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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.

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Here’s a view of each page separately:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Supplies:
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.

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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.

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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 😉

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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.

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Of course as usual, there are wood veneer and enamel dots…and a hidden Mickey!

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Supplies:
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:

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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!

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

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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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What a week it’s been!  Virtual distance learning has officially started this week for my kiddos, and I’m spending a LOT of time working through that with them, but somehow I managed to put this page together in a few spare moments.

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Part of the reason it was so easy to put this one together was because it was for lesson number one of Shimelle’s free class, “Timeless Layout Techniques” at scrapbook.com.  I watched the lesson with my kids at the beginning of last week (more on that later in the post), and I have been mulling over how I’d put together my layout ever since.

One evening, I only had a few minutes to myself, and I pulled out some photos I printed a while ago, and I selected single photos that would work for this design.

In another moment, I got out a few collection kits and kit club kits that I have stashed away…

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…and in another moment, I matched up a photo with a kit of supplies…

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And with the design already determined by the class lesson, it really went together very quickly after that.

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Supplies:
patterned paper: BasicGrey “Highline”
alphas: Echo Park “Head Over Heels,” BasicGrey “Highline,” and some ancient foam American Crafts Thickers
stickers: BasicGrey “Highline,” Bella Blvd Little Bits
washi tape: Bella Blvd “Illustrated Faith,” Michaels
other embellishments: Heidi Swapp Gold ColorShine, Colorbok Metal Dots, tissue paper

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Remember how I said that I had my kids watch the lesson, too?  Well, I thought this time at home might be a good opportunity to introduce them to design principles, especially as applied to scrapbook layouts.  They each have an 8″x8″ album in which to put scrapbook pages they make themselves, and when I submit photo orders, I’ll ask them what photos they’d like to have printed for their own albums.  I’m glad we had some on hand so that they could get going on this project!

With my five year old, I was a bit more hands-on, and he and I chose papers and embellishments together, I did some of the cutting, and I helped him compose his journaling.

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My eight year old is a more “experienced” scrapbooker, so I let her design her page entirely on her own using her stash of scrapbook supplies.  (In fact, making this page got her so excited about scrapbooking that she went on to make two more layouts after she finished this one!)

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It was really fun to work on this lesson together, and I’m hoping that we can do the next one, too!

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This page is on the back of the righthand side of the spread I just shared in my previous post!  Crafty Jen Schow’s sixth Stashbusting Month challenge is to “fill in the blanks” in an album.  For the most part, I prefer to make “traditional” (non-pocket) layouts, so this challenge was a welcome motivation to keep working on the pocket pages in my Disney 2016 album.

We got some lovely photos of my daughter and Princess Aurora in the France Pavilion of the Epcot World Showcase, and so this layout is meant to really feature them.

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When I was planning out my prints for this page, I decided to make the more “full-length” shot of the two of them really large: I created a 6″x8″ canvas for my photo in Photoshop Elements and subdivided it into two 4″x6″ to add to my print order.  When I received my prints, I cut the lower 4″x6″ in half so that the pockets collage together to make the whole.

The rest of the layout was pretty straightforward.  I wanted to add in some of Shimelle’s “Head in the Clouds” collection with the “Starshine”, and this layout even includes colorful starry paper from “Glitter Girl!”  I thought it would be fun to reference Sleeping Beauty with a quote about a dreamer…

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The rose-gold alphas from the “Head in the Clouds” project pad were a perfect compliment to all the pink…

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And this castle card from a cut-apart sheet was exactly what I needed to fill in the last pocket (isn’t that rose-gold foiling so pretty??).

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P.S. I’m so excited that I was able to complete all six of Crafty Jen Schow’s Stashbusting Month challenges!!  What a great series…

Supplies:
patterned paper: Shimelle “Starshine” 6″x6″ paper pad, 12″x12″ paper pad (detail-cut rose from Mercury floral paper, journaling block from Astro cut-apart paper), “Glitter Girl” Treat Yourself, “Head in the Clouds” project pad
embellishments: Shimelle “Starshine” chipboard stickers, ephemera, Project Life Baby Edition journaling card
alphas: Shimelle “Head in the Clouds” project pad stickers, Shimelle #stickerbook

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This next spread that I completed for my Disney 2016 album is the beginning of our afternoon in Epcot’s World Showcase.

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When we entered that section of the park, I took a series of photographs that I later stitched together in Lightroom to create a panorama view of the different country pavilions around the lake.  I printed it as four 4×6 photos and cut them each in half so that the panorama spans the spread.  I really like the effect!!

Here are individual photos of the left and right pages (by the way, the left page is an upside-down design F pocket page:

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I used the map print paper from Shimelle’s Starshine to create a large title block at the top left of the spread.  I trimmed the border from the paper and reassembled it around the 4″x12″ piece to frame it.  For the title, I hand-lettered the word “world” and cut it out.  I’m still not convinced that I love it (originally I had intended to scan it and make it into a cut file…), but I do like how it picks up the navy blue lettering in the large circular chipboard sticker, and the white helps it to stand out from the aqua behind it.

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Thanks to Crafty Jen Schow’s fifth Stashbusting Month challenge, I had some “rails” to put this layout together. The challenge was “Scrapbook Bingo”, and I chose to use the fourth row of the grid:

  • use 3+ patterned papers: I used 6 different papers from my Shimelle Starshine pad  (some are cut-aparts)
  • use scraps: I cut into only one whole sheet of paper for this one–the map print for the title block.  All the other bits and pieces are cut (banners, backgrounds, photo mats) or fussy-cut (flowers, camera, stamped camera) from scraps.
  • use something I’ve been hoarding: the chipboard stickers from Shimelle’s “Starshine” have definitely been hoarded! I will admit I was stingy in using them even on this page, since I only used two…  but I have so much album still to make!  I will also say that some of the patterned papers also fall into that “hoarded” category, especially the floral from Starshine.
  • use journal cards: I used two 4″x6″ journal cards from old Project Life core kits (Clementine and Jade) to hold the longer stories on this spread, and on the bottom left, I used a patterned journal card from Clementine behind a photo.
  • use sequins: I sprinkled some gold sequins around where I would have otherwise used enamel dots

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Supplies:
patterned paper: Shimelle “Starshine” : Mercury, Hubble, Orion, Galileo, Pioneer, Pathfinder
journaling cards: Project Life “Jade” and “Clementine” core kits
embellishments: Shimelle “Starshine” chipboard stickers, Shimelle “Head in the Clouds” stamps, one little flower sticker from Echo Park “Beautiful Life” 12×12 sticker sheet, sequins
alphas: American Crafts Thickers “Happy” gold glitter

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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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