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.

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The Perfect Day

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What does your perfect day look like? That was the question posed to the Master Forgers in our third challenge at Counterfeit Kit Challenge.

This month our inspiration kit is the UBUD Dreams collection from Kaisercraft.

And this is my kit, Coming Home, created from the inspiration collection.

My perfect day is a warm, summer day with a gentle breeze and just a few clouds in the sky. I have just finished a morning ride with my horse, and now I am sitting on my porch with a glass of cold sparkling water in hand. And here is how I documented my perfect day.

The photograph is bright with deep colors, so I used a white background to make the picture pop. I placed a few papers in soft colors and organic patterns to showcase the photo as well as add to the outdoors theme of the page. Finally, I included embellishments that brought texture to the page.

If you would like to see what other Master Forgers created with this prompt, head on over to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog.

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Revealing Setting

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Setting plays such an important role in our photographs and therefore in our scrapbooking. When creating a page, there are many ways to convey the feeling of your setting through color, shape, and texture.

Take a look at this page.


The title and journaling state that these photos were taken at a state park in North Carolina called Hanging Rock. One picture shows two people (my husband and son) walking up a trail and the other picture reveals a view from the top of a peak. But those are not the only elements on this page that reveal the setting.

Since the photographs show the contrast on the trail of the shadows under the trees and the sun in the open areas, I used a mixture of dark and light patterned papers. The colors are mostly muted like the trees and other vegetation, with a few bright hues like the occasional flowers along the path.

The patterned papers at the top of the page are cut at a diagonal to represent the many steps we navigated up the trail. The strips also hang down from the top of the page reminiscent of the tree branches over our heads.

To further the feeling of being in the woods, I used a patterned paper with a woodgrain texture and several wood veneer pieces. The flower is made with a natural fabric and a wood button.

To learn more about revealing setting through color, shape, and texture, visit Get It Scrapped. A membership will get you access to a huge library of design classes and e-books including “Visual Storytelling,” a course that teaches how to reveal setting and other elements through product choices and page composition.

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Dotty for Dots

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I love a good polka dot. This pattern is so versatile and classic that it can be used in a variety of ways on your pages. Here are some of my current favorite polka dot papers.


Kaisercraft, Pop Collection, Polka

Lawn Fawn, Mon Amie Collection, Let’s Polka, Mint

Doodlebug Design, Fun in the Sun Collection, Polka Dot Party

Polka dots also appear on washi tape, stencils, and embossing folders–on just about  any scrapbooking product you can imagine!

One of this month’s challenges at Scrapbook Challenges, the Sketch Crew was tasked with using polka dots somewhere on our layouts. I chose a cute bold red paper with large white dots from Simple Stories to make this page about my family’s recent trip to the fair.

The bright color and random dot pattern evoke the sense of fun and whimsy we found at the fair.


We live on a farm out in the country. The small town near us hosts a fair each year. It is not very big, but the kids still enjoy going. We went one evening this summer just as the sun was going down. I was able to take some great photos of my husband, the kids, and the rides. I chose a few pictures that captured the excitement and magic of the evening.

Since I used this bold polka dot paper, I cropped my photos fairly small and converted them to black and white. The colors in the patterned papers give a sense of what we saw that night, even though the pictures are not in color.

So take a look through your stash as see how you can incorporate polka dots into your next project. And if you would like more inspiration, visit the Scrapbook Challenges blog.

Now go create!

The Colors of Summer

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The palette of summer is defined by warms and cools–the orange and yellow of the sun with the blues of the sky and ocean. For the second challenge of the month at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog, the Master Forgers were tasked to create a project based on this color scheme full of summer tones.

Challenge #2: Inspired by Cool Waters in Hot Weather –Check out this fabulous color scheme where the cool colors of the water balances the warm colors – yellow and orange – nicely.  We could take cue from here and very purposefully combine cool and warm colors together on your project. Or you could just take a cue from the photograph itself, or even use something liquid when making your project – ink, mist, paint, gesso, glossy accents, etc.


Since my kit Summer Sizzle contained pocket pages, I decided to combine a traditional 12 x 12 layout with a pocket page.

My family and I recently visited the NC Transportation Museum. I came home with A LOT of photos–perfect for using in this project!

The products in this kit were supplies that I have had in my stash for a long time. My pages definitely feel like ones I made early in my scrapbooking career! But I had fun combining these older products with new pictures–I even managed to use a little of that colored corrugated cardboard! (See explanation here.)

Here is the 12 x 12 page.


And here is the front and back of the pocket page.



Make sure you check the home page at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog to see the projects from other design team members.

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