Primary Colors

I was in kindergarten when I learned about primary colors.  They were red, yellow, and blue.  Mix them together, and you can create new colors.  It was like magic!  Hey, I was five.  It was pretty impressive to a five year old.  When I began picking out the papers to go with the underwater photos, I wasn’t thinking about primary colors.  I just don’t think like an artist.  (My college art teacher would not be surprised.)  I honestly just pulled some papers to see what looked good together.

My thought process for picking papers honestly began with the light blue background.  The sea turtle in the top photo appears to be a beautiful light blue.  I was trying to match that.  The yellow paper came next.  I loved the look of the bright yellow against the baby blue.  At this point, you would think I jumped straight to red to complete the primary trilogy.  Nope!  I pulled out a bunch of papers, many of them in different shades of green, until finally settling on the red.  Later, I pulled that strip of striped paper that pulled all of the colors together.  Wouldn’t it have been nice if I had just started there?

I have to admit that I cheated a bit for this layout.  I had pinned a beautiful layout that you can find here.  In this case, you will see that I wound up with something fairly close to the original.  (Her page is amazing! Go check it out!)  Even the overall color scheme and letter style ended up the same.  This was totally NOT intentional.  I think that sometimes when we see a page, we just unconsciously copy the elements.  Usually when I am using a layout as inspiration, I completely change the colors as well as other elements.  My color choices were totally based upon the photo.  The title letters were a result of not finding any light blue letters in my stash that worked.  (I am finding that I am always missing a letter that I need.  So frustrating!)  I had this multi-colored set that I have only used once before.  The colors matched my layout, and it had all of the letters that I needed.

Sea Base

My favorite part of this layout is how simple the embellishment is.  I used a couple of circle dies to cut some yellow and black scraps.  Then I pulled some die cuts, a couple of brads, and a puffy sticker.  How easy is that?  Only having 2 small embellishment clusters definitely sped up my scapping time on this page.

The one thing I am not happy about is the journal block.  I wish I had picked something that was a bit longer.  Right now I feel like it just sticks out there.  Since the embellishment cluster doesn’t overlap it, the block doesn’t feel grounded.  Someday I will create that perfect layout!

Disney tip:  Extra Magic Hours can be a great time to experience lower crowds.  Though parks with Extra Magic Hours often become more crowded than other parks, we found that mixing Extra Magic Hours with park hopper tickets helped us avoid huge crowds.  On the night we went to Sea Base, EPCOT was open 2 hours later for Disney resort guests.  We had Sea Base almost all to ourselves.

Trying Two Pages Again

I have talked before about how I don’t do two page layouts.  I don’t have any talent when it comes to anything bigger (or smaller) than a 12×12 page.  So why try again?  Well, when you have hundreds of photos to scrap, it can be a bit more efficient to work on a larger scale.  Yes, I could scrap 5 photos on two separate pages.  The photos of the architecture at EPCOT felt like they needed to go together.  Two page layouts also tend to make the paper placement pretty easy.

In this case, I only needed to choose 2 papers.  I wanted to play off of the green and maroon tones of the Chinese pavilion.  Normally I would pour over all of my paper, looking for something that was just right.  I got lucky with this layout.  I had just recently received a new paper order that I hadn’t put away yet.  As soon as I saw the 1canoe2 paper from my order, I knew it was the perfect choice.  The green, pink, and maroon from their Willow collection was just what I needed.

Around the World

I would like to say that I was able to throw this together fairly quickly.  That would be a lie.  I did use a Pin to inspire the layout.  (I tracked down the artist, and you can find her work here, though her blog is no longer active.)  The paper cutting and gluing was a snap.  The photo placement was pretty fast as well.  Then the layout sat for a day.  Next I placed the washi top at the top and bottom to give it a bit more of a finished look.  (Though I am not a washi fan, I do like the ultra thin rolls.)  I also cut out the journal piece from another Willow paper, and wrote out my journaling.  Again, I was flummoxed, so I stopped once again.  The following day I placed the title and the gold triangles.  People, it took an entire week to finish picking out the embellishments and gluing them down!  Yes, I am aware it’s only a few chipboard hearts from various collections and some gold doilies.  I honestly wish I could just pick out photos and papers, glue everything down, and then hand it to someone else to embellish!

