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Happy Halloween! In the spirit of the season, today we are sharing our design team’s awesome Halloween and Autumn-themed projects! We hope you have a wonderful holiday!


BasicGrey | Persimmon | Tina Aszmus

BasicGrey | Persimmon | Sophie Crespy

BasicGrey | Persimmon | Marinette Lesne

BasicGrey | Persimmon | Marcy Penner

BasicGrey | Persimmon | Lisa Dickinson

BasicGrey | Persimmon | Lexi Bridges

BasicGrey | Persimmon | Kelly Rasmussen

BasicGrey | Persimmon | Kelly Noel

BasicGrey | Persimmon | Kelly Goree

BasicGrey | Persimmon | Jen Kinkade

BasicGrey | Persimmon | Jana Eubank

BasicGrey | Persimmon | Audrey Pettit

BasicGrey | Persimmon | Alexes Brown

Persimmon Halloween Layout

WCMD | Marinette Lesne

BasicGrey | World Card Making Day


Marinette Lesne: I love creations filled with layers of papers and embellishments. Today I’m going to show you how to add some layering and dimension on a card. First of all, gather your supplies:: I choose to use the Persimmon line to create my card. So I collected a variety of different patterned papers from the 6×6 pad and some various embellishments (chipboards, stickers,die cuts, brads etc…)


BasicGrey | World Cardmaking Day | Marinette Lesne


Take your papers and cut some shapes from them in different sizes. Adhere them to your cardstock base.


Add dimension between your layers with dimensional tape, glue dots etc. Another technique to add dimension is to bend a little the corner of your papers:


BasicGrey | World Cardmaking Day | Marinette Lesne


Now it’s time to add some embellisments on your card. I used different textures (chipboard shape for the title), printed feathers, mixed brads, and element stickers.


BasicGrey | World Cardmaking Day | Marinette Lesne


For more dimension I add some dimensional tape behind some embellishments:


BasicGrey | World Cardmaking Day | Marinette Lesne

BasicGrey | World Cardmaking Day | Marinette Lesne




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Persimmon | Marinette Lesne

BasicGrey Persimmon

BasicGrey | Persimmon | Marinette Lesne


When I saw Marinette Lesne’s Persimmon layout in my inbox, I may have squealed a little bit. I love the way she effortlessly mixes Persimmon with Capture to create a Autumn-inspired masterpiece. Happy Fall!


BasicGrey | Persimmon | Marinette Lesne


Here she layers an acetate Capture die cut over a Hello film frame and highlights the pairing with a handful of arrow stickers.


BasicGrey | Persimmon | Marinette Lesne


The stack of Capture and Persimmon papers layered beneath the photo add depth and textural interest.


BasicGrey | Persimmon | Marinette Lesne




2013-2014 Design Team | Part One



Kelly Goree


Describe your style: I’ve always called my style “classic with a twist.” I love being a bit traditional yet still finding ways to incorporate current trends or a modern element into my design to make my pages stand out.


Workspace: I have an office/craft room that is the only girlie room in my entire all-male (even the dog) house! I used to scrapbook in a tiny space right off the family room but it was crazy chaos. My new space is around the corner from all the hub-bub and I call it my sanctuary!


Favorite Color Palette: aqua and just about anything but I particularly love it with orange lately.


Social Media Preference: I am a crazy Instagram fanatic. I love photos and love seeing *other* people’s photos so it couldn’t be more up my alley! (Come follow me @kelly_goree)


Early Bird or Night Owl: Definite Night Owl. It’s the time I’m most productive.


BG Product you Hoard: The original “BasicGrey” font full sheet alpha stickers! I think I have nearly every line we’ve ever produced and I guard them fiercely!


Three random facts about you:


1. I am incredibly sentimental and love a good romantic story. I’m a sucker for movies like “50 First Dates”, “Love Actually”, “The Notebook” and “Gone with the Wind.”


2. I know all 44 presidents of the United States – IN ORDER – but only if I sing them because of the “Presidential Song” I learned in 4th grade. Useless trivia put to music I can retain, other stuff, not so much. I’d list them here, but you’d think I copied it from somewhere.


But next time you meet me, just ask and I’ll prove it.


3. I’m double jointed in my left thumb. Just that joint only. No others. I have yet to figure out something useful to do with it.


Advice for Newbie Crafters: Create what YOU love. Don’t worry about pleasing others with whatever you create. As long as you love it, it makes you happy and you enjoy doing it, that’s all that matters! Enjoy the process!


Your favorite BG product: Because I live in an all-male household, I’m always searching for (and hoarding) great “boyish” items. These adorable wooden buttons from the HEY BOY collection are a must – several packages worth, even!

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Jana Eubank


Describe your style: My scrapbooking has a traditional style about it with lots of patterned paper layers and dimensional embellishments. My scrapbooking can also change with the mood I am in. Sometimes I like the distressed look mists and stamping can add and other days I gravitate towards whimsical characters and themes. That’s one of the reasons I love scrapbooking as a hobby so much … I can explore different facets with each new page!


