Happy New Year of Layouts

I'm having difficulty coming to terms with the idea that it's going to be 2018.  It's been a year of ups and downs, full of adventures with a growing toddler. It's been a difficult year, too. There has been heartbreak, but we muddle through and trudge onward. Phases of life have come and gone and we mourn their loss and look forward to new adventures, tomorrow's memories.

Perhaps I'm waxing sentimental here, but I'm sure you are all feeling the same as Christmas brings to mind childhood memories, and often of people we have lost. I miss my dad every Christmas, and as each year goes racing by I am forced to contemplate that it's been 8 Christmases without him, and each time I make another tick in the calendar I find it difficult to tally.

So it's important, at this time of year and all year long, to take nothing for granted. Seize opportunities. Remember little moments like feel of the breath of the wind on your face when you are having a special moment and capture every detail of them in your hearts. Sometimes the most poignant memories are the small ones where you take in the greater meaning of life in a quiet moment when something stirs your heart.

For this last post of the year, I wanted to look back and reminisce about the year gone by. It's also a fun way to see how my style has evolved and grown! So please follow along as we wander down the path of Memory Lane {which in my world is lined with cherry trees and bordered with lilies of the valley and anemones, and paved with flagstone fracatured with cracks of of creeping thyme}

January: Happy Winter

Deep in the heart of winter here in Minnesota, we donned our hats and [faux] fur-lined jackets and took the photo opportunity and inspired this wintery layout of snowflakes and icicles and sparkles.

Winter themed scrapbooking layout page with icicles, cheesecloth, crystal flourishes, bead dangles, glitter, puff paint, snowflakes, and gingham, Blue Fern Studios chipboard, handmade flowers. In red, gray, pale blue, and black. Heat embossed and embellished with prills.

February: A Love Like This
This has been the most popular post on my blog for most of this year...and can I tell you a secret? I almost didn't publish it. The crooked title and oddball handwriting still make me cringe a little, but it's grown on me--and I was happy to get our prom pictures out of a box and onto a page!

A mixed media Valentines Day love scrapbook layout page with doodling, heart ribbon, rosettes, texture paste, prills, and hearts in red and pink with black stitching.

March: Never Lose Your Shine

One of my favorite layouts, this one is full of sparkles. Also, I was having fun playing with my white uniball pen!

Scrapbook layout challenge - black cardstock background with stars, mixed media with heat embossed chipboard, mica flakes, glitter, blue fern studios chipboard, signo pen doodling, paint splatters, in gold, silver, black, and white with moon and stars using encrusted jewel technique from stampendous

April: This Face
I was on a total gold binge when I made this layout. I love how it paired with the black, white, and purple.

This Face: Scrapbook layout in purple, blue, gold, and black, with gold foil thickers, gold and purple mica, and mixed media glimmer sprays and pearlescent watercolors.

May: Joyous Day & Dream Catcher

I couldn't choose between these two layouts...Joyous Day features one of my favorite childhood photos, but Dream Catcher was so much fun to create {plus, the great part of having your own blog is you can just do whatever you want and get away with it!}

Mixed media scrapbook layout in peach and green with embossed chipboard and floral embellishments against texture paste background.

"Dream Catcher" mixed media scrapbook layout in turquoise and copper with process and 3D chipboard feather tutorial. Mixed media scrapbook layout page in turquoise, aqua, copper, and bronze with chipboard frame and feathers with texture paste, watercolors, paint splatters, glimmer mist, mica flakes, die cut foliage, and Petaloo velvet magnolias.

June: Anemone Bouquet

I had just invested in a bunch of Tim Holtz's distress inks and new stencils, so I was in crafting heaven creating this fantasy wedding layout {in honor of the Big Fat White Wedding we never had!}

Mixed media scrapbook layout in purple and teal blue, Prima Timeless memories forever paper and prima moroccan dies, and Petaloo anemones against a background using texture paste, stencils, and Tim Holtz distress inks and sprays

July: Fireworks Over the Lagoon
I was so honored to be selected to be part of the Scrap Our Stash Design Team starting in July! My first project fell on July Fourth, so of course I had to do an Independence Day scrapbook page. I don't buy much when it comes to holidays and themes, so I created my own background using red, white, and blue with texture paste, glitter, and mica fragments.

Fourth of July/Independence Day fireworks mixed media layout in red, white, and blue using texture paste and chipboard stars with encrusted jewel technique, glitter, mica fragments, bakers twine, texture paste and stenciling.

August: Seahorses

I finally scrapped my very favorite picture of my sister and me for this layout for the Cherish the Memory design team.

Seahorses nautical theme mixed media scrapbook page layout in blue with die cuts, cheesecloth, jute, seed beads, micro beads, and pearls

September: Love This Memory

For this layout for the Scrap Our Stash design team, I used one of the first pictures of me and my new baby (two years ago now!). As someone who has struggled through four miscarriages to finally have the sweet baby I had been yearning for, you can say proud mama and it would not nearly measure up to what I feel for this little miracle.

Blue and brown scrapbook layout featuring cork, ruler, rustic handmade flowers, wood veneers, tiny flowers, acrylic paint, and jute string rope with prills and stenciling

October: A Big Star

You can see the two years of change between the layout above and this one of my boy growing WAY. TOO. FAST!

I was completely surprised and honored to be asked to be part of the International Scrapbook Garden design team. I had a blast playing with some BOY themed items (instead of trying to fit pics of my boy into my  usual pink and flowers!).

Grungy boys scrapbook layout mixed media with 7 Dots Hazy Days paper in black and white with rust

November: Ski Champ
I was finally able to scrap one of my favorite pics of my dad skiing the American Birkenbeiner alongside Olympians--at age 47. I lost my dad 8 years ago, so the pictures I have are treasures I cherish.

Cross country ski scrapbook page layout in blue, brown and cream yellow with burlap, corrugated cardboard, matboard, and snowflake die cuts

December: Snow Joy
I still have a ton of baby pictures of Zae to get scrapped, and in this season of thankfulness, they were what I was sifting through for much of December.

Rustic winter holiday Christmas scrapbook layout on woodgrain background, corrugated cardboard, burlap, jute, gingham plaid print, and snowflakes with die cuts including pinecones, wrapped packages, tags, owl, wood, clock timepiece, birdhouse, flowers, and ice skates

Thanks for meandering down Memory Lane with me! I wish you the best in the year to come, and hope you'll visit again soon.

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Happy New Year!


  1. Oh Carrie! I LOVE the layouts that you chose! And I really think it's such a fabulous idea to pick at least one for each month! I was smiling the whole time looking at the layouts and reading your blog about them...I had to readjust was jaw afterwards - LOL! I always love to see when someone picks out their favorites for the year. It gives awesome insight to the creator and how they felt creating each layout or certain things that really matter to them. I really enjoyed your end year post and I certainly can't wait to see what you create in 2018! These are ALL gorgeous and most of them were favorites of mine too! Happy, safe & healthy New Year - Hugs! Lisa : )

  2. Happy New Year to you as well, Carrie. I really enjoyed looking at all your favorites of 2017. Beautiful, each and every one. I love how you embellish your pages with so many pretty details and yet, it's the photograph(s) that stand out. You are a talented scrapbooker/artist. Just like Lisa, I'm looking forward to see what you create this year. ♥


Thanks for all your kind comments!