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.
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.