Scrapbook layout: First snow

Today I’m sharing a fun 12×12 layout all about my little nephew!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - first snow

I was inspired by this layout by Kelly Noel – I turned the design on its side and decided to use punched paper circles instead of a combination of circles and stamps. My new Fiskars 1.5 inch circle punch got a good workout for this page!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - first snow

Most of the papers and embellishments came from the Northern Lights scrapbook kit from Studio Calico – the wintery theme of the kit really worked for this story! I chose orange and copper as my accent colours, to pick up on the orange in both the photo and the patterned paper on the right.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - first snow

I love this layout and I’m glad I was able to document Gabriel’s first snow experience this way!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - first snow

Supplies used:

  • Grey letter stickers from an old Messy Box kit
  • All other elements from past Studio Calico scrapbook and documenter kits!
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Scrapbook layout: Hello, Little One

Today I’m sharing a 12×12 layout featuring my lovely nephew and my parents-in-law!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - hello, little one

I was inspired by this sketch on the old Studio Calico blog. I didn’t have 3 photos to use, so instead I used a 3×4 journal card from a Project Life kit.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - hello, little one

I really enjoyed picking out the embellishments for this page! I used a few bits and pieces that had been sitting in my stash for ages, waiting for the right project.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - hello, little one

The 3×4 Project Life card really helped me to define the colour palette for this layout – which made it very easy to pick out paper scraps to build the strips along the bottom of the page!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - hello, little one

I really enjoyed putting this layout together, and I’m looking forward to making even more pages featuring my nephew!

Supplies used:

  • 12×12 cardstock, yellow patterned paper, puffy letter stickers, acrylic asterisks, and chipboard embellishments from the Studio Calico shop and past documenter kits
  • Patterned paper strips made from various papers and washi tape from my stash, some from Studio Calico
  • 3×4 Project Life journal card from the Becky Higgins ‘Stories’ value kit, purchased from Spotlight
  • ‘XOXO’ stickers from the American Crafts Maggie Holmes sticker book, purchased from Spotlight

Scrapbook layout: Oh, how sad for you

My brother sent us a video of our niece doing the sarcastic tear track face, and it was so hilarious we turned it into a reaction gif to use in our family WhatsApp chat! I decided it was too great a moment to live only in our phones, so I took a few screenshots and made a 12×12 layout as well.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - oh, how sad for you

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - oh, how sad for you

I stamped out a big, bold title that highlighted the sarcasm! The comma is actually half of a quotation marks stamp from the Ali Edwards ‘Little Things’ story stamp – I’ve never tried using part of a stamp before, and it was surprisingly easy (at least for this project)!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - oh, how sad for you

I’ve had these plastic raindrops for ages, and I’m glad i was finally able to use them up! I drew and cut out a cloud shape from some metallic silver cardstock, and added my journalling on strips of plain white paper.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - oh, how sad for you

I needed something to connect the photos, so I went with a few simple arrow stickers – I like they way they help draw the eye down the page!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - oh, how sad for you

I love that this layout has a lot of white space, but also a couple of big and bold sections to balance everything out. It’s very different from the layouts I’ve made so far, but I had a lot of fun putting it together, and I’m very pleased with how it all looks!

Supplies used:

  • White cardstock, patterned washi tape, arrow stickers and plastic raindrops from the Studio Calico shop and past documenter kits
  • Stamp sets from Studio Calico and Ali Edwards, using Color Theory inks in Clean Slate, Coral Bay, Sunny Day and Mojito from Studio Calico
  • Black cardstock, plain white paper and silver cardstock from my stash

Scrapbook layout: Gabriel and the Dinosaurs

My sister-in-law and my little nephew Gabriel visited our house recently, and when I looked at these photos, I knew I had to make a layout with them!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - Gabriel & the Dinosaurs

The title ‘Gabriel & the Dinosaurs’ was an easy pick – I love how much it sounds like a picture book or a band name!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - Gabriel & the Dinosaurs

I added a tiny bit of journalling on a label sticker, and added in a little flag made out of washi tape and a couple of pieces of wood veneer confetti. I kept these accents super small, so that they didn’t detract attention from the photos and the big, bold title!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - Gabriel & the Dinosaurs

The title itself is a combination of letter stickers and stamping. I actually stamped out the letters on green cardstock and fussy-cut them out, so that the letters would be truly opaque – a bit more like letter stickers, actually! I love this particular font as well – it’s a lot of fun, and stands out really well!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - Gabriel & the Dinosaurs

I’m slowly adding to my collection of Gabriel layouts, and I really love how this one turned out!

