December 4, 2015

Photo Op

Hi there!

This week I'm sharing a double page spread. When I did Julia's graduation photos, I had sooooo many photos of her and her friends that I had to do some pocket pages just to get them all in. What a difference it is to scrap for a boy!  One double page spread was all that was required.  LOL!

Papers: Bazzill Basics, Pink Paislee, Crate Paper, American Crafts; Embellishments:
Studio Calico, Silhouette Design Store, Tim Holtz tiny attacher; Miscellaneous: October
Afternoon & Studio Calico mists

There isn't a lot to this page. The cameras are fussy cut from patterned papers and the flowers are print and cut from the Silhoette store. I wanted to grunge up the back ground, so I did the smooshing technique with some mists and plastic packaging and then did some splatters. Being so photo heavy, I just wanted to keep the page simple.

Thanks for looking!

November 28, 2015

Happy Day

Hi there!

Today I'm sharing a layout I made using a sketch provided by the Paper Crafters Unite - Cranbrook Facebook sketch for November. I thought I better get this done before they post the sketch for December!

Papers: Pink Paislee, Crate Paper; Stickers: Heidi Swapp, Crate Paper,
American Crafts, My Minds Eye

This is a pretty simple page, with a split personality. You see, I started the page with the Pink Paislee Atlas line. But, then before I was able to finish the page, the new Maggie Holmes Shine collection arrived at my door.  Hmmm. Does a person start all over with the pretty new supplies? Or does that person just start fussy cutting flowers to embellish the page she already started? She does the latter. It certainly helps that they worked well together. Both lines have the soft greyish white backgrounds so it's easy to mix and match.

Thanks for looking!

November 20, 2015


Hi there!

Today, I'm sharing another layout that I did as part of the 2Peas Refugees message board November Crop. This challenge was to use a die cut and I used a great one from Ashley Calder, who generously created some free cut files from her Etsy store, Things That Shine for the crop.

Papers: Bazzill Basics, American Crafts, Echo Park; Embellishments: American Crafts,
Crate Paper; Miscellaneous: things that shine cut file, October Afternoon mist, EK Success date stamp

The die cut helped me to use up some more branding strips. I love them, but after a while, a person can get quite a bundle on their desk! Shimelle's collection is perfect for a masculine page. I struggled for a while, thinking about a title, but then I drew inspiration from one of her journaling cards.

I kept the photo cluster pretty simple so that the page didn't get too busy. And I used one of my typewriters to type the journaling. Easy Peasy!

Thanks for looking!

November 13, 2015

Canal Flats Class of 2015

Hi there!

Today I'm up with another layout of Nick's grad. I got inspiration to create this page from the November challenges over at the 2PeasRefugees message board.

Papers: Echo Park; Embellishments: Echo Park Stickers, Heidi Swap Chipboard & stickers,
October Afternoon brads, unknown rhinestones; Alphas: My Minds Eye, American Crafts; Martha Stewart Punch
I love working with a sketch. Especially when I've been scrapping on a specific event for a while. And since I'm in the middle of scrapping Nick's grad, it couldn't have come at a better time! It was just the inspiration I needed.
The Stash Buster challenge was to use something old and something new. This Echo Park paper collection is a few years old and I mixed it with some newer Heidi Swapp gold chipboard and stickers.  I thought this collection helped tie in all the colours from the photo.
I apologize for the glare. It's cold and rainy here, so I had to take the photo indoors. One more reason to dislike winter. ;)
Thanks for looking!

November 6, 2015

It's a Guy Thing

Hi there!

Just a simple layout today using some diamond shaped diecuts.

Papers: Bazzil Basics, My Minds Eye, American Crafts, Bella Boulevard;
Embellishment: Cuttlebug die, Studio Calico cut file, American Crafts, My Minds Eye

I cut the diamond shapes using a Cuttlebug die and sewed the pieces onto the cardstock. And to soften the graphic design, I added the flower diecuts and stickers. I didn't have much space left to add the journaling, so on the left, I placed the flower cluster onto a hidden journaling tag. I haven't added the names, yet.

Thanks for looking!

October 30, 2015

Grad March

Hi there!

Today I am sharing a page that uses some VERY old paper, but in a new way. It's another layout of my son's graduation.

