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 It felt so god to use it up and you know, I don't think it looks outdated at all.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.

Monday, April 04, 2016

April Simple Scrapper Layouts

For my Simple Scrapper layouts this month i used 2 of the sketches. At my local crop i am notorious for using white cardstock as the background on my layouts. So i pushed myself this month to use patterned paper. This first layout uses a patterned paper with lots of detail, i just added a little bit of stamping in there too. It's rare for me to use so many photos on a layout, but i like how this one turned out. 

The sketch i used as inspiration for this next layout had a block of journaling under each photo. i switched things up a bit and used word stamps instead and then did my journaling up the top. Still not over my word stamp obsession. 

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Sunday, April 03, 2016

March Simple Scrapper Layouts

So April seems to have rolled around and i haven't even blogged my March Simple Scrapper layouts yet! Eek!

The sketches all included squares, which i was pleased about as i like the flexibility that the sketches offer to include as few or as many photos as you want. Rather than using embellishments on this page, i put my word stamps to work which i think makes the photos really stand out.

The theme for March was work & i created a pocket page about a big project i was involved in a few years back. i'm really glad to have this documented as it has been quite a significant part of my career to date. 

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Monday, February 01, 2016

February Simple Scrapper Layouts

As you've probably guessed by now, the sketches are my most favourite thing about the Simple Scrapper premium membership. This month i used 2 of them. This first layout is about my trip to Washington D.C. in the autumn and the moment i got to stand in the same spot that Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his 'I have a dream' speech. *Spoiler Alert* This was a really special moment for me to experience & one that will stay in my heart forever. 

Here's a detail shot of my title. Not every layout needs a big title, or even a title at all. i really wanted my photos to be the main focus on this page. The stamp i used is from Kellie Stamps. i have quite a few sets from her and use them regularly. They are just so versatile. i was really gutted when she decided to go digital only last year as i really prefer clear stamps. 

On instagram i sneaked this peek below and declared that 'Copper is the new gold!'. i actually haven't seen too much of it in the new releases from CHA, which is a real shame. i was hoping to see more of it this year. 

Next up, a layout about my mermaid hair. It's no longer this colour unfortunately, but it was a blue/green for a good few months last summer and i loved it a lot. Looking at this photo makes me want to dye it a crazy colour again. But as it says in my journaling, it's very hard to maintain! You Only Live Once is definitely a mantra of mine. i probably use it to justify too many things! 

My obsession with word stamps and stickers to help tell my story continues into 2016. The ones i used here are from Simple Stories. 

These alpha stamps from Elles Studio have become a firm favourite. There are 3 different sets that you can mix and match to create a myriad of different looks. Love how they add a little fun to the page. 

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