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Today – Scrapbook Layout by Michelle

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Hello! Michelle here with you today to share a new layout that I made with the super fun June Scrapbook Kit!

When I sit down to create I am the sort of person who likes to have a plan. Occasionally I will “wing” it, but more times then not I have a clear direction for each layout that I create. Free time is super valuable and having a plan helps me squeeze the most out of the time that I have.

With that being said … my “plans” can vary from being super specific to somewhat vague depending upon my creative mood. One of my favorite ways to create a plan is to come up with a recipe–a list of items or techniques that I want to use on a project- like I did for today’s layout:

When I come up with a recipe for a layout, I always start with my “Scrapbooking” board on Pinterest. As I start looking through layouts I keep my eye out for little details that draw my attention and I create a short list of them.

This is the list I came up with for my layout: die cut title, patterned paper only (no cardstock), and banners with stitching. Having these three simple “ingredients” instantly gave me the direction that I needed to start creating.

One of the really great things about creating a recipe for my projects is that while it gives me direction, I still have quite a bit of freedom in how I use them on my layout. Recipes also come in super handy when tackling bigger projects such as mini-albums because they narrow down the possibilities and make them more manageable.

Remember, we love seeing what you all create with your kits and if you happen to create a project using a recipe as a project starter, make sure and share it with us if you can on Instagram or on our Facebook Fan Page!

Sian’s Time Travelin’ Notebook

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Hello there! It’s Sian here and today I’m working in my Traveler’s Notebook. Or, maybe I should say that I’m working on one of my Traveler’s Notebooks, because one of the things that I’m enjoying most about the latest Gossamer Blue kit is that fresh notebook every month.

I have a stack of ideas for spreads I’d like to make, but they don’t all necessarily fit together. And that’s just fine: a notebook doesn’t have to be filled all at once, so if I come up with a new subject, I start a new notebook.

My May book has a “fresh distressed” feel, with deliberately rumpled edges and messy stitching; and it has become a diary. But when I opened my June kit, something in my brain said ” 70’s retro” and

As I thought about that idea for a theme, my eyes fell on a stack of my childhood photos I had printed out many years ago, when I first started scrapbooking. I knew very little, then, about editing pictures, or making more clear what had been scanned from old prints. So those pictures have been sitting in a drawer ever since: not really nice enough to use on layouts, but still far too charming to throw away. I had a lightbulb moment!

A notebook is a very freeing way to scrapbook. I’ve found working in one it has encouraged me to chop up photos, tear paper and use tiny scraps; so I knew I’d be able to cut into and use the best parts of my old pictures and that with retro style embellishments I could play up the faded ’70’s charm of the poor prints. So I made the swimsuit page and then…

I found that I had words but no pictures for my next memory: with a TN that’s more than good enough, though, so I pulled seaside pieces from this month’s Planner Kit for another spread. That quote?

I took it from a card in the kit. I have my eye on that card for another project, so I used the words here : double the usage!

For my third spread

I turned back to my old pictures. You can probably see here why I thought ’70’s, with that plant pot and the cork button and the woodgrain and that lovely bright green.

That’s me in the brown sandals . I loved that dress. I had a hard time giving it up and handing it over to my little sister when it finally got too small. But that’s another story!

Now, I wonder what will be in next month’s kit? Anything to add to my ’70’s collection? We’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime I hope that I’ve encouraged you to think about a plan for a new notebook. If you have an idea, why not post it in our FB group. I’d love to hear.

Four Tips for Cohesive 6×8 Pocket Pages

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The June Life Pages kit is so perfectly suited for documenting summery adventures and I couldn’t  wait to document our recent annual trip to a music festival. 

For my pocket page album this year, I’m mixing up sizes and either throwing them all in my big 12×12 album or putting the smaller ones in a 6×8 album. Varying which pocket page sizes I use keeps me from getting too bored with this project I love. I used to struggle with getting the right balance of product and photos since there were so few pockets in this size but I have changed up my approach a little.

First, I very rarely use full-sized photos in the pockets. I want my photos to be a prominent feature of my spread so I don’t usually print too small, but I like having a little bit of patterned/colored product behind the photo to give a little more visual interest. 

Second, when using cards without a lot of color like this journal card that looks like notebook paper, I usually try to add a few embellishments in colors already being used on the spread. The best part about using a kit to make a page is you never have to guess whether or not it’s all going to match. On this card, I used some washi tape from the scrapbook kit, and a label, a puffy sticker, and the stamped “relax” from the Life Pages kit. 

Third, take cues from your chosen cards when adding embellishing. This heart 4×6 card was just begging to be hand-stitched. I found some embroidery floss in matching colors and sat down with a podcast while stitching. It’s definitely a bit extra work, but I find it’s the extra details like that that really bring the spread together and make it something special. 

Fourth, when layering photos and embellishments on a card, I make sure to have a mix of flat and dimensional elements. I find that when everything is flat, it’s more likely to all blend together. Playing with dimensional adhesive and using things like chipboard or puffy stickers gives me the power to make certain things stand out more. 

When trying to determine which things should be more dimensional, I try to keep my visual triangle in mind. I glance at my spread as a whole and try to create the triangle using at least three points on my spread. For this purpose, my “points” are my dimensional embellishments: the puffy sticker on the relax card, the “Explore” and the pop-dotted yellow heart, and the puffy sticker “right now.” I also consider my hand-stitching to be a dimensional element as well so I’ve got four points for my “triangle” on this spread. 

I often have a tendency to over-embellish these smaller pages, especially when there’s so much good stuff to use in the kit. The very last thing that I do when finishing any page is try to look at it with a somewhat critical eye and see if there’s any editing I need to do. Typically this involves me removing a few extraneous embellishments or adding accents such as an enamel dot or stitching. 

What are you making with your Gossamer Blue kits? We’d love to see! If you’re sharing on Instagram, be sure to tag us @gossamerblue so we can have a look!