Get It Scrapped: Brush Script and Layered Photo Techniques

This week on the Get It Scrapped blog we’re talking about using Brush Script and Layered Photo Techniques on your scrapbook pages. Below are the pages I made for these articles and a bit more about their stories and process.


I made the page that appeared in the Brush Script post as a title page for my youngest son’s 2014 album.

This is maybe a bit more busy of a page than I would normally do, but I really love bringing in bright colors and  trendy items on my title pages as a sign of the time and my creative preferences.  I love being able to look at my title pages and get an idea of what was popular during that year and I also love to take note of how my style progresses over the years.

Brush script is one of those trends that is really hot right now and luckily there are plenty of digital products out there that allow me to add this technique to my pages–especially since I have the sneaking suspicion that this is one of those techniques that I would be absolutely horrible at in real life! As I knew there would be no journaling on this page, I chose to use brush script in a big and bold way.  I extracted the script from a patterned paper by Valorie Wibbens and placed it inside of the hearts on my background. I really loved the end result!

Jasper 2014 by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Valorie Wibbens: Eat Cake, Make Believe Collab (with Paislee Press) Krafty Foam Alphas; Allison Pennington: Seize; Amy Martin: Two of Each V. 2 and Blanc Stitches.


For my page that appeared in the Layered Photo Technique post, I scrapbooked our first time at the horse races at Emerald Downs in WA.

I performed a couple of different photo treatments on this photo and had a really hard time deciding between the drama of the b&w photo and the pop of the color photo.



So taking inspiration from pages by Debbie Hodge and Emily Pitts in the Photo Play Issue of Masterful Scrapbook Design I decided to use both treatments by layering a colored portion of the photo over top of the larger b&w photo. This is such a simple but impactful technique that I can see myself using time and time again.

A Night at the Races by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Mye De Leon: Hopscotch Solids; Anita Designs: Happy Horse; Audrey Neal: Pennant Pieces; Vinnie Pearce: Make It Meaningful; Valorie Wibbens: Eat Cake; Allison Pennington: Sieze; Amy Martin: Blanc Stitches.

Don’t forget to stop by the Get It Scrapped blog this week to get more ideas and to check out all of the other amazing pages by the GIS team!

Have a great day!



Write. Click. Scrapbook. | April Reveal


It’s that time again!!!  Time to head on over and get your first look at the April Gallery over at Write. Click. Scrapbook where the team is sharing their “ALL About ME” pages.

Here’s a look at my page, which features a favorite photo of myself, a digital kit I had to have and a list of several details about me right now.

Me At This Very Moment by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Allison Pennington Seize Collection; Amy Martin: Two of Each V. 2 Templates.

To read more about my approach to this page, head over and check out the Write. Click. Scrapbook. April Gallery!

Happy Scrapping! 



Show & Tell | 03/29/14

I know it’s been a while since I’ve checked in, but I’ve been doing lots of scrapbooking thanks to the Calvinball Competition that has been going on during the month of March at Get It Scrapped.


Headed up by two of my favorite scrappers, Doris Sander and Celeste Smith, Calvinball’s growing set of rules have been a huge inspiration to me over the past few weeks. And though I’m nowhere near the point totals of the Calvinball leaders, I’m proud to have accumulated over 50 points in just two  weeks, by making layouts, getting organized and trying new things.

I’m excited to share a few of my favorite pages that I made this month, many of which earned me bonus point for things like, scrapbooking with Pantone’s Color of the Year, using a photo the same day I took it, sharing a photo of my creative space and more.

Hooray for Spring by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: One Little Bird: Hopscotch Kit and Journal Cards; Amy Martin: Polly Love Templates – Sucali; Mye De Leon: Blush Alpha.

Oh Vera! by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Pixels and Co. Designers: Kate & Co Part 1 and 2; Creashens: Pillow Talk; Scotty Girl Designs: Paper Stack Templates.

Let Your Imagination Fly by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Credits: Mommyish Designs: Spring It On Me and Messy Gesso. 

The Purple Umbrella by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Vinnie Pearce: Orchid Door, Art Propelled; Karla Dudley: Dad’s Day Cardstocks; Photo: Creative Commons.

I Can Do It by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Credits: Sahlin Studio: Arrow Paper Clips, Anagram Alpha No. 2, Motivation Word Art, A Wonderful Day, Vintage Vogue, Retro Mod, Down the Lane; Amy Martin: Polly Love Templates – Sucali.

On My Desk by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: One Little Bird: Busy Week.

This Little Boy by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Mommyish Designs and Laura Passage: Jack Collab; Robyn Meierotto: In Stitches-Basic Neutrals.


Have a great weekend and thanks for looking!



Write. Click. Scrapbook. | April Sneak Peek



Hi All!  Here’s a quick peek at the page I’ve made for the April Write. Click. Scrapbook. Gallery.  Even though this month’s topic is not something I tackle a lot in my scrapbooking, I’ll admit I enjoyed the challenge!


The full gallery reveal will be up on the Write. Click. Scrapbook. blog on April 1st–I hope you’ll come check it out!

Have a great weekend!



And the Winner Is…

Hi everyone!  Thanks to all of you who took the time to read more about me in my 34 Things I want You to Know About Me list.  It was fun sharing those details with all of you, but even more fun reading though your comments.

