Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Paper Peppermints

I have a new project up on the Curtsey Boutique blog!  Here’s a sneak peek:

Peppermint CU1_Alyssa

You can check out the entire post, and find the instructions HERE.

Thanks for taking a peek,


Friday, November 22, 2013

Point and Shoot!

My brother took this adorable photo of my nephew recently.  It’s so fun that I couldn’t resist scrapping it.  :)  I used one of my favorite collections from Echo Park, as well as some tags and a super fun glassine circus-star embossed envelope from the Curtsey Boutique.




There aren’t a lot of specific techniques here, I just added layer upon layer and found the look I wanted.  The Curtsey Boutique items are the best for this kind of layering!  At the end of the project, I added a bit of washi tape to add some contrast and bring the whole page together.

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Scooter Saturday

**I have been having some trouble adjusting to a new monitor and making my layout photos look right when editing the colors.  I’m working on fixing some of them, but I appreciate your patience with my wonky photos.**

This layout features one of my favorite photos of my kids.  Probably ever.  We had just returned home from buying them new scooters.  When I saw this photo, my first thought was “They are city kids now!”  And they are.  Moving from a town of 3,000 to a city of 2 million is a huge adjustment. They are doing great!




I tried to make this layout work with the graffiti in the photo by using masks and mists, as well as some bold black. 

Thanks for taking a peek!


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fun In a Tree

We recently visited a ropes course, and I got lots of great shots of my family up in the trees, swinging, jumping, and moving from here to there.  I started this layout with a series of tags from The Curtsey Boutique.  Then I built my page on top of them.  I love the movement and detail of this page.





The divided side of this PL page used 6x6 layouts, and I used another Curtsey Boutique tag on this side too.  I LOVE the chevron embossed tags!




You can see all the amazing items available from The Curtsey Boutique HERE.


Monday, October 28, 2013


I don’t often take photos of empty hallways, but in this case… the light was perfect, it was quiet, and this photo was calling to me. 




This layout was made with the On Trend Collection from Crate Paper.  A little doodling and misting with a Crafter’s Workshop Template brings it all together.  Thanks for looking!


Saturday, October 26, 2013

She’s Turning 8!

I have mixed feelings about birthday layouts.  I hate themed layouts, but I really want to have special pages of my kids special days.  When I saw this collaboration from Glitz and Echo Park, I was delighted that there was a birthday collection that wasn’t too “little kid” for my 8 year old.  I love how this page turned out too!




The masks are from Crafter’s Workshop, and the mists are from Tattered Angels. Thanks for taking a peek.


Gracefully Aging

There is one beautiful old building in Sofia that I especially love.  It’s had a recent facelift, and it is more striking then ever.  There is something so very timeless about it.  I used Glitz papers to create this fun layered layout.

Graceful Aging

Graceful Aging2

Gracefully Aging3

Thanks for looking.  I hope you feel inspired today!


Friday, October 11, 2013

Sick 3 Days…

Shortly after we moved, Elijah got an double ear infection.  It was a challenge trying to get him to the doctor and navigate an unfamiliar medical system, but we made it, and he recovered after a week on antibiotics. 


Poor kid was pretty miserable.  I was thankful it was not a contagious illness.  Lesson for mom: no swimming right before airline travel!

3days cu

Thanks for taking a peek!


Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Little Nervous

A few months ago, we boarded a plane to move to Europe.  It was my son’s first flight, and for the most part he was filled with bluster and bravado.  There were moments, however, when the inner uncertainty showed through.  This was one of those moments, while we were waiting to check in for our flight. 



That amazing burlap star is from The Curtsey Boutique, the rest of the items are older items form Basic Grey (Wander) and Simple Stories.

Thanks for taking a peek!


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Day 1 of 7

I haven’t said a whole lot here on this blog, but our family moved to Eastern Europe over the summer.  In order to get everything processed correctly for our visas, we will be making several trips to Greece.  When all is said and done, we will have spent roughly a week in the beautiful city of Thessaloniki.  This layout uses some of the photos from that amazing first day.




The doily and butterfly are from The Curtsey Boutique, and the rest of the supplies are from my scrap drawer.  TFL!


