July 2012 flickr Friends Reveal : Doilies

Here we are on the last day of July which can only mean one thing –  we have another round of flickr Friends to reveal!

Each month, we provide a theme for you to use on your projects and then upload to our flickr pool. At the end of each month, we select a few of our favorites to post here on our blog and send them some BasicGrey goodies as our way of saying thanks.

The theme for this month was “doilies”.  Our newly released Paper Cottage collection contains several of this vintage item.  We couldn’t wait to see how you interpreted this month’s theme!

Here are a few of our favorites from our flickr pool using this month’s theme :


Doiles on a baby boy page?  Why not!  Here they help ground the other embellishments used with these adorable photos.

super duper

A doily used as a border is the perfect finishing touch on this card and helps to tone down a busier patterned paper.

Just Because card

Using a doily on a white background provides a great visual tone on tone affect as well as a place for the floral embellishments used to rest.

treasured memories

Even digital doilies provide a great visual effect!  Here they provide texture and depth to what might otherwise be deemed a flat image.

A BIG thank you to all of you who uploaded your projects – we love being able to feature your work here on the BG blog.  Winners keep an eye on your flickr mail as we’ll be in touch shortly to arrange your prizes.  Look for August’s theme to be posted tomorrow!

Basic Scrapbook Sketch : 7.30.12

This week’s sketch from BasicGrey sketch artist Susan Stringfellow is designed as a two page layout utilizing four photos.  Feel free to use this sketch as is or simply use half of the sketch for a single page layout – or whatever you wish! – the possibilities are endless!

Best Friends | Megan Klauer

As usual, I’ve also asked a couple of our design team members to use this week’s sketch as inspiration for their next project, including Megan Klauer.  Megan notes,  “I enjoyed doing a two-pager so much! I very rarely do them; so this was a welcomed change. I stuck pretty closely to the sketch and then added a few of my own touches with clustering, etc. One thing that I always love to use is the front cover of the 6×6 paper packs and collection packs. The ones that show the little snippets of the papers. As you can see in the upper right hand corner of the right page I used the front cover of the 6×6 pack to create my banners. It’s just a fun twist and a great way to use packaging too!”

Bloom | Mary Rogers

Digital design team member Mary Rogers was also inspired by this week’s sketch.  She explains, “I love a sketch as a starting off point for my layouts, but honestly I get a bit intiminated by a double page layout.  Thinking about it for a bit, I finally settled on some recent photos from our flower garden.   I really worked off the sketch literally, because I loved the flow and the placement of elements.  I used papers and elements from Euphoria and Fusion Digital Collections for the majority of my layout because the colors and patterns worked so well with my photos.  I added textures (love these) from the Perhaps and Vagabond collections and elements from the Oxford kit (I created by circle journaling tags) and the Skate Shoppe collection.”

Now it’s your turn! 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 comment at random to receive a $10 credit to shop at basicgrey.com. Comment must be posted by August 5, 2012 at 11:59p MST.

If you upload your layout to your blog or online gallery, we hope you’ll also upload it to our BasicGrey flickr pool and note what products you’ve used so that other BG fans can find inspiration from your work easily.


Submitted on 2012/08/05 at 8:27 am

Hi !!

Hereby my layout based on the sketch above. I did make some changes, went from two pages, to just one, and instead of using the cirkel, I added a huge snowflake. I did use some valentines line from Basicgrey, but I can not remember exactly which one it was ;-)

Thanks for this great contest, had lots of fun making this layout, especially since its so warm outside right now…

Kind regards, Nicky.


What A Week : BasicGrey Clippings

Welcome to another installment of our What A Week blog series!  This month, we’re showcasing our Clippings collection.  We think you’ll find it’s a perfect compliment when documenting a week of your life!  We’ve asked Michelle Wooderson to join us this month – if you haven’t had the opportunity to view her work, you’re in for a treat.  She and I have each created a layout documenting a week in our lives using the same products.

This month, I chose to document the 20th week of 2012.  It’s crazy to look back at these photos of a very pregnant me now that I have an eight week old baby.  That’s one of the reasons I love this method of scrapbooking.  So many great bits of life are contained in each weekly spread.

[Left Page] An impromptu weeknight dinner out.  A baptismal birthday gift for my daughter.  My daughter’s first slush.  A trip to a local dairy farm and creamery.

My title card for this week.  Can I tell you how much I loved using the Clippings Alphabet Stickers for this project?  They always seemed to be the perfect finishing touch as there are three different sized layouts on one sheet.  Love how they all coordinate for such a cohesive look.

This collection also perfectly coordinated with this label from a bottle of milk we bought on our trip to a local creamery.  I simply cut a piece of paper to fit the slot of the page protector, added the label and then selected a border sticker for the top and bottom.

[Right Page] A trip to the park for playgroup.  A date night stop for funnel cake.  Crazy hot weather for Wisconsin in May.  Documenting my daughter’s love of french toast.  A photo of me on my due date.  My daughter’s redeeming prize tickets at a local restaurant.  Planting flowers on our deck.  My husband and daughter napping.

This collection made it easy to simply grab a sticker or two and personalize each piece of my layout.  Here I used not only stickers, but also stamps and a piece of our Snippets pad to document this Instagram photo of my love of funnel cake.

Now that you’ve taken a peek at what I created, how about taking a look at what Michelle came up with?  Click here to visit Michelle’s blog and view her What a Week layout.

But before you go…

We’d love to give one lucky BG fan the chance to use the same products we utilized to create their own weekly layout – with plenty of product left over for other projects!  See the giveaway box below for your chance to win.

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BasicGrey Altered : Paper Wrapped Frame

Wrapped Frame | Lisa Storms

I have seen beautiful fabric wrapped frames and figured why not create the same effect using paper. With all of BasicGrey’s gorgeous patterns and colors, you can easily create a stunning frame.

Begin with a flat frame and an assortment of BasicGrey papers.

Cut the papers into half inch strips with a paper trimmer, add adhesive to the back using a tape runner, and wrap around frame in sections. Add a small piece of tape at the beginning and end of each strip if needed for security. You’ll want to make sure you always switch between strips at the back where that transition will be hidden.

If you want to insert the glass back into the frame to be fully functional, you will need to crease the strips into the angle along the back with each wrap as you go along. This leaves a place for the glass to fit back into the frame.

Wrap the corners individually before wrapping with strips. Cut a rectangle wide enough to cover the sides, front, and interior lip. Fold in half and adhere to the frame as shown. Cut the center down along the fold to the frame and fold over one side. Cut the overhang to fold inside. Repeat with the other flap as shown.

Once the corners and frame are wrapped, you can go back and add an angled strip on each side of the corner to blend the sides and corners together better.

Fill with a cherished photo and enjoy!