Four Photo Layout with Video Tutorial

Four Photo layout with Video Tutorial by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo.com #scrapbooking #ssbe2017 #PinkPaislee #PaigeEvans #ohmyheart

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here to share with you a four photo layout with a video tutorial. I know a lot of you are fans of multi photo layouts, I think you love the layout I have to share with you today. I used three 3×4 layouts and one 4×6 photo. The collection I used to create this layout is the “Oh My Heart” collection by our very own Paige Evans and Pink Paislee. The day before Easter, our family went to see the new Beauty and the Beast movie. This layout documents our adventure to the movie theater.

Because there are 4 photos on this layout, there isn’t a lot of room for embellishment. My favorite embellishment cluster on this layout is at the beginning of the title. I found these two chipboard stickers in the Oh My Heart Thicker pack. I knew they would be perfect for this project. I added a bit of foam adhesive behind the books to create dimension at the beginning of the title.The second embellishment cluster is at the bottom right of the layout. I simply found embellishments that complimented the theme/color combination of the layout. I created the cluster with chipboard, die cuts, a metal charm, and a paper clip.The typed journaling is above the embellishments to the right of the title. Around each embellishment cluster, I sprinkled a little bit of black ink as a finishing touch.

Come see how this layout came together in the process video and see how I fix an adhesive mishap after I set this project aside for a couple of days.

I love this layout because it preserves such a happy memory for our family. I hope you’ve enjoyed this four photo layout with a video tutorial. Do you prefer layouts with one photo, two photos, or many photos? I’d love to hear how you document your story. Thank you for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog. I’ll see you again next Thursday.

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Lindsay Bateman

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Lindsay Bateman is a gorgeous gal inside and out! Her heartfelt pages and epic planner spreads will make you want to get crafty NOW!

Name: Lindsay Bateman
Location: Lac La Biche, Alberta, Canada
Blog: simplereflectionsofmyeveryday.blogspot.ca
Instagram: @lindsaydawnebateman
YouTube: Lindsay Bateman
Pinterest: @lindsaybateman
Facebook: Lindsay Bateman

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: I am a (soon-to-be) mother of 2, to a boy AND a girl (STILL so surprised over that as she will be making her debut mid June) and I have been married to my husband for 9 years this September. I love taking photographs and documenting my life. Lately I have found myself obsessed with using my planner as my main memory keeping tool but I love to create scrapbook pages and mini albums whenever I can. I started crafting in University when I was struggling with the demands of school, being away from family, and trying to now navigate life as an “adult”. Scrapbooking became my place of solace, and truly my form of therapy when I was feeling very sad and depressed. It helped pull me through some dark times and for that reason I will be forever grateful. Creating art for me has been such a therapeutic tool, both in the past and at present. I am very grateful for this hobby as it has also presented some amazing opportunities for me such as being a member on Heidi Swapp’s Media Team. I have had some incredible experiences because of that team and have met some of the most amazing people ever. I am so grateful for each and every day and the opportunities that present itself all because of scrapbooking! I am always loving to share, inspire, and BE inspired!

Favorite thing to create: I absolutely love creating mini albums and working in my planner. I have always been a journaler at heart.

What do you love about this hobby? I just love being able to lose myself in photos and stories. I love seeing my life looking back at me. It is such a huge blessing and very fulfilling to see. No matter how crazy life can feel and get, spending time in my scrapbook room always makes everything so much better. I also love all of the other amazing artists and paper crafters I have had the honour of meeting and becoming friends with. Some of the most beautiful people I have ever met. This is such an inspiring industry and it has impacted me in the most powerful and positive ways.

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. I love to travel. Currently NYC ranks #1 on the places I have visited. Strolling through the streets in Greenwich Village is one of my best memories.
2. I am obsessed with Instagram. I love being inspired by all of the amazing artists out there sharing their hearts.
3. Ever since I was a child I have always loved pens, paper, notebooks and anything related to stationary!
4. I love reality TV, especially Dancing With The Stars and The Bachelor/Bachelorette.
5. I am such a disorganized person, yet I still know where everything is!

Here is the lovely layout Lindsay made for her spotlight:

THIS IS US by Lindsay Bateman

I love using Instax photos on my layouts. I had so much fun pairing them with the Heidi Swapp Magnolia Jane collection. I really wanted to tell the story behind these photos so I used my We R Memory Keepers Typecast to add the vintage type text directly onto my page. I love how they have different colours of ribbon because the brown vintage-looking soft text is exactly the feel I wanted to tell my story.

LAUGH by Lindsay Bateman

This layout is one of my favourites because it incorporates the MINC mediums. I am not much of a mixed media girl, but when I do play with Mixed Media products I always fall in love. This entire page background was created with an art screen and reactive mist using MINC foil. It is hard to believe that this once was just a plain white piece of 12×12 paper.

