Wednesday, July 22, 2015

How to Design the Perfect Scrapbook Layout

Don't you just hate it when you go to the mall and it's so crowded you can't find a parking space?  And there are just too many people crowding you in and the stores have their clothes racks just too close together?

Basic human instinct of survival are just kicking in.  You were hot wired to want to have a place of visual advantage to easily see the path ahead, lots of room to "graze" to your hearts content. and a safe exit strategy.  We just want excitement and something that touches our emotions, but not visual overload or anything too boring.

Well, there are easy design principles you can use to create a scrapbook page that keeps those same basic anxieties at bay, and allow the "star of the show",  your picture to take center stage!  Now, you know there is no such thing as a "perfect" scrapbook layout.  Styles change, moods change, but these simple principles can help you create captivating and timeless layouts.

 Rule of Thirds                                                 
"Memories Captured" VIDEO TUTORIALA very basic rule from the photography world.  Imagine dividing your layout into 9 equal parts just by drawing four lines.  Just like a tic tac toe board.  One of the  four spots where those lines intersect are where your pictures dominant feature should be placed for greatest impact.  One of the best designers at capitalizing on this technique is Gabrielle Polloco.  If you are interested in seeing more of her works, be sure to check out her blog at

 White Space                                                   

Okay, white space isn't really always white.  It is just a clean space for the eye to rest, and the brain to process what it is taking in.  Too little white space, or too much visual clutter and the brain gets agitated and wants to turn away. Today's trend in advertising is lots and lots of white space and make the logo or message clear and  dominant.  The same is true in scrapbooking trends.  See how both ads are selling cleaner.  But one really stands out because of the effective use of white space.  Nope I don't recommend one cleaner over the other, just the use of white space.

A line is the simplest way to have the viewer follow your lead.  A line can be curved or head off in any direction.  But your visual line  should be easy enough for the eye to follow and end in the pot of gold...your picture or message you wanted to show off.    Notice how this gorgeous layout by Ingvild Bolme  from Prima's website use two lines to frame the darling picture.  

Remember the yellow brick road? Yep lots of twists and turns, but they kept to it because it was easy to identify as the way to go and they trusted the payoff at the end would be worth the trip.

It's easy....just try to use any visual image at least 3 times to create a pattern to set a theme.  More than 3? Just keep them odd numbers, it's easier on the brain and will keep it interested.  Many practicers of Fung Sui design principles believe odd numbers of elements create movement.  I love how this BoBunny layout repeats the shades of green and the stamped images.  Really balances the layout!  

This is another great layout from Gabrielle at  It's not only perfect to highlight the effectiveness of repetition, but the richness that adding texture can bring to your scrapbooking story.

Remember the yellow brick road we talked about above?  Well it was filled with excitement, things that made the journey anything but boring.  Well that's where texture comes in on a scrapbook layout. Texture can be created with mixing in metals, fabrics, stenciling with modeling paste, embossing, paints, using pop dots to create raised effects...just have fun and add texture!  It will keep your eye interested in continuing the journey and yet give it some "roses to stop and smell" or fill you with a excitement that will make the trip memorable.


Can't help's science...colors produce feelings and emotions in the viewer.  So use it to it's best advantage by playing with and easy to use color palette builder.  Good old fashioned color wheels are still great for helping inspire you with color mixes. But if you want something a little more new age...try some online color palette generators.  Just like with pattern, it is often more pleasing to use one dominant color, then at least two supporting, one secondary and one accent.  

Two of my favorites color palette sites are 
  • Adobe's Kuler Color Wheel  (even lets you upload an image or picture to suggest palette!)
  • Design Seed  Doesn't let you upload a pic to "match" but man oh man are her images inspiring and very often pull me off the couch and fling me to the craft table just by their pow factor!
Interested in learning a little more about color theory? See my post: 

So when it comes to creating a scrapbook layout that really pops, just remember to follow your own natural instincts.  After all you ARE an artist.  We are all wired that way!

Have fun and be fearless!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Free and Easy Tutorial for Designing Titles with Photoshop and Cricut Explore

Here's an easy "how to"  video I made to show how I use Adobe's easy Photoshop Elements and my Cricut Explore and the font bundle from the Hungry Jpeg to make fast, fun and one of a kind titles for your scrapbook layouts or cards.  Thought you might enjoy. 

Please be sure to share with all your scrapping and crafty buddies!  Can't wait to see what ya'll design! 

