Storyline Chapters – Heidi Swapp Part 2 | Caroline Aston

Hey Magpies, over the last month I have been creating with the fantastic new Storyline Chapters range from Heidi Swapp. I’ve enjoyed creating in the new insert books, which are a new size for me. The pages in these books measure 7.5 x 9”. I love that this collection has options for everyone with the traditional 12 x 12” and 6 x 8” papers, but also the project pads which are 7.5 x 9.5” to match the insert books.

Today I have two layouts to share with you. A double page spread in my insert book and a 12 x 12” page.

On The Doorstep

For my first layout I had some recent photos from a short walk that we had taken, which I knew I wanted to document. The Storyline Chapters collection includes two lovely colour palettes. One bright summery one with gorgeous pinks, yellows and teals. Then an earthier one with lovely greens, mauves and greys. It was this earthier colour palette, which I felt was perfect for these photos, as it complemented the colours in the photos.

To start my page, I printed my four photos at approximately 3 x 4” and then mat them onto white card to give them a thin white border. Picking out a number of papers from both The Scrapbooker – Project Pad and the 6 x 8” Paper Pad. I loved the green map style print and also chose one of the ledger prints as I though this would be a perfect place to add my journaling.

I wanted my spread to look like one complete page, rather than two separate ones. To do this when I positioned the map print, which is the base layer, I made sure to place it across the two pages. Cutting off a small strip and adhering it separately, so that it didn’t make the book difficult to close. I also did the same when placing the ledger print.

I added one further pattern below the photos on the right hand page, to make the photos stand out more. Also, placing a strip of the same pattern to the left of the photos on the left hand page. 

I used a couple of pieces from one of the cut apart sheets and some stickers from the Project Pad to add some embellishment to the page. Adding the title below the photos on the left hand page. Using the Chipboard Alphabet Thickers and some tile stickers from Elle’s Studio. I finished off the page by adding my journaling to the ledger print. 


For my second layout, I wanted to create a 12 x 12” page using some of the 12 x 12” papers. I ended up mixing the two colour palettes on this one. Selecting to use the blue to yellow portion of the Sunnyside Paper and the B side of the Staycation Paper for my main paper layers. I thought the yellow in the B side worked well with the yellow in the watercolour stripe.

For this page I used a 6 x 4” photo, which again I matted onto white card. I like to do this to make sure that my photos don’t get lost on the page. Next I chose the Daily Dose Paper. Cutting out the strip with the suns and also the individual labels. I wanted to have the sun strip running behind the photo, cutting it up so that I could stretch it to appear on both sides of my photo.

Then I layered up three of the labels underneath my photo to create an area for journaling. I cut the yellow label, to give me a small piece to place at the top of the photo. Which would form an area of embellishment. I added my title with the Chipboard Alphabet Thickers and then moved on to my embellishments.

I chose to add them above and below the photo in a straight line down the page. As well as to the left of the photo. This created a visual triangle to draw your eye across the page. I used stickers from The Journaller – Project Pad and The Planner – Mini Sticker Book for my embellishments. I loved the Oh Happy Day lemon tag from the Tag Set, I thought it was just adorable and it had to go on the page. For the clear phrase stickers I backed them onto white card first to make them stand out more. Finishing my clusters by adding an Elle’s studio puffy heart sticker and a pearl dot. Also adding two photo corners to the photo from the mini sticker book.

I added my journaling to the labels below the photo. Then stamped the date a number of times, with a roller date stamp above and below the photo to finish off the page. That was when I realised that I had stamped the wrong date on my layout, as I had forgotten to change the year on the stamp.

After a little bit of thinking time, I decided to replicate the layered labels where I had written my journaling. I used the Elle’s Studio Labels Stamp Set and Metal Die Set to create a number of labels in colours that matched my layout. Adding the correct date to three of them. I then layered them up at the top and bottom of the page, to cover the stamping. I’m pleased with the way it turned out in the end and I actually prefer the layout with the labels to the stamping.  

Thank you for joining me here today, I hope you have enjoyed seeing the Storyline Chapters collection from Heidi Swapp. You can find it all in the shop here. We would love to see what you are creating with all the new ranges. So why not share your creations over in the Hey Little Magpie Chat and Inspiration Facebook Group.

See you all next time.



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