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Product Swap: Punky Sprouts

Punky Sprouts logo
Hello MLS fans! Today is our last day of inspiration with Punky Sprouts. We've had a great time swapping products with them and the girls loved creating with them. Today  we have 3 more talented designers to showcase. First let's look at Monique's mini.

Mini Album: “10 x Manon”

by Monique Liedtke

Mliedtke april PS mini


Keepsake – Music to my Ears
Keepsake – Window View
Keepsake – Garden Delight
Keepsake – Picture Perfect
Keepsake – English Rose

Keepsake – Simple Treasures
Keepsake – Razzleberry & Chiffon
Keepsake – Cherry & Fog
Keepsake - Cardstock Stickers
Keepsake – 3D Dimensional Roll Up Flower

Alphabet Stickers – Sprinkle Glaze (Salsa)

Mini Alphabet Stickers (Chocolate Cake & Kiss)


Other supplies:

Mini-album (Punky Sprouts “Teenie-Beanie”)

Embellishments: Twine, Doilies (Punky Sprouts)

Acrylic Sheets (Hambly Studios, KI Memories)

Flowers (Prima Marketing)

Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels)

Paint (Amsterdam)

Stamping Ink (Color Box, VersaMagic)

Words-To-Go (K&Company)

Adhesive Pearls (Inkido)

Epoxy shapes and buttons (Epiphany Crafts: Buttons Round 14, Heart Buttons 20, Bubble Caps Star 25)

Pen (ZIG)

Liquid Pearls (Perlen Pen Viva)

Adhesive (Tacky Tape, Scrapbook Adhesives, Scotch)

Book Pages, Staples, Ribbon & Fabric (misc)

Next we have a different take by Jenifer!

I can't believe you're 10!

by Jenifer Cowles

Jenifer_Cowles_MLS_April Assignment Album1cover


 and finally a look at Carol's album

"Six Wonderful Years" Punky Sprouts Album



Supplies used:
Aiko - 11812 Little Princess
        - 11813 Bouquet
        - 11814 Blue Sky
        - 11815 Festival
        - 11816 One FIne Day
        - 11817 Happy Notes
        - 11819 Kiss and Sky
        - 11811 3-D Roll up flower diecut
        - 11821 Cardstock sticker
        - 11820 March
        - 08432 Mini alpha stickers - Sky
        - 08429 Mini alpha stickers - Brownie
Punky Sprouts Teenie-Beanie Sprout Mini Album
Cardstock (Bazzill)
Chicken wire template (The Crafter'sWorkshop)
Clipboard clip (7-Gypsies)
Gesso (Claudine Hellmuth)
Multi-medium (Claudine Hellmuth)
Acrylic paints (Claudine Hellmuth, Daler Rowney)
Glimmer mists (Tattered Angels)
Gelatoes (Faber Castell)
Thank you so much for your beautiful work ladies.
That's it for today fans! Please visit the Punky Sprouts Facebook page and tell them how much you love their products. Make sure you tell them we sent you and I'll choose one lucky winner to win some MLS goodies!
I'll announce the winner when I return from the Great American Scrapbook Convention next Monday!

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We love our Facebook fans!

Hello MLS fans! We love that you share your work with us on our Facebook wall. It's so fun to see what you are creating with MLS products and how you make them your own. So today we're celebrating the fans that caught our eye in May!

Happy Me

by Rebecca Boyer

Rebecca Boyer


Great friends are like your favorite shoes

by Jennifer Ingle

Jennifer Ingle


My Lady Bug car

by Angela Alexander



Mother's Day cards

by Jessica Pascarella



We hope you'll swing by and visit their blogs! Thanks for sharing your creations with us ladies!

We'll celebrate our fans again in June so keep posting your designs and you could be featured here on our blog with a link to yours!

Have a creative day!

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Tuesday Tutorial with Linda

Hi everyone!  Linda here with a tutorial using crayon resist for a fun, colorful technique.  Here is the card I made, using the Let the Sunshine and Seeds of Happiness from the My Little Shoebox "Lovely Day" collection.


Step 1:  Using a smooth white piece of paper suitable for stamping, randomly stamp several line flowers (or butterflies, etc.) on the strip of paper.  Then, borrowing the white crayon from your child's craft box, color in the petals of the flowers and centers, leaving some small spaces clear.  Use a permanent ink, such as StazOn, and let it dry for about 10 minutes before applying the wax crayon.


Step 2:  Using a yellow ink pad, such as Memento or Distress and a dabber, ink up a part of the paper strip.


Step 3:  Using a blue, or any compatible color, add ink to the strip, blending portions as you go.


 Step 4: Immediately rub over the entire strip with a paper towel or napkin, especially over the flowers, and watch them brighten and stand out.


You can use any size of paper strips to any layout, project, or card.  This technique is fun to do, easy, and can even be used to design a background for a card. 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Try different color combinations, stamps, and even varied crayon colors!

Have a creative day!


