Another Hidden Surprise

I know that this layout is fairly simple.  Honestly, that’s what I like about it. It’s bright and cheery, without taking hours to produce.  I love the contrast between the lime green and turquoise.  To add in a bit of interest, I did break it up with that black and white floral.  It just makes me so happy.

You will see me use this basic design quite often.  Really it’s just a slight modification of placing large bands of paper all the way across the layout.  I like to cut them down a bit and have them flush to one side.  It’s a small thing, but it really does give a layout a different look.  Because there was so much room with only this one photo on the page, I paired it with the “Dream” journaling card.

That card along, with some of my other embellishments have been in my stash for quite a while  The apple tag, the green clip, the metallic lime dots, and that green tab had been hanging around for years.  Those metallic dots were actually handed down to me by another scrapper, so I can’t even imagine how old they must be.  I mixed them with a few newer die cuts to finish off the layout.

Hello Sunshine

About that green tab… that’s a hidden journaling spot.  Originally, I was going to write on the “Dream” card.  I felt like the writing would just look wrong there.  If I wrote on the card and didn’t like it, I would have to trash it and find something else to put there.  So I found a large journaling card with a tab and made a pocket for it underneath the turquoise dot paper.  For those who don’t like their handwriting, but want to include journaling, hidden spots are the way to go!

No travel tips in this post!  In this case, I didn’t get beyond my own backyard.


More San Francisco Memories

Most of my scrapbook pages either feature pets or travel.  The funny thing is, I don’t travel all that much.  Disney World was our first “fly to get away” vacation.  So how do I have photos from other locations?  Work.  Every once in a while I get the opportunity to go on a business trip.  Though it doesn’t allow much time to explore, I always manage to go out at least one night to play tourist.

I have spent a little time in San Francisco over the years.  The photos I have are generally from the pier.  It’s a little magical at sunset.  The sky becomes this peachy orange color.  I am used to the pinks and purples of our local sunsets, so the peach sunset always makes me stop and take in the view.

The Pier Sunset

It’s always these colors that guide my paper choices when scrapping the pier.  I did some fussy cutting of the lovely flowers from Jen Hadfield’s DIY Home collection.  As much as I hate fussy cutting, I really do love the embellishments they create.  From there, I chose the grey and white polka dot paper and the peach cardstock.  If I had stopped there, it would have been a bit too plain.  So I rifled through my scraps and found the peach chevron and the floral paper that forms the mat of the photo.  Finally, I grabbed the grey card and peach library card from my embellishments.

It didn’t need much beyond the flowers for decorations.  I had that grey heart that I cut out YEARS ago, then topped it with the “Be Happy” from the branding strip.  I also pulled out that “Snapshots” chipboard as well.  I finished it off with a few tiny pearls sprinkled around the flowers.

Believe it or not, there is journaling on this page.  This is one of those times where I didn’t want all of my thoughts out there for the world to see.  That grey card in the middle has journaling lines on the reverse side.  I created a pocket for that card so that it can be pulled out and read.  I could honor my travel partner who was with me on this trip, and has since passed, without it being stumbled upon.

The one part that I am unhappy with is the title part that utilizes the peach alpha stickers.  That font is not my favorite.  I wish I had picked something else.  Yes, I could peel them up and try again, but I won’t.  This is another one of those times that I just have to move on.

San Francisco travel tip:  If your hotel is near the airport, downtown San Francisco is a bit of a drive away.  Expect to pay $50 one way if taking a Lyft or Uber.