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For the April 2022 Disney Creative Co Incredi-sketch challenge, I decided to create with some of the “special” photos I’ve been saving in my 2016 Disney album project. My daughter was in the prime of her princess-loving years, so meeting the princesses was the height of delight for her.

I decided to go almost monochromatic for this layout to emphasize Cinderella’s color scheme, and I decided to go with this Paris map print as my background paper because Cinderella is a French fairy tale. I had two vertical 4×6 photos that I blocked together on white cardstock, and I added a layer of light blue patterned paper behind the white to bring out that blue of the gown. The text print captures the love that my daughter had for princesses at that time — they were her imaginary and constant companions!

I used washi tape to border the horizontal strip behind the photo, and I love the way it picks up on the light blue and adds some sparkle.

I wanted the layout to feel very dainty and royal, so I added some paper doilies as well as some plain white florals I cut with my Cameo 3. I love the frilliness they add!

I’ve had the package of white sparkly foam words earmarked for princess pages for a while now, and the “lovely” was just right for this title. I used white alphas to spell the rest of my title. It’s subtle, but I think it is still readable!

I embellished my journaling block with a sparkly Mouse paperclip and a sprinkling of enamel dots and wood veneer.

To pick up on the idea of the vertical line of sprinkly embellishments in the sketch, I decided to use a pale gold metallic paste through a star stencil in the background, although I have my stars cross the page on a diagonal instead.

The finishing touch was a Cinderella-blue Mouse facet– the “hidden Mickey” for this layout!

Scraps & Ink CraftsFacetsLuxe Mouse Paper ClipsWashi Set (Cinderella)
patterned paper: Pink Paislee Pen Pals paper pad, Shimelle Starshine “Hubble”
white textured cardstock: American Crafts
foam “lovely” sticker: Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss stickers
alphas: Pinkfresh Studio
wood veneer: Studio Calico
enamel dots: The Paper Studio
journal card: Project Life Baby Edition
stencil: Paige Evans “Star Confetti”
paste: Therm-o-web DecoFoil Metallix “Champagne Mist”
cut file: Jen Schow “floral shelf”
other: paper doilies, Silhouette Cameo 3 (cut file, print-and-cut labels)

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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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When I saw the Disney Creative Co sketch challenge for February, I knew it would be great for combining two photos of different orientations, even if my photos are bigger than the ones in the sketch.

I chose to use Photopass ride photos from our first time on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (our 2016 trip), and I decided to let Snow White’s color scheme be the inspiration for this page. I had to use the “Wish” patterned paper — it was a perfect reference to the wishing well… And then, when I saw the Mouse Bow in red, I knew it was meant to be!

Because my photo block is much bigger than the one in the sketch, I shifted my title above the landscape photo, and it sort of “fills in” that space there. The ticket strip was the perfect home to support the smaller letter stickers, and it adds a bit of a train feeling, I think. I inked the edges with a bit of blue ink to give a bit of extra depth. I wrote my journaling on a 3×4 card to slip amongst the layers above the photo block.

I used two(!) different doily styles in my layering. The tiny ones are vintage paper doilies from my grandma’s craft stash. I always think of her when I use them.

In this 2016 Disney scrapbook, I have a few running themes on my full-page layouts, beyond the paper choices — a hidden (or in this case, not-so-hidden) Mickey, enamel dots, and wood veneer. I haven’t used these birds on many (or any until now??), but they were perfect for the last little Snow White touch.

Scraps & Ink CraftsTicket Strip dieFacets, Mouse Bows
patterned paper: Shimelle Starshine “Voyager;” Shimelle Never Grow Up “Make a Wish,” “Live Outdoors;” other scraps
alphas: Amercian Crafts Thickers (Happy gold glitter), Glitz Design Teeny Alphas (aqua stripe)
wood veneer: Studio Calico (birds, hearts), Lawn Fawn (heart)
enamel dots: The Paper Studio
other: Project Life Jade Edition journaling card, washi tape, paper doilies, label via Silhouette print-and-cut with Cameo 3, 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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This layout is the last in my set about dining at Be Our Guest during our WDW trip in 2016. I created this page for the Disney Creative Co. February 2022 sketch challenge!

