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Simple Scrapper March Preview

I thought I’d pop in with a quick post.

Work has been just super crazy busy for me since last December. I know it won’t last forever, but . . .

I do still manage to squeeze in some scrapbooking for fun, so here are a couple of layouts I whipped up using the templates that are coming for March for the Simple Scrapper membership.

Just a fun simple layout with a photo of me and my daughter with some big smiles.

And one that pulls on an old photo taken from some deteriorating slides from the 1960’s. I had some fun playing with some bright colors and a bold background for this one.

The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping. Each month members receive a new collection of sketch templates and Story Starters, story-focused prompts for pages and projects.


I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of “history” that has been given to me. I’ve got old boxes of photos of people that I don’t know but am presumably related to. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get through them all and figure out just how to separate them and organize them. I have culled through a few and scanned them for fun when I recognize the family members. And we also have a bunch of these:


I wonder if some of you even know what these are. But somewhere in these boxes of old slides, I found a couple of jewels. I scanned them and tweaked them a bit in Lightroom and made a quick layout. I just used some basic papers, nothing really vintagy, nothing fancy, and only shopped my stash. I did add some worn overlays from Lynn Grieveson. I just love her worn edge and page overlays.

Leora Sanford Promise of Tomorrow papers;<br /><br />LGrieveson worn edges<br /><br />KPertiet 2010Postmarks<br /><br />Kpertiet AroundWords<br /><br />AAspnes ArtPlayPalette6

Credits: Leora Sanford Promise of Tomorrow papers; LGrieveson worn edges; KPertiet 2010Postmarks, AroundWords; AAspnes ArtPlayPalette6 brush

Long Overdue

My blog has been sitting unattended for a while. I’ve updated the theme and created a new a new header. It was quite overdue. We’ll try this on for a while and see how it works out.

So, life goes on. I retired from my JessicaSprague Creative Team position in March. I had a bit of a break and starting in July, I am proud to have been selected as part of the design team over at I am looking forward to this branching out a bit.

Dredging up a couple of old paper layouts, truly these were created before I really knew anything about what I was doing in Photoshop Elements. These layouts utilized all the paper bits my daughter and I collected in our whirlwind tour of Europe back in 2008. I scanned all the bits. To create the backgrounds for the overview pages of my Europe 2008 album, I pulled in various bits, moved them arrange, adjusted their opacity and saved it. I created two separate pages (and I’m truly not sure I used all the bits.) I printed these collages out on a nice scruffy Basic Grey paper that coordinated with the rest of the kit I was using for this album. So, what was in my stash of “bits”? Ticket stubs for train, boat, museums, subways, etc.; postcards; maps; packaging. I even included a scan of a passport. I ended up bordering this page with snippets of sign snapshots taken throughout our whole trip.

Here is my two page overview spread for my Europe album. I’m glad I have this as I’m not sure I’ll ever get the opportunity to return, but I sure hope to.