Monthly Archives: October 2011

Does a layout always need a title?

Sometimes the pictures and/or journaling can speak for themselves right? I mean a picture is worth a thousand words; so maybe adding more will take away from the story the photos tell. This layout is a good example I think. I started out by putting the photos into Lawn Fawn stamped image polaroids and adding a couple phrases from Say Cheese, too. Then I began to struggle. I started adding more frames with pp inside, one with a little journaling and started piling them on, but I didn’t like the look. Then I took some Echo Park Splash paper and ribbon and put my two polaroids down. I thought about adding a small title, but I love the way this looks sweet, simple, and it lets the photos speak for themselves. Alice and Mad Hatter looking on at the tea cups wanting to ride and then a photo of them riding and spinning. What more is there to say. I was at a distance so I don’t know much else other then the date (August 28, 2007) I can easily write that on the back.  Do you think every page or layout needs a title or is it better from time to time to let the photos speak for themselves?

Thanks for reading and happy crafting! ❤ Ann



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Stepping forward with Project Disney

It’s becoming real. Tonight I ordered, well my wonderful husband (he had Prime), A big box of A and a set of C page designs. I have been working over the last week and half or so pulling all photos from files and laying them out on paper so that I could print only what I really needed and in the right sizes. The biggest problem I started to run across…when you have a photo taken of you with an icon 99% of the time it’s a vertical photo. I also am a vertical picture taker, thankfully my husband takes beautiful horizontal photos.   So far to cover just about everything I want from 16 trips I’m order 541 photos (this inclues many 4×6 photos that have 2-4×3 verticals on them) between discount codes, gift cards, and sales I’m hoping to place my order with Shutterfly this weekend as well. I’m adding a photo of one of my sketched out pages, but please excuse the crappy cellphone picture.  Each trip will have two 2 page spreads of design A. Depending on the trip there might be an extra A or C or more included. This trip September 2007 has a C added to it to help cover something..most likely Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. It’ll go between the two page spread that also have a photo or the journaling card for the photos.  I also have a big project box filled with memorabilia, embellishments, and if I travel with this kit it’ll hold all the other stuff I’ll need (tiny attacher, stamps, adhesive, pens, and some premade diecuts I want to have on hand made with the new cardstock pack that is also coming out.

I have to say I feel like this is becoming a monster project, but I know in the end it’ll feel wonderful to have it all done. I still need to get albums for this project, but I want to wait until it’s done so I know how many I need and go to Hobby Lobby and get black cloth albums (I prefer cloth to leather) when they’re 50% off.

Thanks for reading and happy crafting! ❤ Ann


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So Very Thankful

This card is super simple to make, but packs a punch.  I enjoy a little tone-on-tone every now and then. So I started this card with a scrap piece of paper. Then I stamped the greeting on a Becky Higgin’s Project Life 3×4 card and trimmed it (I am loving these cards for all sorts of things) I added a piece of ribbon, a button with a twine bow, and I had a beautiful card ready to send.

PP: Echo Park (A Walk in the Park)

Stamps: October Studio AE Technique Tuesday

Ink: Jenni Bowlin Chicken Feed and Brown Sugar

Button: Basic Grey

Twine: We R Memory Keepers

Ribbon: American Crafts

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Pirate Sighting

It’s been a couple of weeks since I completed a layout, but I’ve got a couple done. The one I’m sharing today is a Disney layout. This is one of my favorite Mickey pictures ever. He’s in his pirate costume at Disney’s Pirate and Princess Party which sadly no long happens. I do have a tendency to go for the stamping a word across the element but in different colors right now.

Products used:

My Mind’s Eye Mischievous (stipes); Basic Grey Archaic (title); Bazzill; The Twinery; Tim Holtz (Tiny Attacher);Becky Higgins (journaling card); Technique Tuesday (October Studio AE); Jenni Bowlin (Fountain Pen and Chicken Feed inks); Sharpie Pen

Thanks for reading and happy crafting! ❤ Ann


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Friday Card: Thankful

After my long ranting post about doing Project Disney (which I’ve already started planning) I finally felt creative again. Maybe I just needed something new and different to spark some creative energy. I’ll have to remember that in the future.  Anyhoo…you’re not here for more ranting. Today’s card features a stamp for the October Studio AE stamp set. It also serves as a thank you card for my in-laws for our anniversary gift.

The paper is from Echo Park’s Splash collection. The ribbons are forever old, but I think they’re American Crafts, the staples are of course the Tiny Attacher and I used Jenni Bowlin inks for the stamping Speckled Egg and Lemon Drops.

Thanks for reading and happy crafting! ❤ Ann


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Project Life: But maybe Project Disney

I’ve taken 10+ trips to Disney since 2005. I think I’ve actually scrapbooked 2 into albums. I’ve done tons of pages of my trips, but nothing that if anyone ever wanted to know what I did on different trips would easily be able to see. This is where Project Life comes in. While I’m not a 12×12 scrapbooker, I’m much more creative with rectangles, and I don’t have an interesting day-to-day life. I think it would be a quick and easy way to capture all the Disney memories into one big book. I still have room keys, special event tickets, maps, and other junk. I can look at photos almost always remember what the feeling was at that time or day…and what I can’t I can make up or piece together from other photos. Yes, I could run into the problem that trip 1 looks like trip 5, but in a way each is different, but I think that’s why I didn’t do individual trip albums…How many this is World Showcase pages does one need to make. (well I can think of about 4, Day to Day, Food and Wine, Flower and Garden, and Holiday)

I’ve even thought that the in between trip pages I could put a bit of journaling about what changed between attractions, announcements, weather, or in the case of a 4 trip on 3 month span the progress of the removing of the Epcot wand (and I am still very thankful it’s gone)

Okay, I’m sure I’ve rambled enough about my thoughts…but sometimes jotting them down and putting them out there just makes it so much easier to think about.

Thanks for reading and happy crafting ❤ Ann
P.S. I'll either have a card to share on Friday or another rambling post about my lack of creativeness. Here's hoping for the former.


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Friday Card: Another Birthday

I’ve been in a birthday card making mood lately. So here’s another one.  The patterned papers are Cosmo Cricket (background) and Echo Park (presents) zipper ribbon is Maya Road. The greeting and presents were stamped with the Studio AE March stamp set with Jenni Bowlin inks. Thanks for reading and happy crafting! ❤ Ann


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