Posts Tagged ‘Designer Digitals’

I have been creating a bunch of layout inspired by the Scrapbook Coach series from Debbie Hodge at Get It Scrapped.com. The class comes with one PDF as a reference with all the slides from the powerpoints in the video and then four video lessons. My process has been to watch the video then pick out some pictures and re-watch the video while I scrap along. What’s great, though, is that the lessons really give you a foundation to start from so you can copy it exactly or you can use it as an inspiration springboard. Here’s the first layout that I did that’s a direct copy (but with different supplies, of course) of one of the lessons in “On a Shelf”:



The “William Kit” by Katie Pertiet was new in my collection at the time and it happened to match the colors in my dress almost perfectly. The instructions were to choose another color that was not in the multi-colored patterned paper as an accent strip. Not only is blue/orange one of my all-time favorite color combos but it also worked perfectly with Lou’s pashmina.

Supplies: William Kit, Powder Mountain Element Pack and Woodside Jangle Element Pack by Katie Pertiet. Sisters Brushes & Stamps by Ali Edwards. This Moment Is Your Life by Kristin Cronin-Barrow. CircleIt! Basics Brushset by Anna Aspnes. Going Places Kit by One Little Bird Designs. Autumnal Spice Paper Pack by Andrea Victoria. Cut.It.Out Clipping Masks by Robyn Meierotto.


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Week 3 of the Guided Study Critique Workshop at Get It Scrapped was on Balance. I think this was the easiest assignment to date for me. Here’s what I came up with:


I have gone through many iterations of layouts using this panorama from my trip to Sehlabathebe in February. I wanted to show off the grandeur of the huge photo (It would print at 12×24) but also get detail shots in. It finally worked with this. At first I just had the photo on kraft but eventually decided to add the strips of patterned paper to the bottom to add a little extra detail. But, I didn’t want the papers to take away from the photo. I can’t tell you have many different papers I tried. The beauty of digi. I also found the little “National Park” cut up amongst my supplies and thought it added  a nice little dimension to the title. After I typed up the journaling to balance the block of white from the title I had some extra space so I added the arrow border stamp.

No changes from the live critique session. I was really proud of the layout and think it’s one of my best ever.

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Phew! I can’t believe it has been so long since I’ve updated here. Life has been CRAZY. There is a lot to update on – Easter, Grandma’s 90th birthday, road tripping through National Parks, etc. but I came here  to re-start my series from the Guided Study Critique Workshop at Get It Scrapped that picked up again 4 weeks ago. This Thursday is the last session so I have lots to share. It’s been tough staying caught up while traveling. Thank goodness I’m a digi scrapper and can scrapbook on the road!

I haven’t finished the updates to Week 1’s assignment so here’s week 2: Contrast:


These were photos that I literally took the day I submitted this assignment. I was behind on creating because my family and I were taking a road trip down to Arizona via Moab/Arches, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon and as I uploaded the pictures I couldn’t help but want to use them. I chose contrast in size (large vs small photos) and color (green and red are opposite on the color wheel). Here’s my second attempt:


The two biggest things that came out of the critique were to:

1) change the size of the smaller photos so they were just a bit smaller. This was actually something I thought immediately after I uploaded it. In the before version it was just a little too top heavy.

2) Increase the contrast of the “You are here” element and the arrow. I tried a lot of different colors – the light and dark blue of the tag and green before settling on white for the lettering. Someone suggested the arrow in the wood veneer – same as the little car element – and that worked pretty well.

I finished this just in time for it to be included in my latest order of prints (since I was in the US and had completed 50 layouts since the last time I printed). I have to say that in person it looks pretty amazing.

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I was organizing my pins on Pinterest and re-discovered this gem:

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Uh, this describes my cat’s personality to a T. Every morning it’s “tap, tap, tap” on my face until I get up to feed her. (Or, depending on my mood, she runs out of the room in front of me and I shut the bedroom door. She still hasn’t learned that trick yet.) I thought it would be fun to do a page with a big title and a picture of Blossom. Thanks to my photo organization system it was easy to bring up all the picture tagged “Blossom” (but not Molly, because I have LOTS of pictures of the two of them together) and discovered that I have plenty of pictures of her sleeping in random places. Even better!


