This layout was a challenge for me!  I don’t have any good reason for it: I planned to make a “then and now” layout with these photos ever since my husband asked me to take the photo of him on the speeder bike in Hollywood Studios (it’s even written in my journal from that day!)

And on top of that, when I was looking through the photos I have printed (so far…there are a LOT more to come…) and came across this one again, I realized that a Shimelle layout video I watched recently had the perfect design — a grid style with plenty of room for journaling.  Bonus– a grid layout is one of Crafty Jen Schow’s January stash-busting challenges!

The challenge came in when I started worrying about whether I am going to have enough paper from the Starshine collection to distribute throughout, and then I got skittish about cutting into anything… It was pretty ridiculous, but thankfully I pushed through, haha.  I pulled in a couple papers from my stash, which helped– both with the cutting-into-things issue, and also for a better balance of colors in the palette I chose for this layout.


My lovely husband agreed to write the journaling for this one, and I am so thankful that he is willing to contribute to this crazy obsession  –I mean– hobby of mine.  The photo at the top is from a trip he took to Disney World in 2000 (when this park was called MGM), and the bottom photo is from our 2016 trip.  When we were walking through Hollywood Studios and saw the speeder bike photo op, he immediately stopped and remembered this old photo of his.  We dug it out after our trip, and I’ve squirreled it away until now.


I opened a new pack of Thickers for the title on this one– and I was able to combine them with a very, very, very old leatherette ampersand from my stash (it’s one of my favorite alphas, and I just can’t get rid of them, even though there are so few left).  For the years on each photo, I also colored some tiny BasicGrey alphas with a Copic marker to change them from pale yellow to light green so that they would blend a bit more into the foliage on the photos.



Aside from the enamel dots and wood veneer (the two things I have on every layout in my Disney album), every other embellishment is cut from the papers from Shimelle’s Starshine collection (both 12×12 and 6×6).  I had fun adding little sayings that are a bit tongue-in-cheek like, “You will go far” and “to the moon” (get it– Endor’s moon? ….yeah, I’m becoming somewhat of a Star Wars geek over here…)



As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been very excited about Crafty Jen Schow’s Stash Busting challenge that she has posed this month in the Crafty Use It or Lose It series.  The first challenge is “Focus and Flow:” starting with one specific product, let the ideas that come to mind while using it inspire subsequent projects.

As I was working on the “Grand Entrance” layout, I realized that I’m not very good at using the die cuts and cut-aparts that I have in my album kit, so I decided that maybe they would be a good jumping-off point.  As I looked through them, I noticed one that said “away we go,” and another that said “up, up, and away!” These two phrases made me think of the Dumbo ride we took–it was the last thing we did on our first day in Disney World.  I got out my photos and got to work.

Continuing my theme of intentional scrapbook video-watching, the diagonal design in this layout was inspired by Shimelle’s layout in this video about her son meeting Ariel.


The title of this layout was inspired by another cut-apart piece, and you can see the “up, up, and away!” piece right below it.  In the final version of my layout, the “away we go” die cut didn’t make it on the page, but it “flowed” into the next one–stay tuned below.


My layout started off looking fairly plain, but I kept adding little bits and pieces to give it a bit more layered of a look.


This little banner across the top left corner was the very last addition.  I kept waffling back and forth about whether to include it… and finally, I had to text my Husband with two photos (one with, one without) to get a second opinion!  In the end, I’m glad that included it, since these little flags also “flowed” into the next page I made.  These little pennant flags are from a very old Jenni Bowlin Studio sticker sheet, and I’m thinking they might get used up soon!  Wouldn’t that be exciting (that’s challenge #3!)?


And of course, the hidden Mickey!


As I mentioned before, the “Away we go” die cut just didn’t fit as I was putting the pieces together for this layout, but I couldn’t get it out of my head that it should go with these Dumbo ride photos.  Facing this layout in my album is a pocket page with more photos, so what better place to add it?

So I made a pocket page next:


There’s that die cut… and more of those pennant flags!


I used the same alpha stickers to make the title for this page and added even more pennant flags underneath.


I really like how this spread turned out!  After I get further along in the album and see how more of the pocket pages turn out, I may come back and add some more embellishment to the 4×6 pockets, but for now, I’m letting the photos stand alone.


It’s 2019 and time to embark on a new set of goals!

For me, some of those goals aren’t so new– chief among my goals for this year are to finish big projects that I’ve been working on for (eep) years!  One of those projects is this 2016 Disney scrapbook album.

