Friday, March 15, 2013

Front Porch Kit Friday Blog Hop

Scrapbooking "Simple Stories" Style
There is an increasing number of companies designing papers to use in conjunction with the divided sheet protectors. There are also many different combinations of divided protectors.
I love designing 12 X 12 scrapbook pages, but sometimes I have literally 100's of photos of one event, trip, or photo shoot. That is when I use " Simple Stories" style of scrapbooking.
I start in one of two ways:
(1). If I have tons of pictures and have not determined a paper line yet, I get out all of my divided sheet protectors and get busy. I pick the creme of the crop pictures and slide them into a 12 X 12 sheet protector. This will become my whole page layouts. Sometimes it is very hard to choose. I then start sorting the photos according to date, place, or outfit. I further divide into horizontal or vertical photos. Next I start filling the dividers. Intentionally, I leave some blank to plug in titles, printed papers, and embellishments. Because the divided pages are front / back and if  you want to incorporate a double page layout, you have to keep in mind that you will need to design a single page layout to maintain the order of sucession of the front / back order. When I use this method, I might set aside until the right paper comes along or start using a particular paper line not even designed for this method of scrapbooking.
(2). I have purchased a paper line that has been designed especially for the divided sheet protectors so I cut apart the 4 X 6's, 3 X 4's, 2 X 12's,4 X 4's, 6 X 12's, etc. Do you see a pattern here. These papers were designed specifically to fit into the many divisions of the divided sheet protectors. At this point, I might make a list of contents for the pages. I rely on date, place or outfit for this or the paper design.For example: Christmas:
Decorating the Tree or House
A visit to Santa
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
Then some of these can be divided further. Christmas Day - opening presents, family, a meal, etc.
I divide paper and photos to fit into these categories. I fill all of the protectors, even it is just with cardstock. Most of these papers are two sided. Work on one side and turn the protector over. If one of the papers is not working with your theme, then cut a paper or picture that size and insert it instead. I go back and start embellishing by adding titles,decorations buttons, trims, etc.
For Front Porch Kits newest release, "Say Cheese", I chose the second method. I had the papers I needed (wanted) to use, so I began cutting the papers. I had studied the photos I had, so the planning process began. I divided my photos by date and then event. My grandsons had been to Disney so I had decided with all of the bright colors and fun patterns , this kit would be perfect.  This is what I designed:

I still have many photos to scrapbook. Each month when I receive the Page Builder Blueprints available at The Little Blue House, I prepare 6 layouts of each design. One for each grandchild, 1 Disney, and 1 Heritage. So I will add these pages to my divided page layouts. I also have purchased another patterned paper and cardstock add-on kit so I can duplicate some of the other designer's layouts from The Front Porch Kits "Say Cheese" kit..

Get your Front Porch Kit, "Say Cheese" from The Little Blue House
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Hope you enjoy blog hopping today, Lynette


  1. How fun and colorful!! Love how you included so many photos in your pages!!

  2. Simple Stories style pages so appeal to me! I love that I can feature multiple pics and not have to crop everything down!!! Love your lo's!!!

  3. I picked up an extra set of papers too. Too many great LO's not to scraplift a few. Beautiful album Lynette.

  4. SO inspired to scrap our moutain of disney pics! Such cute layouts!!