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The May 2022 Colors of Magic palette just called out for an Animal Kingdom page! When we were in Animal Kingdom on our trip to WDW in 2016, we enjoyed walking along the Pangani Trail and seeing all of the interesting animals as we went. Of course, I took lots of photos, and I wanted to include many of them. I alternated patterned paper and photos for both sides of this pocket page.


This is a Becky Higgins Design F pocket page, but I turned it upside-down so that the 4×6 opening would be at the bottom of the page layout.

After I’d decided which photos to print and what pockets they’d go into, I chose six patterned papers in the color scheme and cut 3×4 blocks to make cards for the rest of the pockets. I wanted the emphasis to be on the photos, so I decided to only minimally embellish each card.

And to keep a cohesive look, I used a “formula” for most of the cards. I added a strip of washi tape, a label with journaling that captions the photo, a sticker, a wood veneer arrow pointing to the photo, and a tiny gold heart sticker. I used the print-and-cut feature of Silhouette Studio to create my journaling labels.

There were a few extra 3×4 cards where no journaling was necessary, so I modified my formula: those cards just have a strip of washi, a sticker, and a wood veneer heart:

Finally, I have two feature filler cards, where I leaned into the tropical feel and made a cluster. I added a couple leaves cut with my Silhouette Cameo, a piece of filmstrip cut with a die, and a wooden Mouse head. The finishing touch on each one is a tiny gold heart sticker!

Now that I’ve shared all the little details, here’s a look at both pages together (front on the left, back on the right):

Scraps & Ink CraftsFilm Strip cutting dieWooden Pieces, Washi (Animal Kingdom I, Animal Kingdom 2, Flower & Garden)
patterned paper: Shimelle Never Grow Up “Live Outdoors;” Shimelle Sparkle City project pad; Echo Park Beautiful Life “Borders;”, Park Lane Sonoma 12×12 paper pad

cardstock: The Paper Studio white smooth, American Crafts white textured
wood veneer: Studio Calico arrows and hearts
stickers: Shimelle #stickerbook and Maggie Holmes #stickerbook
other: labels via Silhouette Studio print-and-cut with Cameo 3; journaling font = Georgia

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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It’s iNSD, and Disney Creative Co. has some fun challenges for a virtual crop to join the celebration! My pre-crop challenge was to create a mixed-media background or card. I knew that I wanted to use the Mouse Background die as a stencil!

As you can see, I used ink and paste to create my background– it adds texture, depth, and dimension to have multiple layers of stenciling. In the end result, I sponged shades of aqua and blue ink through the Mouse Background that I cut from scrap cardstock to use as a stencil, and then I used white pearl gel (which is similar to modeling paste) smoothed through a Paige Evans stencil that reminded me of bubbles.

FI cut up my background to make cards to go into a pocket page with details about our afternoon swim in the Wilderness Lodge pool on our last full day at WDW in 2016– the iNSD crop challenge I’m hosting is to use that texture paste/mixed media background in a pocket layout.

The pocket page was the perfect place to record all the journaling I wanted to include, so I used some print-and-cut labels to hold it.

I used the some washi tapes from Scraps & Ink Crafts plus a little aqua Mouse Head Facet to embellish my cards. I also used some patterned papers and a little bit of tissue paper under my small photo of me going down the water slide!

I wanted to highlight this cute group photo of all of us who went in the pool, so I created a 12×12 layout using the same technique for the background. To further coordinate the full layout with the pocket page, I added some layers of the same patterned papers as in the pocket page and tissue paper behind my photo and popped it all up on some foam for dimension. I love that little Mouse shaker, and I was so excited that it was the perfect shade of aqua to go with my photos!

Here’s what the spread looks like all together, as it will go in my 2016 Disney trip album:

Scraps & Ink Crafts: Mouse Background cutting die, Mouse Shakers- pastel, Mouse Head Facets, Washi Sets (Ariel/Little Mermaid, Frozen)
patterned paper: Shimelle Starshine “Hubble,” various scraps from Pink Paislee Pen Pals 12×12 paper pad, Scraps & Ink Crafts packaging!
white cardstock: American Crafts

alphas: Shimelle #stickerbook, Amercian Crafts Thickers (Daiquiri white foam)
stickers: Shimelle Sparkle City sticker folder
stencil: Paige Evans Design “Polka Dots”
stamps: Hero Arts/Clearly Kelly “Kelly’s Magical”
ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Broken China,” Stampabilities “Baby Blue, Turquoise”, Staz-On “Jet Black”

Therm-o-Web Decofoil Metallix Gel “White Pearl”
other: vellum, circle punch, print-and-cut label via my Silhouette Cameo 3, tissue paper, date stamp, 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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With Easter quickly approaching, I thought it would be a great time to share this layout I made a few months ago in response to a call (it didn’t get accepted! but I thought I would save it until the appropriate season).

This was the first layout I created in 2022! It was fun to look back on these photos of my children doing an egg hunt in their grandparents’ yard, but it was a challenge for me to figure out how to arrange three different sizes and orientations!

I ended up stacking them vertically and doing a bit of layering so that the disparity in orientation was not as obvious.

