Friday, March 13, 2015

More March Simple Scrapper Layouts

The sketches this month at Simple Scrapper were again fantastic, i really wanted to use all 5 of them but didn't quite get myself organised enough. No worries, i can use them another month.



The sketch for this one included a swipe of paint. i wasn't really in the mood for getting my paints out so i picked this inky piece of patterned paper for my background instead. 


To create the background on this one i used a technique that Wilna taught in one of her classes. i folded tissue paper down on cardstock and used modgepodge to adhere as i went. i really like the texture.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

March Simple Scrapper

The Story Starters this month at Simple Scrapper are all about Social Media/Technology. This is something that is a huge part of my daily life and yet is mostly absent from my scrapbooks. Time to remedy that!



This layout is about how i met my friend Meghann on a scrapbooking message board & got to know her online. We finally got the chance to meet last year and because we live in different countries we use technology to keep in touch (imessenger/skype/instagram etc). And yes, i realise the title is grammatically incorrect, but i just preferred how it sounded. 




How awesome is that triangle flap on the front? It's the perfect home for lots of journaling. i wish i could take the credit for it, but i used a sketch from last month which is based on one of Jennifer Wilson's layouts. 




This page is about my love for youtube. Although youtube has been around for quite sometime now, it's a fairly new obsession for me. i only really started to watch videos regularly last year. i mostly watch scrapbooking videos but also book reviews and occasionally beauty/hair tutorials and music. Here i'm pictured watching on my ipad, but i was gifted an Amazon Fire TV for Christmas so i now have the power to watch the videos via my tv! Wondering about why the date stamp says Nov 2014? i like to date my layouts with when the photo was taken, no matter when the layout actually gets made. 




The Paperclipping Roundtable is by far my favourite podcast, so it deserves a page all of it's own. Does anyone else find themselves wanting to join in with the conversation when they're listening?!

If you're looking for more inspiration, you can check out what's going on at Simple Scrapper this month including the team gallery here

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

More Pocket Pages

This is a bit of a no-brainer, but when it comes to putting together a pocket page that will sit next to a layout i find it's best to use coordinating products so that everything looks cohesive. In my experience the two pages feel much more balanced if you scrap them together at the same time. Plus if you have to come back later to do the pocket page, chances are it won't get done! Whilst you're making your layout, have an idea of what you want to include in your pocket page and how it will come together. Be prepared to move stuff around, i have even re-printed photos in a different size in order to make a pocket page work. 


The next tip is to do with embellishments. i try not to use bulky embellishments in my pockets, but sometimes i can't pass up the perfect flair or wood veneer! To avoid stretching the plastic i put the embellishment on the outside of the pocket. Just be sure to use some strong adhesive. 


Think about what else you can include  in your pockets to help tell the bigger picture. Receipts, tickets, maps, coins, business cards, packaging, quotes, snippets of artwork, weather reports, greeting cards, snapshots from your social media...the list goes on. If it doesn't fit in one pocket, no worries. Fold it up and pin in to place with a paperclip. Or cut it up and spread over two or more pockets. 

i hope this gave you a new idea for your pocket pages.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Pocket Page Scrapbooking

i've been using pocket pages in my scrapbooking since around 2008. Back then the only ones you could get were 12x12 with 6 slots for 6x4 photos made my American Crafts. i still use that size sometimes. i used them in my travel album to include additional photos, journalling and memorabilia and they'd sit next to a 12x12 layout. 



i still do that today, only now there are many more size options (thanks Becky Higgins!). I usually plump for something like the Project life Design A or Design H.This is because the most common size photo i have printed are 6x4 and i have an abundance of 3x4 cards to use up. i love using these to enable me to tell more of the story. It also means i don't have to worry so much about fitting my journaling into the design of the page they'll sit next to and that makes putting a page together much easier for me and more fun! The size of pocket page i use is determined by the amount of additional stuff i want to include. 


Pockets are also great for housing memorabilia like tickets, as i did on this page about the London Olympics. 



i can see myself using pocket pages more regularly because i am in that season of life where a lot of my friends are getting married and i have many beautiful wedding photos to scrap. There are some stories that i want to tell from those events of course, but the photos which don't really have a story but which are too beautiful to sit on my hard drive can be slipped into the photo pockets. With some pretty papers and embellishments too of course! 

