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Aimee Maddern

I’m Aimee a past owner of a scrapbook boutique who has a passion for paper & has way too much of it! I’m a so Cal native who loves the sun, lattes, shopping, my boyfriend and 2 dogs. I work from home, which allows me to travel with my parents and their racecar. And while doing all of the above I end up collecting bits & pieces along the way.

I’m so excited to start my second term on Pretty Little Studios Fall DT. If I had to pick one favorite PLS collection it would be Sandcastle, with Nature Walk and Monsieur trail close behind. Today I am sharing a fall banner I made using Nature Walk. This line has been so versatile. I have used it for camping layouts, projects for baby’s room and now for fall! You can bet that my thanksgiving table will be set with it!

I also am sharing a sneak into my scrappy place. I finally have taken over the extra bedroom in my house. I have lots of hand me down furniture {from my old store} that I have adapted to fit this space. It’s not the pretties, but it’s functional. My boyfriend took this ikea expedite cabinet and added 2×4’s with some legs to make it stand 42 inches tall. I now don’t have to bend over when I scrap {I like to stand}. He also hung some pegboard for me so I can my go to product like PLS, and other current things I am working on!

Win a set of Feather! Leave a comment to enter!
Winner will chosen and posted on September 14, 2013 on the new blog 


September 8, 2013 - 9:10 pm

{vicki} - Love your space
especially those polka dots!

September 9, 2013 - 5:01 am

Monique - Awesome banner Aimee!! and so fun to see your scrap space!

September 9, 2013 - 8:12 pm

Pam Sohan - How did I miss this? Love your banner ! Love the pops of color in your scrapping space.

September 11, 2013 - 12:14 am

chark - love the banner! so festive without being only thanksgiving!

September 13, 2013 - 12:15 am

Julie {CalleLillyCafe} - cute banner & space! I like standing to scrap too!

September 17, 2013 - 2:24 am

Office for rent Hong Kong - Beautiful banner!!!!!!lovely colours.

September 2, 2014 - 8:12 pm

slot sport - This is very interesting, You are a very skilled blogger.
I have joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your magnificent post.
Also, I’ve shared your web site in my social networks!

Rhonda VanGinkel

Hi!  My name is Rhonda Van Ginkel and I live in the beautiful Twin Cities of Minnesota.  I am blessed to be a loving wife to my husband Chuck, and a mom to my two beautiful little boys, ages five and four.

I began this wonderful journey called scrapbooking in April of 2009 and I have never looked back.  Fortunately, the boys, Chuck and our little dog Radar are a constant source of fun photos and inspiration 24/7!

What is my style?  Classic, attention to trends and details but with an addition of my own twist!  I love funky fresh and unexpected and will often find other purposes for a line, embellishment or element.  To me, the juxtaposition of mixing materials and embellishments creates a feeling of warmth.  I adore anything that embraces a bit of imperfection and imparts comfortable whimsy.

What makes me happy?  Creating and working with a variety of paper styles, embellishments and layers!  Creating is a huge stress reliever for me and I can not imagine what my life would be without it.



Rhonda would like to Giveaway a $5 coupon to our store.

Leave a comment to enter.

Winner will be posted on Sept 14, 2013 on the new blog

September 6, 2013 - 1:44 pm

chark - the colors you chose are perfect!

September 6, 2013 - 7:04 pm

katie smith - so cute!

September 6, 2013 - 10:13 pm

Melissa Dehne - This is so cute! I love your attention to detail! Congrats!

September 7, 2013 - 6:39 am

Monique Liedtke - LOVE your layout Rhonda! There’s so much to see!

September 7, 2013 - 11:10 am

Michelle - So darn cute, Rhonda!!! So perfect for your photos!! Again, Congrats on the DT position. :) Happy for you!

September 7, 2013 - 12:29 pm

Barb - Love the layout Rhonda!!! so many fun layers!!

September 7, 2013 - 1:03 pm

Ange - Congrats Rhonda! Great layout!!

