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I’ve been wanting to make this layout for a long time.

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I ordered the background paper for this layout back in December of 2016. I printed my photos, and I mulled over my journaling.  In the meantime, my ankle injury forced me to step away from ballet (hopefully I’ll go back eventually), and honestly, it became emotionally a bit difficult to think about making this page.

However, Crafty Jen Schow’s Stashbusting month challenge #4 to make a layout about myself immediately brought this to mind, so I pulled out the plastic slip that had been holding the paper and my photos together and got to work.

The hardest part of this layout was the journaling.  I had a lot more to say than I thought (which was already a lot), and so I decided to make a facing 8.5″x11″ page to hold it all, plus an additional photo.

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Since I put my journaling onto the facing page, I was able to feature the majority of the Maggie Holmes “On Point” paper by clustering my photos near the top.  I cut the paper and flipped it over so that the white-on-black music print could be at the top.

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I added lots of little layers under the photos, but they are sneaky layers– I cut off the branding strips from some of the Maggie Holmes “Gather” 6×6 paper pad and cut into four strips one of the patterned stickers in her #stickerbook.  This gives the look of lots of pieces of paper, but they’re only about 1/2″ wide or less!

I used bits of paper doily and rhinestones to add to the delicate effect.

I also used a lot of the gorgeous florals from the #stickerbook to cluster in with the photos, and a couple of the word strips.

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I used pale and white alphas to form my title, because while I wanted it to be obvious, I didn’t want it to dominate the delicate colors in the rest of the layout.

I printed my journaling on a plain 8.5″x11″ sheet of cardstock, and then I added another large photo that I took of myself in the dance studio one night before class.

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To tie the two pages together, I used more branding strips and stickers from the #stickerbook.  Plus more doily bits and rhinestones, of course!

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Supplies:
patterned paper: Maggie Holmes “Gather”: “On Point” 12×12 paper (both sides) and 6×6 paper pad (branding strips)
embellishments: Maggie Holmes #stickerbook, Queen & Co. adhesive gems, paper doilies, crochet thread
alphas: American Crafts “Daiquiri” white foam, Glitz “Teeny Alphas” aqua stripe

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

Layout about our Vivian meeting Belle at Enchanted Tales with Belle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After that, they twirled together and curtseyed:

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

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

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During January, I was deep in Disney album mode, and I got a lot done for that album!  It was exciting–and I used that momentum to plan out more of that album.  However, somewhere toward the end of the month, I found myself getting a bit burnt out, so I decided to switch gears to an entirely different scrapbook project.

When V was four years old, she developed appendicitis, and our ordeal involved emergency room visits, an ambulance ride, and a few days’ stay at the hospital.  When I told her (now 7 years old) that I was working on this project, she said, “Why would you want to make a scrapbook of that??”  And it’s true, it’s not something that you might think of right away to document in a pretty scrapbook.  However, throughout the entire situation, we felt very blessed by the Lord: His protection and His provision, and I wanted to make sure to document the experience and how He was at work through it all.  I’ve had the photos printed for some time, intending to make a mini-album, but I just hadn’t gotten to it.

Recently, a friend gave me a 7″x7″ Creative Memories album (strap-hinge!! I love strap hinge!!) that she no longer wanted, and I decided that it would be the perfect home for this story.  In addition, one of the January Use-It-Or-Lose-It Stash-busting challenges from Crafty Jen Schow had me looking at my stash in a new way.  The challenge was to use themed product for a non-themed project (or vice versa).  When I pulled out an untouched collection pack of Echo Park’s Head Over Heels line, I realized it could work perfectly!

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I made this album “all at once” in a vaguely batch-processed manner.  I got out my photos and my Lightroom catalog (complete with photo captions, of course), and I sat down to write out the whole story on scrap paper.  Once I had the story written, I determined my maximum number of pages for the album (dictated by the actual physical pages I had available), and I divided my photos and ephemera in story-order throughout the pages.  I tore the journaling into chunks to lay with each of the photo groups so that I knew how much of the story was going with each page.

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When I realized that I couldn’t come up with just one layout for all the pages, I started trying to make them all different…. but that was equally unfeasible! There are only so many ways you can arrange 3×4 photos on a 7×7 page! After I determined a few page designs I liked, I just tried to spread them out in the album so that no two neighboring pages (except the one double page spread) were alike.

