Make It a Challenge

For whatever reason, I’ve always found scrapping 4×6″ photos to be a challenge. If you’ve been reading the SBE staff blog for awhile, you might recall that I frequently challenge myself to scrap using only 4×6″ photos. This weekend I embraced that challenge again, and ended up with a few pages that I actually really like.


SOURCES Patterned paper: Little Yellow Bicycle (blue), Studio Calico (grid). Stickers: AdornIt–Carolee’s Creations (“S”), Little Yellow Bicycle (“trafalgar,” “qua,” “e”), Making Memories (“r”), Studio Calico (red fabric). Pen: Zig Writer by EK Success.

This page feautres a few of my favorite photos from a recent trip to London. They’re not all true 4×6″s—the photo processor I use has the option to print “true digital” size rather than cropping the image, so the prints end up being about 3-1/2×5″.

One thing I learned while working on this page: Grid paper is fun! Lately I’ve been inspired by a couple pages that are in our December 2010 issue to try journaling directly on the background paper, and this grid paper made it easy for me to actually write in straight lines. I still don’t love my handwriting, but I do love occasionally including that part of myself on layouts.

Another tip? If you run out of letter stickers mid-title, don’t be afraid to mix ‘em up.

What are your scrapbooking challenges?

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3 Responses to “Make It a Challenge”

  1. I’ve tried changing the color of my “leftover” alpha stickers to match (as closely as possible) to what I need. BUT…it’s not working. Most of the time the ink or chalk won’t stick to the sticker. So now what? Is paint my only option then?

    Thanks for any help you can send my way!


  2. Letter stickers are tricky, because they often have a glossy surface that resists the ink. There are a few different things you can try: solvent ink (like StazOn by Tsukineko), alcohol ink, or coloring them in with a Sharpie.

    I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

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