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This layout was a challenge for me!  I don’t have any good reason for it: I planned to make a “then and now” layout with these photos ever since my husband asked me to take the photo of him on the speeder bike in Hollywood Studios (it’s even written in my journal from that day!)

And on top of that, when I was looking through the photos I have printed (so far…there are a LOT more to come…) and came across this one again, I realized that a Shimelle layout video I watched recently had the perfect design — a grid style with plenty of room for journaling.  Bonus– a grid layout is one of Crafty Jen Schow’s January stash-busting challenges!

The challenge came in when I started worrying about whether I am going to have enough paper from the Starshine collection to distribute throughout, and then I got skittish about cutting into anything… It was pretty ridiculous, but thankfully I pushed through, haha.  I pulled in a couple papers from my stash, which helped– both with the cutting-into-things issue, and also for a better balance of colors in the palette I chose for this layout.


My lovely husband agreed to write the journaling for this one, and I am so thankful that he is willing to contribute to this crazy obsession  –I mean– hobby of mine.  The photo at the top is from a trip he took to Disney World in 2000 (when this park was called MGM), and the bottom photo is from our 2016 trip.  When we were walking through Hollywood Studios and saw the speeder bike photo op, he immediately stopped and remembered this old photo of his.  We dug it out after our trip, and I’ve squirreled it away until now.


I opened a new pack of Thickers for the title on this one– and I was able to combine them with a very, very, very old leatherette ampersand from my stash (it’s one of my favorite alphas, and I just can’t get rid of them, even though there are so few left).  For the years on each photo, I also colored some tiny BasicGrey alphas with a Copic marker to change them from pale yellow to light green so that they would blend a bit more into the foliage on the photos.



Aside from the enamel dots and wood veneer (the two things I have on every layout in my Disney album), every other embellishment is cut from the papers from Shimelle’s Starshine collection (both 12×12 and 6×6).  I had fun adding little sayings that are a bit tongue-in-cheek like, “You will go far” and “to the moon” (get it– Endor’s moon? ….yeah, I’m becoming somewhat of a Star Wars geek over here…)



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As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been very excited about Crafty Jen Schow’s Stash Busting challenge that she has posed this month in the Crafty Use It or Lose It series.  The first challenge is “Focus and Flow:” starting with one specific product, let the ideas that come to mind while using it inspire subsequent projects.

As I was working on the “Grand Entrance” layout, I realized that I’m not very good at using the die cuts and cut-aparts that I have in my album kit, so I decided that maybe they would be a good jumping-off point.  As I looked through them, I noticed one that said “away we go,” and another that said “up, up, and away!” These two phrases made me think of the Dumbo ride we took–it was the last thing we did on our first day in Disney World.  I got out my photos and got to work.

Continuing my theme of intentional scrapbook video-watching, the diagonal design in this layout was inspired by Shimelle’s layout in this video about her son meeting Ariel.


The title of this layout was inspired by another cut-apart piece, and you can see the “up, up, and away!” piece right below it.  In the final version of my layout, the “away we go” die cut didn’t make it on the page, but it “flowed” into the next one–stay tuned below.


My layout started off looking fairly plain, but I kept adding little bits and pieces to give it a bit more layered of a look.


This little banner across the top left corner was the very last addition.  I kept waffling back and forth about whether to include it… and finally, I had to text my Husband with two photos (one with, one without) to get a second opinion!  In the end, I’m glad that included it, since these little flags also “flowed” into the next page I made.  These little pennant flags are from a very old Jenni Bowlin Studio sticker sheet, and I’m thinking they might get used up soon!  Wouldn’t that be exciting (that’s challenge #3!)?


And of course, the hidden Mickey!


As I mentioned before, the “Away we go” die cut just didn’t fit as I was putting the pieces together for this layout, but I couldn’t get it out of my head that it should go with these Dumbo ride photos.  Facing this layout in my album is a pocket page with more photos, so what better place to add it?

So I made a pocket page next:


There’s that die cut… and more of those pennant flags!


I used the same alpha stickers to make the title for this page and added even more pennant flags underneath.


I really like how this spread turned out!  After I get further along in the album and see how more of the pocket pages turn out, I may come back and add some more embellishment to the 4×6 pockets, but for now, I’m letting the photos stand alone.


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It’s 2019 and time to embark on a new set of goals!

For me, some of those goals aren’t so new– chief among my goals for this year are to finish big projects that I’ve been working on for (eep) years!  One of those projects is this 2016 Disney scrapbook album.

I love watching scrapbook videos, and the other day at lunch, my son and I were watching some of Shimelle’s Walt Disney Wednesday series on YouTube.  As I watched, I started realizing that I could really use those videos–and each scrapbook video I watch going forward– to specifically and intentionally inspire layouts in this Disney album, and that would really help me to make progress!

And so, this layout is heavily inspired by Shimelle’s BB8 layout.  In fact, I watched the video and then looked through my printed photos for this album (I’ve done a lot of pre-planning) to find a layout that would work well with this design.


I pulled out the big kit I’ve been assembling since fall 2016 for this major project–here it is after I finished this layout:

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My kit is based on Shimelle’s “Starshine” collection (although other papers have been added in over the…years), and so I gathered some cut-aparts and die cuts that seemed to coordinate with this moment– our first “grand” entrance into Disney World.


I was definitely in a layering mood, so I tried to add as many details as I could–both with embellishments and with paper layers.



There are two specific details I’m including on every page: wood veneer…


…and a “hidden Mickey” made from enamel dots.


