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This post originally appeared on the Disney Creative Co. blog on September 6, 2022.

For this month’s Technique Tuesday, I’ve created a layout with misting!

I actually don’t own a lot of mists, and I haven’t done a lot of misting, other than occasional splattering droplets here and there, so before I even started my layout or decided what story I was going to tell, I got out my art journal and just played a bit with the mists I have. As I played and saw the textures that I was getting, an idea started forming for the layout I could make.

I loved the way the gold and pewter mists looked together, and the neutral palette reminded me of these photos of my not-even-two-year-old son enjoying the slide in the Boneyard playground in Animal Kingdom. I decided to play with the texture and color scheme to give the impression of sand or dust like you might find at an archeological or paleontological site.

Because I knew this layout would feature misting, I actually created my paper layers without attaching them to the background. Once I knew about where everything would end up on my page, I used a pencil to mark where the corners would be and lifted off the cluster of photos, papers, and embellishments to do my misting.

My big tip for this post would be to create your background separately– and I got to experience exactly why as I made this layout. I created a background that I liked, started to adhere my photo cluster, and then decided I should add more misting. I masked off my photos, etc., and then when I spritzed, it went everywhere I didn’t want it to go! The background just ended up looking blobby in all the wrong places. Ack! But although I was annoyed, it was easy to lift off the photo cluster and start over. In the meantime, I had another idea to add to my misting layers!

First, I lightly spritzed my gold and pewter mists in an approximate diagonal from top left to bottom right. Then, using a scrap of cardstock cut with the Mouse Background die, I did a heavier mist of pewter through the mouse-shaped openings for a subtle pattern. I finished off the background with some bolder gold splatters. In the photo below, you can see what my background paper looked like, and if you look closely, you might be able to spot my pencil markings for the corners of my paper layers!

Once I’d (re!)made my background, I was ready to add my layers and photos on top of it. I made a vertical strip with my photos and tucked a journaling card behind it. I used a sticker for a simple title, and layered embellishments around it, including a Tree of Life cut from plain white cardstock. I liked the laciness it added, softening the rectangles elsewhere on the layout. Under the tree, I added a strip of animal print washi to give a bit of a grounding line.

I continued the line of washi to peek out from the left side of my photo strip, and I built another tiny embellishment cluster there, including a wood veneer Mickey.

To balance the weight of the photo+journaling layers, I tore an uneven strip of patterned paper and added it to the top left corner of my layout. I added a tiny cluster here, too! In the photo below, you can also see a closeup of the Mickey pattern made by misting through the Mouse Background die cut.

It was an adventure for me to use this misting technique, and I hope that it will inspire you to give it a try as well!

Scraps & Ink CraftsMouse Background cutting die, Tree of Life cutting die, Wooden PiecesWashi (Animal Kingdom 1)
patterned paper: Shimelle Starshine “Hubble;” Pink Paislee Pen Pals 12×12 paper pad
cardstock: American Crafts white textured
title sticker: Echo Park Beautiful Life cardstock stickers
mists: Heidi Swapp Color Shine gold, Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz pewter

enamel stars: Shimelle Field Trip enamel stickers
wood veneer: Elle’s Studio Magical Memories Wood Veneer Confetti

other: Project Life Baby Edition journaling card, date stamp, Scotch ATG adhesive, PPA Matte adhesive, Spectrum Noir ArtLiner .005, craft foam

Note: I was provided products from Scraps & Ink Crafts at no cost as a member of the Disney Creative Co. design team.

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I had two 6″x12″ pocket layouts left to finish up the February section of my 2019 everyday life album. For some reason, I was really putting these off, and they were just taking up space on a side table in my craft studio! So when I felt a glimmer of motivation to work on them the other day, I jumped right in!

It’s been a while since I started the February section, but when I did, I put together a stash kit of items I wanted to use up, and I continued with the dregs of that kit for these two inserts. The remaining pieces of the kit had been sliding around my table with these unfinished inserts. Because there were so few large scraps left, I worked on both inserts side by side (even though they aren’t next to each other in the album) to make sure I used those paper pieces efficiently and had enough to fill the remaining pockets!

Because the idea was to use my stash kit up, I used the stickers generously, adding some foam behind some of them to add some extra dimension.

The letter sticker sheet still has tons of letters on it (it will go back into my alpha storage after this), so I made titles in a couple of places with them.

