I’ve been trying to start up scrapbooking classes each month… partially because I wanted to have some balance in my classes and also because I am dreadfully behind on my scrapping. So, creating layouts for a class forces me to get some extra pages done!
So, this month, I ended up turning to the Tea for Two suite from the Spring Catalog as my inspiration in creating two 12×12 pages. I designed them so they could stand alone or be a two page spread.
Layout #1: Best Things in Life
So, this page is designed with the Basic Grey pieces to be mats for 4×6 photos – that means once you drop in your pictures there will a little grey mat plus the Old Olive mat behind that.
My favorite embellishment is this layered flower above the photos:
I took one of the Tea Lace Doilies (one of the best deals in the catalog! You get 24 doilies for only $2.95) and I sponged it with a sponge dauber and Calypso Coral ink. You just have to be careful that you don’t rub too hard or you will tear part of the doily off. Thankfully, in this case, you can tuck the yucky part (like I did!) under the grey photo mat.
Then I stamped the flower image from Betsy’s Blossom and punched it out with the 1-3/4” Scallop Circle punch. For the top layer, I used one of the new Designer Build a Brads to create a cute topper.
Now, here is the trick – I snipped off the brad tines from the back of the Build a Brad! Then stick your brad into a Stampin’ Dimensional and stick it to the front of your embellishment. This raises the brad up off of the photo mat so you have room to slide your photo underneath!
I also thought it needed something in the upper corner so I used Besty’s Blossom again for the bird and leaves.
And I used this great sentiment from the Feels Good stamp set for my title. If you are wondering about the shape I used for the title block, it is actually the largest of the Labels Framelits that I hung off the corner of the page and then snipped away all of the extra.
Layout #2: Misting Fun
This is the second layout we created. I’ll try to go fast since I know this post is getting totally long. This page was my “play with all the tools on my craft table” layout.
First I started by misting the corners of my base paper. I started with Whisper White cardstock and then spruced it up by making my own So Saffron mist.
To make your own mist, add some rubbing alcohol to one of the Stampin’ Spritzers. Then add a few drops of your favorite re-inker to the mix and shake it up. I would add about 10 drops of reinker for about every 1/4 of the spritzer bottle you fill with alcohol.
Then I used my Color Spritzer and my Calypso Coral marker and spritzed over the So Saffron mist with Coral splatter. It adds just a touch of coral to the page without jumping out at you.
Finally a few more touches… I used some of the Pool Party Core’dinations cardstock (sanded down of course!) to accent my photo mat for my 5×7” photo. Then I cut out more of the images from the Betsy’s Blossom stamp set for a corner embellishment, which is also popped up on dimensionals so you can stick your photo underneath.
Finally I had to grab some of my new This and That items to finish it out. The rotary date stamp for the banner label (I wasn’t sure which picture I wanted to use so I left the date blank) plus some washi for more color at the bottom of the page!
Whew! Ok, made it through all those photos! I just love scrapbook pages though because you can use all your different papers, tools, and accents to make one big cool design.
So hopefully this gave you some new idea and I’d love to hear what you think about these pages. I love hearing what you think in comments, so if you have a minute please leave a comment and let me know what you think!
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Stamps – Betsy’s Blossom, Feels Good, This or That rotary date stamp
Paper – Whisper White, So Saffron, Old Olive, Basic Grey, Tea for Two designer paper, Pool Party core’dinations cardstock
Ink – Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Calypso Coral marker, So Saffron reinker
Accessories – Tea Lace Doilies, 2011-2013 In Color Printed brads, Stampin’ Spritzers, Color Spritzer, This and That washi tape, Designer Build a Brads, Stampin’ Dimensionals, 1 3/4” Scallop Circle punch, Big Shot, Labels Framelits, Spone Daubers, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Stampin’ Sanding System