A Game of Cat and Mouse

With Halloween coming up, I thought I wold share a little trick-or-treat fun.  I had a beautiful fall collection, but I rarely take autumn themed photos.  Why buy a collection that didn’t work with any of my pictures?  Because it was pretty, of course!  Buying scrapbook supplies isn’t always a logical process for me.  Though I did have some Halloween photos of these two cuties.  Halloween is in the fall, so why not use the pretty papers?

I tried to choose the papers that matched the colors in the photos.  Specifically, I was looking at the wall color in the background.  First I pulled that green tone on tone paper.  See the wall just to the left of little miss mouse?  That greenish hue was my inspiration for this choice.  Then I wanted to pull an orange paper, but the orange in the collection didn’t quite work.  So I decided that the brown was the next best thing.  Though I love those papers, they were missing the fun vibe that I was going for with this layout.  So, I settled upon the multi-color leaf paper for the background.  That paper changes the mood to something much more uplifting.

Cat and Mouse

I knew that I wanted this to be a basic square within a square within a square layout.  (Okay, so the green isn’t a square.  It’s a rectangle.  I’m a math teacher.  I know the geometric rules.)  I also knew I wanted to use the large maroon sticker letters.  When I cut my papers, I made sure to leave enough room for the title.  (That’s why the green paper wound up being a rectangle.)  I opted for smaller letters up top in order to accommodate this longer title.

Then came the dreaded embellishing.  I am not happy, people.  For some reason, I just couldn’t figure this one out.  Yes, I always struggle with embellishing.  Usually it eventually comes together.  This time… not so much.  I do really like the witch and cat brads that I used.  Other than that, I think my embellishment clusters are a mess.  The one at the top isn’t so bad.  The smaller size helps.  The bottom cluster is just some diagonal made out of various shapes.

So what do I do now?  I leave it.  Not every page is going to be spectacular.  I could tear it apart and redo it, but that doesn’t guarantee a better outcome.  It does guarantee that another page doesn’t get completed.  Instead, I choose to move on to the next project.  Scrapbooking is supposed to be fun!  I have too many lovely photos and new papers to play with to spend time stressing about one page.

Besides, everyone should be looking at the cutest cat and mouse on the planet.  They are the stars of this page.  They will treasure the photos far more than any paper or stickers I use.

Scrapping With Flowers

I mentioned in my last post that I rarely use flowers, so I thought I would share a layout I did earlier this year that used flowers.  (Besides, you probably need a break from Disney layouts.  I know I do!)  When I began scrapbooking over a decade ago, I didn’t know what my scrapbooking style was.  Let’s be real… I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a scrapbooking style.  During that time I bought flowers and butterflies galore.  It turns out that I love using butterflies, flowers… not so much.

Since I am far too cheap, ahem, frugal to give them away, I do try to use flowers now and then.  The garden theme of the photos, paired with Bo Bunny’s Olivia collection was the perfect opportunity to use up some of my flower stash.  For once, I am pretty pleased with the result.  I feel like the groupings I created here work much better than the ones in my Coco layout.  They are less linear making them look a bit more natural.  The groupings also use a variety of types of flowers that add more interest.  I have paper, cloth, and sticker flowers mixed in there.

in progress

The overall composition of this layout is simple, but I love it!  Really I just started with two blocks of paper.  There is the journal block and the photo block.  How easy is that?!  I used a diagonal design so that your eye moves from the upper right corner down to the lower left.  The flowers help to keep the layout from becoming too “blocky” by providing some rounded edges.  I used the title to fill in the gap between the two blocks to help soften it as well.

I think that if there is a lesson to be learned here, it is not to buy a ton of supplies when you first begin scrapbooking.  It takes time for you to figure out what your style is.  You will see beautiful layouts that you fall in love with, but may later realize that they just aren’t for you when you start creating.  Buy a little at a time, play, and enjoy yourself.  Experimenting is part of the fun!