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With Easter quickly approaching, I thought it would be a great time to share this layout I made a few months ago in response to a call (it didn’t get accepted! but I thought I would save it until the appropriate season).

This was the first layout I created in 2022! It was fun to look back on these photos of my children doing an egg hunt in their grandparents’ yard, but it was a challenge for me to figure out how to arrange three different sizes and orientations!

I ended up stacking them vertically and doing a bit of layering so that the disparity in orientation was not as obvious.

I used three patterned papers from the same collection for this layout– two as the base layers (I used both sides of “Bloom and Grow”!) and I detail cut clusters from the third, which was a large floral pattern. I tucked the flowers around my journaling, and I added a few more on the top right for a bit of diagonal motion. I added a vintage paper doily (courtesy of my grandma’s craft stash) under each floral cluster.

After choosing the photos, my title was the first thing I thought of, and after trying a few different combinations, I decided to go bold and use the big green foam alphas along the vertical line of photos!

patterned paper: Carta Bella Summer “Bloom & Grow,” “Summer Day Floral,” “Summer Strawberries”

puffy stickers: Vicki Boutin
enamel dots: The Paper Studio
alphas: Simple Stories Color Vibe foam alpha stickers
journaling pen: Spectrum Noir ArtLiner .005
other: vintage paper doilies, machine stitching, craft foam, Scotch ATG adhesive

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(Where’s part 1 you ask? I haven’t made it yet– but it’s high on my list! Hopefully it will be coming soon!)

For now, let me show you these two coordinating 6×12 pocket inserts for the February section of my 2019 everyday life album. (Part 1 will be on the front side of the “Snow Day” 6×12, and Part 4 will be on the back side of the “Snow Family” 6×12.)

I created these two pages using the recipe challenge Jen Schow posed in her Use It or Lose It Facebook group for March Scrap-Madness:

Even though this is a pocket page, I started out with a 12×12 sheet of white textured cardstock, which I cut into pieces to fit in each of the pockets. I used very tiny paper scraps– I’m definitely getting down to the dregs of the kit I put together for this February section! It is so satisfying to use things up.

I used 5 alphas– four of them came from one sticker sheet in the BasicGrey Highline collection kit, and one is a pack of puffy Thickers.

If you count each enamel dot separately, I used 17 embellishments, including some positively ancient embossed white metal brad charms from Making Memories!

My dash of black comes in with the labels, the date stamping, and my journaling…

…and the underside of the flip up on the lefthand side of the spread.

Finally, I stamped and heat-embossed white snowflakes (from a stamp set I had never used, even though it’s been in my stash for ages!!) onto scraps of vellum and punched them out with a couple sizes of circle punches to tie everything together (and the little tab on my flip-up is punched, too!).

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Last year, I worked on the February section of my 2019 “everyday life” album, but I didn’t finish all the inserts I’d planned. It’s on my list of next projects for this month, and when I saw Jen Schow’s sketch challenge for March Scrap-Madness in her Use It or Lose It Facebook group, I knew that this was the perfect page to make.

I’ve had a few weeks of feeling tired and uninspired, so having a sketch to work with was a great way to get back into scrapbooking. As you can tell, I turned the sketch and flipped it, and I replaced the banners with stenciling… but I think you can still tell that I definitely was inspired by this sketch. I tried to just go for it, rather than hem and haw over decisions. After I chose my photos, I cut out my film strips with my Cameo using a cut file I’ve modified to have rectangular openings. I filled in the extra spaces with patterned paper scraps and started layering.

I like dimensional layouts, and this one is even more extra than normal! The film strips are popped up on foam, and the “create art” sticker and the feature photo are on yet another layer!

To add even more texture, I scraped gold Metallix gel through a Paige Evans stencil. I accidentally smudged a few places, so I rubbed the smushed hearts into a gold hazy cloud and tried to make it look intentional. Haha!

The journaling describes our process– this paper marbling idea was inspired by a video I’d recently watched from Adele Toomey (Inkie Quill/Let’s Get Inkie), and I loved how it turned out! In hindsight, I wish I’d saved some pieces to use on this page, but we ended up using our marbled pieces on cards!

This page uses even more of the kit of (very old) supplies I pulled together for my February section of the 2019 album. I’m definitely getting down to the dregs, and as I participate in more of Jen Schow’s stashbusting challenges this month, I hope to use it up!!

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This layout was published in the Winter 2021 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine!

In 2019, my husband’s parents invited us all to join them in Sanibel Island to celebrate Christmas. This was a completely new experience for me– growing up in the northeast and marrying a midwesterner meant that every Christmas I’d experienced up until that point was cold! It was surreal to be warm, surrounded by palm trees, and spending time at the beach instead!

