Tuesday, December 31, 2013

She is My Heart

This sweet little girl of mine has my heart like you wouldn't believe. All my kids do of course but something about this Crate Paper Close Knit collection from the October Gossamer Blue kit just made my heart feel all warm and fuzzy so I created this.

See? Aside from the heart background paper and the tiny hearts paper around the photo, I count 8 - 9 hearts on the page, plus the word "heart".

I added this large multi-colored chevron print across my page but it was a bit too boring for my liking so I cut small strips of paper in varying widths and lengths. I then added my hearts, some misting and some stitching and I was happy again. but before I laid everything down and added the mist and stitching, I got it all perfectly lined up how I wanted it and took a photo. I then pulled everything off the page so I could...

draw the big heart lightly in pencil and use my sewing machine to stitch a gigantic heart.  Actually, I was scrapping with my friends, Audrey, Diana and Sara so I borrowed Audrey's sewing machine. Thanks Audrey!

I put everything back in place, fussy cut some flowers, used my CAMEO to cut part of my title, added more stitching, the gold mist and embellishments. I completely "HEART" the end result.

Thanks for stopping by today. Now go on and get crafty!


Oh, and if you are going out to celebrate the New Year, please stay safe! Watch out for those crazies out there and if you drink, please don't drive.

Monday, December 30, 2013

5th Birthday: Best Day Ever

Hi, friends! I am sharing a layout I created for my daughter's birthday using the Gossamer Blue December kits.  It's so hard to believe that she is 5 already. Apparently, I have been vocal about my disbelief because even she is asking me, "Can you believe I'm 5?". It's the cutest thing.

Supplies: Basic Grey RSVP collection from the Gossamer Blue December Kits: Main Kit, Main Add-on, Add-on Kit #2, Bits & Pieces, Life Pages Main Add-on

In true Reese fashion, she got all decked out for her birthday, in her special dress. She started out with just the dress but slowly added to her attire with every present she opened that contained something she could wear. By the end, she had wings and this pretty floral headband and was strutting her stuff. I snapped this photo of her during the process.

For this month's Pattern Play over on the Gossamer Blue blog, I decided to create squares out of triangles, mixing and matching the various patterns from the Basic Grey and Gossamer Blue exclusive papers. I also brought in cardstock and die cuts to add dimension.

I added layers of pattern paper, a chipboard frame and a flower cluster beneath my photo to help ensure it stands out from the other patterns surrounding it. 

Lastly, I love the distressed look of the pink background paper but it felt like it was missing something so I added random stitch lines here, there and everywhere. I also embellished it with a few mist splatters and small die cuts all around the pink background paper and topped it off with a banner and balloon chipboard.

All I have to do now if add the journaling, which I plan to do under the Best Day Ever chipboard piece.

Thanks for stopping by today. Make it your best day ever! Oh and if you love this layout like I do, check it out on the Gossamer Blue blog too and leave me some scrappy love!


Friday, December 27, 2013

Layered Paper Christmas Tree Video Tutorial

Okay, I am sharing a video tutorial I created with the Gossamer Blue December kit and add-ons. It was my first video and I think I did okay but I also learned a lot and can't wait to make my next one.

I know because of Facebook that many of you are starting to sort through Christmas photos and you're looking for ideas to scrap the tree decorating, gift opening type photos. Why not add a cute layered tree to your next Christmas layout? I went with a more simpler design than normal to focus on the layered tree and photo.

And now my video.  Let me know what you think in the comments below. Should I put away the camcorder forever or try, try again?

Layered Christmas Tree Tutorial from Heather Leopard on Vimeo.

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas with your friends and loved ones!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Elves - Free Cutting File - Project Tutorial

Hi friends. I wanted to share these Christmas elves that were inspired by our elf on a shelf.  I made them this weekend using Heidi Swapp's Believe collection.  These little elves' hair happen to match my girls' hair and I am soo excited for them to find them today.

Supplies: Heidi Swapp Believe: Holly Jolly 12x12 paper and Countdown 12x12 paper; black cardstock, white cardstock, brown, yellow, black or red cardstock for the hair; Electronic die-cut machine; Elf by Heather Leopard Silhouette Studio cutting file or PDF pattern, styrofoam cone with 3.5” diameter at base of cone, Lawn Fawn mixed sequins, American Crafts red glitter ribbon, small bells, gold thread, double sided tape; scrap paper to make test cuts.

