Compendium of Curiosities 3 ~ Challenge #15

Welcome!  It’s time for Challenge #15 celebrating Tim Holtz’s book, the Compendium of Curiosities, Volume 3.  Our new prompt is to use the Cabinet Card Pocket (details can be found on page 38 – if you still need a copy, you can get one autographed by Tim right here.)

Mixed media scrapbook layout with Tim Holtz Sizzix dies - single photo layout - Marjie Kemper

Our sponsor this week is Inspiration Emporium, and a random winner will receive a $50 shopping spree on their online store. There are also prizes donated by Tim and Mario for the Curiosity Crew’s favorite project.  You’ll find the Rules and FAQs at Linda’s site… please take a moment to read these so you are definitely in the running for the prizes.

Mixed media scrapbook layout with Tim Holtz Sizzix dies - single photo layout - Marjie Kemper

I used this awesome pic of my niece Kelsey when she was 2 or 3… talking on the radio in the fire truck (her dad was a volunteer firefighter). I love pull-outs on scrapbook pages, and the Pocket Cabinet Card was the perfect place to tuck my journaling, while keeping the bulk of the 12X12 page pretty open.

Mixed media scrapbook layout with Tim Holtz Sizzix dies - single photo layout - Marjie Kemper

I embossed the Cabinet Card with two of Tim Holtz’s Sizzix Texture Fades and applied Distress Ink over the edges in colors complimentary to the patterned paper. The papers are from the Dreamer collection from 7 Dots Studios (love them!)  I barely altered the papers – just distressed around the edges with jet black archival ink.

Mixed media scrapbook layout with Tim Holtz Sizzix dies - single photo layout - Marjie Kemper

For the pull-out, I tore a scrap of the patterned paper and then used Ranger’s Distress Inks to add color to the manila tag.

Mixed media scrapbook layout with Tim Holtz Sizzix dies - single photo layout - Marjie Kemper

After adding more color with stencils and Distress Inks, I wrote my caption/story and embellished with Idea-ology parts and a couple of little black ‘burst’ paper punches.  Whenever you have a spare piece like this tag, adding something from the ‘main piece’ will make it seem like they belong together.  Because I used a scrap of the patterned paper and the repeated black punched pieces, it seems like the tag really is related to the page.

CC3C-15 (D) Marjie Kemper

I used more scraps of the patterned paper for adding stamped sentiments. Tore them randomly and inked the edges. I was so happy to have those stamps come to mind, and to know where they were in my studio!  (All because I am in a major reorganizing mode — see this post re: the great stamp purge).

CC3C-15 (E) Marjie Kemper

And finally, my title… which really made me laugh.  I’ve looked at this pic of Kelsey for several years (inherited) and knew I always wanted to do something with it.  Suddenly that Carly Rae Jepson song came to mind and it was DONE.

Thanks so much for the visit today. If we’re not already connected, please sign up for my newsletter or follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, or Twitter.

Hope to see you at CC3C!


Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. This is gorgeous Marjie! The colours are so vibrant and well blended! Love the added gears and the silhouetted sentiment! hugs 🙂

  2. LOVE your project and the colors WOW. Gorgeous.

  3. Such a great way to use the cabinet pocket cards. love the depth of colour and the whole concept of the layout. Toni x

  4. Now I have that song stuck in my head lol. What a cutie she is!!! Love the fun details on this LO Marjie.

  5. This is just the cutest thing ever. I love the rich colors and the patterns you used.

  6. This page is incredible! I’m speechless, the picture is so cute and the bright colors are wonderful, love your style! BArbarayaya

  7. aw, so cute!! I love all the color and texture you have on the layout too.

  8. The background paper is so poppy. The pic is too cute and the title is perfect !! Love the way you used the cabinet card

  9. I love that you embossed your cabinet card and pull out tag is wonderful! Great layout!

  10. Oh yum – love how you’ve used these papers, and the pull out journalling tag is great. The echoing tear in the side of the page is a lovely touch – life is good indeed!
    Alison xx

  11. Fabulousness! The colours are great and I love the open spaces…less is more, but only in moderation!

  12. Great layout – love the colours and how your work is always just a little bit different! Nxx

  13. Great colors and good use of your cabinet card on the album. Cute!!

  14. I’m never sure how you achieve your backgrounds and this one is lovely! Love the colors and gears. All the textures make it so interesting. Love the caption too. Very cute! Love the tag in the pocket with gear handle! So clever!

  15. Great idea to make your card part of the front of an album. Love all the wild bright colors.

  16. The colors in your project are so gorgeous – they leap out at you from among the other featured projects! I love your photo for the layout, too – cute!