I thought it would be fun to capture that juxtaposition by using Paige Evans’ “Summer Wreath” cut file and backing the icons with Christmas patterns. It took quite a bit of time, I will admit, but in the end, the layout didn’t need much more embellishment once the photo was in place! I added some stickers to vary the dimension around the wreath, and I splattered gold mist and white paint on the background for texture.

I just have to say. I love everything about how this layout turned out. It is one of my favorite layouts I’ve made recently, and it really captures the feeling of the whole trip for me.

The title is inspired by the Colbie Calliat song — it was running through my mind while we were there, and also while I was making the layout!

The layout will have a home in my 2019 album, which is mostly pocket pages. For such a standout occasion, I wanted to include a full-page layout! I intend to eventually tell the whole story of our trip in a digital album project to add to my collection of beach vacation photo books.

patterned paper: Close to My Heart “Comfort & Joy” and “Mix-In (Mar-Apr)”
cardstock: American Crafts, Close to My Heart

stickers: Close to My Heart “Comfort & Joy”
alphas: Pinkfresh Studio “My Favorite Story” puffy alpha stickers, Glitz Design Teeny Alphas – gold
cut file: Paige Evans Designs “Summer Wreath”

journaling pen: Spectrum Noir ArtLiner .005
other: Silhouette Cameo 3, Scotch ATG adhesive, craft foam, white acrylic craft paint, Heidi Swapp Color Shine – gold

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I made this layout in September for a call, but I’ve been saving it until the Christmas season to share! This layout will live in my 2019 album directly following my “Christmas in the Sand” layout (which was published in the Winter 2021 issue of SCT).

Since we spent Christmas 2019 in Sanibel Island, we did our gift exchange among the four of us after we returned home. The title of this layout is a play on waiting to open presents– and also the fact that the last gift we gave our children was “the best!” After they’d opened the gifts under the tree, we told them there was one more… we brought them over to my husband’s computer to choose their Magic Band colors for the Walt Disney World trip we’d planned for the upcoming April! (Spoiler alert: that was April 2020, so the trip ended up being delayed until November…but that’s a whole ‘nother story)

I layered to my little heart’s content on this layout. Often my layouts start with a very basic and clean design (this time, the basic design of this layout was inspired by a Scrapbook & Cards Today sketch from summer 2019), but I just can’t help myself and I find so much joy adding paper layers and tucking in clusters of embellishments!

All of the papers and stickers on this layout come from the Close to My Heart “Comfort and Joy” collection. Since I had made the “Christmas in the Sand” layout before this one, I’d used up almost all of the poinsettia stickers from the coordinating sheet. I detail-cut more of the flowers from the pattern on the reverse side of the plaid paper to supplement, and I like that I was able to add a bit of variety in the sizes.

I also layered in some vintage doilies that had been in my grandmother’s craft stash. I love being able to find homes for these pretty bits in my scrapbook albums: they always make me think of her when I see them.

I managed to fit all my journaling onto two labels (from my stash of print-and-cut labels) by writing small! As a final touch (and my daughter weighed in on this decision!), I added some gold splatters by each of the embellishment clusters.

patterned paper: Close to My Heart “Comfort and Joy”
cardstock: The Paper Studio
embellishments: Close to My Heart “Comfort and Joy” stickers, gold glitter die cuts; The Paper Studio enamel dots; vintage doilies
alphas: American Crafts Thickers “Happy;” Glitz Design Teeny Alphas – gold
journaling pen: Spectrum Noir ArtLiner .005
other: machine stitching, print-and-cut labels via Silhouette Cameo 3, roller date stamp, craft foam, Scotch ATG adhesive; inspired by a SCT Summer 2019 bonus sketch

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This is another layout I created over the summer for a fall call, but I decided not to share it until it was more seasonally appropriate! We’re in full costume-making mode here now that it is October (we actually got an early start this year! Hooray!), so in the meantime, I’ll be posting a couple projects that I’ve not yet shared.

I love the contrast of light and dark in trick-or-treating photos, and I was so glad that Husband captured these pictures in 2019. I was unable to walk around the neighborhood because I was still in a boot and on crutches, so he took on the photographer duties!

For this layout I combined Shimelle’s “Go Now Go” paper with some newer Close to My Heart papers for accent layers, and then I brought out some really old Little Yellow Bicycle Halloween products, most obviously these journaling circles.

I arranged my photos in a grid that shows the progression of the evening, and I plopped my title right on top!

I combined some delicate outline and solid leaves cut on my Cameo 3 with some detail cut cameras from another “Go Now Go” paper to make clusters around the layout. Layered clusters are my favorite!

