Flashback Friday: Scrapbooking

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I am sharing some scrapbook pages that I did a “few” years back, however they are still relevant today.  Lately I have been talking about getting back to the basics; stamps, ink and paper … and that is exactly what I’m showcasing on our pages today!

I have always felt that the photos should be the focal point of your page, and then the journaling.  Embellishments are great and they are fun, but I have seen pages that are embellished to the point were I could not “see” the photo!! What?

Let’s begin with the simplest of pages … just stamping!

This was a 6 x 6 page in my “Brag Book” … I took two complimentary colors and put them together and then just stamped my images with VersaMark™.  This makes it easy to create a background with multiple colors without multiple inks!  Super Simple … a little gold cardstock to pop my photo and a little glitter to add some pizzazz.  There is plenty of room to add some journaling, I would probably print it on vellum and then add it to my page.

My next page is also creating a background but with multiple colors …

This is a FUN page to make … get yourself an “Uninked Spectrum Pad” on page 202 of our annual catalog and ink it up with your favorite colors.  Here I have Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze and have create multi-colored Oak leaves.  The other leaves solid but using the same colors that were “stamped off” first so they appear lighter.

A simple heading “FALL” made with scraps and you are now ready to add your pictures.  If you want to add embellishments to highlight the photo, may I suggest die cutting your leaves and placing them at the corner of your photo.  Although this stamp set is no longer available … we have many beautiful coordinating stamp sets and dies that you can use.

Next up is a cute page created with sponging ….

Remember, we’re back to basics here … Stamps, Ink and Paper.  Super simple page creating a beach and water.  The Crumb Cake paper was sponged with Crumb Cake ink to create the texture of sand.  We tore the edges of our paper and then sponged them with White Craft Ink to create the illusion of waves.  Don’t put that sponge away yet … We used the same sponge with the White Craft Ink to create soft wispy clouds in our sky.

My last page uses punches to create “color blocking”…

The color “blocks” actually create a frame around my photo showcasing the picture itself while giving us space to add some fun stamping elements and a header.  On this page, I actually stamped color on color … this creates a bolder image than if you would have done them all in Versamark.

The color blocking is a playful way to add dimension to your page and the colors just say “Spring” … gotta love that. Hope it’s coming to our town soon!!

I hope you enjoyed this little parade of pages and that it inspired you to pull out your pictures and do some scrapbooking.

Thanks so much, and have a great weekend.

Throwback Thursday: Autumn Memories

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

How are you doing? We got a little peek of sunshine yesterday but there is rain in the forecast for the next 7 days! I like my fall to have warm sunny days with crisp cool nights … the sun of the leaves, so pretty!

Let’s have some fun and explore some cute scrapbook page layouts today! I’ll be sharing some memories of autumns past with some scrapbook pages I have done years ago …

With all the fancy gadgets and dies out there now days, we have a tendency to forget how simple yet pretty creating your own “designer” paper can be!  You can totally recreate this page by using the beautiful leaves in the “Rooted by Nature” stamp set.

To create the multi-colored leaves; you could either use the baby wipe technique or ink up the “UnInked Spectrum Pad” on page 202 of the annual catalog.  My suggested colors are …

Now there is a beautiful fall color line up!  You can also see that while some images are stamped in full color, some are stamped without re-inking so you get a nice light coloring … this adds dimension to your page just by stamping!

My next page is one of my all time favorite layouts … I also had a great time with my daughter and her two little girls that day.  Cassie, the little blond picking pumpkins asked me what size pumpkin she could get, and I told her “anyone” she could lift!!  I could not believe how strong she was … or should I say determined!!

There is not a lot of stamping on this page layout, just a little decorative edge and an alphabet set which you can find on pages 174 and 175 on the annual catalog.  The color blocking is a fun way to coordinate a page and really make your pictures pop off the page!

I hope you enjoyed my little stroll down memory lane and I thank you for coming along with me.  If you have any questions about scrapbook layouts or how to get started with stamping in your scrapbooks … message me.

Have a great day ~

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