Fun at the patch layout

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Tonight I’d like to share a fall layout with photos from one year ago.  We have a fun tradition to visit the patch with another family.  It first started when the boys were just 6 months old and now we’ve been going ever since.  Today we went once again (our 5th year!) and so I thought it would be fitting to share this layout.  I do have to say that this year it was not dry and we got very, very wet.  The rain was wonderful though, the boys all had a great time and even baby Gwen didn’t mind getting wet.    After looking at how dry and nice it was last year I see how lucky we were on this day!

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I love this American Crafts Halloween paper that I picked up on clearance a while back at Paper Zone.  The only problem is that I had all big patterns.  I didn’t have any small patterns and I really needed one for the layout.  A purple polka dot paper was what I was searching for but I couldn’t find any so I settled for cutting out the patterned pumpkins from the paper to give it some variety.  Since finishing this layout I’ve found a digital pack (Lori Whitlock) online that I think will be just right for next time.  

I love that this layout offers the use of 9 photos and when they are in a block like this they make quite the statement.  I added a orange stich around the outside of the papers and see I need to work with my tension (see the corner) next time I sew.  My sewing machine had to go in for service and I’ve just gotten it back and I am determined to figure out how to use it better.

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The arrows are from a Pebbles pack of accents, love that they are the same company so the colors from the two lines match.  I picked up a cute remarks sticker pack from this collection too.  Now that I have some smaller patterns I’d like to try a few more layouts with the rest of this paper.

I love that both A & A have on their purple clothes that match this paper so well!

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Hope you enjoy your Halloween festivities!    Here’s a link to another year when we went on the pumpkin patch excursion with our friends.   

Supplies:  Pattern Paper-American Crafts (All Hallows Eve, Transylvania, Charms, Creepy, Grimm, Horror, Sweet), White Bazzill Paper, Stickers-remarks American Crafts, Chipboard arrows-pebbles chips, Distress Ink-Tim Holtz, Thickers-Amy Tangerine Hello, Thickers-Tinsel (black), Pop Dots-All Night Media


Two Years Old Layout

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This summer has been flying by and I can’t believe it’s already August.  It’s a good thing for people living in the Pacific Northwest as we are just now starting to have some sunny days and hopefully we’ll have a few weeks with lots of sunshine before summer is over. 

We were out of town for two weekends in July (camping trip and Park City trip) and so my crafting time was nonexistent the last few weeks.  I’ve finally unpacked the suitcases and then worked on a layout this week.  I planned out this layout back in May after doing the flag cards (with this same paper) and was so excited to finally do it this week. 

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This layout is based on one-page sketch #19 found at Sketch Support (where you can download the .pdf with full details).   I extended it to a two page layout just like one of the design team members (great idea).

I had vertical photos instead of horizontal like the sketch so I had to adjust the photos to make them work across the two pages.  I used four 4×6 photos and then a three that I trimmed to be 6 inches tall. 

Across the top I used my Sew Easy tool to punch a line of holes and then stitched with embroidery floss.

It was fun to cut all the strips into flags and then to add the colorful brads all across the layout. 

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I have some other fun projects that I’ve been working on this week and I can’t wait to share them with you soon! 

Supplies:  Cardstock-Bazzil, Pattern Paper, Brads-Basic Grey What’s Up Collection, Letters-Amy Tangerine Hello Thickers. 

choo-choo train cupcakes

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Today I’d like to share these cute Thomas the Train cupcakes that my friend made for her son’s 4th birthday party. 

As you can see these adorable cupcakes have little trains on top of EACH cupcake.  The kids couldn’t have been more excited to find a real toy train on top of their sweet treat!    These cupcakes were made by my talented girlfriend, Nicole, yes-the same person who hand painted Gwen a birdie print for her baby room.    This is the 4th year that she’s made amazing cupcakes for her son’s birthday. 

Here’s the party invitation (from Tiny Prints) that set the theme for the choo-choo train party.  Roman's 4th BD_May 2012 (1)

She placed the trains on top of pieces red licorice (similar to a log boom) so that they wouldn’t get frosting smeared all over them. Then secured each train to the licorice with Washi Tape so that it wouldn’t fall of the top of the cupcake.  

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This was my first time hearing about or seeing Washi tape. At first glance, I thought it was a ribbon but it looked like plastic so I was confused. I now know what a HUGE trend it is because it can be used on just about any craft project (see how Joy used it on her card). I was excited to learn about this new product from Nicole, thanks for the introduction! I can’t wait to get some and try it out on one of my projects.