I wanted to incorporate ephemera from the game in the game night insert, and this had been stumping me. I ended up deciding to add the code wheel piece on the outside of the page protector. Not only does it add texture, but you can still spin the layers!

I’d also saved the final stats page of the game booklet, so I added a tab so that it can be pulled out from behind the top photo.

I was pleased to find a spot for the very last of this “ancient” pack of brad embellishments from Making Memories!

In the end, I think I did a pretty good job using up my stash kit! Here are the leftovers:

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Probably my favorite attraction of our entire 2016 trip was the Kilimanjaro Safari in Animal Kingdom. And probably my favorite part of the safari was getting to see the zebras up close!! **

I created this layout with the August 2022 sketch from Disney Creative Co., swapping one of the photos for a patterned paper block+journaling tag.

The film strip cutting die is one of my absolute favorites from the Scraps & Ink Crafts store, and here I used it to cut black and white pieces to use as both vertical and horizontal pieces. I didn’t want to go too crazy with the black-and-white color scheme, but I definitely still wanted to give a nod to the iconic zebra colors!

I loved adding the border of leaves cut with my Cameo! All of these pieces were actually cut long ago for other projects (one of them from 2010!); whenever I cut versatile shapes like leaves, I keep my extra bits and pieces in a few small boxes with my embellishment collection. I have little clusters of leaves on several other Animal Kingdom pages in this section of my albums, so it was a great opportunity to add continuity, even though this layout can stand on its own.

The horizontal film strips underline the title, and I added a feature embellishment cluster of two mouse pieces from Scraps & Ink– a zebra-printed acrylic and a wooden Minnie. Of course, I added some more leafy pieces underneath (once I start making botanical clusters, it’s hard to stop!).

Scraps & Ink CraftsFilm Strip cutting dieWooden PiecesAcrylic Embellishment

patterned paper: Shimelle Starshine “Hubble;” Shimelle Never Grow Up “Past Bedtime,” “Make a Wish;” various scraps
wood veneer: Studio Calico cameras
enamel dots: The Paper Studio
alphas: American Crafts Thickers/Amy Tangerine Hello
cut files: Kerri Bradford Studio Tropical Leaves #0512, Silhouette Leaf #1033, #1034, and #1035
other: small shipping tag, white cardstock, Spectrum Noir Artliner 0.05, date stamp, craft foam, Scotch ATG

Note: I was provided products from Scraps & Ink Crafts at no cost as a member of the Disney Creative Co. design team.

** Zebra have been a favorite animal of mine ever since I did a research project about them in elementary school. I even interviewed a zoo keeper over the phone! Here’s 9-year-old me preparing pictures for my slide show(!!) report.

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The Disney Creative Co. August color palette has a fun tropical flavor! I decided that it was the perfect time to complete the pocket page that precedes my Pangani Trail pages in my 2016 Disney album.

The pockets in the left column tell small stories about what we did first after arriving in Animal Kingdom– the amazing Festival of the Lion King show!

This is where I pulled in the yellows and reds from the color palette using the detail cut camera and a facet Mickey pieces, as well as some tiny phrase stickers.

I used the geometric print down the center column as a transition into the introduction to the Pangani Trail photos. That pattern had all the colors of the palette in it!

Since this page faces the first side of the Pangani animal photos pocket pages, I made some similar embellishment clusters using a film strip die cut, leaves cut with my Cameo, and a wooden Minnie piece so that it all ties together!

Scraps & Ink CraftsFilm Strip cutting dieFacets, Wooden PiecesWashi (Animal Kingdom IAnimal Kingdom 2)
patterned paper: Shimelle Field Trip “Signs of Life,”
“Seek Knowledge;” Shimelle Never Grow Up “Live Outdoors,” “Make a Wish;” Shimelle Starshine “Pathfinder;” Echo Park Beautiful Life “Borders;” various scraps from stash
cardstock: The Paper Studio white smooth, various scraps from stash
alphas: Echo Park Beautiful Life alpha stickers
stickers: Shimelle #stickerbook, Starshine cardstock stickers, Sparkle City sticker folder

cut files: Kerri Bradford Studio Tropical Leaves #0512, Silhouette Leaf #1033, #1034, and #1035
other: labels via Silhouette Studio print-and-cut with Cameo 3; journaling font = Georgia, Scotch ATG adhesive, PPA Matte adhesive, Spectrum Noir ArtLiner .005, craft foam

Note: I was provided products from Scraps & Ink Crafts at no cost as a member of the Disney Creative Co. design team.

