Sahlin Studio-Yearly Snapshots 2017

Hello! I am back with you today to share a yearly family memory keeping tradition.  At the beginning of every year I like to document where my kids are in life.  I like to record their interests and favorite foods along with a photo and a handprint.  I love that years from now I can look back and have a quick  yearly snapshot of each of my kids.

Candace Perkins Boys Intro 2017 I Sahlin Studio

Because I have four busy boys I like to make this process as streamlined as possible.  Digital to the rescue!  By using digital templates I am able to quickly enter the information for each boy and slide in an adorable photo.

Candace Perkins Boys Intro 2017-2 I Sahlin Studio

For the handprint I used card stock and adhered it to the opposite side of the photo.  This year I decided to add a little dimension to each layout by combining the digital word stamps with letters stickers for each boys name.  The boys placed their handprint on the center of the paper using acrylic paint.  This is “hands down” my favorite part of the project.  I love seeing their little handprints grow over the years!

Candace Perkins Boys Intro 2017-3 I Sahlin Studio

On the front of each photo I added a star brad and a little, white word strip to add just a little more dimension.  I always like to add a little something to my digital projects to make it feel a little more handmade.

There it is, another year in the books!  I place these snapshots in the front of my project life album right behind the yearly title page.  Year after year I adore this project, I adore the memories and the moments captured.  It is never too late to start!  Give this a try in your next album.

Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day!

Make sure you stop by the Sahlin Studios blog to get a free download to document your family’s currents!



Products Used: Photo Journal No. 3All About This (Digital Stamps)Vellum Alpha,

The Cut Shoppe-We’re this Together

Hello!  Most people who follow me and my work know that I love to work with circles.  So anytime I have a chance to work with a circle cut file you know it is going to quickly become my new favorite!  Today is no different, I am in love with the new Geo Globe cut file from The Cut Shoppe.


To start the layout I brought the file into my Silhouette software and created a bunch of different sizes of the Geo Globe.  Next, I clustered the circles together and made sure they were slightly overlapping so I could weld them together and create one cut file.  I cut the file out of white cardstock then backed the file with some beautiful paper from Felicity Jane.


I wanted to create lots of dimension on the layout so I adhered dimensional adhesive to the back of the patterned paper.  I used a circle punch in 2″ and 3″ to cut few more circles out of various patterned paper and to cut out my photo.


For the additional circles I varied how much dimensional adhesive I used to create a little more interest and texture.


To finish off the layout I added a few chipboard circles and enamel dots along with a few coordinating word strips.  I used a simple date stamp to document the month our photo was taken.


Such a fun layout to create!  I love the mix of light and dark colors along with the vellum.  I also love that all the colors are connected by the repetition of circles.  Give this a try on your next layout and make sure that you tag The Cut Shoppe so we can swoon over your creations!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a beautiful day!


Elle’s Studio-Love You

Hello!  Today I am over on the Elle’s Studio blog sharing my very first design team project.  I am so excited to be spending the next year with you sharing how I document my family’s memories using the fabulous Elle’s Studio goodies!

For today’s project I wanted to focus on the adorable coordinating stamp set available this month, the All My Heart stamp set.   I adored the script “Love You” sentiment and wanted to use it as a title on my layout.


Instead of just stamping on my layout I wanted to add a little dimension so I decided to create a cut file out of the stamp.  To create the file I simply stamped the sentiment on white cardstock with black ink.  Next, I took a photo of the sentiment and opened the jpg in Silhouette software.  I traced the stamped image and cut it out normally on black card stock six times.  I layered the cuts on top of each other to create dimension and adhered it to the center of my layout.


To create the interactive flaps on the layout I created a box in Silhouette then erased the top cut line.  I cut the flaps out of the beautiful woodgrain paper from the Sunny Days collection and adhered it down to the 12×12 white base.


I used the tag die and Celebrate stamp to to make flipping up the boxes easier and a little more cute!  Under each flap I used the Malia numbers to document my boys age and then typed a few of their favorites right now.


I added a photo of each of my boys and embellished the box with one of the cute wood veneer Love Ya circles from this months add-on.


To bring a little more color and interest to the front of they layout I stitched an acrylic star with yellow and green thread right above the title.


On the front of each flap I punched out a 1 inch circle from white card stock then used the black alpha stickers to place my boys first initial in the center.  I added a little heart stamp in the same color of card stock that is backing the journaling on the inside of the flap.

I love the final spread!  I love adding interactive projects into my memory keeping, (my boys love it too)!  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Links to all the goodies I used are below.  Have a beautiful day!


Products Used: All my heart stamp, Love Ya wood veneers, Tab die, Celebrate stamp, Sunny Days 12×12 paper, Sunny Days 6×6 paper, Letter & Number stickers -Black.

Pretty Little Studio-Explore

Hello friends!  I am over on the Pretty Little Studio blog today to sharing another traveler’s notebook spread.  I have been adoring documenting our family’s memories and jotting down ideas in this little book.  For today’s project I wanted to create a little pocket to hold my journaling and photos.


