Simple Scrapper: Shrinking a Double-Page Template

My article for the “Take Two” series at Simple Scrapper is up. In this installment I show the process of shrinking a double-page template into a single-page layout.

I wanted to create a layout using photos taken during one of my family’s road trips in the early 1960s.  Despite the fact that the quality of the photos isn’t great, I’m thrilled to have reconstructed a little bit of my early childhood history on a scrapbook page.

 Supplies: Sketch from Simple Scrapper Premium Membership; Basic Grey PB+J Collection Kit; Basic Grey PB+J chip alpha; My Mind’s Eye brad; Studio Calico paper sunburst

Another Lawnscaping Card

As I grow more confident in my cardmaking and stamping skills, I’ve loosened up a bit on my cardmaking style. In the beginning, I tended to make traditional cards, and I didn’t make any scene cards or cards that mixed stamp sets. After taking  a second look at the inspiration photo for Lawnscaping Challenge #38, I decided to make a party card, as well as draw out more of the colors in the photo.


Supplies: Lawn Fawn hats off to you; Lawn Fawn love ‘n breakfast; Lawn Fawn grand greetings; Stampin’ Up cardstock; Echo Park Hello Summer patterened paper ; Divine Twine; MFT banner die

Stretch Your Stamps Week Two

The instructor and guest artist examples in the Online Card Class Stretch Your Stamps have been stunning. Today marks the beginning of week two. For card classes, I typically make one of the cards presented in the lesson close to the example and then think of alternatives over the next several days. My favorite card from last week was one by Cristina Kowalczyk using an alpha set from My Favorite Things. I mixed up the color scheme from her example to make a more masculine card. I’ve never owned an alpha set before and had never considered the possibility of using elements such as the “o,” “x,” “v” or the dot from the “i” for creating geometric patterns. I think this pattern would be fun done in Christmas colors as well, such as red, green and silver.

Day Three

Supplies: My Favorite Things Monogram Alphabet; Hero Arts Studio Calico Please Note; Hero Arts cup o’ joe midtone ink; Stampin’ Up old olive ink; Distress wild honey ink

Simple Scrapper July Challenge

This month the Simple Scrapper Challenge is to create a layout with the red, white and blue color scheme that is not documenting a July 4th event. I scrapped sailing photos from a 1998 vacation to Martha’s Vineyard combining two templates from the Simple Scrapper Premium Membership collection. I used a heavy dose of neutrals and just a touch of red, along with one of my favorite paisley-patterned papers, made by Sahlin Studios.


Supplies: Template from Simple Scrapper Premium Membership; Digital papers and elements from: Katie Pertiet (stitched label, map banner, kraft paper, staples, paint); Anna Aspnes; Sahlin Studio

Check out the rest of the Simple Scrapper Team’s layouts for the challenge.

Another CAS-ual Fridays Card

Made one more card for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge this week. I created an origami sailboat using paper stamped with the  Hero Arts newsprint background and red paper. I used the My Favorite Things Die-namics Wonky Scallop Border to create ocean waves and finished with a sentiment from Bring on the Sun by Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday.

Newsprint Boat


CAS-ual Fridays #60 Card

This week’s CAS-ual Fridays challenge (#60) is to use text on your card.

I love the versatility of the Hero Arts newsprint background stamp. Using Hero Arts mid-tone inks, I stamped the Lawn Fawn Dad’s Day tie onto cardstock stamped with the newsprint. I adhered that panel to cardstock stamped with Hello There from the Hero Arts Hey Dey Sentiments set. That panel is adhered to a card made from Hero Arts layering paper in latte. I finished the card off with Divine Twine and a Bo Bunny button.

Hello There


Newsprint Kites Card

This card for the Lawnscaping Challenge #37 didn’t end up the way I initially envisioned it. My first attempt using the Lawn Fawn “Sunny Skies” stamp set included two kites and a sun, but I just couldn’t get the design to hang together. So naturally, I added more kites!

I stamped white cardstock with the Hero Arts Newsprint background stamp. Next I stamped and embossed the kites and the tail pieces on the background stamped paper. Finally I used a variety of Tim Holtz distress inks to color the kites.


Supplies: Lawn Fawn Sunny Skies; Hero Arts Newspaper Background S5601; Versafine + Versamark inks; Tim Holtz distress inks; Hero Arts white embossing powder; Ranger clear embossing powder; Bazzill string; MFT banner die


Simple Scrapper July Templates Day Two

This month, I did a fair amount of scrapping with the Red, White and Blue color scheme, including a layout for the Simple Scrapper’s July challenge Design Team article, which I’ll share next week.

My two-page layout using templates from the July Simple Scrapper release documents time spent on Martha’s Vineyard in the late 1990’s. These photos were taken with a film camera and scanned for the digital layout. The release includes grid templates that can easily be paired with focal photo templates, as I’ve done here. I think it’s evident that my sons enjoyed the countless hours they spent on the dock of the home we rented in MV.



Digital Supplies: Template from Simple Scrapper Premium Membership; Audacious Designs Currently papers; Agnes Biro En Route element (fish); Crystal Wilkerson element (star sticker); Katie Pertiet papers (red, navy) and element (staple); Robyn Meierotto paper (woodgrain)