Winter Wishes Layout

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Today I’d like to show you another holiday layout.  This two page layout is based of a sketch from Sketches for Scrapbooking vol 5 (Allison Davis).  Thank you once again Allison for the inspiration.  

The background paper follows the sketch but I’ve changed a bunch of other stuff.  The sketch had 7 photos and here I’ve only used 4.  I decided to enlarge the photo on the left page to 5×7 because I was only putting one on this page (instead of 5).  I do like the times where  I can have a larger photo on a layout.    I don’t think I’ve ever done a layout where I just have one tiny wallet sized photo.  I love seeing layouts where people can do this but I love my photos too much to ever go this reduced!

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I’ve used Basic Grey’s Nordic Holiday collection once again for this layout.  It’s the 5th layout I’ve created with this collection.   Here’s a link to the other Nordic Holiday layouts.   

If you do a lot of scrapbooking or card making, I highly encourage you to buy the collections.  I find that I get more use out of these supplies because you have all the paper choices, tons of embellishments and color options.  Not all companies sell everything in a package together but I always look at what’s available when making a purchase to ensure I get the right stuff.    As I am writing this I am reminded of my closet and how I like to do this with clothes.  If I like a shirt I might want to get it in 2 or 3 colors.  Right Nicole?!  If something is comfy I figure why not fully enjoy it!   I guess I don’t differ that much in my scrapbooking shopping approach either. 

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I added these lovely felt ornaments to both sides since I didn’t put a photo in this spot.    The two blue ornaments are my favorite!  They are so soft and give the feeling of warmth on these cold days.

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After this post, I just have one more layout to share from this collection. It’s my favorite one so I can’t wait to show you! 

Supplies: Pattern paper, felt ornaments, chipboard elements, sentiment stickers-Basic Grey (Nordic Holiday Collection), Cardstock-Bazzil, Sketch- Allison Davis- Sketches for Scrapbooking vol #5 page 20 (Scrapbook Generation).

Same Sketch Two Layouts

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Today is Day 5 of the 12 Days of Christmas posts on Laurel Lane. 

I’d like to share some special layouts today from Christmas Eve.  My scrapbooking buddy Michelle & I choose the same sketch and the same supplies for a layout.  We didn’t plan this and were surprised when we showed up at the scrapbook retreat weekend planning to do the same page. 

We both love all of Allison Davis’ sketches so it wasn’t too surprising that we decided to use her Two-Page sketch #23 for our layouts.

As soon I realized we were dong the same layout  and using My Minds Eye 12 Days of Christmas Collection supplies we didn’t look at each others pages.  I  thought it would be fun to see which patterns and embellishments each of us choose to use and didn’t want to be influenced (subconsciously or consciously) by Michelle’s layout.

Michelle has graciously agreed to let me share her layout with you today so you can see our fun little dual project!  This sketch has 5 Christmas trees as the main embellishments.  We had to cut them out of the pattern paper.  Michelle cut out cute ornaments to hang from the biggest tree.  She used chipboard stars and brads on the top of the trees.  She’s added red embroidery floss to the tree to add a nice touch.

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Only one of our trees ended up being the same pattern.  I too added some embroidery floss to the trees.  Used a white floss and stitched on the snowflake design.  For my other tree, I added the blue & white twine that came with the collection as a garland.  I first thought of using red floss but I didn’t have the right color red .  I was glad to find this unexpected blue & white floss color as my tree decoration.

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The sketch has two 4×6 photos and then nine 3×3 photos for a total of 11 photos in one layout.  I love layouts that allow this many photos.  The hardest part for me is always narrowing down my photos to the number in the layout.  I take a lot of photos and then I am emotionally attached to all the people in the photos so it’s hard to reduce but it’s so worth it to create a clean balanced layout.

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We only used two other of the same pattern papers on the main part of the layout, the diagonal stripe and the diamond (in my tree).  This 12 Days of Christmas collection has a ton of papers, it’s pretty awesome that you can customize the colors for your layout.

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I added this little sentiment with a brad to the top of the page.  This was also part of the collection. I had to include this great photo of my sister with the cute felt owl she received in the ornament exchange.

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I love the location that Michelle chose for her journaling.  It’s a good place not to detract from the beautiful trees.  We both picked the joy tag to put in the bottom right!

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Thanks to Michelle for taking photos and letting me sharing them with everyone on Laurel Lane.  Also, we’d like to thank our favorite source of scrapbooking inspiration Allison Davis for the great sketch once again!  We are two of your BIGGEST fans!!

