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Creating a layered mini album page:: A Scrapbooking tutorial by Stephanie Baxter

creating a layered mini album:: a scrapbooking tutorial by stephanie baxter @

I’m currently trying to catch up on making a mini album all about my holiday to France last summer. I wanted to create a mini album with pages of different sizes and with lots of texture to invite people to keep turning the pages but I was very aware that I wanted to get each page done as quickly as possible. Today, I’d like to show you how I created a quick layered page for my mini album using some goodies from Shimelle’s amazing collection.

creating a layered mini album:: a scrapbooking tutorial by stephanie baxter @

I cut a piece from this fab film strip paper from Shimelle’s collection that I absolutely adore and adhered it down one side of a glassine bag, adding my photo on top.

creating a layered mini album:: a scrapbooking  tutorial by stephanie baxter @

Next, I got a small paper doily and cut it in half. I then used one half to fold into a point, before adhering it to the bottom right-hand corner of the glassine bag to give it a more textured and decorative touch.

creating a layered mini album:: a scrapbooking tutorial by stephanie baxter @

I picked one of my favourite wood veneer pieces from Shimelle’s collection to add some dimension to the mini album page and adhered it on top of my photo.

creating a layered mini album:: a scrapbooking tutorial by stephanie baxter @

Originally, I had thought that I would punch holes in the glassine bag and put it in my mini album like that but decided that it was a bit too fragile that way. I decided to make use of the woodgrain embossing folder from Shimelle’s collection to create a more sturdy background for my page. I trimmed a piece of white cardstock to the same sort of size as the embossing folder, placed it inside and ran it through my manual die-cutting machine. I then adhered the glassine bag to the front of the embossed cardstock. I absolutely love the extra texture it gives, as well as the tone-on-tone effect!

creating a layered mini album page:: a scrapbooking tutorial by stephanie baxter @

Next, I punched holes to line up with the binder rings of my album, having made guide marks in pencil by holding the page against the binder rings.

creating a layered mini album page:: a scrapbooking tutorial by stephanie baxter @

On a tag, I typed my journaling and then tied some twine to the top for extra texture and detail. I then slipped the tag inside the glassine bag, ready to put the page in my album.

creating a layered mini album page:: a scrapbooking tutorial by stephanie baxter @

Voila! A cute page for my mini album with lots of layers and texture. I really hope you enjoyed seeing how I put my mini album page together. I’d love to see any layered pages that you make for your own mini albums. Leave me a link in the comments here and I’ll pop back and see what you’ve been making!

Stephanie lives in Surrey, near London, England. When not devoting time to her job as a teacher, she can be found hanging out with friends, cooking, watching films, reading Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, laughing uncontrollably with her sister and, of course, scrapbooking. She has been published in Creating Keepsakes and Scrapbook Trends and had the amazing opportunity of writing her own eBook for Ella Publishing, entitled Scrapbooking Your Single Years. She is currently on the Studio Calico Creative Team and can be found in her Studio Calico gallery on her blog, Life in Paper and Glue, and on her Instagram page.

Why I can't scrapbook in chronological order

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @

I’ve never scrapbooked my photos in chronological order. For the most part, that is how I choose to tell my stories within my albums, but as far as creating those pages, I need the freedom to jump from one thing to the next and back again. Last week I was reminded of just one of the reasons why.

Last week marked two years since the final day of the London 2012 Olympic Games, which was a pretty monumental evening in my life story. Not the most monumental, but in the list of all the nights, it comes pretty high. I’ve scrapbooked about it a fair bit.

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @

Yet with that second anniversary date on the calendar, it was what I wanted to reflect on, and I do that in scrapbook form. Maybe I just need to indulge my nostalgia some times. I have always missed this group of people since the end of our crazy rehearsal schedule. I still see some of them here and there, but never as a big group, and there is no way to recreate the atmosphere of spending twelve hour days in a tent in a rainstorm, wearing a plastic bag over your costume and comparing notes on the nutritional content of our meals provided by the Olympic sponsors.

