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Weekly Challenge :: Go Overboard with Stars

weekly challenge: go overboard with stars // scrapbook page by shimelle laine

There may be no fireworks in my part of the world right now, but we can all embrace a bit of starstruck love. There is no such thing as too many stars in your stash, right? This week, I challenge you this week to go overboard with stars. Start with one, add a few more, and then let the stars just take over! Everything in your design is completely up to you, so you can take your inspiration in any direction you like! To get you started on this week’s challenge, take a look at these examples from contributing designer Leigh Ann Odynski and guest artist Sherry Coogan.

weekly challenge: go overboard with stars // scrapbook page by Leigh Ann Odynski
I had so much fun seeing how many stars I could get on the page for this week’s “Go Overboard with Stars” challenge.

weekly challenge: go overboard with stars // scrapbook page by Leigh Ann Odynski

For the first layer of stars, I used Whipped Spackle texture paste, and a Silhouette cut file to create a star stencil.

weekly challenge: go overboard with stars // scrapbook page by Leigh Ann Odynski

Then I layered several other textures in star shapes as shown. When you look through your own stash, think about vellum, patterned paper, stamps, stickers, and embellishments like the acrylic stars. In the photo above I used an X-acto knife to trim around the acrylic star, and don’t you love how it is adhesive backed like a sticker? I do!

weekly challenge: go overboard with stars // scrapbook page by Leigh Ann Odynski

Next, I wanted to create more dimension, so I used the Counting Stars cut file from the Cut Shoppe, and backed it with True Stories and Starshine papers. Make sure to leave some of the stars open to add another layer of interest.

weekly challenge: go overboard with stars // scrapbook page by Leigh Ann Odynski

Using the Minc Machine to add gold foil to the Starshine cards created more texture on the page and repeats the star shape. Going for lots of repetition here!

weekly challenge: go overboard with stars // scrapbook page by Leigh Ann Odynski

Next some stamping near the three embellishment clusters around the page in navy and aqua for another layer of stars!

weekly challenge: go overboard with stars // scrapbook page by Leigh Ann Odynski

Here you can see a close up of the title and photo layers. The Fitzgerald Thickers are a favorite font of mine. Stitching down the vellum stars with a zig zag stitch, and adding the punched cork stars, gave lots of interest to the page with a variety of textures.

weekly challenge: go overboard with stars // scrapbook page by Leigh Ann Odynski

Choosing to add the stars in different textures around the page was a lot of fun! How many different layers of this repeating shape can you get on your layout? I can’t wait to see what you all have to share, and your take on this challenge!

Have fun!
- Leigh Ann

weekly challenge: go overboard with stars // scrapbook page by Sherry Coogan

weekly challenge: go overboard with stars // scrapbook page by Sherry Coogan

Stars are one of my favorite design elements, in scrapbooking, and a July 4th layout is the perfect opportunity to use them. Shimelle’s Starshine collection was the starting point for this layout, along with a cut file from The Cut Shoppe. to make the background.

weekly challenge: go overboard with stars // scrapbook page by Sherry Coogan

I backed the die cut background with a fun mix of patterned papers and popped up the collage of photos to let the photos shine. A few acrylic stars were scattered across the layout. I used puffy letter stickers for the title. I love this layout for many reasons; especially seeing the changes in my children throughout the years.
- Sherry


You have a week to complete the challenge and share a link – but of course you’re welcome to set your own time schedule. Whatever keeps you happy and creative!

Today’s Guest Artist: Sherry Coogan loves creating, pretty paper, and paint. You can find more from Sherry on Instagram, YouTube, and her blog.

Quick Weekend Crafting for the Fourth of July

Quick Weekend Crafting for the Fourth of July by May Flaum

Hello July! And hello to contributing designer May Flaum, who has a perfect project for this weekend: use just scraps, finish it quickly, and making something simple into something special? Sounds like a winner to me – and you can go red, white, and blue if you wish, or recolour if you don’t have an excuse for fireworks coming right up! Take it away, May.

