Extra Inspiration Sketch

Today we’re giving you a bit of extra inspiration for the weekend in the form of this sketch from BG sketch artist Susan Stringfellow.


I wanted to include more than one photo on my page, so I printed four smaller (3″ x 2″) to take the space of the 4 x 6. Instead of circles and flowers, I opted to reinforce my page theme by using hearts.


The large heart behind my title filled some of the space where the sketch designated the journaling to go, so I moved mine to the lower left corner.  Adding a small die cut at the start of the text keeps it from getting lost among the larger page elements.





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Extra Inspiration : Fact & Fiction

You + Me | Waleska Neris

With our Fact & Fiction collection about to hit the store shelves at many Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, we wanted to share additional projects from our design team using this new line.

BasicGrey scrapbook designer Waleska Neris used Fact & Fiction for this argyle styled layout.  She notes, “As soon as I saw this collection I fell in love. The bold, bright colors and patterns are very me. I especially love the Fact pad, which works wonderfully for scrapping my boys. I also love all the super fun and different embellishments included. I did lots of layering because I needed to use lots of them! This is truly one of my favorite BG collections.”

Official | Shari Carroll

You and Me | Shari Carroll

BG card designer Shari Carroll loved this new collection so much she chose to show it off by making not one, but two amazing cards.  Shari says, “Fact and Fiction is one of those collections that has everything!  I had a hard time choosing what I wanted to design with…so many choices!  I love that you can mix many styles and colors together from this one set… from soft oranges to bold reds, blues and black. Fabulous!”

Family | Jana Eubank

Scrapbook designer Jana Eubank loved working with our newest collection.  Jana says,  “I adore the look of lots of layers on my layouts. BasicGrey makes it easy to get that layered look when you add your photos to one of their patterned papers containing a pre-printed page design. I used the paper with a polaroid photo printed on it. It even has some fun blanket stitching! The Fiction collection also comes with more papers that appear to have layered borders across one edge. These types of papers are great page starters! Add your photos, your journaling, a title, and a few embellishments and you are ready to go!”

Sisters | Jana Eubank

Jana continues, “I adore the colors and patterns of the Fiction papers. With all the different options available you can mix and match the papers in this collection to scrapbook practically ANY occasion. For this page, I pulled out the pinks, greens, oranges, and blues to scrap these photos of my two youngest daughters together. I added a few die cuts and flags to the page, tucking them behind the photos in a few places for even more layered fun!”

Words From Her Soul | Jana Eubank

Jana also notes, “I love the images contained in the Designer Chipboard Stickers. My daughter is constantly writing stories and poems, and so I just HAD to create a page about her talent using the cute, chipboard pen and pencil in this set. I also added a few butterflies to show how free-spirited her creativity and imagination can be while she is writing. Another favorite product from this collection are the Tape Strips. They come in so many great patterns and colors and are the perfect final touch to marrying multiple layers together in a page design.”

Happy Birthday | Kelly Rasmussen

BG card designer Kelly Rasmussen used this new collection to create this gorgeous card.  Kelly says, “This collection is one that I know I will be pulling out time and time again. It has so many wonderful basic patterns and the colors are some of my favorites. I typically tend to used patterned papers from 6×6 paper pads for my cards because the smaller scale is easier to work with. However, the 12×12 paper pad in this line is an exception — it has quite a few smaller prints and I found that they worked awesome for my cards. In fact, all the  papers on my card today are from the 12×12 paper pad! And one of my favorite embellishments from the line are the garlands. I love that they are double-sided with a different print on each side so you have more options to choose from.”

Do Good & Be Kind | Shannon Tidwell

Last but not leas, BasicGrey scrapbook designer Shannon Tidwell mixed Fact & Fiction together for this layout about her son.  Shannon comments, “It’s a fact, I love this new Collection from BasicGrey! The mix of bright colors with neutral office patterns…oh my! I had a lot of trouble deciding which papers and embellishments to use because I wanted to use them all…and I wanted to hoard them at the same time. There are so many fun little pieces to this collection. One that really caught my eye was the dimensional flags, some are folded to pop off your page! So many fun textures to combine & play with!”

We hope you enjoy this collection as much as we do!  We can’t wait to see the projects you create and hope you’ll share them with us in our flickr gallery.


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Extra Inspiration : Basic Card Sketch 9.10.12

Everyone loves a good sketch and our design team is no different!  Although we provided you with a card created with this week’s sketch on Monday, I’m back with one more!

BasicGrey card artist Kathy Racoosin also took a turn with this week’s sketch.  Kathy says, “Creating a card with Basic Grey’s beautiful papers & stickers from the “Lucille” collection is so much fun! I love working a sketch because it’s a great starting point & cards come together with ease. The stickers are so pretty and so versatile that I wanted to give them center stage on my cards. Mounting the stickers on the coordinating Basic Grey paper from the collection, trimming around the sticker and adding some distress ink gives the stickers extra volume and dimension. I was pleased that I ended up having extra embellies to create a bonus card instead of cluttering my card with to many elements.  I’ll show you how I created them.”

Add some Gathered Twig distress ink to the sticker before sticking it to some paper and trimming around the edge.

Using a dauber I distress this beauty with some Tumbled Glass for a subtle effect.

I used a Spellbinders circle die to cut out the middle, and distressed the center.

Stick the butterfly on the “Shift” paper from the collection, trim and distress with Gathered Twigs.

Emboss the paper for the background of the card base and distress the edges.

Lightly skim over the dry embossing with the distressing tool to highlight the embossing.

When rolling a corner glue some paper on the back so that your efforts pop off the card. I like to use the skinny end of a paint brush so I can get a nice curl that’s not to tight. ( papers: “Shift” & “Selvage” )

Add a light coat of Crackle Accents to the stickers. Set aside to dry

Once dry add Gathered Twig distress ink on top of the cracks then wipe off excess.

I needed the butterfly a little larger on my card so I glued the butterfly on the “Pin it” paper and trimmed around the paper.

Time to lay out your card. Notice how I layered the doily stickers for lots of dimension.
I covered the center of the butterfly with some vintage buttons and twine for thread. I added glossy accents to a strand of twine to make it stiff for the antenna.

I love how the doily’s turned out with lots of depth.

This shows the paper on the back of the curled corner. The sentiment sticker was backed with some paper, trimmed and distressed.

Now it’s your turn!  There’s still time to enter this week’s sketch challenge and win $10 credit to shop at basicgrey.com! Click here to see our this week’s original sketch challenge post.


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Extra Inspiration : Paper Cottage

Paper Cottage Card and Wallet | Lisa Spangler

Today we’re sharing a technique and project from our August 2012 BasicGrey Guest Designer, Lisa Spangler.

Hi there. It’s Lisa here, and today I’m going to share one of my favorite stamping tricks: stamping on felt. As soon as I saw the Paper Cottage Felt Trims I just knew I wanted to pair them with some felt stamping! So, grab a cuppa, sit back, and watch the video to see how it’s done!



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