Simple Scrapbook Layout & No Squirrels!

May 31, 2011 at 4:40 pm 4 comments

For some people, the thought of scrapbooking scares them stupid. And the idea of filling a 12×12 page is too much to even contemplate. This is a really simple example to show you that even a very basic layout isn’t hard. Having scrapped for a number of years now and done lots of different types of page, my favourite is the simple and  pared back one. You can introduce just ‘snippets’ of colour and use whatever bits of stash you have lying around. Some people will quote various ‘rules’ at you, and yes there are some design rules that can be of help, but honestly, the best way to get going is just to jump. Both feet. Straight in at the deep end.. you may well surprise yourself. I’ve included lots of little shots of the different elements. Thinking of it as a large card is a good place to start for some. Getting the elements you want to include on the page and then just movin’em on round the page until you’re happy is another good idea. I love using stitching and fabric and lots of different textures- but wanted to showcase just a couple of things; some chipboard letters, a few diecut stickers and some rub-ons. Truly, I bet if most of you hunted through your stash of craft gear, you’d probably have most of these things; 

This first pic shows a couple of the stickers and the rub-ons. It’s fun  to put rub-ons straight onto photo’s. It makes the whole thing a little more cohesive. The stickers are from the Nursery Suite die-cut stickers and  are great for cards or scrapbooks.

The title is using the On Board Alphabet Soup set of letters. There’s 3 12×12 chipboard sheets with 3 different alphabets for £8.50. You get a least 2 full alphabets with extra letters for each type of alphabet. I’ve simply painted on the Frost White shimmer paint to give a bit of colour without dominating the page as the photo is quite brightly coloured.

All my pages contain ‘journalling’ of some sort. Sometimes I’ll hide it behind a flap or pocket, but I’ve kept the page simple, so just written straight onto the whisper white textured cardstock. Don’t stress about your handwriting- these scrapbooks should hang around for a while after I’m gone and I guess it’s nice for your kids or relatives to have a sample of how you wrote!!

I’ve used part of a circle sticker to record the date and who’s in the picture. The little paperclip is to add texture too.

Here’s the full layout- you could have gone to town and added much more, but to be honest, sometimes you need to know where to stop and just let the elements speak for themselves.

I’ll make this a quick post. It’s half term and I’m a little time-poor !! Yesterday was a fun day with Steve’s parents and all of us together. A rainy blowy morning on Crosby beach was full of laughter- mostly at Anthony Gormley’s 100 iron statues on the beach- all in different places, some partly submerged, some in the water but all modelled on the sculptor himself. A certain lack of clothing made the kids quite surprised. Coupled with some sinking sand, a partly submerged shoe with a hopping teenager and the mass of beautifully patterned but scary looking jellyfish made for a pretty entertaining morning. We descended on a brilliant playground nearby and then dried ourselves off in a rather beautiful beachside cafe for lunch. You could tell that most beach-headed folk didn’t end up in that place as the floor was scrupulously clean everywhere else and around where we sat were give-away little piles of sand that had fallen off our shoes as they dried!

The afternoon was spent in a National Trust Squirrel Reserve. You’d think that it wouldn’t be a stretch too far to actually see a squirrel, nor indeed assume that they lived there. We didn’t see one furry rodent the entire time. We looked for glimpses of red but the nearest we came to it was Will’s head of hair which from a distance could be mistaken for a bushy tail!! They had truly squirreled themselves away. We heard snippets of a conversation to do with a disease – but I’m not sure whether that was the squirrels they were talking about. I know they’re an endangered species, but didn’t realise they had to be hidden too!! Had we not got in free thanks to our recently purchased National trust membership, I’d have definately been asking for a refund! Bank Holiday evening was spent in the company of a pseudo-evil cartoon character with a giant blue head. I think Dreamworks lost the plot a little with ‘Megamind’ but it kept everyone entertained, which after a long and tiring day, was a small accomplishment in itself!

See you sometime during this weeks’ entertaining! x

Project recipe: Whisper white cardstock. Paper and stickers from Nursery Suite. Clip from Clips Assortment. Frost white shimmer paint. On Board Alphabet soup. Planter Box Rub-ons. All supplies Stampin’Up!


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  • 1. dianne collins  |  May 31, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    love the photo, we visited the squirrel place last year was told they have been nearly wiped out by disease, they have stopped visitors feeding them to encourage them to go high up in the trees to protect themselves. I was sooooo lucky cos i did see one and get a picture ! x


  • 2. Jean Thomas  |  May 31, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I am just getting into Scrapbooking – I really love it. Thanks for my SU order, which also included a sort of magnet Mr Fat Controller, from Thomas the Tank Engine!!! Does it belong to one of your kids? I really love my butterfly bag, and so many people have asked me about it. I am going to use it to take my Bible to church.
    Love, Jean Txx


  • 3. Ros crawford  |  June 1, 2011 at 10:40 am

    What a gorgeous photo … lovely LO and those are really useful tips … We have quite a lot of grey squirrels here … will they do? admission is free too …


  • 4. Angel Jem  |  June 1, 2011 at 10:43 am

    That’s a pity about the squirrels. We went about 6 years ago and there were loads… I hope they don’t die out!
    Crosby beach is really interesting, isn’t it? We stand and watch the big boats coming in and think what a difference they make to the feel of what could be an attractive seaside area. We like watching them, though.



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