BasicGrey Altered : Holiday Wreath

Holiday Wreath | Erikia Ghumm

SUPPLIES : [MAX & WHISKERS] MAX-2457, [Hello Luscious] HLO-3231, [NOOK & PANTRY] NAP-2056, [OLIVIA] VIA-2655, [OLIVER] VER-2704, [JOVIAL] JOV-2799, JOV-2798, JOV-2816, [PICADILLY] PIC-3526, [FIGGY PUDDING] FIG-1000, [CURIO] CUR-3025, CUR-3019, CUR-3038, [BASICS] BAS-2575.
Other : vintage tinsel, foam-board, craft glue.

Who wouldn’t want this gorgeous piece of decor adorning their home this holiday season?  Yeah, me too!  A great way to put that paper stash of yours to work, don’t you think?


Cut red papers into 5 inch squares. For a 13 inch wreath, you’ll need 29 squares.

Roll squares into cones and secure the end of the paper with craft glue.

Cut a 6 inch circle out of foam-board and glue on the cones so they are touching each other. It may help to lay all the cones out first and then glue them on.

Your wreath will look like this after the first layer is finished.

For second layer, cut teal papers into 4 inch squares. You’ll need 24 squares to make an 11 inch wreath. Roll the squares into cones, glue and adhere to a 4 ½ inch circle out of foam-board.

Layer stickers to create a greeting, mat with paper and back with foam-board. Finish by edging with vintage tinsel.

Glue all three layers of the wreath together. It may help to build up the center of each layer with additional foam-board.

Hang with wire hidden on the back or a length of decorative ribbon.


So… are you ready to transform that stack of paper you’ve been hoarding into something stunning?

Basic Scrapbook Sketch : 11.28.11

A Scrapper’s Dream | Georgia Keays

SUPPLIES : [PICADILLY] PIC-3520 Prairie Grass, PIC-3523 Breadbox, PIC-3527 Refrigerator Magnet, PIC-3528 Farm Fresh Eggs, PIC-3532 Elements Stickers [LITTLE BLACK DRESS] LBD-3506 Lace Stickers [NOTIONS] FAB-8041 Burst Flowers Linen [URBAN PRAIRIE] URP-1333 Olio Rub-on Book [OPALINE] OPA-1760 Opaline (Grass/Ivy).

Here it is, our last sketch for the month of November – it’s crazy how fast this year is flying by!  This week’s sketch is based on this two page scrapbook layout created by BasicGrey design team member Georgia Keays.  Lots of layering, lots of photos and lots of room for embellishments.

Georgia says, “I wanted to tell the story of how Eliza just loves being in front of the camera and a two page layout was perfect as it meant I could use a lot of photos. My pictures are all close ups with only a few colours so I could use really loud and busy patterned papers, just perfect for Eliza’s cheek personality . I didn’t want to swamp the layout with a lot of big embellishments so I chose smaller stickers and broke apart the burst flower, using a few of the petals around the page.”

We know many of you love two page layouts so this sketch is perfect for you!  For those of you who tend to scrapbook topics on a single page, feel free to use only one half of the sketch for your project this week.

Sweet | Kathleen Summers

SUPPLIES : [JACK] SPJ-DAST Digital Collection.
BasicGrey digital design team member Kathleen Summers also created a layout using this week’s sketch as inspiration.  That adorable subject of Katheen’s layout?  He arrived just 18 days ago!  We’re definitely impressed that not only was she able to find a moment to scrapbook already, but her layout is simply stunning.  Congrats again, Kathleen!
Kathleen notes, “I liked the multi-photo aspect of the layout and loved the effect of the layered patterned papers. I kept a similar design reducing it to four photos and one page.”


We’d love to see what you create from this week’s sketch. Leave a comment below with a link to your project and we’ll select one commenter at random to receive a collection pack of your choice. Comment must be posted by December 4, 2011 at 11:59p MST.

If you upload your layout to your blog or online gallery, be sure to also upload it to our new BasicGrey Flickr page so that other BG fans can find your work easily.


CONGRATULATIONS to our winner selected at random from the comments we received by the noted deadline :


Hannah Clark           

I absolutely love this sketch! So much fun! Here’s my layout:
Thanks for looking!

School Days Slideshow + School Year Album

If you’re like me, you’ve got a student in school this year and you’re trying to document all that they’ve accomplished this year.  Can you believe the year is almost half over?!  BasicGrey has partnered with Smilebox to create two school themed items that will assist you in capturing each milestone.

Capture your star student’s proudest memories in this versatile School Days Slideshow. Choose your background and embellishment level, then email or post to Facebook.  Perfect for any grade or for use to document a class project.  This would also be a great holiday “gift” for your favorite teacher.

Wrap up the school year and capture favorite classroom memories with our School Year In Review Album. Add photos to 12 custom pages, then email, post to Facebook or print as a treasured gift for teacher. This project is great for school year memories, teachers, parents and documenting classroom adventures.