I used three patterned papers from the same collection for this layout– two as the base layers (I used both sides of “Bloom and Grow”!) and I detail cut clusters from the third, which was a large floral pattern. I tucked the flowers around my journaling, and I added a few more on the top right for a bit of diagonal motion. I added a vintage paper doily (courtesy of my grandma’s craft stash) under each floral cluster.

After choosing the photos, my title was the first thing I thought of, and after trying a few different combinations, I decided to go bold and use the big green foam alphas along the vertical line of photos!

patterned paper: Carta Bella Summer “Bloom & Grow,” “Summer Day Floral,” “Summer Strawberries”

puffy stickers: Vicki Boutin
enamel dots: The Paper Studio
alphas: Simple Stories Color Vibe foam alpha stickers
journaling pen: Spectrum Noir ArtLiner .005
other: vintage paper doilies, machine stitching, craft foam, Scotch ATG adhesive

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As I mentioned in the color challenge post, the Disney Creative Co. April 2022 Once Upon a Stash challenge had a big part in getting me in the right frame of mind to finally make the title pages for the sections of my 2016 Disney scrapbooks! This month’s stash item is wood veneer, and I must admit– until this month, I hadn’t opened the packages of Simple Stories wood veneer I’d purchased for this album project… I bought them back in April of 2016!! They were so pretty and perfect for this project… and for some reason, I wasn’t brave enough to open them!

So this challenge was the perfect opportunity to break into those packages. And being the *ahem* organized and planning person that I am, I took out all the feature pieces and distributed them among the park days that are in my albums. (So be on the lookout for how I use them as I complete more section title pages!)

But clearly, for a wood veneer challenge, I needed to use even more wood veneer! I pulled out the jars of pieces I have earmarked for this project, as well as the adorable Scraps & Ink wooden pieces, and I used as many as I could on this pocket page:

This title page features two out of the only three whole-family-group photos we got on this entire trip ! I am so glad that we took them– they were both taken within minutes of entering the gates!! (the other one was in Epcot)

As you can see, I used the wood veneer in an approximate diagonal across the page. The main title block has two feature pieces and a sprinkling of tiny pieces.

I’ve decided that each title page will have a tiny bit of journaling about the weather that day. (Weather played a definite part in this trip!). I tucked some tags behind my journaling card to pick up on a design element I used on the facing page, and I added a wooden Mickey head, too.

I have some fun decorative cards in the center, including a detail-cut floral cluster (to give a hint looking forward to the next set of pages) and another cluster of wood veneer pieces.

My date is in the bottom left corner, and I brought in another tiny cluster of detail-cut flowers, as well as a wooden Minnie and some sprinkly veneer bits!

Shimelle Starshine “Hubble,” “Mercury,” Shimelle Starshine 6×6 paper pad, Fancy Pants Designs Happy Place “Hello”
wood veneer: Simple Stories “Say Cheese II,” Simple Stories “Enchanted,” Studio Calico cameras and hearts, Elle’s Studio Magical Memories Wood Veneer Confetti
alphas: American Crafts Thickers Daiquiri (white foam)
stickers: Echo Park Beautiful Life cardstock stickers
date stamp: Elle’s Studio Mini Dated stamp set
other: Shimelle Starshine ephemera (tiny ticket), Project Life Jade Edition journaling card, Spectrum Noir ArtLiner (.005), labels via Silhouette Studio print-and-cut with Cameo 3, Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink, crochet thread, plain white cardstock, washi tape, 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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As I’m approaching the end of my 2016 Disney album project (but don’t worry, I’m not tooooooo close yet, haha!), I am feeling like it’s time to start working on those section divider pages. My album is chronological, and we spent each day of that trip in a different park. When I planned my album, I decided to have each day’s section begin with a pocket page with some of the posed photos of us in the iconic locations in the park, or “just pretty” pictures of that central icon.

I will admit, it was a bit intimidating to start creating the section title pages, because they pages felt extra “important” somehow. Thankfully, two of the Disney Creative Co. challenges this month were exactly what I needed to tackle them. Today’s layout is for the Colors of Magic Challenge (but you’ll see later this month that the stash challenge also played a big role in getting me started!)

The aquas/greens/blues in the color palette were exactly right this EPCOT title page– my daughter and I were wearing Cinderella ‘bounds, and many of the layouts I’ve already created for this section involve combinations of these colors. I actually tried to mimic the gradient of the color inspiration for this page, because it was so pretty!

At the top is my title card, where I layered my title with a detail-cut globe onto a 3×4 card within my 4×6 canvas, with a detail-cut globe, wood veneer, and enamel dots sprinkled around. I used two strips of washi tape to anchor it all.

In the middle are the greens, but since I wanted to carry the aquas throughout, I used a tiny bit of the sparkly washi behind the heart cutout in my wood veneer cloud…

…and one of the irresistible faceted Mickey heads was a perfect fit in the veneer geotag that I paired with a stamped date label.

Even though it was a title page, I still managed to add a tiny bit of journaling about the weather. The weather was definitely a memorable aspect of this trip, so I am going to try to include a little snippet of journaling about it on each of the other section title pages, too!

