Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Crate Paper | Lovely Dreams

When you need to do a quick layout, it's easy if you're using the beautiful Chasing Dreams collection from Crate Paper by Maggie Holmes!  I'm here today to share a layout, that took about 20 minutes from start to finish!

I went with all patterned paper for this layout and a simple grid design.  Using the phrase patterned paper for the full background, makes it look like more work went into the layout.  I cut 3.5x3.5 inch squares from the 6x6 paper pad to create a grid in the center of the layout.  Then I machine stitched around each of the edges, for added texture.

I used the fringe butterflies in the center of each of the patterned paper squares, to fill the space with a large embellishment.  Then I used the chipboard phrases for my title.  To finish the layout, I added a few stickers, gold heart and button.  

I loved putting this layout together, and it just goes to show, that we don't have to spend hours on a layout to get a great end result!

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Ain't Life Grand Giveaway WINNER!

Thanks for all of your sweet comments on the giveaway of my new collection, Ain't Life Grand, with Pretty Little Studio!!  It's time to announce the WINNER of the Giveaway!


"This is so vibrant and full of fun! I love the colors, the prints, the cork hearts, and the Die Cut Love Life Words are super cute! Congratulations on another outstanding collection, Ashley!" 

Raechelle, please contact me at for information on receiving your prize.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Altenew March Release Blog Hop WINNER!

I love reading all of the comments from you guys, during the Altenew Release Blog Hops!  They are always so encouraging and sweet!  It's time to announce the $30 Gift Certificate Winner from my Blog!


Sharon, please contact Altenew by 4/30/2017 at with the subject line Altenew March Release Blog Hop Winner from Ashley's Blog.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Good Eats Traveler's Notebook & FREE Travel Printables!

Hi there!  It's me again, with a bit more gushing over Traveler's Notebooks!  You're probably tired of hearing about it, but I've finally received my Notebook, and I got to create my first spread!  :)  I also designed a Traveler's Notebook collection for The Cut Shoppe, called Fresh Air.  The papers are sized to 8.5x5.25, and there are a total of 55 printable pieces.  Make sure you read all the way to the end of the post for more information, and check out the download for the FREE Road Rules printable set.


Most of what I used, is from the Fresh Air Printable collection.  I added in some Washi Tape from Pinkfresh Studio and Simple Stories.  I also used a paper clip from Webster's Pages, that I clipped to my photo.  The stamps I used are a fun Alpha set from Studio Calico, and I also used a Color Theory ink pad and the Jet Black ink pad from Altenew.

I am so excited with the way my first spread turned out.  It will take a little time to get used to working with a smaller size, since I typically create 12x12 layouts.  I have a new process video to go along with the post too, so make sure you check it out!

If you want to grab the Fresh Air Printable collection, head over to The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store.  It's $5.00 and includes 6 printable papers, as well as 3 cut out sheets, for a total of 55 pieces.  You can get the collection at a discounted price through Friday, March 17th, when you check out with the DISCOUNT CODE BLOGHOP30!

And before you go, I have another FREEBIE to share with you!  This is a travel set, and you can download it by clicking on the Road Rules graphic below.  All four colors are included with the download.

I hope you're enjoying these FREE Printables, and in case you missed the first one, you can download Food Fight, HERE.

If you are using any of the Printables in your Traveler's Notebook or for any of your other crafty projects, I would love to see!  Make sure you tag me @ashleyhorton75 if you're posting on Instagram! 

Pretty Little Studio | AIN'T LIFE GRAND!! & GIVEAWAY

Happy Monday friends!  The wait for my third collection, Ain't Life Grand, for Pretty Little Studio is over!  It's NOW available for Pre-order in the PLS Shop!

Here are a few (or a lot) of my favorite things from the collection!

Now, head over to the Pretty Little Studio Shop and check out the full collection.  Then come back and leave me a comment letting me know your favorite item or items from the collection, and I'll have a small giveaway for one lucky WINNER!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Traveler's Notebook FREEBIE!

Happy Weekend everyone!  I have currently become obsessed with the idea of Traveler's Notebooks.  Call me crazy...because I don't even have my stuff yet...but I am super excited about working in a TN!  I'm so excited, that I even decided to make some FREE Printables to share with you!

This first set of Printables is a foodie themed set.  I LOVE taking photos of my food, so I thought this would be a perfect first set.  I don't always feel like creating a full 12x12 layout with a photo of my food, but I think the TN will be a great way to document the food photos I snap to share on Instagram.

So here's the deal!  Click on the Food Fight graphic below for the FREE Download.  The files are saved as a PNG image.  And I even have four different color selections for this design.
You can use this Printable set in your Traveler's Notebook, Planner, PL spreads, Layouts, Cards and even digitally!  I hope you enjoy it!  If you're using any of the designs in your projects, I would love for you to tag me if you're posting on Instagram @ashleyhorton75.

Let me know if there are any suggestions you have for Printable sets, and I'll see if I can accommodate!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Altenew March Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Welcome to the Altenew March Release Blog Hop!  Today Altenew is releasing Stencils and Ink Sprays.  You can find the new releases in the Altenew shop!  You should have arrived here from the talented Therese Calvird's Blog.  I used the Sketched Lines Stencil and all of the Ink Sprays on the layout I'm sharing today!

I started my layout, by dabbing the Ink Spray colors through the Sketched Lines Stencil onto White card stock.  Once I finished all of the colors, I cut each of the shapes out and arranged them on a new piece of White card stock.

After all of the diamond shapes were adhered to my background, I machine stitched through each one.  I wanted to add more texture to the background, so I also added hand stitching around some of the shapes.  Then I used each of the Ink Sprays to splatter color around the coordinating diamond shapes from the stencil.

The embellishments and papers from the Reflection Scrapbook Collection coordinated perfectly with the Ink Spray colors.  I clustered embellishments around my photo and I used the Bold Alphabet Die Set to create the title for my layout.

I hope you've been inspired by my layout, with some fun ideas for using the new Altenew Stencils and Ink Sprays!  Don't forget to visit the Altenew Shop to check out all of the new products! 

#1 - To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew blog by Thursday, March 16th at 11:59 pm EST for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on Friday, March 17th.

#2 - I am giving away a $30 Gift Certificate to the Altenew Shop. Just leave a comment below and a random winner will be selected and announced on my Blog on Thursday, March 16th. The Winner will need to contact Altenew by 4/30/2017 at with the subject line Altenew March Release Blog Hop Winner from Ashley's Blog.

Now, it's time to continue on the Hop! You're off to the talented Nicole Picadura's Blog! Here's the full Hop list, in case you haven't had a chance to start the Hop from the beginning:

Have fun hopping!