Ugh, sometimes I hate WordPress because it cuts off my images… Grrr. Anyway, hey! I’m here today with a free double 8 1/2 x 11 scrapbooking sketch. Measurements included on the pic, everything is a nice round number. :) Hope you can use it! Here is the video to go with it.
HACK FOR MAKING YOUR SCRAPBOOK TITLES POP
Today’s video is a process video of a 4th of July-themed single-page 8 1/2 x 11 scrapbook layout featuring the use of a digital die-cut–and includes a simple, QUICK, idea for helping small titles stand out against a patterned paper background. You can watch the video or check out the idea below the video!
It’s so easy! Just outline your title letters with a fine tip black pen–it’s quick, easy, and you don’t need any extra supplies! It provides an instant shadow effect and effortlessly helps your title pop. Even with little mistakes, the eye will “read” the title and glide right over those. ;)
Weekly Wrap-Up #8
Good morning. :) Happy Friday! I’m in a much better headspace this week, and am sharing some old base pages and Month-in-Review layout kits in this week’s wrap-up. What are you up to?
Most Efficient Way to Cut 5″ x 7″ Mats for Scrapbooking & Cardmaking
Ever sailed into chopping up a piece of paper, and before you knew it, you’d cut only part of what you needed, but were out of usable pieces? I’ve done it so many times, and it is so frustrating to waste so much or, then, not have enough to complete a project. So today I’m sharing the best way to cut 5” x 7” pieces for your scrapbooking or cardmaking to save you money, time, and product! Instructions and free printable below the video!
- Mark sheet at 5” mark, rotate and repeat until you have marked all four sides at the 5” mark.
- Use a straight edge to draw down from the 5” mark 7”. Repeat for all four sides.
- Cut on lines.
*Four 5” x 7” pieces
*One 2” x 2” scrap
- Cut entire 8½” x 11” sheet at the 7” wide mark.
- Cut remaining 7” x 11” block at the 5” then 10” marks.
*Two 5” x 7” pieces
*One 1½” x 11” scrap
*One 1” x 7” scrap
Stashbusting Idea for Gems! (PLUS two original sketches)
In today’s process video, I share a stashbusting idea for gems, such as flat-backed pearls, rhinestones, enamel dots, wood dots, or other kinds of bling. I’m also sharing a sketch for a horizontal 8 1/2 x 11 layout, which I’ve also converted to 12 x 12 in case that’s your preferred size. I’ve kept all the numbers nice and round. You’ll find pics of the sketches below the video!
If you’d prefer to not watch the video, the stashbusting idea involves filling a negative space chipboard piece with a pile of bling. Picture an hourglass with a pile of sparkly sand in the bottom. :) Just pile bling inside a negative space shape and see how much you can use up!
Rain, Rain, Go Away! 8 1/2 x 11 Layout & Sketch!
Hello, hello! Today I’m sharing an 8 1/2 x 11 process video, with an original sketch. The proportions would also work for a 9×12 or a4 sized scrapbook layout. There’s also a bit of a discussion in the video over 8 1/2 x 11 vs. 12 x 12 scrapbook layouts. Do you have a preferred canvas size? My reasons for choosing what I choose can be found below the sketch!
There’s a few different ways you can get the sketch. You can watch the video below and screenshot it–it appears near the beginning and again near the end. You can also pin it from here, right- or ctrl- click and download it, or print it.
I have decided that when it makes sense, 8 1/2 x 11 will be my default canvas size! I think it will be easier for my kids to look at their books in this size. As it is now, I use 12 x 12 D Ring layouts, and they are so big and bulky that they have to get someone to help them pull out the book. I know they enjoy looking at their layouts, hearing the stories and seeing the pictures, so I just want to make it all more accessible to them.
I also know that I will use less paper, cardstock, adhesive, embellishments, etc. on a smaller canvas. Frugal and green!
However, if it doesn’t make sense, I will stick with 12 x 12. Let’s say I have 10 photos from an event. It’s going to make more sense to me to use those on a double page 12 x 12 spread. I want to save space in my home, too, and multiple 8 1/2 x 11 pages would be more thick than a single 12 x 12, you know? However, if I have a single photo, it makes more sense to me to put that on an 8 1/2 x 11 single page.
SO—I am not switching completely to 8 1/2 x 11—but I am definitely making more layouts this was moving forward!
Hope you enjoy this video and have a good week. :)
Weekly Wrap-Up #5–In the middle…
I’m in the middle of batch scrapbooking 3 layouts and a bunch of Christmas cards with February 22’s Sheetload. What are you up to?