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. 


flag cards

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Here are a few more cards that I made this weekend to play along with Monday Card Madness #84 from last week.  

Here’s the sketch: 

I like that there are multiple layers of paper & patterns used in this this sketch.  I used my 6×6 What’s Up paper pack (BasicGrey) and there are only a few solid papers so I tried to work the patterns together but not make it too busy.    The best thing about the 6×6 paper packs is that they print the patterns smaller so that they work really well for small sized pieces like cards. 

Next time I have so many patterns, I’d like to try the opposite look and keep a simple white background as the main stage.  Then add just a touch of pattern for accent. 

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I used the flair stickers on the bottom left of each card and they are nice & thick to give great dimension.  They remind me of those pins the wait staff wear at TGI Fridays but they have a sticker on the back.  A fun idea for an embellishment!

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Next I want to do a 2 page layout with this paper so I stopped by Ben Franklin to get a few 12×12 sheets (it was interesting to see how much larger the patterns are on the full sheets).   For the layout, I am going to use the same flags you see here but expand it across both pages. It will be fun to see how it turns out. Not sure if I can use some photos of Gavin or if there will be too much purple/pink for boy photos. We’ll see!

Supplies:  Pattern Paper, Brads & Flair Stickers-What’s Up Basic Grey Collection, Stamps-Stampin Up, Black ink pad

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I created these three cards from the “Scraplift This” card idea designed by Joy Taylor on the BasicGrey blog this week.    I’ve wanted to try out this recent colorful BG paper and seeing Joy’s card gave me motivation (I am learning I get so much more completed when I go with what inspires me versus having a set list of things to complete following a strict order).  

I created three similar cards with the various patterns & embellishments.   

#1-pennants in the sky

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#2-flowers blooming (using for an invitation)

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#3-hot air balloon ride

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Which card is your favorite?    Thanks for the inspiration Joy!!

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Supplies:  Pattern paper- 6×6 paper pack, flair stickers & mixed brads (all BasicGrey What’s Up Collection), White cardstock, black ink

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.