Forever (Design Decisions: Class)

Here’s the second layout I made for the Shimelle class I’m taking:


It’s a layout for my wedding album.  Yup, it’s been two and a half years since my wedding, and I’m still working on the album!  I clearly have a lot of catch-up to do!

I haven’t been buying a lot of new supplies lately, so all of the products I used are at least a year old.  For 12×12 layouts, I mix in things from my own stash with old kits I have from Citrus Twist Kits and Studio Calico.  It’s worth noting I just got through using my very last kit from CTK even though I haven’t been a subscriber since March 2015!  All the scrapbook kits from Studio Calico I have are from various sales they’ve held throughout e last year or two.  I’m currently working with their “Odyssey” kit which, coincidentally, is also from March 2015.  I don’t think anything on this layout is actually from the kit, though.  Not to worry, bits and pieces of things from the kit will pop up in the next few layouts I make.


A Little Late…

But I thought I’d share what I made for the fiancé last week on Valentine’s Day.  This was the first thing I’ve ever made for him except maybe some gift tags to go along with past presents.  He wasn’t expecting anything for Valentine’s Day from me which made the surprise present even better 🙂  I decided to make a standing desktop book with each page listing a different reason why he’s wonderful.  He can flip through the book week by week to remind himself of his good qualities.



I honestly don’t really like the cover too much, but I had to go with it since it was already Valentine’s Day when I finished the project (hopeless procrastinator here…).



Here’s one of the pages in the book.  There are about 20 pages total.  I decorated both the front and back of each page.  I got to use up a lot of random leftover supplies I had lying around.  I was almost done with the Dear Lizzy “Polka Dot Party” and Amy Tangerine “Yes, Please” die cut packets by the end of this project.

BackI didn’t follow any tutorials when making this album, even though I probably should have…The book stands a little wonky once you near the last few pages.  If I ever try this design again, I’ll definitely limit to about 10 pages so it can stand properly.  I just punched some holes at the top of each page and tied them together with twine to hold the album together.  I also used two layers of chipboard for the foundation so it’s sturdier.


Layout Share: Place du Tertre

Here’s another layout featuring the Montmartre district of Paris.  The Place du Tertre is a little square atop a hill where artists of all kinds gather to sell their art.  The fiancé and I had quite the time choosing the artist to draw our portraits.  The artists are not shy about calling after us as we walk by, and there are so many to choose from!  In the end, I let the fiancé make the decision.  Unfortunately, neither of us liked the resultant portrait.  We look like Italian children in the drawing…no joke.  It was so bad other surrounding artists actually pointed and laughed at our portrait as it was being drawn!  Definitely not an 80 euros well spent…oh well.  I’m not sure what we’ll do with the drawing.  It’s been rolled up in the corner of our office ever since we brought it home.  Next time, though, I will be choosing the artist to draw our portrait and not the fiancé.

Place du TertreI used several paper scraps to back the photo.  I felt the patterns on the scraps were competing with the bold background, so I painted a white border around each scrap to tone them down.  The mish mash of different embellishments along the vertical was fun to place.  The journaling was written on some of those embellishments as well.


Layout Share: La Creperie Bretonne

One of the things I was sorely disappointed about during my first trip to Paris in 2012 was not eating a good crepe.  Our trip took place in August–the month of traveling for many locals (a fact we missed at the time we booked the trip).  So….unfortunately, many of the restaurants and cafes I had eagerly planned to try were not open.  The fiancé and I resorted to a creperie in a more touristy part of town on the very last day of our trip.  It was the only crepe we had in Paris, and it wasn’t very good at all…BUT we made up for it during our last Paris excursion at La Creperie Bretonne.  They were one of the few better-rated creperies open (many restaurants in Paris also aren’t in business on Sundays and Mondays), and we were not disappointed in the least.  Both the savory and dessert crepes were absolutely delicious.  I’m still salivating for the salted caramel drizzle….

