Scrapbook Layout, Scrapbooking

Scrapbook Layout with Free Cut Files

Hey, everyone!  I wanted to give you a quick peek at my latest scrapbook layout.  This is a layout from the scrapbook album I made for my daughter and my new any-day-now grandson.

I was completely inspired by Paige Taylor Evans Silhouette cut file with the moon and stars.  You should totally check out the Paige Evan Silhouette Store page because her designs are AMAZING and beautiful and always inspiring.  Her Silhouette Store page is here. Then go check out her blog, where you can grab some inspiration for layouts.  I LOVE one of her latest layouts where she used embroidery thread and a heart cut file.

I grabbed a generic crescent moon from Google images (one of those licensed as free and editable) and got to work in Silhouette Studio.  I used the Magnolia Sky font and love the way it came out.  I made two versions of this file and they’re both available to you to download here:

To the Moon and Back 1

To the Moon and Back 2

After I cut the file, I grabbed a piece of my go-to white cardstock – Bazzill Smoothie in Coconut Swirl.  Starting at the bottom, I used Distress Oxide inks and a round Ranger Blending Tool with one blending sponge and created the background.  I used Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, and Black Soot.  Since I used the same blending sponge for the whole project, I got a really smooth blend from color to color.  When I had all the colors on, I went back in with a clean sponge and blended one more time from bottom to top. This may have been overkill, but I liked the way it took away any leftover blending lines.

The rest of the layout is from my stash and it’s old enough, I couldn’t even begin to tell you where most of it came from!  I used silver sequins for stars, a couple of old cut aparts around the photo mats, and some water-lily die cuts as my only embellishment.  I didn’t want to take focus away from the photos or the moon, so I kept the embellishments to a minimum.

As a final touch, I slipped a scalloped circle that I cut out with a EK Success punch behind the photo mats.  This will give my daughter a place to add the date and journaling when she adds pictures after the little guy is born.

Quick Tip Tuesday, Scrapbooking

Project Life App and PicFrame App Review Using the Canon Selphy 910

Welcome to Quick Tip Tuesday! Although this may not become a weekly feature of my blog and YouTube channel–I would like to have a weekly feature, but best laids plans of mice and women, you know–I am going to add it as a monthly feature, at the very least.

Today’s video was a request from a subscriber regarding what apps to use to print pictures on the Canon Selphy.  I’ve tested a lot of collage-type photo apps and discovered two that work well for me, once of which stands out upon comparison and will become my go to.

PicFrame has 36 layout possibilities. You can choose to round the corners on your photos. You can add color and patterns to the collage borders. Unfortunately, you can’t remove the borders, so you cannot print photos without the collage border.  It’s a big downfall for me.

Despite that, PicFrame was my favorite collage app until I realized that the Project Life app, which I probably won’t use for actual scrapbooking very often, also gives its users the ability to print photos in about 19 configurations ranging in size from 12″x12″ (assuming you have a wide format printer or are planning to have your photo printed elsewhere) to 4″x6″ to 6″x8.” Each size (except the 12×12) has multiple layout options, allowing for 1 to 6 photos per collage. None of the layouts have borders between photos, which is exactly what I wanted.

All of which brings me to today’s video in which I test these two apps with the Canon Selphy.  The Canon Selphy is an amazing sublimation printer and I absolutely love mine.  But I do know some users have taken issue with the way the Selphy crops photos during processing, and I’ve found I often face the same issue. The Project Life app, with appropriate settings, changed that for me and I ‘m even more happy with the Selphy than I was before.

Please let me know in the comments if you have another favorite app to use with the Canon Selphy.

Watch the review video here:


process video, Scrapbook Layout, Scrapbooking

Scrapbook Layout Process Video Using Faber Castell Gelatos and Liquitex Gesso

After a brief hiatus, I’m happy to show you  my latest layout process video!

I love doing mixed media layouts because it lets me just play with products and see where it takes me. When I do layouts like this, I’m not trying to adhere to a sketch (a process I also love) or scraplift someone else’s layout, which I often do when I’m not feeling terribly inspired. But this type of mixed media layout is a different creative experience for me.  I pick my medium, background, color scheme, embellishments, and just start building layers. It’s very unstructured and I usually like these layouts far better than those I create with a specific plan.

Many of the products I used are listed below, as is the process video.  Thanks for visiting!





The 5-7 Formula Layout System to Create Scrapbook Pages Quickly and Easily

A few years ago, I became completely obsessed with the concept of Phi.  Some people call it the ratio of beauty, some call it an emerging property, some call it the Golden Ratio.

It’s a ratio that appears repeatedly in nature, in things like seashells and flower petals.  It’s connected to the Fibonacci sequence.  Basically, Phi is to lines what Pi is to circles.  It’s a special number found by dividing a line into two parts so that the longer part divided by the smaller part is also equal to the whole length divided by the longer part.

