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Fast & Easy Christmas Layout with Echo Park

Christmas is over, and that means stacks of Christmas photos to scrap! Coordinated collection packs, like this Lori Whitlock one from Echo Park, are one of my favorite ways to quickly scrap seasonal photos.

[Disclaimer: I am the social media manager for Buttons Galore, the manufacturer of 28 Lilac Lane. I also am a design team member for the Layout-A-Week blog run by Jennifer Priest and received a complimentary copy of her book as part of my work there. Some links on the supply list are advertiser courtesy links or affiliate links that pay me a commission at no cost to you when a purchase is made after a click.]

Easy Christmas Layout using Echo Park papers by Nancy Nally for Scrapbook Update

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This layout is based on a pattern from the eBook Scrap Free Scrapbooking eBook by Jennifer Priest. It’s my go-to resource when I want to make a fast and easy layout. The book contains pattern sets that are not only simple to use, but also conserve paper by showing you how to cut several pieces of paper apart to create multiple layouts with no waste!

Scrap Free Scrapbooking ebook by Jennifer Priest

For the background of my layout, I followed the pattern to combine several patterned papers. (Before assembling I inked the edges in dark green so that the patterns would be better separated visually.) All of the papers were easy to coordinate because they are from the same collection pack, the gorgeous “I love Christmas” by Lori Whitlock for Echo Park Paper Co. Then I added another strip at the seam of the bottom two papers by adding a candy cane striped border sticker that added some red to the bottom of the layout.

At the top of the layout, I die cut a tag to add sticker numbers to for the year. A pop dotted sticker tag holds a little journaling, and then I dug into the 28 Lilac Lane “Holly Jolly” kit for some embellishment touches. A row of felt Christmas trees, some beads for the poinsettia centers, and a flat back pearl to finish the tag added just a bit of color and texture.

Easy Christmas Layout close up

At the bottom, another tag die cut from the Hero Arts “Kelly’s To Do List” set holds my main journaling, and another sticker calls attention to it while adding a pop of red to this area. If you look on the right side you can see that the big photo of my daughter next to the tree is matted in black. It’s an unusual choice, but it matches her dress and really highlights the photo nicely.

Easy Christmas Layout close up 2

Have you scrapbooked your Christmas pictures yet? Do you scrap your seasonal pictures right away, or wait until the next year?

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Project | Travel Album: Project Life Modern Core Kit

The Frankfurt Creativeworld travel album is moving along! This final layout of the Creativeworld 2014 show is using the Project Life Modern Core Kit, a feminine kit with lots of bold colors.

The Project Life Modern Core Kit goes to Frankfurt in this installment of my Creativeworld 2014 album.

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The Project Life Modern Core Kit is a flowery kit doesn’t exactly scream “travel”. But not everything we do when we travel is suitable for a heavy travel theme. Sometimes we need to think outside the box (or core kit?) to find something that works for a specific activity. The Modern core kit worked nicely for my photos of trends at the Creativeworld and Christmasworld shows.

Creativeworld Project Life Modern Core Kit left

The photos on the left page are very brightly colored and busy. Because of this I kept the colors and designs of the cards muted to avoid it being too busy. Shades of pale pink and peach draw from the photos without competing with them.

Project Life Modern Core Kit travel album

For my page title, I pulled out my trusty Dymo Organizer Express to create a custom piece of text to add to the card. And then I added rub-ons to the card to show the days that I was at the show.

I loved the journaling card with the black & white roses pattern but wanted to add another dimension to it. I settled on highlighting part of the design with the frame, and giving it a caption with a rub-on. This added another layer without overwhelming the softness of the card’s pattern that I loved. It also gave the eye a focal point on a very busy card.

Project Life Modern Core Kit travel album

The journaling card about Christmasworld was a relatively plain pink card with a “thoughts” caption. A gold holly rub-on added a touch of Christmas theming without seeming out of place alongside all of the pink and floral elements on the page.

