Thursday, December 21, 2017

No Room for the Story?

Stories are super important to me and in my world, it's the point of scrapbooking. The story matters! Without the story...well it's just not right. However, as people who love page design, sometimes great blocks of written journaling present a dilemma--what's a more appropriate use of real estate--the journaling or the pretty things?


So once in a while, I give in to the designer side of my crafty soul and stick the journaling  in a less obvious place--today it's *inside a flap*. 

Yes, that title is stamped on vellum. 

This reminds me...this is another installment in my "If you can make a card, you can make a scrapbook page!" series. Look again. That flap hiding the journaling is basically a card. 

Also note that I've used a few little products from Close to my Heart. On the lower left corner of my layout above, you'll see the word December stamped on the label. 

The word December comes from the Stamp Set of the Month set from November. Obviously, it's no longer the Stamp Set of the Month, but it's still available if you need it. It's called "Through the Year" and as you can see, it's a full set of all the months. I can see it being so very useful. 

The papers for the page come from the Silver and Gold suite of products (shown partially below). While there are some holiday-specific embellishments and papers included, there are also some items that could be used effectively at any time and with any theme. (These are always my personal favorites because I'm not a rule follower.) This Silver and Gold kit goes away on December 30, so if you like it, you know what to do. 

I also used a good bit of vellum on this page. Vellum is so dependable. It is always a good way to give your pages points of contrast. It is so easy to use! There are several things I particularly love about vellum. 1) It's easy to run through the printer. 2) It tears beautifully. 3) It tones down busy or bold patterns. 4) It's an easy way to direct the viewer to look at a specific part of a page. 5) You can stamp on it! 

A pack of vellum contains three 12x12 sheets and costs $5.95. 

A gorgeous new catalog will debut on January 1, 2018.   That's just a few days away. Stay tuned for some art made with kits from the new catalog --coming on Tuesday!  If you would like one of the new catalogs, email me. 

Thank you for making it all the way to the end of this slightly longer blog post. If you would like to be entered into a random-drawing for a mini-selection of papers and embellishments from the Silver and Gold suite of products, as a token of my appreciation (from me to you), please leave a comment and answer this question: what will be the title or theme of the first scrapbook page you will create in 2018? Entries accepted until 11:50pm CST December 30, 2017. 

Merry Christmas!

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