La Creperie Bretonne


I really wanted to use the Dear Lizzy “5th & Frolic” 4×6 Project Life card on this layout because it’s one of the few items I have in navy.  Of course, the corners of the card are rounded, so I decided to also round the corners of the photos to match.  There’s a mix of embellishments on this page.  The mason jars are fussy cut from a Dear Lizzy “Lucky Charm” patterned paper.  I’ve used the mason jars on several other food-related pages in this album already.  There’s also some Maggie Holmes “Flea Market”, Amy Tangerine “Cut & Paste”, and Freckled Fawn elements.

Sketch Layout: Palatine Hill (Citrus Twist Kits)

I did another layout this week using the February 2nd sketch from Citrus Twist Kits.  It was the first time I used my January main kit and the “Epic Fun” embellishment add-on.  I got the embellishment add-on for free because I used credit I had from entering other sketch challenges 🙂  You can find the sketch here if you’re interested in entering too!  

Palatine HillEverything I used for this layout is from the January kits except the Thickers which are from a previous month’s kit.  I love the hand-made butterfly banner that was included (swoon!).  It’s definitely my favorite item this month.  I honestly didn’t think I would be able to use the cloud motifs anytime soon, but thought they might go well with the theme of this layout.  Butterflies, Roman architecture, and clouds….why not?

Sketch Layout: Chow (Studio Calico)

I recently subscribed to Studio Calico’s Project Life monthly kit, and in honor of that, I decided to try my hand at one of their layout sketches 🙂  The sketch can be found on the Studio Calico blog here.  Now, for my interpretation:


Yup, this layout is about food!  The tiramisu at Da Francesco is absolutely amazing–the best I’ve ever eaten!  And, of course, you can’t go to Italy without having some gelato.  It’s too bad I can’t remember the name of this gelateria because I really liked it there.  The flavors were really good, but more importantly, it wasn’t too sweet!  I find that as I get older, I enjoy more bittersweet or semi-sweet desserts.


Background Paper:  Studio Calico “Printshop” Hashtagged

Embellishments:  Various paper scraps from Amy Tangerine, Dear Lizzy, and others.  Ormolu tag, Freckled Fawn Dew Drops, Studio Calico wood veneer geotag, Pebbles heart chipboard button, Studio Calico stamp, Heidi Swapp die cuts, October Afternoon and Mister Huey’s mist


I’m hosting a teensy giveaway today in honor of having almost 200 views on this blog yesterday (cue: crowd cheer!).  Not a big deal for all of you who get tons of traffic to your sites, but a small victory for me 🙂  It will also be exactly one month since I started this blog.  Woohoo!  Time sure flies!  I have multiples of a few embellishment packs and also a couple of things I purchased within the last couple of months but never used.

January 28--Over 100 Views

Tada!  That’s the stuff one winner will get directly to their mailbox by commenting on this post 🙂  Open to anyone, anywhere in world I can ship to via USPS.  The giveaway will close on Thursday 1/30 at 11:59 pm CST.  Winner will be randomly chosen.

Layout Share: Have an A1 Day!

I made this layout for a Life.Paper.Scrapbook sketch challenge.  I actually just discovered their website yesterday and was excited to start participating in their monthly challenges!

The layout I made is another one for the “Breaking Bad” self-guided tour I took with my fiancee a couple of months ago in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  I love “crumpling” the washi tape a bit for a more distressed feel.  I got the inspiration from Melissa Stinson through a layout she made for Citrus Twist Kits earlier this month.

Have an A1 Day!


Background paper:  “Confident” (Amy Tangerine–Yes, Please)

Accent papers:  “Poolside” (Crate Paper–The Pier), “Blue Dots/Stripes” (Simple Stories–Say Cheese), “Pictured” (My Mind’s Eye–Chalkboard Studio), “Feathers” (Echo Paper Paper Co.–Here & Now)

Embellishments:  Journaling Tag (Chic Tags–Everyday Life II), Printed Chipboard Shapes (Dear Lizzy–Polka Dot Party), washi tape, Amy Tangerine & BasicGrey letter stickers, Studio Calico & October Afternoon mists.