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).

Snow Adventure Layout

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Happy New Year!  I am so excited about 2013.  Tonight I have been writing down some of my personal goals for the new year.  Just thinking of the things I’d like to cross off my craft goal list makes me excited. 

Today I’d like to share a winter snow layout.  These photos were taken two years ago during our holiday break.  I love having time off from work and being able to do day trips up to the pass to enjoy the snow. 

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Gavin loved the snow and had a great time building “lig-loos” with daddy.  After seeing these pictures I can’t wait to get out to play on the slopes or go tubing. 

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This layout is based on an Allison Davis (Scrapbook Generation) sketch.  I decided to add my journaling block to the left side of the layout because I wanted the blue/white plaid pattern to show through. I added some snowflake circle accents to add some detail to this bottom panel.

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I love the snowflakes in this collection.  Especially the polka dot navy & red one above.  Polka dots are my favorite!!

Happy 2013!!

Supplies: Pattern paper, chipboard accents, sentiment stickers-Basic Grey (Nordic Holiday Collection), Cardstock-Bazzil, Sketch- Allison Davis- Scrapbook Generation, Letter Stickers-Thickers

My Christmas Wish Layout

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Today is Day 8 of the 12 Days of Christmas posts on Laurel Lane.

I’d like to share another Christmas layout that I completed just this week.  I found the sketch, printed the photos and then did the layout all this week.  I love scrapbooking during weekdays!  (when I have time off from work) 

I am excited how this one came together because I think this paper worked out perfectly.  I’ve used Nordic Holiday again (Basic Grey) and I just love this collection.  It’s so warm and cozy.  The green pattern on the right looks just like the cute sweaters my two nieces are wearing.  Thanks girls for the inspiration.  It’s such a perfect combo!

I used one of Allison Davis’ sketches (two page #25)  I choose this sketch because it gives you the opportunity to show a lot of pattern papers!  All of the pieces used here are very busy but I still think it works.  It’s not my typical use of patterns but I really like it and want to use this one again. 

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Here’s the sketch: 

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I used the Santa, snowflake & heart chipboard shapes.  Also used the the title & word stickers that I popped up with pop-dots.

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Now I just have two more 2010 holiday layouts to complete (Christmas Day & Gingerbread Houses).  I am already done with my 2011 holiday layouts so I am very motivated to finish these last two and wrap up my holiday work.  I still have some Nordic Holiday left so I am hoping that I can use it for one more layout.

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Supplies: Pattern paper, chipboard accents-Basic Grey (Nordic Holiday Collection), Cardstock-Bazzil, Sketch- Allison Davis (two-page #25) Scrapbook Generation, Distress Ink-Tim Holtz

Happy Holidays Layout

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Today is Day 7 of the 12 Days of Christmas posts on Laurel Lane.

Tonight I’d like to share another layout made with the My Minds Eye 12 Days of Christmas Collection.  This is my last one from 2011 and tomorrow I’ll be showing you some other collections. 

I’ve enjoyed using this collection for three of my 2011 layouts.  It’s worked perfectly with having a new baby girl who’s wearing pink clothes. 

This layout is based on Two-Page sketch #1 by Allison Davis at Scrapbook Generation.  I’ve done this before in a Halloween layout and I was thrilled to use it again.

Tonight I started and completed a holiday layout (I’ll show you later this week) from Christmas 2010.  I am excited to have gotten a layout done on a week night.  Each page I do always makes me even more motivated to do the next.  This is such an addicting hobby!

My layout features 8 photos and my favorite part about this one is that three of them are 4×6 (even enlarged one to 5×7) and then the others are quite large too with the squares being 4×4.  

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Here’s the sketch:   I changed all the sizes of the photos except for the three 4x4s.  This sketch is so versatile!

Close up of the cute chipboard presents.  I love the pinks blues and greens in these lovely pattern papers! 

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Supplies: Pattern paper, Chipboard accents-12 Days of Christmas Collection (My Minds Eye), Cardstock-Bazzil, Sketch-Two-Page Sketch #1 Allison Davis (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.

Scrapbook & Cards Today Published Layout

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Day Three of 12 Days of Christmas on Laurel Lane.

imageI am so very excited to share that I have a layout published in the recent Winter 2012 Scrapbook & Cards Today issue!! This is my first ever published layout and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  

It’s a beautiful issue with many great layouts, cards and ideas.   The best part is that you can view the entire magazine online!  My layout is on page 58.    You can also find this magazine in the stores too.  Have fun checking it out!

The title of my layout is “may your Christmas be Merry & Bright.”  It features 19 photos and a journaling block that could also be a photo. Yes 19 photos on a 12×12 two page layout!  17 of them are 2×2 and the other two are 4×6’s (trimmed one down to a 4×4).  The sketch I used one of Allison Davis’ from Sketch Support, love her sketches!  I always find with Christmas layouts I want to use more photos on the so that I can tell the story.    This sketch will help you fit them all in!

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Here’s a link to the layout from a prior post and more details about the products used.    Thank you Becky Fleck & Catherine for publishing my layout!  I hope to have many more in your magazine.  Smile

Are you getting lots of time to decorate, craft and bake for the holidays?  I’d love to know what you’ve been doing.   I love the weekends and wish they lasted longer.   We just finished getting the red/green/white lights up outside on the trees today.  The lights on the house were put up during the week and now it has all come together.   It feels so good once the inside and outside is decorated for Christmas! 

My sister, Claire, thinks I am going to be blogging on Christmas eve because I’ve committed to doing 12 posts.  I LOVE a challenge especially when someone thinking I can’t do something, it motivates me even more!  I told her the risk is not that I’ll be blogging lets just hope that I don’t am not still scrapbooking to complete this challenge!  Here’s my secret….this next week is my last week of work till 2013 so I plan to have some quality crafting time set aside. 

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! 

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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: 

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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

celebration layout

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Hope you all have enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday week if you are in the US.  We enjoyed two wonderful thanksgiving dinners (luckily they were not on the same days).  Now it’s time to get the house ready for Christmas.  It’s so fun to see all of the holiday lights starting to appear all around town on the houses. 

Today I’d like to share a page kit that I completed last month at the scrapbook retreat.  This kit is from Scrapbook Generation and is the Boy Crazy kit from earlier this year.  The kit comes with everything you need to make this layout (the paper, sketch and a photo of the completed layout).  This is a great way to get some layouts done quickly when you don’t have as much time as you’d like to plan layouts.   This kit has titles & embellishments that say “my boy.”  I decided to use this for a graduation celebration so made a new “celebration” title so that it would work for this event.

Here’s my layout: 

Celebration (15)I love that this sketch incorporates so many photos, especially when the hero image is 5×7!  Getting 8 photos on one layout is great when you have a lot of photos from one setting. 

Here’s the sketch:    

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I’d like to use this sketch again when I have beautiful pattern paper that I want to make sure get highlighted in the layout.

I love the chevrons in this My Mind’s Eye paper collection.   The bigger yellow pattern is very cool with the multi-colored smaller pattern. 

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Enjoy your Sunday.  I am trying to finish up some holidays layouts so that I can share them in December.  I’m thinking about “12 days of Christmas” set of posts to count down to Christmas.

Supplies:  Boy Crazy Page Kit from Scrapbook Generation, paper, decorative stickers-indie chic by My Mind’s Eye.  Nutmeg “History” Medallions Paper and Nutmeg “Family” Laurel Burst Paper. (the blue one with the diamonds-I love when I see scrapbook paper with my name!), stickers in title-Thickers (Amy Tangerine)

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