September 7, 2013 - 5:55 pm

Susie Bentz - What a fun layout – love the flair and the layers. Congrats on making the DT. Looking forward to lots of inspiration!

September 8, 2013 - 6:01 pm

Kristin Perez - Wonderful layout! Wonderful use of the vintage die cuts! So so cute!

September 9, 2013 - 10:19 am

DEBBIE - Love the layout its so adorable. Thanks for sharing.

September 9, 2013 - 1:25 pm

steph d. - adorable layout :) !!! thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance! *hugs* and much aloha, steph :)

September 10, 2013 - 7:39 pm

KellyG - Awesome layout! Love all the little details!

Penny Smith

Hi! I am Penny Smith, and I am THRILLED to be continuing on the Pretty Little Studio design team! I love the product and I am so very inspired by the owner, Melissa!! (This girl designs EVERYTHING herself, and it is always the highest quality and adorable!!) It is my privilege to be designing again on this team!!

I have been scrapbooking longer than I would REALLY like to admit, and I have been designing and teaching for about 8 years. I have been blessed to meet so many wonderful people in the industry, and LOVE to teach students new techniques or to even get people started telling their story. I am very passionate about the story, and it is very rare to see one of my layouts without journaling! I am a usually single page, eclectic scrapbooker. I love artistic bits and pieces, and I encourage people to understand that just about anything goes, because it is your story, your style, and who you are! I love layers and “white” space!

In addition to scrapbooking, I enjoy crocheting (my newest hobby) and being outside! Walking (with my dogs and family), camping, gardening, biking-if it’s nice, I’m out there!

I have a fantastic husband, who is truly my opposite-which works for us-and we are raising three CRAZY kids! (Two boys and a girl!) To add to our numbers, we are big animal lovers… dogs, a cat, a couple birds and a turtle round out the brood!


Blog: www.pennysmithdesigns.blogspot.com

What is your favorite color? Yellow. Hard to be sad looking at yellow!

What’s your favorite TV show: Friends (yes, still) and real estate reality shows!

Five fun facts:

  • I am a total “girl geek” and LOVE “superhero” movies! HUGE fan of The Dark Knight, Avengers, Iron Man, Superman. I am pretty popular with my boys that way!
  • I am going to throw this out there again: I use to train dolphins. It will always be one of my favorite life experiences!
  • I am adopted. My boys are “home grown” but my daughter is also adopted, from Ukraine.
  • I am a real estate JUNKIE! Reality show, online listing, you name it. Real estate is eye candy to me like any other art I love!
  • I DREAM of being close to the ocean one day. In fact, I am already planning a second home by the sea sometime in the future!


My favorite Pretty Little Studio product? Banners. I know they have been around for some time, but the banners (that can be made into triangles or arrows) are so varied and wonderful in almost all the lines Pretty Little Studio has!!


Your choice of any Garland flag in our store!!

Just a leave a comment to enter our contest.
Winner will be posted on September 14, 2013 on the new blog 



September 5, 2013 - 4:27 am

Monique Liedtke - Great to read more about you Penny! Love your pages & your style! You made me want to try banners in a different way too!

September 5, 2013 - 8:18 am

{vicki} - Love the l/o you shared with us
Thanks for the chance to win

September 5, 2013 - 8:22 am

{vicki} - Love the page you shared with us
thanks for the chance to win

September 5, 2013 - 4:38 pm

katie - Love your layouts!! so cute.

I’m a geek too. :)

September 6, 2013 - 8:32 am

DEBBIE - I love the flags too they fill in so much blank space sometimes when you are stuck. Thanks for sharing.

September 6, 2013 - 10:25 am

Hester - what a great way to use these flags, lovely layout.

September 6, 2013 - 1:43 pm

chark - lovely work!

September 7, 2013 - 12:38 pm

Jennifer Truong - I love them! :) <3

September 10, 2013 - 7:41 pm

KellyG - Love your layouts! Love that you journaled in a triangle shape!