HAPPY by Lindsay Bateman

This hybrid layout has always been one of my favourites. I love incorporating hybrid pieces onto my page to create “custom” embellishments. The phrase circles are Ali Edwards digital art that I simply printed out and then circle punched. I thought they added such a fun element to this layout.

OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY by Lindsay Bateman

For me this layout is all about the photo. I love how photographs capture some of the most precious moments of our lives. I really kept this one simple to let the photo speak for itself.

PLANNER SPREAD by Lindsay Bateman

This is one of my recent planner spreads. I really love how my planner pages come together because it honestly just happens! I do not really “plan” my planner pages. I just go with the flow and they often end up always being a favourite. Life notes, photos, stickers, washi… how can you go wrong?

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today and getting to know designer Lindsay Bateman!

Simple Summer Layout with Process Video

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here with another edition of Inspiration Station. This week I have a fun Summer layout to share with you. Even though we’re still waiting for warmer weather here in Idaho, I know that Summer is right around the corner because the snow is finally GONE. I chose to work with the brand new Summer Fun collection from Echo Park Paper.This collection has such an awesome color palette. My favorite thing about this collection is the pop of black that’s found throughout the collection. Typically black isn’t a color I think of when I think of a Summer color palette. I think the pop of black makes this collection shine!This is a very simple layout that features 3 photos telling the story of my nephew eating raspberries out of Grandma’s garden. I print my photos at home so I was able to print the two photos of my nephew larger than the photo of the raspberries. Although the photo of the raspberries tells the story and is an important part of the layout, I wanted the focus of the layout to be on the photos of my nephew.

Because this layout is on the simple side, I wanted to add a few special unique touches. My favorite detail of this layout is the hand stitching on the title. I love the added texture it gives to the title. It makes the title shine a little bit more than it would have had I not stitched the letters in place. Stitching the letters into place was actually an after-thought. I was almost finished with the layout before I decided to add that special finishing touch of hand stitching.You can see how this entire layout came together in the process video over on my YouTube channel.

You might want to find the Summer Fun collection by Echo Park paper so you’ll be ready to document all of your Summer memories. Thank you for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog. I’ll see you again next Thursday with another fun video.

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Kim Jeffress

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Kim Jeffress is a well-rounded artist and everything she makes radiates happiness! I’m excited to share some of her creations with you today!

Name: Kim Jeffress
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Blog: glasshalffull.blogspot.com
Instagram: @kimjeffress
Pinterest: @kimjeffress
Facebook: Kim Jeffress Designs

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: I started scrapbooking in 2000 when my husband, then boyfriend, was working out of town so to keep myself busy I went along to a local scrapbooking store for a lesson and I was hooked from day one. I loved and continue to love that it allows me to celebrate my life and my family’s life through photos and stories. I am a very busy mum, I work full time as a kindergarten teacher, but I believe so passionately in memory keeping that nothing would stop me from taking photos, printing them, and creating my scrapbook pages. I am honoured to be apart of the Heidi Swapp media team. Heidi is such a mentor, inspiration, and most of all friend, that I feel blessed everyday that I get to do what I love and share it with the amazing scrapbooking community.

Favorite thing to create: I love scrapbooking pages about my boys and the big and small happenings in their lives! I don’t want to forget all the pieces to the puzzle that make up their lives!

What do you love about this hobby? I love that I am savouring my family’s memories for the future, if I don’t tell these stories, who will? I love that I have met so many amazing friends from all over the world who I can call some of my closest friends. I love that it allows me to get a little bit messy a little bit crafty and a whole lot of happy!

5 fun facts about yourself:
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I am a kindergarten teacher by day and scrapbooker by night. I am lucky I get to be crafty all day long!
2. My favourite colour is yellow: in clothes, home decor, crafting… I am a little bit obsessed.
3. I still pinch myself everyday that I am on the Heidi Swapp media team. It really is such an honour to work along side Heidi and the rest of the girls on her team. We are all such close friends.
4. I am a very very very very messy scrapper! Yep you usually cannot see my desk or the floor when I am scrapping!
5. My favourite TV show is “This is Us”! The ending of the very first episode just blew me away and I have been hooked ever since!

OH HAPPY DAY by Kim Jeffress

Recently my family and I travelled to the US for a family holiday. We visited Hawaii, Anaheim, Las Vegas, and the Grand Canyon. One of our favourite places by far was Disneyland. Although we had been before this trip was just a little bit more special. Meeting Minnie was definitely one of the highlights. I used an image of Mickey Mouse in my Silhouette to cut the white outline and backed it into a piece of Heidi Swapp Magnolia Jane pattern paper. I then filled it in with pops of colour using the cards from the new Storyline collection!

BIG KAHUNA by Kim Jeffress

I found this fun heart and palm tree cut file in the Silhouette store and thought it would be perfect for my layout about my husband and I in Hawaii. I backed it with the gorgeous paper from Crate Paper – the pinks and greens are just so tropical.

