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For the April 2022 Disney Creative Co Incredi-sketch challenge, I decided to create with some of the “special” photos I’ve been saving in my 2016 Disney album project. My daughter was in the prime of her princess-loving years, so meeting the princesses was the height of delight for her.

I decided to go almost monochromatic for this layout to emphasize Cinderella’s color scheme, and I decided to go with this Paris map print as my background paper because Cinderella is a French fairy tale. I had two vertical 4×6 photos that I blocked together on white cardstock, and I added a layer of light blue patterned paper behind the white to bring out that blue of the gown. The text print captures the love that my daughter had for princesses at that time — they were her imaginary and constant companions!

I used washi tape to border the horizontal strip behind the photo, and I love the way it picks up on the light blue and adds some sparkle.

I wanted the layout to feel very dainty and royal, so I added some paper doilies as well as some plain white florals I cut with my Cameo 3. I love the frilliness they add!

I’ve had the package of white sparkly foam words earmarked for princess pages for a while now, and the “lovely” was just right for this title. I used white alphas to spell the rest of my title. It’s subtle, but I think it is still readable!

I embellished my journaling block with a sparkly Mouse paperclip and a sprinkling of enamel dots and wood veneer.

To pick up on the idea of the vertical line of sprinkly embellishments in the sketch, I decided to use a pale gold metallic paste through a star stencil in the background, although I have my stars cross the page on a diagonal instead.

The finishing touch was a Cinderella-blue Mouse facet– the “hidden Mickey” for this layout!

Supplies:
Scraps & Ink CraftsFacetsLuxe Mouse Paper ClipsWashi Set (Cinderella)
patterned paper: Pink Paislee Pen Pals paper pad, Shimelle Starshine “Hubble”
white textured cardstock: American Crafts
foam “lovely” sticker: Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss stickers
alphas: Pinkfresh Studio
wood veneer: Studio Calico
enamel dots: The Paper Studio
journal card: Project Life Baby Edition
stencil: Paige Evans “Star Confetti”
paste: Therm-o-web DecoFoil Metallix “Champagne Mist”
cut file: Jen Schow “floral shelf”
other: paper doilies, Silhouette Cameo 3 (cut file, print-and-cut labels)

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There were five challenges in Jen Schow’s March Scrap-Madness series on Facebook, and I wanted to do them all! All I had left was the challenge to use a paper pad… and honestly, this one was not too big of a challenge for me! A large fraction of the supplies I have earmarked for my Disney 2016 album are 12×12 and 6×6 paper pads, so I decided to make a page for that album project.

This layout will face/precede THIS one, so I decided to use the same papers (or the 6×6 version of them!). Every piece of patterned paper on this layout (including the cut-aparts!) comes from a paper pad!

Even though it’s a simple layout, I will admit that it took me a while to get it put together– there was lots of shifting and rearranging because I am not used to the 8.5″x11″ size! What brought it together for me was adding the doilies. Their circular shape mimics the arc of stitching on the facing page, and they add some softness to the otherwise very rectangular layers. I guess in my scrapbooks, Belle=doilies!

On the other side of this layout, I will mount the Akershus menu with photo corners onto some patterned paper. The patterned paper is yet to be determined, since I still need to make the layouts before this one! I am enjoying this fitting-together-a-big-coordinating-puzzle process!

supplies:
patterned paper: Pink Paislee Pen Pals 12×12 paper pad, Shimelle Head in the Clouds 12×12 paper pad, Shimelle Starshine 6×6 paper pad
cardstock: the Paper Studio
alphas: American Crafts Thickers “Dreamer” (gold glitter on pink foam), Glitz Designs Uncharted Waters Teeny Alphas (gold)
Mickey facet: Scraps & Ink Crafts
wood veneer: Studio Calico
enamel dots: the Paper Studio
paper doilies

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It is so exciting to have finally finished this layout! As I mentioned in a previous post, after I made a two-page spread about my daughter’s first recital, I set aside the rest of the photos I’d printed, thinking that I would get back to them quickly to create two coordinating layouts. Over a year later, I am finally finishing this series!

