The Gift of Scrapbooking with Jen McMurtrey

This is the time of year when we reflect on the things that we are most thankful for, and for most of us, the special people in our lives top that list! Today Jen McMurtrey is with us to share a pocket page that documents a special relationship that she made with a fellow scrapbooker, using our October 2019 Kit and add-ons, and we know you will love it! Let’s see what she made:

Hi everyone! It’s Jennifer today with a pocket page layout featuring loads of goodies from the October 2019 Kit and add-ons along with the new Winifred Alphabet Stamps.

I am always amazed by and thankful for the wonderful gifts that scrapbooking has brought to me. At the top of that list are the many wonderful friendships that I have formed through this hobby—especially the relationship with my best friend Andrea. We met by chance over seven years ago and have been inseparable ever since (despite living across the state from one another). Today’s layout documents the friendships that have been born though my meeting Andrea and how special they are to me.

After Andrea and I met, I was invited to attend a yearly crop with her group of crafty friends. I attended for the first time in November 2012 and have been going each year since. I used a double-sided 12″ x 12″ pocket page spread to document memories from each of those crops. I can’t wait to add the 2019 story, as I will be heading over to see everyone again in a couple of weeks!

Supplies | October 2019 Kit, October Labels, Autumn Puffy Stickers, Puffy Autumn Heart Stickers, Large Months of the Year Wood Veneer, Noteworthy 6×6 Paper Stack, Everyday Tabs Stamp, Winifred Alphabet Stamp, Mini Dated Stamp

To keep my layout cohesive, I decided to print each of the photos in black and white. Not doing so created too much color and it felt too busy.

I stamped the Crafty Girls title using the new Winifred Alphabet Stamp on a piece of white cardstock and adhered it above the typed text of my story. I ended up doing it this way because I printed the story on photo paper and didn’t want to mess it up in the case of a stamping mishap (I usually have at least one when stamping).

Once the photos were all printed, I laid them out on top of the pocket pages and began playing with layout ideas. I knew I wanted to keep them in chronological order, but I was having a hard time getting everything to look right. This was when I stepped away for the night and came back to it the next day. This really works when I am struggling to finish a project or am having issues with the design.

To again keep everything cohesive, I used the Mini Dated Stamp and added the year on each of the photos. I love the clean look and the way it ties all of the photos together.

There is a lot going on in this layout, so I kept the color scheme simple and added minimal embellishments. The new Everyday Tabs Stamp was perfect for this with its sentiments, hearts, and cute dotted lines.

You’ll also notice the “November” Large Months of the Year Wood Veneer along with Puffy Autumn Heart Stickers in colors that complement the patterned papers from the Noteworthy 6×6 Paper Stack and tags from the October Kit. I love that all of Elle’s products can be used together regardless of which collection or kit they come from. It makes creating so much easier!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you are inspired to document stories about the special relationships in your life that make your heart happy.

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