April 27, 2015

A Clean and Simple Scrapper?

What is clean and simple scrapbooking? Is one person's CAS another person's fussy? I'm pondering this because in a blog post one of my friends mentioned my work and described my style as CAS. Well I'll certainly admit to being clean, in the sense of not being inclined towards a mixed media approach with ink and paint on my pages. But simple? I associate that with designers like Catherine Davis, Melanie Louette and the popular Ali Edwards. They use classic patterns in small doses, minimal embellishments and virtually no layering. Are these design boundaries I can adhere to if I chose to scrap a CAS page?


I gave it a go and here's my version of a CAS layout using the April Citrus Twist Kit : an understated stripe background in somber grey, one title card and a 3x5 format photo. If I left it at that I think it comes very close to my definition of CAS. But alas the fussy scrapper in me surfaced and started layering lots of unnecessary bits on the right, as well as scattering little stars on the page. In the end it's only half-way clean and simple but I love the prettiness factor my fussing added to the initially stark design, plus it went some way towards  using up the embellishments in my kit. So I'm happy and Lizzy I guess I can be a CAS scrapper.

Citrus Twist April Kits : American Crafts (Amy Tangerine Rise & Shine Ella, Shimelle True Stories Darjeeling, Mocha), Heidi Swapp (Wanderlust Wood Veneer Word, Memory Planner 2015 Acrylic Stamp Set), Crate Paper Confetti Die-Cut Cardstock Ephemera, Pinkfresh Studios Up In The Clouds Gold Rub-On Transfers, Citrus Twist Acrylic Stars. Others : Navy Cardstock

April 23, 2015

Working The Title

This page is all about the title "Gather Moments, Create A Great Memory". I use a combination of font types and sizes so that it'll stand out as the focal point. That meant taking some time to work out the best fit for two different pattern paper cut-outs, a wood veneer piece and a stamped word, exactly the kind of design undertaking I enjoy resolving.


The other thing that I discovered while scrapping this layout is how die-cuts in white can be just as impactful as ones with printed patterns. Case in point are the leafing branches. They have a lovely blue-green design which got lost when placed against my green background. Flipping them over and using the white side allows them to stand out as pure leaf shapes.

Citrus Twist April Kits : Amy Tangerine Rise and Shine (Lucy, Samantha), Dear Lizzy Serendipity Bloom, Shimelle True Stories Mocha, Crate Paper Congetti (Hooray, Die-Cut Cardstock Ephemera), Webster's Pages Light Bulb Paper Clip, Heidi Swapp Wanderlust Wood Veneer Words, sequins

Photo Credit : freeios7.com

April 19, 2015

Scrapping About A Monument

I am a huge cycling fan so in March and April finds me all excited about the Spring Classics. These one day road races throw so much at the riders from strong cross-winds, to riding on cobbles, to a punishing series of short, sharp hills and if the weather is inclement then all hell will break loose, making for spectacular racing.    


When I was assigned this Citrus Twist sketch with the tumble of circles I decide it's time to make a page about a monument of professional racing : Ronde van Vlaanderen or the Tour of Flanders.  In the April Pattern Paper Kit #1 I find the perfect paper for my layout. It's Amy Tangerine's Samantha with spoked circles of various sizes which resemble bicycle wheels. I place a bunch of these circles in a cascade on the left behind the photo and introduce some structure on the right with two columns of journaling about the route of the race. It's a stroke of luck there's an "Epic" cork shape in my kit because that word perfectly describes this race.

April Sketch

Now that the page's done I get to sit down and read through the latest issue of Rouleur in anticipation of all the racing that's coming my way: Paris-Roubaix, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Giro di Lombardia. Can't wait!

Citrus Twist April Kits : Crate Paper Confetti (Gala, Die-Cut Cardstock Ephemera), Pink Paislee Bella Rouge Black and White Acrylic Alphabet,  American Crafts (Amy Tangerine Rise and Shine Samantha, Shimelle True Stories Darjeeling, Dear Lizzy Serendipity Bloom), Webster's Pages Light Bulb Paper Clip, Citrus Twist Cork Shape Others : LilyBee Autumn Spice Nutmeg

Photo Credit : General Bike

April 15, 2015

The Wrong Photo Format

Conventionally it's easiest to work a landscape photo into a portrait layout design. What then do I do if I want to use a square format photo? Cropping it is one option but with this shot it'll eliminate too much of the beach scene. Matting it with pattern paper is another option I considered and passed on because, with the other elements I plan to layer around the photo, it'll look too busy. That's when I hit upon the solution of leaving wide margins around the photo. It has an added benefit of providing a clean border around the photo where embellishments can sit and not encroach too much into the photo. I'm glad this design problem ends up offering me a new design technique.


As for my goal of killing the Citrus Twist April Add-On Kit, completing two 6"x8" layouts means I've only used up half of the Shimelle Darjeeling paper and a handful of embellishments from the Confetti ephemera pack. So lots more scrapping ahead for me.

Citrus Twist April Kits : American Crafts Shimelle True Stories Darjeeling, Heidi Swapp (Hello Beautiful Photo Frame, Wanderlust Wood Veneer Words), Crate Paper Confetti (Hooray, Embellished Pockets, Die-Cut Cardstock Ephemera), Pink Paislee Bella Rouge Black and White Arcylic Alphabet, Citrus Twist (Cork Shapes, Blue Acrylic Stars), Glassine Bags. Others : Heidi Swapp Black Alphabets

April 11, 2015

To Kill A Kit

A new month, a new kit from Citrus Twist and time to set myself another scrappy goal. I'm going to attempt to kill the April Add-On Kit, to see how many layouts I can make by using up all the papers and embellishments. Its going to be a tall order because Trina packs a lot into her kits. From a timeline perspective it will also be tough because my kit took a detour, vacationing for a week in Taiwan before finally making it to Singapore. Well I'm not daunted and hope to exhaust this kit before next one arrives. Wish me luck.


This first layout is all about playing with typography and mixed fonts. To keep the focus on the text and photo I've deliberately chosen neutral background colours and simple, barely-there patterns. There's a strong photo-journalistic feel to the page that makes it my favourite 6"x8" design so far.  

Citrus Twist April Kits : Crate Paper Confetti (Life of The Party, Gala, Hooray, Die-Cut Cardstock Ephemera), American Crafts (Dear Lizzy Serendipity Bloom, Shimelle True Stories Darjeeling), Pink Paislee Bella Rouge Black and White Acrylic Alphabet, Pinkfresh Studio Up In The Clouds Gold Rub-On Transfers, Citrus Twist April Labels