Back To Basics: 5 Minute Layout

By Gail LindnerBack To Basics, Layouts, , , Comments are off

Hello cardstock fans! It’s Gail here today and I will admit to you that when I was set the challenge of creating a layout in 5 minutes, I was panicked! I am a sloooow scrapper – everything must be thought out and I don’t adhere anything until I’ve finished almost the entire page! And I will also admit that this layout did take me a bit longer than 5 minutes, but DEFINITELY a lot quicker than usual AND I’ve got some tips to share that will help you to scrap faster as well!

I created a layout of my daughter all dressed up for Halloween last year:


My background is White Orange Peel Bazzill cardstock and I gave it a very light wash of grey watercolor paint. While it was drying I grabbed some cardstock scraps to layer behind my photos and a few simply embellishments as well.



For my title I simply freehand cut some letters from that fabulous bright green Granny Smith Fourz Bazzill cardstock. (I added texture with an embossing folder and stitching but you could totally skip this to save time). I added a couple more embellishments, typed journaling and some flicks of Citron Color Shine and I was finished!




So my biggest tips to try creating a page in 5 minutes are:

  1. Do any work with wet media (such as paint, paste etc) first so you can work on other things while it’s drying.
  2. Use cardstock scraps to add layers behind photos to save time cutting down full sheets. 
  3. Think ahead and spend little pockets of time before creating to pull some embellishments from your stash that might work and place into a bowl. Then when you get time to scrap, you don’t have to go hunting through your whole stash.
  4. Use a quick drying adhesive such as the Sticky Thumb Cordless Hot Glue Gun.


I created a short process video to go with this layout so you can see how I create and hopefully pick up a couple of tips! The link to the video on my You Tube channel is below and I hope you enjoy it!


 ‘Boo’ Layout Process Video


Bazzill Cardstock Supplies – Orange Peel Collection: White, Card Shoppe Collection: Licorice Twist, Bling Cardstock Collection: Tiara, Fourz Collection: Granny Smith, Mango Tango

Other Supplies: We R Memory Keepers Embossing Folder, American Crafts Sticky Thumb Hot Glue Gun and Glue Stick, Heidi Swapp chipboard shapes, washi tape, wood veneer, Color Shine