Monday, October 31, 2016

DIY Baby Nursery Canvas Art Under $10

I love making custom pieces for my customers and this nursery canvas is no exception. Check out below the picture for all the details and instruction.

  • 12x12 thin canvas (from Hobby Lobby)
  • blue acrylic paint
  • black vinyl
  • blue vinyl
  • small mini metal clips (like these from Staples)
  • Cutting machine such as a Cricut
  1. Paint the canvas your desired color. We used a light blue.
  2. Type your quote into your Cricut or use software like Sure Cuts a Lot.
  3. Cut your vinyl.  I chose to put the baby's name and a few letters (the L and H) from the quote in blue and the rest in black.
  4. Adhere vinyl to canvas after paint has dried completely.  Leave about 6" in between quote and baby's name to put photo
  5. Using a basic glue, adhere the mini clip to the canvas
  6. Clip picture
This canvas art piece can be stood on a shelf or hung onto the wall using velcro or 3M tape.  I also love that the picture can be changed out as often as you'd like.  A great project for under $10!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Newest Addition - Baby Girl Scrapbook Page Layout

I love this page featuring our little Miss Aubrey.  It was created using the Echo Park "Bundle of Joy" 12x12 Collection.  Love this pack!

Happy scrapping!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

FREE Scrapbook Planner Worksheet

Like to scrapbook but having a hard time keeping it all organized?  I created a editable, printable scrapbook planner worksheet just for YOU!

Here are some tips on how to use it:
  • Print a separate page for each topic. I do years as well as individual children
  • Use pencil only - that way you can erase and change as needed
  • Write the activity, event, or memory you want to scrapbook about
  • Post the date(s) of the event
  • Put an "x" or checkmark on whether you have printed the photos for the event
  • Go through your digital images or physical photos of the event and write down how many pictures they are as well as their orientation and sizes (for example 2 v 3 h 1 5x7 means I have two vertical 4x6's, three horizontal 4x6's and one 5x7)
  • Estimate the number of pages you will need for they layout - use your number of photos as a guide
  • Put an "x" or checkmark if you have started the layout
  • Put an "x" or checkmark if you have finished the layout
Download your planner here today! Happy Scrapbooking!

Monday, October 3, 2016

DIY Zig-Zag Corkboard

Here is a quick and inexpensive corkboard you can make at home!  It is super easy to make and pretty much anyone can do it! I promise.
Here's how to make your own:

Step 1: Start with the right supplies: (4) corkboard squares (purchase here from Target), blue painters tape, paint brush, ruler, adhesive square to hang, and any type of craft paint  or spray paint.

Step 2. Layout your squares.  Using a pencil and ruler, draw 1" diagonal lines starting with the center ones first.  I made the middle line slightly larger.

Step 3: Place painters tape on the areas you want to remain corkboard. The exposed areas will be painted.

Step 4: Spray paint the corkboards and allow to dry.  Once dry, peel off the tape.

Step 5: Hand corkboard using adhesive squares.  I used small ones and they didn't hold very well. I would suggest a medium-grade adhesive for better results and a lasting look.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Baby Girl Scrapbook Page Layout - Our Little Lady

Every have one of those pages you are just super proud of? Those layouts where everything seems to work from the paper to the photo to the embellishments?  Those pages that make you feel like a scrapbooking rock star? Well, for me, this is one of those pages.

This is one of the view layouts of my sweet little Aubrey (I'll catch up someday).  She was around nine months at the time.

The 12x12 kit I used was "Sweet Baby Girl" by Me & My Big Ideas. I love their kits because they include lots of high quality pieces to mix and match.  It's on sale at Walmart here.

Happy Scrapbooking and see you soon!

Our Little Lady Scrapbook Layout

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Party Planning Series 02 - Party Like an Angry Bird

Do you remember when Angry Birds were cool?  If you ask my seven year old, he still thinks they are!  He loved them... was obsessed with them.... couldn't get enough of them.

