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Blue Love Layout With Ombre Watercolour

love ombre layout image 5Once in a while it happens. I end up with a photo that I truly LOVE!

This time it was a photo of my husband and myself together! Yay!

I couldn’t wait to scrapbook this photo and I wanted to make sure that the scrapbook page I created would be extra special.

Have you ever had a leftover bit of paper that is just too good to get rid of? Of course! I found a cool piece of paper that I had cut hearts out of for another scrapbook layout.

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Isn’t this a cool looking leftover? Wouldn’t you have saved it too?

The question was… what was I going to do with it? Hmmmm…

I decided that playing with ombre watercolour effect would be a pretty fun thing to do. Not only would I get to play with my paints, but the results are always so gorgeous, even if I lack skills in the painting department. 😉

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I used this watercolor paper: Prima Marketing Watercolor Paper Pad 7 *affiliate link

After painting this watercolour paper using shades of blue…

Why Blue?

It made a pretty contrast against the hearts and I love creating an ombre effect with shades of blue. <3

I also love that it’s not a traditional colour for a “LOVE” layout!

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Looking at it, I decided I needed the hearts to be a bit more defined, so I traced them with a white gel pen.

This is the white gel pen I use: Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point Gel Impact Pen White Ink *affiliate link

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The Layout!

Here’s the layout with the photo I love!

Don’t the blue ombre hearts look awesome? Love it!

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Let’s talk about photo effects for a second. I considered printing the photo in black and white, but instead I really liked the faded colour effect more. Do you play with faded colours on your photos? It’s a cool way to keep the colour, but make it subtle.

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I went old-school and pulled out some mulberry paper to slip behind the photo. I love the softness it adds to the page while remaining translucent.

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I was watching a friend’s Periscope today and several of her recent pages have had doilies. I loved her pages so I thought it would be fun to add them to my layout too! Thanks for the inspiration Cara!

Want to see what I’m sharing on Periscope? Follow me @aliceboll

Design Tips to Try:

  • Use blue or another non-traditional colour on a “LOVE” layout.
  • Try ombre. It’s fun to create and it’s beautiful too!
  • Watercolour, if I can do it you can too. Use watercolour paper, it makes all the difference!
  • Use a special leftover that you’ve been saving because it was too good to let go of.

Make it Monday Pink CircleMake it Monday

If you’ve arrived from Alison Day Designs… welcome! Alison is embracing all the red to make a special Valentine for her husband.

Your next stop is to Kristie Sloan where Kristie will show you that small tags result in a big decor idea throughout the year!


I hope you’ll go and create something that you love today!



Red and White Colour Inspiration

When you are sitting in front of a blank page wondering what to scrapbook it can be intimidating and overwhelming. Where do you start?

One thing that makes it a whole lot easier is having a prompt to kickstart your page. In LOAD216 we are scrapbooking every day with a prompt to guide our layouts.

Page Prompt

Use the colours of the Canadian flag, red and white, to create your layout.  Since our inspiration is the Canadian flag we will spell colour with a U, that’s the Canadian way! (Have you noticed I tend to favour Canadian spellings on this site?)

My son Joe sent me a photo of himself with the beautiful frost we had on the trees. I loved that my son could appreciate the beauty and that he was enabling my scrapbooking! I used red and white for the page, inspired by the Canadian flag, and I also butted each end of the page with the red sections, kind of like turning the flag on its side.

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I often do my journaling by hand. I do cheat and pencil in some straight lines, which I usually go back and erase once the ink is completely dry.  (Who am I kidding… more than once I’ve smeared the  ink because I started erasing too soon!) 😉

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With this detail photo you can see the bit of shine that I’ve stamped on the background paper using Tsukineko All-Purpose Ink. I’ll share a link for this at the end of the post!


Joe attended a play at his school with Jonas. Not only did he notice the beautiful hoar frost that was coating the trees like frosting, but he had his photo taken and sent it to me! I love that my son appreciates the spectacular show of nature, and my desire to scrapbook! <3

Design Tip

Let the prompt inspire you, not restrict you! Just because the prompt is to use red and white doesn’t mean you can’t use other colours. Get started and see where you end up! There are no rules that you MUST follow in scrapbooking. Do what makes you happy!


This is the white ink I used to stamp the snowflakes on the white background. It’s so pretty! I use a foam brush to paint it on to the stamp and then apply it to the paper.

Are you ready to get your scrap on? Let your creativity shine!



Mountain Flight

Do you use prompts to inspire your scrapbook pages?

If you’ve ever participated in a LOAD, (LayOut A Day challenge) you probably have! This month is LOAD216 and I’m excited to be the featured scrapper for Saturday, February 6th.

Today’s prompt is:

Geography – What story can you tell related to geography?

