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Friday Facebook finds

Hello MLS fans! Today we are sharing some Facebook finds from our wall. Are you featured here today? Well if you're posting your projects to our Facebook wall you just might find an email from us asking your permission to share your work here to our blog!

Let me introduce this month's Facebook Finds


From the UK, Daphne Wun Rhim


We love Daphne's simple design and layered flowers using our Secret Garden collection. For more of Daphne's work please vist her blog here.


next we have from Poland, Anna Zaprzelska click her name to see more of Anna's beautiful work.

FF Anna Zaprrzelska

We love all the layering Anna did with our Happy Go Lucky collection.

And finally, from our very own from Brazil, Ro Philippsen. A class layout she taught in her home country. Ro is doing an amazing job spreading her love of My Little Shoebox products thru classes at her local scrapbook stores.


We sent out a few other emails asking permission to feature some beautiful work featured on our Facebook wall but did not hear back from the artists so make sure you respond back to us if you find an email from us so we can feature your beautiful work with My Little Shoebox products!

Have a creative weekend!


**All featured artists have given permission to My Little Shoebox to feature their work on our Design Blog and have verified that these projects were created and photographed soley by the designer.

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Pattern Mixing With the Keepsake Collection

Happy Thursday, MLS friends! It's Robyn Schaub, here to share a layout I created with the Keepsake collection from My Little Shoebox.

I'm always a fan of bright colors, and the Keepsake collection has some of my favorites: yellows, pinks and a beautiful shade of turquoise. I wanted to find a way to mix all the lovely colors and patterns without making the layout too busy. So I decided to cut some small strips of my favorite papers and use them -- in small doses -- along the bottom half of the layout.

I cut all the strips to an equal width so they would have a balanced feel, even though there were competing patterns and colors. Then I handcut some matching frames from the Picture Perfect paper to layer on top, using foam tape to give them a little dimension from the page.

To finish, I added cardstock alphabet stickers for the title and a few of the bird stickers.

The gray polka dot paper in the background helps to ground all the patterns and provides a perfect mat for the photo.

Don't be afraid to play with patterns and color on your next layout. You'll be amazed at what you can create!

Have a wonderful day!

Supplies used: Window View, Garden Delight, English Rose, Picture Perfect, Simple Treasures, Cherry & Fog, Keepsake Cardstock Stickers, white cardstock, foam tape

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Up in the Trees

Hi My Little Shoebox fans... we are finishing up with the older winter releases and starting with the brand new releases so here I am finishind up with one of my favourites from the winter collections. :)

Up in the Trees

MLS Zoe July Up in the Trees LO1
I used a woodgrain template on the background with some tim holtz inc. I am obsessed with stencils if I can fit one on my page I use them.


Supplies used: Up in the trees Woodgrain Love, Birds Eye view, Free as a bird, Up in the trees cardstock stickers, My little bit of whimsy bird & nest, Tim holtz distress ink, crafters workshop woodgrain stencil.

Please share your Up in the Trees projects with us on our Facebook wall. You just might be picked for our Facebook Finds post. Look for it this Friday.

Have a creative day!

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Making a kite with the new 3D Roll-Up Flower Sheets

Hi My Little Shoebox fans!

The new My Little Shoebox 3D Roll-Up Flower sheets have a new look! They now include leaf and fun accent shapes (which I love).

The cute diamond shaped pieces remind me of kites so that's what I decided to make with them.
Here's how to make them a little more dimensional...
With a sharp tool, score a line through the middle, from the top to bottom and from both sides.
Now fold along the scored lines, you now have a dimensional piece.
Add some string and you have a cute, realistic looking kite!
These cute papers are from the new Cherry Blossom collection.

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


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Mixing Keepsake & Happy Go Lucky Collections

Hello My Little Shoebox fans, here's Rô Philippsen today!

I am excited to share with you a Layout I did mixing two amazing MLS Collections: "Keepsake" and "Happy Go Lucky".

These collections are so beautiful together, the colors and the patterned are gorgeous, harmonious and complementary incredibly!