September 12, 2013 - 11:53 pm

Julie {CalleLillyCafe} - Love your layout & those Gelato flags!

Sara Zenger

My name is Sara Zenger. I live in northern NY with my husband, our 9 yr old son and 2 yr old dog. My style changes depending on my photos and the products I am working with. I love layouts that have white space and unique design! My go to stash of scrapbooking supplies include foam tape/ pop dots for dimension, white and craft colored cardstock because it goes with everything and punches because they work on every layout and every time you use them it can look unique!  I love making layouts, cards and other paper craft projects. I feel the need to make a new banner for each approaching holiday and I adore decorating my own gift bags!

  • What is your favorite Color?  Purple
  •  Oh, its tough to pick just one! I do love your new autumn tags and I a fan of your garland!
  • I workout at 4:00 am 5 days a week before work!
  • My favorite ice cream is Mint Cookie Crumble
  • I am a natural born planner and organizer
  • I love Apple products!
  • I picked my husband out in the second grade.


I just love banners!  I have this need to make one for each approaching holiday or season and sometime I love them so much I keep them up way past the time frame!  I was giddy with excitement to be create a banner with the Nature Walk Collection from Pretty Little Studio!  These little critters and colors remind me of my favorite time of year – Fall!   This banner is going to up until I have to start decorating for Christmas!

I am a lucky girl!  I have my own craft room so I can escape to my creative place whenever I need to!  I did a remodle on it about 2 year ago and I just love how it turned out.  My husband built my desks and I have collected bits and pieces over time and I have created a place I love to be.  I have a spare desk for a friend or my son or husband to come hangout with me!  I must also confess that while in my craft room I indulge in watching Netflix on my iPad while I create – its the only TV time I allow myself!

Win a pack of Owl Feather Journaling Cards

Leave a comment to enter.

Winner will be posted on September 14, 2013 on the new blog 


September 4, 2013 - 1:12 pm

lydia - Welcome x love your layout so bright and fresh x

September 4, 2013 - 1:56 pm

Diana Fisher - Love your page and great job with those feathers!

September 4, 2013 - 2:22 pm

chark - cute lo! Enjoy the dt!

September 4, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Kathy W - Great layout! And those journaling cards are just too cute. Love that little chipmunk admiring the strawberry.

September 4, 2013 - 4:20 pm

Vicki Parker - Love your banner – the Nature Walk collection is one of my favourites. :)

September 4, 2013 - 4:24 pm

debbie woodard - I love this paper line and these journaling tags!

September 4, 2013 - 7:07 pm

Diana Fernandez - Fabulous banner! It’s soooo cute!

September 4, 2013 - 7:52 pm

Sheila - Love your banner, Sara!

September 4, 2013 - 9:57 pm

Debbie - LOVE your space looks very relaxing..The journal cards are simply adorable

September 5, 2013 - 12:07 am

Sharm - I love your banner tonnes! The nature walk collection is an amazing one! And your craft space, totally drool worthy sara!! :)

September 5, 2013 - 4:25 am

Monique Liedtke - Totally adore your banner! and LOVE to see your scraproom!!

September 5, 2013 - 8:19 am

{vicki} - Great banner
great space
Thanks for the chance to win

September 5, 2013 - 10:28 am

Kristin - The colors in your scrap space are yummy! Good to get to know you!

September 5, 2013 - 4:38 pm

katie smith - love seeing your scrap space!

September 6, 2013 - 10:23 am

Hester - What a great space !

September 10, 2013 - 7:44 pm

KellyG - Love your projects! Awesome scrap room, so warm and inviting!

September 11, 2013 - 12:21 am

chark - edit to my comment: I know you made a banner, I meant to write I love the layout of the images (the layers and the ones you chose). They go so great together!

September 12, 2013 - 11:51 pm

julie {CalleLillyCafe} - Love your banner! Such sweet cards too!

