Monday, July 27, 2015

A Day At The Park Mix & Match Pad

The Canvas Home Basics Mix & Match Pads contain assorted cardstock, specialty papers, and fabrics. I still have photos to scrap from my trip to Disneyland last year, so I grabbed one of the A Day At The Park pads on my last visit to Scrappin' Goodtime. The pad held a variety of fabrics, burlap, canvas, corrugated, and patterned papers.


The assortment of coordinating materials in these pads make them perfect for creating banners for special events or home decor projects . . . and as embellishments on scrapbook layouts, of course! I adhered one banner to the background paper, then used pop dots so the second banner would appear to be hanging in front of it.


The red, yellow, and black color scheme in this pad worked perfectly with my photos on this two-page layout. (The Magic title die-cut was created from a Paper Wizard kit.)


Here's a closer look at each page. For my journaling list, I used Cardmaking for Connoisseurs Black Alpha Stickers.


Two of the printed papers were designed to be cut apart as 4x6 patterned papers or journaling blocks. I used pieces from those papers for my numbered list and as mats for all my photos


These products definitely do a great job of showcasing my Magic Disneyland memories!

Happy Scrappin' Y'all - Melissa Gross (Design Team Member)
My Blog: Daily Life - Bits & Pieces

Monday, July 20, 2015

Watercolor Memories

Have you ever created a layout without photos? Maybe you took a class and ended up with a beautiful layered page with spaces to add photos and journaling, or (like me recently) you just had to create something even though you didn't have access to your photos right then.

I had some extra time at Scrappin' Goodtime after I picked up the new Ken Oliver Watercolor Memories papers and ephemera cut apart sheet a couple of weeks ago. I didn't have any photos with me, but I decided to go ahead and create a layout. I grabbed a piece of cardstock to designate spaces for my photos and set to work building up layers and adding in a few Queen & Co. Droplets and Frosties.


I really liked the way this turned out and was excited to get home and find some photos to coordinate with it.


I flipped through my photos and found three that I thought would work well with these papers, however, they were the wrong orientation. (For example, the larger photo was landscape rather than portrait.) To fix this "problem" I simply rotated the layout, cropped my photos and added them on top of the cardstock. A few of the ephemera pieces have wording, which was now sideways because I'd rotated the layout. I fixed this "problem" by covering those with the ephemera cut apart pieces I had leftover.


I added a small strip of paper under my main photo for journaling. (This strip was actually the back of the bar-coded strip from the patterned paper.)


And just that simply, I had a completed layout that's ready to go in my Early Years album. (After it's been on display at the store for a while, of course!)


Have you ever rotated a completed (without photos) layout to make it work with your photos? Did you have to make any other adjustments?

Happy Scrappin' Y'all - Melissa Gross (Design Team Member)
My Blog: Daily Life - Bits & Pieces

Friday, July 17, 2015

Authentique's Infused Collection

I always enjoy using the Authentique paper lines, and the new Infused Collection is no exception. This collection has themed papers featuring tea and sweets motifs.


It also has stripes and dots and plaids and doilies and flowers!


When I pick up one of these paper pads at Scrappin' Goodtime, I like to wander around and see what else I can find to coordinate with it. I chose a length of ribbon and a package of KaiserCraft Sea Breeze Epoxy Stickers to go with this collection.


Flipping through my photos, I found a great shot of my sweet friend Elinor and her son attempting a new recipe when they were visiting us several years ago. I knew I had to use the "Confection" paper as my background and the "Sweetened" paper (with the "Life is Sweet" sentiment) as the block for my photo.


To add some dimension to this layout, I cut the "Life is Sweet" sentiment/cake collage from another sheet of the "Sweetened" paper and added it to my layout with pop dots.


I thought the quote that was included on the bar code strip of each paper was also appropriate for my page, so I added it to a small embellishment cluster. (I read on the Authentique blog that this quote was created by Samantha Wheatley just for this collection!)


I also scattered some of those KaiserCraft epoxy star stickers around the layout.


These paper pads come with 24 sheets of double-sided papers, so I'm off now to create more layouts with this gorgeous collection!

Happy Scrappin' Y'all - Melissa Gross (Design Team Member)
My Blog: Daily Life - Bits & Pieces

Monday, July 13, 2015

Barbie Pocket Page

Remember this layout I shared a couple of months ago? It's a simple layout using one 12x12 sheet of white cardstock, several pocket cards from the Project Life Strawberry Edition Core Kit, washi tape and glitter tape.


I had lots of additional photos from the Barbie exhibit described in my journaling, so I decided to create a companion page using a Project Life divided page protector and more cards from that same kit. I cropped my photos and arranged them on the various cards.


Since these cards are double-sided, I simply turned them over and added more cropped photos on the back before slipping them into the page protector.


Using similar pocket cards from the same kit helps to tie these pages together. I added a few strips of the washi tape and glitter tape to a few of the cards as an additional clue that these pages belong together.


These pages will reside together in our 2013 chronological albums. I like to create 12x12 layouts that showcase a few photos and my journaling, then the addition of a divided pocket page allows me to add more photos from that event or story. (Click HERE or HERE to see more examples of combining traditional layouts and pocket pages on my blog.)

Do you combine traditional 12x12 layouts with divided pocket pages in your albums?

Happy Scrappin' Y'all - Melissa Gross (Design Team Member)
My Blog: Daily Life - Bits & Pieces