Some things really stick in my mind with dates and others don’t, so I love the Timehop app for reminding me of random things that happened on any particular day years ago. It shows me what I tweeted, Facebooked, or Instagrammed on that day going back through the years. (You can also set it up to work with your photo library if you don’t post your pictures to social media sites.) Most of the time, I just take a second to look and smile at anything that was quite sweet, but sometimes it prompts me to email an old friend or dig out a photo and scrapbook with a happy heart.

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @

For this page, I worked with supplies from my own line mixed with the Notes and Things collection from Crate Paper, some gold sequins and a couple stamps from Studio Calico, and some little letter stickers from Simple Stories. Since the costumes for our team were all different shades of turquoise, from the blue end to the green and light to dark, I loved going through the papers, stickers, and die-cuts to find a similar effect in paper, then throwing it all together to frame one photo.

Fellow Timehop users: what were you doing this day in history? I hope it was something that makes you smile to remember.

Share your Style with Project Life

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As slow as my workflow may be right now, I feel I’m starting to find my feet in terms of creating weekly Project Life layouts in my own style. It is definitely more of a challenge for me than a 12×12 page right now, but it’s a good challenge and I enjoy that part of the process too, embracing a few things along the way that aren’t how I imagined but grow on me with time.

Curious to how other, more established Project Life scrappers find their process and style, I asked three scrappers with differing approaches to share some of their work with you today, along with the latest completed spread in Wonder Boy’s Project Life baby album.

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First up, a delicate entry from Annette Haring.

share your style with project life @

Annette says: I approach my Project Life® with a variety of techniques, depending on whether my focus is the photos, the story, or if there are products or colors that have inspired a page.

This example is an insert, using a Becky Higgins Project Life® Design G page protector, and it will fit in between my main left and right spreads, which are primarily smaller 3×4 iPhone photos using the Collect app. I knew I had these larger 4×6 photos I had taken of my girl around her 4th birthday, and I wanted to simply highlight them. So I started with the photos, then added a “self portrait” that she had drawn with a gold pen. That led to me choosing more gold in the papers and product, and I adore that cute Lindsay Letters gold card! I love the repetition of the gold and the use of single embellishment to keep the focal point on the photos. I finished it off with a little journaling on a card from the Project Life ® Baby Kit by Becky Higgins, because I love the personal touch of adding just a little handwritten sentiment.

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Elise Blaha Cripe has recently made changes to keep her process achievable and her album relevant to her family.

share your style with project life @

Elise says: I have switched up my Project Life process this year as life has become busier! My focus is on getting my favorite photos into our albums and that’s it. Because of this, I tend to start with the photos and then pick 3×4 cards and small embellishments that match in color and tone. I don’t do a lot of “extra” embellishing and my style leans toward simple for sure.

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Leena Loh has a beautifully detailed Project Life style.

share your style with project life @

Leena says: I’m now into my third year of Project Life and I have to say I’m still loving it! I wouldn’t say the same when I first started back in 2012, where I failed miserably in completing the year. Since then, I’ve learned and finally discovered my own style and picked up a number of routines that got me going throughout the second year successfully. I got into the groove and I’m definitely enjoying the memory-keeping journey. I have a fixed routine that I follow diligently every week. I would spend an hour over the weekend, usually on a Sunday, to upload all my photos taken for the week with my phone onto my MacBook, transfer them into my Project Life folder that I labeled by week and print them right away on my home printer. They would then go into my 12×12 protector. Thereafter I would pick my Project Life cards, insert them and finished off with some embellishments and journaling. I especially love using white or light base Project Life cards as they make my photos and embellishments stands out. My color selection would fall into places naturally as I don’t particularly coordinate my spread base on color theme. I just pick the cards based on the story of photos instead. This routine has helped me stay current and allowing me to enjoy every bit of documenting my day to day life!

