Scrapbook Improv: Scrapping Layouts in 30 Minutes or Less!

by Lain Ehmann on April 25, 2013

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Scrapbook Improv for April was our largest group yet – almost 200 people tuned in to watch the fun live. And

If you’re not familiar with how Scrapbook Improv works, I create three layouts in 90 minutes, spending less than 30 minutes per layout. I broadcast my scrapbooking design process live, and take input from teh audience on everything from color and product selection to journaling styles. There’s never been anything quite like it!

My product choices are limited to the monthly kit from Gossamer Blue, and April’s kit is one of my favorites yet:

simple scrapbooking with Lain Ehmann and Gossamer Blue

Behold the goodies! I am in love with the glitter Thickers and the badges and the canvas frames and the washi paper and the… oh, well, you get the picture.

Fast Layout #1: Change

Subject/Title: “Changes in my life in the last five years.”

Technique: Stamping

Journaling: Strips

Background: Patterned Paper

Embellishment: Badges

Notes: All products except the journaling pen, circle punch, and the stamp were part of the Gossamer Blue April kit.

blog scrap layout

Fast Layout #2: Nest

Subject/Title: “A Safe Place to Land.” I chose to interpret this as my daughter Callie’s propensity to find a little spot to nest in no matter wherever she is.

Technique: Inking/Distressing

Journaling: List

Background: Patterned Paper

Embellishment: Border

Additional challenge #1: Transparency/vellum

Additional challenge #2: Monochromatic

Notes: All products except the journaling pen, blue ink, zig-zag punch, corner rounder, white cardstock, and the arrow washi were part of the Gossamer Blue April kit.


Fast Layout #3: Love You More

Subject/Title: “Milestone.” I chose to scrapbook my niece’s wedding.

Technique: Scraps only.

Journaling: Social media. (I took the lines from comments on their wedding photos on Facebook.)

Background: Patterned Paper

Embellishment: Badges.

Notes: All products except the journaling pen, scallop zig-zag punch, and corner rounder were part of the Gossamer Blue April kit.



Extra Layout #1: My Baby

I used a ton of odds and ends from the kit for this layout. I love the handwritten background paper, but having Maggie Holmes’ signature at the bottom was a little weird so I covered it up. This page talks about my love of my Cropadile!


Extra Layout #2: A Good Lad.

This page is a great example of how to scrapbook boys. I used some bolder patterns and elements for a stronger feel.

Scrapbooking boys

Extra Layout #3: Rizzoli & Isles.

One of the prompts last night was to scrap my favorite media (book, movie, TV show). I downloaded and printed this photo from the Internet. (NOTE: The transparent acetate arrow is from my stash.)

keep it simple scrapbooking

Extra Project #4: Card

I always like to create a card or two from my scrapbooking leftovers. While I’ve got it all out, it’s easy to use coordinating products to create a cute little handmade card in just a few minutes.

how to make a simple card

We’ll be doing it again on May 22, so mark your calendar NOW! And order your May Gossamer Blue kit so you can scrap along!


P.S. Here’s the PDF of the prompts I use: scrapbookimprov

P.P.S. If you missed the fun and games live, or you just love scrapbook process videos, you can catch the replay here.

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