Scrapbooking Ideas, Memory Keeping, Layout Design http://debbiehodge.com Don't let your photos have hazy stories. Use scrapbooking ideas, writing prompts, design how for your scrapbook layouts. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:38:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How Solid Design Skills Make Scrapbooking Easier: Contrast http://debbiehodge.com/2016/02/solid-design-skills-make-scrapbooking-easier-contrast/ http://debbiehodge.com/2016/02/solid-design-skills-make-scrapbooking-easier-contrast/#respond Tue, 02 Feb 2016 10:00:00 +0000 http://debbiehodge.com/?p=43877 The design principle of contrast tells us that there should be obvious visual differences between the elements on your page. What’s more, contrasts will draw the viewer’s eye and add interest and variety. Check out a short video lesson on contrast below and then see how our Creative Team incorporated contrast into their own pages. This video lesson […]

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How Solid Design Skills Make Scrapbooking Easier: Contrast | Get It ScrappedThe design principle of contrast tells us that there should be obvious visual differences between the elements on your page. What’s more, contrasts will draw the viewer’s eye and add interest and variety.

Check out a short video lesson on contrast below and then see how our Creative Team incorporated contrast into their own pages.

This video lesson comes from “Design Principles for the Scrapbook Page” which is a part of a Get It Scrapped Membership. We are doubling down on stepping up our design skills at the membership with the newest class “Confident Designer.” Click here to become a member today.


Devra Hunt says, “My Dad is a great cook, especially with the BBQ. In this photo, he was giving my husband a few grilling tips.”

“The colors in the photo are very bright, and I wanted them to stand out. To get great contrast, I chose a dark navy as the foundation for the bright colors in the photo and in the patterned papers.”

How Solid Design Skills Make Scrapbooking Easier: Contrast | Devra Hunt | Get It Scrapped

{Grill}master & Apprentice by Devra Hunt | Supplies: Patterned Paper, stickers, alphas-Fancy Pants, twine-Doodlebug Design, buttons-Hancock Fabrics, enamel dots-My Minds Eye, pen-Sakura, adhesive-EK Success, Recollections

Deborah Wagner says, “This is a photo of  my darling granddaughter at 10 months old.”

“On this page, the eye goes to first to the photo in the center and the title because of the contrast in values: those areas are darker than the rest of the page. Contrast can be overdone. Choose carefully. If everything contrasts highly with everything else you end up with competing elements, and the reader won’t know where to look first.”

How Solid Design Skills Make Scrapbooking Easier: Contrast | Deborah Wagner | Get It Scrapped

You At Ten Months by Deborah Wagner | Supplies: Studio Rosie Posie: BlendedTemplate; KimB – Sweet Pea, Yesterday Once More; Lynn Grieves – Beckie Worn Solids; Anna Aspnes – Art Play Posy

Christy Strickler says, “Whenever you move to a new country, it takes time to get all of the utilities set up. This pages tells the story of how, for several weeks, we had no internet and had to go to local cafes for the free WiFi.”

“To tell the story, I divided my journaling into two parts: the problem and the solution. I used bright bold color on a white patterned paper to show our problem. On the solution side, I used gentle blue tones on black to support the journaling about our solution. Tape runs around the photo creating a box or frame but also adding to the flow of the design.”

How Solid Design Skills Make Scrapbooking Easier: Contrast | Christy Strickler | Get It Scrapped

No Internet No Problem by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper, Letters: American Crafts; Stickers: Jillibean Soup; Wood Veneer: ColorCast Designs, Studio Calico;Mist: Ranger, Heidi Swapp; Other Tape, Enamel Dots, Button

Ronnie Crowley says, “My daughter’s first text from her skiing trip was ‘I hate skiing,’ and the jounaling here (from her second text to me) tells the story of her one and only descent down the mountain.”

“I used one large focal-point photograph to contrast and with smaller supporting photos. There’s more contrast in the title, with two typefaces: one all a serif rendered in all upper case and the other a bold script.”

How Solid Design Skills Make Scrapbooking Easier: Contrast | Ronnie Crowley | Get It Scrapped

I Hate Skiing by Ronnie Crowley | Supplies: Kim Jensen – Me Right Now; Chelle Creations – Winter thrills; Lynn Grieveson -Nordland transfers; Snow in January; Sabrina’s Creations – Book plate

Kristy T says, “My page is about my son’s love of silly things and his favourite minion, Stuart, which he pronounces Stu-art.  I used a color scheme of black, white, and one color (here yellow). The pops of yellow add great contrast and move the eye around my page. The color in the photograph and the high contrast of the white letters on the black background create the page focal point.”

How Solid Design Skills Make Scrapbooking Easier: Contrast | Ronnie Crowley | Get It Scrapped

I like Stuart by Kristy T| Supplies: Patterned Paper: Kaisercraft; Collectables: Kaisercraft: Alphas: October Afternoon, Chipboard: October Afternoon; Stickers: Simple Stories, Echo Park; Washi Tape: Unknown.

Summer Christiansen says, “This is an art journal page about my one little word for 2016, brave. I originally had painted it in my physical art journal but decided to scan and extract so I could use it digitally.”

“I used a small colorful element with contrasting type (in the top left corner) and created white space in between my large, colorful focal point (with colors that tie in) in the bottom left.”

How Solid Design Skills Make Scrapbooking Easier: Contrast | Summer Christiansen | Get It Scrapped

Brave by Summer Christiansen | Supplies: Background paper: The art journal caravan by Tangie Baxter, and all word art, art doll and elements by SuLu Digital Designs.

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Scrapbook Page Sketch and Layered Template #108 http://debbiehodge.com/2016/01/scrapbook-page-sketch-layered-template-108/ http://debbiehodge.com/2016/01/scrapbook-page-sketch-layered-template-108/#respond Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:00:00 +0000 http://debbiehodge.com/?p=43803 This free scrapbook page sketch comes from a page made by Betsy Sammarco for the Photo Play class in the Get It Scrapped Membership, where members have access to a library of over 100 layered templates and page sketches, searchable by # of photos and layout type. This sketch offers the opportunity to lend instant charm to […]

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Scrapbook Page Sketch and Layered Template #108 | Get It ScrappedThis free scrapbook page sketch comes from a page made by Betsy Sammarco for the Photo Play class in the Get It Scrapped Membership, where members have access to a library of over 100 layered templates and page sketches, searchable by # of photos and layout type.

This sketch offers the opportunity to lend instant charm to a series of photos just like Betsy did in her page “Fading Yellow Flowers.”

Scrapbook Page Sketch and Layered Template #108 | Get It Scrapped

Sketch and Layered Template made by Amy Kingsford based on a layout by Betsy Sammarco for Masterful Scrapbook Design Photo Play.