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And here is week five for my current album.

project life baby book pages by shimelle laine @

There are a few things that are starting to really endear me to this project, and they are coming from more freedom that I expected. When I started this album, I shared how I was using a few consistent things in each spread, thinking that would keep the layouts coming together relatively quickly because it would take out a few time-consuming decisions, and that is true, but I’m also embracing a freedom to use any supplies I love rather than just what is absolutely current. My favourite part of this project is looking at all the baby photos, of course, but the next thing in line is picking out all sorts of paper and crafty elements to mix and match together to create a new layout. For this week, I started with some elements from the Penny Arcade Studio Calico kit, but added in some old favourites too: Hambly and Sassafras. I may have muttered ‘I’m bringing Sassa back’ when I was picking out some stickers, because I really am that uncool.

The other thing I’m finding I really enjoy is the opportunity to tell a story that isn’t just ‘here’s what happened this week in chronological order’, but to focus on one element and get more in depth. The entire left page of this spread is about sleep. Seriously, it was such a big deal, I could write way more about it than one page, but this will do. I write this now, where we are at a much better place with sleep, but that particular week was a real, real challenge. Including the dread that some of you will no doubt notice in the top left: what do you do when the only position your baby will sleep in for more than ten minutes is the position you are never meant to let your baby sleep? Anyway, I’m getting off topic here, but the idea that I can say that side is going to be all about one specific topic and fit the rest of the week on the other side – that concept is something I’m really enjoying and I’m even planning ahead now taking multiple photos on one topic when I start to realise I have plenty to share.

And over to you… For those of you who scrapbook in this format, what do you find helps you love this project? What makes your album a little more you? I’d love you to share your thoughts.

Annette Haring lives near Austin, Texas, with her husband and their four year old daughter. She has been scrapbooking since childhood, when she loved adding memorabilia and photos to her journal. She loves to learn and to teach others and has recently been a contributing teacher to Project Life Lessons at Big Picture Classes, a contributing author to the eBook Project Dig Deep by Ella Publishing/Big Picture Classes, and has been on the Elle’s Studio design team. She shares her work on Instagram as well as her blog.

Elise Blaha Cripe is a blogger, crafter and business owner who lives in San Diego, California with her husband and one-year-old daughter. She designed the Seafoam Edition Project Life Core Kit and shares her pages as part of the creative team at Studio Calico.

Leena lives in Singapore and first started scrapbooking in 2007. Since then, she has been doing traditional layouts for about five years and made a switch to Project Life two years ago. Leena is currently on the Studio Calico Project Life design team. You can also find Leena on her personal blog Findingnana and Instagram where you can see her snippets of life on a daily basis.

Flower Embellishments:: A Scrapbooking tutorial by Gretchen Mcelveen

flower embellishments:: a scrapbooking tutorial by Gretchen Mcevleen @

Good morning! I have to admit that I am not much of a stamper, but shockingly, I have a stamping technique to share with you today. And it’s super fun & easy!
Disclaimer: I am pretty sure this is not some earth-shattering, never-done-before technique but I am sharing it nonetheless. I am going to show you how to make a pretty flower embellishment like the one on this card.

flower embellishments:: a scrapbooking tutorial by gretchen mcelveen @

All you need is a sheet of white paper/cardstock, a cateye ink pad, a pen, & scissors.

flower embellishments:: a scrapbooking tutorial by gretchen mcelveen @

And this is what you do…
Stamp the ink pad all over the white paper. 
These will be your ‘petals’. I use five petals for my flower but I stamped a few extra so I could choose the ones I liked best.

flower embellishments:: a scrapbooking tutorial by gretchen mcelveen @

Outline the petals with black pen. 
Don’t worry about outlining them perfectly. Sometimes the messiness is more fun!

flower embellishments:: a scrapbooking tutorial by gretchen mcelveen @

Now cut them out. 
Once again, don’t worry about cutting them out precisely.

flower embellishments:: a scrapbooking tutorial by gretchen mcelveen @

Arrange your petals to make a flower.

flower embellishments:: a scrapbooking tutorial by gretchen mcelveen @

You can use the same technique to make leaves to add to your flower.

flower embellishments:: a scrapbooking tutorial by gretchen mcelveen @

Add the leaves behind the flower and complete the embellishment with a fun center. Try using a button or brad or some bling!

