A Layout with Bad Lighting

I feel like I need to write a million apologies for this post.  First, it is very overdue.  Sometimes life catches up with me.  Either I don’t have time to craft or I don’t have time to post.  In this case, a nearly 3 week illness kept me from posting.  Admittedly, I have not done much crafting in that time either.  At first I just didn’t feel well.  Now I find that my mojo took a hike while I was sick.  *Sigh*

Please also excuse the horrible lighting.  It turns out that when you don’t feel well, you really don’t care about the quality of the photograph you upload.  In all honesty, I could have shot this again today.  However, I’m feeling rebellious.  My students often groan when I ask them to redo something.  I beg you not to tell them I refused to do my homework correctly.  They would never look at me the same way again.  I promise to do better in the future.  Besides, the days are getting longer.  Natural sunlight will be back soon!

My last apology is to the artist who inspired this layout in a huge way.  This is almost a CASE of her work.  (Different papers and embellishments with same design)  Normally I would provide a link to her page and give her the credit she deserves.  It seems that in my head cold haze, I accidentally deleted the page.  I can tell you that her title was “This View.”  Sadly, the name of the artist is now a mystery to me.

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As you know, I’ve been working on including layouts that have more breathing room.   I love to fill a page with patterned paper.  I just can’t help myself.  So every once in a while I purposely find an inspiration piece that has much more white space.  This page was a nice compromise for me.  I could still include a variety of patterned papers, while maintaining a fairly large blank area on the left hand side.

The original inspiration piece was all in yellows and blues.  I kept that color palette because it fit the beach theme so well.  I also incorporated a touch of pink.  Part of me thinks that I should have stuck to the yellow and blue.  The addition of pink isn’t bad, it just changes the feel.  Oh, and why did I add in more color?  See that pink, yellow, and red polka dotted Freckled Fawn washi tape?  I wanted, no NEEDED, to use it on this layout.  It just kept popping into my hand.  (Some things cannot be explained rationally.)

You will notice that my embellishment is minimal as almost always.  I knew I wanted to use the “Good Stuff” journaling card.  That area still looks like it needs something more.  The gold heart hanging out there all by itself looks rather lonely.

I am pretty happy with the small cluster to the left of the photos.  The square quote sticker bothers me a bit.  Does it make sense that I don’t like that it is square?  Perhaps it is because the journal card has slightly rounded corners.  If only I had a tiny corner rounding tool.  Someone make a tiny corner rounder!  I finished this off with some wood veneer hearts and one pink enamel heart.  Again, something very simple.

Does anyone have any suggestions?  I like this layout.  It just isn’t wowing me.

Difficult Paper

Admit it.  You have some paper in your stash that you just don’t know how to use.  I wish I only had 1 or 2 pieces.  Nope.  I have a couple dozen or so that fit the bill.  To be fair, I purchased most of it when I first started scrapping and had no idea what I was doing.  Now that I know my style, I am left with beautiful paper that for me is unusable.

Every once in a while I push up my shirt sleeves and decide to tackle one of those papers.  No, I have never been absolutely pleased with the results.  That’s okay.  I learned long ago that I am not going to hit it out of the ballpark every time.  I know I could just as easily donate it, but I refuse.  I’m much too frugal (frugal sounds so much better than cheap) to do that.  So I decide to take it on as a challenge.

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This layout is the result of one of those challenges.  I used an old paper from the St. Nick Fancy Pants collection.  Truth be told, I love that background paper.  It has a lovely design… that just does not work with the way I scrap.  The only thing I could figure out to do was go minimalist on it.  A single photo with only 2 small layers behind it seemed about right.  Now I wish I had added a few more messy layers, keeping them all barely bigger than the photo.

I tried using embellishments that matched the paper almost exactly.  I found hearts and stars ephemera that matched the paper perfectly.  You won’t believe this.  The Say Cheese II ephemera from Simple Stories was a dead on match for the hearts and stars in a Fancy Pants Christmas collection.  That’s just so weird to me.  I also took the title “Believe” piece and the gold Viewmaster disc from Say Cheese II.  So welcome to my Christmas/Disney mashup page.

The paper may not be what I would purchase now, but I am still glad I used it.

So Many Pretty Things

I’m scrapbook window shopping.  I do this a lot.  New pretty things will come out.  I put them in my cart.  Then I leave the tab open on my computer for days… or weeks.  Eventually I will either finally buy the items (unless they have sold out) or simply close the tab.  Here are some products that I am considering.