As you probably know by now, following a sketch exactly is something that I rarely do! And again, I was true to form. This time, I rotated the sketch by 90°:

For the strips in the background, I used a combination of paper strips, border punches, and washi tape.

For the circular element, I used a paper doily, and then I layered over it some detail-cut roses, a castle stamped on vellum, and a pearl-and-rhinestone embellished paperclip. Because of the length of my title, I placed it along the top of my photos.

Finally, I added just a little bit of journaling to the right of my photos. As I said before, this layout is the last in a set (here’s the pocket page, and here’s the other layout), so I didn’t have much more to say– most of the story had already been told! I also used those pages as inspiration for the papers and color scheme for this layout. I didn’t want it to be exactly the same, but I wanted some coordination so that the story flow was obvious.

Last but not least, I used this cute little faceted Mickey to coordinate with the clip at the top and give a bit more sparkle to this corner with the journaling!

Scraps & Ink CraftsFacetsLuxe Mouse Paper ClipsWashi Set (Aurora)
patterned paper: Making Memories Tie the Knot “Floral,” Fancy Pants Happy Place “Hello,” Shimelle Starshine: “Mercury” Pink Paislee Pen Pals 12×12 paper pad
cardstock: American crafts white textured, yellow textured from my stash
alphas: American Crafts Thickers “Happy”
journal card: Project Life Baby Edition
wood veneer: Studio Calico
border punches: Martha Stewart “Doily Lace” and “Bubble Bath”
vellum: The Paper Studio
stamps: Hero Arts/Clearly Kelly “Kelly’s Magical”

enamel dots: The Paper Studio
other: Spectrum Noir ArtLiner (.005), paperdoilies, tissue paper, craft foam, Glue Dots vellum adhesive

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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Probably my favorite ride of our 2016 Disney trip was the Kilimanjaro Safari. It was absolutely amazing, and I drank in every minute with delight. I took so many photos (there will be more layouts to come, in pockets!) but I wanted to make a separate layout to highlight how much I enjoyed the whole experience– and my daughter’s enjoyment, too! I made this page for the Disney Creative Co. January 2022 Incredi-sketch challenge.

This is a case where the photos are far, far from being technically perfect, but they are some of my favorites because of the joy they show, and the good memories they capture.

I had so much fun making my tropical clusters with leaves I die cut with my Silhouette and flowers I hand-trimmed from patterned paper! Have you spotted the two hidden Mickeys?

On the lefthand side, I used some woodgrain paper as a mat behind the photo block, and I layered on a filmstrip to imitate the banner piece in the original sketch.

I shifted the righthand cluster down from its location in the sketch so that I could sneakily cover up the face of a stranger that was in the background of the photo of my Husband and daughter.

The layout tells two little stories: one about how much I enjoyed the attraction, and one about how my (then-five-year-old) daughter loved it. When I was looking through my trip journal to compose my journaling, I found a note that my husband had added about her reactions. I asked him to transcribe it onto the layout so that his handwriting is there, too.

Scraps & Ink CraftsFilm Strip cutting dieFacets (red and yellow), Washi Set (Animal Kingdom 2)
patterned paper: Shimelle Never Grow Up “Make a Wish,” “Face the Sun,” “Live Outdoors;” Shimelle Field Trip “Signs of Life,” Shimelle Sparkle City project pad,
Echo Park Paper Beautiful Life: “Borders” (B-side), Shimelle Never Grow Up 6×8 Journaling Pad
white textured cardstock: American Crafts

stickers: Shimelle Starshine cardstock stickers
alphas: American Crafts “Fitzgerald” red glitter, Shimelle #stickerbook
cut files: Kerri Bradford Studio Tropical Leaves #051
2, Silhouette Leaf #1035
embellishments: The Paper Studio enamel dots, Studio Calico wood veneer hearts
other: Jillibean Soup kraft tag, Hero Arts/Clearly Kelly “Kelly’s Magical” stamps, Spectrum Noir Artliner 0.005, vellum, 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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We had an incredible meal at ‘Ohana when we visited in 2016. And I took zero photos of the delicious dishes!! At the end of the meal, the server brought out a birthday cupcake for Husband, and I did take photos of that!

