When the sun comes out, it just warms my heart and soul. Living in a place where it rains 10 months out of the year can be brutal. Waking up to a day of unexpected sunshine is glorious. It makes my creativity bloom. So, today I spent the day getting crafty with a summer page. (Oh how I long for summer!)
This page did not go at all as I had planned. I had envisioned a white background, photos matted with just a touch of yellow, and a background stamped with black splatters. As you can see, that did not happen. Once I got the yellow paper chosen and set it against the white cardstock, it just felt so stark. Though I love the minimalist look other people use, it doesn’t feel right for me.
At that point I spied the teal star paper by Shimelle in my scrap bin and began to rethink my design. What if I were to pull all of my embellishments that were yellow and teal, then work from there? I went through every die cut, brad, and sticker I owned. In the process, I found some pieces from October Afternoon that were pirate themed. I about fell over when I realized they were the perfect colors for this layout that included a picture of a boat. Yes! That never happens!
At that point I just began laying things out. Placing items, shaking my head, and trying another combination was my strategy. Honestly, it didn’t take a long time. The nice thing about sticking to two colors is that your options are limited.
I will say that I broke some “scrapping rules” when I put this together. There is a mixture of both bright white and cream on the page. While placing things, I was careful to not place the cream and white together, so it isn’t as apparent. The other color combination that I generally don’t put together on a page are black and navy. I thought about using black for the title, but it would have been too jarring. Instead, I went with navy. Oddly, I like it even though there isn’t any other navy on the layout.
Even though I strayed far from my original plan, I love the finished page. It reminds me that when I try too hard, the layout doesn’t turn out the way I want it to. This time I just let instinct take over, and I am thrilled with the result. Note to self: When crafting, turn your brain off and go with the flow.