Posts Tagged ‘Scrapbook Coach’


Sharing another assignment for the Get It Scrapped Creative team. This was featured in the article “Ideas for Two Part Titles on Scrapbook Pages.” Our assignment: Make a page that incorporates two alphas/fonts for the titlework.

Happy Birthday by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Katie Pertiet: Spot Dot Brushes No 4, Vintage Milk Caps No 1, Frame Hangers No 1, Sweet Rose Bay Element Pack, Hey Missy Element Pack, Letter Box Garden Song Element Pack, Ric Rac Basics No 1, Cardstock Tabs No 3; One Little Bird Designs: These Walls Kit, Rise and Shine Kit, Stargazer Kit; Paislee Press and One Little Bird Designs: Dayplanner Kit; Allison Kreft for Websters Pages: Color and Composition Paper Pack; Websters Pages: Trendsetter Alpha; Websters Pages: Citrus Squeeze Digital Jewels; Ali Edwards: With Gratitude Brushes and Stamps; Maplebrook Studios: Noemi Kit; Mommyish: Stylin #48.

This assignment was straight up my alley because I almost always mix at least two fonts/alphas in my titles to give some visual interest since they’re almost always short and to the point. What’s not mentioned in the article is that my design is based (yet again) on a lesson from Scrapbook Coach. This is from the Piecework series. I think I’ve said it before, but man do I love those classes. I have been getting so much mileage out of them. I was super excited when a new class – Criss Cross – came out late last week. I am super busy at work so I haven’t had a chance to go through the lessons yet but I am anxious to do so.


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Kili Group by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Katie Pertiet: Surf Lagoon Kit, Little Layette Kit, Photo Corner: Colors, Date Strips No 6, Messy Stitched Rounded Corners White, Tag Masks No 1, Almost There Element Pack, Gator Crossing Kit, Banner Twine Template No 1, Bannet Labels No 1; Ali Edwards: Travel Circles of Life Brushes & Stamps; Patti Knox: Ribbon Bits; One Little Bird: Daily Bulletin Kit; Brit Designs: Tack it Down.

One year ago today I was heading off oto climb Mt Kilimanjaro. It is one of THE HARDEST things I’ve ever done. You can read all about it here, here, here and here. When it was over I thought it was probably the hardest thing I would ever do in my life, but in hindsight that’s probably not true. The Himalayas are definitely calling my name …

As, I think, is typical for big events it feels like it was yesterday AND like it was ages ago. I didn’t plan to scrap photos from Kilimanjaro at this time of year, but I’ve been trying to go through some older photos & these two called out my name.

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Can I get an Amen for the above? This describes my procrastination to a T. As an extreme example I have been known to clean the house when procrastinating on homework. For the past week it has been scrapbooking a bunch of pages when I really should be working on next month’s assignments for the GIS Creative Team. I’ve done one of the three assignments and have had a total creative block when it comes to the other two. Here’s an overview of what I’ve created in the last week:


productivity-2The good part of it is that I’ve gone back and scrapped some photos from earlier this year and documented some stories that I’ve had on my to-do list. So that feels satisfying. I know that I say this a lot, but I’m still getting a ton of mileage out of the Scrapbook Coach classes at Get It Scrapped. I think I’ve done every example except one (it’s on mirror symmetry and I just haven’t been able to wrap my mind around it yet.) I’ve added links to the sidebar on the left to my galleries at Get It Scrapped and Designer Digitals where I’ve shared some of these already and will probably share the rest eventually.


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Last weekend marked one more Maseru Player’s Company production in the bag. Phew. Our performances went really well. I loved putting all the time and effort that we put into the show to good use in front of our friends and Maseru community. After spending the majority of the last five weeks going straight from work to rehearsals, though, I am looking forward to having my personal time back.

In that train of thought I spent my first evening off documenting one of my favorite show traditions … drinks at the Lesotho Sun after our Saturday night performance in costumes and stage makeup (i.e. yes, I have bright red lipstick on). We’ve done it for all three shows & thankfully someone took pictures this time.


Supplies | One Little Bird Designs: Star Gazer Kit; Katie Pertiet: Loosely Labeled, Scalloped Strip Masks, Basic Tags No 1, Sentiment Spots No 4, Cardstock Alpha: Whimsy Blue, So Fine Element Pack, William Element Pack; Zoe Pearn: Little Miss Sunshine Alpha Add-on; Andrea Victoria: Pina Paper Pack. 

Once again the design is based on a lesson from Debbie Hodge’s “Scrapbook Coach” series. This is Lesson 4 of “Piecework.” I seriously love all of the lessons so far. I’ve found that I’m turning to them instead of templates when I don’t have the mojo to come up with my own design.

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Yes, in the madness of daily rehearsals for Urinetown (performances are this weekend!) I eeked out time for some scrapbooking. I’m still loving Debbie Hodge’s “Scrapbook Coach” series; this is from Lesson 3 of “Piecework”

Grandma’s House by Heather Awsumb | Supplies: Mere: She’s Krafty Paper Pack; One Little Bird and Paislee Press: Dialogue Kit; One Little Bird: These Walls Kit; VW Designs: Homey

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I kind of can’t believe that the hundreds and hundreds of photos I took while in safari in Tanzania have basically been pared down to these photos and the layout I did previously about the Big 5. I need to think about what other stories I can document with those photos. I have so many good ones!

This is a 2-pager I did. Here’s the left page:


and then the right …


Supplies: Katie Pertiet: Day Out Kit, Striping Grunge Edgers No 1, William Paper Pack, Basic Paper Alpha: White; Patti Knox: A to Zoo Kit; Mindy Terasawa: Little Safari Kit; One Little Bird Designs: These Walls Kit

Design Notes:

1) I added the row of circles to the right because I thought it added a nice touch of contrast and I thought it looked to square and block-y without.

2) I have a good assortment of elements with a safari/zoo theme like the stickers I in the circles. I’m a sucker for cute elephants especially. I really wanted to work as many of them in as possible on this layout.

3) I took the basic photo structure from a sketch that I’ve had in my files for awhile and then tweaked it a bit. The biggest change was adding the “shelf” to the bottom – a trick I learned in the “Scrapbook Coach” class “On the Shelf”.

4) You may have noticed a trend on my pages that I use A LOT of kraft paper for my background. It’s a compulsion. I usually start designing without any background paper and then add it once I’ve selected my patterned papers. I tried white and thought it was too light, I tried navy blue and thought it was too dark and I even tried another version of kraft paper but ended up with my “go to” kraft from the “These Walls Kit” by One Little Bird Designs. It’s my all-time favorite kraft.

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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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