Vivienne Freebie Instruction Sheet with Lisa Dickinson

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Lisa Dickinson’s “Be You” layout was first seen in our Vivienne reveal last month and we received a lot a comments about how to recreate this layout. Ask and you shall receive! CLICK HERE to download a free instruction sheet so you can make your own BE YOU layout! BeYou













Have a great weekend, everyone!


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October Guest Designer: Heather Leopard



We are so excited to share the work of Heather Leopard, our guest designer for October! Heather’s eclectic, chic style is a great compliment to the Aurora collection she used for these beautiful projects!


Lovely Smile Layout:

I love mixing and matching different patterns. For this page, I enjoyed creating little clusters of embellishments to draw the eye around the page.

Lovely Smile by Heather Leopard Basic Grey

Round & Round Layout:

I had these photos of my daughter twirling in excitement so I thought it was only fitting to create a page that captured the motion. I cut 3 circles and stitched them over each other, adding the long title in the inner circle.  I sprinkled a few embellishments around the page to complete the layout.

Round and Round by Heather Leopard Basic Grey

You Are My Universe Card:

I chose to create star garland to help accent the sentiment for this card. The triangle bits were an obvious choice to anchor the card at the bottom and then I simply cut the paper strip from a 12×12 sheet of pattern paper to use as an accent at the top, adding a little sneak of a starry sky just above.

My Universe by Heather Leopard Basic Grey

Hello Card:

I love geometric patterns so when I saw these, I just knew I had to use them for this card.  I love that this card is clean and simple yet, bold and grabs your attention.

Hello Card by Heather Leopard Basic Grey

Bio: Heather has enjoyed capturing and documenting memories as far back as she can remember but it was the birth of her children and her desire to capture candid photos & stories for her children that reignited her passion for scrapbooking. She considers her style to be Layered Chic, mixing, matching and layering multiple patterns in unique, innovative ways.  Heather’s work has been published in Creating Keepsakes magazines and Special Edition publications as well as various Northridge Publishing magazines such as Scrapbook Trends, CARDS, Mini Albums and more. Heather designs for American Crafts, Simple Stories and Gossamer Blue kit club. She manages social media for Scrapbook Circle kit club.


Before we let her go, Heather answered our Baker’s dozen:

Favorite color: I go back and forth between teal and pink. I’m kind of on a teal kick today though.

Buttons or brads: I prefer decorative brads but it’s hard to resist a cute little button

Dr. Phil or Dr. Oz: I’m on a bit of a health kick so I’d say Dr. Oz. That said, I could use a bit of Dr. Phil every now and again.

Dots or stripes: Stripes

Mac or PC: PC

Ribbon or twine: Twine

Ninjas or pirates: Pirates

Google or Yahoo: Google

Sweet or salty: Sweet & Salty

Chipboard or wood veneer: Chipboard

Mountains or beach: Beach

Dog or cat: Dogs – I adore my two rescue dogs

Cake or pie: Pie!

Heather, thank you for sharing your creative talents with us!

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Pushing Pixels

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Arielle Gordon: I took some goofy photos of our family recently,  and BasicGrey’s Digital Highline Collection was the perfect choice to scrap them! I love the funky colors and trendy elements.  I have really wanted to try my hand at a hybrid pocket page,  and found that this collection includes lots of tags,  journal cards and elements that made it a snap!


I dry embossed the black background layer of the right hand layout,  then sponged a little white pigment ink onto it to make it pop a little the heat set it.  I also sponged the ink onto bubble wrap,  “stamped” it onto the base, the added some clear embossing powder to it, to add a little gloss.



 I processed my pictures using Instagram then processed them in Photoshop. Using some of the fun graphics and tags from the collection, I layered them onto my photos.  I used tags on two of the photos at 65% opacity, and selected various images and words from some of the embellishments and added them in white to my photos, before sending them out to be printed.


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Blueprint Challenge with Ann-Marie

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Blueprints are always a fun opportunity for me to rethink my supplies in new ways, and this week’s layout is a perfect example of that.




Using this gorgeous invitation from Sweet W Style ( as my jumping-off point, I was inspired by the floral clusters emerging from the central graphic and wanted to do something similar.




Instead of flowers, I decided to create a cluster of chipboard alphas on the top and bottom of the layouts and then layer a strip of patterned paper with my photo + journaling on top of them.




It was an interesting challenge to view alpha stickers as design elements rather than a means of communication, but I love the way it adds a funky pop of color + texture to my page!

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