Speaking of 7×7 pages—wow, that was a difficult size to work with! I can see why it didn’t catch on… you can only cut one full page out of a 12×12, and there weren’t enough papers in the pack to do a full background on every page, so it became a bit of a puzzle game for me.

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This album used up almost the entire collection pack!  I have two full sheets of paper left: one full-page pattern and one cut-apart, plus most of a second cut-apart.  There are a few stickers and some letters… and a few smaller scraps!

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I also decided to add doilies throughout the album; partly because I wanted a layer that I could carry throughout many, if not all, the pages, and partly because I was on a doily kick from the Belle layout I’d made just before this project!

I finally finished this album in May, when I completed a photo order that I’d been assembling since the beginning of February!

The title page has no photo, so I used one of the cut-apart cards with letter stickers and the word “appendicitis” cut with my new Cameo (did I mention that I have a new Cameo?).  The font is Farmhouse Country.

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Here’s a look at the whole album “at a glance:”

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…and a look at the individual spreads.  Almost all of the journaling (and there’s a lot…) is on the tags that tuck into pockets in the pages.

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The final three pages are pockets to hold cards and notes that Vivian received from loved ones.  We were overwhelmed with the outpouring of love that we experienced through this ordeal.

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The finished album is quite thick, and I hope that my girl values it as a testimony to God’s provision and protection during this scene in her life.

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Another insert that I made for the “newborn” section of my son’s Project 365 album was all about his big sister and how she interacted with him when he was first born.

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This little Design H insert has photos from several days, including when she visited us in the hospital, when we came home, and those first couple of days at home.  I used the BasicGrey Highline collection– I love the bold colors.  For this particular layout, I let things get pretty girly, since it is a big sister layout, after all.

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I’m trying to really use up some of my stash, and part of that is using stickers from collection packs.  I have trouble using stickers for some reason, but I really made an effort to include several on each side of this page.  On the back, I used a gorgeous–but huge–floral cluster sticker to layer onto the journaling card.

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This pretty little label sticker looked like it was free-floating until I added stitches to each of the loops on its ends.

Some enamel dots in yellow, pink, and orange finished off the page!

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In honor of iNSD this past Saturday, I have some scrapbook layouts to share!

First up, this “traditional” layout that I made with BasicGrey’s gorgeous Highline collection.

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I love how this layout turned out.  It is one of my favorite memories from this past summer, and the inspiration for the design came from a layout that I saw on the Citrus Twist blog a while ago.  As soon as I saw the layout, I could envision these photos used in a similar way– I especially love the top third drawing the main focus.

I used a lot of old stash for this project.  First, I finally opened the collection pack of BasicGrey Highline that I’ve had for a while– I have no idea why I’ve never used it!!  It’s so pretty.  I used several papers for layering as well as a few of the stickers from the included sticker sheet.  I also added in some doilies for softness, and some pink patterned vellum that I inherited.

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I used some Maya Road grey acrylic letters for the “Goose” part of the title, and did a print-and-cut of the script words to pop up on top with foam adhesive.

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I added droplets of Tattered Angels (Vivia Pink) and Heidi Swapp (Gold) mists and a few black enamel dots to finish everything off.

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Floral baby card

I made this baby shower card for a friend of mine who just had her baby girl!

I went looking for inspiration on my “Scrap” board on Pinterest, and in browsing through my pins, I saw several that heavily influenced my design:

You can see that I took the ideas of floral clusters around the sentiment as my inspiration…

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I had a floral sticker sheet that had orange, yellow and pink blooms on it, so I chose a patterned paper that brought out the pinks in the flowers that were more predominantly orange.  I made a little cluster, adding foam behind some of the blossoms for extra dimension.

I added die-cut feathery leaves for more texture, and I put everything on top of a doily  that I stitched onto the white background in a spiral.  The sentiment is actually another sticker that I trimmed to be more narrow and then clipped into a banner shape.

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I really like how this one turned out, and based on the number of cards that I’ve pinned with a similar design, it seems to be something that my eye gravitates toward!  I will definitely be using this design idea in the future!

