Autumn Scrapbook Layout with Colorful Seasons Products

When school is back in session and football returns to television, it is clear that Autumn is about to arrive.  While I love the crisp cool weather and getting to wear turtlenecks and sweaters again, living in a wooded area means A LOT of leaves which need to be removed.  As I age (sigh) I have to remind myself of the beauty and not the impending tasks.

This layout went together quickly after all the leaves were colored and cut. Simply using multiple colors of the watercolor pencils on watercolor paper,then adding water with the aqua painter gives the paper the needed appearance for the die cut leaves. (Sample below)

I even think I will use that negative scrap on a card another day!

Memories and More comes to the rescue again with the perfect touches. I used dies & my trimmer to cut some of the cards for the phrases.

I still have a couple of weeks until I have that peak of leaves season, but really wanted to play with these products from the Colorful Seasons Bundle (stamps & dies) again. Now, when I get busy this Fall, I already have one page ready for three photos (3″x4″).

There’s just something about Autumn that makes me happy.

I hope you’re enjoying your day in your part of this beautiful world.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Scrapbooking Global Inaugural Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the first ever Scrapbooking Global Blog Hop!  If you have come here from other participants, I hope you are enjoying your journey around the hop and getting as inspired by them as I am. So much talent!

Today I bring to the hop a double page spread of some daily happenings here in my neck of the woods.

My two Shih-tzu girls just love gazing out the window (Yes, I have given over the sofa table to this event) and the critter visitors are their favorites.  This Spring & Summer we’ve had regular visits from these deer. The girls have taken to talking to them and surprisingly they seem to lift their heads and take in the barking instead of running off.

These pages use Memories & More cards which have quickly become my favorite products out of this year’s annual Stampin’ UP! catalog.  I’ve used the Petal Gardens pack for this project because I wanted to add color to the layout. This pack had great stickers for small titles and those fantastic roses which matched the cards and it coordinated well with the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP I used.

All of the cards I used were cut to fit the layout.  Remember you don’t need to keep the Memories & More cards at the given size. Use them just like paper and cut them as needed.

I’ve always liked having a great border punch and the new Decorative Border Punch is a great addition; It softens any layout by taking away some of the focus on those sharp corners.

Of course a great 12″x12″ layout includes a good title with the Large Letters Framelits Dies and the Brushwork Alphabet stamps brings it all together.  Oh, and handwritten journaling… you know others want to see that even if you don’t like your handwriting.

I hope you’ve liked this stop on the hop.  Clicking the Next button below will take you to Christine Alward’s lovely layout.

Until next time…

-Joanne

You can also check out any of these talented individuals from the blog hop:

Blog Hop Participant List:

1. Sharon Dalton

2. Megan Lenske

3. Peta Stephen

4. Lisa Henderson

5. Pam Poli

6. Courtenay Heuston

7. Jessica Brigden

8. Karie Beglau

9. Simone Meye

10. Lisa Gibson

11. Michelle Veller

12. Cheryl Algie

13. Beth Rush

14. Josie Dean

15. Kelly Leese

16. Stesha Bloodhart

17. Virginia Porta

18. Kerstin Klar

19. Joanne Hodge

20. Christine Alward

21. Monika Lenkeit Davis

22. Jenny Hall

23. Lou Kitzelman

 

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

 

More Scrapbook Design tips with Blooms & Bliss DSP

If you’ve been following along with the scrapbook design posts the past two weeks of April, you’ve seen an Aquarium layout with the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper (DSP) and A Beautiful You layout with the Neutrals DSP stack.  This week we’ll return to use more of the lovely Blooms & Bliss DSP and learn how to take what we’ve learned in using a DSP cut to span a double page layout and add more layers of cardstock and DSP to the design.

As you can see on this layout, the focal DSP is centered-cut down the middle for 12″x6″ on both inner Blushing Bride bases. This time, however, the 1/2′ strip of Silver Foil Paper is not applied against the edge of the focal DSP, but applied along the edge of the coordinating horizontal (1″x12″) DSP.

Texture was applied to this layout by adding raised stripes with the Stampin’ Up! Trimmer score tool alternating between 1/2″ and 1/4″ for 6″on both base pages. *The 6″area covered by the DSP need not be scored.

Banners pointing down or in toward your page will lead your eyes to the interior of the page.

Since the orientation of the photos on this spread are in the middle, the banners help bring your gaze into the page. The two white journal blocks (or if you prefer to stamp or add photo images here, that would work too) at the angles create an upside down “V” moving your eyes along the page.

