Hannah’s Scrap Bin Series: Our Story

Aloha My Scrappy Friends!!

It’s February and I am finally starting to get my stuff in order. Finally. After being sick for a week, my husband working long hours all month, and just getting back into the groove after the holidays. I can say I am starting to get into what seems like a routine that is going to work for me, for now.

One of my big goals this year is to use up as many of my scraps as possible. I have been on a really big spending freeze the past 5 or so months. I want to use this freeze wisely and actually use up the stash I have let pile up. Like all those bits and pieces left over from old layouts I have made.

Last year I started a series where I used my scraps to make layouts. I used different types of inspiration to give me a jumping off point. I am trying out that series again.

In this layout I just made I looked through my scraps for pieces that had a love feel to them. I knew I wanted to scrap some old wedding photos. It was my 10 year wedding anniversary at the end of December and what a fun way to go down memory lane a bit than make some layouts.

(I actually ended up making two layouts with all the scraps I set aside. I will share photos from layout in another blog post.)

Here are some close up pictures of my finished layout.

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I love this layered look for the title. I took bits and pieces and layered them together. Them added some thickers to finish out the title.

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I kept this really simple. Focusing on getting scraps used up, and layering them nicely. I even fussy cut those hearts out of a scrap of Bella Blvd patterned paper.

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I added more hearts up at the top, to continue the theme of love throughout the whole layout.

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Finishing up with some gold and pink Heidi Shine just ties the whole layout together. I love the way it looks, scattered on the embellishments and the photos.

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Here is the finished layout. I finished the journaling later, and added it to the back. I really wanted the photos to be the focal point. We e is the process video  so young but so in love. And maybe a tad hungry too. It was fun to go back and take a look at all my old wedding photos after ten years.

Here is the process video for this layout. You can watch below and hear a bit of my thought process while I was putting this layout together.

I hope you are inspired! Inspired to go searching through your scraps and make something fun, beautiful and meaningful.

Have a great week!!

Hannah R

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Hannah’s Scrap Bin

I have a new series starting on my youtube channel. I am reaching deep into my scrap bin and pulling out papers to use on a layout. I don’t know if your scraps look anything like mine but it is starting to overflow. I have only been scrapbooking for one year, but I still have scraps from last summer, yikes!!! I really want to use them and cut down my scrap bin. I thought I would share my journey doing this. Also talk about different ways I like to pick out my papers to use together.

Sometimes it’s hard to match papers to use on a layout when they are all mixed together in a scrap pile. There arIMG_1816e loIMG_0492ts of ways you can narrow down to a small amount papers to add to a layout. By colors, patterns, theme, or using a picture from Pinterest as inspiration too. I will over this series go through many of these ways to pick out papers for a layout.

This week I am picking out papers based on colors. I used this mood board from Pinterest to use as my color inspiration. I find using a picture or mood board helpful to match colors.  Especially because I am so visual color to me is big, I love matching colors or using lots of bright colors. This paper choosing was really fun, using these summer and bright colors. I will mention that at this point I do not have a photo picked out. I want this to be about picking papers based on the mood board. About 3/4 the way through this paper picking process, I started to think about what photo I had printed that would match the colors i was picking.

Here is the linIMG_1665k to the video where I talk through this paper picking process.

I decided to use a gorgeous photo I took of a North Shore beach.  The colors in the photo matched perfectly with the colors I picked out with papers, Blue, teal and yellow. I was surprised at how well Park Bench papers, Amy Tan Rise IMG_1621and Shine, My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing and a couple of other various papers, went together and almost looked like one collection.

I used watercolors on white cardstock as a base.  I wanted a good balance of color and white and watercolor is a good medium to do that too. I then of course couldn’t stop at just watercolors, I wanted to use a stencil. I didn’t know if I wanted use white modeling paste to cover up the beautiful color. I decided to use Multi Medium, because when it dries mostly clear and enhances the colors underneath the stencil. IMG_0499

I decided to stick with using embellishments that color matched the three main colors in my papers and on my background. I choose to only do three embellishment clusters around the page too. The Crate Paper Poolside was the perfect compliment to the paper selection I made.

To see my process you can watch scrapbooking process video.

I really love the way the layout turned out, oh man it makes we want to IMG_0496go back to the beach with a fresh lemonade and soak up the sun!! I hope I inspired you today to dig deep into that scrap pile and pick some papers even before you pick a photo.

Aloha until next time,

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