Category Archives: Scrapbooking

8.5″ x 11″ Layout: 14 Months

The other day I was in the dining room with Henry – he was exploring, being a little mischievous and the natural light in the room was excellent. I looked over and saw my camera bag with my DSLR sitting on the floor and decided I should bust it out. I never seem to grab my real camera these days, and I need to be better about it. I got several super high quality candid shots of Henry just being himself and playing. I just love how they turned out, and knew that I needed to use them right away, in a layout!


I mean, this face…(mischief!)

…and this one… (SWEETNESS!)


I decided to pair these photos with some recent journaling that I had done about him. I kept things in a list format, as that is what I used when I sent myself the email with all these little facts about him at 14 months. It was pretty easy to just print out and scrap everything around it.


I had fun adding detail to this page with little embellishments. I used Echo Park That’s My Boy Kit for almost the entire page. (Plus some Thickers from American Crafts for my title). I (again) found that going with an 8.5″x11″ size was much less intimidating and it allowed me to complete this layout relatively quickly.

Love this little guy, and I am enjoying scrapping all these fun things about his life!

12″ x 12″ Layout: Henry at 8 Months

My layout today is of the scraplifted variety…


Let me tell you, that I have been on this mission to use up many of the supplies I have (scrapper’s guilt) and one of the things I have quite a few of is Project Life style cards. I actually only own *one* Project Life core kit – but then there are all the other off brands, and we all know that every scrapbook kit now comes with those cute little 3″x4″ cards. They are cute to look at but honestly it’s not realistic for me to do pocket scrapbooking all the time. I like it here & there, and that’s enough for me.

So, with that being said – I am on a mission to use up these cards in any way I can. I even have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to this very topic…which is where I found this awesome layout from the Simple Stories blog. This layout is my take on their design. I LOVE how it turned out.


This page is a mix of stuff from Echo Park’s That’s My Boy collection and some cards from the Project Life Boy mini kit (found at Joann’s).

I used my Silhouette to cut out the “8”. I cut it twice and layered to add some shadowing/dimension to the number. The rest of the title is just stickers and some Thickers that I had in my stash. I LOVE that “Love you to the moon and back” card.


I added some other embellishments that I had on hand in my stash, some from Recollections, Studio Calico. I love the dimension that wood veneer adds to a page.



I’d say I was successful at using up a handful of 3″x4″ cards…only a couple hundred left to go! 😉

12″x12″ Layout: Not Very Spooky…Just Cute!

I have been on a major scrapbooking KICK and I couldn’t be happier about it. It’s so great to get these photos scrapbooked and memories documented. I’m trying as hard as I can to stay creative and crafty even though life is super busy. We are in the middle of planning/beginning to build out my new crafting space, so that is exciting!!


Today I am sharing a layout I recently completed using the “Tricks and Treats” collection from Pebbles. I have had this sitting in my stash for who knows how long – I am really trying to use a lot of my existing stash. Feels good to finally put these cute papers and stickers to use.


I’ve discovered that no matter how hard I try to stick to a simple layout, I just love layering. Layers make me happy. I can’t stay away from them LOL. I do like the way they add interest to the page though – and this page actually came together quickly, despite all the layering!



These pics are from Halloween this past year (Henry’s first Halloween). Brooke was a mermaid and Henry a lobster. It was HYSTERICAL. He was…none too pleased, but just went along (he had no choice). Brooke was tickled pink to be a mermaid. I actually sewed the skirt she is wearing and I love how it turned out.


Thanks for looking! I have more layouts to share, soon!

12″x12″ Layout: Snap Happy

Today’s layout is another 12″x12″ format layout – with lots of pics! I love when I can get multiple photos on one layout – I have such a hard time choosing those few favorites 😉
Bella Blvd Snapshots Layout

These photos were taken as test shots with my brand new Sigma 85mm lens when it arrived. I loved how sassy and playful Brooke was – she had just turned 2 and was full of spunk with her bike helmet and ponytail sticking through the top, ha!

Bella Blvd Snapshots Layout

I used Bella Blvd “Snapshots” collection for this entire layout – I just LOVE the bold bright colors and designs in this collection – especially all the cameras. For added interest, I used a bunch of wood veneer cameras and stars from Studio Calico. I also used Thickers for my title, along with printed journaling.

Bella Blvd Snapshots Layout

Bella Blvd Snapshots Layout

Bella Blvd Snapshots Layout

I added little gemstones to some of the cameras, to make them look like they had flashes on the top. This page was so fun to create and is definitely a recent favorite. Thanks for looking! :)

my FIRST 8.5″x11″ Layout: Girls just wanna have fun

OK, so to be totally honest – this may not be my first *ever* 8.5″x11″ layout – but it’s been roughly 15 years since I’ve created one. Waaaay back in the day when I picked up this hobby of scrapbooking (freshman year of college) – I stuck everything down to black pieces of paper. I colored on them with gel pens in different colors and used some funky scissors, and BOOM: my first scrapbook was born. Now THAT is something I should resurrect someday. Would be pretty funny to look at! :) 😉


This page was inspired by all the recent creations I’ve been hearing about and seeing online. I love the clean and simple look of a scrapbook page that is mostly about the photos. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by a giant piece of 12″x12″ paper. I struggle with filling it – and I find that I end up with too much on the page. These pictures of Brooke doing gymnastics seemed to be perfect for a simple 8.5″x11″ page – with minimal embellishments. It didn’t take very long to pull together – which was great.


I think I will definitely be trying more layouts in this size. I have SO many photos and memories that I want to get documented, so it’s great when I can get them done with a more simple approach and in a more timely fashion. I suppose this means I need to go out and buy an 8.5″x11″ album and page protectors, too! :)


The papers and stickers in this layout are all from the “My Girl” collection from My Minds Eye – papers that have been sitting in my stash for a few years, begging to be used – hooray for finally using ’em!

12″12″ Layout: Together is the best place to be

I’m back with another layout to share. Lately I have been on a ROLL with scrapbooking and it feels SO good. I have plenty of scrapbooking supplies to last me until the end of all eternity 😉 I feel great when I get to finally use some of it…and document our memories!

Here’s my latest page about a day this past Fall when we went apple picking. These are some of my favorite pics of the kiddos – they are just precious sharing their apples – and I am even in a photo (which is rare, but I’m working on it!) so I really wanted to scrap these photos. I used the Harvest Lane collection from Simple Stories for everything on this layout.


I typed my journaling and printed on a 3″x4″ card from the collection. I do love the look of typed journaling but sometimes I can get lazy about it. It takes a bit of time to line it up and run through the printer. If you are looking for a great step-by-step tutorial on printed your journaling on Project Life Cards (or smaller pieces of paper in general), check out Tracie’s blog. Her tutorial is great and quite helpful.


I love all the detail in the embellishments and papers from this collection. It made pulling this page together quite easy. I didn’t have to do much embellishing. I even pulled the title from the patterned paper – no need to create one of my own!


I busted out one stamp for this layout from Ali Edwards and stamped it alongside a sticker. I just love using Technique Tuesday stamps when I scrapbook, as they have wonderful sayings and phrases.


I should be back soon with more crafty shares. I’m trying to be better about blogging – and yes, my blog still looks weird. Sorry! Just trying to get it all sorted – so until then, it’s a bit basic. Thanks for being patient with me :)