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I’ve had the car patterned paper from Shimelle’s “Sparkle City” earmarked for this pocket page for a while, and I finally made it!

I thought that the photos we had from this ride were really fun, but I didn’t have a huge story to tell, so I used an (upside-down) Design G pocket page to hold them all. My thoughts about the ride fit onto a couple print-and-cut labels.

The branding strip at the top of the car paper inspired me to use that green geometric design as an accent at the bottom, where I included a tiny photo to show/write what my children (too small to ride) and their grandma did while the rest of us went on Test Track.

I paged through the Shimelle #stickerbook for stickers that would coordinate with the theme, and I thought the lightning bolts were perfect.

I used part of the washi strip from the Sparkle City sticker folder to continue the lightning bolts at the third vertex of the embellishment triangle. I like how the detail-cut cameras from Starshine and the arrow branding strip from a page in the Starshine 6×6 paper pad were the perfect compliment to the colors in Sparkle City!

patterned paper: Shimelle Sparkle City Project Pad, Starshine “Pathfinder” (detail-cut cameras)
alphas: Shimelle Sparkle City Project Pad
embellishments: Shimelle #stickerbook, Shimelle Sparkle City sticker folder, washi tape, print-and-cut labels, The Paper Studio enamel dots
stamps: Hero Arts/Clearly Kelly “Kelly’s Magical” and Hampton Art “Vintologie” (stamped on vellum)
journal card: Becky Higgins/Project Life Baby Edition
other: craft foam, ATG adhesive, Spectrum Noir Artliner 005 journaling pe

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This 6×12 pocket page precedes my “Hello, Grey Stuff” layout and tells the story of our lunch at the Be Our Guest restaurant in January 2016. It was our first time there, and it was one of the most-anticipated parts of the trip for me! I was so amazed by the theming and atmosphere and wanted to highlight some of the photos I took inside.

The embellishments and paper on the front side of this pocket page coordinate with the layout that immediately precedes it, Tea Cups with BaBa. I was happy that the tea cup washi tape was also perfect for a Beauty and the Beast-themed area! Gotta love little Chip.

However, I did also add the detail-cut flowers, doily, and label to begin the transition to the style of the second side, which directly coordinates with the Grey Stuff layout.

On the other side, I added more labels and embellishments to include everything I wanted to say about the restaurant and the meal we ate.

I had to add a label to the top photo because I needed more room for my words!

The middle section holds two small photos of our food (the lighting was low and so my photo quality is poor) and a larger embellishment cluster with my journaling. The background paper is from a piece I “gutted” from the Grey Stuff layout, since I only had one sheet in my stash.

It’s amazing how quickly this pocket layout came together when I used the surrounding layouts to inform my decisions on papers and embellishments!

patterned paper: Making Memories Tie the Knot “Glitter Stripe;” Shimelle Starshine “Mercury”
cardstock: white textured from American Crafts
vellum: The Paper Studio
stamps: Hero Arts/Clearly Kelly “Kelly’s Magical”
embellishments: Shimelle #stickerbook, Shimelle Head in the Clouds washi tape, The Paper Studio (enamel dots), silver thread, paper doilies, print-and-cut (Cameo 3) labels

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I was happy to be asked to help celebrate the launch of the new website Disney Creative Co. by making a scrapbook layout! This website is a welcoming community where fans of Disney can be inspired and share their magical creativity with others!

When I received the products from Scraps & Ink Crafts (associated with Disney Creative Co.) that I’d be working with, I was intrigued to use the dies– until a couple weeks before, I didn’t own a manual die cutting machine. A neighbor handed hers down to me, so this is the first time I’ve used manual dies for a layout! I immediately thought to make this parade watching page in my Disney 2016 album. Believe it or not, this parade was the only time we saw Mickey Mouse on this trip! I have no idea how we managed that, but I wanted to give a little nod to that fact by using as many Mickey motifs as I could.

This layout faces my Festival of Fantasy layout; in order to coordinate the two, I used the same white textured cardstock with my dies as I used for the frames on that layout.

In the vertical pockets along the left edge, I created a matching watercolor background using the same paint colors as the facing page. The title is composed of some Thickers that I painted white (they were originally slightly grey and weren’t standing out from the background enough) and the letter tiles from the Shimelle Sparkle City sticker folder. In order to help my title stand out, I added a strip of the starry washi tape from Scraps & Ink Crafts: I love those silvery stars!

