Celebrate National Scrapbook Day 2017

How are you celebrating National Scrapbook Day?

I thought I’d share a few quick layouts I made in order to use some of the Designer Series Paper (DSP) I had from this year before the new catalog materials arrive.

The layout below used the Night of Navy and white Floral Boutique DSP which is now completely sold out.  Good news if you loved the prints and wished it came in other colors-Something very similar will come in all the lovely new 2017-2019 In-Colors this June. I can’t wait to share those beautiful colors & designs with all of you; I wish the UPS delivery of said products would get here already!

This next layout used the  Hexagon in the Nail It Bundle. Unfortunately, the Nail It Bundle sold out so quickly once the retirement list was released. I hope those who wanted it took my advice and bought it early.    I will be using this layout to scrap one furkid’s recent 7th birthday and believe I’ll journal in the open areas of the page (writing details of the day on the craft cardstock) so that all of the mats can be used for photos.

Another item which flew off the shelves quickly after the retiring list announcement was the Falling In Love DSP and coordinating 12″x12″ cardstock.  I think some scrapbookers out there are very happily creating pretty pastel layouts.  I wanted to use every scrap I had leftover of this beautiful DSP and added some Neutrals DSP to create this butterfly layout with many layers.

I loved how my extra scraps turned into this double page spread. I needed a title which kept the soft look.  A subtle title can be created using Versamark and clear embossing powder to stamp directly on the base page. I have used the retiring Layered Letters Alphabet Stamps a lot in my layouts and highly recommend getting this photopolymer set as a scrapbook staple. To give additional interest to the background page, I also stamped and clear embossed various images from the Butterfly Basics set on both pages.  I’m happy to say those butterfly & dragonfly images will grace us for another catalog year and I’m sure you’ll see blog posts containing them!

So many things in this post are retiring and many have sold out already. If you are eyeing a stamp set which is retiring, remember Stampin’ UP! produces their own stamps here in the U.S.A. and guarantees they’ll be in stock until May 22.  After that date they become “while supplies last”.  I suspect some of them will not last 24 hrs after that date.  So, before they are gone forever you may wish to SHOP HERE NOW.

I wanted to get this post off to you while my photos printed in case you needed inspiration for your scrapbook day activies.  I’m off to see if my photos have finished printing (LOVE my Selphy printer!) so that I can finish these layouts.

I hope you get some time to scrapbook your memories this month.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Scrapbooking: Using Project Life® cards in a 12×12 Layout

Many scrapbookers I know, including myself still love the look of the 12″x12″ layout.  For this reason, I can not fully commit to using Project Life® pocket page protectors & cards 100% of the time, no matter how easily and efficiently they help me create my photo albums.  I have instead found a hybrid system which works for me.  Perhaps it will work for you too.

How I completed my Project Life® 12″x12″  hybrid layout

First, I decided upon some photos of a time I picked blueberries and turned them into preserves and mini pies.  Since I am far from super woman, events like this are quite unique and deserve being memorialized in my scrapbook.

When Stampin’ Up! paired with Becky Higgins to incorporate Project Life® into their product line, I was super excited.  I could now easily match my card stock and designer papers to the Project Life® cards I loved to create 12″x12″ layouts. I decided the cards I would use would come from the Stampin’ Up! Hello Lovely Kit and so I sorted a bunch of those with blues & greens which I thought would match well with my blueberry photos.

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By pulling colors from the cards, I know my colors in the layout are going to match and look great together.  Stampin’ Up! has already worked on all this color coordination stuff for me! So, it was easy to use, Soft Sky, Old Olive, Basic Black, & Whisper White.  I knew adding neutral colors should work well, since I already had neutrals (black & white) in the design.  So, I added Basic Grey & Smoky Slate in solid card stock and designer papers from the Neutrals DSP stack.  As a result, I came up with this design as my 12″x12″ page:su-project-life-hello-lovely-12x12-layout

To add interest and texture to the 12″x12″ page I knew I wanted to add the sequins from the Hello Lovely accessory pack which come in matching colors, of course.  Trailing across the page like this they help lead your eyes to see the entire page instead of focusing on one area or photo.