Papers: Fancy Pants, My Minds Eye; Embellishments: Fancy Pants, My Minds Eye,
iHeart Studio cutfile, Echo Park cutfile, Unknown doily, Kaisercraft Rhinestones,
American Crafts date stamp, Ranger Stickles

I'm having a bit of a time finding papers that work with blue dress. In real life it was a lovely shade of royal blue. But in the photos, it looks a bit purple. There are no papers in my stash that work with this colour. And I think I looked at every piece in my collection! When I stumbled on this very old piece of Fancy Pants paper, I decided to ignore the royal blue and just use this pretty piece of paper that I had been hording. I also found some newer (but still older) papers from My Mind's Eye that matched the background page, and leftover diecuts and stickers from both collections. Once I was able to gather all the supplies, everything just came together.

The glittered leaves were cut from an iHeart Studio cut file and then stamped with silver ink and painted with silver Stickles.  They are very shiny in the photo, but in real life there is just a hint of glitter. ;)

Thanks for looking!


October 23, 2015

Cherish These Memories

Hi there!

Today, I'm sharing a quick and simple grad layout of my son and his grad partner. I was inspired by an embellishment cluster I saw online. Unfortunately, I can't remember where I saw it, but it stuck in my head and that was my starting point.

Papers: Fancy Pants, American Crafts; Embellishments: Recollections flowers,
iHeart Studio cut file, Prima rhinestones, unknown sequins, Kaisercraft chipboard,
Bo Bunny Alpha stickers, Tim Holtz stencil, Stampin Up ink
The background paper was made using a Tim Holtz stencil, some foam and stamping ink. I wanted to use some "leafy" paper but I didn't have any in my stash so I made my own. Will definitely be doing that again.
I'm still playing with my new Silhouette Cameo and had a try at a print and cut file. Oh my!  How cool is that option! I love that flower die cut and the colours worked perfectly with the lovely Araleigh's dress. 


Thanks for looking!

October 9, 2015

Families are Forever

Hi there!

Well, I've been playing with my Silhouette and I have to say.... I am in LOVE!! It has a steep learning curve, but it cuts like a dream! And I've been able to so some things with cut files that I haven't been able to do with SCAL. Like the big flower in this layout.

Papers: American Crafts (Dear Lizzy, Shimelle), Jillibean Soup, Fancy Pants, unknown vellum; Die cuts: iHeartStudio, Silhouette; Embellishments: Shimelle, Punches: Fiskars, Martha Stewart, McGill; Stamps: Fancy Pants, Close to My Heart; unknown button & pearls

I wanted to use the cut file from Wilna Furstenburg, but her flower  had only one set of leaves and they were in the wrong spot for what I wanted to do. So with just the Basic Edition of the Silhouette software, I cut off the leaves and repositioned it. Then I copied the leaves and placed it on the opposite side of the flower.  Welded it all together and voila!  The flower I had pictured in my head.

Thanks for looking!

October 2, 2015

Leave a Trail

Hi there,

Scrapping formal photos are not my favourite. Grad photos are no exception. The photos usually lack any creativity and I find it hard to get inspiration from them. So, I played around with the background of this page until I had something I liked and kind of ignored the photo.

Papers: Bo Bunny, Basic Grey, Echo Park; Alphas: American Crafts,
Prima Marketing; Stickers: Echo Park, American Crafts; Brads: Echo Park, Bo Bunny;

I started with the Basic Grey school paper.  I used some gesso to glue down some old dictionary pages. Then I used Gelattos and a piece of plastic to "smoosh" some colour onto the page. I still wasn't happy with the background (it was a bit blah), so I mixed some texture paste and silver paint together, and applied it using a chevron stencil. I cut the stencil from a Kerri Bradford cut file a long time ago.

My Cricut is still dead, but I was lucky enough to find all these alpha stickers in my stash to make this long title. It's a quote from one of Nick's grad cards that he received. The minute I saw the card, I knew it would be perfect for this page.

The rest of the page is pretty simple layering so that it didn't look too busy.

Thanks for looking!


September 20, 2015

Lucky Us

Hi there!

It's been a busy week, but I managed to take a bit of time here and there to work on one of my favourite photos from Nick's grad.

Papers: Crate Paper, Shimelle (American Crafts) American Crafts glitter paper, Vellum; Die cut: Ashley Calder, Embellishments: Petaloo, Shimelle, Jillibean Soup, Bo Bunny, unknown sequins, lace

This is a photo of our best friends. And as luck would have it, our kids grew up to be best friends with their kids. Our good fortune has not gone unnoticed by any of us.

