Admit it. You have some paper in your stash that you just don’t know how to use. I wish I only had 1 or 2 pieces. Nope. I have a couple dozen or so that fit the bill. To be fair, I purchased most of it when I first started scrapping and had no idea what I was doing. Now that I know my style, I am left with beautiful paper that for me is unusable.
Every once in a while I push up my shirt sleeves and decide to tackle one of those papers. No, I have never been absolutely pleased with the results. That’s okay. I learned long ago that I am not going to hit it out of the ballpark every time. I know I could just as easily donate it, but I refuse. I’m much too frugal (frugal sounds so much better than cheap) to do that. So I decide to take it on as a challenge.
This layout is the result of one of those challenges. I used an old paper from the St. Nick Fancy Pants collection. Truth be told, I love that background paper. It has a lovely design… that just does not work with the way I scrap. The only thing I could figure out to do was go minimalist on it. A single photo with only 2 small layers behind it seemed about right. Now I wish I had added a few more messy layers, keeping them all barely bigger than the photo.
I tried using embellishments that matched the paper almost exactly. I found hearts and stars ephemera that matched the paper perfectly. You won’t believe this. The Say Cheese II ephemera from Simple Stories was a dead on match for the hearts and stars in a Fancy Pants Christmas collection. That’s just so weird to me. I also took the title “Believe” piece and the gold Viewmaster disc from Say Cheese II. So welcome to my Christmas/Disney mashup page.
The paper may not be what I would purchase now, but I am still glad I used it.