EAT DECOR by Kim Jeffress

The Heidi Swapp wooden words are perfect DIY home decor pieces. I love that with a touch of paint and sprinkle of glitter I can transfer a word to totally fit my home decor.

HAWAII ALBUM by Kim Jeffress

The recent release of the Heidi Swapp Storyline was perfect for my trip to Hawaii. I love that I can fit so many photos and therefore so many memories on a page.

TODAY by Kim Jeffress

I had to make a feature of the stunning floral design in the Magnolia Jane paper so I created a simple frame from some white cardstock. It was the perfect paper to celebrate an amazing friendship!

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know Kim and seeing her projects as much as I have enjoyed sharing them! Be sure to check out more of her fabulous creations via her social media sites listed above!

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: 2-Page Spread

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Recently I made a 2-page spread for Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine! At first I was terrified because I honestly can’t remember the last time I made a 2-page layout… but then I thought of an idea to use both the positive and negative shape of a large heart die cut and the spread came together in a snap!

Here is a quick written how to: Trim 1″ strips from lots and lots of patterned papers (I used my Oh My Heart collection with Pink Paislee) then use scissors to fringe them. Arrange the strips in rainbow order down a white cardstock background. Die cut a heart to use as a template, place it on the back of the layered paper, and carefully trace and cut out the heart from the center. Use the cut out fringed heart as the centerpiece on another white cardstock background. Add machine stitching details to both pages. Print black & white photos and adhere them to the pages. Create the title on the negative page and adhere typed and trimmed journaling onto the positive page. Embellish with die cuts and stickers from Oh My Heart!

This technique would work with pretty much any large shape! I hope that you’ll give it a go!

Do you usually make single or 2-page spreads? I’d love to know! Thanks for stopping by today!

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Jen Evans

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Jen Evans is a jewel-of-a-human and crafty as they come! She’s funny, sweet, smart, caring, and I am SO HAPPY to introduce her to you on the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo blog today!

Name: Jen Evans
Location: Salem, Oregon
Blog: www.createoften.com
Instagram: @createoften
YouTube: Create Often
Pinterest: @createoften
Facebook: Create Often

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: I have been an artist as long as I can remember. It wasn’t until I stepped into a scrapbook store over seventeen years ago when I realized I could combine my love of mixed media with memory keeping! I have been creating with paper ever since.

Favorite thing to create: I can’t help but be creative. There was a time in my life that I stopped crafting. I started to do DIY before DIY was cool. I thought I could change light fixtures in our old home. I had pretty much removed all the light fixtures in all the bedrooms before I realized I wasn’t going to be able to fix them all before my husband came home and had to enlist my brother-in-law to help me get them in before dark. Since then, I leave the electrical stuff to professionals and stick to paper crafting! I love scrapbooking, mixed media, and making memories with the parties I throw for my family.

What do you love about this hobby? When I was in high school art class I was with like-minded people. When I started working, it was harder to find people who understood me. You’d think it would be easier to find creative people in my everyday whether at work, church, or even at my son’s school. It wasn’t until I connected myself online with other scrapbookers through blogs and social media I realized how much I really loved this hobby. Crafting can be so rewarding, but the connections are priceless. I create for my family (and sanity!) but what I love most about this hobby is the relationships I have found through it.

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. I am a twin. My sister started scrapbooking before me and introduced me to it.
2. I have a glitter-phobia. Believe me. It’s a real thing.
3. I love making up fun random parties for my kids. I probably got it from my mom who used to celebrate half birthdays and every Beatles’ birthday with cake.
4. I love being in the garden and get lots of inspiration when I am quietly digging in the flower beds.
5. I used to get in trouble for standing during art class in the 7th grade and then all through high school. As an adult, I found out that there are a lot of artists who need to stand while crafting. What about you? Do you stand or sit?

Here is Jen’s new and exclusive project she made for her spotlight!

FABULOUS by Jen Evans

Every birthday, I have my children sit with each other in the same way so that I can see how much they have grown. These end up being my favorite photos of the year. On this page I made sure to make the photos front and center.

Here are four more of Jen’s favorite projects – I love the diversity and different areas of crafting Jen dabbles in!

DONUT YOU WANT ONE LIGHTBOX by Jen Evans

I love to throw random parties for my kids. It is so much fun! I hope that they remember these fun moments of their childhood when they get older!

BIBLE JOURNALING PAGE by Jen Evans

I continue to remind myself that I was created to be creative! I love to take time out to create in worship with Bible journaling.

MIXED MEDIA PAGE by Jen Evans

As a mixed media artist, I am always pushing myself to try new things. With this page, I used the Heidi Swapp Minc Foiling Applicator to foil my page. It looks complicated but it literally took five minutes to make!

