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Papertrey Ink April Release

I hope you’ve been enjoying all the new products being showcased so far for Papertrey Ink’s April release. A lot of you are wondering how I’ve been able to complete my projects  with an infant. Now that I’m finished, I’m not sure either! Each project took a lot longer to complete than usual because I had to do things with one hand, pause for feedings/diaper changes, or pause to sing songs to her. I “wear” her in a wrap sometimes too when crafting, but it was an obstacle stamping around her. Even as I type this post, it’s with one hand, so please excuse any errors! I also got some alone time while my husband took over and they got some daddy and daughter time.

Now, onto to the projects. All new products will be available at 10 pm on April 15.


My first project uses Football Frenzy stamps/dies and Football Frenzy Additions. I made snack treat bags for a 10-year old’s birthday celebration. Picture this: a group of little boys gathering together to watch the birthday boy’s favorite movie or football game. Since Doritos are his favorite snack, they’re served in brown bags and embellished for the occasion.


I also used Background Basics: Random Stripes to bring pattern to the bag.



  1. Trim 1.5″ strip of rustic white cardstock and stamp random stripes.
  2. Stamp jersey on coordinating die cut and add to 2.5″ circle die cut.
  3. Stamp birthday sentiment and hand trim pennant, then adhere under jersey.
  4. Use clothespin, clip onto paper bag.
  5. Add football stamped die cut onto clothespin.


Stamps: Football Frenzy, Football Frenzy Additions, Background Basics: Random Stripes
Ink: enchanted evening, new leaf, orange zest, dark chocolate
Cardstock: rustic white, enchanted evening
Dies: Football Frenzy, Limitless Layers: 2.5″ circle


My next project is a birthday card using Phrase Play #3. I focused on the word die cut and added the sentiment. This month’s stamp/die can be used in so many ways.



  1. Add patterned paper strips to card front (4 x 5.5) at an angle.
  2. Add gold tape and loopy die cut along paper borders.
  3. Add Hello die cut.
  4. Stamp sentiment.
  5. Add arrow die cut.


Stamps: Phrase Play #3
Ink: true black
Dies: Phrase Play #3, Loop de Loop
Cardstock: white, raspberry fizz
Patterned Paper: aqua mist, lemon tart, raspberry fizz
Other: gold tape


This card uses Botanical Blocks and Birthday Classics: May. I used a watercolor technique to let the floral image shine.



  1. Stamp floral block image using watermark ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder.
  2. Using a watercolor pen and reinkers, watercolor the image.
  3. Add floral image to patterned paper mat.
  4. Add stamped sentiment.


Stamps: Botanical Blocks, Birthday Classics: May
Ink: true black, versamark, tropical teal, aqua mist, simply chartreuse
Cardstock: white
Patterned Paper: lemon tart


Using The A-Mazing Stamp Set and dies, I made this simple, yet amazing card! My husband loved it!


On the inside, I stamped a sentiment from The A-Mazing stamp set and also from Keep It Simple: Anniversary.



  1. Trim white cardstock to 4 x 5.5 and die cut circle maze. Adhere to A2 card base.
  2. Stamp “me” and hand cut. Die cut heart and stamp “you,” then adhere both to card front.
  3. Stamp sentiment and adhere then stamp inside of card.


Stamps: The A-Mazing Stamp Set, Keep it Simple: Anniversary
Ink: true black, pure poppy
Cardstock: white, pure poppy
Dies: A-Mazing, Heart Prints 


Next up is a card featuring Teepee Time. I love the teepees in this stamp set. They’re too cute. I made a new home card.



  1. On 4 x 6 card front, add simply chartreuse cardstock strip.
  2. Stamp trees onto card front.
  3. Stamp tepee onto coordinating die cut. Add patterned paper components. Adhere to card front.


Stamps: Teepee Time
Ink: true black, simply chartreuse, sweet blush, raspberry fizz, aqua mist, summer sunrise
Cardstock: vintage cream
Patterned Paper: true black


When I saw Modern Cross Quilt, I was immediately inspired. I’ve seen huge crosses on sweatshirts and throw pillows and love it! I made a best wishes card, perfect for any new couple at their wedding. I also used Initial Thoughts stamp and die on this card.