Workspace: Most mornings and late into the evening you can find me puttering away in my scrapbook room. It’s the one room in our house that I can decorate any way that I want. I chose colors of soft cream and pale blue. Very calm and restful. It’s my haven and I love spending time in there!


Favorite Color Palette: I love the color aqua and seem to use it on almost every page that I create. I love it when it is combined with other colors; especially, yellow, green, and orange.


Social Media Preference: Honestly, I’m a bit old fashioned and haven’t morphed into a social media guru like most of you out there. *blush* I love to browse Facebook for quick links, but love spending time on blogs the most.


Early Bird or Night Owl: Definitely a night owl … but occasionally I like to wake up early to have the house to myself.


BG Product you Hoard: Oh, no! How do I name just one?! Patterned paper, vellum tape, and the die cut and transparency packs are my favorites!


Three random facts about you:


1. I love taking the scenic route everywhere I go. It drives my family nuts, but I really enjoy seeing what is off the beaten path.


2. Along those same lines, I love trying random restaurants. I enjoy discovering new places that no one else has heard of and then introducing my family and friends to them.


3. I love planning themed birthday parties for my kids. My youngest is 7 years old and it saddens me a bit that I only have a few more years left of doing it.


Advice for Newbie Crafters: Shopping for supplies as a newbie can be a daunting experience. Start with a collection pack or scrapbook kit. The papers and page accents will already be coordinated for you and will give you the freedom to enjoy the creative process and concentrate on recording your memories rather than stressing out over what supplies go together.


Also, don’t get hung up on things being perfect. Just have fun! Each page can be a learning experience and I promise you won’t ever run out of memories to “practice” on. Don’t be afraid to scrap-lift your favorite crafters. Of course, you shouldn’t represent those pages as your own work in design galleries or submissions, but copying someone else’s work can help you explore different styles and techniques until you settle into your own pace and find out what type of scrapbooker you are.


Favorite BG Product: I will go with the Capture Vellum Tape Stickers. :)

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Kelly Noel


Workspace: I have an office/scrap studio in my home. It’s 100% dedicated to crafting and home office, so I’m really lucky to have a space for everything. I love that it’s attached to our family room, so that even when I’m scrapping, I can still be “with” my family at the same time.


Favorite Color Palette: Ooooh, definitely anything with aqua! And I love brights paired with a white background!


Social Media Preference: Instagram for sure!


Early Bird or Night Owl: Night owl! I am SO not a morning person. I love the hours after everyone else has gone to bed and I have the house to myself.


BG Product you Hoard: Buttons! BG has the best buttons! And paper…the beautiful patterns are just too good!


Three random facts about you


1. I have a secret addiction to strawberry frosted Pop Tarts. I don’t buy them often, but YUM!


2. I have a weird aversion to little noises…pen clicking, foot tapping, gum popping…it drives me crazy! My boys love to tease me about it by doing all of the above at once ;)


3. I love decorating my home. If only my budget allowed me to do more. For now, I pin like crazy on Pinterest! :)


Advice for Newbie Crafters: Take time to find YOUR style. I often find the best inspiration for the next project comes from working on the current one, so always be working on your craft.


BG Product you love: RSVP Chipboard Shapes

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Lisa Dickinson


Describe your style:  Simple with lots of small details


Workspace: In my office on a large antique postal desk. I’m a standing scrapper and this desk lets me spread out several projects at once!


Favorite Color Palette: Right now I’m loving aqua mixed with yellow or orange.


Social Media Preference: Instagram & Twitter


Early Bird or Night Owl: Early Bird


Three random facts about you: 


1. I showed Quarter Horses from age 9 through college.


2. I think mayonnaise is really, really yucky.


3. Next to scrapping, my favorite hobby is shoe shopping.


Advice for Newbie Crafters: It’s not about being “caught up” – it’s about having fun!


BG Product you hoard: Metal Studs – the silver stars!

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Marinette Lesne


Describe your style: This is a tough one to answer. It’s a little bit of everything… I love colorful and layered layouts with a little bit of journaling. I always want my creations to be happy, colorful and emotional.


Workspace: I live in a small flat near Paris with my family and unfortunately I don’t have a scrap room. My creative space is located in a corner of my bedroom.


Favorite Color Palette: I prefer bright palettes but if I should choose one palette it would be: white+grey+yellow with a touch of black.


Social Media Preference: I’m a Social Media girl. You can find me on
Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest!


Early Bird or Night Owl: A little bit of both but more of an early bird. I like to enjoy the peace of the early morning when everything is quiet. Hearing the songs of birds and seeing the sun rise; it’s my “me time” ;-) My favorite time of the day.


BG Product you Hoard: Well, this is a hard one;) I love so many BG products! But one product that I’ve always loved is brads. But now I’m in love with BG Candy Buttons. They are so colorful and trendy.


Three random facts about you:


1. I’m a coffee addict…every time of the day and night.


2. I’m ambidextrous.


3. Every evening I double-check if my doors are closed, ALWAYS! (an obsession)


Advice for Newbie Crafters: Always trust in yourself and in your work. Don’t be afraid of mistakes. When you make mistakes you can find what works the most for you.