It even became the theme for his fourth birthday party.  We had a great time planning and he had a great time partying.  Here are some highlights from his Angry Bird party:

The invitations for this party were fun to make.  I used the Cricut and an Angry Bird SVG file to cut the red bird.  The cloud and wood piece were also cut with the Cricut.  I used a woodgrain embossing folder on the wood and a swirl on the cloud. (*tip - When dry embossing, you can usually run three pieces of paper through the Big Shot at a time)  I used a real rubberband for the slingshot.  Inside the invitation I put all the party details.

The thank-you cards were kept pretty simply.  I printed the green pig on white cardstock.  I used the Cricut to cut the golden egg and added a heart stamp which I colored in red.  A black Sharpie was used to freehand the accents.

LOVE the inside of the thank-you card!

For my kids birthday parties, I tend to use a lot of their toys as decorations.  Here I took one of Lucas' large plush Angry Birds and put in a basket (nest) with some filler.  Super cute and free!

My sister, Emily, made an awesome King Pig cake complete with crown.  I wish I had a before picture!

 I made an "Angry Bird Creation Station" complete with coloring books, stickers, tattoos and other fun craft supplies.

And of course no birthday would be complete without an Angry Bird bike!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Party Planning Series 01 - A Scooby Doo Birthday Party

I thought I would start the Party Planning Party series off easy with my son Lucas' Scooby Doo themed third birthday party.  Typically I go all out for these kinds of parties, but for this one I kept it simple.

Scooby Doo has always been a favorite of his.  The classic cartoon episodes, the characters, the Halloween costumes... we've done it all.  This party has three main elements to share: the balloons, the cake and the invitation.

The Balloons

Balloons are easy but expensive.  I try to use them when I don't a lot of time to prepare my own decor.  I also used a pre-bought banner for this party too (eek! I never do that!).  I typically go to Party City for the balloon bouquets when I have a specific theme.  The Dollar Tree has great options when going a little more generic.

The Cake

I absolutely loved this cake.  My sweet sister, Emily, makes Lucas' birthday cake every year.  I love to see what she comes up with.  For this Scooby Doo cake, she used a vintage Wilton cake pan from my grandmother's collection. You can easily find an affordable one on eBay.  The cake turned out great.

The Invitation

By far, my favorite part of planning any birthday party is the invitation.  Here is the recipe to make this awesome Scooby Doo invitation:
  • Customize this template in Microsoft Word or similar program with the details for your specific event and print.  You will need to also have installed the Scooby Doo font and Mongolian Baiti font.
  • Cut a coordinating pattern sheet of cardstock to 6" x 4 3/4"
  • Use a Cricut or similar cutting machine to cut a sold-colored layering scalloped square to 5 3/4" x 4 1/4"
  • Cut your invitation to 5 1/4" x 3 3/4"
  • Corner round the pattern piece and invitation
  • Use double-sided tape to adhere all pieces together (or glue)

Thanks for checking out my first Party Planning series post. 
 Look for more party inspiration coming soon!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Party Planning Series

Do you like parties?  I LOVE parties - planning them, throwing them, going to them.

I have always enjoyed getting creative with my parties and would like to share them with you!  I am hitting the archives and sharing with you some of my best party ideas and tips.

birthday candles


Look for Lukeyloo Create's new Party Planning series coming soon.  Some themes will include:

  • Mickey Mouse Birthday Party

  • Pirate Birthday Party 

  • 1990's Throwback Birthday Bash

  • Scooby Doo Birthday Party

  • Dinosaur Birthday Party

  • Invitation Templates

  • DIY Decor Tips

  • And MORE! 


Monday, August 15, 2016

Scrapbook Challenges Sizzlin' Summer 2016 Sketch 01

Sometimes the creativity just flows and everything comes together.  This was one of the those times.  The layout was inspiring. I found my paper right away - Close to My Heart Lolly Doodle paper pack. And the picture was more than just right -- it was perfect.  I had a ton of fun putting this layout together in less than 30 minutes.  Wow! Can barely believe it myself.  The more I get into scrapbooking, the less I care about perfection. It's all about recording memories and enjoying some relaxation time as I do it! 

