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This was one of those layouts that almost made itself– I had so much momentum from finishing the Test Track layout that I just turned the page and kept going!

This is the reverse of that Test Track page, and I filled it with photos of my daughter and I in our Cinderella outfits. My previous ‘bounding page for this album was a layout and not a pocket page, I wanted to keep some of the same motifs (even if I’m the only one who realizes it!) With that in mind, I pulled out some white die cut leaves (the cut files are from Pinkfresh Studio) to embellish the photos.

I added flowers detail cut from the Echo Park “Beautiful Life” papers because they had the perfect colors to coordinate with our Cinderella blue!

As a subtle touch, I added cameras stamped with black ink on vellum to each of the larger clusters, and I added a little sentiment to one of my smaller clusters.

I used labels to tell the story of how this little photo shoot came about, and then added a tiny photo on a journal card at the bottom to transition into the next page, which is a full page layout about “Living with the Land.” To coordinate with that layout, I used scraps of patterned paper that match the layout at the top of the journal card, as well as aqua tissue paper layers behind two of my photos in this pocket page.

I filled the final space in the pocket page with a cut-apart card: the globe coordinated perfectly with the facing layout– and I think globes are the perfect embellishment for an EPCOT page! I added a bit of dimension to finish it off with an enamel dot and a tiny detail-cut flower.

patterned paper: Shimelle “Never Grow Up” 6×8 paper pad, Echo Park “Beautiful Life,” Shimelle “Starshine” 6×6 and 12×12 paper pads
cardstock: American Crafts white textured
vellum: The Paper Studio
enamel dots: The Paper Studio
journal card: Becky Higgins/Project Life “Baby Edition”
cut file: Pinkfresh Studio “Botanical Branch Trio”
stamps: Hero Arts/Clearly Kelly “Kelly’s Magical” and Hampton Art “Vintologie”
journaling pen: Spectrum Noir Artliner .005
other: print-and-cut labels, tissue paper, Silhouette Cameo 3, Staz-On ink, craft foam, ATG adhesive, Becky Higgins/Project Life Design G page protector

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I’ve had the car patterned paper from Shimelle’s “Sparkle City” earmarked for this pocket page for a while, and I finally made it!

I thought that the photos we had from this ride were really fun, but I didn’t have a huge story to tell, so I used an (upside-down) Design G pocket page to hold them all. My thoughts about the ride fit onto a couple print-and-cut labels.

The branding strip at the top of the car paper inspired me to use that green geometric design as an accent at the bottom, where I included a tiny photo to show/write what my children (too small to ride) and their grandma did while the rest of us went on Test Track.

I paged through the Shimelle #stickerbook for stickers that would coordinate with the theme, and I thought the lightning bolts were perfect.

I used part of the washi strip from the Sparkle City sticker folder to continue the lightning bolts at the third vertex of the embellishment triangle. I like how the detail-cut cameras from Starshine and the arrow branding strip from a page in the Starshine 6×6 paper pad were the perfect compliment to the colors in Sparkle City!

patterned paper: Shimelle Sparkle City Project Pad, Starshine “Pathfinder” (detail-cut cameras)
alphas: Shimelle Sparkle City Project Pad
embellishments: Shimelle #stickerbook, Shimelle Sparkle City sticker folder, washi tape, print-and-cut labels, The Paper Studio enamel dots
stamps: Hero Arts/Clearly Kelly “Kelly’s Magical” and Hampton Art “Vintologie” (stamped on vellum)
journal card: Becky Higgins/Project Life Baby Edition
other: craft foam, ATG adhesive, Spectrum Noir Artliner 005 journaling pe

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This 6×12 pocket page precedes my “Hello, Grey Stuff” layout and tells the story of our lunch at the Be Our Guest restaurant in January 2016. It was our first time there, and it was one of the most-anticipated parts of the trip for me! I was so amazed by the theming and atmosphere and wanted to highlight some of the photos I took inside.

The embellishments and paper on the front side of this pocket page coordinate with the layout that immediately precedes it, Tea Cups with BaBa. I was happy that the tea cup washi tape was also perfect for a Beauty and the Beast-themed area! Gotta love little Chip.

