Do you ever hit a road block when you’re scrapbooking and trying to figure out page compositions that feel new and different for your albums? I have a couple of tips to share with you today that are really helpful for me in these situations.
First… I always use my Close To My Heart How-To Books. These are some of my favorite things. They are full of “recipes” for scrapbook page that already look fabulous. I enjoy cookbooks, too, especially the kind that have pictures to show me what the food I’m going to cook will look like when I’m finished. The Close To My Heart How-To Books work the same way. There are spiral bound books with countless possibilities and then there two volumes of “Make It From The Heart” that have a sampling of both scrapbook recipes and card making recipes.
Each layout composition has a picture of what a finished layout might look like, a list of all the sizes and pieces, cutting diagrams, and even tips for putting the pages together, with little hints on embellishing sprinkled throughout. They are fantastic. All of the parts and pieces are sized, scaled, and balanced to make the layout look fantastic. It saves me time and it saves me supplies because I know how to cut the paper just right and not waste anything.
If you have not tried these helpful resources, click here to see all of the different books that are available in the shopping section of my website.
Second… I remind myself often that layout compositions can be re-used and look remarkably different with a twist on papers and accessories. It’s easy to feel like every layout needs to be a different composition, so that it each page looks unique in your album. Well, I have discovered that simply changing the papers and accessories used on a layout can make a composition look so different that people do not even notice that the page base is the same.
Here are some examples.
This layout is one of the pages that was included in the May Scrapbook Workshop Kits that featured the Happy Times Paper Packet.
I purposefully used the same composition, but in the mirror image, for the June scrapbook pages to remind us that it is okay to use a composition more than once and to show just how different they can look. Both of the following layouts are part of the June Scrapbook Workshop Kits that feature the Calypso Paper Packet.
Can you see the similarity in the base pieces? The wood grain paper, flamingo paper, and the pineapple paper are all the same composition pieces. This is also true for the multi-floral papers, Lagoon print papers, and the Pear leaf print papers that stretch across the center of the layout.
Even though the layout bases are the same, once the photos, journaling, and accessories are added to the pages, the finished layout looks so different. I love that. It’s like taking a recipe you’ve enjoyed before and giving it a twist with some different spices to cook up something new and delicious.
So my scrapbook tips for today are to use the Close To My Heart How-To Books for steps to easy scrapbook compositions and then allow yourself to take creative liberties with the recipes by re-using the bases and embellishing them in new ways. These two things definitely help keep scrapbooking faster, simpler, easier, and fun for me.
I do still have June Scrapbook Workshop Kits available, if you would like to make the fun flamingo and pineapple pages. They are part of the five layout set shown above that I designed with the Close To My Heart Calypso Paper Packet, Washi Tape, and Sequins Accessories. Click here to see details on how you can get one of these Workshop Kits or attend a workshop in the Boise area.
Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com for Scrapbook Workshop Kits or with any questions about using Close To My Heart How-To Books. It’s going to be a fun summer for memory making and memory keeping.