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Scrapbook Your Best Gift

Day 16 Full Alice BollThis layout was inspired by a prompt for LOAD217 Greek Mythology.

The challenge was to scrapbook the best gift you’ve ever given or received.

I decided immediately to focus on one of my favourite gifts from childhood, my Barbie dollhouse.


Let’s look at the details.

My first dilemma.


I couldn’t find a photo of my Barbie dollhouse, or of myself playing with it. I was so disappointed. Then I noticed that it was in the background of a couple of pictures of my little brother that I’d taken as a child.

Sure… it’s my brother, not me, but it was the best I had, so I thought they’d work!

I found some gorgeous paper from My Mind’s Eye. It’s pink and has glitter on it, with a diamond pattern. (Did you see My Mind’s Eye’s booth at Creativation?)

My second dilemma.

I knew I had a wood veneer word, “awesome” but I was sad that it wasn’t a good colour for the gold and pink layout I wanted to create. The word is from Heidi Swapp. (Did you see Heidi’s booth at Creativation?)


But I wasn’t going to let a little thing like the word being green slow me down. I pulled out my embossing powder and ink pad. I inked the word directly with the Versamark pad, sprinkled the gold embossing powder on top, and melted it.

*Want tips for embossing? I have a couple of embossing videos that will help: How to Emboss with Stamps and 3 Quick Tips: How to Know when Embossing is Complete


The gold embossing makes it slightly shiny and it was perfect!

Next I found some great little sparkly pink letters to complete the title.


I really liked where this was going, but decided that I wanted to bring more gold into the page.

I decided to frame the layout with gold metallic paper.

I trimmed an inch off of the top and side of the pink diamond patterned paper. I also cut a large square out of the center of the gold paper, so that I wouldn’t waste so much of the gorgeous specialty paper when I just needed an edge around the layout. (Plus I can be frugal once in a while!)


I started fiddling with my golden embellishments. I really loved the pink heart in the corner, but the words “LOVE IT” are a bright white, and it was bugging me. I decided it would be good to put a strip of gold shiny over the heart, like a banner. I had a couple of great banners in an embellishment kit, but I needed another one.


I decided to cut this frame apart and make the bottom into the banner that I needed.

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It turned out just the way I wanted!

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I’ll confess, adding those little pink letters kind of sucked. They needed to be glued down and I wanted to make sure they were straight and not all crazy and crooked. Thankfully my clear ruler helped with this a lot! I was able to line them up along the edge of the ruler while I used Liquid Glass as glue to stick each letter down.

I decided that I had too much to say to easily fit it in my own handwriting, so I printed my journaling on the computer. I was able to make the journaling wrap around a shape in the word document so that the words would not be hidden behind the golden heart.

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That’s it! The page was done.

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I’m really happy with how the page turned out. It tells a story I’ve wanted to tell for a long time, I found some photos with my Barbie house in them, even if they weren’t perfect, they were good, and I was happy with how the gold and pink look on this page.

What is your favourite gift? Is it something you’ve given or received? Is it a physical gift or something a bit more abstract? Share your story in the comments… and then go and scrapbook it!

Let your creativity shine!



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