There are two main issues that memory keepers seem to juggle often: time to scrapbook and making good use of their supplies. Today’s lab exercise addresses both issues. We’re going to make a scrapbook layout in less than an hour. To keep the creative process under and hour you need to keep in mind that making solid, quick decisions will make sure you work more effectively. Settle on a kit and stick with it. This is where you will be making good use of your supplies. Choose the required number of papers from the kit and select a few embellishments. Be confident in your choice. Every time you waffle, it adds to the time it takes to complete the page. Remember, our goal is not to hoard our stash but to use it on layouts.If you are working with a kit, everything will go together.
Having a design in mind also is a time saver. We’ll be working with a sketch today to guide our product placement choices. The sketch removes parts of the decision making process for us by showing how our supplies can be used effectively in the layout design.
To create this layout, you will need the following supplies:
5-7 pieces of patterned paper
Letters for a title or word art
1 3×4 pocket card
1 4 x 6 vertical photo or 2 3 x 4 inch horizontal photos
The layout I am sharing today is a hybrid page, but it’s easy to create it as a paper layout. To make the paper version, simply ignore the instructions to print the paper and skip to cutting the patterned paper down to the recommended sizes.
Step One: Choose one piece of patterned paper. Print 2 pieces of it at 8.5 x 11 inches in size. Leave one sheet full size and cut the second sheet into a 3 x 11 inch strip. Place as shown above. Optional: Machine stitch around the edges of the patterned paper.
Note: Don’t discard the cut away portion of the second sheet of paper. Flip it over and use the back as a white matte for your photos. After adhering your photos, trim off any unwanted excess.
Step Two: Print a sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper. Cut it down to 8 x 8.5 inches and place as shown. Optional: Machine stitch around the edges of the patterned paper.
Step Three: Place the photo and the journaling card. Add your title.
Step Four: Add your embellishments and the journaling. Your page is now complete.
Stay Weird by Christy Strickler |Supplies Cardstock: Bazzill; Digital Kit: Stay Weird by Traci Reed Designs;Ink: IZink; Enamel Dots: My Mind’s Eye; Other: Glossy Accents
Keeping your supplies in kits can shave a lot of time from the decision making process. If you don’t buy kits or paper collections, consider making a few kits from your stash of supplies. Once you have the kit in mind, you can select a sketch and quickly work through it to create layouts in less than an hour.
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