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I had a couple little stories that I wanted to tell about the interval between our dinner at Akershus in Norway and our time in Mexico, so I made a little pocket page.

This is a four-pocket 8.5″x11″ page that I cut down to a vertical strip of two pockets. I used similar supplies to my “Noches Mexicana” page, because these pockets will be to the left of that page.

I added a wood veneer camera to the cluster in the top pocket…

…and this tiny world map block from Starshine was perfect for a story from Epcot’s World Showcase. I paired it with a heat-embossed and fussy cut camera.

It was a quick little page because I used the full layout to inspire my product choices!

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I’m really pleased with how this layout turned out!

When we were in Disney World in 2016, we of course watched the Festival of Fantasy parade in Magic Kingdom. It is incredible! As it began, I told myself I should just watch and take it in… but I simply could not resist taking photos– it is so colorful and beautiful. I ended up with so many photos of the gorgeous floats and costumes, and of course I wanted to include them in my album.

I decided to use the “Pictures” cut file from Paige Evans (it was a free download in her Facebook group) to display my favorite photos from the parade.

Because I have recently been experimenting with mixed media backgrounds, I used watercolors to make a rainbow of splotches and splatters on textured white cardstock that I first coated with Mod Podge (::blush:: I still haven’t bought myself gesso…). I think the background itself is pretty gorgeous, and I love how it sets off the frames.

In order to figure out my photo placement and sizes, I opened the cut file in Silhouette Studio and used “Release Compound Path” to separate the lines. I filled each of the sections where I wanted to place photos and used the software to determine measurements–my photos needed to be slightly bigger than the openings in order for them to be adhered behind the cut file. In Lightroom’s Print module, I used “Custom Package” to add cells of those dimensions to 4″x6″ canvases that I printed-to-file to upload to Persnickety Prints for printing. (P.S. If you look closely at the main photo, you’ll see that I mis-measured one of my openings, so I’ll need to reprint that photo in a future Persnickety order!)

In the rest of the openings, I added papers from Shimelle’s Starshine collection–many of them are from the 6×6 paper pad for the tiny scale. I used two of the openings for my journaling and my title.

For my title, I used a combination of letter stickers from the Shimelle Sparkle City sticker folder and the word “fantasy,” which I cut multiple times from the same white cardstock as the cut file and then stacked for dimension.

The little tape strip openings at the top of each frame are filled with washi tape from Shimelle’s Head in the Clouds collection– I stuck the tape to strips of white cardstock and cut it to size. I embellished with stickers from the Starshine, Sparkle City, and Glitter Girl collections as well as the Shimelle #stickerbook, and I added puffy stickers from Paige Evans’ Truly Grateful collection.

Of course, because it’s a running theme on all of my layouts for this album project, I added wood veneer and enamel dots, including an enamel dot Mickey head!

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It’s been a big month here: we’ve been making Big Decisions about the fall, and with that has come many, many smaller decisions, and that has left me with very little bandwidth for creative endeavors. I’ve found that projects (both sewing and scrapbooking) that are usually quick for me have ended up taking weeks, and that also puts quite a damper on my creativity! (I did finish one layout after literally weeks of work, and I’ll share that here soon.)

However, this layout was the first one in a while that lit a fire inside me. I watched Shimelle’s recent YouTube video in which she works with her August 2020 “Best of Both Worlds kit,” and I loved every bit of the layout she made! I was on the treadmill while I watched, and as soon as I finished my workout, I was in my craft room, finding my camera stamps and deciding which photos to use.

I did a fairly direct scraplift of Shimelle’s layout– switching only the supplies and the title placement.

The big feature of the layout is the grid of stamped cameras. I recently bought a stamp+stencil set at Tuesday Morning–more for the stencil, really, but I watched this video and ended up using the stamps first! Two of the camera images come from that stamp set, and the third is from a Shimelle “Head in the Clouds” set which conveniently had a very similar line style and scale! I decided to heat emboss the images with white embossing powder so that I could use dark patterned papers in my grid, and I popped up all of the stamped cameras with very thin craft foam. To mix things up even more, and to keep consistent with the running theme in my Disney 2016 album project, I also used wood veneer cameras in the grid.

At the bottom, I used an old Project Life card for my journaling, and I added a die cut from the Shimelle “Starshine” pack. Inside Epcot’s Mexico, one of my favorite parts was the starry sky above the shopping area and restaurant, and this piece was perfect.

I used an extra stamped/detail-cut camera and detail-cut a globe and some flowers from my Starshine papers to add some more bits and pieces to the bottom cluster.

My date stamp turned out just terribly–and then I smeared it!, but I tried to disguise it a bit with the enamel dot Mickey that appears on every layout of this scrapbook project!

patterned paper: Shimelle “Starshine” (12×12 and 6×6 paper pads) and “Glitter Girl–Treat Yourself” (12×12), Echo Park “Beautiful Life”
stamps: Hampton Arts “Vintologie” and Shimelle “Head in the Clouds”
alphas: American Crafts “Fitzgerald” Thickers, Shimelle #stickerbook
embellishments: Shimelle “Starshine” cardstock shapes, Studio Calico camera wood veneer, Paper Studio enamel dots, Shimelle #stickerbook
other: embossing powder, craft foam, tissue paper

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I had a scrapbooking victory at the beginning of July: I finished planning the photos for my entire Disney 2016 scrapbook project. I’ve always preferred to be a pre-planner for scrapbooking (well, everything, but that’s another level of Type A-ness that we don’t need to discuss right now, haha!), and so it is extremely satisfying to have figured out my whole plan for this album. (Here’s a post that gives a little peek into how I plan my pocket pages, and though it’s not for this particular project, the general idea is the same).

