Scarlet Lime Guest Designer and a Giveaway!

It is Scarlet Lime's 2 year anniversary today and I was so excited when they asked me to be their guest designer for this month! They are a scrapbooking kit club that I have shared before and I really love their kits! I have been getting their kits since the very first month and I have to say that I still get so excited each month to see what is packed in that box… and trust me when I tell you that there are always lots of fun and unique little surprises! I love it!

This month's kit seemed very girlie to me with all the flowers and feminine touches so I wanted to show you how you can still create boy pages with it…

The kit has lots of red and black that I knew I could use for my boyish layout but I wanted to add in some more boy colors so I started with yellow cardstock and then added some misting with my green Maya Road mist. To create the misted stars I used some old stickers that I was ready to toss. I adhered them to the page and then misted over them. Then I removed the stickers to reveal the stars! Super easy and quick but still makes a big impact! Then I used a black marker to outline the stars in an imperfect fashion… wanted to keep it looking fun and whimsical!

Birthday close up 1

I used a few strips of the exclusive Scarlet Lime paper that they designed for this month's kit and then used the numbers foam stamp across the page with black ink. (The foam stamp is from an older Creating Keepsakes Kit of the Month.) Added my photos and finished with a few embellishments and journaling and it was done!

Birthday close up 2

This month's kit also inspired me to do a Christmas layout which is a little odd because there isn't a lot of green in the kit and the papers aren't Christmas themed by any means…. but hey, you never know how inspiration is going to hit you sometimes and so you just go with it right? It just goes to show you that if you subscribe to a scrapbooking kit club and one of the kits doesn't seem like it fits with your photos, you can usually get a lot of different looks from it and you can pull different pieces out of it to create pages that go with other themes and holidays! I love that about these kits!


Since I was doing a Christmas/December themed layout I knew that I wanted more green so I used a green cardstock as my base. Then I felt the urge to throw in a little pink to tone down the green a little and to go with the pink that is in her dress. So I pulled out my Maya Road mist in bubblegum pink and just spritzed it across the layout. I love that it doesn't scream pink but it still gives a little bit of sheen and interest to the background. Oh, and before I sprayed the mist I put a strip of scalloped paper to the left of where I knew my photo was going…. that is how I got that scallop/dot pattern that you see next to the photo. I loved all of the circles and flowers in the SL paper so I cut some of them out for my page. To create the scallop border underneath the photo I cut three of the JBS Mercantile chipboard buttons in half. Added some other random bits until I felt like it was complete and that was it!

Emily close up

The last thing I have to share with you is a little card that I threw together with some of my scraps. I don't make cards very often but it is a fun way to use your leftovers! It was super quick and simple – no big techniques here. Just some strips of paper and ribbon and I also used the clear stamp that comes with the kit…. love that tree!


I know I don't usually go into this much detail with my scrapbooking projects that I share but I recently did a survey over on the Studio Calico blog and many of our readers asked us to share more of the process and how/why we create our layouts…. so I am going to start sharing more of the details and how it all comes together when I scrapbook. So, to those that are interested – happy reading  - and to those that aren't – hopefully I won't bore you to death! 🙂

And finally, I do have a GIVEAWAY!! That will wake you up right? I have a complete september kit (see below) to give away to one of my readers! Thanks Scarlet Lime!! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post and I will be back to draw a winner later in the week. Good luck. Oh, and if you are the impatient type and you want to just order a kit today instead of waiting to see if you won you can go here. 


filed under: scrapbooking kit club, scarlet lime, maya road maya mist, scrapbooking inspiration, card making, scrapbook ideas, maggie holmes

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  • Elaine
    September 1, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    I adore your work – the pictures of the two little boys (one, especially cute with two little teeth and drool) are just TOO CUTE!! I wish I had your talent in the photography area! The colors in the new scarlet lime kit are beautiful and classic! Rock on!!

  • Elaine
    September 1, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    p.s. love your scalloped dot treatment in green!

  • Lonely Scrapbooker
    September 1, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    I would love to try a Scarlet Lime kit, especially after seeing what you’ve done here with it.

  • Emily Simpson
    September 1, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    I LOVE Scarlet Lime! They always have the greatest kits and the newest products for their subscribers. I was excited to see you designing for them this month! I always love to see your designs! Thanks for the fun!

