Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My Scrapbook Process: Tags On Layouts

Over at Practical Scrappers today they are featuring tags on layouts. I needed this challenge, because I have a couple boxes of tags purchased at an office supply story just sitting in my stash, collecting dust. Here's how I used them to create this page:
Step #1: I gathered white cardstock, several smaller tags and strips of patterned paper cut from a 6x6 paper pad. This is from the My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart collection.
Step #2: I removed the strings and ran the tags through my Xyron. Then I layered the paper strips on the tags, trimmed the excess, replaced the strings, and inked the edges. Custom embellishments all ready to go!
Step #3: I lined up the tags, purposely not straight, and attached them to a shelf of patterned paper with brads. Now my photo, title and journaling can rest on that shelf.
Step #4: The rest of the page is pretty simple. My journaling talks about the expansiveness of Lake Superior, so I wanted to keep the page very open. The blue border was a final touch. It's hard to crop close and still see the border, thus this small glimpse of my staging background.
I will definitely be doing this technique again! Do you have any plain tags in your stash that you could dress up and use on a page?

Monday, March 26, 2012

March One-Page Sketch

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

Any sketch with banners and patterned paper strips is a winner in my book! As Allison says, banners are a great way to take a simple strip and give it more detail and interest with little time and effort. She shares several tips on getting that notched edge to look good over at the Sketch Support blog.
I stayed close to the sketch this time around, with only a few slight changes:

  • ran the title down onto the side of the photo
  • used spray ink on the background
  • added patterned paper strips on three edges of the cardstock

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

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Puttin' On the (Easter) Ritz

You think yellow and grey are a popular color combination these days? Well, here's proof that everything old is indeed new again! Check out this Easter finery from my childhood:

I used my Studio Calico February kit and some of the new My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart to create this page. The small sayings from Technique Tuesday's Favorite Memories stamp set make  a nice border separating photos, title and journaling from the grid at the bottom.

These photos brought back memories and reminded me how Easter traditions have changed over the years. You can see more Easter layouts and cards this week over at Practical Scrappers. Have you scrapped any Easter photos from your childhood?

Monday, March 19, 2012

March Two-Page Sketch

You can download and print this over at the Sketch Support blog. Allison posted some great ideas for using this sketch, and the Creative Team worked their usual magic. With a row of photos spanning the layout, the sketch suggested a sequence of events to me.

Along with the neutral and cool colors, I made sure to add pops of orange and yellow for energy. After all, this is a page about a football game! Here's how I changed up the sketch from the original:
  • made a 1-page layout
  • used four 3x3 photos
  • added a banner border across the bottom
  • replaced the rectangle pieces with one patterned paper strip
  • moved the journaling below the photos
  • added more banners in the upper LH corner
  • stitched through the title

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

New Supplies -

Older Supplies -  
Alphabet: Jillibean Soup Corrugated Kraft Alphas   
Stickers: Echo Park Dots & Stripes Element Stickers

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

My Scrapbook Process: Layouts Using Basic Shapes

Today over at Practical Scrappers they are featuring layouts using basic shapes. I think in terms of shape all the time when scrapbooking, and have even organized some of my Pinterest boards according to shape, so this topic is right up my alley. I chose to go with rectangles for my page.
Step #1: Sketched a basic design and jotted down some ideas on this grid paper, available from Stampin' Up!
Step #2: Laid out my grid of rectangular photos. Everything else will fit around this grouping.
Step #3: Filled in the page with patterned paper, title, journaling. I used a border punch on the patterned paper so all the edges are not so straight. Now it's time to introduce a few new shapes to further soften the lines a bit.
Step #4: Added some border strips in a visual triangle, introduced a star shape, added a brad. Almost finished. 
Step #5: Done! I kept playing with the repetition of color and shape until I was satisfied. The title is a play on words, as my niece's name is Joy.

Choosing a basic shape helps me get a page started. Rectangles, squares and circles are my favorite. Do you think about shapes when you scrap? 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

My Scrapbook Process: Polygon Crazy!

It's Challenge Me Tuesday over at Practical Scrappers.  Today's subject is layouts and cards with 5 or more sides. I used the new My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart (Be Amazing) collection to create this page about our Upper Peninsula vacation last summer.
Step #1: A background of hexagons spanning kraft cardstock. I chose this design because my photo subject, the Mackinac Bridge, spans the Straits of Mackinac, connecting Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas.

Step #2: A selection of patterned paper from the 6x6 paper pad to mat my photo.

Step #3: Layered matting, so the photo will raise up a bit and stand out against the background. Raised adhesive also helps!
Step #4: Photo and title in place, with a few strips of patterned paper added to give the letters a shelf to rest on.
Step #5: Here's the scary part. I'm going to write my journaling, in my handwriting, directly onto the kraft cardstock. Must not be in a hurry, and must spell everything correctly!
Step #5: Here's the fun part. Embellishing.

Voila! All finished. Initially I jotted down a list of ways I might use hexagons. Here's a few ideas that didn't make it onto this page, but are being saved for future layouts:

  1. Mount title letters onto hexagons
  2. Cut out individual hexagons and scatter them around the page
  3. Use some hexagons along the edges as a border or partial border
  4. Cut hexagons in several sizes and layer them
  5. Place the photos at the top of the page and fill the bottom with hexagons
  6. Stitch around the hexagon shape (I sort of did this with my twine border)

Next week's Tuesday challenge is posted over at Practical Scrappers. Reader submissions are always welcome!