I wanted to make the photo be the star of the page, so it's a pretty simple layout with all the elements lined up vertically.

And this is where things got "unlucky" for the layout.  The title is a beautiful cut file by Ashley Calder Things That Shine . It cut perfectly on my Cricut. In the file are also some ribboned hearts and flourish leaves that I wanted cut in plain white. That's when the Cricut died.  It won't cut all the way or it cuts a line through all the letters.  It's been coming on for a while now, but this was the final swan song. My husband and I tried every hint we could to get it work, but my Google searches confirmed that it is not fixable. I'm sad. So, I cut the hearts by hand.  Which gives the page a kind of artsy feel to it.
The Silhoette has been ordered.  

Thanks for looking!

September 11, 2015

The Journey is Just as Important...

Hi there!

Today I'm sharing a quick and easy layout I did of my son.

All the supplies from this layout are from Pink Paislee Atlas line with some embellishments from the Shimelle line. It makes it so easy when supplies from a number of manufacturers work so well together.

This page is based on a sketch by Shimelle and only took an hour and a half to complete.  That's a record for me!

Thanks for looking!

September 4, 2015

Every Story Has a Beginning...

Hi there!

This week I am sharing one of my favourite photos from Nick's graduation photo shoot.


Papers: Basic Grey, Bo Bunny, Crate Paper, Unknown; Embellishments: Crate Paper,
American Crafts, Studio Calico, Teresa Collins, Heidi Swapp & My Mind's
Eye stamps; Studio Calico Mists

For some reason, I like to make masculine pages look dirty and grungy and this page is no exception. I wanted to have a graffiti look to the page, so I sprayed a puddle of mist on the background paper and then allowed the mist to drip down the page.  I let each colour of mist dry before I added the next colour so that they would mix too much and just turn black.  I love the effect this created!  It made the paper become extremely warped, but once it's in the album, it should straighten out again.

The stars are just hand drawn with a gold gel pen and I fussy cut around them.

Thanks for looking!

August 29, 2015

Cherish You

Hi there!

This week I am sharing a double page spread of my son's professional Graduation photo shoot. Let Nick's Graduation Extravaganza begin!

Papers: Bo Bunny, Daisy D's; Embellishments: Echo Park, Bo Bunny, My Mind's Eye,
unknown wood veneer, Petaloo, Dylusions ink, iHeart Studio cut files;
Photos by KI Photography

If you've scrapbooked a while, you may recognize the blue and red papers. They are very old pieces of Daisy D's papers. I used to love that manufacturer.

There isn't anything too complicated about this layout.  Just lots of paper layering. But, I used up a full sheet of the Bo Bunny rubons on the background. That made me so happy!

The "cherish" had a background the same colour as the globe. So to give it more contrast, I outlined the outside of the chipboard with a black felt pen and then used some beige/brown water colour paint to distress it.  Worked like a charm.
Thanks for looking!

August 14, 2015

That's all folks!

Hi there!

I am so happy to post the last pages in my vacation album. Woohoo!!!  That was a long time coming. ;)

I wanted to make a page with all the photos that I couldn't use in the rest of the album. I chose my supplies from whatever was sitting on my desk. There are a lot of scraps and leftover stickers. This was a fun layout to put together and I like that I got to use up a lot of the scraps that would have gone in the garbage otherwise.

So happy to have this project completed. Now I can work on Nick's grad photos. Stay tuned!

Thanks for looking!


August 8, 2015

Beachside Dinner

Hi there!

I love summer, but with all the fun things to do and the kids being home, it puts a real crimp into my scrapping time.  But, I did manage to get this quick pocket page done.

Papers: Glitz Design, Fancy Pants: Stickers: Simple Stories, Fancy Pants,
Heidi Swapp; Enamel dots: Shimelle; Stamp: Heidi Swapp
Nothing really fancy here, but I just love the title photo. I love it's simplicity.
I am almost done the last page in this album. If I could only find an hour or two to myself to finish it up! But, fall is already in the air, so I am trying not to wish this time away. 
Hope you are having a busy and fun filled summer!
Thanks for looking!


July 17, 2015

I Carry Your Heart

Hi there!

If you read my blog last week, you might remember I mentioned that I have a personal rule about not starting one project before another project is finished.

Well, some rules were made to be broken.