Have fun creating!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Freebie Fun and Easy Printables with Summer Font Bundle

The Hungry Jpeg is a super fun website I was introduced to recently.  Now I am usually not one to pay for fonts.  I mean with all the great websites around with 1000's of free fonts just waiting to be downloaded.  BUT, I was on the hunt for some fatter  fonts, ones that I could play with for great looking scrapbook layout titles and this special buy from thehungryjpeg really tickled my fancy. 

This huge Summer Bundle came with 
  • 28 fonts and 
  • 19 graphics packages.  
  • Can be used for personal AND commercial projects. Great for DIY Etsy / craft fair projects!  
The fonts were great by themselves, but the graphics are up to the minute watercolor flowers and icons and backgrounds, even have bunting and pennants! So how could I resist? And you may want to share this post with everyone you know who loves fonts and freebies!  ( buttons at bottom of post to make it easy peasey)  

Okay, enough trying to justify spending $29 on this digital download, but I wanted to make and cut some fun and easy titles with my Cricut Explore.  

But before I started making titles, I wanted to play with the graphics and fonts and made myself some very cool inspirational 12 x 12 inch wall art for my craft room.  ( I printed on my HP wide format printer, but you can resize to suit your needs)  So I wanted to share the FREEBIE printables.    It really really is super easy.  Hope you enjoy!

Then I played with making some artwork for children and baby rooms.  Just having about those Cricut scrapbook titles...
Coming soon!  

Let me know if there is a special scrapbook title you would like me to make when I get to playing!
Thanks and have fun creating!   
Please be sure to share this post with your facebook friends or one of the printables on Pinterest !  ( buttons at bottom of post to make it easy peasey)   

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Fun Simple and Free Color Design Website You'll Love

For anyone who loves color, and wants inspiration on choosing color palettes for your scrapbook layouts, in my opinion, there is nowhere better than Design Seeds.

It is so easy to use.  One of my favorite features is the slider bar selection box at the top of the Palette Search page.  You can choose between picking a single color of your own and finding an artistic palette to inspire you.  Perfect when you are trying to highlight a particular color from your photo or supplies. 

Another easy breezy choice is to select one of the "search by theme" choices.  For this page I picked flora and am thrilled with the garden of beautiful photos and color palettes at my fingertips.

This search option is always inspiring to me and seems to be so intuitive in selecting THE perfect choices to fit the mood or color designs that inspire me most.  Here's just a few more of my favorite pics:

mineral hues
This one was in the minerals selection.  Man oh man, if only I could just reach thru and into this screen and touch and "borrow" all these great mineral specimens...yummmmmm.  Did I ever mention how much I love rocks and gems?

color stacked
This gorgeous palette is from the "summer" search link.  I just love these vibrant colors. Now where can I find those dishes???

And last, but certainly not least...this gorgeous palette.  With playful bubbles and fun filled mix of colors.  I would have never ever ever thought of mixing these colors.  It popped up when I moved the RGB sliders to find a fun golden yellow as the starting point.  

Now I am off to pull cardstock from my overflowing stash.  Yep, this was just the inspiration I needed to get me out of this chair!  Now you, go, and have fun playing with color! 

summer spectrums

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Loads of Layouts!

Happy National Scrapbook Day 2015! 

Well I hope you are having a fun filled day of scrapping and crafting to your hearts content.

I wanted to give a big shout out to everyone and wish them a HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY 
day filled with crafting and creating to your hearts content! 

I am going to fill this post up with photos of some of the layouts I have created in the past few days and weeks.  Some just for fun and some to sell as kits.  To all my wonderful friends who bought some... a very very heartfelt thank you!  Well anywho... off we go to take a closer look at some of them.

What you may notice is I have been having too much fun playing with my Cricut Explore, embossing folders, Spellbinder dies and all the scrappy goodies I have been stashing over the years.  And I really enjoyed the variety of moods and looks I got from all the different paper lines and supplies. Joanns had a sale a couple of weeks ago, 1/2 off and then a 20% coupon on top of that so I couldn't resist loading up on paper.  Because, yep, I didn't have too much already...teeheehee.

That's where I bought this beautiful G45 paper.  It is from there calendar collection this year.  And while it is actually the August print... I couldn't resist making this layout for now.  I am so blessed that one of my sweetest scrapbook buddies is a woman named Charlene. 

