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Double-duty Scrapbooking

May 19, 2015

Don’t you love getting more out of something? It’s like finding money you didn’t know you had in your pants pockets! Today I want to share a layout I made using the Our Memories for Life Wedded Bliss by Katie Pertiet collection. But I’m shaking things up a bit.

Here’s the layout:

Rome layout using the Wedded Bliss by Katie Pertiet collection

Rome layout using the Wedded Bliss by Katie Pertiet collection

Notice it isn’t a wedding layout. That’s the great thing about most scrapbook papers and supplies, they don’t have to be used for the theme or occasion they are designed for. The Wedded Bliss by Katie Pertiet collection includes several designs that are generic, which makes them perfect for a variety of layouts. The gold and silver metallic designs complemented the photos beautifully. Also, because I wanted to use a patterned background, I matted my photos with black cardstock to ground them. Without a mat, the photos got lost in the background’s design. I used this same trick with the strip on the left page’s edge. I matted a piece of the striped paper with gold metallic to create a barrier between the two patterns.

For the right side of the spread I used gold cardstock from the Wedded Bliss Metallic Cardstock collection. This paper is double-sided with gold on one side and silver on the other. I changed the photo mats to white because the dark colors of the photo didn’t pop with a black mat and I also used a piece of silver metallic cardstock to mat my journaling. To unify the two layouts, I added the same piece of striped paper to the right page in the spread. It’s the little things that create cohesiveness.

Now for some fun! I’m an accent girl and I especially love layering. You’ll see in this closeup photo that I created a tag cluster with three stickers from the collection. To create the depth, I removed the stickiness from the back of the two small stickers using a little cornstarch (baby powder works well too) and then adhered them to the flag sticker using foam squares to lift it off the page. I also used the destickifying technique with the bottom portion of the small gold flag sticker that’s in the top-right corner of the right layout so that I could curl the points up a little (again to add dimension to the layout).

Layered stickers for a quick accent

Layered stickers for a quick accent

You’ll notice a few stickers throughout the spread, which create cohesiveness and to help direct the eye.

Finally, while my scrapbook supplies are out, I like to make a card with my scraps. That way I don’t have as much to clean up and I have a card for my stash (because I seem to end up grabbing a card at the last minute). I used a piece of the silver metallic cardstock to cover my white card base (I tend to make card bases from inexpensive white cardstock and then cover the front with pretty paper) and a small piece of the striped paper for a border along the card’s edge. I did grab some other supplies I had on hand (a doily and sequins) for a little splash of color and additional elegance. For the final touch, the Mr & Mrs sticker was the perfect sentiment.

Mr & Mrs Wedding card using Wedded Bliss by Katie Pertiet

Mr & Mrs Wedding card using Wedded Bliss by Katie Pertiet

Making this card was a piece of cake because I had everything right there ready to be used. And I hate throwing away paper scraps, so this puts them to good use.

I hope you’ve picked up a few ideas you can use in your scrapbooking and card making. Have a great day and make sure you spend some time creating!

StacyC