Papers: Bazzill Basics, My Minds Eye, Crate Paper, Daler water colour paper; Stickers: Tim Holtz, Echo Park, American Crafts, Basic Grey; Diecuts: Wilna Furstenburg, Flowers: Prima, Bo Bunny, Petaloo;  Misc: Pearls, doily, embossing paste, Mr Huey's spray, Gelatos, Distress Ink, watercolour paint, Tim Holtz stencil
I love this photo so much and the inspiration to scrap it was going strong, so I went with it.  I started with a 12x10 piece of white water colour paper and used some embossing paste mixed with acrylic gold paint and the Tim Holtz stencil to start my background.  Once it was dry, I went to town with inks, mists, paints and gelatos. I love this technique because there really is no right or wrong and I can just play around. The diecuts from Wilna were the perfect base for my flower clusters.
This layout isn't my usual style, but I love how it turned out and I may just put it in a frame and display it on the wall.
So, next week, I'll be back to scrapping the rest of my vacation album. That is unless I get another burst of creativity in a different direction.  ;)
Thanks for looking!

July 10, 2015

Good Day Sunshine

Hi there!

I took a bit of a blog break over the last few weeks to celebrate my son's high school graduation and my parent's 50th anniversary.  Now that those celebrations are over, I'm hoping I can get back to scrapping!  Stay tuned for another batch of graduation photos - this time with a masculine theme. ;)

However, having the strict (aka anal) personality type that I possess, I had to finish the project on my desk before I can get to the grad layouts. That means I have to finish my vacation album.

Papers: Glitz Design, Bo Bunny; Embellishments: Crate Paper, Bo Bunny, Fancy Pants,
My Minds Eye, Glitz Design: Die Cut: Kerri Bradford, 2 Peas in a Bucket,

Another page where I used some very old product and mixed it with some new. The vellum die cuts are from this year's Crate Paper "Journey" collection, which I put with their collection from a couple years ago, "The Pier". And I can't tell you how old the Bo Bunny papers are. I just love when I can go into my stash and just pick out products that I love and work together.

I only have a few vacation pages left, so hopefully it won't take me too long to finish up the album. The problem is that summer is so busy, I usually don't have much time to scrap.  We shall see.

Thanks for looking!



June 4, 2015

Alice in Wonderland

Hi there!

It's Canal Days here in Canal Flats this weekend so that means I am busy getting ready for the parade.  But, I thought it would be the perfect time to post my layout of last year's photos.

Papers: American Crafts, Fancy Pants Designs; Embellishments: American Crafts,
Fancy Pants Designs; Pebbles, Crate Paper; Font: Alice

These parade layouts all go in a separate album and most of the pages are made with Amy Tan's first line "Sketchbook". But, the new Shimelle line had a hint of Alice in Wonderland in it, so obviously I wanted to use that. And what a happy accident when the papers worked beautifully together!

The photos were so bright and colourful that I chose a nice calm background so they could pop without it looking too busy.

So, I'm going to post and run. I've got a costume to make!

Thanks for looking!

May 31, 2015

Ride the Wave

Hi there!

I have a quick page today. I haven't had much time for scrapping, since we are doing some house renos and getting ready for my son's high school graduation in a few weeks.

But, I did want to get this page off my desk and out of the dust.

Papers: Fancy Pants Designs: Embellishments: Crate Paper chipboard
& diecuts, Scenic Route chipboard, Fancy Pants rubons, Fancy Pants stickers,
dollar store wood veneer

I used a bunch of old Fancy Pants rubons on this spread. I love their rubons. They are always easy to apply and never seem to dry out. And in my stash, I found a chipboard piece from Scenic Route and it matched the papers perfectly!  I LOVE it when that happens! 

Thanks for looking!

May 15, 2015

Take a Picture

Hi there!

Today's layout is another for the Mexico vacation album that I'm working on.  Just a few pages left!

When I started planning the supplies for this album, I bought the Glitz Design Unchartered Waters 6x6 paper pack. I loved the colours of that pack!  But, I hardly used any of it. So, on this layout, I set out to use as many papers as I could and decided to make a quilted page.

Papers: Glitz Design, Bazzill Basics, unknown gold; Embellishments: American Crafts,
Crate Paper,  Heidi Swapp, Making Memories, Simple Stories: SVG files and
printables: The Cut Shoppe

I cut the 6x6 papers in half diagonally and then sewed them onto a back ground paper. Here's a quick tip. I used the back of a really old piece of patterned paper as the background instead of cardstock. This particular piece is white on the back and my patterned paper covered the bar code printed on it.  It's a great way to use up an outdated piece of paper!

