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I think this is the last page for my 2009 scrapbook album!

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When I was thinking about how I would arrange this layout, I had originally chosen a different layout to use as inspiration.  However, when I opened my album and looked at the pages around where this one would go, I discovered that one of the layouts just a page or two later had such a similar sketch that I thought it would be awkward.  I went to my Scrap Pinterest board and scrolled through, looking for something that would use my landscape 4×6 and 3×4 photos.  When I came across this one by Stephanie Buice for Crate Paper, I knew it was just right!  I trimmed my 4×6 to a 4×4 and it was perfect.

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I’d say that I followed the inspiration layout pretty closely.  I pulled out my (dwindling supply of) Christmas papers and started layering scraps under the photos until I was happy with how they looked.  (I sort of coordinated the colors with the rest of the layouts in the Christmas 2009 series, and especially the layout on the facing page of the album.)  I pulled coordinating embellishments from my (dwindling supply of) Christmas embellishments and tucked them here and there around the photos.

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The title is cut with my Silhouette SD– the very same one I’m holding in that photo!  It’s seven years old this year, and I have gotten SO much use out of it.  It is a fantastic little machine.  I used the font “the Nightly Poem” from the Hungry JPEG, and I stretched it a little bit to make the word have a more horizontal feel (the font itself has a very vertical aesthetic, I think).

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I even imitated the machine stitched frame around the focal photo+paper+embellishment block, but also added some hand-written journaling under it.  I didn’t add ink splatters (I forgot, plus I didn’t have an appropriate color), and the background was looking bare to me.  I added a simple strip of patterned paper to the left edge and two rows of stitching, and suddenly the layout looked bound and finished.

Supplies:
textured creamy white cardstock
patterned papers: BasicGrey “Nordic Holiday” and Crate Paper “Peppermint”
embellishments: BasicGrey “Nordic Holiday,” Lily Bee “Christmas Town,” as well as miscellaneous other sources
alphabet stickers: October Afternoon Mini Market

 

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Who would have thought that I would go on a Christmas layout kick at the end of September?!  Certainly not me, especially since Christmas layouts are usually what I dread most!

And so, this fourth (and unfortunately final– Friday was filled with non-crafty tasks that really needed to be done during nap time, and even spilled out into other parts of the day!) layout from my scrapbook-every-(week)day challenge to myself in the last week of September is also a Christmas layout.

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I started out using a layout I admired for inspiration, but in the end, the only evidence that remained was the block of patterned paper in the top half of the layout!  Ha!  The amount of shifting and maneuvering of photos and patterned papers was ridiculous for such a simple result, but I must say, I really, really like this layout.

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I had no clever ideas for a title, so I relied upon a cardstock sticker from the Crate Paper “Peppermint” collection kit– it was quite large, much larger than I would normally use for a sticker on my pages.  I used some lime green striped washi behind it (it looks yellow in the photo above, but it really is green) to tie the brighter yellow-green into the more leafy green of the main block of patterned paper.

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I embellished my otherwise simple layout with leafy sprays and pine branches die cut with my Silhouette.

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At the bottom of the page, I made another little embellishment cluster around the gift tag I wanted to showcase– the journaling on the page tells the story of this funny label that says “Dad wanted no part of this”– my mom had picked out a black, white, and hot-pink-patterned purse for me, and my dad didn’t want any of the credit, haha!

You may also notice that I included some doilies to embellish this page– they are not from my (in)famous box of 1000!  I recently acquired my Grandma’s paper doily stash– it seems as though my infinity for paper lace is hereditary 🙂

Supplies:
patterned paper: Crate Paper “Peppermint”, BasicGrey “Nordic Holiday”
creamy white cardstock
embellishments: Crate Paper “Peppermint” cardstock stickers; BasicGrey “Nordic Holiday” cardstock stickers; washi tape from Bella Blvd and the Paper Studio; the Paper Studio enamel dots; paper doilies
Silhouette SD: Silhouette Design Store “sled and sprig” #52368 and leaf_1033
other: Scotch ATG, craft foam, Project Life 0.3 black journaling pen

 

 

 

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This layout is the third in the scrapbook-a-layout-each-(week)day challenge I gave myself for the last week of September.  I have to say, having the deadline of “finish this today!” really helped me to just make some decisions that otherwise might have stalled me.

