October 15, 2018


Hi everyone! I am back today with a pretty lengthy post for those of you who are new to scrapbooking and wanting to learn how to scrapbook a page! Whenever I am about to create a page, I start with the photos first. The photos are what inspires me to scrapbook, not the products. Once I have the photos selected, I look through my patterned papers to find patterns that goes well with the photos. You want to make sure the pictures flow nicely with the patterns. Most of the time, if I am planning on using lots of colors on my layout, I will use a black and white photo or two. That way the photos do not clash with the papers and embellishments.

Here's the layout I am going to share with you, step-by-step on how I created it.

Since I am more of a simple scrapbooker, I tend to use white cardstock as my base. I don't know what it is...but I love how much impact white cardstock can add to a layout. The first thing I do to prepare the layout is I use a ruler and a pen to draw a 1/4" border around the cardstock.

I loved this journaling card with the books so I decided to list my favorite books I've read so far this year!

Then I grab smaller scraps of patterned papers and a few journaling cards to decorate the layout. Normally, the design of a layout takes me longer than the actual time it takes me to complete the layout! 

I moved the journaling cards around the page and the scrap of paper until I was satisfied with the placement.

Then I used my tape runner to mount the pieces to the base. A little bit of adhesive goes a long way. Just be sure to add on the back of each card and a small amount in the center of the cards before adhering them down on the paper.

Then I look through my die cuts to see what I'd like to use. I use foam squares to pop them up off the page a little to add dimension. That way the layout doesn't look too flat.

I used foam squares to adhere the "my favorite and my best" die cut label beneath the Journaling card title. Love it!

And since I can never get enough of die cuts... I added this adorable die cut to the side of the yellow frame where I plan on adding the photo. I use PicMonkey to create a collage of photos and then I print it out on 4x6 photo paper to get the photos small enough to add into the frames.

I played with more die cuts for the bottom right-side of the journaling mat. I decided to cluster these three together.

The bottom of the frame seemed too plain so I decided to add the "tea and books" banner.

Here is what the layout looks like so far! Simple, right?! You can use the same format on a 12"x12" layout.

I cut a vellum tape strip in half to add at the top of the frame to make it more interesting.

And since I felt like the top had too much white space, I added the "quiet moment" die cut using foam squares. I cut the foam squares in half so they would not show at the sides of the embellishment.

I didn't plan on using this kitty, but he was too cute not to... and since my kitties are normally in bed with me when I read, I decided to use him to help share my story.

I completed the layout with  the "not bored...I have books" sticker then added a photo to the frame.

What do you think? I love how this layout came together. Here are a few close ups!

Pretty Little Studio Savannah Dreams Paper/It Takes A Village,  Die Cuts/Happy Place, Me Time, Journaling/Remember This, Just Relax, Stickers/A Birdie Told Me, Washi Vellum/Happy Mix

Thank you for visiting today!

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