It’s a cold icy day in central Illinois. In other words, it’s a great scrapbooking day! As many of you do, I have several favorite layouts that I tend to repeat. Falling back on and using a favored layout is a great way to kick-start your scrapbooking. When you pull out your photos and all of your supplies, sometimes it’s a little over-whelming and difficult to get the “creative juices” flowing. So having a few basic layouts in your repertoire can be a great scrapbooking strategy.
This is a fairly easy layout to duplicate and can be adapted in many ways. I usually prefer matching backgrounds for my double-page spreads, so this is a good technique to use if you don’t have two sheets of matching paper. Just cut two coordinating sheets in half and then adhere them together with a border across the middle. To add extra depth and definition, you can use another sheet behind. Just trim off one inch from your other pieces. To conserve paper, cut out the center of the background sheet leaving a one inch frame all around. When you add your pieces on top, center them to leave a half inch frame on all four sides.
For my first layout above, I used our Creative Memories Denim Blues Paper, Embellishments and ABC/123 Stickers. The heart frame was punched with our Original Border Maker System and Heart Chain Cartridge. (The Heart Chain Cartridge is currently one of three cartridges that come with the Original Border Maker System. It can also be purchased separately.) Use your scissors to make small snips in-between each heart, but leave the chain intact not cutting all the way through. You can then bend your heart chain into shape. You will definitely need our Repositional Tape Refill for this. If may take a few tries and some tinkering to get your heart shape to your liking. I used three heart chain borders to make my heart.
For my second layout, I used our beautiful Be Bold & Flourish Paper Pack and Slide-In Cards. These are currently available while supplies last in the Going Gone section of our website. You’ll want to grab an extra pack of this gorgeous paper before it’s sold out. I used our Leaf Trio Punch to punch ferns from our Gold Shimmer Cardstock to make my large wreath. To make the wreath extra lush, I built up my wreath with several layers. Since this collection did not come with embellishments, I created my own flowers with old CM flower punches and our Maple Leaf Punch. For added dimension, I used Foam Squares to adhere my flowers.
I can envision lots of versions of this layout. And many of our border maker cartridges and punches (Garden Vine Punch) could be used to make the frame on the second page. Frames could also be cut using our old Jumbo Cutting Patterns. I would love to see your interpretations of this layout! Feel free to share your versions on my business Facebook Page.
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