Layout by Katie done in 2005. Papers by Katie. Font unknown.

It’s always fun for me (Katie) to think about how many ways the very same layout could be put together. When I created the above layout back in 2005, I had no idea of all the digital scrapbooking products and techniques that I would learn about in the coming years. There weren’t nearly as many products available back then, and I was just getting started with my own digital skills. While there is no NEED to redo this layout, I wondered what it would look like if I scrapped it today? Then I wondered what it would look like if some of the best digi scrappers in our community got to play with it? Soon, the idea for our new monthly feature “PLAY IT AGAIN” was born. We are so excited about this new regular feature because it will be a great way to illustrate some of the many possibilities that exist when it comes to digital scrapbooking!

We really want to emphasize that there is not a “right way” or a “wrong way” to put together a layout. It’s more about capturing the memory, finding your own style(s), and PLAYING! Yes, it’s ok to play and have fun!


The original layout is about a Disney Cruise in 2005. The picture is of me, my son Alex, and my daughter Riley. It’s not the best photo, but it is the only one I have of the 3 of us together during that trip. We loved formal night and my son was so excited to wear a tux (even though he doesn’t look that thrilled).

My original journaling reads:

On formal night we dressed all in black and white. Jeff and Alex wore tuxedos and Riley and I wore black and white dresses. Riley helped design her own dress and I made it.

We felt so fancy that night at dinner. We ate at the Animator’s Palette restaurant so we fit right in with the black and white décor. Alex said he looked like a “young James Bond” and everyone agreed with him.  He was very suave indeed!

That night is one of our very favorite Disney Cruise memories.

July 2005



We sent my original layout and the original photo (not edited) to several different scrappers around the digital scrapbooking community. They were free to use any style or products they wanted to. The only requirement was to incorporate the original photo and journaling.



It was so much fun to see how all of these different layouts turned out! The styles and designs were varied, but all of them captured the memory in a meaningful and beautiful way!

I love the soft and elegant color scheme of this layout. The photo and journaling really stand out.

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Layout by Brenda Smith (aka. kaleandkiara)

Credits: Timeless by the MScraps Designers (store collab), Stitches by Erinink. All products available at MScraps


I love the whimsical embellishments on this layout – they are so playful and fun!

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Layout by Tracy Ducar (aka Tracyfish)

Credits: In It Together by Julie Billingsley, Matted by Traci Reed, Take Me Away by Dani Mogstad, Oceania by Heather Roselli, Woo-dles by Shawna Clingerman, Fonts: DJB Gimme Space by Darcy Baldwin and Lauren Reid. All products available at Sweet Shoppe Designs.

Additional font used: American Typewriter.


I adore the soft white flowers on this layout, they remind me of my daughter’s dress.


Layout by Lorilei Murphy

Credits: Studio Tangie Haute Soiree Kit, Studio Vivarant Stark Raven Frames, Studio Flergs Metallica Alpha (lightened). All products available at Scrapbook Graphics.

Journaling font: Kingthings Wrote


How fun is that black top hat? The pop of red color is very classy, and the cluster of elements is a great touch.


Layout by Petra Prijs (aka Milo82)

Credits: When the summer ends’ kit by Kimla designs, Creation 23′ colab kit by Createwings designs & Catherine designs, ‘Pêle Mêle, Memory Keeper : Autumn Variation’ by Catherine Designs  All products available at After Five Designs.

Additional notes:
Layout created in ACDSee photo editor 2008
Photo edited in Abode photoshop CS4 using actions from My Four Hens Photography
Actions used: Clean color action from the ‘Color pop pretties’ set, Angel face from the ‘Soft & sweet’ set


Black and white with a splash of colorful flowers makes this layout visually stunning. I love the inclusion of both the full color and black and white version of the photograph.


Layout by Colleen York

Credits: Kaye Winieki ahh paradise, colored in alpha Jacque Larsen fontworks 2 Amy Wolfe build your own border Rachel Young daylight sequins spills Valorie Wibbins black beautynGina Miller essential whites. All products available at The Lily Pad.


Beautiful blues and browns are such a nice way to bring out the colors in the photo and are a great complement to the photo. Wonderful placement of embellishments.

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Layout by Holly Takatsuka (aka hollyinjapan)

Credits: papers and elements from Cherish by Jennifer Labre Designs, page template from Sweet Starts Vol 2 in the August Grabbag by Nikki Epperson. All products available at The Digi Chick.

All photo filters used for photo are Define Sharp and Lovely, both by the Pioneer Woman
font is DJB Liz


I love the way the theme of the fancy dinner was included in this layout. Fun use of a bold patterned paper that doesn’t overwhelm the layout.

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Layout by Britanee Walker.

Credits: Coastal Holiday by Tracie Stroud, Bon Appetit by SuzyQ Scraps and Brittish Designs. Foundations {Round} by DeCrow Designs. All products available at Scrap Orchard.


Isn’t it fun to see all the different ways that just one layout can be scrapped? Look through each layout again and think about which one you prefer. Think about why that one stands out to you and what you like about it. It’s a great exercise to help you learn about yourself as a scrapper and your style. It also might help you explore some new styles that you haven’t tried before.  Remember, there is no right or wrong way, all of these layouts are beautiful!!   When you get ready to work on your next layout, take some time to think about all the ways you could play with that memory and have some fun!


P.S. Barbara was our random winner chosen from the comments in yesterday’s post.  She won $10 in product from ErinInk!! 🙂