The mini alphabets are perfect for write a phrase at the layout.


Some layers you can see in this close.


I really loved to create with these amazing Collections.

I hope you enjoyed it and feel inspired!

Thanks for stopping by,

Rô Philippsen

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Creating for CHA with Shemaine

Hello MLS friends. I am sharing my Summer CHA creations I made for Helen's booth with you today. For the summer trade show in Chicago I was assigned to create wth the Oh Deer and Notebook collections. These collections featured 4 double sided papers, cardstock stickers, Muse Alphabets and brand new trim! It wasn't hard to feel a creative spark after opening my box when it arrived. I'm sure you all agree, our new collections are adorable!

Here's a look at my OH Deer creations

Oh Deer wall hanging


For this project I used the  following supplies:

Cricut Expression and the Cindy Loo cart

Patterend Paper: A walk in the woods, Happy Campers

Cardstock stickers

Misc: Stickles, Brown Sakura gelly roller pen, Ranger

Next I did a wall hanging for my daughter's room with a nice large L covered in the woodgrain paper. Mod Podge paper was awesome for making this idea come to life.


Next I created a layout with my daughter and her cousin, Gavin.


The Notebook collection was also just as fun to create with.

Here's a 10x10 layout that fits in a shadow box featuring a few of the tags on the Bits and Pieces patterned paper embellished in fun ways.


Another fun layout of Lily hamming it up at her brother's soccer game.


and some cards


 I used some twine from our swap a few months ago with the Twinery.


I love stamping over patterned paper. This is a great technique to try but keep the patterns simple and softer in color for the best results.


For this card I used a border punch on solid cardstock and layered it over the same cardstock and added some liquid pearls for a fun effect.

That's it for today!

Have a creative weekend everyone!

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August's Guest Designer Alice Carman

A warm welcome back to our August Guest Designer, Alice Carman.


Alice is back today to share some more of her awesome card making skills with more inspiration using our Vintage Shop and  Secret Garden collections.



I just love this owl in the Vintage Shop collection. He was an easy choice to make as the focus of my card.





I like that the journal cards are easy to create layers for my cards with.


I added a little tulle and an SRM sticker sentiment to make this card fun.






The cardstock stickers make is so easy to create fun tri-fold cards.

Lil Sweetie


I really loved how eassily the roll up flowers were to create with.



Thanks to Alice for being our guest and to you, our blog followers for stopping by today!

Have a creative day!

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DREAM banner with Aiko

It's Megan back this month with something a little different. I just adore the Aiko line so I went back to that and decided to make this banner. It involved a lot of fussy cutting, but it's not a big deal because I just do it while I watch TV in the evenings. I wanted the banner itself to reflect the 'DREAM' sentiment.  


I started by fussy cutting the large clouds from the Blue Sky paper. To give the banner a little more stability, I matted the clouds on a cloudy plastic that I got... at the dollar store! That plastic is from a flexible cutting mat. They sell them in the Dollar Tree in a pack of two for a dollar. I didn't even use up one for this project!

I love how the frosty acrylic adds to the cloud feel, so I left a little border around each cloud. If you just wanted stability, you could use chipboard or cardboard or whatever on the back of the clouds. Regular clear acrylic would work too.


Next, I moved onto the flowers. I had a vision of cascades of cherry blossoms, 'falling' from the clouds like rain drops. I cut out about 100 flowers from the Blue Sky, Little Princess and One Fine Day papers - for variety. I had plenty of leftover Blue Sky from cutting out the clouds, so those flowers make up the bulk of the flowers.

I had planned to use my sewing machine to stitch them together, but decided that it would be too difficult to do with the tiny ones. So, I used a plain old needle and thread. I had cut two flowers for each one I wanted to hang, so I could put them back to back. I figured that they would twist a little as they hang, so I wanted them to be double sided. 

