No, no, I didn’t steal them! I happen to have some wonderful friends and family that give me a few supplies. If you are an avid scrapbooker, you know the kinds of papers that you tend to gravitate towards. The problem (okay, it’s so not a problem) with supplies you are given, is that they may not be your style. If they aren’t your style, then it is likely that you will have trouble using them.
Sometimes, those papers that you generally wouldn’t reach for turn out to be exactly what you need. In this case, I had some photos from Animal Kingdom’s Jambo House to scrap. All of the brown and tan in the photos just didn’t scream aqua and pink to me. I have a LOT of aqua and pink papers. However, I was gifted a safari themed paper pad a while back that was absolutely perfect! If you look closely at the prints, not only is there the spotted giraffe paper, but the tan/yellow paper is covered in giraffes! The striped paper was also in that collection. All I needed to add were 2 colors of green cardstock… one for the background, and one to mat the photos.
Since there were 6 photos, I needed to make a two page layout. These are definitely not in my wheelhouse. I did what I always do when I have no clue where to start… I went to Pinterest. I found a sketch online that used the same number of photos and were the correct orientation. Obviously I spend too much time on Pinterest! The one I chose only included 2 paper strips that ended in banners. Though I liked the banners, I knew I wanted that cute giraffe chipboard piece right where they were supposed to be.
Once I got my papers and photos placed, it was time to figure out how to embellish the page. The sketch called for 2 wide banners up in the upper right hand corner. I adjusted that to use the 3 papers from below. I placed some chipboard pieces to decorate them, then added in brads on either side. (Whenever I get a chance to use brads, I do. I purchased quite a few when I began scrapbooking, but they are difficult for me to use. Let’s be real… anything that once placed, can’t easily be moved, is not a good product for me.) I knew I wanted to use that giraffe on the lower left. It doesn’t match the feel of the papers, but I don’t care! It was just too cute to leave off of the page.
There were two more places that needed some work. The upper left hand corner needed a title. The lower right was supposed to be a journaling spot. I wasn’t quite sure about what to do in either of these spaces. After looking through some old chipboard, I found that “Noted” piece. I liked that it was neutral in color and helped fill up the space. I also decided to use two alpha sets to add a little more interest. Finally, I added the cute vine. The lower right was a problem because I didn’t really have anything to journal… at least not enough to fill up the space. It turns out, the backside of the striped paper was a cut-apart sheet. I thought that the “safari adventure” was not only the correct size, but a great compliment to the wildlife photos. I added a coordinating chipboard piece that allowed for my brief journaling, along with a couple of other small embellishments.
Overall, it’s a pretty clean layout. It won’t win any creativity awards. However, it’s precisely what I wanted for a page about our tall spotted friends. I love that I was able to finally use some of those wonderful papers that were given to me. I think this layout does them justice.