Great Outdoors Page Kit

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Here’s a quick layout I made with the Boy Crazy page kit from Scrapbook Generation.    I like using page kits from time to time to help get me closer to my goal of being caught up.  This boy crazy kit comes with everything you need to make the layout and even a sketch so you can do it again.    All you have to do is assemble!

The sketch outlined 5 photos but I wanted to add two more for a total of 7 photos.  I changed a 5×3.5 photo to a 2×3 (on the far right side with the three kids) and then added the two 2×2’s to the layout.  I like how many photos you can add to this layout and LONG title across the bottom. 

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This Take a Hike line is great for the camping trips & hikes in the mountains.  I used it for our camping trip from last summer and this might be the most recent event that I’ve scrapped.  If I go by my chronological list of pages to scrap I am working my way through 2011 now. 

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I subscribed to some of the monthly SG kits during 2012.  I’ve stopped them now so that I can get through them all and also need to finish up with my stash.  I haven’t had to buy any paper or embellishments for layouts for quite some time (at least 6 months)!  I love all the new stuff out there after CHA but I am holing back till I actually need new supplies for layouts.  We have another scrapbook retreat weekend coming up soon and I am excited to get more layouts completed.  

Supplies:  Paper & Stickers-Simple Stories Take a Hike Collection (Page Kit from Scrapbook Generation)



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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

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

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)

Spooky Night Layout

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Today I’d like to share a Halloween layout in preparation for tomorrow.  These photos were taken two years ago on Halloween night as my 2 1/2 year son and his friend did some of their first trick-or-treating to a few houses.   I’ve had this cute My Minds Eye paper pack in my closet for a while and was happy to get to break it out for this page.  How adorable are the sketched people on the patterned paper in their Halloween costumes?!

spooky halloween night (1) This layout is based on a sketch from Scrapbook Generation by Allison Davis (August Class Kit).  You can purchase this sketch and two others for just $1.29 (what a deal).     I pretty much followed the sketch exactly and it came together quite quickly.  I plan to use it again soon, would be great for a birthday layout too. 

I love sketches with a lot of photos and this one is great because three of them are 4×6 vertical photos (full size). Then you get to have 6 other photos for a total of 9 in this layout.

This photo of little puppy Gavin and his grandmother is one of my favorites.  He loved this costume and wanted to be a puppy dog again last year too but it didn’t fit anymore.  The brown nose is my favorite part! 

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Here are some Halloween Layouts from the year before when these two little guys were a shark & lion.. 

Supplies: Pattern Paper, die cut shapes & titles – My Minds Eye (Blackbird Collection), Cardstock-Bazzil, Sketch-Scrapbook Generation (August 2012 Allison Davis Class Sketches download)