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What a week it’s been!  Virtual distance learning has officially started this week for my kiddos, and I’m spending a LOT of time working through that with them, but somehow I managed to put this page together in a few spare moments.


Part of the reason it was so easy to put this one together was because it was for lesson number one of Shimelle’s free class, “Timeless Layout Techniques” at scrapbook.com.  I watched the lesson with my kids at the beginning of last week (more on that later in the post), and I have been mulling over how I’d put together my layout ever since.

One evening, I only had a few minutes to myself, and I pulled out some photos I printed a while ago, and I selected single photos that would work for this design.

In another moment, I got out a few collection kits and kit club kits that I have stashed away…


…and in another moment, I matched up a photo with a kit of supplies…


And with the design already determined by the class lesson, it really went together very quickly after that.


patterned paper: BasicGrey “Highline”
alphas: Echo Park “Head Over Heels,” BasicGrey “Highline,” and some ancient foam American Crafts Thickers
stickers: BasicGrey “Highline,” Bella Blvd Little Bits
washi tape: Bella Blvd “Illustrated Faith,” Michaels
other embellishments: Heidi Swapp Gold ColorShine, Colorbok Metal Dots, tissue paper

Photo Apr 29, 5 09 57 PM

Remember how I said that I had my kids watch the lesson, too?  Well, I thought this time at home might be a good opportunity to introduce them to design principles, especially as applied to scrapbook layouts.  They each have an 8″x8″ album in which to put scrapbook pages they make themselves, and when I submit photo orders, I’ll ask them what photos they’d like to have printed for their own albums.  I’m glad we had some on hand so that they could get going on this project!

With my five year old, I was a bit more hands-on, and he and I chose papers and embellishments together, I did some of the cutting, and I helped him compose his journaling.


My eight year old is a more “experienced” scrapbooker, so I let her design her page entirely on her own using her stash of scrapbook supplies.  (In fact, making this page got her so excited about scrapbooking that she went on to make two more layouts after she finished this one!)


It was really fun to work on this lesson together, and I’m hoping that we can do the next one, too!

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For this set of inserts in B’s album, I challenged myself to use a very old BasicGrey collection called Kioshi, which I got years ago in a class at a CK Convention!  I’d also acquired coordinating rub-ons in a bag of hand-me-down scrapbook supplies from a friend, and I particularly wanted to see how many of them I could use!

I started this layout at the very end of May, and due to a very busy June and a trip at the beginning of July, it took me until July 10 to finish this set of inserts!


the front of the first insert page



The inserts tell several stories: an egg hunt we attended, dyeing eggs at home, and our Easter celebration at home after church (a small egg hunt for each child).  I wanted everything to coordinate, but I also wanted to distinguish the stories, so I added titles using the letter stickers from the collection.  I used up almost all of the rub ons in the packet I had– I even cut apart a frame shape and pieced the sides together to create borders in a couple different places.


the back of the first insert page


The final page of the insert has a shaker pocket.  I used my Cameo to cut out tiny flowers from scraps of the pattern paper, and I also added some sequins, some rub-ons added back-to-back on a punched circle of white cardstock, and some green glitter.  I think I put in too much glitter, but there’s no going back now!


the front of the second insert page



the back of the second insert page


Finally, I created a coordinating card for the Easter pocket in the weekly spread– again, using a rub-on from the collection.  I simply added it to a yellow card from the Project Life Baby Edition.



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I’ve been pretty occupied with tasks and responsibilities other than scrapbooking recently, but a couple weeks ago, I just really, really wanted to make a scrapbook layout for fun (not that all of my scrapbooking isn’t fun–it really is! I just wanted to make something that wasn’t part of a larger project).  I had recently been quickly flipping through the most recent digital issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today (Spring 2019), so I decided to continue my “intentional inspiration” goal and use the magazine to directly influence this layout.

