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It is so exciting to have finally finished this layout! As I mentioned in a previous post, after I made a two-page spread about my daughter’s first recital, I set aside the rest of the photos I’d printed, thinking that I would get back to them quickly to create two coordinating layouts. Over a year later, I am finally finishing this series!

I again leaned on two challenges to inspire the finished product here. First, I saw the SCT Spring Issue celebration sketch challenge, and even though it’s nominally for a card, I knew it would be a great layout sketch, too! Obviously, it looks a bit different with photos across it, but hopefully you can see how I was inspired by the central block design, horizontal strip, and the large floral cluster.

I was also motivated by the March Scrap-Madness challenge to “finish the package” in Crafty Jen Schow’s Facebook Group. I finished the remainder of the bag of red paper flowers I’ve been using!

Not only that, but I finished off every scrap of the patterned paper I’d set aside for these layouts! It took some creative placement and some “gutting,” since I only had one sheet each of the floral and the stripe!

I used the same technique of combining a Cameo-cut word with painted glitter Thickers for my title.

I wanted to include an additional photo of my daugher’s dance class, so I made a tag that includes the last scrap of the floral, and it tucks into a pocket behind the photos.

On the back of the tag, I added some journaling and used the very last of the flowers!

supply list:
patterned paper: SEI, SevenPaper
cardstock: white textured from American Crafts
alphas: American Crafts Thickers Fitzgerald (silver, but with a thin layer of white acrylic paint)
enamel dots: The Paper Studio
Silhouette Cameo 3 (print-and-cut labels, cut file, title)
cut files: Jen Schow “floral shelf”
title font: Buthaynah

journaling card: Project Life Jade edition
pens: SpectrumNoir Artliner 005 (journaling), Uniball Signo (white), SpectrumNoir Glitter (carbon)
red textured cardstock, paper flowers (unknown, from my stash)

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Let me tell you a little story about this layout.

Back in January 2021, I created a layout about my daughter’s very first dance recital. I had more photos from that recital that I wanted to make into scrapbook pages, but other things came up, and I didn’t get to them right away. I set the photos aside for later, along with the scraps of the papers I’d used on the original double-page spread. That little bundle of papers earmarked for this (and one other) layout got shifted around my craft studio for over a year! This month, I’m making a concerted effort to deal with the set-aside and partially-finished stacks that are cluttering my craft space– and it was time to finally tackle this project.

Two challenges helped! In no particular order, the completion of this layout was inspired by the spring issue cut file challenge at Scrapbook and Cards Today and the “choose-your-own-adventure” March Scrap-Madness challenge in Crafty Jen Schow’s Facebook Group.

My path through the adventure map was to start with cardstock, add photos, add die cuts (in this case– the SCT cut file! …probably stretching the rules…), add enamel dots, add stickers (in this case– flowers! stretching the rules some more…). Hopefully I can be forgiven for stretching the rules so much, because in the end, finally have these photos on a layout that I really like!

The cut file is tone-on-tone behind the feature photo…

… and it extends onto the patterned paper block below.

I used the same script font for the word “recital,” cutting it 4 times and stacking it for dimension.

I layered the title on vellum for visibility, and I again painted my glitter Thickers with a thin layer of white paint so that they would be more visible.

supply list:
patterned paper: SEI, SevenPaper
cardstock: white textured from American Crafts
alphas: American Crafts Thickers
enamel dots: The Paper Studio

border punch: Fiskars “Threading Water”
vellum, red textured cardstock, paper flowers (unknown, from my stash)
Silhouette Cameo 3 (print-and-cut labels, cut file, title)
cut files: Paige Evans for SCT (flower border)
title font: Buthaynah

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At the beginning of 2021, I challenged myself to submit at least one layout for each of the Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine quarterly calls.  Only in my dreams did I allow myself to consider that I might be selected for a single issue, and my *wildest* dreams have come true: I have a layout in all four of the 2021 issues!  Today I get to share that I have a layout on page 72 of the Winter 2021 issue, which you can see in print or online at the SCT website!  I am so very thankful, and the layouts I submitted this year are some of my favorites of all time.  

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This is the very first first-day-of-school layout I’ve ever made! I guess it’s because it seems like the first day of school is a fairly momentous occasion each year… and I didn’t even tackle her VERY first day of kindergarten…yet. I decided to start with first grade!

This layout is published in the Fall 2021 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today; you can see it on page 65!

I’ve had this title planned ever since that first day of first grade– “It was awesome!!” was her immediate answer to my “how was your day?” upon getting off the bus that day! In fact, I jotted down a little sketch almost right away, which I’ve saved all these years! The end result is completely different, but that’s ok! (and yes, I finally recycled this scrap of paper as soon as I finished taking this photo!)

