Last week I shared with you all my desire to work a little faster in completing my Alaska scrapbook so I held my own private speed scrap & described the results in last week’s article – Ports-of-call. I set some rules for myself so that I would get those pages done and not be compelled to dilly-dally.
Rules included limiting the number of layouts, elements & photos, number of my digital kits used, and similar templates for each layout. It was very successful. Not only did I scrap all of the photos of the Alaskan ports-of-call but I realized during the process that I had neglected to scrap the rest of my sea lion photos – so I did those too.
I found a layout on Seattle that I did quite some time ago so I was ahead in that respect. All that is left now is Vancouver. I have a LOT of photos from Vancouver as we spent 3 days there – we visited Butchart Gardens, the Aquarium & Stanley Park so I will have a whole section in my album devoted to those photos.
Today I will share with you 4 pages I made featuring Ketchikan, Alaska. So I must confess I did break 2 of my rules – I made 4 pages instead of 2 and on top of that I did engage in some extra cutting, blending and erasing. Oh well – I knew it couldn’t last. 🙂
So when I got to Ketchikan I found that I was tired of putting brads and flowers and stuff on my pages yet I did want something to pull it all together. The Ketchikan pages were turning out to be fairly masculine in style and so in searching for one common element that I could quickly tie everything on the page together I stumbled across some great stamps that I had purchased a while ago by Sissy Sparrows that I have been waiting to use.
Stamps are one of my most favorite thing to use on a page. I discovered that even though I did have to do some cutting and erasing and all of that – by using just ONE basic stamp and layering it across my layout and then adding one stand-out accent stamp it took no more time then placing all those brads and flowers. In fact I think the stamp was faster.
You will see that for this layout above I selected a star stamp. I have stars on quite a few layouts in my album so I liked the repetition this would provide. This stamp, like most, comes as a black stamp. But you can do anything with stamps -resize, recolor, reduce opacity.
My favorite thing to do is to fill them with paper. (In addition, for users of SBC 4.0 and Artisan – you can convert any photo or element on your page using the rubber stamp tool! At the end of this article you will notice on the first sea lion page I used this technique on a photo of a sea lion and then used the blend tool and reduced opacity to melt it further into the paper. I love the added interest this gives a page and it is so easy to do.
Design Tip 1: fill stamps with paper & use repetitively! Use the erase tool!
I took the star stamp & filled it with a yellow glittery paper and then used the erase tool in SBC 4.0 to erase parts of it that covered areas of my photos that I did not want covered. This is exactly what Mary did in her overlay tutorial published earlier this week.
I LOVE the erase tool. I use it all the time to get rid of literally anything that I do not want on my page. It is easier to make subtle changes with the erase tool than with the cutting tool. I use the cutting tool when it is obvious that I need a large portion of the item completely cut-off but for detail work the erase tool is the best.
Design Tip 2: remove and change template embellishments ( or hold the flowers please!)
another note about templates – in addition to making scrapping so much faster there are times when using templates can be the exact opposite. Templates often come loaded up with flowers, flowers and more flowers. Ribbons, bows, scalloped lacey edges – all great for feminine pages and very helpful if you are planning on using a lot of flowers. BUT it can sometimes be confusing to use these types of templates. It was for me.
Now I only use flowers as guidelines for placement. If I don’t want to use something I get rid of it and replace it with something else. Yes, it can slow me down but I figure using a template has already given me a starting point with photo placement so I am way ahead of the game!
For this layout I took every single one of the flowers off plus the scalloped edged paper ribbons. By choosing the star stamp I was able to get a complete look very quickly without having to wade through choosing brads, buttons and flowers.
The final touch was the hawk and newsprint mountain stamp. I bought this stamp with my husband in mind since he loves hawks and I was so happy to find the perfect page for it. A great place to shop for stamps is in designer stores that sell “art journal” supplies. Art journal supplies can be used on any scrapbook page – they do not have to be just for art journaling.
For this second Ketchikan layout I have this fishing theme going on here. I knew I wanted to use these fish stickers that I have had for a long time. I think they are older Creative Memories freebies and they are very sticker-y. Now they really looked fine on the page as is – the colors are right and they are not cute-sy so it’s all good. There may be some of you that prefer them that way and that is totally okay – both looks are good. But I wanted something more subtle.
I have a lot going on here in this layout and I wanted the fish to be subtle and stamped, maybe bring out the blue tones. Since I have so much red everywhere I liked the idea of adding more of that blue/green color to match the metal brads and the bronze metal fish in the photo.
I will show you 2 versions of this layout to show how you can take your older embellishments that might look a bit dated or sticker-y and morph them into something different. Again, either layout is fine – I actually did like both – but I ultimately liked the subtle blue stamped look the best. I even played around with layering a bunch of them together in different sizes and it did look pretty cool but then I looked at the clock – lol! The page was beginning to look like an aquarium… so I hit the undo button!
(For users of SBC 4.0 or Artisan you would simply convert the stickers to rubber stamp by going to your toolbar and select “insert” and then select “rubber stamp”. When the window pops up you can select your color and style.)