However, I did also add the detail-cut flowers, doily, and label to begin the transition to the style of the second side, which directly coordinates with the Grey Stuff layout.

On the other side, I added more labels and embellishments to include everything I wanted to say about the restaurant and the meal we ate.

I had to add a label to the top photo because I needed more room for my words!

The middle section holds two small photos of our food (the lighting was low and so my photo quality is poor) and a larger embellishment cluster with my journaling. The background paper is from a piece I “gutted” from the Grey Stuff layout, since I only had one sheet in my stash.

It’s amazing how quickly this pocket layout came together when I used the surrounding layouts to inform my decisions on papers and embellishments!

patterned paper: Making Memories Tie the Knot “Glitter Stripe;” Shimelle Starshine “Mercury”
cardstock: white textured from American Crafts
vellum: The Paper Studio
stamps: Hero Arts/Clearly Kelly “Kelly’s Magical”
embellishments: Shimelle #stickerbook, Shimelle Head in the Clouds washi tape, The Paper Studio (enamel dots), silver thread, paper doilies, print-and-cut (Cameo 3) labels

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I love a good sketch, and that’s why I couldn’t resist joining in with the Disney Creative Co.’s first sketch challenge! When I saw the Incredi-sketch, I knew that these two photos highlighting my Grey Stuff cupcake at Be Our Guest would be the perfect fit. Plus, look at all the labels! I love labels! (p.s. mine are print-and-cut with my Cameo 3.)

Taking my cue from the colors in the photo– and the fact that we were talking about GREY stuff, I decided to go with a grey-with-yellow-accents color palette.

I have had the background papers in my stash for years!! They are from a Making Memories wedding collection, but they aren’t so themed that they can’t be used for something completely different. Throughout the embellishment cluster, I layered bits and pieces of scrap patterned papers (I keep all of my scraps from this project together in a box so that I can use them elsewhere for continuity).

I have a coordinating pocket insert for this page (coming soon on the blog) that tells the rest of my thoughts about dining at Be Our Guest, but this layout focuses specifically on how excited I was to get to try “Grey Stuff.” I had this package of sparkly white foam script titles earmarked for some other layouts I’ll be adding to this section, and I realized that the “hello” would be perfect on this layout as part of the title. I sprinkled some of the matching hearts around the layout, too.

I have been so inspired by how Kirsty (@journalofcuriousthings) stamps on vellum to make hand-cut embellishments for her (seriously lovely) layouts, and so I decided to give it a try. I used Staz-On ink so that it wouldn’t smear, and I stamped a whole lot of images and spent a little while just trimming and punching them out. I tucked them throughout the vertical cluster of labels and embellishments, along with the floral elements I detail-cut out of patterned paper and

Do you see the hidden Mickey??

For a final touch, I added some (also very old!) pennant stickers and some silver thread tied into bows.

patterned paper: Making Memories Tie the Knot “Glitter Stripe” and “Handkerchief Lace,” Fancy Pants Happy Place “Hello,” Shimelle Starshine “Mercury”
cardstock: white textured from American Crafts
vellum: The Paper Studio
alphas: “Daiquiri” white foam Thickers, Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss foam stickers
stickers: Jenni Bowlin Studio “Play Date” banner stickers, Shimelle #stickerbook , Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss foam stickers
stamps: Hero Arts/Clearly Kelly “Kelly’s Magical,” Hampton Arts “Vintologie”
embellishments: The Paper Studio (enamel dots), silver thread, paper doilies, print-and-cut (Cameo 3) labels

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I was happy to be asked to help celebrate the launch of the new website Disney Creative Co. by making a scrapbook layout! This website is a welcoming community where fans of Disney can be inspired and share their magical creativity with others!