  1. Die cut Cover Plate: Modern Cross Quilt from white cardstock and adhere onto black A2 card front.
  2. Stamp flowers on coordinating die cuts and adhere to card front.
  3. Stamp sentiment on coordinating die cut and adhere to card front.


Stamps: Initial Thoughts, Modern Cross Quilt, The Sweet Life
Ink: sweet blush, hibiscus burst, pure poppy, true black
Cardstock: true black, white, aqua mist
Dies: The Sweet Life, Initial Thoughts, Cover Plate: Modern Cross Quilt

Whew! I don’t know about you all, but I’m tired! I can’t wait to take a few days off and rest. I put in a lot of work the past few days, but it was all worth it. I even showed Lauren lots of crafty things.

To see more from my teammates’, click the links to their blogs below.

Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Danielle Flanders
Dawn McVey
Erin Lincoln
Heather Nichols
Laura Bassen
Laurie Willison
Maile Belles
Melissa Phillips
Lindsey LApril 15, 2014 - 7:28 am

Amazing, Ashley! Such beautiful, clever, and fun projects. And my awe is ten-fold knowing you did it all with a beautiful infant in your arms or at your side. Hoping you can take a good long rest now! :)

jan mApril 15, 2014 - 7:30 am

Great looks one and all! Special adoration for your teepee card!

Melissa FApril 15, 2014 - 9:08 am

LOVE all your cards and goodies, my favorite is the modern cross quilt best wishes card, stunning!

GraceApril 15, 2014 - 9:17 am

Beautiful cards. Love all your designs

lexiApril 15, 2014 - 9:46 am

great projects!! i really love the bold look of the modern cross quilt cover plate in white on black!!

PettiApril 15, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Love your rose card! Very eye catching!

Holly SaveurApril 15, 2014 - 1:58 pm

Super cards…so hope you will get that much deserved rest now..with kids you never know…

Introducing Desktop Design

It’s a group post day at Papertrey Ink. Today, we are featuring Desktop Design. I’ve designed a stationery gift ensemble with personalized notecards and note paper.


Here is the front cover of the stationery ensemble I created. It measures 7 x 10 and I used a 3″ wide piece of aqua mist felt to create a bind for the “book.”


On the front, I used Desktop Design to stamp “from the desk of” on rustic white cardstock. I added a strip of gold tape from Make it Market: Luxe Letterpress kit. For the monogram, I used Book Print Alphabet Upper dies and gold adhesive backed paper.


On the inside, I made two pockets by cutting patterned paper at an angle and adding adhesive only around the edges. I also created two more pockets using kraft cardstock. The left side holds a set of personalized notecards and the right side holds personalized note paper. There is a bundle of envelopes on each side. I tucked in some stamps on the left side, so the notecards can be shipped out immediately!


Here is a detail shot of the left side compartments and contents.


Here is a detail shot of the right side contents.


For the note paper, I stamped the typewriter and “from the desk of” from Desktop Design. Using my word processing software, I printed my name on the 8.5 x 5.5 cardstock. I stamped the lines in soft stone ink using a stamp in Desktop Design.


Jot down a note to your spouse, kids, or just things to do!


The note cards are 4.25 x 5.5 when folded. I stamped “from the desk of” and die cut the utensil holder and telephone from Desktop Design. The notecards are embellished with the die cuts.


In this photo, you can see the telephone die cut embellishment.


Make a personalized stationery set for a gift and I’m sure they will be blown away. Just remember to have fun along the way!

To get more inspiration using Desktop Design, please visit my teammates’ blogs.

Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Danielle Flanders
Dawn McVey
Erin Lincoln
Heather Nichols
Laura Bassen
Laurie Willison
Maile Belles
Melissa Phillips
JudithApril 14, 2014 - 7:47 am

Love this set Ashley :) inspirational!

