When it comes to scrapbooking, I am not a planner. I don’t plan out an album with a coordinating color scheme. I buy supplies willy-nilly. Then when I scrap, I hope I have what I need. My pages are generally a mishmash of papers from different companies, because I don’t even scrap by collection. Buying whatever I like and then hoping for the best is just the way I roll.
Which brings me to my next layout. For once in my life, I planned ahead. Knowing that I had a trip to Walt Disney World coming up, I purchased a few pieces of paper from the Echo Park Alice in Wonderland collection. To be honest, I wasn’t sure that I would have a photo to match the paper. I was taking a chance. Our first morning at EPCOT, I made a beeline for the queue for Alice. Yes, I got a photo so that I could use the paper! Scrapbookers are crazy. (But it’s such a cute photo! Totally worth it!)
For this layout, I used inspiration from a page by Julie Wells. You can find it here. Her version is so crisp, clean, and beautiful. I found the diagonal design intriguing. It’s different than what I would normally do. I combined that with my style of making a small messy stack of papers beneath the photo. Mine is also missing the delicate little details that Julie included. You all know I am NOT an embellisher.
In this case, I knew I wanted to use that “Alice in Wonderland” diecut. I would have used more from that pack, but the tags were all so busy. I definitely have enough pattern on this page. So instead I pulled some simple older diecuts that I had in my stash. It was still missing something. Finally, I grabbed my container of buttons and used a mix of sizes to make a border beneath the photo. I played with including some enamel dots, but again, it was just too much.
I am so happy that I planned ahead for once! When I went to scrap this photo, I knew exactly which papers I was going to use. It helped streamline the process for me. Will I plan ahead in the future? Maybe for a trip, but otherwise no. I’m just never going to be that organized!
Disney tip: Take the time to explore the countries at EPCOT. Not only are they beautiful, it’s a place to meet characters with shorter waits. I was able to meet Alice and Mary Poppins with very little wait time. Mulan and Belle can also be found around the world.