Here’s a great blog post where Lisa describes just what Washi tape is and where you can purchase.   

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To keep with the train theme I used this train cutout as the hero item for the birthday card. 

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I based the card off of Card Sketch #3 found at Sketch Support. 

Here’s the birthday boy in his cute train conductor hat and Gavin wearing his striped hat too.  Happy 4th Birthday sweet boy! 

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Card Supplies: Colored/pattern paper- Crate Paper Zoom Collection, Stamp-BasicGrey, Distress Ink-Tim Holtz

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.  

“Hold on Tight"

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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. 

Spring Layouts

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To celebrate National Scrapbook Day this past weekend I made 3 spring scrapbook layouts.    It was exciting to see all the fun stuff going on for #NSD across the sites & twitter. 

Michelle came over Friday night to scrapbook and we had fun working on our pages.  Friday I planned out these three layouts (selecting/resizing photos, finding paper, choosing a sketch for the layout and ordering the photos).  I picked up the photos on Saturday and then completed these layouts Sunday evening. 

Oh, how I would have given to scrapbook all weekend!  The were so many fun crops, contests, make/takes & sales going on to celebrate. (maybe next year?)  But I’ll take having time to get these three layouts done any day! 

Rainy Day Egg Hunting:

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For this layout I used the Two-Page Sketch #19 by Allison Davis found at Sketch Support.   

I followed the sketch pretty closely. Except-I decided to not do the stitching around all the 4×4 photos.   There’s so much going on already with these photos & paper that I didn’t want to complicate the layout or ruin the photos with the needle. 

However, Like some of the examples I used the sewing machine to stich around the large die cut on the left page. The black stich helps make the shape stand out and show the cute little rain boots.

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All the pattern paper found in the layout is by Three Bugs in a Rug and the rain boot paper is sooo cute!  I am glad that it worked out to be the hero piece. 

I love this sketch because the main photo is so LARGE (5×7).  I like to have larger photos and this was a great layout to get MANY photos (9 total) on a two page spread.    I love that Gavin was smiling for this photo too!  (it’s become rare to catch a smile this last year when the camera comes out) 

Supplies:  Cardstock-Bazzil, Pattern Paper- Three Bugs in a Rug (April Showers), Die Cut Shapes Three Bugs in a Rug (Little Chick), Letters-Thickers


First Easter Egg Hunt:

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This layout is based on Two-Page Sketch #20 found at Sketch Support.    I love sketch support sketches and use them all the time.  Normally I’d tell you they are quick and easy to do.  But this one is the hardest one I’ve ever done!     You might ask, “Why is this?”  Because there are 20 different strips/pieces of paper in this layout.  It was very challenging to get them to line up straight, figure out which pattern would look best where and took a lot of time.  I think it’s a strong layout so I am glad I did it but boy was I surprised by the difficulty. 

I decided to do the stitching across the bottom and down the sides on the right page.   With so many pieces it helped hold it all together as well as giving it a more polished look.   

Funny thing is that I just now see there’s another stich horizontally under the title and I didn’t even see that until tonight as I am typing this up!   I missed that one and think it helps 

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Supplies: rub on letters- mini Marks American Crafts, Glittery letters- Dear Lizzy + American Crafts, green letters -Thickers, Pattern Paper- Dear Lizzy + American Crafts (Spring Collection), Cardstock- Bazzil, Spring Dimensional Stickers (Remarks)-Dear Lizzy + American Crafts, Ribbon-American Crafts


My little Lucky Charm:

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This layout is based on Two-Page Sketch #17 found at Sketch Support.   This cute Rusty Pickle circle Celtic style paper is perfect for this sketch with a huge die cut shape on the right page.   (I am also planning to do the star version of this page in a 4th of July layout later this summer)

For the garland of shapes that spans the layout I used varying sizes of circles.  I sewed them to the page using the machine and was happy the needle behaved and didn’t run the paper. 

