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This is a bit of a throwback in this post: I made these pages a looooong time ago, and I came across them as I was going through B’s album.  So here they are!

First up, a little 4″x12″ insert about a visit that we made as a family to a local pick-your-own pumpkin/apple/etc. farm.  We didn’t actually pick our own anything, but we enjoyed the atmosphere and the made-to-order apple fritters!

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I’m pretty sure I made these pages as I was doing the big go-through-the-album-and-plan-out-all-the-missing-inserts-for-photo-printing (spoiler alert, I still haven’t finished that process, although I did get through Easter of 2015).  I actually had these photos on hand, so I went right ahead and made the insert right then.  It was a fun diversion from plain old photo planning/editing.  I used bits and pieces from my stash: old Cosmo Cricket and old Studio Calico papers, October afternoon alphas and stickers, and print-and-cut labels I made myself.

Around that time, I also made this Design G insert about our Halloween costume that year: the Lego Movie family costume!


The text on this insert is essentially the text from my blog post about the costumes, and I used some even older Little Yellow Bicycle Halloween products here, in combination with Jade edition Project Life cards.


The title card is a combination of old glitter letters that I think are from Making Memories and old (are you catching the theme here?–old!) “spooky” alphas from American Crafts Remarks.

This was the first year that our kids went trick-or-treating, and so I used the other side of the insert to document the fun we had with friends that night.


I used more Little Yellow Bicycle Halloween embellishments here, “updated” slightly with some washi tape




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About 6 weeks after B was born, we made a cross-country drive to attend my brother’s wedding.  Of course I was not going to miss his wedding, and I was a bridesmaid (P.S. The tailor worked wonders to be able to fit me in a dress that I bought when I was pregnant and wore after I’d had my baby…).  Quite honestly, the whole weekend is a blur in my memory, but this was B’s very first trip ever, and it was a momentous occasion on top of that!  It definitely had to be included in the album in a stand-out way.

The inserts ended up being two Design-H style pages, front-and-back.  The front of the first page is all about the ceremony.  The photographer, who had gorgeous photos of the bride and groom and our family, also took some beautiful shots of my kids, and I was thrilled to be able to include them here.


In fact, there were so many that I needed some flaps!


The family photo under the bridal party photo flap is actually included as my photo-of-the-day in the “regular” album pages, but I liked it so much that I wanted it in there twice.

As you can see from the photos, my sister-in-law’s color scheme was a rich purple with sunflowers (so, so pretty). It was an easy decision to go with that same scheme for these pages, and I had some sunflower die cuts that were perfect for embellishing.

Since purple scrapbook supplies (especially this royal purple color) are few-and-far-between, I made my own background by layering a lacy floral cut file over a slightly different shade of violet.


The second side had so many photos that I simply added a few labels and simple embellishments.


I had some great photos with my brother and sister-in-law to showcase on the next page–it was nice to have this next to the previous page as a little spread about the reception.  I included another filler card with more of the lacy purple cut file, a sunflower, and a piece of vintage doily.



The last side was the behind-the-scenes story of the weekend: my husband’s parents met us at the wedding hotel to help take care of our kids while we were busy with wedding-related things.  His sister also came so that she could meet B for the first time.

Since this was related to the wedding but not specifically about it, I adjusted the color scheme slightly: I focused on a lighter yellow using Project Life Baby Edition cards and used accents of dark purple from that lacy cut file to link everything together.




By cutting out some shapes from the Baby Edition cards, I was able to make more little journaling spots to tell the stories I wanted to include. I also cut out pieces of the cards to use as patterned paper.


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I’m going to jump out of chronological** order (both in the event date and the actual creating of these pages) to show the inserts I just made earlier this week to document our Game Weekend with friends.


In a discussion of using up stash in the Use-It-Or-Lose-It FB group, I mentioned that I was finally cutting into this older collection pack that I’d received in a giveaway.

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This one is not really my typical style– I usually prefer clearer colors and a less antique/distressed look (I really don’t like brown, unless it’s wood! :)).  So this was a bit of a challenge that I set myself: I want to actually USE what I have!  When I got to this set of photos, I realized that this collection pack could work, so I pulled it out.

The first insert is about the actual game weekend itself: Husband and I traveled to the Midwest to get together with friends–friends of his since childhood!–to spend the whole weekend diving deep into the game that we usually play once-per-week via Skype and an online gameboard.  It was a really great time!  (And it was the beginning of an annual tradition that we’ve continued!)



Since I wanted to really get into the papers and stickers in this collection pack, I tried to make quick decisions about what sheets I should cut into, and what stickers I could use.


I used some washi tape to set off my title from the group photo.


And I added black enamel dots to this insert to give some contrast and texture.  Paper and stickers are so flat together without some help!  On this 4×6 spot, I used a Jillibean Soup kraft tag for journaling and popped it up with some foam adhesive.

The second insert is about what was happening with the kids while Husband and I played games 🙂  Husband’s parents had a great time taking care of them at their house!  Since this insert is in my son’s 1st year album, I wanted to make sure to specifically highlight photos of him.


The second side of this insert is fairly simple: I wanted the posed photos to stand alone, and I used a card from the cut-apart sheet, simply embellished with a couple of white enamel dots.


I made sure to use more stickers to embellish on the front.  I didn’t know when I would ever use the peacock, so I decided to hide most of him behind the camera sticker, and he looks similar to some of the doily motifs elsewhere in the collection.


