She (digi) scraps: On My Desk

My latest scrapbook page using Paislee Press’s On My Desk digital kit. Love that mustard yellow with the woodgrain paper! And pretty florals and stripes? Pretty much had to have this kit as soon as I saw it.

she (digi) scraps: creashens

It’s been so long since I posted a scrapbook pageIt was not so long ago that scrapbooking was my only creative outlet (aside from photography). I would scrapbook every day. Either digitally (using Photoshop) or paper. Even though Catshy Crafts is my new passion, I haven’t given up scrapbooking.

I am on the Creative Team for Creashens, who recently made the move to a new shop: Pixels and Company. She has a new digital kit, called Hello.Kit. I love the bright colors paired with the light greys. The kit was made for “all about me” pages so, here’s one about me. The shot was taken in Hawaii, just days before I turned the big 4-0!

Do you scrapbook? I’d love to see your pages too!
Leave me a link in the comments, if you like.

Thanks for stopping by today!

I am a Guest Designer for American Crafts!

I was totally shocked when Paige Evans e-mailed me to be a guest designer for American Crafts.
I have not been the dedicated scrapper ever since opening up Catshy Crafts, but I still love scrapbooking. It is my first crafty love. If only I had the time, I would do it every day. Seriously.

So, of course, I immediately said “Yes!” to Paige and waited for my package of goodies to arrive.

The collection I was honored to work with was Soho Garden. As a born and bred  New Yorker and a newbie gardener, this line was just up my alley. Lots of graphic florals mixed in with graphic prints and even some dictionary text paper to give it some vintage vibe. There is even a gorgeous set of clear stamps with a stamp marker to go along with it.

This is Soho Garden. Isn’t it lovely?

I am usually a sloooooww paper scrapper, but I was able to put together 3 layouts, 2 cards and wall decor project in less than 3 days. That is lightning fast for me.

My first task was to choose some photos to scrap. As my youngest Zara is more camera-friendly these days  (Sofia is definitely more camera-avoidant these days), all the projects feature Zara’s photos. (I figure Sofia had her heyday when she was an only child, LOL. She has at least a dozen scrapbooks of her!) Anyway, I printed them all out in varying sizes, trimmed them down to size and got to work.

As an aside, For the first time in my life, I actually scrapped in my craft studio. I usually spread out in front of the tv, but with streaming Netflix on my computer there was no need! It was also handy if I needed to print more photos.

These are some of my favorite photos of Zara taken this year. She is dressed up as a ballerina for her first dance class. She was ready to jump and dance for me under the shade of our maple tree.

On top of the black and white floral and text patterned paper, I layered sticker flowers, paper flowers, chipboard flowers, and flowers cut from patterned paper as a bouquet for my title.

Supplies: Soho Garden Cardstock, High Line Park (35831) – Soho Garden Cardstock, Lafayette (35833) – Soho Garden Cardstock, Tribeca (35836) – Soho Garden Remarks Cardstock Stickers (42273) Soho Garden Remarks Alpha Stickers Teal (42270) – Soho Garden Cardstock, Gramercy Park (35829) – Soho Garden Cardstock Grande Street (35830) – Soho Garden Flower Shoppe Molded Paper Flowers Bellerose (85609) Soho Garden Remarks Fabric Stickers Bleeker Street (42272) –Soho Garden Details Layered Embellishments (85606) – Soho Garden Remarks Layered Chipboard Stickers (42271)

I took this photo outside of the mall where Zara just got her first haircut. Love the tear in her jeggings (because she is one of those kids who is always moving and jumping!)

For this layout, the photo is the star but I couldn’t resist making little clusters of embellishments around the edges of the photos. The biggest of them all is the floral bouquet where my chipboard title sits. I cut out a spray of flowers from the floral patterned paper and layered dimensional flower embellishments on top, including a stamped flower (on the text patterned paper) using the Soho Garden coordinating stamps.

I also had a bow motif going on. Notice Zara’s bow in her hair and all the bows on her shirt. I added my own bows as well: the grosgrain ribbon and the fabric strip on top of the photo is reminiscent of a bow.

Supplies: Soho Garden Cardstock, Orchard Street (35828) – Soho Garden Remarks Cardstock Stickers (42273) Soho Garden Remarks Alpha Stickers Green (42270) – Soho Garden Flower Shoppe Molded Paper Flowers – Bellerose (85609) – Soho Garden Remarks Fabric Stickers Bleeker Street (42272) –Soho Garden Details Layered Embellishments (85606) – Soho Garden Remarks Layered Chipboard Stickers (42271) – Soho Garden Ribbon Card (84929) – Soho Garden Acrylic Stamps Garden District (59164) – Soho Garden Cardstock, Greenwich Village (35838) – Two Tipped Stamp Marker, Black (62600)

Showing another side of Zara, this page is all about Zara’s love for art. During the warmer weather, I put her easel on the patio so she can enjoy the sun while doing the art she loves! I highlighted the blues in her apron in the accordion flowers I made. I added pops of color using paper punches from cardstock.

These accordion or pinwheel flowers are probably my most favorite paper embellishment to make. I love to add  paper punches and a hand-sewn button in the center.

Supplies: Soho Garden Cardstock, Greenwich Village (35838) – Soho Garden Cardstock, West Broadway (35839) – Soho Garden Cardstock, High Line Park (35831) – Soho Garden Cardstock, Lafayette (35833) – Soho Garden Remarks Cardstock Stickers (42273)Soho Garden Remarks Alpha Stickers Red (42269)Soho Garden Remarks Alpha Stickers Teal (42270)Soho Garden Ribbon Card (84929)

When I saw the super-cute packaging for the Soho Garden Ribbon Card, I knew I had to incorporate it into one my projects. Because I didn’t have any tea party photos on hand, I decided to make a card.

