Archive for the ‘daughter’ Category

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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For Christmas, I made my daughter a new bathrobe!

She really needed one; she was still wearing one that I’d made for her in 2015… and she’s quite a bit taller these days, haha!

I decided to do some hacking and use the Blank Slate Sora cardigan (<–affiliate link) as my starting point. I used a size larger than my daughter’s measurements indicated so that it would have a more oversized fit. I’d seen Melissa’s tutorial on converting the Sora cardigan into a “grandpa” sweater, so I used the same steps to straighten the side seams and remove the gussets. I also added 12″ of length to bring the hem long enough to cover her legs past her knees. I added loops at the side seams for a belt (in retrospect, they should be higher, but I was guessing, since this was a surprise!). Finally, I widened and lengthened the sleeves instead of using the cuff piece.

There’s a funny story about this fabric. I was given this fleece yardage by a neighbor, but I didn’t realize that they had a cat (or maybe more than one!). I prewashed the fleece as per my usual habit, and spent an hour or so one evening cutting out all the pieces. The next morning, I woke up feeling very sniffly and exhausted. Of course, I worried that I was sick, but it felt more like allergies. Christmas was approaching quickly, so after taking a nap to fortify myself, I headed back to the sewing machine to get going on construction. I powered through about three-quarters of the way through the project (sniffling and sneezing the entire time) before realizing that I was occasionally seeing a cat hair in my fabric– and that perhaps I was having an allergic reaction! That explained everything. I stopped sewing, took allergy medication (which makes me so sleepy in and of itself!), and was good for nothing the rest of the evening. But I had to finish the robe before I could wash it again! The next morning, I will admit I was feeling some trepidation. I did NOT want to have another day of allergy-induced stupor, but I really wanted to finish the project. I put on one of my masks and was able to finish the robe without any more complications! I washed it twice before wrapping it for my daughter to open on Christmas morning!

Thankfully there have been no more allergy incidents, and my daughter is loving her cozy new robe!

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Our daughter dressed as Princess Zelda from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

We found some amazing reference images from a book of concept art (aff link), and those images gave some great insight into the layers we needed to create.

We used ready-to-wear leggings and boots on her lower half, and we spent our energy creating the layers on her upper half.

The first layer was a blouse with lantern sleeves, and I used the Blank Slate Bookworm Button Up (aff link) as my starting point. The main hacks I made were to the collar and sleeves. Zelda has a tall collar closed with a single round button, so to create that effect on my daughter’s blouse, I increased the height of the collar stand and omitted the collar pieces altogether. I was pleased with how easy it was! Since there is no visible placket on the character’s blouse (fantasy means no practical concerns such as how you put on a garment!), I added hidden snaps between the placket layers.

I used a modified version of the Melly Sews lantern sleeve hack: instead of inserting a rectangle, I used a trapezoid shape. That resulted in an ungathered seam at the elbow and an asymetric blousing effect at the cuff. I stitched the gathers to wide elastic and then covered the elastic with a cuff made from the same knit as the jacket. If I were to do this again, I would omit the elastic and just stitch the gathers into a cuff!

The middle layer was a jacket effect. Since there were no visible closures (again!) and raglan sleeves on Zelda’s, I decided to use the Blank Slate Rivage Raglan (aff link) as my base pattern and an aqua knit I found in the clearance section of G Street Fabrics. After making a quick trial version from scrap knit, I added 2″ of height toward the neckline on the back and sleeve sections, drew the notches in the hemline and sleeves, and modified my pattern pieces. After I cut and assembled the new hacked pieces, I started adding the gold trim. Let me tell you, lamé bias tape is no joke to work with! I also realized only after I’d opened my packages that I’d purchased single-fold bias tape, rather than double-fold! It was an adventure, but I took it slowly, stitching it on with a long stitch length in clear thread (and just plain white in the bobbin). (I will admit that this costume was an exercise in not letting perfection be the enemy of the good…).