I really liked the layout by Heather Little on page 66 of the magazine– there was a grid of photos plus a some fun layering.  I knew I could translate it into a layout of my own fairly quickly.  I had some photos printed from summer 2016 waiting around, so I pulled out these ~2″x3″ photos from the night we took our kids to their first minor league baseball game.


I also am trying to be intentional about using up my stash, and when I saw the colors in the photos, it immediately made me think of the BasicGrey Highline collection kit that I‘d started using for two other layouts.  The papers had the perfect warm, sunny evening colors to coordinate with my memories from this warm, sunny evening.  I even used the big “hello” speech bubble sticker that is out of my style comfort-zone, and it looks perfect on this layout!


You can also spot some spiral paperclips embellishing the photo grid.  I was a bit stumped on what embellishments to use for this page, so I started going through my divided boxes of little bits and pieces.  I like the shine and the subtle nod to spherical baseballs.


In the end, this layout is pretty simple.  There aren’t even that many layers!  But with the colorful patterns in the papers I chose, I think simple is best, and I had lots of room to add my whole story.

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Another insert that I made for the “newborn” section of my son’s Project 365 album was all about his big sister and how she interacted with him when he was first born.


This little Design H insert has photos from several days, including when she visited us in the hospital, when we came home, and those first couple of days at home.  I used the BasicGrey Highline collection– I love the bold colors.  For this particular layout, I let things get pretty girly, since it is a big sister layout, after all.




I’m trying to really use up some of my stash, and part of that is using stickers from collection packs.  I have trouble using stickers for some reason, but I really made an effort to include several on each side of this page.  On the back, I used a gorgeous–but huge–floral cluster sticker to layer onto the journaling card.




This pretty little label sticker looked like it was free-floating until I added stitches to each of the loops on its ends.

Some enamel dots in yellow, pink, and orange finished off the page!

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In honor of iNSD this past Saturday, I have some scrapbook layouts to share!

First up, this “traditional” layout that I made with BasicGrey’s gorgeous Highline collection.


I love how this layout turned out.  It is one of my favorite memories from this past summer, and the inspiration for the design came from a layout that I saw on the Citrus Twist blog a while ago.  As soon as I saw the layout, I could envision these photos used in a similar way– I especially love the top third drawing the main focus.

I used a lot of old stash for this project.  First, I finally opened the collection pack of BasicGrey Highline that I’ve had for a while– I have no idea why I’ve never used it!!  It’s so pretty.  I used several papers for layering as well as a few of the stickers from the included sticker sheet.  I also added in some doilies for softness, and some pink patterned vellum that I inherited.


I used some Maya Road grey acrylic letters for the “Goose” part of the title, and did a print-and-cut of the script words to pop up on top with foam adhesive.



I added droplets of Tattered Angels (Vivia Pink) and Heidi Swapp (Gold) mists and a few black enamel dots to finish everything off.




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I think this is the last page for my 2009 scrapbook album!


When I was thinking about how I would arrange this layout, I had originally chosen a different layout to use as inspiration.  However, when I opened my album and looked at the pages around where this one would go, I discovered that one of the layouts just a page or two later had such a similar sketch that I thought it would be awkward.  I went to my Scrap Pinterest board and scrolled through, looking for something that would use my landscape 4×6 and 3×4 photos.  When I came across this one by Stephanie Buice for Crate Paper, I knew it was just right!  I trimmed my 4×6 to a 4×4 and it was perfect.


I’d say that I followed the inspiration layout pretty closely.  I pulled out my (dwindling supply of) Christmas papers and started layering scraps under the photos until I was happy with how they looked.  (I sort of coordinated the colors with the rest of the layouts in the Christmas 2009 series, and especially the layout on the facing page of the album.)  I pulled coordinating embellishments from my (dwindling supply of) Christmas embellishments and tucked them here and there around the photos.



