Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Week #42 - MY ROCK....

Hi Marion Emberson here from the UK.
I don't know if I'm more excited that I'm doing my first ever blog post for Layout-A-Week OR that Jennifer has introduced me to a product that I didn't know existed - Glue Gloss....I love it !!! The fact that I've owned a retail store for 11 years and never seen it makes me hang my head in shame LOL... So after this post I'm on the search.
For this layout I've used the fabbi Bo Bunny Love Letters papers along with a few other yummies that I'll list later. 

I've used one of the papers as my background and then started cutting into the others to make banners and pennants etc.
I inked around the edges of all the cut pieces, something I haven't done for ages !!!
Using twine, I tied a bow and placed this on the centre pennant.
Then I placed the other pieces either side of the pennant
This is where I got really excited...I used the Glue Gloss...it's amazing !!! It sticks so well
I'm going to digress now, as when Jennifer sent the package with all the goodies in, it was like Christmas and it was all packaged so lovely, including this little box of patterned circles, so I had to use them AND a little bit of the ribbon, of course.
I used one of the circles and cut the flower out that was printed on it and added twine underneath to 
make a flower embellie.
I randomly added some rather lush stickers from Crate Paper

And then I finished off by cutting a title out using my Silhouette and white Vinyl
To make this happen I've used :-
Bo Bunny Love Letters paper
Crate Paper Phrases stickers
Glue Gloss - LOVE #justsaying
Crafters Pigment Ink
American Crafts Adhesive Foam Tabs
Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette Vinyl
And let's not forget the box full of circles :) :)
I hope you've enjoyed my first post and I can't wait for my next turn
Marion xxx

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Week #41: Double-Sided Love

Hey everyone!  I'm so excited to share with you my first layout for Layout-A-Week!  This week I want to talk about what to do when you love both sides of a paper, but you only have one sheet.  What to do???  Use both sides on one layout!  It's so easy to decide where your pictures will go and then cut out that section of the paper so you have a piece of the opposite side as well.  This is highlighted in the video, so please watch how I do it.  Please leave any questions you might have and I will answer them.  Have a great week!


Supplies used:
Navy cardstock
Patterned paper: Adrienne Looman for Webster's Pages
Alphas: Thickers - Lullaby (teal glitter)
Ink: Colorbox Chalk in Prussian Blue
Stamps: Hero Arts Alphabet
Enamel Dots: Freckled Fawn
Flair Badge: Kelly Purkey exclusive
Stickers: Adrienne Looman for Webster's Pages
Flower: Prima
Other:  square doily, flower die cut, ribbon

Please come visit me over on my blog: http://thescrapangel.blogspot.com

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Week #40: A Simple Page Using the Scrapbook.com Color Tool

Howdy friends! 

I am trying to get my scrapbooking groove and mojo back on after a few months of not scrapbooking. It's kinda hard to switch gears sometimes but I keep on taking pictures so scrapbooking is like the hobby that's never done. The trick is trying to find a way to switch gears that is easy. I know so many scrapbookers who do so much more than just scrapbooking - knitting, wood burning, building stuff out of pallets! We all need a little help sometimes to get back in the scrapbooking groove.

I recently found out about the scrapbook.com photo matching color tool. I had NO IDEA they had such an amazing tool!!! 

Upload your photo to the tool and it will give you color combos that will match your photo, as well as suggest products that will make scrapping those photos much easier. I used the color tool to create this layout with all kinds of old papers from my stash:

Here's how the tool works and how I then used the color suggestions to choose papers for the page:

Supplies for this layout: 
(some of these are affiliate links which help us fund this blog when you make a purchase)

Do you think the scrapbook.com color tool might be something you'd use in your scrapbooking? Try it here: Scrapbook.com Photo Match Color Tool

Please let me know in the comments if you do try the tool and what you think.  

Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Week #39: Back to School Layout

Hello, Nicole Mantooth here.  I am happy to be here sharing this layout with you today.  
I have gotten so behind on making actual real scrapbook layouts and just in the last week I have now completed 4. It has been so much fun to throw myself back into what really started me on the love of paper crafting. 
Every year I make a layout to go in the boys school albums.  When I saw this SMARTY PANTS paper line from SIMPLE STORIES I knew I had to have it.  I ordered it and it sat there until the kids started school in July.  Then it sat there some more until I finally got around to starting this years layouts. 
I pulled it all out and then my brain couldn't function and I just had to stare at the stuff while I was finishing up some other deadline stuff.  But sometimes that works best for me because I have all the papers in my mind and I work on a layout in my mind and can change the ideas several times before I actually get started on the layout.  So then I have sort of an idea of what the layout will look like in my mind already. 

For my layout I started with a black 12x12 piece of cardstock and then I trimmed down the stars paper about half and inch on each side.  I layered that on top of the black so that it could be the border to the stars.  
I printed my photos in 3.5x4 inch size and trimmed those all down to size.  I print them all on one 8.5x11 size paper, so all I have to do it cut out each photo.   I then took one of the cards on the patterned paper and trimmed that down a little to size.  I also cut out a card in size with my SILHOUETTE CAMEO .  
I cut out the long Dr. Suess card from the patterned paper as well.  

One thing I do every year for their scrapbooks is to have them hand write their names on a tag or a card, to include so that way we can see how their writing has changed from year to year.  I also include all that years class and school information.  I have their school name, their teachers name, the classroom number, and their grade.

So I had Caleb write his name on a PROJECT LIFE GRID CARD and I hand wrote all the school info on the card I cut out with my SILHOUETTE CAMEO. 

