No Smiling | Traditional Scrapbook Layout


I'm finding that it's a process to get back in the habit of thinking in terms of layouts rather than Project Life® pockts. I've gotten used to working in those pockets so regularly that it works my brain a different way to do traditional pages.

Anybody else find that to be true?

My mind and my eye approaches it differently. There's more choices (and more freedom) to be made with traditional layouts. Actually I guess that depends on your approach to Project Life® as many people treat each canvas as it's own layout. Obviously no right or wrong, just commentary on my own personal observations.

This year I'm wanting to create a layout a week. With that in mind I scrolled back through my photos and came across this one from last November when my sister Jessica & Jeffrey & Gabrielle were here for Thanksgiving.

INSPIRATION | Last week I pinned this image knowing I wanted to play around with some larger type on an upcoming layout and figured the Silhouette would come into play. I also downloaded the PeachMilk font from which is a fun hand-cut title. I also saw a layout last week that played with white on white with stitching on top (which of course I can't seem to locate now).

Here's what I ended up with:


I had a super hard time photographing and editing this page - too light, too dark, etc. Maybe it's a sign I need to use a different color of cardstock other than white.


I also had a challenging time adjusting the color in the photo. This was mainly due to the white house next to the white cardstock. The white of the house was definitely not the same white as the white cardstock and the photo just kept coming out yellow.

I used RadLab (+ Photoshop) to change the photo to black and white and then also tried again using one of the filters in RadLab that darkens the edges around the photo. That option ended up seeming the best. I'll admit that this was super frustrating to me and I almost bagged the whole thing.


But I didn't.

I worked through it.

Above each of the kids heads I added a Studio Calico Essentials letter sticker for their initial and added a couple of those great white phrase stickers from MAMBI.


Here's what I did for the cut-out letters:

ONE | I set up the phrase "No smiling" using the Silhouette software and the PeachMilk font from

TWO | I ran three different pattern papers through the machine so that I could mix and match them when I brought it all together. Papers included: Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm Doting Dots and Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party Warm Welcome and Crate Paper Sunscreen.

The diagonal lines on the pattern paper I used for the "O" were a great home for my journaling.


After cutting out the "no smiling" phrase I used the same phrase and cut it out on the top and the bottom of a 12x12 white sheet of cardstock (using the Silhouette Cameo). I adhered that main piece of cardstock to another piece for the back. That was the white on white I was going for on this layout.

For a little added "something" I machine stitched a couple lines in orange across the top and bottom of the layout.


Around the edge I used my Just Awesome stamps and the Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm Rolling Stamp (in stock at Two Peas) along with three new inks from Studio Calico's Color Theory line: Orange County, Mint Hint, and Well Red. After stamping those sentiments I drew the lines and wrote "love you Simon" around the edge.


A little spray ink (Mister Huey's Sherbet) was added along the top and bottom of the page - I covered the rest of the content  (photos and cut-out letters) with cardstock while I sprayed.


I was intentionally going for the thicker droplets of paint here - the best way I can describe how to do that is to not push the spray bottle top all the way down. I found by just pushing it down a bit I was able to get those bigger drops vs. a finer mist.


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