A Birthday Layout for a Special Dog

My Sweet Shih-tzu Annie recently turned 7 years old and this is the layout I made to memorialize that day.


Before you ask where the cute dog photos are, I’m sorry that isn’t being shared.  Trust me, she and her Shih-tzu sister are absolutely adorable.  But I am not one to want photos of myself or my loved ones all over the internet.  So, you’ll almost always get layouts minus photos from me.  I’m a protective mama bear.  Sorry.


The Title for this page was made by cutting 1″x1″ squares into triangles and stamping with the Brushstroke Alphabet set and cupcake from the Bella & Friends set.  I colored the cupcake with markers & gold Wink of Stella and then mounted the stamped triangles on Night of Navy cardstock triangles cut 1/8″ larger on all sides (Yes, I did hand cut them all) and strung them onto white bakers twine leaving about 3″ extra to hang freely on each side.


Little Bella from the Bella & Friends stamp set reminds me of Annie & is the perfect little embellishment for the page. I stamped her using Night of Navy ink onto a punched 1.75″ Whisper White circle with a  2″ Night of Navy punched circle mat; she’s just the cutest with a colored red heart collar!


A Journal tag was created from a 1.75″x4″ piece of Whisper White card stock.  Straight lines were drawn using the Cherry Cobbler Marker and hearts which were punched from the Cookie Cutter builder punch were added.  The circle with heart was created by punching again after the heart with the large circle from the Owl builder punch.

The Rest of the details for this layout page:

  • The Base Designer series paper is from the Floral Boutique collection.
  • Both photo mats are 4.25″x6.25″
  • The Cherry Cobbler Strip running down the left side is 1.25″x12″
  • The Cherry Cobbler behind the photo mats is 5.25″x9″
  • The journal tag was mounted on a 2″x4.25″ Night of Navy card stock.
  • A Project Life Black Journal Pen was used to journal.

Of course I took a lot more photos than one page would hold. So, page two of the double page layout spread follows:seventh-birthday-layout-2016-pg2

It is a rather simple complementary page. Containing the same base DSP and circle heart punched element and enough photo mats for my remaining photos of her cake, toys (Yes, if you read the journal tag that means squeeky balls!), and overall birthday experiences.

The Details/Dimensions:

  • This page layout has 6 photo mats in Night of Navy card stock.  1: 4.25″x6.25″, 2: 3.25″x4.25″, and 3: 3″x3″ mats. My photos will be 1/4″ on all sides smaller (4×6, 3×4, and 2.75×2.75)
  • The Cherry Cobbler strip running behind the 3 small 3″ squares is 1.25″x12″.
  • The Whisper White area under the photo mats on the right is 5″x10″
  • The Cherry Cobbler banner strip is 2″x11″.  I hand cut my banner ends, but Stampin’ Up! does have a fabulous banner punch for those who are uncomfortable doing so.  The trick to hand cutting is to find your center and cut up the depth you wish your banner to be and then from both points of paper cut at same angle to that center cut. I like that I can alter my banner tail sizes by just altering my depth and angle, but the banner punch is great if you don’t feel you can cut straight or on the same angle!

I know you’ll be seeing the Bella & Friends stamp set used again.  I adore the images in this set and having 2 whimsicle  shih-tzu girls I feel it was made just for me.  I can almost tell Bella’s personality based on these stamps!

If you are interested in purchasing Bella & Friends or any other items, I would love to be your demonstrator.  You can shop directly from my online Stampin’ Up! store by clicking HERE.

Until next time…


This Christmas DSP 2016 Scrapbook Layout

The more I use the This Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP is an SU!  term for patterned paper) out of the Stampin’ UP! Annual Catalog, the more I like it.  It is considered a specialty DSP because the weight of the paper is less than other DSP and card stock, but it is still a significant weight to hold up well.  The prints are great and I love that there are 24 sheets in the pack for $13.00 (US).  That is 4 each of the 6 double-sided designs.  I’ll be able to scrap a whole Christmas (I take A LOT of photos at Christmas time!) & still have some paper to make tags or cards.  I love that! It is item# 141628 if you are wondering.  I’m currently hoarding the music & snowflake prints for projects I have in my mind, but have started scrapbook pages with the rest.

Here is the first of my This Christmas DSP scrapbook layouts I’d like to share:


As you can see, I only used a bit of this DSP on this page.

In addition to being pleased with this DSP, I am also VERY Happy SU! is offering larger 12″x12″ coordinating card stock packs in this holiday mini catalog.  It allows a scrapbooker more flexibility than buying multi-packs with only 2 each of the same color.  The Warmth & Cheer 12″x12″ card stock pack item # 141992 in the holiday catalog comes with 10 each of 12″x12″ Cherry Cobbler card stock & 12″x12″ Garden Green cardstock  which match the This Christmas DSP.  This Warmth & Cheer 12″x12″ pack will be gone when the holiday catalog ends- So, don’t wait to stock up if you make your layouts after the holiday season!    There is also a coordinating 8.5″x11″ card stock pack (cherry cobbler, garden green, & very vanilla) in the annual catalog, which is perfect for mats, embellishments, and card bases.

I used one of the four Seasonal Decorative Masks, also in the holiday catalog (item#141848), randomly on the Cherry Cobbler base with Versamark and Clear Embossing Powder.  This embossed look gives texture & interest to this page and is one of the reasons I got away with so little DSP on this layout.

I also made the rather large gift as an embellishment and area for hidden photos or journaling (I’ll decide that later)-Because sometimes you want to remember & document a memory, but you don’t want everyone who looks through your scrapbook album to instantly see it as part of the page.


The Details:

  • Background card stock: Cherry Cobbler 12″x12″, embossed with Seasonal Decorative masks in 3 places (to provide texture/interest to photo mat area)
  • 1″x12″ strip of This Christmas DSP placed 1/2″ from left edge and allowing for 1″x11″ strip of coordinating This Christmas DSP to be tucked under approximately 1/8″
  • 2 photo mats in Garden Green card stock. 1: 4.25″x4.25″ and 1: 4.25″x6.25″
  • Gift Embellishment is made from a 4.25″x 9.75″ Garden Green card stock scored @4.25″&8.5″.  This Christmas DSP 4″x4″ and 1″x4″ was adhered to green base after folding to give the look of the gift.  An Early Espresso bow was created using the Sunshine wishes thinlets dies abstract flower.  A 1/2″x4.25″ Early Espresso strip finished the ribbon front and a velcro enclosure was added under this for opening and closing.
  • Below the photo mats 2 journal areas were created using Early Espresso and Very Vanilla card stock.  The Early Espresso Banners were made (both hand trimmed ends) from 5/8″x4.25″ & 5/8″x6.25″ to line up with the length of the mats.  The Very Vanilla strips were cut 3/8″x3.5″ & 3/8″x5.5″.

Of course this layout would look great for birthdays or other gift-giving celebrations too!  If any of you make this layout, I’d love to see your version in the comments. Changing up colors and patterns can make the same layout look completely different.  I frequently use layout designs I’ve made more than once in my scrapbooks and none of them look like repeats- Once I’ve gone to the trouble to make my own designs, it is nice to be able to reuse them!

Be crafty! 🙂

Until next time…