Archives for category: Kori’s Album

Just popping in to share a few more layouts I am adding to Kori’s album! Enjoy!

First up is a layout I created using all products by Doodlebug Design.

DB Kori at 10 mos-1

DB Kori at 10 mos-2

DB Kori at 10 mos-3

The next layout is about Kori’s first 4th of July. I created a design element using several different ribbons in red, white and blue to add color and texture. I also diecut multiple stars and adhered them with popdots.

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Last is a layout using all Doodlebug Design products. I love how colorful and fun this layout turned out!




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Hello May! I really cannot believe that it is already May! This year is just flying by already! Finally we caught a couple of days of sunshine here in Missouri! It’s going to be short lived though of course…rainy and 40s the rest of the week. UGH!

Very anxious to start getting ready for the Carrie Underwood concert tonight! About to go play dress up until I figure out something to wear!! I am definitely looking forward to a much needed night out with the girls!

I have been thinking over some ideas for Saturday evening…it is National Scrapbook Day and all! Really wanting to get some fun crafting on.

This week (until tomorrow anyways) the Silhouette store is having a 50% clearance on all shapes. My subscription just renewed a few days ago as well so I’ve got about 100 shapes to choose using the sale. I’ve been adding to my cart all week and looking for inspiration from my favorite die cut expert.

This sale has really got my realizing that I do not use my cameo nearly enough. My crafting goal for this month is to use my silhouette as much as I can possibly manage. I am intending on using at least one cut on every layout I make this month.

I also plan on gathering supplies for my May Product Picks in the next week or so as well.

While I’ve got you here, I’ve also got another layout for my niece’s album to share.

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Lots from the 5th and Frolic line used on this one. I really love the colors and patterns from this collection. I also mixed in a little Everyday Eclectic as well. I even cut the shape from a couple pieces of cardboard for dimension!

This page started off with the hexagon border I created from the different patterns. This shape is so easy and versatile. I really love that I was able to use a lot of the different patterns using this technique. I added a few punched hearts, buttons, and twine to the shapes to add a little more interest. I added dimension to a few of the hexagons by using foam tape.

I created borders and clusters at the top and bottom of the page to bring the design in to the middle and make it more cohesive. This page came together fairly quickly and I really love how it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look! Do you have any special plans for National Scrapbooking Day?

Happy Monday! For awhile I have wanted to try creating a page with one over-sized photo. I had this black and white photo that was taken at the hospital when Kori was born. I decided this was a good opportunity to give it a shot.

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I first layered my photo on top of a dollar store doily and pink cardstock. I used my Martha Stewart fringe scissors to create a textured border at the bottom of my photo. I used 3 different letter types in white to create a more interesting title without it detracting from the photo. The first was from an Echo Park collection pack. I cut “little” using my silhouette and thickers to finish. A simple rhinestone “K” adds the finishing detail.

That wraps up another fast and simple page! I will definitely be using a larger photo technique again in the future. Thanks for stopping by.


Hey readers! I’ve got another layout to share for my niece Kori’s album! Kori was born in January of 2012. She was the first baby of the new year in town. The local newspaper has a tradition to feature the first baby of the new year on the front page of the newspaper. I wanted to include this in Kori’s album to look back on later.

Here is the page I created:

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The newpaper clipping took up the majority of my page, so I kept the embellishing on the minimal side. I created a small “neighborhood” on the bottom of my page using a house stamp from Unity. I also used my Martha Stewart fringe scissors to create some grass. I used some flowers punched from Doodlebug glitter paper and some washi tape to finish off the page.

That pretty much sums up this fast and easy page. Have a delightful day!

Is it totally cliche to say that it seems like yesterday that my niece was born?! She’s already 15 months old! I’m here to share with you a layout from when she was born that will be added to the beginning of her album. I love that there is no pressure to complete layouts in chronological order. While I will still put them in the album in order, I love creating whichever pages inspire me at the moment.