Quick Weekend Crafting for the Fourth of July by May Flaum

Use up the scraps and get your scrapbook paper to make pretty treats and favours: that’s my agenda today!

Quick Weekend Crafting for the Fourth of July by May Flaum

I noticed that some of the colors in the Starshine collection would work great for some Fourth of July treats that I’m wanting to dress up for a party. Taking scrapbook papers and dressing up simple and inexpensive treats and favors is one of my absolute favorite things to do! Today I have a video tutorial showing you exactly how I made mine.

In my video example I have used candy and chocolate, however you can use this idea in a number of ways:

  • Gift boxes
  • Around a gift bag
  • Fill a box with treats with a theme, then wrap papers around that box
  • Gather a few items then use paper to bind them together
  • Create a layered bow or topper for a scrapbook page or card

Quick Weekend Crafting for the Fourth of July  by May Flaum

Quick Weekend Crafting for the Fourth of July by May Flaum

Whether candies or a box of homemade cookies, for a gift or for fun – there are so many ways that you can dress up packages and gifts to create unique things with your homemade touch on them! What I love about this is handing someone a chocolate bar is nice, but the extra time spent dressing it up a bit lets them know I really put some energy and thought into it. A bonus? This is a great way to use up various sized scraps and bits of papers, stickers, and embellishments that I want to get used!

Quick Weekend Crafting for the Fourth of July by May Flaum

Quick Weekend Crafting for the Fourth of July by May Flaum

What weekend crafting is on your agenda? We’d love to hear from you.

Weekly Challenge :: Take Inspiration from a Colourful Border

weekly challenge: take inspiration from a colourful border // scrapbook page by Tegan Skwiat

This week’s scrapbooking challenge comes from one of my favourite guests posts in our archives: a washi technique from Tegan Skwiat. While Tegan shares steps for creating the look above, this is a challenge that allows for following directions or going off on a complete artistic tangent.

This week, I challenge you this week to take inspiration from those colourful borders. Follow the same look or just let the idea take on its own format on your own desk. To get you started on this week’s challenge, take a look at these examples from contributing designer Gina Lideros and guest artist Anna Bradshaw.

weekly challenge: take inspiration from a colourful border  // scrapbook page by Gina Lideros

I’m excited to share my challenge project with you today! I chose to take my inspiration from the supplies rather than keeping it contained to a border. This is a great way to give new life to your tapes and punches. To create my project first, I picked out an assortment of decorative tapes that coordinated well with the papers and embellishments that I wanted to use.

weekly challenge: take inspiration from a colourful border  // scrapbook page by Gina Lideros

Then I tore two pieces of decorative tape and adhered them to a scrap of white cardstock in a horizontal pattern. Next I punched out circles using a one inch circle punch. This is the fun part where you can get creative – I repeated this step and punched out different washi designs using an assortment of patterns. I also punched out an assortment of patterned papers using different sized circle punches.

weekly challenge: take inspiration from a colourful border  // scrapbook page by Gina Lideros

Once all of my shapes were punched, I adhered them to a pattern paper background. I used stamps, ink, paint, and hand embroidery around the title to complete my page.

weekly challenge: take inspiration from a colourful border  // scrapbook page by Gina Lideros

Tip – don’t limit yourself to just red, white, and blue when working with Fourth of July layouts. Fireworks are colorful so your projects can be too! Instead of working with just one collection, I chose to bring in coordinating papers and elements from three of Shimelle’s collections.

weekly challenge: take inspiration from a colourful border  // scrapbook page by Gina Lideros

I hope this challenge allows you to get creative with decorative tape and get creative with your punches too, whether you create a border, an embellishment, or an explosion of color across your page.
- Gina

weekly challenge: weekly challenge: take inspiration from a colourful border  // scrapbook page by Anna Bradshaw

After a recent washi-swap, I came home with a clear but now colorful acetate sheet of shared tape strips, and, while staring at a handful of manufacturer’s branding strips that happened to be lying near my photo, inspiration struck; I could use a few manual punches to create some custom embellishments with meaningful-to-me layers on this page documenting a recent road trip with my family.

