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Special treatment for scrapbooking a special photo

scrapbooking a special photo // scrapbook page by Gina Lideros

Happy Friday! Contributing designer Gina Lideros is here with a beautiful and colourful layout to inspire you. I hope you have a crafty and creative weekend!

I really loved this picture and knew it had to be used on a layout. This photo is of my daughter and son and was taken over ten years ago. Oh my! How they have grown during that time. I love looking back on old memories such as this, when they were so little. This photo captures their personalities and how close they are. I loved using the Starshine collection for this layout. I felt that the colors in the collection helped match the
colors in the photo.

To create the circle frame around the photo, I used a cut file from the Silhouette Design store called Circle Frame Lace Decoration, and doubled it to make one larger circle and one smaller circle cut out of white cardstock paper. I backed the circular design with patterned papers and then adhered it to a light blue cardstock background.

scrapbooking a special photo // scrapbook page by Gina Lideros

The title “My Best Crew” was created using foam word thickers from the Dear Lizzy collection. I love adding inks and mists to my pages, I achieved this by flicking drops of black spray mist and drops of white paint across my page. After the paint was dry I printed my small square photo and added it to the center of my layout.

scrapbooking a special photo // scrapbook page by Gina Lideros

After my photo was adhered, it was time to add embellishments! I chose chipboard stars from Shimelle’s Christmas Magic collection. Because these stars are so neutral they go with all sorts of projects not just Christmas! They are in the Starlight Thickers set, which has plenty of numbers. I also raided my scrap room for some embellishments and Thickers from Shimelle’s first collection. Those gold letter Thickers are some of my favorite stickers. I spelled out the word “love” using them and stitched over them with my sewing machine.

scrapbooking a special photo // scrapbook page by Gina Lideros

The last step to put the finishing touch on my page was to journal “you bunches” on a white strip of cardstock paper and adhere it under the gold letters. I also added a light pink bow from WRMK’s new Wildflower collection. The light pink mixed with the light blue add the perfect softness to my page.

I hope that I have inspired you today to scrap an older photo and use circles in a unique way! Please share your creations with us.
-Gina

Weekly Challenge :: Scrapbook with Square Photos

weekly challenge: scrapbook with square photos @ shimelle.com

With nine challenges over the NSD weekend and our usual Monday spot, you have ten challenges to keep you scrapbooking this week! All of these are open until the end of this coming weekend – you can always check the time remaining on the link up button. Though of course you can use the challenges for your own scrapping fun any time!

If you weren’t around at the weekend, here’s a quick guide to those nine:
Scrap with fabric or lace
Add stamped images to your photos
Repeat a shape on your page
Use 3×4 cards on a 12×12 page
Make a messy background
Scrap some scenery
Scrapbook with shaped paperclips
Scrapbook with woodgrain patterns
Scrapbook with red and blue

And now, on to the challenge for this week! This week, I challenge you this week to scrapbook with square photos. Everything else is completely up to you, so you can take your inspiration in any direction you like! Some sketch posts from the archives might be useful, like this and this, and the complete page for the photo above can be found here! To get you started on this week’s challenge, take a look at these examples from contributing designer Meghann Andrew and guest artist Nancy Sinclair.

weekly challenge: scrapbook with square photos // scrapbook page by Meghann Andrew

I am a major foodie, so taking photos of our eating adventures, whether home or away, is a must! A lot of the restaurants that we visit may not be conducive to snapping quality food photos, so I also try to remember our meal with photos of the outside of the restaurant or a focal wall that stands out inside the restaurant. On a trip to Boston recently, we had some awesome eating experiences, so I wanted to document our top four from the trip.

weekly challenge: scrapbook with square photos // scrapbook page by Meghann Andrew

weekly challenge: scrapbook with square photos // scrapbook page by Meghann Andrew

I love, love square photos, and using 3” x 3” photos allows me to easily fit four different photos neatly either vertically or horizontally across the page. To remember each of our favorite food experiences from our trip, I added small journaling labels to the left side of each photo and documented what we loved about each spot.
- Meghann

weekly challenge: scrapbook with square photos // scrapbook page by Nancy Sinclair

weekly challenge: scrapbook with square photos // scrapbook page by Nancy Sinclair

I loved the willow patterned cups that were at a small tea room that I took my mum to for Mother’s day, and I knew that I had to get a shot of them with the amazing massive slices of carrot cake. I like capturing these small details of bigger memories, like spending the day with my mum and catching up on life. Food photos are things I scrap a lot as well as include in my Project Life.

weekly challenge: scrapbook with square photos // scrapbook page by Nancy Sinclair

I love a busy background and the more patterns and colour the better. I grounded the bright Jillibean Soup Hello Healthy background with some inking through template and some Kelly Purkey coffee themed stamps. I then layered papers from the Galileo paper from the Starshine collection and it works great for creating multiple layers behind my photos.

