Ep 64: The Simple Scrapbooking Podcast with Lain Ehmann: Scrapbook Improv and Gossamer Blue

by Lain Ehmann on September 28, 2012


We’re taking a VERY brief break from our True Scrap teacher interviews to bring an update on my latest event – Scrapbook Improv! Wednesday night scores of scrappers joined me on Facebook and Ustream for a hands-on scrapbooking event that combined improv comedy with scrapbooking. I had my handy spinner:

and I got input from the audience at every step of the way! I was using two kits, Studio Calico Abroad patterned papers and a monthly kit from the amazing Gossamer Blue.

I talk in detail about the event on the podcast, but I wanted to share my layouts with you here as well.

First, though, let me tell you about Gossamer Blue. They’re a new kit club company located in California (yay!). Founded by Lori Gentile, the kits are jam-packed with very well-coordinated products, as well as PNG and SVG files created by Lori Whitlock for your digi/hybrid scrapping. Cool!!!

Here’s what was in my August kit that Gossamer Blue provided to me:

ADORBS! I had so much fun with this. And it coordinated very well with the papers and products from Studio Calico to give me more options for Scrapbook Improv.

So, in order of creation, here are my layouts from Wednesday night:

#1: “Don’t Miss It” (Mostly Gossamer Blue with SC stars and letters)


  • Subject: “Don’t Miss It”
  • Embellishments: Stickers
  • Journaling: By the Numbers
  • Technique: Misting
  • Extra challenge: Use only washi tape as adhesive
  • Extra challenge: Use product packaging

#2: Last Weekend (mostly SC. Journaling block, label, and tiny letters are from the Gossamer Blue kit. Stamp and Zing embossing powder from my stash.)


  • Subject: “Last Weekend”
  • Embellishments: Labels
  • Journaling: List
  • Technique: Embossing
  • Extra challenge: No paper trimmer!

#3: Pancake Perfection (SC patterned paper and tag; the rest is from the Gossamer Blue kit)


  • Topic: Favorite food
  • Embellishments: Stickers
  • Technique: Triangle patterned paper
  • Journaling: Conversation
  • Extra challenge: Alliterative title
  • Extra challenge: No paper trimmer!

#4: Airtastic (Gossamer Blue cardstock, words, buttons, journaling block. Patterned paper and stickers from SC. Stamp from my stash.)


  • Topic: Fabulous Firsts
  • Embellishments: Buttons
  • Technique: Stamping
  • Journaling: Mad Libs
  • Extra challenge: Wordfetti!

#5: Sibling Rivalry (Gossamer Blue patterned paper, label, numbers. SC patterned paper. Brads from my stash).


  • Topic: Sibling Rivalry
  • Embellishments: Washi tape
  • Technique: Brad usage
  • Journaling: By the numbers
  • Extra challenge: Stamp with a body part!

I had so much fun with this kit that I created two additional layouts!

Here’s the first:

Sweet Dreams (all from Gossamer Blue kit, except inks used to color banners and title)

Totally getting a kick from the Heidi Swapp Color Magic banners that I can custom color!

And here’s the last:

Together (all from the Gossamer Blue kit with the addition of the title cut from Silhouette Cameo via a Lori Whitlock design, and the ink used to edge elements)

Gossamer Blue’s October Kit Sneak Peek: **The October kit releases 10/1 at 10AM Pacific

Other Links:

True Scrap 4

October’s free scrapinar with Jennifer Woodbury for “Project Life Step-by-Step”

The Layout a Day Facebook page (for Scrapbook Improv October!)

simple scrapbooking layouts

P.S. Don’t forget that the True Scrap 4 early bird discount expires Sunday, 9/30 at midnight!

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