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Off the Page

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Years ago I decided to scrapbook in a 12×12 format, rather than in 8.5×11. I love the symmetry of the square and the room I have to tell my story. However, there are times when my story stretches beyond the limit of the 12×12 canvas. How can I scrapbook beyond the borders of my page?

Recently, two of my three children have gotten their driver’s licenses. My husband and I have been relegated to the passenger seat, both literally and figuratively. On this layout, I wanted to show how my son is driving off down the road and into his future by stretching my story beyond the page. All of the elements on my layout draw the eye up and off the canvas.

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First, I placed the photo so that the reader can see the road out of the front window going across and off the page. Second, I tilted the patterned paper underneath the photograph so that the edges are pointing off to the top left. Next, I used a patterned paper with a chevron print that points off the page. Lastly, I placed cork clouds in the top left corner to further draw the reader’s eye off the page and reinforce the theme of my layout.

To see more examples of extending your story beyond the canvas, check out the Get It Scrapped blog.

Now go create!

Scrappy Goals for 2017

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*This post was first published at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog.

This year has been an especially prolific one for me as a scrapbooker. I created more layouts this year than ever before, and I loved every minute of it. When I was not scrapbooking, I was usually planning my next page in my head. I watched scrapbooking videos on YouTube, listened to scrappy podcasts, and even took a few new classes–all of which kept me inspired to create.

So as this successful year comes to an end, I am thinking about what my scrappy goals are for 2017. Even though I created many pages this year, I feel as if I got into a little rut–I mostly scrapbooked 12×12 single pages. Usually I mix up my creative time by making mini-albums, pocket pages, and even a few home decor projects.

I really miss making different kinds of projects during the year so I am going to challenge myself to do three things next year to expand my creativity:

  1. Take more photographs. While looking back at some older photos recently, I realized that I used to take a lot more pictures than I do now. I believe that I have been too concerned with getting the perfect shot than recording memories. I want to have more than one photograph to tell a story.
  2. Create more double-page layouts. Since I will hopefully be taking more pictures next year, I will have more than one photograph to scrap at a time. I plan to take advantage of this fact and make more double-page layouts. I may combine two sketches to give me a framework for a 2-pager, or I may combine a 12×12 page with a pocket page to make a spread.
  3. Make more mini-albums. I used to make mini-albums for special events–birthdays, trips, holidays, and more. I even have the photos and supplies for a mini-album I want to make that documents all of the costumes my kids had for Halloween over the years. And I know that if I look through my photographs, I have other stories that would be perfect for mini-albums.

So as much as I would love the holiday season to go on indefinitely, I am also excited to move ahead in a few new scrappy directions next year.

Now go create!

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.


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!

April at Simple Scrapper

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Recently I was lucky enough to be able to buy an item that has long been on my wish list–a wide-format printer. I have always envied those scrapbookers that could print beautiful 12×12 photos to use in their albums. Finally I can create my own large prints!

So for my first layout for Simple Scrapper this month, I chose a photo of a spring blossom that I recently made. Using a Story Starter from this month’s theme of Spring Cleaning, I created this layout about spring on our farm. This page was so fun to make!


When I sat down to make my second layout, I used two photos from my daughter’s Confirmation last year. The colors in the pictures were very bright, so I used a preset in Lightroom to give them a soft pastel look. Then using one of this month’s Sketch/Templates, I made my page. The vintage floral paper goes so well with the photos and suits the theme of this layout.


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Now go create!

August at Simple Scrapper

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Right now I am thoroughly enjoying my summer! As I write this post, I am sitting on my back porch, listening to the June bugs buzz, the birds chirp, and the swish of horses’ tails as they bat away flies. I so enjoy this time of year!

I also love this month’s Sketch/Templates and Story Starters at Simple Scrapper! My first layout uses one of the new Sketch/Templates for August. Using this sketch, I was easily able to put together this page about my son turning 16.

The constellation paper from Echo Park was the perfect background for the layout. The photo I used is light with a blurred background which pops against the dark paper. The oversized “16” I used as the title was inspired by the sketch.

Next up is a layout about my younger son with a photo taken about 3 years ago. He is carefully comtemplating whether or not he wants to jump into the lake. The journaling was inspired by this month’s Story Starters—all about shared stories. I shared a fact, feeling, and memory about this photo on my page. I enjoyed looking back on this event and recording all the details of the moment.

Most of the embellishments on both pages came from the June kit at Pink Fresh Studio.

If you would like more inspiration for your scrapbooking, head on over to Simple Scrapper and check out the benefits of becoming a member. Also, look for information on this blog about an upcoming class at Simple Scrapper—Before Your Story. From the website: BYS is a 6-week album class designed to guide you through documenting your life before kids or another adult milestone. Registration begins soon!