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Friday, March 4, 2016

A Leap of Faith

Happy Friday, sweet friends! I'm posting a giant leap of faith on the Live & Love Crafts blog today. Sandy challenged us to take a leap this week and I went all in. ♥︎

I have long admired beautifully shabby scrapbook layouts... the ones bursting with so much texture that 'closing' the album simply means tying pretty ribbons to keep it from falling open. :o) This is my (very humble) attempt at such a layout using Pion's gorgeous Easter Greetings collection.
This was the hardest thing I've ever made! I don't know how scrapbookers do it... but I had a lovely time dabbling into that beautiful world. The sheer volume of space was intimidating and I would need another week to fill it up more. ;)
With so many pastels in this collection, any and all embellishments/flowers seem to work. I chose to stay with white, which paired nicely with precious Violet's crown. :o) Isn't she darling? She is inspires me daily from afar with her heart of gold and unwavering faith. This layout will be part of a gift for her mother. (The pretty photo is courtesy of Britny Sirotak Photography.) Violet is a courageous cancer survivor and is driven to bless the lives of children who endure all that she went through. She is all things beautiful and magical. ♥︎ Her photo is nestled within Cheery Lynn's Sophia's Heart die.
Love is ever-blossoming, bursting forth through all tribulation. A Pion butterfly leads a pretty trail of mini hearts, one of the sweetest trims imaginable. A metal rose serves as the 'pull' for a journaling tag, which is covered in Shabby White Frantage.
The lovely sentiment is from Graciellie Design's Dream stamp set, one of Gracie's new releases this week. It is cut with a Spellbinders Labels Four and layered atop a Gold Labels Four die. Resin Prima Swirls also are sprinkled with Shabby White Frantage...
... and of course frolicking with pearls. ♥︎ Atop each doilie on the layout is a die from Sue Wilson's Italian Collection Decorative Frames. I wanted soft accents with whimsical butterflies hovering about. Love is a La-La Land Crafts die.♥︎

Thank you for visiting and I wish you a wonderful weekend!

Lovely challenges entered:
 *Cheery Lynn Designs~ Doilies
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ March Linky Party (Anything Goes)
 *Fussy and Fancy~ Shabby Fun Bingo: Something old (swirls)- Something new (sentiment/papers)- Frills/Lace- Pearls too
 *Pion Design~ March Challenge- The kids outside made me think of this sweet picture to scrap.. the nature scene made me long to use Easter Greetings once again for the pretty florals. I incorporated the pops of yellow by using several flowers with sunshiny centers. 
 *Scrapy Land~ Anything Goes (I used Cheery Lynn, La-La Land, Spellbinders, and Sue Wilson dies)
 *Simon Wednesday Challenge~ Touchy Feely
 *Word Art Wednesday~ Anything Goes


  1. Well if this was a first attempt at scrapbooking I'd say you were a natural! This is adorable, soft and dreamy and very beautiful.
    Hope you enjoy your day,

  2. Wow Karen, you officially have rocked the world of layouts. I feel exactly the same way that you do. I did my first layout ever upon request for the magazine and it was daunting. Like you said, way too much space to try to and fill! Well you surely did rise to the task, and of course you made the perfect paper choices...LOVE the Easter Greetings collection! I went and had a visit to Violet's page, what a little trooper she is, amazing girl to feature in your layout. You are a talented crafter and an amazing lady, so honoured to call you a friend. hugs :)

  3. Dear friend Karen, I can sympathize with it to you, how much work is in this wonderful scrapbooking. You've made it magical. It is evident that once again puts a lot of love in your work. So many nice accents, hearts, flowers, lace ribbons, beads, a true splendor. And the sweet little girl scored a wonderful frame. I'm really excited.
    Have a nice weekend and many hugs Petra x

  4. My sweetest friend, you are an absolute natural at shabby layouts!! This is spectacular!! First of all, that is the most beautiful picture of sweet Violet!! You accentuated it perfectly with the papers and embellishments!! I love how you placed the picture off-center of the circles adds amazing visual interest!! The butterfly trail of heart trim is so beautiful!! I could wax poetic about this all day!! It's simply personified!! Violet's mother will treasure this, Karen!! This is so worth all of the hard work you put into making it...the love shines though in each magnificent detail!! I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend my dear friend!! Happy Friday!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. So beautiful this is special you have made a fabulous keepsake stunning work its a delight love and hugs Carole x

  6. Frolicking pearls indeed, I can't even start to tell you how much I like the details on each inch of this page. You surely must be a natural at pages. The hearts, how many, the lace, flowers , layers and other embellishments are telling a story. Thank you so much for entering our 221st challenge. We are always delighted to see your entries and appreciate your inspirational creativity.
    Carole Robb Bisson
    Word Art Wednesday
    DT Member

  7. Layouts are hard and can take forever to put together - Or at least that is my experience - I think that is why I stopped making them! LOL But your Layout is simply Gorgeous - beautiful pastels add such a wonderful look to that sweet precious little Violet - She look amazing in that picture - I love the abundance of flower, lace, & Pearls - Just Fabulous Karen! Have a wonderful Weekend! :)


  8. Hi, Dearest Karen! Britny will be so thrilled to find herself in such a delightful Eastery setting - how perfect that a cancer fighter/survivor would be surrounded by Easter-i-ness and gorgeousness like your trademark pearls and flowers! Love that curled portion on top just bulging with flowers trying to burst forth! (isn't that just like our souls amid the turmoils and hardships of life?). While you might have wanted to do more, I think it would have detracted from all the beauty already glowing (and growing) on your page. I want to Scrapbook, too, and have not begun because I don't know where to start! Maybe 2017 will be my year to do this. Thank you for the beautiful inspiration, and for sharing that you found it difficult. Not that I'm glad it was hard for you, LOL.