weekly challenge: weekly challenge: take inspiration from a colourful border  // scrapbook page by Anna Bradshaw

Alternating branding strips from the Simple Stories’ I Am collection with WeR Memory Keepers aptly named Road Trip, and even a few from Shimelle’s first delightful line of papers, I also punched some sentimentally appropriate hearts in a variety of sizes from a wide gold polka dot pattern of tape and the new We Are Family washi tape strips, also from Simple Stories. A popular EK Success border punch with a thinner black and white polka dot washi pattern grounds that busy block at the bottom of my page. It’s awesome when we can use those tried and true tools and still get excited, no?

weekly challenge: weekly challenge: take inspiration from a colourful border  // scrapbook page by Anna Bradshaw

In Tegan’s example she used plain paper to back her tape before punching, and I’ll be honest, the clear acetate sheet as a punching mount did not give me a clean look – but I’m okay with that. Just like using ephemera and products with brand names that relate to my story, having a bit of the imperfect represented on this layout reminds me more of my “why” for celebrating this fun day alongside my mom and brother with a place in my scrapbook. It was our first road trip together, just the three of us, in ages, and I enjoyed it so much. The bouts of unrestrained laughter, seeing my brother trying not to enjoy making greeting cards and shopping for scrapbooking supplies, the unwanted advice-giving…yep, these are the perfectly imperfect moments that I want to remember in my family’s (many, many) albums.
- Anna


You have a week to complete the challenge and share a link – but of course you’re welcome to set your own time schedule. Whatever keeps you happy and creative!

Today’s Guest Artist: Anna Bradshaw loves where she lives, teaching, and being with her biggest source of inspiration: family. You can find more from Anna on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and her blog.

Summer scrapbooking with patterned paper

Summer scrapbooking with patterned paper // scrapbook page by Gina Lideros

Please say hello to contributing designer Gina Lideros! She’s ready to get true summer memories into her scrapbook, and has challenged herself to work just with patterned papers rather than pre made embellishments. Always a great challenge!

Every summer as soon as school is out, we head to the beach. One of my favorite things about living in California is that there are plenty of beaches to visit. A favorite beach of ours is Santa Cruz beach. They have a boardwalk with plenty of rides, attractions, tons of great food (hello garlic fries) and free concerts.

Summer scrapbooking with patterned paper // scrapbook page by Gina Lideros

The inspiration for my layout came from the colorful rides on the beach boardwalk. I also made sure to add lots of beach themed colors as well, such as aqua, turquoise, coral, sand and navy. I wanted my photo to be the main focus on my layout, so I started by printing it out in black and white. Then, I created my background out of patterned papers. One of my favorite techniques to do is creating patterned pieced backgrounds.

Summer scrapbooking with patterned paper // scrapbook page by Gina Lideros

Because the background of my page was already busy, I challenged myself to work only with patterned papers (no embellishments). Even though this seemed like a tough challenge at first. I love the result. To achieve this I got creative and fussy cut several shapes out of patterned papers from Shimelle’s various collections.

Summer scrapbooking with patterned paper // scrapbook page by Gina Lideros

The vibrant colors of the patterned papers really make the background pop and bring out the contrast in my black and white photo. I also added a bit of machine stitching and little pops of ink and paint across my page.

Summer scrapbooking with patterned paper // scrapbook page by Gina Lideros

I hope that my layout has inspired you to play with patterned papers and limit your embellishments. We’d love to hear your ideas for scrapping beach photos! Have a craft-filled and happy weekend.

