I think most of us fell in love with the Graphic 45 “Little Darlings” collection when it was released this spring.  All of those cherubic sweet faces…I could almost smell the baby powder and freshly bathed skin 🙂  A far cry from my sweaty hormonal teenagers!!

Of course, I had to design with these papers the minute I saw them…and so I created this double page layout, simply called “Baby”, featuring my adorable DramaQueen, age 3 months.

The background is 2 pieces of G45’s ABC Primer paper called “One Two Buckle your Shoe”.

Here are some close ups….some lovely fussy cut elements…

A cream eyelet curtain is over the window….
A war time technique….using the curtain fabric to make a skirt! lol.

This was a class I taught at Urban Scrapbook last month, and thanks to Lynette’s advice, I offered it as either Boy or Girl…..and here is the Boy version (but with the same girl photos!)

I changed up the pink gingham paper with blue paper and switched the girl image cut outs with boy versions….the sleeping boy in the lattice window and the bugle boy at far right.  I also inked the block pieces with blue instead of pink.

The little heart is cut from “Beach” Bazzill cardstock using a Sizzix Embosslit die from Stampin Up.
Blue Bugle Boy beside blocks that are inked blue….yes, a stereotype, I know.

Most of you know how to make those spiral roses, but if not, I’ll explain how on the Canadian Scrapbooker blog next week (Tuesday With The Team on May 1, 2012).

Here is a close up of the Little Darlings banner…lots of fussy cutting involved.

The butterflies are cut from the G45 patterned paper called “Heaven Sent.”

The two elements that I designed as special techniques are the lattice window and the baby blocks title.  

I saw the lattice window first on a card over at Scrapbook.com….in Peggy’s gallery.  She is an expert card maker and you can visit her blog HERE.

To make the window frame, cut into a 5×7″ piece of chipboard, leaving a 1/2″ frame around. Then I covered one side of the frame with my tape runner adhesive and wrapped a wide cream satin ribbon around and around the frame…taking care with the corners…

You actually don’t have to bother covering the top of the frame with the ribbon because it is hidden under the curtain.
The finished ribbon wrapped window frame

For the lattice I cut 1/4″ strips of cream cardstock and lay them on the yucky side of the ribbon frame.  TIP:  Adhere the longest strip (diagonal corner to corner) first.  Then you can adhere the other strips parallel and do the same crossing over them and weaving over and under the other way.

This will be the back of your ribbon frame…just decide which side you like least and adhere the strips to that side.


Lucky for me, my talented scrappy friend Michelle posted a wonderful tutorial on her blog about how to make a lattice card, which will give me an excuse NOT to type up a detailed explanation.  Instead, you can visit her blog and lattice tutorial HERE.   

Michelle’s lovely series of lattice window cards

As well, Michelle used this same “Little Darlings” collection to make the most adorable mini album and storage tin…you can check it out with another awesome tutorial HERE.  Thanks Michelle! 

Michelle’s Little Darlings accordion mini album
And the altered tin that holds the album

 Now back to the next technique on my layout. 

 The baby blocks are my favourite element on this layout….and are made by an easy paper piecing technique.

I started by sketching a block….I wanted a vintage baby block (the kind I used to play with…and yes, I know I described them as “vintage”). 

A peek into my private sketch book 🙂

 From this sketch I made a tracer for 4 pieces: top, side and  2 front square blocks (which measure 1.5″ each side)

I used a Prima medium brown chalk ink along these paper piece edges.
Take one of the 1.5″ square blocks and ink edges with pink or blue to make the front frame.
With a 1″ square template,  trace a square for cutting out in the centre of your inked block.
Tracing is finished and the frame will measure 1/4″ when complete….so use your craft knife…
…and your metal ruler to cut out the centre, leaving you with a pink block frame.
Now you have an inked frame to adhere to the top of your plain block front.
Adhere all your pieces together like a puzzle to a piece of kraft cardstock, or the patterned paper you made the blocks from, and cut around.
I cut the “BABY” alphabet letters with my Cricut, Storybook Cartridge, from the same patterned paper, and inked them.
Then I played with my blocks….I staggered them…
….and I stacked them!  Actually, I LOVE them stacked, but this didn’t work with my layout design 🙁


You can try using kraft cardstock for the blocks, but I preferred the appearance of the patterned paper, which is actually from Graphic 45’s “ABC Primer” collection, last fall, and the paper is called “Happy Go Lucky.” 

A couple of other cute page elements are the tulle bow toppers and the Cricut journalling spot….

I fooled around with my Lacy Labels cartridge until I found the journalling spot that was just right…a scalloped oval.
This cartridge is fantastic….each label has a delicate top layer, which I cut out of pink Little Darlings paper (and blue for boy)

An oops on my behalf….I forgot to write in the journaling spot until after I took the photos.  It does say “Serena Jade, Age 3 months, March 1997.”

The tulle bows running across the top of the layout are a pretty element that involves colouring white tulle with Distress Ink.  I experimented with the Distress Ink when I couldn’t find the right colour of tulle to match the layout papers.

