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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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A dear friend of mine recently celebrated a milestone birthday, and I wanted to make a special card for her. Since books and writing are special passions of hers, I thought this cut file from Paige Evans was perfect!

In my stash of embellishments, I have some really pretty dimensional birthday stickers. I love how dainty they are — and they have a bit of sparkle! I decided to use one on this card and base my color scheme around it.

I got out my watercolors and, carefully holding my cut file above my paper every so often, added dabs of color to abstractly correspond to the flowers and leaves.

After the larger areas of color were dry, I added some tiny splashes of blue and green watercolor to add some texture and mounted the watercolor paper panel to yellow cardstock for a border.

Happy birthday, my friend!

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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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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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I created this layout back in January with the Scrapbook and Cards Today Pagemaps sketch (part of the Spring 2021 issue call). Here’s the sketch:

As I started to work with this sketch and some photos from my daughter’s very first spring dance recital, the one-page format morphed into two pages!

The lefthand side has a structure that is drawn from the sketch turned 90 degrees counter-clockwise…

…and the righthand page balances it with inspiration from the sketch rotated 180 degrees. (Can you see it?)

When it comes to sketches, I often use just a few bits for inspiration rather than closely following them.

I had the title in mind almost from the moment I began constructing the layout. I used a combination of a script title (font “Buthaynah”) cut with my Cameo–I cut 4 layers and adhered them together to give it a chipboard effect — and glitter alpha Thickers. These Fitzgerald Thickers were so sparkly silver that they were getting lost on the black-and-white floral paper, so I did two things to improve their visibility. First, I added a layer of vellum behind them, and then I added a thin layer of white acrylic paint to tone down the shine (Thanks, Missy Whidden, for the idea!!)

The layout’s color scheme is drawn from the recital costumes my daughter’s class wore, and it was the perfect opportunity to incorporate some little red paper flowers among the lacy floral cuts.

I had a lot to say, so I decided to type my journaling, making the most of the Silhouette Studio print-and-cut features. I used an office tag cut file and added some border lines using the offset tool and a text box to place my journaling exactly where I wanted it.

I used a lot of older stash supplies for this layout, but I love how it turned out. I am so glad to have these photos and this story preserved in my albums!

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
cut files: Paige Evans (floral), Kerri Bradford (office tag)
title font: Buthaynah
journaling font: Cochin

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As I mentioned in a previous post, we used RTW clothing for my daughter’s Disney-bounding wardrobe for our most recent trip, which is why I’m not showcasing most of her outfits here. However, I did want to document a couple of T-shirts that I customized for her using HTV and my Silhouette Cameo 3.

These two designs were each inspired by garments I’d seen online that weren’t her size and/or appropriate for her age… or I liked the basic idea but wanted to redesign it! I created the designs in the Silhouette Studio software, and after that it was a straightforward process to cut and iron on the vinyl!

Having these customized T-shirts made it easy to come up with cute and comfortable outfits for park days… and something to look forward to wearing on an everyday basis when the weather gets warm again for us!

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This is the second layout I’ve made for iNSD challenges this year.  I’m combining Shimelle’s challenge from Paige Evans’ Facebook group (use a Paige Evans cut file, Paige Evans products, and Shimelle products on one page) with Crafty Jen Schow’s Use it or Lose it Facebook challenge to use lots of layers.

I knew I wanted to do another layout for my Disney 2016 album, so I looked to see what photos were printed and ready, and this pair of photos caught my eye.  On the night we were in Hollywood Studios, we stayed by ourselves later than the rest of our group and saw the Star Wars fireworks, which were really fantastic.


This particular starry cut file by Paige Evans was perfect for the page– the stars are a nod to Star Wars, and I placed them to give the idea of fireworks.  I reduced the size of the cut file a bit, cut it from the rose gold glitter paper from the Head in the Clouds project pad, then backed the stars with vellum.


Around the photos, I added lots of tiny little paper layers to make a frame–thanks to the Crafty Use It or Lose It challenge– until I saw that challenge I was at a bit of a loss as to what I was going to do!I added the journaling in a big empty area of the lefthand photo.

The title is NOT grammatically correct, I know, but I wanted the “Truly Grateful” puffy letter phrase  to tie in with the cute Paige Evans die cut that says “wonderful you,” so I sacrificed grammar for the look of the thing 😉


At the very last minute, I decided the layout looked unbalanced and needed something more, so I tore down a bit of the upper left edge of the layout.  And then I panicked, because it looked so odd to my eye (it’s the first time I’ve ever tried this, though I’ve admired it on others’ pages)!  I added more layers behind the torn area and then to make everything tie together, I roughed-up the edges of the paper layers around the photos.



Of course as usual, there are wood veneer and enamel dots…and a hidden Mickey!



patterned paper: Shimelle Starshine,” My Mind’s Eye “So Sophie” 
glitter paper: Shimelle “Head in the Clouds”
embellishments: Paige Evans “Truly Grateful” puffy word stickers, Paige Evans “Oh My Heart” die cuts, Shimelle “Starshine” die cuts, Studio Calico wood veneer, vellum, enamel dots
cut file: Paige Evans PE-stars-background4
tools: Silhouette Cameo 3, Nicapa cutting mat, Fiskars star punch

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Sometimes I have a hard time knowing what words to send to a friend, and in those cases, I hope that the handmade card helps to express what I’m trying to say.


For these cards, I cut a Paige Evans flower bouquet from white textured cardstock and used it to inspire the loose watercolor.  After the paint had dried, I adhered the die cut over the watercolor with a sentiment strip.






These cards were made with heartfelt love and prayers.


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As soon as I finished my “Hello, Ducks” layout, I started in on this one!  (It’s so nice to have crafty momentum…)


Last fall, when I was laid up after my ankle surgery, I received a goody box from Therm O Web (I won a giveaway through Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine) full of their Metallix gels and a Stencil Pal.  At the time, I wasn’t capable of standing for long enough to use the products right away, even though I was itching to try them out.  So I had plenty of time to daydream about how I would give the gels a shot– this is a medium I’ve been really hoping to try for a while!

For this layout, I cut a stencil with my Silhouette Cameo: it’s the Star Background from Paige Evans (I got it in her Facebook group).  I used black textured card stock, because in one of the early iterations of my plan for this page, the filmstrip was also cut from that same card stock, and this way, I could cut everything at once.  (as you can see, I changed my mind and cut a white filmstrip frame in the end.)

I got out my brand new jar of Aged Copper Metallix and my Stencil Pal and got to work!

It was so FUN!!  It was really quick, and it was so exciting to lift my stencil and see the textured stars left behind on my background paper.  I will definitely be using this technique again!  (I’m also hoping to use pieces of the gel-covered card stock stencil on the facing pocket page to this layout).

I let the gel dry overnight, because I didn’t have time to go farther with the layout that day…but the layout came together really quickly after that!

This was one of the layouts that I’d sketched out when I was planning the Epcot pages in my Disney 2016 album, so I had a solid idea where the photos would go.  I added some layers of tissue paper to soften the background under the photos so they wouldn’t get overwhelmed by the bold star pattern, and I added some navy patterned paper strips (Shimelle Starshine) to pull in the navy of my son’s coat.


With such a striking background, I didn’t need much else: just my wood veneers (Studio Calico) and gold glitter enamel dots to embellish.


I added my journaling on a Project Life (Jade Edition) card.



P.S. Since I used a new-to-me product and a new-to-me technique, I’m entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog “Something New” challenge.

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