What About Wednesday: 8 1/2 by 11 Layout

Aloha My Scrappy Friends!! How is everyone’s spring going? I am ready for the warmer weather and enjoying the days it’s not raining. I have been spending a lot more time outside with my puppy, Kona, trying to get her energy out.

With all the rain, she gets antsy and into things when she doesn’t have that playtime. She loves to play fetch and run after a ball. She doesn’t always give my the ball, but she is starting to get the hang of it.

Speaking of her stealing stuff, that is what my layout is about. Her love to steal things that don’t belong to her and make me try to get them. Sometimes I think she thinks it’s a game. Sometimes she thinks she needs to guard it, especially if it’s anything paper or food.

In the pictures Kona stole my son’s light saber and kept trying to hide under our fireplace. She still thinks she fits under it, but she doesn’t. I, of course, took out my camera out to take a picture. Instead of saving my son’s light saber.

Here is a look at my layout.

 

I decided today to make a 8 1/2x 11 layout. I am using Two 3×4 photos which will fit nicely on my layout. I love the balance of open space to photos space on my layout. For me, I like more open space on the layout than photos. This gives me room to play with embellishments on my layouts too.

I started off with some white card stock. This has become my go for starting a layout. The artist in me gets all giddy about a blank canvas and what it can become once I add things. I used a black and white pattern so any of the colors that I used on the rest of the layout would pop. I knew at some point I wanted to use some colorful sequins. I may be a little obsessed with the colorful sequins.

On one of the medium shipping tags I added strips of various scrap papers from my desk to cover the bottom half. This is where most of the color is located on my layout. I like ow it becomes the focal piece. I added a die-cut word on the strips and some “Hot Right Now” Sequins. Tied some blue baker’s twine and made a cute little swirl with the twine.

Everything looks cuter with a feltie heart and tiny attacher staples.

In addition to the patterned paper on the tag I also added a few strips of patterns throughout the layout. One at the top, one at the end of the black and white Simple Stories paper and then another strip near the bottom of the layout.

I added a die-cut on both the top an bottom strips and added some feltie hearts and “Hot Right Now” sequins. Keeping it simple in the clusters was my main goal. I didn’t want to over embellish and take away from the photos.

I added the title around the photos, on the corner. I also added a die-cut as part of my title on the photos, near the chipboard alphas from Pink Fresh Studio that I used. I don’t usually do my titles this way, but i wanted to do something a little different.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was a really fun and cute layout that I made and I was really pleased how it turned out. I love that I can use my favorite photos to share and remember these moments that make up our lives. I really love when I can use cute products like sequins and feltie hearts!!

 

Thanks for joining me today!! I hope I see you around the Facebook group sharing the projects and layouts you are making using the SpiegelMom Scraps sequins and products.

Hannah

What About Wednesday: Mixed Media Layout

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Aloha!! It’s Hannah here today!!

How is your week going? My hubby had a 4 day weekend and that always throws my week off. But I thankfully got an extra day off to scrap all day. As much as the week is all crazy, I can never say no to an extra day of all day scrapbooking. I know I am lucky to have a spouse who kicks me to my scrap room.

Since I had all day to play I decided to play with some mixed media. I like to my time and really play. I used to use media a lot more than I do now, and when I pick up my paints it’s like riding a bike. I love the ride playing with mixed media takes me on.

I started with some clear gesso on white card stock. I wanted a little protection since I really didn’t know what I would end up using on the background. I like to go into my layouts open to whatever feels right. Sometimes this works well for me, sometimes it doesn’t turn out quite right. I am ok with this journey though. It helps me learn and grow as a crafter and scrapbooker.

I grabbed some acrylic paints and cup of water. Typically on a canvas you wouldn’t want to mix water and acrylic paint. The water effects the structure of the paint. On a canvas this could mean the paint could not adhere properly. I think in the case of paper though, water mixed with the acrylic paint it really helps it be more fluid, and dry quicker. I haven’t noticed that the water has affected my paint on the paper in the layouts I have made in the past. ( I say this as a warning, that any media that isn’t photo safe, could have an effect on the photo if you don’t use enough layers between the paint and the photo. Use your gut, with this info. If you feel weird and wrong for any unknown product and it’s ability to effect your photo, don’t do it. For me I make many of these layouts for my enjoyment and it doesn’t bother me. That is just me though.)

I used my paint brush to add drops of the watered down acrylic paint. I do this technique often. It is easy, and it’s hard to mess up. You can add as many or as few droplets to your page for the look you want. I like to mix big and small paint drops.

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This is an image I took while my paint was drying.  I added each color. Then dried it for less than a minute with my heat tool. I then let it air dry for about 15 minutes. I added blue plus signs with a thin watercolor brush. I thought this would be fun. Seeing plus signs sticking out throughout the layout. I also added paint lines on the corners of the layout. To tell you the truth this is part I wish I would have left out. I wished I would have hand drawn lines with a black ink pen. But I didn’t and This is where you have to decide to keep going and see how the layout will turn out or stop and toss it. It really is a personal thing to choose. Some days I have been known to start pulling things off a layout in the middle of making it because I hated it. It again is part of this process of learning and growing and becoming the scrapbooker you want to be.

Once dry I started to build my layers. This is my favorite part. I love finding, searching for all these bits and pieces and fitting them in like a puzzle.

For this layout I used one 4×4 square photo. I really enjoy this size for building layers. I really try to switch things up and not use it all the time though, because it is easy for things to feel the same when I use this size all the time. Even though depending on the papers you layer each layout can look completely different.