When I received the products from Scraps & Ink Crafts (associated with Disney Creative Co.) that I’d be working with, I was intrigued to use the dies– until a couple weeks before, I didn’t own a manual die cutting machine. A neighbor handed hers down to me, so this is the first time I’ve used manual dies for a layout! I immediately thought to make this parade watching page in my Disney 2016 album. Believe it or not, this parade was the only time we saw Mickey Mouse on this trip! I have no idea how we managed that, but I wanted to give a little nod to that fact by using as many Mickey motifs as I could.

This layout faces my Festival of Fantasy layout; in order to coordinate the two, I used the same white textured cardstock with my dies as I used for the frames on that layout.

In the vertical pockets along the left edge, I created a matching watercolor background using the same paint colors as the facing page. The title is composed of some Thickers that I painted white (they were originally slightly grey and weren’t standing out from the background enough) and the letter tiles from the Shimelle Sparkle City sticker folder. In order to help my title stand out, I added a strip of the starry washi tape from Scraps & Ink Crafts: I love those silvery stars!

Before the parade, Husband enjoyed a Dole Whip float (and shared it with our little boy), so I just had to use one of the adorable “Mini Snacks” dies as a perfect accent to the photo! Behind the photo, I layered a strip of the red/white polka dot washi tape to add a bit of emphasis.

In the lower pocket, I used the “Mouse Border” die to create a Mickey feature along the left edge. I wanted to give the die cuts a bit more dimension, and because they are so delightfully delicate, I decided to layer 3 or 4 cuts together rather than try to add foam adhesive. I love the effect!

At the base of the pocket, I layered some more washi tape and a phrase sticker to anchor the border:

You can see that I also used this layering technique with the “Swirl Wave” die cut that embellishes the empty sky space in the photo of our kids on shoulders to watch the parade. When I cut this, I actually turned my paper upside down so that I could reverse the direction of the swirls and still have the textured side face outward.

Not only does using multiple layers give the die cut more dimension, it also strengthens it since it is on the outside of the pockets. I added another strip of that starry washi tape to visually anchor the embellishment.

Last but not least, I added one of the cut-out Mickey heads from the “Mouse Border” to a punched circle with a phrase sticker for a tiny corner embellishment to my middle photo.

Note: I was provided products from Scraps & Ink Crafts at no cost in exchange for creating a layout to promote the launch of the new Disney Creative Co. website. This post also appears on the Disney Creative Co. website.

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Here’s another layout I made for iNSD– this one is for the Scrapbook & Cards Today challenge to use a list on a layout. Often I feel like I need to have a lot of words on my layouts, and often I actually do have a lot of words to add. However, in the case of a layout like this, where it is telling some in-between tidbits in a larger story (the whole album!), a list was a perfect way to include some brief thoughts.

I challenged myself to break into the 6×8 Shimelle “Never Grow Up” paper pad I’d purchased for this album project– I hadn’t used it yet! The colors and patterns were absolutely perfect. The top left patterned paper is from the Shimelle “Glitter Girl” 6×6 paper pad.

The journaling is contained to one 3×4 card (from an old Project Life core kit) in this pocket page. I had a lot of little photos describing a few of the attractions we enjoyed right after our lunch, and so I decided to simply play and enjoy embellishing around them. The flowers are detail-cut from a Shimelle “Starshine” floral paper and stickers from the Shimelle #stickerbook.

In the midst of the embellishment clusters, I included a number sticker to coordinate with the journaling. I didn’t want them to stand out too much, but I did want them to be noticeable, so I added gold heart stickers from the #stickerbook as a little shiny glint to attract the eye.

patterned paper: Shimelle “Never Grow Up” 6×8 paper pad, Shimelle “Glitter Girl” 6×6 paper pad, Shimelle “Starshine: Mercury” (from the 12×12 paper pad)
embellishments: flower, heart stickers–Shimelle #stickerbook
number stickers: Project Life Clementine Edition
alphas: Shimelle #stickerbook
journaling card: Project Life Jade Edition

pocket page protector: Becky Higgins Design G

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I created this page in response to the Scrapbook & Cards Today iNSD 2021 challenge to use a sketch from the Spring 2021 issue. I love sketches. I know I’ve said it before, but I really do. They are such an inspiring starting point for me, even if my final layout doesn’t look anything like the original sketch.

