Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Kind of like a kit

I don't know if it's from working with scrapbooking kits for so long or what, but when I get a new collection of patterned paper & coordinating elements, I find it easier to treat it as a kit and select many photos that would suit it to scrapbook with it. Then once I'm finished one layout with these papers, I don't need to put them all away. Instead, I just pull out another photo and make another layout. I find this helps me to use my stash a little better, plus, it just feels more efficient.

You'll notice I did this with my Generations line by Simple Stories. I packed it up to take to my friend, Marlo's house last week (which really made it quite simple to pack to go scrapbook at someone else's house-- I fit everything in a 13x13 plastic case and away I went!), where I made the following two layouts. Then, I used it to make a mini-album, the layout I shared yesterday and one more project that I plan on sharing tomorrow.... Which now leaves me several scraps that I think I'll use to make some cards. ;)

So here are the layouts I made at Marlo's:

The first one I made was using this fabulous photo of Jonah that I took in the fall, when we were on a hike. I just love it!

I used Bazzill cardstock (kraft), Papertrey Ink cardstock (kraft, rustic cream, scarlet jewel), stamps (wonderful words, bb:newsprint) & dies (double-ended banner builder, mega mat stack #4, block alphabet). The decorative brad is Basic Grey.

Here's a close-up of my title treatment. I love that with the block alphabet dies, I can spell out "blessed"! I dislike the word "lucky" so is a better way for me to use those stamps.

And the second layout, also taken this past fall, but on a differnt day, on a different hike, in a different location.

I used Bazzill cardstock (french vanilla), Papertrey Ink cardstock (kraft, rustic cream, scarlet jewel), stamps (Think Big Favourites #11) & dies (double-ended banner builder, fillagree border).

This paper was just so pretty, I couldn't resist cutting out some of the flowers.

Thanks for looking!


Joyce said...

Thanks for sharing your speed scrapbooking secrets! Those layouts look great.

Deb said...

Thse are great layouts! Love your tips on getting more layouts done in a short amount of time. Thanks for sharing!

xoxo... t said...

Just beautiful LO's, Leigh! I love them! That border is beautiful!

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing. Beautiful pages. I am a little confused. Where did you use the BB Newsprint?

BethieJ said...

Leigh these are FABULOUS!! and GREAT photos too! Thanks for sharing!!!
Have a GREAT day!

carol (krillsister) said...

Two great layouts. I too prefer the word "blessed" to lucky because that is how I feel. the border die looks lovely. You did a great job cutting out those flowers.

Leah said...

Love your LO's, simple, linear and so pretty. I also dislike the word lucky...blessed is so true!

Carolyne said...

Love that second layout! So excited to get my own filigree border die. Also fun to see where you took the picture. We also live close to the Pembina River. We used to take our kids there every summer to go swimming.