Go Back to Basics

Welcome to week two of sharing pages featuring 4×6″ photos. As I shared last week, using 4×6″ photos has always been a bit of a challenge for me, even though they are so convenient to print! At the last crop I attended, I not only challenged myself to use 4×6″ prints, but also challenged myself to make pages without the use of embellishments. (This was not entirely by choice—I’d left almost all of my embellishments at home, except for my tub of letter stickers and a handful of accents I’d tossed in a canvas bag on my way out the door.)


SOURCES Patterned paper: October Afternoon. Stickers: BasicGrey (“tower bridge”), Studio Calico (“remember when”). Pen: Zig Writer by EK Success.

For this page, I kept things simple, using only three patterns of paper (I’m apparently now hooked on grid paper!), letter stickers, a pen, and a single sticker as embellishment. Due to limited supplies available, I didn’t spend hours agonizing over the perfect accent. I saw one I liked, thought “That will work!” and stuck it on the paper. Is this the most well-designed, brilliant, or detailed page in the history of scrapbooking? Definitely not. But I love it. How could I not? It shows off two of my favorite photos, includes some cute patterned paper, and preserves a memory. And that is more important than any embellishment will ever be.

With that said, I do love embellishments! But every once in awhile it’s very freeing to design without them and to keep the focus of the page on your photos and the story they help tell. So if you’re an embellishment-aholic, this week I challenge you to design a page with minimal accents. And if you’re usually a simple scrapbooker, this week challenge yourself to go crazy with embellishments! Stepping outside your scrapping comfort zone can have great results. (And if it does, please share them in our gallery and then leave me a link to your page!)

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2 Responses to “Go Back to Basics”

  1. Brittany, this is awesome! Minimal accents on a page can still be quite inviting. GREAT blog post!!

    Take care,


  2. This is a nice page – two nice photos and boy do they bring back mamories. I used to live within walking distance of Tower Bridge(in Rotherhithe) and whenever I come to England (not very often), I just love to go there and remember old times – yes, they might have been hard but they were good.