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Crate Paper – Scrapbooking Tips for Beginners: How To Get Started

Hello, CP friends! Today I’ll be sharing a few tips on how to get started on scrapbooking!

When I think about my first scrapbook layout and how it came together, I remember how lost I felt. No directions, no clue of what I was doing; I just trimmed paper, matted photos, and added a few stickers here and there. It has definitely taken a while for me to find my own style, and through the years I have come to realize that I would have loved for someone to share their tips and tricks with me. I hope you find this helpful and inspiring. Just let go of your fears and start documenting your stories while having fun and enjoying the process!

TIP1: Experiment with different techniques and styles until you find what makes your heart happy. The only way to enjoy the process is to have fun. It can be a bit intimidating and overwhelming at first, but if you concentrate on one technique at a time, you have better chances of finding your “cup of tea”. One of my favorite techniques is layering; I love dimensional pages, and layering allows me to combine a variety of elements, such as die cuts, stickers, patterned papers, to achieve just that.

TIP2: Don’t be afraid to “transform” your supplies! I’m mostly talking about patterned paper here. Fussy cut any shape or image that can stand on its own, and build a different background or cluster with it. You’ll be surprised at how many new looks you can create! This is another one of my favorite, and it goes hand in hand with my love for layering 🙂

TIP3: Use your supplies! Don’t hoard them! If you do, chances are you’re never going to use them. Plus, manufacturers come out with beautiful collections all the time. There will never be a better photo or memory to document. Your pretty papers and embellishments are to be used! That being said I’m guilty of having some in my stash that I just like to look at 😉

TIP4: My last tip is to look for ideas and inspiration around you. I find that there is always something that catches my eye; it can be a certain design, technique, even a photo taken in a particular setting. I get inspired and adapt that idea to my style.

The layout I created for today showcases my favorite techniques, ones that have become part of my scrapbooking style and will always show on my pages: fussy cutting and layering.

Fussy cut layout by @enzamg for @cratepaper using #cpflourish collection. #cratepaper #scrapbooking #fussycutting

The Willow Lane collection has many patterned papers that are perfect for fussy cutting. I picked the Blossom and Sparrow ones and created the wreath design for my background. Pretty much everything here has been fussy cut. I layered flowers and leaves, adhering them down with foam dots for dimension and a more natural look.

Once I had the background in place, I started working on my photo. I used one of the super cute Journaling Ephemera pockets as a layer behind the photo – it worked perfectly for my hidden journaling. I then added the gold glitter heart and the gorgeous dimensional flowers for texture and more dimension.

An extra element of dimension is the big chipboard sticker I used as a title.

Fussy cut layout by @enzamg for @cratepaper using #cpflourish collection. #cratepaper #scrapbooking #fussycutting

To finish the layout, I adhered the fussy cut birds in opposite corners of the page and lots of little flowers all around the wreath.

Fussy cut layout by @enzamg for @cratepaper using #cpflourish collection. #cratepaper #scrapbooking #fussycutting

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope these tips are useful. Just remember, there is not a right or wrong way to scrapbook or being creative. In Italy we say “The world is beautiful because it’s varied”, and I firmly believe each one of us has a beautiful, unique way to document their memories. Have fun!

Supplies: Willow Lane – Blossom (344464), Sparrow (344456), Journaling Ephemera (344477), Flowers (344471), Standouts (344475), Chipboard stickers (344484).

Blog · Cut files · Scrapbooking

Pink Paislee – Do What Makes Your Soul Happy Layout

Hello, PP fans. I am sooooo excited to share my very first layout with the gorgeous Whimsical collection by Paige Evans. I know I say this about every Pink Paislee collection, but I am in love! The colors are vibrant, the patterns super fun, and can we talk about the flowers?!?! Aaaaaahhh… LOVE! Although I’m still waiting to get the full collection, I was eager to start creating with it. The layout I’m sharing today was entirely made with patterned papers, no stickers or other embellishments.

Fall layout by @enzamg for @pinkpaislee using the #ppwhimsical collection. #pinkpaislee #cutfiles #falllayout

I started by choosing the colors for my background. I went with more subtle, fall-ish hues, just because it’s that time of the year 🙂 One of the things I love about this collection is that it features a variety of colors, from subtle to more vibrant, perfect to document any season or event. Next, I used a cut file by Paige to create a huge cluster of leaf branches behind my photo. I varied their size for more movement and a more natural look.

Once I had my background ready, I fussy cut a frame from Paper 07 and a few tags and embellishments from the cut apart sheet (Paper 13). I layered those behind my photo, which I then mounted on foam adhesive for dimension.

My title also comes from Paper 13. I backed it with teal patterned paper to create more contrast and separate it from the background.

I also fussy cut sentiment banners from Paper 08 to place around the photo, as well as butterflies and some of the stunning flowers, that I arranged here and there for a tone-on-tone look.

Fall layout by @enzamg for @pinkpaislee using the #ppwhimsical collection. #pinkpaislee #cutfiles #falllayout

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you liked this layout, and will feel inspired to start creating with the gorgeous Whimsical collection!

Blog · Cards

Spellbinders – October 2018 Large Die of the Month

Hello everyone! It’s October, and that means a new Spellbinders Large Die of the Month! This kit is adorable; it’s called Truckin’ Through the Seasons and features 25 dies that are perfect for creating & embellishing a cute truck for the four seasons. I love that it includes generic sentiment dies, such as “Thanks”, “For you”, “Hooray”, as well as cute, versatile images to add to your truck.

I had a lot of fun creating these cards:

Cards by @enzamg for @spellbinders using the October 2018 Large Die of the Month. #spellbinders #christmas #fall #cardmaking #diecutting #handmadecards #cards

For the first one, I went with a Christmas theme. I used the new, gorgeous Merry Days collection by Crate Paper.

Cards by @enzamg for @spellbinders using the October 2018 Large Die of the Month. #spellbinders #christmas #fall #cardmaking #diecutting #handmadecards #cards

I doubled all the die cuts with 110lbs cardstock to make them thicker and dimensional. I also used foam adhesive to pop everything up. I love how it turned out!

Cards by @enzamg for @spellbinders using the October 2018 Large Die of the Month. #spellbinders #christmas #fall #cardmaking #diecutting #handmadecards #cards

The second card features the Auburn Lane collection by Pink Paislee. I went with a Fall theme here.

Cards by @enzamg for @spellbinders using the October 2018 Large Die of the Month. #spellbinders #christmas #fall #cardmaking #diecutting #handmadecards #cards

The small leaves and pumpkins are just too cute!

Cards by @enzamg for @spellbinders using the October 2018 Large Die of the Month. #spellbinders #christmas #fall #cardmaking #diecutting #handmadecards #cards

This kit is a must have! Spellbinders offers several monthly memberships: one for small dies, one for large ones, and the card kit. They are worth checking out, as you get not only the products but also project inspiration, discounts and gifts!

Have a wonderful day!