Revealing Setting

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Setting plays such an important role in our photographs and therefore in our scrapbooking. When creating a page, there are many ways to convey the feeling of your setting through color, shape, and texture.

Take a look at this page.


The title and journaling state that these photos were taken at a state park in North Carolina called Hanging Rock. One picture shows two people (my husband and son) walking up a trail and the other picture reveals a view from the top of a peak. But those are not the only elements on this page that reveal the setting.

Since the photographs show the contrast on the trail of the shadows under the trees and the sun in the open areas, I used a mixture of dark and light patterned papers. The colors are mostly muted like the trees and other vegetation, with a few bright hues like the occasional flowers along the path.

The patterned papers at the top of the page are cut at a diagonal to represent the many steps we navigated up the trail. The strips also hang down from the top of the page reminiscent of the tree branches over our heads.

To further the feeling of being in the woods, I used a patterned paper with a woodgrain texture and several wood veneer pieces. The flower is made with a natural fabric and a wood button.

To learn more about revealing setting through color, shape, and texture, visit Get It Scrapped. A membership will get you access to a huge library of design classes and e-books including “Visual Storytelling,” a course that teaches how to reveal setting and other elements through product choices and page composition.

Now go create!

It’s All About Balance (The Candy Corn Rule)

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In honor of the tons of candy corn that will be sold this month, the Master Forgers at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog were challenged to balance the colors on their projects according to the candy corn rule–lots of one color, some of another color, and a smidgen of another color. (You may be more familiar with this rule as the gallon-quart-pint strategy–see below for details).

Challenge #2–Balance the Scale: The astrological sign for most of the month of October is Libra, symbolized by a scale. The second challenge this month is to keep your project’s color scale in balance. An easy way to attain color balance is the “gallon-quart-pint” strategy: feature one color for the majority of your project (gallon), another color for a smaller part of the project (quart) and one color for a tiny part of your project (pint). You can find an explanation of this strategy and a sample layout here and and a video explanation here.

Those of us familiar with the Halloween treat called candy corn can think of this confection as an example of the color balance strategy: feature one color prominently on your layout (like the orange band of the candy corn), another color less prominently (like the yellow band of the candy corn) and another color in just a small amount (like the white band of the candy corn).

On my page, I started with a sheet of patterned paper in a mustard yellow color, similar the the yellow in my son’s shirt. I decided to use blue as one of the coordinating colors. Since the yellow is dark and there is a lot of it, I went with a lighter aqua in a lesser amount. I liked grey as the accent color and used just touches here and there.


So this month, in honor of the ubiquitous candy corn, see if you can create a project with color balance. And remember to share your work with us on our monthly link-up page.

Now go create!


Double Page Goodness | October at Simple Scrapper

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When I first started scrapbooking, I only made two-page spreads. Each layout had matching cardstock backgrounds and usually the same elements on each page. This formula was easy to follow and helped this beginner scrapper to get pages done quickly. Pretty soon, however, this formula became so familiar that I had trouble making pages any other way.

Eventually, I became a fan of the one-page layout. But there are still times when I want to make a two-page spread. Even now, many years later, I have trouble making a double-page layout without matching background and similar designs on both sides. I wondered what I could do to step out of the box?

To solve my problem, I took two Sketch/Templates from this month’s membership at Simple Scrapper and put them together to make a two-page spread for October’s first layout. The left side is a one-photo sketch which houses my focal point photo. The right side is a two-photo sketch that holds detail photos.


Notice how the background is different on each page! I simply used several of the same elements on each side of the spread to tie the whole layout together. Almost all of the patterned papers are used on both pages. I also used stickers with a kitchen theme on both sides. Finally, I placed heart stickers, floral patterns, and touches of gold on each page.

For my second layout, I created a page using one of this month’s Story Starters in the theme of being a caretaker. I am sure many of us care for others in many capacities. In our house, we take care of many animals. My daughter in particular cares for our newest addition, a Great Pyrenees named Lark. She is almost a year old and is still learning how to be an inside dog.

This page tells the story of how Lark stands in the same spot by the door when she needs to go out. She just stares at us until my daughter takes her out. It is very cute!


Please take some time to check out the membership at Simple Scrapper. This group is fun, supportive, and definitely inspirational in helping you prioritize your memory keeping projects.

Now go create!


Five Photos from September

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As a scrapbooker, I am often looking for ways to improve the photographs that I use on my pages. Lately I have been taking pictures from different angles, zooming way out (thanks to my new wide-angle zoom lens), and getting in close.

These are five of my favorite photographs from last month.


I have always loved morning glories. When I was little, I loved walking through my grandmother’s garden on summer mornings to see the flowers in bloom. Now I have them in my garden.


This year we added ducks to our flock. We have had chickens for several years, so we decided to try something new. This is my husband with one of our Swedish Blue ducks. We have a mating pair, so hopefully we will have eggs and/or ducklings in the spring.


My youngest son has recently taken up archery. This is my favorite shot of him that I took while he was practicing.


Recently I realized that I was not taking as many everyday photos as in previous months. I made an effort last month to take more pictures of our family doing ordinary things. Here is my family (including our 4-legged children) getting ready to ride back up to our house after working in the barn.


This is my daughter and Josie, her horse. They competed in a dressage show in early September.

Look for these photos to make an appearance on scrapbook pages in the future!

Now go create!


Watercolor Dreams

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Hello and welcome to the October Counterfeit Kit Challenge Reveal Blog Hop! You should have come here from Jemma’s blog. If you need to start over at the beginning, just go back to the CKC blog to see the full list of participants.

This month our inspiration kit is actually a new collection–Indigo Hills from Pink Fresh Studio. You can see the lovely watercolor and floral designs in beautiful pink, blue, aqua, and gold. This collection also includes a number of wonderful embellishments which you can see on the Pinkfresh Studio website.


For my kit, I began with two soft floral papers from Basic Grey in colors similar to the inspiration kit. I then added watercolor papers from My Mind’s Eye and Prima. Finally I chose more papers in gold, grey, pink, and dark blue to round out the patterned paper selection.

My embellishments include puffy stickers, gold letters and hearts, and a die cut pack all inspired by the original collection. This soft, dreamy kit I have decided to call Watercolor Dreams.


Check back during the month to see how I use this kit! Next stop–Julene’s blog to see her take on this month’s inspiration.

Now go create!