Got 15 Minutes?

We’re welcoming designer Shannon Zickel to the blog today (and tomorrow) for some great tips on quick page designs, and layout to get you started.

Somehow you’ve found 15 free minutes in your day and you really have the desire to play with some paper!  If you’re like me you usually just brush off the idea knowing you won’t have the time to decide what pictures you want to scrap, dig through all your supplies and choose just the right ones, and then, after using the whole 15 minutes and more on just that, pull a layout together.

My formula for pulling together a 15-minute layout relies on two main things: 

Always have a stack of printed ready-to-scrap photos on hand.  I make sure I have at least 4 or 5 layouts worth in a folder I can grab and use at any time.  These can be standard 4×6 size photos or if you are a home photo printer like me, print the sizes you know you use most in your designs.

Give yourself permission to create using a single line from a manufacturer.  Scrapbook manufacturers spend a lot of time creating collections for your use.  While it’s fun to mix and match many different brands and lines together, in a time pinch you can rely on one collection and still end up with a layout you will love!

Here is the layout that you will be creating in just 15 minutes!


* You’ll need two horizontal photos, a 12×12″ piece of cardstock, four patterned papers (scraps work well for this), an alphabet option (stickers, chipboard etc.), and some coordinating accents

* Attach your photos as shown, leaving about 1.5″ space between the two photos. (My photos measure 4.5” wide by 3” tall, printed with a thin white border.)

* With each of your four patterned papers cut two 6″ long strips (one 3/4″ wide, and the other 5/8″ wide). Cut the strips into banners ranging from 1 1/3″ long to 1 1/2″ long, using any combination of the patterns you like. Snip a triangle off the bottom edge of the rectangles to finish your banner flags.

* Starting from the left edge attach the banner flags so the top of the flags roughly line up with the bottom edge of the top picture until a flap overlaps the edge of the picture. You’re not after perfection….you don’t have the time! Repeat the pattern on the right side. Cut a 24-inch length of baker’s twine and tie a small bow on each end. Using mini glue dots, attach the twine across the top of the banner flags.

* Add a large sticker or die cut to the center between the flags, then top it off with your title, and any accents you like.

 In hope in just 15 minutes you have a page that you love as much as I do!

Got 30 minutes? Check back tomorrow for some tips to enhance this simple design.


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