National Scrapbooking Day 2014

Hi there! Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

I hope you had an amazing NSD! I sure did! I was online participating in the scrapbooking 10k organised by Big Picture Classes and Studio Calico! NSD10K is all about making as many layouts as you’d like, photographing them, and then posting them to Instagram and/or the classroom gallery for a chance to win one of the prizes! You can check out the layouts uploaded on Instagram with the hashtag #NSD10k. I’ll be uploading mine in a bit! *fingers crossed* I spy lots of goodies in the giveaways!

Cathy Zielske shared at NSD that ‘Comparison is the thief of joy’. I totally agree with this statement. Go with what you’re comfortable with, what’s you. There’s no need to compare with others. I used to get really stressed comparing my work against the work of the pros like Amy Tangerine and Ali Edwards. I’ve learnt to enjoy the process more now, and I love what I am making 🙂

So although there were challenges posted during the event, I went at my own pace and explored outside my usual designs.

1st up:


This is based on one of the SC Sunday Sketches from before NSD. I used the Inked Rose pack (paper and embellishments) by We R Memory Keepers as well as some leftover pearl bling, Heidi Swapp stamps and embellishments and Tim Holtz distress inks in Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade. I love the Inked Rose series so much! As this is one of my favourite papers in the kit, I wanted it to be the star, and thought that this sketch would work well with the ‘noisy’ background and simple solid stripes across the page. For a little more detail, I also applied glossy accent to a couple of flowers (randomly) for the shine. I’ve also included when and where the photo was taken. This is something I want to make a habit out of, as once I have too many photos, it can be a tad difficult to remember the details.

Another layout based on a SC Sunday Sketch (before NSD) is this:


Everything on the layout is from the same Inked Rose kit as above, except the ‘River Safari’ alphas which are Project Life stickers. As I said, I love this kit. The colours and patterns are absolutely gorgeous. I can’t stop working with this kit. And it really is easiest working with one kit, because everything matches! The 1.5×1.5 squares were cut from leftover paper after the 1st layout above.

The next layout is based on Stacy Julian’s tip on using the same design scheme, especially good when working with 4 to 7 photos. In this case, it’s rows of 4×12.




I found it quite challenging as I took quite a while to get the photos the right size. Once I got the sizing, I wanted to keep it clean and simple as I only had 3 sections for the title and journaling. For this layout, I used only the paper from the Inked Rose kit, card, stickers and alphas from the Just Add Colour project life kit, and October Afternoon enamel stickers.

I hope you’re inspired to create something! That’s all for today, but I still have 2 more layouts to share from NSD, so keep an eye out for the next post! 🙂

Have a good week ahead!



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