As you can see, my original thought was to make this a single page layout, but when I started looking back through the photos, I wanted to include so many more than would comfortably fit (and still be big enough to see well!) on one 12×12. I expanded my design to 2 pages, using nine 3″x2″ photos and one 4″x6″ feature photo.

left side
right side

Even though starting school makes you think of fall, in our area, it is still very much summer weather! I decided to use a color palette that bridges the two seasons– and included a lot of red because our red front door is hard to miss in the pictures!

I arranged the small photos in a grid and filled the spaces with a dark blue patterned paper. I stitched around the perimeter of the blue pieces to add a bit of texture. These blue spaces were also the perfect spots to add embellishment clusters.

I stamped and heat embossed cameras in white on aqua patterned paper and cut them out to be the feature embellishment in each cluster. To bring in more of that fall flavor, I die cut leaves from textured orange cardstock and golden yellow patterned paper to add to each cluster, along with bright yellow puffy stars!

I combined three different alpha sets to make my title and subtitle: I used all capitals for the main title, and lower case alpha for the subtitle, and the tiny letter tiles unify them.

Supply list:
patterned paper: Close to My Heart “Mix In” (Mar-Apr), Close to My Heart “Blue Skies,” Echo Park “Spring” (Journaling Cards –B-side is striped)
cardstock: American Crafts (white textured), The Paper Studio (orange textured)
vellum: The Paper Studio
alphas: Amercian Crafts Thickers (Daiquiri white foam), Close to My Heart (white alphabet foam stickers), Glitz Designs Teeny Alphas (white)
stamps: Shimelle “Head in the Clouds,” Hampton Arts “Vintologie”
puffy stickers: Close to My Heart “So Much Happy”
label: print-and-cut via Silhouette Cameo 3
cut files: SCT Oct 2020 freebie, Kerri Bradford Studio (“Leaves”)
font: Gill Sans Light (bold)
other: machine stitching, craft foam, ATG adhesive, Zing embossing powder (white)

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This layout is out of my “style comfort zone!”

I’ve had these photos out on my desk, shuffling them around as I worked on other projects, ever since I made the Dragon Boats layout (another adventure on the same day). When I saw the SCT 2021 Fall Issue recipe challenge (use a journaling card or die cut, patterned paper, an alphabet sticker and any kind of stamp), I knew it would be the perfect motivation to get this layout into my scrapbook.

I started out trying to use my “typical” grid-type arrangement of photos, and it just wasn’t working. I changed gears entirely and decided to use a fish-filled background cut file from Paige Evans, and I used watercolors on the background. This is out of my comfort zone in two ways: I don’t often do mixed media at all, let alone the whole background; also, I don’t often use themed/on-the-nose supplies for my layouts.

I made two little clusters on the page, framed by the fish. At the top, I used my two tiny photos (tiny due to the image quality) on a block of patterned paper and embellished with my stamp “ingredient”– I heat embossed cameras from two different stamp sets with white on a scrap of purple striped paper, then cut them out to add in three places around the layout.

After this particular day of adventuring, I had asked my husband to write a bit of journaling, and I gave him a couple of my leftover Project Life cards so that it would be in his own handwriting. I love that it’s his words telling the story of the fun he had with our children.

I did a bit of tricky work with the title: this is an old set of chipboard Thickers, and I didn’t have enough “A” or “U” letters to spell “aquarium.” I ended up using two “V” alphas to replace them: can you tell? 😉 I love this pop of orange as a complement to the blue/purple/teal background. It picks up on my daughter’s dress color, and it ties the color scheme with the companion Dragon Boats page.

In all honesty, I’m not loving this page right now. But I am so glad to have this story in my album, and I think it might grow on me with time!

cardstock: American Crafts white textured
patterned paper: Damask Love “Wild Card- Spirit Animal;” bits from my stash
alphas: American Crafts Thickers “Dots” (chipboard), Glitz Designs “Color Me Happy” Teeny Alphas (rainbow)
stamps: Shimelle “Head in the Clouds” acrylic stamps, Hampton Art “Vintologie,”
cut file: Paige Evans “Fish Background”
journal card: Project Life “Jade” edition

wood veneer: Studio Calico
other: watercolor, Liquitex clear matte gesso, print-and-cut labels, Scotch ATG, US ArtQuest PPA Matte adhesive, craft foam, Ranger Big&Bossy embossing ink, Zing embossing powder

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I can hardly believe that I get to say this again: I have another layout published in Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine! The Fall 2021 issue came out today!

As usual, the print version is lovely with thick pages and super high quality printing…and you can also download the entire magazine digitally on the SCT website (for free!). Turn to page 65 to have a look at my layout!

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Guess what?!!! I have a layout published in the Summer 2021 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine!!  I am so very excited — and honored — to be included in the Inspiration Gallery! This issue is gorgeous in print (seriously, it’s a very luxurious quality!), and you can also read the full issue online!   

You can see my layout on page 70!

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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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I created this page in response to the Scrapbook & Cards Today iNSD 2021 challenge to use a sketch from the Spring 2021 issue. I love sketches. I know I’ve said it before, but I really do. They are such an inspiring starting point for me, even if my final layout doesn’t look anything like the original sketch.