I cut the decorative shape at the neckline from craft foam, painted it with a few coats of metallic gold paint, and attached it at the front, behind which the gold crosspieces are pinned in place: I wanted to have enough room for her to get her head in and out!.

The outermost layer is a corset effect (velcro closure in the back), which I constructed from scratch. I added batting and quilted the design, adding the top bands of gold trim over a strip of aqua fabric to match her jacket layer. Husband created the “leather” belt from craft foam. He scored and heated it to give the effect of leather tooling before painting it brown and giving it a wash of black paint for further depth.

He also created the Triforce medallion from layers of craft foam and painted the details with metallic gold paint. We simply hot-glued it in place!

The final touch was her hairstyle! I have no idea why I have not used YouTube for braiding tutorials before–now this has opened a whole new can of worms, haha! THIS video was the perfect tutorial for this cute headband braid style: I learned some new tricks, and we’re excited to keep trying some more in the future.

We got some absolutely beautiful (if I do say so myself) photos of our daughter acting as Zelda during our photoshoot at the pumpkin patch…

Summary of patterns:
blouse: Blank Slate Bookworm Button Up* (hacked)
jacket layer: Blank Slate Rivage Raglan* (hacked)
corset: made from scratch
leggings, boots: ready-to-wear

*affiliate link

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This is the very first first-day-of-school layout I’ve ever made! I guess it’s because it seems like the first day of school is a fairly momentous occasion each year… and I didn’t even tackle her VERY first day of kindergarten…yet. I decided to start with first grade!

This layout is published in the Fall 2021 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today; you can see it on page 65!

I’ve had this title planned ever since that first day of first grade– “It was awesome!!” was her immediate answer to my “how was your day?” upon getting off the bus that day! In fact, I jotted down a little sketch almost right away, which I’ve saved all these years! The end result is completely different, but that’s ok! (and yes, I finally recycled this scrap of paper as soon as I finished taking this photo!)

As you can see, my original thought was to make this a single page layout, but when I started looking back through the photos, I wanted to include so many more than would comfortably fit (and still be big enough to see well!) on one 12×12. I expanded my design to 2 pages, using nine 3″x2″ photos and one 4″x6″ feature photo.

left side
right side

Even though starting school makes you think of fall, in our area, it is still very much summer weather! I decided to use a color palette that bridges the two seasons– and included a lot of red because our red front door is hard to miss in the pictures!

I arranged the small photos in a grid and filled the spaces with a dark blue patterned paper. I stitched around the perimeter of the blue pieces to add a bit of texture. These blue spaces were also the perfect spots to add embellishment clusters.

I stamped and heat embossed cameras in white on aqua patterned paper and cut them out to be the feature embellishment in each cluster. To bring in more of that fall flavor, I die cut leaves from textured orange cardstock and golden yellow patterned paper to add to each cluster, along with bright yellow puffy stars!

I combined three different alpha sets to make my title and subtitle: I used all capitals for the main title, and lower case alpha for the subtitle, and the tiny letter tiles unify them.

Supply list:
patterned paper: Close to My Heart “Mix In” (Mar-Apr), Close to My Heart “Blue Skies,” Echo Park “Spring” (Journaling Cards –B-side is striped)
cardstock: American Crafts (white textured), The Paper Studio (orange textured)
vellum: The Paper Studio
alphas: Amercian Crafts Thickers (Daiquiri white foam), Close to My Heart (white alphabet foam stickers), Glitz Designs Teeny Alphas (white)
stamps: Shimelle “Head in the Clouds,” Hampton Arts “Vintologie”
puffy stickers: Close to My Heart “So Much Happy”
label: print-and-cut via Silhouette Cameo 3
cut files: SCT Oct 2020 freebie, Kerri Bradford Studio (“Leaves”)
font: Gill Sans Light (bold)
other: machine stitching, craft foam, ATG adhesive, Zing embossing powder (white)

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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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My daughter (9 years old) made this layout completely on her own with her little stash of scrapbook supplies the other day! I am SO proud of how far she has come with her design skills in scrapbooking!

