I’ve had a lot of instances of my layouts not turning out as planned. If you read my last blog post, you will see how things went sideways on my previous two-pager. This is definitely one of those occasions where what I made was not really what I had envisioned. In fact, it was supposed to be a one page layout. I was using a one page example to scrap my Tree of Life giraffe photos. As I was laying out the page, I ended up deciding to add 3 more photos and a second page.
This layout began in the land of Pinterest, like many of my pages do. I found a fabulous page that goes back to the Basic Grey blog. Funny thing, the layout I used as inspiration is 1 page, but it was derived from a 2 page layout. I didn’t know that when I created my page. I really enjoy seeing how an inspiration page can be morphed over time. It makes me wonder how may layouts have been derived based off of that original. The banners across the top drew my attention. It was the first time that I really saw “upside down” banners being a main feature of a page. I liked the interest that it created, so I went with it.
This layout started with the giraffe paper. I wanted to use up the scraps from a previous page. The most wonderful part of this layout is the use of scraps. I was able to pull some green scraps together to spread across the 2 pages. Additionally, the banners were such a nice use of the small scraps (that I refuse to throw away). It was so nice to get those out of my stash. You know how much I love the chance to use up my scraps!
Putting things together was pretty easy. I used 3 strips of paper to go across both pages. The bottom one got the border punch treatment. (I notice how tilted that looks. It’s mostly due to my photography and cropping skills.) I placed the two giraffe photos across the right page. Then I added two 4×6 photos of different orientations on the left. A third 4×6 photo was cut down to 4×4 to keep the page from being too crowded. I then added a journal card to the far left to finish it off. I then went through the small scraps in my stash that I usually keep for cards. Cutting imperfect fishtails into the scraps provided the look that I was hoping for. I then placed them, some slightly askew to keep it interesting.
As usual, figuring out embellishments and placement took me into another day of scrapping. I knew that I wanted a natural feel, so I started with neutrals. In fact, my first impulse was to head for the wood veneer in my collection. I started by looking for a title. That “picture perfect” wood veneer piece was exactly what I was looking for. I added a wood frame next to it, to help fill in that space to the end of the page. I backed the frame with a leftover piece from one of the banner scraps. I also pulled some wood veneer chevrons for the cluster on the left around the journal spot. For the bottom, I used “explore” in order to have wood veneer in all three spots. I also decided to use flowers in neutrals to decorate each spot. Lastly, I added some brown butterflies to help form a visual triangle across the two pages.
At that point, I stepped back and looked to see if I had any embellishment voids. I know that I tend to go a little light on the embellishment. My first observation was that the banners just needed something. Rifling through embellishments, I ran across a relatively new purchase of puffy stickers. That large yellow outlined heart was perfect! It provided a nice contrast to the red banner and added interest. I also noticed some green puffy leaves, and decided they would be perfect to break up some of the “boxiness” of that upper left hand corner. I also sprinkled a few other small hearts throughout the layout. In the end, I decided to finish up that left cluster with a large camera chipboard embellishment.
I have to say that I love, love, love how this layout turned out. It is nothing like what I had pictured in my head. The layout doubled in size, stretching into territory that I have struggled with in the past. This time, the struggle wasn’t there at all. Why? I think it’s because this came about so organically. I didn’t force myself to do a two page layout. It was derived from the creative process. Maybe those forced 2 pagers that I recently completed just gave me the experience I needed to be successful on this layout. Each page is a learning experience. It’s why I enjoy the process.