I also used stickers from the original Shimelle collection which I’ve been hoarding in my stash for a long time, and it works perfectly on this page. I added some Jillibean Soup wood veener and some old flair from my stash to finish.
- Nancy


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: Nancy Sinclair loves paper, crochet, and sarcasm. You can find more from Nancy on Instagram and YouTube.

A bright and bold colour story

bright and bold colour story // scrapbook page by Shimelle Laine

Plenty of patterns and product types covered in the NSD challenges so far: I think it’s time for a colour combination challenge! Red and blue is a combination I love working with though I could count on one hand how many times I’ve used it for something even vaguely patriotic. Instead, red and blue feels bold and versatile to me!

bright and bold colour story // scrapbook page by Shimelle Laine
I love how a rainbow of accents feels full of potential and energy.

bright and bold colour story // scrapbook page by Shimelle Laine

And I love how softening the blue to a lighter shade makes it feel a little warmer, a little more down to earth, and maybe even a little more cuddly! (Okay. That might just be the photo. But I’m not sure it’s entirely responsible.)

Your challenge is to create a page using red and blue but also whatever other colours you feel drawn to use! For another look, please welcome guest artist Charity Feit.

bright and bold colour story // scrapbook page by Charity Feit

This page highlights my 40th birthday gift from my family, tickets to see A Prarie Home Companion Live at Wolf Trap Performing Arts National Park. I used several pages (including the cut apart sheet) from the Shimelle Starshine Collection as well as lots of the embellishments available to match.

bright and bold colour story // scrapbook page by Charity Feit

I used a very simple formula of using three 4×6 photos straight down one side of the page, then making three clusters of embellishments in a triangle around my photos.

scrapbooking sketch for three 4x6 photos
This sketch from the archives might prove useful if you’re working with three images like this.

bright and bold colour story // scrapbook page by Charity Feit

I love journalling in my own handwriting on my pages, I’m not at all fussed about perfection… they are my memories and having them in a visual way makes me happy.

Your turn! We’d love to see what you pair with red and blue to create your own unique and bold colour story.


Today’s Guest Artist: Charity Feit loves using paper and embellishments to record her family memories, knitting, and getting inspiration from crafting videos. You can find more from Charity on Instagram, Twitter, and her blog.

Scrapbooking with woodgrain patterns

Scrapbooking with woodgrain patterns // scrapbook page by Shimelle Laine

Our next challenge is one I often throw in because it’s my favourite and I love any excuse to use these papers: scrapbook with woodgrain patterns! Please welcome guest artist Ida Rosberg to share her beautiful take on mixing woodgrain with other elements in your collection.

Scrapbooking with woodgrain patterns // scrapbook page by Ida Rosberg

I really like children’s books. And I absolutely love that my daughter is starting to like books too! It’s so fun to watch her explore the pretty pictures in the books. To watch her point at things she recognize and hear her wonder “What is this?” I snapped some pictures when she read a very pretty book with her teddy bear. The light from the window was perfect and their clothes were matching!

Scrapbooking with woodgrain patterns // scrapbook page by Ida Rosberg

Woodgrain papers are one of my favorite types of pattern papers. They are often very easy to use as a background on a layout. I hoard woodgrain patterned papers and have two or three of the same ones in my stash. For this layout I wanted to use more than one type of woodgrain. I found two types of grey wood (from Pink Paislee and Dear Lizzy) and one very light brown (from WRMK). I matched the woodgrain with papers and decorations from Shimelle – Starshine and flowers from Maggie Holmes. The wood veneer is from Shimelle’s first collection! I almost never write titles on my pages… but I often use a combination of words I find on decorations or stickers.