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I had a package of wood veneer asterisks.  Though there are a few left, I’m running low.  Look!  Look!  I could get some more.  The hearts are nice too.  Who couldn’t use hearts?  My problem is with the at symbols.  I’m struggling with how I would use them.  Do I really want to buy a package where I would only use two-thirds of the product?

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I am almost certain that these will be mine.  Oh how I swoon for glitter foam Thickers.  They are so easy to use.  I love the texture.  They are glitter!  (Duh)  What could be better?  Sadly, the store I’m looking at is currently sold out of them.  I’m pretty sure I will stalk a few stores until I find them.

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This paper from Pink Paislee just keeps calling out to me.  Yes, I am a sucker for ombre papers.  For some reason, this feels like my holy grail ombre paper (until the next one comes along).  I am loving the painted look of it.  It absolutely needs to be a background with some teal layers or maybe some soft cream.

It’s late.  I’ve made it through another day without buying any new scrapbooking items.  Tomorrow I will look at my cart again.

Oh Scraps

Yes, yet another layout featuring scraps.  Does that grey and white floral look familiar?  It should.  It was featured in my last post.  I loved it so much that I just had to use it again.  This time the color scheme is totally different.  Gone are the yellow and black which I replaced with pink and blue.  I think that is one of my favorite things about scrapbooking.  I can use the exact same paper and get a totally different look by combining it with new materials.

I always struggle with color schemes when there is such a variety of colors in my photos.  I know I should learn how to edit my photos.  I just can’t seem to find the time.  When choosing between learning how to edit and actually scrapping, I’m going to pick scrapping every time.  I could print my photos in black and white, but that bottom nighttime photo wouldn’t have turned out well.  In this case I decided to go with the 2 colors I found in both photos, blue from the centerpieces and pink from the shirt.

 

Family Gathers

Though I didn’t have exactly the right color of blue (can you ever find the right color of blue?), I decided the pale blue background would work. There is enough separation between the photos and the background to make it work.  My pinks aren’t matching perfectly either.  Yet look at how cohesive they look.  Yes, you can mix a variety of manufacturers!

I did struggle to find embellishments in the right colors.  The butterflies worked pretty well.  You’ve seen them on a previous layout.  I also chose that giant pink flower.  (It may be covering up the ugly weird edges of paper over in that corner.)  It looked like it was floating there all by itself.  At that point I dug into my silhouette cuts that I keep on hand and pulled out some feathers.  I decided to use them like leaves.  Instead of putting the outline directly over the matching solid part of the feather, I offset them a bit to add texture and interest.

It makes me so very happy to create a layout using nothing but scraps and a piece of cardstock in the background.  Somehow it makes me feel more fulfilled than when I cut into new papers.  Maybe it’s the discovery of small treasures that have been sitting there in a basket just waiting to be loved.

Monochromatic… Almost

I have a soft spot for monochromatic layouts.  I like how it limits the supplies I can choose from when searching through my stash.  In this case I went with yellow with grey and black as neutrals.  If it wasn’t yellow, black, or grey, I could just pass it on by.

Life is Perfect

In this case I began with those photos of my little boy.  I had just purchased that grey and yellow basket (hello color palette).  He immediately jumped inside of it and claimed it as his own.  Being the much too permissive cat mom, I let him have it… for part of the day.  It is now that happy home to my 6×6 paper pads and some chipboard.

I knew right off that I wanted to use that grey and white floral paper.  It’s one of the few papers I purchased 2 of because I loved it so much.  A quick search of my scraps produced that yellow and black paper at the bottom from Jenni Bowlin.  A couple of pieces of cardstock and that grey and white chevron from a 6×6 pad finished off my papers.

I decided to use those doily stickers for my journaling.  I only had two, so I cut off some of the large yellow one and placed it up top to stretch the supplies.  A search of old die cuts produced the black and white circles I used to ground the grey and yellow flower chipboard pieces.  I love that those 3 circles came from 3 different collections.  You would never notice it.

Since I always forget about a title until I’m almost done (sigh), I ended up finding the die cut and sticker at the bottom.  “Life is Perfect” and “Happy as a Clam” sum up that little cat’s life.  That scallop chip board was a last minute fix to hide a gap between the photos and the “Life is Perfect” piece.  Shhh!  Don’t tell anybody.

