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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.


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.


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 😉


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.



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



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.


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…


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


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??).


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…

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.


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:



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.


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








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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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!


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.


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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These gorgeous views of the castle were our farewell from the Magic Kingdom on our first day at Walt Disney World in 2016.  I knew I wanted to feature them on a layout in my 2016 Disney album, and this next challenge in Crafty Jen Schow’s Facebook group (Crafty Use It or Lose It) for Stash Busting Month 2020 was perfect.  This challenge was to use “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.”


something old: the polka dot bunting flag stickers are probably the oldest thing on this layout; they are from Jenni Bowlin Studio, copyright 2010.  I think I got them in a Lucky Girl Crafts kit when I was on the DT!


something new: this is the first time I’ve used the “White Pearl” Therm O Web Decofoil Metallix Gel on a layout.  I put it through a tiny star stencil that I created by modifying one of Paige Evans’ cut files (so you could maybe argue that the stencil is new, since I created it for this layout!).  Now I want to put tiny stars all over everything I make!  It was also the first time I’ve used the Elle’s Studio “Magical Memories” wood veneer confetti that I sprinkled among the stenciled stars.




something borrowed: was the hardest one of these.  Because I don’t scrapbook with any friends locally, I tried to figure out from whom I could borrow something, and I did consider using some of my daughter’s stamps.  In the end, though I was super-inspired by one of Crafty Jen Schow’s YouTube videos that I watched while I was walking on the treadmill.  I really loved the “sketch” of her layout with the banner bunting and florals on either side of the photos, and so I “borrowed” that idea.


something blue:  While the layout has a more lavender/orchid feel to it, I like how the blue striped flags and flower (from the Echo Park “Beautiful Life” sticker sheet) pull out the blue of the castle tower roofs.  I also used some of Shimelle’s “Glitter Girl – Treat Yourself” star paper with a navy background behind the photo.  Oh! and the alpha stickers for “farewell” are a purply-navy color.  Those are from Shimelle’s “Sparkle City” sticker folder, and it’s the first time I’ve used those, too, so I guess you could put that in the “new” category!



I’ve been actively working on about four projects at once this week, so this layout took way longer to finish than I expected!  I’m glad that I worked on it in bits and pieces, though, because I was able to add a lot of little details that make me really happy with how it turned out.

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


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!


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.


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!


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!

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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As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been focusing my scrapbooking on my Disney 2016 album lately!  I’m rapidly coming to a point where I need to do some planning– what photos and stories will go into layouts, and what will go into pockets– and one of my “roadblocks” has been the Akershus Princess Dinner that we attended the night we were in Epcot.  It was another one of those pinnacle experiences, especially for my daughter: as I’ve mentioned before, meeting the princesses was a dream come true for her on this trip!

The photos from that evening are many, and they are also quite dark.  As I was browsing some scrapbook blogs lately, I finally came up with a potential idea on how to showcase them, BUT before that (especially since they aren’t printed yet!), I did have these photos already printed from the beginning of the dinner!


My daughter was so delighted to be there, and I wanted to make sure to spotlight her excitement…and also the little story of my panicked construction of a flash diffuser from a napkin and some hair clips so that I could get semi-decent photos of her with the princesses when they came to our table!

The general arrangement of this layout is based on a sketch that Crafty Jen Schow released in her Facebook Group back in November.  I had seen some layouts using it pop up lately from people in the group, and so it came to mind as I contemplated this odd set of photos.  It was perfect!

Of course, I used three photos instead of two, but I added the title on a curve and a circular arc of stitching (boy, was that gold thread difficult to work with!) to reinforce that curved idea.


I mixed Shimelle “Starshine” with Shimelle’s “Head in the Clouds” (isn’t that background paper gorgeous?!) and a bit of Pink Paislee “Pen Pals” to pull in the blue of V’s dress.


I embellished with cameras precision-cut from another “Starshine” paper and circles stamped with images from a Kelly Purkey set (Clearly Kelly: “Magical”)…


And of course, some wood veneer and enamel dots, in keeping with my theme for this album!



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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!


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.


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.”


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!


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.


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


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.


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

After that, they twirled together and curtseyed:


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!


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

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I’m trying to keep my scrapbook momentum going as much as possible this year, so when I had some time the other day, I started another layout for my Disney 2016 album.  This layout directly precedes the “Grand Entrance” layout– it will be the very first full 12×12 layout in the album (as far as I have it planned right now; there will be several pocket page layouts before this.  There may be an overall title page, but I don’t have a plan for that yet).

Even though I want to keep the momentum going, I was actually feeling a bit stumped when I started this layout.  I looked through a list of inspiration I’ve been keeping, and came across this screenshot of a Shimelle live video from back in July that I watched in August.  See, I really don’t want to get caught in the cycle of forever consuming scrapbooking content and not actually making anything, and so whenever I watch one of Shimelle’s live videos, I make a point of taking a screenshot and writing down just ONE idea that could inspire me later.  In this particular case, both the screenshot and the idea came into play.

Here’s the screenshot:

And the idea I wrote down was, “Add MOAR.”  Those of you who watch Shimelle’s FB Live videos will understand this reference/joke, which is to keep adding layers, embellishments, and things to the layout until it is satisfyingly full.

I happened to have two horizontal 4×6 photos ready for this layout, so I forged ahead.  I started by using two patterned papers as the background, one framing the other.  I built the rest of the layers on top of that, positioning my photos like Shimelle’s (but on the right side because of where the people are looking) and using a horizontal band across the lower third… I added lots of little bits and pieces of layers, including a sticker I’d had lying on my desk for literally years (it is so satisfying to know that I finally used it, and it’s just what I needed).  I added some more, and then some MOAR…and I loved the layered effect.



And then! I decided my patterned paper background was just much, and especially too much when I considered the layout that comes next in the album.

So the next morning, I took off the photo block and all the layers that surrounded it, and I moved the whole business onto a white textured background instead.  Ahh.  Now the photos stand out like they should, and there are still lots of little layers (and I added MOAR after I made the background change).  I ran a line of stitching around the edge to add some subtle definition, and I am so much happier!


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