I didn't bother gluing them together, just hand sewed an 'x' in the middle of each one, leaving about an inch before starting on the next one. I also didn't bother tying off the thread in between each one, so they can slide a little, but with an 'x' they don't move easily. In all of that hand stitching I only stabbed myself with the needle twice! and only once was under the fingernail (ouch!)

After stitching all of them into lines of three, I used some of my regular ATG glue to adhere them to the back of the clouds, which were already threaded with the ribbon. Then I glued a even MORE clouds, that I cut from the Bouquet paper, using the other clouds as templates and cutting them a little smaller, to the back using fabric glue. The fabric glue sticks to the ribbon and the thread to keep them both put.


Since I envisioned the threads turning a little as they hang, I thought a little sparkle was in order too, so I added a dot of stickles to the center of each flower. The stickles serve to further keep the flowers in place, add a little sparkle, and hide my imperfect stitching.


For the letters, I used my cricut and the Sophisticated cartridge to cut some of the Lipstick and Kiss solid papers.


Each cloud was further embellished with some die cut flowers, clouds and rolled flowers, along with some fussy cut small clouds and more flowers from the Blue Sky paper. The finishing touch is a little bit of bling on each of the red flowers, and on each of the pink flowers that were sewn between each cloud.


My Little Shoebox Supplies:

Little Princess, Bouquet, Blue Sky, One Fine Day, Lipstick & Sage, and Kiss & Sky papers from the Aiko line

Die Cuts from the Aiko line

Other Supplies:

Ranger Stickles in Diamond, Fruit Punch and Icicle

Rhinestones from Kaisercraft

Plastic cutting board from dollar store

Ribbon from Jo-Ann

Fabri-Tac fabric glue from beacon

Cricut and Sophisticated Cartridge

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Creating with Cherry Delight and Coming Home

Hello!  Linda here with some projects I created for CHA.  I used the MLS collections Cherry Delight and Coming Home - such fun, colorful papers, stickers, roll-up flowers and accents, letters and ribbon packs!

My first project is a Shadow Box using the Cherry Delight collection.

There are five layers of paper, and corrugated cardboard.  Each layer is foam dotted for depth, all edges are inked, and I used both kinds of embossing!  I love the contrast of the white frame with the bright colors of Cherry Delight!

Supplies: Charming, Serenade, Happy Times, RFoll-up Accents, Cardboard Stickers, Baby Doll Trim Pack.  Other: Vintage Photo distress ink, ribbon, Thermo Web adhesive.

Next is a card using Cherry Delight to create a more feminine look.


For this card I used a die cut for the corner focus, threaded with pink satin cord, and highlighted with white pom poms.  The rolled flowers are backed with a doily and some Happy times paper, and finished with pearl centers.

Supplies:  Charming, Happy Times, 3D Roll-up Flowers and Accents, and Baby Doll Trim Pack.  Other: We Are Memory Keepers Lucky 8 punch.

The last two projects, a layout and a card, I used the Coming Home collection.

I love the combination of the pink plaid and the green striped tree paper!  I used white pom  poms to separate the two sections - one has foam dotted trees, and the other has 3D Roll-Up Flowers and a seam binding bow.  My granddaughter's picture fits exactly the "Dreaming" theme!

Supplies: Park Avenue paper, 3D Roll-Up Flowers and Accents, Cardboard Stickers, Honey Dew Muse Alphabet Stickers, and Baby Doll Trim pack pom poms.  Other: pearls and white seam binding.

Last is a card using the houses and trees, which are the backbone of this collection.  Don't you just love the colors?

With this "Welcome" card I did a lot of distressing and inking.   I used strips of paper and accents, distressed a piece of corrugated cardboard, foam dotted the houses and clouds, and added a tree and some twine. 

Supplies:  Town Square, Park Avenue, 3D Accents, Cardboard Stickers, and Chocolate Mini Alphabet Stickers.  Other:  Twine from The Twinery, Vintage Photo distress ink, and a white doily.

I hope you have gotten some ideas and inspiration.  I certainly enjoyed creating with these exciting MLS collections.  Be sure to check our blog every day to see the creations of our talented designers!




