Monday, February 27, 2012

My Scrapbook Process: Clean and Simple

Here's a peek at how I created this clean and simple layout.
Phil built this cute little table easel for me. Actually, he made four of them! They are for displaying pages in progress, so I can take a look at my work in different stages of completion. 
For this layout, I started with four rectangular photos, a strip of cardstock and a strip of patterned paper. It makes a pleasing grid design, but looks rather boxy. My next step will be to create a title that introduces some other shapes and softens the angles.
The wavy sticker border breaks up the straight line, the die cut circles provide a place for letters, and the stitching brings it all together. Another favorite technique of mine is placing an embellishment at the point where all four photo corners meet.
The journaling box is rectangle with a visual triangle of embellishments to add other shapes.

With the photos, title and journaling all in place, my clean and simple layout is finished. I used Echo Park's Summer Days for most of the page. The twine and pink jewel are from Doodlebug's Christmas collections. I avoided the themed elements in these lines and just enjoyed working with the happy colors.

The striped circle is a Spellbinders Nestabilities Small Pinking Circle die. I've purchased a few more circle dies in different patterns so I can do more layering like this. Do you enjoy seeing process posts like this one, or is the finished page enough? I welcome your feedback, suggestions, and requests!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

One Sketch, Two Ways

You can download and print this sketch over at the Sketch Support blog

Here's a great sketch for Valentine photos! Of course, it is easily adapted to other themes, which is what I did. Flowers, stars, jewels and buttons work just as well as hearts!

A few minor tweaks to the sketch, and I created this page about warmer weather and outdoor lunches at one of our favorite local places. This is what I changed:

  • added more patterned paper strips in place of the big heart
  • mounted all the page elements on white cardstock, trimmed and matted that onto a patterned paper background
  • substituted flowers and stars for the heart embellishments

The basic design of this sketch is especially versatile, so I used it again. This second page came together quickly. I love using a sketch more than once!

Here's what I changed to create this layout:
  • rotated the sketch
  • substituted patterned paper for the smaller photos and journaling block
  • added punched border strips to both sides of the collage
  • moved the title, journaling strips and embellishments onto the collage
  • omitted the big heart background
  • substituted jewels and buttons for the hearts

If you use this sketch to create a layout, please consider adding it to the Sketch Support Flickr Gallery!

Flowers: Basic Grey 
Other: yellow ribbon

Supplies for When 2 Became One Page -

Alphabet: American Crafts, October Afternoon  
Stamp: Technique Tuesday  
Other: black chalk ink, buttons, white thread

Monday, February 20, 2012

Take Twelve: February 2012

I missed the deadline over at Ella Publishing, but after the crazy weekend we had, I'm pleased to be posting this page at all! Just the way life goes sometimes. The theme for February's Take Twelve is "Signs of Love". And I love these scenes Phil and I captured.
After 30 years of marriage, it's things like helping each other out around the house and taking care of the cats that we treasure. Small acts of kindness to be sure, but they add up and speak volumes. When a man will fold socks, that's love.

Earlier this month, I mentioned that I'd joined a monthly kit club. My first package arrived some time ago, so I'm behind on this, too. I've hopped on the Studio Calico bandwagon!
Besides the main kit, I ordered some extra neutral cardstock. Not super exciting, I know. This photo made the cut because of Lucky. She's one of those cats who loves boxes and bags, so she was intensely nosy pesky annoying curious as I was opening my kit.
Love the color palette of the main kit cardstock!
Here's the rest of the main kit, spread out on the table in my basement scrap room, where it's been sitting for a few weeks now. This morning I finally made a layout. I am determined to use this for at least a few pages before the March kit arrives on my doorstep!
I told myself that the main kit would provide plenty of supplies each month, but after seeing the March sneak peaks and add ons, I am wavering on that big time. (like that's a surprise) Anyone else a Studio Calico fan? What other kit clubs do you belong to?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A "Love"ly Layout

If you have a pet, especially one that's been with you for more than a decade, you'll totally understand this layout about my love for my cat. Lucky is 14 years old and beginning to show the signs of her age. She was losing weight and I was worried.
I'm happy to report the situation is returning to normal, thanks to her love of chicken breast. Now I prepare a meal for us and a small plate of chicken for Lucky. She will eat her cat food as well, and she is gaining some weight back. We're entering the stage where I am monitoring her health more closely and looking for any changes in her behavior.

There are more "love"ly pages over at Practical Scrappers, 14 to be exact, since Valentine's Day is on February 14th. And no one else chose their pet as the subject, go figure!


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Two-Page Tuesday: Year In Review

I've completed my Year in Review for 2011. Three years in a row I've done a layout like this. It's one of the simplest things I create, and one of my favorite.
I use the same template every year. If I remember correctly, it was designed by Cathy Zielske. Doesn't it look like her clean, graphic style? Lots of photos, a good space for journaling, a bit of paper and it's done!
A page like this is easy enough to organize. I keep a folder in iPhoto for the current year and add a favorite picture every month. By the end of the year, I have my collection of 12 photos, and then it's just a matter of choosing sizes and printing. Do you make any kind of yearly summary page? 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Challenge Me Tuesday: A Touch of Black

It's Challenge Me Tuesday over at Practical Scrappers! Today they're featuring projects using black matting to accent photos, titles, die cuts and other page elements. What's not to love about black matting? It helps colors pop. It makes things stand out. It's the perfect accessory to just about any page, at least in my scrapping world.
These are not the greatest photos, since they were taken inside dark restaurants. But they're what I have to tell the story, so they will do. I chose My Mind's Eye Kraft Funday Collections and Lost & Found 2 brads to put this layout together.

Journaling reads: 
"Some of our favorite adventures when we travel is finding food places to eat. We've learned restaurant decor does not equate with food quality and we've eaten our best cuisine in some very unpretentious looking places. How do we find these tucked away spots? Usually the hotel front desk or some locals point us off the beaten tourist path. Rarely do we get a bum steer!"

Next Tuesday Practical Scrappers is featuring scroll banners. You know, the ribbon-like banners often seen held up by or at the feet of cherubs. Send them your projects for a chance to be part of that feature! E-mail a link to  

Monday, February 6, 2012

February Two-Page Sketch

You can download and print this sketch over at the Sketch Support blog.

Here's what Allison says about the sketch:

"One thing I love about photo blocks like on this sketch is that you have endless photo combinations to use. I look at it like a puzzle and try to find different sizes that will measure up to the same overall size of the photo block. There is even plenty of room to add in some vertical 4 x 6" photos and increase the height of the photo block."

With apologies to the Iron Chef, I created this page about the places we ate and the kinds of food we sampled on our trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula last summer.
Just a few minor changes made to the sketch. It really suited the photos I wanted to scrap!
  • mounted my photo collage on white cardstock, added word stickers
  • inked the edges and sewed around the patterned paper background
  • moved the journaling to the RH page and used a larger journaling block
  • omitted the flower embellishments

If you use this sketch to create a layout, please consider adding it to the Sketch Support Flickr Gallery!


Other Supplies:

Yellow Patterned Paper: Echo Park Country Drive
Black Alphabet: American Crafts Thickers
Other: black chalk ink, black thread