How to Get the Most Out of A Paper Pack

Rarely do I ever buy pattern paper. In fact, I have contemplated selling all of it because I prefer to make my own. It takes a lot to impress me, so when I do take the plunge and buy a pack I have a plan to use all of it. If I can not think of a way to use it up, I do not buy it. I came across the perfect summer paper from Close to my Heart. It is bright, colorful and full of all the summer things. I created 6 cards and three double page layouts with it. I am sharing all of it with you including a video and the measurements for each project I made.

Chill

For this Layout you will need two pieces of 12 by 12 for your base. For the layout, select 3 sheets of pattern of paper.

Sheet 1: 2 pieces at 4 inches by 12 inches

Sheet 2: 4.25 by 6.25 inches.

Sheet 3: 2 pieces at 3 by 4 inch pieces and 1 piece 4 by 6 inch pieces.

Assemble using the above sample as your reference.

The Perfect Day

Select two pieces of cardstock for your base. Once you have your base pages set them aside and select 5 pieces of pattern paper.

Sheet 1: 6.5 by 12 inches and 2.5 by 12 inches

Sheet 2: 1 piece 3 by 12 and 1 piece 3 by 10.25

Sheet 3: 3 pieces 4.25 by 6.25 and 1 piece 4.25 by 4.25

Sheet 4: 1 pieces 1 by 12 and 1 pieces 1.5 by 12

Sheet 5: 2 pieces 12 by .5

Summer Vibes

Select two pieces of card stock for your base. Select 6 pieces of paper.

Sheet 1: 2 pieces 6 by 12

Sheet 2: 2 pieces 3 by 12

Sheet 3: 2 pieces .5 by 12

Sheet 4: 4.25 by 6.25 and 4.25 by 3.25

Sheet 5: 2 pieces .5 by 12

Sheet 6: 4 by 6 and 2 by 4

Sending Sunshine

1 piece: 1.25 by 5.25

2 piece: .25 by 5.5

3 piece: 2.25 by 3.25

4 piece 2 by 3

Summer Love

1 Piece: 4.25 by .5

2 Piece: 4.25 by 2

3 Piece: 4.25 by 1.5

4 Piece: 4.25 by .5

Can We Chill Together Soon?

1 Piece: 4 by 4

Sweet Summertime

1 Piece: 1.5 by 5.5

2 Piece: .5 by 5.5

3 Piece: 2 by 3.5

4: 1.5 Circle

Sun

1 Piece: 1 by 5.5

2 Piece: 3 by 5.5

3 Piece: 2.5 by 2.75

Just Keep Swimming

1 Piece: 5.5 by 2.5

2 Piece: 5.5 by 1

3 Piece: 3 by .75

4 Piece: 3 by 1.75

5 Piece: 2.75 by 2.25

The Extras!

In addition to the Summer Vibes Paper Pack, I also picked up the coordinating stamp, die cuts, acrylic shapes and sticker sheet. I do not care for stickers, so I like to dust the back of each of them with powder and adhere them with pop dots. The powder gets the adhesive less sticky and the pop dots add dimension and interest. Please make sure you check out the video I posted in the beginning of this article to see a walk thru of the goodies and more explanation on each thing I created. You can find everything here.

Back to My Roots!

I got into paper crafting over 30 years ago before I even knew there was a name for my hobby — scrap booking! I even got my start in the craft industry with scrap booking. I spent about a decade creating scrapbook pages for a few different kit clubs and had to walk away to care for my Mom who had emergency open heart surgery. Back in the day there was no such thing as scheduling a post ahead of time.

When I returned to the industry in 2017 I was told my scrap booking pages was not where it was at. I really took that to heart and it kind of scared me because that was what I was about. I spent the first two years focusing on trends and mixed media and I really missed making layouts. Finally in the spring of 2019 I returned to my roots. I still am dabbling in cards, Bible Art, Art Journal and ATC, but my heart is scrap booking and I will not ever walk away from it again.

Easter Blessings

This first layout I documented my place setting at my 2019 Easter table. The paper was created by my local craft store. It is super soft and gorgeous.

One thing I like to do to make a title stand out without taking away from the layout is to add a piece of vellum behind it.

Seeing Stars

I adore this picture of my son. He was having so much fun! I used a piece of Creative Embellishment chipboard painted yellow with glitter to help create a focal point.

Friday Night Lights

I love white space on a layout. It creates eye popping focal points and an area for the eye to rest. Some find it plain and that’s okay. Art is a personal thing and what one prefers another may not. I really wanted this gorgeous sunset picture to shine.

Golf

My son had the honor of participating in the golf tournament that his great grandparents founded about 50 years ago. The first layout is of him during the day with his golf cart crew.

The second and final layout is of the dinner that night! He is sitting with his grandma (daughter of the founder), great grandma (founder) and uncle (current chairman).