What I learned from my obsessive reading is that the ratio results in sections and spaces that are uniquely appealing to the human eye and I knew I could apply it loosely (very loosely) to scrapbooking layouts.

Take 12″ and divide it by 1.618 and you have 7.41″  The remaining section is roughly 4.65.” I trimmed a piece of pattern paper down to 5″  (remember, I said I applied the concept of Phi quite loosely) and laid it along the bottom of a 12″ piece of pattern paper.   That gave a good space for photos, a nice clean horizontal line for photos or a border, and it was appealing to look at.

I discovered I could rotate the page for a different look, but the same use of overall space.  I put the 5″ strip directly in the center of the 12″ page and found that it gave a completely different look again, but again, the same use of space.  In other words, the 7″ space visible of one pattern was the same no matter where I placed the 5″ strip of the second pattern.

I quickly put together 5 different layouts, without photos or titles.  Just the 5″ strip over the 12×12 background paper, in various configurations. At the top.  Along the bottom.  On the right.  On the left. Directly in the center.

What I discovered was that even though I used different papers on each layout, because the layouts were similarly balanced with 5″ showing of one pattern and 7″ showing of the other pattern, the five layouts seemed to work nicely together.  I started calling it my 5-7 Formula. I created a baby album and used variations of the 5-7 Formula for all the monthly, double page spreads.  I used two different collection packs.  The resulting album went together very quickly and created a sense of continuity throughout the album. I used it again….and again. Because it’s worked so well for me, I thought I would share the basic principles with you in this video:


I now use the 5-7 Formula often and have for several years.

  • When I’m short one time but have some photos I want to get scrapbooked.
  • When I’m not feeling particularly creative but have time set aside to scrapbook.
  • When I have a lot of photos that represent a progression of time, like school pictures or the first 12 month’s in a baby’s life.
  • I also use it when I have pictures in which my child or grandchild isn’t necessarily the focal point: school field trips, class group pictures, etc.  Those are the photos that I want to include in my scrapbook, but I don’t want to necessarily want to take the same amount of time as I would for, say, a beloved candid shot of a toddler asleep in a swing.  (I have one of those.  I love it.  It’s been scrapbooked.  Twice.)

Please let me know in the comments below if you try the 5-7 Formula and how it worked for you.  I’d love to get your feedback.



Cardmaking, Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Up! Giggle Greetings Cardmaking and DIY Stamp Positioning Tool

Many of you have probably already seen the MISTI stamp positioning tool or even already have one.  I’ve been hesitant to purchase one because I’m more scrapper than cardmaker and couldn’t see a lot of use for me with the 8.5″x11″ format currently available.  I would have been first in line to get one if it had allowed for 12×12 paper.  Since it didn’t though, I haven’t hit the go button to buy it yet.

On the other hand, it’s a great concept for a tool and if they ever produce a 12×12 format, I’m there.  In the meantime, I repurposed an empty, plastic DVD case to mimic the functions of the MISTI tool in a smaller format that I am likely to use. Using a printable transparency sheet, 2 sheets of craft foam, and an empty DVD case I found at a thrift store for 9 cents, and a free, printable grid on the Internet, I created a simple tool that allows me to position my stamps exactly where I want them and restamp, if needed, to get perfect coverage.  My DIY stamp positioning tool will never take the place of the MISTI, because so much time and thought was clearly put into the design of that tool, but it works for me, for my purposes.

I used my DIY stamp positioning tool to create this fun birthday card, using the Stampin’ Up! Giggle Greetings Stamp Set again.  I watercolored the image using Ranger Distress Ink in several colors, including three of the new 2015 colors: Twisted Citron, Abandoned Coral, and Fossilized Amber.  I love the new line of colors and can’t wait to get the newest color, Hickory Smoke, which is a great, rich neutral gray.


Watch the YouTube video:

Cardmaking, Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Up Giggle Greetings Birthday Cardmaking Process Video

I’ve had the pleasure of trying out a new stamp set from Stampin’ Up this week. I used the Giggle Greetings stamp set to create this birthday card, along with the Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing folder, the Big Shot, and some supplies from my stash.

By covering up the bottom half of the sentiment on the stamp and changing the color of the berries, I customized this card for my son, who has a rather unusual history with blueberries. This is a great way to get even more use out of an awesome stamp set.  The sentiment on this particular stamp reads, “Sometimes life is just a bowl of cherries…and sometimes it’s just the pits,” so it was clearly intended as a “sorry you’re having some bad luck” type of card. But with a few changes, it became a bright, cheerful birthday card.

Watch the video on YouTube