More Imperfect Photos

In my last post, I shared why I was scrapping the poor quality photos of my cats.  I decided to continue on with the imperfect photo scrapping this week.  This week’s subject is snow.  (Yes, I am sticking with the winter theme while dealing with 90 degree heat.)  It’s difficult to get a clear photo of snow as it comes down at night.  I am afraid that this is the best I could do.

For this layout, I decided to work with the slight purple tint in the photos.  It’s rare that I get to scrapbook using purple.  In fact, for the longest time it was nearly impossible to find purple in collections.  When it did appear in a collection, usually there was only a single sheet.  Over the years, I collected sheets here and there.  Of course, they were different tones that didn’t work together.  So I am thrilled to see the addition of purple and lavender in more papers lately.

The papers in this layout are from all different sources.  This is truly a case of mixing and matching brands.  I even cheated a bit.  Do you see that dark purple piece in the bottom right hand corner?  It is from a box of cards that I bought.  The box had index dividers that separated each design.  When I was done with the cards, I saved the colorful dividers for later use.  I simply cut off the rounded edges and it worked perfectly.

One thing I did to make the layout look cohesive despite a variety of papers in different styles was to mat everything on black cardstock.  That little black edge just pulled all of the papers together.  It also allowed the papers to pop.  Without the black outline, it just looked a little blah.  And as a bonus, I was able to incorporate a few black embellishments.


I decided to go with aqua embellishments for a couple of reasons.  Remember how I said it was difficult to find purple papers?  Well, it is even more difficult to find purple embellishments.  I simply didn’t have much to use.  My next obvious choice was aqua.  I had used an aqua mat around the photos.  The light color was a good choice for showcasing the dark pictures.  I have no shortage of aqua embellishments.  Though I could have chosen the yellow or red found in the background paper, I preferred to stick to cool colors.  This is snow after all!

When I went looking for embellishments, I was searching for a few  particular things.  Though I originally only pulled in aqua pieces, I quickly realized I needed a bit of black as well.  It just looked a little off when I first placed my embellishment clusters.  The black tied in with the mats around each paper.  I also needed something to break up the harsh blocks.  Pieces with curves would help soften the look.  Lastly, I needed something to add dimension.  Stickers and die cuts are flat.  (Though I did use some foam dots to help raise the house and large snowflake.)  The pearls were a good option.  They provide texture without adding in another color.

This is one of the layouts that I really loved when I finished.  It’s just enough different from my normal layouts to make it stand out a bit.  Both the color scheme and addition of black make me really happy.

Fa La La La La

I know it is August, but for once, my scrapping is sticking to a theme.  I am on a mission to finish up my Christmas pictures from the last decade.  Be honest.  That sounds impressive… at least until you find out I rarely take Christmas pictures.

Originally, I hadn’t planned on scrapping a lot of these kitty photos.  They aren’t great pictures.  And then my little Dakota passed away right before Christmas.  Suddenly, I felt like it didn’t matter if the photos were “good enough.”  I just really wanted them given a place in my scrapbooks.  It’s funny how even the smallest of priorities change when you lose a furry friend.

Enough with the sadness, and on with the layout!

Under the Tree

This is a pretty common design for me.  Most of the time I have one plain background paper with a more elaborate patterned paper on the bottom two thirds of the layout.  In this case, I didn’t use one patterned paper.  I used strips from both sides of an old Fancy Pants paper.  In this case, I really liked the added dimension of overlapping the strips, as well as including the beige ribbon.  I also didn’t stick to the 1/3 and 2/3 rule.  In this case, the strips cover just over half of the layout.  I wanted to leave some room up top for the title and tag.

The embellishment, like always, is pretty simple.  I started with the tag for journaling and the large quote sticker.  I love that sticker for this layout.  I feel like the kitties under the tree are a more important Christmas tradition than the gifts that get put there.  (The kitties are not happy about their spot being usurped by presents.)  A few chipboard pieces and sequins sprinkled, and the layout is done.

Oh, I do want to point out the title.  For once it wasn’t an afterthought!  I knew I wanted to mix 2 small fonts and have it intermingle a bit with the embellishment above the tag.  My crowning achievement was using tile stickers.  They actually are straight and don’t look awkward!  Score!  Yes, I am overly proud of myself for a very small achievement.  Just give this to me.  🙂

If you take nothing else away from this scrappy post, please remember that it is alright to scrap the less than perfect photos.  They can’t all be professional quality prints.  Well, unless you are a professional photographer of course!


Why I Don’t Do 2 Page Layouts

There are a lot of fabulous 2 page layouts that you can find on the web.  Some people have a gift for making creative multiple photo pages that work together perfectly.  Those people have super powers.  I am not one of those people.

In 12 years of scrapping, I have attempted 2 page layouts twice.  Sigh.  Both were lacking creativity.  Seriously.  I know that I am an average everyday scrapper.  But still, how is it that I can’t get beyond throwing some paper down and lining photos up into a neat and tidy row?  Here is my proof…

it bounces

I based this off of one Shimelle Laine’s layouts from her 4×6 photo love series.  If you love scrapping 4×6 photos like I do, look it up on YouTube.  She has ideas for scrapping anywhere from 1 to 12 photos on a layout.  In this case I used her June layout that incorporated 6 photos.

So let’s talk about the good, bad, and ugly.  I love using scraps.  Everything except the kraft background papers are scraps that I had in my stash.  I am going to count that as a win.  I also like the title.  That sweet kitty loved that the tree limbs bounced.  I am sure every year that the tree went up she thought, “it bounces!”  I am also pretty happy with that white lace sticker next to the snowman.  It’s pretty and makes me smile.

Onto the bad and ugly… Something isn’t quite right with the sraps I chose and how they work with the photos.  I almost think that because they match the color of the photos, it is hard to distinguish between the blocks and the photos.  Your eye doesn’t move smoothly over the pictures from left to right.  A page should draw your eye to the photos, and that isn’t happening.

I really struggled with the embellishment.  To be fair, I always struggle with embellishment.  In this case, I had a lot of little blocks to figure out what to do with.  That really is a weakness.  To add to the challenge, my Christmas supplies are limited.  I pulled some old Basic Grey chipboard pieces and some Fancy Pants Saint Nick stickers (Hello 2011).   I added some stamping with embossing in 2 of the blocks, but gold on brown doesn’t show up well.

I gave it a shot, right?  That counts for something.  If you have any double page layout tips, I would love to hear them.  Until then, I am heading back to the world of single page layouts.