I am currently on a simple scrapbooking kick. My layouts are almost never too complicated. I just don’t have the time or patience to work on anything overly elaborate. Let’s be real, I DO pin elaborate designs thinking that some day I will do one. That day just never arrives! Right now my focus is to get my large backlog of photos scrapped and into their appropriate books.
This layout is an extraordinarily simple grid design. There are no fancy techniques or flashy new products on this page. The embellishments are minimal, even for me. In part, because of the design, I didn’t have a lot of room to add a lot of embellishments. There could be more decoration down in the bottom left hand corner, but I also didn’t want to distract from the beautiful photos.
I will be honest, this layout didn’t turn out like I had originally pictured. My original vision had a background paper that was much more beachy with waves. I scrapped (pun intended… Yes, I am a geek.) that idea, when it made the whole page look washed out. That bottom square was originally slated to hold a banner and the title. However, nothing I tried looked right. So, I had to go with plan B there as well.
Since that square is so large, I had to find a large embellishment to fill the space. I discovered that wood heart in my stash, and it was a perfect fit. It was much too plain by itself. I didn’t want to cover up that beautiful wood with paper or paint, so I decided on just placing a flower in the upper left hand corner. Then I chose the butterfly, and another small wood veneer heart. Since I am terrible at using those tiny word stickers, I pulled the “beach” sticker as well. I finished off the embellishment on the page by mirroring the butterfly, wood veneer hearts, and word sticker in the upper right hand corner.
I know this page isn’t anything super eye catching. It’s still a scrapbooking win. I got 3 beautiful photographs scrapped. I also got to use some older products. Both the light blue photo mats and the background paper are from paper stacks. I don’t often use those stacks because the paper is so thin. The butterflies are also about a decade old. My goal is to use up the supplies I purchased years ago. By mixing them in with newer supplies, I will be able to save money.