Krissy McKee

Hi! I am Krissy Clark McKee. I live in a suburb of Houston, Texas. My husband and I have a blended Brady Bunch family of six kids (boy, girl, boy, girl, boy, girl). Luckily all but the youngest two are out of the house and self-sufficient, except occasionally during dinner time. Our blended family extends to our family pets so I am just as often following furry creatures as I am children around with my camera.  Papercrafting has become a full-fledged obsession since I first began in 2009.  I love creating traditional layouts, re-purposing or altering items, and making mini-albums – although as long as I have paper and glue in my hands, I am happy! I love photography and have been known to take random pictures of anything and everything. If it’s within range of my camera lens, it’s fair game!  I like to try to figure out how to use new products without reading the directions – which can sometimes lead to unexpected, interesting results.

Blog: my blog
What is your style: Oh, gosh, what is my style?  Well, I know that I love to scrap everyday moments more so than big events.  My work usually has defined clean lines but is otherwise a little random and messy.  I tend to primarily use patterned papers, and I doodle on or machine stitch almost all of my papers.  My photos and the stories I am trying to tell generally dictate anything else.
What is your favorite color? My favorite color is currently gray – especially lighter grays that have a tendency to change color as the light changes.
What is your favorite TV show? If I had to choose just one tv show to watch…hmmmm….it would be a toss up between Castle and Justified.
Five Fun Facts About You.

  • I am left-handed
  • I LOVE Natural White Cheddar Cheetos
  • I am a cancer survivor
  • I am always reading several books at any given time
  • I used to sing in a couple of local rock bands (true story)

What is your favorite Pretty Little Studio product? Paper Ribbons

Here is my project.  I have continued to work on my hybrid album using my Instagram pictures that I take on an almost daily basis.  PLS papers and die cuts are perfect for this!

I have a confession.  I am a Pinterest addict.  And, what’s worse, I tend to believe that my husband can make anything I see on Pinterest.  So he didn’t stand a chance when I saw pictures of closets converted into work spaces.  The idea was perfect for a large walk-in closet located in our upstairs family room.  This is still a work in progress – partly because I keep finding other projects for my husband that take priority; however, my “command center in a closet” as I like to call it, is fully operational right now.  It needs a few more shelves and some “prettifying” finishing touches added but I am loving it!  This is what it looks like:


As you can see, I use every bit of space available, even the closet door.  An over-the-door shoe holder with clear plastic compartments is perfect for my punches!

Inside the closet is my u-shaped command center.  My work space is directly in front of me.  My Silhouette Cameo and my printers are to the right, and my sewing machine is to the left.  Everything I need is at arm’s length – I love it!  I have tried to arrange the items on my shelf by frequency of use – things used more often are closer to me.  Because I am in a closet, a good, bright ”daylight” lamp like my Ott light is essential.  My overhead light also contains a “daylight” bulb.  My filing cabinet drawers are being installed now (which is why they are still sticking out ever so slightly on the bottom right).  Once they are in place, they will hold hanging files that I intend to use for various sticker sheets, rub ons, etc.

At the end of my sewing center, closest to the door, is this shelf.  It holds all of my scrapbook papers, which I sort by manufacturer and collection.  Eventually, another shelf will be added to the top of this bookcase and will extend across to the back wall.  Once that is in place, I will be able to organize my sewing supplies a little better.

I LOVE compartmentalized organizers like this.  They are perfect for keeping things like my Pretty Little Studio notecards and ephemera organized!  This one has been sitting out on my desk lately because I use it quite frequently; however, when I am ready to go to a crop, it’s a snap to be able to close the lid and put my organizer in my rolling cart!

As you can see, I don’t just use items specifically designed for storage.  I use everything from planters, to shoe boxes, to baskets, to old jars.  I label everything to help me keep track of all my goodies.  Nothing fancy with my labeling – it’s often a piece of paper and scotch tape.  One day I may make it pretty, but for now, I am simply happy that I don’t have to waste time trying to find something that got lost in the pile!