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My husband typically has every-other Friday off from work, and when both of our children started attending school in fall 2019, we were excited to have “Date Fridays” together, just the two of us! We made a list of ideas from mundane to wild… and even though there were a lot of Fridays that didn’t work out the way we hoped, we made the most of the ones we had.

This layout is in the style of a “seasonal summary” a la Simple Scrapper, and I wanted to fit six different dates onto a two-page spread. It’s been a while since I made a two-pager, and I was feeling a bit intimidated by the design. I decided to use a trick I’ve found helpful recently, and I started by working out my design in Silhouette Studio.

I chose the photos that I wanted to represent each of the dates, and I decided that the selfie would be the largest photo in each cluster. In order to fit everything onto this spread, that meant the selfies were 3″x4″ and the supporting photos were either 2″x3″ or 2″ square.

I printed these photos at home, which isn’t my preferred method because the color is never quite right. I made it work for this project, though. Once I had everything printed, I used my digital draft to arrange the photos and then started building my clusters.
I had originally thought I would use patterned paper, but in the end, I used paper doilies to back each grouping.

I added die cut embellishments from a single pack, tucking them behind or layering them on top of the photos. I made sure to have a small spot for the date as well as a little bit of journaling for each Friday.

I considered adding an additional journaling spot to explain the Date Friday concept even more, but instead, I decided on an extra-long subtitle made from tiny letter tiles– I think it does the job!

As a final touch, I added two little cloud die cuts in an empty spot on the right side, as well as white paint splatters under each cluster. I like how subtle they are on the warm neutral background.

I am so pleased with how this layout came about. I went from feeling like I was going down the wrong track to ending up with one of my recent favorite projects!

left side
right side

cardstock: Craftsmith neutrals paper pad
die cuts: Creative Memories “Happy Album” embellishments
alphas: Close to my Heart white alphabet foam stickers, American Crafts Thickers “Daiquiri” white, Webster’s Pages These are the Days “Little Letter Stickers”
other: doilies, labels via Silhouette Studio print-and-cut with Cameo 3, Scotch ATG adhesive, PPA Matte adhesive, Spectrum Noir ArtLiner .005, craft foam

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I’ve just got to start off this post by admitting how tickled I am by this title.

My layout showcases this month’s Disney Creative Co. cut file, which continues the “Christmas in July” theme. As I’ve mentioned before, we’d never been to the Disney parks during Christmas before this trip in 2020! As you can see, I’m using similar supplies so that my layouts have a bit of a thread of cohesiveness when I put them in the album together.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the design three times and then carefully glued the layers together. I like the sturdiness and dimension that comes from the stack.

I pre-designed the layout in the Silhouette Studio software so that I knew how the digital cut file would fit with my photos: a series that shows each of the special holiday projections on the Tower.

With the main arrangement done in the software, all that was left was to embellish!

I originally thought that I was going to make a mixed-media background, but it wasn’t looking like I’d hoped, and then I tried patterned paper, but it was too busy. Finally, I settled on just plain white textured cardstock for the background, but I added some softness by cutting some snowflakes from smooth white cardstock and sprinkling them around the layout. I love the tone-on-tone look!

In addition to a gold glitter center to the “H,” I used one of the flat plastic pieces to call extra attention to the “Ho” in “Hollywood,” and then I added a gold-colored facet to hide a spot where my background paper didn’t quite meet!

But it was also the perfect way to pull the gold through the diagonal of the page down to my journaling, which I wrote onto layered print-and-cut labels.

Scraps & Ink CraftsSnowflake Set 1 cutting die
; Facets (classic); Classic Christmas printed acrylic pieces
Disney Creative Co. cut file
patterned paper: Simple Stories Say Cheese Christmas “3×4 Elements” (B-side); Crate Paper Peppermint “Gingerbread;” Close to My Heart “Comfort & Joy”
cardstock: American Crafts white textured; The Paper Studio white smooth; Shimelle Head in the Clouds project pad gold glitter
alphas: American Crafts Thickers “Fitzgerald” (gold)

stamps: Elle’s Studio Mini Dated
other: Silhouette Cameo 3 (cut file, print-and-cut labels), Scotch ATG adhesive, PPA Matte adhesive, Spectrum Noir ArtLiner .005

Note: I was provided products from Scraps & Ink Crafts at no cost as a member of the Disney Creative Co. design team.