Charlene has acres of sunflowers on her land that bloom each year.  But she absolutely glows with a divine light everyday.  She really really is my Sunshine scrappy friend!

 Now this paper I just couldn't resist.  Grew up in the 70's...cutoffs, bandana tops and loads of embroidered flowers and ditzy flower prints and eyelet laces.  Aaaaah, wasn't that just yesterday?  

So me and my Explore got to play and make this happy little summer layout.  

Michaels had some wonderful new Hot Buy pads and this cute tea up print paper is from one of those great deals.  I am just in love with all the glitter and foil stamping out and around this year. And this layout, while sweet with flowers, really pops with the gold foil touches.  

Made this quick, simple beach layout using scraps from Websters Pages that I have had for years and just couldn't throw out!  And a heartfelt shout out to another scrappy friend Kay, for sharing her burlap with me.  We were blessed to go to a wonderful crop, hosted by 2scrappychicks, right here in Sulphur, La.  To Wendy and her team who put the whole thing together....WOW WOWY WOW WOW... it was the best crop ever!!!!!!! Can't wait til next year!

Okay, I am gonna just post a couple more layouts.  One masculine grunge and one more my traditional vintagey style. So here goes...

Kaisercraft was the main paperline used on the layout above, but you know I couldn't post layouts without at least one little bit of Anna Griffin...lolol

So Happy National Scrapbook Day to everyone!  

Have fun and create something for fun!


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Valentine Layouts...the first for the year

Well it's cold and rainy today.  The perfect day  for crafting in your jammies!  I started off last week by pulling out my valentine papers from my stash and hoping to be inspired to use them up, to make room for new papers, of course.  And hoping to use my Explore to make some titles and cuts perfect for the holiday.  Plus I wanted to use the little FREE digital cards I downloaded from Webster's Pages.  You can use this link to download for yourself:
Printable Valentines Cards

Now, I am just head over heels in love with my new Crircut Explore so far. Now don't get me wrong, as with any great relationship there are problems.  First just getting to know each other and learning all the tips and tricks to make the most out of this latest big ticket purchase.  

I am still deciding whether I want to pay the subscribers monthly fee, or just buy images as I need them, since I already have dozens of my  own cricut cartridges uploaded into my Cricut account.  Now it's only January 11th, but so far I have only bought 4 images, at 99 cents each, so  I am still ahead of the subscription price.  But it is only the 11th of the month....lolol

Above is the latest youtube video I made to show off some very very simple layouts I did with gorgeous die cuts and titles from the Explore.   Hope you enjoy and as for me...back to the craft room to use up the rest of that valentine paper. 

hugs and have fun, 

Friday, January 2, 2015

2015 Calendar "Folios" for you purse...

Well it's officially 2015!  And I have been in a calendar making mood for quite a while.  So I've been searching youtube and Pinterest for inspiration and after too too too many hours at the computer screen, I pulled away and started making some purse size "calendar folios".  Got the idea for the "folio" style from seeing the youtube videos from Kathryn Krieger and her amazing foto folio kits videos.  That, of course, led me to watching about a hundred other videos, which took me from mid December til, well now, after the ball has dropped.  

I "engineered" a purse size folio and have been making them fast and furiously.  Easy to do, a little bizarre flipping and folding later and I'm just about where I want to be on the layouts.  So now I thought I'd share with you what I have come up with....
I made the "Clock Face" calendars with my Photoshop Elements program and have them posted here if you would like to use. 

You should be able to just right click on the picture and then "save image" to wherever you would like or "print image".  They are sized to print on 8.5 x 11 inch paper.   I would appreciate any links back to my blog if you upload pictures or videos using these, thanks!  

Below are just five of the best, cutest, freshest calendars I found on far!  

I have provided a link to the Pinterest page and then you just need to click on the pictures and it should take you straight to their blogs where you can download these great calendars. 

You will certainly want to follow their blogs, too!  So inspirational and creative...

2015 Calendar FREE Printable |

Free Printable Motivational desk calendar from Elegance & Enchantment
  Elegant and Enchantment's Motivational Calendar Pinterest Link
FREE 3×4 Project Life 2015 calendar (Sunday to Saturday or Monday to Sunday – you choose!)
Scrappy Stickly Inky Mess Pinterest Link                               

Use a wood slice for a cute way to display your free printable 2015 calendar.
Clean & Scentsible Desk Calendar Pinterest Link
FREE printable 2015 mini calendar ^^ Pinterest Link