The Big Things and the Little Things | April at Simple Scrapper

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Since the beginning of this year, many big things have occurred in my family. One big event was my son turning 18. For his birthday, we purchased a car for him. It was a complete surprise! Luckily, I was able to get some photographs of him as he first laid eyes on his new Jeep. I just love the look of disbelief on his face!

Of course I could not wait to scrap this momentous occasion, so my first layout at Simple Scrapper this months tells this story. I used one of April’s Sketch/Templates to help me create this page. The photos are not very bright, so I used a bold yellow background and gold accents to reflect the celebratory theme of my page.

After scrapbooking about such a major event, I turned to a simpler theme for my next page—my LOVE for warm weather. Using one of this month’s Story Starters, I documented how much I enjoy summer and sunny weather.

All the patterned papers I used complement the pictures—the green paper for the vibrant grass and leaves, the yellow paper for the bright sun, and the cloud paper for the beautiful sky.

If you would like access to all of the Sketch/Template and Story Starter inspiration over at Simple Scrapper—you are in luck! Memberships are now open! Head on over to the membership page at Simple Scrapper to sign up.

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!

Clean and Simple

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When I first started scrapbooking, all the popular magazines were full of vintage, shabby chic, and artsy-styled pages. I tried over and over to emulate these styles, but was usually not satisfied with my work. Then Simple Scrapbooks magazine came along. The layouts in this magazine were exactly my style!

I have always been a clean and simple scrapbooker. I love the perfect symmetry of the 12×12 canvas on which to work. I love to use one or two photos to perfectly capture my story then complete the page with only patterned paper and a few well-chosen embellishments.

To document my daughter’s 16th birthday, I knew I wanted to make a page with a very clean and simple style. My daughter is a very uncomplicated, straightforward young woman and my goal was to create a layout that reflected her personality. I converted the photo to black & white to minimize distractions in the background.

I chose a neutral background then added just a few more patterns in strips of paper under the photo. Finally I added just two enamel dots to add a little texture to the page.

The clean and simple style is one that I use often. I love this style in that it allows the photograph and story to shine. To see more examples of the style, go on over to the Get It Scrapped blog.

Now go create!


Turning 15

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My daughter just turned 15 years old. Like most mothers, I look at her and say, “I cannot believe you are 15 already. It seems like just yesterday that you were watching Dora the Explorer and I was buying your clothes at Gymboree.” The time really has gone by quickly. I am so thankful I have been able to capture her life in my scrapbook pages.

And her 15th birthday was no exception. We celebrated in typical Margaux style–BBQ ribs (she loves meat of any variety), red velvet cake (made by her brother), and new wireless headphones (her current pair had just broken). I made sure to get photographs!

Margaux is not a girly-girl, so when I began this layout using a sketch from Scrapbook Challenges, I decided to leave the page rather simple. I converted the pictures to black & white due to the low light and clashing colors in the photos. All the supplies are from the Golden Delicious kit from Noel Mignon.


Make sure to check out the rest of the layouts from this sketch made by the Sketch Crew at Scrapbook Challenges. Then enter your page on the challenge entry page for your chance to win our monthly prize!

Now go create!

grass fire

September at Citrus Twist Kits

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I am always amazed at the amount of supplies that come in my monthly kit from Citrus Twist Kits. This month was no exception. So far I have made three pages–and they are some of my favorites!

A few weeks ago, my son celebrated his 13th birthday, officially making me the mother of three teenagers! So I wanted to make a special layout to celebrate this milestone.

I started with a “3 to Inspire” challenge from the blog. The prompts were to (1) use a lot of sequins, (2) add some hidden journaling, and (3) try stamping on your photos. The sequins were perfect for the celebratory page. The hidden journaling is on a tag behind the top photo. I stamped “Good Stuff” and “You” on the photos.


The next page was inspired by a sketch from the Scrap Happy membership. This layout tells the story of the fun my youngest had playing with fire hoses. I love these photos because even though you cannot see much of the people’s faces, you can still tell they are having fun.

with water

Finally, I used a Sunday Sketch to document my son fighting a grass fire. This sketch was fairly simple, so I used the opportunity to play around with lots of embellishments!

grass fire

After these three pages, I still have lots of supplies left. I am going to get busy making more layouts because the October kit will be here soon!