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This is another layout I created over the summer for a fall call, but I decided not to share it until it was more seasonally appropriate! We’re in full costume-making mode here now that it is October (we actually got an early start this year! Hooray!), so in the meantime, I’ll be posting a couple projects that I’ve not yet shared.

I love the contrast of light and dark in trick-or-treating photos, and I was so glad that Husband captured these pictures in 2019. I was unable to walk around the neighborhood because I was still in a boot and on crutches, so he took on the photographer duties!

For this layout I combined Shimelle’s “Go Now Go” paper with some newer Close to My Heart papers for accent layers, and then I brought out some really old Little Yellow Bicycle Halloween products, most obviously these journaling circles.

I arranged my photos in a grid that shows the progression of the evening, and I plopped my title right on top!

I combined some delicate outline and solid leaves cut on my Cameo 3 with some detail cut cameras from another “Go Now Go” paper to make clusters around the layout. Layered clusters are my favorite!

Supply list:
patterned paper: Shimelle “Go Now Go” (Park, Action), Close to My Heart “Mix In” (Mar-Apr)
cardstock: Shimelle Sparkle City project pad (navy), The Paper Studio (orange textured)
alphas: American Crafts Thickers (cloud puffy letter stickers)
epoxy stickers: Little Yellow Bicycle “Trick or Treat”
enamel dots: The Paper Studio
journal spots: Little Yellow Bicycle “Trick or Treat” Journal Tablet
labels: print-and-cut via Silhouette Cameo 3
punch: Fiskars “Apron Lace”
cut files: SCT Oct 2020 freebie, Kerri Bradford Studio (“Leaves”)
journaling pen: Spectrum Noir ArtLiner .005other: craft foam, ATG adhesive

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This was one of those layouts that almost made itself– I had so much momentum from finishing the Test Track layout that I just turned the page and kept going!

This is the reverse of that Test Track page, and I filled it with photos of my daughter and I in our Cinderella outfits. My previous ‘bounding page for this album was a layout and not a pocket page, I wanted to keep some of the same motifs (even if I’m the only one who realizes it!) With that in mind, I pulled out some white die cut leaves (the cut files are from Pinkfresh Studio) to embellish the photos.

I added flowers detail cut from the Echo Park “Beautiful Life” papers because they had the perfect colors to coordinate with our Cinderella blue!

As a subtle touch, I added cameras stamped with black ink on vellum to each of the larger clusters, and I added a little sentiment to one of my smaller clusters.

I used labels to tell the story of how this little photo shoot came about, and then added a tiny photo on a journal card at the bottom to transition into the next page, which is a full page layout about “Living with the Land.” To coordinate with that layout, I used scraps of patterned paper that match the layout at the top of the journal card, as well as aqua tissue paper layers behind two of my photos in this pocket page.

I filled the final space in the pocket page with a cut-apart card: the globe coordinated perfectly with the facing layout– and I think globes are the perfect embellishment for an EPCOT page! I added a bit of dimension to finish it off with an enamel dot and a tiny detail-cut flower.

patterned paper: Shimelle “Never Grow Up” 6×8 paper pad, Echo Park “Beautiful Life,” Shimelle “Starshine” 6×6 and 12×12 paper pads
cardstock: American Crafts white textured
vellum: The Paper Studio
enamel dots: The Paper Studio
journal card: Becky Higgins/Project Life “Baby Edition”
cut file: Pinkfresh Studio “Botanical Branch Trio”
stamps: Hero Arts/Clearly Kelly “Kelly’s Magical” and Hampton Art “Vintologie”
journaling pen: Spectrum Noir Artliner .005
other: print-and-cut labels, tissue paper, Silhouette Cameo 3, Staz-On ink, craft foam, ATG adhesive, Becky Higgins/Project Life Design G page protector

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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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In 2019, I was in a big giant Boot, but Husband, V, and B participated in our elementary school PTA’s Fun Run and 5K fundraiser. It was a fun time, and I was really proud of my daughter and son for completing the mile-long Fun Run together. Even more impressive was that my husband had carried my son part of the way while running (jogging?) with the kids on the Fun Run course, and then went on to finish the 5K in a respectable time.

My favorite part, though, was seeing my children finish their race and cross the finish line holding hands. This called for a special layout:

I used a horizontal design so that I could show off two 4×6 photos and two 3×4 photos (small only because the quality was poor– they were screenshots from a video clip… These photos make my heart explode and they are giant in my mind!). I pieced together two patterned papers behind the photos to form the background.

