Today we’re thrilled to welcome Laina Lamb. Before we show you Laina’s project, let’s get to know her a little bit more…

LainaLambProfilePic-07242014-250WLaina lives outside of Cleveland, Ohio with her husband Steve and their three rowdy and loveable boys. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati, she designed retail stores and malls for over ten years. While taking a career break to raise her sons, Laina discovered the world of paper crafting and instantly fell head over heels in love. This passion for storytelling and art helped transition her into a free-lance graphic designer for the craft industry. Laina has designed everything from paper to cutting cartridges. Her signature line of stamps and coordinating Die-namics can be found at She was formerly a Dream Team Member for Creating Keepsakes and is currently a Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Go-to Gal and Contributing Editor. When she’s not at her desk creating, Laina likes to eat long dinners out with friends, watch live local bands, and travel. Especially if it involves a cruise ship or a warm sandy beach!



Before I Was Your Mom



1. Adhere grid paper to gray card stock base.
2. Stamp woodgrain stamp onto cotton candy wonky pieces with pink lemonade hybrid ink.
3. Stamp typewriter text stamp onto pink lemonade rectangles with cotton candy dye ink. Adhere top left and bottom right of precut photo mat.
4. Adhere wonky pieces to corners of layout. Add tiny staple accents to each if desired.
5. Adhere scrap white paper to center of cotton candy journaling mat. Adhere both at odd angle.
6. Backstitch around Peek-a-Boo Alpha letters with floss using tape on reverse to secure threads. Adhere to top of journaling frame with pop dots, using scrap white paper below as guide.
7. Adhere pre-designed journaling to lower area of journaling mat with pop dots.
8. Cover seam of journaling and stitched piece with prestamped woodgrain pink lemonade strip.
9. Adhere gray title flag above stitched area.
10. Adhere die cut “Before” above journaling mat.
11. Adhere photo mat to top right corner of page.
12. Embellish layout with rolled flowers, hearts, sequins, and layered circles as shown.
13. Add butterflies with pop dots, adhere gems to large butterflies.
14. Add stick pins to pop dot holding largest butterfly at the top.

My Favorite Things Supplies
Card stock: Whip Cream, Steel Grey, Pink Lemonade, Cotton Candy, Razzle Berry
Felt: Cotton Candy
Ink: Cotton Candy Dye Ink, Steel Grey Hybrid Ink, Pink Lemonade Hybrid Ink
Stamps: Woodgrain Background, Typewriter Text Background
Die-namics: Butterflies, Peek a Boo Alpha, Mini Delicate Doily, Sequins, Little Letters, Accent It – Flags and Tags, Royal Rose, Mini Royal Rose

General Supplies
12×12 Gray Card stock
12×12 Grid Paper
DMC Floss
Flower Stamens
3L Adhesive Sheets
Silver and Pink Glitter
Maya Road Pins
Tiny Stapler

Want to recreate this sketch?  Here’s a sketch you can download and print.


Laina has also generously offered to give away one of her LLD Delicious Birthday stamp sets and one of her Die-namics Bring on the Cake die sets to a lucky blog reader.


To enter to win the stamp set and die set, simply leave a comment on this blog post.  (Sorry – This particular give away is only valid to residents of the United States.)

We hope you have enjoyed today’s project courtesy of Laina Lamb. Be sure to stop by Laina’s blog to see even more of her beautiful work (and let her know we sent you). You can also find Laina on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Have a great day!


65 replies on “Featured Artist/Designer: Laina Lamb”

  1. I don’t usually do pink, but I like this. The idea is one I never thought to do. Glad you brought it to my attention.

  2. Laina was a good choice for the week! I’ve seen her work over at the MFT blog. Love the journaling on the layout you highlighted.

  3. Lovely layout! We forget to scrapbook about ourselves, but its’ important! The stamp/die set giveaway looks awesome!

  4. Laina’s work is awesome! Beautiful page!
    I love the stamp set and dies! Thanks for the chance to win…. fingers crossed!