Supplies:  Pattern paper, embellishments-My Minds Eye (12 Days of Christmas Collection), Cardstock-Bazzil, Sketch-Sketch Support Two-Page #23.

12 Days of Christmas Layout

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Hello! Today is Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas posts on Laurel Lane.    

Tonight I’d like to share a one-page layout that will be the first page for my holiday 2011 layouts.  I do a separate Christmas album (with only holiday layouts) and I like to do a one-page layout to start the new year with photos that aren’t used in the other layouts.  In this one-pager I typically like to show the small details, decorations or try to capture something significant for our family.  This year was Gwen’s first Christmas (6 months old) and we had a wonderful time opening up some new ornaments from Crate & Barrel (I LOVE their holiday stuff).    It was so much fun to watch her explore the ornaments and try to put all of them in her mouth.    Chris loves to bake so it’s wonderful to remember all the sweet treats that he creates and these gingerbread men were so tasty!  We had fun decorating them. 

My layout is based on an Allison Davis sketch from her new vol 2 one-page book.  I used 5 photos just like the sketch but did them in different sizes to fit my photos.  I also had to move the journaling block from the top right to the left side because of the arrangement of the photos. 

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Here’s a close up of the stitching I added to the banner flags to help keep them down.  My sewing machine came back from the shop last night and I was so excited to have it working again!!  A few months ago it suddenly stopped working so I took it in to get fixed.  However, when I brought it home it didn’t work for me.  Took it back and turned out it was the foot pedal that had gone bad (I think they used their foot pedal to service it the first time).  I am so glad it’s fixed because I have a stack of layouts that I need to finish with some stitching.   

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My favorite part about using the sewing machine is how it holds down the paper so well, you never have to worry about it shifting.

Supplies:  Sketch-Sketches for Scrapbooking one-page vol. 2 page 24 (Scrapbook Generation), Pattern paper & chipboard pieces-12 Days of Christmas by My Minds Eye, Cardstock-Bazzil

Christmas Party Layout

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Happy December! 


Today is Day 1 of the Twelve Days of Christmas on Laurel Lane.  I am going to do 12 posts this month and thought it would be fun to have them all centered around the holidays with a winter theme.  We all know how busy things get during December so this is a good challenge to keep me doing fun crafts among all the hectic shopping and traffic.  Last month I finished up all my 2011 layouts so I have half of the pieces ready and just need to come up with some others to fill the rest of the days.  I hope I can do it!!

This is a two-page layout that’s based on a one page sketch.  As you know I like to extend one-pagers to both pages so this layout turned into a double page layout right away.  I was inspired to do this layout because in one of the examples they used on Sketch Support featured the Nordic Holiday line and I already had it sitting in my Christmas stash. 

Here’s a copy of the original sketch: 


Here’s my layout:    I changed the size of the photos so that I could get 7 photos in this layout.  My main photo is 4×6 and then the rest are all 3×4.    Since these photos are close ups of people it helped that I was able to resize them so that they weren’t huge on this layout. 

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I love the poinsettia chipboard shapes so I used them as the main embellishments for this layout.   They are also found on the pattern paper on the left side but since I didn’t continue that pattern across I could use them on the other patterns.  

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I just love the holiday greens found and merry reds found in this collection.  The flowers have some sparkle added to them as well to look beautiful on the page.  

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This pink glittery snowflake is my favorite from the collection.  I kept the center of the snowflake in the shape because I like the color of the paper. 

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I have some other fun layouts with this collection in the works and after looking at these photos I am wishing I could scrapbook right now!  Unfortunately, it will have to wait till later this week, hopefully Friday night after work I can get crafty!  

Supplies:  Paper, Chipboard Accents-Basic Grey Nordic Holiday Collection (Lift Ticket, Catching Air), Thickers, small sticker letters-Making Memories, Sketch-#15 from Sketch Support

Spooky Night Layout

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Today I’d like to share a Halloween layout in preparation for tomorrow.  These photos were taken two years ago on Halloween night as my 2 1/2 year son and his friend did some of their first trick-or-treating to a few houses.   I’ve had this cute My Minds Eye paper pack in my closet for a while and was happy to get to break it out for this page.  How adorable are the sketched people on the patterned paper in their Halloween costumes?!

spooky halloween night (1) This layout is based on a sketch from Scrapbook Generation by Allison Davis (August Class Kit).  You can purchase this sketch and two others for just $1.29 (what a deal).     I pretty much followed the sketch exactly and it came together quite quickly.  I plan to use it again soon, would be great for a birthday layout too. 

