A Patchwork of Possibilities

Hi readers! Happy National Scrapbooking Day! We’re pleased to have one of our own design team members from our Monday Challenge as a guest designer today. Please help us welcome, Ashli Oliver! She’s sharing with us a very special moment that she scrapbooked, and the way she interpreted her own style into the pages.

Enjoy!

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Hi there! Ashli Oliver here to share some of the many possibilities with the gorgeous Simon Says Stamp Exclusives. (Please see a complete supply list below)

One of my favorite go-to designs for a scrapbook page is an “informal grid”… a loose structure in which to dot bits and pieces around the page. A bit of a patchwork, if you will…

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This technique is also the perfect way to unify items that otherwise are seemingly too different to pair together.

Take for instance, some of the gorgeous dies and stamps that I have put into use today…a doily, a tree, a vine, a set of title words, roses, hearts, clouds etc…

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When combined into a loose and informal grid, they work together to create a lovely and dynamic composition…

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…perfect to journal the story of our baby’s name in the pocket behind the photo!

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Now, let’s take that idea a step further, shall we? After completing the above layout, I had lots of little die cuts left.

I wanted to make good use of them and also play with some mixed media…

Here’s the step by step:

1. Randomly collage all of the leftover bits onto a sheet of cream card stock, using matte medium to adhere.

2. Once the matte medium is dry, cover the entire surface with a wash of gesso or white paint.

3. When that has mostly dried, add in some watercolors and/or mists in the colors of your choosing. I chose soft blues, pinks, and oranges.

4. Allow to completely dry.

5. Using scissors, or a paper trimmer, cut out random rectangles and squares from your dried sheet of collaged and mixed media fun!

TA DA!

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The different shapes, lines, and textures that this creates is unexpected, fascinating, and really can not be achieved any other way!

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Plus, when all of those bits are arranged in yet another informal grid, we have instant composition and page design that needs almost no additional embellishing!

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And guess what? Once again I found myself with leftover pieces…

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I can’t let those go to waste! Layered up and stitched down… we have an instant card!

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I hope this has inspired you to grab some of the amazing SSS exclusives and put them to use. As you can see, there is a patchwork full of possibilities!

Thanks for joining me!

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Thanks for reading today and thanks to Ashli for providing such gorgeous inspiration!

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