And then you are done! And you’ve got a fun embellishment to add to a project! Thanks for stopping by the blog today. Have an awesome day!

Gretchen is a physical therapist by day and a scrapbooker by night! She started scrapbooking 10 years ago after she got married and had all those wedding pictures to scrap. She and her husband do not have children (yet); but between friends, pets, family members, hobbies, and travelling adventures she still has plenty to scrap! Gretchen was a Creating Keepsakes Dream Team member this year and she currently designs for KI Memories/Hampton Art and Noel Mignon kit club. You can keep up with her and see more of her work on her blog.

Embracing messy baking

rhubarb amaretto layer cake with recipe @

For those outside this lovely country, I’m not sure I can entirely explain the phenomenon that happens here right now, known as the Great British Bake Off. It’s simple enough: a weekly television programme where they pitch a tent in the countryside, fill it with pastel Kitchenaid mixers, ovens, and a selection of the nation’s baking enthusiasts, and whittle them down to a winner week by week. That part is easy to explain, but the social impact is more difficult. This show becomes such the topic of discussion that it takes serious effort to avoid spoilers if you’re not watching on a Wednesday night and want to keep it a surprise. Plus it makes everyone want to bake.

It might just seem like ‘everyone’ to me, because I haven’t been baking much for the last few months and along with the rest of the things I’m not doing at the moment, there is a part of me that wants to do those things. Not all the time, not anything near as much as I was, but just a little. That makes sense, right? It’s like a create a dream to-do list in my head for all the things I’m going to do during nap time and then I’m lucky if nap time lasts more than twenty minutes. When nap time is over, the list disappears from my mind and I’m completely happy for it to do so. But there are quite a few things on that list of dreams, and they include baking.

Aside from learning I can’t pack everything into one nap, I’ve also learned to let go of my perfectionism a little bit for things that don’t matter. Like how I would normally spend more time on the icing than on the cake itself, just because I enjoy the process of getting to that perfectly covered final result. That just isn’t going to happen right now. So I’ve decided to embrace messy baking: baking that would get a severe scolding from the experts on the Great British Bake Off, but still tastes fabulous enough to make it worth that little window of time that could go to anything else on the list.

To help me along on this little quest, I’ve been inspired by my friend Leanne who participated in the Great Bloggers’ Bake Off last year, baking along with the challenges from the programme. She’s participating again this year and I’m going to try to keep up, though of course I have completed the first challenge a day two days late. Right now, a day two days feels like a big victory!

The first week’s theme was cake – right up my street! My messy contribution is a Rhubarb Amaretto layer cake.

Cake ingredients:
225g unsalted butter
375g sugar (I use caster sugar and through spent vanilla pods in the canister, but I promise regular granulated sugar works too)
4 eggs
325g plain flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
200ml milk
2 tablespoons sour cream (if you don’t have any in the fridge, don’t go get it specially. Up the milk a little bit – say 225ml in total – and all will be fine.)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tablespoon amaretto (use almond extract if you don’t cook with alcohol)

Preheat oven to 180c and grease and/or line three 8” rounds or the equivalent.

Beat butter and sugar together with a mixer for absolutely ages. This is something that really bothers me about a lot of cakes sold in London: not mixing the butter and sugar for at least a few minutes really chafes the texture of a cake. It is worth the five minutes, I promise.
After that, it’s just a case of adding the ingredients and mixing together. Past that initial five minutes, you don’t need to over mix but you do want the consistency to be even.

Pour batter into the pans and bake for 25 minutes. If a toothpick comes out clean, they are done. Add a bit of time if needed, but don’t wait for it to brown as it’s quite a light-coloured cake and will dry out before it browns much. Turn out onto a wire rack.

