Archives for February 2016

Friday, February 26, 2016

No Better Time Than Today

Times have certainly changed since my school days. This is my niece’s school photo.

No Better Time Than This

I’ve been scrapbooking for a very long time, so I decided to start a YouTube series dedicated to mixing older and newer products. This layout is an installment of that series, and there are several interesting things to note.

  • That background paper is from 2000. Yes, you read that right. It’s made it through several purges, so when I was looking through my patterned papers to see what I could find, I plucked it out of the pile. The flower on the top right is part of that paper; I simply cut it out and used it as an embellishment.
  • The Stampin’ Up! patterned papers under the photo are also from an older collection.
  • The Messy Box cards and copper flair are the new elements on this page.
  • I put the wrong year on this layout. This photo is actually from 2015. Whoops! I’ll fix it.

Want to know more about how I created this page? Check out the process video below.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Wonky Washi

Did you know washi tape had an expiration date? Neither did I . . . until I tried to use some diagonal black-and-white washi tape and couldn’t pull off enough to use on a page. So one afternoon I decided to go through my collection. This photo shows all the lovely tape I bought and won’t be able to use.


Nearly two dozen rolls.

On the one hand, my usable washi collection is much more manageable now; what’s shown here is about a third of the tape I own. On the other hand, I prefer to make a dent in my stash because I use it up, not because it becomes unusable.

The lesson is this: it’s always best to use what you buy. I may not be able to use this washi tape, but I am doing my best to use what I’ve got left.

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Love This

Another day, another photo strip. What can I say–I have a lot of them. 🙂

Love This

A few things to note about this page.

  • I used this sketch for the design but changed things up a bit.
  • Once I decided to use the doily, I added more gold elements to the page.

There’s always more. In this case, I had a little doily mishap. Check it out in the process video below.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Driving through a Winter Wonderland

After Christmas last year, the whole family–including the dogs–drove through a Christmas light display. Clayton seemed to love it, and I was excited to scrapbook these photos of the back of his head (ha) as he took in the lights.

Winter Winderland

Here are a few things about this layout:

  • I used this layout as my guide to the design.
  • Though I love the patterned paper I used as the background, I wanted to tone it down a little around the photos to ensure they would stand out. So I applied white gesso to the page. As you can see, it softens the pattern but still allows it to show through.
  • This is the first page in my Something Old, Something New YouTube series, where I combine newer products with older products. Another endeavor in my effort to use my extensive stash. In this case, I combined recent Stampin’ Up! paper with some older rub-ons, cardstock scraps, and vellum.

Check out my process video below.

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Starring Role

I love this photo of my niece, so I had to create a layout for it.

Starring Role

There’s a lot to say about this layout, but I’ll try to keep it short.

  • I used this sketch. I always love trying a new sketch.
  • Since my niece’s dress is cream and navy, I made those the main colors of my layout. The vellum behind the die-cut sheet is one from my stash. It looked a little too plain at first, so I stamped it with a flower image and added a few dots as well.
  • The alphabet was white, but I used a spray mist to make it a creamy color.
  • I hardly ever use my flower collection on my layouts, but these were perfect for this page.
  • The cards behind the photo are from my Messy Box subscription.

And of course, you can hear even more in my process video. Hope you enjoy!

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Visit to Oz

Yes, it’s time to scrapbook another photo strip.

Visit to Oz

Let’s jump right into talking about the layout.

  • I am working on using my Felicity Jane kit papers. I’ve been a subscriber for about a year and have not used nearly as much as I’d like on finished pages. So, voila!
  • I was initially thinking I’d like to use a woodgrain patterned paper to coordinate with the photo strip, but I really like the way that gray pattern looks.
  • Also, note how the lines on the camera chipboard run at the same angle as the gray paper. I call that serendipity.
  • I created this page for a challenge to scrapbook with hearts.

There’s lots more to know about this layout; you can hear it on this process video.

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Friday, February 5, 2016


I have never participated in Ali Edwards’ One Little Word before now. I’m not taking the official class, but this year I decided to choose a word and focus on it. The word I’ve chosen is breathe.


Now to talk about the layout.

  • I chose the color scheme based on an alphabet I planned to use with the page. I eventually set aside that alphabet as too small, but I kept the color scheme.
  • I like the multimedia work I did on this page, but once I was nearly finished with the layout I decided it needed more of a sense of movement. That’s where the rub-ons came in. I like the swirls and especially appreciate the way they resemble the way it looks when you exhale in cold weather.
  • Have I mentioned how much I love the scribbled circle stamp? Just kidding . . . I know I have. It’s from this retired stamp set. I love how it helps anchor the flair. Even though this set is no longer available, you can get a similar look with other circle stamps.

Here’s a link to the process video for this page.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Today I Want

No matter how many pocket page cards I use on my projects, I always seem to have plenty more. Thus I need to do pages like this . . .

Today I Want

I like this layout despite the fact that it doesn’t have a photo. A few more things about the page:

  • I used this layout by Jen Schow as my inspiration for the design–and not for the first time. I used it last year for the page below.
  • I pulled out several cards from my previous Messy Boxes and used them on the page. It takes a while, but it’s fun to go through my collection and find ones that go together.
  • Stamping is something I want to do more on my layouts, so I made sure to incorporate that on this page.

Here’s my previous page using this design.

Not Guilty

And here is the process video for my latest version of it.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Going Batty

I decided it was time for a new YouTube series. This one is called Memorabilia Medley and focuses on incorporating memorabilia in your layouts. First up is this page.

Going Batty

I’ve had this lanyard from the Batman movie marathon for a while. Since 2012, to be precise. I even started to create a page for it, but I wasn’t happy with the color scheme. So when I came across this again, I thought it was time to find a color scheme I liked and finish up the page.

  • I’ve had the gray/cream/blue paper in my stash for a while. I got it in a kit several years ago, and it came with several sheets of each paper. It’s gone unused for a while, but the color scheme was perfect for the lanyard, so I figured it was time to try it out.
  • The Halloween set of Thickers also came from my stash. I used the bats to add dimension to this page.
  • So grateful to have this page completed.

Feel free to check out the accompanying process video.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016


I’ve still got lots of comic con photos. Here are a few that recently landed on a page.


I subscribe to the Felicity Jane kit club, and I noticed that my supplies are building up a bit. I’m working on using some so I can feel justified in keeping the pretty stuff coming. I’ll be posting more soon. But let’s talk about this layout.

  • I used this layout to guide my own design.
  • I love the swirly stamp I used on this page! It’s one of my faves, though sadly it is discontinued.
  • I wish I had practiced my journaling first–I feel like it’s a little silly. But it’s done, so I’m not going to fret about it.

If you’d like to know more, you can check out the process video here.

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