For continuity, I used more of the sparkly washi tape as well as wood veneer and enamel dots in this 4×6 pocket, as well.

Scraps & Ink CraftsFacetsWashi (Frozen set, Flower & Garden set)
patterned paper: Pink Paisee Pen Pals “Chain Letter,” Shimelle Starshine “Viking,” “Exploration,” Shimelle Never Grow Up “Make a Wish”, Shimelle Starshine 6×6 paper pad

wood veneer: Simple Stories “Say Cheese II,” Simple Stories “Enchanted,” Studio Calico cameras and hearts
alphas: Simple Stories Color Vibe (green)
enamel dots: The Paper Studio
date stamp: Elle’s Studio Mini Dated stamp set
other: Shimelle Head in the Clouds washi tape, Project Life Jade Edition journaling cards, Spectrum Noir ArtLiner (.005), labels via Silhouette Studio print-and-cut with Cameo 3, Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink

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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There were five challenges in Jen Schow’s March Scrap-Madness series on Facebook, and I wanted to do them all! All I had left was the challenge to use a paper pad… and honestly, this one was not too big of a challenge for me! A large fraction of the supplies I have earmarked for my Disney 2016 album are 12×12 and 6×6 paper pads, so I decided to make a page for that album project.

This layout will face/precede THIS one, so I decided to use the same papers (or the 6×6 version of them!). Every piece of patterned paper on this layout (including the cut-aparts!) comes from a paper pad!

Even though it’s a simple layout, I will admit that it took me a while to get it put together– there was lots of shifting and rearranging because I am not used to the 8.5″x11″ size! What brought it together for me was adding the doilies. Their circular shape mimics the arc of stitching on the facing page, and they add some softness to the otherwise very rectangular layers. I guess in my scrapbooks, Belle=doilies!

On the other side of this layout, I will mount the Akershus menu with photo corners onto some patterned paper. The patterned paper is yet to be determined, since I still need to make the layouts before this one! I am enjoying this fitting-together-a-big-coordinating-puzzle process!

patterned paper: Pink Paislee Pen Pals 12×12 paper pad, Shimelle Head in the Clouds 12×12 paper pad, Shimelle Starshine 6×6 paper pad
cardstock: the Paper Studio
alphas: American Crafts Thickers “Dreamer” (gold glitter on pink foam), Glitz Designs Uncharted Waters Teeny Alphas (gold)
Mickey facet: Scraps & Ink Crafts
wood veneer: Studio Calico
enamel dots: the Paper Studio
paper doilies

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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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My daughter had the perfect idea to use the March 2022 Disney Creative Co. cut file (weekly challenge!) with Magic Shots! When we were in Animal Kingdom in 2016, my husband and I took a bunch of Magic Shots with a Photopass photographer in a gorgeous spot along the path to Expedition Everest.

After backing the cut with two different patterned papers, I popped it up on some craft foam and added a faceted Mickey for the middle of the “A.”

I highlighted my two favorites at first glance, and I created a flip-up for two more!

Since there isn’t much story to go with these Magic Shots, I decided to combine them in a pocket page with some photos of our (delicious) lunch at Harambe Market. The food was just too good not to document!

Scraps & Ink CraftsFacetsWashi Set (Animal Kingdom 2)
patterned paper: Shimelle Never Grow Up “Make a Wish,” “Live Outdoors”
white textured cardstock: American Crafts
alphas: Glitz Design Teeny Alphas (rainbow)
other: Project Life Baby Edition journaling car, Fiskars tab punch, Tiny Attacher, Spectrum Noir Artliner 0.005, craft foam, Silhouette Cameo 3

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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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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(Where’s part 1 you ask? I haven’t made it yet– but it’s high on my list! Hopefully it will be coming soon!)

For now, let me show you these two coordinating 6×12 pocket inserts for the February section of my 2019 everyday life album. (Part 1 will be on the front side of the “Snow Day” 6×12, and Part 4 will be on the back side of the “Snow Family” 6×12.)

I created these two pages using the recipe challenge Jen Schow posed in her Use It or Lose It Facebook group for March Scrap-Madness:

Even though this is a pocket page, I started out with a 12×12 sheet of white textured cardstock, which I cut into pieces to fit in each of the pockets. I used very tiny paper scraps– I’m definitely getting down to the dregs of the kit I put together for this February section! It is so satisfying to use things up.

I used 5 alphas– four of them came from one sticker sheet in the BasicGrey Highline collection kit, and one is a pack of puffy Thickers.

If you count each enamel dot separately, I used 17 embellishments, including some positively ancient embossed white metal brad charms from Making Memories!

My dash of black comes in with the labels, the date stamping, and my journaling…

…and the underside of the flip up on the lefthand side of the spread.

Finally, I stamped and heat-embossed white snowflakes (from a stamp set I had never used, even though it’s been in my stash for ages!!) onto scraps of vellum and punched them out with a couple sizes of circle punches to tie everything together (and the little tab on my flip-up is punched, too!).

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