Sunday, July 24, 2016

August Simple Scrapper Layouts:Exploration

The summer months often entail travel and so this months theme at Simple Scrapper is 'Exploration'. Of course, there are lot's of different prompts to inspire you if travel isn't part of your story. i however, have lots of travel photos to scrap and ended up creating a grand total of 4 layouts based on the prompts. i'm also the cover girl for the spark magazine this month, which is always exciting! 

This first layout used a sketch from the Simple Scrapper archive. i was looking for a sketch which used 2 4x6 photos and with the way the archive is set up it's easy to find layouts by photo size or number. The sketch was very simple so i chose this background paper deliberately as it adds interest to the page. i have plenty of photos from the French Quarter in New Orleans so i will likely create an accompanying pocket page at some point. 

To create this layout i gathered a bunch of different supplies including some Ali Edwards Story kits & stamps 'wild' and 'magic' which seemed to work with the exploration theme and just played. 

On my this layout, i did something very out of character. Used a whole pack of rub-ons in one go! i really like how it looks, but i did find it hard to cover some of it up. i was comsidering using multiple photos for the layout but decided this photo was monumental enough to speak for the story. 

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August Simple Scrapper Sketch Layouts

This month i used the same sketch twice. You can definitely tell that i used the same sketch, but i used a different set of products for each layout so i still think they look pretty different.

To create the border at the bottom of this layout i made by layering die cuts and then trimming the excess off the end of the page. Die cuts are something that i can struggle to use so i will repeat this technique again.

This one was a 'just for fun' layout, i have lots of photos from this particular event so i'm ok with having a couple of layouts which don't have journaling or a particular story. i like how the ombre paper looks in the background, subtle but effective. Using a border strip across the middle is a good way to tie the layout together. 

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Thursday, July 07, 2016

July Simple Scrapper Layouts: Sunshine

Rather appropriately for the month of July, the theme at Simple Scrapper is Sunshine. This can be interpreted in lots of different ways. 

This first layout i did using the story starters is about how my energy returns in the summer. Suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, i literally feel like i'm solar powered. i've used yellow to represent the summer months but also included the grey colour to reflect how i feel during the winter. 

My next layout is about a friend who has a sunshiny personality. i got a bit carried away when designing this layout and forgot to leave space for journaling so it ended up going on a tag and being tucked behind the photo. i used some of my Ali Edwards Story Stamps on this one. And there's those enamel hearts again :) 

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Tuesday, July 05, 2016

July Simple Scrapper Sketch Layouts

2 of the sketches this month at Simple Scrapper are based on my original layouts. What an honour! Both use 3x4 Project Life cards on traditional layouts. 

It's been really cool seeing the creative team's interpretations of them and i can't wait to see how the members use the sketches. 

i ended up using one of the sketches that was based on an original layout by my friend Jaimie. And she used one that was based on mine, which was fun! You can check hers out here, it's so awesome. 

We had a very specific colour scheme for my sisters Hen Do (hot pink, black and gold), so it was easy to pick products out for this layout. i wanted the page to have the same excited energy that my sister has in the photo which is why a lot of the embellishments are placed at angles and i think the touch of glitter adds some fun. Currently obsessed with the enamel hearts from the Illustrated Faith collection. i need them in more colours! 

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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

June Simple Scrapper Layouts

2 8 x 11 1/2" layouts from me this month and they are both very different, but also use the same technique. The prompts this month are based on Teams so what could be more appropriate then a layout about being a part of the Simple Scrapper Creative Team?! 

i used a bunch of stamps from the Craft Story Stamp set from Ali Edwards with different coloured inks to make a little word cluster. Here's a close up.

This next layout uses a sketch from the June collection. i used the Little Moments Collection from Elles Studio which is so very cute. Then i used different word stamps from about 5 or 6 different sets and picked out ink colours which matched the collection. i have lot's of photos from this particular night out in New Orleans and i think the story will be told on another layout so i just wanted the stamps to tell the story here. 