With my SILHOUETTE CAMEO I also cut out the 2nd grade round circle from one of the patterned papers in the line, I then cut a tiny strip of paper from the stripes patterned paper.  
Before I did anything else I roughed up the edges of all my photos and the tags with my fingernails.  It isn't that noticeable, but just adds a little tiny something extra.  

Then I started assembling my page.  I first put on the photo and tag to the left, then I put on the long Dr. Seuess strip saying and the other photos.  I then put on the tag from the line and layered on the black circle and red 2nd grade tag.  I trimmed down the PROJECT LIFE GRID CARD and attatched that above the top right photos.  I took the tiny strip of paper I cut and added that to the bottom of all the photos, just to break up some of the colors. 

Once all my base elements were down I started looking at my stickers and embellishments that came with the line.  I added some star stickers randomly over the entire layout, I added the back to school stickers and some strip saying stickers all over the page, with a little stack of them in the bottom right corner of the page.  

I then took some twine and a few tag stickers and threaded them through to look like they were on hanging on the string.  I took a tiny paper clip I had in my desk supplies and threaded the twine through the paper clip and stuck down the stickers. I added a few tab stickers to the card and a photo. 
I added the first day sticker above the die cut round  second grade, and the remember sticker to the top of the long Dr. Seuess strip.  

I looked at it and thought it needed something else in that top left corner, so I cut a small piece of the alphabet patterned paper and added some foam adhesive to the apple sticker and added that to the empty space.  It was just what that to corner needed.  

Thank you for checking out my layout and if you want to keep up with me all the time you can find me over here on my blog RANDOM RAMBLINGS.  I'd love to have you stop by and leave a few comments.  


  • Simple Stories SMARTY PANTS collection  
  • Silhouette Cameo 
  • Project Life Grid Cards

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Welcome our new team!

WOW.....for the first time ever, Layout-A-Week has a team!! I really wanted to make sure you got inspiration every week WITH a tutorial so you can make the layout yourself. With all of my other commitments, I just couldn't get 'er done.

The talented ladies have stepped up to the plate to bring you inspiration and awesomeness every week! I cannot wait to see what they post and I hope you are excited to be inspired and learn from them as well.


Nicole Mantooth

Marion Emberson

Sarah Swann

Nancy Keslin

I hope you enjoy all of the projects this team is set to bring you!! I'm super excited about having new tutorials with a fresh perspective every week to inspire you to scrapbook, use your stash, and try new things.

Thanks for stopping by! Please take a moment before you go to visit all of the new designers' blogs and tell them "hello" :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Week #38: Lovely Layers

Hi everyone!  Nancy Keslin here today and I am so excited to share with you my layout.  Do you ever wonder how to create lots of interest without a lot of bulk?  How about trying lots of layers.

Supplies Used:
  • Patterned Paper - Little Yellow Bicycle, Boardwalk and Rusty Pickle, Swimming Words
  • Cardstock - Core'Dinations
  • Alphabet - American Crafts Thickers 
  • Enamel Dots - My Minds Eye
  • Adhesive - Scotch ATG Tape Glider
To begin cut the first patterned paper 9"x9" and adhere in the center of the white cardstock base. 
Next cut a 9 1/2" circle.  No circle cutter or die cut machine?  How about tracing a plate or bowl to form a circle.  A bit old school, but works perfectly every time.  Adhere in the center.
Next, cut a strip of paper 3" x12"  This piece of paper will draw your eye across the page, adding movement to your layout.
The final paper layer is 6"x 10".  This piece will act as a matte for our photos.
 I added three standard 3 1/2"x5" photos from the "class" photographer.  Titled at just a bit of an angle the photos add more interest than if they were lined up side by side.
 At the bottom of the photos I added my title, being sure to overlap each of the papers just a bit so as not to leave the title floating on my page.
 Finally, I added just a few enamel dots in the corners.  These dots create a bit of movement, drawing your eye across the page, while adding a bit of fun and whimsy.
Thank you so much for dropping by today to share thse lovely layers with me.  


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Design Team Call

I'm looking for SCRABOOKING designers for the Layoutaweek blog!!

You would create one scrapbook page (single or double page layout, Project Life style is ok, must be 12x12 or 8.5x11 - no mini book pages), once a month to post on the http://Layout-A-Week.blogspot.com blog. It must have a tutorial with either a video or step out pics. There is no monetary compensation at this moment BUT I will send you a box of STUFF to create with AND promote you on social media AND add you to the Hydrangea Hippo designer group where we chat about design stuff. The plan is that this will grow into something more and that means moolah!


- You must have a blog
- 1 post a month of a 12x12, 8.5 x 11 scrapbook single or double page layout (Project Life style ok). This post will be on the Layout-A-Week blog
- Must be tutorial or video
- Multi-photo layouts encouraged
- Be active on social media. Sharing your work on social media is a plus!
- Good photography is a plus
- Term: 6 months
- You must want to further your career as a designer and take your business to the next level
- Following instructions is key


- Box of crafty supplies quarterly
- Promotion on Hydrangea Hippo and Layout-A-Week social media accounts
- Access to the Hydrangea Hippo designer group where you can get feedback, mentoring, tips for advancing your career, and more
- Bio on the Layout-A-Week Blog
- Opportunity for cross promos and blog hops


Send an email to jennifer[at]hydrangeahippo.com with:
- a link to your blog
- link to a bio
- a link to a video or stepped out tutorial you've done inthe last 6 months
less than 300 words about why you want to be on the Layout-A-Week team

Deadline to apply is Sept 5, 2014. Thanks!