Gossamer Blue

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!

How Do You Plan for the Week?

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Hello everyone!!  Kymona here from Kreative Kymona here to ask you how do you plan for the week? 

Do you use a paper planner or do you prefer to use your phone?  Do you decorate your planner or do you just write down what you need to do?

Either way we all need to plan in order to stay current with all of the task we have these days.

Today I’m going to show you how I plan for the week using this month’s Planner Kit. 

Take a look at my spread:

My planner is blank so its a open canvas for me to create the way that I want to.  I love creating colorful pages.  It makes me want to open up my planner everyday.  The planner kit this month is amazing. All of the pieces coordinate so well.

I used the number stickers to add the dates to my blank planner.   Once those numbers are down, I work date by date so that I don’t miss anything.  I write in the days work then I add the embellishments.

The stickers allow my pages to pop! They make the pages fun. They make you want to read and check off things that were actually completed.  

I try my best to not make mistakes in my planner since I use a pen from time to time but there are times when I do make mistakes.  I fix it the best way I can and keep going.  That’s what makes it a really planner to me.  Its not meant to be perfect!!

So how do you plan for the week?  Please let me know below what you think.

I hope I’ve inspired you to create colorful planner spreads. 

Thank for stopping by!

June Domestic Guest Designer- Jody Ferlaak

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Please meet our first Domestic June guest designer (out of four!) Jody Ferlaak. We sent Jody the June Scrapbook Kit to use.

We fell in love with Jody when she applied for our design team. I (Stephanie) have loved and admired Jody for many years and I couldn’t be happier to see her creating again. I had planned to have Jody share a post with another designer but when I saw how above and beyond she went with her creations…I knew I had to spotlight her in her own post. Thank you so much, Jody- you rock!!

Hello, I am Jody Ferlaak and I currently live in west Michigan with my husband and six kids. I am a good-kind of busy all the time, as you might imagine! In 2006, before I had ever started scrapbooking, I submitted 20 layouts and won a top ten spot in Creating Keepsake’s Scrapbooker of the Year contest. Scrapbooking has been a part of my life ever since. I have been on design teams at various times over the years and currently do product photography for Maya Road. 

I enjoy mixing lots of products, colors and textures on my pages, cards and minibooks. I love that creating helps me savor memories too! It is a great thing to be able to combine crafting, friendships, great products and inspiration all in one!

It was a privilege for me to scrap several layouts using the Gossamer Blue June Kit. I kept some simple, but loved how the products made the pages come together easily and with lots of impact! The colors and embellishments were so fun for a variety of themes and I can’t wait to put the cool stamp to use. I have grand plans for a minibook and will be sure to post it online once it’s complete!

I have been inspired by the Gossamer Blue creative community and designers! So glad I could give back as guest designer this month! Happy Summer scrapping everyone!

Find her here: blog//IG

 

Jody’s projects in her own words:

This is the first of four layouts that I scrapped using the June Gossamer Blue kit. I was inspired by the palm leaves I see in home decor and design lately, so I pulled a photo up online, grabbed the green cardstock in the kit and just hand-cut a leaf. Since I’ve had a bit of a break from full-time scrapping for companies, I had so much fun just keeping all my pages simple, and this kit made that so easy and fun too!

 

I basically stuck to: the kit contents, scissors, double-sided tape, stapler and a tiny bit of machine stitching. The results turned out simple pages all done in just under two hours. I even swapped laundry from wash to dryer in that time and sipped coffee as well, so it made me feel like I’d had a very productive morning! 🙂

I ended up scrapping 3 of 4 ‘boy pages’ because I had a stack of pictures from my son’s recent high school graduation party. I love how this kit could work so seamlessly as a travel kit, foodie kit, boy or girl or anything in between kit!

You’ll notice the cork shapes on this page were cut and left on their plastic backing sheet. I liked the spacing of them and it worked as an element stuck down with tape- as is. The green ‘photo corners’ were also snipped from the cardstock and I was pleased to let the embellishments add small pops of colors and sentiments to this page. So this was one and done in no time!

For my second layout I randomly cut the strips of patterned paper to my liking to fit the photo strip I had of my kids enjoying lunch at a diner in Chicago. I roughed up the edges with my scissors and then stitched a bit of zig-zag in a few spots to hold the papers together on the blue cardstock with mint-colored thread. 

I love loose threads on my projects, so I had plenty for added texture and whimsy on this! The rest of the pieces were simply taped in place and I lightly bent the edges of some to add more dimension. I loved the mix of colors and patterns in this kit…they made pages like this one come together easily!

This third page was another that I kept clean and simple. I made it ‘interactive’ with a pull-out card with the journaling/photo notes on it. My boys are funny and this page is one that I know they’ll get a kick out of seeing when they are grown up. Loved that the ticket had “ticket to ride” on it…added just the right saying to this!

The pull-out card was the packaging insert from the cut-out shapes. I flipped it over and had a blank card to write on! Voila! A good reminder that a kit goes a long way when you use anything in the box!

 

This fourth page was the most organic and turned out to be my favorite, as titled too. I used the flipside of the paper I had cut from the second layout. It is roughly 8×9, but not measured nor cut straight. I love just letting pages “be” sometimes and this one has the look and came together so well because there is something freeing about just cutting, crumpling, and sticking things down on a page. At least for me! 🙂 I know some scrappers love their straight edges and paper trimmers, but when scrapping a picture of boys at the carnival holding foot-long corndogs it just seemed even more fitting to let go on this page.

I turned one side up just a bit and paper clipped a couple of tags cut from the 12×12 ticket paper. I loved the mint green, soft pinky-red and pops of yellow color combo on this page. The tissue layered behind the photo was the kit packing paper. I just folded it to a size I liked and crumpled it a bit- like the tissue paper you often get when handed food at a fair. I trimmed another square of tissue and hand cut a rough circle and made the sort of ‘flower’ with the cute rubbery-soft FAVE embellishment stapled as the center.

A few cork stickers and a sentence and date noted on this and that was it! Loved working with this kit so much as each page took on its own personality and seriously was easy to create with in no time!

Jody – thank you again! We are in love with every bit of what you created…you blew us away!