Guest designer: Melanie Blackburn!

Guest designer: Melanie Blackburn!

Good morning!  For our Canadian friends did you have a great Canada Day?  Full of fun and festivities?  And for our US friends are you gearing up for a great 4th of July?  Did you create any project for these special days?  If so, we would love to see them!  Be sure to email us at or share a link in the comment section below.

Today we have a great guest designer joining us, Melanie Blackburn!  You may have seen Melanie's work as she is currently on the design team for two great companies, Jillibean Soup and Chic Tags.  She was also a Garden Girl at Two Peas in a Bucket until their recent closure and continues to share beautiful work on her blog.  We also featured Melanie in our reader's gallery in the summer issue!  Take it away Mel…

"Hello SCT friends! I was so very excited when Catherine asked me to contribute a project for the blog, I had just completed a layout and thought it would be perfect to share with you. I created this layout using the Styleboard collection by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper, the soft colour palette, paired with the gold accents and die cuts was the ideal choice for this picture of my sweet family. My vision for this layout was soft and airy paired with gold accents. 


My picture is sized to 3×4, ideal for pairing with chipboard frames or project life cards. My design started with the green cardstock frame, which I knew would be the focal point for my cluster of embellishment. I really wanted to use the velum card with the word "love", it was ideal to reflect how I felt looking at this picture and also the perfect title for my layout, therefore it was the obvious choice to put it directly to the side of the picture, however in doing so I felt that my layout was no longer balanced. 


In order to balance my design I added the tag underneath the picture and the pink 3×4 card to the far left of the layout. Once these items were in place I was happy with the design of the layout. It was time to add embellishments and journaling. I adhered the layers of papers together using adhesive and staples, however I didn't adhere this to the cardstock just yet. I added the journaling using my electronic typewrite, once this was done I added splatters of mists. Afterwards I was able to adhere the pattern paper, picture and tags to the cardstock. 


As I previously mentioned, when I started the initial design I knew the cardstock frame would be the ideal location for a cluster of embellishments. To create this cluster I used an accordion flower and layers the items around it, I usually add the larger items first, then complete the cluster with smaller embellishments such as the gold star and velum arrow. 


I hope you are inspired to create a layout with similar elements! Happy crafting friends and thank you to Catherine for letting me share this layout with you today!"

 ~ Melanie Blackburn



  1. barbara macaskill July 2, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Love the little details on this layout! ie… the butterflies, glittered xo splatters, the clip! They all add up to AWESOME! TFS!

  2. Nina Oelke July 2, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    thank you for sharing this beautiful layout. It has inspired me to do a similar page. As been said already but bares repeating, I love all the little details. 🙂

  3. Joan July 2, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Hi Mel! Congrats to SCT on showcasing such a talented scrapper! Melanie’s work is beautiful and very inspiring!

  4. Amante del Papel July 2, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    this is really fabulous!

  5. Crafty Aunt Dee July 3, 2014 at 2:26 am

    Love the detail and layers in this layout. Very nice.

  6. Anita July 4, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Beautiful layout! I love all of Melanie’s work and love all the details she puts in her pages!

  7. debra July 4, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    I’d buy a rainbow in MFT felt

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