My Scrapbook Layout:

 Scrapbook Challenge's Sizzlin' Summer 2016 Sketch 01 layout:

You can follow along with their Sizzlin' Summer 2016 Challenges by visiting them here.

DIY Hello Kitty Mermaid Dirt Cake

Three of my most favorite things combined this week for one awesome party: my sweet daughter Aubrey, Hello Kitty and dirt cake!  I made this cake her second birthday party and it was a huge success.

Here are some details on the cake:

- I used this recipe for the dirt cake. Although I opted for vanilla wafers instead of Golden Oreos. I should've went with the Oreos as I think the frosting would have added some sweetness and texture. I also double the recipe except only used 3 pudding boxes and one container of cool whip.

- The Hello Kitty was made using this Sizzix die from a friend.  I then used a circle punch and some creativity to turn her into a mermaid.

- I used a glass trifle dish instead of a bucket

- The palm tree was purchased from Party City

- I added a cute "happy birthday" banner from my Bella Blvd scrapbook stash

- The ice cream cone was an eraser I bought from Walmart

- The sunglasses were also purchased from Walmart in there doll section. So cute!

Another close-up:

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Scrapbook Challenges Sizzlin' Summer 2016 Sketch 05

I have a love/hate relationship with this page.  First, I loved the santa paper - so cute how it framed the page.  I also liked the overall color scheme and the pictures.  But I had a horrible time figuring out how to incorporate the loopy-loo's in the original sketch.  I still don't love the brassy color of the trim but, heh, that's ok.  Not every page needs to be my favorite.  Completing a layout in less than one hour with the two littles sleeping is always a win in my book!

My Scrapbook Layout:

 Scrapbook Challenge's Sizzlin' Summer 2016 Sketch 05

You can follow along with their Sizzlin' Summer 2016 Challenges by visiting them here.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Liftapalooza 2016: Natalie & Lessons in Letters

Happy Days are here again!  I had time this morning to complete another one of Scrapbook Challenge's Liftapalooza sketches.  This time it was Natalie's sketch.

Here is her version:

What I loved most about her page was how simple and effortless it looked. It also made good use of patterned papers.  I came up with this fun version:

The hardest part was deciding on a great phrase. I used some cute Pink Paislee wood veneer letters.  Unfortunately there was only one letter of each in the package besides some commons ones like the "a" and "e".  I had to be creative with the words I chose so I had enough to finish.  On the bright side, choosing the right patterned papers was a breeze.  This part I typically struggle with.  Choosing the kite embellishments (impulse buy from Michael's) made finding the right card stock easier... something I'll need to remember in the future.

Until next time!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Liftapalooza 2016: Ali Scrapbook Challenge

I'm back in the saddle again.... the scrapbooking saddle that is!  With two under the age of two and a super-energetic boy who just turned 7, I have ZERO time to scrapbook.  This week I had a bad case of "create-a-page" itch and discovered Scrapbook Challenge's Liftapalooza post at just the right time.  I have been following them for a couple months now and was excited to try a challenge.

The first designer on their "Main Stage" was Ali.  This was her page:

Using Ali's inspiration, I created this page:

Is this my best work?  I hope not!  Is it the best I can do right now with my current life demands?  You bet.  I am hoping to keep up with all the fun at Liftapalooza!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Mother's Day Card - Unscripted Sketches #249

Haven't done a Sketch It Saturday in a long time so I took advantage of some new stamps I got at huge scrapbook resale event in my local area this morning.

 Some Items I used:
CTMH Frames Borders Tags Stamp Set
"For the Record" paper collection
Sizzix embossing folder
Red Copic Marker
Memento Black Ink Pad

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

PTI Stripes Challenge - Hello There card

A quick challenge for PTI's 7th Anniversary - challenge today was to add stripes.