She added her own journaling with a sparkly gel pen:

…and she created little embellishment clusters that evoke the fireworks theme!

I’m entering it on her behalf into the Simon Says Stamp Kids’ Vacation Challenge!

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This layout appeared in the Spring 2021 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today, in the readers’ gallery on page 72!

I’m reposting my original blog post (from December 20, 2020) about the layout…


I bought some new papers from Shimelle’s Never Grow Up collection near the beginning of September 2020. I was so excited to use this light blue starry paper as a background for this layout for my Disney 2016 scrapbook. I immediately laid out the basic design for this layout…And then it sat there–for some reason, I was just stumped. I think part of it was the fact that this particular event was pretty special, and I wanted to make a layout that would convey “perfectly” all the little moments that added up to make this a memorable evening for my daughter (and me!).

Finally, in the very beginning of December, I buckled down and really worked on it. I started small: I added a white mat to each photo and finally figured out how I was going to include my journaling: I typed it up and used my Silhouette Cameo print-and-cut feature to make sure that my boxes were cut exactly where I wanted them to be around the text.

left side
right side

I was very thankful that my husband had written down some details of the interactions between my daughter and each princess in my daily trip journal that evening, because it really captured some of my daughter’s personality at that point.

Once I had those white mats and journaling ready, I was able to break through my “scrappers block” and start embellishing. One thing that I’d known for sure from the very beginning that I wanted to include was this “starry-eyed” sticker from Shimelle’s Head in the Clouds collection.

In fact, I’d taken it out of the 12×12 project pad and stuck it temporarily to the edge of a box I had on my desk, to remind me to use it… and in those months in between starting and finishing, I managed to lose it! I’d been doing some sewing in that time, and I was pretty sure it had gotten caught up on some fabric… but the problem was that I didn’t have any idea where it could have been carried! I searched and searched (and used it as an excuse to put off the layout even longer!) and my daughter even offered to give me her sticker from the project pad I’d given her! (so sweet!) One evening, after I’d all but given up, I went into my sewing closet to pull something out for a hand-sewing project, and lo and behold! the sticker was there at the back of the shelf! And undamaged, at that! I was so excited.

Among the photos and journaling squares, I had two “feature” squares, one using a 3×4 cut-apart (from Shimelle’s Head in the Clouds) that I trimmed down to a 3″ square, and one using some smaller cut-aparts (from Shimelle’s Starshine) that I combined together to make a square.

As I put these feature squares together, they established the embellishment scheme I ended up using for the photos. I used doilies behind each of the posed photos of my daughter with a princess, and I layered strips of patterned paper and washi tape on different sides of the squares.

On the photos of my daughter interacting with the princess, I added a small, horizontal piece of washi tape and a wood veneer piece (hearts or birds– both old Studio Calico products). I sprinkled gold glitter enamel dots around the whole layout, and of course also used them to make a hidden Mickey!

I used the same elements in the title block– strips of washi, gold glitter Thickers, a tiny doily, and a wood veneer piece to tie everything together. I added the location and date on a tiny label sticker from Shimelle’s Sparkle City sticker folder. The aqua alpha tile stickers are from Shimelle’s #stickerbook.

Looking back, I’m not quite sure why I was so hung up on this, but I am glad that I didn’t force it, because I really do love how this layout turned out!

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When she was in kindergarten, we encouraged my daughter to take part in the STEM fair at her elementary school. She was very excited to choose a project and worked very hard on her “experiments.” I definitely want to document that on a separate layout, but this layout is about her presenting at the STEM fair itself.

It all started with the SCT Spring Issue Cut File challenge to use the March 2021 free cut file on a project. As soon as I saw it, I knew that I wanted to document this event. However, “sunshine” didn’t quite fit; plus, I wanted to make sure that it was quite obvious that she was at the STEM fair. So I modified the cut file! I chopped off the “SUNSHINE” letters using the Silhouette Studio knife tool and shifted the sunshine. I found a similar font and mimicked the open letter style with the offset tool to spell “STEM FAIR.” The letters are a bit more narrow than the original file’s, but I think it’s okay!