Weekly Challenge :: Scrapbook with Split Complementary Colours

weekly challenge: scrapbook with split complementary colours

It’s been a while since we’ve had a specifically colourful challenge, and it’s also been a while since I’ve seen much other than a grey, grey sky. I’m ready for summer colour! I’ll take it only scrapbook pages if I can’t find outside my window. How about you?

free printable colour wheel

This colour wheel may come in quite handy this week, and you can find a larger version to print if you would like one for your desk. A colour wheel is definitely not required for scrapbooking and scrapbooking collections tend to have carefully considered colour schemes anyway, so you can choose a mix of colours from a paper or embellishment and they will certainly look beautiful together. But it can be fun to start from scratch and take control of the colour and even know a little about why we’re drawn to certain tones together, and that’s where the colour wheel comes in useful.

We’ll talk more about colour in some other posts this week too, but for now, let’s start with just the challenge! This week, I challenge you this week to scrapbook with split complementary colours. Split complementary means choosing one colour to start, then going straight across the wheel to the opposing colour and instead of that central colour, choosing the one either side. If you started with red, you’d go across the wheel and have yellow-green and blue-green. If you started with yellow, you’d pair it with blue-violet and red-violet. You can start with any colour you like, go across and choose the two either side and they will always work well together, but they are colour combinations we don’t always head toward for scrapbook pages. Everything else about your page design is completely up to you, so you can take your inspiration in any direction you like! To get you started on this week’s challenge, take a look at these examples from contributing designer Meghann Andrew and guest artist Daphne Wuenn Rihm.

weekly challenge: scrapbook with Split Complementary Colours // scrapbook page by Meghann Andrew

I always find it easy to work with a chosen color scheme when those colors are apparent in the photo- the photo and the product I’ve selected just work together seamlessly that way. As soon as I saw this photo of my mother and daughter sitting on the beach, under a brightly colored beach towel, I immediately saw the split complementary color scheme (meaning the two colors adjacent to the complement of a given color) in the blue, reddish-orange and yellow-orange stripes in the towel.

weekly challenge: scrapbook with Split Complementary Colours // scrapbook page by Meghann Andrew

Armed with my trusty color wheel, I got to work choosing product based upon those colors.

weekly challenge: scrapbook with Split Complementary Colours // scrapbook page by Meghann Andrew

Instead of working with a complementary color scheme, which allows for two colors, this color scheme offers three colors and an interesting variation from the typical blue and orange combination. All of the product on this page reinforces my color scheme, down to the golden-toned woodgrain alpha that I used in my title, and everything works to support the colors found in my photo, creating a harmonious page, documenting a great day on the beach.
- Meghann

weekly challenge: scrapbook with Split Complementary Colours // scrapbook page by Daphne Wuenn Rihm

I am a big fan of bold colours combined with great patterns – this always makes my heart beat a bit faster! No change for this layout. I chose three colours from the split complementary colour scheme as a starting point: pinkish-red, turquoise-blue and greenish-yellow.

weekly challenge: scrapbook with Split Complementary Colours // scrapbook page by Daphne Wuenn Rihm

The inspiration to pick these bold colours came from the photos, which are from a recent walk along the cliff top in the South of the UK, just about 10 minutes from where I currently live.

weekly challenge: scrapbook with Split Complementary Colours // scrapbook page by Daphne Wuenn Rihm

I started building up my layout with a geometrical-patterned background, layered the turquoise and the red on top, with the green strips behind the three polaroid-style photos. When I first put the papers together, the red seemed too overwhelming on its own, so I looked out for a stamp which I could use to create my own patterned paper. Shimelle’s globe stamp from the Starshine collection was the perfect candidate for this purpose!

The three embellishment clusters are scattered with hearts in different shapes and appearances, I even found this paper washi tape with hearts in my stash!

I also wanted to include my love for photography and added some cameras: The strip behind the photos is from True Stories and the little camera badge next to the title is from Starshine.

weekly challenge: scrapbook with Split Complementary Colours // scrapbook page by Daphne Wuenn Rihm

The journaling found its way onto the layout, just before I added some ink sprinkles and scattered tiny epoxy hearts.
- Daphne


You have a week to complete the challenge and share a link – but of course you’re welcome to set your own time schedule. Whatever keeps you happy and creative!