Sweet Rose Bay Element Pack (alpha), Striping Graphic No 2, Stacked Photo Clusters No 3, Cardstock Tabs No 3 (staple), Basic Tags No 2 (staple) by Katie Pertiet. Going Places Kit by One Little Bird + The Ardent Sparrow. Up to Date Kit by Gennifer Bursett and Jen Allyson

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NOT a page I made for my critique class, but I wanted to share here anyway. I’ve been negligent on documenting my Kilimanjaro experience because I thought I would do a separate book all with similar layouts. Instead I’ve decided just to go ahead and scrap as the inspiration hits me. I was hoping that some kind of inspiration for this week’s assignment on tension would come to me during the design process but it didn’t, but I still like it and decided to share.


Katie Pertiet:
American Beauty Layered Template (game card + star flourish)
Lil Bit Tags
Linen Buttons: Winter Woods (recolored)
Classic Embossed Grid No 2
Assorted Messy Stitches White No 3
Photo Corners: Colors No 1

Cathy Zielske:
Design Your Life Layered Template No 15 (modified to 12×12)

Andrea Victoria:
Happy Day Solids

Libby Weifenbach:
“Boom Boom Clap” kit

Sahlin Studio:
“Season of Giving” kit (it’s a Christmas kit but I loved the gold stars!)

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This was a difficult assignment for me because it was less concrete than other weeks. Breaking space and typography are pretty straight forward; creating “tension” is not. For the assignments I decided to focus on different techniques for creating tension that were mentioned in the readings. One is breaking borders (which I did in week 1) so for this layout I tried to accomplish “snuggle & separate.” This is not something I typically do in my layouts but it is a technique that I admire in others. Here’s how it looked before the live critique session:


and here’s how it looks now:


Changes made from the critique:

1) Changed the orientation of the photo so that Molly’s face is looking into the page (duh)

2) This necessitated moving the tag grouping to the other side so that it wasn’t covering up the faces

3) Moved the journaling block up so that the bottom was flush with the bottom of the photo block

4) Tacked down the journaling block with some stitching

5) Made the green in the top cluster more pronounced and the cluster a little bigger in general

Once again small details make a big difference on the layout. The orientation of the photo bugs me just a bit but I think it’s because I know that it was taken facing the other way. Design-wise it works and my eye will adjust. (P.S. Could you just die over the look Molly is giving the camera. Whenever I try to take her picture she barks like I’m trying to steal her soul. For my friend she looked right into it!)

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I shared this picture as an Instagram a few weeks ago via FB with the comment “Even after 7 years in Southern Africa white endearmints are still the best thing about going to meetings.” As I was looking through my photos I was inspired to scrapbook the photo because capturing ordinary everyday things like mints at meetings is what I think scrapbooking is all about.

This started out as an assignment for typography week in my class but the title work took me FOREVER to complete. I had the words and knew I wanted to do the fun look of combining a bunch of alphas with a long title. Something I very rarely do. I fiddled and fiddled and fiddled with the title. Finally I discovered that the font Lobster looks a lot like the endearmint packaging and after some more fiddling the title finally came together. The whole layout went through lots of iterations trying to find the right embellishments and color scheme as well as the right combination of alphas. I also had to reach out for help to my critique class on where to put my journaling. On suggestion was below the title but it was too long and kept going well past the bottom of the picture. Another was journaling strips but the journaling was too long. So I went with the third suggestion of a border around the edge and really liked it. I also fiddled with the color for the journaling, but black was the most readable. This is what I finally came up with:


Photo Corners: Colors No 1, White and Grey Tab Alpha, Clean Stitched Banners White No 1, Haunted Woodlands Solids, and Messy Stitched Circles White No 1 by Katie Pertiet. 10,080 Minutes Date Tools by Traci Reed. Ribbon Bits 3 by Patti Knox. Storyteller kit by Scrap Orchard. I Am Polka alphabet by Penny Springmann. Glittery Neutrals alphabet by Libby Pritchett. Text Paths – Rounded Squares by Jen Martakis Designs.

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