Contrasting Styles

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Do you know your scrappy style? I know my style—now. I spent many years exploring different styles to find what kind of scrapbooking I loved best. I tried shabby chic, grunge, vintage, and mixed media—just to name a few. Even though I had fun experimenting with each of these styles, I knew that my true style was somewhat simple, clean, and colorful.

However, I still enjoy playing with bits and pieces of other styles now and then. To find inspiration for using different styles, I visited the style Pinterest boards at Get It Scrapped. I then chose two contrasting styles to use on my page.

I wanted to scrap these photographs I took of my farm using the Hipstamatic app on my phone. So I perused the Style:Filtered Pinterest board first. The pins reminded me of the 1970s, so I layered papers with a retro look underneath my photographs.

I was aware that the pictures on my page are quite bold and the patterned papers are somewhat busy. In order to contrast with the photo block element on my page, I turned to inspiration from the Style:Industrial Pinterest board. This style is stark and sleek with lots of black and white.

I used a plain white background with a touch of black on each side to contrast with the vivid photo block. By using these contrasting styles, I was able to create a page that has visual interest, contrast, and allows my photographs to shine.

To see how other Design Team members used contrasting styles on their pages, head over to the Get It Scrapped blog.

Now go create!

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On the Road with Scrapbook Challenges

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Welcome to my debut post as part of the Scrapbook Challenges Crew! Today’s challenge is a Flashback Friday–an older sketch that has been updated–and I used it to scrap some of my Hipstamatic photos.


My sister introduced me to the Hipstamatic app about two years ago. I have been hooked ever since! It is an app similar to Instagram in that you can take square photos, but you have a wide variety of film types and lenses you can combine to get very cool pictures!

on the road

To make the page, I pulled out an older Studio Calico kit with lots of pinks and greys. Those colors paired well with the black-and-white photos.

Instead of using pictures cropped into circles, I used square photos but added doilies to mimic the circular design. I slid the photo block up the page so I could use large Thickers for the title. One of the photos was taken in the rain, so I added a little cloud banner at the bottom right for balance and to echo the clouds in that photo.

So head on over to the Scrapbook Challenges blog to see today’s challenge and more inspirational sketches and layouts. Make sure you add your inspired creation to the challenge page!

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Forging Along

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A few years ago, I came to the realization that I scrap best when I limit the supplies I am working with at any one time. So I went through all of my scrap stash and put everything into kits. This change has been revolutionary in my scrapbooking! Now when I get ready to create, I grab a ready-made, coordinating kit full of supplies I love.

For the past few months, I have been playing along with the challenges at the Counterfeit Kit Club. Each month, a kit from a scrapbooking company is featured. You are tasked to recreate this kit from your own supplies. The Design Team shows you how to forge items from the kit, and scrappy challenges are issued throughout the month. I have been having so much fun at this site!

This month I am doing my own Counterfeit Kit Club. Inspired by this collection by October Afternoon and a list of certain supplies from CKC, I came up with my own kit, Hipster.

The October Afternoon collection has rich reds, oranges, and yellows that I used as inspiration for the papers I chose. The collection also has a 70s, slightly tech-y vibe. To mimic this feel, these papers have similar deep colors, subtle geometric designs, and woodgrain.
Dye from Chase Rainbows by Kaisercraft
Party Balloons from Circus Party from Carina Gardner by Carta Bella
Ranunculus from In a Creative Bubble by Studio Calico
Heirloom from Juliet by Bo Bunny
Grey Herringbone/Code from So Rad by Simple Stories
Relaxing from Making Waves by Fancy Pants
Chamomile from Tea Garden by Basic Grey

From there, I added several embellishments. First, were stencils from Tim Holtz and Heidi Swapp. Then I picked washi tape in a teal arrow, a red-and-yellow striped, a gold star, an orange crosshatch from Freckled Fawn, and a woodgrain from Glitz.

Next I added several vellum pieces–die cuts, paper, letter stickers, and small bags (from Maggie Holmes, Freckled Fawn, and Webster’s Pages).

Finally I added brads in red, yellow, orange, and black, stamp sets from Citrus Twist Kits, Freckled Fawn, and Studio Calico, and a planner charm from Cocoa Daisy (something that spins).

After I assembled my kit, I gave myself a challenge—use Instagram prints or photos in a square size (such as 3×3 or 4×4). I happened to have dozens of photos from the Hipstamatic app that I wanted to scrap, so I decided to use those pictures.

I have long admired the cute Instagram albums from We R Memory Keepers, especially this gold one:

So I decided to forge one with my Hipster kit!

First, I made the core pages of the album 4 3/4” x 4” so that each photo would cover most of the page, but there would be room to eventually bind the book.

Next, I cut down two pieces of chipboard to use as my front and back covers, making them 1” larger all around than my pages, then adhered patterned papers to them and lightly stenciled the front cover.

Then I put together my core pages. I added some vellum paper and bags in between these pages. I placed journaling cards, embellishments, and stamping on the pages.

Finally, I bound the book with my Cinch. (You could easily punch fewer holes and put this album together with ribbon or binder rings.) Here is my finished album!

Here are some of the inside pages.

To see the entire album, you can go to my Flickr album.

Even though I still love getting kits in the mail, I enjoy even more making my own kits and using up my stash. I will definitely cherish this mini-album, especially since I made it myself. The best part is that all those Hipstamatic prints are now off my phone in a place where other people can enjoy them as well!

July at Simple Scrapper

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Music seems to be a part of every person’s life in some way. There are those who play musical instruments, those who write music, and others who listen and collect music. This month at Simple Scrapper, music is the inspiration. The Story Starters all relate to the music in our lives.

In our family we have two guitar players, two piano players, one violinist, and one drummer. My older son just took up playing the drums. He refurbished an old drum set he found at the local pawn shop and started taking lessons. I have loved listening to him begin to play real songs!

My first layout for July documents my son’s new interest in drumming. The only two photos I had of him drumming were fairly grainy iPhone photos, so I converted them to black-and-white. I then used a somewhat monochromatic color scheme with only a few touches of color.

new music

My second layout this month is a departure from my usual single 12×12 page. I used one of this month’s Sketch/Templates for inspiration to make a spread for my pocket page album for 2015. One side is a 9×12 layout (the size of my album) and the other side is a pocket page with 12 3×3 squares.

This past month I have become enamored by the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone. I love to play around with the film and lens settings to make unusual pictures. This spread explains what Hipstamatic is and showcases some of the photos I have created with the app.


So come on over to Simple Scrapper and let these Story Starters and Sketch/Templates inspire you! If you are not a member yet, check out the membership page.

*Also, the much anticipated course, Stash Bash, is returning! Find out more at Simple Scrapper and look for a post about this course coming soon!