Lisa Saunders's Blog Posts

Hi, it's Lisa scrapbooking my Fall memories with you today.
To us, Disneyworld is at it's best during Fall. It's so beautifully decorated.  I really wanted to capture some Disney memories on this layout today.  I pulled out a couple of photos and then pulled out the colours from the 'Vintage Blessings' collection to compliment my photos. 
The soft pretty doilee paper 'Home Sweet Home' makes a beautiful frame for my layout. I cut the white 12x12 cardstock down a little to be able to create that framed look.
I then worked around my photos using the 4x6 elements, the Bits & Pieces pack, the 12x12 sticker sheet and the 6x12 chipboard. Layering everything up, it just all works so well together.
I really enjoy combining the stickers, bits & pieces and the chipboard. I like to have the raised chipboard next to the flat stickers for example. It just adds depth and interest to the page.  I also added a sticky foam pad to the back of the larger floral sticker allowing me to layer it over the smaller floral sticker on the page.
I had so much fun creating the pretty Fall layout.  I hope you will have lots of fun creating your own.   


Hello! It's Lisa here today.
Everyone may be getting excited about Fall now, but I'm still holding on to those precious Summer memories and documenting our wonderful family Disney vacation.
I just love a collection that I can use for many subjects. This 'Vintage Blessings' collection works so well for me as I've been happily using it on my Fall photos, but it also works on Summer photos here due to the pretty pinks and aquas. 

I pulled out some of the pretty Summer tones from this range to work with our vacation photos.
Seeing the little set of suitcases in the 'Bits & Pieces' pack made me really happy as they go so well with my page. There was so much in the pack that I could use on my Summer layout.
The 4x6 sticker pack also worked really well and I was able to use quite a few of the phrase stickers.
I generally can't create a layout without getting the paints out.
For this page, I used a really old leaf stamp and painted it with acrylic paint and stamped it on to the pink dotty 'Gather Together' paper. I then cut around the stamped image. I love how this has worked as I can still see the pretty pink paper through the paint and around the edges. It worked out really well.
I am really happy with my Summer page. It brings back lots of happy Summer memories to me.  So whilst you are enjoying that Fall feeling, don't forget to continue documenting your Summer memories too. 


Hello, it's Lisa here today with a rather magical post.
Let's face it, anything Disney related is magical, right?! And that's how this Say Cheese III collection makes me feel. Magical!

I have two projects to share with you today using this collection. I have a layout and a minibook where I will share my secrets with you....the success of making mini books.

I'm going to start with the ' Meeting the Mouse' layout.
I cut down some white card stock so that it could be framed on the cute spotted paper from the collection. I like to frame my scrapbook pages. I just think it's a good finish.
I edited my 'meeting the mouse' photo to turn it in to a vintage polaroid print. I love this look and although it does take the quality out of the photo, it keeps it looking vintage, which I quite like.

 I used one of the 'Snap' cards with half a Mickey head on it and by using a craft knife around the outline of the ear, I've turned it in to a little pocket.

I cut some of the tickets out from the 12x12 Die Cut papers to pop inside the pocket. I also used some to journal on.

I took another of the patterned papers and cut out the large spots to stick on my page. I also used some of the 'Bits and Pieces' then to embellish. I like the colour contrasts here. The arrows were made by also cutting out from one of the patterned papers.

I'm really happy with how this has turned out. I love all the pops of colour and yet there's still a little 'white space'.

Now on to my next project, my Mini Book.

This Mini Book was so much fun to make.   I got myself a little stuck with mini books a while back. I used to start them, spend weeks working on them very slowly, step by step, so much procrastinating and they would never get finished.  Then one weekend I made a mega mini book over a weekend.   It then dawned on me the secret to making mini books.
1. Print all your photos and have them ready.
2. Gather all your craft materials and supplies so they are ready in front of you. No more thinking about what paper to use next what embellishments go with what. By using a matching collection like this, all that thought has been done for you and everything coordinates. Make sure you have all your tools there too.
3. Try and create it in one sitting if you can. If this isn't possible then stick with it and make sure you finish it the following day. Chances are (if you are like me) and you walk away, if it's left longer than a few days, it will not get finished.
 4. Keep a design running throughout the book. This way you don't have to spend too much time thinking how you are going to decorate the pages and when you do decorate each page, it's quick and easy and really makes the mini book flow as you look through. It's very pleasing to the eye seeing this repetitive continuation of the design. Keep it simple. I cut the scalloped patterned paper in to strips and added a strip to the bottom of most of the pages as you can see here above and below. 
You could also add a heart from the same paper on each page, or use a circle punch ....just something to keep a design flowing.
I then work page by page. I choose the order of the pages selecting the papers. Here I used the 12x12 Element papers. They are perfect for Mini Books.
Then I go through, keeping them in order, adding my photos. Then I go on to add embellishments/stickers. Then any journaling and finally I often like to doodle.
This whole mini book was made in under 2 hours as I stuck to my Mini Book rules. It makes it so easy.
Here you can see the pages in order.
I am so happy with how this has turned out. There is a real sense of achievement when you create a project like this.
I do have a YouTube Channel here where you can see me creating both of these projects.
Thank you for joining me here. Have a magical day!