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Scrapping with layers #2

I’ve gone back to the layering class by Shimelle and have got a few more layouts done.

The next few are techniques in using colour.

Prompt #11 – Frodo was so tiny!
Prompt #12 Prompt #13 – this one is similar to the class layout apart from me completely ignoring the colour part of the prompt as I just didn’t have photos or papers to do it. Prompt #14 – I really love this one. I didn’t have much in the way of white embellishents so I painted some chipboard and put rub ons over the paint. I love all the different textures and shades of white. I’ll definitely do something like this again.
Prompt #15 – The colour techniques part of the class are finished and now we’re onto placement. I struggled with this one more than I should have. I think it was because of trying to use up old cat-themed embellishments, but they’re not going to waste LOL

Since tidying my paper scraps, I’ve been using them a lot more, especially for layering. There are lots of old papers on the layouts in this post, but I’m particularly impressed at using a sheet of Club Scrap for the background of prompt #15. I loved Club Scrap, and getting a box of goodies every month, but it did pile up after a couple of years. I gave a lot of it away but I did keep the more useable stuff so it’s good that it’s finally seeing the inside of an album.

Last one for now is prompt #16. I quite liked this one as the placement fitted with a photo that I particularly wanted to scrap as I wanted to document my happy place.
I’m going to take a break from the class for a while now and get back to my Baltic cruise album. I’ve been writing out all the journalling in advance so that’s ready to print as I go along. Doing that saves time while I’m scrapping and makes sure that I get all the memories down. I’m going to love looking back at the cruise albums in a few years.



Scrapping with layers #1

I’m still enjoying doing scrapbooking classes as well as scraplifting whenever I see something that I love. At the moment I’m taking a break from Baltic scrapping to do some of Shimelle’s ‘layer on layer on layer’ class. Layering is one of the things that I struggle with but I’m hoping to get to grips with it and do layouts that I’m happy with.

I’ve already done a couple of the prompts and shared the layouts in other posts, but I’m cracking on and working my way through the class now and am really loving it.

I bought some of the Midnight range by Cocoa Vanilla as it’s so gorgeous. I started playing with it as soon as it was delivered and did this layout of Rosie for prompt #03. Note that the date is on it. I’ve recently been sorting out all my albums, as the layouts were ordered by type rather than date, (don’t ask, it made sense at the time). I wanted to put them in ring binder albums, instead of the post bound that I used when I first scrapped, and order them chronologically.

This is when I realised that I quite often didn’t put a date, or even a location. I have layouts that I have no idea when or where the photo was taken, mostly because I scrapped a lot of photos of flowers and didn’t see the relevance, presumably. I do now though!

I’ve got all but a few sorted now, thanks to having photos going back years on DVDs, which have now been transferred to my computer. I’m definitely going to be more aware of including information on layouts, even if it’s only written on the back.

Anyway, back to the layouts…

Prompt #04 was all about using paper stacks. I managed to use loads of really old papers for this, and before I started scrapping, I took the time to sort out all my paper scraps into a drawer so they were easier to rummage through. Before they were with the collection they belonged to so were all over the place.Prompt #05 was about repetition. I don’t love this layout but I’m happy with the technique used.Prompt #06 was about using stickers. I’m quite happy with this one and again, I enjoyed using the technique. Prompt #07 was using die cuts. I love this layout and will be using my die cuts a lot more now. Prompt #08 was stamping, which is something that I rarely do on layouts. That’s a shame as I have loads of stamps, so I was chuffed to bits to have a prompt on stamping. This is one of my favourite photos of Rosie and I love the way the layout turned out. I’ll be doing this again! Prompt #09 is where I ran into a snag. It was using doilies and I don’t have any, nor do I want to get any. I improvised and cut a piece from a sheet of lace cardstock so this turned out quite differently to the prompt but I still found it useful. There are about 30 prompts to work through so I’m going to carry on with them for a while longer before going back to the Baltic albums. I’m really enjoying doing this class!