Products used: Papertrey Ink's Mini Bloom stamp set (sentiment), Claudine Hellmuth Creative Layers stamp set (stripes), Terasa Collins Family Stories Enamel Dots, Cat's Eye Chalk Ink, Cricut, SCAL2

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Screw It - I Am Doing It Today!

I recently read a great post on an easy Advent Calendar made of paper rings at Blissful & Domestic's site.  I love her site.  She keeps it simply, easy, and, most importantly, fun!  She had some great ideas on each ring for the activity of the day.  You can read her post HERE.

So it's already December 3rd.  My rational, A-Type, no-fun, practical personality would say to wait and try this next year.  It's too late and you don't have time to make one?  Plus what if you don't do the activity for the day?  It will be a disappointment. But my mommy side says "SCREW IT - DO IT NOW!  Who cares if you are a couple days late?  Lukeyloo would love to count done each day and even if you miss a day or too some is definitely better than none.

Taking time for fun and family doesn't have to be perfect or done the right way.  The best memories are often made when things get a bit hairy.  Staying lighthearted and enjoying the Christmas season with Lucas is where I want to be!

My Goal Today - Make a Advent Countdown!

Wish me luck.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Baby Card Using Papertrey Ink's Boutique Borders Baby Collection

Happy Saturday!  This card was created based on Sketch Saturday's #284 Sketch.  I used PTI's Boutique Borders Baby Stamps and Die and LOVED them!  My first Sketch Saturday entry was so, so funny to do! Here's Sketch Saturday #284 Sketch I worked from:

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Saying "Thank You" Without Stamping

This thank you card was based on a sketch for Mojo Monday's #318 Challenge.  I started the card with stamping in mind but ended up not stamping at all --- a rare thing for me.  Here are some supplies I used:

- Stampin' Up Beautiful Wings Embosslits die
- My Mind's Eye Lost & Found 6x6 Paper Pack - Madison Avenue
- "Thank You" Rub-on - The Paper Studio
- Pink Gems - The Paper Studio
- Square Die Cut - Heidi Grace Daydream Collection
- Embossing Folder -Quickutz

The Mojo Monday #318 Sketch was this:

It was fun participating in this challenge - even if I didn't stamp anything!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday

A fun little card I made for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday #139.  The challenge was to use border stamps to make a square.  I used the only border die I had from the Boutique Borders - Baby stamp set.  I also used the Think Big Favorites #12 for the "happy" stamped 3x.  The birthday die is from PTI as well.  I pulled out the Close to My Heart's Whooo's Your Valentine to make a chevron border in the background.  It was painstaking but I like the result. It was a fun challenge and the first one I have done!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Inspired Freedom Coaching: My Personal Experience

I thought I would take a moment to share with my readers a powerful experience I had this summer completing "life" coaching work with Inspired Freedom, LLC.  It is small business started by a good friend, Jessica Stickel.  Before I dive in, let me give you the backdrop on why I was doing a little soul-searchin'

Back in February 2013, I was laid off from my job of nearly 10 years.  I worked in the retail support industry doing corporate training for many large retailers.  I loved a lot of what my job was all about: travel, flexible schedule, working from home.  This career worked great for me and, most importantly, for my family.  My layoff didn't come as a huge shock - department stores had been floundering for months, years before but nonetheless it was a huge blow to my ego and turned my world upside-down.

I was now delegated to being a mom, searching for jobs online and writing resumes (a lot has changed in 10 years), and taking my spot in the virtual unemployment line.  I had no direction.  I had no "Aha" moment that Oprah so often speaks of.  I had no true passion I was just waiting to dive right into.  I think a lot of people are like this as well.  While I would love to say I always wanted to pen a novel, become a interior decorator, or work for a non-profit that is not the case.  Nothing was tugging at my heart saying "Do this with your life"

Lack of Direction + Lots of Free Time + Being Home All Day With a 3-Year Old = Losing Your Mind.