I made this layout in my Disney 2016 scrapbook for the Disney Creative Co. December 2021 “Incredi-Sketch” challenge:

Here’s the sketch I started with:

I love using sketches as starting points for my layouts. In some cases, the end result is very similar to the original sketch, and in other cases, the end result is simply inspired by the sketch. I think that this layout is on the latter end of that spectrum!

That being said, I think you can still see where the sketch informed my design: the journaling on the left, the alternating grid of photos and embellishments, and the horizontal strips at the top and bottom of the focal block. I’ve compressed the double-page layout into a single page.

Washi tape was the perfect base layer for the horizontal strips, and I used a branding strip and a scrap yellow paper to complete my clusters, popping up the top layer on some chipboard packaging for extra dimension. I also popped up the three photos of my husband to give them a slight emphasis.

I had a lot to say, so I wrote with a fine-tipped pen on a journaling card to slip it next to my photos. I wanted to highlight the cupcake, so I used the adorable Mouse Cupcake die to cut the delicate outline and tucked it under my photo.

My title is in the center block, and I must admit I’m pretty delighted with the way I was able to layer the alphas together, using the tall white alphas to link to the white cupcake die cut.

In my embellishment cluster, the white accent is in the date label and the scalloped strip from the Shimelle Starshine ephemera pack. Even though my gold twine is tricky to work with because it unravels so easily, I like the celebratory spray of the threads that picks up the gold in the washi and the title.

As I do for almost every layout in this album project, I add some finishing touches of wood veneer and enamel dots, and always a hidden Mickey!

Scraps & Ink Crafts: Mouse Cupcake cutting die, Washi Set (Animal Kingdom 1)
patterned paper: Shimelle Starshine “Hubble,” Shimelle Never Grow Up “Live Outdoors,” various scraps and cut-apart pieces
white cardstock: The Paper Studio

alphas: American Crafts Thickers “Cloud” and “Happy”
journal card: Project Life Jade Edition
wood veneer: Studio Calico
enamel dots: The Paper Studio
other: print-and-cut tag via my Silhouette Cameo 3, gold twine

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 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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This layout is published in the Summer 2021 issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine (page 70)!!

I’ve been wanting to scrapbook these photos of my little boy from a few years ago, and when I got these CTMH papers and saw this sketch (from the Summer 2021 SCT call), I knew it was a perfect fit.

I followed the basic idea of the sketch, but I did make some changes. I used 3 photos: one 4″x6″ and two 4″x3,” which I arranged in a grid. The vertical piece is narrower on my layout, but my banner piece extends to the top edge.

I scraped some gold paste through a stencil to add some layers and texture behind the photo, and I’ve gotta say, I just love how it turned out.

I had a lot to say, so I ended up deciding to type my journaling and used the oft-used (but my first time trying, that I can remember…) “trick” to make an appropriately sized text box, print it on a scrap paper, then tape the journaling card on top and print again. My printer is not very precise, so I was definitely holding my breath as it came out– especially since this was my very last copy of this journaling card! It isn’t perfect, but I think you have to look very closely to see what I don’t like 😉 (nope, I’m not going to tell you!)

Adding the title probably took me the longest. First, I had to decide what alphas to use (and I’m so glad I decided to use these fabric Thickers in the end), and then, since they were larger than I’d originally planned, it took a lot of wiggling and squeezing and arranging to get them just so. It was of utmost importance to me that his cute little feet be highlighted and not at all covered by any part of the letters!

I used a combination of new stickers from the CTMH collection and old (some of them are quite old) stickers from my stash to embellish around the photo. For a final touch, I added some bright yellow enamel dots!

Supply list:
patterned paper: Close to My Heart (Blue Skies)
cardstock: American Crafts (white textured), stash (aqua)
stickers: Close to My Heart (Blue Skies), Bella Blvd (Blueberry Little Bits), My Mind’s Eye (Lime Twist)
alphas:  American Crafts Thickers (Amy Tangerine “Hello”)
journal card: Project Life (Jade edition)
Thermoweb/Decofoil Metallix Gel (Champagne Mist)
stencil: Paige Evans
border punch: Fiskars (Threading Water)
enamel dots: The Paper Studio
journaling font: American Typewriter Regular

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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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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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