Saturday, July 14, 2018

MWL July | Summer Adventure

Hey all, I am back for this month's post with Made With Love. I cant believe the school semester is back and it has been crazy thus far. In the midst of the busy schedule, I have been itching to scrap about my recent Europe trip. It was my first time in Europe and it was such a wonderful time spending it with my husband's family and him.

One of the highlights on this trip was to Lake Balaton in Hungary. It was the biggest lake in Central Europe. On our road trip to Lake Balaton, we stopped by the small town of Veszprem. We loved the quaint and queer vibes of this city and there was a great cliff look-out of the city. We had a whale of a time taking photos and I just had to document about it.

I got to work with Echo Park's Summer Fun collection and it was a really suitable travel collection to work it. I wanted the focus on the layout to be on the photos and to have a big title to complement it. To begin, I layered pieces of patterned papers on a neutral white background. Vary the prints of the pattern papers with different colours and prints and this is a useful way of starting the foundation of the layout.

I positioned my photos to one side of the layout, in a linear and chronological order. That way, the sequence of the photos will go easy on the eyes. Thereafter, I found small embellishments and word phrases and placed them around the photos.

I loved the print of the pink flammingo patterned papers in the collection and used it to create and void the empty space in the layout. Sometimes less is more and it doesn't mean that you need to use embellishments to fill in the extra spaces or gaps. Even papers can do that job!

Using some pop dots, I 'popped' up the title and completed the rest of the layout with some embellishments. Centralising the title in the middle of the page also helps to ensure the focus of the page - the photos and the title.

That completes this month's post. I hope you found the tips useful. Till then, I will see you next month with a brand new post.

All supplies are available at Made With Love. 

Patterned Papers : Echo Park's Summer Fun
Embellishments : Echo Park's Summer Fun and Crate Paper

Saturday, June 23, 2018

MWL | First Day @ School

Greetings and hello! A month has passed and it is my turn again to share the recent layout I did for Made with Love. I just got back from a 2 weeks trip to Europe and it was amazing. You're probably thinking that I would be scrapping about my Europe photos but I think these photos of my nephew deserves a bigger shout out for now! He is 2 and a half years old and recently, he started school. He is coping really well and is fast becoming the most talkative person in our family. We simply love him to pieces.

This month, I got to work with the latest Pink Paislee 'Wild Child' collection. This collection was perfect for the photos that I was going to scrap and rarely do I work with these bold and vibrant boyish tones in a collection. I was excited to give it a try and see how my style might be transcended.

To start of, I layered my photos with patterned papers from the collection and backed them up with pop up dots for extra dimension. A tip that I find useful in working with multiple photos would be placed them in a linear fashion on the layout. To ensure that the photos do not over-clutter, alternative your photos with tags and embellishments. This helps to go easy on the eye and ensure that the photos are spread out.

Once this is done, I worked on the remaining portions of the layout and decorated the tags and frames with extra embellishments. Work with colours that complement the photos and work with elements that help to build the story of the photos. In this case, I wanted to bring out the story of how educaiton can be fun in the classroom, for a young curious 2 year old. Lastly, in areas where you feel that you need extra dimensions, make sure to layer and use those pop dots.

That is it. I hope you enjoyed seeing my thought process as much as I enjoyed scrapping about such a meaningful milestone in my nephew's life.

Till then, have a good week ahead.

Patterned Papers : Pink Paislee's Wild Child
Embellishments : Pink Paislee's Wild Child

All supplies are available at Made With Love. 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

MWL APRIL LAYOUT | My Heart is Full

Hi all, it is my time again to share the layout that I did for Made With Love this month. This time around, I challenged myself to use the Maggie Holmes' Flourish Collection, along with the Simple Stories I AM collection's embellishments.

I was pretty amazed by how much these two collections complemented each other. To begin, I wanted to challenge myself to document 4 (!) different photos on my husband's recent 30th bday. I found that the best way to do so was to layer some of the photos with patterned papers, in order to ground the photos collectively in the layout.  In a linear fashion, these photos were placed next to one another. 

Thereafter, I tried to embellished the rest of the layout with flat and cardboard stickers. I stuck to this simple rule of placing them in a diagonal triangle fashion, bringing the attention back to the photos. I really love how these embellishments complemented the colours of the photos, which is a guideline that I always used in choosing what fits and what doesnt. 

To end if off, I decided to go for more of grunge look, adding splatters and drops of black paint to offset the overall white background.  I am really happy with the outcome and it is my hope that I will be more adventurous to play with more mediums and expand on my existing scrapbooking style. 

That's it for today. I do hope that you find these tips helpful. All supplies are available at Made With Love. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

March MWL Layout | It's all good

Hey all, it is my time to share my latest layout for Made With Love. This month, I got to play with Pink Paislee's Pick me up collection. I loved the bold colours in the collection and it was a perfect time to scrap about my recent Lunar New Year celebrations.

To begin, I did some fussy cutting and cut out these lovely frames from one of the patterned papers found in the collection. Then I laid them out on a sheet of white background paper and arranged them till I was satisfied with it. Using some of the frames, I placed my photos in them or 'popped' them up for extra dimensions.

With some of the frames, I replaced the inner areas with patterned papers for additional pops of colours to the overall layout while with the remaining frames, I placed some embellishments to give more depths and colours.  The layout was completed with some black paints and stamping.

With a minimalist layout like this, it is really important to keep the proportions just right. Don't overload the embellishments but allow these small elements and the choice of colours bring out the best in this layout.

All supplies are available at Made With Love.
Patterned Papers : Pink Paislee's Pick me Up Collection
Embellishments: Crate Paper's Good Vibes and Pink Paislee's Pick Me Up Collections

Saturday, January 27, 2018

MWL Jan Layout | The Best Ever

Hello all. Welcome back to the blog. I cant believe 2018 has arrived and work has been hectic thus far. But it has been good , settling in a new chapter of my lives and starting a new family with the husband. I cant wait to see where our lives will go , hopefully with more travels and more fun this year.

This week, I got to work on a layout for Made With Love. We just received prints from our wedding photographer and looking at the photographs really brings back memories of our actual wedding day. With these prints, it was time to start scrapping about them.  So glad to be working with the latest Crate Paper's Good Vibes collection and the Vicky Boutin Embellishments from Amercan Crafts this time around.

To begin, I wanted to start working on layers in my layout. I chose a rather neutral background, a corkboard print and cut patterned papers from the collection, mixing up the colours and the patterns. Layering is key , so it is important to position your layers , stacking them one above and another while adding dimensions to the page.

With the embellishments, the principle remains the same ; layer embellishments above and under one another. A good trick would be to hide some of the elements partially under the papers, letting a portion of them to be seen. Some elements could be 'popped' up to create more dimension.

To make sure that the overall layout is cohesive, ensure that you choose embellishments that match the colour scheme , so that it doesnt deviate too much. In my case, I chose to stick to yellows, pinks and greens. Adding touches of golds, whites and blacks are good neutral alternatives to complete the look. 

That is it for this week. Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed completing this layout. It was certainly good to be back scrapping and cant wait for the next break to do so.

Till then, have a good week ahead.

Patterned Papers : Crate Paper Good Vibes
Embellishments : Vicky Boutin by American Crafts
Paints : Heidi Swapp 

All supplies are available at Made With Love. 

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