Today’s Guest Artist: Daphne Wuenn Rihm loves frothy cappuccinos, walking along the beach for hours, and maths. You can find more from Daphne on Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, and her blog.

A style for scrapbooking sporty kids

a style for scrapbooking sporty kids // scrapbook page by Nicole Nowosad
With this half of the world spending more time in the pursuit of outdoor fun, I hope you’ll enjoy this project from contributing designer Nicole Nowosad. Enjoy the ball game!

Lately I’ve wanted to make an effort to pull out some photos of my boys that I normally have trouble scrapbooking. My boys are both quite active and into sports. I have stockpiled quite a few action or sport photos. Truth is, at least for me, action photos can be difficult to scrapbook. Often you have way too many, or some could be blurry and out of focus.

a style for scrapbooking sporty kids // scrapbook page by Nicole Nowosad

I had way more photos than I used, I decided to choose just the right ones from the set of photos that were the most clear and depict a series of actions. I feel like the photos really show how much fun my son is having playing around on his skateboard and putting the photos in a slight angled line across the page gives the photos some movement on the layout.

a style for scrapbooking sporty kids // scrapbook page by Nicole Nowosad

Once I had my photos sorted, I dove into how to best create a page that was masculine but not too young at the same time. I find that I tend to gravitate to my more girly side and sometimes I get blocked with how to scrapbook about my boys. I decided to use a grapic diecut background by JustNick that felt masculine, then pulled some papers from Starshine and let that colour palette be my guide for the page.

a style for scrapbooking sporty kids // scrapbook page by Nicole Nowosad

I started with a yellow colour and then added in several different shades of blue, which seems almost natural for a masculine page. I think the mix of the blues with the buttery yellow colour is perfect for a boyish page, and there is even a small hint of pink in the striped paper which embraces my girly side too!

a style for scrapbooking sporty kids // scrapbook page by Nicole Nowosad

For me, there are lots of go-to shapes I like to use for masculine pages – take arrows and stars for example. For boy pages, I like to grab embellishments that are a little “harder” like the cork sticker, metal paperclip and even wood veneers.

a style for scrapbooking sporty kids // scrapbook page by Nicole Nowosad

I hope you are inspired to get a lot more of those boy photos you may have set aside to paper! Have a creative weekend!

Weekly Challenge :: Scrapbook using just a third of the page

weekly challenge: Scrapbook using just a third of the page // scrapbook page by shimelle laine

Welcome to a new week and a new challenge! Have you been scrapping much recently or could you do with a push to get a page off the ground? This week’s challenge is a great one for finally putting a paper you love into your album, because you won’t have to worry about covering it too much with everything else.

I challenge you this week to scrapbook using just a third of the page. Imagine your page divided into a 3×3 grid, like a # symbol, then choose just one row or one column. Vertical and horizontal both work. Everything else is completely up to you, so you can take your inspiration in any direction you like! The design above is shown in more detail with a video, if that’s useful help. It uses about a third of the page, though you’ll notice some elements do extend and that’s okay, of course! Make it work for your style and your albums. To get you started on this week’s challenge, take a look at these examples from contributing designer Sheena Rowlands and guest artist Antonia Sherlock.

weekly challenge: Scrapbook using just a third of the page // scrapbook page by Sheena Rowlands

Here in England we never get as many sunny days as we would like, but when we do we tend to make the most of them, spending time in our gardens, eating picnics, and having barbecues.

weekly challenge:  Scrapbook using just a third of the page // scrapbook page by Sheena Rowlands

For this page I wanted to emulate the blanket shown in this photo of my eldest son eating al fresco. I used many of the branding strips from both the Starshine and True Stories collections, and wove them together to create a large mat for my photo and title on just the left third of the page

weekly challenge:  Scrapbook using just a third of the page // scrapbook page by Sheena Rowlands

As I felt this page was already busy enough, I created a little vellum pocket behind my photo to hold journalling with the date and place details, which can be viewed using the clip and camera as its tab.
- Sheena

weekly challenge: scrapbook using just 1/3 of the page // scrapbook page by Antonia Sherlock

