And baby makes 3…

Well, I got a start on the baby layouts on Father’s Day, and I just kept on going from there!  As a result, I have another Archie layout to share today!


I began with a sheet of white-washed wood grain from the Kaisercraft Ooh La La line, keeping the coral accent strip along the the bottom of the page instead of trimming it off as I often do.

And because I can’t get enough of the Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink (Have you heard!!??  There are 12 new colors being released in July!!?) tinted modeling paste paired with Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous stencils (as you saw here), I laid down a layer of that along the upper right-hand side before adding anything else.  I combined the floral stencil with a Heidi Swapp word stencil that  says blessing, love, hope, joy, thrive, etc and which captures all the feelings.


Then I pulled together an assortment of die cuts and chipboard pieces from the Ooh La La and the Maggie Holmes - Chasing Dreams lines.


As well, I made a home-made embellishment by stamping some floral images and some leaves on vellum and heat embossing with white powder before fussy cutting them out and layering them overtop of the printed die cuts.


I typed my journaling on the We R Memory Keepers typewriter and added it in strips.  And finally, I used some of the Prima Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint (in Opal Magic Blue-Gold) to add the splats.  I really love the thicker consistency that lets the paint dry with a raised dimension!

The word FAMILY is from the Jen Hadfield Homemade puffy stickers set, and I stamped the words “Brand New” with the Crate Paper Alphabet stamps and colored them with Copics.

It’s been too long since I held this precious bundle in my arms so I’m packing up and heading north next week to spend the summer at the cottage.  Which also puts me much closer to the location of my heart!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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How Did You Do That?

Working in a scrapbooking store where some of my projects are displayed, I often get asked that question.

How did you do that?

So I made a little behind the scenes - process video for you guys to give you a peek into the products, techniques, & steps that my scrapbooking includes.

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE watching videos of other crafters to spark my inspiration. Seriously, I spend way too much time watching YouTube videos.

Just a heads up that the video is sped up 4x - no, I don’t actually scrapbook that fast.

I didn’t narrate this one so you wouldn’t have to hear me ramble on and on for 12 minutes…there’s some music instead. Feel free to mute it ;)

How do you feel about scrapbooking videos? Love ‘em? Hate ‘em?

If you have any questions regarding the video, please ask in the comments!

Happy Sunday, y’all.

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This post was written by Brooke on June 25, 2017

A Father post on Father’s Day….

Happy Father’s Day!  If you have a Dad you can hang a hug on, please do so.  If, like me, you don’t, I hope you’ll enjoy a happy memory from when he was still with you.

Today I want to share a layout that has been a long time coming!  It’s the first scrapbooking I’ve done of my grandson!  How can I have waited 3+ months to start you ask?  Well, in a nutshell, it’s because he’s so perfect that I wouldn’t want to create anything that doesn’t do him justice.  But as I got thinking about making something to tie in with Father’s Day….and I thought about this photo that I love so much, I just had to dive in!  My son.  Has become a Father!!  What a crazy, wonderful, amazing, unbelievable thing!!?  I particularly love how the “someone special” is part of the quote and refers to my son, but also, at a quick glance references this precious new baby.


Let me show you some of the progress of this layout.  I began with a piece of plain grid patterned paper from the Kaisercraft Barbershop collection.  I stamped on it with a variety of background stamps and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder for a very subtle, sheen/matte texture.  Then I stamped some more over top and around the clear stamps, with a very pale grey ink.  And following that, I stamped a variety of leaf stamps with two different shades of green ink, stamping off the first impression on scrap paper, before stamping the 2nd and 3rd impressions on the page.  Lastly, I added some paint splats to finish the background before continuing with layering the photos and embellishments.


I wanted a piece of sheer vellum paper to be one of the mat papers behind the photo.  But I wanted it to have some interest too, so I stamped it with a background stamp with this wonderful “you matter” message.  This is the second iteration.  The first one also incorporated more leaves, but when I realized it wouldn’t even be seen behind the photo I set it aside for some other project where it will be seen, and made another mat with only the word stamp.


This title though.  I’m very pleased with how it turned out!  It looks like a white plastic commercially produced piece, doesn’t it?  In fact, it’s 4 layers of card stock, designed and cut on my Silhouette Cameo and glued together.  Can I just say here, hip hip hooray for a brand new Silhouette blade!!


This quote.  I know it’s maybe a bit over-used.  But today it just feels fresh again, and says all the things my heart feels.


One last detail I want to share…I’m allll about the vellum these days!  So I stamped some more images on vellum and heated them with white embossing powder and fussy cut them for embellishments.  This page got the spray of leaves and berries on the bottom right of the photo.  (Spoiler alert: this technique may be coming to an embellishment class near you sometime this summer!)


Now that the grand baby scrapbooking gates have been opened, the horses are out, so I hope you’re prepared for an inundation of sweet baby pages in the future!

Have a wonderful Father’s Day!

Supply details:

mat papers - Kaisercraft (Mademoiselle), Jen Hadfield (Simple Life) 6″x6″ paper pads

die cut ephemera - Kaisercraft (Oh La La)

stamps - Altenew (leaves), Fancy Pants (berries and leaves), Prima (chicken wire and birdcage), Studio Calico, Simon Says Stamp (you matter words)

enamel dots - Teresa Collins, Nuvo Crystal Drop (bottle green.

enamel fox head - Crate Paper (Little You)

journaling font - McGarey Reg

Title fonts - Spring Time Personal Use, Watermelon Script Demo

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