Friday, September 30, 2016

Always Friends

Here is a layout that I created for Ali Edwards' Hello Story class. 

This layout has been in progress since the class went live the first time, so it has been YEARS! 

My first attempt at this layout, I printed the photos at 4x6, not taking notice of the fact that on Ali's layout the photos overlapped quite a bit. 

The second attempt, I got smaller photos printed and then I couldn't figure out how to include all of the journaling I had. Ali handwrote hers, but I had too much to say to do that. (No surprise there, right!)

This layout then made it back into the pages in progress pile, but at the top and got a bit of sun from the window it was next to. When I came back to it, the card stock had bleached out on one side of the layout and I had to purchase some new paper.

While taking Shimelle's class, The 20 project, she had a challenge to make a dent in the Project Life card collection--challenge #15. I then decided to use the same box of PL cards (Maggie Holmes mini kit) to add the journaling to this layout. I didn't make that big of a dent, however, only using 6 cards on a double page, but I had recently challenged myself to use up some cards on a layout of my daughter that you can see earlier on my blog.

In the end I am ecstatic at how well this came out!

I used some of Heidi Swapp's color magic stars and used some Tim Holtz distress ink, Old paper, maybe. Found some sequins from an old December Daily kit that the colors matched

I had some patterned paper from the same collection as the cards and used a strip at the bottom. I used some of Ali Edward's washi tape at the seam of the papers as well as at the top.

At the top corners, I added the same sequins as on the stars as well as some black confetti stars, also from an old December Daily kit.

Used a bit of Making Memories ribbon from my stash and stamped the year the photos were taken using the numbers on one of Ali Edward's December Daily stamps and called this one done. 

Only 3 or 4 years in the making! Thanks for looking! Come back soon!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

You & Me - Grandma

For this next layout, it also was inspired by two classes that I have taken. 

The first was from Stacy Julian's Inspired Scrapbooking class, a prompt about the people in your life inspired the journaling for this page. 

The second was from Shimelle's class, The 20 Project. I was for challenge #13, tell a story that doesn't match the pictures.

The pictures I chose were of my grandma. The first is her at my wedding and the second at a visit to her house with my daughter.

The journaling focuses on how my grandma and I are different and how we are the same. Then for fun I wrote some random facts about her that I want to remember. 

My grandma at recently passed away when I completed this journaling, so that may be why I felt I wanted to include so much of it on this layout.

I used a mix of Dear Lizzy and Maggie Holmes paper for this layout. The layout needed a bit of contrast from the background and the papers so I used a navy blue found in one of the patterns to add a bit of a border. 

The banner I created using an Ali Edwards/Technique Tuesday stamp set. The same Family Banners set I used in my sisters layout. I heat embossed it with white embossing powder.

Used gold glitter Thickers as well as gold glitter tape from an old December Daily kit layered on some labels cut from one of the patterns of paper.

I used some October Afternoon Daily Flash alphas to created the subtitles. Then I pulled out my Ali Edwards Story Stamp, Old&New and stamped "the same" across the bottom.

Did a similar thing to the opposite page, stamping "different" from that same stamp set.

Found another story stamp, the "this and that" and created another banner for some repetition. 

Another layout done for multiple classes using those Story Stamps. Gotta love it!
Thanks for visiting! Hope to share more soon!

Thursday, September 22, 2016


This layout was inspired by Shimelle's class The 20 Project challenge #12. The challenge was to do something different with green, outdoor photos. 

These Easter photos of an Egg Hunt quickly came to mind. In the class Shimelle said she typically uses craft for these types of photos, which I would never think to do, I went in that direction.

As I had quite a few photos for this event I realized this layout would also work for Challenge #14- to scrap lots of photos on a double page. 

I had gotten a bunch of BoBunny papers and embellishments from a friend of mine quite a while ago and never had used any of it. Among the papers that weren't any particular theme, I found some Easter stickers that were PERFECT for this event and coordinated with the patterned paper.

I decided to used the die cut paper on both pages of the spread using a third of it on the left page and 3/4 of it on the right. 

Among the embellishments I had for this collection, I had chipboard stickers that I used on this page.

I created a journaling card using an Ali Edwards stamp from Technique Tuesday days and the celebrate sentiment from one of her current sets.

Used the die cut paper piece as a journaling spot as well and embellished with chipboard and a sticker. 

Glad to have these photos scrapped. They have been a work in progress for quite a while and I threw away the original page because it was no longer my style and wasn't loving it. Love this layout much more. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


I recently went to a day crop and got some pages done! There had been some journaling that I had completed a couple of years ago for my Inspired Scrapbooking class with Stacy Julian and finally got photos printed and the pages created.

Some of them, like this one, worked for Shimelle's class The 20 Project challenges.  I used challenge #4- Use those pristine stamps.

Recently I picked up the Dear Lizzy's Documentary paper pad from Michaels. The paper weight wasn't my favorite but it was super cheap, so I figured I would just back everything if I used it for a background. 

This layout is about my sister and I. We are two years apart, she is the older one. This documents our relationship.

So I managed to scrap some photos even older than my wedding :)

One of the patterns in this collection has a bunch of circles, I cut them out and used them across the two pages.

The pristine stamps were from Ali Edwards/Technique Tuesday. One set was called Family Banners. and the other Relatives Banners. Hadn't opened either set until this layout. 

Another set I used was Sentiment Label. It is the label that says Life in photos. It was perfect because it had the year I needed for this layout.

I added some dimensional adhesive on some of the circles and tucked the banners along the circles. I love how this turned out.

And while this was not intended to be a "timeline" layout, inspired by Ali Edwards Hello Story class, it could be one.

Lots to say on this page but it covers all the highlights for over 35 years. 

Grateful to have these stories and old photos documented!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Why Sometimes I've Believed....

