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Favorite story |Christin Grønnslett

Favorite story |Christin Grønnslett


Hello everyone. Christin here with a layout with the wonderful Take Note Collection.


Back to school is usually in the fall so I used a lovely blue leafy background to go wiht the layout. Since the papers under the white leaves are so dark I wanted to keep the background much lighter.


I cut out one whole piece of the mat for the cutfile and didn’t adhere it completely to the white leaves giving it some extra dimemsion


It might not show much but this falls favorite book is Alice in Wonderland and sitting enjoying the book outside. I used mrag cards and library card pockets for my layers under the photo and even placed the photo inside a pocket.


The bookmarks are perfect too for layers. I only trimmed the ribbon slightly at the top.


I used the cork paper as a background to get an extra frame feeling and stitched all around the edge. It might be time consuming, but it gives the layout just a little bit extra.  If I feel I need more contrast I add a dark color along the edge, but if I have enought contrast like in this layout I go for a much lighter color when picking thread.

Collection used: Take note


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Boo | Zsoka Marko

Boo | Zsoka Marko


Zsoka here with you today with some Halloween inspiration.

We don’t celebrate Halloween here. Well many families do, but I’m wondering if they even know what it is about? It is not a European holiday…

The only thing I do, if I don’t forget, is buy some pumpkins so the kiddo and I can carve some. It’s so easy to do, last year I had to promise him that this year we buy more so we are not ready with carving in 10 minutes! He loves it so much and was very proud he could easily do it alone. He carved the face, I carved Boo. I remember taking several pictures last year but I can’t for the life of me find them. The only one I found is the one I posted on Instagram (Instagram is good for something ha!). So that is what I used for my layout.

The new Spellbound collection is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! I absolutely love everything about it. I’ve always loved the purple added in the Halloween lines but the additional mint is just so super awesome! If you buy only one Halloween collection, you really have to get this one! 20170923_163202FINALbanner

I chose a pumpkin cut file from the Silhouette Design Store for my main design element. I backed the pumpkins with two different orange papers and the leaves with some other papers from the collection. I added foam adhesive to the back so I could tuck my picture and a couple of die cuts under it.


I also tucked some tags and die cut pieces under my photo and attached a couple to my photo as well, using my tiny attacher. I love that spider web! |And I think my favorite pieces in the ephemera pack are the bats; they come in different colors, black, purples and mint. I added a few of those here too.


For my title I also chose a die cut piece that says Boo – I love the font and I like the fact that it is not big! As a last step I wrote my journaling below the spiderweb on the right side, added my date on a label at the bottom left and splattered some black ink around the page.



This is the second Halloween page I have ever made and I kept thinking while I was working on it that I wish I had more photos! Only because I love love love this collection!

I hope I could inspire you somehow, even though I’m not a pro on this topic!

Thanks for stopping by today, have a wonderful day!


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Look Who’s Back | Zsoka Marko

Look Who’s Back | Zsoka Marko


Hi there friends,

 Zsoka here with you today with another layout I made with the awesome Family&Co collection! This plaid paper is my absolute favourite! I love the bright colors in it.

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I decided to go with a die cut title. I just selected a font and then typed up my title. I drew two rectangles and welded my letters with them, one for the top, one for the bottom of the layout. I glued these in place then hand stitched around them, using two different color floss, orange and dark teal.

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My son lost his favorite toy, a hand puppet called Mr.Yummy (actually he is called Mr. Jummy in Dutch – he was the mascot of Sultana in Holland) during our summer holiday. He was so extremely upset, he just kept crying for days. We were all heart broken because I got Mr. Yummy when I was pregnant and he was with Maxim for almost 9 years. The hotel didn’t seem to care very much so I contacted Sultana and told them about what happened. They didn’t have the hand puppet we had but they had one that is a backpack and a hand puppet in one! They mailed it to Maxim’s grandpa in Holland, his dad picked it up and when Maxim arrived back from my parents’ we took it to the airport with us. He was sooo very happy, he just kept saying how adorable Mr. Yummy is :). We are incredibly grateful to Sultana! This is what this layout documents.

