12 x 12 Scrapbook Pages – Little Houses

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By Card Making and Paper Crafts Contributor Heidi. Follow Heidi on her blog Blue Scallop Creations and on Instagram @bluescallopcreations.

With so many memories to document, and so little time, I’ve decided to try a different approach to my scrapbooking—more doing, less thinking.  Meaning, I start with a basic design, then just add layers and elements without rearranging so much, just kind of “go with the flow” and let things kind of come together on their own.

With so many memories to document, and so little time, I’ve decided to try a different approach to my scrapbooking—more doing, less thinking.  Meaning, I start with a basic design, then just add layers and elements without rearranging so much, just kind of “go with the flow” and let things kind of come together on their own.

A great way to make the most of your supplies, especially when you scrapbook, is to try using a 6×6 paper pad.  These are great because the small patterns make them nice for card making but work really well for scrapbook pages.  For today’s project, I’m using Echo Park’s My Favorite Christmas 6×6 paper pad along with the ephemera pack.  You can mix and match color schemes to get quite a few pages, plus using fewer products helps you to quickly assemble a page.

I’m using a photo of our small collection of light up Christmas houses.  I chose a few basic papers to match the color scheme of the photo.  These will act as the background.  Everything is adhered to a 12×12 sheet of American Crafts white card stock.  I keep a huge stack of this on hand for my scrapbook pages.  I love how bright white it is and the subtle texture adds interest.

Since the papers are smaller, I did not do much in terms of trimming except a little off the tops.  I used one sheet to back my photo, then laid out the others with a title from the ephemera pack.  The key is just to overlap, sometimes using foam tape, and keep things moving.  I have more going on toward the bottom since the eye moves down the page.  After laying out the main pieces, I’m ready to tuck in some pieces in some of the empty spots.

I love these little banners that spell out “Merry” from the ephemera pack.  I added those along the top of the photo to match the little rooftops of the houses.

The key is to just keep the eye moving down.  I added one more little Christmas ornament tag and called this page finished.

The papers have a lot of pattern, so I don’t think much more needed to be added.  A crisp, white background keeps everything clean and simple and the layering adds some nice texture.   Thanks so much for joining me today!

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