I again leaned on two challenges to inspire the finished product here. First, I saw the SCT Spring Issue celebration sketch challenge, and even though it’s nominally for a card, I knew it would be a great layout sketch, too! Obviously, it looks a bit different with photos across it, but hopefully you can see how I was inspired by the central block design, horizontal strip, and the large floral cluster.

I was also motivated by the March Scrap-Madness challenge to “finish the package” in Crafty Jen Schow’s Facebook Group. I finished the remainder of the bag of red paper flowers I’ve been using!

Not only that, but I finished off every scrap of the patterned paper I’d set aside for these layouts! It took some creative placement and some “gutting,” since I only had one sheet each of the floral and the stripe!

I used the same technique of combining a Cameo-cut word with painted glitter Thickers for my title.

I wanted to include an additional photo of my daugher’s dance class, so I made a tag that includes the last scrap of the floral, and it tucks into a pocket behind the photos.

On the back of the tag, I added some journaling and used the very last of the flowers!

supply list:
patterned paper: SEI, SevenPaper
cardstock: white textured from American Crafts
alphas: American Crafts Thickers Fitzgerald (silver, but with a thin layer of white acrylic paint)
enamel dots: The Paper Studio
Silhouette Cameo 3 (print-and-cut labels, cut file, title)
cut files: Jen Schow “floral shelf”
title font: Buthaynah

journaling card: Project Life Jade edition
pens: SpectrumNoir Artliner 005 (journaling), Uniball Signo (white), SpectrumNoir Glitter (carbon)
red textured cardstock, paper flowers (unknown, from my stash)

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Let me tell you a little story about this layout.

Back in January 2021, I created a layout about my daughter’s very first dance recital. I had more photos from that recital that I wanted to make into scrapbook pages, but other things came up, and I didn’t get to them right away. I set the photos aside for later, along with the scraps of the papers I’d used on the original double-page spread. That little bundle of papers earmarked for this (and one other) layout got shifted around my craft studio for over a year! This month, I’m making a concerted effort to deal with the set-aside and partially-finished stacks that are cluttering my craft space– and it was time to finally tackle this project.

Two challenges helped! In no particular order, the completion of this layout was inspired by the spring issue cut file challenge at Scrapbook and Cards Today and the “choose-your-own-adventure” March Scrap-Madness challenge in Crafty Jen Schow’s Facebook Group.

My path through the adventure map was to start with cardstock, add photos, add die cuts (in this case– the SCT cut file! …probably stretching the rules…), add enamel dots, add stickers (in this case– flowers! stretching the rules some more…). Hopefully I can be forgiven for stretching the rules so much, because in the end, finally have these photos on a layout that I really like!

The cut file is tone-on-tone behind the feature photo…

… and it extends onto the patterned paper block below.

I used the same script font for the word “recital,” cutting it 4 times and stacking it for dimension.

I layered the title on vellum for visibility, and I again painted my glitter Thickers with a thin layer of white paint so that they would be more visible.

supply list:
patterned paper: SEI, SevenPaper
cardstock: white textured from American Crafts
alphas: American Crafts Thickers
enamel dots: The Paper Studio

border punch: Fiskars “Threading Water”
vellum, red textured cardstock, paper flowers (unknown, from my stash)
Silhouette Cameo 3 (print-and-cut labels, cut file, title)
cut files: Paige Evans for SCT (flower border)
title font: Buthaynah

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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 is the second layout I’ve made for iNSD challenges this year.  I’m combining Shimelle’s challenge from Paige Evans’ Facebook group (use a Paige Evans cut file, Paige Evans products, and Shimelle products on one page) with Crafty Jen Schow’s Use it or Lose it Facebook challenge to use lots of layers.

I knew I wanted to do another layout for my Disney 2016 album, so I looked to see what photos were printed and ready, and this pair of photos caught my eye.  On the night we were in Hollywood Studios, we stayed by ourselves later than the rest of our group and saw the Star Wars fireworks, which were really fantastic.

