It is a dreary day out and all I can think about is sunshine and yellow flowers. Welcome to the Scrapbook Blog Hop. This month our theme is ‘Celebrate’. And I have chosen to celebrate using the sentiment “You Are My Sunshine”. These pages can be used for a birthday, anniversary, or for just about anyone or event that makes you happy.

Here is my 2-page 8″ x 8″ scrapbook layout

2 page layout for Celebrating the joy in life
Scrapbook Page for 1 4"x6" photo
scrapbook page for 2 3"x4" photos

I like to create 8″ x 8″ scrapbook pages. My motivation is that the scrapbook will sit on my regular bookshelf and be accessible. And it helps me select only the absolute best photo for the page. I have a lot of photos of an event and this helps me select only those that tell the story that I want to tell.

  • Paper
    • True Love Designer Series Paper
      • cut (2) 8″ x 8″
      • 1 sheet or flowers backed with Basic Black cardstock
    • Granny Apply Green cardstock
      • cut (2) 3-3-16″ x 4-1/16″
      • cut (1) 1-3/4″ x 6-3/16″
    • Basic Black cardstock
      • cut (1) 4-3/16″ x 6-3/16″
      • 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″
    • Vellum scrap
  • Dies & Punches
    • Stitched Frames dies
    • Butterfly Duet punch
  • Stamp Sets
    • Ridiculously Awesome
    • Butterfly Gala
  • Ink Pads
    • Memento Tuxedo Black
    • Daffodil Delight
    • Granny Apple Green
    • White Craft ink or Versamark
  • Markers
    • Old Olive Stampin’ Blends
    • Mango Melody Stampin’ Blends
  • Other Supplies
    • Clear Embossing Powder & White Embossing Powder
    • Blending Brush

Stamp the Good Morning Magnolia image onto the vellum panel using Basic Gray ink. The lines will be blurred by the Stampin’ Blends and the alcohol to create a faux watercolor effect.

Color the image starting with the lightest color. Use Dark Daffodil Delight for the center. Dip a fine-tip paintbrush into the rubbing alcohol and gently move the color. I added Champagne Shimmer Paint to my rubbing alcohol.

Next, color non-adjacent petals with Dark Flirty Flamingo. Gently blur the stamped line. Let dry and repeat on other petals. Do the same for the leaves. TIP: Blow into a straw to gently direct the ink flow in the desired direction.

Add a second layer of color after the image is dry. Repeat the process of alcohol painting and gently blowing the ink.

OPTIONAL: Pick up some clean rubbing alcohol with the paintbrush and flick it over the image. This will create small droplets that will lighten some areas by moving the color outward.

Adhere the vellum panel to the Basic White cardstock panel using Stampin’ Seal or a light amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Add to Basic Black card base.

Stamp the sentiment in White Craft ink and heat emboss with with embossing powder. Trim to you liking. Add to card panel with small black Dimensionals.

Customize the message insert and the envelope with some flicks of color from the brush end of the Stampin’ Blends.

Adding color to an image with the Blending Brushes is easy peasy. Swipe the Blending Brush across the ink pad gently to pick up some ink. Gently tapped off the ink on a scrap paper. Then apply the ink in a circular motion from the center of the flower outward until you have the desired color. TIP: Hold the Blending Brush near the head for more control. Inking the leaves required a little precision. So, I used the edge of the brush and held it like a pencil.

After blending the color on the flowers, I added a little Stampin’ Blend marker. A bit of Granny Apple Green on the center vein of the leaf and near the edge where the flower and leaf meet. And a couple swipes from the flower center outward with Mango Melody.

To prepare the sentiment, I stamped the center of the Granny Apple Green strip with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. The butterfly used a similar technique, stamped with White ink on Vellum and using White Embossing Powder.

Making the stitched black frame is a bit of a magic trick. Use the largest Rectangle Stitched die and the next one that gives you a thick border. Layer the two together and die-cut using the AWESOME Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine. Now for the magic…. watch

See that? And then we cover it up with our photo frames and no one is the wiser.

Complete the layering and you have 2 completed 8″ x 8″ pages for 3 of your favorite photos.

Once your photos are added you can use some journaling strips on the 2nd page in the upper right corner.

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow designers are excited to show you what they’ve created! Our next blog hop theme will be “Love Life”. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe, be well, and have fun in your craft room/studio.




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