Monday, June 22, 2015

Alphabet Challenge: Tone on Tone Background by Mendi

Hello Doodlebugs!  It's Mendi here today with some fun ways to use up those extra random letters in your alphabet sticker stash!  :)
Alphabets and typography make me think of school so I decided to try and make a bigger dent in my daughter's school album by pairing the letters with some of the other fun stickers and papers from Doodlebug's new Back To School collection.
To start my page, I started by spelling out my title in the colored alphabet stickers on white cardstock and then working my way out, I added random white stickers in different fonts to fill in the leftover spaces and create the look of a custom embossed paper.  While I didn't want to waste my stickers (because it does use up a lot) I made sure to have some of them bleed off the edge.  I was able to salvage the spots I cut off and use them to fill in other edges. And just how did I perfectly center my title?  I used Melinda Spink's ingenious tip to place them on parchment paper to see how much space they would take up and then I lined them up with a ruler to make sure they were perfectly straight in the transfer.
While I had my supplies out I created a second page to compliment the first one.  For this layout I chose to go more simple and to just mimic the colors and the ruler border on the other side.
By adding some foam tape underneath my apple sprinkle shape I was able to add a little dimension and create a mini scene with the lunch and milk icon sticker.
I find 8x10 class photos extremely hard to scrapbook and get creative with since they take up so much of the layout so I have given myself permission to cut them up and just make sure that all the details I trimmed off are covered in some other way on my page.  In this case there was a ton of extra space on my daughter's class photo with the name of the school and pictures of the teacher and principal.  To make sure they were still included, I chose to simply cut them out and include them them as snapshots along the bottom.
I hope I've inspired you to tackle those leftover sticker sheets full of extra Q's and Z's!


  1. You did an awesome job on these, Mendi! Love them both.

  2. Thanks SO much for the creative way to use up those alphabet stickers. I've recently been beating my head against the wall to find a use for them. This is perfect, and I'll have to try it.

    I absolutely love your pages and their emphasis on the photos. I do have one suggestion for you though, which you may have already thought of. Somewhere, maybe on the back of the page, you should write down the names of all the students. :)


    1. Thanks Evelyn. I completely agree about the names, but actually this photo has the names printed below each portrait-- I removed them with photo editing software to share this publicly so that I could protect their privacy. :)

  3. Great layout Mendi! Love how you took on the challenge and used so many cute embellies too!

  4. Great school layouts. I particularly love the way you've used the alphas in the first layout and I've pinned it here:

  5. pinned to my Scrapliftable Ideas board on Pinterest @thebeachygal

  6. pinned this onto my doodlebug board i can never know how to use up those q's now i have a ton of ideas

  7. Bright and fun pages! I especially love how you used the alphas in the first layout! Awesome! Pinned it (as meredeena.)

  8. I also shared this post on Facebook (Ruth Suttie Gauss)

  9. Pinned ( and shared on FB (
    I'm excited to try this with my son's kindergarten pictures this coming school year!

  10. Mendi Yoshikawa is a wonder, a marvel, a FANTABULOUS crafter - she uses Doodlebug Design''s awesome products in such amazing, awesome and incredible ways!!! LOVE seeing what she does and THIS TOTALLY ROCKS - going to scraplift this idea - FOR SURE!!! Love you, Mendi!!!

  11. Pinned BOTH of Mendi's wonderful layouts to my Doodlebug - Scrapbooking Pinterest board!!

  12. Shared about this on facebook for my friends!!!


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