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Friendship Jar-Aiko


Jenifer here with you today with my first My Little Shoebox post.  I am so excited to share this super cute "Friendship Jar" that I made using the Aiko collection.  The little girls in the Aiko collection were just perfect and I wanted to showcase them in a unique way.  I found a cute little jar and using the cardstock stickers started adding layers until I was satisfied with my placement.  I then started working on the outside using twine and Zots to keep everything in place.

Jenifer_Cowles_MLS_April Assignment Project 1

Jenifer_Cowles_MLS_April Assignment Project 2

Jenifer_Cowles_MLS_April Assignment Project 3


Supplies used: 
Aiko - 11821 Cardstock sticker
          Bakers Twine (May Arts)
Zots (Therm O Web)
Jar, toothpicks (Other)

I hope you have enjoyed my project today.  Make sure you come back daily for all the inspiration that we have planned for you.  If you decide to make one of your own friendship jars, leave me a link I would love to see it.


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I am learning with You

Hello MLS fans, it's Rô Philippsen sharing with you a layout I did that to me is very special!

This layout I did for Mother's Day, using the amazing MLS Keepsake Collection.

Ro Philippsen - Keepsake - April Assignments

This layout "I am learning with YOU", I did for a Special Mother's Day Class, and I'd like share with you because it is very special for me, because I did it for my son.
When we have a baby, we know we'll have to teach him everything, the most basic to the most complicated answers that he will one day make us! But sometimes we have no idea how much a child will teach us through life ... It was this inspiration that I created the project "I am learning with You", because every day my son teaches me something, but the biggest lesson I'm learning from him is that people are not we want them to be, even a child. A child is an individual one, which I can not shape, he has his faults and his qualities, and to me it accept it as it is, and love Him above all!

Ro Philippsen - Keepsake - April Assignments - Det1

Keepsake Collection have the colors and the e patterned perfect for this layout.
I just need add some pearls, inks and trims for a perfect layout!

Ro Philippsen - Keepsake - April Assignments-Det2

Supplies list:
11832 - window view
11833 - Garden Delight
11834 - English Rose
11835 - Music to my Ears
11837 - Simple Treasures
11840 - Sound os Music
08951 - Licorice Sprinkle Glaze Alphabet Sticker
08401 - Mini Alphabet Sticker - Rose

I'd like to do a big thanks to My Little Shoebox for creating such beautiful products for our scrapbooking!

Thanks for stopping by,

Rô Philippsen


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Product Swap: Punky Sprouts


Hello MLS fans! It's Punky time! This week's designer's are Beckie, Megan and Nana! Let's take a look at how they rocked their Punky projects!

BeckieDreyer_UpintheTrees_APril Assignment

Punky Sprouts Album – Believe Banner

Up in the Trees Woodgrain

Up in the Trees Bird’s Eye View

Up in the Trees In The Trees

Up in the Trees Heart on a String

Up in the Trees My Way

Up in the Trees Free as a Bird

Up in the Trees Ruby & Oregano

Up in the Trees Ocean & Brownie

Up in the Trees Flower Diecut

Up in the Trees Fly High

MLS Carnation Glitter Alphabet Sticker

Rusty Pickle Random Chipboard Alphabet

Yellow and Blue Buttons

Papermania Yellow Brads

 Beckie's Notes: I adore these little books and the shapes that are in them.  I used mine to make a banner.


Smile & Laugh Book Nana


That's it for this week's Punky inspiration! Before we go, here's last week's prize winner

My Little Shoebox sent me over to say HI!!
1 · May 17 at 1:29pm
April email us your address to dt@mylittleshoebox and we'll get your prize out to you!


Have a creative day!

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Lovely Day Project Share

Hi all and I'm super excited to be sharing with you my May projects in my very first post over here at the My Little Shoebox blog. I was able to "play" with the Lovely Day collection and here are my shares for you today....

Melts my heart (1)

Melts My Heart

In this page, I wanted to play a bit with the journaling blocks from the Lovely collection. I cut out three of them and placed them on the bottom of the page where I treated each one differently, housing my journaling and other elements like cut out paper and punched out butterflies.  I used two die cut banner pieces as an accent for my larger flower. They remind me of the ends of a ribbon.

Melts my heart (2)

Melts my heart (3)

Supplies Used:

Pattern papers-(Seeds of Happiness, 11892; Easy Breezy, 11896; New Story, 11897; Sweet Memory, 11894; Chocolate and Chiffon, 11899) Lovely Collection; Letter stickers- Glitter Alphabet sticker, Lake 10114; Ribbon- Hobby Lobby; Twine- Twinery; Buttons- Pebbles; Pearl- Recollections; Flowers- Prima, Accent Creative Designs, Piggy Tales; Butterfly punch- Martha Stewart Crafts; Circle punch- Creative Memories; Border punch- EK Success; Decorative Scissor- Fiskars; Black pen- Creative Memories

Family gamers (1)
Family Gamers

In this page, I used the “Lovely” collection’s graphic papers. I did add the birdhouse paper on the right edge which, if you notice, the way my son and husband in looking in the photo, leads them to that direction. Because this page is a masculine page, I used chevron and star shapes. I love layering items on top of each other like the circle accents, stars and brads in this page.