Though it was a pain to put together, I like the end result.  It’s the first two page layout that I think was a success.  If I am honest, the thing that I like the most about it is the paper.  I really do find this collection quite beautiful.  The color palette is gorgeous.  I absolutely fell in love with that floral.  Though I buy many floral papers, I almost never use them.  This one needed to be on a layout immediately.

Disney tip:  As an adult, I very much enjoyed traveling around the world at EPCOT.  Be aware, that most countries aren’t accessible until 11:00.  You can get breakfast at the bakeries in France and Norway before 11:00.  You can also ride Frozen Ever After in Norway.  However, you won’t be able to explore any further.  My photo of the gate in China is all I got to see of the China pavilion.  Sadly, we were there before 11:00, and never made it back.

Not My Style

In order to put a dent into my vacation photos, I needed to incorporate a few Project Life style pages.  The upside of the page protectors is that I can just slide a few photos in without having to do anything to them at all.  I’ve filled both the front and back of this page protector, so that’s 6 photos “scrapped” within this page protector.  (There are floating mountains on the back side of the page.)

The downside is that I sincerely struggle with the spaces that don’t have photos!  I am not sure why anything smaller than a 12 x 12 page just completely flummoxes me.  I have the same challenge with card making.  As soon as you shrink down the working space, it’s like I have no scrapping instincts at all.  For this page, I was left with two 6 x 6 sized slots that needed something in them.  I didn’t have any additional photos from my meet and greet with Dug and Russell, so that wasn’t an option.  *Sigh*

 

M is for Magic

For this page, I decided that the best solution to this problem was a title square and a journaling square.  I know… it isn’t the most creative solution, but I was at a loss.

I started with the title.  I decided to use a cut-apart instead of individual letters.  Using alphabet letters would have left too much empty space.  To be completely honest, I am also forcing myself to use as many of the cut-aparts as I can.  Usually they sit in my stash for eons, just waiting for me to figure out a way to use them.  I liked that I could make a clean stacked square format using the “M is for magic” piece along with some blue cardstock.  To add dimension I raised up the title onto pop dots.  I also included a piece of red ribbon and a flat backed brad.

The journal block is a rectangle rather than a square.  Part of me thinks it would have looked better had both blocks been stacked squares.  However, I wanted more room to write.  I knew that the two die-cuts were going to eat up some of the writing space.  Function won out on this layout.  Still, the lack of balance is going to bug me until the end of time.  If I can’t let it go, I may actually redo that block.  Though I won’t ever pull a page apart and start over, I could see redoing a block.  Maybe that’s the beauty of the divided page protectors?  Otherwise they just can’t compete with my beloved 12×12 layouts.

Today’s Disney tip is about character meets.  The Russell and Dug meet and greet is in Animal Kingdom at Discovery Island.  As I was walking up, the characters were leaving.  If this happens to you, go ahead and get in line!  It only took about 5 minutes for the characters to return.  They take a break about every 30 minutes, so don’t despair!

 

Kevin!

I seriously love Disney movies.  Shocking, I know.  The first 5-10 minutes of Up is amazing.  I will neither confirm nor deny that I cry every single time I see it.  When I heard that Disney was bringing Kevin to Animal Kingdom right before our trip, I was thrilled.

I knew that she was a wandering character, so I was really hoping that we would cross her path.  Luck was truly on our side this trip.  We encountered Kevin several times during our visits.  The nice thing about Kevin is that she is hard to miss.  She is so tall!  She doesn’t stop for photo ops, so you aren’t likely to get that perfect picture with her.  You can see that my pictures were crowd shots.

Kevin!

Since Kevin is such a colorful creature, I knew I wanted an eye-catching page to match.  I pulled orange, teal, and red scraps to place behind the photo.  Originally, I was using a white cardstock background.  Somehow that just looked too stark.  So, a little rummaging led me to this very bright green background.  It does such a nice job of setting off the photos.  I knew I wanted to add a bit of blue as well, so I also included that navy strip along with another piece of the turquoise paper.

This was a pretty easy layout to put together.  I was either copying a page I had picked up off of Pinterest, or looking at a sketch.  (I created this page about a month ago.)  Normally I would link the original here, but I can’t find that Pin anywhere!  The only real challenge was figuring out how to make the Mickey head.  It finally dawned on me that I just needed to use my big circle cutter.  The trick is to make sure you cut out the inside of the circle first and then the outside.  (Yeah, I may have learned that a couple of years ago when I clearly wasn’t thinking about what I was doing.)

