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Alpha Letter Background

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Hello!! Melanie here today, so glad you took a moment to visit the Gossamer Blue blog! Today I’m sharing a fun tutorial on using alpha letters to create a bold statement on a layout. I will be using the Pink Paislee Yuletide letters available in the November themed add on kits. I love white on white contrast and these letters have a very subtly shimmer which was ideal for this project.

Instead of adding journaling I used the large letters to convey the feelings I wanted to document. I used random words that captured the theme of this picture. Another idea would be use the letters of the alphabet to document a child learning to read and a mix of the alphabet to document a toddler learning to talk. The possibilities with this journaling technique are endless.


I determined the words I wanted to use and lined them up in a cohesive design. I added very little adhesive, just enough to keep the letters in place when stitching them on my background cardstock.


I created small clusters along the stitched lines, this is a fun way to add details to your layout.


In order not to hide too much of the background I used a very small picture and added a small amount of embellishments, just enough to create some layers.

I hope you are inspired to pull your letters and to create fun an interesting backgrounds. Happy crafting!



6×8 Album

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As long as I have been scrapbooking, I have been a traditional layout girl. I certainly admired other’s PL spreads and mini-albums but I, always stayed well within my comfort zone. Something changed for me though last year and I felt compelled to branch out and shake things up a little bit. One new “routine” project that I have added to my scrappy lineup is doing multi-page spreads in a 6×8 album using a mixture of of page types. Today I am going to show you how I do this using the November Kits.

One of the reasons I started doing this type of project is that I wanted to be able to contain the pictures from one event or occasion into its own little section or chapter of the album. To make this happen I follow a few “rules”: I keep my products consistent throughout the project; I use a variety of page sizes with some being small, so that you can see behind the current page; and I always include some transparent pockets-again this lets you look at what’s coming next.


I started out by first doing a 6×8 traditional layout. This acts as a sort of a “title page” and introduces you to the subject. The products that I use on this layout will also set the tone for the rest of the pages in regards to color, embellishments, etc.


One of my favorite techniques right now is to cut down a twelve square pocket page to our and fill them with fun embellishments and the cute little 2×2 square cards included in the Life Pages Kits. Here is a close look at what I did for this project:



Next, I fill a full size pocket page with cards and photos, opting for simple embellishing while making sure to the keep the color scheme and products consistent with the first two pages.



One new-to-me technique is to include elements that are outside of the pocket. The 4×4 cards from the LP Kit really comes in handy for this. I simply punch holes and pop it into the album. This makes for a fun, interactive element.


Finally, I am at my last page. Again I am using a full size page here to give an “ending” to this section in the album. I opted for only one photo and 4×6 card. I chose not to embellish either since there was so much color going on in both-the skies were such a brilliant blue that day!


After all is said and done, I am still a traditional layout girl at heart, but these types of projects sure add some excitement and freshness to my scrapping!

Wishing you a great day!


Non-Traditional Fall Layout


Just because a layout is about a fall event doesn’t mean you have to use traditional fall themed papers and embellishments. I loved the brightly colored elements that came in the November kits. As I was perusing my photos, I decided to scrap this one of my sister in law, son and me at our favorite apple orchard. We visit it each year and it’s my favorite autumn tradition.


I decided to make my page reflect the celebratory nature of our visit. To do this, I chose pinks, reds, blues and yellow as my colors and picked out fun embellishments. I love the way they pick up the colors from the photo.

One of my favorite items from the kit was the floral Amy Tangerine die cut. I tucked it under a couple of the Life’s Pages cards to break up the straight lines from the grid design. I love how it worked here.


Another one of my favorite elements is the ‘memory’ stamp from the Life Pages kit. I incorporated it into the title. Finally, I used a few of the puffy leaf stickers to add a bit of ‘fall flair’ to the page.

Although the elements individually don’t seem like they would be a good fit for an autumn page, together they really do work. Give it a try!