Almost all of the embellishments are cut from patterned paper! The “Amazing” plane+banner and the “Remember This” strip are from cut-apart sheets… and I sneakily chopped out bits of the floral paper behind the photos so that I could detail cut some of the flowers to use as embellishments. I also detail-cut the cameras from yet another patterned paper!

I used two journaling cards to tell the two pieces of the story: my husband’s intrepid running and my kids’ display of their strong relationship.

The title has a double meaning… not only were they all running on the road, but the mascot for the elementary school is Rudy the Roadrunner!

patterned paper: Shimelle “Go Now Go” (Botanical, Action), Close to My Heart “Mix In” (Mar-Apr), Shimelle “Starshine” (Odyssey, Orion)
cardstock: American Crafts white textured
alphas: Close to My Heart white alphabet foam stickers
kraft tags: Jillibean Soup
journal cards: Project Life (Jade Edition)
enamel dots: The Paper Studio

journaling pen: Spectrum Noir ArtLiner .005
other: craft foam, date stamp, crochet thread, ATG (adhesive)

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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 love a good sketch, and that’s why I couldn’t resist joining in with the Disney Creative Co.’s first sketch challenge! When I saw the Incredi-sketch, I knew that these two photos highlighting my Grey Stuff cupcake at Be Our Guest would be the perfect fit. Plus, look at all the labels! I love labels! (p.s. mine are print-and-cut with my Cameo 3.)

Taking my cue from the colors in the photo– and the fact that we were talking about GREY stuff, I decided to go with a grey-with-yellow-accents color palette.

I have had the background papers in my stash for years!! They are from a Making Memories wedding collection, but they aren’t so themed that they can’t be used for something completely different. Throughout the embellishment cluster, I layered bits and pieces of scrap patterned papers (I keep all of my scraps from this project together in a box so that I can use them elsewhere for continuity).

I have a coordinating pocket insert for this page (coming soon on the blog) that tells the rest of my thoughts about dining at Be Our Guest, but this layout focuses specifically on how excited I was to get to try “Grey Stuff.” I had this package of sparkly white foam script titles earmarked for some other layouts I’ll be adding to this section, and I realized that the “hello” would be perfect on this layout as part of the title. I sprinkled some of the matching hearts around the layout, too.

I have been so inspired by how Kirsty (@journalofcuriousthings) stamps on vellum to make hand-cut embellishments for her (seriously lovely) layouts, and so I decided to give it a try. I used Staz-On ink so that it wouldn’t smear, and I stamped a whole lot of images and spent a little while just trimming and punching them out. I tucked them throughout the vertical cluster of labels and embellishments, along with the floral elements I detail-cut out of patterned paper and

Do you see the hidden Mickey??

For a final touch, I added some (also very old!) pennant stickers and some silver thread tied into bows.

patterned paper: Making Memories Tie the Knot “Glitter Stripe” and “Handkerchief Lace,” Fancy Pants Happy Place “Hello,” Shimelle Starshine “Mercury”
cardstock: white textured from American Crafts
vellum: The Paper Studio
alphas: “Daiquiri” white foam Thickers, Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss foam stickers
stickers: Jenni Bowlin Studio “Play Date” banner stickers, Shimelle #stickerbook , Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss foam stickers
stamps: Hero Arts/Clearly Kelly “Kelly’s Magical,” Hampton Arts “Vintologie”
embellishments: The Paper Studio (enamel dots), silver thread, paper doilies, print-and-cut (Cameo 3) labels

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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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This layout appeared in the Spring 2021 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today, in the readers’ gallery on page 72!

I’m reposting my original blog post (from December 20, 2020) about the layout…


I bought some new papers from Shimelle’s Never Grow Up collection near the beginning of September 2020. I was so excited to use this light blue starry paper as a background for this layout for my Disney 2016 scrapbook. I immediately laid out the basic design for this layout…And then it sat there–for some reason, I was just stumped. I think part of it was the fact that this particular event was pretty special, and I wanted to make a layout that would convey “perfectly” all the little moments that added up to make this a memorable evening for my daughter (and me!).

Finally, in the very beginning of December, I buckled down and really worked on it. I started small: I added a white mat to each photo and finally figured out how I was going to include my journaling: I typed it up and used my Silhouette Cameo print-and-cut feature to make sure that my boxes were cut exactly where I wanted them to be around the text.

left side
right side

I was very thankful that my husband had written down some details of the interactions between my daughter and each princess in my daily trip journal that evening, because it really captured some of my daughter’s personality at that point.

