Color blocking is a technique where everything on your page is organized in blocks.  There are templates for this or you can just create the page on your own.  I find it easiest to just make spaces for my photos and then work around the space that is left.  This is a technique that cannot go out of style.  Below is a page that I did when I first started scrapbooking about 5 years ago.  It is still one of my favorite pages.  You can see how you can easily add computer journaling as well.  Just measure the size of the square you will be using for your journaling and use those measurements in MS Word whatever you use to type your journaling.  I like to full justify for a very clean look.

One of the easiest ways to make cards is from scraps.  Match up a couple pieces of paper and embellishments, chose a stamp and you’re set!  Here’s an example:

Here’s something that I never thought I would do – cut up a picture!  I have to say that it adds a lot to a simple layout.  The nice thing about most of us having digital pictures now is that you can easily print another copy.  This one was a professional picture but I made a copy for my scrapbook because I was scared of messing it up and losing the picture forever.  However, I am happy with the result.  Your challenge this week is to try this mosaic techique.  It works great for scenic photos and one thing to remember is that the squares do not need to all be the same size.  (Ex. you could make the first column 1″ wide, the next column 2″ and the last column 1″.

Mulberry paper is a light-weight, semi-transparent type of handmade style paper.  It used to be quite popular in scrapbooking and has fazed out although there’s no reason why you can’t still use it.  I found this page from the past with mulberry paper and it also includes a tag (yesterday’s topic).  Mulberry paper can be used as a background, as an embellishment, or (my favorite) as a frame.  You can cut it for a straight edge, or you can wet it with a waterbrush or paintbrush and then tear it for a unique look.

Way back when shipping was more reasonable, I joined all kinds of swaps.  Swaps are when a group of people decide to each individually make a bunch of the same item, then everyone swaps so that each person has a variety of different items.  I still have many swap items that I have not used because they don’t fit with any of the scrapbook pages I have done.  I’ve learned that using them for cards is a great solution.  Simply add a border, or eyelets/brads in the corners – put the tag in the center and you’ve got a card.  I’ve made many, many quick cards this way!