Monday, 20 April 2009


I thought it might be fun to show you how I put together my latest layout (LO), "Love that smile" which is part of my on-going project to scrap some of the hundreds of baby photos I have of the boys. This is one of Moonshine Major at about 7 months old - I remember that the denim dungarees he is wearing were one of my favourite outfits so they will probably appear in more than one LO!

So here goes, a whistle stop tour of a very simple 12x12 page...

Step 1

Choose the photo(s). I have used the original 36mm print in this LO, against all advice in the books which say NEVER use your original photo in case it gets damaged. I have taken the precaution of scanning it in so I can reprint it if necessary and I feel that the whole point of scrapbooking is to get some of our photos out of the drawer and into the album!

Step 2 (optional)

Choose a sketch to work from (this is my first LO from a sketch, rather than a scraplift or from scratch and I was amazed by how much quicker the whole process was)

The sketch I used was Karen Day's Sketch #70 over at MojoHolder you can see it here

Step 3

Select background cardstock, co-ordinating patterned papers and embellishments. I like to find all the bits and bobs that I might like to use before I get started - although inevitably I'll end up going back to the stash for that extra something...

Step 4

Trim patterned papers to size for photo mats and layers, I find a paper trimmer ideal for this as it gives a good straight edge without those annoying scissor "blips".

Step 5

Use a corner rounder punch to round the corners on one patterned paper block, a per sketch. I also rounded the corresponding corners on the background cardstock. Then ink the papers by running an ink pad gently along all the edges (this helps to define all the layers - sorry no photo -not enough hands!)

Step 6

Position photo mats and photos to get a feel for the remaining space and proportions for embellishments

Step 7

Prepare titles. I used a Dymo label maker to print LOVE THAT and cut SMILE from navy felt with my Sizzix Sidekick.

Step 8

Select and position embellishments

Step 9

When you're happy with everything fix all the elements to the page.

And there you have it - simple as that!


Cardstock PaperMania

Patterned Paper Basic Grey - Boxer, Long Underwear & Low Rise & Boxer element stickers

Proverb K & CO Proverbs to go

Rub-ons Doodlebug - Simply Sweet

Brads PaperMania

Twill tape, felt & heart button from stash

Lettering die cut with Sizzix Sidekick using Cuttlekids Tadpole dies and DYMO label maker


  1. Thanks for the comment on my blog! You must try a couple of ATC's, it's a great way to use up left overs and try all the techniques and colour combinations out. I prefer working on a smaller scale, but am trying hard to get into scrap booking, which you seem to have a flair for. Great to be able to see your creations on your blog!!!
    Sue x

  2. I love that smile too. Scrapbooking seems very complicated to me so I think I will stick to my cross stitch. Keep up the good work.

  3. I admire your obvious talent for your scrapbooking. I have a a paper trimmer and after that it stops. Is the Love your smile just about Moonshine Major? Looking forward to seeing several more smiles. Do they have infectious giggles to go with them? Rather like Grannyanne I'm sticking to cross-stitch with the odd outfit for the grandchildrens' school performances. (This time it is the Pharoah and Potifar from Joseph and the Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat) Perhaps I'll take up strapbooking and ebay my sewing machine.


Thanks for sharing your happy thoughts. Maisie Moonshine x

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