  17. This is gorgeous. I love the papers and how adorable Kelsey is. so sweet.
    susan s

  18. What a fun page you created with this wonderful photo!

  19. Great page Marjie! Your niece is adorable!

  20. Absolutely amazing love the whole design

  21. Gorgeous!! Love how the tag pulls out to tell the photo story. Colors are rockin!

  22. Love the little gear on your pull out journaling tag. Also, the color on this page is really fantastic!

  23. I love this layout. I haven’t gotten into scrap booking yet, but I love the tip on using the cabinet card for the journaling…interactive and space-saving!

  24. Gorgeous layout Marjie! Love how you embossed the cabinet card! Looks fantastic! Your niece is adorable! Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. Love the color! And the link to the song title!

  26. Your page is stunning and I love the pull out tag and embossing behind the photograph. The pinks and grungy torn papers works so well together. Your niece is such a cutie. 🙂

  27. FAB-U-LOUS!!! Your layout makes me want to start scrapbooking again! NOT! But it so eye-catching with the colors and the embellishments, which are just perfect for the layout!

  28. I love what you’ve created here, stunning colors and the photo of your niece is too cute. I also love that you wrote a sweet note on the tag inside the sleeve. Very cool!

  29. This is too cute! Great project for the cabinet card.

  30. Fabulous layout Marjie!! So colorful and fun 🙂 Love how you’ve created the pull-tab from a TH gear! XOXO-Shari T.

  31. Marjie I always love your color choices! This is beautiful, and has a nice warm tone. Love
    your photo and make!!! Beautifully done.

  32. Rosann aka Rea' says:

    Love how you used the cabinet card on a layout … so awesome, love the tucked away journaling tag with the gear pull so very cool ! An adorable photo of your niece too !

  33. Such a great title and I like the use of the tag for the journaling.
    An adorable photograph!

  34. Such a lovely layout! The colors are awesome!

  35. Love the “Call Me” and that adorable image! Marjie, this is just wonderful and I love the warm and rich colors. I am looking at my card and trying to figure out if I want to emboss or stencil! Love this!

  36. Marjie, this is a great layout and such a cute photo. Love the pull-out feature. You have me wondering, however, about the technique on your actual cabinet card. Did you emboss it? It seems there is texture and stencil, or perhaps texture fade? You’ve got me curious!

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Thanks, Annette! Your question made me realize I forgot to include the photo showing the embossing – yes I used two of Tim’s Texture Fades (photo and info added now).

  37. Marjie…I love this! You blow me away how you are able to keep your art so true to your layered, colorful tradition and yet incorporate even the most “vintage” looking pieces into it! That is not an easy thing to do and have it look right! 🙂 Your layout is amazing! <3 Candy

  38. What a colourful page, just matches the subject. The cabinet card looks great for journalling x

  39. I love these warm colours. They really glow. Great title for such a cute photo.

  40. Kirsten Alicia says:

    Gorgeous layout & such a cute photo. And the title made me laugh too, it’s perfect.

  41. Such a lovely LO , the picture is so funny. Warmest and gorgeous colours, those papers are really beautiful!

  42. I love your style Marjie, gorgeous bright colours and textures. This is great x

  43. Fun page! Clever way to have an interactive journaling piece. Yummy texture on the cabinet card.

  44. This layout made me chuckle…Your niece is adorbs and I love love love your layout. having your journaling slide in the cabinet card is icing on the cake! LOVE your colors…you amaze me with your colors.

  45. just adorable!!

  46. Beautiful page, Marjie! Love the hidden journaling

  47. I love the 7 Dot Studio papers, the journaling tag looks amazing and I love how you tore the random pieces and took them onto the layout. That and the embellishments really draw the eye to the focal point – it looks wonderful. Hugs, Anne xx

  48. Gorgeous layout Marjie! Love the journaling tag! Fab color and texture too!

  49. Beautiful!!!

  50. I think this is one of my all time favourites of your pieces Marjie. Just love the whole frame and journalled tag idea. Jenny x

  51. Great layout Marjie! Really like how you decorated the cabinet card and lovely photo too. Karen.x

  52. Sweet layout. I love the journaling on the tag.

  53. Love this! x

  54. What a playful and colorful layout using your niece’s photo and a current song title!

  55. Adorable!

  56. Awesome! This layout is just wonderful! Can’t wait to see the next one 😉 x

  57. The title made me laugh instantly….so cute. And as always I am such a fan of the depth of color you create with. And lastly, those papers are a dream aren’t they. I find myself almost hoarding them!!! Have a great weekend Marjie!

  58. This is FABULOUS!!!! LOVING the colors and that title!!!!!!!

  59. What a great layout, Marjie! And the song title is perfect, but it was Carly Rae Jepson who did the song! (PLEASE don’t ask me how I know that!)

  60. What a stunning page Marjie x I love the wonderful colours and great layout with fabulous details. Apologies for my lack of commenting but life is pretty hectic at the moment. ( in a good but busy way) wish I could create more hours in the day!!!!

    Huge hugs Annie x