Turning a Single Page Sketch Into a Double Page Layout

Hello! Samantha here with you. Today I’d like to walk you through turning a single page sketch into a double page layout. This is a really useful trick for when you have a sketch you really like, but have too many photos for a single page layout.

Supplies: The Great Outdoors Beneath the Stars, The Great Outdoors Into the Woods, The Great Outdoors Happy Camper, The Great Outdoors 3D Stickers, The Great Outdoors Cardstock Stickers, The Great Outdoors Planner Stickers, The Great Outdoors Hunting Adventures 3D Stickers, The Great Outdoors Epoxy Clips

Here’s the sketch I’ll be using today:

The first thing I like to do when working with a sketch is to pull my photos.

This is the point where I decided that I have enough photos that I need a 2 page layout instead of a single page layout. I laid my photos out into a left page and a right page. Since I am one photo short (on the right hand page), I’ll use the last photo space to ad a journaling tag instead.

 

For the left had page, I’ll follow the sketch, butiInstead of taking a single page and just creating it twice for a double page layout, I like to take the sketch and mirror it for the right hand page of the two page layout. Normally, I just do this in my head, but for the sake of this step-out I flipped the sketch so you can see what I mean in the photo above. I’ll be using the mirrored version on the right hand side of the layout.

Now that you know the basics of how your sketch will look on both the left and right hand sides, you can start building the base from your patterned paper. Again, you can see how the right hand page mirrors the sketch instead of being an exact replica.

Finish up the layout by adding your photos and embellishments.

Here you can see where I substituted a journaling sticker in place of a photo. You can also see that instead of putting a second title on my mirrored right hand page, I added a small cluster of embellishments. This keeps the feel of the layout cohesive without the clutter of 2 titles on one layout.

Turning a single page sketch into a double page layout is a great way to add flexibility to any sketch!
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DIY Thankful Note Board

Hello! Samantha here with you. I have a project today that’s not only great for fall but also a wonderful way to put a positive emphasis on interactions between family members. This DIY Thankful Note Board is a really fun way to get everyone involved in small acts of gratitude.

Supplies: Autumn Woods Autumn Woods, Autumn Woods Washi Tape, Autumn Woods Rice Paper Border Stickers, Autumn Woods Puffy Clips, Feathers Project Pad and Discover Italy Cardstock Multi Pack

We’re using this note board this fall to leave each other notes of gratitude. There are no rules to how to use the note board. The idea is just to write down something you’re grateful for about another family member or a note of thanks if they did something kind for you. It’s a fun way to call out acts of everyday kindness!

I had a small frame with a recessed area of about 4″ x 4″. I painted the frame with brown paint, and then went to town decorating it with embellishments from the Autumn Woods collection (and a few other collections, as well). I thought the feathers from the Feather Project Pad coordinated beautifully with Autumn Woods, so I added a few of those. To give them a bit of a 3D effect, I took a bone folder and scored the feathers down the middle. Folding them a little along the score line gives the feathers some extra dimension, perfect for an off the page project.

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Since I was using feathers on this project, it seemed like the perfect choice to use this sweet little owl for our note board clip. The metal is nice and sturdy, so we’ll be able to use it over and over again without the metal getting fatigued.

I finished up by using washi tape to add some borders (and a pop of color) to the frame.

I can’t wait to start using our thankful note board to add some extra gratitude to our days.
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Autumn Woods Pull Out Scrapbook Layout

Hello! Samantha here with you. Today I’m sharing a layout that has a little something extra to it. I like to call this style of layout a pull out layout. Don’t stop at the first photo, keep scrolling down to see the hidden fun this Autumn Woods pull out layout is hiding.

Supplies: Autumn Woods Autumn Air, Autumn Woods Pumpkin Spice, Autumn Woods Autumn Woods, Autumn Woods Puffy Sticker, Autumn Woods Epoxy Sticker, Autumn Woods Cardstock Stickers, Autumn Woods Flake Stickers, Autumn Woods Washi Tape, Autumn Woods Rice Paper Border Stickers, and Discover Italy Cardstock Multi Pack

So here’s the extra fun part of the layout: The photo pulls out to show 4 more photos! The simple accordion folded paper turns this layout into a hybrid mini album layout. Plus, it’s a great way to get lots of photos onto one layout!

If you’re like me an love embellishments, this also gives you a great way to use lots of embellishments on one layout while still keeping that clean and simple feel.

If you haven’t check out the new Autumn Woods planner line yet, you are going to love it. The stickers, washi tape, and borders make fantastic embellishments for layouts using the Autumn Woods paper collection.

