It’s A Girl Thing with Elle’s Studio Penelope

The Layout


The Details

I did lots of Fussy cutting to get the hexagons I used on this layout.  I also really liked the frames and file tabs that went with the Penelope collection so I wanted to use them to their full extent.  I tucked the file pieces behind the 4×6 photo and used one of the polaroid frames to frame the smaller picture and white my journaling.  I used a second polaroid frame from Elle’s Studio as a base for my title piece.



I also cut some circles from the Teen Girl mini collection from Project Life, sprinkled some brads from My Mind’s Eye My Girl collection, and added some arrow paper clips.



I wasn’t thrilled with how the stickers from October Afternoon inked… but I guess it will do


I just love this camera clip from Maya Road.  I cut a heart from scrap paper and mounted it under the camera lens.


I used one of the PL circles to add the date and inked all the edges in black.

So Much Fun

The Layout

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The Details

I loved this heart paper from Crate Paper so much I bought two sheets of it even though I didn’t really have anything in mind to coordinate with it.  I really wanted the paper to be the star of this layout, so I started going through Project  Life cards to come up with paper that would work with the paper and with the picture.  I chose cards from the Dear Lizzy Fifth and Frolic Project Life core kit and the Jade core kit.  I also cut the pink Crate Paper sheet at an angle and mounted it on a piece of black and white striped paper from Elle’s Studio Penelope collection.


I mounted my photo on a PL card and used some of the striped background paper and created a layering for the paper to rest on.  I cut the title out of a project life card and placed that on the right side of the photo.  I started going through my embellishments and found these paper doilies, the tin pins and some stickers from Bella Blvd and began grouping them together on my page.




I added a little bit of twine and tied a bow.


I inked all my paper edges in black ink.  I am really loving black right now; especially with pink.  Both are colors that I rarely use usually, so this has been a fun change of pace and I am kind of on a roll with these colors.

Lots of Layouts to Share

I am playing catch up and sharing some layouts that haven’t been highlighted on the blog yet, while sitting at the hospital getting my infusion for the month.  It is a little difficult to type one-handed so I will be keeping the details short and sweet.  Feel free to ask more questions about any of the layouts in this post and I will respond when I have two available hands.

A Laugh Is A Smile That Bursts



Hello Sunshine



Egg Hunt



Be Yourself, Be True, Be Kind…. One Of A Kind



You Are Here



You’re a Superstar Sk8r



Make A Wish



Be Yourself



I’m Kind Of A Big Deal



Sophisticated Girls



This Boy Turning Four



Love, Love, Love This Face


Happy Birthday with My Minds Eye Cut and Paste


The Layout


The Product

Patterned Paper: My Minds Eye – Cut and Paste

Happy Birthday Chipboard: Basic Grey (very old.. from stash)

Banners: My Minds Eye – Indie

“This makes me happy” banner sticker:  Chicaniddy Crafts – Date Night

Twine: The Twinery

Paper Embellishments: various October Afternoon collections

Enamel Dots: My Minds Eye

Hat Pins: My Minds Eye – Miss Caroline

Number circles: Maya Road, came in the April Swag bag from Paper Issues

The Details


I outlined the chipboard pieces with a black pen.


I added the journaling by hand and the date with a date stamp to a tag from my stash.


I used a paper punch from Fiskars to cut the notebook paper edge from the yellow paper.  This gave this page some great texture.

DSCN1259I stapled the banners to the page with the tiny attacher and popped a few of the banners with foam tape so that it had the feeling of movement.

And So It Begins with My Minds Eye Cut and Paste

The Layout


Woops!!!  The journaling is wrong… you will see that I fixed that later…

The Details

I love this picture of the kids… but I have the birthdays confused… Clearly, this picture wasn’t taken in June, the kids are dressed too warm!!!  This was actually taken on Carter’s birthday in November/ I will have to fix a few things before this layout goes into the album.


Since I was thinking that this page was taken on Averie’s birthday, this layout was designed to go in Averie’s album.    I chose my papers based on what she was wearing (boy, is my face red!!).  I have been hoarding the entire Cut and Paste line from My Minds Eye for a while now, so I decided it was time to cut into some of it


I paper clipped the date on so this is going to be an easy fix.


I added clusters of embellishments, including enamel dots from MME, rhinestones that came in the April swag bag from Paper Issues, wood veneer from Studio calico and flair badges from American Crafts.



Of course I am loving the splatter effect right now, so I finished the layout by adding an ample amount of splatter.



Mr. I am too Cool for this with Studio Calico Here & There

The Layout

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The Details

Let me begin this post by apologizing for the strings of hot glue that show up in my pictures.  I did not realize there were so many until I uploaded my pictures. These are, however, easily removed and do not leave any marks or residue on my pages… I am just going to have to go back and clean up this page before putting it in my albums.  I use hot glue to glue on woodsy embellishments.

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There is really not a whole lot to talk about regarding this layout.  It was one of those that I began fairly late at night and it just kind of organically fell together once I decided what papers I was going to use.  I knew the story I wanted to tell… so the most important design decision I had to make was how and where I was going to highlight the journaling.


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I chose one of these Polaroid-type frames that I get at Michaels to “frame” my journaling.  I also colored the car woodsy that came from Basic Grey’s Hipster line and used that to start my visual triangle.



I played with an additional grouping of woodsies from Studio Calico to finish the visual triangle.