The addition of the horizontal DSP and Silver Foil paper strip helps provide the layout with more interest, but also balances the page by providing the bottom 3rd of the page as much weight as the photos which are right above.

The rule of 3rds is frequently used in design (I discussed using it in card design April 7).  When figuring where to place your horizontal paper strips, it should be no surprise that 4″ (1/3 of 12″) is the top of the strip.

Materials needed:

  • 1 Sheet 12″x12″ Blooms & Bliss DSP cut in half to form 2) 12″x6″ pieces.
  • 2 Strips 1″x12″ Blooms & Bliss DSP which coordinates with focal DSP
  • 2 Strips 1/2″x12″ Silver Foil Paper
  • 2 Sheets 12″x12″ Blushing Bride Cardstock
  • Paper Trimmer scoring blade to emboss lines on Blushing Bride Cardstock
  • 2 Sheets 8.5″x11″ Rich Razzleberry cardstock: Use to create 3) 6.25″x4.25″ photo mats, 4) 4.25″x3.25″ mats, and 1) Banner 1″x3.75″
  • 2 Sheets 8.5″x11″ Sweet Sugarplum cardstock: Use to create 3) 6″x4″ photo mats, 4) 4″x3″ mats, and 1) Banner  1″x5″
  • 1 sheet 8.5″x11″ Whisper White cardstock: Use to create 2) 3″x4″ journal mats(stamp, photo, or title areas, if you prefer)
  • Adhesive

Blooms & Bliss DSP is while supplies last on the Retiring List.  You can check out the list at my online store HERE. If it happens to be sold out, remember you can choose a different DSP and coordinating cardstock to create the same layout-You may even prefer doing this in order to create a page which color coordinates with your photos.

I have one more layout to finish out April’s weekly double page creations.  Stop by next week to see the Mediterranean Moments layout which will finish out my designs for this month.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Neutrals DSP stack: A Beautiful You Scrapbook Layout

Today I continue with the idea of using Designer Series Paper (DSP) as a starting point for your scrapbook layout design.  This week we step away from the Blooms & Bliss DSP we used in the Aquarium layout, but build upon what you learned in that layout-cutting a sheet of DSP to span two pages. 

This layout is slightly more advanced to create than the Aquarium layout since the DSP chosen to span the pages has writing (we want to keep it upright!) and the base pages also use DSP with a pattern. However, it still is easily recreated, even for the beginning scrapbooker.

All patterned papers used to create this double page layout were selected from the Neutrals DSP stack.

As was done on the Aquarium layout, the spanning DSP paper is cut once creating sheets which then measure: 12″x4.5″ & 12″x7.5″.  Because there are words on this paper, you must pay attention that you are cutting it so that your words are upright (to read them!) AND that your 12″x4.5″ will be the LEFT page piece.

Just like on the Aquarium layout, you will apply the DSP up to the inner edge of each base page and the Silver Foil paper 12″x1/2″ strip against it.

Since your background paper has a striped design, here is a design skill tip: Notice the direction of your stripes.  In the double layout I have chosen to use the stripes to help move your eyes from top left to bottom right of the left page and from bottom left to top right of the right layout page.  Creating a “V” is no coincidence.  Placement of stripes in eye movement order allows for a more viewer friendly layout.

The placement of the photo mats also follows a traditional pattern of eye movement-upper left to lower right. Surprise: the stamped dancing girl begins to complete the “V”, while indicating to move to the next page with her outstretched leg!

Movement is important in design elements.  Without using arrows to point, the paper and stamp designs can provide movement on your page.

Details/Materials to recreate:

  • Neutrals DSP stack: 1 sheet Black/White words paper, 2 sheets Smokey Slate/White striped paper
  • Silver Foil: 2 strips 12″x1/2″
  • Smokey Slate: 2 sheets 8.5″11″.  Each sheet should provide 3) 6.25″x4.25″ mats and enough scraps leftover to cut the scalloped circle framelits dies and make 1/2″ strips for the pages- Left page: 1/2″x2.75″, 1/2″x3.5″, 1/2″x3″. Right page: 1/2″x3.25″
  • The Beautiful You stamp set was used with Archival Grey ink. Girls were created with a technique called paper piecing. Girl images were first stamped onto the white mats and also onto the Neutrals DSP stack scraps I chose as clothing colors. The clothing only was then cut out of the DSP stamped images and glued over the images stamped onto the white cardstock. Prior to gluing (tombo mono-adhesive) the clothing pieces down, I used the Calapso Coral watercolor pencil and aqua painter-took aqua painter to tip of pencil to acquire color and applied to body parts on the white cardstock for skin tones.
  • Scraps of blasic black cardstock were used to die cut layering circles
  • 6 Whisper White mats 6″x4″ are needed for double matting and stamp areas
  • 2 Whisper White Stitched Shape Framelit circles are needed on which to stamp what is the theme/title circles on the pages.

