Hello, and welcome to the final day of Scraplifting week. It’s Amy again, and I’ve so enjoyed hosting!
When I started this week, I wanted to explore how scraplifting could help me scrapbook faster and develop my design skills. So I’m wrapping it up with two layouts that illustrate those two concepts.
Here’s the first one:
I loved her concept of using photos as a list, partly because I write a lot of list-style journaling. And I loved the overlapping photos. Knowing my penchant for lots of words, plus the fact that I didn’t have 14 photos to illustrate the things my son loves right now, I decided to follow her lead, and overlap squares, except they’re filled with words instead of images.
I stayed close to Celeste’s design, but the overlapping text boxes nudged me into new ideas. I also liked the combination of sans serif and script in the title and, now that I study this a little more closely, I realize I must’ve loved the visual triangle she created with turquoise, because I did something fairly similar—without even consciously thinking about it! In fact, I think I learned something about the structure of a design from every layout I scraplifted this week.
To make the text boxes overlap, you have to change a couple of settings. (This is how I did it in Word 2013, so if you have something different you might have to play around a bit.) Change the Fill option to Solid, the Fill color to white, and the Transparency to 0. Then, chose Bring to Front for some boxes and Send to Back for others. Nudge your text using spaces and tabs to leave room for the numbers. Arrange as desired.
This layout was perhaps the fastest layout I’ve ever made:
It was inspired by Marnie’s layout from this month’s gallery:
What initially drew me to it was the title on the photo mat. But as I went about scraplifting, I realized just how much I liked that chevron-esque block of pattern. I thought it would take a while, but it really came together quickly. It doesn’t hurt that every piece I used was a scrap from some recent layout or another, hooray for scrap baskets! But really what made it quick is the simpleness of the design.
This layout took me less than an hour to finish. Let me repeat: less than an hour.
For quite possibly the world’s slowest scrapbooker, that is a record indeed.
To make the diagonal blocks of pattern, I used a plain piece of printer paper as my base, and then I cut a bunch of strips, each at least 6” long but different widths. Then I just glued them down at an angle down the length of the base, making sure that the corners matched up. Then I trimmed the base into a column. I repeated that for the other block, just with the starting angle running the other way. I love the quilty feel this adds to the layout and plan on doing it again.
Lisa made this layout
based on a scraplift of this one by Laura O’Donnell:
from this post about using four photos on a layout.
I simply loved Laura´s design! It is so pleasing on the eyes with the grid the photos create and the stacked papers under them. I especially love that she used that bottom white paper for her journaling. As you can see my page is almost a total scraplift which in my book is a high form of praise!
And, to finish everything off, there’s this layout from Laura:
Inspired by this one by Sue
also in this month’s gallery.
Laura's thoughts on her process:
Sue's layout Knitting 2013 featuring the beautiful knitting projects she made last year really made me smile. I am a new knitter and was inspired by Sue's topic to make a layout about how I learned to knit. I only used 1 photo on my page because even though I've learned to knit and purl I'm still figuring out how to decipher the instructions and abbreviations used in knitting patterns so I don't have too many completed knitting projects yet. I did scraplift the washi tape under Sue's photos and instead of Sue's hand stitching around her layout I used a stitched frame on my photo.
So tell me: which layouts this week inspired you in some way? Maybe a scraplift, or maybe something smaller?