Jul 23, 2013

Scrapbooking Process: More Patterned Paper Mayhem!

If you saw my guest post at "Use it Scrapbooking" this past weekend, you will see my tutorial for putting together layouts with several different patterned papers.

Today at The Memory Nest, the "Chickadee DT" had the challenge to follow a great Basic Grey sketch and to use buttons and brads as embellishments on the layout.  In addition to Leslie's challenge, I used several patterned papers from Pebbles "Seen and Noted" collection (which I purchased at The Memory Nest store!) to further challenge myself:

This is a "busier" layout than I usually complete, but I like how it turned out.  Combining papers from all one collection, using a basic font for the title and only choosing one photo helped me to coordinate a page that wasn't difficult for the eye to follow.

I'd love your opinion:  How do you combine your patterned papers on one-photo layouts?

Head over the The Memory Nest blog today to check out all the other fabulous Chickadee DT creations and link up your entry for the challenge!

Jul 20, 2013

Guest Post Today at "Use It Scrapbooking!"

How fun to be able to guest post over at my new scrappy friend's blog, Use It Scrapbooking!  Today I am sharing my tips and tricks in a short tutorial for coordinating patterned papers from your stash for your scrapbook layouts.

First, I start with this Instagram photo of my son:

Then I show step by step how I used five different patterned papers to create a 12" x 12" layout.  Here is a sneak peek at the finished layout:

Head over to "Use It Scrapbooking" today to see how this layout developed from start to finish!

How many sheets of patterned paper have you used for one layout? Let me know in the comments below!

Jul 3, 2013

Scrapbooking Process: Using Paper With "Built-in" Titles

Happy Summer!  We are really feeling the summer here in Texas, where we had temps over 100 degrees last week.  We could really use some more rain.  Since there is too much on the East Coast -- could you guys over there send us some please?

While in the scrapping mood last week, I found some photos of my oldest son from a few summers ago that had not yet been scrapped.

The only "summery" paper I had at home was a single sheet of paper with a large title already on the bottom of the page.  Although I really don't use this type of printed paper anymore, I thought I'd give it a go.

To help with the layout and incorporate the printed title, I chose a sketch that had a lot of "white space" on the bottom.  This allowed me to scrap on the top of the paper easily.

This layout uses all scraps except for the background paper.  The tags and summer brads are a couple years old that were in my stash.  

The little flags were easy to make:  use corsage pins and washi tape!  

This layout will be added to The Memory Nest Whimsical Wednesday!  When you link up, you will get an entry in Leslie's monthly drawing. Not only that, you can get tons of inspiration from all the other link-ups!

Jul 1, 2013

Scrapbooking Process: PB&J from Basic Grey!

The PB&J collection from Basic Grey has been a favorite go to for me this past couple months.  I love the colors, and it is so adaptable for many of the pages that I have wanted to do!

This is the layout that I submitted for the design team over at The Memory Nest last month:

With the versatile "B" sides to the collection, it's easy to mix together for a great look, even for a boy page.  The accompanying Basic Grey chipboard sticker letters in navy work great for titles!  For this layout, I added a chipboard butterfly, button and tag from my stash.  I used a new date stamp from Dear Lizzy (from Target!) to add the phrases and the date along the bottom of the page.  

Want to try this collection?  You can still purchase one at The Memory Nest right HERE.

I hope you will join me with the other talented ladies for the design teams at The Memory Nest in July and August for great challenges!  It will be inspirational to you for getting summer layouts completed!