The title is cut from an SVG file from The Cut Shoppe. I love it!  I think I'll be using that title a few more times. ;)

This particular set of photos had lots of out-takes with them.  So, I decided to put those in a pocket page.  I just copied the quilted pattern for each pocket. Some of the photos are mounted on Glitz Design 4x6 cards. So, it's more of a complement page, than a double page spread.


Have a lovely long weekend, fellow Canadians! If you don't have time to scrap, I hope it's because you are out there making new memories to scrapbook.
Thanks for looking,

May 8, 2015

Live in the Moment

Hi there!

This should be my last hockey page for the season. And I think I saved the best for last. I love this photo that Jamie Fitzgerald took of my son at a home game. It's just beautiful! So, I kept the page pretty simple to show it off.

Papers: Bazzill Basics, Teresa Collins, October Afternoon, Unknown;
Diecut: Basic Grey, Two Peas in a Bucket; Embellishments: American Crafts,
Unknown clips, gears & buttons, My Minds Eye Sticker, Stamping Station brad;
Mr. Huey's Mist; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

The layout is loosely based on a Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine sketch for April. I just couldn't get my act together to get it done that month. But, I thought it was a great sketch, so I wanted to give them a shout out. ;)

Instead of using circles like in the sketch, I used this lovely Basic Grey cut file. I cut it in half in the  middle behind the photo and moved the top half to the right to give it more movement. (The stars were mostly on the left side of the page before the cut.) Then I backed the stars with some scraps and some rrealllyyyyy old hockey paper scraps.

Thanks for looking!

May 1, 2015

We Could Have Stopped Him.....

Hi there!

Just a quick and easy page for our vacation album.  I wanted to keep the focus on the photos since they tell the story so well on their own.

Papers: Basic Grey, Studio Calico, Bazzill Basics; Embellishment: Teresa Collins,
Fancy Pants, unknown wood veneer, water colour paint; Cricut font
I distressed the background page with some shimmery water colour paints from my stash. I got them in a kit a long time ago and I don't know who made them, but I like the effect.
Thanks for looking!

April 24, 2015

Live the Life You Love...

Hi there!

This week I'm sharing a hockey page. And this is one of my favourite hockey photos, ever! I love how you can see both Nick's face and his jersey number/name. It was taken by Jamie Fitzgerald who takes photos at all the Golden Rockets home games and many away games, too. She does a fantastic job! You'll be seeing a couple more photos in the next few weeks.

Papers: Teresa Collins, Crate Paper, Unknown; Embellishments: Teresa Collins,
Studio Calico, My Minds Eye, American Crafts; Stamps: Heidi Swapp, 7 Gypsies,
My Minds Eye; Stampin Up Embossing Powder, Glimmer Mist

I am trying to make a dent in my scraps and I found this old piece of Crate Paper that I think was part of their very first line! And the My Minds Eye rub on in the background is very old and was a great way to add a little texture to my photo cluster. I love it when old supplies work well with new supplies.

Thanks for looking!



April 17, 2015

With Brave Wings She Flies

Hi there!
Today I am sharing a very special birthday card I made for my daughter's 19th Birthday.

I was inspired by a card that Tammy Tutterow posted on her blog. I just loved the quote and thought it was perfect for my daughter who is just finishing her first year of college and has done so well.

For the background, I coloured one side of an embossing folder with some Gellatos. I sprayed the folder quite liberally with water and ran the paper through the Cuttlebug. I used a wet paintbrush to blend in any white areas that the Gellatos didn't colour and let it dry.

Once it was dry, I tore the edges, and used my Distress Tool and Vintage Photo to make it look grungy. I stamped the butterfly with Archival Ink and filled in the blue with Gellatos and a water brush. Then to give it a little shimmer, I used a Wink of Stella brush pen.
This is such a fun technique and I love how I started with a white piece of cardstock and finished with this dramatic card.
Thanks for looking!

April 12, 2015

Fan Favorite

Hi there!

Now that Nick's hockey season has been over for some time, I thought I had better get the rest of his hockey photos scrapped. His graduation is coming up in only a couple ofmonths and I know that those hockey pics would never even get printed, never mind scrapbooked!