I just adore these little guys.  Actually, I may add some sequin earrings and turn them into girls come morning time.

A blonde for my youngest and a brunette for my oldest 'cause my kids defied all that I learned in biology. I'm a brunette brown-eyed girl and I was blessed with a brunette with green eyes and a blonde with blue eyes.

Would you like to know how I made these guys?  I've included a Christmas Elf Tutorial below that you can download for free HERE.

You can download the free Silhouette Studio cutting file HERE. I am working on a SVG file, which I will post here soon.

Don't have a Silhouette? Download the PDF template HERE to cut these out by hand. It's only a few easy cuts, anyway!

Well, these little elves are super duper busy helping Santa prepare to deliver lots of Christmas joy and toys to all the girls and boys in this house so I better get going.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Merry Christmas Eve!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Personalized Gift Wrapped Boxes

Hi friends. I wanted to share a set of gift wrap ideas with you that I made using this month's Scrapbook Circle All is Bright kit and Holly Jolly add-on. I'll admit that these take more time than using wrapping paper or sticking a gift in a bag but I find so much joy creating these and sometimes it just has to be done.

How fun are these? Well let me tell you how I made them. First, I cut 2 different sized boxes out of Kraft cardstock two times each using my CAMEO. I assembled each of them and added the gifts.

Deer Box:

  1. My larger boxes are 3x4 so I adhered a 3x4 card to the top of the box. I wrapped the sides of the box with paper strips as well.
  2. Next, I used a pre-made tag from the kit. It was blending in with the background so I cut a tag  slightly larger to serve as a background.
  3. I cut a deer hear out of the gold glitter paper, making sure it fit well within the tag.
  4. Lastly, I cut a bow out of paper to complete the package.

Merry & Bright Box:
  1. This box is smaller at 2x3.
  2. Cut a 1"x12" strip of paper. Fold it into a paper ruffle and wrap it around the box.
  3. Add the red glitter ribbon over the paper ruffle.
  4. Add a chipboard element to the center and top it with a Giant Rhinestone.
  5. Add stickers to the package for added "prettiness"
Tassle Box:
  1. Another 2x3 box.
  2. Wrapped it in twine.
  3.  Cut paper strips approximately 1"x3". Cut the paper into fringe leaving 1/4" uncut across the top. Using a small dowel, roll the paper strip. Adhere the end to the rolled up section. Fan out the fringe and stitch with the chipboard banners onto the twine to make garland. Adhere to the package.

Christmas Tree Box:
  1. Cut a 3x4 scrap of kraft paper and set aside.
  2. Cut two 1.5"x12" strips of paper. Cut the paper into fringe leaving 1/4" uncut across the top. 
  3. Measure the bottom layer the width you want across the bottom of your box for the base of the tree. Adhere to the bottom of the scrap paper.
  4. Now, cut the next strip just slight smaller, overlapping over the other layer.
  5. Continue to do so until you reach the top. It will resemble a tree but needs another step. 
  6. Trim the layers into the shape of a tree.
  7. Add a bow and rhinestone to the top of the tree and decorate as desired.
  8. I just realized that you could do this much easier than what I did in my steps above. Just add each layer over the other, adhering it to the scrap kraft paper. Once all the layers are glued down, cut it all into the shape of a tree. Duh. Now decorate your tree and adhere to the top of the box.
I can't wait to give these gifts out. These are going to both of my girls' teachers.

Oh and did I mention that I made these for the Scrapbook Circle gift wrap challenge? I can't win the amazing prize they are giving away but YOU can! Come play along with me for a chance to win a Printshop by Studio Calico prize package. Click HERE for more details.

Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

All in the Family

We're having a ton of fun on the Lily Bee Design blog this week with a game of tag. I was tagged by Stacey yesterday to create a layout based on this week's sketch, created by yours truly, but with an added twist.  She challenged me to add die cuts to my layout so I created a few SVG files for Lily Bee's new We R Family collection. You can download them for free at the end of this post.

In case, you missed it, here's the sketch that's inspiring us this week.
Tag Your It Sketch by Heather Leopard

Here's what I created:

Supplies: We R Family collection: (Papers: Family Rules, Family Ties, Family Time, Game Night, Family Dinner; 6x6 Tiny Tablet; Daily Deck Cards; Wood Veneer; Metal Badges); Urban Autumn collection (Papers: Oktoberfest, Tri-State); Sweet Shoppe collection: Letter Stickers

I had this layout in mind utilizing the Daily Deck cards when I created this sketch. That said, you could easily add more photos to the page.