Scrapbooking with woodgrain patterns // scrapbook page by Ida Rosberg

And now your turn: create a page with a woodgrain pattern! It mixes so well with all sorts of patterns, colours, and collections. Don’t forget to come back and share what you make!


Today’s Guest Artist: Ida Rosberg loves gin & tonic, pretty papers, and ephemera packs. You can find more from Ida on Instagram and her blog.

Scrapbooking with shaped paperclips

scrapbooking with shaped paperclips // scrapbook page by Sam Ball

For the next NSD challenge, it’s time to have a rummage in the stationery drawer. Guest artist Sam Ball is here to challenge you to scrapbook with shaped paperclips!

Teenagers of today seem to spend much of their time on social media, with Instagram and Snapchat seeming to be a firm favourites with my three step-daughters! I love the cryptic text lines that they add to their photos, many of which not only make me smile, but they prove to be the perfect title for a scrapbooking layout!

scrapbooking with shaped paperclips // scrapbook page by Sam Ball

Having settled on a candid holiday photo, the recently launched Simple Stories You are Here collection seemed ideal. The quirky elements and ephemera are right down my street and perfect when teamed with an assortment of random colourful paperclips to create a fun and vibrant layout. The colours so remind me of warmer climates, mixing teal with coral pinks and canary yellow.

scrapbooking with shaped paperclips // scrapbook page by Sam Ball

So if you haven’t already planned your next holiday, roll on the summer. Here’s hoping you’ll see the odd flamingo or palm tree this year! But for now: go make a page with a paperclip! Don’t forget to come back and share with us. You can post a link or upload your image directly.


Today’s Guest Artist: Sam Ball loves sunshine, strong design, and scrapbooking. You can find more from Sam on Instagram, Facebook, and her blog.

Scrap some scenery

Scrap some scenery // scrapbook page by Shimelle Laine

Just one day for National Scrapbook Day is clearly not enough! We celebrate all weekend here, so there are more challenges today. And in case you didn’t catch the closing dates, you have all of this weekend, this coming week, and next weekend to share your projects for this weekend’s scrapbooking challenges!

To start us this Sunday morning, grab something scenic! Recently flipping through some albums, I realised I needed a chapter divider for a quick trip to Dublin a few years ago. I love having a dividing page that acts like a title page but just to introduce a few pages on one theme rather than a whole album. I printed this image as a giant A4 landscape image and knew I could just add that title and some embellishment to set the tone for the pages that followed.

Scrap some scenery // scrapbook page by Shimelle Laine

If you follow along on Instagram and like a bit of back story, it’s this layout that made me start brushing exaggerated downstrokes in my sketchbook, like these. I wasn’t completely happy with the weight of this title and wanted to see how I could change that up. I’ll try writing ‘Dublin’ again today and see how the two compare.

And for more scenic style, take some inspiration from guest artist Anandi Raman Creath!

Scrap some scenery // scrapbook page by Anandi Raman Creath

I’m a fairly new scrapper, having only started making layouts in 2013. (I did Project Life in 2012 and that was my gateway drug to scrapping). Over the past few years, I’ve realized a few things – I adore the 8.5×11 size and my favorite pages are the ones with a cleaner look but still use bright colors. I was super excited to find out that my theme for this project was Ireland – my family spent three weeks there in 2012 which was definitely a “bucket list” item for me. These two photos were taken by my husband at a place I didn’t see, but I wanted to capture the story of why I couldn’t go and the idiosyncrasies of traveling with a toddler.

Scrap some scenery // scrapbook page by Anandi Raman Creath

I started with the B-side of a paper from Shimelle’s True Stories collection – a sweet tiny aqua dot on white. I absolutely love using a patterned paper background when possible, but it’s challenging to choose one that isn’t too busy or distracting. Since this is about Ireland, I needed some green, so I used the diagonal stripe paper from True Stories to mat the photos. The photos and journal card covered up the boldness a bit (I learned that trick from Shimelle’s videos!) The bright blue Amy Tangerine pattern reminded me of waves in the ocean, and I thought a golden yellow would also be a good addition, so I used the “Hannah” transparent-ish letters from Amy Tangerine in yellow, and also added a cute branding strip from one of her other papers to add a little more color.