I created the little pocket by stitching together 2×2 squares from the Woodland collection then stitching down the 3 bottom edges to the notebook.


Using a tag die I cut the picture and 3 pieces of white card stock to tuck inside the pocket.


On each tag I used the Tree Bark numbers and a simple word strip to act as jumping off points for my journaling to my boys.  To add a little detail and color to the tags I added a strip of rose washi tape to the bottom edge.


For the left side of my spread I adhered a piece of Spider Web vellum and a wood veneer circle sentiment from Color Cast Designs.


I love how the final spread turned out!  Woodland is still my favorite collection from Pretty Little Studio.  I just adore all the coordinating colors and embellishments.  You can check out the whole collection here or use the links below for the specific items I used in my project.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a beautiful day!



Products Used: Woodland:  8×8 Paper pad, Vellum: Spider Web, Stickers: Mini ABC Tree BarkWanderlust Words,  Vellum Tape: Rose

Elle’s Studio-January Kit Reveal

Hi!  It is January 10th and that means it is reveal day at Elle’s Studio!   The January kit is full of perfect cards and elements to document the new year.  Here is a look at the whole kit that you can get today for $9.99, normally $11.99.  Elle also now has we a subscription option available to those who want to be guaranteed a kit each month, and you can lock in the launch day special price of $9.99, and receive FREE (USA) or reduced (International) shipping on anything added to their box each month on the 10th.  Awesome deal!


Every month in addition to the kit there are lots of add ons that you can add to your box.  This month there is lots of fun Valentine themed embellishments and stamps.  My favorite this month is definitely the beautiful puffy stickers…. ACK! I could just die!  LOVE!


Here is a look at the coordinating digital files for January.  These are all fabulous and you can always edit the colors in Photoshop to match each of your projects.


This month there is also a set of Valentine journal cards!


Here is a look at two of the projects I created this month using the January kit and extras!


For this project life spread I wanted to take a look back on 2016 and used my favorite stamp of all time, Dated Stamp Set.  Under each stamped date I added a 2.50 x 2.50 photo from that month and a few journal cards from the exclusive January kit.


I added a few of the die cuts from the kit, along with the extra stickers and acrylic hearts as embellishments around the spread.



For the title card I used the Jonah Stamp set for a clean, streamlined look.


My second project is a simple 8.50 x 11 spread telling an important story.  I wanted the photo and words to be the focus of this spread so it is light on embellishments, but BIG on love.


To add interest to the layout I used a mixed title.  I mixed the alpha stickers in yellow with the Jonah stamp set.  For my sub title I used a 3×4 journal card from the kit.


I added the journaling to the spread using my typewriter.  To add a little more style to the bottom of the layout I added a few strips of paper and an adorable wood veneer heart.


Thanks for stopping by today!  Links to all the products are in blue above and let me know if you have any questions!  Have a beautiful day!



Sahlin Studio-Adding Dimension to Hybrid Layouts

Today I wanted to share a tip on adding dimension to your hybrid spreads.  Over the past few years hybrid scrapbooking has really taken off.  I love the combination of digital and physical elements.  One of the reasons that I like to mix the mediums is because I love to have texture and dimension on my creations.  I like to have elements that can be felt and seen from different angles.  This ultimately will make your spreads more interactive and interesting.

Here is a look at the digital spread I created with the photo block template in the store.  I added a few papers and elements from the Chesterfield collection, and the Vellum “P” for our last name Perkins to match the theme and feel of my photos.


I sent this 12×12 spread to a local printer and had them print off 2 copies.


Next, I cut all the photos on one 12×12 spread.


I arranged the photos across the spread and picked out the photos that would look best with added dimension.


Using the photos I measured out and cut adhesive backed foam.  Using a whole piece of foam will add stability across the entire photo as opposed to using just foam squares that can often lead to sagging of the photo.


I adhered down the dimensional photos right on top of the other photos on the flat 12×12 spread.


You can decide how much dimension you would like.  If you would like a little more dimension you can just double the foam.


I placed the final spread in a 12×12 frame for our wall!  I love the final spread and the added dimension and interest of the photos.  Give it a try on your next hybrid layout.  Have a beautiful day!


The Cut Shoppe-Holiday Favorites

Hello friends!  I am over on The Cut Shoppe blog today sharing a new project using the beautiful Stained Glass cut file.  While last week I used just one circle in the file, this week I decided to use the file as a full background for my project.

I love the look of white on white especially when it comes to cut files.  I love that it adds texture and dimension to a project without adding too much distraction.

For my project I adhered the cut file down to the center of my travelers notebook leaving the sides of the cut file free.

I added a few tags and journaling cards to the right side of my layout underneath my cute family’s Christmas photo booth picture.

On the left side of the spread I added a journaling card with a few notes about our family’s holiday favorites.

I added just a few details around the page like the puffy stickers, acrylic pieces and labels.  By adding small embellishments around the spread it helps to balance the colors and designs.

I love the added detail and interest the background file adds to the spread.  Give this a try on your next spread and make sure to share it with us!

Have you heard that it is even easier to play all along with our monthly Cut it Out Challenge?

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a beautiful day!