Iris Fox's Blog Posts

Hello friends, Iris here.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year, the time to do some Christmas scrapping!  

I’m delving into documenting our tree picking traditions with the Merry & Bright collection. I wanted to play with the smaller scale patterns of the 6x8 paper pad and some of those cute frames from the Tags & Frames pack, so I made those the focus of my layout with a layered design.

I started by picking my photos and printing them at 2x3 inches and 2x2 inches to fit my two favorite frames from the pack.  To add a little bit of texture and whimsy, I added a border of tiny pompoms to the smaller frame.  

For my background I picked the green plaid side of the Joy & Happiness paper.  I cut the papers into 2x2 squares and overlapped them randomly along with the framed photos until I reached a point where they looked balanced.  The rectangular die-cut of the truck carrying a tree from the Bits & Pieces pack was a great addition to the layers.  I cut the scalloped buffalo plaid border sticker from the Combo Sticker sheet, tucking a bit under the truck and another bit above the right photo frame. These little bits echo the left frame, providing a visual triangle.  

I added chipboard, flat stickers, and puffy stickers along many of the seams of the layers, with an emphasis on the Christmas trees.

I typed my journaling on vellum because I didn’t want a bunch of white strips taking too much visual weight away from the layers. Before sticking the journaling on, I splattered white mist up and down in line with the larger photo.  Directly at the bottom of the column of splatters, I used one of the die-cuts as my title at the very edge of the page, cutting off the bottom.  The final touch was to stitch a double line of machine stitching along the entire edge of the page.

The Merry & Bright collection has the loveliest mix of traditional and modern.  I love all the plaid, the brush script, and the cute icons in this collection, and I know you will too.


Hello friends, Iris here on the blog today.  Fall is our family's favorite season. We're eager for Fall as soon as school starts, but here in California, some years it comes a bit late.  So I was tickled when I saw The Cut Shoppe's Finally Fall cut file that includes the "Feeling Fallish" sentiment. It makes the perfect title for this story about my daughter playing in a pile of leaves in December.  Since she's wearing a non-fall colored shirt, the oranges and pinks of the Forever Fall line made it easy to scrap this photo.

My goal was to emphasize vertical movement. On my background I splattered pink, orange, and teal inks starting from the top and widening towards the bottom of the page so that they mimic how leaves fall and scatter downward.  I printed my photo tall and skinny (3" x 6") and matted it in the stripey Get Cozy paper.  Stripes are always so fun for photo mats and I love that this one includes all the colors. I anchored my photo with a bit of the diagonal striped washi.

To back my vertical title, I used some of the rectangular stickers from the 4x6 Stickers pack. I don't normally turn to those. They seem well suited for planners, but my planner doesn't have blocks of spaces.  So I was thrilled to finally use them! They fit perfectly in the narrow openings of this cut file and the tiny scale of the patterns means you can still see the designs.  I love hand stitching on my layouts but hadn't done much of it recently, so after I was sure of the title's placement, I used my hole piercer on the scripty word, snipped it off the top of the title, and hand stitched directly on the background in a dark orange thread that matches.

Raining down above my photo are a cascade of die-cut and sticker banners and leaves. I filled a couple of the blank banners with heart stickers and randomly machine stitched through some of them. 

I hand wrote my journaling to the right side of the photo to balance out the large title on the left. For a bit of texture on this side, I stapled a little strip of cording that I knotted. To continue the vertical design all the way to the bottom, my date is stamped on a die-cut in the space below the photo, finished off with a heart sticker.

Since my photo and the embellishments skew towards the right, I felt the left side needed something more. I added a thin strip of the stripey paper along the left edge of the layout, tucked a small word sticker under it, and as the final touch, stapled another piece of the cording above the words, to repeat how the cording is above my journaling.

I just can't get enough of the Forever Fall collection.  It's so versatile to capture all the Fall (and Fallish) memories, even when our kids aren't wearing the traditional seasonal colors!


This is halloween, this is halloween... Anyone else have that song stuck in their heads constantly in October? :D Hello lovelies, Iris here sharing a layout using the Simply Vintage Halloween collection.  I love all the traditional colors and especially the stripes and plaids in this collection. 

The photos I chose are of my two girls and our next door neighbor back from trick-or-treating when they were littles, sampling and sorting through their candy.  That's the best part of the night, amiright?!  Because my youngest was wearing a non-traditional color, I wanted to bring some of that into my layout.  So I started off with a sheet of watercolor paper, using Distress Oxide Inks (candied apple, spiced marmalade, worn lipstick, hickory smoke) to paint a background and add splatters.  Just a few sprinkles of the pink help that one photo blend in nicely.

Once dry, I cut the watercolor sheet down to 9"x10.5" rectangle to give it some interest and I backed it with the stripe side of the Trick or Treat paper, which has been cut to 11"x11". To brighten up the layout and concentrate the eye on the center of the page, I further backed the entire thing with white cardstock.  This gives me the opportunity to have ruffled layers but keep the layout looking fresh rather than busy.

I clustered my three photos, each matted in a different paper.  I'm a sucker for tabs and word strips, so I added those up and down the photos, and tucked in a ticket for good measure.

A banner from the sticker sheet - there are tons of great banners in this collection - connects the photos to the chipboard title.  I tucked two halves of a doily on either side of the top layer. I always think of doilies appropriate for vintage designs, yet they are trendy and modern too, so they can work with any look you're going for.  And they look like delicate spiderwebs.

A couple die-cuts peek out on the doilies, and tucked-under chipboard stars form a visual triangle. Because this layout is about the children enjoying their candy, I sprinkled some enamel dots (remember the candy dots from our childhoods?) within the star clusters. They are subtle but add interest. More Oxide sprinkles continue on the bottom cardstock layer to tie it all together.

Making this layout brought back so many Halloween memories that I'm excited to scrapbook.  What memories will you scrap with the Simple Vintage Halloween?