I actually mocked up the whole layout in Silhouette Studio, since I knew I had several photos that I wanted to showcase. Doing the mockup really helped me to figure out how large to make the title so that everything would fit, and how I should arrange the photos. In fact, it made the bulk of the layout come together remarkably quickly, since it was virtually complete before I even had cut anything out!

I also knew that I wanted to use the Pinkfresh Studio “My Favorite Story” collection for this layout. My daughter’s outfit and the blue display would coordinate so well with those colors, PLUS there is the gorgeous rainbow-esque stripe that was the only paper I considered for the background!

In fact, I love that background so much that I didn’t want it to be too covered up, so I simply backed the digital-die-cut with vellum. I cut it three times from textured white cardstock and the vellum is the fourth and bottom layer.

I chose coordinating Copic markers to color one layer of rainbow stripes, which are adhered to the vellum layer, so they appear inset in the final product.

If you look closely, you’ll also notice that I cut the large photo so that its edges do not appear behind the lettering, too!

It was really fun to add all the floral die cuts around the photos. I strategically placed some of them to hide bright distracting bits or random people’s backsides in the background! I used so many flowers that I’m also entering this layout in the Pinkfresh Studio March 2021 monthly challenge (flowers!).

The two chipboard circles were exactly the sentiments that I wanted to express– my daughter was so brave to participate. The event was so much more crowded, hot, and noisy than we had imagined, and it was intimidating to *me,* let alone considering she was a little kindergartener!

I wrote all my journaling on strips of smooth cardstock. It took some shimmying to get them all to to fit exactly how I wanted them, but I am glad that I could fit all my thoughts onto the layout.

patterned paper: Pinkfresh Studio “My Favorite Story” – Looking for Sunshine
cardstock: American Crafts white textured cardstock
vellum: The Paper Studio
embellishments: Pinkfresh Studio “My Favorite Story” chipboard flair, floral ephemera, enamel dots
adhesive: Scotch ATG, US ArtQuest PPA Matte liquid glue
Copic markers
cut file: Paige Evans for SCT (free HERE)
Silhouette Cameo 3, Silhouette Studio software

Edited to add: Thank you, SCT, for featuring my layout on the challenge winners blog post!

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I created this layout back in January with the Scrapbook and Cards Today Pagemaps sketch (part of the Spring 2021 issue call). Here’s the sketch:

As I started to work with this sketch and some photos from my daughter’s very first spring dance recital, the one-page format morphed into two pages!

The lefthand side has a structure that is drawn from the sketch turned 90 degrees counter-clockwise…

…and the righthand page balances it with inspiration from the sketch rotated 180 degrees. (Can you see it?)

When it comes to sketches, I often use just a few bits for inspiration rather than closely following them.

I had the title in mind almost from the moment I began constructing the layout. I used a combination of a script title (font “Buthaynah”) cut with my Cameo–I cut 4 layers and adhered them together to give it a chipboard effect — and glitter alpha Thickers. These Fitzgerald Thickers were so sparkly silver that they were getting lost on the black-and-white floral paper, so I did two things to improve their visibility. First, I added a layer of vellum behind them, and then I added a thin layer of white acrylic paint to tone down the shine (Thanks, Missy Whidden, for the idea!!)

The layout’s color scheme is drawn from the recital costumes my daughter’s class wore, and it was the perfect opportunity to incorporate some little red paper flowers among the lacy floral cuts.

I had a lot to say, so I decided to type my journaling, making the most of the Silhouette Studio print-and-cut features. I used an office tag cut file and added some border lines using the offset tool and a text box to place my journaling exactly where I wanted it.

I used a lot of older stash supplies for this layout, but I love how it turned out. I am so glad to have these photos and this story preserved in my albums!

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
cut files: Paige Evans (floral), Kerri Bradford (office tag)
title font: Buthaynah
journaling font: Cochin

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