The title is cut with my Silhouette SD– the very same one I’m holding in that photo!  It’s seven years old this year, and I have gotten SO much use out of it.  It is a fantastic little machine.  I used the font “the Nightly Poem” from the Hungry JPEG, and I stretched it a little bit to make the word have a more horizontal feel (the font itself has a very vertical aesthetic, I think).



I even imitated the machine stitched frame around the focal photo+paper+embellishment block, but also added some hand-written journaling under it.  I didn’t add ink splatters (I forgot, plus I didn’t have an appropriate color), and the background was looking bare to me.  I added a simple strip of patterned paper to the left edge and two rows of stitching, and suddenly the layout looked bound and finished.

textured creamy white cardstock
patterned papers: BasicGrey “Nordic Holiday” and Crate Paper “Peppermint”
embellishments: BasicGrey “Nordic Holiday,” Lily Bee “Christmas Town,” as well as miscellaneous other sources
alphabet stickers: October Afternoon Mini Market


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The album is finished!

The very last page I made was actually the title page.  I used one of the great shots from our family photo shoot (thank you again, B!!) printed in a creamtone finish.  I added our name, die cut from white cardstock using the Bruselo font (again, with an offset to thicken it just a tad!).  To embellish, I used some specialty brads from “Nordic Holiday” and a border sticker from “Peppermint”– it really blows my mind how well those two collections coordinate, even though they are from two different manufacturers!  I chose the aqua, red, and white color scheme to coordinate with the album itself, which has an aqua spine.  (The colors/patterns also match the very last page in the album).

the 2015 December Daily album is FINISHED!!  Finished it last night :)

Wow, this was an epic project.  Way more intense than I realized (or maybe intended).  I just had so many little stories I wanted to include!  I really did try to follow Ali’s advice and choose the main story for each day, but in many cases, we had several special events that I wanted to include, or so many wonderful photos (e.g. from gift opening) with mini-stories associated with them.  You might not believe me, but I really did narrow it down a lot!

The album contains over 160 photos in various sizes, from 6″x8″ all the way down to 2″ square… and I’m not even individually counting the photos in the several collages!

Working on my December Daily album at craft day at church

Not only did I spend countless hours working on this project at home, I also worked on this album at about three different craft days (ladies gathering at our church to hang out as we work on our own projects).  I snapped this photo of my work area on one of those days. This was pretty tidy compared to what my craft island looked like when I was working on the album in full force at home!  (I wish I’d taken a photo of that!)

While I am absolutely beyond thrilled with the final result, I have to admit that I didn’t always enjoy the process of working on the album.  I always have the most fun planning (here is the planning post about this one!) projects, and when they end up taking a really long time, I lose my excitement.  Thankfully, I’m a completionist/perfectionist and that propels me to the finish line.

After being on the Scrap Gals podcast last month, where we had a little tangent talking about pocket-page scrapbooking, I really started thinking about why exactly I don’t care for the process of working in that style.  I started to get a more concrete idea as I worked on this album.  In theory, or at least in my head, I have this idea that pocket pages are “supposed” to be “simple.”  But when I start to get into them, I feel like I need to make a mini layout in practically every pocket– which turns into a lot of little layouts!  Not simple at all in reality!  (…not least because I love the real estate available on a 12″x12″ or even 12″x24″ layout)  When something that I think should be simple turns out to be complicated, I get grumpy.

I also discovered that having multiple pockets made me feel like I could/should be including many, many photos and stories– more than I would try and fit on my regular layouts.  I don’t mind having a lot of layouts about a special event in my albums, but in general, each story has its own layout and therefore has breathing room.  My pocket albums feel a bit more crowded.

I don’t know if I’ll do another December Daily album in the future.  I won’t say never, but I doubt it will be any time soon!

All that being said, I want to emphasize that I am so glad that I did this one.  It satisfied a creative itch.  I am totally happy with the result and delighted with how much I fit into this album.  It really captures a slice of our life throughout the month of December, and that is priceless in my mind!