My husband built cubbies large enough so that I could slide these drawers from a less functional storage system into them.  They hold a mixture of inks, stamping supplies, and various sewing notions.

All of my smaller items that I use on a daily basis are kept in small boxes and drawers against the wall right in front of me.  I love having my “must have” items right at my fingertips!

Although it is still a work in progress, I am loving my craft space!  It allows me to sit with my family and participate while they are watching t.v., but I am also able to close the door if I need to concentrate or if I don’t want an unfinished project to get messed up.

Win a pack of your choice of any of the Neapolitan FLAIR

Just leave a comment to enter!

Winner will be posted on September 14, 2013 on the new blog 

September 3, 2013 - 2:01 pm

chark - pretty! And love the organization–gotta try these ideas!

September 3, 2013 - 2:24 pm

Vicki Mayk - I just love you scrap space because I am very much pre-occupied these days with how much can be done with small spaces. Clearly, in your case, the answer is “a lot!” And I love your scrapping of the every day as well.

September 3, 2013 - 3:04 pm

laurie - I love the idea about having a space that’s not a full room that you can shut the door on and hide any mess that is going on. I think full rooms are so overwhelming — but this is just perfect!

September 3, 2013 - 3:23 pm

Kathy W - I love your crafting closet, Krissy. I am still (constantly) in the process of organizing my things to make the best use of my space. Maybe some day I’ll get there. Thanks for sharing!

September 3, 2013 - 4:08 pm

Melissa Dehne - What a perfectly designed work space! I love scrapping everyday moments as well so I look forward to seeing your designs!

September 3, 2013 - 4:09 pm

Jessica Dougherty - what a beautiful, well thought out space!

September 3, 2013 - 4:22 pm

Monique Liedtke - LOVE love love your mini album! and awesome to see your scrap space, how fantastic your husband built this for you!

September 3, 2013 - 5:15 pm

Nicole McNamara - Welcome! Great scrap space! I love love love flair! Cant get enough of it atm!!

September 3, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Vicki Parker - Oh wow what an awesome space. Love your album too – just so much detail on smaller pages :)

September 3, 2013 - 5:38 pm

Cathy Harper - love you space, you are way too organized…lol! And of course, I adore your style…even if you love Boyd more than Raylan!

September 3, 2013 - 6:55 pm

katie smith - LOVE seeing inside your workspace!

September 3, 2013 - 9:42 pm

Pamela Palmer - Love your scraping space……..:)

September 3, 2013 - 11:33 pm

KellyG - Love your closet space, and you can just close the door if you have a mess in there!

September 4, 2013 - 6:46 am

Sara Zenger - I love your space! Way to make the most of the space you have! :)

September 4, 2013 - 9:59 am

Kristin - You are in a suburb outside of Houston? Me too – I am in Friendswood. Love your album and your crafting space. Great use of space!

September 4, 2013 - 10:00 pm

Debbie - Your space is so fun and funky. Great organizing ideas too. Thanks for sharing.

September 5, 2013 - 8:20 am

{vicki} - OMG!
LOVE you space

September 6, 2013 - 10:35 am

Hester - love the way everything is organized! thanks for sharing.

September 9, 2013 - 4:29 pm

Debbie Piercey - Wow, your space & organization is amazing! Love your album page! Just lovely! Thanks for the chance to win!

September 12, 2013 - 11:36 pm

Julie {CalleLillyCafe} - What a great craft space! Yes I do have #flair love!

March 3, 2014 - 7:04 pm

Valerie.H - Yay! Krispy:
Congrats. :)

Lisa Spiegel

I’m Lisa Spiegel, and I live in Sunny Southern California with my husband of more than 20 years, our three daughters, our two old dogs and a Betta fish.  I have been a scrapbooker all my life, but the “safe” way since 1995 and the completely “obsessed” way since 2003.  When I’m not talking about scrapbooking, thinking about scrapbooking or actually scrapping, I am spending time with my family or working as a Lamaze Childbirth Educator and Girl Scout leader.  My scrapbook style is eclectic and fun.  I like the focus to remain on my photos but I love to layer, fussy cut, mist, sew and glitter up my papers and embellishments.  I recently purchased a Silhouette Cameo so I am exploring all the fun it has to offer and rarely do a page without a cut now!