  5. Wonderful layout! I love how it appears nice and simple, even with all the great embellishment.

  6. I love Laina! Her work is amazing! I already own some of her sets but not this one 🙂

  7. What a beautiful and touching LO! Just lovely.
    Thanks so much for the chance to win this great giveaway!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  8. I bet your kids find it hard to believe that their mother did so many things. I like this idea and may need to scrap lift It.

  9. What a lovely page
    and a great idea!
    Thanks for the
    chance to win
    some great
    stamps and dies.
    Carla from Utah

  10. This is the best page I’ve ever seen…not because of the layout design or the embellishments, but because of the content. I’ve never wanted to copy anyone else’s work, but this way of talking about yourself is amazing and so heartfelt. I fully intend to do this one for both of my offspring. THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS PAGE!

  11. I love that stamp and die set. the cake will be so very versatile. I can see it being used a lot.

  12. I have been admiring these stamps as they are released….so glad to meet the designer behind them! Fabulous layout!

  13. She made a beautiful layout and is a talented designer. I’m going to go check out her stamps.

  14. Love MFT! great layout, I need to do one of these. I dont scrap pictures of myself and I think I should, this would be an awesome subject to scrap!!! Great idea.

  15. What a great scrapbook page!!! The stamps and dies are fabulous! Thanks so much for the chance to win them!!!

  16. Simply gorgeous layout. Love the use of grid paper with pink & sparkly embellishments. Your stamps & dies are so versatile. Going to check them out now!

  17. What a beautiful layout and the symbolic meaning to it is Wonderful! I just love it! I’m going to have to case it and make a layout like this for my son. I think this he will treasure forever. Your work is just Beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing all the details on how we may do this too.

  18. I am still working on my kids scrapbook pages even though they are teenagers by now. I love this layout and will have to add it to my collection as one of the starter pages. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  19. Love, love, love this idea of before kids, you know what they say “if it isn’t scraped, it did not happen” LOL
    And have a wonderful day…..

  20. What a cool page idea, great way to include myself into my album. Thanks for the inspiration!

  21. What a sweet, lovely, and beautiful layout! It is so nice to meet one of the Designers behind all those lovely MFT Stamps and Dies. Thank you so much for sharing, and inspiring us, Laina!! You are mostly definitely your 3 Sons coolest Mom!!!

  22. What a great idea for a layout, I really need to do that and thanks so much for the chance to win some goodies!

  23. Hmm…I have a pregnant niece. This would be great to make, along with a few other pages, for her laundry basket of goodies. I would have to make two, as this is her second child, one girl and one boy….the stamp set would be great, too. I have 16 nieces and nephews, 18 greats and 2 greatgreatnieces! Lots of birthdays!

  24. Welcome Laina. Your layout is WONDERFUL. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing and for the generous giveaway opportunity. Those sets are at the TOP of my MFT wishlist. especially the dies.
    Crafty hugs,

  25. Wow… brought tears to my eye’s. Lovely wording and great layout. Very inspiring! Thank you for sharing with us!

  26. Beautiful sentiment from a beautiful lady. Laina you are wonderfully gifted.
    Thank you for sharing this lovely piece.

  27. Love the design layout – and what a cool way to share yourself with your kids!

  28. Hi Laina,
    Your name is very beautiful and I love the design and layout of the scrapbook page you made. You have put a great deal of thought into the page and yet it is all so clean and simple.
    I did not realize you were a designer for MFT, I really love their stamp and die sets. This birthday stamp set you are giving away shows the same amount of detail and thought as your scrap page. I love all the options that it gives you and will work for any occasion as well as the choice of fun words to go with it.
    Thank you for sharing your talents and passion with us.

  29. Why didn’t I think of this? Great LO, love the colors, the style and the idea! TFS.

  30. I have been a big fan of Laina since I discovered My Favorite Things. I have many of her products and LOVE them. It would be so fun to add this collection to my stash.

  31. What a terrific idea for a scrapbook page. I remember telling my kids where I used to work, way back when, and they were very surprised that I actually did something else before being a Mom.

  32. Awesome layout – I loved the last sentence. Goodies look great – I am addicted to paper products that help you create fabulous cards.

  33. Wondeful layout…so nice to see something about the scrapbooker themselves. Love Laina’s clean style.

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