Betsy says, “Every time I see Black-eyed Susan flowers start to fade, I know that summer is over. I wanted to create a look on the page in which the fading of the flowers can be seen. I took one photo of the flowers and made three more copies with each one faded to a greater degree than the one before. The most faded photo looks a bit sad, just the way I feel when I know summer is over.”

Scrapbook Page Sketch and Layered Template #108 | Betsy Sammarco| Get It Scrapped

Fading Yellow Flowers by Betsy Sammarco | Supplies: patterned paper by Echo Park, Basic Grey, Crate Paper, and Jenni Bowlin Studio; Sparklets by Kaiser Craft; little flower die cut by myself; label bracket by Jenni Bowlin Studio; fonts Brush Strokes and Caslon Antique

 

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Looking for more examples of how you might use this sketch/template to inspire your next page? Here are a few inspired pages from our Get It Scrapped Creative Team.

Karen Poirier-Brode says, “I liked the idea of a band of photos and the big circular embellishment in this sketch. This page is about my grandson’s joy at the lighting of the state Christmas tree, my son’s family tradition.”

“The sketch was floral and summery but the flower petals were triangular and reminded me of Christmas trees. I chose the neutral Xmas kit because of all the iridescent color in the photos and the cream and gold echoed the color of the lit Capitol building in Sacramento.”

Scrapbook Page Sketch and Layered Template #108 | Karen Poirier-Brode| Get It Scrapped

Supplies: Club Scrap Digital – inked edge; Mommyish – shadow styles; One Little Bird – Chestnut Lane digi kit,; Get It Scrapped – sketch.

Kristy T says, “I liked the simplicity of this sketch with the white space and the line of photographs which made it perfect for documenting my daughters 10th birthday.”

“I really loved the expression on my daughter’s face in these photos, and, as it is dark, the smaller photo size in the sketch works well for the lower quality photos.  To balance the large amount of black in the photographs I used a variety of patterned papers to add colour and fun to the page which suits the birthday theme.  By inking the edges of the papers and stitching with black, it creates unity and cohesion with the dark photos.”

Scrapbook Page Sketch and Layered Template #108 | Kristy T| Get It Scrapped

10 by Kristy T | Supplies: Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny – You’re Invited; Stickers: Bo Bunny; Ink: Archival: Flowers: Maing Memories; Alphas: American Craft; Wooden Shapes: Kaisercraft; Chipboard: Dusty Attic; Die: Kaisercraft; Butterflies: Prima; Pearl Paint Pens: Bo Bunny, Pen: Artline

Ronnie Crowley says, “I like templates with multiple photo spots, and I really liked the band of photos on this one. It was a perfect choice for the pictures from my daughter’s Christmas party at College. To get the rolled edge on the strip of paper, I used a product from Anna Aspnes which provides all the shadows and layers you need. All you have to do is clip your patterned paper to it: makes for an easy creation of a paper scrapbooking technique on a digital layout.”

Scrapbook Page Sketch and Layered Template #108 |Ronnie Crowley| Get It Scrapped

Merry Christmas by Ronnie Crowley | Supplies: Masterful Scrapbook Design Template 2014 March Photoplay Betsy Sammarco; Anna Aspnes – Easy Curled Edge; April Lisa – You Are A Star; Deana Rutter – Believe; Roots and Wings

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How to Scrapbook Faster By Doing More of What You’re Good At http://debbiehodge.com/2016/01/how-to-scrapbook-faster-by-doing-more-of-what-youre-good-at/ http://debbiehodge.com/2016/01/how-to-scrapbook-faster-by-doing-more-of-what-youre-good-at/#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:00:00 +0000 http://debbiehodge.com/?p=43802 Your scrapbook style needs to please you AND be workable. When you figure out what work you like to do and what work you do well (they might be different, and that’s OK) make sure to get it onto your pages. In the Style class that’s part of the Get It Scrapped membership we have […]

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How to Scrapbook Faster By Leveraging your Scrapbooking Masteries | Get It ScrappedYour scrapbook style needs to please you AND be workable. When you figure out what work you like to do and what work you do well (they might be different, and that’s OK) make sure to get it onto your pages. In the Style class that’s part of the Get It Scrapped membership we have a whole section on this and refer to this as your “masteries.”

Here’s a worksheet for you to use to take a look at your own masteries and frustrations.

How to Scrapbook Faster By Doing More of What You're Good At | Get It Scrapped

when your mastery is layering patterns

Celeste Smith says, “My sister and I tried a Shake Shack on our way to a play in New Haven.”

“I took the Masteries and Frustrations Quiz and decided to create a page using the technique of layering patterns. On this page, I layered four pieces of patterned paper. The best tip I can give with patterned paper layering is to play with the scale of the paper and allow bits of the paper to stick out of your stack. I have a small scale polka dot here, a medium scale floral, and a larger scale utensil print. As well, it is always helpful to have one pattern that pulls the colors from the other patterns. I achieve that here with the stripe and the utensil pattern. Mixing the scale makes the layout more dynamic.”

How to Scrapbook Faster By Leveraging your Scrapbooking Masteries | Celeste Smith | Get It Scrapped

Shake Shack by Celeste Smith | Supplies: Pixels & Co. Curated: Foodie Kit; Font: AMD High Jump, Underwood Champion.

when your mastery is mixing busy patterns

Christy Strickler says, “This Page is about how I finally felt at home once my cats were comfortable in our new apartment.”

“One of the things I love to do is to mix a lot of busy patterned papers together. I choose one bold pattern for the canvas and then allowed it’s colors to guide my choices for other prints and for the embellishments. Often the paper choice is influenced by the story I want to tell. In this case, I chose a print with a lot of houses as the main background. I pushed the photos around on the paper to get a general feel for their placement, then added two other prints in smaller portions. Once I know which prints I’m using and how to place them with the photos, I can build my embellishment clusters based on design principles.The embellishments are chosen based on motif, color and texture to support the full story. I stop adding to the page when everything feels balanced.”

How to Scrapbook Faster By Leveraging your Scrapbooking Masteries | Christy Strickler | Get It Scrapped

Home is Where My Cats Are by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper: Studio Calico, My Mind’s Eye; Letters: American Crafts, Basic Grey; Flowers: Sassafrass, Freckled Fawn; Wood Veneer: FreckledFawn; Jewels: Making Memories; Tape: My Mind’s Eye; Doily: My Little Shoebox

when your mastery is making your own product

Summer Christiansen says, “This page is about when my husband and I went back to our first date spot and the story of how we met..”

