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Scrapbooking on a small scale with Cristin Howell

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What size scrapbook pages do you make? With the exception of the Christmas season, I’m all in for 12×12 and have been for a while now. It’s a format that works well for me, but it doesn’t stop me adoring plenty of crafters’ work in other page sizes and album formats! Today’s guest artist Cristin shares a different page style in terms of size and binding but something familiar for sure – #scrapbookrainbows! Enjoy! -Shimelle

Hi there! It’s Cristin here. First, I’d like to thank Shimelle for having me as a guest on her blog. I’m delighted to share this page with you today. and I love making bright & colorful scrapbook pages on a smaller scale (travelers notebook sized or 6×8). Keeping things in this format helps me keep up with recording my memories and, most importantly, remembering the good times. At the beginning of 2021, I started using binder/loose leaf rings to contain my scrappy albums. It’s an inexpensive, informal way to scrapbook and it’s easy to add in pages and not worry about bulky ephemera. I wanted to share a fun layout with you documenting a trip to a u-pick citrus farm this past December.

Scrapbooking on a small scale with Cristin Howell @

I had never been in a tangerine orchard before! I took lots of pictures of the little tangerines while looking through the branches. Of course I had to include a selfie with my spouse, John, and the “fruit” of our labor (ha!) – our bucket of tangerines. I usually scrapbook with a bright palette and for this occasion, a fun RAINBOW theme seemed perfect. Besides the fun background patterned paper, more rainbows were needed!!

Scrapbooking on a small scale with Cristin Howell @

Sketching a curved line on plain white cardstock created the structure for the rainbow shape. Any shape will work fine – I like to cut my cardstock to the page size first. Then, a small paintbrush paired with a rainbow assortment of acrylic craft paints (any brand) followed the line to create the colorful rainbow ribbon.

Scrapbooking on a small scale with Cristin Howell @

I recommend trying non-traditional rainbow colors and mixing up the color order to match your photos or paper. I like sticking with the same color saturation, though – meaning, the colors are all the same brightness. After drying, I trimmed these pieces from the cardstock and adhered them to the background.

Small letter stickers were used for the title, and since I’m scrapping on a small scale (no room to spare!), I stuck the title right on top of my main photo. I love how colorfully this turned out! Thanks so much for hanging out with me today as I shared my layout with you!

Cristin Howell lives in central Florida, USA. Memory keeping is her passion and she has been scrapbooking on and off since 1999. Cristin loves to create layouts in full color – bright pinks and turquoise are her favorites! This past year, she has been scrapbooking on a smaller Traveller’s Notebook-sized scale.. Find Cristin on Instagram & her website.
21 April 2022

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