As soon as I’d placed my order and received it (Persnickety Prints for the win!), I cut apart all of my photos and slipped them into the page protectors (divided and full-page). Now I know where everything goes and how it fits together for the whole story. (About a year ago, I made a video about this process, you can see it HERE.)

Now, when I want to work on this project, I flip through the pages of the (two) binders to find something that catches my fancy that day, and the photos are all ready for me.

I decided this time to dive into one of the layouts for our Hollywood Studios day, about our experience with Toy Story Midway Mania. I bought a Sparkle City project pad, and the patterns in that collection seem to “go” with Hollywood Studios in my mind. In particular, I thought this patterned paper with all the neon signs went well with this ride, so I challenged myself to use it (it’s a larger scale pattern than I usually choose!).

I added some white pearl Metallix gel through a star stencil to add a bit of texture to the background and layered on a couple scraps of patterned paper (the yellow-green is actually a really old one from My Mind’s Eye). I used lots of craft foam to raise my photos…

I also tried to use a bunch of stickers to add layers, so I pulled out the Sparkle City Project Pad as well as the Sparkle City sticker folder and the Shimelle #stickerbook. The flat letter stickers in the title come from the folder and project pad, too.

As always, I finished off the layout with some wood veneer and some enamel dots (including a hidden Mickey, of course!).

Shimelle Sparkle City Project Pad (patterned paper, stickers, alphas, solid aqua cardstock)
Shimelle Sparkle City sticker book
Shimelle #stickerbook
Fitzgerald silver foam Thickers
Therm-o-web Deco Foil Metallix gel (white pearl)
Project Life (Jade edition) 3×4 card
Studio Calico wood veneer
Paper Studio silver glitter enamel dots

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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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On this May the Fourth, let me give you a little sneak peek of my R2-D2 Disneybound– part of my #epicdressproject wardrobe.

We were supposed to be in Disney World for a week in the latter half of April, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that didn’t happen.  The Disney resorts all around the world are closed (still), and traveling is not happening.  We are under a stay-at-home order, and so those circumstances obviously affected this project.

I have continued to work on it, after all, I have the fabric and supplies, and making things is a kind of stress-relief for me.  I was attempting to try and finish all of my projects by our original departure date, but that didn’t quite happen.  Obviously there are extenuating circumstances.  Aside from the general shift in mood, there are some things that I needed to prioritize.  I made and donated a large number of masks, my children are home and I need to do school with them… you get the picture.

Now that it’s the beginning of May, I thought it would be a good time to just give a quick update of where my projects are at.  I had six outfits planned, and I’ll give an update in the order in which I started them.  You can see fabric peeks on Instagram (I posted each time I cut out a garment) and also in THIS blog post.

  • Belle ‘bound: the dress needs a hem, and I also need to complete the yoke (which obviously needs to be finished to hem it).  The yoke is waiting on buttons: I ordered special buttons from Joann, but they shipped me the wrong ones, and so now I need to figure out how to deal with that issue.  (I do NOT recommend Joann.)
  • R2-D2 ‘bound skirt: Finished!
  • Magical green/stars (Tinker Bell?  Magical Pandora? bound): As I started constructing the bodice, I realized that my main fabric was too heavy to also be a comfortable lining.  This was just when the whole pandemic thing really started to hit (I think it was the night that it was announced that our schools were closing), and I have not been able to go out and shop for a matching lining fabric.  The dress is cut out and is sitting in a partially-sewn state.
  • Peter Pan dress: This dress simply needs to be hemmed and I need to sew on the decorative (non-functional) buttons.  I haven’t searched my button stash to see if I have any on hand, but I’m pretty sure I have something that will work.  It’s so close!
  • Snow White ‘bound blouse: Finished!  I am so pleased with how this one came out.
  • R2-D2 ‘bound top: Finished!  I love this top, too!  (sneak peek at the top of this post: pattern is the Blank Slate Abrazo tee (<–affiliate link), to which I added circular ruffles at the sleeve hems).  I bought a great belt (<–affiliate link) to complete the look, so this whole outfit is finished!
  • Minnie Mouse ‘bound: This dress really could be finished.  All I need to do is fit the straps, hand-stitch the lining, and then give it a hem.  I think I was disappointed that the straps don’t fit better, and that combined with the disappointment of our trip being postponed for quite a while just killed my motivation.
  • Snow White ‘bound skirt: I prewashed the fabric!  Ha.  This one really won’t take long– I just need to DO IT!

I’m going to try and finish this wardrobe by the end of May (pending the acquisition of supplies like buttons and lining fabric).  I think that is a perfectly reasonable goal, and I hope that I can make it!

I realized that a silver lining of our trip being postponed means that I have a better chance of finishing my Disney 2016 scrapbook project before we go again, so I’m going to be working on that as much as I can… the Disney magic won’t stop!

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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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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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