  • leslie
    September 1, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    I love your layouts! Love the stamping treatment that you did. Thanks for sharing!

  • hannie
    September 1, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Your layout shows that you are just so confident and comfortable with your own style, just love them!
    Oh, and Scarlet Lime, love that too!

  • brainybairn
    September 1, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Gosh! Love your layouts! And thanks for the giveaway!!

  • Maria Therese
    September 2, 2009 at 12:19 am

    this is a awsome kit!

  • Jolene Pienaar
    September 2, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Oh wow, awesome inspiration as always, woohooo for gettings scarlet lime to get you for a guest designer!!!

  • Jennifer.T
    September 2, 2009 at 1:35 am

    I’m one of those people that love to know the ins and outs of creating a layout so thank you! And I would love that Scarlet Lime Kit!

  • Kota Venter
    September 2, 2009 at 2:20 am

    Would love to get this kit, looks great!

  • Leah
    September 2, 2009 at 4:03 am

    I’ve always loved Scarlet Lime, and paired with your work, it’s a match made in heaven!

  • April
    September 2, 2009 at 4:35 am

    Wow, those are some gorgeous layouts!! Thanks for the chance at some goodies. 😉
    – April

  • Michelle C
    September 2, 2009 at 4:51 am

    Beautiful layouts! Would love to try my hand at some with such a pretty kit.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • hanna
    September 2, 2009 at 5:08 am

    love the extra explanation behind your LOs so please keep it coming 🙂 and thanks for the giveaway

  • Amy Coose
    September 2, 2009 at 5:14 am

    LOVE this kit!!! Thanks for the chance to win one, and your LO’s are amazing!

  • kristen
    September 2, 2009 at 5:15 am

    oh i love their stuff! so cute!

  • Gale
    September 2, 2009 at 5:20 am

    That kit is BEAUTIFUL. I never thought of using an ink pad for foam stamps. I’ve always used paint. Love that look. I have to scrap tonight using my foam stamps!

  • rachel marquette
    September 2, 2009 at 6:02 am

    I love scarlet lime. funny when I saw this kit – I thought vintage christmas layouts! love that you showed boy layouts also – I have 2 boys so it’s good to see the boy side of things too.

  • Vanessa
    September 2, 2009 at 6:16 am

    this kit is stunning!!!!

  • Betsy Gourley
    September 2, 2009 at 6:22 am

    Pick me, pick me, please. My babies turned 10 yesterday so I could use a pick me up like this super cute SL kit. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Jill Tracy
    September 2, 2009 at 6:29 am

    So cute–I love your whimsical details! I am a bit of a perfectionist, but am trying to go outside of the box. Oh and by the way, love your photos too–truly amazing!!!

  • Michelle W.
    September 2, 2009 at 6:30 am

    Beautiful kit! And lovely pages. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.

  • lindsay
    September 2, 2009 at 6:54 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE that kit! I’m keeping my fingers crossed… money is tight right now and I can’t afford to purchase it. But I’ve had fun drooling over the fabulous colors!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Jessica F
    September 2, 2009 at 6:55 am

    I always love your layouts! This kit is so inspiring! I would love to win!!!

  • Carrie
    September 2, 2009 at 7:00 am

    Ooh! Love this kit!!!! Great pages Maggie! It would be so much fun to win! …I’m already thinking of my layouts! 🙂

  • Amy
    September 2, 2009 at 7:02 am

    Thanks for all of the inspiration Maggie! (and for the chance to win!!) I am always looking for “boy” layout ideas. And I am loving the scallops you added on the Christmas layout… too cute!!

  • eisbeckers
    September 2, 2009 at 7:07 am

    Oooh, I’d love to win the kit!

  • sheri
    September 2, 2009 at 7:21 am

    What a gorgeous kit! Love it…and Love your layouts; they are really beautiful. I would be honoured to win – I adorw Scarlet LIme.
    Thanks for this opportunity Maggie!

  • Amber Scurlock
    September 2, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Thanks for the extra details…the layouts are gorgeous (as usual!). By the way, I also LOVED the pink and yellow layout you had in the most recent issue of Creating Keepsakes…stunning!