I just love the wood veneer people. I knew I wanted to highlight them so I created an offset image of them and then cut them out as a family on one of the Daily Deck cards. I just resized them to fit my card and cut them out.

To create my title, I punched individual letters out of the Game Night paper. I used a small circle punch, which was the perfect size.

I also cut hearts out of the bottom section of the striped paper before adhering it to the background paper. I backed the negative portion with coordinating paper and then saved the cuts to use as embellishments over one of the Daily Deck cards.

So how about some free SVG cutting files? You can download all of our cutting files HERE or you can download the ones I used by clicking on their direct links:
We R Family People Cutting File
We R Family Hearts Cutting File

Head on over to the blog to see who I tagged for tomorrow and the challenge I gave her.

Thanks for stopping by. Now go on and get crafty!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Snowman Bingo Gifts

When Paige asked me to create some neighbor gifts, I wracked my brain to come up with something unique but it wasn't until I was playing around with the Bingo cards, from the American Crafts Peppermint Express collection, that this idea came to me.  It was on the American Crafts blog yesterday. Here's how to re-create it.

We had a bag of mini marshmallows for hot chocolate and Thanksgiving. My girls were eating them while we were playing with the cards so we used them  as our Bingo card markers. I'm pretty sure they ate more than they played because no one ended up getting a bingo that day. LOL!

I was able to make 4 Snowman Bingo gift bags using one set of Bingo cards. Each bag has 3 cards in them.  To create this, follow these steps:

  1. Add a generous amount of mini marshmallows to a small Ziploc bag. You don't want the them to touch the cards and get them all dirty.
  2. Stuff the Bingo cards and marshmallow package in a large glassine bag.
  3. Using a die cut machine, cut snowman head the width of the glassine bag. Silhouette sells snowman bag toppers. Piece all the bits together and staple to the top of the bag to seal.
  4. Cut large snowflakes. Mine are approximately 4" wide. I wanted them to show above and below the tags.
  5. Using the tags, clothespins and glitter stars from the Peppermint Express collection, layer them to the front right or left sides of the bags towards the bottom. 
  6. Deliver them with pride and joy to neighbors, family, friends, teachers, etc.
Thanks for stopping by today. Now go on and get crafty!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Duck Dynasty

Want a chance to win a Scrapbook Circle All is Bright December kit? See the post below this one to enter to win.

Well, I'm not so sure about that.  This country girl turned city girl had a ton of fun growing up in the sticks and I can't say that "frog catchin'" was on my list of fun but to each their own, I guess. 

I'm quoting Jase from Duck Dynasty because it kind of / sort of relates to my project today.  First, I can think of a lot more fun things to do other than frog catchin'. This would be anything that has to do with my family, obviously!  Second, it's seems this dynamic family of mine was caught up in a bit of a duck dynasty while visiting a local pond. 

Supplies from Gossamer Blue November 2013 kit

The funny thing is, I cropped this photo quite a bit and what you don't see are a gazillion more ducks that swarmed us.  There must have been at least 40 - 50 of them.  They were a real duck dynasty who were definitely ruling the roost. I suspect they were looking for food.

I cut gold doilies out of the vellum and gold Flea Market paper. I used one as a main focal point along with my photo and then added a few more on the layout.

I cut several feathers out of green vellum and I love how the other elements show through them.  I added additional paper feathers, die cuts and chipboard and then journaled around the elements.

I used the Glitz roller stamps with Versamark and clear embossing powder throughout the layout right over the lines that divide the different colors in the background. Reminds me of a paint swatch.  

Thanks for stopping by today. Rest assured, big brother picked up little sister to save her from all the ducks. We did make the great duck escape and lived to tell about it. Now we're all Happy, Happy, Happy!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Elf Elise & a Scrapbook Circle Blog Hop

Welcome to the Scrapbook Circle End of Year Blog Hop! Here's a peek at the All is Bright December kit. You can see more photos by clicking HERE. It's perfect for documenting your Christmas and New Year photos or you can use it to create a December Daily. The possibilities are limitless.