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I’m using the Crate Paper “Peppermint” collection as the main set of products for this album, supplemented heavily by BasicGrey’s “Nordic Holiday;” but I am also adding in various Christmassy and not-themed products (including doilies!) from my stash.  If you have any questions about a particular product, let me know in the comments.  

See all my posts about this album HERE.  

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After a huge day of photos on the 25th, I didn’t use my camera a whole lot the next few days!  Day 26 is a 4″x6″ photo that I embellished with a tag sticker and some washi tape.  At the top of the page, I included a family photo that we took during my in-laws’ visit, embellished with a word die cut from “Peppermint” and some Silhouette-cut holly leaves.  I added a tag die cut to the top to top off the washi  tape that I added across the opening of the page protector because the pictures kept sliding out!


On the reverse, for day 27, I told a story that is depicted in a photo collage in the bottom slot.  It was about my father-in-law making my son laugh with a drinking-straw mustache (and my son imitating him!)– and I used the little Santa die cut to embellish the story.  I don’t usually use Santa motifs, but the mustache tie-in was perfect in this case!  I also used a Project Life card from the Jade Core Kit to write out the story.  The colors of many of those journaling cards coordinate so well with the Crate Paper collection!



I added the brochure from the train garden and light display that we visited in between the pages.


The dimensional Christmas lights sticker was absolutely perfect to embellish this page.  I wrote out my journaling on plain white cardstock and cut it to slightly smaller than 2″ square so that I could frame each block with patterned paper.


This additional entry for day 28 is slightly out of order, but it went so well with the gingerbread baking that that we did on the 29th!  The number stickers for “28” were originally a light blue, but I went over them with a yellow permanent marker to turn them into a shade of green that better matched my color scheme for the top half of the page.



The embellishment for this first part of day 31 is very simple.  A piece of doily behind my (almost all-time favorite) Thickers, and a bit of crochet thread tied through a small hole I punched at the top of the ornament die cut.


I layered a lot of die cuts and stickers from Peppermint to embellish the reverse side for day 31–visiting another train garden!.



My last page is a back-to-back layout.  On the front, I told the story of our extremely low-key New Year’s Eve celebration (you can hardly even call it that!) with our traditional Bananas Foster.



The last page in the album is very simple– two 4″x6″ photos of another New Year’s Eve tradition– a family kiss picture!  I die-cut my words using the Bruselo script font (I added a slight external offset with the Silhouette software since the letters would be so small)– the almost white-on-white was hard to photograph!  I love these photos, and I think the white title is the perfect simple embellishment.

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I’m using the Crate Paper “Peppermint” collection as the main set of products for this album, supplemented heavily by BasicGrey’s “Nordic Holiday;” but I am also adding in various Christmassy and not-themed products (including doilies!) from my stash.  If you have any questions about a particular product, let me know in the comments.  

See all my posts about this album HERE.  

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I made a mini-layout for day 21 about wrapping gifts.  I slipped a Project Life card under the photo to add some journaling– the card is from the old baby core kit!  But the yellow was the perfect shade.  I need to remember to use those cards more often.  I have a whole box full of extras!



On the back of the day 21 mini-layout is another mini-layout for day 22.  Another warm day– and lots of poor-quality iPhone photos…  We had so much fun playing outside, I had to tell the story.  I used my Silhouette to print-and-cut a journaling label (the font is my own handwriting) and then cut four layers of white cardstock to stack under the top patterned layer for each of the twos in the date.


In between days 22 and 23/24, I added a card a friend sent me as a thank-you.


I completely forgot to take photos of a fun playdate that we had on day 23.  I remembered at the very last minute and photographed the craft we did together.  I used the rest of the page to start documenting our relaxed Christmas Eve.


For day 24, I took some very old no-name-brand chipboard numbers and peeled off the glossy top layer (the colors didn’t match–neither the layout nor each other), and I finally tried my hand at heat embossing chipboard.   The first three photos were mini-stories about my daughter, so I numbered them and added the stories all on one card with coordinating numbers.