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Mini-Journal with Up In the Trees

All I can say is that I LOVE the Up in the Trees Collection!!

I just couldn't waste any of these precious scraps of paper so I decided to put all of them into a little (4x6) mini book/journal.  Here is the cover.


Look at all these super cute inside pages just waiting to be filled, 40 pages to be exact:)


Here are a couple of my favorite...


I haven't decided if I want to use it as a little summer journal or a little art journal, I can't make up my mind.  How would you use it?


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Muse Cardstock Alphabet Sticker Week Wraps up!

Hello MLS fans! It's Friday and the last day of our week long Muse Alphabet sticker promotion. We hope you've enjoyed a closer look at these new stickers and the projects that our Design Team created!

We want to thank the following designers for their contributions this week.














and we're wrapping up today's post with some beautiful work from Zoe, Monique and Carol.

First, a breath taking layout from Zoe

Growing like a weed

Muse Alpha Zoe 1

Zoe used several Muse alphas for her title to show how they can coordinate well.

Muse Alpha Zoe 2


Next is Monique's layout with our Vintage Shop and Coming Home collections


I believe I can fly

Mliedtke muse lo

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Coming Home (Park Avenue & Soaring Above), Aiko Kiss & Sky; Cardstock Stickers: Coming Home & Vintage Shop, Cardstock Alphabet Stickers: Muse (Strawberry Frosting), MLS ribbon, MLS stamps (Sew Cute).
Other supplies: Pearls (Inkido), Words-To-Go (K&Company), staples (misc).

And finally a fantastic project from Carol!

"Bottle Cap Signs"

Supplies list:
1) MLS Muse alpha (Woodgrain, Honey Dew, Strawberry Frosting, Newsprint, Firecracker)
2) MLS Cardstock stickers (Vintage Shop, Oh Deer!, Coming Home)
2) Maya Road Bottle Caps
3) Glossy accent
4) Scrapbook Adhesive foam tape
5) Ranger stickles

I made the 2 "signs" for my kids, C for Celine and D for Dominic. Love the oh so cute stickers and the colourful Muse alpha stickers. 
Thanks for spending the week with us here at the MLS blog. We can't wait to see what you create with our stickers so be sure and share them on our Facebook wall.
Have a creative weekend!

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Muse Cardstock Alphabet Sticker Week continues!

Hello MLS fans. Today we are sharing more inspiration with our Muse Alphabet Stickers with design team members Megan, Liz and Jenifer showing us how they created with the new stickers.

First let's take a look at what Megan created using our Cherry Delight collection.

I love you


"To create this card, I placed the words 'I Love you' then filled in around them with extra letters and number. I mostly used the letters that I are often leftover at the end of a sheet. The great thing about this technique is that you can also mix and match colors of the alphas. So you can used up all of your leftovers. After the stickers were all placed, I painted over the whole thing with a couple of coats of Gesso. White paint would work also. After that dried, I sprayed it with a couple different colors of mist. Finally I placed another layer of alpha stickers on the sentiment words and added the floral sticker."

Next we have a layout using several of the Muse designs from Liz with our Vintage Shop collection.

MLS Oliver


And finally Jenifer created a card and used the Muse Alphabets for her sentiment along with the Secret Garden collection.


Jenifer_Cowles_MLS_Muse Alphabet Hello Card


What a great mix of designs from these ladies. We'll be back tomorrow with one more look at some more Muse Alphabet projects.

Have a creative day!


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Muse Cardstock Alphabet Sticker Week continues!

Hello MLS friends! We're back with more inspiration for you today featuring our Muse Cardstock Alphabet Stickers.

Today's featured projects are by designers Grace Tolman and Keely Yowler. Let's have a look at what these ladies created for you today.


