Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Power Palette Paper

Sorry it's been a while since I posted. I've been so busy catching all my albums up to date before the page change transition period ends. I can't believe how many pages I still have that don't have page protectors on them!!!

Be sure and check through yours before the end of the month. You can order what you need off my website - just click on the icon on the right hand side of the blog.

Today I'm going to share with you how I currently use my Power Palette paper on my pages.

I currently use exclusively Power Palette paper in my albums. I love the selection that CM has - they are so beautiful and when you choose a palette you know that everything in that palette works together. You don't have to think!

It is just like the old Garanimal concept. Everything with the elephant tag matches!!!

The Power Palette can be used two ways - you can use the entire piece of paper to "wallpaper" your page. You cover the whole page with the paper.

I will do that once in a while but I prefer to make the paper stretch a little bit more.
One of my team members, Pam, developed a great technique for cutting the paper in a systematic way. It is called "To the Left" or TTL.

To use this method you will need our 12" trimmer and a sheet of 12 x 12 Power Palette paper.
Place the paper into the trimmer lining up the edge of the paper along the left hand side of the trimmer and cut.

Remove the cut piece and push the rest of the paper all the way to the left hand side again and cut again. You will have two pieces of paper that are the same size and will have a smaller strip left over.

You will end up with three pieces of paper.

Because all the Power Palette papers are double dipped you have pattern on the other side too!

I cut all my paper this way and then use the Storybox Mats to mat my photos.

The next step is to place your paper on the empty page - yes before you figure out where your photos are going to go!! This may be a new concept for you but trust me - it works!

The next step is to add your photos, your journaling and maybe a little sticker letter titling!

(I changed my mind here and switched to white pages!)

A quick and easy - clean and classic looking page and best of all - it's complete!!

I'll share some other page layouts in the next day or so - I promise!!


  1. Leigh Anne - I am trying to complete 10 old albums with the old size before too long here...looking for any help to do quick pages I can. I am excited about following your progress and getting some new ideas. Question though, do you stick with the same power palette for your whole album, or choose whichever one goes best on each page spread?

  2. This is a great idea. I hadn't thought of it before. I am definitely going to try it.

  3. When I first started working with Power Palettes I did keep it "Palette Pure" - it is also a faster way to complete the album but now I inter-mix my palettes.

    Have fun and good luck on your project!!