second option is simply flipping over the double sided B & T Duos paper. 
Let's say you wanted to create a card using the new Live Beautifully papers. You could simply switch out the patterened papers (and inks), and the Miss You stampset and card layout instructions would still work beautifully.  I may just have to make that my next DT project! lol

If you haven't gotten ahold of the Miss You, Workshops Your Way cardmaking kit yet, head on over to While you're there, you can also find other Workshops Your Way kits offered by Close to My Heart.

I hope you have a lovely and inspired week!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Oh My Goodness....................................

You aren't going to believe this.........................................

I totally forgot to check on my blog yesterday, to see how many views I have......................................

I just checked and guess what?

Yep.  We made it.  100,247 Views.........................

And now for the drawing............................

I have 7 total comments on my blog since I started this celebration.  Here is the winner drawn by


Christina Carnright

  1. Christina
  2. Tarina
  3. Shirley
  4. Dawn
  5. Shirley
  6. Anonymous 8:40
  7. Anonymous 9:03

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Happy Scrappin',


Monday, May 8, 2017

Live Beautifully.................

I just checked on my blog views.................. 

and we are at........................... 

Are you ready for this?


That is just 192 away from my goal.........................

Remember once we hit my goal, one of you will get all of these goodies.............................................

...............................................    PLUS   .................................................

Since it is May and Mother's day is this coming Sunday, 
I will be adding the Live Beautifully paper pack to the pile of goodies. 

You may purchase this Live Beautifully paper pack for $14.95  there are other options too. 

 Includes the following:
1 – Cut Above™ Live Beautifully layout kit (materials to make five 2-page layouts and six 12" x 12" Memory Protectors™)
1 – Grey My Legacy™ post-bound album
1 – Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ journaling pen
1 – Tombow® permanent adhesive
(Not included in this giveaway)

If we can meet my goal of 100,000 views and get 5 more comments by Wednesday, May 10th, I will add the Live Beautifully Stamp set to the mix and ship Priority mail so it is there by Mother's day, (in the USA)

You may purchase this Live Beautifully Stamp set here Live Beautifully Stamp set $17.95

The Stamp of the month Live, Laugh, Love $17.95 goes with the Live Beautifully set as well 

and with a $50.00 order you can get it for just $5.00.

If you want some great ideas on how to use this Live Beautifully Paper and Stamp set.

Close To My Heart has so many talented, creative and inspiring Consultants that post their amazing work to the internet that you can google any stamp set or paper pack name with CTMH in front and find lots of inspiration.  

Please remember to share this post with all your friend and leave me a message by Wednesday so I can mail this package Thursday so one of you can have it for Mother's Day.  

Happy Scrappin',