Mastering New Techniques

How many times have you seen a stunning scrapbook layout that takes your breath away, and then tried to recreate the same look at home with limited success?

Guilty as charged. I constantly drool over fancy page designs, but don’t take the time or neglect to muster up the courage to inquire about the techniques used to create the amazing layouts. Rather, I try to guess at how it all came together, and end up frustrated and disappointed when I can’t duplicate the results on my own.

I remember the first time I pressured myself to recreate a layout featuring advanced color blocking without consulting someone who had experience with the technique. The results were disastrous. I kicked myself for wasting so much time and money when I could have easily asked a fellow scrapper to give me a quick tutorial.

As it turns out, color blocking is not hard to master once you learn the nuances of the technique. The creative procedure yields an eye-catching background to use as the base of a layout. To start, simply choose scrapbook paper in two or three different colors. Keep in mind that the shades should coordinate with the photos you plan to use on the page. If you are experimenting with color blocking for the first time, I would highly recommend using plain cardstock, and then advance to patterned paper as you master the technique.

Next, you will need to use a pencil to draw lines on a piece of paper to divide it into quadrants. Then, cut your colored or patterned scrapbook paper to fit the dimensions of each blocked area. Once that’s done, adhere the blocked background paper to the grid. Finally, position your photos, add embellishments and include other extras, such as journaling blocks, a title or quotes to finish the look.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.