I used a black and white photo to keep the colors from competing. I kept the color scheme to pink, white, and brown again for this layout. It is such a traditional, classic color scheme for a baby girl. The calendar background paper was perfect to denote the day she was born.  I also included a little pocket made from a piece of Hambly transparency. Inside the pocket I slipped in  a journaling card to include the birth details such as length, weight, time, etc.





Thanks for stopping by! What projects are you working on?

Hey readers!! I’m back after a few day break to share another layout with you! I created this 2 page spread about my SIL Heather’s baby shower. It is another spread done to add to Kori’s baby album!

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I chose my color scheme for this layout to match the same pink and brown color scheme of the shower. I wanted this layout to have a lot of fun elements and texture.

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I created several of these paper pinwheels from different patterned paper scraps I had in coordinating colors. I topped each pinwheel with a circle or heart…or both…using hot glue to hold the pinwheels together. I used hot glue to attach them to my layout as well for a secure hold. I added more texture by adding a border using vintage laces and ribbons. I also stitched around the edge of the page with my sewing machine.

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I had several pictures from the shower that I wanted to include, however, didn’t want to them all on show. I created this little mini accordion album on the left side to house more pictures and room for journaling. I tied the album closed with twine.

In the end, this layout turned out pretty bulky, which I am ok with. I love adding layouts like this every now and again.

How do you add additional pictures from an event to your albums?

This “kit from your stash” idea has really worked for me! I really love all of the layouts that I managed to pull from it! Today will make my third layout and all 3 are some of my favorites in Kori’s album. I will definitely be doing this again in the future!

Here is a look at the last layout from my kit:

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Holy bright color!! Would you believe I started this layout with a white background? It’s true I swear. I had several scraps of paper laying out on my desk from the other spreads, and some full sheets that I cut down that I decided I wanted to just line them up along the side. Initially, I started with the photos on top of the color blocked half, however, they didn’t stand out and got lost. I then paired them the left side, left white and the colors clashed and they still didn’t pop. Finally, I pulled this pink piece from the kit and it was a great match. I matted the middle photo with the “B” side of the arrow paper to highlight it from the others.

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I used 3 different letter stickers for my title. First, the Snap letters. I then used some white glitter thickers. I had run out of “i’s” in this set, so I cut pieces from an “m” to make my own. I think I like it better than the straight ones it came with anyways 😉 I absolutely love these mistable letters from Heidi Swapp. I mixed some acrylic paint with water and brushed that over the letters. I wiped the excess from the dots. I love how well these turned out.

I added some dimension to this spread by cutting extra arrows from the paper and layering them on top of the strip. I then stitched down the center and folded up the edges. The little camera die cut from Maggie Holmes got added with some foam tape for even more dimension.

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I added my journaling to a tag die cut, adorned with some lacey ribbon and a mini paper clip.

Final touches to the page included enamel dots, paint splatters, washi tape, and yellow photo corners(added to the kit)

Sibling Bond-5While I still had my supplies out, I decided to throw together a quick card. Here is a look:

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I still have tons of pieces left from my kit left to use on other projects! I really encourage you to give this a try! Hope you have a delightful day!

I had a pretty relaxing couple of days off the past 2 days. Today brings on my work “Monday”. (I typically work Saturday-Wednesday. Weird I know.) Luckily, on my days off I got to play with my April Product Picks Kit a little more and knock out a few more layouts for Kori’s album.

Here is a look at my second layout from this “kit”:


I knew from the start I was going to want to mat the Maggie Holmes for Crate paper on a piece of black cardstock (added to kit) so I did that right off the bat. I had a general idea of how I wanted my page to look. That included cutting the clustered design from the My Mind’s Eye paper and using it as an embellishment. I went ahead and fussy cut it out before assembling anything. From there I just started playing with my paper pieces and die cuts until I came to a design I was happy with.


I wanted to add a little bit of distressed texture to this layout. To achieve this, I stitched down the sides of the woodgrain paper. I then “ruffled” or folded up and ripped the edges to my stitch marks. I also”ruffled” the edges of the black and white paper. I used some Tattered Angels glimmer mist to sprinkle some ink splatters across my page.



