Heart Cards with Stephanie Ackerman

Stephanie Ackerman and meAh-maze-ing!

I recently went to Phoenix, Arizona to participate in a scrapbook gathering with about 25 ScrapHappy members. We took a class with Stephanie Ackerman from Stephanie Ackerman Designs. This engaging woman with a unique sense of fashion and bright sparkly eyes captured my attention quickly.

I think I was hiding under a rock, because I wasn’t very familiar with Stephanie’s artistic endeavours. I had definitely heard of her, but boy was I in for an exciting surprise! Class started with a palette of paint in front of us, along with a jar of mixed media medium and a deck of 52 playing cards.

“Ooh! This looks interesting!” I thought.

Stephanie Ackerman envelope

Stephanie gave everyone a hand-decorated envelope of supplies.

playing cards for class

These playing cards became the base of the heart cards we created.

Then she did the unthinkable. She pulled out old books and started ripping out pages! For real!

ripped from an old book

Rip! Stephanie tore the pages out of old, unloved books and passed them out.

Soon Stephanie had us covering the cards with book paper, playing with gesso, paint, multi-medium and then she won over any last hold-out corners of my heart… she pulled out… WASHI TAPE!

Have I confessed my love washi? Yes, I LOVE this stuff. But I’m getting distracted…

After adding washi tape to our already fun project I was totally into this. Then  Stephanie taught me a bold application method, using my fingers.

She said, “SWIPE that gesso on, don’t dab it!”

She had me attacking my project with (nearly) reckless abandon.

I was painting with baby wipes.

It seemed the crazier I went with the paints and goops the better the project looked. Awesome!

The next step involved adding words from old book pages. She recommended a large print book, because the words would be a better size to work with. She explained that we were going to read for words and phrases that inspired us, not for the story.

Stephanie Ackerman book paper

Then we cut them out and pasted them on another old piece of book paper so we wouldn’t lose the little bits. Later, when we chose the words we wanted to use we had a sheet that contained tons of great choices. (She’s so smart!)

Soon we had added hearts, more layers of paint… the secret is all in the layers, and ink for shadowing. The results were gorgeous!

Another  thing I loved about the class was what Stephanie called, “Open House”. We would all straighten out the cards we’ve been working on and we’d get up and walk around to admire everyone else’s projects. It was so cool to see the variations and uniqueness of each project, even though we were all taking the same class!

Confession: I think I really loved it because I’m a bit snoopy and I want to see what everyone else is doing… kind of like peeking around at an open house! ;)

Stephanie Ackerman heart card tutorial

The cards I created in Stephanie’s class.

I am in love with these cards!

I am in love with these techniques!

I am in awe of the genius of Stephanie Ackerman!

Here’s an individual photo of each card so you can see how the layers and details make the cards so enchanting.

heart card by Alice happy

heart card by Alice i feel stonger

heart card by Alice begin every wish

heart card by Alice wish laugh wonder

heart card by Alice if only

heart card by by Alice the sun's golden

If you’d like to try these techniques, and learn how to do this from the pro, Stephanie has an class! It’s called 52 Pick {Me} Up. Click HERE for details.

If you’d like to experience a smaller class with Stephanie there is a great one in the Layout A Day store called ‘A Few of My Favorite Things’. Sign up for immediate access to this class! *affiliate link

I can’t wait to use these techniques in my art journal!

Let your creativity shine!


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Let Me Take a Selfie

I have a confession. I am a selfie-girl! I’ve been taking photos of myself for years, long before this became a craze, and well before the name ‘selfie’ came along.

If you are not sure what a selfie is… where have you been hiding? LOL! A selfie is simply a photo you take of yourself, usually at arm’s length.

I was thrilled when my friend Claire Cummings shared her selfie scrapbook page on Facebook the other day. Immediately I asked her if I could share it here.

Claire Cummings lemme take a selfie

But Wait, Lemme Take a Selfie scrapbook layout by Claire Cummings

Storytelling Tip:

Use pop culture, like Claire did by using selfies and the chorus from the song #Selfie by the Chainsmokers, to capture a moment in your life, or the life of your kids. These pop culture of today will make this moment in time memorable, so make sure you use it in your scrapbooks!

Design Tip:

By splitting this page into sections Claire was able to add interesting pattern and keep a large area available for a title with impact. A simple colour scheme makes this page eye catching and will save time when you are embellishing.

A Sneak Peak at My Next Project!

I’ve been planning on creating an “Alice’s Greatest Selfie’s” scrapbook for a while. After years of taking photos of myself I thought it would be fun to gather them all up in one scrapbook. I’ve put off starting this project because I just haven’t seen a book that made me think, “This is it!”

Close to My Heart is releasing a new My Crush book called In the Pink Book. When I saw it I knew it would be perfect for my selfie collection!

