I live in the world of grandbabies. My world revolves around my babies. I am so blessed that 3 of the grandbabies (oh ya and their parents too ..lol) live on the opposite end of our house. They give Nana a reason to get out of bed in the morning! My other grandbabies come and visit too, and Nana loves having them visit too! Everyone that said grandbabies are more fun than your own children were right. All this time I thought they were crazy, until I got my first grandbaby. I am still in awe over how much you can love a child that you didn't give birth to. Of course I love my daughters too, but not near as much as my grandbabies! lol Nana loves you Kaylee, Allan, Clayton, Isabel, and Keegan!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

April Blog Hop with Kiwi Lane



I'm so excited to be included in this blog hop with Kiwi Lane Designs! If you just came from Jennifer's blog http://craftingmoments.wordpress.com/ then you have arrived at the next  stop in the hop right on schedule, and your next, and final stop is Christina's blog http://tinasscrapcrap.blogspot.com/.  If you just happened upon my blog and this post then hop on over to Kiwi Lane's blog http://kiwilane.com/here/blog and start at the beginning to see all the great projects in our 10 blog hop!  I had so much fun making my 2 page layout to share the Wacky template set, that I had to make a few cards too!  You can find the Wacky template set and many other great templates at  http://kiwilane.com to make beautiful projects,  There are also some amazing videos on their site showing how to use them!  Check them out today and don't forget to hop along with us, and leave a comment at each stop for a chance to win  25.00 in Kiwi Lane Goodies!!! :)


I used the templates to make a sun and clouds for this adorable spring layout for my granddaughter Isabel's birth last year.  My daughter's name is Brandi so I titled the first page when her brother met her for the first time "A Brandi New Baby."  The other I titled "I am 1 beauty of a spring gift I am Isabel Lynn" and they are pics from the next day at the hospital when we took Clayton back to the hospital to see Sissy again.  I chalked the outside edges of my clouds blue, and used gold stickles around my sun.  My biggest scrapping addiction is shiny things.  I love to pop dot things and add gems and stickles or anything else shiny I can find!  I'm not sure which borders I used for the floral print paper at the bottom, or the blue or the words paper up top.  I have a lot of borders to choose from, and I couldn't ever decide which ones I wanted to use to I came up with an awesome system for choosing my borders.  First I reach in to my bag of borders and pick out 3 random border sets.  Then I take the top one and use the narrow border, the middle one for the medium sized border, and the bottom one for large size border.  Unlike a lot of Kiwi Lane users, I do not lay out all my templates first on my 12X12 paper.  I just start tracing and cutting, and then I place them where I like them and just keep adding things until I like the layout! lol  It's a very scientific method of selecting borders for my layouts, ok maybe not, lol, but it works for me! lol


On top of the addiction to shiny things, I also suffer from a severe paper addiction. (please don't share any 12 step program for paper addicts because I don't want any help!!! lol) I had, and still have a little extra paper...imagine that....so I made a few cards to share too!  I also included a couple pics below them showing how I used the wacky templates to make little borders and strips for on my cards by tracing a part of the template, and moving just a little bit and tracing the same side again.  I've also done this with the border templates for on scrapbook layouts.  It adds so many more uses for the same templates, and allows you to use the same template for so many more projects, and they all take on a different look.  Of course you're going to see more stickles and shiny gems on my cards too!  I did try to make a baby shower card without anything shiny, but ended up using tiny gems on my flower centers...so I failed! lol











Here is the line up for the blog hop in case you get lost along the way.  A random winner from ONE of the participating blogs (including the Kiwi Lane blog), will be given a $25 gift certificate to the Kiwi Lane Shop, for leaving a comment, and will be announced on the Kiwi Lane blog on Thursday, April 10TH.  Make sure you follow and leave a comment on all of our blogs for your chance to win this fabulous prize! :)  You have from 8am MST on April 4TH to 11:59 PM MST on Sunday April 6TH to do this.  So..get hopping!!

