Remembering the Little Things | November at Simple Scrapper

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What are those little things that you are enjoying right now? Those things that you think you will always remember but quickly fade from memory as life marches on? I know that I always think I will remember the things that are important to me at some point in time, but my memory often fails me. So I have begun documenting more of my everyday life in hopes of leaving a record of the things that have been important to me.

To document my current favorites, I used a sketch from the Simple Scrapper membership. This sketch allows for five photographs—plenty of room to showcase pictures of the little things in life. Right now I am enjoying riding my horse, times when my children are all together again (my oldest is off at college), doing barn chores on sunny mornings, watching my cat sleep in my IKEA cart, and soaking up the beauty of nature.

There are also specific days of which I want to remember every single detail. This month’s story starters are all about writing letters, so I wrote a letter to myself about a recent wonderful day I shared with my family. I turned this page into a two-page spread in order to give enough room to the journaling and include several photographs.


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Now go create!



Bee-lightful | 1 Kit, 1 Sketch, 1 Month

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It’s raining.

It’s snowing.

It’s sunny.

It’s 75º.

It’s 35º.

Any of these weather conditions may apply on any given day where I live in North Carolina in February. Luckily, so far this month the weather has been fairly mild. Today we are forecasted to have a high of 76º!

This warm weather, however, has given me a good case of spring fever! So when I spied this bee paper from 1 Canoe 2, I couldn’t wait to use it as inspiration for my kit this month.

The paper’s color scheme of light yellows, pinks, and browns with a touch of black became the criteria I used for choosing the rest of my patterned papers. Many of the papers have a watercolor look, adding to the spring-like theme. I also added a 6×6 paper pad this month—a product I usually don’t work with—but I loved the colors in the Golden Days collection by Fancy Pants.

When choosing embellishments, I looked for ones with the same color scheme as well as the watercolor look. I added washi tape, die cuts, tags, clips, flair, enamel dots, chipboard, letter, cork, and cardstock stickers. One washi tape and the cardstock stickers both have bees to coordinate with my inspiration paper!

(For a complete list of supplies, scroll to the bottom of the post.)

To go along with my kit, Bee-lightful, I created this sketch. The design is made for three 3×3 photographs, but could easily be adapted for one horizontal picture by itself or paired with a 4×4 picture.

After I enjoy this wonderful warm day, I am going to dig into my kit. I’ll post my layouts later this month!

Now go create!

Complete List of Supplies
Patterned Paper:
1 Canoe Two, Hazelwood, Sweet as Honey
Photo Play Paper, Happy Glamper Collection, Field of Flowers
1 Canoe 2, Hazelwood, Lazy Daisy
Simple Stories, Love and Adore, Hello Beautiful
Simple Stories, Love and Adore, P.S. I Love You
Kaisercraft, Party Time, Fairy Bread
BoBunny, Kiss the Cook, Apple Pie
Scrapbook Customs, Golden Yellow and Yellow Watercolor
Fancy Pants, Golden Days, Falling Leaves
Bella Boulevard, Illustrated Faith, You Are Loved, Hearts and Kisses
Pink Paislee, Moonstruck, Paper 06
Pink Paislee, Moonstruck, Paper 11
6×6 Paper Pad: Fancy Pants, Golden Days
Chipboard Stickers: 1 Canoe 2, Hazelwood, Darling
Tags and Labels: Fancy Pants, Golden Days
Flair: Fancy Pants, Golden Days
Ephemera: Pink Paislee, Moonstruck
Cork Stickers: Pink Paislee, Moonstruck
Enamel Dots: Simple Stories, Love and Adore
Washi Tape: Simple Stories, Love and Adore
Cardstock Stickers: 1 Canoe 2, Hazelwood
Shaped Paper Clips: 1 Canoe 2, Hazelwood
Washi Tape: Carolee’s Creations, Adornit, Art Play, Bee (item discontinued)
Letter Stickers: American Crafts, Thickers, Saturday, Petals
Letter Stickers: American Crafts, Thickers, Fine and Dandy, Woodland

Sketch + Pocket Page

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A great way to add more photographs to a layout without creating a double-page spread is to add a pocket page. Pocket pages come in so many different varieties these days, so adding one to a layout to include more pictures is quite simple.

For this layout, Meals We Shared, I wanted to create a layout using the many Instagram photos of food that I snapped over last year. I picked one of my favorites and used it as the photo on my actual layout. I deviated somewhat from the sketch, using a 4×4 picture instead of a 4×6 to keep with the Instagram style.

I added a page protector that has one row of 4×4 photos. This first view shows the page protector closed with the layout.

This second view shows the page protector and layout open.

When you have several photos you want to scrap at one time but don’t necessarily want to make a two-page layout, adding a page protector is a wonderful solution! It’s easy, quick, and showcases your special photos.

Now go create!


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Another easy way to put a new spin on a sketch is to simply reverse it–flip one side to the other. For this month’s sketch, reversing the design results in this layout:

Reversing the sketch has a few advantages–a brand new take on the design, a fresh look for a new sketch, and a way to take advantage of a photograph in which the subject is oriented a different way.

In the first layout I made with this sketch, the subject of the photograph is pointing to the right. By placing the photograph on the left side, the car is visually driving into the middle of the page and not off the edge.

In this layout, the subject is heading to the left. By reversing the sketch, I placed the picture on the right and allowed the subject to visually move toward the middle of the page.

(There are times that you may want the subject to seem as if it is moving off the page, according to the theme of your layout.)

This type of page is one of my favorite to make–I am using up my kit and I have lots of little pieces lying about from my first two layouts. I accented the photograph with pieces of patterned paper that were already cut from previous pages. I used the same technique for the embellishment cluster at the top of the page–layering bits of paper and adding embellishments until I found a pleasing design.

The next time you need a fresh spin on a sketch–just reverse it!

Now go create!


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For my new monthly project, 1 Kit, 1 Sketch, 1 Month, I will be using this sketch along with my kit, Fresh Start. The sketch is simple and allows for the showcase of one great photograph as well as room for a fairly substantial amount of journaling.

My son often builds his own creations from the hundreds, no make that thousands, of LEGOS that he has. As much as he loves building from the kits, he also loves making his own airplanes, race cars, helicopters, and even movie characters. This picture is a great close-up of a car he designed–perfect for this sketch.

The background paper coordinates with, but does not exactly match, the yellow in the car–allowing the car as the subject of the photo to stand out. I backed the photo with a neutral grey patterned paper to give the photo block some texture and contrast.

Instead of using flowers as embellishments as the sketch suggests, I used several die cuts. I began by adding the circle and rectangle at the top of the photo as in the sketch. At the top right of the page, I used two tags–one a die cut and the other cut from a piece of the patterned paper used behind the photo. I topped the tags with a circle embellishment to echo the circle in the photo block.

Next I added the title and journaling. To complete the visual triangles on my page, I used a blue acetate circle at the bottom of the journaling.

Using a kit and a sketch, I was able to quickly put this page together!

Come back later this month–I will have more layouts using this kit, Fresh Start, and this sketch.

Now go create!