I love watching scrapbook videos, and the other day at lunch, my son and I were watching some of Shimelle’s Walt Disney Wednesday series on YouTube.  As I watched, I started realizing that I could really use those videos–and each scrapbook video I watch going forward– to specifically and intentionally inspire layouts in this Disney album, and that would really help me to make progress!

And so, this layout is heavily inspired by Shimelle’s BB8 layout.  In fact, I watched the video and then looked through my printed photos for this album (I’ve done a lot of pre-planning) to find a layout that would work well with this design.


I pulled out the big kit I’ve been assembling since fall 2016 for this major project–here it is after I finished this layout:

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My kit is based on Shimelle’s “Starshine” collection (although other papers have been added in over the…years), and so I gathered some cut-aparts and die cuts that seemed to coordinate with this moment– our first “grand” entrance into Disney World.


I was definitely in a layering mood, so I tried to add as many details as I could–both with embellishments and with paper layers.



There are two specific details I’m including on every page: wood veneer…


…and a “hidden Mickey” made from enamel dots.


As I made this layout, I watched Shimelle’s video again for inspiration, and then I started watching Crafty Jen Schow’s Stash-Busting challenges in her Use-it-or-Lose-it series.  That combination has really gotten me fired up for making more layouts in this album, so watch this space– there’s going to be more coming! 😉

I can’t believe that my little girl is seven years old!

This year, she asked for a strawberry-flavored cake topped with butterflies– specifically pink, blue, purple, and yellow ones.  Other than that, her description of the cake she wanted was fairly vague, so I developed my own design…and decided (as usual) to make it as complicated as I could in the time that I had.  Haha.

Using the Wilton recipe for royal icing, I spent about 45 minutes piping lacy butterflies ahead of time so that they would have time to fully dry…

They turned out really well, but my downfall was having to transport them to another state to assemble the cake!  They are fairly delicate, and I didn’t pack them carefully enough.  Thankfully, I had enough that survived to put together a pretty cake design in the end.


I frosted the entire cake with white buttercream, then used green buttercream and a grass tip to make grass over the entire top and also around the base.  I added some royal icing flowers that I had stored away, and finally attached the butterfly wings so that they stood up off of the cake like they were fluttering.




It was exciting to see my daughter’s happy face when she first spotted the cake.  She told me later that it was even better than what she had been trying to describe to me.  I’ll call that a success!


Before the holidays are too far gone, I want to share another Christmas monogram that I made at the end of 2018.

Christmas monogram for Nate and Dayna

This monogram is similar to other Christmas monograms that I’ve made– this time, I used silver cord to make the bow and added clear rhinestones, since I knew the recipient likes silver.

I used a brown wood frame (my favorite kind for monograms– I get them at Michaels).

Christmas monogram for Nate and Dayna

I like that it has a double mat that leaves room for lots of dimension.


After I had so much fun with family Christmas pajamas last year, I decided to go for them again this year!  I decided to continue the “tradition” (if it’s only 2 years, is it a tradition yet??) of choosing a fabric that has images to relate to something our family has enjoyed in that year.  When I was browsing flannels, I found this great camel print, which of course made me think of the Slugs and Bugs’ Camel Song! Our whole family loves this song, and even though we’ve been listening to this album on repeat at Christmas for years now, the camel song makes me laugh every time.  So, I bought the camel flannel (which is also fun to say five times fast…).


The pajama pants for Husband and I were made from Simplicity 1504 (lengthened for him, modified for me), and I brought out my beloved Blank Slate Patterns Snuggle PJs pattern for the kids’ pants and shirts.  I bought (at a very good price) 3 matching long-sleeved T-shirts from Old Navy, and after putting one aside intact for Husband to wear, I cut up the other two to make matching shirts for the kids.  I wanted to use a fourth to make a Texana Tank for myself, but I completely ran out of time!  Thankfully, I had a RTW royal blue t-shirt on hand that coordinated!

Merry Christmas from our family!


In my last post, I shared the “at home” part of Christmas 2014, and that section of the inserts ended on the front side of a Design G page.  We went to visit my parents for a few days, and this section documents that time, starting on the back side of the Design G page.


I was on a mission to use my Christmas embellishments, so I added border stickers (Crate Paper Peppermint), Christmas ribbon (My Mind’s Eye??), and brads (BasicGrey Nordic Holiday) along with some cute little holly stickers.



The visit continues onto another Design G page, where I added more of the same embellishments to tie everything together.




This card was made using a One Little Bird cut file (and digital kit) I’d purchased a long time ago– I was excited to finally put it to good use!