Monday, February 2, 2015

Scrapbook Challenges: Must Love Coffee

I love the look of the grid designs, but I struggle with them when it comes to make a large grid layout. You may recall that I have mentioned having issues cutting and adhering things on straight. Still, I am drawn to trying my best to create the perfect grid layout. Having a sketch helps quite a bit. I used the latest sketch from Scrapbook Challenges to jump start this grid layout.

Must Love Coffee by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper: Cocoa Daisy,Pebbles,Basic Grey; Letters: American Crafts; Punch: Fiskars, Martha Stewart; Tag,Transparency: Studio Calico; Rub-Ons: Crate Paper; Markers: Bic Mark-it, Ranger; Stamps: Cocoa Daisy, Ms. Kimm Creates; Ink: Tsukineko; Enamel Dot: DoCrafts; Tag: Evalicious;Twine: Jillibean Soup; Other: Buttons, Ribbon; Based on Scrapbook Challenges Sketch #426 

The original sketch called for a 6x8 inch photo. I printed a 5x7 and then scaled my grid down to accommodate it. I mounted all of the grid blocks onto a piece of teal patterned paper, then adhered it to a 12x12 sheet. Using the picture as my guide made it easier to size the blocks and place them in a manner similar to the sketch. The letter stickers I chose were far smaller than those used in the title block of the sketch. Shifting them down and to the left part of the block looked most appealing to me and allowed me to add in the coffee themed transparency. As I embellished the blocks, I realized that I needed to shift the journaling tag upward and to the left. This helps me form a visual triangle between the 3 coffee themed elements on the page.

I think this grid is by far, one of the tidiest I have ever created. I guess you could say the sketch helped, along with a little practice over the years. For more grid based inspiration and to see Sketch #426, head on over to Scrapbook Challenges.

Supply Options

Some Supplies from the January Cocoa Daisy Kits.

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  Additional Resources

Would you like to see some of my past grid layouts? Check out the following posts to see how I have grown:

A Not So Straight Grid ( This was one of my first layouts as a member of the Get It Scrapped Creative Team. My how I have grown since then!)

Tales of a Craft Class Junkie: Scrapbook Coach and Load 513

Embracing A little Wonkiness

Tales of a Craft Class Junkie: Grids and Blocks with Masterful Scrapbook Design

The Get It Scrapped Membership has several classes which have helped me with grid design layouts. Try Scrapbook Coach: Two by Two or Masterful Scrapbook Design: Grids and Blocks.
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  1. The patterns you chose create a busy-ness to the page that mimics "caffeination". Great layout. :)

  2. I love that you were able to create a scrapbook page about coffee with it all being brown! What a great way to brighten up such a must-love necessity of life!