Friday, September 27, 2013

Ice Cream

Playing with paint and templates, and this resulted.  Love the fun and colors and the fact that I just played with this one.  Mojo returns!

Thanks for taking a peek!




Friday, September 13, 2013

The Curtsey Boutique Design Team

Congrats to the new The Curtsey Boutique Design Team!  This is a really fun team to be part of, and I’m thrilled to welcome these new ladies to the team.

Design Team Leader

Alyssa Scraps

Returning Designer

I'm Living on Scraps

Returning Designer


New Designer

Crafty Goodies

New Designer

Midnite Lullabies
New Designer

Just a Slice Please

New Designer

Happy Like Yellow

Monday, September 2, 2013

Love These Two

Finally, a layout created in my new city!  It’s been a long time coming. :)  I’m still trying to regain my equilibrium and creativity here… moving killed my mojo and living on a new continent is reshaping my style.  This layout feels a little like me, and a little not.  Anyone else ever been there?  LOL!

dad and mom



More to come soon… hopefully I’ll be getting my new rhythm soon.  Thanks for taking a peek.


Friday, August 30, 2013

Me and My Guy

I have this layout up at the Curtsey Boutique today! Please go check it out. :)


This is such a rare thing, a photo of my and my husband… I don’t love the photo, but I do love that we took one.  I also love The Curtsey Boutique products I used on this layout, as well as the outcome of stamping on Kraft Masking Tape.  You can read more about that HERE.

Thanks for coming by!


Thursday, August 22, 2013

A DT Call!

This is great team to be a part of!  I recommend applying.  :)

We had our 1000th sale on Etsy over the weekend and thought we would celebrate by announcing our 2nd Design Team Call. 


Party and Event Planners
Card Makers
Home Decor Lovers
Project Lifers
Packaging Addicts
Accessory Makers
Anyone who loves the packaging, baskets, accessories, flowers, doilies, paper bows and other goodies we sell in the shop!


6 Month DT Term (October - March)
Create 2 projects a month
Create 1 separate tutorial a month (photo or video)

Be able to take clear, well staged photos of projects.
Be willing to allow project photos with proper credit to be used in shop listings even after your design term expires.
Must have an active blog, updated at least twice a week.
Must be able to create a Curtsey Boutique pinterest board to share projects and product updates.
All projects will be posted on your personal blog and the Curtsey Boutique Blog
Post our DT badge on your blog sidebar.
Be an easy to work with, happy personality that meets deadlines and offers insight and inspiration when it strikes you!


Generous box of Curtsey Boutique product at the beginning of your term that you get to help select!
Additional product boxes throughout your term with shop updates and resupply items.
Discount on all shop purchases and free shipping if the purchase coincides with a DT package.
Link to your blog in all your project posts and on our DT members page.
Shop credit via product payment for publications when the shop is listed in the publication's supplies.


Provide your contact information:
Blog Address
Email Address
Mailing Address
Links to Social Media (facebook, pinterest, online galleries)
Images of 3 of the projects (layout, home decor, packaging, card, mini album, Project Life, etc) that best reflect your current style. They don't need to be new or contain Curtsey Boutique product (though its nice if they do!)
Provide a list of your experience (either in resume format or less formally) including current  and past design team commitments
A brief introduction of yourself and why you would like to work on our DT.
Email all this to: curtseyboutique@gmail.com with DT Call Submission in the subject line


September 1, 2013

Winning Designers will be contacted personally by 5 September 2013.

Monday, August 12, 2013

My 2 Loves

I’m back to scrapping, this time from Sofia.  :)  Here’s a layout to get the blog back up and rolling.  It’s from a few months ago, but I never got it posted before we moved.



I used some Molding Paste and a template from the Crafter’s Workshop for the background. Love!

Thanks for hanging out here!


Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Sorry about being MIA for so long.  Our family recently completed an international move, and I’m finally getting set up in my new space.  I’ll have projects to share and a few older ones to catch up soon.  :)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Colorful PL Fun

On this PL spread, I used a bunch of cute items from the Curtsey Boutique, and LOTS of color!






You can see more from the Curtsey Boutique HERE.  :)