I hope this is helping some scrapbookers out there to create AND understand some of the basic design of pages.

Happy crafting!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Blooms & Bliss DSP: At the Aquarium Scrapbook Layout

I recently sat down with the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper (DSP) to create a few double page scrapbook layouts which any beginning scrapbooker could recreate and still happily show-off with pride.   All of this month’s layouts have one thing in common: they all start with 1 piece of 12″x12″ DSP which I used as the focal paper for the double page spread.  How I cut and used that DSP and the other papers I added changed only slightly.  However, the photo orientation and matting is what changes the layout designs.

This Aquarium themed layout starts with 1 sheet of  the 12″x12″ blue speckled paper in the Blooms & Bliss DSP pack.  As you see in the final double page spread below, the chosen DSP will be cut and be used on both the left and right pages of the layout.

Island Indigo & Mint Macaron, the main colors in the DSP,  were pulled as I chose the color scheme for this aquarium layout.  In addition to these two colors, I added Whisper White cardstock to brighten and provide a nice stamp background for the images. Plus, since I’m now mainly working with photos printed from my Selphy printer, I like to double mat my photos (I’ve always preferred double mats and with the postcard size prints from the Selphy, it is easier to trim a smidgen off one side and double mat.)

I have more (small) photos I’d like to use and decided to add them to the area with the jellyfish.  During my thought/creative process I thought that would be a great place for title placement using the Brushwork Alphabet stamps to stamp, “At the Aquarium”, but have since decided the photos & journal block (lower left, right page) will speak for themselves and I would rather have the added photos on the page.  Since you, my readers, might also have the same dilemma, I thought I’d pencil in the sizes for these small photos and you could decide if you stamped your title here or added additional small photos as I have chosen to do.

Because I knew I would be using the watercolor pencils and aqua painter pens to color in my images, I chose Archival Grey Ink as my stamping ink. It handles the water (always distilled) well.

If you are very new to watercoloring, you may wish to use watercolor paper only.  Until you learn to control the water content, it is very hard not to overwork Whisper White cardstock (it pills easily).  I used watercolor paper to create the turtles, which I later cut out only after allowing them to dry & then embossing with clear powder. You could certainly use this same process for the jellyfish and marlin and apply with glue; it would even provide added dimension to the page, which you may prefer.

Materials recreate this layout:

  • 2 sheets 12″x12″ Island Indigo cardstock as background
  • 1 sheet speckled Island Indigo & Mint Macaron 12″x12″ from Blooms & Bliss DSP stack. Cut once to create a 4.5″x12″ (Left layout-applied up to inner spread edge) AND 7.5″x12″ (Right Layout-applied to inner spread edge.)
  • 2 sheets 8.5″x11″ Mint Macaron cardstock.  Cut both sheets as shown in the photo below:
  • 1 sheet 12″x12″ Whisper White cardstock. Cut 6) 4″x6″ and 2) 2″x4″
  • 1 sheet Watercolor paper
  • 1 Aqua Painter Pen filled with distilled water (tap water could later lead to mold or spotting problems).
  • A paper towel to blot off water & previous colors as you watercolor
  • Watercolor Pencils
  • Versamark (Using a dry aqua painter a Versamark refill can be used to apply Versamark to the area which you wish to apply the clear embossing powder. Should you decide to cut out all images from watercolor paper you could smoosh the Versamark pad over the images.  OR… If you own the retired, but still widely available in other markets Versamark pen, that can be used)
  • Clear Embossing Powder (all my images were dried after watercoloring, covered with versamark, and embossed.)
  • Heat gun to set Embossing Powder
  • Stamp Set From Land To Sea
  • Archival Grey Ink
  • SU! Snips-fine tip scissors
  • Tombo or other adhesive (I used both Snail & tombo)
  • Clear Wink of Stella (If you desire glitter on the jellyfish and marlin, do this prior to adding the Versamark & Embossing.  It will seal in the glitter!)
  • Paper Trimmer to cut the cardstock

Further Instructions:

