Cheaper for Lunch – Designs for Speedy Scrapbook Pages

Hi everyone,

I tend to be a slow scrapbooker.  Sometimes I over-think things.  But I am getting quicker at making decisions and have a few go-to layout designs that I like to use.  Over on the Get It Scrapped blog a couple of the design team share their go to designs for speeding up their process.

Now don’t get me wrong I don’t think the goal of memory keeping is to get it done fast all the time, but at times I do think you just want to make sure those stories get recorded.  So sometimes having a few basic designs that you just know work can really help.

For me, I like the band foundation (which is basically a band that runs across the page); three photos in row and the one I have used for this layout – diagonal flow.  If you are interested in learning more about scrapbook design foundations Debbie has a free guide that you can download in the blog article – speeding up their process with go to designs for getting started.

This page tells the story of a day where my son and I were possibly going to meet my husband for lunch but instead we went to the local Bunnings to get one item and came home with a whole bunch of plants, after my son asked for just one plant.  Impulsive shopping for plants is something that we tend to do.


For this page I used a fairly symmetrical base and then created the diagonal flow using a mix of mists.

Some other tips to speed things up that are not specifically related to design are:

1. Use a partially premade background.

2. Use paper towel to pick up excess mist and speed up drying time.

3. Use the thin tube inside your spray mists to flick dots across your page rather than a paint brush and  then dab with paper towel (I was able to use 10 shades of mist without colours mixing and completed this whole page in 40 minutes)

4. Handwrite journalling using it as part of your design  – in this page it frames the photo and adds to the diagonal flow.

5. Hand draw a border.

6. Don’t be fussy with your letter sticker placement.

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Art journal page – in progress

Hi everyone,

Every so often, I am taking moments to do some art journalling.  I enjoy the aspect of play that I have when I create an art journal page.  Sometimes I have an idea or visual picture in my mind of what I want to create and other times it is purely play with no plans at all.  For this page, I did have inspiration and knew I wanted to create a hand reaching towards tear drops or rain, with a vibrant purple dress.

art journal page

The background blue, the dress and hand were created using gelatos and the the drops were created using Dylusions spray inks.  It is important to wait for the drips to dry in between if you don’t want the colours to mix and have more control of how fear the drips go down the page.  I have added some splatters of red paint to be symbolic but the red also works really well with the purple too.

This page is in progress but I thought I would share anyway.  With my art journal pages I am less concerned with getting them ‘finished’ and am happy to just work on them when I feel like it.

If you like playing with paper, inks, paints or other art supplies, art journalling is a fun way to experiment without worrying about the end result.

Thanks for stopping by,


A couple of layouts

Hi Everyone,

I am back with a couple of layouts that I created for Get It Scrapped and then later in the week I will share my art journal page-in-progress.  This first layout was created for the Get It Scrapped article about Using Trendy Long Shadows on your scrapbook pages. This was a fun challenge and I really love how this page ended up – the long shadows represent the late afternoons we spent at the beach waiting for my husband to finish work.  I would never have thought to try this but I feel like it really adds meaning, makes the page striking whilst supporting my story.  The colours come from the photos and almost extend the photos over the layout.  To create my long shadows I used torch and reusable letter sticker stencils.  It was easier and quicker than I thought.  You can read about how I did it and get other ideas in the article here.

we wait

I am also sharing a page I created for another Get It Scrapped article that shares ideas for using planner pages in your scrapbooking. This is a really simple page but it does really give the picture of how we spend our time.  I use the Kaisercraft calendar pages to record information for my pocket page/PL album so that I can remember more details when I put my album together.  You can see different ideas from the creative team over on the blog here.

what we did

I plan to get back sharing to a greater variety of projects, especially cards after I catch up on a few Get It Scrapped Layouts.

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Scrapbooking and Storytelling


Hi everyone,

Over the last few months, with our big trip, a realisation that my ‘baby’ is growing up and the recent passing of a loved one I am reminded that taking photographs, short videos and writing down the stories is so important.  I also am thinking about how to make the best use of my time so I am engaged with my family when we are together and so that I can get the other things – house jobs and other work done too.  I think that along with catching up with sharing my scrapbook pages I will share some other things that are inspiring me too.  For today, I will just share this video that Debbie from Get It Scrapped created about Why your Stories Matter.

Debbie has created a free series about becoming a more motivated and efficient scrapbooker that I think is really helpful, so if you are interested you can check it out here.