I especially like the way the washi tape from this collection looks paired with the rice paper border stickers. I love how the semi-opaque look of the washi offsets the soft, solid look of the rice paper.

Creating a pull out layout lets you get the best of both mini albums and layouts in one place, and can help you scrap lots of photos quickly!
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How to Mix Embellishments to Create Texture

Hello! Samantha with you today to share a layout using embellishments from my favorite new planner collection, Great Outdoors. Mixing embellishments to create texture is a fun way to add interest to any layout.

 

How to Mix Embellishments to create texture on a scrapbook layout

Supplies: Outdoors Stick on PocketsOutdoors Rice Paper Border Stickers, Outdoors Planner Stickers, Outdoors Epoxy Stikcers, Outdoors Puffy Stickers, Southwest Adventure Paper Crafting Kit, Marbleous Paper Pad

How to Mix Embellishments to create texture on a scrapbook layout

These new Stick On Pockets are one of my favorite ways to add texture to layouts. They’re a bit plastic-y (so they’re strong) which also gives them a bit of a vellum look. For and even more interesting look, I layered up 2 pockets on top of each other.

How to Mix Embellishments to create texture on a scrapbook layout

The grouping pictured above mixes patterns already printed on the patterned paper, rice paper border stickers, planner card stock stickers, and epoxy stickers to create a cluster of embellishments that’s visually interesting and draws you into the layout.

How to Mix Embellishments to create texture on a scrapbook layout

Carrying a mix of embellishments (epoxy, card stock, puffy, etc.) throughout the layout helps keep the layout looking cohesive. With all the choices in Paper House’s new Great Outdoors collection, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from! How do you mix embellishments to create texture on your layouts?
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Back to School Scrapbook Layout

Hello! Samantha with you today. School is just around the corner for my kiddos, so I thought it would be fun to get in the mood with some school scrapping.

 

Supplies: Color Washed Paper Pad, School Mixed Sticker Pack, School Planner Stickers, Beach Cardstock Stickers Multi Pack

First off, I have to say that the color washed paper pad is just gorgeous. It’s also extremely versatile. When you first look at it, it has a really feminine elegant feel, with pops of gold foil everywhere. However, as you can see from my layout, it can easily be used for layouts that have a little more masculine, streamlined feel. The mix of colors and textures in this paper pad really allow you to make it anything you want.

I love to create focal points on my layouts by clustering embellishments. I used stickers from the School Mixed Sticker Pack and the School Planner Stickers to get a mix of textures. There are cardstock stickers, chipboard stickers, clear stickers, and even foiled stickers all mixed into this little cluster of embellishments.

I used alphabet stickers from the Beach Cardstock Stickers Multi Pack for my title. I just really loved the way the navy blue alphas popped against the white and aqua blue.

Don’t forget to get your camera all charged up so you’ll be ready to take some fun back to school photos! Then, while your kids are heading back to school, you can create a school layout or two, too.  When is back to school for you and yours?
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Craft Set Welcome Sign

Hello! Samantha with you again. Today I’m showing you one of my favorite ways to use Paper House’s Craft Sets. Read on to find out what that is and how I made this welcome sign.

 

Paper House Supplies: Baby Boy Craft Set, Southwest Clear Stickers

Additional Supplies: Paint, Apple barrel lid

I built my welcome sign from an apple barrel lid that I picked up from my local farmers market for $5. I only bought one, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be going back for more now! I put a single coat of white paint on the lid, and then it was all set for me to embellish.

Now, on to my favorite way to use these beautiful craft sets: die cut them with an electronic cutting machine! I used a Silhouette Cameo, but you could do it just as easily with a Cricut machine.

I treated the big sticker sheets just like I would vinyl. I created my “Welcome” in my Silhouette Studio Software. Then I placed the sticker sheet on a cutting mat. Finally, I set my blade speed and depth to the same settings I use for cutting vinyl.

When you’re done cutting, weed out the unused portions of the sticker sheet. You can then transfer your cut by hand or with a transfer sheet (like the kind you use for wall vinyl) to your project.

I finished up my welcome sign with a few accent stickers from the Southwest Clear Sticker set.

Being able to cut the sticker sheets with an electronic die cutting machine opens up a whole world of possibilities for these fun craft sets. I know this craft set welcome sign is just the beginning for me! Save

My Sentiments Exactly Birthday Card

Hello! Samantha with you. Today I’m combining some Paper House papers and stickers with a stamp set from My Sentiments Exactly to create a cheery birthday card.

