March 30, 2015

Memories Trend March Sketch

In December I had the chance to shop the Memories Trend Store and I filled my cart with some favourites, including several Teresa Collins cut-apart sheets. They were the inspiration for this layout which features several journal cards in both vertical and horizontal formats. Quintessentially me is the repeated working of a geometric form (the rectangle),the pattern paper layering, the use of text as embellishment and accenting the neutral colour palette with  pops of scarlet and gold.

Per Anna's request I'm also providing a sketch based on this layout. In creating this sketch I wanted to cater for all types of scrapbookers. Thus I incorporated a pocket where one can tuck in an accordion mini-book filled with photos and provided ample space on the right for a series of journaling labels which will hopefully appeal to memory keepers who wish to scrap multiple photos and tell their stories. Of course the creative scrapper can interpret the sketch differently and go for a more artistic look with lots of layering behind the photo and replace the journal block with a series of fun embellishments. If you like this sketch and make a layout based on it, I'd love for you to share it on the Memories Trend Facebook page

MT Dec Sketch

Memories Trend Supplies : Teresa Collins (Far & Away Notecards, Far & Away Ephemera, Stationery Noted Quotes, Something Wonderful Brads, Life Emporium Rub-Ons), American Crafts DIY Shop 6x6 Pad, Bazzill Basics Mud Puddle, Ranger Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber Gold, Crate Paper Open Book Rub-On, white doily

Photo Credit : Sister Jane

March 25, 2015

Scrappy Organisation

I have too much scrapbooking supplies and that stuff is not well organized. There I've said it. Admitting this means I've finally acknowledged what has been nagging at me every time I go into my craft room. My idea of a better storage solution is to buy three layout albums and then to get cracking turning those hard to organize embellishments like chipboards, rub-ons, stickers and that scrap paper stash into pages to fill the albums. Yes, there really couldn't be a simpler solution.    


But before I go on my marathon scrapping spree, I need to finish two more design team layouts. One of them is this 6"x8" page created for Citrus Twist using the March Add-On and Pattern Paper Kits. Employing a warm and inviting colour palette of wood grain, pink and orange, it features my favourite technique of layering papers and embellishments. I'll share my other layout for Memories Trend later this week and then it'll be full steam ahead with my scrappy organisation scheme.

Citrus Twist March Kits : Elle's Studio Cienna Wood Veneer, Crate Paper (Craft Market Chipboard Stickers,  Craft Market Calendar, Confetti Jubilee), American Crafts Shimelle Curie, Pinkfresh Studio Up In The Clouds Foil Die-Cut Ephemera
Photo Credit : Christian Birkholz

March 20, 2015


Hmmm things seem to be getting smaller and smaller, in my scrapbooking that is. I've gone from 12"x12" pages - albeit not really by choice but just because it was convention - to 8.5"x11" and now down to 6"x8". Is it the ease of storing smaller formats that drives this size shrinking trend? Or perhaps the fact that smaller layouts are easier to design, and faster too? They certainly allow me to focus on using a more limited set of supply item and for those items to be shown off more prominently.


Case in point is this Citrus Twist Kit  layout. I approach its creation like making a card creating a layered central focal point around the photo. The best part is getting it done in just 15 minutes and that's inclusive of the hand-stitching. Now that's fast for me.

Citrus Twist March Kits : Crate Paper Confetti Centerpiece, American Crafts Shimelle Curie, Studio Calico South of Market White Alpha Stickers, Pinkfresh Studio Up In The Clouds Foil Die-Cut Ephemera, Elle's Studio Cienna Wood Venner, doily
Photo Credit : Greyerbaby

March 15, 2015

The Thwarted Two-Pager

Just designed a two-pager using the March Citrus Twist Add-On and Pattern Paper kits. That's an exciting first for me. Well almost a first because in the end it didn't happen. Why? - because I don't have enough pattern paper to layout the background. Not being one to back down from a challenge I decide this will be only a temporary set-back.  


My original design of five cascading rectangles cut through in the middle with a horizontal band  has been executed using Crate Paper chipboard and cut-apart sheet on two separate pieces vellum. If  this teal background paper arrives in my LSS I'll be able to get a second sheet and complete the right-hand page. As a back-up, if this exact paper isn't available I'll buy double of an other similar but different pattern and switch out what's under the vellum.   

Citrus Twist March Kits : Crate Paper (Confetti Party, Craft Market Chipboard Stickers) Pinkfresh Studio Up in the Clouds Foil Die-Cut Ephemera, Amy Tangerine Rise and Shine Madison. Older Kits : Gossamer Blue Get Happy Enamel Dots, Heidi Swapp Sugar Chic Adore

Photo Credit : Anieto2k

March 10, 2015

Base Coat Cards

Last week I shared design tips for mixing patterns on scrapbook layouts. Those tips work just as well on project life filler cards. Are you able to spot how I've used them on this pair of Kaisercraft journaling-card cards for Memories Trend? The only thing I'll add about mixing patterns is that when in doubt go with classic prints (like polka dots, stripes, chevrons and checks) and simple textures (like wood grain, cork or chalkboard). Pretty much impossible to go wrong with them.


Memories Trend Supplies : Kaisercraft Basecoat 6"x4" Journal Card Pack, American Crafts (DIY Shop 6"x6" Paper Pad, Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go 6"x6" Paper Pad), Teresa Collins Stationery Noted Quotes, Bazzill Basics White Vellum, Cardstock