April 2011

Chic Street

Frances Sylvia


Down to the Niddy Grid-y!

Hi! My name is Frances and I am a scrapbook paper hoarder. Do you share the same tendencies? And just recently, when I cleaned out my scrap space, I realized just how BIG of a problem I have. I’m not partial…nope. I will buy anything as long as it is pretty and if I can rationalize the purchase. Sometimes the trends in scrapbooking do not support my sickness very well. Some layouts these days have a minimalistic style…lots of white space, 1 or 2 photos, and little patterned paper. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to create a layout where there is variety while staying true to the current trend of less is more? Well, there is…a grid layout!! They are hot, hot, hot for this reason.

Grid layouts are layouts where paper and/or pictures are arranged in the formation of a grid. It is the answer to a pattern paper hoarder’s dream!! There are so many ways to arrange a grid and elements to add to a grid…circles, squares, embellishments, pictures, patterned paper, etc. Here is a look at a few layouts that incorporate LOTS of patterned paper and fun embellishments, but still manage to keep a trendy minimalistic look.

2 Girls, 3 Days by Carol Monson

Supplies: Paper: Studio Calico, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Chipboard: Sassafras Lass, Alphabet: American Crafts, BasicGrey, Ribbon: American Crafts, Ink: Stampin' Up!, Pens: Sakura. Tools: Punches: Fiskars.

Design Notes: The Studio Calico paper is what inspired this design. The sheet was full of different patterned circles that I really wanted to emphasize.

Journaling: 1 weekend full of scrapbooking, shopping, good food and lots of giggles.

Focus by Laurel Seabrook

Supplies: Paper, Cardstock: Studio Calico, Alphabet Stickers: October Afternoon, Stickers: S.R.M. Press, Paint: Tattered Angels, Thread: Guuterman, Metal Clip: Tim Holtz, Sketch: Get Your Sketch On. Tools: Punches: Stampin’Up!, Sandpaper: Janome, Other: sewing machine. Digital Supplies: Digi Kits: Sweet Shoppe Designs, Commit to be Fit (Megan Mullens), New Year New Me (Jenn Barrette), Design House Digital Word Art Brushes(Meierotto), Software: Adobe Photoshop 4.

Design Notes: Don’t over think a layout. The goal is preserving a memory or spot of time, not really how it looks. Just go with whatever feels right!

Journaling: Laurel creatively listed her goals for 2011 all over her layout.

Chillin by Kim Jeffress

Supplies: Paper, Die Cuts, Journaling Spots, Stickers: October Afternoon, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Chipboard: Elite Cutting Solutions, Alphabet Stickers: American Crafts, Transparency: Hambly Studios, Buttons: Little Red Rocket, Pearls: Kaisercraft, Specialty Paint: Maya Road, Tattered Angels.

Design Notes: Use a blockish design of assorted pattern paper to create cohesiveness to your overall design.

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