How to get started:

  1. Select photos.
  2. Choose Project Life® by Stampin’ Up! cards to match photos
  3. Choose Designer Series Paper & Card stock to match PL cards (easy to do since Stampin’ Up! tells you the colors in their PL cards and has card stock to match!)
  4. Choose Accessories from the matching Stampin’ Up! PL accessory pack
  5. Assemble as desired 🙂

Once you start playing with PL cards, you’ll find they are easy and fun to incorporate into your current scrapbook style and help you step into a new style as well. And as an added bonus, PL cards  can make simply beautiful cards fronts too. I challenge you to give the cards a go with your nest project. Stampin’ Up’s Hello Lovely PL card set, shown in examples in this post, is a great set to start.

My completed layout looks like this:

I finally finished this layout thanks to being able to print my photos at home with the Selphy cp1200 printer I got for Christmas.  As I stated previously, I wanted to share what I like and dislike about this printer, since many of you may be on the fence as to the cost and at home print quality.  I’ll be sharing that information tomorrow as I continue this post and share page 2 of this layout, a regular PL pocket page design, and the benefits and disadvantages I found in my use of the Selphy to print these photos at home.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Day 4 of Scrapping your 2016 Christmas Photos

Today will be the last day in the 4 part series of scrapping your 2016 Christmas Photos.  If you need to check out the other layouts or find additional layouts for more photos, check out the 12″x12″ Scrapbooking Layouts Category.

This layout seems perfect for the end of the day photos as the house and those in it become tired and the day is setting.  Peace settles in the day as Christmas day is almost a thing of the past for another year. Thoughts turn again to the blessed reason for the season in this period of calm.

Directions on how to recreate this layout:

  • 12″x12″ Cherry Cobbler card stock was used for the base of the layout.
  • This Christmas DSP from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog was cut to 11″x11″ and attached to the base card stock leaving 1″ margins on all sides.
  • A piece of 1.75″x6.75″ Cherry Cobbler card stock was used for the banner.  The banner edge was hand cut-To cut a banner end: Find the center of your card stock and cut up as far as you want your inner point.  Then from each corner cut to that point at which your scissor cut stopped (two triangles, 1 from each cut-end to center-will drop out).
  • 8.5″x8.5″ Cherry Cobbler card stock was used and attached 1/4″ from both bottom & right DSP edges.
  • Four photo mats 4″x4″ were attached to the Cherry Cobbler square leaving 1/4″ margins.
  • Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Garden Green, and Very Vanilla card stocks were used with the Pretty Pines Thinlets & Big Shot to create Greenery and Very Vanilla (base), Crumb Cake (inner layer), Early Espresso (outer layer) pine cones.
  • Very Vanilla card stock was used to create the word “Peace” with the Christmas Greetings Thinlets dies & Big Shot- both from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

I used two different adhesives (Stampin’ Up! Snail & the Fine Tip Glue Pen) to assemble and adhere this pine cone peace embellishment to itself and then to the layout.  I did not completely attach each bit to the layout because I liked that it didn’t lie completely flat.  However, when placing the final project in scrapbook sleeves that means being extra careful.  You can see a small casualty in the pine sprig when I caught it in the sleeve and had a tear, losing part of one of the small tips.  No one looking at my scrapbook will notice, of course, but I just want you to be careful as you handle these delicate pieces.

I hope you enjoyed this 4 day mini-series and got some inspiration or perhaps scrapped along with me and completed a few pages.

Something every old scrapbooker knows- these last 4 days pages are actually 2 double-sided pages in my book.  So, I really only used 2 of the 12″x12″ Cherry Cobbler base pages in this 4 day series.

