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My biggest hurdle in scrapbooking used to be page design. These days, my biggest hurdle is just getting off the internets so I can sit down and make something. Actually no, this week my biggest hurdle is that Nora has decided that napping is for sissies. After several glorious months of 1.5 hour naps twice a day, she seems to be moving to one nap…except that one nap is 30 minutes long and leaves us both cranky. Send help! And chocolate!

Anyway, what was I saying? Oh, yes, my biggest hurdle used to be page design. I felt like I needed to be all creative and fancy and reinvent the wheel every time I made a layout, but honestly, there’s a limit to how many new and exciting ways you can adhere photos to sheet of paper. So I started to scraplift myself, over and over again, and it’s marvelous and freeing.

Tuck and Robin

This is the design I go for when I have lots of photos to display – I could probably use this throughout my entire hiking album and be totally happy with the end result.

On Top of Old Smokey

It’s a great way to stuff six photos onto one page without it seeming overwhelming, and it adds a little more visual interest than a square grid (although square grids are also fabulous and are another go-to design).

Above the Clouds

This second design is my all-time favorite. Two parts of the page meeting off-center, corners rounded, so many possibilities. I made this Zion page in 2007 and I still consider it one of my best ever! I love how the ridgelines in the two photos just happened to fit together perfectly.


You can use one photo, lots of photos, only photos, or lots of patterned paper bits.

Paradise Found

I love adding an embellishment that pulls the two sections together.

Noble Bob

I’ve used it for two-pagers as well, drawing the eye all the way across the spread. I’m going to be attempting to make a December Dailyish album this year, and I think I’ll be relying heavily on this design in order to get my pages done quickly.


Alright, I should get up off the couch and get some housework done before this hopefully-longer-than-thirty-minute nap ends. Seriously, if you have tips for moving from two naps to one, let me know! If I put her down for a morning nap, she’ll play in her crib for over an hour before falling asleep for 30 minutes and then skip her afternoon nap…but if I try to keep her up until 11-11:30 so she can take one long nap, she gets overtired and just sleeps fitfully for, you guessed it, 30 minutes. Either way she ends up really cranky and has to go to bed early so JK doesn’t even get to see her after he comes home from work. She also seems like she’s working on walking, so maybe it could just be a sucktastic developmental leap and not actually a need to move to one nap?

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  • Reply Misti November 6, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Oh, I wish I had sleep and nap advice for you. I’m kind of in the same boat. Daycare manages to get at least two naps out of him during the week. They vary from 30 min to an hour and a half usually.

    Weekends really depend on our schedule. If we’re home all day I aim for a mid-morning nap and an early afternoon nap, but often if we’re busy it ends up being a middle of the day nap.

    Since his nighttime routine has recently switching from nursing to sleep to nursing and then laying in the crib until he goes to sleep, I’m working on naptimes being like this as well. So far morning naps I can get done like that but often times these days I am taking a nap in the afternoon too so I just let him snooze with me. That requires patience then, too, because he wants to squirm and move until he just realizes it’s time to sleep.

    All I can say is patience and keep weathering through. So…yeah, no real advice! lol

  • Reply MargieH November 6, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Love the idea of scraplifting yourself! Hmm….may need to try that idea! LOL! FABULOUS pages!!

  • Reply annie November 6, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    I really love that your designs are so classic that even after so many years it still looks fabulous!

  • Reply Maura November 6, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Everybody talks about how “wonderful” one nap is. If only we could get there! Keeping Jack awake and entertained until the afternoon basically requires a team of professionally trained people! The only thing I’m trying really hard to do is maintain eating schedules (adding an extra snack where morning nap was) and keeping bedtime super consistent. We bumbed dinner time to be a little later and do bubble baths or dance parties to keep him awake and happy until bedtime. Hopefully the limbo we are in wont last long and we will come out on the other side unscathed.

  • Reply solgunn November 8, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Jeg husker at A ble lagt halv tolv etter lunsj i barnehagen. Han sov da 2-3 timer! Barnehager tryller unger i søvn og faste rutiner hjelper nok, kanskje også utetiden dem har før soving men akkurat det er sikkert veldig norskt…. Dem tåler mye sutring i barnehagen og holder stramt på leggetider. Det samme hver dag også i helgene er viktig, selv om det er krevende fordi man blir så låst. Men det var STOR forskjell på hvor mye søvn dem trengte. A var murmeldyret på sin gruppe som du sikkert skjønner. Kanskje Nora egentlig trenger lite søvn, men er ikke der helt enda? Mine unger var dessuten mer irritable når dem skulle øve inn noe nytt.

  • Reply solgunn November 8, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Og så glemte jeg å nevne at gjenbruk er genialt og gleder meg til DD. Jeg skal ta langt færre bilder, for mengden bilder tok knekken på mitt forsøk på WIL.

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