Cushion Repellant – Inspired by Home Decor

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Two posts within two days!  Today’s scrapbook page takes inspiration from home decor to mix textures.  I love using different textures on my page and as I like to use white frequently on my page, I often rely on texture to keep things interesting.  For this page though I have used lots of different textures inspired from my own home and home decor photographs.

I created a subway tile background using the Martha Stewart Score board, a ruler and silver artline pen.  It was quicker to create the background using the scoreboard than measuring and marking before ruling the lines.  I then used a mixture of burlap, faux glass beads, lace, velvet ribbon, threads, tulle, metal plastic and woodgrain alphas to echo the textures found on cushions, in lounge rooms and in kitchens.  The colours are inspired by the cushions found in our home, which fits well with the story of how the cushions from our couch are always on the floor – so often that I jokingly say that our couch is cushion repellant.  A simple colour scheme works well when using lots of textures.

For more inspiration and ideas about mixing textures inspired by home decor had over to the Get It Scrapped article here.

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cushion repellant blog

Supplies: Cardstock: Artee; Pen: Sharpie; Burlap: Unknown; Alphas: American Crafts; Laves: Green Tara; Crystal pin; Maya Road; Metal Flowers: TIm Holz; Finnibair; Lace: Prima; Ephemera: Simple Stories


Recording Conversations on your Scrapbook Layouts

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Today’s post shares an idea for recording conversation on your layouts.  Although my son likes school, he has had some struggles with missing me as he is now full time and has less time at home with me.  This page documents a series of conversations we had over the week.  This page makes me feel sad because I don’t like to think about him missing me and smile because it captures him just the way he is right now and I know that this phase will pass as he grow more confident.

Design wise vertical strips in the centre of the page create two separate sections on the page to hold our words and thoughts.  The different colours of text and varying size help to distinguish my son’s voice and my voice, giving emphasis to certain things he said.  I used the colour orange because it is his favourite colour and the blue and black because they work well with the orange.  Alpha stickers and strips of washi tape create a timeline and show the separate conversations.  I used a mix of fonts and sizes to create interest.  I took the photograph of the scrape on his knee as it is a part of the story for the week and I wanted a to include a photograph of him but didn’t want to distract from the words on the page.

This page is one of my favourites and I am feeling inspired to think of more stories and conversations I can capture.  For more ideas head over to the Get It Scrapped blog and the article here.

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Supplies: Cardstock: Artee; Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny; Washi tape: Unknown; Wooden shapes: Freckled Fawn; Alphas: Jillibean Soup; Simple Stories, Kaisercraft

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Tension and Textures

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Today is a catch up for Get It Scrapped.  The first page focuses on creating tension and the illusion of a ticking clock.  For my page, I created a layout about my daughter, her growing up and wondering what work role she will have in the future.  I created tension by creating a shape with the blocks that build upwards across the page but has an unstable base; by leaving part of the title over the edge of the blocks and the question mark floating in space on the page.  For more ideas about creating the sense of a ticking clock check out the blog post here.

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A Teacher Maybe ? by Kristy T | Supplies: Patterned Paper: Simple Stories, Echo Park; Alphas: American Crafts, Echo Park; Stickers: Simple Stories: Clip: Heid Swapp; Journalling Card: Kaisercraft; Chipboard: Unknown.

For my second page I created a layout that tells of the time when I suddenly run out the door in pursuit of the ice-cream van.  I have layered lots of drips of paint down the page to evoke the senses and give the viewer a visual picture of dripping ice-cream as that is a big part of the experience of ice cream cones.  I have used fluid acrylic instead of watercolours as the paint is a thicker texture, but it will still drip down the page.  I used a thicker paint (Dina Wakely) to create the splatters using a Tim Holtz stencil onto acetate and also just allowed the paint to dry on the my craft before glueing onto my page.  I can then place the splatters wherever I want to on the page.

For more ideas about making scrapbook pages that appeal to the senses check out the blog post here.

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Worth the Chase by Kristy T| Supplies: Alphas: Websters Pages, American Crafts, Chipboard: October Afternoon; Cardstock: Artee, Bazzill; Paints: Distress Paints, Dina Wakely, Jo Sonya; Washi Tape: Echo Park; Stencil: Tim Holz layering stencil.

