For the Love of Pretty Paper


National Scrapbooking Day Blog Hop

This post is part of the National Scrapbook Day Blog Hop hosted by the Facebook Group “For The Love Of Pretty Paper”

If you are following the hop you should have arrived here from Julia

I struggled at first when I found out I had to create a page using my favourite technique – I wasn’t sure I had one.  I looked back through my last few pages and concluded that my favourite technique was clustering.

My first step was to choose a photo and gather some supplies.  I bought some London themed paper a while ago to scrap photos from The Shard.  I took that as my starting point and put together a page kit with papers from the Discover England collection from Paper House and Shimelle’s True Stories collection with London themed puffy stickers and button badges.

I picked one photo for a 12 X 12 page and others for a pocket page.  As I worked on the 12 X 12 I also worked on a 4 X 6 card for the pocket page to create two similar clusters on each.  The 4 X 6 card was cut from the 4 inch strip cut from the 12 X 12 background sheet.  

I needed something to use as a base to build the clusters and True Stories has a great coffee cup paper to fussy cut.  I picked three blue cups to make three clusters to form a visual triangle over the two pages.  I started with the largest cluster on the 12 X 12 page next to the photo and built a second matching cluster on the 4 X 6 card.

I used a large button badge in the main cluster, while the smaller cluster has a smaller button badge and stickers with the three London landmarks from the large button badge. The large cluster connects the photo and title and having a similar smaller cluster near the journaling helps to bring the two pages together.

The third cluster was based on the lid of a coffee cup and included London landmarks and heart stickers.  While these three clusters form a triangle across the two pages, each page has its own mini triangle formed of hearts and pink butterflies.

The triangle on the 12 X 12 page is formed by the red hearts, pink butterflies and silver accents.  The I love London sticker fills a gap between the button badge and the title.  It forms another link to the pocket page where I have used the same sticker on a card of Tower Bridge and echoes the phrase on my smaller button badge.

I kept the bulk of the embellishment at the top of the page so that I could add three diamond stickers to the map to show the positions of our hotel, The Shard and The Cambridge Theatre where we saw Matilda that evening.

There’s another triangle on the pocket page – formed by the Union Jack heart stickers and pink butterflies.  The 3 X 4 photo cards are from the Discover England cut apart sheet.

Having a 12 X 12 page with a pocket page is something I’ve started doing a lot of.  The downside is that it dictates that the following page must also be a pocket page, so I’ve been completing a number of pages to fit into an album – rather than making one or two random pages (you can see the pages which fit around these ones in my last post).  I used the photos from the rest of the day and worked with the photo paper on the back of my 4 X 6 and another cut apart card with a ‘Mind the Gap’ logo for the reverse of my pocket page.  I repeated the circular motif with a journalling spot made to go on the cards I made from a Tube map and the London Eye in the card made with my London Skyline die cuts.  A button badge and London stickers carry on the theme from the previous pages and I’ve included pink to help tie in the photos from the Theatre.

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35 responses »

  1. Combinations of 12×12 and pocket pages are something I’ve been wanting to have a go at. It looks so effective and I love how you’ve combined lots of different elements rather than just photographs 🙂

  2. I love using project life pockets alongside 12×12 layouts, you can really tell the story of an event if find. I like your clustering technique too

  3. I really enjoyed the 12×12 with a pocket page. I think I’ll do this more with days out. Thanks for sharing how to continue page on.

  4. Lovely layouts and massively impressive you can work on a 12×12 AND a project life at the same time!!! Love the clustering on the project life. It really adds another dimension to the layout.

  5. Your projects certainly have many small details which enhance the designs. Great combination of Collections!

  6. Lovely pages! I don’t do pocket pages – but it’s a lovely look. May need to invest in some pockets!

  7. I love your mix of traditional and project life and the London themeing thanks for some great inspiration

  8. Oh super pages, Think I’m a fan of “clustering” too and sets of three as well – all helps the eye to move across the pages and see all the photos. BJ

  9. Love all the London photos and papers etc used are perfect. Where did you get your badges I need them!? Pleased to see those x cut London dies are still being used xxx

  10. Really love your layouts. I do a mix of Pocket pages & 12×12 to cope with all my photos. Love how you’ve embellished with your clusters. Thanks

  11. I love the coffee cup clusters on both pages as they add continuity across both pages. I love embellishment clusters as you can add lots of little details to them x

  12. Oh the magic of clusters! I couldn’t do a page without a cluster or three, preferably involving fussy cut flowers! Great blog post. X

  13. Thanks for discussing the ‘back of the pocket page’ issue, and showing us your ‘back’ – they’re all great layouts!

  14. Such a beautiful layout – love that London map paper and how you marked out your destinations

  15. Beautifully done! I love how you worked with a patterned background and yet made it so easy for the eye to understand what is going on on the layout! And the pocket pages complement the 12″x12″ page so well!

  16. Love your London pages. I’m pondering alternating 12×12’s and divided pages in my next cruise album, though I’m not sure yet. This encourages me that it would work.

  17. I like how your pages aren’t overly embellished but they still look amazing ! I’m trying to scrapbook using less embellishments so that the photos are the center of attention. Not an easy task since I love stickers!

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