I love sketches with a lot of photos and this one is great because three of them are 4×6 vertical photos (full size). Then you get to have 6 other photos for a total of 9 in this layout.

This photo of little puppy Gavin and his grandmother is one of my favorites.  He loved this costume and wanted to be a puppy dog again last year too but it didn’t fit anymore.  The brown nose is my favorite part! 

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Here are some Halloween Layouts from the year before when these two little guys were a shark & lion.. 

Supplies: Pattern Paper, die cut shapes & titles – My Minds Eye (Blackbird Collection), Cardstock-Bazzil, Sketch-Scrapbook Generation (August 2012 Allison Davis Class Sketches download)

Two Years Old Layout

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This summer has been flying by and I can’t believe it’s already August.  It’s a good thing for people living in the Pacific Northwest as we are just now starting to have some sunny days and hopefully we’ll have a few weeks with lots of sunshine before summer is over. 

We were out of town for two weekends in July (camping trip and Park City trip) and so my crafting time was nonexistent the last few weeks.  I’ve finally unpacked the suitcases and then worked on a layout this week.  I planned out this layout back in May after doing the flag cards (with this same paper) and was so excited to finally do it this week. 

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This layout is based on one-page sketch #19 found at Sketch Support (where you can download the .pdf with full details).   I extended it to a two page layout just like one of the design team members (great idea).

I had vertical photos instead of horizontal like the sketch so I had to adjust the photos to make them work across the two pages.  I used four 4×6 photos and then a three that I trimmed to be 6 inches tall. 

Across the top I used my Sew Easy tool to punch a line of holes and then stitched with embroidery floss.

It was fun to cut all the strips into flags and then to add the colorful brads all across the layout. 

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I have some other fun projects that I’ve been working on this week and I can’t wait to share them with you soon! 

Supplies:  Cardstock-Bazzil, Pattern Paper, Brads-Basic Grey What’s Up Collection, Letters-Amy Tangerine Hello Thickers. 

Sketch Support Feature

I’d like to THANK Allison Davis for featuring my Love card on the Sketch Support site back in February.


















I am a HUGE Sketch Support follower and have loved seeing Allison’s work since she was featured in Creating Keepsakes Magazine many years back.    Her sketches are great because they give you an outline to start your layout.  They save so much time with the planning process and you can jump right into creating your page.  I connect so much with her style because the photos are the main element, they tell a story and they show emotion.  A few years back I ordered all 5 of Sketches for Scrapbooking books and I use them all the time.   

Back in April, I participated in the Sketch Support blog hop where you hopped around to all 20 of the deign team members blogs.   It was a lot of fun to learn more about the design team and their scrapbooking motivations. 

I left comments on all their sites and I was excited to find out I won a copy of  One Page Sketch’s for Scrapbooking Vol 2 from Katrina Hunt’s super creative paper. scissors & glue blog.    Yay!!  This book was on my list as I don’t have the one page sketches or the card sketches.  If you are interested, you can order a copy of this book or any of the others  at the Scrapbook Generation site.   

Katrina also sent me a huge supply of twinery twine, 14 different colors!  I didn’t have any twine yet and I am super excited to add it to my upcoming pages.    Another very exciting recent thing about Katrina is that she’s made the summer design team at Scrapbook Steals.  Congrats Katrina!!    As you may have noticed from my recent cards & layouts, I like to follow the Scrapbook Steals sketches & challenges.   There are a lot of fun things shared on their blog & great deals everyday for new scrapbook supplies.    I can’t wait to see what Katrina & the other talented ladies create for Scrapbook Steals

Speaking of Sketch Support, I finished this layout last night when Tara came over to scrapbook.  It’s based on Two-Page Sketch #18.  

“Hold on Tight"

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I used paper & felt embellishments that are part of the City Park Collection by American Crafts.   Same supplies I used for the spring cards.

Here’s the sketch:


  • Instead of adding detail & journaling box on the far right, I added two more photos.  I wanted to share one of daddy spinning Gavin and thought it was important to have a vertical view. 
  • Changed the border and kept mine straight, this tree & flower park paper is super cute and it was perfect for one of our first days of spring this year
  • Underneath the 6×4 photo I used 3 vertical photos that are 2×3.
  • Since I had room to the left of the photos I added a 4 1/2 x 7 block of paper to frame the page and to use more of the great patterns.

