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The theme for all the July 2022 Disney Creative Co design team challenges is “Christmas in July,” and we’re starting off with a color palette challenge!

The layout I created will go into my 2020 Disney album, because our trip in November 2020 was the first time we ever experienced the holiday overlay at Disney parks. I haven’t made very many layouts for this album yet, so I’m still figuring out the overarching themes that will carry through all the pages. However, I’ve used a lot of white cardstock in the layouts I’ve made so far, and I continued that theme with this layout.

I based the design of the layout on the beautiful sketch #626 from the Simple Scrapper sketch library.  I loved this sketch so much; I could NOT get it out of my head once I laid eyes on it!!  I modified it to fit my two horizontal 4×6 photos and told the story of sitting together on the Hub lawn to watch the castle projections on the very last night of our trip.

I tried out all sorts of titles and finally settled on “Together,” because this tiny moment was one of the absolute highlights of this trip. It was our first big family vacation with just the four of us, and this quiet time together was magical and the perfect way to end our trip.

Since the photos are nighttime photos and therefore very dark, I kept all my embellishments bright and used even more white. I die-cut Mickey circles out of smooth white cardstock and vellum to layer behind my bits and pieces– Mickey snowflakes die-cut from more smooth white cardstock, adorable mini acrylic Christmas Mickeys, some detail-cut poinsettias from my patterned paper, and gold glitter enamel dots.

Scraps & Ink CraftsMouse Circles cutting dieSnowflake Set 1 cutting die
; mini acrylic Christmas pieces
patterned paper: Simple Stories Say Cheese Christmas “3×4 Elements” (both sides); Close to My Heart “Comfort & Joy;” additional scraps from stash
cardstock: American Crafts white textured; The Paper Studio white smooth

vellum: The Paper Studio
alphas: American Crafts Thickers “Fitzgerald” (gold)
enamel dots: The Paper Studio
other: machine stitching, craft foam, foam squares, 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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Over five years ago, I wrote a blog post about how I’d used my Grenada journal on vacation, and how I intended to finish it. At that time, I printed the photos and started adding them and the embellishments into my album. I got about halfway through the process, and then I just stopped!

And I don’t have a good reason for why I stopped!  I had everything packed together in a project box, ready to finish, for years now.  I must have come across another project that felt more “important” and this one fell off the priority list.  The only other thing I can think of is that I got frustrated that didn’t leave quite enough space on my journaling pages for my photos, and maybe I got tired of trying to fit them on pages and make tip-ins for them…?  🤷‍♀️

However, with my recent streak of finishing projects, I found myself ready and eager to get back to this one. I pulled out the project box, took stock (with help from the Simple Scrapper Finishing Project class), and got back into it.

In the end, it only took me about a week to finish this journal! It went much faster than I expected, and it was a fun trip down memory lane to revisit the photos and words about our tropical vacation– especially during the cold and gloom of winter.

The supplies I used (all of which are now out of print!) are described my first blog post about this project. I made it a point to use up all the stickers and die cuts that I put into my little journal kit. To finish the project, I did add a couple more rolls of washi tape, journal cards from the Cocoa Daisy kit, 6×6 paper pads by Simple Stories (Sn@p Color Vibe) and Jillibean Soup (Blossom Soup), and a couple packages of Pinkfresh Studio stickers (puffy stickers and words). Those “extras” were not used up, but I plan to use them in upcoming projects.

I also added more stamping. I used stamps from the the tiny set that was in my kit directly on the page in a few cases– especially the tiny hearts, which I sprinkled and layered (inspired by a current member challenge at Simple Scrapper). I also used those stamps on scrap white cardstock, which I then trimmed out by hand to effectively make my own die cuts. I was missing a floral element to add to my layers, so I pulled out my Paper Smooches “Blossoming Buds” set and stamped the floral cluster images in grey ink, again trimming them out. I wanted to add the softness of florals without adding large bright or bold elements that might detract from the photos I was showcasing.

The end result is a fun and textured travel journal that has a very casual feel! The layers of washi and all the scattered tip-ins are not my typical style, so it was fun to play with something different. I’m not sure if I’ll do other travel journals like this in the future– I think that the “success” of this one (if you can call it a success, since the trip was in 2016 and I am just finishing it in 2022, haha!) was due to the fact that I had lots of down time (the whole point of the trip was downtime!) in which to write.

Without further ado, please enjoy the video flip-through of my FINISHED! (at last!) Grenada vacation journal! This is only my second time doing a voice-over, so thank you in advance for your grace!

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Previously, I posted some layouts that I created for a memoir project that I began in June 2021. These were the title page and introduction to an album that documents my childhood through when I met my husband, created with the guidance of the “Before Your Story” class at Simple Scrapper.

As I mentioned in that post, I think this is possibly one of the most meaningful memory-keeping projects I have created. (The introduction page explains why; see post linked above.) And it is now finished! I filmed a flip-through video today, and I have included some peeks at my process creating this project.

Thank you so much for watching!

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I created this layout for the Disney Creative Co. January 2022 “Colors of Magic” challenge! The palette is based on Cinderella Castle, and at first I thought I might use it for a Cinderella meet-and-greet page. But as I flipped through my 2016 Disney album project to see what layouts I could make, this one caught my eye and surprised me with how well it would fit the dark blue shades in the color swatches.

