Scrapbook Techniques | Expedition

Starting with a blank page can be an intimidating way to begin a layout. The following scrapbook techniques are perfect for pairing with this month's "Expedition" Kit, or just tuck them into your back pocket for a time when your creative mojo is low. Either way, we hope they’ll help inspire your next project!

Let your photo shine. 

Anna-Maria Wolniak incorporated her photo into the overall design in a way that truly let it shine on her page, Boys Just Wanna Have Fun. By combining it with a card from the Documenter Kit, she created a strip across the entire page that immediately draws the viewer's attention! 

On her page, Payson LakesJen Schow featured a large photo with a smaller second photo for a big impact. Her composition allows both photos to take center stage on this layout! 

Stamp a grid background. 

On her layout, Indian Lake 2017Maggie Massey used the badge stamp from this month's subscription set to create a grid background. We love how she filled in each badge with different elements! 

Create a central focal point. 

On her layout, Adventure DirectionsAnna-Maria Wolniak focused all the attention towards the center of her page by placing her photo at the center of her compass and gathering all the embellishments around that element. The result is stunning!

Maggie Massey created a centrally focused layout by layering patterned papers under her photo and keeping all her embellishments close on her page, Cali - August '59. This technique draws your eye to the most important element—the photo. 

Feature a large script. 

Anna-Maria Wolniak paired the Walt Whitman scripted quote paper with a darker constellation pattern for a stunning effect on her layout, Paris. We love how she cut out the negative space in the L to show her photo underneath!

On her layout, I Have LearnedJen Schow used the scripted quote as a layer through the middle of her page and overlapping the bottom of her photo. This gorgeous technique makes a bold impact on any page! 

Highlight the ticket embellishments. 

On her page, Let's WanderKelly Noel featured several of the ticket embellishments from June's "Expedition" Kit. By turning them different directions and adding word strips, alphas, and enamel dots, she created a fun cluster to complement her photo!

Marcy Penner used her tickets to add short lines of journaling on her layout, The Great Outdoors // Expedition SB Main. They make perfect elements in her grid design! 

The design possibilities are endless with the "Expedition" Kits and June add-ons. Which scrapbooking technique do you plan on trying out this month? Post your creations in the gallery and add a link in the comments. We can't wait to see what you'll make!

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  1. Joelaw says…

    So awesome! Some of the best layouts I’ve seen in a long time!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!!

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  2. Cendrine says…

    I'm looking for the old scrapbook kits description AND scrapbook creative gallery and I can not find them anymore! Please, Studio Calico, don't tell me you have deleted them...

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    1. gluestickgirl says…

      the scrapbook layouts are still in the galleries - just search by project rather than kit type in the dropdown!

  3. penny says…

    I also just got on your site to look at past scrapbook kit images. Gone. This makes no sense to me at all. Please explain.
    I use the past kit images every week, looking for just the right products that are in my stash. It’s easier to see these photos rather than looking through every zipper bag I have.
    Sometimes I think I can’t be surprised by Studio Calico’s endless changes. But I am. @aprilfoster @gluestickgirl

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  4. djroe says…

    I also noticed the past kits are gone. Card kits too. So disappointed. It’s like you’re trying to erase the evidence of ever having offered a scrapbook kit.

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  5. gluestickgirl says…

    hey all - we are looking into this. it's a by product of turning the kits off on the back end of the system. we'll see what we can do. =)

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    1. penny says…

      Thanks, Lisa! Having the image available from the gallery is nice, but I don't use it that way. If I'm starting a layout and want to see which kit has the colors/embellishments/stamps, etc., that I'm looking for, I always go to Past Kits to browse. Since I have so many full or partial kits still in their bags, this is a huge time-saver!

    2. gluestickgirl says…

      just an update - our tech team did an update and SB and planner kits are back in the past kits!

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  6. Janice15 says…

    These layouts are beautiful! So much talent here (I can’t help but be sad about the fact that there will be no more new scrapbook kits to continue the inspiration).

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  7. tpgirl says…

    These are stunning!

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