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The felt embellishments in this line are so adorable!  The flower & hot air balloon are my favorite.    With stitching & buttons they are so beautiful.

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I have one or two more layouts I am going to do with other papers in this line and I’ll be all caught up with my Easter layouts.  This might be the first time I’ve done a layout w/in two months of the photos being taken, it’s fun to do super current events!

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Supplies:  Pattern paper & felt embellishments -City Park collection by American Crafts, Letter stickers-felt Thickers & Amy Tangerine Lovely Thickers , Mini letters-Tiny Type by Cosmo Cricket, cardstock-paper bag color


Thanks to Allison Davis for all the inspiration & positive presence you’ve played in my scrapbooking obsession. 

Spring Layouts

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To celebrate National Scrapbook Day this past weekend I made 3 spring scrapbook layouts.    It was exciting to see all the fun stuff going on for #NSD across the sites & twitter. 

Michelle came over Friday night to scrapbook and we had fun working on our pages.  Friday I planned out these three layouts (selecting/resizing photos, finding paper, choosing a sketch for the layout and ordering the photos).  I picked up the photos on Saturday and then completed these layouts Sunday evening. 

Oh, how I would have given to scrapbook all weekend!  The were so many fun crops, contests, make/takes & sales going on to celebrate. (maybe next year?)  But I’ll take having time to get these three layouts done any day! 

Rainy Day Egg Hunting:

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For this layout I used the Two-Page Sketch #19 by Allison Davis found at Sketch Support.   

I followed the sketch pretty closely. Except-I decided to not do the stitching around all the 4×4 photos.   There’s so much going on already with these photos & paper that I didn’t want to complicate the layout or ruin the photos with the needle. 

However, Like some of the examples I used the sewing machine to stich around the large die cut on the left page. The black stich helps make the shape stand out and show the cute little rain boots.

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All the pattern paper found in the layout is by Three Bugs in a Rug and the rain boot paper is sooo cute!  I am glad that it worked out to be the hero piece. 

I love this sketch because the main photo is so LARGE (5×7).  I like to have larger photos and this was a great layout to get MANY photos (9 total) on a two page spread.    I love that Gavin was smiling for this photo too!  (it’s become rare to catch a smile this last year when the camera comes out) 

Supplies:  Cardstock-Bazzil, Pattern Paper- Three Bugs in a Rug (April Showers), Die Cut Shapes Three Bugs in a Rug (Little Chick), Letters-Thickers


First Easter Egg Hunt:

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This layout is based on Two-Page Sketch #20 found at Sketch Support.    I love sketch support sketches and use them all the time.  Normally I’d tell you they are quick and easy to do.  But this one is the hardest one I’ve ever done!     You might ask, “Why is this?”  Because there are 20 different strips/pieces of paper in this layout.  It was very challenging to get them to line up straight, figure out which pattern would look best where and took a lot of time.  I think it’s a strong layout so I am glad I did it but boy was I surprised by the difficulty. 

I decided to do the stitching across the bottom and down the sides on the right page.   With so many pieces it helped hold it all together as well as giving it a more polished look.   

Funny thing is that I just now see there’s another stich horizontally under the title and I didn’t even see that until tonight as I am typing this up!   I missed that one and think it helps 

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Supplies: rub on letters- mini Marks American Crafts, Glittery letters- Dear Lizzy + American Crafts, green letters -Thickers, Pattern Paper- Dear Lizzy + American Crafts (Spring Collection), Cardstock- Bazzil, Spring Dimensional Stickers (Remarks)-Dear Lizzy + American Crafts, Ribbon-American Crafts


My little Lucky Charm:

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This layout is based on Two-Page Sketch #17 found at Sketch Support.   This cute Rusty Pickle circle Celtic style paper is perfect for this sketch with a huge die cut shape on the right page.   (I am also planning to do the star version of this page in a 4th of July layout later this summer)

For the garland of shapes that spans the layout I used varying sizes of circles.  I sewed them to the page using the machine and was happy the needle behaved and didn’t run the paper. 

Supplies: Pattern Paper-Rusty Pickle (Lucky), Cardstock-Bazzil, Letters-American crafts, Making Memories, Brown Thread, Circle Punches-EK Success (5/8, 3/4, 1)

Now that I’ve done Easter 2010 & 2011 I am excited to do Easter layouts for 2012!  (hopefully this weekend)  I found some cute spring flower paper (in my girl stash drawer) that should work.  I made a few spring cards with it yesterday so that I could see how the colors work together and I think it will be great for a layout.  I’ll share the cards soon!

