Gossamer Blue // Quick and Simple Pocket Layout

Hello Friends! Today I’m sharing a super quick and simple pocket layout over on the Gossamer Blue blog.

Scrapbooking is fun and important and necessary in our crafty world, but we can’t always spend two hours on one layout or spread. Sometimes we need to whip through layouts so we can either check it off the list or so we can play a bit of catch up.


I even made a little video to show how I assembled it…come check it out on the Gossamer Blue blog today!

I’ll see you there!

Gossamer Blue // Say HELLO to the August Kits

August is here and that means pool parties, sprinkler sessions and ice cream every day! Okay, maybe not everyday – but a few times at least! And is also means that the Gossamer Blue Kits for August are PERFECT to document all your summer fun!



Here are some faves I’m loving and projects that I’m working on. Head over to the store to grab your kits and add-ons!

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Oh, and be sure to stop back by on Monday – I’m sharing a super simple layout that requires no tools or adhesive. You can click here to go directly to it. (Link will be live on 8/3/15)

Happy scrapping!
Andrea :)


2015 pocket pages // weeks 15-21

guys, it’s been too long since i’ve shared a flip-thru and it’s a good one! lots to share! aaaand, you see my face this time – ya know – if ya wanna. i really want to get more comfortable doing personal intros to my videos so this is my first attempt and it’s basically just me talking myself into it. it’s only slightly embarrassing.

so here ya go. 6 weeks of pocket pages and then – as always – detailed photos are below.

have fun!

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check out the process video for this half-page layout: https://youtu.be/Rrs13ef044Q


oh and there’s a process video for this one too! see, it really has been a while. watch it here: https://youtu.be/GIKhSah3guU

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thanks for coming by! see ya next time!
andrea :)

Gossamer Blue // July Inspiration Blog Hop


Hello lovlies! Welcome to Gossamer Blue’s July Blog Hop! On the 15th of each month we hope to inspire you as you are working with the kits. I will share a project below and then will link up to the rest of the team so be sure to head to each DT blog to get a variety of ideas!

The July kits are PACKED with embellishments. Like, FULL. Ephemera, die cuts, flair, puffy stickers, chipboard stickers, cork words and big giant alphas! These kits do not disappoint!

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The sheer amount of embellishments I was left with after completing a few different projects inspired me to see how I could use them in a massive way. So I made a layout about my son’s friends whose family travels abroad for their church every summer. The kids spent the day together at our house before the girls left and I selected 1 photo as the starting point.

Then I gathered pieces from all the kits that were pick or blue (that matched the photo) and added yellow as an accent color.

The title went on after the photo and frame, and from there I just added pieces outward from the photo, like a puzzle.




I give you full permission to go wild with your embellishments! Have fun!

And don’t forget to check out what each of the other girls are up to today!

Alex Hunter
Andrea Gray <—–YOU ARE HERE
Brenda Smith
Brenda Weaver
Caylee Grey
Chantal Philippe
Diane Payne
Emily Spahn
Erin Taylor
Eunyoung Lee
Felicitas Mayer
Heather Leopard
Jill Keller
Joy Taylor
Katarzyna Przybyt
Kathleen Graumüller
Katie Ehmann
Kellie Winnell
Kelly Xenos
Michelle Wedertz
Patricia Roebuck
Rebecca Luminarias
Sandra Dietrich
Sian Fair
Stephanie Buice
Yana Smakula

Oh, and there are still a few kits available – click here to head to the store!

