You are awesome

This is a clean and simple one-photo design using the ombre effect.

This is a photo of our sweetheart, Liam, at three months of age. How about that bold stare? He still has those amazing baby blue eyes.

Product/technique notes

I created this layout to participate in a monochromatic/ombre challenge at A Cherry on Top, in which they required the use of only one color (other than black and white) in at least three shades. No other colors (except in your photos) was allowed. That is not as easy as it may sound! I found my papers in 6×6 paper pads by American Crafts, BasicGrey and My Mind’s Eye. I created the title with a free cut file that I offered on my blog a few weeks ago. Here it is again, in case you missed it.

The Constant Scrapper Awesome Titles freebie

Thankful for such happy days together

This is a one-page, one-photo scrapbook page using My Mind's Eye products.

This photos is from a really happy time. It was Easter in 1992, and I was living back at home with Mom and Dad in Willoughby and working as a conference planner at ASM International. Spenser was just over a year old and was a pure joy in our lives. Although Phil was living in Pennsylvania, he had come home to spend Easter with us. So things were pretty great.

This photo reminds me to be thankful for happy days.

Product/technique notes

I created this layout using products from the My Mind’s Eye Now & Then > Ginger collection.


This is a one-page, one-photo scrapbook page entitled "Drool" by Janice Daquila-Pardo

I walked in and found our sweet Oliver snoozing in the office, and as I stopped for a moment to take in his beauty and the peaceful feeling you get when you watch someone deep in slumber, I noticed these three little drops of drool on his whiskers. So I assume he was having sweet dreams.

Product/technique notes

Square punches were my friend for this design, which just frames my close-up photo with bursts of color. Most of the patterns came from the Pebbles “Walnut Grove” 6×6 paper pad. I created and cut my title on the Silhouette Cameo and added some hand stitching for a bit of texture.

Queen Klutz


I’m klutzy. It goes beyond klutzy, really. In fact, I have always been so accident prone that my father used to call me Grace…because I had none.

And I’ve realized that this is a trait I’m just not going to outgrow. So I guess I may as well own it. I was recently telling my mom about my latest mishap (a full body slam to the tile floor of our entry way), and she suggested that I really should have kept a diary of my accidents over the years because I find such inventive ways of hurting myself. Yes, she expressed concern for my aches and pains, but in the end it’s a bit of a funny family fact: Jan is creatively clumsy.

    Just a few that come to mind:

  • I once closed my ear in the car door.
  • I smacked my face so hard into our dining room light fixture that I gave myself a black eye and vertigo.
  • I fell all the way down a set of carpeted stairs and bounced into the living room.

So, now you know.

Product/technique notes

I followed this My Scraps & More sketch #102 very closely because I liked it so much. Most of the patterned papers on this are from Little Yellow Bicycle’s “Fern & Forest Girl” 6×6 pad.



Two influences conspired to make me create this page:

  • I am participating in the Paper Issues online crop, and one of the challenges is to alter a cut file with color (adding mists, using patterned paper, etc.).
  • I recently stared dopily at the beauty of this layout by Paige Evans and made a mental note to try it myself. Isn’t it gorgeous?

I had this simple, classic photo of Phil and me dyeing Easter eggs at the kitchen table in 1976. I thought it deserved some special treatment, so I “dyed” my background daisies (water colored them with Tim Holtz distress inks) and then backed that with a colorful (old) patterned paper from K&Co. I also cut the title on the Silhouette and then added a few random tidbits around the photo.