Keeping it simple

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There’s nothing wrong with quick-and-easy scrapbooking. There are those scrapbookers who feel every page we create needs to be a work of art and I tend to fall into that category, but this goal I set for myself of completing one scrapbook layout a week is taking its toll and I’m learning to really like quick-and-easy. Even though this is a simple layout I still managed to throw a few techniques in there – what can I say, I can’t help myself!

The photo is of Scott, my 40-year-old son, and his dad (check out that hair and those sideburns!) playing on the floor at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Happy times. Dennis had a way of making Scott giggle and smile; he could do that with all our kids. I love working with these photos, it really brings back the memories. Maybe it’s a good thing I started scrapbooking late!

The paper used here is by Basic Grey. They’re one of my favorites. This is from the Marjolaine line of coordinating papers and embellishments; the layout is lifted from Basic Grey as well – hey, when you’re short on time and you see a layout you like and it works with your photo or photos – just use it! This layout is so easy to lift that I didn’t really read the directions – just followed the picture. I did, however, ink all my edges – even the photo – with Ranger Distress Ink in Black Soot. It really makes all the edges stand out against the background and I find I can eliminate photo mats which saves time and money. I did my journaling by hand on the wave using a black Zig marker and I also added the date of creation in the bottom corner. Even with the inking of all the edges this page can easily be done in under an hour and I’m lovin’ that because then I can get back to working on a class project!