“My scrapbook masteries, or things I enjoy about scrapbooking, incllude: making my own product, finding the right photos and editing them, and journaling. I used product I’d previously designed that evoke the feeling I want on this page. That helped me speed up my process.  My favorite pieces here are the background paper that I designed from a cloud I extracted from a photo and the handwritten word art.”

How to Scrapbook Faster By Leveraging your Scrapbooking Masteries | Summer Christiansen | Get It Scrapped

This is Where it all began by Summer Christiansen | Supplies: Sulu Digital Designs

when your mastery is titlework

Devra Hunt says, “While visiting Pike Place Market for the first time, we stopped at Beecher’s Cheese, and watched cheese being made.”

“Page titles come easy to me, and often they are humorous, sometimes they are puns. I use the humor in the titles to draw the viewer into my page. I also use the humor to help me choose product that leverages that humor even more across the page.  The title here is something a 10-year-old boy would say. The embellishments also use words that mimic that idea.”

How to Scrapbook Faster By Leveraging your Scrapbooking Masteries | Devra Hunt | Get It Scrapped

Dude Who Cut the Chesse? by Devra Hunt | Supplies: Cardstock-American Crafts, Patterned paper, stickers, brads-Basic Grey, Stamps-Snarky Stamps by Heather Joyce, Hero Arts, ink-Colorbox, arrows-Studio Calico, Fancy Pants, alphas-Doodlebug Design, American Crafts, October Afternoon, pen and adhesive-EK Success

when your mastery is titlework

Sian Fair says, “This is a page about my weakness, my dietary downfall, my favorite snack: I’ve never met a doughnut I didn’t like.”

“I love coming up with neat titles! Lately I’ve been making use of some of the lovely big words appearing in collections in veneer and chipboard, and they do make for quick titles–but a longer phrase with a little thought behind it can add real impact for a page to remember. So here I took a movie title and tweaked it for a bit of fun which let me leave the rest of the page relatively simple.”

How to Scrapbook Faster By Leveraging your Scrapbooking Masteries | Sian Fair | Get It Scrapped

The Fault On My Stars by Sian Fair | Supplies: Patterned Paper: American Crafts Dear Lizzy ; Life Pages cards: Gossamer Blue; Alphas: American Crafts; Puffy Phrase: Evalicious

when your mastery is including several photos

Stefanie Semple says, “After my Mother’s mini strokes, we had her living with us for a while, until we found a place that we could imagine her being happy in. Onze Molen was that place for us, but not yet really for her.”

“I find it easy to choose a variety of photos to tell my story. Here, a great mini print serves as a background. When choosing colors from the photos for a unified feel, I stick with one kit to decrease my choices and speed up my process. Here word art serves for title since the turmoil in my heart made coming up with a catchy title not easy or fun work.”

How to Scrapbook Faster By Leveraging your Scrapbooking Masteries | Stefanie Semple | Get It Scrapped

Time has a way by Stefanie Semple | Supplies: Kimeric Kreations: Then and Now Collection

when your mastery is including several photos

Debbie Hodge says, “This page records an afternoon of mac-and-cheese cooking for my son and his friends.”

“I love including several photos on single page layouts, and I’ve mastered strategies for cropping and arrangement of the photos to lay out the story and still include room for title and journaling and embellishments. This page uses one of my favorite configurations: a row of smaller photos in the top half of the canvas and a larger photo clustered with journaling and title below. I usually divide the canvas background with two bands of paper: here a print and a solid.”

How to Scrapbook Faster By Doing More of What You're Good At | Get It Scrapped | Debbie Hodge

Mac & Cheese by Debbie Hodge | Artifact by Sara Gleason; Brad Bonanza by Patty Knox; Fall in Love Alpha by Amber LaBau; Stamped Alpha by Just Jaimee; Bohemian Typewriter font

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Scrapbooking Ideas and Techniques for Weaving Florals with Text http://debbiehodge.com/2016/01/scrapbooking-ideas-techniques-weaving-florals-text/ http://debbiehodge.com/2016/01/scrapbooking-ideas-techniques-weaving-florals-text/#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2016 10:00:00 +0000 http://debbiehodge.com/?p=43801 Staggered text woven with floral arrangements is a currently trendy look — and a cool source of inspiration for the scrapbook page. Check out how our team members took this inspiration and used it on their scrapbook pages. Here’s a look at the trendy style collected on Pinterest. Kelly Prang says, “This page is about my […]

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Scrapbooking Ideas and Techniques for Weaving Florals with Text | Get It ScrappedStaggered text woven with floral arrangements is a currently trendy look — and a cool source of inspiration for the scrapbook page. Check out how our team members took this inspiration and used it on their scrapbook pages.

Here’s a look at the trendy style collected on Pinterest.

Kelly Prang says, “This page is about my excitement as I plan a spring break getaway for March to Hawaii.  This is my first time getting to go to Hawaii and I am SUPER excited about the opportunity! I used flat floral images combined with dimensional leaves, then layered words in and amongst the letters to represent the lushness and beauty of a tropical island. I think the floral and word weaving are a good match for my story of looking forward to a getaway during the cold, wet winter.”

Scrapbooking Ideas and Techniques for Weaving Florals with Text | Kelly Prang | Get It Scrapped

Hawaii Dreamin’ by Kelly Prang | Supplies: Fonts: Georgia (journaling), Turner Normal- (title) From the May 2015 Digi Scrap Parade “In the Garden”-Creative Victorian by Lonetta Avelar- In the Garden:paper flowers, paper frame;The Nifty Pixel- In the Garden: paper leaves; Blue Flower Art- In the Garden- blue paper; Wishing Well Creations- in the Garden- off-white paper, One Little Bird-2016 Calendar cards- March calendar; Cilena Curtis – Changes- washi and words; Tracy Martin- Missing You- paint, glitter dots and leaves.

Christy Strickler says, “This page featuring my sister with me will go in my wedding album in the section for members of the bridal party.”

“I noticed how many of the inspiration photos featured simple titles woven in with flowers. Each one also seemed to feature a base or frame to anchor the design. I started my arrangement by using the doilies as anchor, then I added the photo and the flowers. I chose one large wire sprig to frame part of my photo. I was then able to add more flowers to the sprig and weave in the title.”

“I used dimensional glue to get everything to lay in layers just the right way. The floral design worked well for a wedding photo. It also made for a quick, yet fully embellished page. The ornate design doesn’t feel simple, yet this page was made in less than an hour. It was fun to challenge myself to find the right kind of flowers from my stash. The sprig had been in my supplies for years.”

Scrapbooking Ideas and Techniques for Weaving Florals with Text | Christy Strickler | Get It Scrapped

My Sister by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper: Lilybee Designs; Flowers, Trim: Maya Road; Other: Doilies, letters (German Foil),jewels

Audrey Tan says, “This page is about our trip to Perth during the Christmas and New Year holidays. We were asked if we were interested in going with another family and we did. I glad we went as we had the most enjoyable time ever.”