Filling ingredients:
Two or three lengths of rhubarb
Whipping cream (double cream will also work fine)

I realise none of those have measurements and that’s because it’s all down to taste. I promise it’s easy.

Wash the rhubarb and remove any tough skin or ends. Chop into small pieces. Place in a saucepan.
Add a bit of water to the saucepan – about half the depth of the rhubarb – and sugar. I start with a tablespoon of sugar and once the rhubarb starts to break down, I taste it to see if it needs more. I find it really varies with the rhubarb. And possibly the extent of my sweet tooth on the day. Add amaretto (or almond extract) to taste as well. Simmer until the rhubarb starts to fall apart and the liquid has reduced to form a texture a bit runnier than preserves. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Meanwhile whisk the whipping cream with sugar and amaretto until you have your freshly whipped cream. If all that amaretto is sounding too much, make the whipped cream with vanilla extract instead. Both work. I may have tried. Or if the amaretto isn’t sounding like nearly enough at all, cut a layer of marzipan for each cake to boost the almond factor.

Once both cake and rhubarb are cooled, assemble by spooning cream and rhubarb between the layers and on top of the cake, and dust with icing sugar. I find the recipe makes enough for a three layer cake but that’s far too much for us to have here without guests, so I either give away or freeze the third cake so it’s not a waste.

And then because I managed to put it together while still holding a baby, I embrace the messy look of it all and try to decide which is more exciting right now: making it or eating it. It’s possibly a draw.

Great Bloggers Bake Off is organised by Jenny at Mummy Mishaps. See more bloggers’ cakes in on her blog.
Please no spoilers from the actual show in the comments, for those who watch later than the original broadcast! Thanks.

Creative layouts featuring Large Photos:: A Scrapbooking tutorial by Naomi Atkins

creative layouts featuring larger photos:: a scapbooking tutorial by naomi atkins @

Hello there! Today I’m going to give you a tutorial on some creative ideas to scrapbook with extra large photos. Being a photographer, my favorite way to scrapbook is starting with an extra large photo. My photos are definitely my inspiration, and usually the rest of my creativity flows from there. I also LOVE to sew, so you will see a lot of sewing in my layouts.. although it’s not complicated sewing! My favorite size to use is an eight x twelve photograph.. and sometimes I will trim that down to a seven x twelve or six x twelve, depending on the photo. I love the photo to reach end to end on a twelve x twelve page. I think some people get stuck with this size, because they feel there is not a lot to work with.. but there definitely is!

creative layouts featuring large photos:: a scrapbooking tutorial by naomi atkins @

creative layouts featuring large photos:: a scrapbooking tutorial by naomi atkins @

For my first layout, I did some sewing. I went through my fabric stash and pulled out some strips that were already cut from a quilting pack, some lace, and burlap. I pinned them to make ruffles (super easy) then stitched them to my page. I covered the seams with the lace trip and burlap trim. I then added a coordinating tag to the top of the layout, some resin flowers and wooden buttons, and done!

creative layouts featuring large photos:: a scrapbooking tutorial by naomi atkins @

For the second page I really wanted to keep a monochromatic theme, so I chose black, grey and kraft. I also LOVE doilies, and love using them as backgrounds! I decided to stamp black sentiments on kraft tags, and then adhere them to the dollies. I added some gold stickers and a project life card for my title.. and I was done! I also added a line of burlap trim as an afterthought to keep the craft/natural theme going. I really like using burlap on layouts as well.

creative layouts featuring large photos:: a scrapbooking tutorial by naomi atkins @

For the final layout, another favorite technique of mine is cutting shapes out of paper, and layering other paper underneath, and embellishments over top. I chose to add my title over two of the cut shapes, and embellishments over the top and bottom hearts. I cut my hearts different shapes and sizes to add interest to the page. I then zig-zag stitched down each side to adhere everything to the page.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are inspired to try showcasing some of your favorite photos on your scrapbooking pages!!