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I printed two 3×4 photos and placed them in the middle of the page. I layered some tissue paper and different patterned papers behind my photos to mat them. Then I added some die cut pieces around my photo and used a tag for my journaling. Actually I combined two tags to make my own.

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Thank you for stopping by today!

Till next time,


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Dream Big | Christin Gronnslett

Dream Big | Christin Gronnslett


Hello everyone. Christin here today to share with you a fall layout I made with the Dream Big collection.

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The colors in the Dream Big collection made me think of fall and I pulled out this lovely rich colored photo from last year.  Have I ever mentioned how much I love fall. The colors, the smell, the leaves. I just don’t like that it’s getting
colder…..  With all the colors in the photo I really wanted to both use them as a base for both my background and the papers I picked out.


I used a watercolor pallette full of earth tones like gold, copper, champagne,
grey and a few dots of green and blue.



I cut out the patterned using my Cameo in the shape of a maple leaf. To get some
dimension I cut 3 layers. First the bottom layer – a whole piece of the leaf,
then I cut out a white leaf and then the red leaf in the same size as the
white.  I didn’t want them to align perfectly but more random.



I did the same thing with two smaller leaves – added three layers an stapled them



I used a patterned paper around the edge for the white paper and stitched around
it. I used all 6 strands of thread (not to be recommended…) and had to go look
into our toolbox to find something to drag the needle up an down to avoid more
blisters on my finger.


My daughter is really shining in this photo – with both the light and the fact that
she lost a tooth and I thought the puffy stickers Shine on were a perfect fit.
As you can see the Fancy Pants collections are really versatile.

Collections used:Dream Big


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Back to School | Christin Gronnslett

Back to School | Christin Gronnslett


Hello everyone. Christin here today.I can’t believe that school has started, where did the summer go ?? This year my kids started 3rd and 5th grade. They are getting so big. Where did the time go ?

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I used the Family & Co collection for this Back to school layout.


Since I see my kids as star students I had to pick a star to go behind the photos. I used my Cameo and cut out a star and placed a patterned paper behind the star.   I like to use a little brighter colors on the background than on the patterned paper that I pick out – that way you get a softer transition and the papers and photos will stand out a little more.


It was the  alphabet tag that inspired me to make a back to school layout.  To add a little more school themed I added some puffy stickers with the weeks days on in a half circle around the bottom part of my title.


I used a black papers from the Sweet Nothings collection to cut out the title Back to school. I placed one part above the
photo and one below the photo.


I added a few layers of papers – a mix from the 6×6 papers to get smaller patterns and from the big papers to make the picture stand out even more.

Thanks for joining me on the blog today.

Collections used: SweetNothings, Family & Co


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My Favorite | Zsoka Marko

My Favorite | Zsoka Marko


setp 11Zsoka back with you today with a new layout! I haven’t worked with the awesome Family&Co collection yet (which by the way is on sale now at Make a pretty life), so I thought it was about time I do! I love the colors in this line!

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I’ve wanted to use the Lotus lace background cut file from Just Nick in like forever, and I was determined to make it work even though it has nothing to do with my photo. But actually more often than not I use random cut files.

I cut it from white cardstock as usual and backed all flowers the same way, with the same 5 papers. I arranged these papers in a rainbow kind of order, from light to dark, if that makes sense.

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I then adhered the cut file to my background, for which I chose this stunning light blue paper. To bring out the turquoise in the petals more, I added a strip of the same paper to the left side of my page. I used this as a mat for my big title.

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I layered two tags and some tissue paper behind my photo. I added a couple of puffy stickers, labels and die cuts on and around my photo. I wanted to keep embellishing to a minimum since the background is busy enough already. There’s so many amazing embellies in this collection again, it was hard to choose only a couple!

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I stamped the date and wrote the location on a die cut. I didn’t add journaling because this picture is a part of a photo series and I would write the same thing on all of them!

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I hope you like this layout!

Thanks for stopping by today and happy crafting!


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