May 13, 2016

American Crafts Winner

And the winner of the NSD American Crafts giveaway is:

My son's birthday is on National (and International) Scrapbook Day so we had a birthday party for him. Then I visited my mother on Mother's Day. I plan to work on lots of crafts and projects tomorrow.

Emily, please email me your address to and we will get your prize pack to you!  Thanks everyone for playing along.

May 7, 2016

Please join me on the Scrapbook and Cards Today Blog for a day of fun and hourly prizes. The design team took inspiration right from the pages of the Spring issue!  

I chose Peppermint Granberg's beautiful grid design on page 67. For more on the how's and why's of the design, visit the SCT blog!

Happy NSD + an American Crafts Giveaway!

Happy National (and International!) Scrapbook Day everyone! Let's celebrate with this Amy Tangerine Better Together giveaway from American Crafts.

Today is one of my favorite days - celebrating creativity and paper (things that I love)! This morning I'll be doing a little bit of everything that I love - scrapbooking, Project Life and card making. I've been a maker for as long as I can remember. Before the teams and the industry, I played with color and paint and stitching. It's great to have a day to celebrate all that rolled up in one.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment and tell me what you are up to on NSD (crafty or not). One very lucky winner will be randomly drawn. The winner will be announced Tuesday, May 10th.

Then, hop on over to Evelyn's blog for another great American Crafts giveaway!

May 6, 2016

Design Your Story - American Crafts Dear Lizzy Happy Place

Collection | American Crafts Happy Place

The Story | This one is about my son and his love of the clear, blue Caribbean. It's the first thing I thought of when I first looked at this picture. The clarity and color of that water and that big goofy grin. I also thought about telling the story of those two missing teeth, but I'll get to that one later. That very first thought is usually what I build the journaling around. Because I find that's the most authentic when telling a story. Always go with your first gut reaction to a photo. It's what you remember most and that's important!

Design |  I wanted to create something clean and layered to go with this bold photo. White is my go to background because photos and colors really pop on a clean background. 

I divided the design in two. Stacking all of the watercolored die cut words down the right side of the layout gives it a bold impact. I really wanted those words to stand out. To balance that out, on the opposite side are layers and layers of patterned paper and that beautiful acetate sheet. If you look at the design, there's an "invisible line" vertically down the page dividing the die cut words (on the right) and then everything else lined up along the left. This is an example of balance and repetition in design. And it's easy!

Supplies | Click on the photo links below for more information:

January 4, 2016

So this happened! Happy to announce that I'll be on the 2016 Elle's Studio team. I've loved Elle's colorful, graphic style since her debut. So excited to work with this talented team and Elle's upcoming new lines and monthly kits.

Visit the talented team blogs for inspiration and sneak peeks of the January kit:

The January kit and DT gallery reveal is Sunday, January 10th at 8:00 am PST. All kits + extras (stamp, acrylics, etc.) are available while supplies last. Kits are available on the 10th for $9.99 for the launch day special price, after that they return to their regular price of $11.99. This is a peek of the project I worked on for this month:

For more Elle's Studio goodness, sneak peeks and monthly kits, visit the blog here!

December 1, 2015

Thankful + Hip Kit Club

I've been working and creating and moving my scrap space this month. Reflecting on what I'm grateful for and using up the beautiful warm October Hip Kit.


Love this photo and memory of my boy and his turn at dancing with a princess. He did it because he knew it would make me happy, and that means everything. It's one of those Disney moments that I tuck away for when he's grown.
The design came from the title. I knew I wanted to do a heart, so why not make it a real focal point. Stitching it in aqua blue and placing it so that it marries the wood and white paper borders anchors the page. The arrow through the heart was a last minute addition. The heart was looking too bold, too solid and weaving the arrow softened it up and made it a little more interesting. My something different.


A trio of cards with some Pebbles paper and embellishments. It's nice to change things up and step away from making layouts. I like working on a smaller canvas and use up the bits and pieces that are leftover from my kits every month.


This was my artsy attempt at using the Prima Watercolor Pencils. Totally inspired by the many paint swatches that are up around my new scrap space. I used a typewriter to get the words to fit just right. This design is clean and simple. The idea of the paint swatch and enamel dots in the heart are the something different here.

SUPPLIES:  October Hip Kit | Pebbles Collection | Prima Watercolors | Script Titles | Wood Arrows | White Cardstock

October 30, 2015

Halloween Cards + American Crafts

I'm usually not a big card maker, but I do enjoy creating on a smaller canvas. It lets me practice layers and different techniques on a smaller scale. This month my assignments included three Halloween cards and these were some of designs that I came up with:


This one is all about the words and silly joke: " I can see right through you." As soon as I saw that eye wood button, I knew that this would be make for a cute card sentiment. I may be spending too much time surrounded by 10-year-old boys.

I used a black and white straw here as a fake binding for the card. I like the punch of pattern and texture it added.

This card is based on a glittery spiderweb and some fringe. The fringe reminded me of spider legs and adds a whimsical fun touch to the design.

The last card has a cut out title and a fun flag. I used a black and white party straw from the American Crafts Halloween line to create this spiderweb embellishments. A layered embellishment in the center and some fun splatters of paint make for a card that spooky cute.

SUPPLIES:  Die Cut Spiderwebs, Halloween Dimensional Sticker , Halloween Tape

October 29, 2015

Stitched Halloween + American Crafts

I've been on a stitching kick this month. I keep reaching for these Amy Tangerine alpha templates over and over. I've had them for a while, but it's just recently that I've come to really love them.