The rest of the embellishments just came from a die-cut pack and some gems.  I was actually pretty happy with finding a good use for those flower die-cuts.  They sat in my collection for quite some time because I don’t think I’ve ever used a compatible color scheme.  The one change that I am going to make is the placement of the black gem on the Mickey head.  Now that I am looking at it on screen, it appears that Mickey has developed an unusual growth that needs to be checked.  I will move it a bit lower so that it is floating and not touching poor Mickey.

I love this layout.  It’s colorful and quirky just like Kevin.  It also was a nice way to use up some scraps.  That always makes me happy.

Disney tip:  Make sure to do your homework before leaving for Disney.  I knew Kevin would be roaming around the park, and made sure to keep an eye out for him in certain areas of Animal Kingdom.  My research helped me get pictures with the living statues at Epcot during the Festival of the Arts.  We also got to see Gideon and Prince John in Magic Kingdom.  Without reading ahead of time, I may have completely missed these characters as they aren’t regulars with an assigned spot.

The View

There are a million wonderful things about Disney World.  One of my absolute favorites is the dining options.  You see, I am allergic to dairy.  It’s not the, “This makes me uncomfortable,” kind of allergy.  It’s the, “Where’s the hospital?” kind of allergy.  In general, eating out simply isn’t safe for me.  The magic of Disney dining is that they have options safe for those of us with severe allergies.

Since dinner out is a special treat, we definitely splurged on this trip.  One of our special meals was at the California Grill.  I won’t lie, it was spendy, but so worth the expense.  I ordered a vegan meal that I swear could feed 3 people.  I’m not vegan, but the options sounded so good, I decided to give it a go.  The food was delicious.  I had a flatbread with pears that was to die for.  It was accompanied by a truffle pasta dish that kept me coming back for more.  Believe it or not, that was just half of the meal!

Though the food was incredible, it was the view that will guarantee my return.  Thanks to a little Disney magic, we were seated next to the window.  We looked directly out onto the castle and Tomorrowland.    I loved spending a relaxing evening gazing out on the Magic Kingdom.  Even my husband, who has never been a Disney fan, was impressed.  He took the photo that I decided had to be scrapped

The View

The photo itself doesn’t have much color to it. I chose the blue background to match the little bits of blue on the castle.  The red heart in the lower right hand corner is part of the background paper, so I found a matching red scrap that formed the banner beneath the photo.  I also wanted to make sure I was using the cut apart sheets from Say Cheese II by Simple Stories.  I have such a difficult time using cut aparts on my pages.  This notebook lined paper cut apart was good for a bit of journaling, so it was perfect for the page. I then added a scrap of grid paper to place behind the photo.

When I placed all of the papers, they blended into each other too much.  I decided to ink the edges to make them stand out.  I am not a neat inker.  In some ways I like the distressed look it gives.  The perfectionist in me just sighs, though.  Maybe I should have outlined each piece using a ruler and a black marker.  Then again, I usually make a disaster of that too!

After that, it was time to place the title and embellishments.  You all know that’s the bane of my scrappy existence.  You know what?  I actually like how I embellished this layout.  That just about never happens!  The upper left is simply embellished with a die cut piece that I popped up with foam adhesive.  A few tiny glittery hearts finishes off that cluster.  I am really pleased how the bottom right turned out.  In this case I became a renegade and broke all of the rules.  Okay, I broke one rule.  My embellishments don’t touch.  They just float.  The castle helped fill the empty space next to the title.  Then I added the cloud to help bridge the space between the castle and the photo.  It works well, because clouds float!

Disney tip:  If you eat dinner at the California Grill, you can watch the Magic Kingdom’s fireworks from the restaurant or a reserved viewing area at the top of the Contemporary Resort.  We ate at 5:00 and could have returned a few hours later to watch from the viewing area.  As this was our first trip, we didn’t opt to go back.  Instead we waited an hour on Main Street in order to find a good spot to watch the castle projections as well.  Next time we may make reservations closer to the fireworks show time and forgo the hour of standing shoulder to shoulder with a mass of people.

Scrapping a Ceiling?

I have a weird obsession.  I love ceilings.  My own ceiling is smooth, white, and quite boring.   There are so many incredible ceilings out there, though.  Just about every time I walk into a building, I look up.  The patterns and architecture just draw me in.  Is it any wonder that I took pictures of the ceilings at the Animal Kingdom Resort?  Yes, I know it is an odd thing to make a layout about, but it’s just so me.

