Standout Sunday: Passport to Secrets 10/24

There’s just 8 days remaining in the month of October, my scrapping friends – how is your Passport filling up?

As a reminder, or in case you’re new to the Sweet Shoppe, the Passport is our monthly challenge-and-reward system. You’ll find it posted in the Passport to Sweet Stuff forum on the first day of the month with 18 scrappy challenges to choose from. Based on the number of challenges you complete, you can earn up to a 40% discount in the Shoppe; those who complete all 18 are entered in our monthly drawing for a $50 Sweet Shoppe gift certificate.

This month’s theme is the Passport to Secrets, and you’ve got 8 more days to finish off those challenges. I find when I’m stuck on how to approach a particular challenge, after reading through the current month’s Passport FAQ post, it helps to see what others have created. So the Babes and I took a walk through the Passport Gallery and pulled some standout layouts to share with you today. Enjoy the inspiration!

#1. One Little Word: Classified

Petit Vampire by Scrap-therapy

SugarBabe Krista Lund picked this layout. She says, “You can just tell a lot of time and love was put into creating this fantastic layout. There is a ton for the eye to enjoy!”

#2. Product: Think Pink


Rise by tanyiadeskins

SugarBabe Joanne selected Tanyia’s layout as a standout, saying, “While this layout is done in ‘delicate’ pink and florals, it is raw and strong. You can feel the emotion and strength emanating from the words and photos.”

#3. Featured: Kelly + Wendy

Autumn Has Arrived by 3BluEyedBabi

I am a sucker for gorgeous element clusters, and these areĀ beautiful in both their composition & shape. The way the two on the right act as photo corners is just lovely, and the way she used the third cluster with the sweet fox at the left to start her title balances them nicely.

#4. Inspired By: Hidden Text

Hair & Ears by Jenn_46

I particularly like this layout because Jenn proved to me that just because this challenge involved covering up part of the text doesn’t mean the journaling had to be un-readable or completely obscured. Even though two of her element clusters overlap portions of her journaling block, I can still make out what it says – my brain filled in those missing words without a problem. Plus, I love those adorable on-theme element clusters!

#5. Dealers Choice: Hidden Depths

Questionnaire by HeatherB

Talk about the perfect use for Cindy Schneider’s mini-Journaler card templates! The way Heather combined so many individual journalers into this grid-style layout yet made them into a cohesive whole by using one set of coordinated papers makes it a standout for me!

#7. Photography: Secret Identities

Boo Crew by shunnstergirl

SugarBabe Jacinda picked this as a standout, saying it is “such a great use of the kit, and Halloween is the perfect time to let your secret identity shine.”

#8. So Sketchy

In The City by HeatherH

SugarBabe Carrie chose this layout by HeatherH, saying “I just love that she took the sketch and really made it her own. I love the grungy feel of this layout so much.”

#9. Seasonal: Sarcasm!

Silly Pose by Lidia G

SugarBabe Dalis says, “Live a little, laugh a little, right? Well, apparently you get to laugh a lot with Lidia’s husband and his poses! I love how the black and white picture just pops against those soft but happy colors putting all the attention on him.”

#10. Typography: Secret Weapon Font

Chosen Family by MrsPeel

SugarBabe Krista Pearl says, “I love this page by Cynthia (MrsPeel) about her close relationship with Emily (Scrap-therapy). The journaling really showcases this awesome font, and shows the optimism of silver linings in life. These lush clusters, and the way the elements frame and highlight the photo, make me appreciate her page design with purpose.”

#11. Wild Card

Explore by shellbyj

I like big pics and I cannot lie! A full-page photo will always grab my eye, but when you add on a clever frame around the subject, several beautiful floral clusters, and some well-placed pieces of word art, it makes the layout a standout in my book.

#12. Composition: Secret Garden

Autumn by iScrap

SugarBabe Mary Ashbaugh selected this layout, saying, “Jenny beautifully dressed up the large photo in her picture. Her choice of elements beautifully blend as one with the photo. The elements are cohesive as they become part of her photo.”

#13. Journal: Unspoken Words

The Hardest Goodbye by Romajo

SugarBabe Joanne says this is “such a beautiful photoless page with gorgeous blending and delicate clusters. The journaling is touching as she writes about a difficult time in her life but also the gratefulness of now.”

#14. Currently: Concealing…

Athens by cinderella

SugarBabe Cherry chose this layout as a standout. She says, “I love this journal art page and the way she only has half of her face, perfectly concealed!”

#15. List: Creatively Listed

Crazy Busy by amyjcaz

SugarBabe Esther picked this layout, saying, “I love the grungy, artsy vibe of this layout. Unique and fabulous use of this collection. The blended calendars in the background with the use of the alpha and word art is amazing!”

#16. Pop Culture: Top Secret

Love One Another by Leablahblah

This scrapbooker is a veritable expert at twisting challenges to meet the needs of the stories and photos she wants to scrap for her family, and this layout is a prime example! Her photos tell the story of her youngest daughter, Leonie, discovering that her two older sisters were posing for a photo without her. Leablahblah described this as Leonie discovering “the big secret of her sisters trying to take a photo without her … can’t keep anything from her.” Such a creative twist on this challenge!

#17. Details: Ponder This

Who's That Girl? by helptheold

Big question mark? Check. Adorable little girl in big sunglasses? Check. Perfect kit to match the photo? Check. And an utterly brilliant shape to her element cluster – or should I say swath? – that wraps around the photo, starting at the top, drifting down the side, across the bottom, and finally behind and across the title to lead the eye through the layout. Perfection.

#18. Scraplift

Buzz Lightyear September 2021 by Kimberly27

SugarBabe Cherry chose this layout as a standout scraplift, saying, “I like Kimberly’s take on this challenge, the way she used the Reggae page as her inspiration, but put her creative twist and made it totally her own.”


And that’s a wrap for October’s Passport Standouts! Remember, eight days remain for you to work on your Passport to Secrets and earn yourself both a Sweet Shoppe discount and even a chance to win a $50 gift certificate. So let’s get creating!


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  • Thanks for including my layout, I got some much needed inspiration from all of these gorgeous challenge ideas as well šŸ™‚

  • Thank you for posting one of my layouts here on the blog! I use the forum often to get inspiration. So many wonderful layouts to oooh and ahhh over and get great ideas from.

  • Thank you for including my layout. It is an honour to be included with these talented scrappers!!

  • Oh! Thank you so much ladies for featuring one of my layout amoung these talented scrappers . Iā€™m so grateful and truly appreciate.
    The lovely comment from Krista Lund touched me so much.
    You makes my day and brings me the want to scrap more and improve more.
    Thank you again!
    Love watching at the forum to admire other ladies layouts and find inspiration of how they take on the challenges. Thereā€™s so much to admire.

  • These are so much fun!

  • This is such an awesome feature! Thank you so much for including one of my layout and I love that you now add a few notes under each layout. It’s very special. Thank you!

  • awww had not seen this!!!! THANK you girls!!! I can’;t scrap at the moment so avoiding being around and getting frustrated….. thanks so much for featuring us with that page that means the world to me, and alongside these awesome talented ladies!!!!!

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