StephHApril 14, 2014 - 8:13 am

Your notecard set is just perfect Ashley! And you,a busy new mom, where do you find the time for all this creativity? Not too surprised as you’ve always “wowed” us with everything you do!

Diana KApril 14, 2014 - 9:16 am

You definitely have not lost your touch! Sweet.

Holly SaveurApril 14, 2014 - 9:38 am

Super cute!

SueApril 14, 2014 - 9:43 am

Great ideas for personalized stationery – love it!

Jill NorwoodApril 14, 2014 - 10:01 am

Gorgeous set! So creative and fun!

Susan BeauchaineApril 14, 2014 - 10:11 am

How did you find time to make this amazing project?
You are a fabulous designer!!!
Thanks for sharing

Nancy LempinenApril 14, 2014 - 10:12 am

Fabulous set, perfect for the new H.S. grad going off to college!

SharonApril 14, 2014 - 10:13 am

What a great set and what a wonderful gift this would be!

BevApril 14, 2014 - 10:17 am

I just love your idea for the stationary set. Perfect gift idea. Thank you!

Laura NorrisApril 14, 2014 - 10:30 am

Love this set!! What a perfect gift – you are right they will be blown away with this awesome gift! Great idea!

Kathie BApril 14, 2014 - 10:38 am

What an absolutely wonderful stationary set! It would make such a unique, useful, and stupendous gift. (Lucky the one who receives it!)

Shari TApril 14, 2014 - 11:29 am

LOVE the stationery set you created, Ashley! Just too darn cute! What a GREAT gift idea, too! Fantastic! Thanks for the ideas :) XOXO-Shari

Parker LeeApril 14, 2014 - 12:54 pm

Everything about this project is lovely and quite useful.

Nancy MApril 14, 2014 - 1:02 pm

This stationery set is fabulous, Ashley. Love the bright colors you used.

DonnaApril 14, 2014 - 1:23 pm

I love sets like this. Fabulous images! This would make a great gift.

Kelli B.April 14, 2014 - 5:35 pm

What a cute set!I love the stationary you made!

Kathy KrugApril 14, 2014 - 7:00 pm

I think your stationary ensemble is a fabulous idea. It would make the perfect gift for some of my friends. Thanks for sharing.

LucyApril 15, 2014 - 6:15 am

Love it! I appreciate the use of the stamps, color, and the way you made a stationery set. Love the letter cut outs!

Monthly Moments: April

Happy Sunday! Today, I’m back to show some samples of how you can use April’s Monthly Moments products (and a few more). I had a great time documenting the past few weeks of my life. I hope you’re up for some baby photos because I’m sharing a few on my pages.


The spring time color palette is so beautiful! I chose to work with black and white photos and it may be something I might do with most layouts in the future. I love the timeless appeal of the design. I used the Simple Stories SN@P 6×8 pages.

For this layout, I used the following new products that will release April 15 at 10 pm EST:

Monthly Moments: April (stamps and die)
Monthly Moments: April Journal Card Collection
Wet Paint II
Simply Framed (stamps and die)
Button Stack II


Here is the first page. I chose to use word processing software and my printer to complete my journaling.


Here is the second page.


On the left, I stamped the earth, using aqua mist and new leaf inks. I hand cut the circle. The sentiment and die are from MM: April set. To the right, I used Monthly Moments: Journal Card 2 to add journaling. Wet Paint II stamps are used at the top.


On the left, I used a pre-printed journal card. I love adding these graphics because pages come together even quicker. On the right, I used Simply Framed stamp (“documented” and ampersand) and printed “DAD” and “ME” on a journal card.


On the left, you can see Wet Paint II sentiments. The journal card is embellished with Button Stacks II, die cut from Ocean Tides and Lemon Tart patterned papers. On the right, I used the frame from the Simply Framed die. I also added a hand-cut tab stamp from Simply Framed and a sentiment from MM: April. The stars are from the new Cover Plate: Stars die.


Here, I used a stamp from Simply Framed and MM: April.


