National Scrapbook Day is this Saturday. Can you believe it? I can’t even believe it’s May!
So we’re here to have some fun with our amazing Creative Team all week long to help you get ready for a fun day of crafting…with a sale too, of course! (Some exclusions apply.) Stamps are on sale for 20% off (already discounted, no code needed) and downloadable kits and classes are 40% off $10 or more with the code NSD18.
Sooo, about the restock on some of the stamps. The past few short months I’ve been struggling with getting my orders in a timely fashion from my manufacturer. I won’t go into detail, but I know he’s had some deeply personal issues going on in addition to an increase in clientele. I’ve been trying to be patient, but it doesn’t help much when I need them. :) I had some stamps that should have been in house for this week and it’s looking like it’s still going to be another couple weeks. I debated about making them available, but I know many of you have been asking for these and I want you to be able to take advantage of this awesome sale that only comes twice a year. So, you’ll find those labeled with PREORDER, with shipping to come mid-May. I apologize for the delay.
Now back to the fun. :)
The KBS Creative Team will be sharing their favorite tips and tricks to help inspire you with your own documenting.
Let’s start off this wonderful week with the introduction of a new stamp set called Hello Life! It’s a mix of phrases for life in general. My bestie and I have conversations about being a homebody or an adventure seeker. Any guesses as to which one I am? ;)
Well let’s see what our lovely Miss Maggie has for us today, sharing a favorite tip and using these brand new stamps.
Maggie here with a look at how I create just about every scrapbook page I make. My process really never varies much. I have a set few steps that may change a little here and there, but basically, this is how I put a page together every. single. time.
First of all, here’s my example page:
To begin each of my layouts, I start with white cardstock. Yep. White cardstock. Sound boring? Well, it may be. But I love it. And I use it as the background on almost all of my pages.
Next, I’ll find a photo (or two, or sometimes maybe three) I want to document.
Then I’ll find some patterned paper that coordinates with my photo. If I have a photo I really love but can’t find a paper I like to go with it, I’ll print my photo in black & white and just use a paper design I love. For this page, I used my patterned paper as a mat for my cardstock, but sometimes I’ll use it as a photo mat, or to cut shapes from to use as embellishments.
Next comes the stamping…or the embellishing…depending on which I’m doing more of.
For this page, I knew I wanted to use a bunch of the phrase stamps from the new Hello Life set, as well as a title using the new La Grande alphabet stamp, so I did my stamping first. I usually just eyeball my spacing, but I have been known to pull out a ruler from time to time if stamp placement is more important.
With my stamping done, I’ll add a few embellishments. I like to keep my pages really fairly simple, so a chipboard kite and some puffy stars were all I used on this page.
I would say that enamel dots, small shape puffy stickers or icon stamps appear on virtually all of my pages. I just think they really help to complete a project.
Finally, I added a bit of journaling (via typed paper strips) and my page was done!
All in all, a scrapbook page will take me anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to complete once I have a general idea of how I want it to look.
I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a look at how I complete my pages. And I hope I’ve inspired you to get some of those photos off of your phone and onto paper!
White cardstock will never be boring! never ever ever. It will forever be my favorite background too, for so many reasons. Just like in this layout, it shows off all her wonderful stamping, design, and most importantly…her photo! And speaking of stamping, when I gathered all these ‘life’ phrases for a stamp set, I couldn’t have imagined how perfect it would be to use it with a kite-flying page! Seriously. Awesome.
It is perfection, Miss Maggie!