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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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!!
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!
Over the past year I have observed the TN trend in the scrapbooking industry. I have to admit that at first I was hesitant to try a new memory keeping method as I was already creating layouts and PL but the smaller format did really appeal to me. Over the past year I have felt less energy to create layouts, the format has been challenging to me and also storing all those bulky albums has been challenging. This is why I have decided to give TNs a try. I really loved the idea of having multiple stories documented in a notebook format. At the beginning of the year I decided to create a TN for each of my girls, I will create a spread as an interesting story needs to be documented. This new format has been fun and refreshing. Sometimes it’s really good to mix things up.
The March digital kit by Ali Edwards was all about Spring, which after a long and cold winter was a welcomed sight! My first project is a 6×8 spread which consist of a full picture and 2×2 accents. Nothing says Spring like a lovely bouquet of tulips, they are my favorite. Of course they were also the perfect subject for this theme. I used a digital brush as the title for my spread and added my journaling directly to my picture, this is my favorite and most used technique. To compliment the large picture I selected a page protector that features 2×2 pockets, which are perfect for small pictures and embellishments. I used various accents from the digital kit, along with physical products from past kits by Ali and a couple of additional pictures. I love the mix of these various elements.
I also created a fun TN spread again with a Spring theme, my youngest daughter’s rain boots. Yeah boots my seem like a trivial thing to document but to me they represent her love of the outdoors, her joy for jumping in puddles and this story deserves to be told. For the left side of the spread I resized a 3×4 journaling card to fit the size of my TN and added journaling directly from PSE. I paired the picture with various accent cards and embellishments, of course I also added some physical products. I really enjoy working with TN, this new size is so fun and a nice change from the traditional layouts.
I was excited to get back to creating on a regular basis for a kit club and I just love that Gossamber Blue is now offering exclusive products in their kits. The February kits were amazing, the color palette was fun and vibrant, I was very inspired to create my very first TN spreads.
Love the smaller format of a TN, it’s a great alternative to traditional layouts. I have really embraced this new format and will most likely create a lot of TN spreads this year. Sometimes it’s good to mix things up!
I also created a full PL spread. The wood veneers in the GB kits are ideal for PL spreads, they are not too bulky, I used this mini circles to create a fun flip pocket.