The creative team at Scrapbook Circle is ending the year with a bang! We are hopping along and you can win a All Is Bright December kit from Scrapbook Circle. Each Creative Team member is giving away a kit on their blog. That's right — 12 chances to win! We are celebrating the holiday season and YOU get the gifts!

You should have come to my blog from Diana. You can also start at the Scrapbook Circle blog for more details.
I create this layout about Elf Elise and her first visit to see the girls last year.  We caught her reading her book to all her animal friends. I used most of the 4x6 and 3x4 cards from the Glitz Design Hello December collection to create the background for this page. I stitched around the heart and on the stripes; also on the arrows and around some of the cards. It's all in the details, people!
 She left notes for each girl and they just thought that was THE BEST thing EVER!!! I have those and will be scrapping them soon along with photos of the girls reading the notes as well as me reading the book to them

I stitched around the number 25 since the people in my family always look forward to celebrating two special birthdays that day (my mom shares a birthday with Jesus) and of course, waiting to see what Santa brings us all! The "Fave December Moments" card can be pulled out by pulling on the Holly rhinestone to reveal the hidden journaling.

Your next stop on the hop is Adrienne! Keep hopping, leaving comments as you go, so you have up to12 chances to win the December kit from Scrapbook Circle. Good Luck!

Here's the order in case you want to visit each blog separately or get lost along the way.
1. Scrapbook Circle blog: http://www.scrapbookcircle.com/blog
2. Diana Fisher: http://designbydiana.blogspot.com/
3. Heather Leopard: YOU ARE HERE
4. Adrienne Alvis http://adriennealvis.blogspot.com/
5. Audrey Yeager http://audreysreflection.blogspot.com
6. Sara Zenger http://sarazenger.blogspot.com
7. Jenni Calma: http://papercardinal.blogspot.com/
8. Rebecca Keppel http://www.myclutteredcorner.com/
9. Tessa Buys http://precociouspaper.blogspot.com/
10.Melissa Mann http://melissamann.typepad.com
11. Diana Waite http://wonderwoman-diana.blogspot.com/
12. Lisa Andrews http://lisaandrews.blogspot.com/

To enter to win the kit I am giving away on my blog, please do tell me in the comments below what traditions you and you family do today or did in the past. And if you like the projects you see here on my blog, I'd love to have you as a new follower. You have until midnight CT December 3, 2013 to leave a comment.

Thanks and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

I am Thankful {Card}

I am Thankful...
American Crafts Autumn Crisp collection

for health and happiness.

for all the blessings in my life and for those around me. 

for a husband who treats me like his princess and does so much for our family.

for 3 wonderful children who are the light of my life.

for the most amazing parents, who are a wonderful example to me, my family and everyone around them. I will always be grateful that they packed up and moved to be closer to us.

for a great job that helps provide for the family so we can do things and go places. It also allows me the flexibility to work from home and enables me to be there for my children any time I'm needed. This is especially important when you have a child with autism and severe ADHD. And, I love to see them off to school and be the first to see them when they get home.

for a hobby that allows me to express myself, de-stress a little every evening and has introduced me to some of the most talented people who share the same passion. I am lucky to call many of them close friends.

for scrapbooking manufacturer/kit club owners and design team leaders who believe in me.

for those of you who support and follow me on my blog, Instagram, Twitter, etc. and who also inspire me with your kind words and scrappy projects.

and so much more...

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Made with Love

When I get to the end of a kit, like I did with the November Gossamer Blue kit, I always try to find a fun way to use the last last bit of kit leftovers, as evident with this layout. I still had this woodgrain paper that hadn't been touched as well as quite a bit of the paper with the hearts on it. It was already cut at an angle because I had used it for my "#favorite" layout for this month's Pattern Play blog post on the Gossamer Blue blog.

To create this page, I punched a row of hearts along the edge of my pink hearts paper and layered some strips of blue dot and pink scallop papers from my scraps, under the outer edge, which was just barely offset about 1/2" from the right side of the woodgrain paper. I then stitched the edges to give it a finished look.

Next, I pulled the fun tags from the kit and used them to help frame up my photo. I left oneof them unchanged but decided to alter two of them by simply adding strips of washi to one and an enamel heart to the other. I ladded more layers of paper,embellishments and a vellum frame to accent the photo even more. The last touch that I added to the photo was a resin bow right at her hairline.