The Little Things

It was the banner with the saying, “The Little Things really are the big things,” that caught my eye when going through my supplies.  I absolutely believe in this sentiment.  So when I found it, I immediately looked for some photos that matched it.  I found these two photos of a sunset from the one and only vacation my husband and I have had since our honeymoon 10 years ago.

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That vacation is a bit of a magical time for me.  It was only 3 days in a nearby town, but the location was so serene.  For someone who lives her life in a tornado of stress, it was a much needed break from civilization.  This was our view each night, and it was the perfect end to days of shopping and walking the beach.

From the photos I pulled in some yellow/orange elements and used that green to contrast.  Can I tell you that I love this color combination?  I’ve not ever used it on any other page that I can think of, but it just works so well.  Oh, and I totally jumped at the chance to use brads that matched.  I never use brads!  I decided to ground everything on that grey background paper that works well with the color of the water.

The design is pretty simple and not overly embellished.  I think that the clean look helps convey the tranquility that I felt those days.  It is one of my favorite pages… and it all started with a sentiment.

Page Inspiration

As I said on a previous post, all sorts of things inspire me to scrap.  I was looking at my “used” board to see what projects I’ve already copied.  “Here and Now” by Lilin Fang caught my attention. I am completely head over heels for that black and white print with all of the cities.  It is such a nice counterpoint to the bits of color and large amount of white space on the rest of the page.

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I tried to copy her.  Really I did.  My page fell far short of her beautiful work.  Still, it was fun to play around with her ideas.

 

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I can quickly look through and see what caused my issues.  Though I like this pretty diagonal stripe paper, it does not have the same impact of the black and white paper Lilin used.  It just doesn’t have the same weight or presence on the page.  My title is heavy handed compared to the ethereal “Here and Now” which is in either a light colored paper or a light wood veneer.  My gelato colors are much too uniform in size.  (Darn that need to be neat and orderly on a page.)

And yet, I still like this page.  It was a step outside of my comfort zone.  (Hello gelatos!)  I played around with some white wispy cuts from my Silhouette.  It features a photo of my co-workers that I cherish.  I like it enough to give it another go.  I’m thinking it may be time to pull out the “My Story” collection from My Mind’s Eye.  More yellow and pink?  Yes please.

 

Using Scraps

I use my bits and pieces any chance I can get.  This photo allowed me to pull colors that I generally wouldn’t put together.  I’m still not entirely sure this mix is spot on, but overall it is okay.  The peach, red, green, pink, and blue are all in that photo.  So I hunted through my scraps and found matches.

I went for a purposely messy and tilted design.  It was just so much faster than lining things up.  Again, it isn’t perfect.  I can live with that.  If it drives you batty… I can live with that too!

A Good Seed

Holy Piles, Batman

I have a confession.  I’m pretty sure that it is the first of many.  In fact, I’m betting that I will have this same confession multiple times on this blog.  I am a procrastinator.  One of the things I tend to avoid is putting my pages into albums.  This is one of two piles of layouts that need to make their way into albums.

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Here is the really bad part of this confession.  I probably average making one layout a week.  So, it appears that I haven’t managed to get many layouts actually into albums in about a year.

In my defense, I did recently try to get my pages put away.  I ran into one little issue.  It appears that I need to purchase some scrapbooks.  Looking at this mess, one or two just isn’t going to get the job done.  Anyone know of any good album sales?  Eesh.

Challenge Cards: Celebrate

I don’t consider myself a card maker.  You would think the smaller scale would make them easier, but no.  For some reason, I just can’t seem to get the design down.  Still, I produce cards for birthdays and holidays because I have the supplies.

There was a challenge not too long ago on Scrapbook Generation’s Facebook page.  I decided to jump in and give it a go.

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One of my favorite stamps is that cute little birthday elephant.  I got it at Simon Says Stamp.  Really, I would like to stamp and color the cute little guy.  Sadly, I don’t own anything like a Copic marker.  So far I haven’t been willing to make that kind of investment.  Until then, I will stamp on patterned paper and cut out the image.  If you have any other ideas, I would love to hear them.  I may try some distress inks and see how that turns out.

The rest of the cards were made from scraps and ribbon.  I have soooo many scraps.  (That’s another reason I make cards.)  For some reason I can’t toss even those fairly small pieces.  I feel like spending money on paper means I have to use it.  Please tell me I’m not the only one with that problem.