Supplies: Pattern Paper-Rusty Pickle (Lucky), Cardstock-Bazzil, Letters-American crafts, Making Memories, Brown Thread, Circle Punches-EK Success (5/8, 3/4, 1)

Now that I’ve done Easter 2010 & 2011 I am excited to do Easter layouts for 2012!  (hopefully this weekend)  I found some cute spring flower paper (in my girl stash drawer) that should work.  I made a few spring cards with it yesterday so that I could see how the colors work together and I think it will be great for a layout.  I’ll share the cards soon!

thank you cards

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We had my son’s birthday party this past weekend and it was a lot of fun.   I’ll share some photos of the party soon but for now I’d like to share the thank you cards. I made all of these with the leftover scraps of paper from the other birthday party décor items.   (card #5 above)

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We opened a lot of presents after the party and Gavin was excited with all the new gifts. He played with a few but we are saving the rest until we write all of our thank you notes.  First thing Sunday morning he asked if we could “write our thank you notes today” (he wants to get the rest of the toys).   We spent the morning sitting together at the table working on our crafts. I made these 10 cards and he colored in a book with his colored pencils & new glitter sparkle pens.

My girlfriend, Jenni, was just asking me how I find the time to do crafts and this is a good example of how you can do it together with your kids.   It’s a great use of time.  They love to draw, paint, cut, do mazes, etc.   I am thrilled when Gavin and craft together!

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All of these cards are based on this beautiful Allison Davis card sketch #13 found at Sketch Support.    I selected this sketch for the thank you notes back when I made the party invites so I didn’t have to spend anytime this weekend figuring out the design (another reason why sketches are great).

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First, I did four cards that stuck to the sketch completely (see second set of cards below #1-4) then I saw how well these large die cut pieces would work with the sketch.

Variations: cards #5-10

  • The die cuts are about an inch larger than the journal block on the sketch so I added a 7th flag so that you’d see color on both sides of the die cut.
  • The larger die cut shapes don’t lend well to have the three flowers (buttons in my case). So I left them off on the four above.
  • I added a brad to the top of two tags giving more detail to the patterns & stripes on the die cuts.

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  • Life of the Party Collection paper (various patterns) –BasicGrey
  • Glazed Brads-Life of the Party– BasicGrey
  • Die Cut Pieces-Life of the Party – BasicGrey
  • Buttons-Life of the Party – BasicGrey
  • Wooden block Stamps – “thanks” and “thank you”

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When you are making cards, do you ever notice with each card you seem to like them more?      I keep saying to myself, oh this one is my favorite, then I say that about the next card, and so on.

I made the green card here first.  I quickly saw that having 6 busy patterns side by side wasn’t quite how I wanted the card to look.  The green title box helped calm things down but I knew that there were other possibilities since I had so many scraps to choose from.

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With card #2 & #3 I alternated the flags using a pattern & then a solid color to keep it simple.  These patterns still have a lot going on with the solid/pattern combo.

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Alternating solid colors & patterns helps make the patterns stand out more and the solids tie everything together.

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card #4 I reduced the amount of colors in the card keeping it to green/brown/orange/blue  like colors (no red, yellow or pink).    This one is my favorite from this set, the orange paper at the bottom with the kids holding hands is so dear.

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Here’s to a quick colorful set of thank you cards!  I love this sketch Allison, now I am ready to do some of your layouts with the flags.

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Which one is YOUR favorite?

My favorites are #6, 7 & 8.  I love shiny patterned brads with the die cuts.

Merry & Bright

Sharing another holiday layout that I completed this winter. 

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This layout is based on One-Page Sketch #16 found at Sketch Support.  When I saw this sketch I immediately knew I’d do it because I had this great holiday paper with many beautiful ornaments.

I rarely do one page layouts so knew I’d turn this sketch into a two page spread.  This was an easy sketch to expand to two-pages.  I love that this layout offers the use of so MANY photos (I’ve used 19 in my layout)!  Also, I like to have a photo of our tree in at least one layout each holiday and this layout offers the vertical 4×6 to showcase a tall tree photo. 

I tried the We R Memory Keepers sewing tool for the first time.  It was fairly easy but did take me a few tries to get the hang of it.  I think I’ll get better each time used to how hard I need to push to make the holes. 

I raised the cardstock ornaments up with pop dots adding some dimension.

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  • Moved the large solid (green pattern paper) close to the center edge of the layout so that it would be continuous onto the second page.  It didn’t work as well with so many photos for there to be the white space. 
  • Added a third row of photos to be able to get more of the many photos taken on this day.  (19 total here)

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Supplies:  Pattern Paper & Ornament Stickers-Crate Paper North Pole Collection, Stitching tool-We R Memory Keepers, Cardstock-Bazzil