Layout | We Are Family

Now that my new creative space is finally completed and functional (photos coming soon), I’m able to create much more again! The first thing I whipped out in my new space was this layout, inspired by both the precious photo and the fabulous new Park Bench collection from Fancy Pants Designs. Also, I wanted to take my new Silhouette Portrait out for another run. I love my new toy!

We Are Family by Nancy Nally

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants Designs “Park Bench” (Blanket, Park Bench Strips, Fountain, Light Post, Conversation). Ink: Colorbox Donna Salazar Mixed Media (Pewter). Spray Ink: Studio Calico Mister Huey’s (Sunshine), Heidi Swapp Color Shine (Tropicana Teal). Pen: Sharpie Fine Point. Digital Die Cutting Machine: Silhouette Portrait. Digital Cutting File: Silhouette (we are family by Lori Whitlock). Blank Chipboard: Silhouette. Adhesive: Ranger Studio by Claudine Hellmuth (Matte Multi-Medium). Paint: Martha Stewart Crafts (Beetle Black High Gloss). Stickers: Fancy Pants Designs (Park Bench Sticker Fundamentals), Heidi Swapp (Definitions), Bella Blvd (Gulf High Five Alphabet). Embellishments: Heidi Swapp Color Magic (fabric flowers, butterflies), Fancy Pants Designs (Park Bench tags).  Twine: Doodlebug Design (Gray). Washi Tape: Close To My Heart (slate).

Wow, that’s a long supply list for me…I don’t usually have that much detail in my projects. I was just inspired by all the great products sitting on my desk!

Here’s a closer look at what those details are:


This title block was exactly the sort of thing that I bought my Portrait for! I cut it from the new Silhouette Chipboard sheets. To get this thickness, I laminated two of them together. The depth is great and it was really easy to do, using Ranger Studio by Claudine Hellmuth Matte Multi Medium as the adhesive and leaving it to dry under a couple of heavy books. Then after it dried, I painted it with the paint I can’t live without lately – Martha Stewart Crafts. For this application I used the High Gloss in Beetle Black.

The orange flowers are Heidi Swapp Color Magic Flowers available at Michael’s that come uncolored. I sprayed “Sunshine” Mister Huey’s from Studio Calico onto my Ranger Craft Mat and then spritzed both the mat and the flower with water before rubbing the flower onto the mat.


I love these tag elements and they were so quick and easy to assemble! The tag bases are the coordinating tag set for the Park Bench collection from Fancy Pants Designs, with the string replaced with Gray Doodle Twine. The bottom tag was completed with just a Heidi Swapp sticker. The middle tag is barely more complicated, with a piece of Heidi Swapp Color Magic Chipboard spritzed with Color Shine. The top tag is nothing more than washi tape by Close To My Heart and Bella Blvd alphabet stickers. It was so simple!

Have I inspired you to make your own chipboard titles?  Silhouette is having a fabulous sale on their machines and chipboard in their online store this week if you use this link and enter our code “Update” at checkout!!


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13 Responses to Layout | We Are Family

  1. Annette Allen May 11, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

    such a sweet the added flowers…

  2. Suz Gray May 11, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    Fantastic page Nancy. That photo & your smiles say it all…. I sure hope those smiles will be an everyday thing really soon when he’s home for good. The flowers & tags look so pretty.

  3. C Ransom May 12, 2013 at 2:06 am #

    Your little girl is just beaming. It is clear how special her Daddy is to her! What a precious memory.

  4. AllisonLP May 12, 2013 at 7:08 am #

    that’s a happy family. super sweet layout! TFS

  5. kathyhpyk May 12, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    Beautiful layout, and especially sweet for the journaling and what that moment signified. That is a long supply list but wow! what a gorgeous layout:)

  6. Cindy deRosier May 12, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    So happy to hear that you’re all reunited!

  7. Katie Kelley May 12, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    Love this layout, love the story better. So so happy for all of you.

  8. Gela May 12, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    First if all yay for your family!! Second what a lovely, lovey layout.

  9. Radona Young May 13, 2013 at 12:29 am #

    happy to see your family together. you have been so strong! love your layout and the memory and feelings it evokes!

  10. deb May 13, 2013 at 12:44 am #

    Nancy, I can’t tell you what a wonderful layout this was to see. Your face tell all and I’m so thrilled for you and hubby both. You have traveled thru this time with pose and dignity, you are a survivor and here comes the pay off. The end of this period. I will always miss you at the table but life moves on. I enjoy all your current projects and hope you are please with what you have built professional for yourself….you are very good at it.-deb

  11. kdgdi May 13, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    Nice layout!

  12. Jennifer May 13, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    this IS wonderful to see- not only for the layout itself (which is really nice!!) but more for the memory of what that layout signifies for all of you!!! Congratulations on getting through a really tough time ‘with poise and dignity’ as Deb said above.

  13. Nancy Nally May 13, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    Thanks everyone for the lovely comments on the layout and the big step it represents for our family! We’re not done yet but we are getting there…the big day will finally come in October! Until then, we’ll continue to treasure our Sunday furloughs together at home as a family while Mike finishes up his time in work release.

    I enjoyed so much making this layout…it just flowed out of me. Maybe that is why the supply list is so long…I didn’t want to stop! LOL

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