Family gamers (2)

Family gamers (5)

Supplies Used:

Pattern papers-(Chocolate and Chiffon, 11899; Let the Sunshine, 11895; New Story, 11897; Raspberry and Aqua, 11898) Lovely Collection; Letter stickers- Glaze alphabet sticker, Snowflakes 10117; Mini Alphabet Sticker, Peppermint stick 08431; Ribbon- American Crafts; Twine- Twinery; Star punch- Fiskars; Circle punch- Creative Memories; Rubons- Scenic Route; Brads- SEI; Decorative Scissor- Provo Craft; Thread- Coats and Clark; Sewing Machine- Kenmore; Black pen- Creative Memories

Mother's day (1)
Mother's Day

I made this page a two page spread so I can fit all of my photos and still have room for my accents. I love how the papers from the Lovely collection are so soft and feminine in style that it fit perfectly for this page about last year’s Mother’s day celebration. To break up all of the boxy shapes of my photos and journaling/title block, I had cut out the papers into circles and made a border for most of them. I added some of the circles with foam adhesive so it will create some dimension.

Mother's day (3)

Mother's day (4)

Supplies Used:

Pattern papers-(Seeds of Happiness, 11892; Let the Sunshine, 11895; Easy Breezy, 11896; New Story, 11897; Sweet Memory, 11894; Raspberry and Aqua, 11898) Lovely Collection; Letter stickers- Glitter Alphabet sticker, Lake 10114; Twine- Twinery; Buttons- Pebbles; Circle punch- Creative Memories; Circle Cutters- Creative Memories; Decorative Scissor- Fiskars; Typewriter- Royal

and last but definitely not the least...

Speedy recovery (1)

For this card I used some more papers from the Lovely collection. I handcut the flower accent from paper to create my own embellishment and finished it off with some pearls. The bright pinks from the paper background, the flower and the red button really stands out against the mostly blue hue of the card.

Speedy recovery (2)

Speedy recovery (3)

Supplies Used:

Pattern papers- (Seeds of Happiness, 11892; Let the Sunshine, 11895; Easy Breezy, 11896; New Story, 11897) Lovely Collection; Ribbon- Doodlebug Design Inc.; Twine- Twinery; Buttons- Favorite Findings; Pearl- Recollections; Brads- SEI; Border punch- Fiskars; Rubon sentiment- It takes two

thank you for joining me today and I hope my project share inspired you to make something beautiful today.


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Happy Mother's Day card using Lovely Day

Hi everyone.  Pattie here with a quick little card using the Lovely Day line.  I was really happy that I wouldn't be showing my card until after Mother's Day- no peeking right!

Card-pattie beltran

I love birdhouses and seem to use them relatively often in my own personal scrapping.  The colors of the Lovely Day paper line were just perfect to create this little birdhouse scene.  To create the rooftop, I cut strips of the Let the Sunshine paper with my scalloped scissors and covered a triangle of paper, starting from the bottom of the triangle, working your way to the pointed tip.  I then flip the paper over and trim the excess paper off.  Another fun trick if you are making a larger birdhouse (this card size is too small) is to use foam squares on the scalloped edge and tape runner on the other edge.  It gives great dimension and a cute look to the house. 

Supplies used:

My Little Shoebox: Lovely Day: Easy Breezy, New Story, Let the Sunshine, Happy Together, Chocolate & Chiffon, Cardstock Stickers

Ink:Prima; scallopededged scissors: Fiskars; Border punch: EK Success; die: Spellbinders; pen: Sakura; pearls: Darice; Stickles and Glossy Accents: Ranger; vintage sheet music


Hope you all had a beautiful Mother's Day.  And maybe you'll make a cute little birdhouse sometime in the near future.  We would love to see it on the My Little Shoebox Facebook page!

Happy Scrapping!

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Apple of My Eye

Hi ladies it's Zoe here today with a layout featuring Lovely Day... I really love this collection with so many different pastel colours you can create a layout about almost anything! For this layout I used a picture of my eldest (wiser than me) daughter.

MLS Lovely Day - Zoe N. April LO

I am posting a couple of close ups too so you can see some details :)

MLS Lovely Day Zoe N. April LO Close 1

I used some of the die cut banners here.. almost gives the illusion that the photo it also floating in the clouds!!! or maybe that's just me :)

MLS Lovely Day Zoe N. April LO Close 2

Products used:Lovely Day Paper – Seeds of Happiness, Lovely Day Paper – Sweet Memory, Lovely Day Paper – Let the Sunshine, Lovely Day Paper – Easy Breezy, Lovely Day Paper – New Story, Chocolate & Chiffon Cardstock, 3D Roll Up Flower Diecut, Flower Ring Circle Pattern Paper, Cardstock Sticker, The Twinery Buttercream & A Prima Flower.

Thanks for stopping by the My Little Shoebox blog!

Have a creative day!

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Lovely Day layout

Hello everyone!  This is Linda sharing a layout I made for My Little Shoebox with the Lovely Day collection. 

Creating this was really fun because of the wonderful, whimsical birds, flowers and birdcages.  This collection also gives you the opportunity to use the papers with elegant flowers, ribbons, pearls and laces for a different look! 

