Thursday, 4 January 2018

Mini Scrapbook Tutorial

Hi everyone,

It's been ages since I added anything to my blog, but I have been asked to do a tutorial for one of the facebook groups that I am in called SMASH*ing, Scrapbook, Planners & Paper & ALL Craft Fanatics!  There will be a new tutorial by a different person on a different subject each week, which I think is a great idea to get ideas and inspiration.

My plan for the next few months is to finish some of my half finished scrapbooks, so the one I started on was a mini book of our family holiday to Wiltshire in July. I had great intentions of getting it done as soon as we got back but I only got as far as getting the book pages together and printing the photos. For the front and back covers of the book I am using dividers that came with my Simple Stories Project Life album as they are quite thick. I used the size of these and the holes as a guide for other pages inside, which I made using random patterned pages from my stash. I will then use rings to hold it all together.

So this is what I started off with for one of my double page spreads about the day we spent at Cotswold Wildlife Park...

The title is from the paper bag we got given when buying something from the shop and the little lion image is from a tourist map of the area. I used this map to cut out lots of little images for the different places we went.

I also had a postcard with a camera on it to add in as a smaller page as I like to have a few different sized pages for interest. This would also enable me to add in an extra photo on the other side. 

The next thing I did was to gather my supplies which were mostly from Studio Calico Kits. I didn't have a lot of time and these come in neat little zip bags so were easy to get to without trawling through my stash. I picked out anything that would go with the colours or the theme of the pages. I like to have a variety of shapes of embellishments and textures on my pages. Here are a few of the things I picked out...

After rearranging the photos and removing one entirely (as there wasn't enough space), this is what I came up with...

I added a doily behind the photos on the left hand page to break up the busy pattern of the background. On the right hand page, I added some phrase stickers, a wooden butterfly and a squirrel charm. I also used a journalling card to write about the day. I very rarely keep up with my scrapbooks so I keep a diary and use that to write my journalling when I finally get around to it!

I then looked again at the camera postcard and decided that the yellow didn't go with the more muted colours. I liked the size of it however, so found another piece of card, cut it down to size and added a stamp...

On the back I added a photo with a wooden heart and a title and punched holes using my cropodile. I liked the gold letters but only had one letter 'i' left so I improvised and cut off the bottom of a letter 'j' instead, which I think I got away with!

 These are the final pages with the smaller page in the middle...

I was pleased with how they turned out and pleased to have made a good start on this album. I now have to add the date to the gold "Today" tag when I have found my date stamp!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and that it gave you a few ideas for your own pages.

Katie x

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