Today’s page features three different ceilings all found in the Animal Kingdom Resort.  The first is a thatched roof in the entryway of Kidani Village.  The middle photo is of the ceiling in Sanaa.  I love the intricacies and detail work of this ceiling.  The wandering veins of the “leaves” and the many textures just make this so interesting.  Last, is the entry way of Jambo House.  The symmetry and repeated patterns are simply beautiful.  Yep, I am a ceiling nerd aficionado.

When I was choosing papers, I wasn’t sure what to do with such dark photos.  In the end, I decided to embrace some of the darkness, and balance it out with just a bit of lightness.  My first choice was the brick red grid paper.  You can find that color in the art and decorations throughout the resort.  I also picked out the black and brown polka dot to parallel the wood.  The multicolored background paper was a nice choice because it was far lighter while repeating some of the colors found in the photos.  My final choice was the leaf paper that I used to mat the photos.  Normally I wouldn’t use a bright white when I have a creamy background paper, but I think it works here.  There is a decent separation between the cream and the white on the page so they don’t clash.  I also wanted the added brightness to set off the photos well.  (I am actually pretty pleased with the leaf paper, especially since it’s from a 6×6 pad.  I bet you didn’t even notice the seam.)

Love Animal Kingdom

Once I got all of the papers glued, I was just stuck.  I mean, what kind of embellishments go with ceiling photos?  Since I don’t own anything that matches the African art pieces, I was at a loss.  Finally, I pulled the gold Thickers, doily, and chipboard pieces.  The gold works well with the rich colors.  After quite a bit of digging, I added the poppy at the bottom.  Though I did want to add some journaling, I didn’t really have a good place to put it.  In this case, the journaling will have to go on the back of the page.

Disney tip:  If you choose to stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge, explore both Jambo house and Kidani village.  The artwork alone is worth the time spent outside of the parks.  Transportation between the two parts of the resort is fantastic.  There is a shuttle that goes back and forth all day long.  We had it completely to ourselves both directions of our trip.  It’s a nice 4ish minute drive in the comfort of air conditioning.

Not Quite Right

Sometimes when I am scrapbooking, I know something isn’t quite right, but I just can’t put a finger on it.  That’s what happened as I was scrapbooking this Coco layout from the Mexico pavilion at Epcot.  (Which is AMAZING btw!)  I knew the colors were right, especially with the purple and orange pieces.  It wasn’t that the paper strips were wonky.  I did that on purpose.  Now that I am looking at it on the screen, I think I get it.

Embellishment clusters should come in threes.  In this case, I only did two.  I think the lack of a third is what is driving me batty.  So, I am going to do something unusual for me.  I’m going to pull that layout back out and work on it again.  (I know… I know… this is NOT me.  I don’t EVER go back.)  In this case, I think it is a quick fix where I won’t have to tear anything apart.  I will pull a few more purple, pink, and orange flowers to go in the upper left corner of the photo.  That will create the visual triangle that I am missing!  Why couldn’t I see it when I was creating?  Who knows?

Lovely

I honestly don’t use a lot of this type of flower.  It doesn’t generally work with my style.  In this case, it just made sense.  When I looked at the “Remember Me” sign, I knew this layout HAD to have flowers.  It’s also not a color combo that I would generally use, but the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) altar in the photo is clearly purple and orange with some pink undertones.  The page needed to reflect the content of the photo.  I know I haven’t exactly captured the beauty in the photo, but I wanted to represent the feel.

Disney tip:  We found Epcot a little difficult to plan for during our trip.  The FastPasses in Epcot are tiered, meaning you can only reserve one popular ride before you head into the park that day.  For us, that meant making FastPasses for more than one day.  The issue was that there wasn’t enough left that we wanted to FastPass in the rest of the park.  With the World Showcase not opening until 11:00 in the morning, rope dropping was a bit frustrating.  I think in the future, I would choose to start in Magic Kingdom and then hop over to Epcot with FastPasses in the afternoon for one day of the trip.  I would then rope drop Epcot another day, and save my FastPasses for another park in the afternoon.  That way we could get all of the big attractions done without eating 6 FastPasses to do so.

