Not Quite Right

Sometimes when I am scrapbooking, I know something isn’t quite right, but I just can’t put a finger on it.  That’s what happened as I was scrapbooking this Coco layout from the Mexico pavilion at Epcot.  (Which is AMAZING btw!)  I knew the colors were right, especially with the purple and orange pieces.  It wasn’t that the paper strips were wonky.  I did that on purpose.  Now that I am looking at it on the screen, I think I get it.

Embellishment clusters should come in threes.  In this case, I only did two.  I think the lack of a third is what is driving me batty.  So, I am going to do something unusual for me.  I’m going to pull that layout back out and work on it again.  (I know… I know… this is NOT me.  I don’t EVER go back.)  In this case, I think it is a quick fix where I won’t have to tear anything apart.  I will pull a few more purple, pink, and orange flowers to go in the upper left corner of the photo.  That will create the visual triangle that I am missing!  Why couldn’t I see it when I was creating?  Who knows?

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I honestly don’t use a lot of this type of flower.  It doesn’t generally work with my style.  In this case, it just made sense.  When I looked at the “Remember Me” sign, I knew this layout HAD to have flowers.  It’s also not a color combo that I would generally use, but the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) altar in the photo is clearly purple and orange with some pink undertones.  The page needed to reflect the content of the photo.  I know I haven’t exactly captured the beauty in the photo, but I wanted to represent the feel.

Disney tip:  We found Epcot a little difficult to plan for during our trip.  The FastPasses in Epcot are tiered, meaning you can only reserve one popular ride before you head into the park that day.  For us, that meant making FastPasses for more than one day.  The issue was that there wasn’t enough left that we wanted to FastPass in the rest of the park.  With the World Showcase not opening until 11:00 in the morning, rope dropping was a bit frustrating.  I think in the future, I would choose to start in Magic Kingdom and then hop over to Epcot with FastPasses in the afternoon for one day of the trip.  I would then rope drop Epcot another day, and save my FastPasses for another park in the afternoon.  That way we could get all of the big attractions done without eating 6 FastPasses to do so.

Sketches Are My Favorite Things

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I do love sketches.  You may have noticed that I have linked a sketch with most of my vacation layouts.  When you are trying to scrap 250 photos, it is nice to not have to think quite so much.  (Yes, yes, I could put more photos on a page… and I will.  However, I really like 1 and 2 photo layouts.)  As I have said before, sketches also get me out of my comfort zone.  I purposely choose sketches that are different than my typical style.  You can’t learn if you don’t try new things!

There really are a plethora of sketches available online.  Of course you could be like me and stalk Pinterest in the middle of the night when you can’t sleep.  There are plenty of scrapbooking sketch boards to look through there.  Most large online scrapbook stores offer forums that have sketch challenges or have sketch challenges on their Facebook pages. I am not affiliated with any scrapbooking businesses, so I won’t post them here.

For those of us in the blogosphere, there are a number of sketch blogs that should keep you busy for years.  I am going to link a few here, in case you don’t want to go blog hunting on your own.

The Scrap Our Stash Challenge Blog features a sketch each month along with examples of how designers have used it.  A random winner is drawn each month to receive a gift card.

Sketches In Thyme features a sketch 4 times a month with prizes provided by sponsors.

Sketch Savvy is a blog I’ve mentioned in a previous post.  It’s currently my go-to for fabulous sketches.

For this layout I used a sketch from one of my favorite scrappy stores.  I chose it for two reasons.  First, it is nothing like what I would come up with on my own.  Pretty much any time you see a white cardstock background, you know I’ve used a sketch or taken the idea from another scrapper.  Additionally, it eats up scraps!  Every piece of paper on this layout is a scrap.  You know how I love to use my scraps.

Universal Love

The process was super quick on this one.  I found 6 pieces of paper that went together fairly well from my scrap pile.  Then I cut each one down to the same size (roughly 3×4) before using a corner chomper on them.  It did take some fiddling for me to decide which pieces were going to go in which position.  Then I cut the banners from the remaining scraps.  I don’t have a banner punch, so I had to cut the banners by hand.  From there I added some twine, stickers, and flowers.  (Yes!  I finally found a project that used those tiny little flowers!  It’s the little things that excite me.)  The only daunting task for me was getting the twine tied around the brads at the top.  I may have had to count to ten a few times as the twine slipped and refused to behave.

Universal Studios tip:  Make sure you have your tickets purchased and with you before you get to the park.  The line for buying tickets can be awfully long in the morning.  They will let you into the park before opening, but will stop you shortly after you get inside.  We were able to do a little shopping before the park officially opened.