Inspired Freedom to the Rescue!  One of my besties Jessica Stickel was starting her own personal life coaching company at the time and I jumped at the chance to work with her.  Jessy is A-MA-ZING!  One of those people that have traveled the world, have the kindest heart, and make everyone around them feel special.  I wanted to drink whatever grape koolaid she was drinking and offering.

My life coaching with Jessy was such a wonderful experience.  At first, we discussed the usual - goals, problems, etc.  A funny thing happens though once the sessions continue on.  You begin to learn more about yourself than you ever thought.  I started to realize all the negative self-talk I was giving myself.  How I use these "beliefs" to keep my stuck in the mess I was in repeating the cycle over and over.  By the end of sessions not only did I gain insight into the authentic "Katie", I also learned how lessons on staying and living with abundance.  Actual skills I could use to live the life I was meant to live whether I knew my true passion at the time or not.
 Jessy & I canoeing on Lake Winnebago Thanksgiving Day 2012 for our self-titled "Turkey Paddle"

As I look back, I often wonder "Could I have truly discovered my passion if I was still unaware of who I was?"  Must one know themselves before they can be themselves?  This experience was unbelievable and life-changing for me moving me past being laid off, feeling lost, or just being "a mom."  I am Katie and your going to hear me roar!

Jessica Stickel offers amazing life coaching packages at her website: or you can visit her on Facebook

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Halloween Purse

 This fun & spooky purse was made using the Luxury Handbags kit from  This purse was fast to put together and an easy project if you haven't dabbled much in paper crafting.  My mom & I had a great time making our "purses".

Monday, September 16, 2013

The Power of the Mind

Just brushing my teeth this morning.  Staring at a certain man's whiskers around the faucet.  Wondering my house is unclean all the time.  But maybe it isn't dirty?  Maybe my attitude says it's dirty but in reality is completely acceptable as a tidy Midwestern home.  I think sooooo...... 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

I thought I would share this quote I came up with yesterday while shopping with Lukeyloo at Walmart.   We were in the clearance section and amazingly there was toys on one side of the aisle and craft items on the other... my perfect world!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Free Writing

This is a little free writing I did tonight in the midst of a storm at my house.  I got home 7:30 pm from work and Lukeyloo cried, and whined, and disagreed from the time I opened the door to the time he went to bed (or as he is going to bed crying right now).  Trying to remember as Gretchen Rubin says "The days are long but the years are short" but finding it quite hard right now.  I wrote this free writing to express the turmoil I feel tonight, at this moment:

Jumping off a cliff. Drying up a storm. Toes, feet, toes wriggling ready to go.  Gray stone smooth and white traces of gold fill up the flight to the staircase I seek my random of choices.  To the the staircase I venture far from home.   Cross-winded are my lungs, my thoughts, my heart.  Unsure of each wobbling step with the wobbling ankle.  Trees go by as I drift. Chunks of ice follow the stream.  The birds above so certain of their direction.  I would not dare to follow as fakeness is not a path to my destination.

Sitting at the airport in Kansas City on a business trip

- Katie

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Butterfly Artwork by Hart Things & Butterfly Wings

Yesterday, Lukeyloo & I went to our first Farmer's Market of the year.  We visited my friend Liz Bladorn's booth with her amazing artwork and totally fab setup.  I had to purchase this beautiful butterfly print of her's.  The frame is what pulled at my heart saying "buy me".  The butterfly is amazing with trees in it's wings.  This beauty is already hung in the dining room.

Liz has a great blog you can check out HERE.  It is called Hart Things & Butterfly Wings.  She does amazing photography, graphic art, and is truly inspirational.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Whimsical Flower Card

I was in a fix to make a cute, quick card for my sister Emily for Mother's Day.  She is Lukeyloo's godmother.  I found this card below on Pinterest and used it as my inspiration.  Click HERE to visit the site that the card is from.  It is in what I believe to be Russian but the pictures helped translate!