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Scrapbooking Starting Point :: Thanks to a Stranger

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Getting back into the swing of starting points, I thought I’d go with one of my favourite ways to get pasting: four quadrants of patterned paper on a 12×12 cardstock background. In fact, we started all the starting points fun with a similar look way back when, but there is one little difference here to change it up – and of course it looks different with every paper combination you choose.

So in this case, you’ll need four squares of patterned paper about 5.75 or 5.5 inches (depending on how much frame you want around the edge) and three kinds of ribbon or trim… or do you? You could replace the three ribbons with border stickers, paper strips, punched pieces or journaling bars, perhaps!

scrapbook starting points
I used plenty of the new Dear Lizzy Neapolitan collection and some Amy Tangerine die-cuts for this page, with a funny old photo that has been in my photo files for years. Like fourteen years. All because it has some stranger’s fingerprint in the shot. It’s the only photo I have from this day and we passed the camera to some random passerby and when I developed the film (remember that experience?), this is what I found with our single photo. Well, at first I was quite annoyed but I have mellowed. Now I am far happier to have an image at all rather than to have nothing, and I figured that random stranger is now part of our story, with his fingertip immortalised in my scrapbook.

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Here are four favourites from the last time we played the starting point game! Clockwise from top left, they are from Kate, Soaphousemama, Louise and Valerie.

Now it’s your turn… what will you do with four squares and three lines?

05 March 2012

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15 Comments for Scrapbooking Starting Point :: Thanks to a Stranger

  1. Dawn Cheshire Says:

    love it, thanks for showing us you can use imperfect photos if it captures the moment! Can’t wait to have a chance to play, who know’s I might even be able to do a page with my scraps!

  2. Madeline Fox Says:

    4 squares, 3 lines…sounds like a fun challenge!

  3. soapHOUSEmama Says:

    thanks for featuring my layout! Love this new starting points and such a fun story about the stranger’s finger :)

  4. Erica Says:

    I have some time today to play so I might have to give this one a try.

  5. Laura Says:

    This is perfect for a layout I’ve been wanting to make with just one 4×6 and quite a bit of journaling…Fabuloso!!!

  6. Mary Jo Says:

    Just printed it up so I can give it a try :)

  7. Ashley Rock Says:

    Love Love Love it!! I will have to give it a try!

  8. LizzieMade Says:

    That’s a great “starting point”, Shimelle. I like how it works with your photo, journalling and title. I will try this one too – thanks!
    You know, I didn’t even notice the “finger in the photo”, until I read your notes underneath. I was looking at the three smiling girls in the centre of the shot!

  9. Rhonda H Says:

    I have just recently found your blog through a class member in Stacy Julian’s TWELVE. She said she was referring to your Starting Points and I checked them out. SO GLAD you are doing them again. They have saved my life and kept me making layouts when I had hit a slump. Keep up the good work.’

  10. VeroniqueR Says:

    Great starting point!
    I like those 4 squares.
    Many thanks for this new startingpoint!

  11. Becks Says:

    NOOOO Shimelle, I’ve been thinking about doing a 4 square layout ever since I bought my first 6×6 pad from MME a few weeks ago. I thought I was SO ORIGINAL lol! Now by the time I’m done with my layout it’ll just be one of a million 4-square layouts.

    Funny how we all think alike!

  12. abbeyviolet Says:

    this was great fun and I love how different all the layouts are!

  13. Cathy G Says:

    Only just made it in time, but the first scrapbooking I’ve done for ages… Thanks for the virtual kick up the ….

  14. Erica Says:

    Finally got mine finished! Loved using this layout and I might have a couple more layouts in progress using the same concept!

  15. Ice Hockey Says:

    There are some interesting points in time in this article but I don’t know if I see all of them center to heart. There is some validity but I will take hold opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we want more! Added to FeedBurner as well

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