Before the parade, Husband enjoyed a Dole Whip float (and shared it with our little boy), so I just had to use one of the adorable “Mini Snacks” dies as a perfect accent to the photo! Behind the photo, I layered a strip of the red/white polka dot washi tape to add a bit of emphasis.

In the lower pocket, I used the “Mouse Border” die to create a Mickey feature along the left edge. I wanted to give the die cuts a bit more dimension, and because they are so delightfully delicate, I decided to layer 3 or 4 cuts together rather than try to add foam adhesive. I love the effect!

At the base of the pocket, I layered some more washi tape and a phrase sticker to anchor the border:

You can see that I also used this layering technique with the “Swirl Wave” die cut that embellishes the empty sky space in the photo of our kids on shoulders to watch the parade. When I cut this, I actually turned my paper upside down so that I could reverse the direction of the swirls and still have the textured side face outward.

Not only does using multiple layers give the die cut more dimension, it also strengthens it since it is on the outside of the pockets. I added another strip of that starry washi tape to visually anchor the embellishment.

Last but not least, I added one of the cut-out Mickey heads from the “Mouse Border” to a punched circle with a phrase sticker for a tiny corner embellishment to my middle photo.

Note: I was provided products from Scraps & Ink Crafts at no cost in exchange for creating a layout to promote the launch of the new Disney Creative Co. website. This post also appears on the Disney Creative Co. website.

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Here’s another layout I made for iNSD– this one is for the Scrapbook & Cards Today challenge to use a list on a layout. Often I feel like I need to have a lot of words on my layouts, and often I actually do have a lot of words to add. However, in the case of a layout like this, where it is telling some in-between tidbits in a larger story (the whole album!), a list was a perfect way to include some brief thoughts.

I challenged myself to break into the 6×8 Shimelle “Never Grow Up” paper pad I’d purchased for this album project– I hadn’t used it yet! The colors and patterns were absolutely perfect. The top left patterned paper is from the Shimelle “Glitter Girl” 6×6 paper pad.

The journaling is contained to one 3×4 card (from an old Project Life core kit) in this pocket page. I had a lot of little photos describing a few of the attractions we enjoyed right after our lunch, and so I decided to simply play and enjoy embellishing around them. The flowers are detail-cut from a Shimelle “Starshine” floral paper and stickers from the Shimelle #stickerbook.

In the midst of the embellishment clusters, I included a number sticker to coordinate with the journaling. I didn’t want them to stand out too much, but I did want them to be noticeable, so I added gold heart stickers from the #stickerbook as a little shiny glint to attract the eye.

patterned paper: Shimelle “Never Grow Up” 6×8 paper pad, Shimelle “Glitter Girl” 6×6 paper pad, Shimelle “Starshine: Mercury” (from the 12×12 paper pad)
embellishments: flower, heart stickers–Shimelle #stickerbook
number stickers: Project Life Clementine Edition
alphas: Shimelle #stickerbook
journaling card: Project Life Jade Edition

pocket page protector: Becky Higgins Design G

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m running out of steam as I complete this last “main” page for the February section of my 2019 album. I’m also running out of supplies and fresh ideas to keep it interesting! So I turned to the Mini Workshop bonus challenge from Victoria Marie’s January crop, and it was perfect. I tried techniques in a couple of the categories of stash-busting ideas.

I layered and clustered several stickers together to embellish the pocket showcasing Husband and V at school lunch…

…and that inspired me to do some more layering of stickers, patterned paper, labels, and embellishments in some other pockets.

I am thrilled to be the new owner of a hand-me-down manual die cut machine, and so I experimented with adding texture to an otherwise fairly bland red paper that became the base layer in another pocket.

Finally, I got out the Shimelle “Head in the Clouds” stamp set I had first used for my third page in this set and used the bolder floral cluster stamp on some patterned paper to create some embellishments from my scraps.

As usual, I had more to say than would simply fit in the pockets as-is, so I made another flip-up to write about my ankle follow-up appointment. I used another washi tape hinge, but I made sure to reinforce the washi with some of my regular ATG adhesive, because while this particular tape is very pretty, it is also very not-sticky!

