First off, thanks for joining me here and celebrating the launch of our new 2018 Design Team! I’m Meagan and I am thrilled to be apart of this talented team. A little about me before I get into the “how to” part of this post. I am a born and raised Alberta girl. I grew up along the foothills of the Canadian Rockies near a small town of around 500. I have two little ladies and a miniature schnauzer; Lexi 4, Milly 6 and Gus Gus 1(the dog). The three of them keep me on my toes!
Scrapbooking has always been apart of my life. I come from a long line of Scrapbookers starting with my Grandma, the one who always treasured the family heirlooms, photo albums and history books. My Aunt, who has spent an incredible amount of time putting everything that my Grandma left behind into an amazing categorical system for all the generations to treasure and learn from. I love that aspect of memory keeping, but what I’ve always been naturally drawn to is the artistic side of memory keeping. Which I consider Scrapbooking! My mom and my sister are also avid and talented Scrapbookers. I guess you could say it’s in our blood!
Along side scrapbooking, I am passionate about photography as well as art. I taught myself photography over the past 7 years always striving to improve my skills and have since started transitioning it from a hobby of taking my girls’ photos to small business taking photos for others. Having kids and documenting them is what really made me want to learn photography. It really comes in handy to take fun photos and be able to scrapbook them.
I recently created a mini album class for Big Picture Classes called Mixed Media Art + Prints. It was such a fun and challenging class to create! I have also recently contributed to Janna Werner’s blog teaching a fun layout using Alcohol Inks and acetate.
I am so excited to be joining the Fancy Pants Design Team, my first ever design team! I so look forward to working along side some incredibly talented ladies using some beautifully designed products. I hope you are able to take some inspiration all of our creations
Now for some of the “How-To” for the layout I created.
My first layout is a light hearted layout about coffee and the morning. I got the idea from the adorable little coffee cup found in The Bright Side ephemera pack. I decided to build my layout around that using “The Bright Side” collection, which is full of bright, cheery colors and designs. Great for documenting all different types of stories.
I used several of the papers from this collection, layering two of them (Coming up Roses and Natural Beauty) to make my background and another one (The Bright Side – blue scallop paper) to ground my photo. At the two corners I rolled up the corners to show the back of the Natural Beauty paper. I love the extra dimension from doing that. I use Sookwang tape (my go to adhesive) to adhere the paper so it doesn’t dare budge!
I used my design team photo, printing it in a square with a white border. I’m a sucker for white borders around my photos! When possible, I try to print all my photos from Lightroom. The quality is top notch and I can set up the templates to print photos to be the size I want and with or without photos. Perhaps I can do a blog post in the future showing you exactly how I go about doing that.
The ephemera pack is jam packed with so many great design elements, great colors and even a splattering of pretty gold foiling. I was immediately drawn to the sweet little coffee cup and decided to build my page around that. When I’m not sure what I’m going to make a page about finding an element from a collection is always a great starting out point. I LOVE coffee, so it was a natural choice “this right here” word strip, the “full cream” piece, “happy heart” circle, patterned file tab, gold foiled heart and adorable pin wheel are all from the ephemera pack as well. I love dimension on my pages so I used pop dots wherever I could popping the little details off my page.
The title came from one of the elements in the collection. I wanted it to really stand out so I used some Thickers that I had in my stash to spell out “Rise & Shine”.
To get an extra element of dimension I splattered some gold spray on the white piece of cardstock before adding my title and to the bottom corner of my page.
What’s your favorite way to start out a scrapbook page when you’re stumped? I hope you found some inspiration from this layout and I can’t wait to share more projects and tips with you in coming posts. Thanks for being here!