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Another layout for my Disney album is finished!

I love these photos of my father-in-law with my son when they rode the teacups at Disney World in 2016. I love them because they show my son’s utter delight at being on a ride that he enjoyed, and I also love them because my father-in-law thought to take them and give them to me (the rest of our group was riding Mine Train–my son was too little to ride).

I had two 4×6 photos and two 2×2 photos because I just couldn’t narrow them down more than that, so after a bunch of playing around, I settled on a bit of a grid design.

This was the perfect layout to use all the teacup icons from Shimelle’s Sparkle City and Head in the Clouds collections. I don’t drink tea OR coffee (I know…we can have that conversation another time, haha!), so I didn’t know when I would use these cute pieces. But of course I got them all out for this one!

I used enamel dots as a “hidden” Mickey, of course, and I added wood veneer hearts over a few of the teacups like steam.

I loved the way this title came out with a mixture of alpha stickers and glitter Thickers.

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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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The momentum from my previous layout carried me right into this one!

I’ve been experimenting with a bit of mixed media and art journaling this summer– more on that in another post… As soon as I started playing around with these photos, I knew that this layout needed a smooshy watercolor background, a la Missy Whidden. I’ve been watching a lot of her process videos lately and am fascinated with her gorgeous layered watercolor backgrounds (and all the rest of her style, really!).

I don’t have any gesso (yet), so I used what I had on hand to coat the textured white cardstock background to prep it for watercolor: Mod Podge! I’m pretty sure this is NOT an actual substitute for gesso, but it worked out okay for this page. (Hopefully it doesn’t get yellowy with age!) I used the packaging technique to smoosh a few shades of blue watercolor onto the background. Most of it is actually covered by the big block of photos, but that is okay with me– I wanted to make sure to maintain the brightness of the page, and having too much blue showing would have made it too dark. It turned out pretty well, I think, for my very first time attempting this for a scrapbook page!

After the background dried, I layered on my photo block: I adhered all the photos grid-style onto a 6″ x 12″ strip of plain white cardstock to keep them all together, and backed the whole thing with foam.

As I considered what papers and embellishments to use, I remembered this very old (copyright year 2009!) Cosmo Cricket collection called “Snorkel”. I used most of my collection pack waaaaaay back in 2011 for a series of vacation layouts, but I’ve still held onto the leftovers and scraps because I loved them. The colors were absolutely perfect for this page! To back the torn cutout on the upper right of the page, I even cut into the cover sheet that shows samples of the patterns included in the collection pack!

I pulled out some alphas from my stash (there are some My Mind’s Eye- “So Sophie” and Glitz Design “Color Me Happy”) and some extra little word stickers to stick around the page (Echo Park “Splash” and October Afternoon “Farm Fresh”)…

This layout is really a celebration of all sorts of bits and pieces from the “past”! It was the perfect way to use these things I’ve saved and finally get them onto a page!

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It’s been a while since I’ve had the creativity to engage in a scrapbook project, so it was a delightful surprise to find myself making this one the other day.

I pulled out some photos that I’ve had on hand for a while– they are of my little girl when she was four years old and attending her very first dance camp.

I also pulled out this old (copyright year 2011!) Dear Lizzy Neopolitan scrapbook collection. I think I received it as a prize years ago, and I can’t tell you why I never used it– it’s so sweet!

I dove right in: I decided to cut into several of the patterned papers and challenge myself to use the chipboard pieces (a supply that I rarely have used!).

I even used a number of the epoxy brads… I think the epoxy has started to yellow, but I leaned into it and added a couple yellow-green enamel dots to finish it off.

The layout is straightforward, and it took almost no time at all, which was such a fun gift after such a long creative dry spell.

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These photos and this story are so special to me.  I can’t really explain why, but this particular trip to the aquarium that I took with my two littles in 2017 has stood out as one of the most treasured days I have with them.  It wasn’t our first trip, and it wasn’t our last, but there was something extra magical about this day.

I’ve had the photos printed for quite some time now, and I was waiting for just the right papers and just the right inspiration to come along, and thankfully it did!  I used Pinkfresh Studio’s “My Favorite Story” collection for this page, and I made this layout specifically for a couple of iNSD challenges: Scrapbook and Cards Today scraplift (this page is inspired by the layout by Nathalie DeSousa on page 47 of the Spring 2020 issue, who also issued the scraplift challenge! I didn’t realize that until I started writing this post!); the Pinkfresh Studio Challenge #4 to use a grid, and the Pinkfresh Studio Challenge #8 to use a cut file.


Here’s a view of each page separately:

a layout about my favorite trip to the aquarium with V & Ba layout about my favorite trip to the aquarium with V & B

When I started working on this layout, I was moving my photos around to determine an arrangement, and also trying to decide what papers I would use.  When I got out the Pinkfresh “My Favorite Story” papers, the multicolor stripe just leaped out at me as being absolutely perfect, and that was the starting point of the entire color scheme.  I had the pale blue textured cardstock in my stash from long, long ago, and everything just came together from there.


I had written journaling a few days after our day at the aquarium (even then I’d felt the magic of that day), and when I started working with it for this page, I realized that there was A LOT.  I decided to print it on a sheet of vellum so that the colorful stripes would still show, and the subtlety added to the etherial quality I was going for with this design.  When I was printing it, I intended for it to be black, but apparently my printer is running out of ink! It was a happy accident that it printed in a blue/teal color (I cannot explain why, but I’m glad!).

The sentiments on the embellishments in this collection were so perfect for the feelings I wanted to convey from the day, so I sprinkled them liberally throughout my grid of 2″x2″ photos on the right hand side.





I hadn’t expected to use florals on this layout, but they ended up being the perfect addition to the empty spaces between the photos in my grid.  I also decided to use some delicate leaf die cuts to embellish the large featured photo, and I brought them onto the right hand page for balance.



The title was the hardest part for me, and it was actually the very last thing that I added to the page, once I figured out what it would be.


I am so very pleased with how this layout turned out!  It is one of my all-time favorite memories, and I’m so glad that I could capture it with the perfect papers and embellishments.


patterned paper: Pinkfresh Studio “My Favorite Story” Looking for Sunshine and Best Chapter
cardstock: Bazzill Starmist and American Crafts textured white
alphas: Pinkfresh Studio “My Favorite Story” puffy alpha stickers, GeoDesign stick on letters
embellishments: Pinkfresh Studio “My Favorite Story” ephemera, chipboard flair, floral ephemera
cut file: Pinkfresh Studio “Botanical Branch Trio” (from Facebook page)
tools: Silhouette Cameo 3, Nicapa cutting mat, Scotch ATG
other: vellum, craft foam
journaling font: Garamond italic



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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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This weekend is (inter)National Scrapbooking Day (weekend?!) and I wanted to participate in some of the challenges that are all over the scrapbooking sites right now!  First, though, I needed a bit of a warmup, and so I made this page, which is for the second lesson in the free class “Timeless Layout Techniques” by Shimelle at scrapbook.com.

It started out with different photos and different papers (this is exactly why I needed a warmup… I was having some creativity problems this weekend), and it eventually turned into this:


I pulled out so many old supplies for this one from ancient kits to hand-me-down papers, and truly ancient patterned brads.  I think the newest things on here (besides the adhesive) are the washi tape and the print-and-cut label with the date!


I used four different alphas for the title and had to play with those foam letters to get the ones I needed!


In the end, I like how it came out, and I was pleased to layer so many papers from different sources that look like they were meant to be together!


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