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Here’s a layout that I made while on holiday break.  This was another fun one to make with Nordic Holiday collection.   The snowmen paper and chipboard accents are so adorable! 

I used one of Allison Davis’ two-page sketches.   I’ve followed the sketch mostly but squeezed in one more vertical 4×6 to include 6 of my favorite photos from this afternoon.   

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The green & red color combo seemed to go well with Gavin’s jacket.  What a fun time he had playing in the snow.  I hope we’ll get some snow this year, so far nothing!

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After taking these photos I think that the area around the big snowman looks empty.   I’m planning to add some red crystals stickers to add a little more color around the snowman & hearts.  

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I’ve said it before but I just love all the sweater like patterns in this line.  These hearts are my favorite, love the needle point detail!    This makes 6 layouts I’ve done with the Nordic Holiday collection.  I am done for now but I do have a bit more supplies left so I will try to make 1 or 2 more with Nordic Holiday when I get back to holiday layouts. 

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Starting to plan for our upcoming scrapbook retreat weekend where I am hoping to wrap up all my 2010 layouts. 

Supplies: Pattern paper, chipboard elements – Basic Grey (Nordic Holiday Collection), Letters-Thickers, Cardstock-Bazzil, Sketch- Allison Davis- Two-Page Sketch #9 (Scrapbook Generation).

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

Santa Time Layout

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Today is Day 4 of the 12 Days of Christmas posts on Laurel Lane. 

One of my favorite things about scrapbooking is creating traditions.  I love taking my kids to visit Santa and have an album that has all the photos since they were babies.  This is the page from last year with Santa and it’s the 4th layout in the book.   

There’s always so much focus on mini-albums, this is a themed album all the way through but it’s a maxi album because it’s a big 12×12!  It’s a beautiful red Christmas album.  I love putting this album out at Christmas time.  I am planning to fill this book up with photos of the kids visiting Santa for as long as they’ll let me continue to take them!  15 more years is my goal!!

I’ve used this same sketch since starting the layouts 4 years ago.  Always have a big 8×10 and then a smaller 5×7.   I do vary the size & placement of the paper so that there’s a little variety but I do want to have it look related throughout the album.    When Gavin was a baby we started going with some of his baby friends.   It’s fun to have other friends to go with and we’ve had some fun lunches after meeting Santa.   

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The great part about this sketch is that it highlights the papers & accents very well.    As you can see Gwen cried when she left my arms, she was just 6 months old and it was her first time meeting Santa.  This years trip was last week and she cried again (more persistent than last year).  I am hoping she’ll have fun next year at her 3rd visit, that’s when Gavin finally realized he liked Santa and smiled. 

We always go to Nordstrom for the photos, I love their set and the photos are high quality.     I’ll share photos of the other Santa layouts in the book as it might be fun to see the progression.

What are your favorite holiday photo traditions?  I’d love to hear about them!!

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Supplies:  Pattern paper, chipboard accents-Basic Grey (Nordic Holiday Collection),  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