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The other day, I gave my daughter a few stamped sheets of Lawn Fawn Rawrsome dinosaurs (and volcanoes) as well as some Paper Smooches Space Cadet aliens (and planets), and she went to town! She carefully colored them with colored pencils and detail-cut them out to create this sweet little art piece of a party under the night sky:

She added some sequins as sparkly stars in the sky:

I loved it so much that we put it in a frame to display in her bedroom! I love framing my kids’ artwork so that they can see it in places of honor around the house.

We’re entering this project into the Simon Says Stamp Kids’ Summer Vacation Challenge for 2020!

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The other day, our church’s fantastic children’s ministry director came over to help my kids make mosaic stepping stones. The stepping stones, once they are grouted, will join other children’s to border a new play area on our church’s grounds.

The kids each chose images that convey meanings of their names. I am so proud of them for coming up with such beautiful designs!

Here is my daughter’s…

Even though these stepping stones aren’t quite finished (the children’s ministry director will be grouting them and prepping them for placement on the church property), I wanted to post them so that we can enter them into the Simon Says Stamp Kids’ Summer Vacation Challenge for 2020!

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My 8-year old has been working on some scrapbook layouts for her own album recently, and I was so delighted when she put this one together– completely designed and assembled by herself. She has her own stash of supplies, and I print photos for her whenever I make a print order for myself. This photo is one of my favorites of her and one of her dear friends– taken a number of years ago!

We’ve watched a lot of scrapbook videos together, and we’ve talked about design principles many times, and so I was especially excited to see her incorporating some of those concepts into her page design!

We are entering her creation into the Simon Says Stamp Kids’ Summer Vacation Challenge for 2020!

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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.

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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…

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

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

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Supplies:
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

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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.

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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!)

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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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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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Some of the stories that I want to include in my Disney 2016 album are not big enough for their own page, but I still want to tell them, and for that, pocket pages are perfect.  This page faces the Carousel layout and is on the front side of the pocket page that faces my Dumbo layout.

small stories from our first day in Magic Kingdom, Disney 2016

P.S. There will be one more tiny photo in the bottom lefthand pocket… I just need to place another photo order!

The thing I’ve discovered about myself is that it’s hard for me to use anything but “scraps” for pocket pages, especially when I’m making an album that also has full-page layouts.  So this was the perfect match for Crafty Jen Schow’s third challenge for this year’s Stashbusting Month: Use Leftovers!  I started with off-cuts of papers that I used in the Carousel layout, since these pages are facing each other.  The rest of the papers are scraps that I’ve saved from making other layouts in my album, and I also pulled out leftover journaling cards from past Project Life kits — I used one whole, but I cut up three others to include in the other pockets.  I even had Husband write one of the captions in his own handwriting!

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The one “newer” thing that I dove into for this page is the Shimelle #stickerbook.  I found some perfect little embellishments to scatter around the pockets– they help keep everything cohesive.

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Supplies:
patterned paper: Shimelle “Glitter Girl” (stars and cloud branding strip) and “Starshine” (stripes, green and blue chevrons, cut apart), Anna Griffin “Carmen” (yellow quatrefoil)
journaling cards: Project Life “Baby” and “Jade” Editions
embellishments: Shimelle “Starshine” diecut, Shimelle #stickerbook, Paper Studio enamel dots, Shimelle “Head in the Clouds” washi tape
other: aqua tissue paper

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I think this might be my very first 8.5″x11″ layout!

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I made this layout for the first challenge in Crafty Jen Schow’s Facebook group (Crafty Use It or Lose It) for Stash Busting Month 2020.  The challenge was to use this sketch:

Obviously, this sketch is for a square (presumably 12″x12″) layout, but these photos belong to a smaller story in my Disney 2016 album, so I decided to try my hand at 8.5″x11″ for this one.  Not only did I change the size and aspect ratio of the sketch, but I kinda-sorta inverted it, too!

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The cut file that I used on the layout is also from Crafty Jen Schow in her FB group; it’s a freebie for Stashbusting Month 2020.  I cut it twice, and the full cut-out is underneath the photos.  The first time, I didn’t have my settings correct for my Cameo, so I had to do some hand-trimming, and I cut a piece off to use in the upper left corner of my photo block.

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Even though it’s a smaller size layout, I kept to my theme for this album of using wood veneer and enamel dots–including a “hidden” Mickey!

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I’m probably not going to switch to this size/aspect ratio any time soon, but this layout certainly came together very quickly using this sketch and size!  Thanks, Jen!

Supplies:
patterned paper: Pink Paislee “Pen Pals” (polka dot), Shimelle “Glitter Girl” (stars) and “Starshine” (cut-apart tag), Anna Griffin “Carmen” (yellow quatrefoil)
cardstock: American Crafts (white textured), Park Lane (white smooth)
alphas: Thickers (Maggie Holmes Dreamer), Glitz Designs Teeny Alphas (gold)
wood veneer: Studio Calico
enamel dots: Paperbilities (Hobby Lobby)
tissue paper, yellow ribbon

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I started this layout back in January of 2019, and I finally finished it!

Layout about our Vivian meeting Belle at Enchanted Tales with Belle

The layout design was an idea I had after seeing Crafty Jen Schow’s 2019 January stash-busting month challenge to use an item in excess.  If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you remember that the one thing I for sure have in excess is doilies!