Podcast (1)

Grace's Notes:
I decided to use two Muse Alpha colors to show everyone that using two different colors of the same sticker font is doable and makes for a cohesive page/project.
Podcast (3)
Podcast (4)

Supplies Used:
Papers: (11899 Chocolate & Chiffon) Lovely Day; (50042 Soaring Above, 50043 Park Avenue, 50044 Urban Green)Coming Home; Die cut shapes: (50045 3D Roll-up flowers and accents) Coming Home; Ribbon: 50057,Morning Mist; Stickers: 50046,Coming Home; Letters: (50101 Woodgrain, 50106 Firecracker) Muse Cardstock Alphabet sticker; Button: Fancy Pants Design; Pins: Maya Road; Twine: The Twinery; Staples and stapler: OfficeMax; Journaling font: Century Gothic, MS Word; Adhesives: Glue dots, Creative Memories

Next we have a layout from Keely using our Vintage Shop collection.

Giddy Up


Keely's layout features a cute vintage photo and feel.



Here's a close up of the Firecracker Muse Alpha's

Thanks ladies for sharing your projects with us today! Make sure you stop back by tomorrow for some more design team inspiration!

Have a creative day!

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Tuesday Tutorial - Up in the Trees Bracelet!

Hi My Little Shoebox fans!!

It’s Monique today and because it's Tuesday again I have a tutorial for you!

As much as I love to create layouts and cards, sometimes I love to create something else more! So for today I chose to show you how to create paper beads to make a bracelet.

Let’s get started!

First we start creating the paper beads.

1. Gather your materials to create the beads: scraps of paper (I use scraps from the Up in the Trees collection), scissors, trimmer, knife & ruler, glue stick, tooth picks and either glossy accents or crackle accents (or nail polish).

Mliedtke mls bracelet 1

2. Cut a few strips of paper of at least 7.5”long and 0.5“ wide. Because I want every bead to be different I cut a few extra strips, but 4 would be sufficient.

Mliedtke mls bracelet 2

3. Cut your strips at a length of 7.5”.

Mliedtke mls bracelet 3

4. Use your knife and ruler to cut the strips diagonally so you get triangles:

Mliedtke mls bracelet 4

5. Now roll the top of your strip of paper (the wide end) 1 time around the tooth pick and use your glue stick to glue the rest of the back of the strip of paper.

Mliedtke mls bracelet 5

6. Roll the paper completely around the tooth pick like this:

Mliedtke mls bracelet 6

7. Repeat this until you have 8 or 9 beads (for my arm 8 is enough). Because you didn’t add the glue to the top of the paper you can easily slide the bead off the tooth pick:

Mliedtke mls bracelet 7

8. Because I don’t want to damage my bracelet when washing my hands I covered the beads in a little bit of crackle accents (glossy accents or even nail polish will do too of course):

Mliedtke mls bracelet 8

9. When using crackle accents your beads look like this:

Mliedtke mls bracelet 10

10. To let the beads dry in stuck them in a piece of styrofoam:

Mliedtke mls bracelet 9

Now we come to the second part of the tutorial: creating the actual bracelet!

11. Gather the rest of the supplies: (glass)beads from your stash and elastic beading cord):

Mliedtke mls bracelet 11

12. String the beads on the elastic cord (I use a double beading cord so my bracelet is stronger). For my arm I needed 8 paper beads, 8 metal beads and 8 glass beads:

Mliedtke mls bracelet 12

13. Tie the ends of the beading cord together and your bracelet looks like this:

Mliedtke mls bracelet 13

And on my arm it looks like this:

Mliedtke mls bracelet 15

That’s it!! You’re done! Isn’t this a fun way to use your scraps???

Thanks for stopping by My Little Shoebox’ blog today and if you decide to try and create a bracelet too, I would love to see it!!

Have a great and creative day!


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Muse Cardstock Alphabet Sticker Week!

Hello My Little Shoebox friends. We are very excited about our new releases and all the buzz we've been seeing about our collections all over the web. We can't wait to see what you create with them so be sure and share your work with us on our Facebook page.

This week we are featuring our newest product, Muse Cardstock Alphabet Stickers. There are 6 new sets of stickers that coordinate with each of our Summer CHA collections. The stickers come on a 6x12 sheet and feature a variety of patterns.