The Boardwalk

Since this was our first visit to Disney World, I wanted to document our hotel rooms and experience.  Our first stop was the Boardwalk Inn.  This was my husband’s pick.  (I could write an entire post on trying to choose a hotel!  It isn’t easy!)  As much as it pains me to say it, I fell in love with it immediately.  I can’t even explain why.  The decor isn’t my style at all.  Antiques and dark wood just aren’t my thing.  Yet, it felt like home.

I made sure to take photos before we got the room all messy.  Since this was our travel day, it was getting pretty late when we walked through the door.  The photos are dark, but I assure you that things would have been in disarray if I waited until morning.  And check out the cute washcloth and towel Mickey they left us.  It was just that little extra bit of magic that made our stay special.

Boardwalk

The yellow striped wallpaper in the room helped me decide on my color choices for this page.  Knowing that I was going to use yellow, I was drawn to the dusty blue background paper.  I just felt like the room colors were more subdued, so the page should reflect that.  Not wanting the page to look too dreary, I did pull that yellow and white geometric print to use behind the photos.  I needed something for the dark photos to contrast with as well, so it seemed like a good choice.  Then I went through my scraps and found that large dot paper and the yellow/gold geometric paper.

Once the papers and photos were in place, it was time to find some embellishments.  The journaling card was my first discovery.  I knew I needed something to write on that would help fill up the space above the horizontal photo.  (Scrapping a vertical and horizontal photo on the same page always leave me with this problem!)  Then I chose the butterfly to help, but it looked weird sitting beside the journaling card.  Once I raised it up, it looked better.  And… that still left an awkward space.  I finally decided on the envelope there, though I can’t say that I’m entirely satisfied.  Nothing is perfect.  The circle additions at the top and bottom help take out some of the boxy feel of the page.  I also added some gems because somehow they just feel more vintage than enamel dots.

The sketch I used showed a banner used at both the top and bottom.  You can find the sketch here: Sketch.  (Though I found it on a store website, it’s a Susan Stringfellow sketch that can be found on her Sketch Savvy blog.  It seems like now I’m just accidentally using all of her sketches.)  I couldn’t seem to find the right papers to make it work, so I switched some things up a bit.  At the top, I used the blue scalloped border sticker and added two cute tiny brads.  At the bottom, I used the brown and blue star garland.

Though this page isn’t flashy, I like that it mirrors the room… vintage, subdued, and with a few dashes of magic here and there.

Which brings me to this post’s Disney tip:  hotel rooms.  There are over 20 Disney resorts to choose from if you want to stay on WDW property.  Make sure the room reflects your needs.  The Boardwalk Inn was great for us, because it had easy boat access to 2 of the parks.  We also sprung for a deluxe hotel because we knew we’d be spending a fair bit of time in the room.  A younger family may want something closer to Magic Kingdom or less expensive if they are going to spend most of the time in the parks.  For us, transportation and the view were priorities.  Do your research before booking!

March of the First Scrapper

It is no secret that I am a geek.  I mean, my one act of rebellion in elementary school was playing Dungeons and Dragons in the library at recess.  Time has only introduced me to new levels of geekyness.  I have a small collection of comic books, my coffee cup says “Time Lord” on it, and somewhere around here I have the Darwin the dolphin action figure from seaQuest DSV.  Yes, I need an intervention.

What I’m trying to say is that you shouldn’t be surprised that I have an affinity for Star Wars.  Episode IV was my very first movie.  I was a toddler when my parents took me to the drive-in movies to see it.  Later, my dad took me into the big city to see Empire Strikes Back in a fancy theater.  I will never forget looking behind me the first time the fighters came flying onto the screen.  The sound system was so good, that I could swear there were really starships coming from behind me.  A few years later, I convinced my parents to take me to Return of the Jedi on opening night.  I just couldn’t wait any longer.

You can imagine my happiness while planning our Disney trip, when I found out Hollywood Studios had some Star Wars attractions.  For me it was a double bonus.  Not only would I get to see some of my favorite characters up close, it was something my husband could enjoy.  Disney is not his cup of tea.  He could turn into the beast while waiting in line for a character meet and greet.  But when it came to the Star Wars attractions, he was all in.

One of our favorites, was the March of the First Order.  We loved watching Captain Phasma and the storm troopers march along the street.  Since they did this every hour, we were able to get some fabulous spots for viewing.  Sadly, I hear that the show ends on July 7th.  With Galaxy’s Edge opening, it makes sense to move the Star Wars scenes from Hollywood Boulevard.