Supplies used:

  • Patterned cardstock, white cardstock, alpha stamps, wood veneer arrow and grey letter stickers from the Studio Calico shop and past scrapbook and documenter kits
  • Gold glitter washi tape and wood veneer confetti from my stash
  • Label sticker from the Maggie Holmes ‘Chasing Dreams’ collection

Scrapbook layout: Step by step

This is one of those times when I had an idea for a layout, and it all just came together without a lot of thought or planning! I had a picture of what I wanted to do in my head before I started, and I’m so pleased that I was able to execute pretty much exactly what I imagined!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - step by step

I was thinking about the diagonal lines of this layout, and wanted to do something similar, using a rainbow of washi tape for the main triangle and a sprinkle of sequins for the smaller one. The title ‘step by step’ was an easy choice, given the photo. After that, it was just a matter of picking out the right supplies!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - step by step

I used MT washi tape in the standard width, but cut each piece lengthwise to make skinnier strips. All of the colours came from a 10-pack I bought when we were in Japan a couple of years ago – I love the pastel rainbow they make!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - step by step

I mixed and matched sequins from a couple of old Studio Calico kits to get the colours I needed. Once I had the rainbows set down on both sides of the layout, I went through my sticker stash to find a few little bits and pieces to finish everything off. This whole layout came together in about half an hour – so quick and easy!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - step by step

I love how colourful and bright this page is, without being too busy or even using any patterned paper. It showed me that I can make a big impact with a layout just from using embellishments! I will definitely be experimenting more with this in the future!

Supplies used:

  • 12×12 cardstock, puffy letter stickers, white star stickers and sequins from the Studio Calico shop and past scrapbook and documenter kits
  • MT washi tape from my stash, purchased in Japan
  • ‘Anything is possible’ and label stickers from the Maggie Holmes ‘Chasing Dreams’ collection
  • Clear banner stickers from the Maggie Holmes/American Crafts sticker book, purchased from Spotlight

Scrapbook layout: Quality family time

I love that my niece gets to spend a lot of time with both sets of grandparents – it’s something I didn’t really get to experience myself because my grandparents all lived overseas. My dad sent us these photos he took with her, so I used them in this 12×12 layout all about how much quality time she gets with her family.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - quality family time

I was inspired by this sketch from the old Studio Calico blog – I love that there’s so much white space, but with a splash of colour and pattern from the piece-y lower border.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - quality family time

You might have noticed that lately I’ve been making an effort with my traditional layouts to use up more of my paper scraps. I have a whole shoebox full of random bits and pieces of paper that I’ve collected over the years – it was fun to dig through that stash and select the right patterns for this layout! All of the scraps I used came from an old Amy Tangerine 6×6 paper pad this time. Using pieces from the same paper pad made it easy to keep a cohesive colour palette!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - quality family time

I’m glad I was able to capture this one small aspect of my niece’s relationship with my dad in this sweet little layout!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - quality family time

Supplies used:

  • 12×12 white cardstock, wood veneer ampersand, ‘family’ stamp and Color Theory ink in Power Suit and Coral Bay purchased from Studio Calico
  • Patterned paper strips from the Amy Tangerine ‘Stitched’ 6×6 paper pad, purchased from Spotlight
  • Heart banner stamp from a very old Kikki.K collection
  • All other elements from various past Studio Calico scrapbook and documenter kits

Scrapbook layout: Fun in the sand

Sharing a bright and summery layout today, just as winter has started here in Brisbane! My parents put a little sandpit/paddling pool out on their patio for my niece to play in, and I thought these photos of her playing around in the sand were worth putting into a 12×12 layout. I followed this sketch from the old Studio Calico blog for the design of the page – love all those strips of paper!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - fun in the sand

I dug through my scrap stash to make the patterned paper strips – glad I was able to use up a few bits and pieces that had been lying around for a long time. Sticking to a defined colour palette definitely made it easier to decide which designs to use!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - throwback

After sticking down all of the strips, I decided the page needed a little something else. I didn’t want to add any journalling, but I did want to add some more words, so I stamped various sentiments from different Ali Edwards and Studio Calico stamp sets.

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - throwback

I love how bright and sunny this layout feels – making it definitely had me dreaming about long summer days!

all the little happy things - scrapbook layout - throwback

Supplies used:

  • 12×12 white cardstock and Color Theory ink in Power Suit purchased from Studio Calico
  • Patterned paper strips from the Studio Calico ‘Summit’ scrapbook kit and my stash
  • Teal letter stickers from the Studio Calico ‘Candyland’ documenter kit
  • Wood veneer starbursts from the Studio Calico ‘Hey Girl’ scrapbook kit
  • Gold foam Thickers purchased from Spotlight
  • Stamps from Ali Edwards’ Heart and Little Things Story Stamps and various Studio Calico kits