Project Life Modern Core Kit travel album right

Some of my favorite elements in the Project Life Modern core kit are the bold graphic and floral elements. They need to be used sparingly however, to avoid drowning out the photos. On this layout I was able to get two of them in on the right page. Plus there was a small one of the bright flowers on the left page. It was important to spread these bright spots out to create balance in the layout.

Project Life Modern Core Kit travel album

I can’t get enough of use these small text stickers on my Project Life layouts! Several companies make them and they always seem to find their way into my layouts. They are just right for adding a little extra something to my cards, like I did here on the floral card. The white sticker really pops off of the black background!

Project Life Modern Core Kit travel album

These clear Heidi Swapp butterflies have been in my stash for several years and every so often one of them is just what I need to add a little something to a project. I like adding dimension to my Project Life, but this side of the layout was totally flat. Adding the butterfly balanced out the dimension of the frame on the left side.

Don’t forget to look beyond your “travel” supplies when creating travel projects! You may be surprised what you can create!

Check out the rest of the album so far:

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Project | Travel Album: An American in Frankfurt

While I’ve been busy sharing holiday content the last few months, I also managed to sneak in some work on some layouts for my Frankfurt travel album that I’ve been slowly working on for quite awhile from my trip to Creativeworld in 2014. Several new layouts from it will be coming to Scrapbook Update in the next week or so as a result! This first layout was my first try working with the new Project Life Modern Core Kit that I had just bought.

[Disclosure: The links in the supply list below either pay a commission to this site when a purchase is made, or are courtesy links to this site’s advertisers. Some product used below was provided to me by Ranger or Dymo, but this post was not sponsored or requested by them in any way. I just use products that I like, and then share the results with my readers.]

An American in Frankfurt by Nancy Nally - travel Project Life layout from Creativeworld 2014

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This layout was a compilation of photos of a lot of my American friends that I saw at the show – plus Dyan, so I guess I made her an honorary American for this layout. I hope she doesn’t mind!

Because this layout was of mostly product and people in the booths, the colors were less subdued than some of the more architectural photos than I took earlier in the album. So this bright Project Life Modern Core Kit seemed a good match for the layout – especially since several of the photos had a lot of pink in them.

An American in Frankfurt by Nancy Nally - Project Life travel layout of the Creativeworld 2014 show.

Did you ever notice that those small Simple Stories alphabet stickers from the collection sticker packs fit perfectly in the journaling space on the title cards in Project Life core kits? They do! I used some pink ones here from the Sunshine & Happiness collection to highlight “Frankfurt” and then used my Dymo labeler and a pen for the rest of the title.

Project Life title card - An American in Frankfurt layout

One of the great things about industry color trends is that products from different companies will work together. These flower die cuts are from the Simple Stories “Sunshine & Happiness” die cut pack, but they look perfect matched with this Project Life core kit to create a custom 3×4 card!

For the same reason, I was also able to use my Picked Raspberry Distress Ink pad to create a special 3×4 card with a stamp from Tim Holtz. The pink ink matches the Modern core kit and the die cuts beautifully!

Project Life journal cards

On the right hand page of this layout, I did something that I don’t do very often: split an image between pockets. I had more 4×6 landscape photos than I had pockets for on the two pages, and extra 3×4 pockets. The art journal photo seemed like the logical choice to split between the 3×4 pockets, turning it into more of a decorative element than just a documenting image.

An American in Frankfurt by Nancy Nally - Project Life travel layout featuring the Creativeworld 2014 show.

It’s often unavoidable when photographing demos or booths at shows that people will get into the front of photographs and block part of the shot. In this particular case, I framed the shot this way on purpose to show how Tim Holtz was attracting a crowd at his demo. But the people in front made it hard to tell what was the focal point of the photo – Tim.

Putting the phrase stickers on top of the “black space” created by the ladies’ coats helped to block them out and point the eye toward Tim in the middle of the image. Plus I used some Tim Holtz stickers to do it with!

Word stickers on photos for a Project Life album

There’s one more of my album pages for the actual show itself to share, and then it’s on to the pictures from the Heidelberg day trip that I took!

Check out the rest of the album so far:

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Pantone Color of the Year 2017: Greenery!

