Look For the Miracles by Alison Day Designs

What Happens When You Ink an Embossing Folder?

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Make it Monday with Alison Day Designs2.png Welcome to another Make It Monday!

It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve managed to get a Make It Monday post up on a Monday! Ah, lazy summer days!

Today I’m taking inspiration from “one of the greats” – Jennifer McGuire. She’s got a fabulous YouTube channel and website that you have to check out!

One of her older videos popped up in the “suggestions for you” sidebar one day and it led down a bit of a YouTube rabbit hole. A fun rabbit hole to be sure, but one I probably shouldn’t have explored on that particular day!

It was this video that inspired the cards I made for today’s post.

Faux Letterpress cards by Alison Day Designs

See them come together in my own video below. Continue reading »

1 month old by Alison Day Designs

Taking Inspiration From Shimelle Laine … Again!

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#the20project with Alison Day DesignsWelcome to the first of 20 posts in which I take inspiration from Shimelle Laine’s newest class, The 20 Project, to inject some  life into my scrapbooking!

What is The 20 Project?

You’ll have to head over to Shimelle’s blog to read all about it, and if you want all the inside details, you’ll just have to take her class … but suffice it to say, it’s a way of taking twenty different prompts and using them as inspiration to make a layout. Those prompts may be wish list items of products to use or techniques to try, or they may be twenty different UFO’s (UnFinished Objects) that need to move out of your crafting space! Shimelle has her own jar of twenty prompts, I have mine.

In the video below I explain all this plus pull out my first prompt … and it’s a doozy! Check it out!

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Cooking Lessons and a Recipe Share

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WOW Summer 2016 Edition

Welcome to another Wednesday where I share something other than cards or scrapbook layouts.

This summer I seem to be sharing posts on “how to fail at teaching kids life skills” more than anything else. Sigh.

Last week I attempted to teach the girls basic kitchen skills. The lessons were going well for a bit. They liked the scavenger hunt through all my kitchen utensils and came up with some pretty creative uses for some of them! But once we came to the actual cooking part of the lesson plan I was met with a wall in the form of my 7 year old.

I shouldn’t have been surprised. This child will be expecting her cereal and milk to be poured for her at University! The title of Princess is not strong enough to convey how much of a grasshopper she is! Definite CEO material! Let the ordinary man scramble for every cent while she sits back and is handed stacks of cash on silver trays by oiled men in tunics. That Tongan flag bearer comes to mind!

Where did I go so wrong??

Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but not by much!

But back to the subject at hand.

In my research for the written material I provide my girls (yes, I probably should have been a teacher instead of a … whatever it is I am!) I came across instructions on how to boil an egg. I know, not rocket science, right? But hey, turns out I’ve been doing it wrong all these years! Continue reading »

Let the Magic Begin by Alison Day Designs

Making a Start With a Plan in Place!

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Welcome to Make it Monday Tuesday!

In all honesty, I started this post on Sunday thinking I would have plenty of time to get everything done but … best intentions and all that! The flip side is, I have a plan! Maybe you didn’t hear me …


I know, I know, it happens so rarely in my scrapbooking.

Are you okay? Do you need a minute?

Did you spit out your coffee all over the monitor?

I do apologize. Wipe it down and let’s continue.

My plan … well, I tell you all about it in the video below, but suffice it to say, it has to do with the album for our recent Disney Cruise. Continue reading »

Cards made with Sept15 Simon Says Stamp card kit by Alison Day

As The Inspiration Flows, The Cards Pile Up

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Another kit bites the dust!


Still working through my stash of Simon Says Stamp card kits. But I promise, I’ll be doing some actual scrapbooking this week! My fingers are itching to start documenting our recent Disney cruise. Now that my stomach has returned to normal I may even be able to journal about our experiences without the shadow of motion ickness (yes, that’s not a typo) looming over me.

But that’s for a future post … back to today.

Did you catch my August kit reveal video and the cute baby girl card I whipped up? The video is on my YouTube channel but the card can only be seen on my Facebook page. Just click on the link above and it will take you to that post on my page wall. While you’re there, hit the Page Like button so all of my posts can show up in your feed. The card doesn’t use a ton of product from the kit (it uses the stamp set, the die cut and a piece of the white card stock) as it was purely made because I wanted to test out that star die right away! It’s gorgeous! You’ve got to get your hands on one of these!!

At the beginning of my video I shared a couple of cards that are the focus of this post: cards made from the September 2015 kit.

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Finding Motivation

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WOW Summer 2016 Edition

Complete honesty here … I don’t really want to do this anymore.


Perhaps it was the topic I’d chosen (cleaning – blech), but my girls don’t seem to be into it anymore either.

All they want to do is get to the baking lessons (insert horrible nightmares of flour and egg covered kitchen here!)

All those carefully prepared lesson plans are staring at me from my desk blotter. Mocking me in fact!


On the bright side though, did you know that you can find anything on the internet? I mean it! I’d written up a lesson on the steps involved in hand washing dishes (because, you know, I’m Old School!) and while searching for a related topic, found a blog post which almost word for word matched what I’d just written! Creepy, right?

Then I thought the girls were going to actually have to put my words into action as our dishwasher chose that day to spew water all over the kitchen. Irony at it’s best! But it turned out I had loaded something onto our top rack incorrectly.

Shh! Don’t tell anyone! My instances of doing things incorrectly are few and far between!!


Oh well, back to work! Wish me luck as I attempt to teach my girls how to boil an egg!

Another One Bites the Dust!

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Happy Tuesday!

Did you miss my usual Make it Monday Post yesterday? It was a long weekend and my husband and girls were handy out candy and fliers in our local parade so … life took precedence over blogging.

It happens!

But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been creating. I have! In fact, I managed to kill another Simon Says Stamp card kit this weekend.

Yup. It’s dead!

This is what I started with …


And here’s what I have left … Continue reading »