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I love this photo of my puppy!! At the time of this picture (when I took it) she was about 5 or so months. So curious about everything I was doing in my scrap room. One day I was trying to take pictures of my layout with her inside. She wanted to be in on the action. I am so glad I took this image while trying to hold her in my legs to keep her away my layout. It really makes my smile. Having a small puppy can be so much fun, even though it really makes everything much more difficult to get done. Haha!!

While building my layers I grabbed papers I thought would match the photo and papers that I had laying around. I love mixing sizes and fitting them in around.

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I added a white doily and a medium shipping tag in my layers. I love the texture they add. Also the shapes are much different than the strips of patterned paper which works really well the pull everything in, but make it unique.

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I tucked die cuts in my layers too. This is the fun part of layering, finding pieces that are odd and  making them fit. Sometimes all it is a color that works. Like this die cut.. Hello.

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The color worked and I love how it just fits.

I added some grey feltie hearts on this layout. They are my favorite!! Literally they are amazing. Paired with some white thread and a flair badge from The Spiegel Mom Scraps collab with Accent Scrapbooking. I love how the green in you is picked up by the strip of green paper I used.

I scattered some Holly Berries Sequins around the whole layout. I really like how this holiday inspired mix works because of it’s nature feel.

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Especially with these wood pieces that I picked up in the clearance part of the shop.

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I really played up on the fun and silliness of the photo with this layout. I really like when the tone of the photo matches with the layout.

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I love using stickers for titles especially when I mix that with Thickers. These white ones are so puffy and fun.

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Here is the whole layout.

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Look out for the Process Video on my personal Youtube channel. You can see it below.

Also don’t forget to head over to the SpiegelMom Scraps Facebook group to share with us the layouts and projects you are making with the products you get from the Store. There is always so much inspiration there!!

I hope you have an excellent and inspiring day!!

Hannah

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: 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: 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

What About Wednesday: Laura’s October Sketch Challenge

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Aloha Sparklers!! Autumn is truly here this week. The temperature is a whole whomping 65 and cloudy. It has me craving pumpkin spice coffees, apple cider donuts and toasty warm socks. I also have been itching to starting scrapping all my fall photos. In rich tones with lots of layers.

This week I decided to take on design team member Laura’s sketch challenge. I have been using a ton of sketches this autumn. I think partly because I have been so busy with other stuff like school and housework (the typical mom stuff) that I don’t have as much time to sit and think of ways to get creative on my pages. I need that little jump start to my scrappy mojo to get going.

I love how simple this sketch is because it offers so much in terms of making it mine. I can keep it simple or go all out and make more complicated if I want it that way. I did a little of both.

I started off by using a white card stock background with a title and sub title sketched on using my silhouette sketch pens. I bought a big pack of them when I got my silhouette and never used them.. To be honest I was a little intimidated by them. They seemed so complicated, even though the truth is they are super easy to use. Replace the blade with the sketch pen, pick out a design or font to use, and hit send to silhouette (with sketch pens checked instead of the blade depth) and your silhouette does the work. It looks so cool too!!

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For the background I used lots of different Autumn colors to create splatters. I watered down acrylic paint, Shimmerz Dazzlerz,  and used some Shimmerz Vibez in Four Leaf Clover green and  Razzle-dazzle Berry. I used my paint brush to let the paint drop off into droplets on the page. I wanted it to have a natural and random feel. I knew where my photo was going to go so I picked places around the center and smaller droplets near the title.

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I kept my layers simple. I went with rich tones that remind me of Autumn. I put dimensional tape in between the layers to create some shadows.

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I really love the way this doily gives this layout a feminine feel with all the colors. It adds a softness against the straight lines. I also tied a cute little bow with baker’s twine and hung it across the bottom of the picture.

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I scattered heart felties and Autumn Joy sequins at bottom of the picture, instead of on the baker twine, like the sketch suggested. I also scattered A Day In The Woods sequins with the Autumn Joy sequins around the layout, mainly in the paint splatters. I added some new Shimelle Go Now Go transparent leave stickers throughout the splatters. I love the way it looks like leaves blowing around off my photo.

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This is one of my favorite photos I have taken this Autumn season. It is nothing special, I actually snapped this early one morning while I was waiting for the puppy to finish going to the bathroom outside. She is still at that stage where she needs to be watched and make sure she doesn’t play too much. We have this old tree stump, that I stand on so my feet stay dry. The puppy loves to come join me. My comfy slippers help keep my feet warm too. This is my favorite plaid shirt too, it’s flannel and so warm. Perfect for the chilly mornings we have here in Washington. I have missed this special time of the year where sweaters are necessary and the air is crisp. The smell of dry leaves and chimney smoke in the air is so refreshing especially since I have lived in more city areas for about 6 or so years.

I added some old Pink Fresh Studio wood pieces on some feltie clouds. They are perfect for this layout. It adds a fun touch without being really heavy.

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This Maggie Holmes Gather tag and chip board piece add a cute touch too. The little touch of pink matches the pink collar Kona my puppy is wearing.

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I drew journaling lines at the bottom of the layout under the title. I journaled away. I really love how it looks with my own handwriting on my layouts. It has this homemade feel to it.

Here is a look at the full layout! I really love how this turned out. It was really fun using this sketch. I definitely think I am going to use this sketch again and tweak a few things to make it a little, because it is so open to do that.

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I hope you check out this sketch and Laura’s challenge this month. Play along by adding your take in our Facebook Group.

Well Sparklers my time this is done. I hope you join me later this month for some more inspiration!!

Hannah