  • Heather Ippolito
    September 2, 2009 at 7:49 am

    What a fun kit!! Your LOs are gorgeous!
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Julie, momto7
    September 2, 2009 at 7:51 am

    ooh ooh I love Scarlet Lime – thanks for a chance to win such a lovely kit!

  • jenney
    September 2, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Love this kit and LOVE your layouts even more. They always inspire me to scrap!

  • Christina
    September 2, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Your layouts are beautiful. I need to get out of my comfort zone of having everything align properly & just let free of my creativity! I will use you as an inspiration. 🙂

  • Melanie
    September 2, 2009 at 8:34 am

    I am so excited! I absolutely love this kit and your blog.

  • gina f.
    September 2, 2009 at 9:03 am

    thanks for the chance to win! love your layouts; you totally did things with this kit that i would never think of. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  • MichelleR
    September 2, 2009 at 9:07 am

    I love Scralet Lime. Always have. But I’ve never been able to get a kit. One of these days I’m going to be a dedicated subscriber to them! Anyways, love your blog (& the photo class I took from you!) and Hope I win!

  • Anna Vollmer
    September 2, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Oh! I love the combination of papers! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  • Shara
    September 2, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Wow, That kit is amazing.

  • Jen K
    September 2, 2009 at 9:56 am

    I love your layouts and this kit!! It’s so awesome. Thanks for the chance to win. Fingers crossed. 🙂

  • Harley
    September 2, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Love your layouts, and thanks for showing that you can still do boy pages with the kit! 🙂

  • jung a
    September 2, 2009 at 10:32 am

    i love your scrapbook style and photography. i love checking in on your blog for great inspiration!

  • Heather Beasley
    September 2, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Awww, I love your style! I’m so glad you’re the guest at Scarlet Lime this month because you really inspire me. I’d love the kit too!

  • Linda E
    September 2, 2009 at 11:11 am

    I love reading about your “process.” Thanks for sharing all of the wonderful details.

  • Christine Dibble
    September 2, 2009 at 11:46 am

    I LOVE this kit! Very much my style. Thank you!

  • Rebecca Ednie
    September 2, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Looks like an awesome kit. I’d love to win!!

  • Jessica Fry
    September 2, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    The layouts and colors are gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Rachel
    September 2, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Would love to win!!!

  • Karen
    September 2, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Love your LOs & would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win the kit!

  • Hannah
    September 2, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    I hope I’m not too late! I would love to scrapbook with this kit!!!

  • eRika
    September 2, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    this is a gorgeous kit!!

  • Tonia G
    September 2, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    The kit is so adorable! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Cathy C.
    September 2, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    What an awesome kit! Thanks so much, it would be totally excellent to win it!! 🙂

  • Lindsey
    September 2, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Yay! I am SUPER excited that you’ll be sharing more details. 🙂

  • carol
    September 2, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    what a fun kit! love what you did with it.

  • Jenny Alfonso
    September 2, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Love what you did with the kit!

  • Liz
    September 2, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Love the kit…Please pick me =)
    Thanks, Maggie

  • Valerie O'Neall
    September 2, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I really need to purchase a bottle or two of that mist–looks like fun!

  • Bethany E.
    September 2, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    This is such a beautiful kit…love the vintage feel of it!!

  • Elizabeth A.
    September 2, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    What an awesome kit and giveaway! Your layouts are amazing, as usual! Thanks for sharing!

  • Tamara
    September 3, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Great layouts made with a fabulous kit! Thanks for the inspiration and the giveaway!

  • Sandy
    September 3, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Unbelievable photos! Love your creations ~ thank you for the inspiration =)

  • isabel
    September 3, 2009 at 3:46 am

    maggie, i’m your fan !!! beautiful layouts as usual

  • alexandra
    September 3, 2009 at 3:47 am

    this kit looks fantastic
    thanks for the chance

  • vitoria
    September 3, 2009 at 3:47 am

    love the color combo of this kit
    perfect for vintage layouts

  • guillauma
    September 3, 2009 at 4:00 am

    your creations rocks Maggie, and the kit is beautiful

  • beatrice
    September 3, 2009 at 4:01 am

    love this vintage style
    thanks for sharing

  • isadona
    September 3, 2009 at 4:02 am

    cool giveaway, thanks for the chance to win,
    this kit looks amazing and your creations too

  • Mandy
    September 3, 2009 at 7:13 am

    that is the cutest kit, I love it. Your stuff is to die for, you’re so talented.

