Author Archives: Hannah Lemieux

What About Wednesday: Highlights of 2016

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Aloha!! I love this time of the year. It’s a time for fresh and new starts. To know where I want to go from here though I think it is extremely important to take a step back and look at all we have accomplished in the year before. For my family this year was filled with so much.

I really wanted to make a layout that listed all these things. I want to keep it simple and make it fun too.

I decided to go with the 9×12 size to make my layout. I really love the way my albums look like with all these different sizes incorporated through it.

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I had so much fun layering papers and labels. Feltie Hearts and Build A Snowman Sequins were layered too. I really wanted the year to stand out.

There are so many ways to make a layout about highlights, right?! I really had to sit back and think about the approach I wanted to take for mine. I decided I wanted it to be focused on journaling and not on pictures. Even though that would have made for a really cool layout too. It is just not what I was feeling. Where I am in my journey of scrapbooking right now.

Because I I am not using a photo or multiple photos, If I did I think I would have loved to have tried circle photos. As crazy as that sounds. I think the smaller glimpses into our highlights would have been a fun approach. I decided to add a bold patterned paper on the bottom half of the layout. It really makes a statement and gets your attention.

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To separate the pattern from the open white space, which would soon be filled I used a branding strip from a scrap paper. I choose a black and white pattern to really ground the loud pattern. I layered some labels again as I did in the date title. This simple layering is such a little fun piece that helps give a little cluster to enjoy. I used more Feltie Hearts and Build A Snowman Sequins again to bring a cohesive feel throughout the page.  I also dated the labels with a light aqua date stamp.

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At the top of the layout I hand drew Highlights. My handwriting isn’t amazing but I really feel like it’s something that will be treasured. When I think about looking through old documents from the past, seeing a person’s handwriting it just stirs something in me. This is why it is so important for me to write on majority of my layouts, and this one even more so.

I also add a Feltie Heart and some Bulid A Snowman Sequins to the corner. After all the journaling I did I made sure there was Egg-noggin Shimmers ink splatters in that corner as well as throughout the layout.

If I had really planned this layout better, I would have thought the heart stamp as bullet points for my list from the beginning. I however am very much a scrapper of the moment, which I think really shows my passion. It can though make things look little messy, but I am ok with this. So know, that these little details really tells your family about who you are.  It is quite a fun element on a page, whether you pre-plan or wing it.

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I started off by hand drawing hearts and then later switched to using a stamp. This gave me the ability to change the color of the hearts easier. I used black and pink ink.

I really love how the journaling up up looking.

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It is so much fun seeing all the accomplishments of our family written done. Now I can’t wait to make a layout all about the things I want to reach for this year. I look forward to seeing even bigger and brighter things for my family too.

I hope you were inspired today to journal more and make a layout about things you have accomplished this past year or throughout your life. It would be so much fun to turn this layout into a bucket list type of layout too. There are so many different approaches you could take.

I hope to see you around next week and in the Facebook Group too.

Hannah

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What about Wednesday: Christmas Card Making

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Aloha My Scrappy Friends!! Christmas is almost here!! Are you ready?! I hope the holiday spirit is going strong in your lives.

This year instead of sending out  remade cards (which is what I mostly have done) I decided I would make cards to send out to family and friends. I forgot just how slow I am at making cards. Honestly though it’s because I like a little bit of a special touch on each one. It has been fun though punching and citing out circles with stamped out holiday themed items.

I thought today I would inspire you today with a couple of the cards I made. I had been using a card I made last year as a template to help make the process faster. Though I will admit I have been switching it up on each card so I am not really sure it is way faster.

I used a few different Christmas colors as the back. I used the standard 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 size, I really like this size, because I can fold it two different ways for a different look.

Here is a look at what I made. (Then I will talk a little about what I did to make them special.)

 

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I won’t lie though, I struggled a little. Most of my stamps are holiday inspired but don’t overly scream Christmas. Look at that holly berry stamp. It fits perfectly in the inch circle punch.  It felt a little superficial to me, so I paired it with this Christmas Tree cut file with the word Joy in it.

Joy is all what Christmas is about. I wanted to make sure what I am sending out to family and friends is a piece of that Joy.

I put the Joy tree on foam dimensional so it stands out. I really like the way the word Joy adds shadows on the background. I then added a green sequin from the Holly Berries sequin pack in the Spiegelmom Scraps Store.