Are you using pocket pages in your regular albums? i'll be back on Thursday with some tips.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Lift me up! Challenge

i recently participated in a 'lift me up' challenge over at Cocoa Daisy that my friend Lisa was organising. She e-mailed me the layout that i was to scraplift and i was given instructions to include journaling. No problem for me, you know how i like to journal on my layouts! You can see the original layout and all the others in this thread here. It totally blows my mind how different each layout is and how mine (which was the last in my team) turned out completely different to Lisa's original layout. It's just so cool.

Here's my layout. i started off using the January 2014 Cocoa Daisy kit but i think a couple of extra things might have snuck in there too.


Last January i was able to spend the whole month in Switzerland for work. It was such a fantastic experience. That's what this layout is all about. 


i ended up including the journaling in a pocket because there wasn't enough space on the layout. In the CD kits every month the embellishments come in glassine bags and i always keep hold of these to use as pockets or for layering. 

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Books + Coffee :: Jot Moodboard

Have you seen this month's moodboard over at jot magazine? i was instantly drawn to the stripes and the pops of gold.The red and pink, not so much. So i decided to make a very neutral page and i knew the just the photo i wanted to scrap. i feel like my subject still takes inspiration from the moodboard as coffee and books are two of my great loves.


Here's one of my go to design cheats that i use whenever i'm stuck; start with a 6x6 paper anywhere on the page and build around it. i find that the rest of the page will quickly follow. That awesome coffee cup printable is designed by Peppermint Grandberg & is part of her High Street Stories collection available at the Lilypad. i printed it with a laser printer and then used my Minc machine to foil it in gold. It's tricky to photograph just how amazing the foil looks in real life, but hopefully you can get an idea in the photo below. It's so so pretty!

More February Simple Scrapper Layouts

So as i mentioned in my last post, i was really inspired by this month's materials at Simple Scrapper. These layouts were all prompted by Story Starters, but the designs are my own. 


This one uses the Plus One collection again, and it's all about how i live for the weekend. That's the reality here at the moment, hopefully it won't always be that way. i'm actually starting a new job in March which i'm pretty excited about, so i'm hoping that will change. 


And here's another layout about my Morning Routine. This one's a little different though and documents one simple part of my routine. i used the same 'morning' stamp again using the same technique. i don't feel like i need to reinvent the wheel every time. 

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Saturday, February 07, 2015

February Simple Scrapper Layouts

If you're already a member at Simple Scrapper, i have no doubt you are going to be blown away this month. If you're not a member, now is a great time to sign up! There are some really different sketches this month and the theme looks at routines and the everyday. Quite a few of us on the Creative Team created additional layouts this month so the Spark magazine is full to the brim. 



i used the Plus One collection from Amy Tan for 3 of my layouts this month. It's one of those collections that i wasn't too fussed on when it was announced, it looked too neon for me. But then i had the opportunity to see the paper pad in real life and i really liked the bright colours. Although this has a (quite scary) picture of me in the morning, the journaling card details all those things i get up to at work which don't get photographed, so it's a nice little overview of what mornings look like for me right now.


This layout was designed using a sketch from this month. It was originally a two page sketch, but i used it to make a single page. i wasn't sure what to say about this photo of some friends and i until i came across a prompt about reconnecting and that's what lead my journaling.

Whilst i'm here i wanted to point out a couple of new things at Simple Scrapper. You can see everything that's going on this month, including the Team Gallery here. This year there will be a free template/sketch released each month for everyone to make use of. The latest one can be found here. The current Story Starter Challenge is here. You'll need to submit your entry by the end of the month to be in for a chance to win a 3 month pass to the membership. 

There's also a new workshop coming up called The Finishing Project. It's a guided workshop to (you guessed it!) help you finish unfinished projects. It will even help you figure out which of your unfinished projects you should get started with (because, if you're like me you probably have more than a couple of unfinished albums). You can check out the syllabus here

i'll be back on Tuesday with some more layouts. 

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