Thursday, September 18, 2014

Artbooking: Happy Birthday Boy!

I'm in the habit of creating layouts BEFORE I actually have photos for them. I do this for a couple of reasons:

1. A while back I made the decision to stop hoarding paper. I L.O.V.E. paper but it does me no good and brings no joy when it's tucked away in a bin.

2. I love to experiment with new techniques, designs, tools, and cuts. Why wait  until you have photos to make a fun birthday, back to school, or concert layout? Eventually the photos will be snapped!

3. Sometimes I know which photo-ready layout I want to use before the photos are snapped. In that case, I shoot photos that fit the layout and tell the story. Snap-Print-Scrap-Done!

Artbooking Cartridge + CTMH Glitter Paper = crafty-fun-just-for-the-heck-of-it!

I spotted this predesigned layout when I thumbed through the Artbooking handbook and just had to cut it. I knew I'd use eventually! Well, as it turned out, it was perfect for my grandson's birthday photos!

While this may seem a little "backwards" to some scrapbookers, I find that having photo-ready layouts has saved me time and money. It allows me to use what I have (so I can buy more ... just sayin')and helps me create beautiful layouts without feeling the "pressure" to get my photos scrapped.

Glitter Papers

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  1. I do this too! I make samples for classes for gatherings and workshops. I love it when my photos actually do match up to pre-designed layouts. Great post.

  2. Love this and those adorable pictures! What a cutie!

  3. Adorable layout and he is a doll!


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