Today's project uses the "I Hooked Daddy's Heart" kit.
Here's what it looks like if you use the instructions/picture we provide:
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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------Let me tell you a little about my scrapbooking style. I LOVE to use patterned paper! Here, there, everywhere! Typically I use it in moderation so I don't overwhelm the photos, but I really like the playfulness, color, and fun that using some pattern brings.
The only other things I added in creating my modified layout were:
- foam pop-dots for dimension
- ink for added definition
- different cardstock on background and for matting photos
- I added several different patterned papers to create borders.
- The black & white stripe is a paper from the Heidi Swapp "Hello Beautiful" Memory Planner Pad. This paper pad is great for card-making, traditional scrapbooking or even pocket scrapbooking. The pad contains 36 sheets of 6 x 8 inch paper and you receive 3 of each pattern. To create the top & bottom borders, I cut 1/2 inch strips x 8 inches. I inked and pieced them together so that it appears to be a continuous 12 inch boarder. Neat trick, right?! Keep this in mind if you have 6x6 paper pads (or other unique sizes) on-hand and want to use them on a 12x12 layout.
- Both the tan/white polka dot and multi-color stripe papers are actually made from Pocket Page cards. No way! What a great use of Project Life and other pocket scrapbooking cards. If you're like me, you have a collection of them and since most sets include 2-3 of each pattern, you've got some to spare! Both of the borders were create from 3x4 cards from the MAMBI Cards - Family edition. The tan/white polka cards (3) were cut into 1 1/2 x 4 inch pieces to create 6 blocks. I then layered 3 on the bottom of each page. For the multi-color stripe, I just trimmed strips 1/4 inch x 4 inch; I only used one card for both pages.
- Because one of my photos wasn't the same orientation and because I only had 3 pictures to include instead of 4, I modified the layout. I also used a light blue cardstock for the photo mats because the I didn't like the pink and purple next to the photos. DID YOU KNOW? We sell individual sheets of cardstock online? And it's the same high-quality textured American Crafts cardstock that we use in our kits! We also have packs available on our website. I also changed out the background from white to kraft because I preferred it to the starkness of bright white. Because my photos were darker, this background improved how the pictures looked too. Since I didn't use the purple in matting my photos, but it was still used in the title, I wanted to make a connection between the pages. I made photo corners for the un-matted photo on the right-hand page. To make simple corners like these, just punch or trim a square piece of paper. Then use a scissors or your paper trimmer to cut it on the diagonal. Pow! Instant photo corners! I made mine a tad over-sized, using a 1 1/2 inch square.
- Other layout changes I made included: putting the entire title on the left-hand page, popping up the wave border, and only including one of the fish diecuts. Of course, this means I can save that purple fish diecut for another purpose. Think of the possibilities: include on another page layout, create a fun card or tag, or just glue it together and give it to your kiddos to play with and to use in their craft projects! I love getting the square mini pop-ups because they fit most shapes and seem to be a better value.
- Finally, my personal pages aren't completed until they are inked! I think it adds a fun touch to any page. It helps define the edges of accents and photos. Plus, it hands a nice handmade touch. I especially use this technique with layouts where I incorporate a lot of patterned paper. For this project, I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink and a craft sponge cut into wedges. Want some more examples of how I use inking on pages? Check out my "I Made That" board on Pinterest. And here's a quick video showing you the easy technique I use to get my pages all inked up:
Supplies Used on the Page:
4. Black Ink
5. Craft Sponge
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I hope you've enjoy this tutorial. Please comment with any page kits you'd like to see used in a more-traditional scrapbook page fashion. We'd love to create ideas you can use! Watch for additional videos and projects coming soon. Thanks for stopping by our Blog - be sure to Follow Us by Email or check back daily so you don't miss out on our NEW posts. Happy crafting!
As a special BONUS, I'm including some additional page inspiration! I found these awesome ideas on Scrapbook.com. It's so easy to find inspiration - just shop for a product, then scroll down to see gallery images of projects using that supply. Neat-o, right?!
|Features paper from Heidi Swapp "Hello Beautiful" Paper Pad|
|Features Pocket Page cards from the MAMBI Family Pack|