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Mixing Patterned Papers

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I love bright and colourful papers, especially when creating scrapbook layouts about my boys.  This page was created for the Get It Scrapped blog article about mixing patterned papers.

This page celebrates my my son at 5 years of age and the things that little boys often do.

I have used 3 different star papers on my page, plus two additional patterns. The tone on tone papers work well as the background layers.  The multicoloured paper with the larger stars provides additional colour inspiration for the layout and adds a base for embellishments but was only used in a small amount so it is not overwhelming.  The bright yellow and small star patterned paper provides the matting for the photo and was also used in a small amount due to the saturation of the colour yellow.

As usual, if you want to see more ideas for mixing patterned papers then head on over to Get It Scrapped.
The Best

Little Boys are the Best by Kristy T| Supplies: Patterned Papers : Echo Park; Stickers: Echo Park; Chipboard : WOW; Wood: Prima; Chipboard Stickers: October Afternoon; Alphas: Echo Park


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Using contrast on your scrapbook page

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Today I am here sharing a page about my son’s love of minions and using the technique of contrast on your scrapbook page.  You don’t really get a more striking colour combination than black, white plus one other colour (on this page yellow).  On this page I used the yellow and the colour in the photograph, plus the size of the word Stu-art to focus the page on my title and the cute photograph.  The pops of yellow around the page move the eye and draw attention to the main parts of my page.

Over on the Get It Scrapped blog you can see a mix of paper and digital pages that also make use of contrast.  There is a mix of bold and also subtle examples with pretty backgrounds and even a great video too so head on over here.


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A great sketch to try

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Today I am sharing a layout created using one of the sketches from the Sketch Library over at Get It Scrapped.  This page is about my daughter’s tenth birthday and it was a great sketch for using photographs that are not great quality.  The smaller print size means that you don’t notice the lower quality.  I really liked this photograph of her blowing out her candles so decided to use the photograph more than once to emphasize the photograph.

To create my page I have used a bunch of Bo Bunny You’re Invited papers and a few embellishments from my stash.  I tweaked a few of the elements on the page but it came together quickly.  As there was a lot of black in the photographs I made sure the stitching was back and that I inked the papers with black ink to make sure the photographs didn’t look out of place on the page.  I plan to make a pocket page to sit beside it, to capture more of the moments of the day.

To see more pages and the original layout the sketch was based on head over to the article at Get It Scrapped. There is a couple of Christmas themed layouts that could inspire you to get your Christmas photographs scrapbooked.

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A sketch, a page and my December Story

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A few things to catch up on today – a couple of layouts but I also wanted to share about Debbie’s Your December Story class that you can get over at Get It Scrapped.  This class is different to other December classes I have taken from different people and prompts me to include stories and photographs that I wouldn’t otherwise have thought about.  I really love that about it and I would definitely recommend it.  If you want more info head over here (it has video, audio as well as written pdfs).  Note: I am part of the Creative Team at Get It Scrapped but if I didn’t like something I wouldn’t promote it.

This year I am making another December album using some of the prompts from the Your December Story classes and probably some of the ideas that Ali Edwards shares on her blog.  I don’t tend to do make a big thing of the individual days but this year I thought I would try that a bit more.  I think share some of it in January but it is definitely still work in progress.

For now though I have a couple of layouts to share.  This first one was created by using one of the sketches in the Sketch library at Get It Scrapped.  I don’t tend to use sketches that much but I can see that they are a great way of speeding up your process and getting pages done faster. when I do use them I really enjoy making the page.  I was really happy with how this sketch worked well for one of the photographs I took just after we arrived in Rome on our big trip.  You can see the sketch and other pages made using it for inspiration here.

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This second page was created for the Get It Scrapped article about using lots of photos on your page.  I think of this as a cluster of smaller photos around the large focal point photo.  To see other ways to use lots of photos on your page you can check out the article here.  Lots of great ideas that can be used to get those holiday/Christmas photographs scrapbooked!

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I have some cards I have created so will be back to share them too and this year I have a nice space for the kids advent calendars so will have to take a pic of that to share.

Hope you are having a good December and thanks for stopping by,