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Thursday, December 31, 2015


Today, I'm sharing a layout that I created for the CSI design team. This little photo of my sister-in-law's dog, Moses, is too cute to not scrapbook, and I can just imagine what he would say to Santa if asked, "This year, have you been naughty or nice?" You can  read the reply from Moses at the very bottom of the post. 

What an honor it is to be on the very talented design team at CSI! When you get through looking around at Color Stories Inspiration, be sure to check out the Blue Fern Studios Blog. These two sites will give you tons of inspiration. I adore the BFS products! 

The first thing I do is create an interesting background for my layouts. Here, you can see where I stamped a brick design to draw the eye to the background. Over the stamping I used modeling paste and a stencil for texture. 

I painted the chipboard piece with gesso and let it dry before adhering it onto the paper. More masking and use of modeling paste in the area behind the word, "Joy".

Now, who could not love a face like that? Moses is almost as cute as our Gracie! I painted the papers to be fanned with gesso to add a little softness. Then, I  popped them up for a 3-D effect. 

For another layer of interest, I sprinkled embossing powder in an area where I wanted to draw attention and heat embossed it. 

One of my favorite techniques is to pop up a pretty element of the paper for a 3-D effect. After all the background work and dimensional elements were finished, I added the embellishments. 

Blue Fern Studios chipboard, clear
      stamp, Vintage Christmas collection paper
Crafter's Workshop stencil
Liquitex modeling paste
Petaloo flowers

More products: 

Prima flower 
Pro Art Gesso
Recollections flowers and pop dots
Stampendous embossing materials
StazOn Ink

The journaling reads, "Santa, I know that I often have a guilty look on my face. I do get into trouble some days, but I really am nice deep down inside my doggie heart. My person says I am a joy."

Thanks to my blogging and scrapbooking friends for leaving a comment! 


  1. Just such a treat to see the various products you use on your pages. Always nice dimension, too! Love the popped-up house. Wonderful details, fun photo. Are you gifting this LO to your SIL? She will flip! HAPPIEST of New Years, sweet friend.

  2. Thanks for your kind words, Shawn! Yes, I will give it to my SIL. Not sure what she will do with it....perhaps an album or a shadowbox.