I finished off the layout by adding bits and pieces, which included a vellum banner over a frame that I cut out, "XO" overlays, an "R" for Reese and a cute little bow with flower where I plan to journal.

I hope this will inspire you to make a scrap stash, if you don't already. I love that it challenges me to create a layout that I may never have thought to create had I been working with these elements when they first came out of the kit untouched.

Tell me, what do you do with your scraps? Do you chunk them, put them in a stash, maybe cut them up to make cards later? What do you do?

Monday, November 18, 2013



These days, it's hashtag this and hashtag that in this social media frenzied world, with Instagram, Twitter and Facebook users finding #allsortsofcleverphrases to make hashtags out of. Even Jimmy Fallon and JT have #themosthilariousskit spoofing this trend.  Watch it at the end of my blog post. So #what'sagirltodo but create a layout using mostly hashtags. And the #November kit was #theperfectchoice.

I love the bold, dark colors mixed with the softer shades in this month's kit. I just knew I wanted to feature them together in a striking way so I chose to create a background paper using several of the patterns.

This page was actually a #happylittleaccident. I just #lovewhenthathappens. I was trying to cut certain angles that I had in mind and I learned after making the first two cuts that I had cut them wrong. The angles at the bottom left of the page didn't match up. Never one to waste paper, I went ahead and adhered them to the page, right next to each other and then I added a filler to help close the gap where the two patterns didn't line up. I went about cutting the rest of my papers however I wanted, which felt much less stressful and I just filled in the open spots here and there. I did have a method to my madness and still had to put thought into each cut but I didn't have to worry about exact matches.

If you want to recreate something like this, you could measure everything out perfectly and align them next to each other or you could do what I did:
  1. Choose 6 - 8 different pattern papers that coordinate well but also constrast each other.
  2. Use a 12x12 scrap piece of cardstock as the base of your layout.
  3. Starting on the left side of the background, choose 1 pattern paper. Keeping one side straight, cut the opposite side at an angle so that it's 12" long and has a smaller side at the bottom and larger side at the top but keeping a straight edge at the bottom and top, like how I did the pink hearts paper above. Lay it on the background paper.
  4. Next, choose another pattern paper and cut it each side at the same angle, leaving a stright edge at the top and bottom. Lay it on the background paper, tucking the top portion under the pink pattern paper.
  5. Continue to do this with all your patterns until you reach the right side of your background paper.
  6. For the final background piece, cut the left side at an angle and keep the right side straight, or trim it once you've adhered it down.
  7. Now add little snippits of pattern paper at the top and bottom, where you think it looks best, or where you have gaps.
  8. Once you've tucked papers under each other and like the way it looks, adhere them down. I chose to stitch over many of the seams.
  9. Now just add your photo(s), title and journaling. Depending on how busy your new background is, you may or may not choose to add a lot of other embellishments.
I used two additional pieces of pattern paper to mat my photos but they just weren't popping off the bold backgrounds like I wanted them to so I layered 2 of the Crate Paper canvas frames over the paper mats and stitched a little bit up at the top.

As I mentioned earlier, hash tags are all over the social media world so when I spotted one in the alphas in the kit, I knew exactly what to do next. I chose to title my page as a hash tag word AND do my journaling in hash tags phrases.

To complete my visual triangle, I added a little banner, which I cut from another canvas frame, to the top right and then added their ages in a collage on the bottom right. I realized after I took these photos that I didn't add a hashtag in front of their ages. I have since added this to the layout.

Don't be afraid to mix those bold and soft colors together and use a variety of patterns in your next project. You might just like what you see!

Thanks for stopping by today. Now, #watchthishilariousskit. It'll have you saying:
#orangeisthenewblack #purpleisthenewblack

Friday, November 15, 2013

Thankful for My Kids and Fall Adventures

Fall adventures when the weather is supposed to be cooler is so much fun with the girls.  We usually head out to the pumpkin patch or Rennaisance festival and in general, just spend more time outside. 

When Paige asked me to create a layout for Thanksgiving week, I realized that with the hustle and bustle of a typical Thanksgiving day, I haven't taken many photos over the years.  I'm going to change that this year but in the meantime, I decided to create a layout about what I am thankful for. That would be adventures with my family, whether it's the day-to-day adventures or special trips and events. I am just so lucky to have those moments.