So, here is the first of three hockey layouts that I wanted to get done. Which, is funny, because it really isn't much of a hockey page, per se.

Papers: Echo Park Designs, Embellishments: Echo Park, Simple Stories,
American Crafts, Studio Calico, Heidi Swapp, EK Success; Stamp: Heidi Swapp;
Photo courtesy of Jamie Fitzgerald

This is an older collection from Echo Park, but I love the masculine colours of this line.  I haven't done the journaling on this page yet, because the story is kind of personal. It's funny how I find that empty journaling card so glaring!

I have had the "Favorite" acrylic stamp from Heidi Swapp for sometime and I knew it would work perfectly for my title, but I didn't want to risk stamping over the layers of paper. So, I stamped it on paper, wet embossed it and then fussy cut around the word.  I love it!

See what I did with this embellishment cluster? He played for the "Rockets". And he won a "fan" award. LOL! I giggled to myself the whole time I put that together. ;)
Thanks for looking!


April 2, 2015

Angry Bird

Hi there!
I'm not much of a "theme" supply scrapper. And I usually don't do cutesy either. But for some reason, this travel album is very themed and cutesy!  Oh well, I'm going with it and I'm really liking the results.

Papers: We R Memory Keepers, Fancy Pants: SVG Cuts: Kerri Bradford,
Scrapbook & Cards Today; Miscellaneous: jute, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

Like last week, I used up some really old papers from my stash. These We R Memory Keepers papers have the little birds on them and I thought that if this wasn't the perfect layout for the subject, I didn't know what would be.

And I can't help but smile when I see this page.

Thanks for looking!


March 29, 2015

Exploring Bucerias

Hi there!
Whenever I work on a specific project album, I like to make a page kit to work from to save time on choosing product and/or embellishments. Once I am done with that project, the supplies go back to my general stash. But there are some kits that I keep together forever. The kits are kept in pizza boxes and I have one for travel, Christmas and a special parade album that I work on.
I have had these Junkitz papers in my travel kit for quite some time and I thought they would be perfect for this layout. And I used up every last bit of it!

Papers: Junkitz, Graphic 45, Fancy Pants Design, Bazzill Basics; Embellishments: Junkitz,
American Crafts, Fancy Pants, Martha Stewart, Echo Park; Stamp: Heidi Swapp

Thanks for looking!

March 20, 2015

Banana Boat

Hi there!

The thing I don't like about pocket page scrapping is that I feel like I can't do too many techniques. In my mind, the whole point of pocket scrapping is to get it done quickly.  And I really want to get this album finished. But, then I watched a technique video by Irit Landgraf and I really wanted to try it! So, I compromised and practiced on my journaling cards.

Papers: Glitz Design; Embellishments: Glitz Design, Studio Calico, My Minds Eye:
Mists: Studio Calico, Ranger, Tattered Mist

I spread a layer of gesso over part of the 4x6 papers. Then using old packaging I "smooshed" drops of mists around to blend and spread. The gesso layer allows the inks to sit on the surface and not get absorbed by the paper. It was fun to do and I thought fit the theme of teens.  I do wish I hadn't used the colours I did (some parts make me think of a crime scene), but I think I'll use this technique again very soon. It was fun!


Thanks for looking!

March 15, 2015

Family Portraits

Hi there!

Just popping by this week with another couple of pages in our Mexico album.

As I mentioned before, I am mixing 12x12 pages in with pocket pages. This 12x12 page is the back of one I did previously.  It's a pretty easy page with lots of layering and some fussy cut flowers from an old piece of American Crafts Dear Lizzy paper.

Papers: American Crafts, Basic Grey, Studio Calico; Embellishments: American Crafts,
Echo Park: Alphas: Basic Grey, Fancy Pants: Misc: sequins: Stamps: Scraptivity

I store all my papers by manufacturer, and in with the Dear Lizzy papers, I found this piece with the clouds and trees. I knew that the next page in my album would have to be a pocket page, but I thought it would be great for my animal photos. So, I just cut the paper into 4x6 pieces, but decorated it as one 12x6 page.

Papers: American Crafts: Embellishments: American Crafts, Echo Park,
Fancy Pants, Provo Craft, Simple Stories: Stamp: Studio Calico
It's a bit cutesy for my usual style, but I love that I was able to use up an older piece of paper and the two facing pages match without looking like a two page layout.
Thanks for looking!