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5 Ideas To Help You Create A Layout Faster

Whether the kids’ activities have gone into high gear, you’re tackling that big reorganizing project, or life is just crazy in general,  there are times when we can get stretched too thin and our crafting time takes a back seat.

So how can you make the most of the creative time you do have? Give yourself a head start! Here’s my five favorite quick and easy ways to create layouts faster:

  1. Don’t recreate the wheel. Take a quick peek through your own gallery or pull one of your albums off the shelf. Find 3-5 favorite page designs and make a quick sketch of each one. The next time you sit down to scrapbook, use one of these pages for inspiration. You’ve already created the design once, so the time consuming design decisions have already been made.
  2. Start at the end. The next time you have a stack of scraps on your table from a project, grab a piece of cardstock or subtle background paper and create a Starting Point layout (a concept created by Shimelle Laine). Trim your scraps into different sized boxes or strips and arrange them to create a versatile background. Leave your Starting Point layout on your desk and the next time you want to scrapbook, you will already have a page just waiting to be finished with photos, embellishments and journaling. Continue Reading →
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Inspired By: Subway Art

Inspiration comes in all forms. You never know where you might find it. Perhaps a color combination will inspire you. Or maybe a unique layout from your favorite designer will prompt you to pull out your own photos. As a visual learner, I regularly go on the hunt for inspiration. While browsing through Pinterest recently, I came across this subway art image and it gave me an idea for a some beach photos.

Summer Subway Art

I found this summer subway art  on a blog called Alderberry Hill. I was really drawn to the colors, the mix of fonts, the grouping of words and the overall message it conveys. Continue Reading →

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Trend | Ombre

In the past year, the ombre trend has made quite a splash across fashion runways and into the home deor industry. The colorful trend can be spotted in hair color, shower curtains, nail enamel, cell phone covers and even shoes.

And perhaps the trend couldn’t be hotter than within the wedding market. From bridesmaid dresses in vibrant tones to wedding cake icing in soft shades for every tier, the ombre trend is headed full speed ahead into 2013.

But what exactly is ombre?

As Merriam-Webster defines it:

om·bré / having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark.

I recently started an ombre pin board on Pinterest and within days, I had good collection of images from painted furniture to tableware to jewelry.

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Make a Quick & Easy Page, then Step It Up!

I recently challenged myself to complete a layout in 20 minutes — just to see if I could. When life gets busy and there is precious little down time, the only way I can fit in my paper crafting is to finish it quickly. And since I’m not the fastest scapbooker in the world, this was truly a challenge for me.

Today, I am sharing my 20-minute page and a few bonus details I added later that helped me step up the design.

Step-by-Step

I knew I was going to use the Echo Park Eclectic collection for this layout. I looked for a subtle print to use in the background, but couldn’t find anything that worked from this collection. Keeping my 20 minute goal in mind, instead of looking through my collection of pattern paper, I grabbed a sheet of kraft cardstock and misted the background with white Mister Huey. The mist gave me the subtle texture I was looking for.

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Layout | ‘Tis The Season

I have started documenting my holiday season via Instagram this year. I was late to the Instagram party, but like many other scrapbookers and paper crafters have found, the medium has quickly grown on me. It’s a fast and easy way to share snapshots of your life with family and friends.

In my layout today, I wanted to capture my early December holiday traditions – shopping, baking and deocorating – and paired my Instagram photos with Polaroid frames. The frame gave me room to add short descriptions to each photo and in doing so, there wasn’t a need for additional journaling on my layout.

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