I dragged the Wild Honey Distress Ink pad across the length of tulle (about a yard)
Use a cloth to wipe the excess ink off the tulle…a lot will come off, but the tulle will still be coloured. TIP:  Do not use paper towel to wipe off the excess ink…there will be bits of paper towel stuck inside the fibres of the tulle (experience talking here)
Then you can spend about 3 hours trying to tie two bows into the ends of a foot long length of tulle.  Torture.

Am I making this tulle topper technique sound appealing?  Oh, and let’s not leave out the yellow/orange hands you’ll be left with…

Yikes.  Makes me look like a heavy smoker who has eaten a couple bags of Cheezies!!!

You might be seeing a few more layouts in the near future featuring DQ….because lately she expressed her displeasure about how many pages I make for BabyOfTheFamily and not her.  

This means you might also be reading a blog post about sibling rivalry in the near future as well 🙂

Now it’s time for me to slip this layout into DQ’s album….and fondly recall what a lovely baby she was, the easiest of the three by far 🙂


16 Comments on Baby….It’s Graphic 45 again!

  1. Lynn
    April 23, 2012 at 8:41 pm (4 years ago)

    AMAZING!! Wow..your projects are incredible Kelly. So inspiring and so creative. Thanks for the tutorials and close ups. Those baby blocks…WOW! Always a pleasure to stop by your blog.

  2. Charlotte Brochu
    April 23, 2012 at 8:46 pm (4 years ago)

    Kelly, this is an adorable layout! It goes without saying that the baby photos are cuter than cute! Thanks for showing us how you put this layout together. I always appreciate it when someone takes all that time to post the tutorial. Gives me such inspiration. I really loved Michelle’s lattice cards when I saw them too!

  3. WhiteRacoon
    April 24, 2012 at 3:15 am (4 years ago)

    Adorable!!! The baby’s only 3 months old? really? she looks so matured =)
    Love the layout!!! So many details, the blocks “baby” are just awesome!!! the tulle ruffle is also attractive. and all together it looks so well balanced! I truly enjoyed your layout =)

  4. Sandra D
    April 24, 2012 at 7:44 am (4 years ago)

    Another beautiful layout Kelly! I so enjoy your blog, you tell the best stories and always make me smile.

  5. Vicky Alberto
    April 24, 2012 at 7:44 am (4 years ago)

    your details (and dirty hands) are outta this world – so beautuful

  6. Shona
    April 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm (4 years ago)

    AMAZING….love the baby blocks and want to try that…just gorgeous!

  7. Miae
    April 24, 2012 at 4:29 pm (4 years ago)

    Good God Kelly! The amount of detail that went into your pages is phenomenal and it shows! That lattice window: amazing! Your title blocks: sweetly dimensional! Thank you for sharing your how to secrets!

  8. Bellaidea
    April 24, 2012 at 6:51 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow, so much info , so much inspiration! Thank you also very much for your visit and sweet comments about my last RUMOR HAS IT lo, hugs!

  9. Michelle
    April 24, 2012 at 9:04 pm (4 years ago)

    Awesome posting Kelly! and soooo entertaining as usual. You are such a great story teller and always make me laugh! Love your tutorials …especially the baby blocks…they look so real! I think it was a stroke of brilliance that you did both a girl and a boy version of this Lo. Great idea. And thanks for the shout out my friend. Great big hugs to you…but for God’s sake don’t touch me with those smoke and cheesie stained hands Baaahaaa. Hugs! M

  10. ingrid
    April 24, 2012 at 9:41 pm (4 years ago)

    always a pleasure to visit your blog Kelly! thanks for sharing all the details! gorgeous work and I just LOVE both versions! xxx

  11. Cindy Gay
    April 25, 2012 at 2:47 pm (4 years ago)

    I love the lattice work behind the frame, the curtain and the skirt! Gotta love blue gingham as my boys’ baby cribs and curtains were that! The blocks are very well done!

  12. misty
    April 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm (4 years ago)

    these details are off the chart awesome and I love how you’ve made their clothes stand out…and those blocks? Love this!

  13. Sharon
    April 28, 2012 at 8:41 am (4 years ago)

    I love your posts – you always make me laugh!!!!! I want those yellow hands!!! LOL! Thanks for the giggles this morning. And, your layout is lovely and so are the photos! TFS!

  14. Izzy Anderson
    April 28, 2012 at 12:44 pm (4 years ago)

    Another completely wonderful creation. That lattice work looks fab. So many great details. I love the tulle. :). Sweet pics too.

  15. Renee
    April 30, 2012 at 4:36 am (4 years ago)

    First of all, I’m cracking up at this funny post!! Sweaty hormonal teens LOL! Second, because of this LO, I went out and bought some Little Darling papers!! (SEE G45, you should have picked Kelly, she’s got selling power!!!!) TFS all the pics of the process, really informative and the blocks are awesome! Hugs to you sweet lady!!!

  16. Carol
    May 8, 2012 at 8:26 am (4 years ago)

    That two page baby layout is A M A Z I N G. Awesome details and design. Thanks for sharing it with us!


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