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I put the entire layout together in January 2019…. except for the journaling.

As I mentioned in a previous post, the reason I didn’t add the journaling was because I realized it was a much bigger and more important story than I’d left room for on this particular 12×12 page, and so I went back and made a couple of pocket pages (HERE and HERE) to expand the story.

When I finally knew how I was going to tell the story with those extra inserts, and I finally finished them now in January 2020, I was able to write the journaling for this page.  It’s a tiny bit more introspective than just facts: explaining how this moment was one of my very favorites of our entire trip.

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I used more bits and pieces from Shimelle Starshine (chipboard stickers, cut aparts, and that lovely starry navy blue paper), but I also added in (besides the doilies) some yellow paper that I had from a very old kit (I think it’s Anna Griffin!) and some scraps from Echo Park “Beautiful Life.”

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Of course, there’s an enamel dot Mickey on the page, too!

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I mentioned before that our experience at “Enchanted Tales with Belle” was one of the most magical parts of our trip to Disney World in 2016 (see all the pages in the album so far), and so I decided to expand the story over a couple pocket pages and then have a 12×12 layout to culminate. This pocket page recounts the story of my daughter’s interaction with Belle at the end of the attraction.

As I worked on embellishing the photos and journaling cards, I discovered that the Echo Park “Beautiful Life” collection flower stickers were a great coordinate for the roses in Shimelle’s “Starshine” collection!

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My daughter was feeling quite shy, so she didn’t participate in the storytelling (though she could have if she had wanted to!), but at the end, she definitely wanted to meet Belle.

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She walked up to Belle and gave her a hug, and her tiara came off!

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Princess Belle was so lovely– instead of me putting it back onto V’s head, she said, “Oh, let me!” and gently placed it back on my daughter’s head.

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“This is beyond MAGICAL” stamps from Kelly Purkey (Clearly Kelly/Hero Arts)

After that, they twirled together and curtseyed:

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It was such a sweet, incredible experience to see my 5-year-old daughter, who at the time was completely enamored with princesses (she imagined them as her constant companions), get to interact with a “real” princess for the first time.  Belle was amazing, and made this whole encounter so much better than I could have imagined!

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Stay tuned for the 12×12 layout (finally! haha!)…

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Let’s talk about Nya!  (2019 costume overview post HERE)

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When we were starting to plan these costumes, I started looking at commercial patterns that I could use to construct them.  As I looked, I wasn’t really finding exactly what I wanted, and I also knew that I had a great PJ pants pattern that I can make in about an hour that I’d use for the bottoms.  Husband and I were sitting together discussing the top, and our daughter walked into the room wearing her bathrobe.  Husband instantly made the connection, and we realized that the Citronille Emile bathrobe pattern would be just the right basic shape!

We ended up making the size 4 pattern that I’d made for her way back in 2015: we simply lengthened the sleeves and shortened the hem length to make it into a top.  I added black cuffs, added a black band at the hem, and used black fabric as the facing (in the original pattern, you’d use the same as the main garment).  In the unaltered pattern, the facing is only supposed to show around the neck, but I tacked it open at the hem as well, to show the black border all the way down the front.  I added two hooks-and-eyes to help hold it closed under the belt.

The aqua belt, head tie, and leg ties were all made from some scrap aqua knit I had on hand.  I was so excited when I discovered that it was exactly the right color– and my daughter already had an aqua shirt that was almost a perfect match to wear underneath.  I was really excited to find inexpensive dark red knit for the hood that was a nearly perfect match the the woven we’d bought for the main costume pieces.

Probably the most time-intensive parts of these costumes were the gold vinyl dragon designs.  I spent some time looking online for images or stencils that I could adapt for my purposes, but in the end, I decided that it would be easier–and more accurate– to draw them myself.

I first sketched them in pencil:

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and then I colored each one in with black marker…

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This design is for Lloyd’s back, but you get the idea!

…so that I could scan them as .jpgs and trace them in the Silhouette Studio software.  I spent a lot of time editing points, smoothing edges, and fine-tuning the shape, since we connected the dragon pieces from front to back.  Since I could only cut 12″x12″ areas of vinyl at a time, I disguised the joins by making them look like scales.

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I asked for it…I told her to look at me like a ninja…haha!

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We cut the dragons on my Cameo 3 from Cricut vinyl that I got on a very good sale; we deliberately did not use the iron-on (HTV), which was about 3 times the price (after all, these are just costumes…)… but it would have worked much better.  I knew I wasn’t using the appropriate kind of vinyl, but I was dismayed at how poorly this vinyl stuck to fabric.  At the end of a day of wearing these costumes to school, it was definitely and obviously peeling off.

If we ever have the kids wear these costumes again, it would not be hard to re-cut these designs (now that I have them!) from high-quality HTV and replace the peeling vinyl.

On Nya’s back, we decided to use her symbol, rather than the unidentified character that appears on the 2019 Legacy minifig (see Lloyd’s post for a reference photo!).  I cut it from the same gold vinyl and applied it to a circle cut from a scrap of matching aqua woven.  I used fusible web to attach the circle to the top’s back.  I didn’t have any energy left to satin-stitch the edge!

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Now, how about some action shots?!

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sassy Nya, giving Lord Garmadon a “look”

 

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