Friday, July 30, 2010

layouts with minimal embellishments

With all the great embellishments out there, I sometimes get overwhelmed when shopping for scrapbooking supplies. Then when I bring those embellishments home and start working on scrapbook pages, I sometimes get selfish because I don't want to use all the cute embellishments that I have.

Then I start thinking, well scrapbooking is about telling a story with photos and I don't want my photos to get lost in my layouts so how can i embellish them without over powering my photos but still bring out the theme?

In these two layouts, (based on Ali Davis sketches) I used a minimal amount of embellishments. I used paper that really focuses on the theme at hand. Both layouts are about being in a garden. In the "Picking Veggies" layout I used green and pink papers with flourishes and swirls. To me they represent vines and flowers. In the "Our Garden..." layout I used a green garden like paper and a dirt brown paper for its representation. On both layouts I used stitching and stamping to bring it all together. Each layout has its unique elements that embellish without overpowering.

In this layout "Introducing Colten" I used two small strips of patterned paper above and below the photo matting and two solid blue cardstock circles in the background to bring color into the layout. My embellishments of choice? Stamped circles! Cute little animals like you would see in a babies room go with the theme of the brand new baby photos.

And you can apply a simple design to cards as well. Here I embossed the solid background papers and added a little ribbon. Cute and simple and doesn't over do it!

You can have simple layouts without being boring. Not over embellishing allows your layouts to shine!! As much as I love my embellishments, I love to hoard them too. So if you're like me, don't feel bad! You can still design beautiful layouts without it being too busy!

Ok onto the giveaway! I have a box of goodies to give to one lucky follower! Some of the supplies are used/leftovers, some are items I never used or will never use and I hope someone else can use. Some of it is punched shapes, stamped images, cards and embellishments. I also have an acrylic album and a Fiskars Ultra Shape Xpress (brand new) and a handmade item for you. Wanna win???

To win this box of goodies?
  • Become a follower (if you're not already)
  • Leave a comment about my minimal embellished layouts & something about why you want to win this box!
  • If you pass on the news of the giveaway you'll get an extra entry but its not needed to win! (but let me know how/where you did so!)
That's it! simple!! Good luck and thanks for visiting!!

I will close this contest on August 6th!


Donna said...

These look great Shannon. That card is soooo adorable!! TFS

marla said...

WOW I love your minimal embellishment LOs. I am working on a scrapbook for a friend of mine and I have tried doing it with on too many things also just using patterned papers and stamped items. I like how the pages are turning out. I think we get caught up in the embellishment rage like you said and I know I do more "hoarding" than using!!!

moloneyat said...

Love both your layouts Shannon and your cards are cute too :)

I am now a follower but don't include me in your RAK (I'm international).

TracyM #6773

Colleen said...

Your layouts are adorable, especially the introding Colton layout. But I really like the cards. I have never stamped and colored in the imagine before, but thinking that I really need to try that.

What an awesome and fun giveaway.

Linda G.M.K. said...

I can't believe how great these are. At first I thought no way she didn't use embellishments but then when I really looked at them the pictures took center stage and the embellishments are on the side.

I love to use embellishments and like you said have tons of them, wouldn't mind a few more in the way of a prize, hee, but a lot of times I find myself leaving them off because I love the pictures too much to distract from them.

I'm going to post your site link to Facebook, so hopefully a lot of other people will find you.

Kelly Sas said...

I became a follower Shannon. Thanks for posting on Fiskateers because I really enjoy your blog and work. I want to win this candy because I would love to have something you made - you said there is a homemade item in it! I love your first layout btw.


Gail said...

The Lay Outs are great Shannon. They look clean and sharp. I'm a collector...guess you are too...LOL

Deb said...

your layouts are amazing. I would be happy to follow you and I thank you for the opportunity to win too!

Valerie said...

Would love to win your rak just because its fun to get different stuff. If I win I can give you an US address since I am in Canada.

Katrina said...

I'm new to scrapbooking :) So of course I'm interested! Definitely love your layouts... They're simple and great! When I look at what all others are doing... I think, I don't have enough stuff to do that! You definitely make a good point!!!

Scrappy Rat said...

Love your cards...bright, clean and eye catching! That's why I'd like to win the giveaway...those stamped images are calling my name! :)

Divinity said...

wow! i absolutely love ur layouts!!! they're not overpowered with anything -- and they look fabulous!!! how did u get all those little leafy thingies onto the photo corners on the first one -- or are they rubons??? they seriously make the page look half digital scrapped...and half paper scrapped! but it looks absolutely awesome!
i'd love to win ur price -- i've been wanting to get my hands on a shape xpress...but haven't gotten around to buying one! :) would be great to win it!!! :) thanks for the chance!
** i've also posted a link to ur candy on my blog sidebar for an extra entry! :)

Marianne - Fiskateer #6701 said...


First, I am surprised to find out that I was not already a follower of your blog!

Your LOs and cards are all great! I like to add embellishments to projects. However, a friend and I just had a conversation on Tuesday about how sometimes less is better. Sometimes I add something, and then think that I should have quit! There is a lot be be said for simplicity.

I would like to win you prize because I have had my eye on the USX and I would really love to have something handmade by you! I like getting things other people have shopped for (even leftovers) because sometimes I get in a rut and tend to buy the same types of items. It is always nice to try a new style.

Thanks for sharing your advice about keeping things simple and for the chance to win a prize.

Oh, I will share in two places. On my own blog(which I know really needs an update!) and on facebook.

rstuck2003 said...

I am a follower and I love your LO's! The cards are so CAS! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance at the "candy"

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Krafty Wahine said...

Great tips on embellishing cards. your LOs were adorable! Thanx for sharing your talent with us!