The text on the black label sticker had nothing to do with the topic of my layout (or any layout I plan to make, really…), so I decided to layer it behind one of the tag stickers.  It felt good to use stickers in this way– they aren’t getting wasted, and they are adding layers and interest to the page.


Finally, I made a coordinating 4″x6″ card to go in my “daily” slot for the album, and I used a few more bits from the collection pack: I layered a doily from my stash with the rest of that black label sticker onto some patterned paper, and added a piece of border sticker.  I topped it all off with the “you & me” pointer sticker from the sticker sheet–popped up on some foam.


I’m curious to see if I’ll use more of this collection pack now that I’ve “broken into” it.  I’m glad that I gave it a try, and now I’m more familiar with its contents for future projects.


**In general, I do NOT scrapbook chronologically.  However, it makes sense with the way my brain works that all of my scrapbooks are organized chronologically.


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Part of having a baby is having family come and visit!  I made a series of Design H inserts to document my family and my husband’s parents coming to visit after B was born.

First up is when my parents stayed with us, and my brother also came for a visit.


I used the Bella Blvd. “Cute Baby Boy” die cuts to embellish this layout, as well as print-and-cut navy labels for journaling.  I added tiny stars that I punched, and hearts that I cut with my Silhouette– some from extra Baby Edition journaling cards.


On the back, I continued the theme of blue and yellow– the blue cards on both sides are from the Jade Edition, and the yellows are from the Baby Edition.



In between the two grandparent-visit pages, I added an insert that has my baby boy in each of their arms.  On the reverse of the layout, I have a card upon which each grandma wrote a special note to him.  I included a shaker pocket in the middle– filled with sequins, glitter, and some hearts.  I stitched a few of the larger navy hearts in place deliberately, so that some of the shaker filling would get caught on them (so it’s not just all pooled at the bottom all the time).  I adhered the pocket closed, and I covered the adhesive with some washi tape.


My in-laws came and visited us, too.  For these pages, I continued with the yellows from the Baby kit, but I added in some light green to coordinate with the colors in the photos.



The green embellishments are a combination of a very old My Mind’s Eye sticker sheet, print-and-cut labels via my Silhouette, and some coordinating cardstock that I punched into tiny stars.  The kraft “Love” tag is from Jillibean Soup.









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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.


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.




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.




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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Back in May, I posted a pocket insert that I’d made for my son’s album.  Since then, I’ve actually done a lot more work in that album– in fact, except for some “background” pages (based on prompts from the Baby Edition of Project Life), the first half of the year is done!  This is good progress, considering I want to finish this whole project by the end of the year…

Most of the progress I made was early in the summer, but it’s only now that I’ve gotten around to photographing, editing, and sharing the pages.  I’m going to go in chronological order with the inserts as I share them on the blog over the next series of posts!

First up: the photos from when we were at the hospital for my son’s birth.  I started with a Design G pocket page to document labor and delivery.  I’ve used prompt cards from Project Life Baby Edition (the old version, a yellow colorway) as well as the Jade Edition.  (If you recall, these are the two main core kits I’ve used throughout the entire album).  I embellished with some doily pieces (from my Grandma’s craft stash) as well as a die cut pack from Bella Blvd (“Cute Baby Boy”).




I used some craft foam to lift up some of the embellishments, and even though I don’t normally do it, I used some brown ink to edge the die cuts.




I used more of the same materials on the back side of the page, and yes, I definitely brought the footprint card into the hospital and asked the nurse to stamp my little boy’s footprints on it!  (We had a great nurse…and a great doctor, too.)

I added another insert with a Design I page to include more photos from the hospital stay.  I used similar embellishments, but since I was going with more of a blue-and-white color scheme on this insert, I wanted more navy.  I hand-wrote “life” with a thick Sharpie, scanned it, and then turned it into a cut file using Trace in Silhouette Studio.  I also cut out quite a few hearts out of the same cardstock, and you’ll see more of them in upcoming pages!




I used print-and-cut navy labels to add journaling to my photos on this insert, as well. On the back, I wanted to add the word “yawn” to a funny photo of my baby’s cute yawn, but I was out of the letter “a” on my (Basic Grey Nordic Holiday) alpha sheet.  I simply cut around the negative space and used it anyway.  I think the hollowness adds to the effect of the word!


As you may imagine, we have a LOT of photos from this hospital stay.  I included more in other pocket inserts, but these were the most “embellished” of them, so I won’t share the others.  I also showcased enlargements of newborn portraits in 8.5″x11″ page protectors, and I included memorabilia from the hospital, as well.

Stay tuned for more inserts for B’s album!

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This is the fourth in a series of posts about a digital scrapbook I made of our 2018 Hersheypark trip.  You can see the first post HERE, the second post HERE, and the third post HERE.


There were some really great templates included in the Snapshots kit that I used for this book.  Just like when I use sketches for my physical scrapbook pages, I definitely made changes to the digital templates, but I was really thankful to have them.  The page below (about the Carrousel) uses a digital template from the kit.


Oh man, the Starships.  Who knew that I could be so terrified of a kiddie ride.


This next page, about the Hershey’s Syrup character, was also made from a template.  I changed this one by adding a second photo space and changing the aspect ratio and the size of the photos.  The shading that came with the template is phenomenal!


The last page of our photo book is always a photo of the kids with the statue of Mr. Hershey!  This year, our friends took one of our whole family with the statue, which I treasure.


The back cover of every Hersheypark photo book is a screenshot of that year’s park map.  I like to think that we’ll be able to see the evolution of the amusement park over the years, because I expect (and hope) that this tradition will continue for years to come!


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