The packaging could be a card in of itself, but I adhered it to the green cardstock card base so there would be more room to write a message inside.

I cut some patterned paper to fit behind the teacups and taped them to the card. To make it nice and neat, I trimmed the teacup patterned paper to cover the entire surface, allowing some of the red polka-dot on the other side of the paper to peek out and give the front of the card a thin border of red.

On the front I added another layered teacup sticker and a flower to cover up some of the “packaging text”. And of course, I had to use one of the ribbons that came on this ribbon card. A nice bow adds another dimension as well as covers up more of the packaging text. That left me with the inside of the packaging for the sentiment. I did a quick search on google for tea party-inspired card sentiments and though this one was perfect! A little pun-ny but it works!

Supplies: Soho Garden Cardstock, Orchard Street (35828) – Soho Garden Cardstock, High Line Park (35831) – Soho Garden Cardstock, Greenwich Village (35838) – Soho Garden Remarks Cardstock Stickers (42273)Soho Garden Remarks Alpha Stickers Green (42270)  Soho Garden Remarks Alpha Stickers Red (42269) – Soho Garden Details Layered Embellishments (85606) – Soho Garden Ribbon Card (84929)

Since it happened to be my 12th anniversary on Sunday, I decide to make a card for my husband. Even with all the flowers on it, he loved it.

Supplies: Soho Garden Cardstock, Gramercy Park (35829) – Soho Garden Cardstock, Orchard Street (35828) – Soho Garden Cardstock, Greenwich Village (35838) – Soho Garden Bits Decorative Layered Tags, Mercer Street – Soho Garden Ribbon Card (84929)

And finally, my favorite project of them all……

One of the things I sell in my Etsy shop, Catshy Crafts, is embroidery hoop art so when I saw a tutorial on how to use paper (instead of traditional fabric) inside an embroidery hoop, and I knew I had to try it.

You can see the scale of the hoops. One is a 4-inch and the other is 7-inch.

One fun thing about these hoops is that the ribbon is not entirely glued down. This means that you can slip the photo in and out and change it up when you have a new favorite photo to display. You could also slip in a note or other keepsake (like a ticket stub) at your leisure.


Supplies: Soho Garden Cardstock, Orchard Street (35828) – Soho Garden Cardstock, Nolita (35835) – Soho Garden Cardstock, Greenwich Village (35838) – Soho Garden Cardstock, Canal Street (35837) – Soho Garden Remarks Cardstock Stickers (42273)Soho Garden Ribbon Card (84929) – Soho Garden Flower Shoppe Molded Paper Flowers – Bellerose (85609) – Soho Garden Remarks Layered Chipboard Stickers (42271)


So those were my projects for American Crafts! Thanks to Paige for inviting me to create with these lovely products!

newsworthy: catshy crafts published

Newsworthy? Well, magazine-worthy, anyway.

I was lucky enough to be featured in two magazines this summer.

Yarn-wrapped Wreath in Simply Handmade: Decor

Simply Handmade: Decor 2012 featured the very first thing I sold through my Etsy shop. My yarn-wrapped wreath! Delaney Gates, the magazine’s editor convo-ed me through Etsy and asked if I wanted to be published. Of course, I said yes, and immediately went to work on a fresh wreath to send to the magazine. That was back in February 2012. My husband, Jamie took this photo of the new wreath along with the original that still hangs on my front door.

The neat thing about Simply Handmade is that they love Etsy! And feature many Etsy shops, even including the Etsy shops’ URL prominently in the article. I even got my little old blog mentioned.

“It’s My Party” Scrapbook Layout in Scrapbook Trends

Scrapbook Trends (a sister publication to Simply Handmade) published one of my scrapbooking layouts in the August 2012 issue. From time to time, I submit my pages (both paper and digital) to various scrapbooking magazines and occasionally one will be chosen. This particular page was very special to me. The fact that I broke out the paper scrapbooking supplies in the first place was the first indicator. Why was it so special? Well, it was all about my artist’s reception and unofficial launch party for Catshy Crafts!

Full Circle

And to bring the whole experience to full circle, in typical scrapbooker fashion, tonight I made a page about it. This time a digital page using digital kits by Sahlin Studio.

newsworthy | Key to My Heart Elements by Sahlin Studio

As always, thanks for stopping by my blog today!

July Sponsor: Kayla Aimee

The month is almost over, but I haven’t even shared with you my July sponsorship over at Kayla Aimee’s website: Only Slightly Neurotic.

Her blog is full of hilarious anecdotes about her life as a new mom and not-so-newlywed, crafty tutorials and DIY home decor. Seriously, this girl is witty and sweet and super-talented. And I’m not just saying this from reading her blog. I actually met Kayla Aimee (or KA) in Nashville 4 or 5 years ago. Back then I  was a scrapbooking fool and was on several Creative Teams – one of them was ScrapinStyleTV.com – now sadly closed for business but it was fun team to be on. And I fought back a lot of social anxiety to travel across the country to spend several days with a bunch of ladies I never met in real life for a scrapbooking convention. Good times.

Anyway, that’s a bit of back story. 


So, I hope you’ll check out her website and see the kind words she said about my shop. You might even a find coupon code for Catshy Crafts there :)


It’s a Small World

Coincidentally, two more friends (also former scrapbookers with Etsy shops) are also sponsors this month.

Little Boo & Pie is Martha‘s shop of fresh and vintage-y children’s clothing and accessories. (I also met her in Tennessee!)

Baby Bird & Bub Bub is a delightful print shop run by my sweet friend, Kristina.

Clearly, Kayla Aimee’s site is the place to be!

Thanks for stopping by today!