 

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In my previous post, I shared a pair of monograms I made as baby gifts for a friend of mine.  I wanted to have a special card to go with them… and thankfully the May sketch challenge from Scrapbook and Cards Today popped up in my blog feed right when I was looking for some inspiration!

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I looked at the sketch for a bit, and then I put it away and used my impressions of it to make this card (and–spoiler alert!–two more!).  I made a template from scrap cardstock so that I could piece together the sunburst pattern.

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I collected up some pretty pink patterned papers (they are girl babies, after all!) and pieced them into this sunburst.  I stitched along the edges of each wedge, and added a piece of doily.  The join between the sunburst and the vertical strip of patterned paper is covered by wraps of crochet thread, and I added a 3-D specialty sticker as the focal point of the card.

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And I loved making this card so much that I went on and made two more–this time “thank you” cards!  But this time, I turned the design on its side.

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For someone who has a penchant for pink, I used the same set of papers.  This time, I stitched down the center of each wedge, and laid the long paper strip across the bottom side and stitched it down.  I used a sentiment sticker and some enamel dots to finish off the card.

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As I searched in my scrap drawer for my pink pieces, I kept coming across little bits of limey greens, and I couldn’t help but make another card with them!  This card was made exactly the same way as the pink “thank you” card, and I even had the perfect shade of enamel dots to finish it off.

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Who would have thought that I would go on a Christmas layout kick at the end of September?!  Certainly not me, especially since Christmas layouts are usually what I dread most!

And so, this fourth (and unfortunately final– Friday was filled with non-crafty tasks that really needed to be done during nap time, and even spilled out into other parts of the day!) layout from my scrapbook-every-(week)day challenge to myself in the last week of September is also a Christmas layout.

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I started out using a layout I admired for inspiration, but in the end, the only evidence that remained was the block of patterned paper in the top half of the layout!  Ha!  The amount of shifting and maneuvering of photos and patterned papers was ridiculous for such a simple result, but I must say, I really, really like this layout.

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I had no clever ideas for a title, so I relied upon a cardstock sticker from the Crate Paper “Peppermint” collection kit– it was quite large, much larger than I would normally use for a sticker on my pages.  I used some lime green striped washi behind it (it looks yellow in the photo above, but it really is green) to tie the brighter yellow-green into the more leafy green of the main block of patterned paper.

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I embellished my otherwise simple layout with leafy sprays and pine branches die cut with my Silhouette.

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At the bottom of the page, I made another little embellishment cluster around the gift tag I wanted to showcase– the journaling on the page tells the story of this funny label that says “Dad wanted no part of this”– my mom had picked out a black, white, and hot-pink-patterned purse for me, and my dad didn’t want any of the credit, haha!

You may also notice that I included some doilies to embellish this page– they are not from my (in)famous box of 1000!  I recently acquired my Grandma’s paper doily stash– it seems as though my infinity for paper lace is hereditary 🙂

Supplies:
patterned paper: Crate Paper “Peppermint”, BasicGrey “Nordic Holiday”
creamy white cardstock
embellishments: Crate Paper “Peppermint” cardstock stickers; BasicGrey “Nordic Holiday” cardstock stickers; washi tape from Bella Blvd and the Paper Studio; the Paper Studio enamel dots; paper doilies
Silhouette SD: Silhouette Design Store “sled and sprig” #52368 and leaf_1033
other: Scotch ATG, craft foam, Project Life 0.3 black journaling pen

 

 

 

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Get ready for some more Paper Smooches sweetness!

I created this birthday card with one of the floral cluster stamps and some sentiments from the “Blossoming Buds” set.  I got out my trusty old Xonix colored pencils and colored the image using hues chosen to coordinate with the pattern papers I selected for the background layers.

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I added some pearls for a little shine, and layered the pencil-colored piece on top of some dotted cardstock, which in turn is layered on a tiny floral with a strip of yellow grosgrain ribbon.

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Inside, I used a single flower from “Blossoming Buds” to embellish the sentiment that I stamped from Lawn Fawn’s “To a Fungi” set.

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stamps: Paper Smooches “Blossoming Buds”; Lawn Fawn “To a Fungi”
ink: Stampabilities
colored pencils: Xonix
patterned paper: Jillibean Soup, Bo Bunny
pearls: Queen & Co.
grosgrain ribbon, doily, white cardstock

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