I used my granddaughter Lucy's Easter picture for this layout, and the colors are perfect for spring.

Lucy by Linda Kretz


With this layout, I used one of the new We R Memory Keepers Lucky 8 punches, and added some satin cord for emphasis.  The 3 D flowers, ribbon and lace completed this simple layout. I love using the Easy Breezy patterned paper as a background. I also enjoy the brown with blue and pink color combination.


This closeup shows the 3D Roll-up flowers.  I added some Diamond Stickles to them, with pearls in the center, added Dirty Martini Glam to the leaves, and used a Prima swirl to complete the picture.  The dimension they provide is fabulous!


  • Lovely Day collection: Easy Breezy, Chocolate Cardstock, Sweet Memory, New Story,
  • 3D Roll-Up Flower Diecut
  • Assorted ribbons and lacySatin cord
  • Diamond SticklesDirty Martini GlamPearlsPrima swirl
  • We R Memory Keeper Lucky 8 Punch (Retro Scallop)

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. Tomorrow we'll be featuring more fun Punky Sprouts projects!

Have a creative day!

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Product Swap: Punky Sprouts


That's right! It's time for more My Little Shoebox/Punky Sprouts inspiration! Today we're showing three more designers projects! First up is...


Fairytale Mini Album

MLS Lovely Day Zoe N. Punky Sprout Close up



Punky Sprout Album

Lovely Day Paper – Seeds of Happiness

Lovely Day Paper – Happy Together

Lovely Day Paper – Sweet Memory

Lovely Day Paper – Let the Sunshine

Lovely Day Paper – Easy Breezy

Lovely Day Paper – New Story

3D Roll Up Flower Diecut

Cardstock Sticker

The Twinery Canteloupe


Happy Days Mini


Supplies: Lovely Day collection (both sides of the following:

  • Seeds of Happiness 11892
  • Happy Together 11893
  • Sweet Memory 11894
  • Let the Sunshine 11895
  • Easy Breezy 121896
  • New Story 11897
  • Raspberry & Aqua 11898
  • Chocolate & Chiffon 11899
  • I also used 3DRoll-Up Flower Die cut 11891,  and the Cardboard Sticker 11901
  • Additional items included Tattered Angels Chalkboard Inks, Hero stamps, Vintage Photo and other Distress Inks, die cuts, a music sheet from a vintage book,  bakery  twine, and various ribbons and  laces.


Linda's Notes:  Creating with a Punky Sprouts album was a delight because of the album style, including two canvas pages and some totally fun parchment, canvas and cork embellishments!   Try using distress inks in different ways, such as the small canvas, for fun effects!



Just a girl mini (teenie beenie sprout)




My Little Shoebox Up in the Trees collection

3D roll up flowers

Prima Say it in Crystals and flowers


Perfect Pearls

Maya Road ribbon

Wilton doily

Glimmer mist

Brownie mini alphas

Washi tape

Recollections and Close to my heart brads

Basic Grey buttons

Mod Podge to seal the cover

Shemaine's notes: I love using Mod Podge to seal altered projects as well as glimmer mist and other mediums to enhance the colors and design.


Now for last week's Aiko collection winner! Randomly chosen from the Punky Facebook wall...

I was sent over by My Little Shoebox, but I was already a fan! Love the projects posted on the blog!
1 · May 10 at 11:05am
Congratulations Kelly!
Email your address to and we'll get your prize out to you.
Now here's another chance for you to win our Lovely Day collection for yourself!! Head on over to the Punky Sprouts Facebook Page and tell them My Little Shoebox sent you and we'll choose a winner off of their Facebook wall to win our ! Have a creative day!

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Double Page Easter Layout with Up In the Trees

Hello everyone! It's Megan, excited to be here with my first post!

I love how versatile the Up in the Trees collection is. It is by no means an 'Easter' line, but when I saw it sitting next to my Easter Egg hunt photos, I couldn't resist! The colors are more vibrant than traditional Easter pastels, and accented the vibrant green of the grass. 

I rarely do double page layouts, but with all of these photos, I knew that's what I needed to do. The great patterns made it come together easily!

MAaron_Up_In_The_Trees_Double_Layout - 1

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Here is a closer view of the left side. For the banner, I cut strips of various papers in a variety of lengths and widths. Some of them I added a notch to the end. I distressed them all and then layered them before sewing them down. I used just a little bit of adhesive to hold them down while I was sewing. I also sewed all the way around the outside of the finished page. I use my sewing machine on just about every page, but you could add faux stitching and get a similar effect.


Here is a closer view of the right side. To break up the yellow and draw the eye to the center, I added a strip of white cardstock to the middle. It looked a little TOO white though, so I used a background stamp dipped in glimmer mist, to add a little texture. An added bonus is that it complements the honeycomb pattern on the rest of the background.


