Back to Basics Blog Hop

Scrap365 is getting your scrapping New Year off to a flying start!

This month we are teaming up with Finnabair and her amazing DT from Mixed Media Place!


If you are new to scrapping it can be really overwhelming with the choice of products to use and the host of styles to emulate… The same could be said if you’re experienced!

So Scrap365 HQ has decided that 2014 is the year to get BACK to BASICS!! It doesn’t matter if you have been scrapping for ten years or ten days… You will be sure to learn something new along the way!

Finn has very kindly donated a marvellous prize to either add to your stash or to get you started:

MMP prize 1

MMP prize 2

Please check the Scrap365 blog for a chance to win!

Here’s a list of all participating blogs:




Marsha <- You are here!








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Our January Blog Hop is all about layout principles. Ali found this fabulous prompt on Pinterest, courtesy of SuzyQ Scraps. It really sums up the beginnings of every layout:

I actually think I use several, if not all of these on every single page I make. I know these are design principles now, but I certainly didn’t know that when I started scrapbooking. Some of these tips I’ve always  applied naturally, without thinking about it much and others I have learned along the way.

For this blog hop I chose one of my favourite go-to layouts to work with: nr. 4 Works-Every-Time.

In the graphic it looks really plain and simple and it is! But you don’t have to stick to one photo/text underneath, although it’s a great way to start.

One step up is stacking the photo on some papers layers, roughly the same size as the photo or… you can do as I did here:


Create a block of paper (or paint!) in the middle of the page and then place your photo, text and other elements within that block. I swear it really does Work-Every-Time!

I hope you give it a try and I would love it if you link your page in the comments below so I can have a look!

Now hop along to Linda’s blog. I can’t wait to see what she has created!

23 thoughts on “Back to Basics Blog Hop

  1. I like the way this “works every time” principle has turned out. Back ground I love it.x

  2. Marsha this layout and all the others you create always ‘work’ in my opinion :D This is a stunner and a brilliant representation of the principle (and I just love that photo!) Thank you so much for being part of the part of the Blog Hop, you are a gem x

  3. This is super. I have to admit – never tried this… Something that I should think about for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thank you for this. Not only have you explained it really well you’ve shown how it can be moved on too. Jenny x

  5. Yes it does work! Love your fab, funky page and the brick background works beautifully……thanks for sharing.

  6. This is really an awesome idea back to Basics especially for people like me who get lost! I will be going back and studying each principle again and again to see what works best for me. You did a great job with your layout! Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Such a great urban grunge look, and such a great idea to see the Basics put into action. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Alison x

  8. This is a great layout! Thanks for explaining the principle, I am new at this and think I do some of these without thinking also.

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