If you missed any of the last 3 days or wish to see two other layouts which match this 4 day series, which  I posted some time before I decided to do a mini-series of my all my Christmas layouts for this year, look under the Categories tab for: 12″x12″ Scrapbooking Layouts.

The 6 layouts I designed with This Christmas DSP and matching card stock completed my 6 page Christmas 2016 photo spread this year.  As I stated on day 1 of this 4 day series mine are already completed and in the book.  I’ll be sharing how I did that with the help of my new Christmas toy- the Selphy cp1200 next week.

But first I want to show you a few samples & new toys Stampin’ Up! has coming up in the January 4 catalog(s).

Starting tomorrow, to end the year and kick off 2017, I’ll be posting a few samples I made using products which will be available very soon!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

 

Day 3 of Scrapping those 2016 Christmas Photos

Are you following along and scrapping your 2016 Christmas Photos?

I used this layout to scrap photos which I knew had a story behind them, so I included a decent sized journal card to hand write all the things about the photos. It is important to remember those little details and I like to include the basics when I journal: who is in the photo(s), what is going on, when did this happen, where is this taking place, why the photo is important to me.

Directions on how to recreate this layout:

  • 12″x12″ Cherry Cobbler card stock is the base of the layout.
  • This Christmas DSP from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog was cut to 7.5″x11″ and used for the background area of the photo mats. It is adhered 1″ from the top, bottom, and right edge.
  • Garden Green card stock was used for the photo mats.  There are 2 mats measuring 4.25″x6.25″ and 1 mat measuring 3.25″x4.25″
  • The journal card is 2.5″x4.75″ and stamped with light garland and candy cane from the Host(ess) set called Holly Jolly Layers available only during the Holiday Catalog 2016 sales period with qualifying orders.
  • The thin strips are 1/2″x12″ for the This Christmas DSP layer and 3/4″ for the Very Vanilla layer.  They intersect @ 4″ in from the left of the page and 6″ from top or bottom.
  • The embellishment is also created from the Host(ess) set called Holly Jolly Layers.  It is stamped in Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green ink on Very Vanilla card stock and the center circle is stamped a second time so it could be die cut separately. Both layers are cut out using the Layering Circles Framelits & Big Shot and dimensionals are applied to pop it off the page and also to pop the center holly off the embellishment in order to give the look of a nice layered item to the page.

If you don’t have these papers or have missed out on getting the host(ess) stamp set which I’ve used, don’t fret.  Remember, you can turn any Stampin’ Up! papers, stamps, ink, and die cuts into a page which will work with these dimensions.  It doesn’t even have to be a Christmas layout when you are done!

To do this you just need to:

  1. Choose your Designer series paper. You can use the front for the background piece and back for the strips, if you choose.  Or two different but matching papers.
  2. Choose a 12″x12″ base card stock which matches your DSP.
  3. Choose a card stock which matches your DSP for the Photo mats (1 piece of 8.5″x11″ will make these 3 photo mats).
  4. Choose a light color card stock which matches your DSP for your journal tag.  It helps if the solid strip card stock matches to tie it together.
  5. Choose a die cut or punch art item for the intersection.
  6. Choose Stamps that work with your layout subject/title.  Stamp them using colors which match the papers you chose.

Have fun scrapping!  Tomorrow will be day 4 of this mini-series of scrapping your Christmas photos.  It will be the final day in the series and then I will turn my attention and yours to our new Occasions & Sale-A-Bration catalogs which will launch January 4th.

If you have any last minute holiday catalog orders, don’t forget to place that order soon!  Many things have already sold out as the end of this holiday catalog is near.  Check out what is still available and order directly from my demonstrator business site by clicking this link HERE.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Day 2 of Scrapping those 2016 Christmas Photos

Today we’re scrapping more Christmas photos so they aren’t sitting in a box or still on your phone without a layout to present & preserve them for generations to come.

This page allows for 4 photos and you could add a 5th by replacing the center square with a small photo.