  • Janna
    September 3, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Your layouts are awesome! Love that Christmas one, I love non traditional colors for Christmas. Thanks for the chance to win:)

  • Janna
    September 3, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Love your pictures and your layouts are fabulous as always, thanks for the chance to win!

  • Jennifer
    September 3, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Gorgeous kit. I am glad you will be sharing more about how you create a layout.

  • Danielle Merry
    September 3, 2009 at 10:16 am

    The kit looks very vintage inspired. I love your work and can’t wait for your photography class to begin and maybe I could be lucky enough to win 🙂

  • Heather Miller
    September 3, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Oh Fun ! I was a subscriber for a short time to Scarlet lime . They really do have fabulous kits! Hope u pick me ! btw I loved your misting techniques you sampled on Studio Calico, it inspired me to go buy some and give it a whirl. And I have to say I love it ! So thank you !

  • Dejah
    September 3, 2009 at 10:59 am

    I love these kits!!

  • Brenda
    September 3, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Love the layouts! I liked how you showed that you can use more “girly” paper for boy layouts too.

  • AesaLina
    September 3, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    These kits are so cute. Love them!

  • Louchia
    September 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Awesome kit! Thanks for the opportunity to win 🙂

  • Adrienne Pugmire
    September 3, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    I love your work (both photography and scrapbook work)! Can’t get enough of the great pictures and great ideas for my own creations. You are an inspiration. WHen I grow up, I wanna be like you. LOL
    Pick me, I love the colors in this kit.

  • Kimberly
    September 3, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    So fun! What a great kit. Thanks for sharing ideas to create with boys in mind. I have two of my own and am always looking for new, fresh inspiration!

  • holly
    September 3, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    I love your work and love to hear how you came to the end result-gorgeous!!….makes me want to try this kit and break out the mists.

  • nitasha
    September 3, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Scarlet Lime is a refreshing kit club. How ingenious of the owner, Christy, to offer a sophisticated September kit that’s not centered around school, but even more clever, is how you turned the kit on it’s ear and managed a boy/school layout! Both of you ladies RoCk!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Kimberly
    September 4, 2009 at 2:56 am

    Looking forward to your level 2 class!! After your first class I have such a hard time taking pictures that I’m happy with on any setting besides manual. Thank you for that!!

  • ShellyJ
    September 4, 2009 at 5:53 am

    wow! awesome layouts 🙂

  • Efrat Kashat
    September 4, 2009 at 7:45 am

    Your layouts are gorgeous! Oh, you have no idea how much your layouts inspire me. Thank you so much :).
    I am really happy you are now sharing more details about the process of making your projects and you are *certainly* not going to bore me to death! 🙂
    I would love to win this kit, so thank you so much for the chance!

  • laura stewart
    September 4, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    cute !

  • Amy H.
    September 5, 2009 at 12:31 am

    Your layouts are beautiful! Love what you did with the kit!!!

  • felicia
    September 5, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    your layouts & photos are so inspiring! thanks for sharing:)

  • Tammy J
    September 5, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    If I am not too late in entering, ……Here I am entering to win! I think I might have to sign up to get their monthly kits, I am in LOVE!! I would love to win!! 🙂

  • Tammy J
    September 7, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    If I am not too late, I would love to win! 🙂 I love the scarlet lime kits, I just now just have to convince my hubby to let me buy a kit every month!! lol

  • Tammy J
    September 7, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    not sure why… but now I have 2 comments showing up!! lol Oh dear….

  • Michelle Price
    September 7, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    This is gorgoeus and love what you made with it!

  • Minimimi
    September 8, 2009 at 4:49 am

    I have my eyes on Scarlet Lime for awhile; I would love to try it. Your layouts are very nice, I love your style.

  • Bethany
    September 9, 2009 at 1:34 am

    love the LOs you created with the new kit! they are beautiful!! I especially love that you did a Christmas one!! thats awesome!!

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