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Monday, May 30, 2016

(i)NSD Layouts

On International Scrapbooking Day this month i was adventuring around London so i ended up having a creative scrappy day on the Sunday instead. The first layout i created was for a challenge in one of my Facebook groups to use 6x6 papers. 

i'd just purchased a new 6x6 paper pad from Simple Stories so i went ahead and used that. The only other things used on this page were a sticker and some alphabet stamps for the title. 

i also participated in a kit challenge that was being hosted by my friend Jaimie for the Simple Scrapper members. She gave us a recipe of what to put in our kits. Here is mine:

i managed to get a real mix of old and new products. Ideally i wanted to get 3 layouts competed but didn't manage it. i still have the kit grouped together though so could  still get a couple more layouts out of it. Jaimie also challenged us to make some embellishment clusters from the contents of our kits, one of which i used on the below layout. This is something i'm not great at so it was good to push myself and it's something i'd try again.

The next layout uses a really reeaalllly old paper from Making Memories. It felt so god to use it up and you know, I don't think it looks outdated at all. i know i shouldn't advocate hoarding, but sometimes it's worth holding on to stash for the perfect project! 

It felt good to put my own kit together and use up some older stash that had been left unloved for a while.

Monday, May 16, 2016

May Simple Scrapper Layouts

The theme for May at Simple Scrapper is the 1980's. One of the prompts is to write about your childhood in the 80's. Whilst i did grow up in the 80's, my layout doesn't specifically relate to the 80's (because that's the good thing about prompts, they're just jumping off points & there are no rules). For much of my early life it felt like we lived out of a suitcase. Of course, this probably isn't entirely accurate but i think over time we tend to remember the big things and we did travel a lot. With the technology back then not being so advanced (like not being able to see your photos until they were printed!) and also less affordable than it is today, the majority of my childhood pics seem to be from big events or on our travels. Opposed to the 'everyday' shots that parents are more likely to take in 2016. 

Next up is a layout using a sketch from the new collection. To break up the busyness of the background paper, i used solid colours to matt the photos and journaling. Still can't get enough of gold. 

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016


i've been subscribing to Ali Edwards Story Stamp on and off for a while now. i took a break for a bit when the themes didn't seem to suit the kinds of stories i wanted to tell. But I've been subbing again for the last 4 months.

i've created lots of layouts with the stamp sets over the last year or so, but not shared any of them here. i want to change that so i thought i'd start with the latest theme, Tough.

It turned out this was good timing for me as April has been a difficult month so i had a couple of stories i wanted to tell straight away. This isn't always the case, but the content that Ali provides with the subscription gets lots of ideas flowing. So  even on months when i think i may struggle to use the stamps, i still end up with a lot of ideas for layouts. i've also found that the stamps work well together and i often find myself using more than one set on a layout. 

What's a single girl to do with all those heart/love themed products out there? Use them on a layout about singledom of course! i've been having a bit of a tough time lately with boys. Hopefully this won't always be the case, but it is a reflection of my life now. Although this is ultimately a page about how hard being single can be, i also put a positive spin on my journaling. i went for a pink, white & black theme, mainly because i don't often get the opportunity to use pink! i knew i wanted lots of space for journaling as i wrote it out in advance so that i knew where i needed to place my stamps. That's a classic Ali technique, using stamps to form part of your journaling. 

Another layout in pink! Really liking this colour combo. Plus it fits my theme. i took on a promotion at work in January and i am in charge of 19 males. i take great pride in this as it's a male dominated industry and i'm a young woman that is thriving. But i am certainly finding it very challenging and i am learning & growing every day. For this layout i started with the 4x4 journaling card and built my layout around it. The title is stamped & cut out. 

This is another layout about work, but a specific week when i was on a training course. i knew i wanted to use that yellow paper. But the patterned paper strip on the left went down first. Once i figured out the photo mat, i did all the stamping. It came together really quickly. 

Please know that i realise these are all first world problems & i am very fortunate! But for me, it's important to have a rounded view in my albums. Life isn't always easy & i wouldn't want anyone looking through my scrapbooks to think that my life was all travel, fun times & celebrations. And i find scrapbooking can be therapeutic and help you work through things. 

You'll notice that although these are layouts about struggles i'm facing, i still try to keep things encouraging (like the use of the 'yes i can' stamp). It's about getting that balance again. Sometimes you need to be your own cheerleader! Even when things are tough, there is usually something to be learnt from the experience.