I’d been puzzling over how I was going to incorporate all the ephemera on this layout, which includes a shopping bag, a piece of packaging, a receipt, and tea bag wrappers… so I went looking for a sketch to get me started. When I saw the Simple Scrapper sketch #175, I knew I could turn the vertical band into a pocket that would be exactly what I needed!

I’ll let you in on a secret: the photo of Main Street on this layout was actually from our first night at Magic Kingdom, but I hadn’t been able to fit it onto that layout in an aesthetically pleasing way. I’m glad I saved it, because it ended up being the perfect one for this story about shopping for special souvenirs for our children on Main Street on this night of our trip.

I tucked several hidden (and not-so-hidden) Mickey heads around this layout. I especially loved hiding the two in the layers of ephemera peeking out of the pocket. The clip conveniently allows me to hold in place the piece of packaging without permanently adhering it.

Scraps & Ink CraftsFacetsBits & Pieces (Pastel Padded Appliques)Bits & Pieces (Wood Pieces), Washi Set (Cinderella)
patterned paper: Shimelle Starshine: “Curiosity,” “Hubble,” Pink Paislee Pen Pals 12×12 paper pad
cardstock: Shimelle Sparkle City Project Pad, Head in Clouds Project Pad

alphas: American Crafts Thickers Fitzgerald (silver), Shimelle Sparkle City sticker folder
stickers: Shimelle #stickerbook
tags: Jillibean Soup Notebook Tags
enamel dots: The Paper Studio
other: Spectrum Noir ArtLiner (.005), labels via Silhouette print-and-cut, 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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This past summer, I took an absolutely amazing class called “Before Your Story” through Simple Scrapper to create a memoir-type album documenting my growing-up years from birth through about when I met my husband. It has been an amazing process to assemble it, and it is so very close to being finished! I think it is possibly one of the most meaningful album projects I have created.

Some of my final tasks to bring it to completion were to create a title page and a prologue page. I created the prologue page first:

The journaling reads:

This project began simply as a way for me to develop and elaborate on a timeline of my life from birth to when I met and started dating Joel. I have always said that I don’t have a good memory and that I’d forgotten much of my childhood, but as I looked through old photos and memorabilia, I discovered that those memories had just been dormant, and they came flooding back.
With the memories came the renewed realization of just how much the LORD has greatly blessed my life. His plan is perfect, and his timing is perfect. Nothing in my life was or is a surprise to Him. He graciously allowed hard times to happen so that He could discipline me as His child and grow my faith; He placed the right people in my life at the right times; He gave me good gifts so that I might use them to glorify Him; He appointed the times and places that I have lived: all these things that I would seek Him and find Him.
This album is more than an elaborate timeline. It is a testimony to God’s grace and blessing upon me. It is a celebration of what He has done in my life, and I hope that this shines out to anyone who reads it.
Whate'er my God ordains is right:
his holy will abideth;
I will be still, whate'er he doth,
and follow where he guideth.
He is my God; though dark my road,
he holds me that I shall not fall:
wherefore to him I leave it all.
Whate'er my God ordains is right:
he never will deceive me;
he leads me by the proper path;
I know he will not leave me.
I take, content, what he hath sent;
his hand can turn my griefs away,
and patiently I wait his day.
Samuel Rodigast (1676), translated by Catherine Winkworth (1863)

It took me a surprisingly long time to tackle the title page. I think my perfectionist tendencies were kicking in big time, and I was afraid of making something that “wasn’t good enough” for this important project.

Finally this week, I put it together.

Throughout the album, I kept everything very flat (which is unusual for me!), but on this title page, I wanted a bit of dimension. I hand-wrote my name with a black marker, scanned it, and used the trace feature in Silhouette Studio to turn it into a cut file. When I had sized it how I wanted it, I cut it four times from white textured cardstock and stacked the layers.

The album also has very minimal embellishment, and I carried those few motifs onto this title page, using floral stickers I mounted on white cardstock to detail-cut and vintage doilies that had been part of my grandma’s craft stash. The tiny gold foil letter tile stickers were quite honestly a nightmare to work with, but I did the best I could.

I need to place a photo order to fill in some last few photos, and then I hope to have a video to share my finished project!

P.S. This album is housed in a 9×12 album; this is the first time I’ve used this size, and I did enjoy it!

patterned paper: Park Lane “Southern Charm” paper pad
cardstock: The Paper Studio smooth white, American Crafts textured white
stickers: Maggie Holmes #stickerbook
other: vintage paper doilies

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I’ve been keeping a little secret! (I actually don’t know if I was supposed to keep it *such* a secret, but I did!) Back in mid-September, Jennifer from Simple Scrapper asked me to be a guest on her “Scrapbook Your Way” podcast, and we recorded a Q&A episode!

Scrapbook Your Way Episode 144 released today, and we talk about memory keeping and the Simple Scrapper membership (and how the membership has had an amazing impact on my life!). It was such a fun conversation!! I think my brain was working faster than my mouth, and I know there were things that I hoped to say that I didn’t…. but then again, there will always be more that I want to say about memory-keeping!!

It is so amazing to be a guest on this podcast that has been a favorite of mine for years!

Thank you, Jennifer, for this opportunity!

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