The Land Of Broken Dreams | A Scrapbook Layout

Big news: I completed a layout this week!

That is a feat for me right now because my moving container arrives in 20 days, my house is only three quarters packed and I am still working full time. But it makes me happy to squeeze in a few minutes of crafting on Sunday afternoons so I do it, even when I should be packing.

This layout had been on my mind for days, so I stopped what I was doing last weekend to get it done. While I have so much to look forward to and I’m beyond ready to move on, I’ve realized there is still some letting go to be done too. Packing up my house is bringing it all to the surface.

I don’t do these introspective journaling pages often, but sometimes, when thoughts overwhelm, it makes me feel better to get it out. Rather than pushing the thoughts and feelings away, I took the time to get them down on paper and this layout is the result. It puts me in much a better place to focus on the exciting things to come!

(Sorry for the bad image. Soon these gloomy grey winter days will be a thing of the past and my photos will be taken with the sun shining!)

I didn’t want this layout to be dark and moody, even though that’s how I was feeling and the photo in the layout was taken on an overcast day. I chose papers with brighter, though somewhat subdued colors.

I started with flowers as the main embellishment but felt they were too happy. I wanted something more low-key. I ended up experimenting and creating these cool medallions with this Martha Stewart corner punch.

These medallions are super easy to make. You can use any regular sized Martha Stewart corner punch. Each one will give you a totally different look. All you do is take a 2” square of cardstock and punch each corner.

This fun shape was the result and I felt that the tiny holes were screaming for some stitching. I put my mad embroidery skills to work and ended up with this fun pattern. It was exactly what I needed for this page.

Other – embroidery thread, Quickutz Recycle alphabet (discontinued)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I am still planning to keep posting throughout my move next month. But if things do get quiet around here, it’s because I’m focused on packing and moving. Creating may need to slip on the priority list…but never for long! Thanks to everyone out there for your well wishes and supportive comments. It means the world to me!


  1. Thanks for sharing Tammy – all layouts are personal but this one is particularly so. I agree sometimes you just have to get something out of your head and onto the page.

  2. I love that you are finding time to scrap despite the upheaval and being super busy. Love that punch and your sewing it the perfect touch!

  3. great layout and it is so cool how you are putting all your emotions into it! that is what i totally love about this hobby-it is not just putting a picture on a page–it is telling a story, your thoughts and emotions –love it

  4. Good luck with your move. I really like the layout, thanks for sharing a cool technique.

  5. What a great technique! Thank you for sharing that! Your layout is lovely and I think its wonderful you found the time to document this!

  6. Beautiful layout Tammy, both the color/embellishments and the journaling. I too love how you are fitting scrap time into your schedule. For so many of us it is a stress reliever. Keep us posted on your move! 🙂

  7. Great technique tip and beautiful page. Beautiful blog too. New follower! 🙂

  8. What a fun technique! Thanks for sharing the step by step process.
    Gorgeous layout, too!

  9. Good luck with your move, Tammy! It’s hard to do and by letting your journaling flow, I think helps the process. This page turned out so wonderfully and best of all, you feel better, right?! Hope your move is a smooth one or at least a little less stressful as a move can be! LOL!

  10. Love your embellishments!
    Good luck with your move, Tammy!
    I hope everything goes very smoothly for you 🙂

  11. Beautiful layout & such reflective journaling Tammy. I love that you used the happy colors & allowed this to be a positive spin on your returning home! Now . . . go pack some more! LOL

  12. I love the corner punched/embroidered embellishments. Thank you for the tip!

  13. What a wonderful layout! I love the contrast of the brown with the vibrant color. And the medallions are perfect. I think you’re right that they are better than flowers. Hope the move back to Orlando goes smoothly!

  14. Your layout is amazing!!! Its nice to close one door before opening another!!
    you will do great things in Florida, I just know it!!

    Good Luck packing!

  15. I hope your next home is the Land of Dreams Found!! Great idea to get those thoughts and feelings down on paper. You will have a new view on this one day and I’m sure you will want to look back on it.

  16. Such personal, heartfelt journaling.
    I am glad you are going where you feel you need to, and yes we must all listen to our instincts.
    I like those medallions, love that stitching you added to them.


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