Speaking of journaling, in a couple of places, I had enough to say that I decided to type it up. I also wanted to keep the patterned paper on display– especially that delicious floral!!– so I printed it on vellum.

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Here is the fourth of 5 “main” pages for the February section of my 2019 “everyday” album.

As I mentioned in the previous three posts about this section, I have been using a stash kit that I assembled to use during the Victoria Marie virtual crop at the end of January. This particular layout doesn’t fit into any of the challenges, but I do credit the whole crop for getting me going! It feels really good to be working through another whole section of this album. (more thoughts at the end of this post)

The top 4×6 and two left-hand 4×3 pockets are meant to go together: they tell the story of my daughter’s preparations for the Valentine’s celebration in her classroom at school. In order to tie them together, I used the same pink patterned paper behind the smaller photos, and I used parts of the same border sticker at the top of the 4×6 pocket and the bottom of the 4×3 photo.

I’m finding the lovely Paislee Press 4×3 cards to be hard to use in this album. They are so clean and minimal, and this particular project can’t really be described as minimal, can it?! Haha! However, this card was so perfect for this photo of my kids, so I tiled it together with the photo to fit in the 4×6 pocket, bridging the seam with a cluster made from a border strip, label stamped with the date, and an arrow sticker.

There’s another flip-up on this page. As I looked at my photo captions for the story, I realized that there was more of a story to tell, so I included it underneath and added an extra photo.

…some reflections…

I’m starting to run out of steam on this set of pocket pages, I must admit. There is still one more “regular” page in this set (see my next post!), and there are two pocket inserts and two 12×12 layouts planned. Although I haven’t yet used up the stash kit I made, I’m getting much lower on supplies (especially embellishments). I will probably take a pause on this project for a bit so that I can come back with fresh eyes for the inserts and 12×12 layouts.

The original idea for this project was to be a bit of an expansion on my day-in-the-life book projects so that our everyday lives could be captured and displayed: photos+stories together in a physical format. I wanted my kids to have a better look at all the photos that I’m always taking (since they are still not allowed on my computer)! I started the project with the idea (delusion??) that I’d be making it a month or two behind when I was actually taking the photos… and we all can see how that turned out, haha!

It’s a really big project. So big. (And I have a couple other big projects on my plate at the same time.). It has taken–and will take–a lot of planning: I only have photos through April planned out and printed, though I have ephemera and lots of notes and photo captions collected for the rest of the year. There have been some moments when I start wondering whether I will actually ever fill in the rest of the months… and I still can’t guarantee that I will finish (although given my completionist personality, I imagine that I will complete it, but maybe not for years!!).

BUT. I am so glad that I’m doing it. I (of course) didn’t fully understand it at the time: 2019 was “normal.” Even though some big stuff happened for me personally (ankle injury culminating in surgery, loss of my beloved grandfather, a trip to Germany, both kids going to school at the same time, etc.), it still was “normal.” 2020 was so wildly different. It’s been amazing to look back at the little everyday stories of our life in the “before times” and celebrate all those moments in this album project. For that reason alone, I want to keep going. Pockets still aren’t my favorite format, but they are the right format for this collection of small stories that add up to a huge whole story.

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In snippets of time over the past couple of weeks, in between homeschooling and physical therapy, I have been putting together more of the February pocket pages for my 2019 “everyday” album. When I have to do things in such small increments of free time, I find myself especially thankful for my pre-planning system and detailed captions in the metadata of my photos.

For this page, as for the other February pages, I’m using a stash kit inspired by Victoria Marie’s January crop and the scrapbook.com January Instagram challenge. That kit is made up of some pretty old items: a BasicGrey collection kit (“Highline” from 2014), stickers from an Echo Park collection kit (“Head over Heels,” introduced at the end of 2013), and some metal embossed charms and photo corner embellishments from Making Memories that predate the previous supplies by at least several years! I really wanted to get these things onto pages and into my albums instead of languishing in my stash. However, for this page, I also tried to include some newer items to meet the “Old+New Challenge” for the Victoria Marie crop.