Blog: Lisa’s blog
What is your favorite color? Always a hard question!  I think blue, in all it’s beautiful shades from turquoise to teal.
What is your favorite TV show? Parenthood is my favorite show…love the depth and “realness” of the characters and story lines.
List 5 fun facts about you.

  • I have been a Girl Scout and Girl Scout leader for more than 20 years.
  • I have never lived outside of California.
  • My iTunes consists of 80′s rock, Broadway Musicals and “Glee” cover songs.
  • I like the smell of lemon more than anything…from perfume to food…it’s the best.
  • I would love to be an interior decorator, I may go back to school for it someday!

My Favorite Pretty Little Studio product: Nature Walk Vintage Animal Diecuts

I’m so happy to be a part of the Pretty Little Studio Design Team for a second term!  Because I’ve been sharing so much of my work through my DT work I thought it might be fun to share my scrap space with you all.  This loft is the space over my kitchen and overlooking my family room.  There are no doors and only three walls so even when I’m working I’m still part of the family “space” which I love (and sometimes don’t, lol). On the back wall you can see my Expedit which stores our family albums from years 2004-2013.  (The albums from before that date- 1995-2003- are stored in another room.)   Below the albums are my papers stored alphabetically left to right by manufacturer.  The rows below that hold kits and papers and embellishments by theme.  Some of the cubbys are specific to one manufacturer because I may or may not hoard papers from them, lol.

I love all the natural light I get, the window behind my chair is facing East so I get lots of morning sun but it doesn’t get too hot in there.  Below you can see my desk.  It’s not often that you can actually “see” my desk, lol.  It’s usually buried and half the time I ‘m scrapping in my lap, but I made it pretty just for you.  To the left is my Making Memories Tool Caddy and to the right, behind my Ott Light, is my Tiered Spinner from Harbor Freight.  I LOVE that spinner.  It holds all my glimmer mists, my glitter glue, inks, glitter, a few of my most frequently used punches.  There are a couple little baskets with tags and things and all my twine. I have several drawers under my desk that hold my frequently used supplies like flowers, brads, alphas, pins as well as not so frequently used tools.

In this next picture, you see what I see when I’m sitting at my desk.  To the left of the shelves is a vintage post card rack I saved from a trash bin and refurbished.  I use it to hold mini books, extra photos and postcards.  On the shelves I have displayed some of my favorite mini books, my little TV, my printer and lots of storage for blank mini books, alterables, chipboard, my monthly kits and the kids school stuff.

Now you’re looking at the far right corner of my ScrapLoft.  I use the top of the shelves for my Epic 6 and dies and some of my favorite wooden stamps and flowers. Underneath you can see my page protectors, some card making supplies and my misting box.

Here’s the last look at my space.  This is the dresser behind my desk.  On top you can see the little spice rack that holds all my buttons in jars, a basket of embellishments, my sewing machine and the baskets behind that hold all my blings.  In the drawers, I have extra paints, my Xyron storage, my Bind it All storage, my fabric storage and my punch storage.  The dresser drawers work out GREAT to hold all this heavy stuff that I don’t use all the time and I love that my sewing machine is all ready to go!  You can also see my larger flowers next to the dresser.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of my scraploft!


We are giving away a $5 coupon! Leave Lisa some *Love* to enter the contest.
Winner will be posted on September 14, 2013 on the new blog 

September 2, 2013 - 3:58 am

andrea (Ladyofthelake) - Hi Lisa — thanks for sharing your scrappy space! Very cute layout!