  1. Kiwi Lane http://kiwilane.com/here/blog/
  2. Gail Owens http://glowormdesigns.blogspot.com
  3. Catherine Povec http://www.tybearsmom.blogspot.com
  4. Jennifer McDermott http://wonkywares.blogspot.com
  5. Kristy Lee http://lifescrapped.blogspot.com
  6. Heather Conklin http://goldiecar.blogspot.com/
  7. Misty Buck http://www.mistylynnwhat.blogspot.com/
  8. Jennifer Nicholes http://craftingmoments.wordpress.com/
  9. Barb Rapp http://www.mommaducksblog.blogspot.com/
  10. Christina Steel http://tinasscrapcrap.blogspot.com/

43 comments:

  1. I recently started using the Kiwi Lane products and I can only say I love the products, the site, the ideas . Thank you.

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  2. I too am a grandma but I am not as lucky as you. My grandson lives on the other end of the country from me. I only see him twice a year. You are very blessed.

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    1. :( I would not like it at all if my babies lived far away

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  3. Shhhhh! I have a paper addiction, too! I've started to fill up the floor in front of my paper shelves... Oops! Thank you for sharing your "scientific" process! It sounds like fun :)

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  4. We all might have to go to PAA (Paper Addicts Anonymous). Wish my grandbaby (and the one of the way) were closer! Love your layouts!

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    1. la la la la (as she has her fingers in her ears) did you hear something??? lol I wish everyone could have their grandbabies close to them :(

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  5. Oh the fun of a new baby in the family! What a fun way to share your happiness through scrapbooking.

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    1. ...and grandbaby number 5 is due anytime now...she's only 36 weeks but this one had the last 2 early...

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  6. So many great ideas shared here! I love the layout and all your cards.

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  7. very creative use of the templates. something new to try!

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    1. I love to share ideas because I love finding ideas to use myself online! I'm glad you like it!

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  8. Goodness - what a great job ! Love your color choices and a great use of the templates. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Love all of your creations, thanks for sharing!

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  10. Beautiful layout, I love the colors you used. I have three daughter a 22, 11 and 7 But only my 7 year old is girly girl the first and middle child love sports baseball and tennis. I still use pink and flowers.

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  11. You did an awesome job...... love the cards and I am a die hard bling fan :)

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  12. You need to send this to a magazine to be published!

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  13. Nothing better than grand babies. And you've captured the fun so wel

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  14. Pretty layouts and cards. Thanks for sharing your process with using the templates.

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  15. Beautiful layouts and cards. The bling is always the last thing I put on my layouts and it makes me smile.

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  16. I love your way of picking borders out of a bag. I spend too much time trying to decide on which to use.

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  17. I'm addicted to shiny, sparkly things too! What a coincidence :) of course I'm bound to love your creations since we're both addicts!

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  18. Fun layouts and cards - the "how to" pics help a great deal - Thanks for sharing!!

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  19. Wow, layout AND cards. Well done.

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  20. love the colors and my daughter says I have a forest in my room so don't feel too bad.

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  21. Great layout and cards - so bright and fun!

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  22. Such a sweet layout! Love the sun coming out from behind the papers! Precious!

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  23. You are a very talented Lady, lady. Love the different colors you used in you layout. And belive me we all have that paper addiction thing, I don't want help either. My husband complains about all the stuff!
    My answer "BUT ITS GOOD STUFF"

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  24. I love the papers you chose and your 2 page layout is adorable. I love how you cut apart the wacky ....what a good idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Gorgeous layout and cards! I love the variety of patterns you used and all the layering. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. Very sweet layout and nice cards. I think I will start using your system for choosing which borders to use! Thanks for the "how to" pics. Great way to get extra use out of the templates. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. Very sweet layout and wonderful cards.

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  28. The layout and cards are very cute. Thank you for showing us the template layout pics. I am going to try out your "scientific method" of template border use. :)

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  29. Wow, everything is so awesome, love the method of making borders, great help!! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  30. Thanks for the tips about using just a section of the template.

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  31. I love the idea of making fun borders with the templates. Great tip!

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  32. Barb, first off.... I loved reading your blog. You are great at writing. It made me smile more than once :) Love what you created!!!

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