Friday, March 11, 2016

Magical Moments

What makes a moment magical? Well, it doesn’t hurt if Chris Evans is part of it.

Magical Moments

It’s true. I have an obsession with casual interest in the actor Chris Evans, so I took a zillion photos of him when he came to comic con. Which means I’m going to have half a zillion scrapbook pages about him. And that is not a problem. 🙂

Moving on to this particular layout . . .

  • I had to redo the journaling on this layout. This is why I need to practice first, because my second try is much better.
  • Lots of washi tape on this page. And since I’m determined to make a dent in the tape I have left.
  • I used lots of goodies from the January Elle’s Studio monthly kit. Plus several dimensional elements.

Also notable is the fact that my niece helped in this layout. You can check that out in the process video for this page. Hope you enjoy it!

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Just Today

My crusade to use my Felicity Jane papers continues, this time with a couple of comic con photos.

Just Today

Some details about this page:

  • I made this page for a challenge in the Victoria Marie Facebook group. The challenge was to create a page using photos that were not cut in rectangles or squares. I cut these pics of Julie Benz into circles.
  • This layout was the inspiration for the page design.
  • What does a flamingo have to do with these photos? I don’t know either. But I liked the pop of gold the flamingo flair added to this page, so I used it.
  • It turns out that rub-ons go on more smoothly on plain paper, not paper that’s been prepped with gesso. Go figure. 🙂

I hope you’ll watch the process video to get more deets. Thanks for visiting!

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Monday, March 7, 2016

This Is Why

Here’s a page about one of my besties.

This Is Why

Let’s jump right in to the layout.

  • This page predominantly uses Felicity Jane products. Even the bag is from the FJ kit. I am finally starting to make a dent in my supply, which is good because I plan to continue being a subscriber.
  • The design of this layout was inspired by a sketch from this Ready, Sketch, Go class. I love how it turned out. If you like sketches, you should definitely give this class a try.
  • I kind of love the wood elements and coordinating stamp set. They are from Elle’s Studio.

You can check out the process video below. It’s part of my Memorabilia Medley series, where I incorporate memorabilia into the layout. In this case, it’s in the pocket. 🙂

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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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