Fast February | Part II

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The final two layouts I made with this kit—Bee-lightful–and the sketch are both double-page spreads.

For this page, I combined my chosen sketch with a sketch from Citrus Twist Kits that included two square photos that I thought would complement my sketch. I liked the clean lines of the design, which would go well with the simplicity of the original sketch.

The photographs on this page are from a recent walk I took with my kids in our woods. I am always amazed by the beauty of the forest even in the dead of winter!

Finally, I took the sketch and paired it with a pocket page.

I had several Instagram photos on my phone that simply showed what our life has been like over the past few months. Using the sketch and a pocket page, I was able to get all of these pictures in a spread quickly and easily.

This kit and sketch were “bee-lightful” to work with! I am looking forward to another kit this month. I hope to do more scrapping during March!

Now go create!

Fast February

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WOW—where did February go? I knew that last month would be busy, but I had no idea the time would slip by so quickly.

This is my son’s senior year and we are understandably busy. We went on three college tours last month. He also turned 18, got his permanent driver’s license, a new car, and his first job. Lots of excitement!

So I did not get into my scrap room as much as I would have liked. I did manage to make a few layouts, but I have not blogged about them as yet.

Way back at the beginning of the month I was excited to work with a new kit I called Bee-lightful. During February, I made five layouts with this kit and my chosen sketch. Unfortunately, I did not have time to post them on my blog.

So I am going to do a couple of posts to show how I used this kit and the sketch.

The first layout is a direct interpretation of the sketch. I documented the story of how as a family we have watched several new and old seasons of shows on Netflix and Hulu. Sometimes it is challenging to find shows that everyone likes—so I showcased a few of our favorites on this page.

I kept the page fairly simple since the photographs are so different from each other and fairly grainy from being taken off the web. This sketch with the three square pictures was perfect for telling this story.

For the next layout, I turned the sketch so that the long strip of patterned paper ran across the top of the page. I also notched the end of the strip of paper into a banner shape since this layout is about the celebration my son turning 18.

The design of the turned sketch lent itself well to including three photographs from my son’s birthday—two show presents he received and one shows his cake (the design of which comes from the TV show Attack on Titan). I made sure to include lots of details from the day in the journaling!

For the next layout, I reversed the sketch and used one 4×6 photograph instead of three smaller square ones.

The page tells the story of my daughter and her horse. This pair recently made the switch from eventing to dressage, and they both have been working extremely hard in their new discipline. I wanted to use a recent photograph of them to show their progress. Unfortunately, the recent pictures I have were taken in our ring in the dead of winter—not very picturesque!

So I chose a photo that I liked and converted it to black & white. I used a simple black & white patterned paper for the background. While the design of the paper is somewhat bold, the black & white color scheme allows the photograph to stand out. I added just a touch of color in the strip of patterned paper.

When I chose this sketch to work with during February, I was not sure how I would be able to use it in different ways. The design seemed to distinctive to get many new looks from it. But after working with the sketch, I realized just how versatile it is.

In the next post I will show you the final layouts I made with this kit and sketch.

Now go create!

Bee-lightful | 1 Kit, 1 Sketch, 1 Month

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It’s raining.

It’s snowing.

It’s sunny.

It’s 75º.

It’s 35º.

Any of these weather conditions may apply on any given day where I live in North Carolina in February. Luckily, so far this month the weather has been fairly mild. Today we are forecasted to have a high of 76º!

This warm weather, however, has given me a good case of spring fever! So when I spied this bee paper from 1 Canoe 2, I couldn’t wait to use it as inspiration for my kit this month.

The paper’s color scheme of light yellows, pinks, and browns with a touch of black became the criteria I used for choosing the rest of my patterned papers. Many of the papers have a watercolor look, adding to the spring-like theme. I also added a 6×6 paper pad this month—a product I usually don’t work with—but I loved the colors in the Golden Days collection by Fancy Pants.