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Vacation Layouts

Do you know what is frustrtating? Thinking that you are done with a series of pictures to scap and finding ONE more. I thought as I concluded with these last pages I was done, but nope. There is another photo that needs to be scrapped. It is an epic photo too! So, as much as I want to say I am done I can’t just yet. Regardless, here are three vacation layouts I want to share with you.

Very little journaling is needed on all my pages for vacation, so I keep it pretty simple!

To create more interest on this page I ran the stars I had die cut through with an embossing folder and ran an ink pad in the same color darker shade over the top. Gems were randomly placed to finish off the page.

This banner was so fun to make! I may have taken these pictures just so I could create this ice cream themed page.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Back to School Albums

Last year was tough completing the very last page for my son’s school album because he was graduating. This year has proven no easier. It is my daughter’s last year of high school and she will be leaving home in the fall for college. My youngest has four more years of school left, but it will go by so quick.

Layouts

There was lots of left over Harry Potter paper and I decided to use it for this year’s back to school pages. This is the first year that I did not use a sketch much less the same design on each layout.

By mating each piece of pattern paper and picture with black cardstock it gave the layout a cohesive look that is not so busy. The multitude of patterns allows for little embellishment which is a good thing for these types of albums.

The Inline Alphabet stamp set from Close to My Heart is perfect for school layouts!

Walk Thru

I took a little stroll down memory lane by sharing a walk thru of her album. Not only has she grown, but so has the trees she stood in front of yearly and the car behind her is not the family car. It is her car.

https://youtu.be/3RfOCG2zLJA

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

The Great Outdoors

One thing that my family is doing a lot of is getting outside! My husband and daughter trained for a triathlon last summer. My son went hiking and we all had fun exploring local trails.

My daughter got a job as front desk receptionist at The Fitness Institute. Her new passion for health led to an entire overhaul on our family starting with my husband. He went from 430 pounds to 325 in just under seven months. I soon joined in and started working out with my daughter’s trainer (pictured above). Instead of sitting at home and playing video games my husband and daughter started training for a triathlon together. Not only did they get fit they bonded!

Using the same line and stamp set from Close to My Heart I created a page of my son at the top of the mountain on a hike. For my husband’s 44th Birthday he wanted to go on a hike — so that is what we did.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Paper Collage Layouts

Once a month I attend my favorite local craft stores crop! What is a crop you may ask? Basically it is a modern day spin on the old quilting bees in which women got together to work on a quilt. Now we get together to paper craft! It is a wonderful time to dedicate to catching up on my scrapbook and socializing with other like minded ladies. Plus, it a great opportunity to support local small businesses! Do you know that 60% of what you spend at your local small business goes right back into your community? Great excuse to shop ūüôā

Completed Layouts

After 8 years of basketball my son threw his last basketball because he graduated high school. This layout documents that day. I had a pair of Converse made in his school colors that I wore to every game the last four years — those are pictured to your left. He and I right before he went on the court for the last time takes center stage. Finally, his last warm up. Ironically, this page used the last of the basketball line I have been using to document his basketball career.

To document the prom I used this kit for my son’s page. Yes, it is Sleeping Beauty, but it lent itself well to a princely layout.

My daughter is a junior and was able to go this year too! They posed for some fun photos before heading out individually with their friends and dates.

My daughter and her friends got ready at our house and had a sleep over. It was a great night and they all had a blast.

Of course the girls did some fun photos too! Love these girls and I am so glad my daughter has such a wonderful group of friends that have been around since early elementary school.

One of my friends at the crop hosted wonderful make and take in which we got to create a tag!

Do you have crops at your craft store? I am so blessed that we have one every month! It seriously is my favorite day!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Back To School Layouts

I have kept a school album for each of my children from preschool through high school. Well, they still are in school, but it will go through high school. When they were little it was so much fun and easy to find cute back to school paper crafting goodies. As they have gotten older it has become challenging to find anything back to school that is mature like them, yet reflective of who they are and what they are becoming. So, I have ventured outside of the typical back to school supplies and used other things for the layouts.

Parker is going into the 6th grade. He needed something cool, but still kid friendly. I opted for stars in different textures in which I die cut out in various shapes and used as a border. I added a few bottle cap sequins from Brutus Monroe to finish it off. 

 Annie is entering 10th grade. I decided to use an inspirational kit from Brutus Monroe because she is changing from an impressionable child to a confidant young adult. It reminds me of a transformation that a butterfly undergoes. I love the layering butterfly die!

Logan is entering 11th grade! I decided to use a library back ground stamp and a traditional school style stamp set by Brutus Monroe to create his page. I added a small basketball because that is his life! 
This is the first year I did not use the same sketch and product line for each kiddo. They each turned out great and I hope the kids will cherish them when they receive their albums. 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!