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Really Simple but super cute. I am really digging the green and aqua color combo in the Christmas lines.

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Here is another card I made using that same first card as inspiration. Which another thing I wanted to mention. Don’t be afraid to use old cards you have made in the past as inspiration to help make cards. Using a great design over and over with different patterns and embellishments can really make it look like a different type of card.

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For this card I only used one scalloped circle instead of two. I added an extra tree to help fill up some of the empty space. I also made sure the pattern in the scalloped circle matches the theme of the cut file trees (These tree cut files are from Hip Kit Club).  I added some more foam dimension to the Joy tree.

I also added some foam dimension to the small holly berry stamped circle.

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I made sure I added colored card stock bordering Noel. I wanted it to stand out against the red patterned paper. I put the Holly Berry sequins around the trees to make them stand out.

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I love sending cards to people that I love and care about. I love spreading that Christmas Joy and Spirit. Which is why I love to take the time to make something homemade for others. I hope this inspires you to take some time out of your busy schedules to share your love to those you care about.

 

Don’t forget to stop by the SpiegelMom Scraps Store and what discounts are going on. Use the code 60TOOLS and get 60 % off tools in the Store today!! 15349597_399612000384764_7922334447937435579_n

 

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

Hannah

What About Wednesday: December Daily Without Photos

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Aloha Sparklers!! We are knee deep in December. How are your December projects coming along? If your December is anything like mine, there are many obstacles (many good) that is causing me delays in my craft room.

I hope you are not too down on yourself. Decembers are busy, there are so many activities planned. Germs come out of the woodwork. The weather throws curveballs. We all love to see December and fun winter projects but they can be easily done when things slow done. During Christmas break or when the weather starts getting dreary. Just remember to save all the posts and pin the projects you want to use as inspiration!!

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On this note I wanted to talk about something different I am doing this year while working on my December Daily. This year for various reasons I am waiting to batch print all my December Daily and holiday photos together. Which ultimately means that I have no pictures in my album right now. I still do want to work on it while everything is happening. I scrap the best when I am documenting in the moment. Putting down on paper the things that are going on right now. That isn’t always possible though picture wise.

December Daily is one of those projects that works so well for this technique or decision to wait to add photos. Here are a few tips for making this making your album without the photos work>

  1. Remember to continue to take lots of photos. You will still need these photos at the end, use a photo a day prompt (there are tons on Pinterest) and look for stories that you want to tell in your December Daily. Like the stories behind your favorite ornament or how your kids routine changes in December. What your song playlist is this year, or what cookie is your spouses favorite to snack on. Look for those moments to capture. You can always narrow down what photos you use for that day later.
  2. Keep a notebook for writing down the things your children say, the things you thought about your day. Maybe write down some prompts you want to include in your album. I have a page for each day, so that I can write my thoughts of the day. What I want to focus on for that day.
  3. Pick your pictures before you create your days page. It is so easy to make a page ahead of time, but when push comes to shove, You really can’t have a page set unless you know what images you want to use. I use my notebook to write down the images I plan to include. When I build my page I then know where my pictures will go. This helps so I am not moving cards around when I finally get my pictures back after Christmas.
  4. Have fun!! Whether you have bought a kit, or using stuff from your stash keep your pages fun. Especially this time of the year when we are all busy and doing lots of fun things, this project is about the fun we are having. If you aren’t having fun it is okay to rethink your process to make it enjoyable and fun.

When you have gotten all your photos printed off, just add them to the pages and maybe add another sequin or two and then it will be all done. I think these tips can be helpful however you want to implement your album, simple, using all your favorite embellishments, lots of journaling, no journaling, how ever your focus too. There is no reason why not having photos should stop you from starting your album now while you are in the moment. Unless you want to wait 😉

Here is a look at what I did for pages 8 and 9 in my December Daily album. I am mixing up different sizes throughout the album. This helps for days I have lots of photos or on a day like day 8 where I don’t really have many photos. This spread is a SNAP 6×8 protector with 2 4×4 squares and 4 2×2 squares down the sides.

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I used the cut file for this month to make snowflakes to add to my day card. I like to have each day numbered. This year I am using lots of different fonts for the numbers. It is perfect since I am using mostly stash for my album this year.

I kept this card simple and didn’t add any sequins since I added the stars. Even though I contemplated using the translucent big sequins in the store.

