What A Week : BasicGrey + Ormolu

BasicGrey | What A Week

This month, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Ormolu for our What A Week series.  Diana from Ormolu’s design team and I have each created a layout documenting a week in our lives using the same products.

What A Week | Melanie Bauer

Knowing that we’d be working with our True Love collection, I chose to document Valentine’s week.  So appropriate!  Especially considering Valentine photos dominated this week’s layout.

What A Week | Melanie Bauer

[Left Page]  An impromptu visit to the hospital parking lot to say hello.  Valentine’s Day preschool class party.  Valentine mail from family and friends.  My sleepy valentine who happened to be on call for the holiday.  (And who will likely not be too happy I both took this photo and then shared it online.)

What A Week | Melanie Bauer

A new favorite song that my daughters adore.  Mid-term swimming evaluation for my daughter.

The journaling card is actually a sticker from the True Love Element Stickers – the perfect size for this project!

What A Week | Melanie Bauer

I really enjoyed pairing the Ormolu products with our True Love collection – they worked so well together!  For this card, I paired three different products to create a cohesive end look.  I topped the geotag stamp from Ormolu’s Word Up stamps with a heart from the True Love Alphabet Sticker sheet.  I also added a label from the Bungalow Little Labels | Moments sheet and an additional sentiment with the smaller alphabet from the alphabet sticker sheet.

What A Week | Melanie Bauer

[Right Page] Packing boxes in progress.  Roses from daddy.  Math homework.  Early Birthday present.

The two middle pockets contain the actual valentines that my daughters passed out to their friends.  By coincidence, they were the same size as the page protector pockets.  They both wrote their names on the back of their cards.  Love that a piece of their handwriting is forever saved in this album.

What A Week | Melanie Bauer

Heart shaped pizza.  Class valentines.  My handsome boy.

What A Week | Melanie Bauer

Another card with a fun mix of product.  Another Bungelow label, an ampresand from the Elements Stickers sheet and alphabet letters.  My photo was vertical in orientation but I wanted to make it a larger part of my layout so I chose to highlight it on a larger canvas made from the True Love 6×6 Paper Pad

Now that you’ve taken a peek at what I created, how about taking a look at what Diana came up with? Click here to visit the Ormolu blog and view Diana’s What a Week layout and for your chance to win the Ormolu products that Diana and I used on our weekly layouts!

But before you go…

We’d love to give one lucky BG fan the chance to use the same BasicGrey 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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Beginning to End : At the Beach

BasicGrey Beginning to End

Hi everyone, Marinette here today with you to share how I create a layout from beginning to end. I chose to work with the gorgeous Soleil collectionI’m so in love with the papers and the embellishments.

So first of all gather your supplies:

At the Beach-Step1

What I usually do first when I create a layout is to add black ink splashes on my background:


Paired with the warm colors of the Rhubarb paper it adds a sophisticated touch on it.The B&W photo I chose fit perfectly with this line because it contrasts a lot with the other soft colors.I started by adding some stamping on my background and a piece of torn page from an old book as well as a strip of paper on the bottom of my page.


Now let’s go for the fun part of my layout:

You know how much I love to add a lot of layers on my pages so I started by pulling out bits of patterned paper, stickers all around my photo.


I never work directly on my background paper when I add all my layers, this way I can easily change the position of my papers until I’m satisfied with the result.


I like some layers behind, some vertical and some horizontal:


I chose a mix of colors which pops. I think the mix of yellow and red is perfect with this B&W photo.

Now the next step is to glue it down on my background paper.

But before this step I chose to add a little touch of red spray ink


Now that I totally satisfied with my elements I can glue all my papers together.

Finally after glue all my papers, I added some stickers on my layout for my title and some doodlings:



The final touch for my layout is this parasol from the element stickers. It fits perfectly with my photo


Tada – my layout is finished:


marinette signature




Supplies Used

On Trend : Groupings

BasicGrey | On Trend

My favorite decorating trend is definitely groupings. Groupings of anything, but especially artwork. I have them in every room in my house, so I decided to do a layout with one as well. And just like most of the groupings in my house, this layout also appears to be perfectly imperfect – ha! I kind of like it though, so I didn’t fix it.

My decorating board on Pinterest is full of artwork/photo groupings. Here are two of my recent favorites.

And here is my layout inspired by both photos!

Cheese | Laura Kurz

What trend would look great on your next layout?

LK signature


Supplies Used

Basic Scrapbook Sketch : 2.25.13

This week’s sketch from BG sketch artist Susan Stringfellow can be used for more than creating a two page layout.  Break the sketch apart and use half of it to create a single page layout.  Use the border element as inspiration for your next card.  The choice is yours!

Family | Joscie Cutchens

Family | Joscie Cutchens Family | Joscie Cutchens

BG digital designer Joscie Cutchens used this week’s layout to document her family getting photos taken.  Joscie notes, “I used these gorgeous papers from the Hello Luscious Kit because I loved how the orange, green and aqua went with my pictures. I substituted one large portrait photo instead of stacking two landscape photos in the left panel because it worked better with the photos I had to choose from.  I used the orange banner element, the orange scallops and the orange flower to create a visual triangle around the page. I also used a lot of patterned papers on the rows of hearts. I love the stitching over the rows of hearts, it’s a favorite technique I use in my paper scrapbooking and card making too.”

Home | Mary Rogers

Digital designer Mary Rogers also used this week’s sketch as an inspiration for this layout.  Mary says, “As soon as I saw the sketch I knew I wanted to take photos and do a layout based on some redecorating we started in our house.  It is our goal to simplify things and get rid of the clutter!  I wanted the focus to be on the loft view so instead of two 4×6 photos I added a single 8×6.  I was able to create the scallop mask using my circle eraser and duplicated it on both sides of the sketch.  The tiny brush heart was used to balance out the pages.  I added the glazed beads and other elements for a fun personal touch.  Some of the colors were adjusted just a bit to work better with my photos.  Two page sketches really push me to work outside my comfort zone but I am happy with how it turned out”

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 March 3, 2013 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.



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Melanie Harris

Submitted on 2013/03/03 at 6:22 pm

Here is my take on the sketch: