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The assignment: Make a 2-page layout with a shelf foundation.

Tshirt Collection by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Little Layette Kit, Inked Banners No 1, Splatters No 2, Astro Add-on Paper Pack, Ric Rac Basics No 1, Hey There Element Pack, Almost There Kit by Katie Pertiet; Stuck on You, Positive Spin by One Little Bird; The Good Stuff: This Month by Mye de Leon; Buttons by Pink Reptile Designs

Tshirt Collection by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Little Layette Kit, Inked Banners No 1, Splatters No 2, Astro Add-on Paper Pack, Ric Rac Basics No 1, Hey There Element Pack, Almost There Kit by Katie Pertiet; Stuck on You, Positive Spin by One Little Bird; The Good Stuff: This Month by Mye de Leon; Buttons by Pink Reptile Designs

I love using a shelf foundation on layouts as I think it helps to ground the photos and elements so they don’t look like they are floating on the page. I also commonly put my title on the shelf when I use one. I really struggled with this page, though, because of the bold colors of the tshirts in the pictures. That’s why I decided to use black/white patterned paper in the alternating spots of the grid and a gray alpha for my title. I then added a few pops of yellow to create a visual triangle to draw the eye around the page. I really tried to NOT use kraft as my background paper. In the end I thought it looked a little plain, so I added the border around the edge in white to 

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This month the Get It Scrapped Creative Team was challenges to make a page using a pre-made product like patterned paper or embellishment/element with a retro tech motif. Here’s some inspiration on Pinterest.

3 Most Beautiful Places by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Almost There Kit, So Fine Element Pack, Surf Lagoon Element Pack, Dragon Trainer Element Pack, Assorted Messy Stitches White No 3, Classic Cardstock Oyster, Flossy Stitches Red by Katie Pertiet; Thick Awesome Words by Ali Edwards; In Stitches Circles by Britt-ish Designs; The Good Stuff This Month Paper Pack, The Good Stuff This Month Alpha by Mye de Leon; Daily Bulletin, Positive Spin by One Little Bird; Corn Maze by Emily Merritt; Careless & Painted Alpha by Allison Pennington; Life Stories Christmas by Zoe Pearn; Kitschy Christmas by Jennifer Barrette

3 Most Beautiful Places by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Almost There Kit, So Fine Element Pack, Surf Lagoon Element Pack, Dragon Trainer Element Pack, Assorted Messy Stitches White No 3, Classic Cardstock Oyster, Flossy Stitches Red by Katie Pertiet; Thick Awesome Words by Ali Edwards; In Stitches Circles by Britt-ish Designs; The Good Stuff This Month Paper Pack, The Good Stuff This Month Alpha by Mye de Leon; Daily Bulletin, Positive Spin by One Little Bird; Corn Maze by Emily Merritt; Careless & Painted Alpha by Allison Pennington; Life Stories Christmas by Zoe Pearn; Kitschy Christmas by Jennifer Barrette

I think of camera motifs as kind of a generic motif that works well on most pages (or at least any page that includes photos!) This is why I thought it would work on this page about the most beautiful places I have ever been. (If you can’t see the labels on the pictures the three places are: the Okavango Delta, Sosussvlei and Sehlabathebe National Park.) I love pages that bring together pictures from different times/events to tell stories beyond just what happened. If anyone ever looks at this page they would get a glimpse of my personality seeing that my favorite places are all out in nature rather than buildings or in the city. For the design the patterned paper was a little busy as a background, so I reduced the opacity with a white paper behind it so that it kind of greyed out the strong camera pattern.

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The assignment: Make a LIST page. You pick the topic but include at least 5 items. Incorporate the LIST aspect of the journaling and/or photographs into the visual design. I’ve been working on a page to document my “MPC’s Greatest Hits” playlist so this was the perfect kick in the pants to finish it up. Here’s the results:

MPC's Greatest Hits by Heather Awsumb | Trouble Maker, Click, Equinox by One Little Bird Designs; Assorted Messy Stitches White No 5, Loosely Labeled No 6, Almost There Element Pack, Little Layette Kit, Basic Paper Alpha White, Plastic Slimline Serifs No 1, So Fine Element Pack by Katie Pertiet; Scrap Your Heart Out No 6 by Janet Philips

MPC’s Greatest Hits by Heather Awsumb | Trouble Maker, Click, Equinox by One Little Bird Designs; Assorted Messy Stitches White No 5, Loosely Labeled No 6, Almost There Element Pack, Little Layette Kit, Basic Paper Alpha White, Plastic Slimline Serifs No 1, So Fine Element Pack by Katie Pertiet; Scrap Your Heart Out No 6 by Janet Philips

My process for this page was pretty typical: I started with the story in mind and approximately how much journaling space I would need. Then I looked through my templates and found this one by Janet Philips that worked perfectly because it had a simple area for journaling (where I put the list) and three photos spots for the three shows we did. Once I had the journaling and photos chosen I then picked products. I used quite a bit of the “Trouble Maker” kit by One Little Bird Designs but then, as usual, searched my stash for additional doo-dads to add.

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The assignment: Make a scrapbook page about a particular gift that someone gave you or that you gave to someone. Focus on the gift and why it matters.