Captain Phasma

From that experience, the Captain Phasma page was borne.  Though the photos are from two different spots in the park, I realized I loved the color combination.  I could pull the orange and blue from the buildings in the background.  Normally I wouldn’t gravitate towards orange and an aqua blue, but they just seemed so perfect together.  Then I wanted to pull in some black and silver as well.  (Hello, it is Captain Phasma.)  As I went through my paper collection, I ran across that black and white background paper.  Is it just me, or does that pattern look a bit like TIE fighters?

As I searched for embellishments, I kept thinking that I needed more black and silver.  I found that white and silver ric rac that I used at the top.  Sadly, there wasn’t enough for the bottom of the layout.  So, I decided to go with a plain black ric rac for the lower edge of the orange paper.  The dark color has more visual weight, so it really needed to go on the bottom.  I found some silver brads (my nemesis… they never go where I want them to go), and some silver cardstock.  Lastly, I decided to use some black Thickers for the title.

I still didn’t know what I wanted for the right side of the photos.  More digging produced the “This is one of my favorite memories” card.  It wasn’t a perfect color match, but sometimes you just need to shrug and decide it is good enough.  I also found that black and white striped bag.  Luckily, they worked to fill the space perfectly.  The bag by itself was too plain, so I used my Sizzix to cut the star out of the silver cardstock which I popped up on a foam adhesive.

Honestly, I love the final product.  It’s such a simple layout, and yet it looks so different than my other pages.  For me, it is the colors that stand out.  Two bright colors against a distressed black and white background isn’t something I would typically choose.  This is one of the few times I can say that my photos and papers really worked to create a cohesive design.  I’m glad I ventured outside of my comfort zone.  As Yoda would say… “Do.  Or do not.  There is no try.”

Speed Scrapping

Okay, okay, I am NOT a speed scrapper.  Even the most simple of layouts takes me FOREVER.  But when I really want to get something done, I stick to a simple formula.  Just stack a bunch of rectangles until you like the way they look.  That’s what I decided to do with today’s page.

The photographer at Hollywood Studios took a close-up photo of me.  At the time, I thought he was a little bit crazy.  However, when I saw the end product, I was pretty thrilled.  I mean, it’s a picture of me that I actually like!  That doesn’t happen very often.  He also got a great photo of my husband and I in front of the Chinese Theater.  Since they are taken from way different perspectives, they just didn’t work together on the same page.  So, I was left with this solo photo of me.

When I started pulling papers, I was going to go with the red, blue, silver color scheme from those R2D2 ears.  (Aren’t they adorable?  Oh how I love Etsy.)  Turns out, the only silver I had in my collection were some Thickers.  That just wasn’t going to be enough for an entire layout.  So instead, I adjusted to the red, blue, and yellow that you see in the finished product.  You can’t go wrong with primary colors.

Disney Tip:  If you want unique ears, search for them on Etsy.  I know ears can be a great souvenir from the house of mouse, but I wanted something special.  In my case, I wanted ears that reflected my favorite movies and characters.  I’ve loved R2D2 since I was 4 years old, so these ears by CraftyOliviaCuties were perfect for me.  If you follow along on my Disney adventures, you will spot several more sets of ears.

Happy Lady

One of the great things about stacking boxes, is that I can sift through my scraps and use them first.  In this case,  all of the red and yellow papers came from my scraps.  I didn’t have any blues in my scrap bin that worked with the blue cardstock background.  Being the thrifty soul that I am, I pulled out a DCWV paper pad that I purchased about a decade ago.  It had been gathering dust for quite some time.  (You see, I have become a paper snob that prefers the thicker papers.)  The blue polka dot I found was just perfect.  That led me to find the light blue chart paper in a 6×6 pad.

Once the papers were obtained, I just did a bit of rearranging until I was satisfied with how it looked.  Of course, that leaves me with a bunch of sharp edges in the design.  I actually don’t mind that so much.  However, I did soften some corners with the embellishment cluster up top and the title placement down below.  The word “happy” was quite purposely placed to overlap the blue and yellow papers just a bit.  The curvy letters take away a bit of the sharpness of the lines.

Oh, and after finishing this layout, I decided to use the scraps to make a card.  Since I already had papers that worked well together, it was a snap to create another simple project.  That’s right, I am using scraps from my scraps.  I don’t like anything to go to waste.

Thank you wagon