Here is a detail shot of Button Stacks II in action.


I just love the Wet Paint II stamps. They are perfect for the scrapbooker and a few can be used on cards too! What a bonus!


On my next layout, I used Smokey Shadow, Aqua Mist, and Berry Sorbet color combination. I just wanted to show how you can pick your own colors and still combine them with the Monthly Moments collections.


On the first page, I printed journaling using my printer and added photos.


Here is the second page. I love how so many photos can be added.


I used the Simply Framed die and the MM: Journal Card 1 die. The stamps are from the Simply Framed set.

This 6×8 layout is unique, but I love the long strip on the left.


Here is a detail shot of the first page. For my journaling, I simply describe what a photo means to me or what is going on in the photo to remind my daughter of the details.


To get the striped patterned paper to be diagonal, I positioned the journal card die at an angle.


The graphics in the stamp sets make the perfect embellishments for the pages.


Here is a detail shot of the Wet Paint II stamps. I made a title of sort with it here.


Using the journaling cards, I hand cut flowers to create embellishments.


The final detail shot.

I hope I didn’t bore you! Thanks for visiting today and I hope you enjoy the remainder of your weekend.

Be inspired to document the happenings in your life by visiting my teammates’ blogs too:

Nichole Heady, Heather Nichols, Danielle Flanders, and Melissa Phillips


sanoApril 13, 2014 - 7:20 am

Awesome layouts and fabulous family. Congrats on all!!!

DonnaApril 13, 2014 - 7:25 am

Fabulous! Your baby is beautiful! I love the pics of her gorgeous face. You will treasure these pages always. I wish I had done this when my kids were tiny. They say and do such funny things — keep journaling the moments.

LuanneApril 13, 2014 - 7:28 am

She is precious! Thanks for sharing your wonderful pages, how do you find time? Enjoy every moment!

KeriApril 13, 2014 - 7:39 am

She is SUCH a beautiful baby, Ashley! Thanks so much for sharing her with us. Oh! Your layouts aren’t too shabby either! ;)

Pat H.April 13, 2014 - 7:42 am

You are a beautiful family! Looking forward to seeing your little one grow on future posts!

jennifer kApril 13, 2014 - 7:52 am

Your little angel is just precious! Don’t stop documenting – you will be so glad you have it in the future.

BirgitApril 13, 2014 - 7:55 am

Oh my goodness~ So much cuteness! Your layouts are wonderful but your beautiful little one steals the show… as she should! May you be blessed with a lifetime of joy and happiness!

VeniApril 13, 2014 - 8:05 am

Such a beautiful family…thanks for sharing! Always love your layouts and style and am excited when you post..

Leigh PennerApril 13, 2014 - 8:14 am

Oh, these all look so fabulous, Ashley! Thanks for sharing!

Pat WhitleyApril 13, 2014 - 8:37 am

Bore us, I don’t think so ! What a gorgeous baby girl with 2 very happy and proud parents. She is a blessed baby. Thanks for sharing with us. She makes a good subject.

TracyApril 13, 2014 - 8:40 am

love all your layouts and how you used the Monthly Moments: April collection and dies – and your daughter is beautiful!

StephHApril 13, 2014 - 8:42 am

Beautiful baby! Love your layouts Ashley, all your attention to details is very inspiring. Thank you for sharing your private photos for this release!

laineyApril 13, 2014 - 8:44 am

Ashley, your baby is adorable! And I love seeing the pictures and the layouts you’re making with them. They are wonderful and will be so much fun for you to look at year after year.

adeleApril 13, 2014 - 8:51 am

Congratulations on your beautiful baby. These are great photos, beautifully documented, and I know they will be treasures for years to come!

Barb WApril 13, 2014 - 9:02 am

Ashley, she is so beautiful, precious and blessed. Your scrapbooking is so beautiful – I so wish this had been available for our daughters. Now at age 24 and 25, I don’t know if I could ever get it all done!! Enjoy every minute of her everyday, they grow so fast.

