March 02, 2016

Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team Blog Hop: International Scrapbooking Day!

Hello friends, and welcome back for another Artisan Design Team blog hop!

March 4th is International Scrapbooking Day, and we wanted to celebrate early - we have dedicated this hop to the art of scrapbooking and memory keeping!  Be sure to hop around the world with us (you're currently in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) and see what everyone has created for you this week!

I was a traditional 12x12" scrapbooker for many years, and after the birth of my son in 2011, I could no longer keep up.  After a few years of having very few photos to look at, I decided to make the switch to Project Life - and let me tell you, it was a game-changer.  I am a die-hard convert and I just love the format.  It is beautiful scrapbooking and memory keeping without the fuss, the time, and the copious amount of supplies.

With that said, though - traditional scrapbooking still holds a special place in my heart.  My albums are completed from 2001 through to 2015 (with some sporadic layouts since then!) and they've become a nice hybrid of the two formats.  A beautiful layout still has its place, and it's a nice way to feature a special moment or a favourite photo.

Today's layout is a little bit special because it combines the two formats; this page was created in a traditional format, but using Project Life cards for much of the design!  In doing so, it coordinates perfectly with the Project Life collection I've chosen ("This Is The Life") and it can flow seamlessly with a facing page.

The colours in this collection - Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, and Cucumber Crush - are so bright and fun.  I used a piece of our Shine On Specialty DSP to mount the page, and I love the bright pop of colour that it brings to the background.  Lots of "blank" space doesn't have to be boring!

Two of my favourite touches, though, come from a Sale-A-Bration freebie; the Memories In The Making Specialty Card Collection.  This mini-package of embossed cards and acetate overlays adds such a special touch; I've used it to put the frame over the title card, and to add a shine of hearts on the watermelon piece behind my son's picture.

Thank you SO much for stopping in today and checking out my project!  Please hop over to Steffi in Germany next and see what she's done - it's sure to be a show-stopper!