Gossamer Blue

June Album Challenge Winners


One of the benefits of joining our club is the opportunity to earn a free album. We call this the Album Challenge. To earn a free album, members simply create 4 layouts/spreads with the Main and/or Life Pages kits and upload those layouts/spreads to either our Flickr Gallery or our Member Gallery. If a member has taken the challenge and does this for 5 consecutive months, then in their 6th month they will be shipped an album free of charge. Not only will the member have 20 fantastic layouts/spreads to enjoy in a brand new album, they will feel great about using up their kits.

We are excited to congratulate the following members who are working hard each month to earn their albums. Please help us congratulate the following wonderful members on jobs well done!


Congratulations to Anna Cate, Irene Gaona, Katherine Maynard and Debbie Standard for earning albums!  Thank you for creating with our kits and for consistently helping to inspire our community!

We are grateful to all of our members for taking on challenges, for posting in our Member gallery or our Flickr gallery and for supporting other members with your kind comments.

The July album challenge is in full swing. Members have until August 14th to post 4 layouts using the July kits.

July Sketch Challenge


Welcome to the Gossamer Blue July Sketch Challenge!

Gossamer Blue July #Sketch


This month we asked subscriber Alison Day to join us and we love what she came up with. Here’s her work and what she has to say…

Allison Day for Gossamer Blue

I used the July Scrapbook kit + the Main Add-on for July with the addition of two heart shaped paper clips from the Shaped Paper Clip Pack, some enamel dots from the June Scrapbook kit and two buttons from the September Main Add-on kit.

Just the other day we took a road trip to a spectacular waterfall where we recreated a photo we took of the girls 5 years ago. Instead of talking about the place or the trip, this layout is about how important my girls are to me. How fast they are growing up and how much I love them. I liked all the sayings on the pink paper so cut out a couple to use both as accent strips and as extra journaling. The sketch only shows one smaller photo but with a few adaptations I think my two photos work. To make them stand out against the dark back ground and busy cut pattern, I framed them with the map patterned paper. I am Canadian so I knew I’d have little use for a road map of the US! It was perfect for my photo mats though. :)


Awesome interpretation, Alison! Thanks so much for joining us. :)

Sketch creator Heather Leopard also created a project to match the sketch this month:


Heather Leopard for Gossamer Blue

Heather says: I love using a sketch because you can use them as a jumping off point for creativity, which is what I normally do, with the end result looking similar yet something I can call my own OR, using it as an exact lift, which is what I did today.  I actually created the layout first and then designed the sketch. That can be our little secret, okay?

The Places Youll Go photo by Heather Leopard Gossamer Blue
My hubby snapped this photo of my daughter riding along with him a beautiful Spring day. He just snapped the photo (without aiming since he was driving) hoping he’d get a good shot and I just love it! So when I saw the travel related goodies in the July kit, especially the map paper, I knew it’d be perfect. The whole layout was designed to around that geo tag and star in the middle. I built the rest of the layout around that one little detail and this is the end result.

Okay. It’s YOUR TURN!

Show us your take on the  July sketch by sharing it in the Gossamer Blue Sketch Challenge Gallery. We will announce a winner with the next Sketch Challenge on August 29 ! The prize will be a $10 Gift Card to Gossamer Blue.

Have FUN!


Oh- And the winner for our  June Sketch Challenge is:

Kiyomi Kumagai for Gossamer Blue

KIYOMI KUMAGAI! Way to go Kiyomi! Email stephanie(at)gossamerblue(dot)com to get your code.

Happy Tuesday everyone!



Scrapbooking with Black and White Photos


Hey y’all! Mandy Koeppen here again.

Thanks so much for letting me share a couple more guest designer projects with you this month. I loved working with the Gossamer Blue kits…it was a delight!

The kits are filled with fabulous items that inspired me to create not only current right now happenings in our life but the kits also had me digging into the files on my computer where I found this older photo of Mav and I on a date when I took him to Thomas Live.

Mandy Koeppen // via Gossamer Blue
I do tend to scrapbook a lot of black and white photos I’m still not completely sure why I’m so drawn to them but I’m guessing it’s that timeless classy look. Plus no matter what color the products you’re working with are your photos will work.

Mandy Koeppen // via Gossamer Blue

Something negative that I have noticed about my beloved black and white photos that are printed at home is sometimes the black will smudge depending on how much black surface there is and how long it takes to dry and the paper type.

I’ve found that I like the look of a black and white photo with a layer of vellum on top of it if I have a not so great B&W print. You can see an example of this on the above layout.

About my second layout…it’s no secret I love big photos and my boxers so when I came across this photo of the twins watching the kids play in the back yard I knew it was time to scrap it.

I love the exclusive GB patterned papers ! I seriously wish I had a whole stock for my stash. I broke out into a sweat just cutting this piece into an 8,5×11 but I’m so happy with the way it turned out.


Adding a few bits and pieces here and there but always keeping the focus on my photos is the goal when scrapbooking.



I hope my guest designer creations this month have inspired you! Thank you to Lori and the ladies at Gossamer Blue for having me it’s been an honor!!

xo MK