“I made use of flowers that I saw in Perth and incorporated them into my page. I placed my title on and among the flowers and used deep shadows to complete the look.”

Scrapbooking Ideas and Techniques for Weaving Florals with Text | Audrey Tan | Get It Scrapped

Perth by Audrey Tan | Supplies: Anna Aspnes: ArtPlay Palette Splash, ArtPlay Palette Jardinier, Find My Way Overlays No3, ArtPlay Palette Gather In Peace, ArtPlay Palette Care, Travel WordArt No1; Traci Reed: Get Artsy Fearless Alphas; Mye de Leon: Anew, Piazza; Font: Pea Julie

Ronnie Crowley says, “Weaving florals was a perfect solution to showcase some of my pictures from my garden this  summer. Digital weaving leaves and strings through the alphas is all about layers, masks and shadows. I always use masks so edits I make are non-destructive and if I change my mind on something I can go back to the original element. It was fun to weave elements through the metal letters trying to make it look as it would in the real garden. Creatively, it’s a challenge and can take some time, but the end results are worth it.”

Scrapbooking Ideas and Techniques for Weaving Florals with Text | Ronnie Crowley | Get It Scrapped

The Garden in Summer by Ronnie Crowley | Supplies: Studio 68- Sol Alpha; Anna Aspens – Art Play Autumn Reverie, ArtPlay Palette Time; Pattie Knox – Staple Its Clusters(retired); Scrapping with Liz – Multi Photo Fun Template; Chelle Creations – Apple my eye; Midnight Crow; Cluster Queen – Celebrate the Little Things; Mye De Leon – Back to Nature

Amy Kingsford says, “My page is about how my boys inspire me to keep snapping photos and telling stories and even get in front of the lens once in a while. I used floral die cuts and sticker alphas to create this woven floral look for my title–using the shape of the foliage to guide the placement of my letters. I glued down the centers of the die cuts leaving the ends free to fold and tuck as necessary when weaving my letters. This was a fun challenge, and I came away with a title that captures the eye. This is like nothing I’ve ever done before!”

Captured Together by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Paper: Sassafrass Lass; Chipboard + Diecuts: Crate Paper, Studio Calico, Hello Forever; Alphas: Studio Calico; Photo by Megan Fisher Photography.

 

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How to Re-Engage With and Finish A Stalled Scrapbooking Project http://debbiehodge.com/2016/01/re-engage-finish-stalled-scrapbooking-project/ http://debbiehodge.com/2016/01/re-engage-finish-stalled-scrapbooking-project/#comments Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:00:00 +0000 http://debbiehodge.com/?p=43800 A project started with optimism and energy stalls. It happens to all of us. So how do you re-engage with a scrapbooking project “gone stale?” Our Creative Team share their approaches to getting that  stalled project restarted and finished. Marie Pierre-Capistran says, “Last year I started a Project life album that was supposed to cover […]

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How to Re-Engage With and Finish A Stalled Scrapbooking Project | Get It ScrappedA project started with optimism and energy stalls. It happens to all of us.

So how do you re-engage with a scrapbooking project “gone stale?” Our Creative Team share their approaches to getting that  stalled project restarted and finished.

Marie Pierre-Capistran says, “Last year I started a Project life album that was supposed to cover the whole year. I never finished it.”

“I can’t exactly remember why I didn’t finish it but I’m pretty sure it’s because I had other projects that were more important than that one. When I say more important, I mean that I had to get them done for a design team assignment. That Project Life album was made for myself and had no hard deadline. That’s how I end up with unfinished projects.”

“When I picked up my unfinished album, I didn’t even know where I had left it. It was a great surprise to see that the pictures were all printed until the end of the year! I had left my album at Week 43, which is the end of October. My motivation was to keep it simple and to get it done quickly. So I grabbed one Project life kit (Project Life cards), and I started to look at the pictures and write down the stories. I also had some of my favorite embellishments on my table, lying around from other projects I was working on, so I used these and small labels, keeping everything very simple.”

How to Re-Engage With and Finish A Stalled Scrapbooking Project | Marie-Pierre Capistran | Get It Scrapped

Project Life 2014 by Marie-Pierre Capistran | Supplies: Project Life cards: Dear Lizzie edition; Alphas: EK Success; Labels: Elle’s Studio, Studio Calico; Embellishments: Pink Paislee.

Stefanie Semple says, “I was really fired up, enthusiastic and determined to do a Document your December last year and I made it all the way through to the 25th and then stalled.”

“Christmas Day didn’t turn out as I had hoped. The middle child had been gaming all night and was uncompliant. Then a bad accident on the freeway meant that a trip to collect my Mom, that should have taken an hour there and back, took almost double that. So I was frustrated, and the photos show my lack of the festive spirit. I struggle to scrapbook the less than happy moments of our lives, preferring to pretend they don’t exist. However the passage of time allows me to see the funny side of things and to get even the challenging stories told.”

“Instead of starting with the photos and the story as I normally would, I started with a really cute product kit. The little bird all tangled up with the lights represented my feelings of frustration and made it easy for the page to come together. I often scrapbook backward, so from working with December 2015 photos I found it easier to go back to 2014 and got this layout done.”

How to Re-Engage With and Finish A Stalled Scrapbooking Project | Stefanie Semple | Get It Scrapped

25th by Stefanie Semple. LJS Designs: Christmas in the Country; Little Butterfly Wings: Xmas doodles DYD 2014, Pink Reptile Designs: Mark the Date.

Devra Hunt says, “For my Grandfather’s 90th birthday, he wanted to throw out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium. We made that happen for him. That was in 2009, and I still haven’t finished making the album from the party.”

“My grandfather passed shortly after the party. At first, I was too sad to work on these photos, so I set them all aside. I would do a page here and there that didn’t have photos of my Grandfather in them, but there was no joy in creating them. I had bought some baseball themed product for his album, but it was so long ago, I no longer like it or want to use it.”

“Enough time has passed that I’m no longer sad looking at these photos. My Grandmother is ailing, and I’m feeling like I want to finish so I have one last, permanent, good memory of my grandparents together. It also helps that a new baseball proudct line has just been released that has really inspired me to work on this project.”