Christmas Together by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Woodside Jangle Collection, Word Labels: Love, Linen Buttons: Christmas, Linen Buttons: Winter Woods, Sweet Rose Bay Element Pack, Hadleigh Element Pack, Done with Doilies Photo Clusters No 1 by Katie Pertiet; December Daily Numbers by Sahlin Studio; Special Delivery by Kaye Winiecki

Christmas Together by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Woodside Jangle Collection, Word Labels: Love, Linen Buttons: Christmas, Linen Buttons: Winter Woods, Sweet Rose Bay Element Pack, Hadleigh Element Pack, Done with Doilies Photo Clusters No 1 by Katie Pertiet; December Daily Numbers by Sahlin Studio; Special Delivery by Kaye Winiecki

I created a two-pager for the assignment using a template by Janet Phillips with some small modifications. The page is about the Christmas 2009 when my siblings and I got together to buy the youngest sister a plane ticket home so that we could all be together for Christmas in Utah. (In fact the next time the whole family would all be together for a major holiday was Thanksgiving this year!) We didn’t tell my parents she was coming until she rang the doorbell of my parents house. I think it will go down as best Christmas gift EVER. I used photos from all the things we did together

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After my dad was diagnosed with leukemia last month everyone in the family started using Whatsapp where we would get daily updates on his progress. It has been a huge blessing. I was looking through some of the photos we’ve shared on Whatsapp and saw that one weekend we had an unofficial theme of sending “selfies” and thought it would be fun to document them. Here’s the result:

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Selfies by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Arizona Autumn by Digital Design Essentials; Pronuncial by Just Jaimee; Dragon Trainer Element Pack by Katie Pertiet; I Heart Stories by Ali Edwards

I’ve used this kit twice now because I love it so much. The colors and the elements are all so fun. On both layouts with this kit I used the paper bag element. How cool is it? This is another casual blocked layout that I rely on so much. This one, however, turned out more like a recent assignment to create a rectangular foundation on a square canvas.The photos are all low resolution so I started by building the collage of them all together. I also designed the page in 8×8 rather than my usual 12×12 so that the photos would look larger on the canvas. That’s the beauty of being digi – I can just decide to design in 8×8 since I print in that size anyway.

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This is what I’ve been up to recently:

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Bring on the Sun by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Naturally Krafty No 14, Splatters No 3, Surf Lagoon Kit, Symbology Postage Strips No 1 by Katie Pertiet; 4×6 Summer Sentiment Boxes by Ali Edwards; In the Moment by Megan Mullens

October 4th is Independence Day in Lesotho, and this year it fell on a Friday. Yay for long weekends! (Next year it will be on a Saturday, so we won’t get any days off work.) Five friends and I made the 10 hour trip south to Tsitsikamma National Park. We stayed at the Storms River Rest Camp in nice little houses with ocean views. This page documents our first morning when we made the short hike to the suspension bridge

In Office Hours with Emily Pitt for Masterful Scrapbook Design* I got feedback on a page I had recently completed (not this one)**. During the feedback Debbie Hodge said something about how I “really rock” the casual photo cluster page. That comment struck home for me because it really is my go-to design. I like to start with photos, generally lay them out on the page and then build around the photos by finding ways to add patterned paper and elements. For this layout I went to my supplies and looked at everything tagged “Summer Beach Nautical”  where I found the “Lagoon Kit” by Katie Pertiet and the fun hand drawn title block by Ali Edwards. After getting pretty much everything on the page I looked for a way to create a visual triangle and decided on a triangle of pink – the flower, the buttons and the tag – that draws your eye through the page. It also mimics the triangle of photos as well. I got to the point where I thought I was done with the page, but then as a final touch I rearranged the columns, moving everything to the left and the patterned paper strip from the left to the right. I can’t explain why, but I like this arrangement better. It feels a little less blocky than the previous arrangement.

* PS: Office Hours is one of my favorite features of Masterful Scrapbook Design. I try to get feedback on pages at as many of the office hours as I can, even if I can’t be there in person.

** PPS See, lucky for you I don’t share ALL the pages I create here. 😉

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Another quick post to share what I created for this assignment on the Get It Scrapped blog. The assignment: Make a page that incorporates a rectangular inner canvas upon a square canvas. The principles are based upon the idea of the “golden” ratio and its implications for appealing design. I highly recommend reading the article because it explains really well why this works.

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Playing Ms Pennywise by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Scratchy Masks No 2, Astro Kit, Away We Go Element Pack, Almost There Element Pack, Label Strips Rainbow No 1 (recolored), Little Layette Kit, Messy Stitched Circles White No 1 by Katie Pertiet; Text Bytes No 26, Brad Bonanza by Patti Knox; Raspberry Sorbet Alpha by Kate Hadfield (recolored); Circle IT Basix No 1 by Anna Aspnes; CU Shimmerz 2 by Studio Flergs.

Something I did here that may not be immediately noticeable is using a creative use product – CU Shimmerz 2 by Studio Flergs – to make my title alpha glittery. I liked the casual look of the original alpha, but it was in red and not orange – the color I selected for an accent around the page. Here are the steps I used to achieve this look:

1) After laying out the alpha I merged them all into one layer (Cmd+E on a Mac) This helps because now everything is on one layer. If you don’t want to merge all the individual letters you could just follow steps 2-4 below for each letter.

2) I then used the magic wand tool in PSE to select the color in the middle (originally red) – making sure that “Contiguous” was not selected.

3) Created a new layer on top of the alpha layer and then backspaced (Cmd+Delete) to fill that magic wand selection with my background color. (Note: For my purposes it didn’t matter what my background color was because the next step was going to create the glitter in a specific color. Had I just wanted to change the color of the alpha I could have made sure the background color was the new color I wanted and been done with it.)

4) Finally, I double-clicked to select the layer color and style that I wanted, making sure that the layer created in step 3 is selected. The glitter styles that I’ve seen are all pre-selected sets of colors so you have to use the style for the color you want. Different styles have varying looks not just by color but also of the glitter itself.

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