Sparks of Inspiration -All About You

Journaling is an exciting, inspirational way to share you! Below you will find a few ideas to spark imagination and creativity! There aren’t any rules to journaling, so I invite you to use this as simply inspiration to create.

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

Quick Kit Sketch

I developed this quick and easy sketch when I was participating in dozens of swaps a month. It makes it super easy to get enough pieces out of the paper to put together a full layout. You will need one piece of cardstock and one piece of pattern paper. For a more professional look, add a second color and add .25 to the cardstock dimensions. Holler if you have any questions.

Recipe Album

I made a recipe album in class a couple of weeks ago. It was a huge hit. I had several ask me for photos, so here they are 🙂 The back cover matches the front one. I will be posting the instructions to make one of these on your own later today.

Pic 1 – The front cover for the album. The rings go in the holes on the left
Pic 2 – A close up of the flower I created for the album
Pic 3 – Inside the front cover. I made a little pocket to hide the ends of the ribbon

I participated in a lot of 6×6 recipe page swaps. These little albums will be perfect to hold those recipe pages.

Happy Mothers Day!

Happy Mothers day to all moms out there and to all of their children! Moms are special every day of the year, but this is the day for them to shine. Don’t forget to let your mom know how important she is to you.

Have you scrapped a page about your mom? Whether she is here to answer the questions or not, be sure to capture as much about her as you can. Great things to include are the basics like;

  • where was she born and when
  • what are/were her favorite foods, colors, music, movies etc
  • what was her favorite book and why
  • what did she want to be when she grew up and why
  • what is her youngest/earliest memory

I’ll try to get a layout sketch posted either tomorrow night or Monday. I’ll be visiting my own mom tomorrow and my daughter, but she doesn’t know it yet lol I just adore those grandkids and miss them soooo much.

Take care, everyone!


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