I’m Angela Lenssen, a mom of three who started scrapping as a child with my mom. I picked it up as a “full time hobby” after marriage and when my first child was on the way about 12 years ago. My skill has definitely evolved over the years of practice, but I have always stuck with a basic, clean style. I’m a thrifty gal, so you’ll likely find me mixing older scrappy products that I’ve had for “ages” with fun new elements to create simple yet attractive layouts.
Along with scrapbooking, I also love photography. My camera has been my best friend in this last year through some photography classes and lots of practice. You can see a lot of my recent photo shoots on my blog at www.mom-e-memoirs.blogspot.com and if you go back in the archives you’ll also see a lot of great scrapbooking, too! My biggest claim to scrapbooking “fame” are the two times my layouts have been published in Creating Keepsakes Magazine… and now guest blogging on the ADORNit Blog! Isn’t it just great to be recognized for your work doing something you love?
Mixing up a variety of ADORNit products was a fun challenge for me. I chose to match up some older products with newer ones and made some fresh layouts that don’t look at all dated. Have you ever tried combining old with new?
My “Soccer Pals” layout includes a wide variety of pattern papers from the Misty Collection, Outdoors Collection, Love Fest Collection, and (of course) the Soccer Paper Stack Pack. I think a great way to match up different paper lines is to focus on the colors in the photos you’re using. Pull pattern papers that match the colors in your photos– your photos will stand out and the papers will beautifully “accessorize” your pictures. If your design is current, people will not generally notice “outdated” patterns on papers. The Soccer Attitude stickers and foam sticker letters were a perfect embellishment– I popped a bunch of them up to make dimensional elements.
Don’t let a themed paper stop you from branching out! My On the Farm layout uses pattern papers from the Soccer Paper Stack Pack too! Papers from the stack on kraft paper along with photos and foam letters was all I needed to create this layout. Sometimes you have a theme to your page that isn’t a theme you can find in the scrapbook stores. Or, the themed items at the stores just don’t quite match your photos or aren’t your style. Coming from a farming family, I definitely get creative with supplies that are meant for other pages. You can make your own embellishments– I simply cut up papers from the Soccer Paper Stack Pack to make the little tractors, clouds and sunshine on the page.
Thanks for coming to check out my stuff here! I hope it inspires you to create something new with old supplies or repurpose supplies that are meant for a different theme. Pull out some of your stash and start something fun!
White and Red foam letter stickers
Tiny Black sticker letters
Soccer Attitude stickers
Vintage Groove– We Are Family
Misty Collection– Delighted and Mystic Haze
Love Fest Collection– Love Fest Flowers
Outdoors Collection– In the Forest
Paper Stack Packs– Soccer