My husband has a small plane and absolutely loves to go flying. He found a way for me to fall in love with flying too, by taking me on a flight to the Rocky Mountains. I approached the journaling in a fun and playful way by starting with a question and then sharing my answer. I used a large photo on the page as I wanted to focus on the gorgeous view we had from the plane.

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How do you get your wife hooked on flying? Take her on a flight to the breathtaking Rocky Mountains. We flew to Valemount and had a spectacular view of Mount Robson. Wow! This world we live in is filled with overwhelming beauty. I’m so lucky to be able to enjoy it right rom my backyard. Flying opens doors to new experiences and I’m excited about that. Well played Jonas, well played!


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Design Tip:

Not sure about using large photos on a layout? Check out this post: 10 Tips for Using Large Photos on Layouts


Let your creativity shine!




5 Tips for Putting Patterned Paper to Work!

Raiding your stash of scrappy supplies is a popular thing to do right now. If you are like most scrappers you probably have a “collection” of patterned paper! (Collection sounds so much better than “I have so much patterned paper my family has threatened to call the Hoarders TV show!”)

Since we all like to be trendy, and we bought that paper for a reason, why not get it into our scrapbooks?

Good idea! But…

It can be tough figuring out how to make patterned papers work together. To make it easier I’m sharing 5 super-awesome tips that will help you put that patterned paper to work!

I suffered, so you don’t have to.

How did I come up with this list? Trial and error. I’ve made the mistakes, now you can swoop in and learn from my disasters!

I recently came across 3 sheets of patterned paper. The paper was gorgeous. It had been in my hoard… I mean collection… for a while now.

I really wanted to get as much mileage out of it as possible. This was NOT going to be the paper that I chop up, realize I cut it wrong and end up garbaging the whole sheet, or trying lamely to recover, kind of like when a kindergarten kid cuts their own hair… you know you aren’t fooling anyone into believing you cut their hair into that avant guard cut on purpose, and mis-chopped paper is no different!

By following these 5 tips I was able to use these three sheets of paper to create two stunning layouts with layers, details and personality, and avoid the frustrated moans of, “What have I done?” (Wasting pretty paper is a total tragedy!)

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The Gals layout winter theme

5 Tips to Put Your Patterned Paper to Work!

1. Go in with a plan for the journaling.

I can’t tell you how many pages I’ve tried to cram my journaling into an area that is too small, or even worse, tried to write over a pattern that just should NOT be written on. If the journaling disappears what good is it? Make sure you leave not only enough room to tell your story, but a spot that you’ll actually be able to read it!

2. Patterned paper with strips are your friend.

One of the best patterned papers in your stash is the one that strips. Um… I mean the one with the strips.

3. Create balance.

Not all of the patterns can be crazy and wild, but one of them can! Partner a busy pattern with a calm one. Don’t use two that are very similar together. If you’re using dots you probably don’t want another dot pattern, look for a floral or stripe instead.

4. Pay attention to the transition.

When your patterned papers meet are they friendly? Can you easily tell who’s who? If not you need to create a break between the two patterns. You can layer in a neutral or ink the edges to create a bit of contrast.

5. Know when it’s enough.

Be careful about layering embellishments over a busy pattern. You don’t want to lose your embellishments in the chaos! Let your embellishments shine by creating a neutral zone to display them.

If you follow these 5 tips your patterned papers will play nicely together and you’ll be able to put them to work!

Oops! It happens to all of us!

It’s true. We all make mistakes on our pages once in a while. Here’s a page I made that I truly loved at the time, but… check out the journaling!

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Where is it?

It’s there. It’s just impossible to read because it’s written on a busy pattern.

Don’t stress when things go wrong. I’ll fix this by creating a small journaling card to write the journaling on using some plain cardstock. It’s not the end of the world, it’s just paper.

Need more tips?

I really should have called this post 5 MORE tips for putting your patterned paper to work because I shared another post with 5 tips before! Refer to this post for even more tips (They are different!): 5 Tips for Using Multiple Patterned Papers.

5 Tips for Using Multiple Patterned papers on a Scrapbook Layout. http://scrapbookwonderland.com

Make it Monday

If you’ve arrived from Alison Day Designs where Alison is featuring simple one-layer Valentine’s Day Cards… welcome!

Your next stop is to KristieSloan.com where you’ll be inspired to change your decor seasonally using… I’m not telling… go check it out!


Now, go and be trendy, bust your stash and use up some of your pretty patterned paper. (Say that 5x fast!)



Fun Friday: Scrapbooking Schedule

Planning is all the rage these days! How about a schedule for your scrapbooking too?

fun Scrapbooking Schedule

If you like this you can see it on Pinterest HERE.

As funny as this is, we’re laughing because journaling can be difficult!

I shared my best tip to make journaling a bit easier here: Journaling Tip – Make Connections.

Also don’t miss the last Fun Friday post: I Like to Party!

Have a wonderful day and go scrapbook!