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This particular starry cut file by Paige Evans was perfect for the page– the stars are a nod to Star Wars, and I placed them to give the idea of fireworks.  I reduced the size of the cut file a bit, cut it from the rose gold glitter paper from the Head in the Clouds project pad, then backed the stars with vellum.

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Around the photos, I added lots of tiny little paper layers to make a frame–thanks to the Crafty Use It or Lose It challenge– until I saw that challenge I was at a bit of a loss as to what I was going to do!I added the journaling in a big empty area of the lefthand photo.

The title is NOT grammatically correct, I know, but I wanted the “Truly Grateful” puffy letter phrase  to tie in with the cute Paige Evans die cut that says “wonderful you,” so I sacrificed grammar for the look of the thing 😉

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At the very last minute, I decided the layout looked unbalanced and needed something more, so I tore down a bit of the upper left edge of the layout.  And then I panicked, because it looked so odd to my eye (it’s the first time I’ve ever tried this, though I’ve admired it on others’ pages)!  I added more layers behind the torn area and then to make everything tie together, I roughed-up the edges of the paper layers around the photos.

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Of course as usual, there are wood veneer and enamel dots…and a hidden Mickey!

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Supplies:
patterned paper: Shimelle Starshine,” My Mind’s Eye “So Sophie” 
glitter paper: Shimelle “Head in the Clouds”
embellishments: Paige Evans “Truly Grateful” puffy word stickers, Paige Evans “Oh My Heart” die cuts, Shimelle “Starshine” die cuts, Studio Calico wood veneer, vellum, enamel dots
cut file: Paige Evans PE-stars-background4
tools: Silhouette Cameo 3, Nicapa cutting mat, Fiskars star punch

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This page is on the back of the righthand side of the spread I just shared in my previous post!  Crafty Jen Schow’s sixth Stashbusting Month challenge is to “fill in the blanks” in an album.  For the most part, I prefer to make “traditional” (non-pocket) layouts, so this challenge was a welcome motivation to keep working on the pocket pages in my Disney 2016 album.

We got some lovely photos of my daughter and Princess Aurora in the France Pavilion of the Epcot World Showcase, and so this layout is meant to really feature them.

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When I was planning out my prints for this page, I decided to make the more “full-length” shot of the two of them really large: I created a 6″x8″ canvas for my photo in Photoshop Elements and subdivided it into two 4″x6″ to add to my print order.  When I received my prints, I cut the lower 4″x6″ in half so that the pockets collage together to make the whole.

The rest of the layout was pretty straightforward.  I wanted to add in some of Shimelle’s “Head in the Clouds” collection with the “Starshine”, and this layout even includes colorful starry paper from “Glitter Girl!”  I thought it would be fun to reference Sleeping Beauty with a quote about a dreamer…

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The rose-gold alphas from the “Head in the Clouds” project pad were a perfect compliment to all the pink…

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And this castle card from a cut-apart sheet was exactly what I needed to fill in the last pocket (isn’t that rose-gold foiling so pretty??).

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P.S. I’m so excited that I was able to complete all six of Crafty Jen Schow’s Stashbusting Month challenges!!  What a great series…

Supplies:
patterned paper: Shimelle “Starshine” 6″x6″ paper pad, 12″x12″ paper pad (detail-cut rose from Mercury floral paper, journaling block from Astro cut-apart paper), “Glitter Girl” Treat Yourself, “Head in the Clouds” project pad
embellishments: Shimelle “Starshine” chipboard stickers, ephemera, Project Life Baby Edition journaling card
alphas: Shimelle “Head in the Clouds” project pad stickers, Shimelle #stickerbook

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This next spread that I completed for my Disney 2016 album is the beginning of our afternoon in Epcot’s World Showcase.

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When we entered that section of the park, I took a series of photographs that I later stitched together in Lightroom to create a panorama view of the different country pavilions around the lake.  I printed it as four 4×6 photos and cut them each in half so that the panorama spans the spread.  I really like the effect!!