My Crush In the Pink Book CTMH

Close to My Heart My Crush: In the Pink Book to order in Canada visit alice.ctmh.com

Isn’t it pretty? I love how gorgeous the pages and embellishments are for this adorable book! I’ve ordered it and I’m gathering up some of my selfies so I can get started on this project. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the photos I’ll be using.

Selfie of Alice at the Taj Mahal in India

Selfie at the Taj Mahal in India

Selfie of Alice with her two boys.

Selfie with my boys back when they were little!

Selfie of Alice flying with her husband.

Midair selfie while flying with my husband in his plane.

Selfie of Alice at the Colosseum in Rome

Selfie time at the Colosseum in Rome.

Selfie of Alice taken into a mirror with multiple reflections.

Bonus points to me for my multi- selfie!

I can’t wait until I can share this project with you, so cross your fingers that my order arrives quickly! I’d love to see your selfies too, post one, or more on the Scrapbook Wonderland Facebook page! HERE  Please leave a note to let Claire know if you love her page too!

Let your creativity shine!


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Anything Goes Blog Hop

Welcome to the Scrapbook Wonderland stop of the Anything Goes Greenhearts blog hop!
anything goes blog hop image The last stop was Julie’s blog The Scrap Zone. The next stop is Sandra Bleiken’s blog Paper Sage, but don’t worry, I’ll remind you at the end of this post!

The scrapbook layout I’m sharing today features ‘Free to Be Me’ paper from Close to My Heart. Actually, all of the supplies are from Close to My Heart!

chop chop image

Design Tip: Working with bright colours.

This layout was designed to be quick and easy with some great details and design. When working with photos that have bright colours, like the bright orange t-shirt, you have a couple of options.

  1. Create a layout with bright papers to match the tone of your photos.
  2. Alter the photos to mute the colours or convert them black and white.

For this layout I felt that the fun hair cut theme would be better with bright paper and this specialty pack is bright with fun designs.

Featured Products


  • Free to Be Me (includes vellum with metallic dots)

Title Stamp:

  • Marquee Uppercase Alphabet


  • Timberline Stickease (arrow and Wild Thing)
  • Free to Be Me cut-off strip (Be Yourself and Awesome)
  • Stars: Marquee Enamel Shapes
  • Metal triangles: Durables Triangle Studs
  • Ink used: Sorbet, Sunset, Crystal Blue and Lagoon
  • Adhesives used: Tombow Mono, Glue Dots, Foam tape

These products and more are available for a limited time! Get them while you still can at alice.ctmh.com

Thanks for hopping! If you love scrappy tips and techniques sign up for the Scrapbook Wonderland mailing list. You’ll also receive a special free gift from me just for signing up! Your next stop on the hop is Paper Sage.

Let your creativity shine!


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Farewell Two Peas in a Bucket

Oh my!

Hearts are breaking across the scrapbooking community today as Two Peas in a Bucket announced it is closing.

Two Peas in a Bucket closing image

Source: http://www.twopeasinabucket.com June 25, 2014

Two Peas has been a huge source of inspiration and connection for scrapbookers. Scrappers are already mourning the loss of the message boards and soon the galleries, classes and shopping will be gone too.

If you would like more information about the closing visit their FAQ page here: Two Peas FAQ

Farewell Two Peas. Thank you for providing a beautiful environment for scrappers and other creatives (stampers, photographers, card makers) to share their passion for crafting. Thank you for giving us a place to connect. Thank you for the inspiration you have provided and allowed others to share through your site. Best wishes wherever your life takes you next.

Two Peas Farewell image

What are you going to miss the most about their closing? Leave your comments on this post on the Scrapbook Wonderland Facebook page HERE.

Farewell from this PeaNut!


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When I Grow Up

When I grow up I want to be…

Do you remember what you wanted to be as a child? My dreams changed as a child. When I was very young I wanted to be a ballerina on ice, (not a figure skater, a ballerina on ice). When I was in grade 6 my dream was to be a dentist. Later on in life I decided to become a teacher. These dreams all changed with time but I never stopped dreaming. I created a layout that pays tribute to these dreams.

when i grow up image

Use this page prompt idea for yourself:

  • What did you want to be when you grew up?
  • What did it mean to be a grown up? (from your perspective as a child)
  • Were you excited about becoming an adult?
  • What other dreams did you have as a child?
  • What are your dreams for the present?

I’d love to see your pages inspired by this prompt! You can share them with a link in the comments below, or on the Scrapbook Wonderland Facebook page.

Blog Tour Revisited 

Last week I introduced you to three scrapbookers as part of the creative blog tour. I was invited to this tour by my friend Connie Hanks from Clicky Chick Creates. This week they have answered the four questions so don’t miss their responses!

Janet McCormick from Jan’s Works of Heart

Candra Holmes from Paper DragonFleur

Gina Zee from Messtaken Identity

Enjoy the tour.

Let your creativity shine!


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