When choosing embellishments, I looked for ones with the same color scheme as well as the watercolor look. I added washi tape, die cuts, tags, clips, flair, enamel dots, chipboard, letter, cork, and cardstock stickers. One washi tape and the cardstock stickers both have bees to coordinate with my inspiration paper!

(For a complete list of supplies, scroll to the bottom of the post.)

To go along with my kit, Bee-lightful, I created this sketch. The design is made for three 3×3 photographs, but could easily be adapted for one horizontal picture by itself or paired with a 4×4 picture.

After I enjoy this wonderful warm day, I am going to dig into my kit. I’ll post my layouts later this month!

Now go create!

Complete List of Supplies
Patterned Paper:
1 Canoe Two, Hazelwood, Sweet as Honey
Photo Play Paper, Happy Glamper Collection, Field of Flowers
1 Canoe 2, Hazelwood, Lazy Daisy
Simple Stories, Love and Adore, Hello Beautiful
Simple Stories, Love and Adore, P.S. I Love You
Kaisercraft, Party Time, Fairy Bread
BoBunny, Kiss the Cook, Apple Pie
Scrapbook Customs, Golden Yellow and Yellow Watercolor
Fancy Pants, Golden Days, Falling Leaves
Bella Boulevard, Illustrated Faith, You Are Loved, Hearts and Kisses
Pink Paislee, Moonstruck, Paper 06
Pink Paislee, Moonstruck, Paper 11
6×6 Paper Pad: Fancy Pants, Golden Days
Chipboard Stickers: 1 Canoe 2, Hazelwood, Darling
Tags and Labels: Fancy Pants, Golden Days
Flair: Fancy Pants, Golden Days
Ephemera: Pink Paislee, Moonstruck
Cork Stickers: Pink Paislee, Moonstruck
Enamel Dots: Simple Stories, Love and Adore
Washi Tape: Simple Stories, Love and Adore
Cardstock Stickers: 1 Canoe 2, Hazelwood
Shaped Paper Clips: 1 Canoe 2, Hazelwood
Washi Tape: Carolee’s Creations, Adornit, Art Play, Bee (item discontinued)
Letter Stickers: American Crafts, Thickers, Saturday, Petals
Letter Stickers: American Crafts, Thickers, Fine and Dandy, Woodland

Just a Couple of Cards

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This month is almost at an end and so is my kit, Fresh Start. The kit was a lovely way for me to get back into the swing of regular crafting after the holidays. I used a very simple sketch in several different ways to document stories that I have been waiting to tell. I believe this project of 1 Kit, 1 Sketch, 1 Month has been a success!

One of my wishes for this year in terms of scrapbooking is to tell many of the stories I have but for which I may not have photographs. I have a whole list of these stories and by having a kit and a sketch all ready to go, I can focus more on the story I want to tell.

Another wish I have this year is to use up products by making various non-layout projects, like cards, tags, or home decor items. This month, I had just a few scraps of patterned paper left over from my kit, so I decided to make a couple of cards. I even let the sketch inspire my design!

I am looking forward to diving into a new kit for February and see what stories I can document next month!

Now go create!

Sketch + Pocket Page

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A great way to add more photographs to a layout without creating a double-page spread is to add a pocket page. Pocket pages come in so many different varieties these days, so adding one to a layout to include more pictures is quite simple.

For this layout, Meals We Shared, I wanted to create a layout using the many Instagram photos of food that I snapped over last year. I picked one of my favorites and used it as the photo on my actual layout. I deviated somewhat from the sketch, using a 4×4 picture instead of a 4×6 to keep with the Instagram style.

I added a page protector that has one row of 4×4 photos. This first view shows the page protector closed with the layout.

This second view shows the page protector and layout open.

When you have several photos you want to scrap at one time but don’t necessarily want to make a two-page layout, adding a page protector is a wonderful solution! It’s easy, quick, and showcases your special photos.

Now go create!