Hello everyone! My name is Elizabeth and I blog over at Broken Treasures. Let me tell you a little bit about myself :) I am wife to my best friend (who happens to be a youth pastor) which makes me a mentor to some younger women in our church. I am Mama to three beautiful children ages 5, 4 and almost 2. I have the privilege to stay at home with my children and homeschool my oldest. My passions are many (cooking, gardening, reading, blogging, etc.) but my biggest passion is scrapbooking! I have been an avid scrapbooker for as long as I can remember and absolutely love to preserve my memories this way.
I'm so excited to be posting here today, thrilled to "meet" you all via blog land and hope you will enjoy (as well as learn some new things) the scrapbook layout I have for you.
Let's get started!
The very first thing I do when I want to scrapbook a page is select my photos. These can be all of one event, one person, or a theme of some sort. I like to do pages of each of my children with a photo from each month for a One Year layout. Another thing I've done is gotten photos of my children in any given day and have titled the page "A day in the life of . . . " Or the obvious holidays, family photo shoots, birthdays, etc. work well too. Whatever the occasion, gather your photos first.
Then I look for a sketch that I love. These can be found in some great "how to books" like Cathy Zielske's Clean & Simple Scrapbooking or Jeanette Lynton's Magic (and other) books. I love these because you can take a sketch from the book and make it your own. Another great place to find sketches is in blog land :) Places like Sketchy Thursday, 52 Sketches and Splitcoasters offer great sketches weekly to play around with. Another thing I like to do is look at card making blogs like Mojo Monday and use the simple cards sketch to make a scrapbook layout. For the layout I'm showing you today I used a sketch from Jeanette's Book Magic.
Then I gather my materials. I often look for papers that coordinate with each other and with the photos I want to use. Lots of places sell kits that are great for this type of thing and I often use them to make my scrapbooking go faster!
CTMH Workshops on the Go
Keep in mind these kits come with various accessories (some even come with stamp sets!) but if you join a monthly club you often just get whatever they put together - you don't have a lot of choices and I know we all like choices :)
For this layout I used:
Magic How To Book
Cricut Cutting Machine (with the Art Philosophy Cartridge)
Fiskers Paper Cutter
Close To My Heart Papers, Stamps and Butterflies
Close To My Heart Mocha Opaques, Wood Buttons
Ink: Chocolate, Olive and New England Ivy
**Please note I have provided you with links to all the materials I used for this layout. I am a HUGE advocate of using what you have and getting the most out of the products you have on hand. I use mostly Close To My Heart products because it is what I love and what I have on hand.**
Once I have my photos, sketch and materials I begin to cut my papers to size. This is one of the things I like the best about Jeanette's How-To Books - the sizes of the paper is written out for you so there is no guess work. For this layout I chose two different patterned papers (A and B), a cardstock (C) and a base cardstock (the page I put all my papers, embellishments, and photos on).
I used my Cricut Machine to cut out several shapes for tags, a heart, tickets, rectangles and circles. Then I used my paper cutter to cut the dimensions that I needed for each of my patterned papers. I did change the sketch up a bit to fit the photos I choose but that is the freedom you have with using a sketch as a basis to start from.
Once I am done cutting my papers and before I begin pasting my photos and papers down I like to prep any and all embellishments that I am going to use. I personally love the distressed look and often use my distressing kit to sponge ink on the edges of all my papers. I feel like it really makes the elements stand out. I also threaded some paper through the holes of a kraft ready made border, put some patterned paper through the hole on the tags that I cut out and then pasted a button on the top to finish it off.
Then I stamped lines onto my tags so that I have a place to record 10 of the things I love about my husband (since this is the layout I am doing) and journal a little bit about the photos. Photos tell a story but I like to include my own journaling to finish off the story - make it complete if you will :)
The last thing I did before putting my layout together was make my flowers. I cut them out at 1 1/2 inch and 1 1/4 inch using the Cricut. Then I curled the edges with my piercing tool and pasted the smaller flower on top of the larger flower off center. To finish it off I put a medium mocha opaque in the center of a wood button and glued it to the center of the flower. You'll notice some of my own handwriting on the one photo as well. I don't like my handwriting but I do include it in almost every layout to give my children something to remember about me and I think it makes the layout a little more personal.
Now I am ready to past my photos and papers down
There is some ink smudging on my paper but not to worry it will get covered with photos and patterned papers. I use adhesive tape runners, glue sticks and 3D foam tape on my layouts. Glue dots work well too. I follow the sketch measurements and use my Versamat to make sure everything is exactly straight and just where I want it to be! Love this mat!! I actually need to get another one so I can put them side by side when doing my two page layouts.
I added some of my own pattern to the paper here with a pennant stamp from the Party Pennant stamp set.
I love how the stamps are crystal clear and are put onto a clear block so I can line them up to make my own design.
I added some opaques in between the diamonds that I stamped. A quick and simple tip is to use a piercing tool (or needle) to lift the gem off the packaging and then place it right where you want it to go. I love to do this with really small adhesive embellishments!
I take a ton of photos and often find it difficult to fit them all on to a scrapbook page. I recently discovered Flip Flaps and love them! It allows me to add more photos to my layout without sacrificing space on my page. They are self adhesive so I put them directly over my page protector where I want it to be, you can also punch a hole and slit in your page protector and then have it slide out of your paper that way.
With the flip flap closed
With the flip flap open!
I can add my journaling to the tags that I made and slip them behind my photo. I put adhesive on the bottom and both sides of my photo but left the top open so that I could create a "pocket" for my journaling but again not sacrifice space on my page.
A few detailed photos of my embellishments show how to cluster them. I usually use an odd number and put them on the layout so they create a visual triangle drawing the eye from the bottom of the left page up to the top of the right page then down to the bottom of the right page and back over to the left again.
Here is my finished layout . . .
The Left Side with the Flip Flap closed
The Left Side with the Flip Flap open
The Right Side
The whole 2-page Layout
Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoy this layout and have learned some simple tips for making your pages pop! Have fun preserving those memories and I hope you'll stop by Broken Treasures sometime and say "hi" :) Have a great week!
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