CARDS by Jen Evans

When I make cards I create at least three at a time so that I can have a few on hand for emergencies. These interactive ones are so fun! The die cut is by We R Memory Keepers and when you pull up on the bow the card pulls up the inside where a gift card can be added. Love that!

Thank you so much for stopping by today and getting to know Jen and checking out her amazing projects!

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Pol Prince

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Pol Prince has such a lovely scrapbooking style and a knack for hand stitching and I am delighted to introduce her to you today!

Name: Pol Prince
Location: Cheshire, England
Blog: polprince.blogspot.com
Instagram: @polprince
Facebook: pol.prince

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: I’m 38 years old and I live in the beautiful county of Cheshire in England. I’m mum to three amazing children aged 17, 14, and 7. My family lives close by and are my everything. I’m a part-time childminder and spend the rest of my time either being mums taxi and driving my kids around or scrapping! I’ve been creative all my life but it was only after I had my youngest son and I was diagnosed with PND that I realised my creativity had fallen by the wayside somewhere along the journey of motherhood. I started going to a PND support group at my local SureStart centre, where a lovely lady did a session on cardmaking and scrapbooking. I was instantly hooked and started making cards then very quickly decided to try scrapbooking. I loved it straightaway! I’ve recently joined the Paper Issues Design Team and I’m in my element, I feel so thankful to be doing something I love every day.

Favourite thing to create: Definitely 12×12 pages, although I have done several altered frames as presents and I also enjoy papercutting, which make excellent presents too!

What do you love about this hobby? Ohh, where to start?! I do like the memory keeping aspect of scrapbooking, I like to think my children and grandchildren etc., will enjoy looking back on the photos and also learning a bit about me and our family life. I used to hate journaling on layouts in my own handwriting, I felt it wasn’t neat enough. Then I realised how much I’d love to look back at my mum’s or grandma’s handwriting so now I try to hand write as much possible if it fits in with a page. What I really love though is that when I’m scrapbooking I’m in MY happy place. I love to let my creativity out and even when I’m doing something else I’m always planning my next layout and there’s always ideas whirling round my head. Scrapbooking keeps me happy and chilled out, a necessity with 2 teenagers! Last but not least I love the online scrapbooking community. I’ve met and spoken to so many lovely people who I wouldn’t normally have and generally the scrapping community is so helpful, kind, and encouraging.

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. I absolutely love reading. Books were my first love! When I was a young child my mum became concerned that I was in the house too much and wasn’t getting enough fresh air. “Go and play outside” she’d tell me. Off I’d go, trot to the end of the path, then pull my book out from up my jumper and settle down to read outside!
2. Pancakes are my favourite food.
3. My dream holiday is to visit the New England area in the USA in autumn. Its my favourite time of year, the colours are just stunning.
4. The first car I owned was a 26 year old Citroen that I named Edith.
5. I possess a rare talent for being so rubbish at cooking I can burn pasta, despite gaining a Distinction in Hotel and Catering Management at college.

Here is the LOVELY layout Pol made for her spotlight!:

HELLO LOVELY by Pol Prince

I used 1canoe2’s Hazelwood collection and as soon as I saw the butterfly paper I knew I wanted to fussy cut it. I love hand sewing on layouts and have become adept at converting cut files to stitching templates on my Silhouette Cameo. I converted this file from the Silhouette Design Store and hand stitched it. The butterflies matched perfectly.

CHERISH by Pol Prince

I wanted to do a page to document my lovely mum, so this page was predominately journaling, which  did using the sketch pen in my Cameo. The pretty delicate florals in the Heidi Swapp September Skies collection perfectly matched my photo and gave the strong yet beautiful impression I wanted to represent my mum.

EYELINER by Pol Prince

I really enjoyed creating this messy, inky background with stamps and stencils. It’s not my usual style but it seemed perfect for this photo of my gorgeous daughter. I’m so jealous of her eyeliner skills!

WE ARE THE DREAMERS OF DREAMS by Pol Prince

I created this page not long after Roald Dahl had passed away. His books had such an impact on me as a child that I wanted to somehow commemorate him and this quote from ‘Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory’ which is one of my favourites. It also represents something I’m always telling my daughter – ‘you can be anything you dream you can be’. I made this page with my favourite papers from the Paige Evans Take Me Away collection. I adored the fussy cut flowers and the beautiful colours of the background paper.

GOODBYE SUMMER by Pol Prince

I love this huge ombre title and the colour complements the autumn photo sublimely. I take hundreds of colourful tree photos in autumn and this one was one of my favourites. The Robert Frost poem on the layout is one I absolutely love, it gives me goosebumps, and it describes autumn wonderfully. I used the Maggie Holmes Gather collection and some Freckled Fawn leaves.

Hope you are having a wonderful week so far and enjoyed learning more about and seeing Pol’s creations!