Naomi is a lover of all things creative and crafty… but has not always been so!! She left her career as a law professor at a local college to become co-owner (and photographer) of Inspired and Enchanted Photography in 2009. Her love of photography was the result of her love of scrapbooking.. and the two fit together so well! She has been published and had three covers for Scrapbook Trends magazine, and currently designs for Crate Paper, Gossamer Blue Kit company, and Kerri Bradford designs. Her husband and five children, as well as her business keep her busy! The highlight of her year was a recent trip to Africa with her daughter, doing missions work for the American Foundation for Children with AIDS. You can a gallery of her other work at Studio Calico..

Thoughts on scrapbooking my birth story

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Actually, the words ‘birth story’ make my skin crawl a little bit and I can’t put my finger on why. My best guess is because in the last few months of pregnancy, I suddenly read so many birth stories and like anything else in the world, they run to extremes. Some were beautifully written and compassionate, no matter what did and did not go to plan. Others resembled a horror movie and some were devoid of all emotion entirely. For a while it became my answer to reality TV: pick a story and click and see if it would make me excited, nervous, or confused. Do I have any idea my mind thought that was a good idea? Not really. Not at all.

But of course I eventually got to a point where in theory I had my own story and for me, stories go in scrapbooks. What struck me when reading is how there are so many birth stories told all in one go, essentially a chronological narrative from the first twinge to meeting baby, and that often made for long and somewhat tedious stories that lost the best bits of storytelling. My aim is not to write one long piece of work under the birth story heading, but to break it up into different pieces, telling the story across a series of scrapbook pages, allowing for pace and reflection and a focus on the things I really want to remember rather than just a timeline of contractions. Though Wonder Boy really took his time to arrive, there is a lot of humour of those days that is dear to my heart. We were at a hospital on the Thames near Waterloo station and we kept singing Waterloo Sunset but couldn’t remember most of the words though I could usually tell you the lyrics to that backward and forward. At one point I needed to move and get some fresh air so we walked back and forth across Westminster Bridge, which was closed for the London Marathon. I had to stop every few steps to brace myself and the bridge was filled with spectators watching the race, so at one point I was convinced someone had just instagrammed a picture of me with the caption ‘someone is in labour at the marathon’. And even a few weeks later I was able to have a big laugh with the instructor of our birthing class, who had started one session by saying ‘If you meet someone and they say they were in labour for forty-eight hours, that’s not completely true’, explaining that bit about how the hours of early labour don’t really count and the active stages tend to be significantly quicker. I can’t debunk her quote entirely, but my discharge papers break down the active labour time and my total was forty-seven hours and forty-two minutes, so I guess I did my best to try to prove her wrong!

Thoughts on scrapbooking my birth story @
There is something else in my scrapbooking process that makes telling this story a bit of a different exercise and that is that I have no intention of actually writing it in order or all in one time span. I’m using my personal standard for scrapbook storytelling: I have a notebook where I jot random things down and another book where I draft longer pieces of writing if I want to get my thoughts in order before I start writing on the page. From there, I have ideas for a few different pages to help this story come together, and I use that to look at my photo library and see how the two can match up.

Thoughts on scrapbooking my birth story @
This page is the first under that heading and I wanted to start pretty simply as a bit of a warm up. Partly because scrapping less for the last few months makes me doubt myself as I paste pretty paper to other pretty paper, partly because I’m still adjusting to the work flow of creating a page with plenty of interruptions rather than a solid block of creative time, and partly because I don’t like diving into the most weighty writing first. I always find I tell the story better if I start simply and find my feet before I work on something that feels more important.

Most everything here is from my own collection, but I added in just a few little extras – some Doodlebug enamel dots, thin turquoise washi tape from the Amy Tangerine Plus One collection, and the gold mist and the chipboard ‘love’, hearts, and arrow are from Heidi Swapp’s line. And this page includes some pieces from the ‘Lovely’ Project Life edition, which coordinates with my line. From the top left, the turquoise hearts, pale pink with embossed hearts, aqua date, and white hello are all 3×4 cards in that kit, which includes cards with dry embossing and gold foil. (By the way, I’m continuing to update this post with shops that have the collection in stock.)

