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I made this layout in September for a call, but I’ve been saving it until the Christmas season to share! This layout will live in my 2019 album directly following my “Christmas in the Sand” layout (which was published in the Winter 2021 issue of SCT).

Since we spent Christmas 2019 in Sanibel Island, we did our gift exchange among the four of us after we returned home. The title of this layout is a play on waiting to open presents– and also the fact that the last gift we gave our children was “the best!” After they’d opened the gifts under the tree, we told them there was one more… we brought them over to my husband’s computer to choose their Magic Band colors for the Walt Disney World trip we’d planned for the upcoming April! (Spoiler alert: that was April 2020, so the trip ended up being delayed until November…but that’s a whole ‘nother story)

I layered to my little heart’s content on this layout. Often my layouts start with a very basic and clean design (this time, the basic design of this layout was inspired by a Scrapbook & Cards Today sketch from summer 2019), but I just can’t help myself and I find so much joy adding paper layers and tucking in clusters of embellishments!

All of the papers and stickers on this layout come from the Close to My Heart “Comfort and Joy” collection. Since I had made the “Christmas in the Sand” layout before this one, I’d used up almost all of the poinsettia stickers from the coordinating sheet. I detail-cut more of the flowers from the pattern on the reverse side of the plaid paper to supplement, and I like that I was able to add a bit of variety in the sizes.

I also layered in some vintage doilies that had been in my grandmother’s craft stash. I love being able to find homes for these pretty bits in my scrapbook albums: they always make me think of her when I see them.

I managed to fit all my journaling onto two labels (from my stash of print-and-cut labels) by writing small! As a final touch (and my daughter weighed in on this decision!), I added some gold splatters by each of the embellishment clusters.

supplies:
patterned paper: Close to My Heart “Comfort and Joy”
cardstock: The Paper Studio
embellishments: Close to My Heart “Comfort and Joy” stickers, gold glitter die cuts; The Paper Studio enamel dots; vintage doilies
alphas: American Crafts Thickers “Happy;” Glitz Design Teeny Alphas – gold
journaling pen: Spectrum Noir ArtLiner .005
other: machine stitching, print-and-cut labels via Silhouette Cameo 3, roller date stamp, craft foam, Scotch ATG adhesive; inspired by a SCT Summer 2019 bonus sketch

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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!

Supplies:
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.

Supplies:
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 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!

Supplies:
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…

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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.

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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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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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