The Pantone Color of the Year 2017 has been announced! For 2017, unlike this year, Pantone has stuck to just one color for the year, giving us the nature-infused green shade appropriately called “Greenery”.

[Some links in this article are advertiser courtesy links or affiliate links that pay a commission to this site when a purchase is made after a visitor clicks. I am the social media manager for Buttons Galore, who is not a sponsor of this article.]

Pantone Color of the Year 2017 Greenery

Described by Pantone as “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew” and “nature’s neutral”, the tone has appeared in recent fashion collections by names like Michael Kors and Cynthia Rowley.

“While Serenity and Rose Quartz, the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016, expressed the need for harmony in a chaotic world,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for amid a complex social and political landscape. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate, revitalize and unite, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

It’s only been a few years since a different green shade was the color of the year. Emerald, a jewel tone of green, was the Color of the Year for 2013. Marsala, the 2015 Color of the Year, ended a long run of dark and jewel tones. The Serenity and Rose Quartz colors chosen for 2016 moved away from that trend into very pale tones. Now it seems Pantone is ready to declare brighter and warmer colors the dominant trend, with the selection of the yellow-green Greenery as Pantone Color of the Year 2017.

To use the new Greenery color #15-0343 in Pantone’s Fashion & Home palette for TCX (cotton fabric), the color codes are:

  • RGB: 136 176 75
  • CMYK: 51 9 88 0
  • HTML: 88B04B

For use in graphic design applications like Photoshop, the closest match is PANTONE 376 C.

  • RGB: 132 189 0
  • CMYK: 54 0 100 0
  • HTML: 84BD00

Greenery scrapbooking products

There will almost certainly be a flood of products next month at the Creativation and Creativeworld trade shows that show off the new Pantone Color of the Year 2017. But in the meantime, you might already have products in your craft stash that are similar in tone to Greenery’s yellow-green shade.

Here’s some suggestions:

Doodlebug Design actually has an entire color palette called Limeade made up of several shades of yellow-green. The darker tone in this palette appears pretty close to the Pantone Greenery color.

What do you think of the Pantone Color of the Year 2017? Do you love it? Do you hate it? Do you plan to use it? What for? Tell us in the comments!

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What to Buy a Scrapbooker for Christmas

So, someone you love is scrapbooker. And now it’s the holidays and time to buy them a present. But, well, you have no idea what to get them because you don’t know a glue gun from an adhesive dispenser. Never fear…the Scrapbook Update Holiday Gift Guide is here to help you find the perfect gift. Here’s your guide to what to buy a scrapbooker for Christmas!

[Disclaimer: My company, Nally Studios LLC, manages social media for Buttons Galore. Links in the sources list are affiliate links that pay a commission to this site or are provided as an advertiser courtesy.]

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter

Great for: Project Life fans, 12×12 layout scrappers
Retail Price: $169.99-$199.99
Sources: Amazon, Scrapbook.com, acherryontop.com mint-typecast-typewriter

Let’s start right off with what is arguably the hottest scrapbooking toy of the holiday season….the We R Memory Keepers Typecast. Typewriters have been very trendy in scrapbooking the past few years, and scrapbookers have been scouring thrift stores for used ones to use to type text elements on their projects. The machine is available in three colors – mint, white, and black – and a variety of accessories such as colored ribbons and paper items to type on are available as well. (A special pink edition machine is available at Michaels Stores.)

Sakura Koi Watercolor Field Sketch Set

Great for: Stampers, Adult Coloring fans
Retail Price: $20-$29.99
Sources: Amazon, acherryontop.com

Sakura Koi Watercolors

This high quality set of watercolors is my personal go to set for almost all of my watercoloring needs. The best part is that it is portable and even includes a collapsible water brush so it is easy to take on the go with you everything that you need for adult coloring while waiting for the kids, traveling, or crafting with friends.