The challenge here for me was actually finding *new* products! I don’t buy a lot of supplies, and when I have in recent months, they have been for very specific projects–that aren’t this one! haha. I hope it’s okay that I stretched the challenge to include new-to-me items: a manual die-cut machine(!!!! I’ve been wanting one for so long, and I’m so grateful to a neighbor in our local Buy-Nothing group for giving one to me!!!!), a cloud embossing folder by Darice (that same kind neighbor also gave me some embossing folders with the machine), the Elle’s Studio “MINI Dated” stamps I purchased with the intent of using them in this album and had never opened until this last week, and a set of Shimelle “Head in the Clouds” stamps that I purchased for my Disney 2016 album but broke open for the first time to use on this layout. Does it also count that I used a new trimmer that my parents gave me for Christmas?

At the top left of this layout, I included an envelope to hold some valentine notes from my children and Husband. I wanted it to exactly fit that 4″x6″ pocket, and I wanted to use my envelope board.

After a quick internet search, I discovered that there is an app called “Envelope Generator” from American Crafts to generate the paper size and board marking for any card size (in 1/8″ increments). It doesn’t have an option to calculate backward from the finished envelope size, so I had to do quite a few tests on scrap paper to determine the parameters… but it didn’t take me too long to figure them out. Here they are (for those keeping score, this corresponds to a card size of 5 5/8″ by 3 5/8″ in the app):

For an envelope to fit in a 4″x6″ pocket:
use paper size 7.75″ square and the punch guide marking at 3.25″

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Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away… haha, not really, but before Galaxy’s Edge was built, there was a building in Hollywood Studios’ Animation Courtyard that had an exhibit of Star Wars props, miniatures, and costumes. This little pocket layout is about my husband enjoying looking at all the details (this was right before I really started getting into Star Wars fandom myself!)

I was working backward in the Hollywood Studios portion of my Disney 2016 scrapbook project, so this is the front side of the Chewbacca pocket page I previously posted about (that post has the page size details).

The layout is very, very simple (still reinforcing the lesson to myself about simple=good for pocket pages!). I made some photo collages of the props my husband had liked the most and included a photo of him being “escorted” by some patrolling stormtroopers in the Animation Courtyard.

There are just two little clusters of embellishments, and I added some gold star stickers from Shimelle’s #stickerbook. I couldn’t believe that this was the first time I’d used any of them! But they were the perfect shiny accent here.

I used an old Jade Edition Project Life journaling card for my words and part of one sheet of patterned paper to tie all the pockets together.

Sometimes, simple is best!

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I completed nine layouts in January 2021! February is off to a slower start. However, getting so many layouts completed in ONE MONTH is a huge motivator for me to keep going, even when it seems hard to find the time. While I work on other projects in tiny bits and pieces, I’m going to keep sharing the rest of the projects I made in January.

I am so excited about how much progress I’ve been making on two of the three big album projects I have in the works. This Disney album is one of those big projects, and this pocket page (completed in January) immediately precedes the “Waiting to Meet the Wookiee” layout that I made waaaaaaay back in 2016 (oh yes, this album project has been going on for a long time. It needs to get finished!!)

I used that layout as an inspiration for choosing the supplies for this pocket page– after all, these photos are part of the same story. This is an office supply pocket page– it’s about 8.5″ x 11,” and it’s divided into four pockets that hold cards 5.5″ tall by 3.875″ wide.

I kept the layout very simple, since I’m learning that lesson about pocket pages! Plus, I really want these photos to shine, since I loved this meeting with Chewie!!

All of the journaling is on the facing layout, but I wanted to highlight something my husband said to me after this experience, so I made it a feature in the fourth pocket.

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Right on the heels of the first pocket page for February 2019 section of my 2019 “everyday” album, I completed this second one, using the same stash kit– the goal is to use up those supplies and get them into my albums!

Specifically on this layout, I used border stickers and branding strips to add borders to embellish my pockets for the “Border to Border” challenge in the Victoria Marie January 2021 virtual crop. Perhaps it is a bit of a stretch, but focusing on that challenge helped me to put those strips and stickers to use!

The border stickers are on the outside of flip-ups…

…and underneath, when the photo isn’t wide enough to fill the pocket.

I also used a lot of the tiny letter stickers in the BasicGrey collection pack to add extra words/mini titles to some of my pockets:

This long speech bubble was great for writing about my February 2019 projects.

And I used another one of those brad charms with this label!

I really like how this stash kit is making me USE things! And since it coordinates with the January 2021 scrapbook.com instagram challenge, I’ll be entering this layout there, too.

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