Supply list:
patterned paper: Shimelle “Go Now Go” (Park, Action), Close to My Heart “Mix In” (Mar-Apr)
cardstock: Shimelle Sparkle City project pad (navy), The Paper Studio (orange textured)
alphas: American Crafts Thickers (cloud puffy letter stickers)
epoxy stickers: Little Yellow Bicycle “Trick or Treat”
enamel dots: The Paper Studio
journal spots: Little Yellow Bicycle “Trick or Treat” Journal Tablet
labels: print-and-cut via Silhouette Cameo 3
punch: Fiskars “Apron Lace”
cut files: SCT Oct 2020 freebie, Kerri Bradford Studio (“Leaves”)
journaling pen: Spectrum Noir ArtLiner .005other: craft foam, ATG adhesive

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In 2019, I was in a big giant Boot, but Husband, V, and B participated in our elementary school PTA’s Fun Run and 5K fundraiser. It was a fun time, and I was really proud of my daughter and son for completing the mile-long Fun Run together. Even more impressive was that my husband had carried my son part of the way while running (jogging?) with the kids on the Fun Run course, and then went on to finish the 5K in a respectable time.

My favorite part, though, was seeing my children finish their race and cross the finish line holding hands. This called for a special layout:

I used a horizontal design so that I could show off two 4×6 photos and two 3×4 photos (small only because the quality was poor– they were screenshots from a video clip… These photos make my heart explode and they are giant in my mind!). I pieced together two patterned papers behind the photos to form the background.

Almost all of the embellishments are cut from patterned paper! The “Amazing” plane+banner and the “Remember This” strip are from cut-apart sheets… and I sneakily chopped out bits of the floral paper behind the photos so that I could detail cut some of the flowers to use as embellishments. I also detail-cut the cameras from yet another patterned paper!

I used two journaling cards to tell the two pieces of the story: my husband’s intrepid running and my kids’ display of their strong relationship.

The title has a double meaning… not only were they all running on the road, but the mascot for the elementary school is Rudy the Roadrunner!

patterned paper: Shimelle “Go Now Go” (Botanical, Action), Close to My Heart “Mix In” (Mar-Apr), Shimelle “Starshine” (Odyssey, Orion)
cardstock: American Crafts white textured
alphas: Close to My Heart white alphabet foam stickers
kraft tags: Jillibean Soup
journal cards: Project Life (Jade Edition)
enamel dots: The Paper Studio

journaling pen: Spectrum Noir ArtLiner .005
other: craft foam, date stamp, crochet thread, ATG (adhesive)

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m running out of steam as I complete this last “main” page for the February section of my 2019 album. I’m also running out of supplies and fresh ideas to keep it interesting! So I turned to the Mini Workshop bonus challenge from Victoria Marie’s January crop, and it was perfect. I tried techniques in a couple of the categories of stash-busting ideas.

I layered and clustered several stickers together to embellish the pocket showcasing Husband and V at school lunch…

…and that inspired me to do some more layering of stickers, patterned paper, labels, and embellishments in some other pockets.

I am thrilled to be the new owner of a hand-me-down manual die cut machine, and so I experimented with adding texture to an otherwise fairly bland red paper that became the base layer in another pocket.

Finally, I got out the Shimelle “Head in the Clouds” stamp set I had first used for my third page in this set and used the bolder floral cluster stamp on some patterned paper to create some embellishments from my scraps.

As usual, I had more to say than would simply fit in the pockets as-is, so I made another flip-up to write about my ankle follow-up appointment. I used another washi tape hinge, but I made sure to reinforce the washi with some of my regular ATG adhesive, because while this particular tape is very pretty, it is also very not-sticky!

Speaking of journaling, in a couple of places, I had enough to say that I decided to type it up. I also wanted to keep the patterned paper on display– especially that delicious floral!!– so I printed it on vellum.

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Here is the fourth of 5 “main” pages for the February section of my 2019 “everyday” album.

As I mentioned in the previous three posts about this section, I have been using a stash kit that I assembled to use during the Victoria Marie virtual crop at the end of January. This particular layout doesn’t fit into any of the challenges, but I do credit the whole crop for getting me going! It feels really good to be working through another whole section of this album. (more thoughts at the end of this post)

The top 4×6 and two left-hand 4×3 pockets are meant to go together: they tell the story of my daughter’s preparations for the Valentine’s celebration in her classroom at school. In order to tie them together, I used the same pink patterned paper behind the smaller photos, and I used parts of the same border sticker at the top of the 4×6 pocket and the bottom of the 4×3 photo.