September 2, 2013 - 8:02 am

Melissa Dehne - It was fun getting to know you a bit Lisa! I love the natural light in your space as well as your layout! Looking forward to seeing more!

September 2, 2013 - 12:03 pm

Leann Lindeman - wow what a nice creating space!!!! look forward to seeing more of your work.

September 2, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Kayla F. - I love your crafty space! :)

September 2, 2013 - 5:48 pm

Monique Liedtke - OMG!! I just LOVE your scrap space!!! It’s awesome!!
It was also great to read more about you (although a lot I already knew of course) and your bear page is just super!!

September 2, 2013 - 7:53 pm

katie smith - so beautiful. love your crafty space.

September 2, 2013 - 11:43 pm

KimR - Lisa, I LOVE your space!!! I really wish I had been able to find white furniture for my space. Yours looks so calm and inviting.

September 3, 2013 - 1:53 am

Shemaine Smith - Congratulations Lisa!!

September 3, 2013 - 11:30 am

Jeanne Klohr - Lisa, you know I love your loft! Wish I had a space that is not my bedroom. I love that it is well organized and easy to use! And a clean desk? I know your secrets, girl! Love ya!

September 4, 2013 - 7:13 pm

Diana Fernandez - Your scrap space is so fun! I love seeing how others set up their crafty space!

September 4, 2013 - 9:44 pm

Debbie - What an amazing craft space. Can’t wait to see more of your creations. Thanks for sharing

September 5, 2013 - 10:25 am

Kristin - What a fun layout! Good to get to know you!

September 6, 2013 - 10:47 am

Hester - Love the way you display your layouts in your scrap room!

September 9, 2013 - 1:26 pm

steph d. - cute layout! love your craft space! thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance! *hugs* and much aloha, steph :)

September 9, 2013 - 4:30 pm

Debbie Piercey - Love your scrap space! It’s fabulous! And I love your layout! Very fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

September 10, 2013 - 7:48 pm

KellyG - Always love your work Lisa! So jealous of that scrap space, it is awesome!

September 11, 2013 - 12:22 am

c - I love the pic with the images you chose. The bears are fab together!

September 12, 2013 - 11:42 pm

Julie {CalleLillyCafe} - What a great craft space! I have the same Expedit shelves & love!

Lisa Wilkinson

My name is Lisa Wilkinson. I have been married for 15 years to my dream guy and I am a home schooling mommy to 6.  I find joy in creating something everyday, whether it be a craft or activity for my children, something to add a little spice to our home or a cherished layout for our scrapbooks that will be meaningful and lasting. I am always creating something and that brings me such joy! I have been scrapbooking for over a dozen years and if you read my blog you will see my style has slowly evolved into what it is now… layered, lumpy, bumpy, misty, sewed on, with a lot of white space. It is “organized-messy”. I am really focusing a lot more of my creative energy on Project Life in this stage of my life and find that Pretty Little Studio products are so perfect for project life albums! I am so excited to be asked to stay on the Pretty Little Studio Design Team for this term!

Blog: my blog
What is your favorite Color? Red
What is your favorite TV Show? American Idol
Five fun facts about you.

  • I love to write and have always dreamed of becoming a novelist since I was a little girl.
  • I am a mommy to six and would love to have more children.
  • We live on a one acre lot and most of it is made up of gardens. WE love to grow it, pick it, preserve it, eat it.
  • I love family picnics. I am hoping this year to make my first rag quilt.
  • I like hiking in the woods, on the beach or anywhere with my family. (and this is why I am SO excited for the Nature Walk line!!!)

What is your favorite Pretty Little Studio product? Project Life Cards

 Every day will have something special, It could be a coupon, gift certificate or a prize!! So check back everyday!!


 Today we have a 20% coupon good for one day only.

Coupon Code: LisaW

Shop Here!

Not applicable to retailers or design team members

Good only for Sunday, September 1, 2013



September 3, 2013 - 4:25 pm

Monique Liedtke - Love your PL spreads Lisa! Also love to read more about you and how fun to read the fun facts about you!

