Monday, September 1, 2014

Back to School, Old School Style

The September Gallery is up over at Write.Click.Scrapbook.!  This month's theme is Back to School. Because we are past the going-back-to-school phase of life at our house, this layout documents my own photos from elementary school. In all their embarrassing glory.

I couldn't resist subjecting my husband's school photos to the same treatment. After all, why should I be the only one cringing at the mixture of cute and awkward?

You can find more (current) inspiration from the rest of the Write.Click.Scrapbook. team right here. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Starting with Color & Pattern

Have you ever started a scrapbook layout with patterned paper and color before photos and story? It's a great way to shake up your scrapping process. I had no idea where I was going when I assembled this background. I just had fun playing with the paper. Fun. Fun. Fun.

I started by piecing together a background of three large strips: a bold, playful polka dot on the bottom, a small grid in the middle and a tone-on-tone watercolor at the top. A warm color palette unites all three and a geometric border sticker completes the design. I feel like I just created a brand new piece of patterned paper!

I chose pictures about a baby shower for our daughter in-law. The colors in the photos and the festive occasion were a good match for my background of color and pattern. The focal point photo is matted on white cardstock, while the smaller supporting photos are unmatted with additional layering behind them.

Collection Featured: Basic Grey Highline
The finished layout includes: 
  • the title and journaling
  • a brad connecting all 3 photos 
  • a small cluster in the upper LH corner  
  • a stitched black border framing the entire page 
You can see what the rest of the Get It Scrapped! Creative Team did in the full article.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Design Principles for the Scrapbook Page

Design Principles for the Scrapbook Page has been rewritten and is now available with video! Debbie Hodge's popular class has taught thousands of memory keepers the fundamentals of putting together a scrapbook page. This updated version is now available with a fresh 100+ page PDF and 12 brand new video lessons. I've seen the updated PDF and it is fantastic!  

The best news? Now through Friday, August 22nd you can save 40% on this class.  Instead of the full price of $24, you pay only $14.40! That is a great deal any way you slice it. You can see more of the details here. 

This is one class that I find myself referring to again and again in my scrapping. I can't recommend it highly enough for any level of scrapper. I hope you will check it out.

Monday, August 18, 2014

YouTube Scrapbooking Process Video

I recently uploaded a new scrapbooking process video on my YouTube channel. It began with this sketch from Write.Click.Scrapbook., but soon took on a life of it's own. You can see the rest of my process and the finished layout right here or over at my YouTube channel.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Telling My Scrapbook Page Story with a Venn Diagram

I love the visual storytelling that occurs on a scrapbook layout, so for this page I turned to a popular info graphic design, the Venn diagram, to tell my tale. This page is about the birth of our granddaughter. The interlocking hearts contain the names of our daughter in-law, son and granddaughter in a color scheme that echoes their union with a union of color. When red and yellow combine they make orange, thus our granddaughter's name is in orange.

I used my Silhouette to cut out three sets of hearts and layered them on the page for a tone-on-tone effect with dimension. The title and date are cut out of the white cardstock and backed with black cardstock. The names are letter stickers from Jillibean Soup. I thought I would embellish the page, but just fell in love with the simplicity and left it alone.

You can see what the rest of the Get It Scrapped! Creative Team did in the full article.

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