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)

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Merry & Bright Christmas Layout

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Today is Day 6 of the 12 Days of Christmas posts on Laurel Lane. 

I just finished putting the stamps & labels on my holiday cards and I’m excited to put them in the mailbox in the morning! 

Last night I was up late finishing some digital albums for Christmas gifts.  I can’t wait to see the finished products when the books arrive.  I use My Publisher and love their hardback book style with a book finish on the front.  My favorite part is selecting the photo for the front cover and back cover.  Having a huge photo on the front of a digital book can be so dramatic and make a statement.

Today I’d like to share a Christmas Day layout from last year.  This layout is based on one page sketch #3 (Allison Davis-Scrapbook Generation) that I’ve extended to two pages. 

Here’s the left side of my page, it’s pretty close to the sketch except I’ve added a second border strip (the piece with the words) to the top/bottom of the photo block.  I’ve used the 12 Days of Christmas My Minds Eye collection and love how this line has pink included with the traditional holiday colors.  It’s just perfect for photos of girls wearing pink!    The sketch called for a journaling block in the bottom right square but I moved this off to the second page instead.

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I’ve stitched around the outside of the paper with green embroidery floss.  It gives a touch of texture and color to the plain green pattern sheet.   The “merry & bright” chipboard accent is the title.  In the past I haven’t used the stickers that came with the kits but recently I’ve been using them more and just love not having to make my own for each layout.  I think companies are getting better at making really great sentiment accents that are so usable.

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Now here’s how the layout looks with both pages together.   I’ve incorporated 14 photos in total, the squares are 3×3 and the bottom left is 6×3.  The journaling block is also 3×3.  I love the size of the square photos and how many you can get in this one layout. 

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Hope you are getting all your holiday preparations completed!  Seeing this December 25th layout is making me excited for Christmas morning.  Good Night!

Supplies: Pattern paper, Chipboard accents-12 Days of Christmas Collection (My Minds Eye), Cardstock-Bazzil, Green embroidery floss, Sketch-One-Page Sketch #3 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.

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