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I chose a dark bottom I am figuring I will add my journaling with a typewriter font on this card. The edges only showing for a mat. I like to use my computer to type up some of the journaling in my December Daily. I am going to add the journaling when I add the photos, or at least when I am closer to being done. I will mostly just finish it all up in one day.

On the sides I added two small shakers with a silver hand made bows and Evergreen Bough sequins mix.

Then added circles to the two middle squares. One circle was a gift tag from last year. The other circle I cut an punched out from papers.

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Super simple but oh so much sequin fun!!

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Day 9 It snowed!! It hardly ever snows in the area I live, so my kids were so very excited to wake up and still see snow. Even though it was now raining, I let the kids go playing outside in the snow before breakfast. I know that a photo of the kids playing outside will be on this day and big. Who doesn’t like a big photo? I wanted something small though for the journaling for that photo. It will let my main feeling from the day be what you first see. I plan to add that journaling right to the 4×4 card that had the 9 day on it. I will probably also use a baseball protector pocket letter sleeves to hold more pictures from outside that day.

 

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I added a wooden snowflake to the back of the tag. I added some smaller circles in the other circle.

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Keeping my album pages simple and fun is key for me to keep going strong. I so love the end result and looking through all our memories from the month. I really am loving my approach this year and focusing more on recording the moments and journaling. focusing on the words, I know that the stories will come more alive when I add my photos after Christmas.

I hope you are checking out the store this week, there are tons of deals going on right now!! It is still time to grab some stocking stuffers. (The discount code for Dec 14th and the String Shop is 50STRING)

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Have a great week!!

Hannah

 

Watch the Process Video from my Youtube Channel for these days.

What About Wednesday: Lazy Saturdays

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Aloha!!! December is in full swing in my house. Lots of school, lots of activities, lots of baking, and lots of spending time together. With the cooler weather coming in we are spending more time on the couch over the weekends. Watching movies together. Enjoying each others company. I love these moments with my family.

That is why I decided to add this layout to my Cozy album. I want to remember a time when we weren’t too busy too hang out together. A time when we took the time to be together. Maybe we will continue to choose to do that or maybe we will grow as a family and have different things we do together. Documenting these moments now are so important to me, because I know how fast time flies, and my kids grow. Wasn’t it just last year they were in diapers, toddling about the living room, while I tried to divert their attention away from the tree. Now they are helping find their favorite shows with the tuner.

I used some Shimelle Go now Go supplies I have in my scrap room. The colors are perfect for a late fall layout. I also dug into my stash to find that distressed school ruled paper. It also made for a great place to write all my journaling.

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I added sequins all throughout this layout. But unlike what I normally do which is just scatter them around my embellishment clusters, this time I added them with intention. Like look at this scalloped border strip coming down the layout. I added similar colors to the scallops with the Classic Cozy sequin mix. The different varieties of blues and reds, worked so well with this collection.

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They also look so cool scattered in this cluster with the camera!! I used Navy and Grey Feltie hearts for texture. I absolutely love these hearts, I tend to go a little crazy with them. How can you not, when they are so darling?!

 

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I only added one grey feltie heart to this cluster, with some layered silhouette cut autumn leaves. Having leaves on each of my layouts is something I have been doing to make all the layouts tie together. I love how it looks with that chipboard flower too.

 

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Above my photo is where I had the majority of my layers and I added lots of shapes, sizes and patterns for my autumn leaves. I added a medium tag among the layers. I tied a blue bakers twine bow on the tag, to add a hint of color in the leaves layers. It needed some blue among all the green and red.

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The Cozy Sequins and navy feltie hearts look super fun tucked in the layers of leaves, tags and other ephemera I have at the top of the photo with my title.

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At the end of making this layout I decided to add that puffy heart on top of my coffee mug. I feel all cozy looking at this photo.

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Thanks for taking a look at this layout, that is going into my Cozy Album. Here is a full look at my layout. I hope you are inspired today!!

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You can also watch my process video for this layout here below;

Don’t forget to head over to our store and check out all the new sequins that were added at the beginning of this month. There is many fun color combos that match some of the new collections coming out this season!

Have a great week!!

Hannah

What About Wednesday: Shaker Layout

 

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Aloha!! It’s Hannah here with you this fine Wednesday. Can you believe this is our last sketch with Let’s Get Sketchy and our team up with them. I have had tons of fun seeing their layouts and all of our’s. Don’t forget to hop over to their blog and check out their sketches when you need some inspiration.

