Thursday, August 9, 2012

A Touch of Neon

This post first appeared on the Scrap Friends blog. All the supplies for this page can be found in the Scrap Friends store (all the links are at the bottom) But now it's time to share it here too :-)

As you might be aware by now, I'm really making an effort this year to include more memorabilia onto my scrapbook pages. And my most favourite thing to include is my own children's artwork.

My eldest daughter is 5, and like most children she likes drawing with bright colours and bold designs and they're usually done on A4 pieces of paper. These types of drawings can sometimes be a little bit challenging at first when you think about how you're going to go about mixing them into a more traditional layout.

In this video I'll share with you some tips on how to do this as I make this layout before your eyes :-) Can you believe it not only includes 3 whole A4 drawings, but 3 photos as well?!

  • Use plenty of neutral colours in your layout to balance the bright colours in your children's drawing.
  • On the other hand, include some neon highlights to draw the eye back to the bright drawings.
  • You only have to show off your favourite snippets of the whole drawing, whilst folding the rest of the piece away behind itself.

  • Painting over the top of your children's drawing with gesso will give you a good grounding to stamp over the top whilst not losing the design itself.
  • If you "frame" the drawings you can imagine they're just like photos when you're planning your layout design.
  • Carry the theme of handmade art into your products choices by using pieces from the Sketchbook collection by Amy Tangerine for example.

Hope that helps you with some ideas on how you include more "art" into your scrapbooking?


  1. That was very cool. Loved watching you make a LO. Love your ideas with incorporating your children's art as well. Thank you and your work is always soooo lovely.


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