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Challenge #11-2013 Raspberry Grid Paper

Summer is just around the corner and you’ll be taking lots of photos, why not challenge yourself to find things that make you smile as you shoot your photos and see how much fun it can be? You might even like to buy some of the Raspberry Grid Papers on sale now at Snapncrop to complete the summer fun!


Raspberry Grid Paper is the feature for Challenge #11.

Our theme: “Things that Make Me Smile” Create a page that shows us things that make you smile.

This Challenge calls for using The Overlapping Focal Point Page Pattern #64

Our additional Element Options could be one or more of the following items:

v     Clay 

v   Ink

v   Origami

 As I was making my lists for this challenge I discovered that a lot of the things that make me smile would be difficult to take photos of as many are only in the camera of my mind. Fond memories, stories told or fragrances that spark a time or place far from where I am now. So I began again. This time I focused on the things that Isabella, my 16 month old granddaughter, does that makes me smile. The looks, the reactions, the curiosity, the moments of grasping a new idea, the investigation she does into everything to see how it works. Things like… When she is twirling around to the music of the Piano Guys, when she searches for just the right book in the basket, and when she is indignant that the cupcakes are orders going out the door and not for her. I’d love to see what’s going on inside her mind…and occasionally, I can see it in the things she does…and it makes me smile!

These photos have been taken over that past few weeks. They have captured a few of those moments that make me smile…others never made it into the camera…they’ll just be fond memories.

The center photos on both sides of the layout were from Memorial Day. My boys were all here to help clean out the sheds, with the promise of BBQ for lunch and dinner to be followed by our Annual Movie Night and pies. Isabella was helping Auntie bake pies. Her reward was a piece of peanut butter pie…that she thoroughly enjoyed! Her expressions were priceless, so were the looks on her parent’s faces they also brought a smile to my heart. I was so glad to catch a few of them!

To see her following Auntie Hannah’s every move in the kitchen as she prepares a meal or bakes, to see her take her mixing bowl and spoon and ‘mix’, to see her eager to help ‘cook’ makes me smile at her…and her Auntie…and the joy she has in Izzy’s interest in all she does.

The day at the park when Hannah put her on the slide for the first time she was armed with her ‘wipe’ when she spotted some dirt and had to madly scrub it off.

I’ve used the Shakespeare quote on page two “though she be but little she is fierce!” to describe how she is when her Daddy or Uncle Andrew fly her through the air. They’ve always done it and it makes me nervous to watch them, but it also makes me smile at the trust she has in them and the fearless fierceness she exhibits by sailing into the ride. It makes me smile to see that Andrew finally has his playmate to enjoy, and he does. 

I loved to see her straining on tippy toes, pointing wildly at the horsies on the carousel the first time she sees it. I cropped a square of just the tippy toes and one of her wildly pointing. Her unbridled enthusiasm made me smile. 

These are a few of the ‘things,’ the moments, which I’ve documented, that make me smile.


I have used all three elements. The clay is ‘Delight’ paper clay by Creative Paperclay Co. and is very lightweight and air dries overnight. It is perfect for scrapbooking and safe to use for this purpose. It is also almost ½ the cost of Martha Stewarts product. I used a silicone alphabet mold (Martha Stewart) for each letter. I used Zig Ink Pens to drop in color in the detail of the letters. I also used Tami’s rubber stamp “Love” from the “I Wish For You” set CL227 Impression Obsession  to deboss the word into the soft clay then when it was dry to add ink.

I took one of Mosaic Moments date striplets  in white and inked it with Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender Dew Drop. The numbers where cut apart and placed behind 1” circle tile frames in Cyclamen Pink. 


Mosaic Moments Paper Tiles in the Cyclamen  set or in the “Watermelon” set that is on SALE this month with shades of green, also Medium Aqua and Caribbean Breeze. 

For the various origami and paper folding items I used a computer weight paper by Ampad bought at Wal-Mart in the colors that are close to the tile color choices. This light weight paper is perfect for folding techniques.

Origami is the art of Japanese paper folding. There was a Japanese woman at our church when I was a child that first showed me how to make things out of sheets of paper squares by folding. She was absolutely wonderful! Here I have tried to do a few paper folding techniques that are closer to teabag folding which was developed by Tiny van der Plas of Holland with real teabag packets.

For the Challenge I wanted to make choices here that would work well with the Mosaic Moments Grid style, two as frames one as an art focus in a nine-patch square.  I was inspired by a piece of artwork that you can find here:  Someday I’d really like to try something like it!