 

Supplies: Hello Baby Girl Paper Crafting KitMSE Quick Coloring Circle

Lately it seems that I can never have enough birthday cards, so I knew right away that I wanted to use the “Birthday Wishes” stamp from the MSE stamp set. I love finding new and different uses for themed collections, so I decided to try using the Hello Baby Girl Paper Crafting Kit with my birthday stamp. I figured the bright colors and simple patterns like dots and stripes would make for a cheery birthday card.

My favorite thing about using Hello Baby Girl for a birthday card is that I got to use the elephant holding a balloon puffy sticker. I think he’s adorable, and the perfect way to wish someone a happy birthday!

Combining My Sentiments Exactly stamps with Paper House Crafting Kits is a fun way to brighten someones birthday!

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Project Pad Camping Decor

Hello! Samantha with you today to share a little inspiration using one of Paper House’s Punch Out Project Pads. These fun pads a full of hearts, feathers, butterflies, or frames in a variety of patterns and sizes that you just punch out and use. So simple and fun! My piece today is a little Project Pad camping decor.

Supplies: DIY Punch Out Frames Project Pad, Relax Sculpted Sticker

 

My favorite thing about these little punch out frames is how easy it is to create seasonal decor with them. They go together really quickly and are super easy to group together since the colors and patterns coordinate with each other.

There are 2 types of frames in the Project Pad; raised frames and recessed frames. I used a flat die cut of a camper (we love camping with our camper during the summer!) in the recessed frame and some sculpted stickers on the raised frame. The raised texture of the sculpted stickers allowed me to keep my frames clean and simple, but still add a lot of interest by adding texture to the frames.

The frames in the project pad are a great size for grouping together as part of a design element in your home decor. They’re light weight enough that they can stand on their own, or be attached to the wall with a temporary scrapbook adhesive or poster adhesive. So many fun possibilities!

The fun doesn’t stop with the Frames Project Pad. There are 3 more Punch Out Project Pads, and they are all so much fun! In fact, I couldn’t decide on just one project to make for today, so I have a bonus Project Pad project over on my blog today. Head on over there to see how I used the Hearts Project Pad to create this layout.

The World is Wide Home Decor

Hello! Samantha with you to share a piece of wall art I created with Paper House’s Travel Craft Set and a PenBlade. We love to travel, so this The World is Wide home decor piece is perfect for my living room wall.

 

Supplies: Travel Craft Set, #15 PenBlade

I started my project by printing out my saying on regular computer paper. Then I used a bit of temporary adhesive to help hold my printed words to my sticker sheet. The sticker sheet I picked is one of 3 different printed full sheet stickers that come in the Travel Craft Set. I used my PenBlade to cut out my words. I used the #15 PenBlade because it is super sharp and very thin, which makes it perfect for precision cuts.

I used a bit of transfer tape (like you’d use on decorative vinyl) to transfer my letters to a piece of wood that I stained. You don’t need to uses transfer tape for this step, it just made it a bit faster and easier for me to line ever thing up.

I used some of the 3-d and enamel stickers that come in the Travel Craft Set to decorate my piece. It’s so nice that all the coordinating bits come in one box! Adding dimensional stickers to a flat piece of home decor really helps it pop.

All completed, this The World is Wide home decor piece is a fun way to add a personal touch to your walls. Do you like to travel far and wide? Save

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Xyron and Paper House “We Are Family” Blog Hop – Day Five

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Day five is here of our team up with Xyron! We’re thrilled to be teaming up to share beautiful family themed projects here, on facebook, and all our social media outlets! We can’t have a fun Co-Hop and not give away a fabulous prize – be sure to check out all the details at the bottom of this post!  Samantha Taylor is wrapping up our week of projects with a mini album – let’s check it out!


I am excited to be wrapping up our week of family themed projects with Paper House and Xyron. My family is spread across the US. Now that my niece is 2, I love to find ways to let her know we love her so, even though we don’t get to see her often. I used paper from Paper House’s One Big Happy Family and Hello Baby Girl  to create a mini album of photos of us with my niece. The journaling in the book tells her how much we love her. To keep it durable, I used lots of flat Planner Stickers and Clear Stickers to decorate the album, as well as plenty of Xyron 3″ Sticker Maker adhesive. I made the album especially kid friendly by laminating it with the Xyron 5″ Creative Station.  This is a book that she can flip through, look at, and read. You can find all the details for making this We Love You book on my blog, Taylor Stamped.

It’s the last day to enter our giveaway, so be sure to get your entries in!
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The winner will receive a Xyron Mega Runner, The One Big Happy Family Collection, and the Click Flipalbum!  You can enter using the Rafflecopter Link below.

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Be sure to visit the Xyron Facebook Page all week long to check out what their team is creating and get in on their giveaway too!