So when you're challenged with a line that contains no paper, but lots of beautiful little embellishments, you stitch!

For the base of the page I started with a few rows of washi tape sandwiched in between a stitched title and a swish of lime green watercolor. The vertical row of wooden buttons breaks up all of those horizontal lines and gives the photo a little pop.

Sticking with the traditional colors of Halloween (and in the photo) makes for a bold, colorful statement. I love this title and the capture of when these littles were so little we had to stop for a sweet treat while trick-or-treating.

SUPPLIES:   Halloween Tapes | Amy Tangerine Stitching | Wood Buttons | Watercolors

October 28, 2015

American Crafts Halloween + Clothespins

We are gearing up for one of our favorite holidays around here. Getting the house decked out in all it's ghoulish glory. The spookier the better Nico says. I remember when our decorations were cute, and so were the costumes. These photos are from that time. This was the year that Nico was an astronaut - my favorite costume ever!


I made this layout for American Crafts and I was challenged to use just the things in their Halloween line - which included no paper! I love a challenge. So I went with these clothespins. I thought they were so cute and would make a fun wreath to hang photos off of.  So this design came to be. A little washi tape and some string frame it all in and the photos just pop!

SUPPLIES:  Spooky Clothespins | Halloween Tape | Halloween Tags

October 27, 2015

String Arrows + Hip Kit Club

My favorite kind of design is one that has that little bit something different. I definitely have a clean, linear style but I like change, and especially in design.


Here, the string arrow takes center stage. It divides the page in half. The top is all about the photo and embellishments while the bottom contains a large golden title.

Something else that's really different here is the lack of journaling. I think that's a first for me. One that I probably won't repeat very much, because I like words and stories way too much. I know great designers who are able to tell their stories without words, but that is so not me.

The colors came from the October Hip Kit. It's all about aqua, coral, woodgrain and gold. It was a beautiful starting point!

SUPPLIES: October Hip Kit | Golden Alphabet | Cedar Lane Ephemera | Gold Leaf Clips | Foil Tape Pack

October 26, 2015

Dip Dyed Stitching + Hip Kit Club

I've been digging into my fall photo stash and this is one of my favorites. One of those rare moments when the kids were getting along perfectly and Yessi was actually loving on Nico. Now that's akin to actually seeing The Great Pumpkin.


The October Hip Kit Club kit has a light Fall theme to it, just enough to highlight the season's photo but still so versatile. That's my kind of kit.


I based this layout on woodgrain for the fall feel and to mix things up a little bit. I've been doing so many white based layouts lately.  The dip dyed letter look is my something different. Using the Amy Tangerine alphabet stencil is the key here. She's done all of the measuring and spacing work!


One of those beautiful little arrows from Pink Paislee's Cedar Lane underlines the words. And a neat little row of leaf die cuts that have been folded for texture complete the design and balance out the heavy title.

SUPPLIES:  Hip Kit Club October 2015 | Amy Tangerine Stitching | Pink Paislee Arrows

October 7, 2015

American Crafts Intro + Design Team Thoughts

American Crafts |  Nancy Damiano
I'm over on the American Crafts blog today with an intro post. Come by for a how-to on this page plus some random facts about me and what I love about designing.

SUPPLIES: Faceted Alphabet | Script Foam Words | Finders Keepers Paper | Finders Keepers Die Cuts

Feeling seriously grateful for being included on this team (with Jen Chapin, Gina Lideros and Evelyn Pratiwi Yusuf).  I love the designs that American Crafts brings to market and I'm so excited to part of the experience. This one was a huge surprise for me!

I've never had a goal to make this specific team or that one. I think that type of goal setting can be a great motivator and a good thing. But for me, any type of competition kills the spark of creativity. So I've learned to just make things that excite me whether they receive recognition or not. 

I've had my fair share of teams that I didn't make and complete failures. Not taking that rejection personally is a choice. I learned that making a team is such a subjective thing and not the best way to seek validation. Doing your absolute best work is the validation. Success or failure, it always comes back to what I really love - telling a good story. Even if I'm the only one listening. 

October 1, 2015

Changes + A New Team

So this happened. I'm really excited to get started with the Hip Kit Club team! The kits are beautiful and packed with goodness. You can check out the October kit I'll be working with here.

This is the first of many changes I'm planning to make this year. Sometimes it's hard taking a leap, but I think I need this to grow and stretch. Here's to new beginnings and Hip Kit!

September 30, 2015

Guesting at American Crafts

Today I'm guesting for one of my favorite companies - American Crafts! I love all of their signature designers and bold in-house designs. They do pattern and color really well and that's my favorite thing about this paper crafting thing.

American Crafts | Nancy Damiano

I worked with their brand new Halloween line. It's full of fun patterned washi tapes, buttons, pins, die cuts and party supplies.

American Crafts | Nancy Damiano
For more photos of the layouts, card and party decor, check the American Crafts blog. Hope to see you there!

September 29, 2015

Process Video +

I’ve been a longtime fan of Shimelle, both as a teacher and all around good bean. She’s passionate about this paper + story thing and I love that.

For my layout I was really inspired by Shimelle's Scrapbooking Colour Schemes with Pink layout. 
The first thing that caught my eye was the beautiful color scheme. I love bold pops of color and this layout delivers. I also like linear designs that feature repetition of a shape or element so that’s where I ran with this design.

I have a process video here that walks you through on how to dress up plain wood veneer and create a bold band of repeated shapes. Let me know what you think! I’d love to see what you create.