My title comes from a cute story about my niece at this age that I wanted to tell. She gets such a kick out of “buzzing” her finger at someone and “stinging” them like a bee. I got to use those letter stickers that I mentioned in yesterday’s post.


The additions to my kit for this page include the black cardstock mentioned earlier, a black and white washi tape, and more Tim Holtz mini paper clips (might as well just add those to the kit permanently. ha)

I’m off to do some more creating! Until next time!

I’ve been putting my April Product Picks to work and loving the results. I am so glad I picked such a bright color scheme for my kit. These papers and embellishments have been so easy to work with!

For my first layout, I was so inspired by the Basic Grey Blueprint challenge by Ann-Marie Morris. I was immediately drawn to the layout of the elements. Here is the sketch and inspiration from their blog: (inspo from Lab Partners)



Here is my take, utilizing my April Product Picks Kit:



I started with the blueprint as my base. I first switched it up a little bit by turning it to the side, putting my photo to the left and the small squares to the right instead of the bottom. I only had one photo that I wanted to use so I replaced the second photo with this striped die cut card from a Studio Calico Project Life kit (I added this piece to my original kit contents.) I kept the smaller borders at the top and bottom of the design. I also moved my title from the top border to inside the second larger square. After the initial layout base, I began layering (…and layering…and layering) more embellishments on top.  I have a tendencies to over-embellish. The more “stuff” the better! 😉 Once I got to a point where I thought I was done, the layout still didn’t feel complete. I matted the entire layout on a piece of yellow cardstock (another addition to my kit) and that seemed to pull it all together. Here are some of the detail shots:



Other additions to the kit included a digital Sundrifter label from Studio Calico, a Yes, Please roller stamp, paint splatters made from acrylic paints + water (I hardly ever buy mists.), and Tim Holtz mini paper clips (my newest obsession).




I also included this little yellow photo corner. It’s so old, I’m not even sure where its from?



I really loved the look of cutting out the arrows from the Dear Lizzy|Lucky Charm|Noteworthy paper and layering them up. Small details like the paint splatters, enamel dots, twine, and little phrase stickers finish off little groupings perfectly. They are layering essentials in my book.



The letter stickers I chose for this layout included these pink ones from Simple Stories Snap. I really wanted to use these thickers for “NeeNee”, however,  I ran into the dreaded “E” problem…and this title called for 4! My solution? Print my own title. I used this font in my Silhouette Software, printed and cut them out of cardstock. Simple fix.

After all of my layering, you can hardly even tell I started with the sketch above! I love that sketches can help jump start your creativity, but don’t limit you from making a page stand out as your own. This page turned out so bright and cheerful, it’s got me dreaming of spring even more than I already was!

If you get inspired by either the kit idea or Basic Grey’s blueprint, I would love to see your projects! Have a splendid day and happy crafting!

I created a couple more spreads for my niece’s album. Hopefully, before too long I will have it all caught up. It’s getting quite full. I’m thinking I need to get a second album to hold the layouts in.

The first layout is the title page to the album.

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I created my background with my Silhouette and a piece of white cardstock. I really love the see-through and delicate aspect this technique gives the title page. I wanted to keep the rest of the page simple, so I added a yellow mat with Bazzill Cardstock and some simple punched hearts that I embossed with a cuttlebug embossing folder and my sizzix Big Shot. Added those same butterflies with layered music sheets.

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My next layout shares pictures from when my brother and Heather found out they were pregnant. I love the color scheme of this layout. It’s very bright and cheerful, mimicking the mood of the event. I added several layers of older product I had in my stash. I’m not exactly sure of some of the brands used here. I added red paint to the edge of the layout with a dry brush to bring in an additional color. I stacked hearts cut from tissue paper (thanks Victoria’s Secret!) and stitched them together with my sewing machine. Under the stack of layers I also added a vellum pocket to tuck away some journaling. I wrote the journaling as a letter to my brother and Heather.  I love the layered butterflies still in this layout, too, especially scattered diagonally across the layout.

I really love the fun feel of these spreads. I’m not real drawn to pastel, baby-typical colors, so I am really enjoying adding in bold colors and elements.

Glad you stopped by to take a look! Have a delightful day!