I already had the photos printed for this layout (another one from before my daughter was born), and my only notes for them was a title: “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.”  There really wasn’t a lot to say about them, since they really are just about our Christmas decor that year.  I have a “before” and “after” photo of the living room of our condo, as well as three detail shots of our Nativities.

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In some senses, one might say that the set of photos wasn’t worth scrapbooking, because there isn’t much of a story.  However, I’d begun to forget what our condo looked like at Christmas– it was two homes ago now!  In fact, when Husband looked at this layout, he confessed that when he looked at the photos, his first reaction was, “where was that again?”  Haha!  I’m glad to have this little snippet of our grad-student lives documented.

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After a ton of hemming-and-hawwing (almost as much as can be fit into a naptime when your goal is to actually *finish* a layout that day!) I came up with this banner-under-the-main-photos configuration.  I’ve already forgotten if there was anything to inspire it!  I pulled out bits and pieces from my dwindling Christmas supply to embellish the banner.

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The word “Christmas” is cut with my Silhouette using the “Bruselo Script” font from The Hungry JPEG (Crafter’s Bundle).  Again, I used the layering trick, cutting two more layers from kraft cardstock and gluding them together to give dimensionality to the main title word.

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Last but not least, I added a teeny cluster at the top of the page, and then it finally looked finished to me!

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Supplies:
patterned paper: Echo Park “Times & Seasons 2” Numbers; Lily Bee “Christmas Town” Sleigh Ride; Lily Bee “Audrey”  (don’t know the name!)
kraft cardstock, creamy white textured cardstock
alphas: Glitz Designs “Uncharted Waters” aqua stripe teeny alphas
embellishments: Lily Bee “Christmas Town” cardstock stickers; Making Memories fabric labels; Making Memories ribbon; Lily Bee “Christmas Town” rubons; crochet thread; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Silhouette SD: Bruselo Script with slight offset; tiny tag of my own design; print-and-cut labels modified from a Silhouette store design
other: tiny heart punch; Glossy Accents; Project Life 0.3 black journaling pen; Scotch ATG, Therm-O-Web foam adhesive

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I mentioned in my goals recap that I’d challenged myself to scrapbook every (week)day of the last week of September.  I started with my Wookie layout, and even though I considered doing more Disney layout, my recent tidying/reorganization of my stuff-to-scrapbook had brought the events of Christmas 2009 back to mind.

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Long ago, before my daughter (who is almost 5!) was born, I had written journaling and printed photos for my (much easier to manage at that time) list of stuff-to-scrapbook.  This page was among that stuff, and I’d even chosen an inspiration layout!

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This layout is one that I’ve always loved, and it was among one of my first “Scrap” pins on Pinterest, which also sadly means that the original creator of the page is lost to me– I pinned this layout from the departed Two Peas in a Bucket before I was more assiduous about detailing the artist’s name in my Pinterest caption.

I followed the “sketch” of the original layout very closely to make mine. I got out my scrapbook album to see what layouts would be around this one to inspire the color scheme, and saw THIS one and THIS one, both of which were made from the same kit.  I didn’t want to pull that kit out, but instead I turned to my Christmas papers (which are running low after completing my December Daily for 2015!). The colors of the Crate Paper “Peppermint” collection were perfect.

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Inspired by the teeny-tiny snowflake circles from the “Peppermint” collection kit die cut sheet (which I popped up on foam adhesive), I cut some more snowflakes out of textured white cardstock and sprinkled them around the page for embellishment.

