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This post originally appeared on the Disney Creative Co. blog on September 17, 2022.

I’ve discovered that color challenges are a fun way to mix up the palettes of my projects! My layouts usually start with photos, from which I draw color inspiration, but I really enjoy using pre-made palettes to add some unexpected combinations or accent colors!

That is exactly the case with this pocket layout. On our last day at WDW in 2016, we had a quiet morning before our flight home in the afternoon. We walked the beautiful path from Wilderness Lodge to the Tri-Circle-D Ranch and had a look around. My photos from our walk featured a lot of forest green and brown, and so those were my starting colors. I also looked at the layout that would face it so that I could choose colors (and even papers) that might loosely tie them together for continuity in the album– in this case cream, as well as the brown woodgrain paper. However, since the stories are completely separate and occurred on different days, I didn’t want them to completely coordinate!

Knowing that I definitely wanted to include dark green, brown, and cream, I looked through the past DCC Color of Magic palettes and decided to use this one from October 2021:

Here is the whole layout:

As you can see, I featured the forest green, brown, and cream as I’d originally intended, but I added a light blue as an accent color, completely inspired by the palette!

I like to add little clusters of embellishments to my pockets, especially when I’ve printed my photos smaller than the pocket size. There were lots of opportunities to sprinkle Scraps & Ink Crafts bits and pieces!

Starting with the title block, I centered a large padded appliqué (adorned with a cute plaid bow!) over a die-cut circle and the title lettering. Because this padded appliqué is so dimensional, I decided to adhere it to the outside of my pocket!

That die-cut circle was a theme I carried through all my pockets. I cut rings and circles from the same light blue paper (inspired by the color palette) and used them to anchor the embellishment clusters.

While the top left pocket has a tiny little cluster, I created larger embellishment clusters in the 4×6 pockets by layering tiny scraps of patterned paper, a die cut ring, and a journaling label, topped off with a Mickey facet.

I couldn’t resist using this rich coppery brown glitter appliqué with the photo of my children greeting one of the horses!

The bottom left pocket is slightly different (although I kept some of the same elements for continuity!) because it tells the tiny story of our Mickey Bar treats after our walk. I die cut a Mouse Tag to hold my journaling, and I couldn’t resist using this adorable silicone Mickey Bar embellishment as the final touch!

supplies:
Scraps & Ink CraftsMouse Circles cutting dieMouse Tag cutting dieFacets; Bits and Pieces bows; Padded Appliques (Falling for You, Precious Metals); Flexible Silicone embellishment
patterned paper: Shimelle Starshine “Hubble,” Shimelle Never Grow Up “Live Outdoors” 
cardstock: The Paper Studio white smooth, scrap aqua
alphas: American Crafts Thickers “Happy” (gold glitter, Maggie Holmes)
embellishments: Making Memories woven labels, My Mind’s Eye I Believe decorative brads,
other: Project Life Baby Edition journaling card, Silhouette Cameo 3 (print-and-cut labels), Scotch ATG adhesive, Spectrum Noir ArtLiner .005, date stamp, 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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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!

supplies:
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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The Disney Creative Co. stash challenge for August is to use patterned papers in a “repeating shapes” design. As I flipped through my 2016 Disney album to choose a project to create for this challenge, I came across this pocket page page where I planned to showcase two PhotoPass pictures of my husband and me with the EPCOT sphere. There isn’t a lot of story to go with this (we just stopped because the photographer was there, and we wanted pictures!), so the whole left side of the pocket page was available to showcase a design.

As I contemplated what sort of paper pattern to create, I had the idea to represent the surface of the EPCOT sphere. I did a Google image search for “geometric triangle pattern” and found a black-on-white version of the look of the geodesic surface of the sphere. I screenshot a portion of it and pulled it into the Silhouette Studio software, where I traced it and simplified one triangle piece. I repeated the triangle piece and cut it from three different patterned papers: one each of a light, medium, and dark value.

I referenced a more 3-D style image of the geodesic surface in order to place the different colored triangles along the top edge of the diagonal stripe.

I decided I wanted more than the one strip, and I wanted to layer it over some of the stripes in the background patterned paper. Instead of applying them directly to the paper, I glued the pieces to a scrap of cream cardstock that was a good match to the background and adhered that in place.

Due to the angle of the corner, I couldn’t continue the geodesic pattern in the other direction, so I filled in the space at the top with another strip of the grey patterned washi, and I added a die cut “World Mouse” backed with more of the cream colored paper.

I decided to use a fairly simple title for this page, and I lined up my glitter alphas along the diagonal stripe of washi.

In my top photo, there was a random person walking through the background, and since he was pretty obvious, I wanted to cover him up. I tried a whole bunch of things before realizing that I could continue a strip of stripes, and as a bonus, it brings the page together more cohesively. I accented my tiny journaling label with more washi and of course a facet!

supplies:
Scraps & Ink CraftsWorld Mouse cutting die, Facets (tropical), Washi (EPCOT)
patterned paper: Shimelle Starshine “Ranger,” ” Voyager,” “Galileo;” My Mind’s Eye

shimmer cardstock: Core’dinations Navy Pearl
alphas: American Crafts Thickers Fitzgerald
other: cream cardstock, print-and-cut label via Silhouette Cameo 3, Spectrum Noir Artliner 0.05, US ArtQuest PPA Matte, Scotch ATG

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!).

supplies:
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!

supplies:
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

Supplies:
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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If you’ve read my blog, you know that I love a good sketch! This summer at Simple Scrapper, Jennifer is running a pop-up workshop called “Square One: 4×6 Photos Only” with sketches from the Simple Scrapper Library that use only 4×6 photos! As soon as I saw the first sketch (template 568), I knew that it was perfect for showcasing this group selfie we took on Independence Day in 2016.

This layout came together so easily. I pulled out any red and blue scraps I had in my drawer and narrowed them down to a selection that coordinated well. I cut strips and stacked them on my page, interspersing strips of washi among them.

I added a little banner in the top right of my layout:

And for some texture and laciness to soften the rectangular edges, I added some curved star borders that I’d cut at a couple different sizes.

Supplies:
patterned paper: various scraps
cardstock: American Crafts white textured
washi tape: Scraps & Ink Crafts 50th Celebration, Main St. USA (Note: I was provided products from Scraps & Ink Crafts at no cost as a member of the Disney Creative Co. design team.)
alphas: American Crafts Thickers Fitzgerald (red)
cut file: Silhouette arched star outline (Design ID# 306555)
other: Silhouette Cameo 3, Scotch ATG 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.

supplies:
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!

supplies:
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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