I have to make a confession. I hope you won’t tell!! I have never made a shaker card before. I know it’s crazy isn’t it?! They are so cool and seem really easy to make. Plus who wouldn’t want to use tons of sequins at one time.

In all honesty I have never made a shaker card even though I keep thinking I really should. When I was looking at this week’s sketch the first thing that popped in my head was, this would be really cool as a shaker. Here is the sketch for this week designed by Let’s Get Sketchy Brenshevia.

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I started out with white card stock from the SpiegelMom Scraps Store, I used two sheets. I cut a big circle out of one of the white sheets. I thought the white would help whatever sequin mix I decided to use, pop.

I also grabbed a sheet of heart acetate so that it was easy to see the sequins.

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Because I was using the circle for the shaker, I moved the circle a little to the left. I wanted more card stock on one side for the layering. I also decided to use just one photo that was horizontal and a journaling card instead of two photos. This left a little more open space. If you spend the time to make a shaker you want to see it, right?!

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The photo I picked was of my son, me and our puppy on the couch, with my puppy taken up most of the photo. (This is a common occurrence when we are on the couch.) I wanted to make make I documented it before she (our puppy) is too big for the couch at all.

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There was a lot of orange in the photo. Which inspired my sequin choice, 2 Cool 4 U.

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For the layers I choose colors that complimented the sequin mix, blacks, grays, light blue and yellow. With the white background it really helps brings your eye to the shaker. I used double-sided dimensional foam tape to pop up the circled card stock with the acetate paper. I made sure I used extra sticky tape, and liquid glue on top of the acetate so my layered paper doesn’t come off over time.

I love how the edges lift off the acetate though. Some texture always makes me happy, and I love the shadows that it creates.

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I used feltie hearts in gray and blue around the shaker. I really wanted to draw your eye around the photo and shaker. I added a few sequins from the 2 Cool 4 U mix that I used inside.

I added a bit a sparkle with my title to bring out the tiny little silver stars in the sequin mix.

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Look at how those colors pop right off of the white?!!

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I am really glad I finally took that step and made a shaker, and on a layout too!! It is so much fun, and it was actually really easy!!

Here is a look at the full layout.

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I hope you stop by the Let’s Get Sketchy Blog and look for some inspiration there. You are sure to find some!! Also don’t forget to check out our Facebook Group and join in our monthly challenge. (You still have a little bit of time to finish November’s challenge or start December’s Challenge tomorrow.)

Have a great week!!

Hannah

What About Wednesday: Changing a Sketch

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Aloha!! I don’t know about you but I am very much enjoying all the layouts this month with our Team Up with Let’s Get Sketchy. It is so fun seeing everyone’s take on the same sketches throughout the week. I really liked using this sketch this week.
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I love the concept of this sketch. It was designed by Brenshevia, from Let’s Get Sketchy.  It uses strips of paper under the photo. I like to do this often. It’s a great way to use up smaller scraps that I have in my stash.

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I did have to make one switch to this sketch. Which is what I wanted to discuss a little today. Changing a sketch to fit our design needs.

I have two photos that I wanted to use for this layout. I am still working on my Autumn cozy themed photos. I did, however decide to keep this layout a 12×12 instead of the 8 1/2x 11 that I have been doing though out this past month.

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By adding a second photo it does change the flow design in the sketch. It leaves much less white space. When you adapt a sketch to fit our needs, you do want to think of whether these changes will work with the concept of the sketch and still function for you.

Does this change effect how you are telling the story that is on your page?  I seriously think these types of questions really are different for each and every scrapper.  Sometimes it is fine to change up a sketch, like I did. Sometimes it may not work. If I had wanted to journal more about  my love for Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes or other seasonal Starbucks drinks I probably wouldn’t want to add a second photo.

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Because I used two photos I also needed more strips of paper under the photos. I wanted to use more Silhouette Cut leaves, since many of my cozy layouts have leaves on them. This proved to be difficult. I ultimately decided to use them in two spots. On the right side of my strips and photo and down near the bottom of the photos where the end of my Title would be.

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Even though there isn’t spots for big cluster embellishments on the sketch, I really wanted them, because it is part of my style. I layered leaves with stickers, a rubber tag, gold thread, cork stars and sequins. I love all the texture ll these different elements add to the layers.

