October 10, 2015

The New Neutral

I love neutrals. Whenever I have the freedom to pick my own colour palette black, white, grey beige always find their way onto my pages. So it's quite exhilarating to find out that there's a new neutral in town and that neutral is PINK!


Pink you ask? Yes it's been hitting design and décor headlines recently. It's an delightful new netural that's fantastic for making other hues pop and adds rosy warmth to an otherwise cool palette. I've been using pale pink consistently on my Memories Trend projects starting with a dusty, rustic version here, continuing on to soft, delicate tones paired with crisp, clean white, before going all out with a pink backdrop anchoring it with deeper, contrasting neutrals like brown and black.


Today it's popped up again on this simple, grid inspired layout. Taking my cue from the illustrated foliage I add a leaf embellishment right in the middle of the page. Instead of going with a predictable green I opt for a glittery buff pink which adds a fresh, spring-like charm. I hope I've convinced you that the trendiest neutral is both subtle, versatile and easy to incorporate into my project. Me? I'm totally sold. 

Memories Trend Supplies: Kaisercraft (Limelight Today ,Rose & Leaf Wood Flourish), Amy Tangerine Rise & Shine Emery, Prima Lyric Pacato, Teresa Collins Tell Your Story Large Journaling Card, Crate Paper Confetti Party, Heidi Swapp Hello Beautiful Puffy Stickers Chat Bubble, Webster's Pages Alison Kreft Sweet Notes Overlay, Ranger (Pink Embossing Glitter, Watermark Resist Ink Pad, Heat It Tool), Bazzill Classic White Cardstock

Photo Credit: Unsplash

October 05, 2015

The Story Unfolds

Often a single captivating photo is all I need to tell my story. But occasionally there are stories that can't be told with just one photo. In those cases the usual approach is to make either multi-photo pages or mini albums. My preferred solution is a little different. I gather all the relevant photos into an accordion foldout and mount that onto a regular sized layout. That way I can allocate a fair amount of space to journaling and other design elements while incorporating several photographs. And since the layout can go into normal albums, I don't have to about providing separate storage as with mini-books.


This project for Memories Trend is an example of what I'm talking about. I want to capture the month I spent babysitting a good friend's sizeable collection of houseplants. For me the best way to do that is to reproduce his care instructions for each of my charges, from the easy-going pothos to the finicky moth orchid, mounting them on a clipboard on one side of the layout. Then organize the photos in the accordion foldout in the same order as they appear in the care sheet with observations printed on the back of each photo about how well the plants fared under my care.     

Remember Detail

To fit everything into a page protector I limited the foldout to five photos, held in close with a paper clip. Any more and the page becomes too bulky. The end product is a really efficient way of showcasing five 3"x4" photos which would normally take up almost half the page, leaving very little room for anything else. What I like most about this approach is that I didn't have to make a trade-off between the number of photographs and the size of the photographs because fitting many small, busy pictures into a single visual can have an overwhelming effect.


Memories Trend Supplies: Prima Lyric (Overture, Orchestra, Premier), Webster's Pages Allison Kreft Cards Overlay, Crate Paper Journey Let's Go, Pebbles Sunnyside Bouncy, Kaisercraft Wooden Scissors, EKSuccess Plaid Edge Punch, Teresa Collins Tell Your Story Large Journaling Cards, Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go 6x6 Paper Pad, Ranger (Liquid Pearls Platinum, Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber White), Bazzill Classic White Cardstock. Others: Dear Lizzy Documentary Thickers, Crate Paper (Confetti Hardware Embellishments, Notes & Things Standout), acrylic clipboard 

Photo Credit: Unsplash, Ptra, Kaboompics

September 30, 2015


Rounding off September with a little sneak of next month's Citrus Twist Kits:
Oct Sneaks

September 25, 2015

A Return To Pattern

It's been a while, quite a while, since I made a page full of big, bold patterns. So it feels good to try my hand at mixing prints again. To ease myself back into the swing the things I use a trio of Crate Paper papers in the classic gallon-quart-pint ratio and the tried and tested large-medium-small pattern size combination. Choosing all black and white prints means the combination can be read purely in terms of density distribution. It also allows me to add an organic yellow motif as the piece de resistance.


Is it a coincidence that I choose to design in greyscale, to omit colour, even in my photo? After all the Citrus Twist September kit is chock full of rich, autumnal hues. So why use mostly black and white? Is the fact that we are blanketed with grey skies subconsciously affecting my mood and therefore my scrapbooking? I think so because my next kit layout is has a limited colour palette. In that case things might not take a turn for the colourful until the monsoon comes our way.


Citrus Twist Sep Kits : Basic Grey Barista Chai, Crate Paper Wonder (Dream, Ephemera), Crate Paper (Confetti Chalkboard Label, Backdrop), Crate Paper Notes & Things Chipboard Frame, glassine bag, white cardstock

Photo Credit : nikolapeskova

September 20, 2015

Back To School

This month Memories Trend isn't holding a sketch challenge, instead Anna proposed a recipe challenge based on the seasonal back-to-school theme. I love the idea and jumped in immediately with a suggestion of having participants incorporate these three elements in their projects : use stationery supplies, include a number, feature a fall colour. If this speaks to you then hop on over to the Memories Trend Challenge Site and share your creation with us. 


As for my challenge layout, I thought it would be fun to show how collections from the Memories Trend Shop that are not school-themed can work just as well. So I pick papers from Heidi Swapp's Wanderlust travel line (for the gorgeous watercolour blossoms) and chipboard embellishments from Crate Paper's Confetti birthday line (for the gold accents which are both super trendy and seasonally appropriate). I did use one school-themed item - the No.2 Pencils. It's a favourite of mine and I use it whenever the design calls for long, thin elements.

Cherish Detail

To bring everything together and to fulfil the stationery supply requirement I decide to put a chipboard smack in the of the page. Not an actual chipboard though, rather one that's inferred through the arrangement of pieces of paper and flaps. Then cheekily I create a double chipboard by having a swag of blooms grace the top of the layout. It works out flawlessly and being very restrained in the amount and placement of colour contributes to this turning out to be a layout I linger on whenever I flip through my album.

Memories Trend Supply List : Heidi Swapp (Wanderlust Café, Wanderlust Market Bouquet, Hello Beautiful Puffy Sticker Chat Bubble, Dreamy Life Is Beautiful), Bazzill Embossed Cardstock Peek-a-Boo Leaves, Fancy Pants Off To School No 2 Pencils, Crate Paper Confetti Happy Day Glitter Paper, Memories Trend Teapot Set Stamp (packaging), Ranger (Platinium Liquid Pearl, Gold Liquid Pearl, Gold Perfect Pearl). Others : Crate Paper Confetti (Chipboard Sticker, Chipboard Phrases), Gossamer Blue On My Desk Bulletin, paper clip 

Photo Credit : hswajid