A New Style for a New Year: Shabby Chic

by Joannie McBride

Scrapbook a Shabby Chic Style

Give yourself permission to switch up your scrapbooking style this year with the ideas we're presenting in a year-long series of articles featured in Creating Keepsakes magazine. Try scrapbooking with a shabby chic look. To get started, check out Linda Barber's clean and simple scrapbooking style, followed by her take on a shabby chic layout. She's included some of the challenges she faced, and offers some solutions on how to successfully scrapbook a layout using a shabby chic approach.


Linda's Natural Style

Scrapbook layout

"We Love to Craft" by Linda Barber, as seen in the Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Organization special issue.

The Challenge: Design a page using a shabby chic style.

Scrapbook layout

Splish by Linda Barber. Supplies: Patterned paper: BasicGrey and October Afternoon; Stickers: BasicGrey; Punches: Martha Stewart Crafts and Stampin' Up!; Font: P22 Typewriter; Other: Adhesive, button, cardstock, and stickers.


Q. How did this new style help you tell your story?

A. Shabby chic style often has a lot of hand-cut, handmade embellishments. So I cut raindrops and little squares. Yes, they took time, but it was so worth it. It made the entire layout fun and colorful-exactly what I wanted to convey in my story and with those photos.

Q. How will you incorporate this new style into your scrapbooking in the future? Why?

A. I think I'm going to use more hand-cut, handmade accents. You get so much more control of what you are putting on a layout. And for a control freak like me, that's nice. But more seriously, it's just great to have unique embellishments that fit the theme of your page.


Try a Shabby Chic Style

Try a shabby chic look by using these ideas:


* Add clusters of accents

* Layer embellishments and ribbons

* Rough up the edges of your pages


To see more ideas for swapping up your scrapbook style, pick up the January 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine, on sale now.


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