Summer Fun Activity Board

May 28th, 2013

This weekend I attended a fun and totally girly weekend retreat. We wanted to do a fun craft to get our creative juices flowing, and had recently seen Kelly Brown show off her Summer Fun Trackers on Studio 5 including a pin board with goals for summer activities. We took her idea and ran with it  each creating our own board and customizing them with lots of fun embellishments.

This is us all crafting and having a good time getting our hands dirty:


We used the new MME Rhonna Farrer line – Find your Wings & Fly – and everyone just died over how awesome the papers and especially embellishments were. Love this line – easy to use and so stunning!


Our cork board was 16×20 and we covered it in fabric (stapling the back), and fit twelve 3.5″x5″ squares on the front. It fit perfectly into an empty 16×20 frame.


I cut the “Summer Fun” out on my Silhouette Cameo  using their free studio software, and we used the xyron X to turn all the letters into stickers – it’s the best little tool ever!


Then I totally made the project mine by using all the amazing embellishments – chipboard, brads, washi tape, alpha letters, layered stickers and a few enamel dots.


Add a little twine, and some push pins and this project only took about an hour.


Now all I need to do is actually schedule and accomplish all these fun summer goals AND take pictures to document everything.


And once summer is over, I can pull off all the cards and turn the whole thing into a mini album.  I think it would also be great to tuck in a little journaling card on the back of each card so that every photo/activity has a story as well.


Isn’t that an awesome way to get your summer activities planned and memories recorded? Plus is an adorable decoration in your house all summer long!

Thanks Kelly for the awesome idea!

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Polka Dot Barn – Featured Sponsor

May 11th, 2013

My adorable and incredibly creative friend Alicia King recently opened an etsy store with her adorable paper goods and vintage finds. She also sells at local boutiques including one this weekend at Bliss Boutique in Pleasant Grove Utah (105 S 100 E). Her shop name is the barn: paper goods & vintage finds.

Here are some  awesome photos of her booth and cute products. Visit her website:, etsy shop:,  and blog: for lots more eye candy. You can also add her on Facebook to get updates about what boutique’s she’ll be showing at:

Now onto the drool-worthy photos:





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Isn’t her booth just so amazing! I want her to come and decorate my studio… if I had one right now. Maybe in a few months… Seriously cute stuff though – so check out her site and shop to get your hands on her adorable creations!

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“Family Trait” Layout with The Sweetest Thing by MME

October 8th, 2012

One of the great things about the opportunity to guest for Jen is that the product she sent fit in perfectly with my own stash!
Who knew!?!?
It’s Sharmaine here again, with another layout using My Mind’s Eye “The Sweetest Thing”.
This time I thought I would twist it up a little and I’ve used Jen’s “Bluebell” range on a girl layout, a page about our neice.

I just love the blues and yellows in this range!
Yes, it is one of my favourite colour combos!
The little details in each product are amazing.
Just check out this scalloped chipboard piece.

and because I loooove the chipboard buttons so much I ran out *insert sad, pouty face*
I wasn’t sad long.
I used my trusty little circle punch and made some button shapes out of the stunning pattern papers.

Yes, that is a monkey eraser you see before you!
I love finding different things to use as embellishments.
This little cluster shows just how easy it is to fit the “Bluebell” embellishments and stickers into a cluster

Gosh I love all those little bits!

Products Used:
Bluebell 6×6 Designer Paper Pad
Bluebell “Smile” Enamel Dots
Bluebell “Remember” decorative buttons
Bluebell “Bright” Chipboard elements
Bluebell “smile” stickers
Bluebell “Bright” Tiny Word stickers
Bluebell “Playful” Label stickers.