Fall leaves…

Hi, hello!  Happy Wednesday!

I’m back today with a layout to share with you, that I made using some handmade embellishments!  I actually presented a class on handmade embellishments last year, so you know it’s a thing I love.

Another thing I love is Peel Off stickers.  I’ve mostly only ever used them on cards, but today I thought I’d color some up, cut them out and use them as embellishments on a layout.


Here’s where I started.  I peeled off the stickers and laid them onto Bristol Smooth cardstock because I planned to use my real brush markers and that paper allows the color to blend before it soaks into the paper.


Then I cut the leaves out with my fine tipped scissors.


(Because of the difficulty of cutting all the white bits out of that bottom leaf spray, it will likely get used somewhere else, on a background of matching white cardstock where the white doesn’t show up so much.)


Oop!  There’s that precious boy again!  Look at that dolly baby!!


Lets focus on the colored leaf embellishments, shall we?  That’s what we’re here for.


I’ve been hoarding those gold word stickers from Crate Paper, doling them out to myself one at a time.  Today “fun” got pulled off the sticker sheet and used!  They’re so pretty though, they can’t just be used on any old page!


Some of the other supplies I used are:

Patterned papers from Webster’s Pages (blue), BoBunny (green), gold polka-dot vellum (maybe Lori remembers?)

Elizabeth Craft Peel Offs

Word stickers from Cosmo Cricket, Authentique, Echo Park (this moment, fave photo)

Chipboard alphabet stickers - Thickers, Elf

gold word and heart stickers - Crate Paper, Oasis

phrase stickers - Teresa Collins, Crate Paper, Basic Grey

Chipboard “Discover” label - Crate Paper

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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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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