Lisa Dickinson's Blog Posts

Hello Simple Stories fans! It's Lisa Dickinson here today, and I'm excited to share some new layouts with you featuring two new lines from Simple Stories, Very Merry and Oh What Fun!

When it comes to inspiration for my scrapbook layouts, I have numerous go-to sources. From Pinterest boards to billboards, magazine ads to menus, clothing catalogs to car brochures, I can often find art elements to replicate on my pages. But sometimes inspiration is more easily found - like in the scrapbook product right in front of you!


For the Christmas-y page below I was inspired by the packaging on the new Very Merry Collection Kit. The vertical snippets of patterned papers perfectly displayed the array of colors and patterns and inspired me to do a similar treatment in my design.


I simply cut eight 1.5" wide pieces of paper and arranged them across the bottom of my layout, much like they were set up on the packaging.


After topping the patterned strips with a paper ribbon & twine, I layered a few tags and ephemera below the bow to serve as both my embellishments and title.


It was a page that came together quickly without a lot of fuss, thanks largely to the inspiration provided by the packaging!



On another page, I took a cue from the 3x4 Elements paper in the Oh What Fun line and printed my photos the same size (3x4). This made it easy to arrange a page design using alternating photos and journal cards:


To help my title stand out, I cut out the "Oh What Fun!" circle from a larger (4x6) journal card and mounted it with foam adhesive. The circular shape helps soften all the straight lines in this design, and the bold black & white really pops off the page.


I typed my journaling on another 3x4 block and embellished it with a simple sticker across the top edge.


A bit of baker's twine, a few chipboard snowflakes, and some white brads are all that was needed to complete the page. 


So the next time you're stumped by how to begin a page, look no further than your scrap table. You just might find inspiration in your favorite scrapbooking products!


p>Hello everyone! It's Lisa Dickinson here today to share some layouts with you! Since I'm currently in the middle of a few home renovation projects, including refinishing our hardwood floors, the majority of my scrap room is packed up in boxes in our basement. So when it came time to do this blog assignment, I had very few of my usual scrap arsenal available, but I decided it would be a great time to challenge myself to make something interesting with a minimum of tools and products. After all, Simple Stories is all about making creativity simple and easy! Here are the layouts that I created - and a few tips that helped me create simple pages that still have eye-catching appeal!


1. Add lots of color and pattern to take a basic design to the next level.  Just because a design is simple doesn't mean it has to be boring. Color and pattern add interest and movement to a page, so the more, the merrier! On this layout, I selected coordinated papers from the Hello Lovely line (and a few from the Domestic Bliss collection as well!) and used them to matte my 5"x5" photo. Each paper was cut slightly larger than the previous one for a layered look that allows lots of pretty papers to be showcased.


2.  Add dimension and texture to make the design pop. When you're using limited supplies, it can be hard to incorporate a lot of visual interest on a page. Dimensional adhesive is an easy way to help page elements pop. Here I adhered each paper layer with foam squares to create a dimensional frame. I also added stitching to the edge of every other paper, which is another great way to add tactile interest to a design. No sewing machine? Use a pen to create hand-drawn stitching for the same effect.


3. Use pre-made elements for a title.  Since I didn't have any alphabet stickers or my trusty Silhouette available to create a die-cut title, I opted to use a sticker from the Hello Lovely collection pack instead, placing it directly on the photo in the white space. Be sure to look through your stickers before creating your page - you just might find one with the perfect sentiment for your layout and save yourself lots of time!

On my second page, I used the same tips & techniques to add elements to a basic design. I started with a bold striped patterned paper from the Emoji Love line as my background:


The colors were perfect for my photos, which included lots of pink and yellow, but I wanted to some additional pattern in the design. Instead of using the paper as is, I cut some 2-inch paper strips (the pink dot, yellow crosshatch, and aqua dot) and layered them over the solid stripes.


In between each of the strips, I sewed a zig-zag seam. Stitching is a great way to add texture and a handmade feel to your design!


For this page title, I selected a 3x4 journal card and layered speech bubbles atop it.  These are part of a Simple Stories decorative brad set, but you could also fussy-cut small elements from patterned papers or use die cuts + brads to achieve the same look.


While I'm excited to get my scrap products unpacked again, I enjoyed the challenge of creating simply and it was surprisingly easy with these fun Simple Stories products. (And bonus - this was way less messier than my usual scrap method!)  I hope you're inspired to create something quick and easy as well - happy scrapping!


Hello everyone! It's Lisa Dickinson here today to share a few tips on using pattern on your pages! Patterned paper is the most abundant product in my scrap stash, and I love to incorporate lots of it into my pages. But sometimes pattern can be intimidating. Does plaid go with floral? Can you mix stripes and dots? The answer is YES when you use one of my favorite tricks to combine patterns...just follow the rainbow!

When you want to use lots of patterns in one design, using a ROYGIBIV order is a fail proof method. Mother Nature knows what she's doing, and the same color combo will look great on your page. On this layout, I'm using the Cabin Fever collection and have featured seven different patterns from the line.


While there are no orange, green or purple papers in this line, it was easy to sub in some of the patterns (a tan dot for orange and a multi colored plaid for green) and still get the rainbow effect. Even though the patterns are completely different, they read as harmonious because of the order in which I adhered them.





So what if you don't want the whole spectrum of color on your page? It's easy to select just a portion of the rainbow - say red, yellow and orange - to use in your design. On this page about my son's swim team, I used green, teal, aqua and navy to help reinforce the water-theme of the layout.


I used a wave-like cut file with holes to fill a large portion of the page. I filled the holes with a variety of Simple Stories papers in the selected colors of green, aqua and navy. The patterns range from dots to gingham, and text to geometrics, but they all work together because of the arrangement of colors. 






So the next time you want to punch up the pattern on your page, try this rainbow order technique. You're sure to end up with a colorful, happy page you'll love (and isn't that even better than a pot of gold??)

Happy Scrapping!