I don't consider myself to be a scrapbooker - but rather a stamper/cardmaker. However I do dabble with making scrapbook pages here and there (with two little girls it's something I feel like I NEED to do at times! I have to capture the memories somehow!) and lately I have really been enjoying making pages using Papertrey products.
The other day I pulled out a few different items (PT Lavender Moon, Plum Pudding and Vintage Cream cardstocks, cardstock vellum, Guidelines stamp set, Trajan Monogram Edition set, Guide Lines 6x6 patterned paper) along with a couple of black and white pictures and set out to make a page.
First off - something I have learned to make scrapbooking easier is to use BLACK & WHITE (or sepia toned!) pictures - that way you can use any colors, patterned papers etc that you want and none will clash with the pics!
Second - I scrapbook in 8x8" layouts - I really like this size as I don't have to stock a bunch of 12x12 papers plus they're less intimidating to work with than a 12x12 layout.
The vellum was cut about 1/4" smaller than the Lavender moon CS, and about 2" shorter. I used a 1 3/8" circle punch on the Lavender Moon CS, and a 1 1/4" Circle punch on the vellum (you'll see why I did that in a moment).
I used my sewing machine to attach the vellum to the CS, going over it twice and switching the stitches between straight and zig-zag (doing it messy "on purpose" is a LOT easier than trying to keep all the stitches straight!).
I stamped my title (using the Trajan Monogram Edition) onto two strips of Guidelines patterned paper (another tip - stamping the title separately then attaching it to the page is a lot easier than stamping directly on the page (and a lot easier to fix if you screw up!)).
I then adhered the title and pictures and embellished the cardstock as I wanted.
Now - this Lavender Moon CS that I was working with I had cut to 7 3/4" square - and for a reason - I wanted to mat it on the 8x8 piece of Vintage Cream CS, PLUS I wanted it to serve another purpose - which you'll see here:
I applied adhesive (red liner tape - SUPER sticky stuff) to the sides and bottom of the page - making sure to leave the top free of any adhesive.
(That green ruler is from Creative Memories - it was given to me some time ago so I don't know if you can get it anymore or not. I just traced the scallops onto the CS with a pencil then cut them out with scissors)
So here is the finished page. I added Plum Pudding Swiss Dot Ribbon, and sewed on various buttons with string.
I had a lot of journalling to go with these pictures, and I really HATE my handwriting (but I think my girls will appreciate seeing things written by me some day) so I made a separate little page that slips behind the scrapbook page.
I used a sheet of the Guidelines patterned paper, drew light lines with a pencil, wrote my "story", then erased the lines. I attached that to a piece of Plum Pudding CS (and it might be hard to see but I stitched around that paper as well), then created a "tab" with a circle of Vintage Cream CS, some ribbon and another button.
I hope you all enjoyed this peek into my creative process while scrapbooking and I encourage you to give it a shot if you haven't! Even though I LOVE making cards and whatnot I get a real sense of accomplishment and satisfaction from scrapping a page or two - I may be YEARS behind with all my pages - but I enjoy the process and would rather not stress over where I think I should be with it - and just have FUN!!
STAMPS: Guidelines and Trajan Monogram Edition Stamp Sets (Papertrey Ink)
CS: Vintage Cream, Lavender Moon, Plum Pudding, Cardstock Vellum, Guidelines 6x6 Patterned Paper.
INK: Lavender Moon, Versafine Onyx Black.
ACCESSORIES: Sewing Machine, Plum Pudding Swiss Dot Ribbon, Buttons, String, Creative Memories Scallop Ruler, Circle Punches, Ranger White Gel Pen.