The Paper’s So Bright

I don’t do a lot of super bright scrapbook pages.  When you live in the dark and dreary Pacific Northwest, bright colors just don’t work with a lot of your pictures.  I really liked the look of the DIY collection by Simple Stories when I bought it online eons ago.  However, once it arrived, I realized how bright the B sides are.  Since I do a lot of B side scrapping, I’ve had some trouble using this collection.  For the most part, it’s been sitting untouched on a shelf.  It was time to get it onto a page.

My first challenge was to find some appropriate photographs to go along with those neon colors.  It really didn’t take much digging to find some water photos that featured bright yellow kayaks.  Yes!  That would work perfectly… well, almost perfectly.  I knew that the red life jacket would clash with the pink that I had in mind.  You know what?  Rules are made to be broken.


I knew I wanted a patterned paper to tie everything together.  Though flowers may not be the first thing you think of when kayaking among the dry hills, I chose it anyway.  (Yes, I am in full on rebel mode it seems.)  Not only did it contain all of the colors in the collection, but it was on a black background.  The water in the top photo is so dark that it looks black.  I felt it connected the colors of the photo back in with the colors of the paper.  Additionally, I matted the photo with green.  The dark pictures on top of the dark paper didn’t work well.

I swear that I never have embellishments in the right colors.  It took me some digging to find the right things for this page.  First I found the bright pink journaling card.  I couldn’t believe how the flowers on the card matched with the collection.  It was almost like it was meant to be.  Then I found the tag and pieces for the top cluster.  It always amazes me when I can put together a cluster made from multiple different collections.  The bottom circle cluster was a bit more difficult to make work.  I liked the globe from one of Shimelle’s collection.  This certainly was an adventure for me.  Then I found the “happy DAY” sticker.  And then I couldn’t find anything else.  Finally, I decided to punch a circle out of the paper I used for the mat.  It looked much too plain.  After quite a bit of trial and error, I decided to add that bright pink brad.

You may have noticed that this page has no title.  I decided to omit one for a couple of reasons.  First, I couldn’t find a good placement for it.  My gut told me to put it up in the yellow at the top, but that just looked funny.  Another option was in the sky portion of the bottom photo.  I thought it interrupted the beautiful symmetry.  (Forgive me.  I am a math teacher.  I love symmetry.)  In the end, I decided the page has plenty of words without the addition of a title.  Who says every page requires a title anyway?



It’s Never Too Early

If I don’t get started on my Christmas cards now, I will never get them finished.  They aren’t even that fancy.  If I were a normal person I would find a design, buy the materials for it, and then mass produce everything.  Yeah, I am not normal.  That would be much too efficient.  No, I almost always make every card unique.  (Full disclosure:  I want to use the supplies that I have.  Since I don’t buy multiples of papers, I can’t make cards in batches.)

So far I have made five cards.  My goal this year was to use my stamps because I am a notorious stamp collector.   Those beautiful stamps sit on the shelf collecting dust for years.  I chose two cards that feature stamped images.  I think both can be reproduced using different papers.

The tree card makes me happy.  I like the little banners sticking out the side.  I also like that the tree is so easy to cut out!  (Thank you Unity Stamp Company.)  Rounded edges are a nightmare for my unsteady hands.  Yay for straight lines!  I think I will go through my scraps and use this design a few more times.  The one problem I had was the sentiment.  I was trying to find something that would show up on the navy and white patterned paper.  I thought the tinsel embossing powder was my best bet.  I was wrong.  Silver would probably have been a better choice.

The season’s tweetings card was really a bit different for me.  I am not used to coloring images.  It just isn’t my thing.  So I did my best with some water color pencils.  I colored one set and then used a water pen to help blend the colors.  That didn’t work out well.  The black ink smeared and the colors ran into each other.  I may need to use a different type of stamping ink.  So I did this second set like I would with regular colored pencils.  Though simple, I liked it much better.

Then came the adventure of using the little dies to cut everything without having to use scissors.  I really didn’t think things through when I stamped the images.  They were all so close together that I couldn’t cut everything out at once.  Nope.  I had to run it through for each piece.  I also struggled a bit with die placement.  You can’t see exactly where you are cutting, so you have to do a bit of hoping for the best.  I will be far better prepared the next time I use those cute Freckled Fawn stamp and die sets.

At this point I am done with winter scrapping.  It’s time to move onto some new themes!