September 6, 2013 - 10:49 am

Hester - lovely how you used Pretty little studio flags and banners in your PL

I Like ice cream and . . .

Okay, seriously, I thought Pretty Little Studio’s Sand Castle Collection was the best ever when I first saw it.  Next, the Nature Walk Collection was revealed and I was in love.  I knew it couldn’t possibly get any better or cuter than that.  But then, the fabulous think tank at Pretty Little Studio recently revealed the Neapolitan Collection, and I was blown away!  Seriously – the “oh-my-goodness-I-HAVE-to-have-every-single-thing-in-this-collection” factor was taken up to the next level – and I didn’t even know there WAS a next level!  What do I love about the Neapolitan Collection?  Well, let me tell you…

First – Pretty Little Studio now has flair!!!

When I saw the packages of flair in this collection, I started jumping up and down and doing a happy dance at the same time!  I am not kidding you – I took the packets and ran to my husband, excitedly yelling, “Flair!  Look at all the lovely flair!”  I am positive the hubster didn’t have a clue what I was talking about (and could have cared less); but he is a good man, and he dutifully oohed and ahhed over all the pretty flair with me.

Second – look at all these word phrase stickers!

I love word phrase stickers like this and have begun using them more and more. Of course, they can be used as captions to go on or around a photo; however, I chose to cut the ends and turn them into pennants.  Each word phrase pennant describes things my daughter enjoys doing right now – perfect when used with this photo taken on her first day of school!

Third, this Collection has so many fun journaling tags!

This collection has a fantastic assortment of extra-large journaling cards, including one that contains the “ice cream” image which was the initial inspiration for my layout.  The cards are perfect for PL type scrapping (like the ones created by our fabulous Lisa Wilkinson), for making mini-albums, and for fussy cutting like I did.  If you don’t need a big card, Pretty Little Studio offers everything from tiny arrows that can be journaled on, to word bubbles, to large pennants and arrows.  Just like shoes, you can never have too many! LOL!

Speaking of journaling cards, did you notice that most of my layout is made up of Pretty Little Studio journaling items?  It’s true – I used 7 different cards, pennants, arrows, and word bubbles that are originally intended for journaling.  What are some of your favorite ways to use YOUR journaling cards – other than journaling?

September 4, 2013 - 4:17 pm

Penny Smith - This layout is just ADORABLE! LOVE how you make the lil banners out of the word stickers!! Great LO! Pinning now!

Word Challenge

OOTB #5   Word Challenge:  Sandy Phrases
Source:  Flip Sidez

When I grabbed a flip flop for this layout (yes, I used a real one) I realized it was my daughters outgrown flip flop from last year-from when we went on this vacation! Die cuts and cutting machines are awesome (I have both) but sometimes something simple like tracing a shoe or a plate for a circle works just fine! Neapolitan is the perfect palate for any summer or beach photos!!

I don’t know about you, but I find inspiration in many things and often it isn’t always obvious that a certain photo was the trigger for a certain project. And I think you may think that about the project I created for this OOTB photo challenge. Looking at the photo the first impression was “sand/beach” and that got me thinking about beach layouts, then I noticed the flip-flops and I thought maybe I’ll created a card in the shape of a flip-flop, but in the end it was the expression “don’t worry, be happy” that stayed with me and which was the inspiration for this cute little project. It’s a wooden bird house, which I decorated with the “Nature Walk” collection. I have a soft spot for owls and over the years I’ve collected quite a few. (The big ceramic owl in the garden is the latest addition.) So when I saw the cute owl diecut I just had to use it for my project! Isn’t he adorable?

August 30, 2013 - 12:35 pm

chark - this is adorable–and love the ceramic owl too!

August 31, 2013 - 2:14 pm

Mieke - Ooohhhh Monique…… love your owly birdhouse ♥ so proud of you to be guest designer ♡