Once I had those white mats and journaling ready, I was able to break through my “scrappers block” and start embellishing. One thing that I’d known for sure from the very beginning that I wanted to include was this “starry-eyed” sticker from Shimelle’s Head in the Clouds collection.

In fact, I’d taken it out of the 12×12 project pad and stuck it temporarily to the edge of a box I had on my desk, to remind me to use it… and in those months in between starting and finishing, I managed to lose it! I’d been doing some sewing in that time, and I was pretty sure it had gotten caught up on some fabric… but the problem was that I didn’t have any idea where it could have been carried! I searched and searched (and used it as an excuse to put off the layout even longer!) and my daughter even offered to give me her sticker from the project pad I’d given her! (so sweet!) One evening, after I’d all but given up, I went into my sewing closet to pull something out for a hand-sewing project, and lo and behold! the sticker was there at the back of the shelf! And undamaged, at that! I was so excited.

Among the photos and journaling squares, I had two “feature” squares, one using a 3×4 cut-apart (from Shimelle’s Head in the Clouds) that I trimmed down to a 3″ square, and one using some smaller cut-aparts (from Shimelle’s Starshine) that I combined together to make a square.

As I put these feature squares together, they established the embellishment scheme I ended up using for the photos. I used doilies behind each of the posed photos of my daughter with a princess, and I layered strips of patterned paper and washi tape on different sides of the squares.

On the photos of my daughter interacting with the princess, I added a small, horizontal piece of washi tape and a wood veneer piece (hearts or birds– both old Studio Calico products). I sprinkled gold glitter enamel dots around the whole layout, and of course also used them to make a hidden Mickey!

I used the same elements in the title block– strips of washi, gold glitter Thickers, a tiny doily, and a wood veneer piece to tie everything together. I added the location and date on a tiny label sticker from Shimelle’s Sparkle City sticker folder. The aqua alpha tile stickers are from Shimelle’s #stickerbook.

Looking back, I’m not quite sure why I was so hung up on this, but I am glad that I didn’t force it, because I really do love how this layout turned out!

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Almost five years ago now, my husband and kids went on a little adventure together while I was off having a craft day with some friends at church. They first went to the aquarium in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and afterward, they rode the dragon boats! My husband took photos and I asked him to write some journaling on some cards. For all this time, the cards and ticket stubs have sat in my archive, and these photos have been printed for a while, too! I am so happy that I’ve finally put them together on a layout (the aquarium layout will face this one– I haven’t made it yet!)

I mentally arranged and re-arranged the photos until I was looking through some of my completed layouts the other day. I really loved how THIS layout turned out, and I decided to scraplift myself. I used watercolors on a gesso’d sheet of white cardstock to coordinate with the colors in the photos.

I didn’t have nearly as many photos this time, so I added patterned paper to fill out the grid.

I added stitching around the patterned paper blocks for texture and interest!

I have to say, I was stumped for a bit when I was looking for embellishments, and then I remembered the adorable dragons in the Head in the Clouds project pad– and they are just the right colors!! I was especially excited when I realized that this purple dragon’s tail curled perfectly around the top of the journaling that my husband had written long before I even had these products!

I added the teal camera at the base of the journaling (stamped and embossed on patterned paper, then carefully cut out and popped up on foam) because while the camera illustration on the card was very cute, it just wasn’t standing out enough. I didn’t have patterned paper in a saturated color to match, so I used a more muted paper and blended some aqua ink to intensify the color.

It felt a little “risky” to be using products from the collections I’ve purchased to use for my Disney 2016 album project! However, I didn’t have any specific place in mind to use the dragons, so I’m glad that I used them here. They really are a perfect match… I also used the aqua glitter Fitzgerald alphas for my title (also from the supplies I purchased for that album project). Again, they were just right, and after all, products are meant to be used, right? I don’t want to be so stingy with my things that they don’t get used– there are always more to buy!

After I created the grid and added the dragons, it was looking a little bare, even with the bold watercolors underneath! I decided to add layers around the the top section, especially around the main photo.

This turned out to be the perfect place to add a pull-out where I can keep the ticket!

In the end, I have to admit that this isn’t my favorite layout. I actually like the original layout upon which this is based so much better. However, I wonder if my opinion will change. What is interesting to me is that when was looking at my old layouts for inspiration, I came across another, much older layout that I considered scraplifting for this project. I looked up my blog post for it, and I wrote that I didn’t really like it! Yet here I was, five(!) years after I made it, viewing it as inspirational!

The important thing is that the story is there. The memories are preserved, and I can look back and enjoy them (and laugh that my kids were less impressed by the dragon boats than we’d hoped)!

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