Add More Photos With Interactive Layouts

In April, our daughter had photos taken by Charlotte Sophia and sent the album link to me. There were over SEVENTY stunning photos, and I could not decide how to scrapbook the photos. Do I create a mini-album or make multiple pages? Do I just pick my top ten then frame a few?

Now I know that you have all faced a dilemma just like this. As I was trying to decide what to make, I was inspired by a layout in the Magic How-To book and I was determined to create a layout with interactive pages.

Can you believe that I was able to place twenty-two photos on this layout? This was achieved through the use of flip-flaps. Now if you have never heard of flip-flaps, you are going to want to run over to my website as soon as you learn about them.

These wonderful little inventions allow you to add more photos, journaling, and memorabilia to your scrapbook layouts AND they come in multiple sizes and orientations. When designing this layout, I had planned to use some 3″ Flip-Flaps to create a mini-book, an 8×12 Flap on the left side, and retro-fit a 6×12 Flip Flap on the right. Unfortunately, like most of my ideas, it didn’t go as planned.

As you watch the video, you will see the little mistakes that I made and how I fixed them.

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My goal was to create a clean, simple layout using a large number of photos. I didn’t want it to feel jumbled or be too much for the eye to handle. How do you think I did?

On the left side of the layout, I retrofit an 8.5×11 page protector to fit my page to create the interactive flap. I added two focal point photos on the front with a few floral elements and pattern papers. This is the page you see first, so I wanted to keep it clean and match the theme of the photos.

On the back, I added some more photos with a few pocket cards. I love using pocket cards on my layouts. On this page, I cut one down for a sentiment and used three others as photo mats. In the video, I share how I cut the pocket cards so that I could use the rest on the other side of the layout.

It is important to remember to create visual triangles and repeat patterns and colors throughout your interactive layouts. As I was planning these pages, I wanted to create flow and a cohesive feel.

I added floral images on every page, duplicated patterns and colors, and created visual triangles with stickers and pocket cards.

On the right side of the layout, I added a large floral sticker with kraft-colored leaves. On all of the pages, you will see these floral images repeated on both the open and closed flaps of the layout.

I added even more photos to this layout by creating a little book with three-inch flip flaps. It opens up to reveal some beautiful images of my daughter and her fiancΓ©.

As I was planning these pages, I wanted to make sure that I had room for journaling. I decided to create little pockets behind the smaller photos with tags inside. On each of the tags are facebook posts that they wrote to each other talking about how much they care for one another.


Twenty-two photos on one scrapbook layout, and it turned out beautifully!

I want to thank Charlotte Sophia once again for such beautiful photos. I hope that this page does them justice. If you have any questions about the video tutorial or the layout, please feel free to comment below.

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Love Your Stash Day Three | Pocket Cards & Paper

Are you ready to Love Your Stash and start using some of your ever-growing papercraft collection? Throughout February, the Creative Design Team will be showing you unique ways to use your stash, and we are asking you to join us in this challenge. As you complete each weekly challenge, use #cdtloveyourstash when you post your creation. 


This week, our Creative Design Team is tackling paper and pocket cards that we have “collected” through the years. I will admit, it was very freeing to grab whatever I wanted to use from my craft space – It allowed me to pull a variety of elements together from both current and past collections to create a page for my daughter.

I began pulling out some Mix-In papers that were collecting dust and paired them with some Wood Grain paper. Mix-Ins are some of my favorite patterns to use, but I often overbuy them because I enjoy them so much. 

After creating the background, I reached for some pocket cards that would complement the photo. Lately, my brain has had a difficult time concentrating, and I become easily overwhelmed. As I was trying to figure out PML placement, I became frustrated with my lack of brainpower. Thank goodness I have such a wonderful husband who helped me narrow down the elements for this page. 

I chose a few pocket cards from the Bloom with Grace collection along with some black and white cards from an older collection. I honestly have no idea when these are from, but I know that they are from Close to My Heart. 

I also added a few stickers from the Bloom with Grace collection to match the theme of the layout. The other elements on this page are from recent and retired die cuts that are stored in my die cut binders. (I talk about these in my video.) 

Once all the elements were on the page, I went back the next day to see what needed fixing. I am sure that I am not the only one who does this. Sometimes, I need to walk away from a project and come back to process what changes are needed.

You can view the creation of this layout as you watch my process video.  I show you how I used pocket card as photo mats, titles, and journaling cards. 


The Creative Design Team would love for you to join us in our Love Your Stash challenge. If you need a little inspiration, you can view all of our weekly creations on our YouTube channels.  Make sure to subscribe to each channel so that you are notified when we add new videos. 

If you choose to accept the challenge, make sure to use the #CDTloveyourstash hashtag in you posts so that we can see what you have made. 

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Crafting Live on Craft Roulette

Here is something I never pictured my crafty self doing – a LIVE game show called Craft Roulette.  Yes, you read that correctly.  A game show for paper crafters.  This weekly paper-craft challenge takes place on Mary GunnFunn’s Facebook page and you get to participate as Mary and her guest crafters create a randomly selected craft …. and guess who was chosen as one of her guest crafters??

Let me just say, this was one of those experiences that a crafter like me doesn’t really have on her bucket list, but it should have been on there because Mary and her son were wonderful hosts.  If you have never heard of Craft Roulette, the game starts with the spinning of a wheel where four random crafting parameters are chosen. 

PROJECT

COLORS

ELEMENT

RANDOM

In Mary’s video she states that there are 331,776 project possibilities and no one knows what they are going to be ahead of time.  That’s right! I had to wing it and grab whatever I could find in my crafting space after the wheel was spun and make something based on the four guidelines chosen. Here is what I came up with. 

The wheel of randomness chose Fancy Fold, Red, Yellow & Orange for colors, a Butterfly element and  Shimmer.  I had no knowledge of any of this ahead of time. The game show is LIVE on Facebook and both Mary and I found out about the requirements as the wheel was spinning.  

To be honest, I was rather frightened at first.  Not only was I going to be live on a public Facebook page (a first for me), but I was going to have to make something on-the-spot in front of people I didn’t really know and hope for the best.  Then that wheel spun and I was given colors I rarely use and told to make it a fancy fold. Thank goodness for the shimmer – if all else failed, I would just brush it with sparkles and call it good.

So as you can see, not only did all the viewers get to seen my crazy “what the heck am I going to make” face, but they also got to watch Mary and I create a fancy fold project using all the colors required with a butterfly and some shimmer. 

I kept my fold very simple and used some paper scraps I had on hand with a single stamped butterfly image and Bloom with Grace stickers.  At first, the color combination threw me, but then I realized that I didn’t have to use primary colors, I could use fall shades – Paprika, Scarlet, and Sundance. 

For the shimmer, I used a strip of red glitter paper. Again, I struggled with this because I don’t usually use glitter paper on my projects, but it was a scrap that was sitting on my desk from my Christmas Card video, and I decided to go ahead and use it.

For those of you who missed the show, you can go view it in Mary’s FUNN Facebook group or check it our on her website, or view it here on YoutUbe.Β  If I were you, I would join Mary’s Facebook group so that you can play along next time.Β 

Speaking of playing along – YOU CAN PLAY, TOO!!  Each week, you can submit the projects you have made based on these four requirements.  You can also join to fun every Friday, and watch Mary and her friends create.  

Again, I want to thank Mary and her son for being such lovely hosts and allowing me to come play on Craft Roulette.  I hope to join you again and look forward to seeing one of you at next week’s game show. 

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