Gossamer Blue

Memory Planning Monthly

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Hello friends! Brenda here with you to share a quick peek into my memory planner and what I do with my month-at-a-glance.

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The March kits are so unbelievably amazing that I had to use them all on this spread. I stuck mostly with papers and elements from the planner kit because they really do work so well in a planner. This year, I decided to switch over to a big Happy Planner (8.5” x 11”) for my main memory planning and it has so much space. It feels so luxurious!

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I started by trimming down some paper from the planner kit. The boxes on the monthly spread in the big HP are a little over 1.75” square so I trimmed my papers to 1.75” and I quite like the tiny sliver of white space still visible behind the paper. 

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I first placed the patterned paper squares all around the spread until I found an arrangement that was pleasing to my eye. Because I suffer from a severe case of scrapbooking choice paralysis, whenever I like something, I try to glue it down immediately. If I don’t, I’ll move it around 20 more times before deciding the original spot was best. 

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I began creating this spread in the middle of the month so I printed up several photos at once to go in the spaces. For the photos that fell on days without a patterned paper square, I simply printed those photos at 1.75” square and glued them down. For the photos that would go on top of the patterned paper, I printed them at 1.5” square so I still got the peek of color. 

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I continued to print out photos as the month went along. I did not have a photo to use every day, but I rather prefer that considering it gives me more space to decorate and embellish. That being said, I do want the primary focus of this page to be on the photos because I like how well the overall glance depicts what our month was like. So, when adding embellishments to this page, I kept them simple and understated but still fun and colorful. 

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I get so happy looking at this glimpse of our lives right now. How are you using your month-at-a-glance in your planner? Be sure to tag us on Instagram (@gossamerblue) so that we can keep up with the March kits in your planners (and everywhere else)!

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Going Bold with Your Background

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I don’t know about you, but when I open up a kit for the first time I always look lovingly at the beautiful pieces of solid colored cardstock in the kits……and then I set them down and reach for my own stash of white cardstock to actually create with!

I create with a white background most of the time–it’s just what I like to do, so much so, that when I do begin with something besides white cardstock, I get a little twitchy-for real! Ha ha.

We all have our things and that’s okay, HOWEVER, it’s also okay to challenge oneself and step outside the comfort zone which is exactly what I did with the beautiful piece of turquoise cardstock included in the March Scrapbook Kit!

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Making this layout was incredibly fun, but it wasn’t without its challenges. One of the qualities of a bright white background is that it tones down the other colors that you use.

That isn’t the case with a bold background color, though, and instead of throwing a lot of colors on to the page, I have to tone it down a bit. The problem with having too much color on one layout is that you run the risk of overwhelming the photo(s) which is why I always include a nice quantity of neutral colors on my project. For this layout, I turned to my trusty white cardstock and cut a background piece that I could layer on top of the cardstock. I was also careful with my choices of patterned paper and made sure to include  the black and white patterned paper along with a few strips of a light colored paper.

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The new Thickers from Shimelle’s latest collection that are included in this month’s kit also provided another option for adding more neutral colors to the layout. I went ahead and went with a white title, but the black titles  included in the package would have also worked.

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I usually reserve the colored cardstock included in the kits for making die cuts, but using it as background really jazzed up my scrapbooking and I am super happy to have added this bright and bold page to my album!

 

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March International Guest Designer- Anke Kramer

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Happy Monday, GB fans and friends!

Today we are so excited to bring our guest designer feature back. Each month we will be featuring a domestic and an international crafter who has caught our eye.

We will showcase them here so that you can be inspired by their creativity and talent!

Our first international guest designer is Anke Kramer from Germany. We first noticed Anke in our design team call and we fell in love with her bright and beautiful projects.

A bit about Anke in her own words:

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My name is Anke and I live in a small town in northern Germany together with my husband and our dog. Being creative has always been an important part of my life. Since my childhood I love painting and paper crafting .

The first time I got in touch with scrapbooking was in 2011 when I worked on an album about one of my husband’s sailing trips. I found some creative blogs and scrapbook shops and I immediately fell in love with all those pretty papers and embellishments. My favorite subjects are sailing, my dog and the little moments of our everyday life.

My favorite supplies are my sewing machine, dies, my Cameo and every kind of paint and color. I also like to add some mixed media accents to my projects using stencils and modeling paste. Besides scrapbooking I love painting, reading, playing guitar and long walks with my dog.

I’m very excited to be guest designer this month!

Find Anke here:  IG // Blog // Pinterest // Facebook

Enjoy Anke’s fabulous projects below!

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Anke- we LOVE everything you created. Thank you so very much for sharing your talent with us this month!