As I made this layout, I watched Shimelle’s video again for inspiration, and then I started watching Crafty Jen Schow’s Stash-Busting challenges in her Use-it-or-Lose-it series.  That combination has really gotten me fired up for making more layouts in this album, so watch this space– there’s going to be more coming! 😉

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In my last post, I shared the “at home” part of Christmas 2014, and that section of the inserts ended on the front side of a Design G page.  We went to visit my parents for a few days, and this section documents that time, starting on the back side of the Design G page.


I was on a mission to use my Christmas embellishments, so I added border stickers (Crate Paper Peppermint), Christmas ribbon (My Mind’s Eye??), and brads (BasicGrey Nordic Holiday) along with some cute little holly stickers.



The visit continues onto another Design G page, where I added more of the same embellishments to tie everything together.




This card was made using a One Little Bird cut file (and digital kit) I’d purchased a long time ago– I was excited to finally put it to good use!


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Baby’s first Christmas is kind of a big deal!  Of course, it took me several inserts to document B’s first Christmas, and I’ll share the first part in this post: our Christmas celebration at home.

I used the front side of this Design I page protector to highlight photos from Christmas Eve.


[For most, if not all, of the other pocket inserts I’ve shared here, I’ve taken the photos out of the pockets and laid them on top of the page protector to minimize glare.  However, on this insert, I used Heidi Swapp gold Color Shine to sprinkle some splatters, and I guess I didn’t let them dry long enough before putting them in the pockets– those pieces are solidly glued inside with that gold!  Sorry about the glare on the top pocket here and on the next side…]


I don’t have a huge amount of Christmas-themed product, so most of my Christmassy paper projects use similar lines: here, there’s a little bit of Crate Paper’s Peppermint collection mixed with little other bits and pieces.



On the back of this insert, we begin Christmas morning at our house.  On each “title” card, the word “Christmas” is a rub on from an old Lily Bee collection (Christmas Town)–this continuity was accidental at first, but I like how it all ties together.  The other alpha stickers are BasicGrey Nordic Holiday (originally purchased for my daughter’s baby album/December Daily project)


I also embellished this top card with some vellum snowflakes I’d cut with my Silhouette (a long time ago!) and some clear rhinestones.  These plus the gold Color Shine (which is keeping this card firmly in its pocket!) make for a sparkly, fresh-morning feeling, I think.


I added some punched circles, brads, and labels to decorate the two photos on this side.



The next insert is a Design G, and it is all about opening gifts at our house.  Our little man was so intent on getting that wrapping paper into his mouth!


I had one more photo than would fit on this side, so I made a little flap with patterned paper.  Underneath, I added a bit more of the story.


The other side of this page is about our time at my parents’ for Christmas, so that will be in the next post!

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In the midst of costume-sewing, photobook-making and general attempts to keep up with normal life, I stopped for an evening and made a scrapbook layout.

Recently, Crafty Jen Schow posted a Use-It-or-Lose-It video about using scraps, in which she made a super-layered layout.  Subsequently in the Use-It-or-Lose-It FB group, she issued a challenge to the membership to try making one ourselves.  I just couldn’t get the idea out of my head, so I jumped at the chance to try it out (challenges and deadlines really get me motivated ;-)).

I started by opening my patterned paper scrap drawer and just rifling through all of the scraps.  I have years’-worth in here!

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As I looked, I realized that I needed a bit more direction to choose with which scraps I would work, so I paused and chose a photo out of my (much-too-small) already-printed-photos-to-be-scrapbooked stash.  I decided that based on what I had in my drawer and the colors in the photos, I’d focus on blues/aquas/greens/cool yellows.

I pulled out every bit of those colors!

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And then I got to work.  I layered like crazy, and it was SO fun.  Except for the photo itself, the white background cardstock, the alphas, and the gold mist, every single bit of this layout is a scrap– I didn’t cut into any other whole pieces of paper.


There are branding strip edges and shaped-paper cut-offs, and the journaling is on an off-cut of a Project Life card…


There are specialty papers, tissue paper (leftover from packaging)…


…foil paper from junk mail envelopes (it was too pretty to just toss!), washi tape that I’d used for sewing that still had its stick…


…ridiculously small scraps, scraps with punches already punched (and some to which I added punches), scraps that I tore, and scraps that I punched with border punches.


I even added a little pocket on the bottom layer so that I could include a little pull-out that lists the names of the kids in the photo.



I’ve always admired this super-layered look, and I am so glad that I tried it for this layout!  I definitely want to try this again, and I certainly have enough scraps left (in this set of colors, as well as pretty much any other combination of colors…!).  …and my mind is already buzzing with ideas!

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Sometimes, simple is best.

That’s what I was thinking when I made this insert about a fun time my kids and I had at the mall playground.  I used to go to the mall quite a bit in the early mornings to walk with the kids in the stroller, and this was the first day that my son played in the little play area– and he was absolutely delighted with it.

I’d written a long daily card for the 365 album, but I had so many great photos and memories that I wanted to highlight this seemingly small event in an insert.  I took the journaling out of the daily slot and substituted a simple coordinating filler card with an arrow that ends up pointing right to this insert in the album.  The journaling is on a folded card that slips out of the insert to tell the whole story.



I hemmed and hawed over embellishments, and in the end, I kept them super simple.  I added tiny word stickers (I’ve been watching a lot of Inkie Quill!) and stapled on a few little stars punched from coordinating patterned paper.


Another sweet memory documented in my son’s 1-year album!


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