I’m finding the lovely Paislee Press 4×3 cards to be hard to use in this album. They are so clean and minimal, and this particular project can’t really be described as minimal, can it?! Haha! However, this card was so perfect for this photo of my kids, so I tiled it together with the photo to fit in the 4×6 pocket, bridging the seam with a cluster made from a border strip, label stamped with the date, and an arrow sticker.

There’s another flip-up on this page. As I looked at my photo captions for the story, I realized that there was more of a story to tell, so I included it underneath and added an extra photo.

…some reflections…

I’m starting to run out of steam on this set of pocket pages, I must admit. There is still one more “regular” page in this set (see my next post!), and there are two pocket inserts and two 12×12 layouts planned. Although I haven’t yet used up the stash kit I made, I’m getting much lower on supplies (especially embellishments). I will probably take a pause on this project for a bit so that I can come back with fresh eyes for the inserts and 12×12 layouts.

The original idea for this project was to be a bit of an expansion on my day-in-the-life book projects so that our everyday lives could be captured and displayed: photos+stories together in a physical format. I wanted my kids to have a better look at all the photos that I’m always taking (since they are still not allowed on my computer)! I started the project with the idea (delusion??) that I’d be making it a month or two behind when I was actually taking the photos… and we all can see how that turned out, haha!

It’s a really big project. So big. (And I have a couple other big projects on my plate at the same time.). It has taken–and will take–a lot of planning: I only have photos through April planned out and printed, though I have ephemera and lots of notes and photo captions collected for the rest of the year. There have been some moments when I start wondering whether I will actually ever fill in the rest of the months… and I still can’t guarantee that I will finish (although given my completionist personality, I imagine that I will complete it, but maybe not for years!!).

BUT. I am so glad that I’m doing it. I (of course) didn’t fully understand it at the time: 2019 was “normal.” Even though some big stuff happened for me personally (ankle injury culminating in surgery, loss of my beloved grandfather, a trip to Germany, both kids going to school at the same time, etc.), it still was “normal.” 2020 was so wildly different. It’s been amazing to look back at the little everyday stories of our life in the “before times” and celebrate all those moments in this album project. For that reason alone, I want to keep going. Pockets still aren’t my favorite format, but they are the right format for this collection of small stories that add up to a huge whole story.

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In snippets of time over the past couple of weeks, in between homeschooling and physical therapy, I have been putting together more of the February pocket pages for my 2019 “everyday” album. When I have to do things in such small increments of free time, I find myself especially thankful for my pre-planning system and detailed captions in the metadata of my photos.

For this page, as for the other February pages, I’m using a stash kit inspired by Victoria Marie’s January crop and the scrapbook.com January Instagram challenge. That kit is made up of some pretty old items: a BasicGrey collection kit (“Highline” from 2014), stickers from an Echo Park collection kit (“Head over Heels,” introduced at the end of 2013), and some metal embossed charms and photo corner embellishments from Making Memories that predate the previous supplies by at least several years! I really wanted to get these things onto pages and into my albums instead of languishing in my stash. However, for this page, I also tried to include some newer items to meet the “Old+New Challenge” for the Victoria Marie crop.

The challenge here for me was actually finding *new* products! I don’t buy a lot of supplies, and when I have in recent months, they have been for very specific projects–that aren’t this one! haha. I hope it’s okay that I stretched the challenge to include new-to-me items: a manual die-cut machine(!!!! I’ve been wanting one for so long, and I’m so grateful to a neighbor in our local Buy-Nothing group for giving one to me!!!!), a cloud embossing folder by Darice (that same kind neighbor also gave me some embossing folders with the machine), the Elle’s Studio “MINI Dated” stamps I purchased with the intent of using them in this album and had never opened until this last week, and a set of Shimelle “Head in the Clouds” stamps that I purchased for my Disney 2016 album but broke open for the first time to use on this layout. Does it also count that I used a new trimmer that my parents gave me for Christmas?

At the top left of this layout, I included an envelope to hold some valentine notes from my children and Husband. I wanted it to exactly fit that 4″x6″ pocket, and I wanted to use my envelope board.

After a quick internet search, I discovered that there is an app called “Envelope Generator” from American Crafts to generate the paper size and board marking for any card size (in 1/8″ increments). It doesn’t have an option to calculate backward from the finished envelope size, so I had to do quite a few tests on scrap paper to determine the parameters… but it didn’t take me too long to figure them out. Here they are (for those keeping score, this corresponds to a card size of 5 5/8″ by 3 5/8″ in the app):

For an envelope to fit in a 4″x6″ pocket:
use paper size 7.75″ square and the punch guide marking at 3.25″

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