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.

Thanks for stopping by,


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

Pastel Christmas Layout for Get It Scrapped

Hi everyone,

Here is another catch up post for a layout created for the Get It Scrapped article about using pastel colours for Christmas layouts. The layout I created shows off a bunch of photographs of my children spreading ‘reindeer food’ on Christmas eve.  The first step in creating my layout was to apply texture paste to my paper and then sprinkle some rock candy distress glitter over the top.  When this had dried I applied some different pastel watercolour paints (some twinkling H2os and gelatos mixed on my craft sheet).  I also created the ‘presents’ using watercolour paper and the same colours.  I arranged my photographs in a bit of a grid and used the principles of approximate symmetry to arrange the embellishments and other elements to frame the photographs.  You can learn more about design principles like approximate symmetry with a membership at Masterful Design which includes the Scrapbook Coach video series (if you are interested you can find more details at Get It Scrapped).

If you have any question just let me know 🙂

Thanks for stopping by,




And I thought I would include a closer photo of one of the pages so you can see some of the details on the page.



Supplies : Card: Artee; Watercolour Paper; Gelatos: Fabercastell; Paints: Twinking H20s, Adirondack; Glitter paint: Viva Decor; Alphas: American Crafts; Patterned Paper: Echo Park; Ribbons: Unknown; Lace: Unknown; Flowers: Prima; Leaves: Prima, Green Tara; Metal Embellishments: Making Memories, Tim Holtz; Beaded Tree and Branch: Green Tara; Chipboard: Dusty Attic; Pen: Atyou Spica; Ink: Archival, Versacolour; Template: Prima; Glitter: Ranger; Texture Paste: Jo Sonjas; Embossing Folders: Sizzix; Stamp: Amy Tangerine; Stickers: Unknown

Designing with Circles for Get It Scrapped

Hi everyone,

I am squeezing in a couple of posts sharing some scrapbook layouts created for Get It Scrapped in the next couple of days.  This first double page layout was created for the topic – Ideas for Designing with Circles.  You can see the pages of the rest of the creative team over on the Get It Scrapped Blog here.

For my page I took inspiration from one of Debbie Hodge’s pinterest pages here  and created this layout with colourful circle frames around my photographs.  I chose to highlight some of the things that we do together as a family and converted the photographs to black and white.  I cut the circles out using my cricut expression and gypsy to create the design.  I then used gelatos around the edges (but you could use watercolour crayons for this technique also)  I used additional die cut circles that I loosely outlined with a black pen and arranged them to create a flow around my page.  I kept the embellishments pretty simple on this page and draw a frame around the layout using a craft nib and black paint.  If you have any questions just leave me a comment and I will be sure to reply.

I’ll be back tomorrow with  Pastel Christmas Layout.

Hope you are enjoying your December and thanks for stopping by.



Supplies: White card, Gelatos, Cricut Cartridge – Plantin Schoolbook, Black Pen, Prima Wooden Shapes, Craft Nib, Jenni Bowlin Paint Dabber – Fountain Pen

PJ Loving, Orange Loving, Little Boy

Hi everyone,

Todays post is a layout I created for the Get It Scrapped article on using watercolours.  The layout is about some of my youngest son’s favourite things and also documents our attempts to get him to stay in bed using scratch and sniff stickers as a reward (hence the stickers all over his pjs).

To create my main background I used texture paste, stencils and gyp-rocking tape to make some texture on top of watercolour paper.  When this had dried I chose some water based oil pastels to scribble lightly in different areas and then blended the colour using a paint brush and water.  I selected colours that would work best with my photo.  I would recommend starting lightly and you can always add more colour as you go along (depending on what look you are wanting).

To create the layout I smeared some paint over the white card to create another layer behind my watercolour paper and created a frame using white strips of card (this doesn’t show up that well in the photograph).  I added wood icons/veneer shapes, washi tape, some patterned paper and even a scratch and sniff sticker to embellish my layout.  I added my journalling using a distress marker but it is worth noting that it can be tricky to write on a textured surface.

I chose this title, even though it is quite long because I feel it captures him very well – He is a PJ loving, orange loving, little boy.  I chose to leave the canvas alphas plain so they didn’t overtake the page but since they are large they still grab enough attention.  I arranged the parts of the title in a visual triangle with the smaller orange lettering adding a fun pop of colour.

I have added a couple of close up photos as it is easier to see the details of the watercolour background.  You can see more ideas for using watercolours on layout by checking out the Get It Scrapped blog.

Thanks for stopping by,





Supplies: Card: White card by Artee, Paper: Watercolour paper, Echo Park; Alphas: Prima, Simple Stories; Distress Marker: Ranger; Washi Tape: Teresa Collins; Gyprocking Tape; Wooden Icon: Prima; Wood Veneer Shapes: Studio Calico; Texture Paste: Jo Sonya; Assorted buttons; Scratch and Sniff Sticker.