JodiApril 13, 2014 - 9:29 am

What a fun and excited post. Your daughter is adorable!!! Congrats. Love the layouts. The colors and details today are perfect. Love it all.

erinApril 13, 2014 - 9:31 am

soooo fabulous, what a great set of photos.

Diana KApril 13, 2014 - 9:45 am

Ashley, Ashley, Ashley … you did incredible! Sweetest layouts, sweetest baby!

SueApril 13, 2014 - 9:59 am

Congratulations to you and your husband on your beautiful new baby! I can’t believe you are doing layouts, when can you possibly have the time? The creations are absolutely beautiful, love the colors and embellishments. A treasury for years to come.

Karen WalkerApril 13, 2014 - 10:03 am

Congratulations! She is a beauty, and so are your scrapbook pages! Love it all.

vicki dutcherApril 13, 2014 - 10:13 am

First off how adorable is your little person! I have to say I have never popped over to comment on pages, but when I saw the sneak peek over on Nicole’s blog — well, here I am to tell you I am completely impressed with your pages – yes all of them! That little person is going to be going through that book for many years and she will be so happy you made it for her! :) Good for you, fun for her~

janetApril 13, 2014 - 10:20 am

Your sweet baby girl is beautiful :)
oh, and so are your pages ;oP

Kathie BApril 13, 2014 - 10:26 am

Wonderful layouts…and a touching introduction to your family! Than you.

Anna S.April 13, 2014 - 10:38 am

Oh, what a SWEETIE! Thanks so much for sharing these precious photos and showing us how it can be possible to make fabulous scrapbook pages while you’re still in the moment, instead of months or years later like most of us do!

Julie RaeApril 13, 2014 - 11:03 am

What a little doll! Bore us? Are you kidding? You are PTI family and now we can watch your daughter grow from blog post to blog post. And here you are: new momma, photographing, scrapbooking, posting…you’re doing it all with style–congrats to you!
Thanks for the great detail shots of your layouts. This pocket scrapping is a new approach for me and I’m still not that accomplished at the details. Thanks to PTI stamps and detailed images like yours, I am getting a ton of ideas for those little elements that make this style look interesting & informative. Keep those baby pages coming!

Lynne T.April 13, 2014 - 11:44 am

Thank you for sharing the layouts of your beautiful daughter. I hope you will continue to share more.

Debbie OlsonApril 13, 2014 - 11:48 am

Love, Love seeing your beautiful daughter in these fabulous layouts, Ashley!

Susan BeauchaineApril 13, 2014 - 12:33 pm

STUNNING Ashley! You did an AMAZING job, but you had an amazing subject!
Thanks for sharing all of the love and cuteness!!!

Cindy Blancett CouttsApril 13, 2014 - 12:37 pm

Hi Ashley, I didn’t want to get my comment lost with your birth announcement, but baby Lauren is a doll. Love your selfless. They are all beautiful and it’s so good that you are keeping up in the moment with her growing. She’s already 2 months old! I can’t believe that. Time flies so quickly. I have my first grand baby ever (a little grandson), that will be here next Month and I can only hope that my DIL does the same documenting and journaling his life since unfortunately, they live in New York and I’m in California. It’s going to be so hard missing him grow up and not being able to be a full-time grandmother to my little grandson.

I really enjoy the pictures that you are sharing. I’ve had 4 kids with the last 3 being born in 5 years AFTER 30 with 2 of them being less than 2 years apart, which just about took me out, but they are all grown up now too.

You’ve made it through the first 6 weeks which to me, was always the hardest because they are not smiling yet, you are so sleep deprived, don’t know when the last time you took a shower was and just about when you feel that good cry come on, they look up at you and smile for the very first time and then you start to cry anyway since it was their first smile and it’s kind of a “Thanks Mommy, I do appreciate everything you are doing for me because I count on you 100% and love you.”

You and Mac are amazing parents and I admire your inner strength of not missing a beat professionally and that says a lot, but at least you were doing something fun with your baby girl’s new pictures.

