When I started scrapbooking, I didn’t care much for brands or “lines”. I’d buy paperpacks, or individual sheets without really bothering to find out who made it, what it’s called, or whether that “line” is old or new. Then I joined the local scrapping community, and my eyes were truly opened to the scrapbooking industry. Basic Grey was the first ever brand of scrapbooking papers that I got acquainted with. I bought collection packs -Lily Kate (one of my all time favorites), Skate Shoppe, Urban Couture, etc. I was in love.

I don’t know how to describe Basic Grey products. BG is the first brand I know that offered designs with a distressed look and feel. It is easy to spot a BG paper from a pile of different brands. Years later, they still offer the same basic look and feel even if the designs have been evolving with the current trends. Now that they offered double sided papers, my life has been a bit more difficult. Which side should I use?

Two weekends ago, I made three layouts using Basic Grey’s Basics, Wander, Olivia and Oliver lines. The collections are so pretty, it was inspiring to just look at them. I honestly didn’t know what to use first. Everything is just so gorgeous.

This is the first layout, Oh Shoot!. The photos are of Ariel at the American Cemetery during our photography class. I love how he embraced photography as a hobby recently. Here, I used one of the BASICS papers – Lexicon (white) as base. I love how it goes well with any of the BG lines. Then I grabbed the Relocate paper from the WANDER line and cut out a strip of the building silhouettes. I thought it was perfect for my photo that has some buildings in the background. Then I cut a strip of the Arrival paper, also from the WANDER line. I used the darker side as mat for my photo and the other as layering paper underneath the photo, just below the strip of Relocate paper.

The Basics paper worked well with the Wander line
To embellish the page, I layered Basics Label stickers and Wander Die Cut Shapes – Pieces. They served as embellishments and journaling blocks. The little yellow camera is a layered sticker, also from the Wander collection.
Layered Basics and Wander stickers used as embellishments

I added the ribbon to add a touch of softness to this masculine layout. The title is from the Wander Sticker Mini Monograms (red) and Basics Mini Monograms (black). Even if Wander is a travel-themed line, I thought it worked well with non-travel photos.

I tied knots along the length of the ribbon for added dimension.

Next up, Scrapbookers Just Wanna Have Fun. The photo was also taken during a recent photography class. While other students were busy capturing the perfect shot, we scrappers were busy perfecting our poses – for the scrapbooks! It was a lot of fun and I wanted to capture that in this layout. Here, I used a strip of BASICS Sphere Paper (White) and layered it on top of  McKinley paper. One side is the multi-colored dotted strip and the other is the one with the pink, green and blue leaves. The strip of pink is the back of Marabelle paper, also from OLIVIA. The title was BG Chip Stickers also from the BASICS line. I love this chipboard set!

The colors of the paper worked well with the colors of the photo.

Those lovely felt embellishments are Olivia Felt Stickers – Woolies. They are layered with buttons and blings so they are very easy to use. No need to further embellish. The green tab is actually from the OLIVER line – Paper Labels Tabs.

Felt embellishments add a soft and playful touch to this layout.

The journaling was handwritten on Basics label sticker.

My third layout in this batch is called Curious, which I think is a very apt title for the photo. The photo was shot by my friend Ian and he was also the one who wrote the caption. I just had to scrap it when he sent it to me! Here I used Florence paper from the OLIVIA line as base. Then I cut a smaller square paper from OLIVER line’s Drake paper and layered it on top of Florence. The title was cut using the Slice machine from Tate paper from the Oliver line. I also cut a small strip from the same paper and layered it under the Thomas paper. Then I cut a strip of Marabelle paper from Olivia, punched the edge and layered that under the Tate strip. The circles were cut using the Slice machine from Amelia paper, also under the Olivia line. The insides of the cirlce cut outs were used to make the flower embellishment. I used the same Amelia and Marabelle papers for the photo mat.

Combination of Basics, Olivia and Oliver lines

I love that Stiched Brad from Olivia! So cute! I just added bling for a bit of sparkle. The “flowers” are die cuts which I sprayed with sparkling water (water + Perfect Pearls), crumpled and dried to retain its shape.

The photo was printed with white border around it on which I typed in the caption.

The journaling was handwritten on a piece of BASICS paper called Brief (Manila color). I also used Olivia’s Layered Stickers – Pops to embellish the page.

The layered stickers perfectly complement both the Olivia and Oliver papers.

This last layout was done just this long weekend. When people ask me how old I am, I tell them I am forever 25 years old. Not that I am afraid to grow old. It is a fact of life. And growing old means having more experiences that make us wiser. I also accept that wrinkles are part of growing old, and I am perfectly ok with it. But what I want to keep, hopefully, is the mid-20’s mindset – the passion for life, the hunger for discovery, the desire to explore. I want to remain young at heart.

In this layout, I used a few more OLIVIA papers. I used Emma as the base and I applied a thin layer of gesso to tone down the busy patterns. The red strip with a punched edge is Kembrie. Just behind the photo is leftover Sphere paper from the BASICS line. Behind the Basics paper is the gorgeous Bazzil Glazed Cardstock which I colored with Distress Inks – Worn Lipstick, Aged photo, Shabby Shutters. So pretty! The cut out shapes of flowers and tiny creatures were from the Kembrie and Katelyn papers.

I printed my photo in black and white to make it work with the colorful papers.

The title was made from the Oliver and Basics Mini Monogram stickers. The title and flower embellishments overlap a bit with the photo for a seamless layout. Some parts of the flowers and little critters were adhered using foam adhesive.

I layered the red and white alpha stickers to make the “25” pop.

The gorgeous trim is from Webster’s Pages. It adds color, texture and softness to this page.

More Olivia layered stickers to embellish the page

That’s it! Four layouts in two weekends. Not bad eh? I wanted to do cards but I ran out of time. More projects in the coming weeks. I still have lots of those Basics, Wander, Olivia and Oliver papers at home waiting to be scrapped!

All the products mentioned above are available at My Little Attic. Go and treat yourself to these gorgeous collections before supplies run out.

Written by Alby Laran

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