Scrap Like a Sugarbabe: Trish Harden


About Trish:

I’m Trish and I am super duper awesome excited to be one of the newest Sugarbabes. I’m 26 and I have four kiddos ranging from 9 years old to 1 year old. Three of them are little dudes, one is a little chick. I’m a stay-at-home mom with an educational background in Early Childhood Education. And up until I had the oldest dude my goal in life was to be a starving artist, then die, and then become wildly famous. I never did paper scrapbooking – minus one school assignment for my last year of high school – because I can’t even cut a straight line with a paper cutter. I started digital scrapbooking in the fall of 2007 and haven’t looked back since.

My Claim To Fame:

Um, I don’t honestly know. If I had to guess I’d have to say that being messy and versatile would be it. I can just imagine the chaos my work area would be if I did do paper scrapbooking. I used to jokingly (seriously) tell people who asked me about how I made my pages that my method is simple – open the most obnoxious paper you can find and then just sort of dump all of the elements on. Move everything about a bit. Throw on a photo or two. And voila! You’re done. I don’t think that answer ever was really all that appreciated.

The majority of my pages are preplanned in my head. No seriously. I lay in bed at night and plan scrapbook pages. (Or while I’m driving, or sitting places waiting, or other random places and times where I should be doing other things) I find myself breaking up things I see into how it would be blocked out or mapped out on a scrapbook page. When I take pictures I plan out how I would make them into a scrapbook page. When I get my kits to work with each week I take a long look at them, shuffle my newest pictures through my mind, pick a few that might work with it, and then eyeball out what in the kit immediately grabs my attention as something I need to use. Then I open all those things and get to work. I have a horrible time with templates. They stress me out because I think they need to look just like the template, but at the same time I can’t stand the idea of making a page that is going to look just like a page anyone else with the template will make. It takes me three to four times longer to complete a page using a template.

But better yet, let me just show you how I make a page:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

And the final page


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  • Thank you so much for taking the time to capture your process step by step. Your layout is gorgeous!

  • Hi, Trish
    I was wondering if you could help me with photoshop adobe. I am wanting to put a background paper down (black) and then two more backgrounds on top of it (red and then blue) but I want the black to only show like a couple centimeters and same with the blue over the black and then the red be the main back ground. Can you tell me how to do that? And also Iwould like the black background to keep original form and keep it square at the edges and then the other two backgrounds be rounded so can you help me in how to do that as well?

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