Congrats to your new little family. I’ve watched most of my extended family grow up on Facebook or some other social media so I’m sure we will all be watching little Lauren grow up here too.

Nancy MApril 13, 2014 - 12:44 pm

While it probably feels more like a chore than fun right now, you will be so glad, in even a few months, to have this time in your family’s life documented. Your spreads are fabulous with plenty of details, but not too fussy. And thank you for sharing your life in pictures with all of us. I might have stared at that one of you and Lauren for a minute or two. It brought back some cherished memories of that time in my life with my daughter. My baby turned 25yo today.

Ms LindaApril 13, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Thank you for sharing these beautiful baby and family photos. Enjoy her to the fullest. The scrapbooking pages are laid out well to talk you from one point to another without loosing sight of the subject.

Holly SaveurApril 13, 2014 - 1:43 pm

such sweet photo’s of you and your family…

Paulette SApril 13, 2014 - 1:58 pm

HiAshley! Your bundle of joy, is growing fast. The montly moments are perfect for documenting your lives so wonderfully. They will be amazing to look back upon. Great job!

Barb GhigApril 13, 2014 - 3:10 pm

You could never bore with photos of your gorgeous family! Congrats to you and your hubby on the birth of your beautiful daughter!
I love how you’re documenting her life with you…your pages are fabulous, Ashley!!!

GinaApril 13, 2014 - 4:36 pm

Love the pages and love seeing your precious little girl! :) I really like how you used the world stamp in the kit and tweaked it. Great idea!

JudyApril 13, 2014 - 5:10 pm

She is absolutely beautiful,and the book you are making for her will be a lifetime treasure. Enjoy – enjoy – they grow so very quickly.

SueApril 13, 2014 - 6:24 pm

Your little one is adorable. I love what you have done with her pictures. Great job.

Karen EdwardsApril 13, 2014 - 6:39 pm

Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful daughter. Your pages are gorgeous. I don’t know how you are finding the time to be scrapbooking with such a young baby, you must be one super organised mum :) I wish I had done scrapbooks when my children were small, my youngest is 16 & I’m just staring now.
Enjoy every moment, life is such a previous gift :)

Alas I can only look at you fabulous pages coz I can’t find a stockist in the UK :(

PatsannApril 13, 2014 - 6:42 pm

Ashley your family and photos are just awesome.Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing. You are such a Blessing!

Natalie WintersteinApril 13, 2014 - 6:59 pm

Beautiful! Love the pages and the subject. She is so adorable!

Helen F.April 13, 2014 - 7:13 pm

Oh My Gosh, Ashley! What an amazing journey in photographs. You have such a beautiful family ~ enjoy each and every moment :-)

JanetApril 13, 2014 - 7:21 pm

Bore? You are kidding. Looks like Daddy is a goner. My first baby will be 48 this fall. How I wish picture taking had been so effortless then. Papertrey couldn’t have started scrapbooking at a better time. We’ll get to see her grow up.

Frances(Kathy)krugApril 13, 2014 - 7:22 pm

Fabulous scrapbook pages. What a wonderful way to remember the early years.

AileenApril 13, 2014 - 8:00 pm

Ashley, your scrapbook pages are absolutely perfect. Your daughter is a very lucky girl to have such a talented mummy. Enjoy every minute

Deborah RikardApril 13, 2014 - 11:43 pm

Hi Ashley, I definitely was not bored! Your little girl is so beautiful and I loved seeing her pictures and all your wonderful scrappy ideas. Thank you for taking the time to share with us.

BeverlyBLApril 14, 2014 - 9:03 am

Thanks for all of the sweet baby pictures. She is just precious.

Lindsey LApril 14, 2014 - 1:31 pm

I cannot get enough of your precious little girl! Adore these layouts! Why haven’t I started doing these yet?! And the alphabet collage in her nursery is amazing…would love to see more of it. :)

Diane RusnackApril 16, 2014 - 9:47 am

Ashley – thank you so very much for showing us pictures of your beautiful baby.