The One with the "Should" Layout

Monday, August 4, 2014

Guten Tag!
I'm participating in a fun scrapbooking blog hop started by Cara Vincens where each of the designers will "debunk" a scrapbooking-related myth!

My myth is: Layouts should ALWAYS have a story and lots of journaling. 
Truthfully, I like making layouts just for the process - I love pushing paper around, sewing, gluing, dropping paint, stamping, the works. It's all about the process for me! Sometimes, but rarely, I have a big ol' story to tell. Most of the time I just like to let the photo be worth a thousand words and a short caption sums it up! Here is my layout with only a little bit of journaling - the real focus is on the rolled paper heart.
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7TH ANNIVERSARY by Paige Evans

DESCRIPTION: I looooooove the rolled paper technique and have only tried it a few times - mostly on cards and once on a layout. I've had the Spice Market collection in my stash for a few months but haven't had time to use it until now and I was so excited because I LOVE it! I decided to make a rolled paper heart and have it be the focus of my layout along with a photo of us on our 7th anniversary - a heart for love ;)

JOURNALING SAYS: It was oh so amazing to spend our 7th anniversary on the beautiful Adriatic Sea. Along with our kids and Jay + Haylie :) Very special!

HOW TO: Roll all of the 12x12, 6x6, and even half of the journaling cards from the Spice Market collection by BasicGrey into tubes. Die cut a heart from cream cardstock and place super sticky tape along the outside edge. Place the tubes on the adhesive then trim the excess and use an exacto knife to cut out the middle. Back the open heart from the cream cardstock with patterned paper then sew three times around the heart. Adhere the rolled paper heart on top. Place a photo inside the heart and embellish with stickers, chipboard, die cuts, a badge, and more as shown. Edge the heart with stickers, die cuts, metal doilies, and a chipboard title. Trim a journaling card into a triangle and tuck it under the left side of the heart; journal on it and add a subtitle below with mini letter stickers. Cluster embellishments on the bottom left corner. Drop light blue spray mist around the layout to finish. Stamp the date in black ink on a label sticker to finish.

SUPPLIES: Cardstock, penadhesive, date stamp: American Crafts; Patterned paper, metal doilies, badge, die cuts, stickers: BasicGrey; Spray mist: Studio Calico; Ink: StazOn; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo by QuicKutz
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Here is the order of the hop for the next 10 days:
August 4 - Paige Evans
A scrapbooking page SHOULD always have a story and lots of journaling

August 5 - Ashli Oliver
Scrapbook pages SHOULD be fast and simple to just get them done

August 6 - Jen Gallacher
Scrapbook pages SHOULD look perfect

August 7 - Melissa Shanhun
Digital scrapbook pages should look as much like a paper page as possible

August 8 - Ashley Calder
Scrapbooking SHOULD be done *this* way

August 9 - Caroline Davis
A scrapbooker SHOULD scrapbook FOR her family

August 10 - Lisa Harris
Scrapbooking SHOULD be a legacy for the scrapbooker's family

August 11 - Connie Hanks
A scrapbooker SHOULD follow the trends and be aware of what others think of her pages

A scrapbooker SHOULD scrapbook chronologically

August 13 - Nancy Gaines
Scrapbooking SHOULD be 12x12 traditional paper pages

August 14 - Cara Vincens
A scrapbooker SHOULD always be caught up

Happy hopping and debunking and myth busting!


  1. This is so fun!...and I totally agree..... making scrapbooking work for you is key : )

  2. Paige, this is fantastic!!

  3. This is gorgeous! I loveeeeeeee the rolled paper heart!!!!

  4. Beautiful layout! Love that rolled heart and it is true that you don't have to have a lot of journaling.

  5. Fantastic page!!! Love the rolled heart. You've inspired me to try to make a journalling-light page!

  6. SO cool! LOVE these. Every single one of them is NOT true. ;) I unfollow all of those rules myself!!

  7. neat! love the rolled paper embellishments!

  8. What a lovely layout - love the rolled heart

  9. This is such an awesome layout, Paige!! Great page to debunk this Scrapbooking myth!!

  10. This is so wonderful---love that page!!! Great post!

  11. I adore this layout! Such a fun way to use up scraps of patterned paper, even. And yep, it's A-OK to go light on the journaling as little or as often as you like. :)

  12. This is gorgeous! And it makes me want to sit down and play!

  13. Gorgeous gorgeous page!!!! I'm a fan of very long stories told with lots of words, but sometimes I love these pages where the picture tells it all. I think that if we mix both in our scrapbooks, it's the best of both worlds! :) We "should" only do what speaks to us anyway. That,s what it's all about. :)

  14. Oh my goodness! Your page is STUNNING! And I love sharing my stories, but totally agree that the process - playing with pretty papers, products and colors - and getting artsy is such a creative driving force! Love how the mix of colors and patterns don't compete with your photo, but drive the eye right to it. Lovely!

  15. I love this blog series and I completely agree.
    Your works are always so inspiring, thanks a bunch for the tutorial too, this one is one of my fave ever!!

  16. Wow - that rolled paper heart is amazing! Great encouragement about scrapping also - thank you.


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