Here are individual photos of the left and right pages (by the way, the left page is an upside-down design F pocket page:

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I used the map print paper from Shimelle’s Starshine to create a large title block at the top left of the spread.  I trimmed the border from the paper and reassembled it around the 4″x12″ piece to frame it.  For the title, I hand-lettered the word “world” and cut it out.  I’m still not convinced that I love it (originally I had intended to scan it and make it into a cut file…), but I do like how it picks up the navy blue lettering in the large circular chipboard sticker, and the white helps it to stand out from the aqua behind it.

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Thanks to Crafty Jen Schow’s fifth Stashbusting Month challenge, I had some “rails” to put this layout together. The challenge was “Scrapbook Bingo”, and I chose to use the fourth row of the grid:

  • use 3+ patterned papers: I used 6 different papers from my Shimelle Starshine pad  (some are cut-aparts)
  • use scraps: I cut into only one whole sheet of paper for this one–the map print for the title block.  All the other bits and pieces are cut (banners, backgrounds, photo mats) or fussy-cut (flowers, camera, stamped camera) from scraps.
  • use something I’ve been hoarding: the chipboard stickers from Shimelle’s “Starshine” have definitely been hoarded! I will admit I was stingy in using them even on this page, since I only used two…  but I have so much album still to make!  I will also say that some of the patterned papers also fall into that “hoarded” category, especially the floral from Starshine.
  • use journal cards: I used two 4″x6″ journal cards from old Project Life core kits (Clementine and Jade) to hold the longer stories on this spread, and on the bottom left, I used a patterned journal card from Clementine behind a photo.
  • use sequins: I sprinkled some gold sequins around where I would have otherwise used enamel dots

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Supplies:
patterned paper: Shimelle “Starshine” : Mercury, Hubble, Orion, Galileo, Pioneer, Pathfinder
journaling cards: Project Life “Jade” and “Clementine” core kits
embellishments: Shimelle “Starshine” chipboard stickers, Shimelle “Head in the Clouds” stamps, one little flower sticker from Echo Park “Beautiful Life” 12×12 sticker sheet, sequins
alphas: American Crafts Thickers “Happy” gold glitter

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I’ve been wanting to make this layout for a long time.

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I ordered the background paper for this layout back in December of 2016. I printed my photos, and I mulled over my journaling.  In the meantime, my ankle injury forced me to step away from ballet (hopefully I’ll go back eventually), and honestly, it became emotionally a bit difficult to think about making this page.

However, Crafty Jen Schow’s Stashbusting month challenge #4 to make a layout about myself immediately brought this to mind, so I pulled out the plastic slip that had been holding the paper and my photos together and got to work.

The hardest part of this layout was the journaling.  I had a lot more to say than I thought (which was already a lot), and so I decided to make a facing 8.5″x11″ page to hold it all, plus an additional photo.

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Since I put my journaling onto the facing page, I was able to feature the majority of the Maggie Holmes “On Point” paper by clustering my photos near the top.  I cut the paper and flipped it over so that the white-on-black music print could be at the top.

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I added lots of little layers under the photos, but they are sneaky layers– I cut off the branding strips from some of the Maggie Holmes “Gather” 6×6 paper pad and cut into four strips one of the patterned stickers in her #stickerbook.  This gives the look of lots of pieces of paper, but they’re only about 1/2″ wide or less!

I used bits of paper doily and rhinestones to add to the delicate effect.

I also used a lot of the gorgeous florals from the #stickerbook to cluster in with the photos, and a couple of the word strips.

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I used pale and white alphas to form my title, because while I wanted it to be obvious, I didn’t want it to dominate the delicate colors in the rest of the layout.

I printed my journaling on a plain 8.5″x11″ sheet of cardstock, and then I added another large photo that I took of myself in the dance studio one night before class.

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To tie the two pages together, I used more branding strips and stickers from the #stickerbook.  Plus more doily bits and rhinestones, of course!

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Supplies:
patterned paper: Maggie Holmes “Gather”: “On Point” 12×12 paper (both sides) and 6×6 paper pad (branding strips)
embellishments: Maggie Holmes #stickerbook, Queen & Co. adhesive gems, paper doilies, crochet thread
alphas: American Crafts “Daiquiri” white foam, Glitz “Teeny Alphas” aqua stripe

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