How to Re-Engage With and Finish A Stalled Scrapbooking Project | Devra Hunt | Get It Scrapped

First Pitch by Devra Hunt | Supplies: Cardstock-American Crafts, patterned papers, washi tape, -Doodlebug Design, stickers-Echo park, Doodlebug Design, Alpha- American Crafts, October Afternoon, pen and stitch template-American Crafts, brad-unknown, thread-DMC, adhesive-EK Success

Terry Billman says, “The journaling of this page is about my friend extending a compliment on how my son was empathetic and compassionate with the family after the death of their father. I started a project of writing letters to my son. My husband and I were in our early 40’s when we adopted our son. I recently realized there is a strong possibility he will be young when he loses his parents. These letters are meant to provide insight, wisdom, and motherly advice at time when I may not be around.”

“This project went stale for two reasons: (1) I wanted a current photo for each page, and (2) a lot of thought goes into the journaling, which takes time to get documented. I finally decided to not worry about a current photo. If I had a photo, great. If I did not have a photo, then I would make a page without a photo. I started making notes when I had an idea and wrote the journaling within a day or two. I also decided to keep my pages simple, not worry about the design so much, and concentrate on the journaling and documenting my story. Keep in mind, each page does not have to be a masterpiece and the journaling does not have to be a novel. The focus is documenting your story.”

How to Re-Engage With and Finish A Stalled Scrapbooking Project | Terry Billman | Get It Scrapped

Heart by Terry Billman| Supplies: One Little Bird: Chestnut Lane; Anna Aspnes: Fotoglows 4, Light Leaks 1, Cool Glows 1; Patti Knox: Staple Its Clusters

Marcia Fortunato says, “This layout, Going to Yellowstone, will be added to a scrapbook album about a vacation to Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah that my husband and I took in October 2012 in conjunction with our son’s wedding. Although I had completed several pages for this album, I still have a lot of photos and several stories that I never scrapbooked. I had printed most of the photos and put them in pocket pages until I could scrapbook some of them, but I just never got back to it as other projects got in the way.”

“To re-engage with this project, I browsed through my album and jotted down the stories that were missing. That way when I had time to scrapbook I already had the stories in mind. One of the things that made it easier to remember some of the timing and stories was that I’d actually done a simple mini-album during the vacation, plus I had put a group of supplies for the album into a basic kit so that gave me a starting point for my pages.”

“For others in this situation, I would recommend looking at the unfinished project, deciding what stories still need to be told, and choosing supplies that are similar in color and/or feel to those parts of the project already completed. Then just start!”

How to Re-Engage With and Finish A Stalled Scrapbooking Project | Marcia Fortunato | Get It Scrapped

Going to Yellowstone by Marcia Fortunato | Supplies: Patterned Paper, Letter stickers, and most embellishments: Simple Stories; Flair: lilybee design; Pen: LePen (Marvy Uchida).

 

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How Solid Design Skills Make Scrapbooking Easier: Alignment http://debbiehodge.com/2016/01/solid-design-skills-make-scrapbooking-easier-alignment/ http://debbiehodge.com/2016/01/solid-design-skills-make-scrapbooking-easier-alignment/#respond Tue, 05 Jan 2016 10:00:00 +0000 http://debbiehodge.com/?p=43799 The design principle of alignment tells us to consciously place each element on a layout with a consideration for its relation to other elements on the page. Using alignments, you can create visual connections between elements, even if they are not next to one another. Check out a short video lesson on alignment below and […]

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How Solid Design Skills Make Scrapbooking Easier: Alignment | Get It ScrappedThe design principle of alignment tells us to consciously place each element on a layout with a consideration for its relation to other elements on the page. Using alignments, you can create visual connections between elements, even if they are not next to one another. Check out a short video lesson on alignment below and then see how our Creative Team incorporated alignments into their own pages.

This video lesson comes from “Design Principles for the Scrapbook Page” which is a part of a Get It Scrapped Membership. We’ll be doubling down on stepping up our design skills at the membership starting January 18, 2016 with a new class, “The Confident Designer.” Click here to become a member today.

Sue Althouse says, “This page is about our visit to a historic home just outside Akron, Ohio.”

“I created a strong vertical axis with my portrait photos, patterned paper and journaling, separating the design into two columns. The title and embellishments break outside the lines to add variety and interest, while the overlapping ampersand unites the two sides.”

How Solid Design Skills Make Scrapbooking Easier: Alignment | Sue Althouse | Get It Scrapped

My Turn by Sue Althouse | Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Cocoa Daisy, Elle’s Studio, Fancy Pants; Alphabets: American Crafts; Die Cuts: Fancy Pants; Enamel Dots: Doodlebug; Photo Corners: Scrapbook Adhesives

Deborah Wagner says, “My sister, niece and I visited Machu Picchu while in Peru. It was such an amazing place. If it’s not on your bucket list, add it!”

“This page has a center alignment. Usually center alignments are used for formal occasions, but the organic shape of the masked photo on the right keeps the layout from being overly formal. Once you understand alignment, it is fun to bend the rules a bit.”

“Whatever alignment you use choose, your main concern when creating a layout is always to keep the focus on your photo(s). Besides that, you want to be able to look at a layout and have your eyes flow from each row of elements to the next without having to search for a place to rest. The bottom line is: You want to be able to look at a layout with ease. When your eyes see a cluttered layout, your eyes don’t know where to start. When your elements are lined up along a line, your eyes are able to follow the elements from left to right and top to bottom. If things are lined up correctly, the eyes won’t need to search for the beginning of the next line of elements, whether it be your journaling, photos or embellishments.”

How Solid Design Skills Make Scrapbooking Easier: Alignment | Deborah Wagner | Get It Scrapped

Adventure by Deborah Wagner|Supplies: KimB – Charming; Ali Edwards – Leaving On A Jet Plane; Cottage Arts – Travel Soul 2; Creashens – Goodness; Anna Aspnes – Life’s Little Word Transfers No. 1; Kim Jenson – String Bats 10, Amanda Yi – Home Is Where We Are; Katie Pertiet – Far Away Fairy Land, Destination Ledgers No. 3, Blendable Mix No. 1

Jennifer Kellogg says, “This page shows my kids in moments 10 years apart. It’s a classic then-and-now layout. A vertical center line works very well with this type of layout.”

“The alignment in this layout is strong – right down the center – with contrasting black and white cardstock. I chose to left align both text boxes. This adds a little variety and design “tension” to the page.”

Design Skills Make Scrapbooking Easier: Alignment | Jennifer Kellogg | Get It Scrapped

Through the Years by Jennifer Kellogg | Supplies: Close to My Heart.

Kelly Prang says, “I used a timeline to show the changes of my children over the past 11 years, with photos of them at Christmas time.”

“A timeline is the basis of the photo alignment here, with each photo having an outline with arrow pointing to the date on the timeline.  I mixed up the orientations and shapes of the photos for a bit more interest.”

