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Scrapbooking With Style: Clean & Simple Layouts

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Scrapbooking With Style: Clean & Simple Layouts
Create a variety of stunning scrapbook pages! Learn how to design clean, modern layouts that will yield eye-catching pages for years to come.

Create gorgeous backgrounds, layer photos, add embellishments and more, for layouts as timeless and unique as your memories. Join designer Kelly Purkey as she guides you through seven alluring scrapbook pages, including the “You Are My Sunshine,” “Hey, Foxy!” and “Partner in Crime.” Kelly will demystify design principles such as the rule of thirds, visual triangles and page anchors for well-balanced layouts you’ll love. She’ll also share a fun new misting technique to create your most beautiful backgrounds yet! Then, work with neutral color schemes and monochromatic pages for a fresh look that keeps the focus on your photos and the faces you love so much in them! Plus, to highlight the techniques you’ll learn in this class, we’ve created a project kit packed with patterned paper, a fun sticker pack and beautiful embellishments, also available for purchase right here on Craftsy!

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Lesson 1. Introduction & Getting Started

  • Meet your instructor, designer Kelly Purkey, and dive right into creating a scrapbook layout. Throughout the class, Kelly shares personal layouts she has designed for her own scrapbook, and shows how she has used design principles that you can apply to similar layouts of your own. In this first lesson, learn about the rule of thirds, stamping and fussy cutting as you explore Kelly's "Tasty & Alder" page.


Lesson 2. You Are My Sunshine

  • Misted letter stencils and a visual triangle are key components of the "You Are My Sunshine" page. Follow along with Kelly as she shows how to align your letters easily, add raised elements and crop photos to embellish this cheerful layout.


Lesson 3. Brooklyn Flea

  • A visit to a flea market provides lots of fun photos to create a collage of colors, texture and images. See how Kelly chooses colors and patterns that complement her photographs, then auditions them on the page to achieve an arrangement that's pleasing to the eye.


Lesson 4. Four

  • Four friends are the focus of this simply titled page. Learn how to mist a larger stencil inside a cardboard box to protect your workspace (and clothes!), then use a clustered layout to showcase a single photo.


Lesson 5. Hey, Foxy!

  • Die-cut papers are ideal for adding dimension to your scrapbook pages. See how to audition and attach multiple layers of paper behind and around a fun photo, then use fussy-cut illustrations (Kelly uses adorable foxes) to embellish it.


Lesson 6. My Partner in Crime

  • Use a larger photo as the anchor for multiple smaller photos that branch off from it. Use complementary colored and patterned papers to tie them all together. Kelly demonstrates with a quartet of black-and-white snapshots and also shows how to troubleshoot your layout so it looks cohesive.


Lesson 7. Walk the Line

  • A visit to The High Line park in New York City is the theme of this dramatic page. Learn how to combine both vertical and horizontal photos in a pleasing way, and choose a layout and embellishments that echo the linear theme. You'll use washi tape and add journaling to complete the look.

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