Goodbye iPhone | A Scrapbook Layout

The other day I shared these fun cork embellishments and now it’s time to put them to good use!

I sincerely hope that the subject of today’s layout isn’t too controversial. I know there are strong supporters in both camps but I could no longer ignore the facts.

I had to give up my iPhone.

Smart phones have come a long way in the four years since I got mine. I loved having the smart capabilities, but I never used it to its fullest potential. The older the phone got, the slower it got. I was getting entirely too frustrated so something had to change.

Several months ago (when I thought I had to live on a retail manager’s hourly wage for awhile), I realized my iPhone and it’s $75 per month plan had to go. When searching for new options, I knew a smart phone was a must, but the Apple platform…. I could take it or leave it. And it came down to cost. I couldn’t afford to spend $700 on a snazzy new iPhone 5 and I wasn’t signing up for another two-year contract. I had to find another option.

I found a phone that would suit my needs and I’m really happy with a drop to a non-contract, low cost plan. Because of all the hoopla that surrounds these gadgets, the experience was worthy of a layout.

I’m pretty happy with how the layering turned out, though in my head, the layers were more compact and didn’t spread across the space so much. But these 3×4 cards in Simple Stories 24/Seven collection were perfect and they needed to show. It’s because of the cork accents in this collection that I had the idea in my head to add cork embellishments in the first place.

I ended up curling up the edges of most of my layers. One of the things I get hung up on when I’m creating a layout with layers like this is the flatness of it all. I really need the layers to have some dimension or it just looks off to me. I tried dimensional adhesive under some of the corners, but it just wasn’t enough. I ended up distressing each piece somewhat so that the corners would curl up a bit more.

To continue with the layering, I added in white paint splatters about a third of the way in from the right side and splattered them down the length of the page. In addition to the cork embellishments, I remembered to raid my stash of enamel dots and add them to the splatters to draw out the colors from the layers a bit more.

I haven’t done many layouts that explore the technology in my life but creating this did spark some ideas for a few other pop-culture type layouts. I think these layouts are fun to look back on years later. Especially if I abandon Android one day and go running back to Apple. You never know!

Stay tuned, there are more pop-culture layout ideas to come.

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. great layout and topic! definitely a memory to capture since we can be so dependent on our gadgets!

  2. I’m a Samsung girl for phones as I love my iPad but can’t see the point of paying a lot extra for the iPhone. Great LO and I have sourced some cork so am going to have a go x

  3. I love it! I must do a layout about my phone and one about Facebook! I’m happy with my Android, btw 😉

  4. Your cork embellies look amazing, Tammy, especially alongside all of the other items you used on here. Super page!

  5. I love pop culture layouts!! Hope you are liking your new phone!

  6. i love this layout! the colorful layers on the black background are just smashing!

  7. This is SO FUN, and your cork embellies look fabulous!

  8. Great layout Tammy – I really like all the layers & being able to see those cards & all the cork embellishments. So much fun!

  9. That is too funny! I just got a GalaxyS4 and LOVE IT!!!! I never thought about doing a layout like this! Going to have to borrow this idea. I may add a little green android to mine 🙂

  10. Oh wow what a cool layout! Great idea to scrap about this! 😀

  11. Oh I love it Tammy! The cork embellishments turned out great on your layout!! I’m an Android girl too…

  12. LOVE how you used those cork embellies!!!! they look so great popping off that black!

  13. Oh my goodness, I love this layout.
    It is so fun and I like that it looks like outer space…or futuristic 🙂



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