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I did the same thing with my bottom clusters as well. I added some Thickers on the leaf cluster to draw your eye right there. There are some extra enamel dots among the cork stars and Sequins (I used Autumn Joy and Razzleberry mixes). I loved the sentiment on ephemera piece from the Maggie Holmes Gather collection.

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The rest of the title I placed on the top of the photos. (This was one of the things I changed.) I thought it helped tie the top left hand cluster to the rest of the layout. Especially since it all was connected somehow.

 

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I used bigger fonts for the words that I really wanted focus on. Having them gold is just a plus too.

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I also added a couple of strips that I ripped to put in the cluster. I like the way that ties with all the strips under the photos. Adding bits with gold and a sticker leaf, helps coordinate with the other clusters.

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Whenever I change up a sketch I always try to keep the integrity of the sketch. Also making the sketch me is important to me as a scrapbooker. Not everyone needs or wants to do that. That is the awesome thing about scrapbooking and using sketches. We have the freedom to change them to fit our needs or just use as is. img_0919

I hope you are sharing on Social Media how you are using these sketches!! Tag us @LGSketchy and @SpiegelMomScraps. Seeing your work helps inspire us too!! Also don’t forget to head over to our Facebook Group and join in our monthly challenge. (This month the challenge is to use a big Title)

Here is one last look at my finished layout. I hope it inspires you to change up a sketch you are using!!

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Hannah

What about Wednesday: Sara Scraps Sketch Team Up with Let’s Get Sketchy

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Aloha!!  This month is super fun as we share sketches with the Let’s Get Sketchy design team throughout November.  We are using a new sketch each week. This week’s sketch was designed by Sara, from our design team. Here is a look at that sketch.

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There is tons of room for layering and a way to add some fun layering with the butterfly element and something shiny. I was excited to give this sketch a try.

I decided to make a 8 1/2 x 11 spread, since that is what I am working on in my cozy album. I was excited to try to convert this sketch to the size I was scrapbooking in. That is the fun thing about sketches, adding your own twists to them.

I started out with plain white cardstock, from the SpiegelMom Scraps store. Except for the matte behind my photo and a few leaves on my layout I went used Shimelle’s collection Go Now Go. I knew it would be perfect for this travel and fall themed layout.

This layout is about my tradition of watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thanksgiving while we get ready for our meal later in the day. We sit with our coffee and baked goodies, usually something like home cooked cinnamon rolls or french toast that was made ahead of time the night before and baked in the oven. We get comfy on the couch and watch the balloons floating down New York City’s streets as My Mom got the turkey and fixing prepped and ready to get baked and prepared for the day.

One year after I was married my parents saved up to go down to New York City to see the parade in person. The photo I am using is from that trip. I thought it was a fun way to tell about this cozy holiday tradition we have.

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Because this layout is going in my cozy album I will be adding a tag, a doily and leaves on this layout. I am trying to have a similar theme throughout this album. Plus it’s a fun way to tie all the layouts together.

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Instead of butterflies like on the sketch, I went with circles. One of the Shimelle papers had different sizes and colors, I picked out the ones I thought most fit my layout. I only had a small space to add them, but I like how they look like they are going under my photo. I only added my sequins so they were going over top of the circled rows. I tried to match the color of sequin to the color of the paper under neath it. I am using the new sequin mix, Cozy in this layout. It matches the blues and reds in the Shimelle collection. I mix in some Grey Feltie hearts to the line of sequins for some fun.

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I used leaves as my layering elements on the top and bottom of the photo. I also used a 4×6 photo instead of a square photo. I wanted to be able to see the whole street behind my mom and Mini Mouse. The streets of New York City as so marvelous especially this time of the year, it would be a same to cut that out. In my layers I added some Feltie hearts from the store. I like the texture element they add.

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I had a pretty large title, when using such a small canvas such as this layout, was the hardest part of this layout. I decided to stray a little from the sketch to add the second half of the title down under the photo as well. Having both parts of the title start or finish with the embellishment cluster I feel really ties that altogether. That taxi is so cute down in the bottom cluster too, isn’t it?!

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I also added a journaling ticket under the title to fill that space. It also allowed me to add extra journaling that didn’t necessarily go with the main journaling section.

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I hope you stick around all month and see all the sketches that are getting revealed for our Team Up with Let’s Get Sketchy!! There is going to be so much inspiration this month, just what we need for this busy time of the year!

Here is a final look at my layout.

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See you around this month with another sketch from the Let’s Get Sketchy Team Up.

Hannah