One Template + Limited Supplies = Three Designs

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This is a guest post from team member Michele Holcomb. If you’d like to join our team, this is the last week to apply!

We’ve been in our home for a little over a year and since downsizing I’ve been taking stock of the items that I bring into our home. I’m at a time in our life where I really feel that less is more. I’ve taken this idea and applied to my memory keeping style and the products that I use.

I’ve done a huge purge of supplies over the last few months and I want to continue this habit as time goes on. There is nothing that motivates me to get crafty when I know that my choices are limited.

That is one of the reasons that I love the Simple Scrapper sketches and creating with scrapbooking kit club products or digital collections. They make creating beautiful layouts quick and easy.

The template below was one of the free summer templates from 2010. I love the scallop edges, multiple photos and scattered embellishments. To create my three designs, I used a digital kit from Paislee Press.

Download this template in the free members area.

Meant To Be – Paislee Press Digital Kit

My first design is a 12×12 layout that I rotated so the three small images were placed at the top of the page. Having the row of images at the top helps support the larger image of both my girls relationship.

My second layout in 8.5×11 features one of my all-time favorite photos of my oldest daughter. The 8.5×11 size is my go-to scrap size for all of my memory-keeping layouts. I kept to the sketch template with the exception of the butterfly embellishments. I used most of the same materials as the 12×12, but love that the layouts are both quite different.

My last design is a greeting card printed out on cardstock. This is my first all digital card and I love the way it turned out. Below is how the image looked in photoshop. I rotated the sketch template so the boxes were on the top of the page. I replaced the three boxes with a cluster of three embellishments in the right hand corner.

This is what the card looks like printed out. Now all it needs are a few words on the inside and off it goes to one of my loved ones.

Modifying and adjusting templates like Michele has done helps you get good design while still stretching your creative boundaries. Have you ever modified a template?

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  1. Sue

    I do paper scrapping and have modified sketches many times. I made a mini album from one sketch that I just turned 90 degrees every two pages and it looked great.

  2. sasha farina

    simple is the best!! thank you for sharing!

  3. Candice

    Wonderful!! I like all the variations!

  4. Lisa

    I loved seeing how you used the same template and limited supplies to create three great projects!


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