MISTI Stamp Tool

Great for: Stampers
Retail Price: $60-$69
Sources: Amazon, Scrapbook.com, Gina K Designs

MISTI stamping tool

This tool has taken the stamping world by storm this year! It is a lifesaver for fixing incomplete stamp impressions, and makes creating duplicates of a project (such as a party invitation) fast and easy. Simple to use – you don’t know how much you need it until you try it!

Tim Holtz for Tonic Studios 5″ Mini Snip Scissors

Great for: all papercrafters
Retail Price: $12
Sources: Scrapbook.com, acherryontop.com

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Detail cutting is an important task for most papercrafters. These brand new just-hitting-store-shelves detail scissors from Tim Holtz’s line of Tonic Studios tools are a smaller version of the 7″ scissors that I use regularly. Their non-stick, serrated blade will cut a variety of materials, and will clean up easily after coming in contact with adhesives or paints.

28 Lilac Lane Embellishments

Great for: all papercrafters
Retail Price: $3-$9
Sources: Scrapbook.com, acherryontop.com, Buttons Galore

28-lilac-lane-fall-2016-new-embellishment-bottles

Even if I wasn’t their social media manager, I would be totally in love with the 28 Lilac Lane line of embellishments from Buttons Galore. Created by designer May Flaum, the collection consists of kits, bottles, and tins that contain assortments of buttons, sequins, beads, and other embellishments in beautifully coordinated color palettes. These are perfect for a wide range of projects from scrapbooking to cardmaking to mixed media, and I just can’t stop using them! The fun packaging is the perfect size for stocking stuffers, or use several to fill a gift bag!

So there you have it…the Scrapbook Update guide to what to buy a scrapbooker for Christmas. Happy shopping, happy holidays and happy scrapping!

What to get a scrapbooker for Christmas | by Nancy Nally for Scrapbook Update

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Falling Leaves for a Thanksgiving Dinner Layout

The holidays always bring with them a healthy dose of nostalgia. So for today’s Thanksgiving dinner layout, I decided to scrap some pictures that were long overdue to be put in albums – 25 years overdue, in fact!

[Disclosure: Some product used in today’s layout was provided by Photo Play Paper at my request for this project. Links in the supply list are courtesy links to advertisers or affiliate links that earn the site a small commission when a purchase is made after a reader clicks.]
Thanksgiving Dinner layout by Nancy Nally

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This Thanksgiving dinner layout is built on a color blocked background that I created from two patterned papers from the fall collection by Photo Play Paper called “Falling Leaves”.

I inked the edges of the leaf paper with fluid chalk ink to make it stand out from the yellow background more. The next layer was to create a block from the photos, which are arranged in something resembling a pinwheel arrangement. These photos are old enough that they aren’t the 4″ x 6″ size that is standard today, but the smaller 3.5″ x 5″ size. That makes it possible to get four photos on the layout with plenty of room for embellishing still.

Thanksgiving Dinner layout title

The final design layer was to create a visual triangle of embellishments. One embellishment is the title, one is journaling, and one is the date.

For the title, I started by using foam dot adhesive to adhere a turkey sticker. The foam adhesive provides some dimension and helps the turkey stand out from the background. The title heading was created with two different alphabets from the “Falling Leaves” collection sticker sheet. (Numbers from a third alphabet were used for the date in the upper right corner of the layout.)

Turkey Dinner layout journaling

For my journaling, I cut a tag with a Sizzix die and wrote on it. Using the dot paper was a cheat that gave me a way to keep my writing relatively straight!

The sticker border at the bottom of the tag covers something – a mistake. I cut the tag, thinking I wanted it to be trimmed smaller to better fit on the layout. I realized right away that was a bad idea! Border sticker to the rescue! This cute border sticker, which also matches the orange patterned paper that I used for the hole reinforcer, attached the tag back together and hid the seam between the two halves. Problem solved! Although it started out as a rescue from a mistake, I actually ended up really liking the addition of the border sticker.

Tag deconstructed

Even though this was quite a few years before I began scrapbooking, I was already very much a memory documenter with my camera. These aren’t the only photos I took that day. I put the rest of them on a second layout made with this same collection. To see my other Thanksgiving dinner layout, visit my article on our other site Craft Critique.

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