I’ve taken a few photos to show you how to do it too. Of course there are a lot of books; many you can get at the library that will help you try other ideas, too. 


Jacket Fold Frame

Start with 4-3” squares

Begin with a square and fold in half. On one side fold back the corners to the horizontal fold line. Then fold the same corners back towards the fold you just made. Finally, fold down the point to the fold. Make four for a square. Interlock each section in the middle (see below). A smaller section of cardstock can be inserted, or a photo cropped to fit, can be secured with tape/glue of left loose. 

Oragami Book Frame

Start with a 6x6 square.

(Use 6 of these squares to make an origami accordion fold book. Use 2" squares folded into a triangle to slip between layers to form connectors, use double sided tape on all sides of small square, use ribbon to tie together.)

Page Two

Folded Square

Not sure what it is called, but it is the one used in the art work.

I have used the square on both sides to show the unique design of each side. The Aqua row is all on the ‘backside’ of the square. I have lifted the folds slightly to give some added dimension but they will lie flat in the page protector. I had to try a few sizes to get it to fold to a 1” square. What works the best is a 2-7/8” square. All the folds are below. I used a bone folder to crease the edges to get sharp folds and to help it to lay flat. 



You make me Smile when

You get up on your tippy toes and point wildly at the horsies on the carousel when you see it for the first time.   Your excitement is priceless.

When your first trip down a slide you had to clean it first!

...To see how you love to cook with Auntie Hannah

Because you love to read and you especially like your Jane Austen Kiddie Lit counting bookand LOVE the 2 page with two rich men

Because you and Uncle Andrew trust each other so much that you can fly through the airfearless!

When you smile! And all the many expressions you have for every event.

Watched you eating your peanut butter pie and loving itand I loved watching your parents delight in every move and every bite you savored!!

when you come looking for meknocking on my dooryou just make me



In the journaling box the fonts used were LD Smiles  and  CK Curly.

That concludes this June feature grid challenge and I thank you so very much for stopping by, be sure to stop by Snapncrop to pick up your Raspberries!



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You really outdid yourself this time. First of all, the origami is absolutely great and not something I would ever think of trying. By breaking it down, you make it look do-able. The clay title is so beautiful. You are so talented and I have learned such great things from your creativity. Thank you for a really great layout.
Posted By: Dale Hill  |  June 22, 2013 at 4:23 am   
Wow! Such attention to detail. Hope I can find this page again to try the origami techniques... Beautiful pages!!
Posted By: Libby Wiers  |  June 10, 2013 at 7:02 pm   
Awesome as usual! Love the clay letters in the title. Looks like fimo but sounds easier to use. Like the origami on page two. The grouping of boxes remind me of cootie catchers. Izzy is too cute :)
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  June 9, 2013 at 1:13 am   
I love the oragami, it is something that I have never done but find very interesting. I guess I need to give it a shot because it look amazing on your page.
Posted By: Tonnya Sayah  |  June 9, 2013 at 12:38 am   
I love the origami squares, your attention to detail, and the fact that you were able to use fresh photos. You are awesome.
Posted By: Diane Cook  |  June 8, 2013 at 6:06 pm   
I love the origami squares, your attention to detail, and the fact that you were able to use fresh photos. You are awesome.
Posted By: Diane Cook  |  June 8, 2013 at 6:06 pm   
WOW that origami looks like a lot of work!! So pretty on your page though! Love your layout and your clay title and the way it "smiles!" Izzy is adorable and my favorite photo is those toes!! Ditto everything Lori said! You are a wonderful mentor and inspiration for all of us! Great job!
Posted By: Heather Cartland  |  June 8, 2013 at 1:52 am   
Love that baby
Posted By: Elizabeth Cross  |  June 7, 2013 at 11:03 am   
FABULOUS once again. You are such an inspiration! Every detail is just amazing, and you really put your heart and soul into shows! The photos are wonderful, Izzy is adorable, your journaling is so creative (Shakespeare?!), and the instructions/descriptions are fantastic! I now want to try that paper clay out! I have done tea bag folding and love it...didn't think to use that in my layout...could have made a teabag to go with my tea photo! LOL! Again, you are a true inspiration, and we are SO LUCKY to have you as a mentor! HUGS!
Posted By: Lori Hanson  |  June 6, 2013 at 3:04 am   
You went all out! Your title looks scrumptious! The explanations of reconfiguring the CornerStone date and detail of the folding squares is wonderful. Thank you! And most importantly, LOVE the list you made about your granddaughter - "you make me smile when%u2026"
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  June 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm   

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