In this case, I think that you can still see some resemblance! I was inspired by the second-from-left sketch at the bottom of page 30 of the spring issue. (P.S. if you didn’t already know, I have a layout in this issue on page 72!)

I’d slipped this mermaid-patterned paper from Shimelle Head in the Clouds into the page protector with my photo prints a while ago. The Akershus Princess Dinner was the main interaction we had with Ariel during this trip to Disney World in January 2016. Ariel had never been my favorite princess, but I must say, the conversation we had with her was so fun and funny that my opinion of her was raised quite a bit (the Cast Members are so good!!).

I went all-out with the mermaids on this layout! Not only did I use the stickers from the Head in the Clouds project pad, but I also used the shimmery holographic mermaid scale paper; my daughter advised on the orientation of the scales. She’s my resident expert!

The title of my layout is almost as long as the journaling! It’s just a snippet, but one of the more memorable (and funny) moments of the entire trip. The speech bubble journaling spot was inspired by a 3×4 card that I didn’t use, but instead, I created the bubble and its frame in Silhouette using the print-and-cut feature.

I added touches of Shimelle’s Never Grow Up and Starshine collections. This whole album project uses her collections, so I like to mix and match them on layouts whenever I can so everything flows together even better. As usual, I also added a few wood veneer pieces and some enamel dots, including a hidden Mickey– I have these on every full layout in the album!

patterned paper: Shimelle Head in the Clouds project pad, Shimelle Never Grow Up “Pick a Letter,” Shimelle Starshine 6×6 paper pad
embellishments: stickers–Shimelle Head in the Clouds project pad, cut apart–Shimelle Starshine 6×6 paper pad, wood veneer–Elle’s Studio, enamel dots–The Paper Studio, paper doilies
alphas: American Crafts Thickers “Cloud” puffy letter stickers, Shimelle #stickerbook
journaling font: Gill Sans

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When she was in kindergarten, we encouraged my daughter to take part in the STEM fair at her elementary school. She was very excited to choose a project and worked very hard on her “experiments.” I definitely want to document that on a separate layout, but this layout is about her presenting at the STEM fair itself.

It all started with the SCT Spring Issue Cut File challenge to use the March 2021 free cut file on a project. As soon as I saw it, I knew that I wanted to document this event. However, “sunshine” didn’t quite fit; plus, I wanted to make sure that it was quite obvious that she was at the STEM fair. So I modified the cut file! I chopped off the “SUNSHINE” letters using the Silhouette Studio knife tool and shifted the sunshine. I found a similar font and mimicked the open letter style with the offset tool to spell “STEM FAIR.” The letters are a bit more narrow than the original file’s, but I think it’s okay!

I actually mocked up the whole layout in Silhouette Studio, since I knew I had several photos that I wanted to showcase. Doing the mockup really helped me to figure out how large to make the title so that everything would fit, and how I should arrange the photos. In fact, it made the bulk of the layout come together remarkably quickly, since it was virtually complete before I even had cut anything out!

I also knew that I wanted to use the Pinkfresh Studio “My Favorite Story” collection for this layout. My daughter’s outfit and the blue display would coordinate so well with those colors, PLUS there is the gorgeous rainbow-esque stripe that was the only paper I considered for the background!

In fact, I love that background so much that I didn’t want it to be too covered up, so I simply backed the digital-die-cut with vellum. I cut it three times from textured white cardstock and the vellum is the fourth and bottom layer.

I chose coordinating Copic markers to color one layer of rainbow stripes, which are adhered to the vellum layer, so they appear inset in the final product.

If you look closely, you’ll also notice that I cut the large photo so that its edges do not appear behind the lettering, too!

It was really fun to add all the floral die cuts around the photos. I strategically placed some of them to hide bright distracting bits or random people’s backsides in the background! I used so many flowers that I’m also entering this layout in the Pinkfresh Studio March 2021 monthly challenge (flowers!).

The two chipboard circles were exactly the sentiments that I wanted to express– my daughter was so brave to participate. The event was so much more crowded, hot, and noisy than we had imagined, and it was intimidating to *me,* let alone considering she was a little kindergartener!

I wrote all my journaling on strips of smooth cardstock. It took some shimmying to get them all to to fit exactly how I wanted them, but I am glad that I could fit all my thoughts onto the layout.

patterned paper: Pinkfresh Studio “My Favorite Story” – Looking for Sunshine
cardstock: American Crafts white textured cardstock
vellum: The Paper Studio
embellishments: Pinkfresh Studio “My Favorite Story” chipboard flair, floral ephemera, enamel dots
adhesive: Scotch ATG, US ArtQuest PPA Matte liquid glue
Copic markers
cut file: Paige Evans for SCT (free HERE)
Silhouette Cameo 3, Silhouette Studio software

Edited to add: Thank you, SCT, for featuring my layout on the challenge winners blog post!

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