Supply List:

Up in the Trees Collection Patterned Papers: Woodgrain Love, Bird's Eye View, Heart on a String, Free as a Bird, Ruby and Oregano, Ocean and Brownie

Up in the Trees Flower Diecuts

Mini Alphabet Stickers in Sky

Sprinkle Glaze Alphabet Stickers in Whoopie Pie

Cardstock: American Crafts (white)
Ink: Tattered Angels Chalkboard mist
Stamp: Hero Arts
Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts and EK Success
Thread: Guterman
Sewing machine: Singer
Adhesive: 3M

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Tuesday Tutorial with Rosangela

Hello MLS fans! It's Ro here from Brazil and today I'd like to share with you a tutorial that I did, to take advantage of the leftovers of my "3D Roll-Up Flower Die-cuts”


All you will need are some "3D Flower Die Cuts Roll-Up," a foam cone, some pins and buttons.


Start by wrapping some flowers and prick them in the cone with the pin, starting at the bottom, and rising slowly, covering everything with flowers. Note that some of the flowers I stuck some buttons instead of rolling them.


 Just keep covering the cone with flowers.


Until it's completely covered!


Here's a close-up


Now to finish my cone, I made a small banner to put on top to give it a Spring theme.


I think it looks so lovely, don't you?


And here's the final result!

Spring Cone

I hope I've inspired you a little bit with this Spring Banner Cone to bring a little color into your home this spring!

Tenham um dia criativo!

{Have a creative day!}

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"Sweet Memories, Happy Together" Canvas

Hi, everyone. Carol Theng here and today I want to share with you a mixed media canvas I made with MLS "Aiko" collection. I love this collection especially the Japanese dolls and the clouds with the sakura flowers.

The Japanese dolls reminded me of my daughter. And here in this picture you can understand why. Don't they resemble each other? (Psst.. I cut my girl's hair in this picture and now my hubby banned me from doing that).














I first adhere the different patterned papers using multi medium. Then painted the sides of canvas and edges of the papers.



Here you can see that I also use the negative of the punched paper to reveal another paper behind. Then I apply rubons at the edges of the canvas.


I love my projects to be dimensional so I covered 3 small canvases with papers, punched grasses and also this metal bicycle. In between the grasses, I also adhere some flowers stickers from Aiko cardstock sticker. And I pop up the 2 strips of titles.


Supplies used: 
Aiko  - 11812 Little Princess
        - 11813 Bouquet
        - 11814 Blue Sky
        - 11815 Festival
        - 11816 One Fine Day
        - 11817 Happy Notes
        - 11821 Cardstock sticker
Border Punch (Martha Stewart)
Bicycle metal accent (Prima)
Acrylic Paints (Claudine Hellmuth, Daler Rowney)
Multi-medium (Claudine Hellmuth)
Rub-ons (Basic Grey)


I hope you will be inspired to create mixed media projects using MLS collections. They are so cute and sweet!! And do share with us at our Facebook Page once you are done. 

Have a great day. Thanks for following us!


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Have a Drink using { Keepsake }

Hi, it’s Monique, with a layout about my daughter using the Keepsake collection.

When I saw the colors of this collection I knew exactly which photo I was going to use for my page. Normally I tend to use red & pink colors for my layouts, but lately I find myself reaching for yellow more and more and this combination with blue & grey I absolutely adore!

One of my favorite techniques is layering. I love to layer papers with different designs and colors and then stitch them all together, as sewing on my projects is almost a “must” for me.

Have a Drink & Relax, by Monique Liedtke

Mliedtke relax

For this layout I used a sheet of cardstock as my base and layered 3 Keepsake sheets on top of it (“Razzleberry & Chiffon”, ”Garden Delight” and “Sound of Music”). The photo is placed on a matt of yet another sheet of the Keepsake line: “Windowview”. Behind the photo I placed two pieces of patterned paper, which were machine stitched first. I then added the title on top using two different sets of alphabet stickers (Sprinkle Glaze and Mini Alphabet Stickers).

Mliedtke relax 4

For the next step I used stamps from an older collection of My Little Shoebox: "Sew Cute" and stamped around the photo.

To create the epoxy banners I used the Pennant tool from "Epiphany Crafts". To adhere the banners to the page I used 3D Foam Squares to raise them a bit to create dimension.

Mliedtke relax 3

I finished my page by adding cardstock stickers, die cuts, twine, flowers, a swirl, liquid pearls and some ribbon.

Mliedtke relax 2

And that’s it! Hope you like it!

What I love about the Keepsake collection is that all the papers are double sided. Because of that there are so many fabulous designs to choose from for your project and they all match so perfectly!

I would love to see what you create using this line! Please share your projects on our Facebook page and I'll make sure to stop by your blogs to have a look!

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

MLS Supplies: Keepsake: Sound of Music, Garden Delight, Music to my Ears, Window View, Razzleberry & Chiffon, Cardstock Stickers, 3D Dimensional Roll Up Flower; Alphabet Stickers: Sprinkle Glaze (Whoopie Pies), Mini Alphabet Stickers (Chocolate Cake & Kiss); Clear Stamps: Sew Cute

Other supplies: Cardstock: Core’dinations; Ribbon: Webster’s; Epoxy shapes: Epiphany Crafts Bubble Caps Pennant 25; Flowers: Petaloo; Pearl Swirl: ZVA Creative; Twine: Divine Twine; Liquid Pearls: Perlen Pen Viva; Adhesive: Tacky Tape, Scrapbook Adhesives, Scotch.