Design Skills Make Scrapbooking Easier: Alignment | Kelly Prang | Get It Scrapped

Christmas Past by Kelly Prang | Supplies: Amy Martin- Timelines 2: Template; One Little Bird- Memory Collector: elements and papers, Shadow Styles- shadow like me, cut-out like me; Sahlin Studio- Fresh- woodgrain paper; Just Jaimee- Storyteller Luka- woodgrain washi tape. Fonts: Rex Bold, Times New Roman, Georgia (numbers)

Gretchen Henninger says, “This layout captures my favorite memories from hikes I took in Dutchess County, New York last fall.”

“I created a strong vertical line on the left one third of the page and aligned my photos against this line. To add interest, I mixed up the size and orientation of my photos.  I also aligned my title along the horizontal edges of the largest landscape photo, adding a strong horizontal line to the page as well.”

Design Skills Make Scrapbooking Easier: Alignment| Gretchen Henninger | Get It Scrapped

Grand Dutchess by Gretchen Henninger | Supplies: Paper: Pink Paislee (365 Degrees), Crata Bella (Moments & Memories), Authentique (Spectrum II), Bo Bunny (Star Crossed); Alphas: October Afternoon (Daily Flash), Bo Bunny; Stencil: The Crafter’s Workshop; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (ground espresso); Flair: A Flair for Buttons

Marcia Fortunato says, “This layout is about one of my sons’ excitement in studying and growing slime molds (a rather fascinating organism normally found in the woods), including parts of a conversation we had last summer.”

“Because I had photos that varied slightly in size, I aligned the photos and journal block along a horizontal axis. Each row is centered along that horizontal line. I filled in the empty spaces with parts of the story. Small tabs break the alignment just slightly to add interest.”

Design Skills Make Scrapbooking Easier: Alignment| Marcia Fortunato | Get It Scrapped

Aren’t they cool, Mom? by Marcia Fortunato | Supplies: Patterned Paper: Pebbles; Journal card: Pretty Little Studio: Letters: Thickers (American Crafts), Jillibean Soup, Basic Grey; Embellishments: Basic Grey; Markers/Pens: Slick Writer (American Crafts), Bic, Glaze pen (Sakura).

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Scrapbook Page Sketch and Layered Template #107 http://debbiehodge.com/2015/12/scrapbook-page-sketch-layered-template-107/ http://debbiehodge.com/2015/12/scrapbook-page-sketch-layered-template-107/#respond Tue, 29 Dec 2015 10:00:00 +0000 http://debbiehodge.com/?p=43633 This free scrapbook page sketch comes from a page made by Lisa Dickinson for the Color 2 class in the Get It Scrapped Membership, where members have access to a library of over 100 layered templates and page sketches, searchable by # of photos and layout type. Lisa Dickinson says, “After I’d been scrapbooking a few years, […]

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Scrapbook Page Sketch and Layered Template #107 | Get It ScrappedThis free scrapbook page sketch comes from a page made by Lisa Dickinson for the Color 2 class in the Get It Scrapped Membership, where members have access to a library of over 100 layered templates and page sketches, searchable by # of photos and layout type.

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Sketch and Layered Template made by Amy Kingsford based on a layout by Lisa Dickinson for Masterful Scrapbook Design Color 2.

Layout by Lisa Dickinson

Trunk or Treat by Lisa Dickinson for Masterful Scrapbook Design Color 2.

Lisa Dickinson says, “After I’d been scrapbooking a few years, I found it increasingly difficult to stay motivated to scrap the major holidays in our life: Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day and Halloween. I realized I was hung up on the traditional color schemes for these events and that I dislike working with these color combos, so I gave myself permission to break the rules.”

“On Trunk or Treat I’ve pulled colors directly from the kids’ costumes, using pink, red, yellow, and navy instead of the expected orange and black for Halloween. To keep the multiple colors from becoming overwhelming, I used white liberally–as a crisp contrast to the bright colors. Even though there is no pumpkin orange to be found, it’s obvious this a Halloween page based on the photo and my title.”

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Looking for more examples of how you might use this sketch/template to inspire your next page? Here are a few inspired pages from our Get It Scrapped Creative Team.

Kelly Prang says, “This page is about a funny memory of my son’s first week of kindergarten. I was drawn to the diagonal strips of washi or papers especially since I usually don’t use a diagonal composition that goes from top right to bottom left. I used two vertical photos together to fill up the horizontal photo spot. These photos were not from the day that the story happened, but they are from the same time frame.”

Kelly Prang "Pink Milk" |Supplies: Lisa Dickinson Template, One Little Bird- Artisan- papers and elements, Allison Pennington- Autumnal - papers and stitches, Sara Gleason- Family Almanac- elements, Val WIbbens,- Sprinkles N.29- elements,Vintage Pig Illustration purchased from Etsy, Circle Cut File- Jen Schow

Pink Milk by Kelly Prang |Supplies: Lisa Dickinson Template, One Little Bird- Artisan- papers and elements, Allison Pennington- Autumnal – papers and stitches, Sara Gleason- Family Almanac- elements, Val WIbbens,- Sprinkles N.29- elements,Vintage Pig Illustration purchased from Etsy, Circle Cut File- Jen Schow

Margareta Carlsson says, “This is a story about my niece and her dad (my brother). I love the diagonal design in this sketch and took the opportunity to stash bust a bit of my beautiful washi tape supply. I changed the sketch up a bit, by switching places for the title and journaling, and sprinkling the embellishments over the page.”

Daddy's Girl by Margareta Carlsson | Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts; Washi tapes; Studio Calico and no specific brand; Letters: Pink Paislee Expressions; Resin flower: no specific brand; Enamel dots; no specific brand.

Daddy’s Girl by Margareta Carlsson | Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts; Washi tapes; Studio Calico and no specific brand; Letters: Pink Paislee Expressions; Resin flower: no specific brand; Enamel dots; no specific brand.

Amy Kingsford says, “This page is about my youngest son and how quickly he’s growing up. I was drawn to the fun angles and the layered title in this sketch. The simplicity of the design puts the emphasis on this beautiful photo of my son and I, but the diagonal strips of washi and the layered title offered wonderful opportunities to add a bit of oomph to my page.  I made a few alterations to prepare this sketch for my 8.5 x 11″ canvas, but for the most part I stuck pretty closely to the design.”

Scrapbook Page Sketch and Layered Template #107 | Amy Kingsford | Get It Scrapped

Momma’s Brave Boy by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Kim Brodelet: Be Brave; Allison Pennington: Home Alpha, November Nights; Digital Design Essentials: Good Eats Alpha; Get It Scrapped: Color 2 Template Inspired by Lisa Dickinson. Photo by Megan Fisher Photography.