Designer Pattie Beltran featured the Newsprint stickers in her layout.

The Ring Leader

Vintageshop layout2-pattiebeltran

Our mini alphas paired with the Muse stickers help make Pattie's title stand out.

Next designer Linda Kretz used the Honey Dew stickers that coordinate with our Coming Home Collection in her layout.



Linda's lace paired with the alphabets on the banner make a beautiful title for her layout.

And finally, Shemaine Smith created with the Woodgrain cardstock stickers that coordinate with our Oh Deer Collection for her card.


ShemaineOhdeercard 5a

We love that Shemaine added Glossy Accents to her stickers to make them shine.

Join us here all week long as more of our Design Team will be sharing their Muse Alphabet Sticker projects.

Have a creative day!


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"Trust, Enjoy, Try, Explore, Believe" Mixed Media Canvas and Card

Hi, everyone. Carol Theng here today. For my project today, I want to focus on My Little Shoebox's alpha stickers. I love all the colours of the alphas and the different sizes. Just perfect for any project.

I made a canvas and a card (sort of by accident).  For the canvas, I used one My Little Shoebox paper for the background. I paste it down with gel medium, then sprayed water and rubbed off the paper to reveal some of the opposite page. Then I paste down a lace at the side and adhere the Mini Alpha Stickers randomly across the canvas. To seal in the stickers, multi-medium was applied. I also spread fiber paste across a mask(Mini Cubist by Crafter's Workshop) to create some texture.

Then I sprayed glimmer mists and stamped some wordings  and My Little Shoebox's stamp all over randomly. Finally I adhere My Little Shoebox's Mini Alpha Stickers, Sprinkle Glaze Alpha Stickers, Glitter Alpha Stickers and Cardstock stickers to make up the phrase. 




Close-up views of the canvas.


Here you can see the texture of the canvas and the fiber paste.


Supplies: White and Kraft Cardstock (Bazzill, American Crafts); Watercolour paper (Daler Rowney); Canvas; MLS Keepsake paper (Picture Perfect); MLS Mini Alpha Stickers (Kiss, Chiffon, Brownie, Sky, Quicksand, Peppermint Stick, Fog, Mint); MLS Sprinkle Glaze Alpha Stickers (Cotton Candy, Whoopie Pies, Salsa, Ocean); MLS Glitter Alpha Stickers (Lake, Snowflakes); MLS Cardstock Stickers (Lovely Day, Aiko, Keepsake); MLS Clear Stamp (Cute As A Button); Stampers Anonymous Stamp (Ultimate Grunge); Unity Stamp (She Art Print Texture); Claudine Hellmuth Multi-Medium/Decoupage glue; Lace Applique; Golden Fiber Paste; The Crafter's Workshop stencil (Mini Cubist); Staz-on Black Ink; Tattered Angels Glimmer mists; Scrapbook Adhesives foam strips.

This card was sort of unplanned for.  I used a watercolour paper to test out the effect of the glimmer mists on the alpha stickers. It turn out so nice that I made a card out of it. 

Well, I hope you are inspired by my project. Do try out using alpha stickers as the focus of your project. Its so much fun!! Thanks for visiting My Little Shoebox blog.

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Welcome August's Guest Designer Alice Carmen

Hello MLS fans! We are pleased to welcome Alice Carmen as August's Guest Designer here at My Little Shoebox! Alice is a wonderful artisit who designs for Bella Blvd, Petaloo and Scrap Mart.

We'll let Alice take it from here...


My name is Alice Carman and I’m super excited to guest design for My Little Shoebox.  I love making cards so when I was asked to create a few samples,  I was over the moon excited.  I’ve been asked what my card making style is and honestly, I have no idea.  I dabble in everything…after all its crafting and who doesn’t like that!  However, I do like to layer my cards.  I use a lot of product so I guess you could say it’s not clean and simple.  I also use a lot of stickers and alphabets…love them!  MLS has great mini alphas, perfect for card making. Another thing I like to use is pattern paper because it just makes everything bright and fun.

