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Pretty Patterned Paper

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I love patterned paper. I love to look at it, touch it, and use it on my pages. I especially love mixing patterned papers on layouts.

Using a few different patterned papers on your page can be a purely aesthetic choice or you can use patterned papers for a specific reason. One of the ways I employ patterned papers on my page is to designate different papers for each section of my page.

On this page, I have used three different patterned papers to cue the viewer where to look to find each component of my page.

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At the top of the page, the title is contained by a strip of orange patterned paper. The viewer begins moving through the page with the title and is given a hint as to what the page is about.

Next, the photographs are placed on a large block of patterned paper with a subtle design that does not compete with the pictures. The viewer is cued that the photos are the most important piece on the page through the size and weight of this paper.

Finally, the journaling is place on a strip of patterned paper at the bottom of the page, a subtle print that does not compete with the journaling.

Using different patterned papers to build a page is a very helpful way to create a layout that is meaningful while being attractive to the eye.

For more ideas about using patterned papers on your pages, stop by the Get It Scrapped blog.

Now go create!


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More Photos Please!

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Getting several photographs onto a page is sometimes a daunting task, especially if you are not making a two-page spread. When you have more than two or three pictures to place in your layout, try cropping your photos down to a smaller size.

In order to get more photos on my page, I took a cue from the very popular 3×4 journaling card. I selected the pictures I wanted to use, then cropped them to 3×4. I was able to place four photographs on my page without the pictures taking over the entire canvas. I placed them side-by-side across the page to tell my story.

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When my daughter competes in a horse show, I often have many pictures from the event. I like to capture her before, during, and after her ride. So to document this particular event, I chose four photos that showed her getting ready, warming up, riding, and preparing to leave. With the photos in a smaller size, I was able to tell the entire story of the day on one 12×12 page!

If you would like to see more strategies on how to get more photos on your pages, head on over to the Get It Scrapped blog.

Now go create!


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Autumn Adventures Come to an End

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This month I enjoyed choosing the inspiration kit and challenges for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. And I had fun with my own kit, Autumn Adventures. I completed five layouts from this kit. Happily, I used up all of the patterned paper in my collection, but I am afraid I only made a small dent in the embellishments I chose. Oh well, those supplies will go back in my stash and wait to be picked for another kit!

The first three layouts I made were for the challenges at Counterfeit Kit Challenge.

Challenge #1: November in the US is a month all about food. So your challenge is to scrapbook about a favorite meal—something you had in a fancy restaurant, a meal you love to cook at home, or maybe your favorite weekend breakfast. Show us what you are eating!

I chose to scrap about one of my favorite summer activities involving food–having a cookout on the grill. One of the best meals we had were hamburgers wrapped in bacon and stuffed with grilled vegetables and cheese. Delicious!

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My layout for challenge #2 can be seen in this blog post.

Challenge #3: In cooler weather, we start dressing in layers stay warm. For the third challenge of the month, dress your project for the crisp air by using lots of layers.

Recently I have been purchasing many of my clothes through the online delivery service, Stitch Fix. I decided to document my experience in this layout.

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I used lots of layers on the page, which I thought was appropriate for a story about clothing.

The final two layouts I created were for the Ready, Sketch, Go class by Tracie Claiborne and Jen Schow. I LOVE using sketches for my pages so I am thoroughly enjoying this class!

This page documents ten things that I am enjoying right now.

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And this page tells the story of why we do not have turkey on Thanksgiving.

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For years I made a traditional turkey for Thanksgiving. However, no one in my family really liked the turkey so I stopped making one every year. However, just when I thought I might try turkey again, we went on a homeschool field trip to a turkey farm. My youngest son loved the turkeys so much that he now insists that we keep our no-turkey tradition so the turkeys can stay alive!

That wraps up my November kit, Autumn Adventures. If you have projects from your Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit that you would like to share, please do so on our monthly link-up page.

Check back next month a special blog series at Counterfeit Kit Club for December.

Now go create!


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English Countryside Style

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Taking a cue from home decor styles can breathe new life into your scrapbook pages. For this page, I used elements of the English countryside style to document the many wildflowers we have on our farm.

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Each spring, summer, and fall, wildflowers of all sorts bloom on our property. At times, I feel as if I am living in a windswept English countryside! So to create this layout, I went to this Pinterest board at Get It Scrapped and chose several elements of this style to use on my page.

First, I chose pink, seen in much English country decor, as the main color of the page. I had a patterned paper with cute little bows all over it–another element of the English countryside style. I also used floral paper, a doily, a butterfly, flowers, a bird, and a felt bow to further reinforce my theme.

Using home decor styles is an easy way to get new ideas for your scrapbook pages. For more ideas, check out the Get It Scrapped blog.

Now go create!


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A Walk in the Woods

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At the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog this month we are celebrating November with challenges related to colder weather. The second challenge gets inspiration from walking in the woods in the crisp air to see all of the beautiful colors of the leaves.

Challenge #2: In the fall, we often take long walks in the woods to enjoy the crisp air and turning of the leaves. For this challenge, let the forest be your inspiration. Create a project inspired by the woods. For ideas, check out this Pinterest board.

I am lucky enough to live on a farm with lots wooded acres. I take walks through the woods in the fall when the air is cooler and the leaves are bright orange and yellow. On this page, I have documented some of the little details of a recent walk through our woods.

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The colors in my photographs are somewhat muted, so I felt good about using the bright patterned paper down at the bottom of my page. I also used a woodgrain pattern to reinforce the woodland theme of the page.

Make sure to check out the projects designed by other members of the team for this challenge on the blog. And let us see your woodland-inspired work–link your project to our monthly link-up page.

Now go create!