 

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5 Scrapbookers Share Why They Keep Scrapbooking http://debbiehodge.com/2015/12/5-scrapbookers-share-keep-scrapbooking/ http://debbiehodge.com/2015/12/5-scrapbookers-share-keep-scrapbooking/#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2015 10:00:00 +0000 http://debbiehodge.com/?p=43632 Why do so many of us love and persist at scrapbooking? I’ve shared my feelings in many of the classes here and in the article Scrapbooking Lets Me Both Hold On and Move Forward. Several Get It Scrapped Team members share their “why” below. Devra Hunt says, “This page is about a moment with my son, who […]

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5 Scrapbookers Share Why They Keep Scrapbooking | Get It Scrapped

Why do so many of us love and persist at scrapbooking? I’ve shared my feelings in many of the classes here and in the article Scrapbooking Lets Me Both Hold On and Move Forward. Several Get It Scrapped Team members share their “why” below.

Devra Hunt says, “This page is about a moment with my son, who has special needs.  For the first time in his life, my son and I took an unassisted walk together.  There was no wheelchair or walker, just he and I holding hands, walking.”

“I continue to scrapbook because I like to see the progress my son has made throughout his life. From year to year I can see not only how he has developed, but, also, how his interests have changed or stayed the same. I am not an epic storyteller, but a few sentences with photos remind me of where he was, and how far he has come.”

5 Scrapbookers Share Why They Keep Scrapbooking | Devra Hunt | Get It Scrapped

Grateful by Devra Hunt | Supplies: Patterned paper, die cuts, stickers-Pink Paislee, pen and adhesive-EK Success, design inspired by Lisa Dickinson for Elle’s Studio

Jennifer Kellogg says, “My daughter, Samantha, came home from college for her fall break. This page is about all the mishaps we had that weekend.”

“I scrapbook because I love using words and photos to tell a story. I don’t want our family stories to be forgotten over time. On this page, I wanted to remember all the silly things we did during the weekend. We started saying, Well this is a learning curve weekend! and I had my title!”

5 Scrapbookers Share Why They Keep Scrapbooking | Jennifer Kellogg | Get It Scrapped

Learning Curve Weekend by Jennifer Kellogg | Supplies: Scotty Girl Designs: Geared Up & Genius at Play Kits; Libby Pritchett: Paper Clips Wavy #3; Just Jaimee: Staples; Fonts: Graphite & Iowan.

Karen Poirier-Brode says, “This page is about the stories I tell of people like family and friends, the trips I take and the events of my life. All these moments are often captured in photos but how they are important to me is captured best for me in the art of a scrapbook page. That is why I keep scrapbooking.”

5 Scrapbookers Share Why They Keep Scrapbooking | Karen Poirier-Brode | Get It Scrapped

The Stories by Karen Poirier-Brode | Supplies: Get It Scrapped: template; ClubScrapDigital 0613 Hopes, Styles Mommyish

Marie-Pierre Capistran says, “For my page about the reason why I keep scrapbooking after 7 years, I chose a recent selfie of my family because this is the main theme I keep scrapbooking.”

“I made sure to use only elements on this page (embellishments and products) that made me happy. In the journaling, I explain that scrapbooking makes me a better person. The act of emptying my heart and my mind onto pages makes me clear my thoughts and gets me in shape for what’s to come. I also explain that I love playing with paper and pretty things, stories, and words, and photos of us. I also continue to scrapbook because this habit of photography everything makes me more aware of the small beautiful things surrounding me, and I simply love that!”

5 Scrapbookers Share Why They Keep Scrapbooking | Marie-Pierre Capistran | Get It Scrapped

Nous 4 by Marie-Pierre Capistran | Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill; Embellishements: Pink Paislee, Citrus Twist Kits, American Crafts, Hip Kit Clup.

Stefanie Semple says, “This page showcases photos taken on the day that my mother said goodbye to her parrot of ten years.”

“I scrapbook to tell stories. They may be ordinary, everyday snippets, big events or something that I cared enough about to take photos of at the time. Sometimes we know when this will be the last time, as these photos represent. Other times, the ordinary every day gives way as people grow up, age and change and if these times are not captured, recorded and treasured they will be lost. On this layout I speak about the phone call I got and how that precipitated the changes that resulted in my Mother coming to stay with us for a while. Photos show her parrot, Herbie and her as she works through the saying goodbye and him finding a new family.”

 5 Scrapbookers Share Why They Keep Scrapbooking | Stefanie Semple | Get It Scrapped

Goodbye Herbie by Stefanie Semple. Penny Springman : Family Time; Chelle’s Creations :At the Park & Zoo Crew; Kimeric Kreations: Something to be thankful for alpha; Fiddle Dee Dee Designs Template: You can quote me on that rotated through 90 degrees.

Debbie back again to talk about the why of scrapbooking. I believe that you benefit from recording your stories, as do the people in your stories–usually family and friends. In addition, the human mind likes images, and the scrapbook page is a place to combine words and images and design elements like color, motif, pattern, line and more to tell a story. A wonderful aspect of scrapbook page stories is that they are told both visually and with the written word. I strongly believe that personal stories matter, and that you can tell them on the scrapbook page.

Here’s a video I made the illustrates what I’ve just written.


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How to Make Easy Scrapbook Pages: Pair Black-and-White Photo with Washi Tape Block http://debbiehodge.com/2015/12/how-to-make-easy-scrapbook-pages-pair-black-and-white-photo-with-washi-tape-block/ http://debbiehodge.com/2015/12/how-to-make-easy-scrapbook-pages-pair-black-and-white-photo-with-washi-tape-block/#respond Thu, 17 Dec 2015 10:05:28 +0000 http://easyscrapbookpages.com/?p=1181 Use this 7-step formula to make easy scrapbook pages. Amanda Jones paired one black-and-white photo with a same-sized block of washi strips and mounted the two on a shared mat. Amanda says, “I knew I wanted to use this silly photo of my son on a simple page, highlighting some of his quirky personality traits. I added […]

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 How to Make Easy Scrapbook Pages | Get It ScrappedUse this 7-step formula to make easy scrapbook pages. Amanda Jones paired one black-and-white photo with a same-sized block of washi strips and mounted the two on a shared mat. Amanda says, “I knew I wanted to use this silly photo of my son on a simple page, highlighting some of his quirky personality traits. I added my journaling in a list-type way to make it punchy and take up less room on my layout.”

My Boy by Amanda Jones | Supplies: Washi Tape - Freckled Fawn, American Crafts; Cardstock - Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper - Studio Calico; Button Flair - Ormolu; Tag - Jillibean Soup; Die-cutting Machine - Silhouette Cameo; Typewriter - vintage.