  • The pieces Mint Macaron 1/2″x2.75″ and 1/2″x3″ are butted up against the Blooms & Bliss DSP. Both 1/2″x2.75″ pieces were flush with the Island Indigo edges.  The 1/2’x3″ is centered.  (This allows me to use my scraps & avoid cutting down a 12″x12″ sheet of Mint Macaroon for a 1/2″x12″ strip)
  • My small photos (faint pencil lines) on the jellyfish mat are: left top to bottom: 1.75″x1.75″, 2″x1.75″ & 1.75″x1.75″ Right side: 2.25″x2″

I hope this helps some of you create your layouts.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Falling In Love DSP Scrapbook Layout

The Falling In Love DSP which is available in the Stampin’ Up! 2017 Occasions catalog has some great designs for cards and scrapbook pages alike.

Today, I’m sharing a simple scrapbook layout with the floral Rich Razzleberry pattern which comes in this 12″x12″ Falling In Love paper pack.

On the page above, I simply cut 5 Rich Razzleberry card stock pieces at 4.25″x4.25″ and spaced  4 of them 1/4″ from sides; centering the last as a center diamond.  This leaves space for 5 4″x4″ photos, or as I did here- an embellishment with the Jar of Love stamps & dies in the center.

Since you typically get 2 of each pattern in a pack of DSP (unless it is a specialty paper), it makes it easy to do double page layouts using the DSP as the background paper.

Using DSP as your background paper provides interest and can provide texture too, depending on the paper.

As you see in the second page of the layout, I continued with the Jar of Love products on a Stitched Shapes Framelits Oval to create the area which will hold a title/journal area.  The photo mats for this page are 4.25″x6.25″ and 3.25″x4.25″.  These mats are spaced 1/2″ from sides and each other.

These pages went together quickly for me.  It did help that I had previously stamped and cut the Jar of Love materials when I was working on another project.

The design for these pages creates easy layout template where many other patterned papers and stamp/die sets could be substituted to make another theme.  Try substituting the Falling In Love DSP for the Urban Underground DSP and the Jar of Love items for the Build It tools.  Do both layouts & add photos and check Mother’s Day and Father’s Day off your list!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

 

Create snowflakes from doilies

The new  Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog contains these double-sided (very vanilla/whisper white) doilies  which are quite effective as snowflakes.  By cutting apart the doilies at different points, each of my snowflakes on this scrapbook layout became unique and helped highlight the winter scenes in the double page layout below.

Just a few snips of your scissors and your doilies will turn into various snowflake shapes to add to your winter scrapbook layouts (or cards, if you prefer).

The designer paper, which I decided could look like it is ice-laden in a snowy layout,  is also from the Occasions catalog- it is a design in the Falling In Love Designer Series pack and the 12″x12″ matching card stock is also available. I added the polka-dot print DSP from the Neutrals collection in the annual catalog and some Very Vanilla card stock for mats to complete the layout.

The stitched framelits & banners dies were also used for the oval and to cut out a current annual catalog hostess set called “Time of Year”.

In addition, I used the gold letters available in the Hello Lovely Project Life accessory pack for my title banner and to add the word “Photos” to my journal tag which will hold a numbered key to describe when and where the photos were taken on my property during this winter.

Details on my paper cuts for this double page layout:

  • Neutrals DSP stack polka dot paper: cut 2) 5″x11″, Use 1) 5″x1″ strip to create banner, and cut other to 1/2″x3″ for photo journal topper.
  • Falling In love DSP-cut 2) 4.75″x12″ strips (Make sure your trees are facing proper direction when you cut!)
  • Very Vanilla- I used all 8.5″11″ card stock and was able to get away with this as the snowflakes or mats covered the cuts on the longer strips.  Cut 4) .75″x11″,  4) .75″x1″ [This & previous will piece together on left sides of each page to form 3/4″x12″ long mat under Falling In Love DSP, 2) 4″x6″, 2) 4″x4″, 3) 3″x4″, and 2) 3″x3″  You’ll need about a 3″x4″ scrap for the Time of year & Oval to be stamped/die cut.  I stamped in Sahara Sand.
  • Cut apart doilies as you desire.  I followed each inner circle area first.  Then,  I got more creative and cut apart at different areas to create the various pointed shapes. I used 6 doilies on this layout, but do have some bits of those 6 I did not use on the layout (mostly the outermost layer) which I can later use on other projects.

While our longer season of warm temperatures were nice while they lasted,  winter seems to have settled upon us this week-just in time for Punxsutawney Phil to tell us we’ll have 6 more weeks of winter, I’m sure!

