Creative Life Scrapbooking Fall Blog Hop

Hi friends! I’m happy to be back in the blogging saddle after a fairly long absence and participating in the Fall Blog Hop brought to you by ALL EIGHT of the super talented team members from Creative Life Scrapbooking! You’ve probably arrived here from Fran Allen Smitherman’s post and after you read through mine I’ll send you on to Lisa Brown Graham’s post. And if you missed any of the links I’ll have them all for you at the very end of this post.

Today I’m sharing a layout I created to use up the Croptoberfest papers that I had leftover after doing my online live Croptoberfest Event back in September. There were two pieces of double sided patterned paper and one piece of Pear cardstock remaining, so I didn’t want to do a 1-2-3 layout and leave just one lonely piece of paper! Instead I came up with a plan to cut BOTH pieces together and rearrange the resulting blocks in a two -page patchwork design. It was easy, fast & fun, just like my 1-2-3’s are! I also decided to film while I was creating, and then speed it up and add a voiceover to create a start-to-finish process video. This way I was able to share some of my thoughts and reasoning behind the design choices I made with you the viewer. I really enjoy watching this style of video from other creators, so let me know if you like it and if it is something you’d like to see more of! It took me just under a half an hour to create the layout and film the layout, but with a few strategic speed-ups, the video is just 20 minutes. Grab a beverage to sit back and watch!

Although I didn’t create a printable handout for this layout, let me give you a brief recap of the instructions/steps along with images of the Cutting Guide and Sketch. (Tip: You can right click on the images and then save them to your computer for future use, or save an image from this post into your Pinterest account so you can find it easily!)


For this layout, cut BOTH pieces of double-sided patterned paper using this cutting guide:

Your borders will really depend on which Border Punch or Border Maker Cartridge you use…you actually might be able to get two 1″ x 12″ borders from each page, but if the Border Punch or Border Maker Cartridge you choose creates a border larger than 1″ in width, simply punch the border first, then cut the remainder of the paper at 10″ to ensure you have enough for the 5″ x 5″ and 5″ x 7″ blocks. Save the small strip that gets cut off – whatever size it is! – to use as your second, contrasting border.

Once you have your borders and all your blocks (a total of four 5″ x 5″ blocks and four 5″ x 7″ blocks) you can play around with arranging them on the base pages of your layout. Try to stagger the blocks so you don’t have all the 5″ x 5″ blocks lined up in a row for example. It’s also a good idea (although a bit of a puzzle as you saw in the video!) to vary the blocks so you have one of each of your four patterns on each side! Here’s the sketch to refer to:

Once you have your blocks arranged and adhered, you can add a photo, journaling, title or a decorative card to each block. I cut my single piece of Pear Cardstock from the Croptoberfest Kit into seven mats – four 4″ x 6″ and three 4″ x 4″ – then adhered them on various blocks. I trimmed my photos down by just a 1/4″ (ie: 3.75″ x 5.75″) and mounted them onto the mats. Although I don’t always mat my photos, I find it really helps to reinforce the linear, block design that this layout features. All that’s left is to add a few embellishments: I recommend using just three clusters to create the powerful visual triangle. Here is my finished layout and a couple more detail photos:

In the end this was such a quick and easy layout, taking just 28 minutes once I had everything together and had cropped my photos. I love the feeling I get when I complete a fast layout – getting my photos onto pages and pages into albums quickly is so satisfying. I hope you give this fun layout a try the next time you have just a few leftover supplies and just a half an hour to scrap!

Now on to Lisa’s post to finish up our Fall Blog Hop. And, if you missed any of the previous posts, here are the links to all posts featured. Make sure to visit them all and leave a little love in the comments! We love to share our ideas with you and we hope you love seeing them!

Krista French’s Blog
Meggan Jack’s Blog
Karyn McDermaid-Rolfe’s Blog
Diana Brinsley’s Blog
Tessa Chapple’s Blog
Fran Allen Smitherman’s Blog
Noreen Smith’s Blog – YOU ARE HERE!
Lisa Brown Graham’s Blog

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10 thoughts on “Creative Life Scrapbooking Fall Blog Hop”

  1. This was so fun and easy to put together. A group of ladies and I used your sketch with the Merry Blooms punch for quick but pretty pages. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas ❤️

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