Have fun embellishing,
Andrea :)

documenting disneyland // tips + a flip-thru video

show of hands: who takes over 1000 photos when they go to disneyland? i can officially say that i did. and i’m not even a disney “lover”.

my 4 experiences at disneyland in my 35 years have been 1) when i was 4 and only remember thinking i was brave enough to put my hands in the air on big thunder mountain and then quickly clenched the shirt of my mother like i would have died if i hadn’t; 2) as a teenager when my sister and i were allowed to explore the park on our own. we explored for boys; 3) on our honeymoon at 21 years old when i was a little bit pregnant; and 4) june of this year when i was invited by my mother-in-law and took the kids without matt.

it’s a bit of a love/hate relationship. i love the idea of the magic and photos and joy, but hate the reality of sore feet, crowds of people and not sleeping in my own bed. am i right?

but the MAGIC! it really was sweet to see how my kids took it all in. and that’s what i want to remember about our trip. but i also don’t want sugar coat it. you see, my oldest isn’t a roller coaster person. and my youngest doesn’t enjoy things that are unknown and out of his control. so i documented the magical stuff and the reality that we dealt with. but it’s all good. that was OUR trip and i never expected anything different. if marsh didn’t want to ride on space mountain, we adjusted and another adult took him on something he was comfortable with. we made it work and we had FUN!

okay okay – so enough about that – let’s talk about getting it scrapped and not getting overwhelmed!

not only will i take you through my completed album in the flip thru video below, but i will share tips on how to come home with less than a thousand pictures. let’s get to it, shall we?



to make this task tremendously easier, i edited my photos DURING my trip. my iPhone is my primary – well, the only – camera i use now. like, exclusively. having it in my pocket for quick shots is so easy – i will never lug around a DSLR camera again. :)

with a 7 year old and a teenager, we could not do all-day outings at the parks. my kids are not used to that amount of standing, walking, and it’s seriously draining. so we took at least 1 break during the day. when they were tired, we walked back to the hotel and rested.

i used this time to go through the photos i took and edited the keepers. i also did the same thing at night as we chilled before bed. by the time i got home, all my photos were edited and ready to be uploaded to persnicketyprints.com. the printing method i decided on was to assemble my 3x4s and 4x6s and larger prints onto 12×12 canvases and print/cut them to size. it took a little time up front, but i saved a TON of money doing it this way.




contemplating how i wanted to lay out my album was quick and easy. it simply HAD to be by “land”. there just wasn’t a logical way to assemble it chronologically; we hit too many different things during each day. so when i got my photos back, i cut them to size and used a full 12×12 page protector to temporarily store each grouping by land (tomorrowland, frontierland, etc.). and within each land, i had smaller groupings by ride or event and i put those in smaller baggies.


the other reason i decided to go by land was so that i could maintain a common theme for my pages. i couldn’t even think about mixing a picture of star tours on a page with the indiana jones ride! NO WAY!

i also decided to keep this vacation in a completely separate album. first of all, i didn’t know how many pages it would end up being and i didn’t want to take up too much space in my family albums. so i decided on the PL red and white polka dot album that was on clearance at michaels. it’s not overly disney but it reminds me of minnie mouse – and it’s red. and polka dots. it’s perfect!




the cards/kit i chose is from the project mouse collection (click on the photos for more info).

i wanted generic cards that could document our days at the park but that weren’t overly disney. the skies while we were there were a perfect blue and these cards matched wonderfully with the landscape and overall theme.

we also didn’t do any character stuff so i really didn’t need those items. but this collection has A TON of different themes. these are just the ones that worked for our trip.

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since tomorrowland was our favorite land and the one that has the least disney feel, i purchased the separate tomorrowland cards.

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i also used some goodies from the June and July Gossamer Blue kits. the travel theme of the kits were perfect for those parts of our vacation! check them out here and here. and the June Life Pages kit can be found here.

and now – the video flip-thru and detailed photos below. hope you enjoy and are inspired to approach your disneyland album (or ANY large event) with confidence and a little preparation!



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happy scrapping!



Gossamer Blue // Say HELLO to the July Kits

Have you looked at the calendar??? IT’S JULY! Guys, the year is officially half over! Whaaaaat?

But the start of a new month means that we get to shout about the new Gossamer Blue kits for the month!



Have you seen these tidbits? These were my #gbkitfaves from the 4 kits I got to play with. Of course I ended up with WAAAY more favorites than just this.


