You may have noticed by now that I don’t scrapbook events in order. In fact, it may take me a year or two to scrapbook our vacation photos, or Christmas, or anything else. I pull photos out randomly, depending on my mood. If I tried to scrap an entire vacation from beginning to end, it would feel like an assignment. The last thing I want is for my hobby to feel like work.
So here is a warning that you may see beach layouts periodically for the next couple of years. I think I have 20-30 photos waiting to be scrapped. When I only scrap 1-2 photos on a page, it will take a while. Hrm… now there’s a good potential future challenge. Maybe I will see if I can create a page with 4-6 photos on it. I may need to see if I can find Shimelle’s 4×6 photo love series. She had some great ideas for multi-photo layouts.
The page I created doesn’t feel beachy at all. Sure I worked in a tiny bit of blue and aqua. However, my focal colors are red and creme. Please don’t ask me why I went in this direction. I actually just thumbed through my random papers until I found two I liked. You will also notice there isn’t a shell, wave, or otherwise watery theme in sight. Though I admire themed pages, I just can’t seem to manage them myself.
There are a couple of things I really like about this layout. First of all, I loved how easy it was to use up some scraps. I just pulled together a bunch of random scraps that sort of worked together and cut them into banners. Voila! Fewer scraps in the bin. The photo mats were also made from a scrap. My other favorite part is the use of pocket page cards. I managed to get 3 of them onto this page. They tend to sit in my collection forever! Using them feels like a major scrapbooking win. (It’s the small things that make me happy.)
Though the overall page is clean and simple, it is a current favorite. The photos are clearly the star. (As they should be!) A few wood veneer pieces to play up the nature theme and some hearts was all it needed. That’s it! It feels good to be scrapping with 12×12 papers again.