October 05, 2015

The Story Unfolds

Often a single captivating photo is all I need to tell my story. But occasionally there are stories that can't be told with just one photo. In those cases the usual approach is to make either multi-photo pages or mini albums. My preferred solution is a little different. I gather all the relevant photos into an accordion foldout and mount that onto a regular sized layout. That way I can allocate a fair amount of space to journaling and other design elements while incorporating several photographs. And since the layout can go into normal albums, I don't have to about providing separate storage as with mini-books.


This project for Memories Trend is an example of what I'm talking about. I want to capture the month I spent babysitting a good friend's sizeable collection of houseplants. For me the best way to do that is to reproduce his care instructions for each of my charges, from the easy-going pothos to the finicky moth orchid, mounting them on a clipboard on one side of the layout. Then organize the photos in the accordion foldout in the same order as they appear in the care sheet with observations printed on the back of each photo about how well the plants fared under my care.     

Remember Detail

To fit everything into a page protector I limited the foldout to five photos, held in close with a paper clip. Any more and the page becomes too bulky. The end product is a really efficient way of showcasing five 3"x4" photos which would normally take up almost half the page, leaving very little room for anything else. What I like most about this approach is that I didn't have to make a trade-off between the number of photographs and the size of the photographs because fitting many small, busy pictures into a single visual can have an overwhelming effect.


Memories Trend Supplies: Prima Lyric (Overture, Orchestra, Premier), Webster's Pages Allison Kreft Cards Overlay, Crate Paper Journey Let's Go, Pebbles Sunnyside Bouncy, Kaisercraft Wooden Scissors, EKSuccess Plaid Edge Punch, Teresa Collins Tell Your Story Large Journaling Cards, Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go 6x6 Paper Pad, Ranger (Liquid Pearls Platinum, Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber White), Bazzill Classic White Cardstock. Others: Dear Lizzy Documentary Thickers, Crate Paper (Confetti Hardware Embellishments, Notes & Things Standout), acrylic clipboard 

Photo Credit: Unsplash, Ptra, Kaboompics

September 30, 2015


Rounding off September with a little sneak of next month's Citrus Twist Kits:
Oct Sneaks

September 25, 2015

A Return To Pattern

It's been a while, quite a while, since I made a page full of big, bold patterns. So it feels good to try my hand at mixing prints again. To ease myself back into the swing the things I use a trio of Crate Paper papers in the classic gallon-quart-pint ratio and the tried and tested large-medium-small pattern size combination. Choosing all black and white prints means the combination can be read purely in terms of density distribution. It also allows me to add an organic yellow motif as the piece de resistance.


Is it a coincidence that I choose to design in greyscale, to omit colour, even in my photo? After all the Citrus Twist September kit is chock full of rich, autumnal hues. So why use mostly black and white? Is the fact that we are blanketed with grey skies subconsciously affecting my mood and therefore my scrapbooking? I think so because my next kit layout is has a limited colour palette. In that case things might not take a turn for the colourful until the monsoon comes our way.


Citrus Twist Sep Kits : Basic Grey Barista Chai, Crate Paper Wonder (Dream, Ephemera), Crate Paper (Confetti Chalkboard Label, Backdrop), Crate Paper Notes & Things Chipboard Frame, glassine bag, white cardstock

Photo Credit : nikolapeskova

September 20, 2015

Back To School

This month Memories Trend isn't holding a sketch challenge, instead Anna proposed a recipe challenge based on the seasonal back-to-school theme. I love the idea and jumped in immediately with a suggestion of having participants incorporate these three elements in their projects : use stationery supplies, include a number, feature a fall colour. If this speaks to you then hop on over to the Memories Trend Challenge Site and share your creation with us. 


As for my challenge layout, I thought it would be fun to show how collections from the Memories Trend Shop that are not school-themed can work just as well. So I pick papers from Heidi Swapp's Wanderlust travel line (for the gorgeous watercolour blossoms) and chipboard embellishments from Crate Paper's Confetti birthday line (for the gold accents which are both super trendy and seasonally appropriate). I did use one school-themed item - the No.2 Pencils. It's a favourite of mine and I use it whenever the design calls for long, thin elements.

Cherish Detail

To bring everything together and to fulfil the stationery supply requirement I decide to put a chipboard smack in the of the page. Not an actual chipboard though, rather one that's inferred through the arrangement of pieces of paper and flaps. Then cheekily I create a double chipboard by having a swag of blooms grace the top of the layout. It works out flawlessly and being very restrained in the amount and placement of colour contributes to this turning out to be a layout I linger on whenever I flip through my album.

Memories Trend Supply List : Heidi Swapp (Wanderlust CafĂ©, Wanderlust Market Bouquet, Hello Beautiful Puffy Sticker Chat Bubble, Dreamy Life Is Beautiful), Bazzill Embossed Cardstock Peek-a-Boo Leaves, Fancy Pants Off To School No 2 Pencils, Crate Paper Confetti Happy Day Glitter Paper, Memories Trend Teapot Set Stamp (packaging), Ranger (Platinium Liquid Pearl, Gold Liquid Pearl, Gold Perfect Pearl). Others : Crate Paper Confetti (Chipboard Sticker, Chipboard Phrases), Gossamer Blue On My Desk Bulletin, paper clip 

Photo Credit : hswajid

September 15, 2015

From Houseplants To Peat Forests

A number of seemingly random things happened this week which sharpened my focus on, well, carbon. The first is pretty run-of-the-mill. As we hit the dry hot season, our skies become blanketed by haze. It's not pleasant but we seem to take it in our stride, being perhaps even blasĂ© about it. Me, I don a face mask when I'm out-of-doors and go about my business making pages, like this one about my thriving tillandsia. Then by chance I caught the first episode of Years of Living Dangerously and was held fast as it asks questions on slash and burn deforestation as well as the destruction of carbon sinks by peat fires.


How am I so completely apathetic and oblivious to what's happening less than 500 miles across the strait of Malacca from me? Contentedly going about cultivating an airplant for my coffee table display while peat swamp forests nearby burn? It's time to start educating myself on the issues and to find out if my lifestyle and consumption decisions are contributing to environmental degradation.

Airplant Detail

On Sunday I also attended a screening of Wim Wender's documentary on Sebastio Salgado. Salgado's social photography is incredibly powerful and as someone else famously said 'leaves stains on your soul'. I'm moved to contribute a little towards his inspiring efforts in rainforest regeneration and also moved to start becoming more socially responsible. I know all of this has little or nothing to do with scrapbooking so if you've persisted till the end of this post I'm pleasantly surprised. Next week I'll try to get back to talking about layout, design and crafting.

Citrus Twist Sep Kits : Crate Paper Wonder (My Dear, Cute One, Ephemera Pack, Gold Glitter Sticker), Crate Paper Journey Puffy Stickers, American Crafts Jen Hadfield Gold Paperclips, Pinkfresh Happy Things Acrylic Triangles. Others : grey cardstock

Photo Credit : Cristty