Hello Scrappy Friends! This is Emilie Ahern and I am going to be your blog hostess for this week. I want to share with you some of my scrapping philosophies, money saving tips and hopefully some fun and inspiring ideas that make you want to scrap your little heart out. There are probably a few things you should know about me as we begin our week together.
(1) I am passionate about scrapping and telling a story. I do not believe the old saying "Art is subjective"...I believe if you take time to create something, tell your story and enjoy the process then the resulting art is always beautiful and perfect!
(2) I am not afraid of color and pattern. Simple scrapbooking is often associated with layers of cardstock. This gives a clean and classic design. But I am not generally a clean and classic girl. I am more bold, kooky and crazy. So if you want to add a bit of spice to your layouts...this is your week!
(3) I am a published writer, but I am not long winded. Remember that early scene in the movie "A River Runs Through It" where the dad makes his son continually edit his essay until it is shortened to a few sentences and free of fluff? I am a big believer in that. So you can expect short and sweet posts from me this week.
So, let's get started!
I thought I would start by sharing a quick and easy use for scraps....the almighty Square Punch. Many companies makes these, but I like the Marvy brand. They are available at most crafts stores and you can use your 40% off coupon to slowly build up a stash of these handy tools in different sizes. Use small squares of patterned paper to create a grid on your layout. Grids are timeless, classic and organized. This is a great chance to use many different patterns together. Don't have a square punch? No problem. You can always use a paper trimmer instead.
Hint:When I make an extremely linear design, like a grid, I always try and throw in a little curve ball. Like the chipboard embellishment here or a circle stamp to break up the straight lines.
So grab a square punch and create a grid style layout today! Make sure to post them in our Flickr gallery for all to see and be inspired! See ya tomorrow!