Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Clean Layout

Well hello everyone! I had gone shopping this weekend and picked up a lot of stuff from JoAnn's, Michaels, and AC Moore so I was all excited to try the stuff out. I do have to say I need to eventually get my hands on a Cricut machine. My friend has one and I played with it this past weekend. OMG, they are awesome machines and rather addicting. I made several die cuts for myself, once I got the hang of the machine. Unfortunately it won't take me long to use the cuts I made and I only get to see my friend every other week or so. Ah well, I'll have to come up with inventive ideas to do without the cuts once I run out. Another depressing thing is that the nearest crafting store, that sell anything worth buying, is about a 45 minute drive to an hour away. So when I go shopping, I stock up! Haha

Anyway, I did manage to get the bare bones of my crafting area all set up. I moved myself in and managed to work on a layout today. It's part of a new project, a 12x12 book of my sheltie, Kosmo. I need to get some more pics developed but I worked with what I had today. Thankfully there were two decent pics of him floating in my photo box.

In this LO, that I got from PageMaps.com, I used die cuts from a Cricut cartridge. Sorry, but I am not sure which cartridge it is since I don't own it. The background paper is from a cardstock pack from Wal-Mart. The whimsical blue background is a single piece of pattern paper from JoAnn (I think). The background for the Just Smile and the flower closer to the bottom are made of two pattern papers from My Minds Eye which I stamped. The note card, stamped with Adorable You and a pale copper flower (which doesn't show up well on this pic) is just plain cream cardstock. The orange sparkle cardstock is, I believe, from JoAnns as well and was a single sheet buy.

 I did add some paint splatter near the top left and bottom right corners in cream and purple. The Just Smile accent is also raised up to add a bit more dimension to the page. This was a pretty clean layout for me. I usually go for a more grungy or aged look but I really like the way it came out.

OH! Also, I need to come up with a way to take better pictures of my LO's. If anyone has any hints/tips PLEASE let me know.



Looks like the photo is taken with the LO flat on your work surface. I prop up my pages on a table and then try to get level with the page so that it is more straight on. Hope this helps


Hi I love Page Maps sketches! Your layout came out great. You might want to search on Google search or youtube for "how to photograph scrapbook layouts" or something like that and you'll get tons of ideas. Look forward to seeing more of your work! :)


Hi, following you now :) what a gorgeous dog! I too love pagemaps and my cricut. I photograph my layouts flat and stand on a stool over them and near a window for natural light then crop or you might try pinning to a wall outside, I find natural light the best, no shadows and truer colours :) good luck.

Jinny Newlin

Such a great take on a fantastic sketch! Beautiful dog! Thanks so much for playing along with us this month at Sketches in Thyme! Oh! And I lay my layouts flat on a short table, usually in indirect afternoon light, and take my photos straight over it, before cropping. Hope that helps! Hugs!


Beautiful layout. I take photos of mine outdoors, propped up on my table. I make sure I'm looking right at the layout, not on an angle. Hope that helps. You dog is gorgeous by the way!


Very SWEET layout! I agree with previous posters prop up your layout and take your photos from the front in a brightly lit environment. Good luck, blogging is fun and you will meet some great people and learn a lot.


love the page and everyone gave you great advice on pics taken,tfs


lovely layout! Im now following

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