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More Monthly Moments: July

Hey everyone! Today, I have another Monthly Moments layout to share with you for July. July’s Monthly Moment products have lots of travel and vacation images and sentiments, but since we haven’t been on a true vacation yet, I used them to showcase how others traveled to see Lauren.


My layout uses the Simple Stories SN@P 6×8 pages. This is the first page.


I used stamps from Monthly Moments: July on this pocket. I also used a die from Heart-2-Heart #6.  I layered a few papers from this month’s journal card collection.


On this pocket, I trimmed a 4×6 journal card down and added the circle embellishment. I used Limitless Layers: 2.5″ circle dies and a journal card border die. I finished it off with Monthly Moments: July die. I also used fine linen bitty dot patterned paper to layer.


On this part of the pocket page, I used Big Ticket Basics die and Big Ticket Basics Additions stamps. I added some simply chartreuse cardstock to the binding part of the pocket page for added color.


Here is my next page. I kept it pretty simple.


I used my computer and printer to add journaling to this pocket page.


Here, I used a journal card die to cut the photo. I also used These United States and State Abbreviations to embellish this page. And I had to add the NC die too. So cute! I used enchanted evening bitty dot patterned paper on this page.


A photo of the full spread. I may not document every single thing that happens, but something is better than nothing. I love how the Monthly Moments products are  helping me keep up with most of our life’s adventures that we will all be able to look back on and smile.

Check out what the rest of the team created today!

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

Pat WhitleyAugust 1, 2014 - 11:03 am

That Lauren is so stinkin cute! Love the pic of her pulling on her dress ad those shoes. Did Momma make those? Thanks for sharing!

Susan BeauchaineAugust 1, 2014 - 11:17 am

All I can ever say is that she is GORGEOUS!!! Just like her Mamma!!!
Thanks for sharing her life with us!

Make It Monday: Diamond Wallpaper Stamping Video Tutorial

Happy Monday! Today, I have a video to share with you on Nichole Heady’s blog for Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday.  I pulled out a couple of stamp sets and created my own diamond wallpaper designs. You can do the same and I’m sure you have some stamp sets in your stash that you can use to create a similar pattern. In the video, I suggest a few more stamp sets and provide ideas on what images to look for to use to replicate this design. Here are the cards I made.


All information is available in the video.

Helen F.July 28, 2014 - 8:44 pm

Such sweet cards, Ashley! Thank you for this new-to-me technique, definitely will give it a try. Your video is so detailed.
PS: Love hearing your precious baby girl in the background :-)

Susan BeauchaineJuly 29, 2014 - 11:15 am

FABULOUS technique!!! I am going to try and see what I have to work with today!
Did I hear Lauren’s sweet voice in the background? Made me remember those sounds I used to hear in my house ;)
Thanks for sharing

Crate Paper: Felt Bow Headband Tutorial


Looking for a new way to use your Styleboard collection? Today, I have a post up on Crate Paper’s blog about how dies are a great product for versatility. Not only can you use them with paper, but other things, including felt. Since having a baby, I am always searching for new headbands. I got the idea last month to make my own using the bow dies. Here’s how I did it.


You need the following supplies to make the headbands:

100% wool felt (Papertrey Ink)
fold-over elastic (or other elastic material)
hot glue gun
bow dies (Styleboard Crate Paper)
circle die (optional-7th Inning Papertrey Ink)
die cutting machine (Vagabond)


First, I die cut all the felt pieces. Next, I assembled the bows using a hot glue gun. In the alternative, you can use a fabric liquid adhesive too.  Measure and cut the elastic. I cut mine to 13.5″. My baby is five months old and it fits her head, but babies’ heads vary, so measure accordingly. Last, attach the bows to the bands.


Sending a gift? No worries because the Styleboard patterned paper collection will help you whip together a gift box in no time.

I cut two pieces of cardstock to 7.5″ x 8″ and used Crafter’s Companion tool to score the box lid and box base. I covered the box lid with the polka dotted patterned paper.


After assembling the box, I added a pink cardstock strip (raspberry fizz) and embellished with a cardstock bow and added the flair button.


Inside the box, I included the five felt bow headbands.

Here are a few shots of my little one wearing the headbands. Sorry for the over-processed photos below. Lauren’s skin was sensitive to something and had a bit of a reaction, so I cleaned it up as best as I could.


Black and gold.


Pink and gold detail.


Peach and white.


Teal on teal.

So, when you are in need of a headband for yourself or need a gift, even for a new addition, don’t forget your bow dies. Headbands are an easy gift item for baby showers and new moms.

ChelseaJuly 24, 2014 - 11:14 am

Thank you for the charming bow headband idea! But I have to tell you, your gorgeous daughter is the star of this piece. She is precious!!! What a beautiful smile she has. And she photographs like a pro already. What a blessing for you to have this beautiful girl!

Sandy KayJuly 24, 2014 - 11:18 am

Ok, these are so cute, but I could barely look at the bands – all I want to look at is that precious, gorgeous baby!!

Debbie OlsonJuly 24, 2014 - 11:22 am

Oh, my WORD–Ashley, she is just the CUTEST!!! Her headbands are adorable, of course, but it’s that smile that is the real kicker! :-)

Nadia F.July 24, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Ashley! I was on Pinterest trying to figure out how to make bows for Mailyn. These are adorable. I am absolutely in love with Lauren

AmberJuly 24, 2014 - 2:44 pm

That’s a really cute project but my jaw is on the FLOOR because your daughter is the prettiest baby I have ever seen in my LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good job, mom and dad! She looks really happy – there must be a lotta love in your home :)

reginaJuly 24, 2014 - 3:47 pm

oh my oh my oh my she is a doll. I can’t believe how she has grown so fast…i remember seeing a post that you had your baby….she is a carbon copy of the both of you….so beautiful, what a blessing…love your handbands…hugs

Lynne T.July 24, 2014 - 8:12 pm

Oh my gosh, she is so adorable.

Susan BeauchaineJuly 25, 2014 - 11:21 am

Oh, the headbands are cute, too! :)
She really is the most photogenic baby. It helps to have a competent Mamma behind the lens, tho!
Thanks for sharing

Suzie ChatterjiJuly 26, 2014 - 5:49 am

Love the bows…but they pale in comparison to the gorgeous model, modelling them. She’s just adorable and a real beauty! God bless.



ChrisJuly 26, 2014 - 10:37 am

How adorable the model is with those cute head bands. Too cute

Betty SueJuly 27, 2014 - 4:13 pm

Lauren is beautiful! Those little headbands are so cute on her!

Helen F.July 28, 2014 - 8:48 pm

Lauren’s new headbands are adorable. She is so beautiful and the camera really loves your sweet baby girl :-)

Troy LouiseJuly 29, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Oh my gosh! These are so sweet. I believe you have a budding fashion model in your home. She is so adorable! Thanks for sharing.

KrisAugust 1, 2014 - 1:02 pm

That is one seriously cute, adorable, photogenic kid you have there!!!!!!!