Using the Old

I am currently working on using up some older collections and products.  I decided that MME’s “On the Bright Side” was a splendid match for this flower photo. Really, I think this combo was just meant to be.  The yellow and orange are almost perfect duplicates to the colors in the photo, and the turquoise is a lovely contrast.

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I did run into one itsy bitsy problem while putting this layout together.  This collection is 4 years old, and I didn’t purchase embellishments with it.  Also, it seems that I don’t really buy yellow or orange embellishments either.  So once I got my papers laid out, I was a bit stuck.  Finally, I decided to dig through my Silhouette cuts.  I keep a pile of random cuts in a bin on my desk. I had the layers cut to build the white flowers.  There were also some random leaves.  A little time curling some petals, and I had some decent 3 dimensional flowers.

I also found some orange rub ons from Bo Bunny, but they were ancient.  We all know how bad rub ons age.  They just don’t transfer well when they are old.  But these were so pretty, and exactly what I needed.  So I tried that small orange one (beneath the bottom flower) on a white piece of cardstock.  It worked!  That gave me the courage to place the one running alongside the journaling.  Yes, it was risky.  It could have messed up an almost finished layout.  Still, I went for it.  I’m glad I did.  That little detail is one of my favorite parts of this layout.

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Christmas Shopping… For Myself

I am absolutely in the full Christmas swing.  Packages from all around the country are headed my way.  Unfortunately, not all of those packages will make it under the tree.  It appears that this year’s shopping is working under the terms of the “One for you.  One for me.” philosophy.  *sigh*  I really should show more restraint.  I am supposed to be an adult by now.

In case you wanted to live vicariously through my purchases, I thought I would share.  First up is Freckled Fawn’s Very Merry Christmas Kit.

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There are both some hits and misses for me in this kit.  I adore the enamel shapes.  The inclusion of some larger hearts and stars won me over.  Oh, and the clear glittery ones are adorable.  I also can’t wait to put that large “joy” and the holly leaves to use.  I’m thinking those pieces are going on the same layout.  The puffy sticker alphabet just screams Christmas, doesn’t it?

To be fair, the misses in this kit were things I knew I wouldn’t love before I even ordered.  The washi tape is cute.  Washi is just not something I grab when scrapping.  The acetate pieces are another trend that drives me a bit batty.  They require much more thought than die cuts.  How am I going to adhere them?  Are they sitting on a solid paper, or is there something that is going to show through?  I just want to glue things down!!! Ahem.

Pinkfresh Studios recently had a box sale that I just couldn’t turn down.  Shipping included, this box ran $35.00.  Inside were 2 full 12×12 paper collections of Felicity and Live Noted, along with the 6×6 papers.  That alone would have more than covered the thirty-five dollar charge.  Additionally, the box had 3 stamp sets, a die, stickers, washi tape, and other embellishments.  I have been wanting to try scrapping with some Pinkfresh Studio papers.  In general, they have a more modern graphic feel than my layouts.  But it is good to branch out, right?  And honestly, look at those cute Christmas Wishes acrylic stickers.  I needed those aqua stars!

Scrapping Rut

I’m in yet another scrapping rut.  It’s not that I’m not scrapping.  I am.  In fact, every week either new cards or new layouts are produced in my scrap room.  That sounds fantastic, right?  So what’s the problem?

I have lost my creativity mojo.  I honestly didn’t even realize I had lost it.  That is, until I was sorting through my layouts to put away into albums.  Here are two of the layouts.  I made one last week, and another about 6 months ago.

Do you see it?  They are essentially the same.  Embellishments in upper right corner, lower left corner, and then to the upper left of the photos.  (They overlap the photo in both!)  A vertical element on the left hand side of each layout.  (Lavender paper in the first layout, photo in the second)  I even have a decorative border sticker approximately a third of the way from the bottom of each layout.

How did this happen?  I wasn’t using a sketch for either layout.  With six months between layouts, I’m fairly certain one didn’t influence the creation of the other.  So, it can only be one thing.  I’ve become predictable.  I have a comfort zone, and stick to it.

Some of the rules of art have been so ingrained, that I just automatically default to them.  The most obvious rule here are the rule of thirds.  I’ve split each of the pages into visual thirds from top to bottom.  I’ve also stuck to the rule of having the eye flow from upper left to lower right.

I think it’s time to break out of my box.  Sometimes you need to throw out the rules and start over.  I’m thinking my next layout needs to be a bit more free form. Perhaps something on a white card stock with lots of room to breathe.  Maybe something messy with lots of ink and stamping.  I make no promises, but it is clearly time to try something new.