Saturday, October 10, 2015


I haven't made a scrapbook layout since I put together my Creative Titles class for BPC. You haven't forgotten to check that out, have you? You can sign up for a free trial right here! There are so many good classes on so many subjects - scrapbooking, pocket scrapping, mini albums, photography, organizing, mixed media etc.

Since I don't subscribe to a scrapbook kit anymore I don't have a steady stream of new products coming in and preassuring me to do scrap when I'm not feeling it. I really like being able to buy a kit here and there, and this time I got Brimfield - the Studio Calico September kit.

I hadn't scrapped our vacation photos yet, so I set to work on those. I collected a whole bunch of them and cropped twelve of them to 2x1,5", and then four more to 1,75x1,5". They ended up on a twopager, like this:

Our son has started taking guitarr lessons, and he is really loving it. We're a creative family not a sporty one, so I'm very happy that he's found a hobby that can grow with him. 

We are also a bug loving family! We have been known to avoid vacuuming in certain corners of our laundry room because spiders live there, and even toss flies into the webs. And how cool is the huge caterpillar I found on the gravel road outside my school? It was the size of my index finger. A friend later told me it's going to be a stag beetle

The layout has hidden journaling that comes out whe you remove the arrow paper clip.

As you can see I've added bits and pieces from other kits I had collected, but the papers are all Brimfield.


Saturday, October 3, 2015


Most of the time when I design a layout it's moving photos and pieces of paper around on the table, but sometimes I will design the layout in PSE. Then it only needs printing and assembling. Those layouts usually comes together very quickly. Especially this layout that I plan to share with you. I started out looking at this pin:

The layout is going to document our hotell in Mallorca, so I opened up a few images in PSE and started figuring out how I wanted them placed. After placing them out on a blank letter sized canvas, I decided that in order to make the layout a little more dynamic I needed to add A) at least one circle element and B) a photo with people in it. I picked a photo of the kids outside the lobby and used the cookie cutter tool to crop it into a 1,8" circle. My plan was to punch it out using my 2" circle punch, and I wanted the photo to have a white frame. I also added some journaling in the same spot as the pin.

I printed two separate images. One with the photos hidden, on cardstock. And one with the journaling hidden, on photo paper. If you look closely you will also see a few unfortunate orange paint splatters that my daughter made by accident. She was sitting across the table making puppets from toilet paper rolls. One of them was a fox, thus the orange paint.

And here is my finished layout. All the pieces assembled and title and embellishments added. 

All materials, except the flair, is from Studio Calico kits. The flair is designed by Brandi Kincaid and more of her designs can be found here! Brandi also has her own Etsy shop where you can buy digital items but also make custom orders!