I feel very excited about the idea of scrapbooking myself a little more this year and am equally excited to be able to offer the same opportunity to one of my readers. The winner of the drawing for the free spot in Jennifer Wilson’s Before Your Story class is Carolyn

Congrats! You should receive an email shortly from Jennifer with all of the information you need to claim your spot in this class and I look forward to seeing you there come February 27th!

Have a great day!



34 Things Blog Party + Giveaway

I’m honored to be participating in Jennifer Wilson’s 34 Things Blog Party which celebrates all about me scrapbooking and her upcoming Big Picture Classes workshop, Before Your Story.

There are milestone events in life, such as marriage and motherhood, that divide us permanently into a “before” and an “after.” It’s easy to become so immersed in the after—the glorious here and now—that our “befores” rarely appear in our scrapbooks.

When I read these first few sentences of Jennifer’s class description I instantly related and I was eager to join her and  begin telling my story before my kids.  And I’m beginning my journey by sharing this list of things about me with all of you.

34 Things I Want You to Know About Me…

  1. I love being a mother, but a perfect mother I am not.
  2. I am a list maker. I make lists for everything.  Sometimes I put things on my list that I’ve already done just for the mere satisfaction of crossing them off.
  3. I pride myself on being a lover of all living things, but that’s not exactly true.  I don’t love snakes, lizards, mice, flies or grasshoppers.
  4. I’m not a great driver, I can get from point a to point b, but if I’m being honest I’d rather someone else drive.
  5. I never thought I’d live in the same 20-mile radius for most of my life, but I’m happy with where I’ve ended up.
  6. I have mixed feelings about when one of my boys is sick–on one hand I hate seeing them so miserable, but on the other I love being able to hold them close and take care of them.
  7. I don’t enjoy cooking, but I do enjoy a good meal.
  8. I never considered that I might not finish college, but I don’t regret it either.
  9. When it comes to movies I love a good cry your eyes out love story, spy thrillers and almost anything based on a true story.
  10. My high school appeared in several movies and is now a historical landmark.
  11. I’ve always known I was a lot like my mother and now I can fully embrace this.
  12. I have a clean freak side to me and a bit of a slob side–each week its a toss up to see which side will win out.
  13. My husband proposed to me in front of a restroom, but in his defense it was the only place to pull off in the snowy canyon where we had gone fishing on our first date 5 months earlier.
  14. I want so many things for my kids but more than anything I just want them to feel loved.
  15. I love to sing.  I love to sing with my husband. And I love when my boys join in too!
  16. My favorite book of all-time was Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
  17. I watch a little too much TV and read less than I like to admit, but I’ve made peace with this.
  18. I learned to sew when I was 5, but still can’t tie my shoes properly.
  19. I love Classic Rock–Led Zepplin, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Santana…the list goes on.
  20. I’ve always dreamed of visiting Greece…one day maybe!?
  21. I hate jogging and running, I would much prefer to get my exercise cleaning, swimming or climbing.
  22. I love breakfast, but rarely eat it.
  23. My grandfather was the person who I most looked up to as a child.
  24. I read all of the Harry Potter books up until the 7th, which I quit in the middle. I guess I just moved on while waiting for the last book to come out.
  25. I fell in love with my husband because he made me laugh and he still makes me laugh every single day.
  26. I used to love watching reruns of Matlock and Perry Mason with my mother and may or may not have faked being sick on a few occasions in order to do so.
  27. I hate my handwriting–it lacks character.
  28. I NEVER thought I’d end up a digital scrapbooker, but I’m so happy I gave it a try!
  29. I went nearly 5 years without wearing a spot of makeup and now I’m obsessed with it and love trying out new colors and trends.
  30. I long for a new camera, but am also a bit scared to leave behind the comfort and understanding I have of my current camera.
  31. I love experimenting with bold colors on the walls in my house, I don’t think we have a single wall in our home that is white.
  32. I hate brown carpet–so much so that it was a definite deal breaker when we were looking for our first home.
  33. Quitting my job to be a stay at home mom was the scariest thing I’ve ever done, but it turned out to be just what our family needed.
  34. I have dreams of owning my own business one day but right now I’m enjoying working with and learning from other business owners and being able to watch my kids grow up.

Win a spot in Before Your Story

I’m so excited to be able to offer one lucky reader a free spot in Jennifer’s upcoming class at Big Picture Classes! In Before Your Story you’ll learn a simple approach to autobiographical scrapbooking and create an album that captures your story, from birth to adulthood.

Class begins February 27th and all you have to do to be entered in the giveaway is leave a comment below by February 9th, 10PM EST. I’ll announce the winner on Monday, February 10th.


More about the class…

In this 6-week workshop with Jennifer Wilson of, you’ll have all the guidance you need to tell your growing-up story in one gorgeous 12″ x 12″ pocket album. Her class combines the ease of slipping photos and journaling cards into photo sleeves with the brilliance of Stacy Julian’s “Library of Memories” scrapbooking categories.

Jennifer excels at making big goals reachable and overwhelming projects finish-able, with her step-by-step processes and detailed planning worksheets. You’ll complete a simple, streamlined album that will help your spouse or partner catch up on the years leading up to the moment you met. Or, it’s the perfect answer to that age-old question, “Mom, what were you like when you were my age?

Thanks for stopping by!



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