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Product Swap: Punky Sprouts


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Hello MLS fans! We're back with more Punky Sprouts fun! This week we're sharing projects from Keely, Robyn and Ro. First a look at what Keely created with the Punky Sprocket Sprout album.









Keely's Notes: I loved creating with the Punky Sprouts album, "The Sprocket Sprout" and the MLS collection,"Lovely Day".  I created a Spring album about our family trip to Atlanta.  The beautiful Spring colors and patterns were perfect for accenting this fun album.  I really enjoyed the great textures of the album, including chipboard, canvas, and a mini envelope.  The accessories of twine, denim, and cork were perfect touches provided by The Twinery.

 Album Supplies:
Punky Sprouts "The Sprocket Sprout" chipboard album
My Little Shoebox "Lovely Day" patterned paper: Seeds of Happiness, Happy Together, Sweet Memory, Let the Sunshine, Easy Breezy, New Story, Chocolate, Cardstock Stickers
The Twinery: denim, cork, paper doily, twine
Colorbox: Ink
Pen: Zig black
Now here's a look at Robyn's project. She made a banner out of her Teenie Beenie album!


Enjoy Banner:
I transformed the Punky Sprouts Teenie Beanie Sprout album into a fun banner for spring and summer. I die-cut the letters on my Silhouette, then glued them onto the two canvas pieces that came with the album. I used my sewing machine to stitch around the edge of each letter. As you can probably see, I'm not good at sewing straight, but I think that adds to the handmade feel of this piece. Once I was finished with the sewing, I cut the letters out of the canvas and mounted them to the banner. To finish it off, I added die-cut flowers and some doilies from Punky Sprouts.
Supply list:
Aiko Patterned Papers: Little Princess, Bouquet, One Fine Day, Happy Notes
Aiko Flower Die-Cuts
Aiko Cardstock Stickers
Teenie Beanie Sprout Album (Punky Sprouts)
Doilies, Cork, Coffee Filters (Punky Sprouts)
Mist (Tattered Angels)
Border Punch (American Crafts)
Sparklets (Kaisercraft)
Adhesive (Glue Arts Glue Glider, Zip Dry, Imaginisce glue gun)
Die-cut letters (Silhouette Cameo; font: Serif)
Pearls, sheer ribbon (Hobby Lobby)
And finally here is Ro's Punky Teenie Beenie sprout album
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Punky Sprouts have a beautiful designers for mini albums and canvas embellishments, perfect for use with the amazing Kepsake MLS Collection and create the "Words that guide my life" mini album.

Supplies list:
11832 - window view
11833 - Garden Delight
11834 - English Rose
11835 - Music to my Ears
11837 - Simple Treasures
11836 - Picture Perfect
11841 - Cardstock Sticker
11838 - Cherry & Fog
Thanks so much ladies! These projects were awesome!
Now how would you like to win our Aiko collection?? Head on over to the Punky Sprouts Facebook Page and tell them My Little Shoebox sent you and we'll choose a winner off of their Facebook wall!
Have a creative day!

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Hello card with Keepsake

Hello MLS fans! It's Nana sharing a quick card I created with the Keepsake collection. The label sticker on the Keepsake Cardstock Sticker sheet makes is easy to add a sentiment and make a quick card.

Hello by Nana Campana



patterned paper: Simple Treasures

Cardstock Stickers

Raindrop sprinkle glaze alphabet stickers

Nana's note: I also added some faux stitching and a little hand written  love note to my card. You can use black or white ink to create faux stitching on your projects.

Have a creative day!

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National Scrapbook Day winner!

Thanks to all who created with us for National Scrapbook Day! It's time to announce our winner so let's all congratulate...


Shannon Colburn Blinn




Shannon please email your mailing address to and we'll get your MLS prize package out to you!


Have a creative day!

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Pretty Girls With Aiko

Hello My Little Shoebox followers! Liz here and I am so excited to be making my first blog post here on the MLS blog.

This month I am working with the adorable Aiko collection.

The Aiko collection is so beautiful with the cutest prints and the prettiest color combinations.

First off, I have a layout that I made of my sweet niece in her Easter dress. She is just a doll!

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Supplies: Aiko Happy Notes, Sky, Blue Sky, 3D Roll-Up Flowers, Cardstock Stickers

Next, I want to share this layout of my daughter.

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I really had a good time playing with the variety of roll-up flowers. I added glitter to each of them for some added sparkle.

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Supplies: Aiko March, Happy Notes, Sage, Lipstick, Festival, Blue Sky, Carstock Stickers, Roll-Up Flowers

I made the cute little oriental girls the center of attention on these two cards.

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I used a border punch to add layers to the bottom of the card.

Supplies: Aiko Happy Notes, Kiss, Bouquet, Whoopie Pie Sprinkle Glaze Alphabet Stickers, Quicksand Mini Alphabet Stickers

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Supplies: Aiko March, Happy Notes, Sage, Blue Sky, Cardstock Sticker, Roll-Up Flower

The individual flowers on the sticker sheet looked great with a vine die cut that I have. I cut out the sentiment from the Happy Notes sheet and adhered it to the bottom.