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One of the unexpected surprises of our 2020 trip to Disney World was how much we enjoyed the Christmas decorations! We never thought we would see the parks in their Christmas overlays (we typically avoid the most crowded times**!), and so when our trip was rescheduled for November, we didn’t know what it would be like. It turned out that we loved them!

For the next week of the Disney Creative Co “Christmas in July” celebration, there’s a sketch! It was a great way to show two of the photos from the very first park day of our trip — photos that I took on purpose as I soaked in the Christmas prettiness. I liked the circles at the bottom to add bits and pieces that make me think of Christmas decorations.

I alternated circles cut from smooth white cardstock (lifted on craft foam) and stitched Mickeys, and I added my embellishments to the circle spots. It was a fun opportunity to combine new products from Scraps and Ink Crafts with some pieces I’ve had in my stash for years and years!

I added my journaling to a print-and-cut label in the bottom right corner, and since it was on a circle spot, I added a bit of washi and one of the adorable acrylic Christmas pieces.

I tied it together with another label layered with washi at the top, and the final touch was my title.

**P.S. Because November 2020 was soon after the parks reopened, and we visited the week before Thanksgiving week, we experienced unusually low crowds, which was another delightful bonus on this trip!

Scraps & Ink CraftsMouse Circles cutting dieStitched Mouse cutting die; Facets (classic); Bits and Pieces Padded Appliques (Jewel), mini Christmas bits; Washi (Christmas)
patterned paper: Simple Stories Say Cheese Christmas “3×4 Elements” (B-side); Crate Paper Peppermint “Gingerbread;” additional scraps from stash
cardstock: American crafts white textured; The Paper Studio white smooth
alphas: American Crafts Thickers “Goodness” (chipboard, Amy Tangerine)
embellishments: Making Memories woven labels, My Mind’s Eye I Believe decorative brads,
other: Silhouette Cameo 3 (print-and-cut labels), machine stitching, craft foam, Scotch ATG adhesive, PPA Matte adhesive, Spectrum Noir ArtLiner .005

Note: I was provided products from Scraps & Ink Crafts at no cost as a member of the Disney Creative Co. design team.

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The theme for all the July 2022 Disney Creative Co design team challenges is “Christmas in July,” and we’re starting off with a color palette challenge!

The layout I created will go into my 2020 Disney album, because our trip in November 2020 was the first time we ever experienced the holiday overlay at Disney parks. I haven’t made very many layouts for this album yet, so I’m still figuring out the overarching themes that will carry through all the pages. However, I’ve used a lot of white cardstock in the layouts I’ve made so far, and I continued that theme with this layout.

I based the design of the layout on the beautiful sketch #626 from the Simple Scrapper sketch library.  I loved this sketch so much; I could NOT get it out of my head once I laid eyes on it!!  I modified it to fit my two horizontal 4×6 photos and told the story of sitting together on the Hub lawn to watch the castle projections on the very last night of our trip.

I tried out all sorts of titles and finally settled on “Together,” because this tiny moment was one of the absolute highlights of this trip. It was our first big family vacation with just the four of us, and this quiet time together was magical and the perfect way to end our trip.

Since the photos are nighttime photos and therefore very dark, I kept all my embellishments bright and used even more white. I die-cut Mickey circles out of smooth white cardstock and vellum to layer behind my bits and pieces– Mickey snowflakes die-cut from more smooth white cardstock, adorable mini acrylic Christmas Mickeys, some detail-cut poinsettias from my patterned paper, and gold glitter enamel dots.

Scraps & Ink CraftsMouse Circles cutting dieSnowflake Set 1 cutting die
; mini acrylic Christmas pieces
patterned paper: Simple Stories Say Cheese Christmas “3×4 Elements” (both sides); Close to My Heart “Comfort & Joy;” additional scraps from stash
cardstock: American Crafts white textured; The Paper Studio white smooth

vellum: The Paper Studio
alphas: American Crafts Thickers “Fitzgerald” (gold)
enamel dots: The Paper Studio
other: machine stitching, craft foam, foam squares, Scotch ATG adhesive, PPA Matte adhesive, Spectrum Noir ArtLiner .005

Note: I was provided products from Scraps & Ink Crafts at no cost as a member of the Disney Creative Co. design team.