Have fun making snowflakes from these doilies!

I would love it if these stuck around. . . Just like I loved that warmer weather.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

Scrapbooking: Using Project Life® cards Day 2

Yesterday I shared how to create a 12″x12″ scrapbook layout with the Hello Lovely Project Life cards.  Today, you will see the coordinating Project life page in the hybrid layout and get a description of the printer I used (Selphy cp1200) to print all the photos in these pages.

This printer has been a game-changer for me in that I am FINALLY getting my photos printed as I design the pages.  This gets me using my Stampin’ Up! supplies and gets me to my ultimate goal of preserving memories.

The double page scrapbook spread looks like this:

The first thing you may notice about page 2 is that the bottom left photo features a horrible glare and is quite grainy.  Sadly, this is just a poor job by me in taking this photo, not a result of printing the photo. I chose to use it anyway because it was part of the narrative I wanted to tell.  I think that is often more important than a perfect photo.  Perhaps others would disagree. (Yes, as I’m about to post this I realize I cut off the top of page 2 …ugh!)

You can see how the Project Life cards on page 2 match in colors with those in my 12″x12″ layout on page 1 since I first pulled all those matching colors and knew from which cards I could then choose to make a nice cohesive color flow from page to page.

I even used the new colored pencils in the 2017 Occasions catalog to color the wood embellishment from the Hello Lovely embellishment pack so that it would match the layout and not be plain balsa wood.

As for printing the photos on my Selphy printer, here is my review of this little photo printer:

LIKES:

  1. I really like being able to print the photos when I am in the mood to scrapbook.  Not ordering a lot of photos at a time and/or waiting for another source to print them is the biggest plus to actually getting things done.
  2. I can decide on the spot which size photos I need/want and use an app to size them accordingly.  When doing a layout it is great to have the ability to get just the right size at just the right moment you are planning.
  3. The quality of the photos.  I’ve used various printers over the years and find this dye sublimation to look better than some of the local store bought prints I’ve purchased as of late.  (It isn’t as good as some online sources, however.)
  4. It is small enough that it is VERY portable and can be easily stored in a drawer when not in use.
  5. Ease of use. It was just plain simple to set up and use out of the box.
  6. Wireless prints from phone- finally gets all those photos off my phone and scrapped!

DISLIKES:

  1. Not a true 4″x6″ photo size.  * This was the biggest reason I waited so long to purchase this printer. * It is my biggest dislike of the product, but the workarounds (changing photo mat size/adding photo mats) are there and easy enough to make it work.
  2. I’ve noticed a few very faint scratches on the photos (the printer moves the photo paper in/out 3x as it lays down color so I’m not surprised by intake scratches.) They can only be seen at an angle.
  3. I get communication errors frequently and must reboot the printer in a specific order: turn off, turn on before opening phone app, and turn off when a series of photos is done printing -as it sits idle it is more apt to give me the error message.
  4. Prints cost about 28 cents USD a piece.  Not a huge amount by other source comparisons, but I wish they cost less.

What I can say is that I would buy this printer again now that I have it and have tried it for a few weeks, despite my dislikes.  Yes, I really wish they were truely 4″x6″ prints and not postcard size prints. Then I wouldn’t have to work around the size issues by trimming and adding photo mats (especially annoying so that they fit & don’t fall out of the pocket pages),  BUT the fact that I can get things scrapped immediately adds so much that I can work around that issue.

I’m now using my Project Life cards and Stampin’ Up! stash more because I’m no longer waiting for that day to sit down and order a whole bunch of prints.  Happily, I’m now getting photos in finished pages and not procrastinating.  Seeing all my photos in finished pages alone makes this product worth it! Using my Stampin’ Up! stash as I intended when I purchased it is also a huge bonus.

I even purchased the online versions of some of the Stampin’ Up! Project Life cards from Becky Higgins so that I can make cute little postcards with borders and my own photos (the Santa is one of my own Christmas decorations) to send in the mail since they are perfect postcard size.  This is my Selphy & a test print when I first started playing:

Overall, I think with this printer I’ll be more apt to keep up to date with photos and may even find myself doing more traditional Project Life pages to get everyday non-event type photos in my scrapbook.  I’ll still do 12″x12″ pages regularly when I have enough photos, but with this little printer my everyday life may be easier to document and preserve with PL pages.

Happy scrapping!

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.

su-project-life-hello-lovely-cards

 

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