And a big yay from me to The Boy, who was with it enough after those forty-seven hours and forty-two minutes to snap these photos of Wonder Boy and I. They are something I never imagined in my photo library and definitely in that ‘what do you grab from a burning building’ category to me.

Techniques with Ink Refillers:: A Scrapbooking Tutorial by Natalie Elphinstone

techniques with ink refillers:: a scrapbooking tutorial by natalie elphinstone @

Much like my very own nature, my scrapbooking style tends to involve the combination of clean straight lines and a little bit of arty ‘mess’ thrown in. I think there’s a big trend right now for the addition of mixed media techniques into more traditional layouts, and today I’d like to share with you some fun ways to use ink refills to achieve that look.

I’m using the Color Theory Ink Refills from Studio Calico, but there are many brands out there that would work just the same. The beauty of these is they’re water soluble dye inks and so they blend really nicely, which is important for this first technique of creating an ombre ink pad.

techniques with ink refillers:: a scrapbooking tutorial by natalie elphinstone @

What I’ve done is place a folded up baby wipe (still wet… but clean!!) onto a hard plastic surface. I’m using a plastic take-away container lid because I’m not concerned if it gets stained by the ink. I squirted the Ink Refills across my baby wipe making sure to use three colours in the same spectrum so they blend without creating muddy browns.

techniques with ink refillers:: a scrapbooking tutorial by natalie elphinstone @

A good stamp to use with this kind of technique is either one that’s big and bold, or a background pattern stamp so you can really appreciate the ombre effect. Use your freshly created stamp pad like you normally would to get your stamp all nice and juicy!

techniques with ink refillers:: a scrapbooking tutorial by natalie elphinstone @

Before you plonk that stamp down on paper though, a good trick is to give it a quick spritz with water to ensure all the colours mix nicely into one another. Using water colour paper is another trick to use.

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Inspired by my own success, I went ahead and created a second ink pad using a blue-green spectrum of colours this time.

techniques with ink refillers:: a scrapbooking tutorial by natalie elphinstone @

Both look good, and it gave me some options for when I finally construct my layout. Stamping them onto scrap pieces of paper like this gives me more control – I can keep practicing until I get one that’s perfect. Then I simply trim around it to stick onto my page later.

techniques with ink refillers:: a scrapbooking tutorial by natalie elphinstone @

Another, perhaps braver, technique (only because you never know what the outcome is going to be) is to use the ombre ink pads to create some interesting background effects on your page. Squash an acrylic block directly into the ink pad and then apply it straight to your paper.

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Do this haphazardly, or repetitively to create a kind of pattern.

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When you’re done creating for the day don’t throw the ink pads away! Store them in plastic containers to use again another time. It doesn’t even matter if they dry out. Because these Ink Refills are water soluble all you need to do to revive them is make them damp again by spraying with some water.

techniques with ink refillers:: a scrapbooking tutorial by natalie elphinstone @

Here’s my finished page. It’s a 6×8” page which will slip directly into my Handbook opposite some pocket pages with continue on with the series of photos and better explain what’s going on here! The ‘Fancy’ stamp and all the scrapbook supplies for this page all come from the Hercules Add On from the latest Studio Calico Sandlot Kits.
Thanks for letting me share today. I’d love to know if you’ve ever given anything like this a try before, or if you have any other techniques to use with ink refills. Leave a link in the comments and I’ll be sure to pop by!

Natalie lives in Melbourne Australia with her Trophy Husband and two beautiful girls. She works full time as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist but still manages to set aside lots of time to play with pretty paper. She is a Studio Calico Creative Team member and a current Australian Scrapbooking Memories Master. She shares all her stories on her blog One Scrappy Doctor and her Facebook Page.

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