Thursday, January 31, 2019

Grateful Layout

I am back again today with my 2nd layout using the Grateful Heart paper collection.

It probably isn't noticeable, but after I laid the title on the die-cut leaves, it really didn't stand out. Because of it's thin font, I didn't think backing it with foam tape would be the best option. So I glued it down to white cardstock and fussy cut around it to help it pop more against the leaves. I then backed this with foam tape and I'm happy with the results, though it took a lot of patience. 

I also switched the pages around to not only showcase more photos, but also their orientation. Have you ever noticed that a professionally designed layout shows the photo subject looking from left to center, or (from the right page) right to center? It's a subtle detail, but it really makes an impact on the overall feel of a layout. 

One last detail to talk about. Since I wanted to squeeze as many photos onto this layout as possible, I chose to add stamped journaling lines instead of a pocket journal card. However, if you don't want the "clutter" of stamped journaling, simply add a journal card in place of a 3x4 photo. 

Don't be afraid to change a sketch up to suit your photo needs. Make it fun, but make it yours. 

Happy crafting!


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Gratitude Layout

Good afternoon, fellow crafters.

I have been housebound since Friday. We have been getting tons of snow, wind and bitter cold temperatures. This makes for 3 snow days in 2 weeks, and stir-crazy kids. In the meantime, I've been playing with paper (stamps, thin cuts and even my cricut!).

Here is the first layout I have to share with you.

This is my favorite layout using the Grateful Heart paper collection. I've used this sketch several times and it's never disappointed me. I used a retired SOTM we had from two years ago called "Blessed Beyond Measure". It coordinated well with this paper collection and the theme of my layout. For the most part, I only create layouts for my kids' albums, or to gift to others. Now that the kids are growing into the pre-teen age, I find myself thinking about when they move out and take their albums with them. Then, I have only my memories and lots of photos. So for those extra special photos, I decided I need to be better about creating layouts for my album(s).

It looks like this kit just sold out. As of today, you can still purchase the coordinating cork shapes and complements (stickers and die-cuts). However, the paper is gone. If you like to stamp, remember that even a sentiment image can help take your artwork to the next level.

Sending you warm winter wishes, my crafty friends.


Thursday, January 24, 2019

Heart Happy

Good morning!

So, as some of you know, I run a seasonal business with my husband. Seasonal, meaning April through November. During those months, I have limited time to craft. And one of the things that gets sadly neglected is my blog. Oh, how I loved blogging, and staying connected with all of you. 

Since October, I've actually completed three scrapbook albums. Three! Two of them are school albums that I created for family members. The other one is a pocket album that I created as a "December Daily" album. I loved how that one turned out, and it allowed me to explore stamping and new ways to make pocket scrapbooking fun.

With that thought in mind, I wanted to share with you a current promotion that is available through the end of February (2019) while supplies last. It's called Heart Happy. And boy does it EVER make my HEART HAPPY!

For the pocket scrapbooking kit, please visit my website here.

I actually purchased both kits to create a pocket album, as well as the traditional layouts, cards and tags. When you go months without papercrafting, you do find time to think about what it is that makes you happy. For me, it's stamping. And BOTH of these kits include stamping!!!

If you would like to purchase any of the scrapbooking/cardmaking supplies, please visit my website here

Just a quick note to let you know that I am on Facebook with a Scrappinbliss - Close To My Heart Independent Consultant page. Come find me there.

Hope you are all well and starting off your New Year with much happiness.

Best Regards,