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Inspired by... Scrapbooking with May Flaum

inspired by.. with may flaum @ shimelle.com

Today I’m delighted to welcome May Flaum to share how she’s been inspired to get scrapbooking with the True Stories collection. May is hilarious and has an above-average appreciation of Zoolander, and this along with her fabulous crafting and teaching skills, make her one of my favourite people. I wish she lived much closer than the zillion miles away of reality. But at least today we can be found here in the same place, in some way or another. I hope you enjoy her video!

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com

I was inspired by this layout and really was struck by the simple design for two landscape oriented 4×6 photos – something I rarely do! I was also struck with the challenge of using a lot of patterned paper. I tend to be a mostly cardstock girl so I was excited to get in touch with my patterned side and play.

inspired by.. with may flaum @ shimelle.com

inspired by.. with may flaum @ shimelle.com

inspired by.. with may flaum @ shimelle.com

The vellum paper (BlueMoon // SB.com) was perfect for this layout, and I had an absolute blast mixing and matching new favorites with a few classic supplies. I was able to be inspired by Shimelle’s layout and get that lovely paper used while staying true to my own style. To me, being able to try new things and incorporate fresh ideas while staying true to what feels like you is crafty nirvana.

inspired by.. with may flaum @ shimelle.com
Other supplies for this page include wood veneer borders, vellum tags, wooden buttons, and sticker book from the True Stories collection (BlueMoon // SB.com), black glitter Thickers, plus wood veneer hearts, buttons, sequins, and kraft cardstock. (Shopping through these affiliate links adds no cost to your order but supports this site and makes guests like May possible. Thanks!)

How long has it been since you made a page with two 4×6 photos? May and I want to see! Share a link to something new or an old favourite with this photo arrangement in the comments or tag us on Twitter or Instagram. Happy scrapping!





May Flaum is a lifelong crafter that makes her home with her two daughters and husband in California. She doesn’t believe her scrapbooks can have too much stitching, sequins, or kraft cardstock and is never found without a great pair of scissors. From scrapbook layouts to mixed media creations, when not traveling she can be found spending time in her studio blogging, creating, and teaching on-line classes. For more information about her classes and read her blog visit her website or follow her on Instagram

25 August 2015



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8 Comments for Inspired by... Scrapbooking with May Flaum

  1. Maria Says:

    Thank you for your video May. I really loved the vellum stitched onto the background. And I’m scared of sequins, but you made them look so easy! Thank you again for taking time to share your l/o with us. Maria

  2. Pam C Says:

    It really is a beautiful page May! I have realized that I love my pages when I just only one or two photos – such a departure from when I was taught to squeeze as many photos on one page as possible! I’ve always admired your pages. This one is just beautiful!

  3. SandraA Says:

    Really enjoyed your video, May. I too have made such a big deal in my mind about using sequins, but I think you’ve broken through. From one of your classes, I bought PPA because I saw how you used it, so now I’m off to create a page with sequins. Yay!

  4. Alison Day Says:

    Such a cute page May! I too love using 4×6 photos and have been greatly inspired by Shimelle in that regards. That cloud print vellum is soooo yummy! I don’t think I have that one and am seriously wondering why not? What is wrong with me? LOL!
    As for recent layouts with two 4×6 photos there are two in this post http://alisondaydesigns.com/my-july-2015-gossamer-blue-kit-layouts/ that I’d love for you to check out.
    Thanks! Oh, and May, I love how you store your sequins! So free!! Mine are all carefully contained in their original packages but I kind of like your idea. makes it a fun treasure hunt every time!

  5. Lisa m Zepponi Says:

    I am enjoying this “series” of inspired by… is this what you are calling it? Different people using your products, one of your previous LOs. are you tagging these entries?

  6. Gab Says:

    Such a great LO and fun video May. I love how you took Shimelle’s LO and made a sketch. And I love how you talk through your process! I just got some PPA from SSS so I can’t wait to play!
    Wouldn’t it be fun if you and Shimelle collaborated on a 4×6 scrapping class????

  7. Candace Says:

    Really beautiful page May and thanks for the instruction video. Hope things are well with you

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