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The title is Hefalo Script, from The Crafter’s Bundle released by The Hungry JPEG.  I added a slight offset to thicken the lines for cutting, and I also cut it twice more with craft cardstock.  I glued together the three layers to give the whole thing some dimension, which helps it to stand out on the page (literally and figuratively!)

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Supplies:
patterned paper: Crate Paper “Peppermint” 
cardstock: the Paper Studio kraft 
embellishments: Crate Paper “Peppermint” cardstock die cuts and cardstock stickers; Fiskars “Threading Water” border punch; machine stitching; Uniball Signo white gel pen
Silhouette SD: font= Hefalo Script, snowflake from Echo Park’s “Season’s Greetings” collection.  

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My eventual plan for my Disney World scrapbook album is to highlight our family’s favorite moments with traditional 12″x12″ scrapbook pages telling their stories.  I have a big stack of photos that I printed from our trip to Disney World, but I’ve used a number of them for the mini-albums I made for my son and daughter to highlight their special memories. That means the photos for some of our special stories need to be reprinted, so I’m working on the stories that haven’t been highlighted in my kids’ albums.  I’m not scrapbooking the stories in chronological order, but in the final album, the stories will be as close to chronological as possible.  I’ll have pocket pages telling the smaller stories interspersing the 12″x12″ layouts.

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Even with my big stack of photos, I was still having trouble figuring out what to work on next.  I asked my husband what some of his favorite memories were, and he mentioned meeting Chewbacca– perfect!  That was the next story to work on.  This is the second layout I’ve made for my 2016 Disney album!

I took Shimelle’s weekly challenge– to use her layout for inspiration.  If you click through to see her layout, you’ll see that I actually followed the obvious features of her layout pretty closely– except for the fact that I arranged my photos vertically rather than horizontally.  I chose to change this to make sure that the background paper could still shine through.

Funny thing– I loved every single paper in the Starshine collection… except this moon-over-a-skyline one.  Not that I disliked the image, because it’s very pretty!  but because I didn’t have any idea how I would ever use such a paper in my own scrapbooking.  But my mind has completely changed!  I think it is absolutely perfect for this layout.

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I loved the idea of glassine envelopes enclosing tags with the journaling (from Shimelle’s page).  Since I didn’t have individual envelopes, I cut down a glassine bag I’d received in a scrapbook kit and die-cut shipping-style tags with my Silhouette to slip inside.

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I used the tear strips from the paper pad (sheets I’ve already used) and  strips from the cut-apart sheet, then added strips of washi tape for even more layers above and below the photos.  To emphasize the translucency and texture of the glassine bag, I added some unevenly pleated tissue paper, as well.

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The title ended up being the hardest part of the layout for me.  I knew what I wanted it to say, but I had some trouble figuring out which alphas to use and how to make them visible.  In the end, part of the title is on the paper strip layers over the glassine bag, and the main word (“Wookiee”) is in glitter alphas on the dark blue background so that it would stand out.

 

 

Supplies:
patterned paper: Shimelle Starshine 12″x12″ paper pad
embellishments: Shimelle Starshine ephemera, Studio Calico wood veneer stars, Studio Calico wood veneer cameras, The Paper Studio enamel dots, Bella Blvd washi tape, The Paper Studio washi tape, tags cut with Silhouette SD
alphas: Shimelle Collection Fitzgerald Thickers teal glitter foam, Jillibean Soup Blossom Soup, Glitz Designs Uncharted Waters aqua stripe teeny alphas
other: glassine bag, tissue paper, Scotch ATG, Therm-O-Web foam adhesive, Project Life 0.3 black journaling pen

 

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Yet again this year, a looming expiration date of a free-photobook offer gave me the push I needed to complete my 2015 Day-in-the-Life photobook/mini album back in July.  An upcoming trip helped me, as well– I wanted to get it finished before we left (it was also one of my July 2016 goals)!  Now that we are just a few days from this year’s day-in-the-life date (October 4), I thought I’d post about my 2015 book.