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As a family of Star Wars fans, it is unsurprising that we have lightsabers in the house. From time to time, they appear in mock battles, and this little page tells the story of one of them. Just before bedtime one night, my son challenged my husband to a lightsaber duel, and my husband took it up a notch and put on some dramatic Star Wars soundtrack music to accompany their battle. It was the perfect story to tell with this month’s cut file from Disney Creative Co.!

This is an 8×8 layout; my son has a little album that’s all his own, filled with pages he’s made on his own, pages we’ve made together, and a few that I’ve made for him.

I backed the cut file with some matte metallic silver paper and a bit of green patterned paper. I cut the lightsaber out of shiny metallic blue paper (and my husband confirmed later that it was the right color for that lightsaber hilt! haha)

I added journaling on a 3″x4″ card that overlaps a grey block to anchor the photo+title+journaling cluster. I layered washi in a visual triangle.

The photos about 2″x2″ square, which is great for these low-light action shots. I arranged them in a stack with a film strip die cut behind them as a nod to the movie.

As a finishing touch, I took a strip of the shiny textured silver washi and stuck it on scrap white cardstock so that I could punch stars to sprinkle across the layout.

Scraps & Ink Crafts: “Jedi in Training” cut file by Vicki Von Richter, Film Strip cutting die, washi tape set (Star Wars)
cardstock: American Crafts textured black
patterned paper: Shimelle “Starshine” Hubble, grey geometric from stash
journal card: Project Life Jade edition
star punch

Note: I was provided products from Scraps & Ink Crafts at no cost as a member of the Disney Creative Co. design team.

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The sketch for this week’s challenge at Disney Creative Co. was the perfect opportunity to document one of my #epicdressproject Disneybound dresses. For our trip to Walt Disney World in November 2020, I sewed six vintage-inspired outfits to wear– one for each day we spent in the parks.

This dress is my Minnie Mouse ‘bound, and I wore it on the second day that we were in Hollywood Studios. I loved feeling vintage-glamorous walking down the streets decorated with retro Christmas! I decided to go with a classic red-white-and-black color scheme with some touches of gold. I actually followed the sketch pretty closely this time! I simply switched the three photo spots for two 4×6 and slightly shifted the location of my title and journaling.

For pages like this that depend heavily on cut files, I actually do a lot of pre-designing in Silhouette Studio to make sure I get the proportions right. On this layout, I combined two cut files from the Disney Creative Co. cut file gallery: I used the “Mickey Sketched Head” file as-is, but I used the knife tool to cut just the bow from the “Mickey Minnie Interlock” design and sized it to fit the mouse head. I cut each three times from white textured cardstock and layered them for dimension. I released the compound path for the bow and cut just the outer edge from vellum and layered it between the bottom two outline layers so that it would have a subtle emphasis.

On my white background, I used a stencil and metallic gel to add stars, then combined two sheets from a 6×6 paper pad to make the red bottom half. I added a black border and decided to machine stitch around the edge of my white and red layers as a little nod to the fact that I sewed this dress myself!

The black horizontal banner piece was a natural spot for my title.

I wrote my journaling on thin strips of white textured cardstock and glued them in place across the cut file so that they have a tiny bit of dimension.

Scraps & Ink CraftsMouse Head FacetsFlexible Flatbacks
patterned paper: Fancy Pants Happy Place 6×6 paper pad, scrap from stash
cardstock: American Crafts (white and black textured)
alphas: Amercian Crafts Thickers (Fitzgerald gold)
stencil: Paige Evans Design “Star Confetti”
cut files: Disney Creative Co. “Mickey Sketched Head,” bow from “Mickey Minnie Interlock
Therm-o-Web Decofoil Metallix Gel “Champagne Mist”
other: Heidi Swapp Color Shine gold, vellum, Silhouette Cameo 3, machine stitching, Scotch ATG adhesive, PPA Matte adhesive, Spectrum Noir ArtLiner .005

Note: I was provided products from Scraps & Ink Crafts at no cost as a member of the Disney Creative Co. design team.

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