That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by!

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A Friendship Card with Aiko

Hello MLS friends, Robyn here today popping in to share a cute card I made. The Aiko collection is perfect for a friendship card. I found the sentiment "Forever Friends" on the sheet of journaling spots and that inspired the rest of the design. I cut small notches from each side of the sentiment strip to give it a banner shape.


I decided to make it extra feminine by adding a doily from Punky Sprouts, layered on the patterned papers. Then I placed two of the girl stickers together on a journaling spot and used foam tape to attach it to the card for a little extra dimension.

To finish it off, I found some scrap ribbon that complemented the color palette and tied it around the front of the card.

Supply list:

Aiko Patterned Papers: Little Princess, Happy Notes
Aiko Cardstock Stickers
Doily (Punky Sprouts)
White Cardstock (Canvas Corp)
Ribbon (Making Memories)
Adhesive (Glue Arts Glue Glider, Zip Dry, Imaginisce foam tape)

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It's National Scrapbook Day so let's get our scrap on!

Hello MLS fans! It's National Scrapbook Day and we're celebrating with a challenge! We'd love for you to get your scrap on and create with your My Little Shoebox stash!


Design team member Liz Chidester has created a special National Scrapbook Day sketch just for our MLS fans.


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Here's Liz's layout she created using our Up in the Trees collection.



Monique's layout with Up in the Trees



Carol's layout with Lovely Day



Jenifer's layout with Lovely Day


Grace's layout with Lovely Day



and finally here is my layout with Happy Go Lucky


Now we challenge you to get crafty for National Scrapbooking Day and create a layout based on Liz's sketch! Post it to our Facebook wall by Monday May 7th at midnight Pacific time.

We'll randomly choose one lucky scrapper to win a MLS prize and announce the winner Tuesday here on the blog!

And before we go it's time to announce our Thursday Punky Post winner. Let's congratulate...

Sharmon Savoie!

Please email your mailing address to and we'll get your Keepsake collection prize out to you next week!

Have fun scrapping today friends! Now go get your scrap on!

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Spring Cards with "Lovely Day"


Hello, friends!  Keely here to share some Spring cards created with the "Lovely Day" collection.  Mother's Day is just around the corner.  Mom would really love a handmade card on her special day.


Both of these cards measure 3.5" x 6.5". I created the patchwork card, working top to bottom, adding rectangles of patterned paper to create a design that I liked.  I inked each piece of patterned paper before adhering it to the card.  Next, I added stickers from the collection with dimensional adhesive.  The MLS alphabet stickers were perfect for creating a title.  Finally, I wrapped a piece of twine around the card and secured with a bow.


The second card, "For You", was created with one piece of patterned paper and stickers.  I accented the pink patterned paper with coordinating blue cloud stickers.  I love that splash of blue.  Next, I adhered a paper doily and trimmed the edge flush with the card. Twine was wrapped around the card and secured with a bow. The journaling diecut was embellished with stickers and adhered with dimensional adhesive. Easy peasy!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my cards today and are inspired to create your own handmade greetings.

MLS patterned paper "Lovely Day" collection: Seeds of Happiness, Happy Together, Sweet Memory, Easy Breezy, New Story, Chocolate
MLS "Lovely Day" cardstock stickers
MLS Sprinkle Glaze Alphabet Stickers: Whoopie Pies
Adhesive: Glue Arts
Ink: Colorbox
Twine, doily: The Twinery


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Product Swap: Punky Sprouts

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Hello MLS fans! We are so excited to share that we've swapped product with Punky Sprouts and each Thursday in May, we'll be sharing some beautiful projects that our team was inspired to create with their fabulous Punky albums.


First up today is Design Team coordinator, Pattie Beltran. Pattie rocked Punky Sprouts by making this adorable Dream Banner with the Teenie-beenie Sprout album!


Dream Banner:

Lovely Day: Happy Together, New Story, Let the Sunshine, Seeds of  Happiness, Easy Breezy, Sweet Memory, Chocolate & Chiffon, 3D flower die cut sheet, Cradstock Sticker, minis in Chocolate Cake
Punky Sprouts: Teenie Weenie album, Lil' blossoms parchment, Lil Blossoms Lacey Pack
Zva: Bling swirls
Darice: pearls and twine
MFT Stamps: steel die
Tattered Angels: Glam (Luck O' the Irish) and Mists: Dazzling Diamond and Pink Ink
Ranger: Perfect Pearls mist (Turquoise and Interference Red), Distress Stain (Milled lavender, Worn Lipstick), Distress Ink; (Vintage Photo(, Claudine Hellmuth Matte Multi medium
DMC: floss
EK Success: Border punch
Fiskars: bedorative edge scissors
American Crafts: Pen
Viva Pearl Pens; lilac and cream
Maya Road: Rose trim
ribbon: Creative Impressions, Martha Stewart Crafts, unknown
Pattie wanted to share:"If you ever find that you don't have letters large enough for your project, go ahead and make some. I was inspired by my dear friend Nicole Wragge, who is the mini alphabet queen. I printed some letters from my computer, traced it into the chocolate and chiffon cardstock paper and covered the paper with coordinating mini letters. When I was finished, I coated the letters with Claudine Hellmuth matte multi medium. Voila, letters that are just the right size for my banner."
Next we have Grace Tolman creating with a Sprocket Sprout and our Keepsake collection:
Simply sunday mini- Grace Tolman (1)
My little shoebox

