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!


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Out and About | March at Simple Scrapper

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About eight years ago, my family and I moved from Greensboro, a fairly large city in North Carolina, to a farm out in the country, about an hour away. We still go to Greensboro quite often though—my husband’s office is there and I love to go shopping in town.

This layout, inspired by the March Story Starters at Simple Scrapper, documents our frequent visits to the city.

greensboro

The photographs I used were taken at several different places, so I pulled colors from each of the pictures and spread them around the page to give the layout a cohesive look.

This next layout tells the story of a trip my husband and son took to a NASCAR race. It was my son’s first race and quite an adventure for both of them!

a day at the races

The photograph I used on this page was taken at the track on a very sunny day with an iPhone, so the picture is somewhat washed out. I used a bold yellow patterned paper to show the excitement of the day that is not quite reflected in the photo.

If you would like more inspiration to help you scrapbook your life, check out the membership at Simple Scrapper. Enrollment is also open for the Simple Scrapbooking School, a course designed to help you find out what type of scrapbooking works for you.

Now go create!


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Using a Limited Color Palette

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I LOVE color. I could spend days on Pinterest just pinning color combinations that I love (see my Color Inspiration board here.) But when I scrapbook, there are times when I want to limit the use of color.

In this layout, I purposely used a limited color palette of pink and black to complement the blue and grey in the photographs. The pictures are somewhat busy and bold, so the soft pink does not compete with the photographs. The black accents ground the page and give structure to the layout.

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All of the embellishments are in the same colors, yet add needed texture and dimension to the page. I added just a touch of gold to set off my title.

To learn more about using a limited color palette on your layouts, check out the blog at Get It Scrapped.

Now go create!


March Mini-Kit | Counterfeit Kit Challenge

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If you often find yourself short on scrapbooking time, making a mini-kit can be a fantastic solution to this problem! At Counterfeit Kit Challenge, we know that sometimes we scrapbookers are full of creativity, but short on time. Our new mini-kit feature should help you navigate these busy times.

This month’s inspiration kit is the beautiful February kit from Hip Kit Club.

To make my mini-kit, I looked to a few of the themes running through the inspiration kit—butterflies, florals, and gold. With my kit, I chose embellishments first—a 6×6 patterned paper pad with a large floral and gold prints, stickers with butterflies, and die cuts with gold accents—all reminiscent of the inspiration collection. I selected two coordinating patterned papers to complete the mini-kit.

For my project, I chose several photographs that I took on the first college visit with my son. I knew I wanted to scrap the pictures, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of time making a two page spread mini-album or. So I used my mini-kit to make a 12×12 layout then paired it with a pocket page. I kept the design simple and embellishments minimal to streamline the process of creating the page.

This month’s mini-kit was extremely helpful in my getting this larger story told quickly!

Check back each month for more ideas in creating mini-kits inspired by the Counterfeit Kit Challenge current pick as well as for more ways to use the mini-kit.

Now go create!