Yes, there are two night photos of the Christmas tree with the gifts under it (and another with the kids in front of it on day 13!).  I just love the glow of the tree in the dark, and I just can’t resist taking photos.




Christmas day is a number of pages in the album, because so many things were going on!  I started the day with a 6″x8″ photo of our family (backing up to the 6″x8″ Christmas eve tree photo).  I used another 2″ square grid divided page protector to fit lots of photos of our kids opening their gifts.  I had a lot of little stories that I wanted to record with them.

The number for day 25 (as well as for day 11!)  is from a set that I created for my daughter’s December album.  I enlarged it to fill the 2″ square on this page and wrapped some red-and-white twine around to add a bit of detail and dimension.

There were a few photos from the gift-opening that were composed in such a way that did not allow for them to be cropped into squares.  These photos I actually adhered on the outside of the page protector.  To continue the look, I used a few labels on the outside of the protector to write journaling.


Clearly, one 2″ grid page wasn’t enough– I added another page that had 2″ squares along the top and bottom and a 4″x6″ spot in the middle, where I added even more photos and stories.  Throughout these pages for consistency, I used the same set of papers and red labels, and I embellished with the same buttons, doily bits, crochet thread, and silver thread.  In between these two pages, I added a 4″x6″ Project Life card (Jade edition; one of the title cards) upon which I made mini layouts about the gifts that Husband I and I exchanged.







Later in the afternoon, my in-laws arrived, and so I finished day 25 with a page highlighting the big gift they gave to our kids.

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I’m using the Crate Paper “Peppermint” collection as the main set of products for this album, supplemented heavily by BasicGrey’s “Nordic Holiday;” but I am also adding in various Christmassy and not-themed products (including doilies!) from my stash.  If you have any questions about a particular product, let me know in the comments.  

See all my posts about this album HERE.  


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For day 18, I had asked Husband to write about going to see the newest Star Wars movie on opening day; he wrote me an email with his thoughts, and I printed it out.  To show that they were his words, I asked him to sign the journaling block.  I added his ticket stub and printed out a screen shot of a movie poster I found online.

I had fun embellishing these crummy-quality cell phone photos of our errands at Costco on day 17…


Also on day 18, we finished up getting our Christmas cards ready to mail.  I included one as an insert.



I backed our photo card with a layout I made on patterned cardstock.  Not only does it give the photo card a bit more stabilization, but I was able to make the two layers into a little pocket to hold the letter we included with the card. It pulls out with the silver chevron tab you see at the top.



I wish I could remember where I saw the idea (was it Ali Edwards?  Kelly Purkey?), but someone collected the stamps from all of their Christmas cards and slipped them into a 2″ grid page protector.  I LOVED the idea, and so I saved the stamp from every single Christmas card we received in the mail.  I put this page together by layering one of each design to cover one of the cardstock pages that came in the Snap! album.  The “Christmas card seals” sticker from the “Peppermint” collection was the perfect way to explain the page of postage!


I love the texture of this page.



On the back of the page of stamps, I wrote some thoughts about receiving Christmas cards. (I love them.)



On day 19, we made a Norwegian Christmas treat called lefse with friends.  Yum, yum, yum!


Since I wanted to write some journaling, include lots of photos, and also have an embellished number, I added another flip-up to this page.


For day 20, I scanned a coloring page that my daughter very carefully filled in during our church service.  I printed it as a 3″x4″ card to slip into the pocket next to the photo of her coloring.


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I’m using the Crate Paper “Peppermint” collection as the main set of products for this album, supplemented heavily by BasicGrey’s “Nordic Holiday;” but I am also adding in various Christmassy and not-themed products (including doilies!) from my stash.  If you have any questions about a particular product, let me know in the comments.  

See all my posts about this album HERE.  

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