Wednesday, August 8, 2012

All in the Design

This might be one of my favorites pages of all time. It mimics a sleek photo-book but has the 3D elements of traditional scrapbooking.

I've done enough scrapbook pages to learn that, for me, thought-through simplicity is beautiful. Like the ol' saying advises, I skimp on quantity and go for the quality. The scrapbook industry would be aghast if people start picking up this mentality because they want scrappers to use more product since that's what drives their money making. But always remember that this is your hobby, and what you do, what you use, what you love is your call--not theirs. Stay true to your self and style, and love what you do.


My illustration of simplicity: LOADS of pictures on a page with little product and no journaling and delighfully lovely.
Materials: picnic basket/PB&J paper by Basic Gray, American Crafts Thickers, scrap paper from my stash for the flag

Monday, August 6, 2012

Simple Scrapper August Blog Hop!

Welcome to the first ever Simple Scrapper Blog Hop with the Simple Scrapper Design team! I can't wait for you to see all of the excellent work that these ladies have done!

I hope you're having fun in the sun! Perhaps enjoying time at the beach or with family!

August's layouts lend themselves perfectly to celebrating summer. The new grid layouts have loads of room for happy colors and gorgeous, bright papers! Here's my take on one of the August Sketches:


Materials: Paper by Cosmo Cricket (waves), Bazzill Basics, American Crafts, and the textured paper was "Whitewash Collection" by Core' Dinations; American Crafts Delight (flower), Bella Blvd Stickers, Amuse Washi Tape; Template by Simple Scrapper Premium Membership

Hop on over to the rest of the Design Team's blogs for more inspiration! It's a whirl-wind of happy. Leave a little love as you go, and don't forget to use this link to enter a giveaway for a one-month trial subscription to Simple Scrapper:

Julie Aldridge (This is me!)

The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Handmade Clemson Cards

They're in!! (Well, some of them anyway.)

I couldn't resist sending the first one I made to a friend. They are soooo adorable (if I may say so myself). I'm super proud of my Clemson cards. They've been in my mind, forming over the months, and on pause until I finally had time to make them. And make them I did. Until I ran out of orange ribbon. Must. Order. More. Ribbon!

I have enough orange paper to make 48: 24 whites and 24 oranges. If you'd like some, let me know. I've got a funny feeling they'll go quickly.



Materials: They are handmade using the Silhouette Cameo to cut out the shape of the Clemson Tiger Paw--hook and all. I used Adobe Illustrator to get the paw mostly right. The paper and ribbon are from Paper Trey Ink in Orange Zest. The white cardstock is from Paper Trey Ink too because they make luxuriously thick paper for cards.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Simple Scrapper August Grid Challenge

Simple Scrapper's Challenge for August is a grid layout. Using the 3x3 grid template and it's details as inspiration, I created this page of a wonderful fall season, years ago.


Materials: Paper: Book Jacket/Memoir Collection by Studio Calico, Woodgrain One/Classic Calico by Studio Calico, Bwah-ha-ha/Spooks Collection by S.E.I., Bazzill Ivory Paper; Amy Tangerine Thickers, American Crafts Orchard Delights, Template from Simple Scrapper Premium Membership


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