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Scrapbooking — Marjorie Towers


Grid Layout

April 9, 2016

in Scrapbooking, Stampin Up

Here’s a fun layout that is easy to do. It also uses up scraps of paper and leftover embellishments plus uses quite a few (cropped) photos.  Obviously I’ve got six photos. You could even have more (or less). I literally went to my scrap bag to make this layout.

8 mos layout


I started out by cutting the 9 4×4 white squares. Then I built each grid using scraps of paper. It was fun to challenge myself to use the scraps I had. Each white square was distressed. I used the Zutter distresser that sits on my worktable. I think it’s the first time I’ve used in months. But it sure made it fast and easy and I thought at the time, “I should use this more often!”  I adhered each square to a white 12×12 piece of cardstock. Then I added a few wooden embellishments, a pre-made flower and some journaling which I copied from my daughter’s 8 month blog post. I love grid layouts. They are so fun to do.

Some News: I’ve signed up to sell Stampin’ Up again. If anyone is interested in getting their 2016-2017 catalog just comment below and I’ll have one mailed to you. It comes out in June.




Here is my version of Tim’s tag for July.  Just about exactly like his, only I was out of star charms so I found one in my stash from Vintaj Brass.

July TH tag

And here is some news for those who haven’t heard yet.  I’m working at Peddler’s Pack in Beaverton, OR.  I didn’t go in there looking for a job.  I WAS enjoying being retired. But when Joyce offered me a position, I thought it would be fun to be teaching classes again. And I miss being with like-minded paper crafters. So if you’re ever up my way, stop by and say, “Hi.”  I work Monday, Wednesday and Saturday for now. And I’ll be teaching this tag in a class August 3rd.

I just finished up Ali Edwards’ TYPE class. I so enjoyed her inspiration and teaching. Here was my Type as Art layout:

Type as artThe Type “Art” was the gigantic Copic colored pumpkin. I added Fall words to the pumpkin sections. Of course the best part of this layout is the photos of Eva.

I hope you are all finding time to take some classes and to tell your stories.


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If you are like me and have a lot of alphabets in chipboard and sticker form or stamps or even rub-ons then you would enjoy the Ali Edwards class I have been taking.  Taking classes, for me, really gets me scrapbooking again and telling some of those longer stories.

I think the registration for the class is closed at this point (we are in week 7) but I know she plans to offer it again. Another class she is offering is Hello Story.  This one is totally self-paced and man did I love it when I took it a couple years back through Big Picture Classes.

Here is the latest layout I made for TYPE:

type week 7 fruit loopAs you can see, it is all about the photos and the story. Simple, classic, love it!

Here is a fun layout of my precious granddaughter, Eva Joy, at 5 months:

type week 6 play


So fun to do using all those different alphabets. Love the way some of them go off the page. It was kind of like putting together a jig-saw puzzle. Not as easy as it looks, perhaps. But I like how it came out.

You may notice that the above layout is 8.5 x 11. One of the things I am doing this year is mixing up my layout sizes in one album.  I’m really liking how this looks and frees me up to be more creative. In addition to 12 x 12 and 8.5 x 11 I’ve also got some 6 x 12. These are great for adding a few extra photos and a little more story.

Here’s to classes and more layouts and telling our stories!









Blues layouts

May 19, 2015

in Scrapbooking

I did end up creating a few layouts at Scrapbook Expo with all those photos that needed various shades of elusive blue paper.

Blues - July 4

First up was these photos from a Fourth of July swim party. That number pattern paper actually matched pretty well.  The embellishments were from an old We R collection and the vintage blue didn’t appear to match but worked because the blue-gray tone was picked up in some of the shadows in the pool, the skyline (smog??) and the stripes on the chaise lounge cushions.

Blues = Labor Day

This layout was where I used the only sheet of matching patterned paper I could find and cut it in strips so I’d have some for both pages. Even though the light blue and dark blue backgrounds (solid) didn’t really match the pool, it somehow works. And I thought the dot paper cut into circles made some fun looking beach balls and added even more colors of blue. It is almost like all the different blues blend together to match the water in the pool.

Blues - come away with me

This was definitely my favorite of the three layouts. Here I used spray ink to make those lovely little hearts.  I actually made them ahead of time because I wasn’t sure how much table space I would have at the Expo. Plus I wanted to stitch them down the middle and there would not be a sewing machine available. I used several colors of distress ink on the top torn edge. Here is a good tip – when you can’t match the photos with any pattern paper you have, make your own using white paper and sprays and ink pads. By spraying lightly there was a nice blue/white effect that worked well with the soft clouds in the sky and the blue and white balloons.



The Blues

April 21, 2015

in Scrapbooking

no paper

I laughed when I saw this quote. I saved it to my desktop.

Little did I know that in a few short days it would be my life.

I was trying to put together layouts for an upcoming scrapbook weekend in Puyallup, WA, at Scrapbook Expo. And it seemed every layout needed blue paper and none of the blue paper I had was the right color of blue. And I have a lot more than 20 sheets of blue. More like 20 x 20 sheets of blue. Two of the layouts were pool parties. It seems the color of my parent’s pool is unique. Then there was the layout with the balloons. Blue sky. Simple enough. Not for me. I needed two sheets the same color and I only had one. So I compromised and tried some creative options. I could see sprays in my future. I put together the layout kits and moved on.

When I got my Snapfish order in the mail with more photos I thought, “Surely Christmas photos will not be hard to match.” Wrong! Again, everyone was wearing blue! Who would have thought blue would be my nemesis? I really like the color blue. Maybe there’s a reason they call it “the blues.”

Stay tuned for the layouts I will be making using mismatched blue papers….