Carte Postale | May Flaum

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This afternoon, we are so happy to have May Flaum sharing a few tips and tricks for maximizing your Carte Postale supplies!

May: Once in a while a paper line comes along that I want to scrapbook everything with. That I want to take and use repeatedly and often. Carte Postale is just such a line. Hi there! May Flaum here, and I’m excited to share two layouts today with Carte Postale. I have two different approaches to share, and ideas for making the most from both your supplies and time.


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Layout #1: Good Morning


My approach with this first layout was to use bits and pieces. Whether you want to use up scraps, you don’t have full sheets of patterned paper anymore, or if you just want to utilize more stamps and cardstocks this is a great way to go. I used both of the large background stamps on this page – Let’s Get Away with white paint to create a mat for my photo, and the Coupon Background for some edging around the layout.


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Tips for layering bits and pieces:


· Get a mix of sizes and colors

· Add dimensional accents such as stitching, stamp with embossing, or glitter-glue

· Think ahead for title and journaling and be sure to leave space

· Pick 3 areas to cluster bits and pieces.

· Remember it can just be a few things – it doesn’t have to be a ton.


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I loved having all of my Carte Postale bits and pieces out and just playing with the various elements. On this page in addition to working with paper bits and scraps, I also used some of the wood veneers and painted them to give additional pop. The wood pieces take color from ink, paint, or even mist great!


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Page flags are perhaps my favorite layering element in this collection – they’re so perfect for a little pop and added just the perfect touches here. This kind of a design is perfect for busier photos too, so that your pictures don’t compete with a lot of patterned papers or anything.


So what if you wanted to get beyond bits and pieces, and use more patterned paper? I’ve got a layout for that!


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What I love about this line is that it full of neutral colors with just little pops of color so it works beautifully with most any photos. For this layout I used three (3 ½” x 6”) photos across my page that left me plenty of room for journaling and some embellishing fun as well.


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When working with busier papers I like to build a single block or area of photos so that things don’t get too crazy. This stamp paper is just so much fun – I love how it worked for my Cars Land layout!


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This is a really simple design, and one I like to use a lot. You can place the title above or below the photos, and journaling can be done in strips, a block, or if it is just a little bit write it along the top or bottom edge of your photos. Tucking little bits along the top left of my photos let me play a bit and have some embellishing fun while adding to my title area but not taking away from my photos or story.


Thanks for joining me today – I hope you enjoyed my layouts and ideas and are inspired to go out and scrapbook some adventures today!




9 thoughts on “Carte Postale | May Flaum

  1. May your layouts always make me want to run into my studio and get messy! Somehow I missed this line!! Now I have to have it!

  2. You’re always an inspiration, May! I love the idea of clustering the bits & pieces! Great way to use up my stash!

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