Piazza San Marco | A Scrapbook Layout

I just had one of those weekends where everything worked out. For instance, I finally found a townhouse! It’s brand new, which is a bonus. The rooms are a bit smaller than I would like, but over all square footage is fine. There is a garage. It has a third bedroom so I will be able to have a craft room. The only drawback is, the sale hasn’t gone through yet and I have to wait for the investors to close. (I’ll be renting for at least a year.) I won’t be able to move in until the 2nd week of May. I’m ready to move TODAY.

I’ll try to be patient. I will keep looking  and if another townhouse comes up and I can move in tomorrow, I will re-evaluate. I wanted a few weeks to settle in before I focus 100% of my time on finding a job. I am looking and meeting with former collegues and friends. I’ve already had two good meetings with several good leads. All in all, the future is bright in Florida!

I also had a very productive scrapbooking weekend. I created several layouts that I had no plans to make. Sometimes, they are the best kind! I happened upon Shimelle’s online crop where she posted several discussion topics and many different challenges.

Because my supplies are so limited right now, I haven’t really been creating much lately. (It could also be due to the fact that scrapbooking bent over a dresser is no fun, not to mention uncomfortable, but it’s the only way I’ve been able to work lately). But when I saw this challenge, an idea was quickly forming.

I got this punch recently and knew it would my perfect something bold. While I don’t have a ton of printed photos with me and I don’t have my photo printer, I do have a stack of photos from my trip to Europe two years ago. I found a few photos from Venice that sparked a memory of my grandmother and I was off in search of papers to get these ideas out of my head and onto a page.

I don’t think I’ve ever done a layout with such a bold punch featured so prominently. But I love how it turned out. I also got a chance to use these fun lace strips (currently available online at Scrapbook.com) from Jolies’s French General collection. I was pleasantly surprised to find a whole display of these new goodies at a Michael’s store in Orlando. Each lace strip is longer than 12 inches so it spans the full page, but the entire back of the strip is covered with a very strong adhesive. I was very impressed.

Other: Crate Restoration collection pack.

I created a couple of other layouts for other challenges as well. I’m sure I’ll be sharing them in future posts. If you have some creating time this week and you are low in ideas, check out these challenges. I bet you’ll find something that will have you running to your creative space to create something special.

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Fabulous take on the challenge Tammy! And I love that you recorded a memory about your grandmother with these photos.

    (I scrapped all weekend – completed 10 of Shimelle’s challenges. Now, today, I must do some housework & errands! LOL)

    Glad to hear you ‘ve found a place, even if there’s still a wait to get in.

  2. great layout!

    everyone is talking about shimelle these days. it seems like i can’t read a blog post with out someone taking one of her classes or following one of her challenges– i guess i am the ONLY person who has never seen anything she has done! i feel so left out! LOL!

  3. Congratulations on finding a new place to live!!!! That is so exciting! The next few weeks will fly by and before you know it, you’ll be crafting and posting to us from your new craft room!

    Beautiful layout today! That punch is amazing, I’ve never seen it before and I love the way it looks in black!

  4. Great layout and I really love those photos– beautiful!

  5. Oh, this is fabulous! Love how the layout turned out.

  6. Just stopping by from Shimelle’s and wanted to say how much I loved your background with the punch! It’s makes for a really striking layout – beautiful!

  7. Love the boldness!! 😉 The layout is nicely balanced and I totally love the lace border!!

  8. Yay for finding a place! And a scrap room? That would be so cool! I hope it all falls into place. I’ve heard a lot about Shimelle’s online crop….I will have to take a look. That’s a great punch. Love what you did with it!

  9. That is awesome NEWS!!!! I hope everything goes well with the final paper work 🙂

  10. Great page that punch makes for a dramatic backgroun which pairs great with your photos.

  11. Great layout, love this punch, I need to shop, teehee.
    congrats on finding a new home, or for hopefully finding a one sooner 🙂

  12. Oh I love the contrast of the side using the punched out doilies and the patterned paper side. Great job! I don’t think my mind would have been able to come up with that. Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I hope the rest of your move goes smoothly as you settle in. Scrapping on a dresser won’t last for long! 😉

  13. Yay on finding a townhouse! I bet you are so ready to have a place of your own again. Great page! I’ve had my eye on that scallop punch for a while, and may have to just get one for myself!

  14. Very cool punch, Tammy!
    And it looks great on the layout!
    Congratulations on the townhouse.
    I hope it all works out 🙂


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