Baby card


For my first card I created a cute little Owl out of the patterned papers in the Notebook collection and made the card a tri-fold card.


Here's a closer view. I really loved working with the roll up flowers and thought the leaves are a perfect addition.



Happy Day



I really like that the new alpha stickers now come in a matte finish and they are super sticky!

Happy Birthday


For my last card today, I made this Happy Birthday card soft and elegant adding touches of color with some Petaloo flowers and tulle.

Thank you My Little Shoebox for such a warm welcome and beautiful new products to create with!

Join us again on Thursday August 23rd for more card making inspiration from Alice and make sure you visit her design blog, Cards by Alice for a look at some amazing altered projects she had recently posted.

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Fun with Vintage Shop and Secret Garden

Hi there, Pattie here with a couple of the items that I created for CHA!  I had so much fun working with the new products!  I created with both Vintage Shop and Secret Garden. 

Here is a layout that I created using Vintage Shop.  It's of Helen and her sister Twinkie. They are so beautiful!

Vintageshop layout3-pattiebeltran

Supplies used: Vintage Shop: Attic Treasures, Heirloom, Rose Bloom, 3D Roll Up Die Cuts and Accents, Newsprint Muse Alphabet stickers, Chocolate Cake Mini alphabets

Other: Border Punch-Fiskars; Dies- MFT Stamps; Punch- EK Success; Doilies-Punky Sprouts; Ink- Ranger; Pearls-Prima;  Adhesives- Therm o Web; Ribbon, tags, rosebuds, buttons- misc

Here is a cute card that I created.  I just love the owls in this line!!

Vintageshop card2-pattiebeltran

Supplies used: Vintage Shop: French Lace, Cardstock Stickers, Island Breeze trim pack

Other: Stickles: Ranger; Adhesive: Therm o Web


Next up is a layout of my beautiful daighter using the Secret Garden line.
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Supplies used: Secret Garden: Bonbons, La Petite, Cricket & Lagoon Cardstock Paper, Cardstock Stickers, 3D Roll Up Flower and Accents, Strawberry Frosting Muse ALphabet stickers

Other: Border punch: Fiskars; Bling: Prima; Die: Sizzix; Pearls: Darice; Doilies: Punky Sprouts; Pen: American Crafts; Adhesives: Therm o Web

And lastly. a Thank You card using Secret Garden.

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Supplies: Secret Garden: Dorothy, Bonbons, La Petite, 3D Roll Up Flowers and Accents

Other: Border punch: EK Success, Dies: MFT Stamps, Pins: Maya Road, Stamp: Hampton Arts, Ink: Prima, trim: vintage, Adhesives: Therm o Web


Hope you enjoyed these projects.  Have you checked your LSS for the newest My Little Shoebox products?  We would love to see what you create as well! 
Have a crafty week!

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So Alike with Aiko

Hi My Little Shoebox fans, it’s Monique today with an AIKO layout for you!

I don’t know about you, but I think that 90% of my layouts feature my kids (why would that be? :):):)) 8% of the layouts feature my husband and/or me and our doggie, BUT only 2% is about others. When I realized that, I found it rather shocking … only 2 layouts out of 100 are about other people I also love very much, but just “forget” to scrap about.

So for today I decided to scrap a page about someone who (sadly) belongs in this “2%” range … my sister! I have only one sister and she’s the best sister you can wish for! I’m deeply ashamed I haven’t scrapped more pages about her, but I definitely will in future!

Here she is, with her beautiful daughter:

Monique liedtke so alike

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For the layout I chose the Aiko line as I love the colors, but also because it’s so feminine and therefore just perfect for my sister and niece.

Supplies: My Little Shoebox, Aiko: March, Kiss, Festival, Bouquet, One Fine Day, Cardstock Stickers; Mini Alphabet Stickers: Peppermint Stick; Glitter Alphabet Stickers: Snow Flakes.

Other: Punches (Martha Stewart), Crystals (ZVA Creative), white paint (Amsterdam), Staples (misc).

