One of the blessings of having a system to scrapbook like pocket scrapbooking is the ease of gathering so many cards to accompany your photos. You can’t hardly go into a craft store or browse online without seeing new sets. What I love is that you can really sample a designer’s style and mesh that with your own tastes to create an album that is visually beautiful. Don’t be afraid to mix your kits. Pick one or two themes and search your stash for that thread that connects them together. I tend to use color, text, any repetitive theme in the photos to help decide which cards to use. This week, you’ll see orange (my favorite!), arrows, and a couple of word statements as my themes.
This week I received Sarah’s July cards designed for Everyday Rituals. I was immediately drawn to the cards with geometric designs like lines and arrows. I’m also in love with the woodgrain card and hoping to add that into my pages soon. We don’t do a lot of camping, but I immediately saw ways I could cut those card apart and use them!
When thinking about how to use Sarah’s cards with my other kits, I knew I needed some journaling space and cards that matched the rainbow colors of the hot air balloon. I also wanted to use the July card as my “date” card. I didn’t mark it because I’ve been keeping less track of going week to week with my spreads. I always print my photos first and then fill my empty slots with the 3×4 cards. I had five spaces to fill and used Sarah’s cards in 3 of them.
In searching my stash of cards, I found this perfect hot air balloon card also designed by Sarah from the spring kit. Don’t be afraid to cut up your cards or change the way they are meant to be used. I don’t use horizontal 3×4 cards so instead I used this card as a visual twin to the photo. I mulled over whether to add text, but decided to leave it as is because it tells the story just fine on it’s own.
I knew that I wanted to add this photo of my son in astronaut gear and that orange is my favorite color. The arrow card was in the July kit but I wanted to add a little something to it. From one of the camping cards, I trimmed off the hashtag saying and attached it on top of the arrow card with my sewing machine. The pop of orange helps draw your eye to my favorite photo!
I encourage you to play with your kits. Don’t be afraid to mix things up! Start by using the colors in your photos to help you choose cards that tie everything together. Cut things apart and make your kit work for you! The July kit available here at Everyday Rituals is full of cards that will look fantastic in your scrapbook!
credits// Denise von Minden, Creative Team