Simple Sunday Minibook
Keepsake collection- Window view, Garden Delight, English Rose, Music to my ears, Picture Perfect, Simple Treasures, Cherry & Fog, Razzleberry & Chiffon, Flower Die cut, Cardsticker, Sound of Music
Cotton Candy Sprinkle Glaze Alphabet Letter
Minibook, Doilie and twine- Punky Sprouts
Circle punch- ½” Marvy Uchida; 1 ½” Creaive Memories; 2” EK Success
Border punch- EK Success
Pen- Creative Memories
Corner rounder- Creative memories
Mist- Peach delight, Glimmer mist, Tattered Angels
Adhesives- Creative Memories
Grace's Notes: I received the Punky Sprouts album that has the gear pages and it seemed a bit off from what the Keepsake collection’s theme is so I covered the gear pages all around to make the round edges instead. My favorite part of the album is the different elements used as pages. In the kit, it had a mixture of cardboard, chipboard, canvas and even a small envelope as pages and/or elements. I was also inspired by the doily and twine which is included in the same album kit.
The Keepsake collection is perfect for the Spring season. I love the bright colors and the design just makes you want to go out there and “smell the flowers”. I enjoyed cutting the frames/window design out and adding them as layered accents in some of the pages of my book. I also sprinkled all of the blocks from the Simple Treasures papers to hold journaling and accents in my book.
Thanks ladies! These projects were awesome!
Now how would you like to win our Keepsake collection?? Head on over to the Punky Sprouts Facebook Page and tell them My Little Shoebox sent you and we'll choose a winner off of their Facebook wall!

Have a creative day!

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Flying 'Up In The Trees' on a Zip Wire

Hello everyone, It's Beckie here welcoming you to the MLS blog today to share with you a layout I made using MLS Up In The Trees.

These papers are awesome and as soon as I saw them I knew that I would have to use it to scrap these pictures of my DD while she was having fun on her first 'mega' zip wire as it is perfect for woodland themes, as well as others ;)  Plus I 'melted' when I saw those wee birds ....

Zip Wire Flying by Beckie Dreyer

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Up in the Trees Collection: In The Trees, Free as a Bird, Ruby & Oregano, Flower Diecut

MLS Carnation Glitter Alphabet Sticker

MLS Fog Mini Alphabet Sticker

Yellow Polka Dot Ribbon

Xcut Leaf Punch


I cut the branches out from the 'In the trees' paper before adding them to the paper.  Some of the leaves I added using a foam pad to raise them up to give some dimension to the layout.

Have a go at building up some layers of leaves under one of the 3D flowers, this is a really effective way of creating a bouquet feel to the flower.

If you have a layout you created with Up In The Trees, why not post it on the MLS facebook page!

I hope you have a really creative day

Beckie :)

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Up in the Trees altered project

Hello MLS fans. Happy May Day everyone! We have some really fun things happening in May. First our new design team members have been crafting some fabulous designs with their MLS goodies and they can't wait to show you what they have created here on the MLS blog.

Next, we've teamed up with Punky Sprouts to bring you some really fun projects featuring their beautiful products and our fabulous collections. Every Thursday in May  we'll be sharing what we were inspired to create. Make sure you visit the blog and leave a comment because we have some goodies to give away.

And finally, Natonal Scrapbook Day is this Saturday! We want to hear what your plans are for celebrating this year! Please leave us a comment on today's post and we'll announce a random winner Saturday in our National Scrapbook Day post to win some MLS goodies!

Today I'm kicking off May with a fun altered project that I created with our Up in the Trees collection.

May tip Shemaine

Altered Flower box

by Shemaine Smith


Supplies: Woodgrain love, Free as a Bird, Heart on a String, My way, Bird's Eye View. Bare wood planter box, White Acrylic Paint, Martha Stewart chunky glitter, Recollections pearls, BBQ skewers, Martha Stewart fringe scissors, Modge Podge Paper medium.

This project came together very quickly. First I painted the tops of the flower pots and planter box with white acrylic paint. Then I covered the planter with patterned paper. The templates for the flower pots were really easy to create by taking a piece of paper and rubbing the edges to create a impression of the pot that I could then cut out and trace.


For the flowers I used flower dies from Papertrey Ink, a Martha Stewart punch for the center and Martha Stewart chunky glitter to make them purdy! I then attached them to BBQ skewers, hot glued them into the pots and finished them by cutting patterned paper to look like grass.

My son wants to give this as a gift to his Art teacher for Teacher Appreciation week. Isn't that sweet?

Visit our Facebook page and share your altered projects with MLS products! We love seeing what you're creating.

Have a creative day!

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