Supplies: Walnut Lane Paper (366518) - Autumn Crisp Collection, Autumn Avenue Paper (366514) - Autumn Crisp Collection, 6"x6" Paper Pad (366541) - Autumn Crisp Collection, Foliage Bits Die Cuts (366532) - Autumn Crisp Collection, Resin Buttons (366530) - Autumn Crisp Collection, Details Paper Clips (366534) - Autumn Crisp Collection, Redwood Phrase Stamp (366538) - Autumn Crisp Collection, Aspen with Foil Cardstock Stickers (366535) - Autumn Crisp Collection
If you saw this on the American Crafts blog yesterday, you may have read that this layout features gold embossed stamping, die cut leaves and hidden journaling. Let me tell you a little more.

When I was looking through the collection and shuffling things around, I really liked how the colors popped off of the background paper that I ended up using. I chose to go with a tone on tone look for the layout. I love the warm colors mixed with the woodgrain elements of the collection.  I also had some American Crafts Gold embossing powder with me and new I wanted to add some glam to the page using the new phrase stamp. So I did just that.

I stamped with versamark, added gold embossing powder, added some heat and then used a circle punch to punch them into circles.  I knew where I wanted my photos, so I placed them around the page, careful to avoid the photo area.
Next, I cut 3 - 4 different shaped leaves in 2 - 3 different sizes, using the same paper as the background and same paper as the punched stamp images.  I laid them in 5 rows and pointed them in all different directions. This time, I didn't worry about if they were placed where my photos would go. I actually wanted them showing out from behind.

Once all the leaves were stitched down, I added my photos and embellishments to the page, choosing only a select few embellishments.  I made a pocked for hidden journaling behind one of the photos to tell the story of this great adventure day.

Thanks for stopping by today. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

It’s the Little Things

The Gossamer Blue October kits were simply AH-MAZING! Like, wow amazing. It was packed with Crate Paper, Glitz, American Craft, Elle’s Studio, Pebbles and of course, the Gossamer Blue exclusives.  I love to mix the lines, but today, I couldn't resist the Glitz Design Finnley collection and the Gelatos from the color kit.

This whole layout started with the "just stay little" tulle skirt die cut at the bottom of the page.  Seriously, that one little thing inspired this all.  My daughter is enchanted with these dresses and all things girly and I just love it!  I usually start with the photo but I knew I’d have plenty to choose from because she has one of these dresses in just about every photo I have of her from the last 2 – 3 years.

I always tell her that I just want her to stay little and how much hope I have for her future so the cards layered under the photo were a perfect complement to it all. I use the Dream Big Little One card for hidden journaling.

Then I sorted through the Glitz word stickers and found so many that described her perfectly. I laid everything out without adhering it to the paper, snapped a photo of the layout, so I’d know where to put it all later, and then deconstructed it.

Now it was time for the gelatos!  OMG, these are so fun.  They are like little crayons that you can color with directly on your paper or you can apply them to a non sticky mat first. I chose to apply them in a random pattern direct to my paper and then I used a water soaked paint brush to paint and swirl it around in a lovely
watercolor pattern.  I did this down the left side of the page and again under the photo area.

Once dried, I put everything back in it’s place. I adhered it all down and did a bit of final stitching over the triangles.  A bit messy? Yes. A lot of fun? Absolutely yes! A unique new layout? Of course!

Have you ever played with gelatos? If not, make sure to check them out. They are soo much fun! Thanks for stopping by today. Now go on and get crafty!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

She's So Sophisticated

This girl, she's just so dang cute! She loves to be all fancy all the time.  I spotted her playing with a Barbie and her new purse that my mom brought back for her from an overseas trip and what do you know? She was wearing my mom's glasses too. She looked so cute and I couldn't resist snapping a few photos of her on my phone. 
To create this layout, I trimmed various coordinating papers into different size strips and adhered that to the left side of the page.  I then placed my photos on the opposite side of the page and did something I seldomly do. I did not add a lot of layers under them. I felt that I had enough going on with the strips on the left and instead, I chose to add some paint splatters, a few embellishments and sticker phrases that I thought perfectly related to her.

Look at her peeking up at me. As I mentioned in my journaling, it looks like she's saying "May I help you?"

The title fit perfectly in the little corner there between my photos.
 I split the journaling up on my layout bu actually cutting the journaling card in half and using one section in the upper left and the other in the bottom right. The journaling is tied together but not dependent on each other.