The top left or bottom right corners are open for small journal or title areas.  Very Vanilla card stock is the perfect match the ‘This Christmas’ designer paper if you choose to add hand written journal tags.

Directions on how to recreate this layout:

  • 12″x12″ Cherry Cobbler card stock was used as the base.
  • This Christmas DSP (available in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog) was cut to 11″x11″ for the background layer.
  • A Santa hat made with the Jolly Hat Builder Punch was used to create and accent piece.  Colors used were Cherry Cobbler & Whisper White.
  • Photo mats were created from Garden Green cardstock.  There are 2 mats @ 3.25″x4.25″ for 2 vertical 3″x4″ photos AND 2 mats @ 4.25″x6.25″ for 2 horizontal 4″x6″ photos.
  • The Center image was stamped in Early Espresso ink using the host(ess) set called Holly Jolly Layers and die cut using the new Stitched shapes framelits and the Big Shot.

Stop by again tomorrow for another layout design with measurements included so you too can get all your photos scrapped for future generations to enjoy!

Remember you can always click the 12″x12″ Scrapbooking Layouts for all the past layouts too!

Thanks for looking.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Day 1 of Scrapping those 2016 Christmas Photos

Did you take a lot of Christmas photos over the past week?  I sure did!  I have prepared some simple layouts to get those photos into your scrapbook in no time.  Now you just have to figure out where to get your photos printed. I’m pleased to say mine have already been printed and added to all of the Christmas layouts I created this year, because I got a Selphy cp1200 photo printer for Christmas. Woo-hoo!  Yes, total game changer for me.  I’ve never had ALL my Christmas photos scrapped the day after Christmas before.  In 2 hours too!  Having these layouts which I’ll be sharing this week completed ahead of time really helped too.  Just add photos & journalling…DONE!

Yes, I’ll be sharing my experience with my new Selphy next week.  I want some more time to play with it to really give you my impression and any tips I learned using it.  First impression though- I’m in love with this little machine!

Materials Used:

  • This Christmas Designer Series Paper (Annual Catalog)
  • 12″x12″ Cherry Cobbler Card stock
  • 1 piece each 8.5″x11″ Garden Green CS, Very Vanilla CS, Early Espresso CS
  • Cherry Cobbler & Crumb Cake Ink Pads
  • Size D Acrylic Stamp Block
  • Big Shot
  • Layering Ovals Framelits
  • Holly Jolly Layers Host(ess) stamp set for candy cane
  • Layered Letters Alphabet for main title
  • Christmas Greeting Thinlits Dies for “Merry” in title
  • Adhesive(s)-I used Snail, Dimensionals & the Fine Tip Glue Pen
  • Scissors-I used Stampin’ Up! Snips as I like the precision cut
  • Gold Wink of Stella

Dimensions of Paper cuts used:

  • Photo Mats are 4.5″x6.5″- I mat ALL my photos as I like the look.
  • This Christmas DSP strips: 2) 1″x12″ strips and 1) 2.5″x12″ strip

For the Title, the “merry” was die cut in both Very Vanilla & Garden Green and offset before gluing the pieces together with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

The Layered Letters Alphabet set has a rectangular background stamp which I used in Crumb Cake ink on Very Vanilla CS to create the blocks before going back and stamping each letter in Cherry Cobbler ink.  I used scissors to cut around the Crumb Cake rectangle, mounted to Early Espresso CS and trimmed with a slight border.  Since it is hand cut it is kind of rustic looking and my holiday decor (tends towards primitive country) fits perfect with this look.

The embellishment for this page was placed at the intersection of the 1″x12″ DSP strips.  Layering ovals were used with dimensionals to create a raised, yet recessed image.  As you can see from the photo above, the center were removed from the Green and Gold (started Very Vanilla and used Gold Wink of Stella for Gold color) layer- the size of the Very Vanilla Candy Cane piece.  The Stamped oval image then is recessed and adhered directly to the Early Espresso base.

Stop by tomorrow for the 2nd page in the series.

Until next time…

-Joanne