Go – Grid Design Layout

Earlier this month the scrapbooking/crafting industry celebrated iNSD (interNational Scrapbooking Day). I was invited by the lovely ScrapGals to participate in their online celebrations. Since it was scrapbooking celebration I decided to create a layout, I have been very inspired by grid designs lately and therefore opted to create a fun design inspired by the large chipboard letters and leftover fabric I had sitting on my work desk.

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When creating a grid design I always ensure to include white space and cascading elements to my design. I find that this combo balances out the large amount of small bits and pieces, because a grid design isn’t complete without lots of odds and ends. Love the simplicity of this design and the bold statement the chipboard and fabric bring to this layout.

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PL – Gossamer Blue

I  might have mentioned in a previous post that PL was my preferred memory keeping method, with that being said I still find myself doing scrapbooking techniques in my PL spread. For instance, I love to create little clusters of embellishments on my layouts and I also replicate this technique in my PL spreads. This little cluster was created using stickers and a label from the GB planner kits. I balanced it out using a circle diecut and a enamel heart.

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Almost all the pictures I used in my PL spreads are 3×4 but I do print them on 4×6 canvas. When using page protectors that include a 4×6 picture I simply leave my pictures uncut to accommodate the 4×6 pocket. I do print my pictures with a large white banner, therefore the effect is almost similar to having separate pockets.

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When working with PL, stickers are my favorite, I especially love word stickers, my favorite method for using them is placing them directly on the picture, most of the in the center of the picture. This is especially fun to do when working with a picture that has white space or a repeating them, such as the plants below.

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Creating a PL spread is now a rather quick process, sometimes I will put a spread together in less than an hour but at times I will take my time, especially if I’m very excited about the products or pictures I’m working on. I love that I can easily get caught up, right now I’m about 8 weeks behind, which is a bit much for me. I prefer to be a couple of weeks behind just in case another project comes up. I do love working on my PL albums, I especially love it when my daughters look at them.

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Guest Designer – Kerri Bradford

I am so excited to be guest designer for Kerri Bradford! I love the crisp clean designs of Kerri’s stamps and collections, it was a delight to be working with her products. I had the pleasure of creating two spreads using the By The Numbers and Oh Yeah stamp sets along with the Splendid Traveler’s Pack collection. What a treat it was!!! To see my projects make sure to stop by Kerri’s blog!!!

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This Day –

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Me Time – Ali Edwards

Hybrid scrapbooking, now there’s something I never thought I would incorporate in my crafting. I love working with physical products, but after playing with hybrid products I have realized that hybrid scrapbooking is actually pretty fun and also very convenient. For instance, this layout I created for Ali Edwards using digital elements from the May Digital Kit. The “me time” brush was originally black I opted to change the color to white, I wanted a very subtle title effect paired with the gold rub on stars, white was perfect! This layout is 6×8, love working with this smaller format, love that it can be paired with a 6×8 pocket pages or left on its own. (And yes I’m totally aware there’s a word missing on my layout, as most of my journaling I always forget a word, I’m ok with that, good enough is fine by me.)

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All About Me – Gossamer Blue

I have a new blogging series called “All About Me” that I will be sharing on the Gossamer Blue, it will feature monthly blog post encouraging you to tell your story in a Project Life format. I will be sharing tips, prompts and motivational ideas to get you started and inspired to tell your story. I hope you will stop by the GB blog to see my first installment of this fun new blogging series!

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Gossamer Blue – May Kit

When I receive my kits from GB I’m always excited to start planning my projects. I definitely know that I’ll create a couple of PL spreads but the rest of my projects are a mix of TNs, the odd layout or more PL spreads. It really depends on my creative assignments for the month and if I’m behind in my family/ personal PL. Of course the kits provide endless amount of inspiration and possibilities.

This month I created a couple of TN spreads which I’m sharing today. As I mentioned in a previous post TN spreads are my version of a layout. First of all I love how compact they are, I can fill one notebook with a dozen spreads and not have to deal with cumbersome albums. I also love the idea that the notebooks are like mini story books, I have been creating a notebook for each of my daughters and these will be for them to keep. I can’t think of nothing better than a notebook full of stories, what a keepsake for them to have, and again no bulky albums to deal with!!! So I’m a big fan of the TN trend and I’m delighted that GB has been the first in the industry to come out with a TN kit!!! The kit is so awesome that it deserves a post on its own. Stay tuned for that post to come shortly to my blog!

The source of inspiration for the first spread is the little houses available in the main scrapbook kit, they are adorable and so very perfect for documenting my daughter’s love of playing teacher. I’ve combined various elements from the main scrapbook kit with new GB stamps. Love the new alpha stamp offered as a special promotion, I’m a sucker for a nice clean font!!

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The second spread truly makes me happy. First of all those pictures, my sweet baby girl with a top knot and then the color palette, I’m a sucker for black and white. I also used stamps from the May kits to compliment the pictures and embellishment. Both of these spreads were completed in less than an hour, quick, simple and pretty, couldn’t be better!

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True Story

Every once in a while I will have the urge to create a layout, for the past 10 years or so creating layouts was my creative outlet. But ever since the introduction of Project Life in the crafting industry my creative focused changed to creating weekly spreads, this is where I find my creative happiness. But I do get the urge once in a while, especially when I’ve been creating a lot of PL spreads, to do a layout.

This is the result of one of those urges! Love the random bits and pieces used on this page.  I keep on my desk a small jar of random bits and pieces of products, basically leftovers from other projects. When the jar is full I create a layout, it’s always a fun random mess of products.

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