There you are, with a racing heartbeat and endorphins flooding your bloodstream.
Your face is glistening with sweat. That's right! You just returned home from another trip to the Scrap store!
You sit down at your scrap table, trying to clear a 12X12 space, pushing as much as the clutter away and BAM! It hits you. Hits you like a beer bottle in a bar fight. You're SCRAPBLOCKED!
What do you do when you're blocked?!
You can cruise the gallery at http://www.scrapbook.com/.
You can read Frank's blog, Haus of W, and gaze at the amazing work he does...
You can search Google Image for sketches...
You can pull out KORY K'S NOT SO PATENTED POST-IT NOTE SCRAPBOOKING LAYOUT PLAYSET!
|Kory K's NOT SO PATENTED POST-IT NOTE SCRAPBOOK LAYOUT PLAYSET!|
But KORY, what's that?!
It's a fun, handy way to experiment with ideas, developed while sitting at my desk while I should've been doing something a little bit more productive!
But KORY! How does it work?!
Thanks for asking, Judy! It works easily! (I love pretending to be in an infomercial.)
You get a stack of POST-ITs from the office supply cabinet. The regular, well-known, classic POST-IT is 3 inches by 3inches. A nice, perfect little square. That's going to be your regular piece of 12X12 cardstock. Or your fancy piece of scrapbook paper. You decide, it's your imagination!
SO- since we've decided that a 3X3 POST-IT equals a 12X12 cardstock, that means a fourth of an inch equals one entire inch. How'd I figure that out? No, I didn't just know the measurement. I'm artistic, not mathtistic. I used my handy "Say No To Drugs" ruler to count!
Why do I have a "Say No To Drugs" ruler? Once a year, we hold a thing for school kids, called "Camp Red Ribbon." I thought you’d ask.
A ton of excited, screaming kids come to the office. Kids so young they don't even know what drugs are, but start telling them early is the idea, I guess. We have games and a fire truck and a giant slide and bouncy-castle, and over their shouts of excitement, we shout "DON'T DO DRUGS, YOU WILL BE POOR AND DIE!"
And then we give them gifts. The item I decided our department would order are these classy, multicolored rulers WITH alphabet stencil built in- I picked these out because I wanted a ruler with alphabet stencil. I'm smart that way. Wow, long story just to explain why I have this ruler. Where was I?
Oh yeah! Our scale measurements!
To review: 1/4 inch equals 1 inch. Using this scale, you can then cut out little squares for different sized photos and embellishments. A brightly colored Christmas pencil that you boss put in your Christmas stocking is helpful for marking the cutting lines on your paper.
I made a few generic squares, 4X6 and 3X3 'sizes,' and some random sized 'paper pieces,' such as a long strip, some border shapes, a couple of circles, and a bracket-y shape. Just cut out any shapes you can think of- these are going to be our little 'placeholders' on our POST-IT layout. Once you've made a nice little set of little shapes, you're ready to start arranging them on your full square POST-IT- remember the full square is your base piece of cardstock.
Peel off a few POST-ITs and line them up in front of you and write TITLE in random places on each one. Then, just start placing your 'picture' sized square pieces onto the big square. Or lay down some long strips and place a 'photo square' on top of those- and SURPRISE- your layout will begin to take shape! Fun, easy, and amazing- huh?
Now, that you've got your very own Kory K style POST-IT NOTE SCRAPBOOK LAYOUT PLAYSET, you're ready to let inspiration grab you by the weave and shake you around a bit! Keep all your pieces together in an envelope, and next time you're standing in line for forty-five minutes at Michael's, behind a lady who SWEARS there was a sign over that item that SAID it was a dollar, so they better sell it at that price- no worries!
Pull out your 'Layout Playset' and dream up ways to put your stash to work!
As Brini Maxwell used to say, “Now why didn’t you think of that?!”
Have fun, and let me know if you try it out!