#LMG 12×12 Play! 

Creative arts is a complex process…. And inspiration can strike when one least expects. 😉

So I have just started my scrapbooking journey after being a paperholic/stationary addict for as long as I can remember… A beautiful picture of my daughter inspired me to begin my very first scrapbook layout..and here is how I made it.

The Jumping Off Point – My #LittleMissGorgeous (#LMG)’s polka dot green cardigan and the bright colors of the slide were the inspiration of the color palette of this layout. 

The Base Kit – Looking at the colors, the Simple Stories Sn@p! Life kit (that I bought a month ago from steals.com while visiting my sister in US) seemed to be the perfect match!    

 

The Background – I’ve seen loads of YouTube process vids with white backgrounds and they look lovely – however this particular picture was calling out for a brighter color… And so I picked up this mustardy (is that a color?!) AC textured cardstock and my only two Tim Holtz Distress Stain Ink blotters in Peeled paint (a green!) and Picked Raspberry (a pink!)… I was actually going to just do a few blotches here and there but once I began at one corner I just kept going till I recached the diagonal center of the page. Then I picked up the next color and repeated the process from the opposite corner and voila!!!   

Bringing it all together – the rest was just layering the photo with a plain cardstock and then the bright Polka one from the Sn@p! Life kit. I picked a beautiful card from the Becky Higgins Project Life Kit – can’t remember whether it’s the baby girl kit or Super cute… But it just was a cute match. I also have a huge stash of MME‘s die cuts in multi colors – that’s where I found the heart and tag layered under the Studio Calico wood veneer “PLAY”! And finished with a few tiny word stickers from Authentique and enamel dots!    

   

Design Principles – The corner cluster with the banners and embellishes was my way of balancing out the page. It had the same colors as it was from the same Sn@p! life kit.   

If you have read this far, thank you for visiting my blog. 

Here is the final layout. What do you think?

 

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This ship has sailed (yes!) 

Fear and uncertainty is a lethal mix. It sends the mind and body into a paralysis of doubt and procrastination! 

After the drama of PictureMate – that Epson have discontinued it in Australia (only a month ago!) and have no plans for a replacement model for the foreseeable future… I had to go with the next best option in @homeprinting/scrapbooking the Canon Selphy 910. It had mixed reviews and still people find its finishing quality a bit iffy but I have found some settings that can be tweaked to get improved results – save that for a later post – watch this space! 

So I was at:

– Scrapping Supplies: Check

– Embellishments: Check

– Photo Printer: Check

– Loads of pictures on phone and computer ready to be scrapped about: Check! 

But unfortunately the last bit caused me (like it does to many a scrapper!) – a fair bit of grief. I have hundreds if not thousands of pictures that need to be printed and scrapped – so where do I begin? 

Printing them one at a time on the Selphy just didn’t seem logical…. Although I did start there. 

Plus I don’t want every picture to be 4×6 (rather 3.9×5.8 – because the Selphy paper isn’t true 4×6!!) so that meant trying out a collage app and setting up the collages one at a time  :-/ 

Yes I know…. I sound like a grumpy lazy bum – hence the aforementioned “paralysis of procrastination“!! 

Anyway, while trolling scrapbook groups on Facebook, I came across a solution to my troubles – a fellow Australian scrapbooker mentioned a special sale on at snapfish.com.au – 50% off prints to be precise. So off I went to “browse”…. And lucky for me there was also a signup promotion going on – 60 FREE 4×6 prints (just pay $2.95 postage) – so I thought no harm! 

I found a few hand picked photos of my elder daughter #LittleMissGorgeous on the external hard drive so I uploaded them and did the rest via PayPal – too easy! 

Two days later – a lovely little packet was waiting in the letterbox – my snapfish happy mail =) 

While browsing through the snapfish prints – one cute picture of my #LittleMissGorgeous caught my eye! 

That was it! I had to start there…!! 

So here’s the sneak peek of my first scrapbook layout EVER! 

Scrapbook Layout

#LMG 12×12 LO1

 
 In the next post, I’ll share the steps I took to create this first 12×12 layout. 

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