Before we left on our Disney trip, I purchased a ton (okay, 3 or 4) paper collections that were Disney themed. I thought for sure that this would make scrapbooking our vacation so much easier! The supplies would be ready, and the pages would flow since the color scheme would be consistent.
What could go wrong? I forgot to take two things into account when making these plans. First, I didn’t think about the colors in the photos not matching with the colors in the collections. Let’s face it… light blue, yellow, red, and black just don’t go well with purple and pink photos. The other element I forgot about was the scrapbooker… me! If you have followed me for a while, you know I am not a collection scrapbooker. How could I possibly think I could stick within multiple collections with the same basic designs?
Now that I am about halfway through scrapping our vacation photos, I realize that I have hardly touched the collections I purchased. When you’ve done 30 layouts and only about 3 use papers from the Disney themed collections, well, it’s not good. I’m only using the supplies I bought for this album about 10 percent of the time. (I’m a math teacher. The percentage is important to me!)
So what do I do? I am making a concerted effort to pull those Disney collections. Today’s layout was the perfect opportunity to use up some Disney papers. The colors of the tile in the Morocco pavilion, along with my husband’s shirt (wasn’t it nice that he matched the background so well?), went along perfectly with the color scheme in the collections I had. In this case I pulled the yellow chevron for the background as well as the red polka dot paper. I wanted to use a darker blue than what was in the collection, so I used that lovely navy tone-on-tone scrap. I also decided to use a pale cream piece of cardstock, so that the yellow paper created a frame and kept this layout from becoming too busy.
I love the overall design of this page. I started with a sketch by Jennifer Shaw, simplifying it a bit. She included some circle elements that I omitted because… um… I am a lazy scrapper. Though I love the added interest circles provide, I didn’t want to deal with cutting and placing them. She had a filmstrip piece as well, but only included a bit on the right side. I decided to place it all of the way across. (Let me tell you, I was doing a happy dance when I was able to use that film cut apart strip. I have SUCH a hard time using cut aparts in collections.)
The embellishments for this page except for the “explore” are completely from the Disney themed collections. I am super happy with how the embellishment cluster at the top right turned out. I stacked a couple of 2×2 cut aparts to make it look like I had paper strips. Then I added a couple of die cuts, a piece of chipboard, and some yellow enamel dots. It’s nothing fancy. It just looks balanced. I think keeping the materials pretty narrow on this page helped me create something that I love. Maybe I should limit my supplies more often!
I am not including any Disney tips for now, as the world is currently in a state of flux. Advice that I have from our trip won’t reflect the current reality. For now, I will just keep scrapping.