Colorful Sketchbook Cards

Happy Independence Day!

I wanted to THANK Amy Tangerine for featuring the owl gift bags & the mini album up on her site last week!  It’s been fun to get visits from her blog readers to Laurel Lane.  I love meeting new people, especially when they love crafting!


Today I’d like to share three cards I made with the Sketchbook collection.  

I was inspired by the stitching and cut out circle in Laura Craigie’s “Wonderful Card” @ the American Crafts Blog.  It’s a beautiful card!!  Now that I just sewed the fabric banner I am in the mood to do more sewing on my cards so this was a great opportunity.  Here are the three cards that I made. 

#1 – I LOVE Cameras:  I used the sewing machine on all three cards to add some stitching detail to the outside border.  I also did some cut outs of the shapes from the pattern paper and popped everything up to add dimension.   On this first card I love this pattern so much that I decided to keep it intact and just cut out a circle for the message. 

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At the top of this card, I used a strip of paper that from the backside of the barcode product label.  This is one of the first lines I’ve seen that made the product strip usable by printing a smaller pattern on the backside.  It’s 1/2 inches wide and is an extra strip in addition to the 12×12 piece of paper.    It’s also a smaller aspect ratio so it’s great for borders & trim. 

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I love cameras and I thought this was a great message to put with the cameras.  People smile for cameras, people simile when looking at photos taken from cameras and this colorful set of cameras makes me smile! 

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#2 – Clouds:  During this last month in Seattle we have NOT seen summer.  It’s been gray or rainy every day.  I felt “hello from Seattle”  was the perfect message to add to this cloudy card.    We are lucky because today the sun is out and it’s wonderful to see!

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I love the blues found in these ribbons and thought it looked nice to add another texture other than the paper.   My office walls are painted “spa blue” that’s very close to the middle ribbon.

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#3 – Picture Frames with hearts:   

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This heart paper is adorable and I thought it would be cute to cut out hearts from the pattern.  I used my creative memories double heart punch, sewed them together and then added the hearts to the picture frames.  

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I was glad to be able to use the pink sparkly thickers for the sentiment. 

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Supplies:   Heart punch-Creative Memories, white cardstock, pink/blue thread, sewing machine used for all stitching, pop dots, glue dots, corner rounder-We R Memory Keepers.    All pattern papers, thickers, heart brad, ribbons-Amy Tangerine Sketchbook by American Crafts


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.  

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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. 

Bo Bunny Sketch Challenge Results


A few weeks ago, I was excited to find out that I won the Sketch Challenge (from back in Feb) at Bo Bunny.    Yay!

It was my first time entering a scrapbooking contest online.   I have to say the online challenges are so much fun.   If you’ve been seeing them on your favorite blogs and considering doing them I recommend trying one out! 

First, it’s exciting to find an assignment you’d like to do, go through the supplies you have that are waiting to be used & make a layout with the sketch in mind.   Second, there are so many challenges going on at all times and it’s so fun to see what others create.   Third, I figure doing challenges will help me get caught up on my pages quicker (we all need goals).  Fourth, you can win exciting prizes too!    Another awesome thing about this particular one is that Bo Bunny used an Allison Davis Sketch from Sketch Support.  (Allison happens to be one my favorite scrappers!)

Here’s the layout I created (Crazy Love Collection): 

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Here’s a link to the post where I submitted my Valentine’s Day layout.

Thank you to Bo Bunny for the great prize that arrived yesterday!!  I love finding scrapbook treasures waiting on my doorstep.    

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It’s a pack of items from the Serenity Collection: all of the patterns of 12×12 paper collection, buttons & dimensional stickers .   The teal/red/black/taupe’s will be fun to work with in a layout, now I need to figure out which photos will be the best fit. 

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THANK YOU Robbie & Megan @Bo Bunny for all the fun contests you do on the blog.  It’s a lot of fun to see all the many craft ideas you feature on the site from your designers that are around the world. 

I look forward to creating some fun layouts & cards with this beautiful paper!!

BasicGrey Blog Feature


I’d like to THANK BasicGrey for featuring my pinwheels on their blog as the Eye Spy feature.

I was happily surprised to get an email finding out that these pinwheels were selected to be shown on the blog in April.  After completing the pinwheels, I uploaded the images to the BasicGrey Flickr group.  It’s a great place to get project ideas & inspiration.  I love going there when I get new paper to see how others have used pieces or to just get ideas.

It’s a complete HONOR to be featured on the very awesome BasicGrey blog.  I love your products and see them throughout all of my albums making a strong presence over the years.  Thank you Melanie for sharing this project with your audience!

Also, THANK YOU for the wonderful product gift (images below).  I love the beautiful and soothing colors that are in the What’s Up Collection.



I am already envisioning a layout with the pattern paper, felt cloud stickers and mixed brads. Also the flair stickers would be great used for a mini book or cards.

I’ll be sure to share what I create.

Monday Card Madness

I am excited to find out that I won a little prize (see bottom of post) for sharing the birthday invitations I created from the card sketch for Monday Card Madness (@ Scrapbook Steals Blog).    I was thrilled to receive an email from Kristy letting me know she enjoyed my cards and suprised (I didn’t know there were prizes)!

Here’s a screenshot from the Scrapbook Steals Blog post:


I love sharing my final products with the people who inspire me to create, thanks Kristy!  This is the best thing about having so many motivating ideas available at your fingertips digitally, it’s so easy to share.

I am almost done with making 20 invites…it’s been fun making them but has definitely gotten rid of any nostalgic feelings I’ve had about missing no longer making handmade holiday cards.  🙂   (With photo cards being so beautiful & easy I haven’t handmade holiday cards since 2005.)