I kept my design the same as the previous two years’ (2014, 2013), which made it much easier to complete!  The basic layout is white backgrounds with grid-like arrangements of photos and blocks of text.  I add digital papers into the mix of photos to make it a bit fancier.  😉  For the digital papers this year, I pulled out a collaboration kit called “This Moment is Your Life” that I downloaded as a freebie from Sweet Shoppe Designs a while (read: years) ago.

I had almost twice the photos as last year’s book, which meant that more photos ended up on each page. I was also pleased that I finally remembered to get a posed family photo!

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As per tradition (does doing it for two years make it a tradition?), I made a photo-and-digital-paper collage cover design.  I plan to use this template every year.  Since I had over 100 photos in the book this year, I picked the best half(ish) to add to the cover rather than use them all as in previous years.

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Every time I finish one of these photo books, I am so glad to have the day documented.  Each year it gets easier, too, now that I have a plan of attack– as long as I make sure to write good notes during the day!  Let’s see if I can finish my 2016 book sooner! 😉

 

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In my first post about this vacation journal, I showed the blank journal and the little kit of items that I brought with me on our anniversary trip to Grenada.  In this post, I’d like to share a bit about how I actually used it while we were there.

I had hoped to use some of the 12 hours(!) of travel time on our way to Grenada to catch up on my photos (read about my workflow HERE), but when I discovered that my laptop battery had died and that there was no way to charge it on the plane (boo), I pulled out my journal to get started right away.

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in-flight entertainment: my travel journal and kit. snack (including the whole can of Dr Pepper! Score!!). good book.

Obviously there wasn’t a lot to write about yet!  But I think it got me off onto the right foot for documenting the rest of the trip.  (The rest of the traveling time, I read and colored in a grown-up coloring book…)  Before we started the trip, I hadn’t thought much about how I was going to lay out the journal, but as I worked on it on the plane, I was able to do some thinking and make some decisions.  Right away, I realized that I didn’t want to do too much embellishment ahead of time, and I also decided that I would leave a lot of space for photos among the hand-written text I’d add.

Once we were actually at our destination, I ended up writing in my journal every day!

Yes, I worked on my journal at the beach.

Yes, I worked on my journal at the beach.

It turns out that you really do have a lot more time when you don’t have kids with you!  Haha!  While I definitely enjoyed just watching the water, soaking up the silence, walking, reading, and generally just being happy on the beach, there was still plenty of time for pulling out my little journal+kit and recording everything that we’d been up to.  I have no idea how long I spent on it each day, but I did add a little embellished date header for each day, and wrote as many details as I could remember.

I didn’t set out to write prosy entries– I thought it would be more bullet-point type of lists, but it turns out, prose is faster for me to write!

Yes, I worked on my journal at the beach.

Unfortunately, the three colored pens I’d purchased and had hoped to use for this journal were dry!  I knew that one of them was dry before the trip, but I had thought that the other two were working okay. Not so.  Bummer.  I had also brought a black Project Life 0.05** pen with me, intending to use it for doodling or titles or something.  It ended up being my main writing instrument.  It wasn’t a huge deal, but I definitely would have brought a finer-tipped pen if I had known!

It was exciting to have such a complete journal right at the end of the trip!  I had the luxury of an on-plane power outlet for part of the trip home, so I did a lot of photo-processing for much of our travel time (It took away the sting of leaving such a beautiful place and such a relaxing vacation by being able to re-live the memories, haha!).  However one of our planes didn’t have an outlet, so when my laptop battery inevitably died (it’s getting old), I pulled out my journal, finished up the writing for the last day, and started trying to add a few bits of ephemera.

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After my laptop battery died, I worked on finishing up my travel journal entries. GND-MIA.

 

I thought about adding some photos of the journal pages, but there are so many that I thought that maybe a video might show it a bit better.  So, here it is– my very first YouTube video ever.

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**seriously, what are the units on pen tip measurements?  My science-background brain is twitching over not having units after that number right there…

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