I can’t begin to explain how much I loved working with this line… it just scraps itself!

Thanks for stopping by My Little Shoebox’ blog today and don’t forget to share your pages on our Facebook page!

Hope you have a great day!


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A Sunday Drive with Keepsake

Hello My Little Shoebox fans! Liz here to share with you a few layouts I made with My Little Shoebox's adorable Keepsake collection. I love that the colors and prints are very versatile. I was able to make a girly page and a masculine page of my husband.

Who doesn't love a nice, Sunday drive?

To add plenty of color and texture I cut out several flower shapes with my die cut machine.

I made sure the title stood out by outlining it with a black pen.

Products used: My Little Shoebox Keepsake collection; Cardstock stickers, Simple Treasures, English Rose, Window View, Razzleberry and pink Sprinkle Glaze Alphabet stickers.

And finally, a masculine page of my DH. My husband is very musical. He plays the guitar and he has a beautiful voice so this paper was perfect!

I added just a touch of pink to show my love for him. :)

Products used: My Little Shoebox Keepsake collection; Cardstock stickers, Simple Treasures, Garden Delight, Picture Perfect, Razzleberry, and 3D Roll Up Flower sheet.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Family Ties with Aiko


Hello, friends!  I'm so happy to be here today to show you my latest layout with the "Aiko" collection.  This sweet little collection has become one of my favorites. I love how the bright colors and lovely patterns have added new life to this blacka and white vintage photo.


I love layering lots of patterned papers and accents.  Elevating the top layer of your accents with dimensional adhesive really gives your layout pizzaz.

Another one of my tips...Journaling blocks are not just for journaling.  Notice in the above photo how I used a journaling block just to anchor and accent my sentiment and diecut.

Stayed tuned to the blog each and every day this month for amazing, new design team projects.

Have a wonderfully creative day!


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Craft Room Layout

Hello MLS fans, Grace here to share with you a layout I made using the Aiko collection....

Craft Room

Craft room (1)

This page was all about how my craft room looked like after unpacking all of my supplies once we've moved into our home here in Colorado. I love how the block design on the left made this page easy to accomplish PLUS I was able to showcase more paper designs from the Aiko collection. Here's a few more close ups...

Craft room (2)I love adding handmade touches to my pages and in this one, I used some left over yarn to add handstitching to my title block.

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Craft room (4)Supplies Used:

Pattern papers-(Little Princess, 11812; Bouquet, 118213; Blue Sky, 11814; Festival, 11815; One Fine day, 11816; Happy Notes, 11817; Lipstick and Sage, 11818; Kiss and Sky, 11819)  Aiko, My Little Shoebox; Letter stickers- (foam) Thickers, American Crafts; (others) Year-o-graphy, Simple Stories; Yarn- Darice; Circle and flower punches- Creative Memories; Border punch- Fiskars; Rhinestone- Jewels, Doodlebug Design Inc.; Pen- Creative Memories; Adhesive- Creative Memories, Glue Arts


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Hope you like my share today and make something beautiful today. :)

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Up In The Trees in Scotland

Hello MLS fans!

Today I am sharing some fun from Bonny Scotland with you all.  This picture of a Heilin' Coo (Highland Cow) chewing a thistle is all things Scottish to me.


Products Used

Up In The Trees Birds 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 Ocean and Brownie

Up In The Trees Flower Die Cut

Up In The Trees Fly High

Fog Mini Alphabet

I love The Up In The Trees collections with it's outdoor feel so decided to use them for the layout.

The circle in the back is created by cutting off the scallops from the Fly High paper.  This is perfect for when you maybe don't want to have a floral feel to a layout.

I also love the way that you can cut out little birds, trees and leaves and create a 3D effect.  For the trees I cut a few out before layering them up with foam pads

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Close up

I created the subtitle by using the wording from the Free As A Bird paper and mixing it with some of the mini alphabets.

I hope this inspires you to take a snap of what a place means to you and rush for your MLS supplies to record it .......

Thanks for stopping by


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