This photo of my daughter having cream tea with her best friend in our back garden last summer captures such a special memory of a perfect day and I really wanted to do justice to it on my layout. I knew I wanted to use a floral paper for the background, but I was worried about the photo getting completely drowned out by the busy pattern. So I used a trick I picked up from this Glitter Girl video. I chose the B side of the Exploration paper from the Starshine collection to counterbalance the business of the floral paper.

weekly challenge: scrapbook using just 1/3 of the page // scrapbook page by Antonia Sherlock

I worked across the top third of the page. As the space I was using was limited, I put the photo, title, and journaling next to each other, overlapping at times. I arranged the embellishments (the teacups, epoxy buttons, and the word stickers) to form jagged horizontal lines to allow the eyes to travel from photo to title to journaling. I used my Silhouette and Minc machines to create the larger teacup with the foiled title, and then incorporated it into the embellishment.

I could have left it at that, but the layout felt quite top-heavy, so I added a small embellishment cluster to the bottom of the page for balance.
- Antonia


You have a week to complete the challenge and share a link – but of course you’re welcome to set your own time schedule. Whatever keeps you happy and creative!

Today’s Guest Artist: Antonia Sherlock loves spending time with her family, scrapping the memories, and having cream tea (well, coffee). You can find more from Antonia on Instagram, and Pinterest.

Designing scrapbook pages with strong horizontal lines

Designing scrapbook pages with strong horizontal lines // scrapbook page by Shimelle Laine

Working on more pages for existing albums in preparation for The Scrapbook Process class has given me an even longer list of pages I want to make – not just for the topics and how they fit into those stories, but to work with different design techniques that haven’t been on my radar recently. Things like what different ways can I… and then ten different ways to finish that sentence! So for today, what different ways can I create with strong horizontal lines?

I love that ‘strong’ in design doesn’t have to mean shoutingly obvious. The bridge in the layout above gives a definite horizontal flow across the page, especially with the patterned paper strip below the bridge and the red bus to catch your eye just past the photo. A motif like that stamped image can certainly create a horizontal line – think border stamps or designs cut from patterned paper and placed in a horizontal line across the full page!

Designing scrapbook pages with strong horizontal lines // scrapbook page by Shimelle Laine

Horizontal flow can also come from how you cut and place any number of elements on your page. In this case, it’s blocks of paper, all anchored with the darkest paper of the bunch as the larger layer right across the middle. There are lines going every which way on this page! Diagonals in outside frame, map chaos in the yellow background, but nearly every block of paper runs horizontally, from that big woodgrain block to the tags at the top left and the labels at the bottom right.

Of course horizontal lines can come directly from the paper itself, like in this example from guest artist Katrina Hunt:

strong horizontal lines // scrapbook page by Katrina Hunt

I love patterns and I usually let the pattern papers tell me how my page should flow. With stripes, well it’s easy, I will either have a mostly vertical design or a mostly horizontal design.

strong horizontal lines // scrapbook page by Katrina Hunt

I loved the green striped paper in the Shimelle Starshine collection and knew it was the perfect starting point for my page.

strong horizontal lines // scrapbook page by Katrina Hunt
And scrapbook those food pictures, because you know you take them!

Designing scrapbook pages with strong horizontal lines // scrapbook page by Shimelle Laine

And if all those individual techniques can create horizontal lines across a page, you can definitely mix them together! The background paper here is a horizontal pattern even though it’s made from numbers rather than stripes. The cloud die-cut has a similar result to the stamped bridge – a shape that is anchored on a horizontal line. Border-punched strips and washi tape run on the horizontal line along with the blocks of paper, and you can even find a few more horizontal patterns hiding in there, like the coffee cups! (There’s a video for this page here if you fancy a watch.)

What pages have you loved making with strong horizontal elements? Share with us in the comments – we’d love to see!

Today’s Guest Artist: Katrina Hunt loves dogs, doilies and scrapbooking. You can find more from Katrina on Instagram, Facebook, and her blog.