My Boy by Amanda Jones | Supplies: Washi Tape – Freckled Fawn, American Crafts; Cardstock – Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper – Studio Calico; Button Flair – Ormolu; Tag – Jillibean Soup; Die-cutting Machine – Silhouette Cameo; Typewriter – vintage.

 

How to make this layout

  1. Trim one photo to 5″ x 3.5″ and trim a piece of white cardstock to the same 5″ x 3.5″ size.
  2. Adhere strips of washi tape across the 5″ x 3.5″ cardstock block, leaving a space 2/3 of the way down tall enough for your title. Add title with alpha stickers or by die-cutting it from the block.
  3. Mount the photo and washi-adorned cardstock on another piece of white cardstock measuring 5.25″ x 7.25″.
  4. Select patterned paper with strong geometric pattern and just one color plus a neutral for your base.  Adhere the photo block 2″ from the top of the page, at horizontal center.
  5. Adhere coordinating strip of washi tape across bottom edge of canvas.
  6. Add journaling on strips of varying length below the washi block.
  7. Embellish within journaling with flair and at end of journaling with tag or label.

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Scrapbook Ideas for Top-Heavy Designs http://debbiehodge.com/2015/12/scrapbook-ideas-for-top-heavy-designs/ http://debbiehodge.com/2015/12/scrapbook-ideas-for-top-heavy-designs/#respond Tue, 15 Dec 2015 10:00:00 +0000 http://debbiehodge.com/?p=43631 The latest Get It Scrapped Membership class–Scrapbook Coach #21–includes four video lessons walking students through the making of four “top heavy” designs. A “top heavy” design uses elements with substantial visual weight at the top of the canvas–something that doesn’t seem intuitive for getting balance. There are, though, ways to support a top-heavy design, and our […]

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Scrapbook Ideas for Top Heavy Compositions | Get It ScrappedThe latest Get It Scrapped Membership class–Scrapbook Coach #21–includes four video lessons walking students through the making of four “top heavy” designs.

A “top heavy” design uses elements with substantial visual weight at the top of the canvas–something that doesn’t seem intuitive for getting balance. There are, though, ways to support a top-heavy design, and our team shares their approaches here.

Kelly Prang says, “My sister-in-law showed me these cute photos of her and her pup, and I knew they needed to be scrapped.  They are from Halloween and show the costumes she made for herself and Oliver.”

“I divided the page visually into thirds, with most of the weight in the top 3rd. I used lots of white with only a few pops of red since the photos had so much red for a page that’s playful, light and bright.” Notice all the white-on-white layering Kelly has done here, including the canvas-spanning title at page bottom.

Scrapbook Ideas for Top Heavy Compositions | Kelly Prang | Get It Scrapped

Garden Gnomes by Kelly Prang| Supplies: Karla Dudley- Dad’s Day- Cardstock (white);Just Jaimee- Storyteller March 2014- Paint, Gesso Styles, INSD 2013 CU Page Edges, FB freebie- painted border:;3 Paper Peonies- Tagit- tag; Mommyish- Schooled- Confetti; Tracy Martin- Sugar Town- border; K Hartley- Our LIfe- Music Sheet; SGD- Ecletctic Ellies- Vintage Music Rub-on; One Little Bird- These Walls- pain, Busy Week- labels; Sugar Plum Paparie- Mango Tango File Car; Megs C- Lace Doily; Allison Pennington- More Smarter- tag

Sian Fair says, “This is a page about a proud dad taking photos of his daughter’s preparations for Formal Night.”

“If you love the look of white space, but never feel you achieve it; then a top-heavy design has to become a go-to design for you. I’ve spread items going below the top third because I didn’t want to make my photo too small. Still, I found it easy to gather the things I wanted to use and simply bunch them together at the top. It’s a flexible design because you can always go back and add extra journaling in all that space you have created, or give it a little energy with some sprinkles or ink splotches as I have here, or leave a big beautiful breathing space.”

Scrapbook Ideas for Top Heavy Compositions | Sian Fair | Get It Scrapped

Hair Here by Sian Fair. Supplies: Patterned Paper: Crate Paper; Diecuts: Shimelle Collection for American Crafts; Foam Words: Dear Lizzy for American Crafts; Journaling card(tucked behind photo): Gossamer Blue

Ronnie Crowley says, “Recently for school my son had to take care of the class baby for the weekend. I created this page to record the task and results. When I scrap a top-heavy page my go-to method is to build my cluster of elements on a shelf or band to ground them to the page.”

Scrapbook Ideas for Top Heavy Compositions | Ronnie Crowley | Get It Scrapped

Baby Mama by Ronnie Crowley | Supplies – Allison Pennington – Breeze, NSD Labels, Storytellers; Amy Wolff – October Edges; Connie Prince – Fruit of the Spirit; Karla Dudley – Jumbo Cards; Sahlin Studio – Explore Learn Grow

Gretchen Henninger says, “One of my oldest and dearest friends lives hundreds of miles away, and I treasure being able to spend a weekend with her every fall at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival.”

“When I design a top-heavy page, I start with a strip of patterned paper across the top quarter of the page. This provides me with an anchor point to build up my photo cluster.  I also put a thin strip of paper along the bottom to frame the bottom edge of the layout.”

Scrapbook Ideas for Top Heavy Compositions | Gretchen Henninger | Get It Scrapped

Like Bookends by Gretchen Henninger | Supplies: Paper: Pebbles (DIY Home), Authentique (Spectrum II), American Crafts (gold glitter), Canson (watercolor paper); Alphas: Dear Lizzy (Desktop), October Afternoon (Daily Flash); Ephemera: Pebbles (DIY Home); Doily: Recollections; Die Cuts: Silhouette Design Studio; Punch: Stampin’ Up! (scallop border); Stencil: The Crafter’s Workshop; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (vintage photo, wild honey), Liquitex India Ink (gold); Other: gelatos, modeling paste.

Amy Kingsford says, “This page features a recent family photo that I just love, but also lets our true colors shine through just a little.”

“I use top-heavy designs quite a bit in my scrapbooking.  I find they work well with my preference for single-photo pages and white/light backgrounds. When creating this type of a design I like to nestle most of my patterns, colors and embellishments, along with my photo, in the top half of my page. I find that a white background does wonders to counter all of that visual weight.  I usually include my text in the lower half of my page so that I have room for everything on my 8.5 x 11 canvas, with a sprinkling of minimal embellishments to tie the two areas together.”

Scrapbook Ideas for Top Heavy Compositions | Amy Kingsford | Get It Scrapped

My Tribe by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Sara Gleason and Crystal Livesay: NSD GrabBag Templates (altered); Amber Labau Designs: My Tribe Papers and Elements; Karla Dudley: Epic Solids.

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