I do create pages for Get It Scrapped but that isn’t why I am sharing this – I hope you are inspired to tell more of your own stories either by blogging, scrapbooking, making videos or keeping a diary.  Your life and your stories really do matter.

I’ll be back soon with another scrapbook page and an art journal page that is in progress.

Thanks for stopping by,


I’m back with a Pocket Page for Get It Scrapped

Hi everyone,

It’s been a while!  I haven’t forgotten my blog but a big overseas family trip, school holidays for the kids and a whole bunch of life has kept me busy.  But I am back with a page that shows the techniques that I use to create focus and flow when creating pocket pages.  There is a great article over at Get Scrapped Blog with a bunch of other ideas too and the new class in the paid membership is also looking at Pocket Page Design.

pocket page

Supplies: Pockets – Becky Higgins; Cards: Simple Stories, Kaisercraft; Cardstock: Bazzill; Chipboard: October Afternoon; Die Cut: Simple Stories: Alpha Stickers: Becky Higgins; Clear Stickers : Simple Stories

When I create my pocket pages I generally like to put an important photograph or title card in the first pocket at the top left corner of the page as this is where we are used to looking first scene it where we start reading.  I like to think of it as setting up the page.  It doesn’t mean that you can’t include more than one story i.e. like project life style pages but just that this is generally where I want the person viewing my album to start.

I tend to use colour to create flow across my pages and repetition of embellishments i.e. like the hearts and the colour red.   Looking at the colours in the photographs helps me to choosing specific pockets for certain photographs creates balance and flow on the page i.e. the primarily green photographs are spaced out to draw the eye across the page from the THIS journalling card.  I also tend to draw out the colours in my photos by using pre-made cards that feature those colours or creating my own.  For this page I have used a green, red, grey and blue colour scheme but note that everything doesn’t necessarily match exactly.  It think is fine if you like things to be all from the same kit or paper collection and that can give a cohesive look to your pages but also you can create cohesion regardless.

My style is to often use grid or lined paper cards to handwrite my journalling and on this page the journalling is fairly prominent as the white is bright against the colours and other cards.  That works well for this layout as I want the reader to look at the journalling early in their viewing of the page so they can make sense of the photographs and the stories.

If you want more ideas head on over to the Get It Scrapped blog.  I’ll be posting a little bit in the next couple of days to catch up some other layouts and I have also made a few cards to share too.

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Egg Hunt

Hi everyone,

We have had Easter already !  Time seems to be flying by and I can’t believe we are already halfway though April.  One of our Easter traditions is an egg hunt so I had fun creating this page for the Get It Scrapped article about Telling Stories about Easter or Passover.

My children are still at the age that they look forward to Easter each year.  They love searching for eggs and of course eating chocolate.  I created this two page spread to be able to to incorporate a large photo and then a few supporting photos in a pocket page.  The large photo really sets the scene of the egg hunt and the pocket photos show off the details.  I used of natural and neutral colours, with the pops of colour and the glittery foil elements to support the story of the egg hunt.

If you want more ideas for telling stories about Easter, head on over to Get It Scrapped.  At the moment there is the free Style is Leverage event, which is about helping you discover your own style to create pages that you love more easily.

Thanks for stopping by,


Egg hunt

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzil; Patterned papers: Echo Park – Through the Year; Alphas: American Crafts Thickers; Heidi Swapp; Wood Veneers: Simple Stories, Teresa Collins; Paper embellishments: Simple Stories; Chipboard Frames: Heidi Swapp; Simple Stories; Flower: Petaloo

But I am Lucky

Hi everyone,

Today’s layout is a story about luck and my daughter’s insistence that she was lucky.  If any of you have ever been fishing you would probably have experienced those times when you don’t catch anything.  Well luckily for my children, my Dad has good knowledge of fishing, where and when to take the kids so they have the best chance of catching fish.  So far he has a perfect record and feels the pressure :)

But back to the layout.  I die cut the fish using my cricut expression and sewed them to the background to give texture, give the feeling of abundance and mimic the idea of fishing line.  I use a mix of natural textures, elements that tones with my photo and a variety of lettering to give a nautical and fun feeling to the page.  If you want more ideas about who to scrapbook stories about luck or being lucky, head on over to the Get Scrapped blog here.  There are 2 days left of Calvinball and loads of layouts in the gallery for inspiration.

If you have any questions about my layout, feel free to leave and comment and I will be sure to reply.

Thanks for stopping by,


Lucky Fishing 1