The Summer of the DIY projects….

Hi folks, I’m back today with layout to share with you, that’s been a long time coming.  I’ve had these photos printed and laying around for awhile, but it was Lori’s challenge to me last week, to scrapbook a layout with several photos, that I finally decided to get these documented.


Before we go any further though I want to establish, that if I’m going to scrapbook 6 photos on a layout, they are not going to be 4×6″ photos.  That just doesn’t leave me enough canvas to adorn and embellish, and besides that – the eye needs places to rest on a page to be able to appreciate the photos themselves.


The next thing I’m going to show you is one of the techniques we learned about in last Saturday’s DIY Embellishments class.  There are so many patterned papers out there that when looked at with a different eye, present many cool options for fussy cutting and becoming an embellishment, like this floral outline paper.

And how about those GORRRgeous rose gold handled scissors right???  American Crafts.  Available in the store.  You can have a pair for your own.



The next thing to address are these luscious stamped title letters!  They are the Tim Holtz Ideology cling foam stamps and lemme tell you baby, they are the bomb dot com!!  First off, they aren’t even expensive!  Especially when compared to rubber or acrylic alphabet stamps.  Secondly, they are actually meant for paint, but I just got them and I have no paint with me and I was determined to use them so ink it was!  They stamped and washed off beautifully!  I heat embossed the letters in black and the rich, embossed texture is divine!  And what I especially love is how close together you can stamp them.  I have several sets of rubber or acrylic alphabet stamps – even ones that include multiples of each letter so that you can stamp a word or phrase as a whole.  Invariably, they have “lip” of rubber or acrylic that prevents you being able to bump the letters close together to either save space, or just look better aesthetically.  These letters don’t have any edge at all.  What you see is what you get.  I will definitely be getting lots of use out of these.diy2

On each pair of photos, I typed a label with a short description of each project  we tackled.


It was a summer that included a number of cottage painting projects besides these shown here, and I have to say…my arthritic hands are very glad to have all these projects behind them.

Some of the supplies I used are the Golden Days paper line (the woodgrain background paper), Dear Lizzy, Lovely Day paper for the floral die cuts, Simple Stories Bloom and Grow for the little patterned paper sticker strips, Fancy Pants Office Suite for the circle, postage stamp and tab die cuts and the black hearts are by Jot.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great rest of your day!

0 thoughts on “The Summer of the DIY projects….

  • Firstly, thanks for accepting my challenge … and completed so quickly.  🙂  And … Wow, I am so impressed with those stamps, awesome!  Your projects … amazing!  One day you must do a video of your cottage … would love to see.  
    The layout is fabulous … lots of pictures and looks divine!

  • I think you won this challenge Norine !!  Love the layout, at first I thought the title was done with sticker letters but was proved wrong when I read about the stamps. The letters are so sharp and crisp !  Wonder what challenge Lori has for you next  ha ha ha

  • I love the stamps used! And I have been using some techniques you taught us last week in my layouts this week. Thanks for some more inspiration to use my paper in different ways.

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