In this case, I think that you can still see some resemblance! I was inspired by the second-from-left sketch at the bottom of page 30 of the spring issue. (P.S. if you didn’t already know, I have a layout in this issue on page 72!)

I’d slipped this mermaid-patterned paper from Shimelle Head in the Clouds into the page protector with my photo prints a while ago. The Akershus Princess Dinner was the main interaction we had with Ariel during this trip to Disney World in January 2016. Ariel had never been my favorite princess, but I must say, the conversation we had with her was so fun and funny that my opinion of her was raised quite a bit (the Cast Members are so good!!).

I went all-out with the mermaids on this layout! Not only did I use the stickers from the Head in the Clouds project pad, but I also used the shimmery holographic mermaid scale paper; my daughter advised on the orientation of the scales. She’s my resident expert!

The title of my layout is almost as long as the journaling! It’s just a snippet, but one of the more memorable (and funny) moments of the entire trip. The speech bubble journaling spot was inspired by a 3×4 card that I didn’t use, but instead, I created the bubble and its frame in Silhouette using the print-and-cut feature.

I added touches of Shimelle’s Never Grow Up and Starshine collections. This whole album project uses her collections, so I like to mix and match them on layouts whenever I can so everything flows together even better. As usual, I also added a few wood veneer pieces and some enamel dots, including a hidden Mickey– I have these on every full layout in the album!

patterned paper: Shimelle Head in the Clouds project pad, Shimelle Never Grow Up “Pick a Letter,” Shimelle Starshine 6×6 paper pad
embellishments: stickers–Shimelle Head in the Clouds project pad, cut apart–Shimelle Starshine 6×6 paper pad, wood veneer–Elle’s Studio, enamel dots–The Paper Studio, paper doilies
alphas: American Crafts Thickers “Cloud” puffy letter stickers, Shimelle #stickerbook
journaling font: Gill Sans

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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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Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away… haha, not really, but before Galaxy’s Edge was built, there was a building in Hollywood Studios’ Animation Courtyard that had an exhibit of Star Wars props, miniatures, and costumes. This little pocket layout is about my husband enjoying looking at all the details (this was right before I really started getting into Star Wars fandom myself!)

I was working backward in the Hollywood Studios portion of my Disney 2016 scrapbook project, so this is the front side of the Chewbacca pocket page I previously posted about (that post has the page size details).

The layout is very, very simple (still reinforcing the lesson to myself about simple=good for pocket pages!). I made some photo collages of the props my husband had liked the most and included a photo of him being “escorted” by some patrolling stormtroopers in the Animation Courtyard.

There are just two little clusters of embellishments, and I added some gold star stickers from Shimelle’s #stickerbook. I couldn’t believe that this was the first time I’d used any of them! But they were the perfect shiny accent here.

I used an old Jade Edition Project Life journaling card for my words and part of one sheet of patterned paper to tie all the pockets together.

Sometimes, simple is best!

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I completed nine layouts in January 2021! February is off to a slower start. However, getting so many layouts completed in ONE MONTH is a huge motivator for me to keep going, even when it seems hard to find the time. While I work on other projects in tiny bits and pieces, I’m going to keep sharing the rest of the projects I made in January.

I am so excited about how much progress I’ve been making on two of the three big album projects I have in the works. This Disney album is one of those big projects, and this pocket page (completed in January) immediately precedes the “Waiting to Meet the Wookiee” layout that I made waaaaaaay back in 2016 (oh yes, this album project has been going on for a long time. It needs to get finished!!)

I used that layout as an inspiration for choosing the supplies for this pocket page– after all, these photos are part of the same story. This is an office supply pocket page– it’s about 8.5″ x 11,” and it’s divided into four pockets that hold cards 5.5″ tall by 3.875″ wide.

I kept the layout very simple, since I’m learning that lesson about pocket pages! Plus, I really want these photos to shine, since I loved this meeting with Chewie!!

All of the journaling is on the facing layout, but I wanted to highlight something my husband said to me after this experience, so I made it a feature in the fourth pocket.

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