Sharing with you today another layout from my pages in progress pile. This layout was missing a title and journaling. 

Instead of just making the title, Alice, or something along those lines, I went on Pinterest and looked up Alice in Wonderland quotes. Found one that I thought was perfect and raided my alpha stickers to piece this one together. Thought it filled the layout nicely. 

The flowers are die cuts made from my Sizzix and Tim Holtz tattered flowers die and some fun foam flowers from my stash. Topped them off with buttons from my stash.

Created a box pleat from a strip of red paper as a border on the bottom of the page.

Don't quite remember who made this Alice paper, but it is super cute. Loved the Alice icons. The doily paper is from Basic Grey.

So another layout completed and better than if I would have quickly added a simple title when I originally made it. Happy to add this to my Disney album.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Happy 4th of July

This layout is one of the many that has been sitting in my pages in progress pile. I finally got around to adding a title, and journaling to finish this one off. 

This layout is a page kit from one from my friend Tami from

Used my white Uniball Signo Pen to create pho-stitching on the circles. What is weird is that the ink looks pink instead of white. Don't know if the dye from the card stock seeped into the pen ink or what. 

Feels good to have another layout out of that pile. Problem is now I have a stack of layouts that need to find homes in albums. I hate that part!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Suuuper Hero Fun

Back again with another layout for Shimelle's class, the 20 Project.

Challenge #11 was to use that kit you keep putting back on the shelf.

I will have to say, the kit I wound up using isn't one that I pulled out, ever. It is another one from SEI, but this kit was intended to be a mini album. It was an add-on, I would assume, and most of the papers were pre-cut, which limited the uses of them.

I used a sketch from Susan Stringfellow at Sketch Savvy that you can find here. It was perfect for the photos I had and the bits of paper I had to work with.

The background paper was something I picked up during a scrapbook store bus tour in Southern California. Again it is quite old, and there is no manufacture name on it. It is gold foiled lightning bolts and a little more busy than I am used to using especially with the other patterns I chose to use with it.  I trimmed it down a bit to back it on a black piece of card stock since it was quite flimsy. 

I my kit were rub-ons. Wasn't sure how they would transfer, or IF they would transfer so I used a sticker speech bubble to put it on to make sure. After transferring the title, I realized the bubble worked better upside-down, so I cut the piece off and moved it to the top. Added some red thickers that I altered a bit since I was out of Ns. 

Added a few card stock sticker tabs around the layout and journaled on a random PL type card that was an orange grid and ran it through my printer.

Found some blue and yellow chipboard stars that were the perfect colors from my stash, Making Memories, I think and added them to repeat the Thickers texture in the title.

Crazy thing about this kit, is that I still probably have enough to make a mini album with the pieces I have left over!

Still not too sure about how busy the layout is, but I think it is fun, so will go with it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

I'm So Lucky

Shimelle's class the 20 Project continues to inspire me to get layouts done. Feel like I could accomplish a layout a day challenge at this rate! Well, maybe week day :)

So the challenge was to cut into those special supplies. 

The supplies that I cut into were: Jillibean Soup placemats, my 6x6 paper pad collection, Dear Lizzy gold-foil transparency, and Dear Lizzy gold foil washi tape book.

So this layout is from my wedding. Oldest photos I have scrapped in a super long time! The blue card stock (Bordering Blue) is from Stampin' Up! but they come just shy of 12x12, for some strange reason. I bought a pack of it so I could use it throughout my wedding album. I trimmed a bit more off each side and mounted it on white card stock since the Jillibean Soup placemats were a bit longer than 12x12.

I grabbed a stack of 6x6 paper pads, and used papers that I thought would got with the color scheme of blue, and peachy pink.  I fussy cut out some flowers from MME Just Spendid paper pad and layered with a piece of the transparency, washi and the ampersand scrap from a 6x6 piece of paper from Crate Paper Notes and Things. Also used paper from Fancy Pants Office Suite.

Used dimensional adhesive to the peachy pink flowers to add some dimension.

Used some of the word print at the top and bottom of the photos to give the illusion that it is one continuous piece of paper.

Found a Project Life card that matched with the color and motif (color seems more orange here, first photo looks better.) and cut the rounded corners off and ran it through my printer. 

Felt good to get some use out of my coveted supplies. Will have to challenge myself to do this one more often!

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Big Kid Now

I am back with another layout inspired from Shimelle's class, the 20 Project.

This is for challenge #9: to add texture with embossing folders.

Now I don't have a ton of embossing folders, but I have enough that I should think to use them on projects more than I do. 

I found the perfect sketch for this layout and challenge that you can find here at PageMaps. 

This sketch allowed me to use tiny amounts of this potty training paper that I purchase LONG ago. Figured it worked in small doses. It also allowed me to use my embossing folders on some of the smaller pieces and I love how it turned out! The chevron is from Amy Tangerine and the swiss dots, from Cuttlebug.

Used a few stamps from Ali Edwards' Story Stamps for a little added detail.

No surprise from me that I had too much to say in the amount of space that I had. I wish I would have had the font a bit bigger because it is a bit tiny, but hey, the story is told. You just may have to use a magnifying glass to read it :)

So with the exception of the potty paper, the rest of the supplies came from SEI. I used to receive their monthly kit and add-ons, and still have a ton of it left that needs to be used or purged. 

Used my tiny attacher to secure the ribbon.

I think I have learned a big lesson with Shimelle's class. With starting out with a timer and seeing what I could accomplish in 20 minutes in the beginning, I have learned that I don't need hours set aside to complete layouts. Most of the layouts that I have completed have been done in one or two nap times. I used to think I didn't have time to get anything done during my daughter's naps, but these challenges have taught me otherwise. 

Now for my least favorite part, putting all the pages away in albums!