Design team Wednesday with Laura Vegas – Then & Now!

Design team Wednesday with Laura Vegas – Then & Now!

Hey everyone, it’s Laura Vegas here! A few weeks back my sister came out from Denver for a surprise visit home. She doesn’t make it home that often, so whenever she does come out, we try and make a point to take new family photos. And this time, we were smart enough to get a few photos of just our little family. It seems like the only time we get a photo of the four of us together is at Christmas.


Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper: Amy Tangerine; Number stickers: Jillibean Soup; Enamels: Doodlebug; Wood veneer: Studio Calico; Mists: Studio Calico; Die cut machine: Silhouette, Cuttlebug; Cut file: Kerri Bradford Studio; Metal dies: Die-namics by My Favorite Things

The last time we had a nice family photo taken (not including Christmas!) was back in 2009. That’s six years, which is a little crazy. I thought it would be fun to include photos from the two separate years, 2009 and 2015, onto one layout. Showing us then, and now.

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Our photos were pretty similar in look and colors. This really helped when making my paper choices. If the colors had been totally different, I would have most likely printed my photos in black and white. I printed a family photo and a photo of just the girls from each year, all 3”x 4” in size. I knew that my plan was to split the page in half, so putting the two photos for each year together would make them 6” across (half the page).


This layout is pretty much made up of paper, paper, and more paper! I dug into some new Amy Tangerine patterned papers that I had just bought, and found a few patterns that I thought went great with my photos. By cutting small strips of each pattern, and also using one for my die cut title, I was able to work 5 different patterned papers onto the page. 


For my journaling, I typed up just a few facts about our family for each year. I could have said so much more, but I wanted to keep it fairly short and sweet to fit the space I had to work with. Journaling is almost always the last thing I add to my layouts, so whatever space is left usually dictates how much I can say 😉

Try doing a comparison on one of your next layouts. I love the idea of putting photos side by side, from separate years, and taking the time to notice what’s changed and maybe even what hasn’t!

~  Laura Vegas



2015-09-23T13:16:38+00:00September 23rd, 2015|Projects & Tutorials|


  1. Greta H September 23, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Wonderful layout–love the family pics! PS–by my calendar Saturday is Oct. 3 (not the 4th) for World Cardmaking Day. I’ll be visiting my sister & maybe the 2 of us can play along at least part of the day.

  2. Tricia Kolsto September 23, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    What an extremely beautiful layout – I love, love the logs and the colors are fabulous!!!

  3. barbara macaskill September 23, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    I love this idea!! Just the other day my husband ad I were talking about getting a family photo of us, the kids and the grandchildren! Our last family photo was in 1989 when my oldest son was a little over a year old!! So much has happened since then and I can’t wait to get some updated photos!! Thanks for sharing this lovely layout with me!!

  4. MaryAnn N September 23, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Wonderful layout, love the colours and photos

  5. Louise September 23, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    I love this! I love that your clothes matched, and that you pointed out the similarities as well as the differences. As for you and your husband – neither of you has aged at all!! Great layout.

  6. Jean Marmo September 23, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Wonderful! I need to do this!

  7. Ruth Gauss September 23, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Wonderful layout! I love the comparison and yet how things are offset a tiny bit so it’s not straight across the page! Wonderful colors and patterns and great journaling! Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. TracyM #6773 September 24, 2015 at 7:53 am

    FABULOUS photos and layout!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing this wonderful idea!!!

  9. Tona September 24, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Fabulous layouts!

  10. LC September 24, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    This is such a fantastic layout! I love the idea of comparing older with new photos. You have added so many cute touches too! The wooden hearts and the log paper are wonderful together. Thanks for sharing this amazing project!

  11. Margaret Roberts September 24, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    What a great idea! And the layout is just perfect!

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