Merry & Bright

Sharing another holiday layout that I completed this winter. 

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This layout is based on One-Page Sketch #16 found at Sketch Support.  When I saw this sketch I immediately knew I’d do it because I had this great holiday paper with many beautiful ornaments.

I rarely do one page layouts so knew I’d turn this sketch into a two page spread.  This was an easy sketch to expand to two-pages.  I love that this layout offers the use of so MANY photos (I’ve used 19 in my layout)!  Also, I like to have a photo of our tree in at least one layout each holiday and this layout offers the vertical 4×6 to showcase a tall tree photo. 

I tried the We R Memory Keepers sewing tool for the first time.  It was fairly easy but did take me a few tries to get the hang of it.  I think I’ll get better each time used to how hard I need to push to make the holes. 

I raised the cardstock ornaments up with pop dots adding some dimension.

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  • Moved the large solid (green pattern paper) close to the center edge of the layout so that it would be continuous onto the second page.  It didn’t work as well with so many photos for there to be the white space. 
  • Added a third row of photos to be able to get more of the many photos taken on this day.  (19 total here)

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Supplies:  Pattern Paper & Ornament Stickers-Crate Paper North Pole Collection, Stitching tool-We R Memory Keepers, Cardstock-Bazzil

one-page layouts

After being inspired by the Sketch Support Blog Hop  going on this weekend I am very inspired to scrapbook.  Unfortunately I don’t have time right now to scrapbook but I can share some holiday layouts that I’ve recently completed.   I know it’s sunny days and we are all looking forward to summer that is fast approaching…..but I don’t want to wait another 8 months till Christmas is here to share these layouts.  :)  So here we go.

This first layout is based on One-Page Sketch #4.    I don’t do one page layouts very often.  I would guess I’ve probably done under 20 total  in my lifetime of scrapbooking (I’ve probably done over 1000+ two-page layouts).

They work in my Christmas albums though because  I like to have an intro page for each year and so I end up needing to have two one-page layouts each year.

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Got this idea from Allison’s layout & I used the same shaped patterned piece of paper that she used for her great layout here.

The red numbered paper didn’t come in this shape but I had another piece with this shape so I used  it to trace & trim to have the shape above.  This shape helps the pattern paper pop out more on the white paper than if it were a smaller piece (like the sketch).

I followed the sketch exactly except my photos are not all 3×3.  They are 12 inches in height but I had to play with the sizes to get them to all fit.  The stocking photo is longer than the others and since it was a new addition to the mantel this year I didn’t want to leave it out.

I also stitched around the edge of the paper with a double thread. This was the first time I’ve done this and I quickly learned that a darker color of thread would have showed up more. It’s important to have more contrast between the paper & the thread to really appreciate it. I used the We are Memory Keepers Sew Easy tool that punches the holes in the paper. It helps provide a guide for where to put the thread through.

Here’s a close up of the embroidery floss that’s added to the edge.

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If I were to do this again I’d use black embroidery floss here.

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Supplies:   pattern paper- Teresa Collins travel ledger & Noel, light blue paper- Bo Bunny Jack Frost, cardstock – Bazzil, stitching design – We R Memory Keepers, embroidery floss,


This second one page is the OLDEST layout (from 2007) I still had left to do on my “to-do”  list.  I am glad to have completed it because now I jump ahead a few years!

This layout is based on One-Page Sketch #1 found at Sketch Support.

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Since I don’t have a ton of photos from the cookie exchange this was the perfect layout.  Chris made over 200+ cookies while figuring out this recipe and I wanted to make sure we remembered this moment.


  • I wanted to use one more photo than the sketch.  The photos of the cookie tins are not the same size as the two vertical images so I stacked them on top.
  • I moved the journaling down to the bottom right so that all the four photos would fit on the block.
  • I wanted to use the red paper to mat the entire block so I added a thin piece of Bo Bunny blue paper to set the block out on top of the red.


One-page layouts go so quickly and are fun to plan because you don’t have to use as many photos.   I know I’ll definitely need to do some for the first & last pages of albums and can’t wait to try out more of these layouts (or maybe convert some of them to two page layouts!)

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Next I’ll share some two-page holiday layouts that I’ve recently completed!