Cruise Donations Encouraged

Hello everyone! After three years of sharing freely, I’m finally going to ask for something. My ScrapbookingClasses yahoo group of about 1000 members will have their very first group outing next month. It is a cruise at the end of April and I’m accepting donations.

All donations will be listed with links back to the vendors/stores. Everything is welcome.

Please  note that this vendor list will go to my group, which is normally has a zero tolerance for solicitation so no advertising has ever been allowed to this group. This will be a very unique and noticed list. The list will also appear on this blog, the group co-owners blog, my website/facebook/myspace and twitter! Now that’s some advertising! Plus, I’ll share it with my other groups.

I am not limiting the donations to scrapbooking items as these gals are also women AND shoppers! This is your chance to share your unique items with us. If you would like to donate/advertise with this group please contact me.

Thank you!!

Tammey Brown (Co-Owner of ScrapbookingClasses)

What to do with busy pattern paper

Tonight’s layout focused on using color and patterns. I’ve noticed several people posting to the group that patterns and mixing colors intimidate them. Here is the final product, without a title yet. I took the approach of
1. Find a pattern – for this layout, I used a busy teal pattern cardstock
2. Find a complimentary solid color – I used a rich, textured brown
3. Contrast or complement step # 2 – I used a soft, feminine pink (pink looks great with brown and teal!)
4. Add a pattern paper that pulls your colors together – I used a brown pattern paper with blue/teal, pink and beige flowers.
5. Embellish using colors on your layout

2 – 12 x 12 teal pattern cardstock
Border – tear strips from paper and then layer as shown:
1 torn 4″ strip from brown
1 torn 3″ strip from pink
1 torn 2″ strip from brown/blue/pink pattern paper

Photo matte
1 – 5×7 pink pattern paper
1 – 6.75 x 4.75 teal or blue solid
1 – 6.5 x 4.5 solid (I used black but you can use any dark color that works with your layout)

The background goes down, then the border to the side. Add your photo matte and photo, then place a photo at the bottom of your layout. The other page would use the same border pattern and place your photos where you want. Be sure to add a title and journaling. On my right side page, I will add the journaling. I will probably use teal patterned and/or pink ones for the title on the left page.

To view this layout, I placed a short video on YouTube, just click here ScrapWithMe