Love Life | Traditional Scrapbook Layout Featuring New Silhouette Chipboard

If you're counting, this makes three layouts in a row this week. Having fun and finding a groove.

Today I'm sharing a layout I made using Silhouette's new chipboard. Make sure you check out the Silhouette Portrait giveaway and special offers on my blog today (you are here on my projects blog). It's a great opportunity to pick up a Silhouette and some of their new chipboard using the code Edwards and this link.

Here's a look at the full page:

I started this layout knowing I wanted to go big with the Silhouette and the new chipboard and try cutting one of my Hello You Circles.

Last week I cut out a few different ones, thinking at first that I'd include three on my layout. Once I got going on the actual page I decided to just stick with the biggest one (it's about six inches across).

This chipboard is softer and not super thick. It's really just right for using with the Silhouette.

To edit the enlarged photo (8 inches x 12 inches and taken by my good friend Kim Ackerman) I used Photoshop and Rad Lab. I seriously can't say enough about Rad Lab - a program that applies filters to your photos. This one was using Homestead BW. Most often I just use the Lights On filter and it adds just enough brightness and lightness. I printed the photo on my Epson R2000.

I paired the photo with a strip of pattern paper from Elles Studio - Flowers 12X12 Serendipity Paper. To mellow out the pattern just a bit I did a light layer of off-white paint (knowing I wanted to write directly onto the pattern paper).

After tracing and cutting the chipboard with the Silhouette I painted it white and then added Black Opaque Zing Embossing Powder on top. I didn't have to paint it first but I did because my inital thought was to just add a painted element vs. an embossed one. At first I also thought I was going to use the Opaque White but I was out of it so I decided to do something different and go with black instead. For a tutorial on using my digital PNG files with the Silhouette go here.

I ended up backing the large circle with 8.5x11 Translucent Vellum and cutting around the edge to remove the excess vellum.

I used a Slick Writer and Precision Pens to hand-draw the lines and add my journaling. Letter stickers are Kelly Purkey White Alphabet.

That awesome ampersand can be found in the Snippets Punctuation Wood Veneer package.

I added a little piece of paper (no.1) cut from the strip along the bottom of the Elle's Studio pattern paper and added some Tim Holtz Chit Chat Word Stickers.

I added another little sentiment along the edge.


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PS | Want more layout inspiration? Don't forget to register for my new 12-week online workshop Hello Story. Get all the details and sign up here.

20 thoughts

  1. Sandra B.

    2013-05-08 09:59:02 -0400

    I like the peeking in/peeking out tone of your picture and layout. Thanks, as always, for sharing.

  2. Cathy L.

    2013-05-08 09:59:41 -0400

    I love the perspective of this photo, peeking in thru the doorway!

  3. laura g.

    2013-05-08 10:25:42 -0400

    wonderful layout! anna will look back at this one and be happy that you documented her playmate...i have some pics of my childhood friends that i treasure...still have a lot of them today...and i am 58 yrs. young...

  4. kelly X

    2013-05-08 10:50:14 -0400

    Great story!!

  5. Tori

    2013-05-08 10:51:37 -0400

    I love the little sentiment along the edge! Have you thought about making a few digital borders/frames with sentiments for play dates/playtime? That would be awesome!

  6. Jessica B

    2013-05-08 10:59:58 -0400

    Another great layout this week. Loving all the traditional layout inspiration.

  7. Leanne in CA

    2013-05-08 11:07:44 -0400

    Love it, thanks for sharing!

  8. Cynthia H

    2013-05-08 11:20:10 -0400

    This is hilarious!

  9. Liz

    2013-05-08 11:46:57 -0400

    just bought the chit chat Tim HOltz stickers the other day on a trek to the scrapbook store in honor of Nat'l Scrapbook Day... love those!

  10. Cele Schaffer

    2013-05-08 11:51:25 -0400

    This is beautiful! I have a stupid question but here goes--Do you use the help of a ruler or anything to draw the box around the whole photo or just go with it? I love that look!

  11. Kathy H

    2013-05-08 14:38:46 -0400

    I love your color choice of the patterned paper with the otherwise black & white look. Thanks for sharing your tips on getting special effects like mellowing out the patterned paper - it seems simple but those are things I love about your designs. Kudos to your friend on capturing such priceless expressions in the photo!

  12. JulieE

    2013-05-08 15:42:24 -0400

    So excited to see you doing LO's again! Great inspiration this week.

  13. Raylene

    2013-05-08 16:55:19 -0400

    Anna is looking so grown up and beautiful. . . . Happy Mother's Day!

  14. aliza

    2013-05-08 17:26:26 -0400

    I love the way you use big photos. I even got a large format printer for such purposes, but I have to train my brain to think in full page photos.

  15. Ruthablanch

    2013-05-08 17:46:28 -0400

    You are always such an inspiration! Love your work!

  16. StacyK

    2013-05-08 18:15:26 -0400

    love this layout. The colors and everything.

  17. Peggy

    2013-05-08 19:57:21 -0400

    LOVE THIS LAYOUT and little Anna looks just so cute!!! I love her expression on her face....AWE!!!

  18. glee

    2013-05-08 23:53:41 -0400

    she's getting so big; can't believe it!

  19. Petra

    2013-05-09 07:00:22 -0400

    The vellum on the back of the circle is just brilliant. I am also in love with big photos. Each time I see one of your layouts I soooo want a Silhouette but I worry that it will be a big time drain on just getting my PL done. what to do? what to do?....I'd really appreciate your thoughts :)

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