Scrap some scenery // scrapbook page by Anandi Raman Creath

I typed up the journaling directly onto the paper with my trusty IBM Selectric typewriter, after trying to create a journaling block on vellum and disliking how it looked when I attached it to the layout with staples. I ended up having to feed the layout into my typewriter with the photos already adhered, so the journaling got a little wonkier than expected, but I think that’s part of the charm of using a old typewriter. I write out my journaling first on paper, editing as I go, and then I do a second editing pass as I type.

To keep the layout from looking too flat, I used 3 of the awesome wood buttons from True Stories – I just love those little things! I always incorporate three things on my layouts: something sparkly or shiny, a roller date stamp, and a tiny handwritten “Love, Mama” somewhere on the page. See if you can spot those!

Your turn to scrap some scenery! Any style, any place – just landscape photos as the requirement here.


Today’s Guest Artist: Anandi Raman Creath loves rocking out on her new drum set, finishing crafty projects, and bacon. You can find more from Anandi on Instagram, and her blog.

Go a bit messy with the background of a scrapbook page

Go a bit messy with the background  // scrapbook page by Sheena Rowlands

For our next challenge, please welcome contributing designer Sheena Rowlands her very inky fingers!

I would generally say I was a clean scrapper and even when I try to be messy and use ink or mists on my pages, they still have a clean feel somehow.

So for National Scrapbooking Day I challenge you to create a “messy” background for a layout using ink, mist, paint or any other medium you have.

Go a bit messy with the background  // scrapbook page by Sheena Rowlands

For my background I sprinkled watercolour paint powder on to wet paper allowing it to run, mix, and blend. I left it to dry for the rest of the day and flattened it under some heavy books overnight before adding the Just Nick cut file over the top.

I then added the photo with lots of layers behind plus embellishments from both the Starshine and True Stories collections. I love the finished result of my background and look forward to seeing what you create too.

Your challenge is to create a messy background for your next scrapbook page, but that might be watercolour, ink, mist, acrylic paint or something else that comes to your mind! You’re free to take this challenge in any direction you like.

Go a bit messy with the background  // scrapbook page by Sheena Rowlands


Use 3x4 cards on a 12x12 scrapbook page

Use 3x4 cards on a 12x12 scrapbook page // page by Shimelle Laine

Ready for another NSD challenge? Raise your hand if you buy 3×4 cards even though pocket scrapping is not really your bread and butter. My hands are both up, I think! But I love those cards on a 12×12 page, especially with two 3×4 cards balancing one 4×6 card. Such a simple but striking way to put a page together.

Use 3x4 cards on a 12x12 scrapbook page // page by Shimelle Laine

That background paper is from PinkFresh Studio and I love all those little hearts. They are a similar shape to the hearts I add to my journaling on many pages so just a perfect match for me. The 3×4 cards are from a Studio Calico baby-themed set, but the set includes two of each design so I still have those cards to use elsewhere in Wonder Boy’s baby album but this photo was taken after his first birthday, so it will live in our 2015 family album rather than the baby book. Just in case you’re keeping track!

For more 3×4 card enthusiasm, please welcome guest artist Wendy Antenucci!

Use 3x4 cards on a 12x12 scrapbook page // page by Wendy Antenucci

I love Project Life cards! I cut all of my scraps down to 4×6 and 3×4 pieces because they are an integral part of my creating. I use them for titles, sentiments, journaling, layering, detail cutting embellishments, items in grids… oh, how I could go on!

Use 3x4 cards on a 12x12 scrapbook page // page by Wendy Antenucci

In this page I used the 3×4 cards to layer texture and color around my photo block. I used one full 12×12 page to mat my white cardstock so that it would jump out and lots of little fun embellishments from Shimelle’s True Stories line to finish the page.

Use 3x4 cards on a 12x12 scrapbook page // page by Wendy Antenucci

I also created another page to tell the story of my son’s birthday using a grid design with the 3×4 cards, which you can see here on my blog.

Use 3x4 cards on a 12x12 scrapbook page // page by Wendy Antenucci

Your turn! Use 3×4 cards (purchased that way or created yourself!) on a 12×12 page! If you scrap in a different size (like 8.5×11), that’s okay too! It just made for a very number-filled wordy challenge title, so forgive us!


Today’s Guest Artist: Wendy Antenucci loves creating, York Peppermint Patties, and her family. You can find more from Wendy on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and her blog.