Having A Blast | A Scrapbook Layout

Do you remember this grid layout foundation and these fun embellishments (from this post and this post) I created a few months ago?

I created them knowing that scrapbooking was going to be a challenge while staying with my parents. The house is small and so I’m making due with the coffee table or my dresser. I can use the kitchen island but not when others need the space. I made several kits and premade some layout foundations so that in a pinch, I could still create something.

A little pre-planning goes a long way! I’m getting used to things now and I’m doing better with the space I do have when I can be crafty (in between the job hunt and the townhouse hunt). But last week, when I did have a chance to take over the kitchen, I was able to whip up this layout in no time:

Wow, what a difference a little sunshine makes when photographing projects. In Nashville, with cloudy days, my photos always came out dark and needed light adjustments. Now, with the brilliant sunshine, the colors in my projects get washed out. I’m going to have to work on my adjustments to bet the color back in. Another thing to work on in my spare time.

Photo and journaling about spring break 2011, last year. (Yes, sometimes it takes me a year to scrapbook some of my photos!) I added a mat to my photo and pulled out several journaling spots that coordinated to create a cluster. I used some Thickers I’d been hoarding for awhile, along with the embellishments I had already created and this layout was done.

(Just a quick tip about embellishment placement – if you have distracting people in the background, think about placing embellishments strategically. I used one of my embellishments to partially cover up people walking through the frame.)

I may have to think about how I can incorporate this kind of scrapbooking into my process more. Using kits and pre-making layouts, I mean. It’s not my preferred method and it’s not as spontaneous as I like to be, but I was able to complete several layouts in just a few hours one night because everything was ready to go. Once I’m back to work full time again, I’ll need strategies to stay productive and keep crafting when time is limited.

Do you complete any projects this weekend?

Thanks for stopping by today!

13 Comments

  1. I love this! Your planning was perfect!!!

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  2. Love the design and it made a great layout! 🙂
    And good tip!

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  3. Awesome layout! So creative with your pre planning 🙂

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  4. Wow…that foundation was perfect! Lovely page!

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  5. This layout is beautiful!! I <3 using 6×6 paper pads too!

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  6. Very pretty! And good for you for being so clever to plan ahead and make the best of a tight situation 🙂

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  7. Oh I cringe when I remember having to scrapbook without a dedicated space. Looks like you are making the most of it though!

    Only 1 year behind? Some of us are several years behind! 🙂

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  8. Great use of smaller pieces of paper and what a wonderful way to do double duty with a design.

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  9. This is another great layout!
    What a year behind, I would be caught up if I was only a year behind, lol

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  10. I’m a huge fan of grids. I’m able to create so many layouts in a short period of time and they always look great! Those embellies with the butterflies are awesome. Love, love. Unfortunately, I got sick this weekend, so no creating for me. 🙁 I hope to rebound soon!

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  11. I love this layout Tammy and think it would work well for a Month in Numbers layout!

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  12. That pre-made page worked perfectly for this – great layout. I like the idea of using an embellishment to hide those other folks!

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  13. Cute page – I’ve been thinking about doing more pages with mixed and matched patterns of the same shape. Thanks for such a great example.

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