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.

Fun at the patch layout

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Tonight I’d like to share a fall layout with photos from one year ago.  We have a fun tradition to visit the patch with another family.  It first started when the boys were just 6 months old and now we’ve been going ever since.  Today we went once again (our 5th year!) and so I thought it would be fitting to share this layout.  I do have to say that this year it was not dry and we got very, very wet.  The rain was wonderful though, the boys all had a great time and even baby Gwen didn’t mind getting wet.    After looking at how dry and nice it was last year I see how lucky we were on this day!

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I love this American Crafts Halloween paper that I picked up on clearance a while back at Paper Zone.  The only problem is that I had all big patterns.  I didn’t have any small patterns and I really needed one for the layout.  A purple polka dot paper was what I was searching for but I couldn’t find any so I settled for cutting out the patterned pumpkins from the paper to give it some variety.  Since finishing this layout I’ve found a digital pack (Lori Whitlock) online that I think will be just right for next time.  

I love that this layout offers the use of 9 photos and when they are in a block like this they make quite the statement.  I added a orange stich around the outside of the papers and see I need to work with my tension (see the corner) next time I sew.  My sewing machine had to go in for service and I’ve just gotten it back and I am determined to figure out how to use it better.

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The arrows are from a Pebbles pack of accents, love that they are the same company so the colors from the two lines match.  I picked up a cute remarks sticker pack from this collection too.  Now that I have some smaller patterns I’d like to try a few more layouts with the rest of this paper.

I love that both A & A have on their purple clothes that match this paper so well!

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Hope you enjoy your Halloween festivities!    Here’s a link to another year when we went on the pumpkin patch excursion with our friends.   

Supplies:  Pattern Paper-American Crafts (All Hallows Eve, Transylvania, Charms, Creepy, Grimm, Horror, Sweet), White Bazzill Paper, Stickers-remarks American Crafts, Chipboard arrows-pebbles chips, Distress Ink-Tim Holtz, Thickers-Amy Tangerine Hello, Thickers-Tinsel (black), Pop Dots-All Night Media

Fall Day Painting & Baking Layout

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Happy October!  Here’s a two-page scrapbook layout from last fall where we did some baking (caramel apple muffins) and a fun panting.      The boys painted the outside of the mason jars and then we put tea lights inside to make a Jar-O-Lantern.  It’s a super fun fall craft for a rainy day! 

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I used my sewing machine to do a stich across the bottom strip and top strip of pattern paper.  Then I popped up the circle tags & the journal block to add some dimension. 

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This layout is based on a sketch from Allison Davis’ “One Page Sketches Vol#2” found at Scrapbook Generation.  I love using her sketch books and for this layout turned the one page sketch into this two page layout. 

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Supplies:  Pattern Paper-Jillibean Soup (Cup sour cream, fresh lime juice, vanilla soy milk, whipped cream) all from Chilled Strawberry Soup line, Yellow Bazzill Paper, Cardstock Stickers-Jillibean Soup (Chilled Strawberry Soup), Cardstock die cuts- Thickers-Delight (leaf), Thickers-cupboard (brown), Adornit-Tiny Chocolate letters, Green thread,  Sketch: One Page Sketches Vol#2 (page 19) Scrapbook Generation

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. 

choo-choo train cupcakes

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Today I’d like to share these cute Thomas the Train cupcakes that my friend made for her son’s 4th birthday party. 

As you can see these adorable cupcakes have little trains on top of EACH cupcake.  The kids couldn’t have been more excited to find a real toy train on top of their sweet treat!    These cupcakes were made by my talented girlfriend, Nicole, yes-the same person who hand painted Gwen a birdie print for her baby room.    This is the 4th year that she’s made amazing cupcakes for her son’s birthday. 

Here’s the party invitation (from Tiny Prints) that set the theme for the choo-choo train party.  Roman's 4th BD_May 2012 (1)

She placed the trains on top of pieces red licorice (similar to a log boom) so that they wouldn’t get frosting smeared all over them. Then secured each train to the licorice with Washi Tape so that it wouldn’t fall of the top of the cupcake.  

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This was my first time hearing about or seeing Washi tape. At first glance, I thought it was a ribbon but it looked like plastic so I was confused. I now know what a HUGE trend it is because it can be used on just about any craft project (see how Joy used it on her card). I was excited to learn about this new product from Nicole, thanks for the introduction! I can’t wait to get some and try it out on one of my projects.

Here’s a great blog post where Lisa describes just what Washi tape is and where you can purchase.   

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To keep with the train theme I used this train cutout as the hero item for the birthday card. 

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I based the card off of Card Sketch #3 found at Sketch Support. 

Here’s the birthday boy in his cute train conductor hat and Gavin wearing his striped hat too.  Happy 4th Birthday sweet boy! 

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Card Supplies: Colored/pattern paper- Crate Paper Zoom Collection, Stamp-BasicGrey, Distress Ink-Tim Holtz

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.