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Awesome Idea

Hi everyone, good morning!

Have you heard of the 3-2-1 method of scrapbooking before? I hasn’t, until Close to My Heart shared it on their blog a couple days ago. Very simply, it’s decorating a scrapbook layout with patterned paper trimmed to 3 inches, 2 inches and 1 inch wide. In this case, a 6×8 Everyday Life album was implemented, using CTMH Craft On. For more info, follow this link.

I really like this concept and plan to give it a try making a card. I realized, as I contemplated this idea, that any consecutive measurements (any three numbers you want, really) would work, as well. So, don’t feel as though you’re locked into the original three measurements. Also, do not feel as though you need to solely use patterned papers to create your 3-2-1 formula. Card stock, patterned papers or a mixture of both will work nicely, as well. Experiment and see what works for you! The beauty of crafting is finding new ways to re-imagine something that’s already been done. There’s no right or wrong way of doing things. If you’re most comfortable doing what you’ve already seen, then do that.

How do I know that any three measurement cuts would work? Let me tell you.

I started creating the layout below before this particular blog post from Close to My Heart came about. After I’d read the post, I realized that the papers in the background of my layout roughly fit the technique they had implemented. I started this layout three days ago, and it sat on my desk, nearly completed, until just past noon today. I completed one goal of three today- my layout.

The other parts of my goal- the things I wanted to do today- before either my husband got home from work or it was time to pick up the kiddos from day camp- was to create a card using the 3-2-1 formula and live video the process in my techniques group over on Facebook. I wanted to share the diversity there is using this technique to create anything you’d like!

I still plan to do that. Just not today. The plan is to join my techniques group via Facebook live tomorrow morning around 10 am MST, and we’ll walk through making a card using the 3-2-1 formula. If you’d like to join us (you’re more than welcome to!) you’ll find us here.

Side note: I dove into my scraps to create this layout, because I wanted to use festive, Christmasy colours. Ok, I mean red. I wanted to use red- and blue, light pink, grey and light blue works really well together. And, while I was at it, I strategically mixed and matched at least 4 different CTMH collections to finish it. Yes, four!! Isn’t the papers from CTMH amazing?! Even retired, by- gone collections blend seamlessly with new products! (There’s a teensy bit of CTMH Craft On in there).

Supplies used:

Craft On Rubber Shapes

Linen Card stock

Ballerina Card stock

– Heart Happy paper packet (retired)

– Stargazer Complements (retired)

– So Much Happy Complements (retired)

– Winter Flurries Thin Cuts Set (retired)

– Decorative Borders Thin Cuts Set (retired)

– Fancy Tags Thin Cuts (retired)

Marvy Uchida Le Pen Journaling Pen

Sapphire Exclusives Ink Stamp Pad

Clear Shimmer Brush

Silver Glitter Gems

Sapphire Crochet Thread*

Tiny Type My Acrylix Stamp Set*

Just a note: the last two items are brand spanking new and aren’t available to purchase yet! Hang tight- you can order them beginning September 1. Yahoo!!

Have you been inspired to mix and match your left over collections to create cards or layouts? How’s it go?

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