    Now for my other hat.... Thanks for sharing with us at the {Scrapy Land Challenge}! Hope to see your pretty projects again soon!
    crafty hugs,
    {Creative Smiles}

  9. This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Fussy & Fancy and good luck with the challenge. Judy DT x

  10. Stunning layout page! I fell in love with this when I saw it on Facebook and am finally getting a chance to take a closer peek! Everything on your page is simply beautiful. I love how you have incorporated all of the flowers and pearls, especially the bouquet peeking out of the curled back paper. I also love how everything is inspired by sweet Violet's crown. The way you framed her picture with all of the delicate details looks amazing! I look forward to seeing more layout pages from you my friend! Hope you are having a lovely Sunday!

  11. Karen, your layout is amazing! I love the Pion papers your used! Such a soft and delicate collection! The design is just gorgeous! I love how you framed sweet Violet on a cluster of scalloped circles and then brought in the beautiful flower and lace~so incredible!! Your sweet elements are just fantastic. Fabulous design Karen and hope you are able to do more in the future as this is so inspiring!!! LOVE your work my friend!
    Have a wonderful evening!
    Sherrie K

  12. Oh, my! Your layout is absolutely stunning, Karen! Lovely collection of papers! How you framed her sweet photo is so precious! All the hearts incorporated are so wonderful! I think your page is perfect and should be framed! I look forward to seeing more layouts, my friend! Take care and blessings to you! Have a great week!:)

  13. Oh wow Karen your layout is stunning! I absolutely love all the pretty details, everything looks just perfect and it's much too beautiful to put in an album you should frame it for all to admire.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  14. This layout is enchanting Karen. The image is so beautiful and you've showcased it so exquisitely with your beautiful papers and embellishment choices. What a wonderful gift for Violet's mama. All the little details, the sweet resin accents, the doilies, the little blooms (I LOVE the little collection inside the torn paper!!). It's an utterly enchanting layout. I just want to sit and stare at it some more. Hugs, Wends x

  15. OMGEEEE this is a beautiful layout you don't have to be insecure at all you have totally rocked making this drop dead gorgeous layout for sure! I really love the softness and the design and that pretty picture......the colors are lovely too and that die underneath the picture looks amazing. All the pretty laces you have used WOW well by now you I really like it lol......Thank you so much for playing with us at the Cheery Lynn Designs blog and the best of luck hugs Amy xox

  16. Wow, you have made another absolutely stunning creation!!! Thanks again for participating in our design challenge.

  17. Oh, wow!!! Karen, You have created another masterpiece and treasured keepsake for such a beautiful and courageous young lady.
    Again, It is so beautiful and meaningful in every way possible. The detail is amazing and you done yourself proud.
    I love your album so much. It bought tears of happiness to my eyes.
    Thank you for sharing your talent.
    Lots of big hugs and love sweet lady.
    Donna xx

  18. Hi Karen,
    The Easter Greetings collection is so Lovely!Love the vintage/shabby look.Such pretty pastel colors and wonderful embellishments. Love the pretty lace.I absolutely adore the whimsical butterflies and how you nestled the pretty flowers. She will love this too!A stunning masterpiece!It really is my angelic friend!You are truly an angel!!'
    Sending you tons of my love, hugs, smiles and prayers...EXTRA love..
    Have a blessed day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  19. Beautiful .
    Thanks for joining us at Scrapyland challenges blog and good luck !
    Maryvonne DT

  20. Stunning. Violet and her mother will treasure this gorgeous page. I love the pretty flowers and butterflies. Thank you for joining the DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenges. Katie DT Member

  21. How sweet and beautiful this is! I too try to stay away from scrapbook pages because I know how much time and work and detail it requires but you my friend did a beautiful job! Love your layout and the precious picture together with the sentiment. Just stunning! Hugs.

  22. What a beautiful layout! Thanks so much for participating in the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge this week and good luck.

  23. Stunning layout!!! Loving all the doilies and flowers too! Thanks for joining us this week with Cheery Lynn Designs!

  24. This is such a GORGEOUS layout!!!! WOW!!! Thanks so much for participating in the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge this week and good luck.

  25. Karen, your entry won a TOP THREE at WAW. Contact Karen if you would like a badge. Blessings Carole

  26. Wow! Karen! You would never know that you haven't been making layouts for ages! This is amazing, so well balanced and of course, filled with such love and beauty at every corner! So many pretty details to look at, but not taking away from that gorgeous little Violet one bit! You are an amazing individual and inspire me more than you will ever know! Big hugs!

  27. Congratulations on your win at Pion Design Karen!!!
    So well deserved my dear!
    Paper Talk with Samra


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