And I happen to be on the Gossamer Blue blog today with my very first post! Please come by and take a gander at this pocket spread I did using the Life Pages Kit. Oh, and there’s a video too – I walk through the kit contents and then you can see how I put it all together in a process video. :)

Here’s a little sneak at the layout!

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Seriously, you gotta check out this kit and all the add-ons this month – they are all so fab!

Happy scrapping,

the teenage life // a process video

happy monday! is anyone up for a quick process video?

i filmed this a couple months ago and finally got around to doing the voice over!

the layout is a tribute to my teenager and all the things he likes right now.

most of the pieces came from this kit by Tickled Pink Studio and were the base of the inspiration.




thanks for watching – happy scrapping!

class is in session // have you signed up yet?


hey memory keepers! the My Story by the Decade workshop is in full effect today – did you register?

when you register, you get:

Cost is just $20!

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there’s a new design team member in town!

if you follow me on instagram, you may have seen this post from last week.



well, gossamer blue really did make my dreams come true. and whether or not this post was a cryptic glimpse into my secret, the good news is here and i’m BEYOND EXCITED!


do you see all those amazing scrapbookers? one of them IS ME!!! whaaaaaat?

being on a team of this caliber is both frightening and inspiring. basically, i do my own thing. and apparently people like that. which is awesome! but sometimes we can get caught up in all those stupid thoughts about not being as good as someone else or being too nervous to put your work out there.

i’m here to squash those crazy thoughts and tell you that if you want something – go for it! let people see how awesome YOU are. if you get a “no” then try somewhere else. but the answer is always no if you don’t try. and that right there is some truth. plus, scrappy folks are always super nice and are in the business of lifting up others.

follow your dreams. make stuff happen. be yourself. do the things that bring you joy.

so for the next year, you’ll be stuck seeing me gush over the delicious kits from gossamer blue as a life pages design team member! i will be sharing sneaks and peeks and projects galore. but it’s all out of my sheer and utter love for their products and the gorgeous kits they assemble. and i think that you’ll fall in love too. but if you don’t, we can still be friends!

so as a scrappy dream is taking shape and my mind races with ideas as i work on projects for july, i leave you with the kind and generously sarcastic words of my hilarious teenage son when i showed him this announcement – “wow mom, congratulations for having your face on a thing.”

to dreams. to making stuff happen. and to downright happy scrappiness. :)

xo, andrea

MY STORY by the decade // registration is now open

in case you missed the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT , check out this quick video!

you heard right! i’m hosting a new class this summer! better yet, it’s online and self-paced so you can work on your story anytime you want! but we’ll be together for 6 days and you can keep up or check in as we go. click here to register.



we all have that big box of old photos from our childhood. you know, that box your mother handed to you which houses every.single.report.card you ever received and every photo of you in front of your birthday cake. it’s full of memories and my goal is to help you get those memories out of the box and into a scrapbook – pocket style! so call your mom and ask for that box, or pull it out of the closet and get ready to take a trip down memory lane.



1 // a week of ideas and inspiration from 5 talented and passionate memory keepers. meet the team here.
2 // all of these printable cards! the idea is to go decade by decade with the help of exclusively designed pocket cards. there will be a set of cards for each decade, bonus cards and statistical cards.
3 // a beautiful album about YOU and your story. how cool is that?

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THE DETAILS: our 6-day adventure will take you from boxes of photos to a complete album

monday may 25 // registration is open now // get excited! share with your friends! dust off that box of photos! once you register, you will have access to the private welcome page and class materials and login info for each day’s class content.
monday june 15 // class begins // we’ll jump right in with getting organized. kristy and i share our tips on photo selection and project planning.
tuesday june 16 – saturday june 20 // kristy, myself and our 3 lovely contributors will share our different approaches and projects.

you will have access to new content each day of the week and you’ll see different plans and pages from all of us to get you pumped and keep you motivated!

registration is open now!

cost: $20
registration opens: may 25, 2015
class begins: june 15, 2015
hosted by andrea gray and kristy taylor

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