If you are a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator you receive the Stampin’ Success Magazine every month.  It is full of ideas and articles for us.  In the October issue there was an 8×8 scrapbook page that I fell in Love with.  It used the French Foliage stamp set from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  As it turns out I won that stamp set at the Baltimore Regional!  And this was the first thing I created with it.  I decided to make the 8×8 page (with a few changes).  I was also preparing for my Scrapbook class but for it I do 12×12 two-page layouts.  So I wanted to modify the 8×8 page to use it for my Scrapbook class.

Step 1 – make the 8×8 page –

I started with an Old Olive 8×8 piece of card stock.  The strips of  Designer Paper on the left side are from the Love Letter Designer Series Paper.  With a piece of Soft Suede textured card stock that has been torn on one side. And a piece of Confetti Cream card stock that was been stamped with the word block from the French Foliage stamp set.  The leaves were stamped on Confetti Cream card stock and cut out.  I added a button from the Neutrals Designer buttons.

I cut the 2010 using the GoGo Boots Sizzlits dies and the Big Shot.  I had the page finished and wasn’t sure what to use it for.  One of the stamps in the set says “PARIS” – the little circle and I thought of Greg’s recent trip to Paris and thought this page would be perfect for that.  So I looked through his pictures and printed some out.  On the Decorative Label punch I decided to stamp the definition of Journey from the Define Your Life stamp set.  And I added the little splatter image – right now it is an excellent replacement for the splatter that I miss from Itty Bitty Backgrounds.

Step 2 – take the 8×8 page and turn it into a 12×12 page.

I kept it very simple and stuck with the square theme.  I just place the original page on a black square and then on a 12×12 Old Olive square.

Now that it is done – I think it is pretty enough to frame – and I just might do that and hang it on the wall!

Step 3 – create a coordinating 12×12 page.

I normally have more than one picture on a scrapbook page.  And with only 1 picture on the left I wanted to be able to add more pictures to the second page so I had to figure out how to do that.  I stuck with the square theme and decided to create a grid on the second page.

It actually looked good with just the card stock and Designer Series paper squares on it – which is what i started with.  But I had to add pictures.

The squares are 2×2″ squares.  To add the pictures when I cut them into 2×2 squares and placed them in the grid.  Pictures that I really wanted to show more than one square I placed side by side or top and bottom so you could see the full scene. They are scattered through out the grid and mixed in with the Designer Paper and card stock.

I added a piece of Designer Paper from the Newsprint pack  – it has the map on it which I thought suited this journey layout.

I love how it turned out and everyone in my scrapbook class loved it too.  While the stamp set is sort of a fall leaves theme – this set is easy to use for many things – I think this could have even been used as a wedding/anniversary layout.  It is really a year-round set so use it for many things!

And HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  I didn’t have anymore Halloween projects – I was done with all those and have been doing fall/Christmas and other stuff.  So that is why you got a non-Halloween project today.  I hope you liked it!

We are just starting with a new round of Monika’s Blog Bingo – Group 6.

It’s BINGO TIME!  We are playing Round 6 of Monika’s Blog Bingo.  I have now filled group 7 and won’t be taking any more names right now – I”ll be taking a Bingo break after group 7 plays – I may play again in the future so I hope you will continue to visit my blog.   See this POST for more details on how to play and the previous winners.

Here is piece #2  –the flower from Because I Care stamp set (stamped in Concord Crush).