Favorite BG product: Carte Postale Metal Flair

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Kelly Rasmussen


Describe your style: I would say most of my cards are simple, clean-lined and colorful. I love to add fun techniques to my projects, too!


Workspace My studio is centrally located in our house and is where I do all my crafting. I love it because I can easily be available to my family and there is room for my kids to pull up a chair next to me. Also, I’ve got a view out the front window of our house so I can watch my kids play outside and see the right when the FedEx guy shows up with a new box of crafty goodies. :)


Favorite Color Palette: Blues and greens.


Social Media Preference: Twitter


Early Bird or Night Owl: Night owl


BG Product you hoard: I love BG stitched brads! They are one of those products that I could use in so many other places besides my cards — home decor, barrettes for my girls’ hair, gift wrapping and more.


Three random facts about you:


1. I love to organize — especially my crafting supplies!


2. I married my high school sweetheart.


3. My favorite food is nachos.


Advice for Newbie Crafters: Create in a style that makes you happy. When you are starting out it can be a little overwhelming with all the different products and styles you see, so just stick to what comes naturally and don’t try and force a style just because it is what others are doing.


Favorite BG Product: Capture RSVP Waterfall

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Kathleen Summers


Describe your style: In both paper and digi scrapping, I love lots of layers. The more layers, the better!


Workspace: My computer! I’ve been digitally scrapbooking since Feb. ’09 and while I will be showing you my first true paper creation in years on the BG blog very soon, my scrapbooking “area” is the keyboard, mouse, and monitor on my plain desk!


Social Media Preference: Please tell me Pinterest counts! I adore Pinterest. I love being able to see what things my friends are pinning and what interests we have in common. Come play with me!


Early Bird or Night Owl: Definitely night owl. It’s quarter to 1:15 in the morning as I write this. I’ve always loved staying up late and sleeping in.


BG Product you hoard: Oh my, I still have BG that is years old. I really really love it. Such wonderful quality and beautiful designs… yum. I can’t pick just one thing! With digi products… well, it’s easy to hoard it *all* since I can use and re-use it to my heart’s content!


Three random facts about you:


1. I’m a thrill-seeker and love everything from bungee-jumping to skydiving to scuba diving to roller coasters…


2. I’m currently in the midst of a 14-week body-transformation challenge. I’ll scrap about it when I’m done and share it with you!


3. We have four kids and right now we don’t have pets but once our baby (he’s a year and a half) is past the high-maintenance-toddler phase we hope to get a puppy (a french bulldog) and two kittens. All at the same time.


Advice for Newbie Crafters: Focus on the story-telling and pick only the best photos to tell the story. Sometimes it’s tempting to use every cute photo you took of your kids at the park or on Halloween (or whenever) but pick just a couple of the best photos and let those shine!


Favorite BG Product: Carte Postale Garland

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Mary Rogers


Describe your style: White space grungy.


Workspace: On my desktop in my designated scrap room (just off our master bedroom).


Favorite Color Palette: right now, Grey/Teal/Yellow.


Social Media Preference: Facebook or Instagram.


Early Bird or Night Owl: Night Owl – I do have to get up early for work, but leave just enough time to do that and don’t even turn on the computer.


BG Product you Hoard: still have lots of paper supplies that I can’t part with, but hoard the alphabet stickers!


Three random facts about you:


1. I have 7 brothers and sisters.


2. I am left-handed but do all my computer work with my right.


3. I would eat Taco Salad for dinner every night if it were an option.


Advice for Newbie Crafters: Have fun! I put a lot of stress on myself first starting out. There is no set way to scrap, embrace the process, and tell your story.


Your favorite BG product: Capture Pocket Calendars

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Ann-Marie Morris


Describe your style: Clean and colorful with an organic twist. But really, my style is always evolving.


Workspace: In my office / craft room.


Favorite Color Palette: Aqua, yellow, and peachy pink.


Social Media Preference: Instagram and Pinterest! I am constantly alternating between the two all day long!


Early Bird or Night Owl: Hardcore night owl who desperately wishes I was a morning person!


BG Product you hoard: Capture Label Stickers! As far as I’m concerned, one can never have too many label stickers.


Three random facts about you:


1. I’ve lived through earthquakes, wildfires, and a hurricane. Thankfully not all at the same time.


2. Nothing makes me happier than a good workout, a great cup of coffee, and an inspiring DIY project!


3. I’m perpetually fifteen minutes behind schedule. I always assume I have plenty of time and I am always incorrect.


Advice for Newbie Crafters: There are no rules! If you love something (whether it’s trendy or not), embrace it. Experiment as much as possible. Seek out inspiration constantly. Learn basic design principles (they are so helpful!). The newbie phase is one of the best parts of the creative journey – enjoy the adventure!


Your favorite BG product: Carte Postale is easily my most favorite line to date, so I will go with the coordinating waterfall pack!

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